A post over at PC Pro got me wondering about the difference between “consumer” and “enterprise” hard drives. Tim Danton ask whether “Windows 7 is killing your hard disks”; while I’m sure that Windows 7 is not doing just that, there might actually be some relation between your choice of operating system and hard drive life. Continue reading Do consumers need enterprise-class drives?
It’s been known for a couple of years that heating a hard drive platter can help when writing information, but the effect wasn’t fully understood until now. Researchers from Eindhoven University have developed a theory that explains the effect, and allows them to make predictions about the limits in write speed for several materials.
Continue reading Researchers promise faster hard drives
Toshiba just announced their next generation of flash memory chips. The new lineup consists of single-chip packages that combine a number 32 gigabit NAND flash chips and a controller into a single FBGA package. Using their 32 nanometer production process, the chips are significantly thinner than the previous generation.
Toshiba NAND chip
Continue reading Toshiba doubles NAND flash size
During the last days, the the fight over MySQL’s future has heated up. The European Commission still hasn’t approved it, and Michael Widenius is calling upon all MySQL users to help “save” the popular open source database from Oracle. As a response, Oracle has published some promises about MySQL’s future that were meant to provide some counterweight to this call for help. I think these provide some interesting insights into what Oracle has planned. Continue reading Future of MySQL: How serious is Oracle about open source?