Symwave and Seagate Demonstrate Worldâ

Symwave, Inc., a semiconductor supplier of high-performance analog/mixed-signal connectivity solutions for the PC, consumer and mobile devices, today announced collaboration with Seagate to demonstrate Symwave’s USB 3.0 storage controller device designed to comply with the SuperSpeed (USB 3.0) specification revision 1.0.
The technology demonstration is the world’s first consumer product application of USB 3.0 and will take place at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada from January 8-11, 2009. The demonstration will showcase streaming data to and from a commercially available external storage device at speeds previously unattainable with legacy USB technology.

Seagate’s award-winning FreeAgent® family of external storage solutions will be used to demonstrate the read-and-write transfer speeds of USB 3.0. Seagate was selected for this display of technology due to the company’s industry leadership position and reputation for maintaining a high-level of technological innovation.

The USB 3.0 specification is a rapidly emerging technology that enables high-speed connectivity between consumer devices at up to 10 times faster than current solutions. It is backwards compatible with the more than 10 billion USB devices shipped to date. Only seven weeks ago, Symwave announced the world’s first USB 3.0 physical layer device (PHY) at the same time as the first public release of the Revision 1.0 Specification at the SuperSpeed USB Developers Conference.

“Symwave is honored to be working with Seagate in this show of the first USB 3.0 solution in a real world application of data backup, storage and media streaming,” said Yossi Cohen, president and CEO of Symwave. “Customer reaction to our new PHY device for USB 3.0 has been extremely positive and we will continue to focus on delivering leading-edge products that will allow them to address the growing demand for high-speed storage solutions.”

The industry’s SuperSpeed USB organization encompasses over 200 companies including the leading brands in consumer electronics, mobile devices, storage, and PCs. With such broad industry momentum and support, SuperSpeed USB is poised to become the most pervasive high-speed connectivity technology over the coming years.

About Symwave, Inc

Symwave is a global fabless semiconductor company that designs, develops and markets high-performance analog/mixed-signal integrated circuits and related system software solutions. The Company specializes in the design and development of low-power, high-speed, standards-based Serial Physical Layer ICs (PHYs) and Analog Front End ICs (AFEs) leveraging its proprietary mixed-signal technology and silicon design capabilities. Symwave is focused on defining, developing and delivering best-in-class/first-in-class solutions for its customers, leveraging an experienced world-class analog/mixed-signal IC design team and unique IP portfolio. Symwave is a privately held company funded in 2004 headquartered in Orange County, CA with a Design Center in Shenzhen, China, and offices in San Diego, CA, and Taipei, Taiwan. The company is backed by top-tier venture capital firms including Kodiak Venture Partners and CMEA Ventures, among others. Additional information is available at www.symwave.com.

Seagate and Seagate Technology are trademarks or registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC or its affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. FreeAgent is either a trademark or registered trademark of Seagate Technology LLC or one of its affiliated companies in the United States and/or other countries. 

USB 3.0 on the way

The latest revision of the USB standard is in progress
USB has become a wonderful connection standard. The USB standard has been upgraded once already to give us USB 2.0. Now a new version, 3.0, is on the way.

USB 3.0 offers 10 times the transfer speed of USB 2.0 and significant power management savings. First devices are not likely till 2010.

With USB fast replacing FireWire for external drive connections, the extra speed will be most welcome.

Apple Falls Victim to Foul Smelling China Syndrome

It seems that Apple has problems with Power Macs that were made in China with a strong and toxic smell released from the computer when running.
It is not just poisoned milk. It may also be poisoned Macs in the latest about Chinese manufacture.

Reports are surfacing of a toxic and potentially carcinogenic gas being released from certain Power Macs that were made in China that do not occur with later Power Macs made in the US. There are also indications that this may have affected other models, such as Macbooks.

You can read more:
http://blogs.zdnet.com/Apple/?p=2319&tag=nl.e539
and
http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=962025&tstart=0

I think this represents the tip of the iceberg. Many electronics items have a smell when you first get them, in fact some call it like the new car smell, which is in fact chemicals released from the vinyl and plastics in the car. Call me old fashioned but I’d prefer not to get a dose of toxins with my new electronic equipment. In some cases burning in the equipment for 24 to 48 hours in a well ventilated room seems to help. But shouldn’t the manufacturer be ensuring that this is already done?

There is a whiff in the air, and it could not only be your computer but the beginnings of a new, long term, health issue. Maybe modern technology really is making us sick.

