Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 13th Oct 2010 17:26 UTC
Apple In this day and age of iOS this and iPad that you'd nearly forget it, but the gadget maker from Cupertino actually makes personal computers and an accompanying operating system as well. It's been nearly three years since the last substantial release, so it's about time: Apple has just announced a press event titled 'Back to Mac', with a lion on the invite.
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RE[2]: Comment by drcouzelis
by Neolander on Wed 13th Oct 2010 19:42 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by drcouzelis"
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I'd like to see no hard drives. They're hot, slow, bulky and unreliable. Storage should be solid state.

Unreliable ? I'm genuinely curious about this claim : have SSD finally got past mechanical hard drives in terms of reliability ?

Because yes, I know, no mechanical parts and everything, but every storage medium lasting more than 30 years which I know of (paper, clay, marble, tapes, optical disks if stored with extreme care, records, MiniDisc) requires mechanical parts somewhere in the writing or reading process.

In the specific case of SSD, last time I heard about them, they had some serious issues : sudden death by cremation after a few months in a way that's similar to early low-end USB pen drives was still common, and the ones who did survive had an issue that only let them issue a very limited number of writes per NAND chip, requiring complex algorithms at the OS level to make them live reasonably long (like the strange filesystem of the EEEPC 701). Are these now fixed ?

Edited 2010-10-13 19:46 UTC

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