Archive for the ‘Gizmodo’ category

An SSD Array Formatted for ZFS

March 10, 2009

I’m smitten with SSD and Gizmodo just fed me a loving spoonful of SSD PR0N. The moving parts of a traditional drive just bug me to no end: I’ve had so many drive failures over the years that solid state storage (or whatever is poised to eclipse it even) intrigue me.

One thing that ROYALLY blows my mind though is ZFS. As Leopard was coming out there was a hint that ZFS was going to be a staple in the release candidate. For whatever reason that didn’t happen. It appeared all so briefly in one of the Leopard seeds in the Disk Utility app. So, being the good little Apple dev I am… I put that baby to the test. I strung several external drives (of differing makes and capacities) together and formatted them ZFS. Damned if it didn’t work as advertised. But, what really screwed with my noodle was when I added a fresh drive to the mix… adding it to the ZFS volume was super easy and slick as hell. Why isn’t that available RFN? I dunno. But, I liked it and hope it comes back. SOON!

Now, imagine if all the above was all done on SSD drives. Holy crap! At that point you have a highly scalable VERY small footprint array of some formidable scale and wicked fast speed. Not sure what the power consumption looks like. I have to think it’s much improved per Gb pushed/pulled. I’m all for cloud computing and things like Amazon’s S3. But, if I had a read/write intensive, mission critical app and could address it with a local SSD array… WOW!

Gizmodo’s CES Prank

January 10, 2008

Excessive. Childish. Funny. The last straw?

[FINAL: I've unsubscribed from Gizmodo's feeds and hope you'll consider it too. Their advertisers should impress the message upon Gizmodo if we can't seem to get through.]

[EDIT: OK, I’ve had time to digest it… and while it’s still gets me to chuckle (I’m shaking my head in disbelief as it’s happening)… it’s more dangerous (intentionally strongly worded) and damaging than anything. What was done is being termed corporate sabotage and seems to me to be a term worthy of the act. What Gizmodo has done is to wantonly cause potentially serious harm to those they chose to victimize. Judie has posted an interesting point of view on the financial side of the stunt. If you’re Motorola or Sony or some other corporation spending large sums of money to attract the press and consumers to your exhibit only to be INTENTIONALLY sabotaged during your presentations… It won’t take a judge too very long to see there is a case here. It won’t take a jury too very long to see there are damages. It won’t take Gizmodo very long to backpedal and fire/suspend/reprimand the folks who did this.

Now, I also recall Robert Scoble drawing our attention to the fact this was going to happen and telling people to cover their IR ports. Can’t recall if he blogged it or commented it somewhere. Good for Robert raising the alert. Too bad it wasn’t heeded and acted upon in a larger way. Wish I had the foresight to call the CES pipe and drape decorators and suggest they take some serious preventative action. We live and we learn.]


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