Delkin has 200 year life burnable Blu-ray disks

Delkin Launches the Longest Lasting Archival Blu-ray Disc Able To Burn 25GB of Data in Only 23 Minutes!
Press Release

Delkin Devices is now shipping Archival Gold® Blu-ray (BD-R) recordable media, the first archival Blu-ray (BD-R) disc guaranteed to preserve data safely for over 200 years. Delkin Blu-ray (BD-R) discs feature an unprecedented 200 year longevity rating, as well as a market-leading 4x write speed, enabling users to burn 25GB of data in only 23 minutes. Proprietary ScratchArmor(TM) scratch-proof coating protect the discs over fifty times better then typical coatings found on other optical discs, making Delkin Blu-ray the most durable in the market.

“Professional photographers, police officers, scientists, medical professionals, lawyers, business owners and others need a reliable way to back up and archive their data” explains Product Manager Anna Lopez. “Delkin Blu-ray (BD-R) discs are manufactured in small batches to ensure an unparalleled degree of quality; our careful manufacturing processes and high standards are what enable our discs to last.”

A single Blu-ray disc is able to store 25GB of data, which is more capacity than 5 DVDs or 33 CDs can provide. Unlike other Blu-ray recordable discs, Delkin Archival Gold® Blu-ray is guaranteed to preserve data safely for over 200 years and can withstand the effects of UV light, heat and humidity without damage to the disc. This is largely due to the patented “phase-change” recording materials that enable astonishing durability and unwavering recording properties over a long period of time. The unprecedented 4x speed rating enables a burn that is at least twice as fast as any other Blu-ray disc, while the ScratchArmor(TM) scratch-proof coating provides complete protection from scratches, fingerprints, dye, dust, static and more. There is no other disc available that can provide a longer lifespan, a faster burn speed, or a higher level of damage protection.

“Delkin is committed to providing customers with products that are at the forefront of new technology and innovation,” explains CEO Martin Wood. “Now that the battle between HD DVD and Blu-ray media has come to an end, we are excited to offer an archival Blu-ray (BD-R) product that exceeds our customers’ expectations and fits in with our current line of Archival Gold media.”

BD-R media represents the next generation of optical storage, and the official successor to the DVD. Initially developed for studio use with High Definition video, its use has quickly expanded into the gaming, home theater, and PC market. Since BD drives are backwards compatible with DVD and CD media, the marketplace is quickly adapting to the newest optical disc format. BD reader/writers are now bundled as the standard disc drive in a growing number of affordable computers, and in basic home stereo units at mass retailers across the U.S.

Delkin archival BD-R discs are manufactured according to the official specifications outlined by the Blu-ray Disc Association and have unparallel support from all BD recorders and writers in the market; they are considered as one of the industry benchmarks for recordable BD media. Delkin BD-R discs are available in a variety of packages, including a single jewel case, a five disc binder, a ten disc spindle, or a 25 disc spindle, and can be purchased immediately at a variety of fine retailers internationally. Go to www.delkin.com for more information or to purchase directly from Delkin Devices.

About Delkin Devices
Delkin Devices, Inc. is based in Poway, California, and its European branch office is located in Birmingham, England. Delkin has been “Making Photography Better” since 1986. From SensorScope cleaning products and Archival Gold Media to Pop-Up Shades and Power batteries, Delkin products deliver premium quality, innovative designs and an ongoing dedication to superior customer service. Delkin Devices and its products have become worldwide industry leaders in both OEM and consumer markets. Delkin branded memory cards continue to be a leading choice among professional photographers and others passionate about digital photography.

Visit us today at www.delkin.com

HP Debuts Workstations for Digital Content Creators, Joins DreamWorks in NAB Keynote Address

HP today announced the immediate availability of two performance-boosted versions of its high-end personal workstation computers for digital content professionals in the broadcast, film/video post-production, animation and graphic arts industries.
Press Release

In addition, the company will join DreamWorks Animation to present a keynote address at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show in Las Vegas to preview a breakthrough product collaboration between the two companies

“Our personal workstations are widely known as the favorite workhorses of the NAB industry’s top professionals,” said John Thompson, vice president and general manager, Workstations, Personal Systems Group, HP. “A new generation of multimedia content, and the incredible groundswell of creativity behind it, is driving technology innovation to new heights. We continue to help power this movement with the latest performance enhancements in our workstations.”

