Thursday Shortbread

Eight is Enough

  1. Intel reports fifth consecutive quarter of record revenue
  2. Apple: iPad cannibalizes sales of Macintosh PCs
  3. Electricpig: 2011 MacBook Air benchmarks are

    amazing, outperforms all 2010 MacBook Pros

  4. X-bit labs: AMD Athlon II, Phenom II, Sempron set to be killed by 2012
  5. techPowerUp!: EVGA teases community with upcoming LGA2011 motherboard

    prototype and OCZ Technology unveils Indilinx Everest series SSD controller

  6. News in a Box: Microsoft will give up the Windows brand
  7. AllThingsD, AnandTech, Ars Technica, Engadget, Gizmodo, TechReviewSource,

    The NY Times, Time, and TNW review Mac OS X 10.7 Lion

  8. DailyTech reports Apple discontinues several boxed

    software products, pushes Mac App Store instead


  1. The NY Times: U.S. to close 800 computer data centers (thanks Neutronbeam)
  2. TheStreet: Qualcomm earnings dazzle, but not enough
  3. DigiTimes: Foxconn reportedly considering ECS acquisition
  4. AppleInsider: Chinese counterfeiting extends to full-blown fake Apple retail stores
  5. C|Net reports Google+ reportedly hitting 18 million users
  6. VR-Zone on on Google Search: Now shipping with malware detection
  7. DailyTech reports indie music trade group targets LimeWire

Hardware news

  1. AnandTech has 2011 MacBook Air and Mac mini specs and details
  2. DigiTimes: Google, Intel set to upgrade Chromebook performance

    and Foxconn notebook team reportedly shifted to Compal

  3. Fudzilla reports Llano lappies still hard to find in Europe
  4. VR-Zone’s exclusive hands-on pictures of ASRock’s new Gen3 motherboards
  5. StorageReview: Western Digital releases 9.5mm 1TB notebook hard drive
  6. X-bit labs: GE’s holographic storage tech enabling

    500GB discs steps closer to commercialization

  7. AnandTech reports Apple updates Cinema Display to a Thunderbolt Display
  8. VR-Zone reports Asus launches RoG Vulcan ANC Pro gaming headset
  9. Dealzon’s deals: $15 coupon for EVGA Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti, $400 off

    17.3” Toshiba P770D-BT4N22 AMD quad A6-3400M, $160 off 13” Dell Vostro

    3350 i3-2310M / 3GB RAM, and $160 off Dell Vostro 260 mini tower i3-2100 /

    19” LED


  1. HotHardware: HTC Puccini passes FCC: AT&T’s first LTE tablet?
  2. All About Microsoft reports Microsoft Windows Phone

    Marketplace to open to Mango developers in August

  3. Ars Technica’s hands-on with the native Google+ app for iPhone
  4. PCPer has Qualcomm Vellamo browser benchmark and results


  1. Mac Rumors: ‘Internet Recovery‘ lets new Macs install OS X from blank hard drive
  2. AppleInsider: Mac OS X Lion will be available on USB thumb drive for $69 in August
  3. DailyTech: Virtualization reaches 92% enterprise penetration rate, VMware leads the way
  4. TC Magazine: Safari 5.1 goes live, includes Reading List, Resume features, more updates
  5. Ars Technica has Mac OS X Lion: a screenshot gallery
  6. TUAW reports iTunes 10.4 is available and ready for Lion
  7. AppleInsider: Apple makes Xcode free to all with release of 4.1 on Mac App Store


  1. AMD [H]ard|OCP Texas GamExperience
  2. RPS reports Zeboyd PC sales leave XBLIG in the dust
  3. Joystiq reports Prey 2 live-action trailers get developer commentary
  4. Call of Juarez: The Cartel – launch trailer
  5. Shacknews reports Star Fox 64 3D coming September 9
  6. Fudzilla reports reloaded Goldeneye 007 is incoming

    and bonuses confirmed for Halo Anniversary

  7. GameSpot: Family Guy Online open beta targeted for this year
  8. The Witcher patch 1.3
  9. Shacknews pens Warhammer 40,000 Space Marine multiplayer preview


  1. 18 months later: Origin’s Genesis desktop revisited by TR alum Joel Hruska
  2. VR-Zone’s exclusive preview of Asus ET2410 series AIO PC
  3. t-break’s Lenovo ThinkPad X1 review
  4. techPowerUp! reviews 1200W Antec High Current Pro HCP-1200 PSU
  5. TR alum Dustin Sklavos reviews SilverStone Raven RV03 case
  6. Hardware Canucks review Lian Li PC-A70F case
  7. X-bit labs review Deepcool V6000 graphics card cooler
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    • sweatshopking
    • 8 years ago

    “Electricpig: 2011 MacBook Air benchmarks are
    amazing, outperforms all 2010 MacBook Pros”


      • Arclight
      • 8 years ago

      In related news, scientists have discovered that widows feel more alive than their husbands.

      • Hattig
      • 8 years ago

      Yeah except one is the ultra-thin laptop, the other the high-end pro laptop. For the ‘cheap’ consumer laptop to overtake the previous high end laptop within a year is quite a step up.

