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 Friday, 7-November-2008  09:08:11 (GMT +10) - by BlaYde

SanDisk has developed a new file system technology for solid state drives (SSD), which it claims has the ability to make an SSD up to 100x faster than existing systems. "Besides the advantage of being much more reliable and durable, solid state drives (SSD) also have the advantage of being quicker to deliver data. SanDisk detailed today a new technology that it hopes to cement SSD as the performance choice, coupling it with new metrics."

And while we're on the subject of solid state drives, OCZ today has launched its new Solid Series of solid state drives aimed at notebooks users. "The new OCZ Solid Series of SSDs are available in capacities of 30 GB, 60 GB and 120 GB, with read and write speeds hitting up to 155 MB/s and 90 MB/s, respectively. Designed and optimized for modern notebooks, the Solid Series of SSDs are available in a 2.5-inch form factor and are not recommended for use in laptops purchased prior to 2007."

Today at WinHEC 2008, Microsoft has introduced their latest OS in the making to their hardware partners and has encouraged the engineers to begin developing for the platform by distributing the application programming interface (API). "Weve done a great deal of work in Windows 7 to enable new scenarios with our hardware partners, and we are excited by the partner innovation we have shown today," said DeVaan, senior vice president of the Windows Core Operating System Division at Microsoft"

Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer was in Sydney yesterday for Telstra's investor day and it didn't take him long to start cracking Telstra jokes. However, Telstra's chief executive Sol Trujillo wasn't in the mood for jokes as he told the shareholders to "shoot the telco's management" if it ever agrees to structural separation in order to build the national broadband network. So it seems that Sol is still keen on building the national broadband network but I'd love to know how he plans on doing that since he already cut 8,784 jobs since 2005 and plans to cut a further 3,216 jobs by 2010. One person who seems to have survived the cut is John McInerney, who today was promoted to the CIO and group managing director of IT.

Microsoft should buy us, says Yahoo boss Jerry Yang. "Speaking at the Web 2.0 conference in San Francisco yesterday, Yang said:"To this day, I'd say the best thing for Microsoft to do is buy Yahoo." He added, "Did we want to do the deal? Yes." It is not clear whether Yang's comments were prompted by the collapse of the agreement between his firm and the mighty Gurgle."

Ars Technica is reporting that The Pirate Bay, a bit torrent P2P website has set a new record of 22 million active peers this week. "Pirate pride is alive and well in Sweden, where notorious file-sharing search hub The Pirate Bay is moored. The site announced today that it set a new record of 22 million active peers this week, up from only 12 million in April of this year. If P2P growth has slowed, the most prominent public tracker in the world certainly isn't feeling the squeeze. "

The launch of Intel's Core i7 platform has been well documented this week, with a massive number of in-depth reviews posted on various hardware review websites. Today however, bit-tech goes a step further by Overclocking Intel's Core i7 920. " With an RRP of $284 its not exactly a Core 2 Quad Q6600 G0 territory bargain, but it's the cheapest of the new Core i7 CPUs by a large margin. What potential does $284 buy you though? The Q6600s clocked to between 3.0 and 3.6GHz usually, although inevitably there are some people out there with some serious skills having eked out over 4GHz."

As if invading Iraq and Afghanistan wasn't enough, the US Army now wants to invade Azeroth in the World of Warcraft. "The US Army has announced that it is to start testing a new type of artificial intelligence in public through the servers for Blizzard's World of Warcraft.

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