Monthly Archives: July 2007

Patents from Microsoft and Apple reveal future plans for WiFi on Zune, iPod

The idea of squirting music is one of those ideas that seem obvious enough once you think about it and to tell you the truth, it sounds really cool. But…without having looked at the patent yet (I will and will post details here later…) it seems obvious that there has to be a DRM mechanism involved.

Microsoft, in case you missed it, DRM just isn’t working out all that well…maybe someone will get the hint and open source DRM.

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AT&T willing to spy for NSA, MPAA, and RIAA

They’ve actually been doing this for some time now…read on.

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Phanfare: Moving to Amazon S3

If you haven’t heard of Amazon’s S3 web service yet then you are missing out…this is a very cool service and with the addition of the new MySQL service could very well become the new infrastructure for small internet startups.

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Google says S.M.A.R.T. is Dumb!

Google’s study looked at more than one hundred thousand disk drives which were a combination of serial and parallel ATA consumer-grade hard disk drives, ranging in speed from 5400 to 7200 rpm, and in size from 80 to 400 GB. The observed range of annualized failure rates varied from 1.7 percent, for drives that were in their first year of operation, to over 8.6 percent, observed in their third year.

I have spent many sleepless waiting for a hard drive to fail simply because S.M.A.R.T. predicting impending failure. For several years I would have the following email message sent by cPanel.

Subject: [cPanel smartcheck] Possible Hard Drive Failure Soon
S.M.A.R.T Errors on /dev/hda
From Command: /usr/sbin/smartctl -q errorsonly -H -l selftest -l error /dev/hda
ATA Error Count: 1
Error 1 occurred at disk power-on lifetime: 93 hours
—-END /dev/hda–

I eventually switched to another machine simply because I couldn’t take the stress but the hard drive never did fail.

Take a look at Google’s findings…if only I had known! 😉

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