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Toshiba will soon start production of 2 new interesting products which may find their way into future mobile/portable devices.
First are the new SATA SSD (Solid State Drive) drives on 1.8' and 2.5' formats. According Engadget 32, 64 and 128 GB will be available. Speed announced is read 100 MB/s while reading and 40 MB/sec writting.
With such capacity, traditional mechanical hard disk will slowly disappear from portable devices. With no moving parts, a solid state drive largely eliminates seek time, latency and other electro-mechanical delays and failures associated with a conventional hard disk drive.
The second interesting product announced by Toshiba is the so called "Super Charge ion Battery" (SCiB) which is at this stage not intended for portable devices but for industrial systems and electric vehicles.
SCiB Major Characteristics
- Safety : SCiB adopts a new negative-electrode material that offers a high level of thermal stability and a high flash point electrolyte. Its structure is resistant to internal short circuiting and thermal runaway
- Long-life cycle : Capacity loss after 3,000 cycles of rapid charge and discharge is less than 10%. SCiB batteries are able to repeat the charge-discharge cycle over 5,000 times which is equivalent to more than 10 years with a once-a-day recharge-discharge cycle.
- Rapidly rechargeable : Safety characteristics of SCiB allow recharge with a current as large as 50 amperes (A), allowing the SCiB Cell and SCiB Standard Module to recharge to 90% of full capacity in only five minutes.
- High power (practical capacity) : The SCiB has an input-output performance equivalent to that of an electric double layer capacitor.
- Temperature : Extreme temperatures supported with sufficient discharge at temperatures as low as -30°C.
SCiB batteries will first be available on the market in March 2008 with the following specifications:
- Nominal voltage : 24VDC
- Nominal capacity : 4.2 Ah
- Size : 10x30x5 cm
- Weight : 2 kg
Perhaps these batteries will also find other field of application, but for portable devices they will need to become lighter and slimmer..but batteries that get charges in five minutes are definitively very attractive for mobile users.
What do you think ?
Sources: Engadget Toshiba
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The Gartner Group launched during the IT Security Summit, a book written by Richard Hunter (Gartner vice-president) entitled IT Risk: "Turning Business Threats into Competitive".
The Register published an article highlighting some of Hunter's statement. Extracts:
- IT systems have become so integral to businesses that their failure can have disastrous consequences for an organization.
- IT risk is too important to be left to IT departments
- IT risk is related to IT value. It would be short-sighted not to recognize either value or risk
The complete article in available on The Register site.
More interesting than the article itself are indeed the comments which clearly show how wide is the gap between the theory (or the analysis) and the reality.
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- So the Bean counters and all the people who have no clue about it should have control? BAD IDEA.
- …This is the reason why an I.T director needs to sit on the board. Not however just some one who did a MBA but barely knows how to turn on their PC.
- …much of the problem can be resolved with a bit of education and common sense – and some money of course
- Ignorance, from middle management to board level, of even simple issues relating to IT risks that can be seriously detrimental to the business as a whole.
- Management, up to board level, simply not listening to IT managers who DO know what they are talking about
- In my experience IT risk auditors are finance types who don't understand IT and thus cannot adequately assess the risk
- Yes, let's take away IT disaster management and network security from the people that have a clue.
All comments are here.
I recognize in most comments highly experienced, realistic and well grounded IT guys. About the, so called, IT Analysts… same consideration than for the Burton Group.
As expressed, common sense would be to have IT director on the board, and the management to wake up and become IT skilled.
What's your opinion ?
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I don't want to defend Skype after the outage their login system faced last week (16-18.08.07), as they are doing it lots better than me, but I'm amazed by the quantity of critical and harsh reactions following this unforeseen interruption of service.
I have the impression that Skype critical voices are not so loud and mean when their local ISP, mobile operator, telephone company, electricity or any other services they subscribe, including indispensable ones such lift, coffee machine, PS3 etc..
Skype outage was the first major glitch for the last 4 years which is more than excellent record in term of reliability. During that period how many time you have not been able to send SMS, pass a phone calls and even access the Internet either from home or at work ?
In addition, Skype took the decision to compensate their paying customers (Skype Pro, Skype Unlimited,
SkypeIn or Skype Voicemail customers) by extending their subscription for 7 days in a goodwill gesture.
What I would propose is to spead the word among all Telco's and ISP (to start with) that automatic compensations are most welcome whenever they are not able to deliver the service we are paying for (perfect example of bad ISP behavior in Switzerland, video in French).
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