During an afternoon keynote address, Todd Bradley, executive vice president of the Personal Systems Group at HP, and Roger Enrico, chairman of the board of DreamWorks Animation, will describe how creativity is driving technology advances and expanding the potential for new content.

The address, titled “Digital Innovation: What You Dream is What You Get,” will feature a video appearance by Jeffrey Katzenberg, chief executive officer and director of DreamWorks Animation. The trio will discuss future highly integrated systems that provide greater levels of digital color consistency between devices.

HP’s two updated high-end workstations, the HP xw8600 workstation and the HP xw9400 workstation, offer customers the latest in quad-core processor advances to boost performance for power users working with real-time video, high definition, animation and special effects.

The HP xw8600 workstation, the higher performing of the two, includes up to two Quad-Core Intel® Xeon® X5482 processors with a 1,600-MHz front side bus, 800-MHz memory and HP’s world-class expandability and reliability. The HP xw9400 workstation offers a choice of three new Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) 2300 processors.

Demonstrating HP’s environmental leadership, both workstations are listed Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT(TM)) Gold, the highest rating available.

Professionals in the broadcast, film/video post-production and animation industries already use HP workstations to power their most demanding applications. For example:

  • DreamWorks Animation artists tapped HP’s powerful workstations to bring the characters in the Shrek movie series and Bee Movie to life;
  • Bungie’s game development team used HP workstations in the development of the highly anticipated Halo 3 game.
  • Belo Corporation, recipient of more national Edward R. Murrow Awards in 2007 than any other commercial television group, uses HP workstations to produce TV journalism for its broad family of stations; and
  • A&E Television Networks uses HP workstations to produce a wide range of standard and high-definition programming across its networks, including A&E Network®, The History Channel®, The Biography Channel® and A&E HD(TM).

About HP

HP focuses on simplifying technology experiences for all of its customers – from individual consumers to the largest businesses. With a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure, HP is among the world’s largest IT companies, with revenue totaling $107.7 billion for the four fiscal quarters ended Jan. 31, 2008. More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at http://www.hp.com.

Intel and Xeon are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the United States and other countries. AMD and AMD Opteron are trademarks or registered trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices Inc. in the United States and/or other jurisdictions.

This news release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. If such risks or uncertainties materialize or such assumptions prove incorrect, the results of HP and its consolidated subsidiaries could differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements, including but not limited to statements of the plans, strategies and objectives of management for future operations; any statements concerning expected development, performance or market share relating to products and services; anticipated operational and financial results; any statements of expectation or belief; and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. Risks, uncertainties and assumptions include the execution and performance of contracts by HP and its customers, suppliers and partners; the achievement of expected results; and other risks that are described in HP’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended January 31, 2008 and HP’s other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to HP’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2007. HP assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements.

© 2008 Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P. The information contained herein is subject to change without notice. The only warranties for HP products and services are set forth in the express warranty statements accompanying such products and services. Nothing herein should be construed as constituting an additional warranty. HP shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein.

1 BEYOND UNVEILS NEW LINE OF LAPTOPS AT NAB 2008

New line features quad-core RAID 5 laptop, and two new rugged high-performance laptops for military use
1 Beyond(TM), Inc., a leading provider of digital video editing and
compositing systems, today announced that it will unveil a new line of
high performance laptops at NAB 2008 (Las Vegas Convention center,
April 14th to 17th) at the 1 Beyond booth (SL12509). 1 Beyond will
introduce the industry’s first laptop featuring Intel quad-core desktop
processors with RAID 5 protection, optimized for HD video and graphics
production, as well as two new rugged laptops designed to meet the
extreme demands of in-field military personnel, public safety personnel
and traveling professionals.

1 Beyond GoFlex317(TM) HD with Quad-core processor and RAID 5 protection

Available now for $6,595, for a fully featured system, the 1 Beyond
GoFlex317(TM) HD with Quad-core Intel processors is ideal for broadcasters
and post-production crews working remotely with the latest HD formats
who need the horsepower of a desktop system, but the agility and
portability of a laptop solution, and also cannot afford to lose data.

