Thursday, March 30, 2006

Thumbs UP! to Samsung...

Samsung Electronics announced that it is making the driver source code for its OneNAND open to Linux/Open Source community designers.

“Open source code has become one of the main forces driving the accelerated pace at which consumers are embracing mobility, so our decision to make OneNAND available for open designs should be very well-received,” said Jon Kang, senior vice president of technical marketing at Samsung Semiconductor.

Samsung claims its move should allow designers of consumer electronics goods to quickly incorporate OneNAND's operational instructions into products.

OneNAND's fusion architecture features a single-level-cell (SLC) NAND core with SRAM and logic elements to emulate a NOR Flash interface. OneNAND provides a sustained data “read” speed of 108 MB/s, which is four times faster than conventional NAND Flash memory, and a “write” speed of 10 MB/s, which is more than 60 times faster than multi-level-cell (MLC) NOR Flash memory, according to Samsung.

Open Source is Changing the Way Corporate Thinking relates to Code
as a
Share-able commodity.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Beyond The Blue Horizon: Windows VISTA

What's New Dept:

What's that old football cheer? "Push 'Em back, Push 'Em back, Way Back..."

Microsoft's Next Windows Vista, is not around the corner, again. Citing reliability concerns (sounds vaguely familiar), they've decided to wait and Get-It-Right (about time). So figure about the first part of 2007 for the release of the much overdue Next Generation of Windows called VISTA (already two-years Late).

They couldn't be waiting for us to get out of Iraq could they?


Saturday, March 11, 2006

The TeraBytes are Coming

Friday's Fry's Electronics AD had a quartet of Uber-Huge Network Drives. The TB's have landed...

Back in the days when I started computing, hard drive storage was measured in MEGA-Bytes. Then the GigaByte became the standard of storage. (see my posts On the Fab 60's-- and The Gig is UP!, a few months back).

Well, another techno corner has been reached and the New Drives are now boasting TERA-Bytes of storage, that's 1,000 gigabytes. Selling for $649.00.


Ain't Tech Grand!

Yes, it is.

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Beyond the "French Connection"

Picture Popeye Doyle racing down the streets of San Francsico, chasing the "killer" suspect. I recently went from my Old Standby SUSE Linux to test Mandriva, the merging of ol' Mandrake (French) and Connectiva (Brazillian) Linux.

Unlike Doyle, I ran into too many barriers. Today I re-INSTALLED SUSE Linux 10.0. After 5 hours of updating the DVD files with the latest online hack-proofed versions (yes, it can take that long with a clean install), Suse was back!

The next few days will be spent tweaking the settings to my preferences. After all, that's the beauty of Linux, you can tweak everything.

Ah, Home again.