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  1. Brian

    Muscle Beach

    I was watching Mecum Auto Auctions this morning in bed...they had a special hour on muscle cars. I'd be all about a Shelby Cobra if I had the temporary lapse of sanity and excess funds it would require.
  2. We've added the Toshiba MKxx56GSY family of 7200RPM 2.5" drives to the reliability database. There are four drives in total up to 500GB capacities.
  3. That's a great point. We're reviewing external drives and yes, I think it makes sense to include them in the database as well. We need to make a few changes to better accommodate SSDs in the database. When we do that, we'll make space for the externals as well and try to select a few common failure points to include as well.
  4. Zip Zpom Fly has a nice deal on the 500GB Seagate 7200.12. Take advantage of $10 instant off, $15 rebate and this coupon code (ZZF1029) to get the drive for $39.99.
  5. Starting today you can get free WiFi at about 11,500 out of McDonald's 14,000 locations. They used to charge $3 for the service, which I never understood. Starbucks, okay, I can linger there for a while and work. But McDonald's? I don't care that most have a McCafe in them now, I'm just not sitting in there longer than I have to. And $3 for 10 minutes of WiFi is a Vegas-hotel stype WiFi ripoff. It's free now - so enjoy your #2 with no onions with a side of WiFi.
  6. I've added the two Samsung Spinpoint F3 drives to the reliability database. The 500GB and 1TB are in there now.
  7. Okay, all of the F1 drives have been added.
  8. Thanks, this model has been added! Please submit your reliability report. While I'm in there, I'll try to get the rest of the F1 series added.
  9. Totally agree, an admin would approve it. I just want it to be friendly for people to request new drives. The forums might work okay, or a contact form. We'll see what people respond to. It certainly not terribly difficult to add some standardized reasons for failure. Let's definitely discuss this further when we come around for a revision of this tool. And with your other suggestions too, makes sense, you're just looking for more data points as to what and why a drive failed.
  10. My fault, I thought all the ones listed on the site currently were gen 4. Let me clean that up...
  11. Still setting aside some of the fundamental questions about the database, I've just added all of the current Caviar Green drives to the database. If you have one of these drives, please submit away
  12. Brian

    Seagate 7200.10

    This drive has been added, please rate away.
  13. Brian

    Star Trek

    It seems the follow-up is in the works now, but no JJ. Eh...I enjoyed the first one but can't say I loved it.
  14. I don't know, I always thought you had to be crazy to go to space, but it seems the ground crew has their own way to get high. Uh what? MSNBC
  15. The funny thing, to me anyway, is how old school IBM/Lenovo used to be with the Thinkpad. When I was running NotebookReview - I would have never thought they'd go all mainstream and consumer with these widescreen resolutions. Lenovo really bought that business with the intent on bringing it to the masses. It's a little sad, but what can you do?
  16. Shhhh, I'll send you the photos - have your way with them
  17. Brian

    Seagate 7200.10

    I've been working on Seagate this afternoon and tonight. I think I should be able to get the .10's all in tomorrow. The 250GB version is there now.
  18. I don't have pricing info yet, but I suspect we will by the time we post the review.
  19. I was debating the use of date too, right now it's with the family but would it be more appropriate with the product model? Maybe not, since they typically use the same or similar hardware. As it stands, I don't want to change the framework much, if at all, but we should feel free to discuss making this better, so we can address these issues progressively. Step one is adding a SSD switch, right now the database assumes they're all HDD.
  20. We just added the Seagate Barracuda 2TB drive to the reliability database. Is anyone using these, would love to test with real data. Submit your info here.
  21. We'll work on a submission form for the database pages. First order is to get the database updated with drives that you guys will submit reports for
  22. This one is the SATA version. The SAS version isn't available yet.
  23. This is a nice deal on a 60GB SSD from OCZ. The price is normally $259 - $40 instant off - $40 rebate takes this drive down to $179. General Brand OCZ Series Vertex Series Model OCZSSD2-1VTX60G Device Type Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) Architecture MLC Expansion / Connectivity Form Factor 2.5" Capacity 60GB Interface Type SATA II Features RAID Support Performance Max Shock Resistance 1500G Sequential Access - Read Up to 230 MB/s Sequential Access - Write Up to 135 MB/s Sustained Write: Up to 70MB/s MTBF 1,500,000 hours Manufacturer Warranty Parts 3 years limited Labor 3 years limited
  24. Toshiba claims to be first, Panasonic claims to be first. Well. they're both equal on the announcements, the real winner will be the first one to ship these cards. Toshiba has announced the world’s first 64GB SDXC flash memory card, also claiming the world’s fastest data transfer rate. Toshiba is also introducing 16/32GB SDHC cards with the same data transfer rate. Full Story
  25. Highpoint Technology today announced the industry’s first SATA 6 Gbps SATA RAID host adapter, the RocketRAID 620 series. The RocketRAID 620 has a PCI-e 2.0 interface and supports RAID 0/1/5/10 and JBOD. Full Story