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[4]: Comment by drcouzelis
by Morgan on Wed 13th Oct 2010 22:41 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by drcouzelis"
Morgan
Member since:
2005-06-29

...still slick as snot!


That's a nasty simile.

The problem with SSDs today is the price/performance and price/storage ratios suck. An affordable SSD is slow, small and prone to early failure. And by affordable, I mean they are still twice the cost of a faster, larger mechanical drive. A model like yours, at $150 for 30GB it is just plain silly. Sure it may live almost as long as a cheap HDD, and I'm sure it's a good deal faster, but for $150 I can buy three 250GB HDDs and RAID them for speed or redundancy.

Granted, that's a desktop solution; for a laptop SSD makes a little more sense, though again I can't seem to justify the price vs. performance gain. I guess it all comes down to whether you've got money to waste on incremental gains.

As to the longevity issue, I don't see it as that big of a deal. By the time a decent SSD starts dropping capacity, the replacement cost will have gone down significantly.

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RE[5]: Comment by drcouzelis
by nt_jerkface on Thu 14th Oct 2010 00:35 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by drcouzelis"
nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

Granted, that's a desktop solution; for a laptop SSD makes a little more sense, though again I can't seem to justify the price vs. performance gain.


I think with laptops it make more sense to have a home server to auto-backup to in case something happens. An SSD isn't going to help if your laptop is stolen.

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RE[6]: Comment by drcouzelis
by Morgan on Thu 14th Oct 2010 02:23 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by drcouzelis"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

Well I was speaking mainly of the speed gains an SSD can give over a traditional drive; there are very few laptops on the market that support any kind of data redundancy internally, and those few behemoths hardly qualify for the "laptop" moniker. I agree with you though; no matter what type of storage you have in your portable, you should have a reliable backup, multiple if possible.

My only laptop is a netbook, and the few important files I work with on it stay in my Dropbox account and are also copied to an external USB drive daily. My world wouldn't end if I lost any computer files; I'm old school and still have paper records of things like invoices for contract work, taxes and vital records. I also have DVD archives of digital photos going back to 1999.

That said, losing current data such as music projects and recent digital photos would be a headache I'd rather not suffer, hence the multiple backups, online and offline.

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RE[5]: Comment by drcouzelis
by dagw on Fri 15th Oct 2010 08:12 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by drcouzelis"
dagw Member since:
2005-07-06

I disagree, strongly. A good SSD is the number one component I add whenever putting together a new PC. Nothing improves the overall user experience more. If I have to buy a slightly cheaper CPU and/or graphics card to afford it, that is an easy and obvious sacrifice as far as I'm concerned.

For example, from a cpu and gpu standpoint my girlfriends computers is quite a bit higher speced than mine, but since I have an SSD my computer feels so much faster. Everything just starts faster and responds faster. I'll probably go so far as to say that I'm never buying another computer without an SSD.

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