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Sprint Mounting Comeback?

by on Sep.09, 2009, under Technology News

Sprint, the once laughing stock of the cell phone networks is possibly seeing light at the end of the tunnel.  For many years now the company has been bleeding customers to Verizon and AT&T for better phones and for a larger network base to make free calls to.  Sprint has been frantically pouring out ads on television and on the internet featuring the CEO Dan Hesse and other ads showing what is going on in the Sprint network at any given time.  To add to its desperate ad campaign, Sprint is now featuring a pretty decent lineup of phones.   This all started back in 2007 when they released the Samsung Instinct which Sprint hoped would take on the iPhone and draw some customers back from other networks.  Now Sprint has also added the highly coveted Palm Pre featuring the multi-tasking Web OS and the recently released Blackberry Tour which is the face lift to the Blackberry Curve 8330.  With Sprint actually giving customers decent phones and affordable plans such as the simply everything plan, it seems Sprint might have a fighting chance in regaining lost profits and customers.  It is too early to tell just yet but hopefully Sprint can re-image itself quickly and join in on the race for network dominance.

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SSD (Solid State Drive)

by on Sep.08, 2009, under Technology News

Solid State Drives are the new thing of 2009.  Essentially the SSD is a hard drive but with no moving parts and extremely fast load times.  Typically when you want to access data on your computer such as a spreadsheet or msword document you must open the document and wait for the hard drive to spin up and read the data.  Granted with small files this is usually about a second or two wait.  But with larger files such as videos, photoshop documents and high res images this load time can be 10 to 20 seconds and that can be a pain. The number one use of a SSD though is for booting an operating system up.  Normally when you start your computer your standard hard drive must literally spin all the data to the RAM to access windows and the log in screen.  With a SSD the load is much quicker so your computer will read the data almost instantly making the start-up time of a computer about 200-300% faster, a huge difference in speed.  Another benefit of these drives is their energy consumption, which is typically less than a standard hard drive because they are no moving parts.  In the professional field these devices are very reliable, in fact the device itself can withstand 150Gs of force, that means you could literally drop the drive out of an airplane at 30,000 feet and it will still work.  The drive also has a life span much much longer than a typical drive, in fact the data on the drive will almost certainly outlive you without becoming corrupt or inaccessible.

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