      Although I’m guessing that some of the improvement is because the Air comes with an SSD.

        • sweatshopking
        • 8 years ago

        and a sandy bridge cpu…?

    • Arclight
    • 8 years ago

    [quote<]I.Intel reports fifth consecutive quarter of record revenue[/quote<] Should i consider that a good news or bad news for the CPU industry?

      • spartus4
      • 8 years ago

      I would say it is good news. Intel is adding jobs and making record revenue. Sounds all good to me.

    • Jigar
    • 8 years ago

    AppleInsider: Chinese counterfeiting extends to full-blown fake Apple retail stores

    Smart move spelling their stores as stoer.

      • dpaus
      • 8 years ago

      In related news, Arnold Schwarchenegger has just signed a deal to be a spokesperson for the Android Ahhpp Store.

    • ClickClick5
    • 8 years ago

    VI.X-bit labs: GE’s holographic storage tech enabling 500GB discs steps closer to commercialization

    🙂 And I read about you back in 2005. This is exciting for data horders… and people with 900GB of games from Steam.

    However, the first gen of this type of tech will be very…interesting. Third or fourth gen will be the better place to buy.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 8 years ago

      This stuff was cool before HDDs exploded in capacity. With 2TB drives well under $100 why bother with optical?

        • Palek
        • 8 years ago

        For backups that don’t die in 3-5 years and don’t require any kind of maintenance. Optical still has its uses beyond media delivery.

          • mesyn191
          • 8 years ago

          What are you talking about? I have CD-R’s much less DVD-R’s that died months after being burned, and this was quality media.

          Optical media as a back up is a joke now with cheap hard drives. Its slow as fuck too. I’d rather use a 3TB USB3 external hard drive over a stack of BD-R’s or DVD-Rs or even these holographic media disks.

          Which BTW will be more delicate than current media in real world use.

            • Palek
            • 8 years ago

            [quote<]What are you talking about? I have CD-R's much less DVD-R's that died months after being burned, and this was quality media.[/quote<] And I have had the exact opposite experience: I have not lost a single disc I have burned. That includes CDs, DVDs and BDs. [quote<]Optical media as a back up is a joke now with cheap hard drives. Its slow as **** too.[/quote<] You can burn a full DVD in a matter of minutes. I would hardly call that slow. [quote<]I'd rather use a 3TB USB3 external hard drive over a stack of BD-R's or DVD-Rs or even these holographic media disks. Which BTW will be more delicate than current media in real world use.[/quote<] That is pure guesswork on your part. BDs were supposed to be very delicate, too, but then disc manufacturers came up with various [url=<]hard coating technologies[/url<] that made them pretty sturdy.

            • mesyn191
            • 8 years ago

            Hahah OK whatever buddy. Quick and dirty random searches on google will show you that optical media has high failure rates, no manufacturer will guarantee their stuff once its been written to. They usually only guarantee 5-10 years on the shelf if unburned and stored properly, but I’ve had them die fresh out the package even then. I’ve burned thousands of disks over the years, CD, DVD, and BD, they’re all crap. All of them. They all face the same damn fundamental issues with sensitivity to light and heat due to dyes that are used and the way they’re put together.

            And yes burning a DVD in minutes is slow, its slow as hell when you’re dealing with TB of data. My USB3 hard drive gets over 90MB/sec routinely, DVD’s and BD’s burn at a fraction of that rate.

            Also you sound like a shill for Sony/BluRay. That scratch resistent coating isn’t all that great either. They’re somewhat harder to scratch than DVD’s and that is it.

            • Palek
            • 8 years ago

            First, I’m no optical media expert and I haven’t looked into official research on media longevity. I was merely telling you that I’ve had a very different experience with writable optical media. No doubt careful storage is very important (in addition to good quality media and a good quality burner). But then you wouldn’t throw a hard drive around, either. Longevity and durability is one area where flash is clearly superior to both optical media and HDDs, but flash costs are still too high.

            Second, no HDD manufacturer will guarantee the data you write to your HDD, either. They will replace the drive but you can kiss your data good-bye if something goes wrong. Optical media is so cheap that replacement costs are trivial.

            Third, I don’t back up terabytes of data regularly – do you? If yes, is it possible that you’re a fringe case? I DVD/BD writing speeds are just fine [u<]for me[/u<], and I suspect they're fine for most home users as well. Lastly, of course I must be a shill. How classy of you to resort to unfounded accusations.

            • mesyn191
            • 8 years ago

            Anecdotes don’t count for much at all man you know better than that. You may truly never have ever had a single optical disk fail, in which case good on you but you’re an outlier. Also I don’t kick around my external hard drive but I’ve dropped it plenty of times and its fine. So long as it isn’t powered on and spinning when you drop it and its in its case mechanical disks can take quite a bit of beating. Go look at the manufacturers specs for non operating drops and such, they’re not bad at all, 350G.

            I also didn’t say anything about guaranteeing the data once you write, no one does that, I was referring to the life of the disk. You can write almost as much as you want to a mechanical disk but life of the hardware won’t change. Write once to optical media and that disk and who knows how long it will hold up.