Since RAID 5 requires a hardware controller and a minimum of 3 drives,
this configuration has previously been unavailable in a laptop.
Available with Intel Core 2 Quad processor with up to 2.66Ghz with
1066FSB, the latest NVIDIA GeForce 8800M GTX PCI-Express video card
with 512MB and up to 960 GB of high-performance storage on 3 drives,
the 1 Beyond GoFlex317 HD is superior in capabilities to most desktop
workstations. It is available with a choice of software including Adobe
Creative Suite 3, Grass Valley Edius, and Avid Media Composer and more.

1 Beyond RL 5215 and RL 4212 Rugged Line(TM) Laptops

1 Beyond will also introduce two new high-performance rugged laptops
designed to offer reliable performance for demanding in-field military
environments, public safety personnel and traveling professionals. Both
the 1 Beyond RL 5215 and RL 4212 Rugged Line(TM) laptops meet the MIL-STD
810F standards from the Department of Defense for products that operate
in extreme temperatures, moisture and altitude, to name a few. Unlike
other ruggedized laptops available on the market today, the 1 Beyond
Rugged Laptops do not compromise performance and usability for rugged
durability and security, including TPM and optional encrypted disks.

Drop resistant thanks to a magnesium alloy case that is 20 times
stronger than traditional plastic, as well as vibration and spill
resistant, the 1 Beyond RL 5215 Rugged Line laptop is powered by an
Intel Core Duo 2.4 GHz processor and is available with up to 4GB of RAM
and a 160 GB hard disk drive. Solid-state drives are also available for
boosting hard drive speed and reliability. Ideal for “road warriors” in
commercial and military environments, the new laptop also features a
15.4 inch screen, a full size keyboard, wireless Ethernet, DVD player,
pre-installed software including Windows XP professional and the option
to add Adobe Creative Suite 3, Grass Valley Edius, or Avid Media
Composer,.

For the harshest environments, such as on the battlefield and to go
literally anywhere, the fully-rugged 1 Beyond RL 4212 Rugged Line
laptop combines rugged durability features with ergonomic design. This
laptop meets MIL-STD 810F as well as IP54 for water and dust resistance
and has an enhanced outdoor viewable touch screen display, integrated
GPS, numerous wireless options, and unique security functions including
fingerprint scanner and SmartCard. It is powered by a Core 2 Duo
processor, up to 4 GB of RAM and an 80 or 120 GB shock-mounted, heated
hard drive. With a 12.1 inch screen and full size keyboard, weighing
6.8 Lbs the 1 Beyond RL 4212 laptop is the thinnest and lightest laptop
of its class.

About 1 Beyond

Founded in 1996, 1 Beyond, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of
professional PC-based video editing, compositing and storage systems at
a fraction of the cost of traditional high-end systems. This value
leadership is due to constant technical innovation, including 11 years
of industry firsts. 1 Beyond delivers turnkey video end-to-end
solutions that provide customers with the highest performance and
quality digital workflow in all video formats including both compressed
and uncompressed HD. The company offers a wide range of systems
including award-winning laptops, desktops, mobiles and Storage Area
Networks used in all phases of editing and compositing. All 1 Beyond
systems are designed with true open architecture and built on world
standards. This ensures the customer a continued upgrade path and
hence, the longest period for ROI and non-obsolescence. For more
information, visit www.1beyond.com  or call 877-One-Beyond.

GLOBAL RESEARCH SHOWS AUSTRALIANS LAG BEHIND IN BACKUP OF PERSONAL & BUSINESS DATA

New Poll Sponsored by Seagate Finds Consumers are Taking Unnecessary Risks with their Digital Assets
Press Release
 
·         Thirty percent of adults not backing up ‘critical’ data
·         Five tips to help protect data and make backup easier
 
A worldwide consumer survey of adult computer users, sponsored by Seagate Technology (NYSE: STX), has found that Australians are behind the rest of the world when it comes to backing up their digital files and precious digital memories.
 
A global study conducted mid 2007 by Harris Interactive®*, revealed that 30 percent of Australian adults don’t backup ‘critical’ electronic data such as photos, e-mail and personal and business documents. This is despite the fact that 58 percent of Australians surveyed have previously lost important data.
 
According to Henk van den Berg, Seagate’s director of sales and marketing for South Asia and ANZ, the most frequently cited reasons by Australian adults for not protecting these assets is “their ‘lack of understanding of how to perform a backup’ or that backup is ‘too complex a process’ (34 percent). Another 21 percent said they don’t think it’s important enough to worry about, 10 percent think it takes too much time, and 7 percent don’t backup because they believe that backup devices are too costly. And 12 percent said they never knew they had to do it.”

