My only experience with a fast-spinning CD threatening to cause damage was when I repeatedly pushed the eject button of a (CD-only, this was at least 7 years ago) optical drive that seemed unwilling to spit out my media. Then suddenly for some reason, the tray extended, and before I knew it, the CD—still spinning at top speed—actually flew upwards! I swear this anecdote is true!
In any case, a recent experiment theorizes that spinning a CD way faster than 56 times a second (or 56x, I assume) carries its own set of dangers. According to the experimenter, going above that …read more
Testfreaks recently reviewed the Lexar Shoot-n-Sync Wi-Fi Memory Card, detailing the set-up process and how the peripheral works. After setting up the software on a PC or Mac, the Shoot-n-Sync goes into a camera that accepts SD cards, drawing power from the camera’s battery to send photos via WiFi. Other than that, the Shoot-n-Sync is a normal 2GB SD card.
A great, geek setup, and as Testfreaks asserts, it all “works exactly as advertised”. Firmware updates are thankfully available, and upload speeds were apparently a non-issue. The only problem I can see with the Shoot-n-Sync is it may be a …read more
Test Freaks recently played around with a Samsung SH-S223Q, a burner that promise DVD write speeds of 22x. While that may be too fast for now (the review writer admits that “there is no media capable of that yet that I know of”), the Super-Writemaster may actually represent a long-term fixture on your constantly updated desktop. The money quote:
There’s no doubt the Samsung Super Write-Master is most likely the fastest drive out there today, it’s quiet and from my testing results you can see it burns media pretty fast. The drive is also fairly quiet, which is very nice as …read more