From Paper Tape to Data Sticks: The Evolution of Removable Storage

Over the years, people have tried to transfer information from one computer to another in a dizzying number of ways. Here’s a look at some of the best, along with others that time forgot.

Networkworld has a nice slideshow of how storage has changed through the years.

Broadband in rural America: Why I’m not holding my breath

Despite promising new technologies and federal stimulus money, the rural U.S. remains the land that telecom forgot. David Haskin from Computer world takes us on his experiences with technology in rural American. I can feel his woes, my parents have been promised broadband access for 10 years now but every time my parents inquire about it they reply should be installed in 10 years. My parents are on the very fringe of WIMax and get up to 1 Mb and as low as a few Kbps at some times during the day. If there is a story there is trouble sometimes just depending on the weather conditions.

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The Wired World of Sports Massive Network is an Olympian Feat

Ever wonder how the Olympics is brought to your television each night. Well it takes a lot of work from network professionals and here is a glimpes of what is behind the scenes.

The numbers start to overwhelm. In just the hockey venue, there are 25 kilometers of fiber optic cable, 80 kilometers of Cat 5 Ethernet cable, 1,500 Ethernet drops. And they had 12 days to install it all, after the Vancouver Canucks turned over the building to the Olympic organizing committee.

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Fighting the Dark Side: Tech’s Heroes and Villains

The hero and the villain. It’s the age-old formula that pervades today’s reality TV showdowns, the shenanigans of professional wrestling and cinematic classics like Star Wars. Tech is no different, with its passionate heroes who balance profit with innovation and social responsibility, and the money-mad, egomaniac villains who simply cannot be trusted. Here’s a look at tech’s good guys and bad guys.

20 Years of Adobe Photoshop

Photoshop has been a part of every web designer’s life since they picked up their first mouse.

On February 10th, 2010, Photoshop turns twenty. To mark this anniversary, we’ve come up with an article that takes you through the evolution of Photoshop from its modest beginnings as a bundled program sold with scanners to its current version.

For each version and major feature listed, we couldn’t help but think “did Photoshop ever exist without that feature?”.

Some of the minor details are fun too, such as the one-liner Easter Eggs that Photoshop developers hid in some versions and the fact that the most current versions of Adobe Photoshop CS are equipped with anti-counterfeiting measures for multiple world currencies.

I can remember my dad loading the discs for photoshop on our old Mac and checking out all the new tricks he could do. He used photoshop and Illustrator to create news letters.

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Toshiba Develops 1TB SSD That Fits On A Postage Stamp

Toshiba is working on a proof of concept that will put 1TB of storage on an area the size of a postage stamp. Solid State Drives(SSD) will have to make huge advances in storage and price to be competitive with spinning drives but it has the size advantage already. Hopefully before 2012 these drives will be available and at lower prices then spinning drives.

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Inside Western Digital: How Tomorrow’s Storage Gets Made

Tom’s Hardware got a rare look inside of Western Digital’s test facility. I love Western Digital and only use their hard drives. This article gives a good look inside how the testing process and how much trial and error goes into each generation of storage. I can’t wait until the 4 TB drives come out. 10 TB is just an insane amount of storage but I was saying 1 TB was an insane amount of storage about 5 years ago. The future of WD is looking really good with storage needs increasing daily.

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