“The concern is that a high proportion of Australians are risking losing precious and largely vital information and images when a few minutes and some simple backup techniques could help protect this data, saving them heartache and giving them peace of mind,” van den Berg said. “With the increasing number of digital devices on the market and a larger number of users interacting electronically, the thought that data loss just won’t happen to them is going to catch some users by surprise.”
 
Elsewhere in the world, the poll shows that other English-speaking markets are almost as far behind the curve as Australia when it comes to protecting their digital assets. The U.S. and Great Britain were most negligent, with 35 percent failing to make backup copies of digital content stored to external devices or media. Of the six international markets surveyed, China leads the world in effective data backup with 83 percent doing so, followed by France at 81 percent and Germany at 73 percent of consumers taking the proper steps to protect and back up their data correctly. Australia has 68 percent of adults backing up all their digital content.
 
The research indicates that the digital files most valued by adult computer users in Australia, Great Britain, France, Germany, China and the United States are personal photos (39 percent), followed by text documents and emails (23 percent) as well as financial/business records (14 percent). In addition, more than a third (37 percent) of respondents globally considered their digital content to be “priceless.”
 
Van den Berg emphasized that with the latest advancements in digital storage management, consumers need to be better educated on how to backup data effectively and the availability of the various backup solutions.
 
“Educating Australian consumers about the importance of protecting their data is a priority for Seagate,” said van den Berg. “While technology has enabled consumers to now become the greatest generators of digital content – even surpassing that of businesses for the first time in 2006 – the complexity of managing these valued assets has also increased.  People need to realize the fact that digital files are at risk of being lost forever.” “Backing up on an external hard drive can now be a simple and seamless process. And is significantly more reliable than the intensive burning of discs that still requires cataloguing and storage – and, even then, data can still risk being lost or damaged.”
 
Seagate has five recommendations for consumers to keep their priceless digital assets safe.

  • Backup daily or at minimum, weekly. With an automated scheduled backup via external hard drive solutions, you’ll never have to remember to backup before shutting down for the day. “Backup” means the files can be found in at least two locations.
  • File level and folder-level backup ensures that all your essential files and folders are backed up on a regular basis.
  • For added protection against natural disaster, fire or theft, rotate two drives with one offsite or use an online storage solution.
  • Don’t wait! With the latest Seagate and Maxtor product offerings, there is no reason anyone should leave their priceless digital content to chance. The need to backup your files is a lesson that is often learned the hard way after the loss of irreplaceable files.
  • Invest in a bare metal restore system, such as the Maxtor SafetyDrill(TM) feature, that ensures you’ll have your complete system settings and applications up and running, even if you have a system failure or virus attack on your Windows PC.

 
To learn more about the new family of Maxtor OneTouchÒ 4 external storage solutions, please visit: http://www.maxtorsolutions.com.
 
*Harris Interactive®, consumer research 2007
 
Survey Methodology
The survey was conducted online by Harris Interactive on behalf of Seagate within the United States among 2,865 adult computer users ages 18 and over between May 30 and June 2, 2007. A study was also conducted online within Great Britain, Germany, France, Australia and China among 8,226 adult computer users ages 16 and over between May 31 and June 12, 2007. Results were weighted as needed for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region, household income, and time spent using a computer.
 
All sample surveys and polls, whether or not they use probability sampling, are subject to multiple sources of error which are most often not possible to quantify or estimate, including sampling error, coverage error, error associated with nonresponse, error associated with question wording and response options, and post-survey weighting and adjustments. Therefore, Harris Interactive avoids the words “margin of error” as they are misleading. All that can be calculated are different possible sampling errors with different probabilities for pure, unweighted, random samples with 100 percent response rates. These are only theoretical because no published polls come close to this ideal.
 
Respondents for this survey were selected from among those who have agreed to participate in Harris Interactive surveys. The data has been weighted to reflect the composition of the adult population in each

respective country. Because the sample is based on those who agreed to be invited to participate in the Harris Interactive online research panel, no estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.
 
