4 TB Hard disk by 2011

Posted on in Categories Beyond nixCraft, File system, Hardware, Links last updated October 15, 2007

Few days back I got 2 x 1 TB hard disks to dump my data and move to another location. Hitachi achieves nanotechnology milestone for quadrupling terabyte hard drive. It further claims 4 terabyte (TB) desktop hard drive (and 1TB laptop hd) by 2011. The hard drive-maker said it has created the world’s smallest disk drive heads — about 2,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair. Once upon time I was quite happy with 260M hard disk. A terabyte can hold the text of roughly 1 million books, 250 hours of high-definition video, or a quarter million songs.

Now just imagine a simple SATA RAID with 4 such drives that can give you dirt cheap commodity 12TB NAS powered by Linux / FreeNAS software. :) Also watch out for the flash based hard disk. They use less power with good data transfer rate.

=> More information at : Hitachi: 4 terabyte hard drives by 2011

Notes from a freed.in ~ FOSS conference in New Delhi with videos

Posted on in Categories Beyond nixCraft, GNU/Open source, India, News last updated October 11, 2007

I missed FOSS conference in New Delhi ~ over 700 people, two days of sheer fun, excitement and lots of FOSS :( I was in Chennai.. anyway freed.in is the leading community event in the Indian sub-continent and the developing world, promoting freedom in technology, software and other related fields, and personal privacy. The annual event makes free and open source software more visible to the world, and shares its excitement with everybody. freed.in helps nurture the community and enables networking within and outside the community in a fun environment. The event strives towards seeding of new projects.

Mayank Sharma has posted news and videos here.

Do you sleep or take a nap at work?

Posted on in Categories Beyond nixCraft, News, Sys admin last updated September 28, 2007

According to a new survey half of IT works admit sleeping on the job or kissing coworkers. Well I have never fallen asleep, but I know few co-workers currently suffering from sleep disorder. From the article:

And nearly half of techies also are apparently in the mood for love. Forty-seven percent of tech pros admit they’ve kissed a co-worker, according to the online survey of 5,700 U.S. workers, including 163 techies, conducted by Harris Interactive for job site CareerBuilder.com. Forty-nine percent of male techies say they’ve fallen asleep at work, while only 35% of women admitted doing so.

As for smooching, 44% of men techies say they’ve kissed a co-worker, while only 34% confessed to puckering up with a colleague.

However many business people or manager takes power nap / catnap. It offers some health benefit. According to wikipedia:

Since these seminal studies demonstrated that naps were as good as a night of sleep on some memory tasks, more sleep laboratories have reported similar results. A NASA study has found, however, that while naps improve memory functions, they do not aid basic alertness

Stallman: if you want freedom don’t follow Linus Torvalds

Posted on in Categories Beyond nixCraft, GNU/Open source, Linux, Windows last updated September 12, 2007

The founder of the Free Software Foundation asks readers whether they will fight for freedom or be too lazy to resist. In an interview he talks about GPL v3 and many other things:

The fact that Torvalds says “open source” instead of “free software” shows where he is coming from. I wrote the GNU GPL to defend freedom for all users of all versions of a program. I developed version 3 to do that job better and protect against new threats.

Torvalds says he rejects this goal; that’s probably why he doesn’t appreciate GPL version 3. I respect his right to express his views, even though I think they are foolish. However, if you don’t want to lose your freedom, you had better not follow him.

=> Read rest of the interview … (via OSNews)

Let the flame war began ;)