            At work I do back up TB of data constantly. We have to save video and studies for 7 years in a medical lab as well as for the security system which is 8 cameras for the office. I have over 3 TB of video/games/crap on my PC at home and maybe triple that on my HTPC. HD video eats up disk space like its nothing, but everyone knows that so I don’t know why you think having TB of data is some sort of corner case. Its common these days.

            You keep defending crappy stuff and yea people gonna wonder if you getting paid for it.

            • Krogoth
            • 8 years ago

            You’re bashing optical media because it doesn’t suit the needs of your job? That’s logic for you.

            • mesyn191
            • 8 years ago

            Random data loss and media life span doesn’t suit any job. TB back up sizes are no longer uncommon either, so for you to say “doesn’t suit your job” means you either misread what I posted or you’re being facetious.

            • Krogoth
            • 8 years ago

            In enterprise world, that is quite true. It is a different story for the mainstream and most other home users.

            You are going to be hard-pressed to find somebody who has TBs of data that isn’t related to pr0n or gray-area material that needs to be back-up on a frequent basis. If they are such a situation, they most likely around have some kind of scheme that works for their needs.

            • Palek
            • 8 years ago

            It goes both ways – from where I stand you are the one with the “anecdotes”. Maybe you could dial back the smugness.

            I know my personal experiences are not indicative of overall reliability. I know discs fail, I didn’t suggest otherwise; I presented a counterexample. I’m an most likely an extreme case, but I get the feeling that so are you.

            Clearly the requirements of a data-intensive workplace are very different from that of private individuals. It appears that you are primarily talking about your preferences for professional use while I never even touched on that. At least we’ve established that we were talking about different things.

            Also, you say you have over 3TBs of data at home. Well, so do I. But just how often do you need to back it all up? In my case, I back up our photos to BD roughly once a year, and may fill up two BDs with video camera footage per year, for example.

            Obviously a two-tier back-up strategy is much safer even for home users who care a bit about their data. I have a RAID1 NAS device that keeps a duplicate of all important documents and photos etc. I use optical discs to back everything up [u<]on top of that[/u<]. Once again, I [u<]personally[/u<] find that burnable optical media still has its uses. I'm not saying it is better than HDDs or SSDs, I'm saying it still has a place.

            • mesyn191
            • 8 years ago

            There is no “from where I stand”. Everything I said is easily searchable on Google. I even gave you the non op shock values from WD own website for the hard drives so you didn’t have to do that. If you’re seeing smugness in my posts that is you reading into things and not my intent.

            And backing up once a year? On optical media….wow you’re pretty much begging to lose stuff. I back up at least monthly since I’m always adding more stuff and have 2 sets of back ups, yes at home weekly at work. With the speed that RAID1 hard drive array can be written to its no big deal to do a back up at all.

            You wanna keep trying your luck with optical media go ahead. You’ll learn the hard way after you lose an archive or 2 that you need.

            • Palek
            • 8 years ago

            You must have missed the part where I talked about my RAID1 NAS that keeps a backup of all important files. Optical is a second backup.

            Let’s consider this discussion closed, eh? I’ll keep using optical and you can keep avoiding it like the plague! 🙂

            • anotherengineer
            • 8 years ago

            When you say “quality media” do you mean Taiyo Yuden or something else?

            • mesyn191
            • 8 years ago

            Sure TY, Memorex, Ricoh, <insert every brand ever here>. It doesn’t matter which one you get, they’re all made in the same way and use similar dyes. Its the dyes that are the problem since they hold the data and are UV/heat sensitive.

            There are special cabinets you can get to keep out the light and regulate temp and all if you like, but that doesn’t matter, they still die randomly and usually within a few years. Now the CD/DVD/BR disks that come from the factory are made differently and if you can keep them from getting scratched and all and away from sunlight they will last for decades, but we were discussing the recordorable stuff not the factory pressed stuff.

            • Krogoth
            • 8 years ago

            Ummmm, that’s why optical media cases have warnings not to expose the media to temperature extremes and sunlight. 🙄

            It is like complaining about flammable material catching on fire when it gets expose to any flame.

            • mesyn191
            • 8 years ago

            Duh. I’m not storing them in the sunlight. Lightbulbs alone seem to kill them dead. Just the daily room temp variations seem to be enough, even in a dark cabinet.

          • BobbinThreadbare
          • 8 years ago

          I doubt this technology can keep up with flash’s increases in density and cost/byte.

        • willmore
        • 8 years ago

        I’m not even sure how many *decades* ago it was when I first read about how holographic tape (disc, whatever) will save us all. Crap, I need to talk to my friends at RCA, I’m pretty sure they have a system from the 60’s. I’ve touched the tapes, I know it existed. I also know, like everyone else does, that it never became a commercial product–let alone a success.

          • ClickClick5
          • 8 years ago

          Ever use those LaserDiscs as frisbees? I don’t recommend it. Period.

            • Palek
            • 8 years ago

            I’ve seen them used around vegetable/crop fields to scare away birds. 🙂

            • willmore
            • 8 years ago

            No, we used the metal platters of a DEC removable pack drive. I think they were 14″ or so. Embedded themselves nicely in the ground when they impacted.

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