About Harris Interactive
Harris Interactive is the 13th largest and one of the fastest growing market research firms in the world. The company provides innovative research, insights and strategic advice to help its clients make more confident decisions, which lead to measurable and enduring improvements in performance. Harris Interactive is widely known for The Harris Poll, one of the longest running, independent opinion polls, and for pioneering online market research methods. The company has built what it believes to be the world’s largest panel of survey respondents, the Harris Poll Online. Harris Interactive serves clients worldwide through its North American, European and Asian offices, and through a global network of independent market research firms. More information about Harris Interactive may be obtained at www.harrisinteractive.com. To become a member of the Harris Poll Online and be invited to participate in online surveys, register at www.harrispollonline.c
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Check out Seagate Podcasts
To hear more about Seagate or to learn about the family of Seagate FreeAgent(TM) [or Maxtor’s new family of OneTouch 4] external storage products and Seagate solutions, please visit http://www.seagate.com/freeagent or http://www.podtech.net/seagate.
 
About Seagate
Seagate is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of hard disc drives and storage solutions, providing products for a wide-range of applications, including Enterprise, Desktop, Mobile Computing, Consumer Electronics and Branded Solutions. Seagate’s business model leverages technology leadership and world-class manufacturing to deliver industry-leading innovation and quality to its global customers, with the goal of being the time-to-market leader in all markets in which it participates. The company is committed to providing award-winning products, customer support and reliability to meet the world’s growing demand for information storage. Seagate can be found around the globe and at http://www.seagate.com.
 
Seagate, Seagate Technology and the Wave logo are registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC in the United States and/or other countries. SafetyDrill, OneTouch and FreeAgent are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC or one of its affiliated companies in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners. When referring to hard drive capacity, one gigabyte, or GB, equals one billion bytes and one terabyte, or TB, equals one trillion bytes. Your computer’s operating system may use a different standard of measurement and report a lower capacity. In addition, some of the listed capacity is used for formatting and other functions, and thus will not be available for data storage. Seagate reserves the right to change, without notice, product offerings or specifications.

Maxtor Shared Storage II

The Maxtor Shared Storage II offers 1 TeraByte of storage space on your local network and some great backup software.
For the last year I’ve been using a Maxtor Shared Storage II device. This NAS (network attached storage) device contains one terabyte of storage on two drives that you can configure as one 1 terabyte logical drive or as a RAID 1 500 gigabyte drive (RAID 1 maintains a complete copy on the second drive for extra security).

The beauty of an NAS is that it is available to every computer on your local network. This means you can use it for backup and/or you can put files you may need from any computer, as I do for use with either my laptop or desktop machines. You can also add as many such drives as you need, without worrying about running out of USB or Firewire connections. Another huge plus is that you can place one of these drives anywhere you can get an Ethernet connection. That means you can hide one of these away in a basement or a cupboard for a really secure form of backup.

Maxtor Shared Storage II network disk drive

Any NAS can do this. But the Maxtor Shared Storage II is an amazingly easy to setup and operate unit. It auto-configures to your network and it is easy to setup password protected private folders if you need it. You can even configure it as a media server to serve up images, audio and video across your network (it does require an adapter). It has two USB 2.0 ports so you can share printers directly from the Shared Storage II. Both an application, Maxtor EasyManage, and a web browser interface make management of the device easy. EasyManage also provides backup management, making it VERY easy to keep your systems backed up.

Maxtor Shared Storage II network disk drive

I’ve been using my Maxtor Shared Storage II for two things: backup and providing a central repository for images I may need to work on across several computers. And this is precisely what any photographer or creative can use one of these (or several) for. Now that many of us use several computers, perhaps a desktop and a laptop or a Mac and a PC, it makes sense to have a central repository for images and work in progress, so that you never get confused and end up with two versions of the same file.

Maxtor Shared Storage II network disk drive

My workflow involves backing up my camera images to DVD and keeping online two copies of images that I am still working with, so there is an instantly available backup if I need it. The Maxtor works perfectly for this.

Maxtor Shared Storage II network disk drive

Depending on your use you will need to think about your network infrastructure. There are three types of cabled network: basic 10Mbps, faster 100Mbps and 1000Mbps GigaBit Ethernet. Your cabling and devices like hubs will determine what speed your network runs at. For heavy imaging work across the network you will want at least a 100Mbps network. This is pretty much the base standard these days if you get your cables and hubs from an office supply or consumer electronics store and is plenty fast enough. Heavy large video file usage would point you to GigaBit Ethernet instead. Most recent computers will have Ethernet ports supporting all three speeds.

Wireless networks are a different prospect. While the latest wireless network systems are very fast, they are not as fast as a wired network. Plus many of us are not running the latest and fastest. My home (office) wireless network is a 54Mbps G network. Now for most purposes it is plenty fast enough, but for imaging work it is a bit slow. Transferring individual files is plenty fast but moving large folders of RAW files and things like having Bridge create previews for folders of files located over the network is much slower than you would want. 802.11n is the latest and greatest and is supported by Apple’s Airport Extreme. It runs up to 300Mbps and offers plenty of speed for imaging applications and also to support several people’s network activities at the same time.

The network speed issues above are less important for backup than for interactive use. Apart from my laptop, I mainly use the wireless network to extend the network across a part of the house for a computer used by my wife and daughter. Backups from this work fine at the lower speed of our wireless network. It just means the backup takes a bit longer.

The Maxtor Shared Storage II has proved to be a reliable, effective and very easy to use system and has become completely indispensible around here. I have no hesitation in recommending the Shared Storage II to anyone.

Verbatim’s New Family of Hard Drives – Safely Store Your Digital Life!

Verbatim, the storage media specialist, has expanded its product portfolio to include high-quality external Hard Drive Disks (HDD). Available immediately the new HDD assortment in 2.5″ and 3.5″ formats provides between 120 GB and 500 GB of storage capacity.
Press Release

The external HDDs offer users a particularly easy and straightforward solution for reliable data backup from laptop or PC. They feature practical plug & play compatibility and can be used immediately with no installation required. In addition, each Verbatim HDD comes with “Bounce Back Express” back-up software that enables professional data back-up.

“The Verbatim HDD’s are ideal for anyone who needs reliable mobile file storage – whether for private or business purposes,” says Tracy Myers, Product Manager Flash Verbatim Australia. “Our acquisition of the SmartDisk® Corporation, a leading American HDD brand, means we are now ideally placed in terms of product quality and know-how in the external HDD segment and indeed we are planning further strategic expansion in this category in the future”, she adds.

With the palm-sized Verbatim HDD’s in 2.5″ format, users have their data at their fingertips at all times, even on the move. In a slender, sophisticated design with a robust aluminum housing, the HDD’s are available now with USB 2.0 connectivity in 120 GB, 160 GB or 250 GB storage capacity. A 160GB HDD is also available in FireWire, while a 320 GB Combo USB/Firewire drive will be released in April/May this year. The sturdy packaging with transparent window offers additional protection against knocks and jolts.

The Verbatim 3.5” hard drive is available in a 500GB USB/Firewire Combo. Powered by a 7200 RPM hard drive, the desktop hard drive races through the most demanding audio/video applications, allowing you to work more and wait less. The 3.5” hard drive delivers outstanding quality, performance and reliability for both professional and home use. 750GB and 1TB drives are due for release in April May.

The CMS BounceBack Express Backup Software allows you to automatically back up your personal content. BounceBack Express incorporates scheduling, backup sets, automatic launch options and CMS’ QuickRestore feature.


Features & Benefits 2.5″:

Models/Capacity: USB 2.0 with 120GB, 160 GB, 250 GB; FireWire 400 with 160 GB
Dimensions: 84mm x129mm x 18mm
Weight: 180 gms
Power Supply: via USB- Port
Interface: 1xUSB 2.0 or 2xFireWire 400
Rotational Speed: 5.400 RPM
Cache: 8MB

Features & Benefits 3.5″:

Models/Capacity: USB 2.0/FIrewire 400 Combo with 500GB
Power: +5 VDC and +12 VDC input
Interfaces: Two 6-pin FireWire (IEEE1394) ports & One USB 2.0 port
Data Transfer Rate: FireWire: 400 Mb/s (max)
USB 2.0 High Speed: 480 Mb/s
USB 1.1 Full Speed: 12 Mb/s (max)
Speed: 7200 RPM
Dimensions: 213 mm x 127mm x  52mm

Availability

Verbatim’s 2.5″ and 3.5″ Hard Disk Drives are available now from authorised resellers nationally.

About Verbatim
Verbatim Corporation, a Mitsubishi® Kagaku Media Company, is an international organisation that develops and markets innovative, high-quality products for storing, moving and using digital content. Known for its leadership in the removable storage media and related accessories markets, the company provides reliable, unique technologies and products that are highly sought after and broadly distributed worldwide. For more information, contact Verbatim Australia at 6 Weir Street, Glen Iris. VIC 3146, t. (03) 9823-0999, f. (03) 9824-7011; email marketing@verbatim.com.au; or visit the company’s web site at www.verbatim.com.au.