Archive for June, 2011

California’s New Law and the Effect on California/ STH

As a lot of people know at this point, Amazon.com has terminated all contracts with affiliates in California. That decision, in response to the new California law will have a negative impact on this site. For those wondering, o...


Keeping Servers On: BIOS Setup for Availibility

Keeping a server online as much as possible means that one needs to manage several things. Good examples include maintaining network connectivity, ensuring all server components are functioning correctly and maintaining power t...



Quick Look: Silicon Image SiI3124 Based eSATA with RAID 5 and Port Multiplier Support

One question I am often asked is what do I think about port multipliers. The short story here is that I think they can be valuable and I can see that they have a place in the market. The Silicon Image SiI3124 controller is an i...


Supermicro X9SCM-F Sandy Bridge Xeon LGA1155 C204 Motherboard Review

Today we are looking at the Supermicro X9SCM-F which is going to be a very popular mATX server motherboard. One of the most popular mATX server motherboards reviewed on this site was the Supermicro X8SIL-F. It provided a small ...



Apple Sends Cease and Desist Order to Amahi – Name the Amahi (App)lication Store

One bit of news that I thought deserves some attention is that Apple has sent a cease and desist letter regarding the open source Amahi’s use of the term “app store” in an attempt to vigorously defend what App...


Intel Gigabit CT Desktop Ethernet Adapter PCIe x1 Quick-Review

When I get asked what is the best PCIe x1 Gigabit Ethernet adapter today, I quickly answer the Intel Gigabit CT Desktop adapter without hesitation. Although it may seem disingenuous to many to recommend a desktop adapter for se...



ASUS P8B WS Sandy Bridge Xeon LGA1155 C206 Motherboard Review

Today we are looking at the ASUS P8B WS motherboard for Intel’s E3-1200 series Xeon CPUs. Based on the C206 chipset, the P8B WS is able to utilize the Xeon CPUs with a five as the last number (e.g. Xeon E3-1235) and take ...


Sub-$10K NAS Market Spikes, Hitachi’s Cloud Storage, Adaptec 6-Series Win

This week saw research on the sub-$10,000 USD NAS market almost doubling in size from 2009 to 2010. Hitachi announces a cloud storage system with 3GB of free storage. Adaptec’s 6-series RAID controllers get a design win.



Hitachi 5K3000 3TB 3.5″ Green Drive with SilentSpin Review with Benchmarks

After reviewing the Hitachi 5K3000 2TB SilentSpin drive earlier this year, questions have steadily trickled in around the 3TB version. One thing that was consistent in comments was a perception that the Hitachi 5K3000 3TB drive...


Intel Pro/1000 GT PCI Desktop Gigabit Adapter Quick-Review

Although Intel has been trying to obsolete the PCI bus in recent times with the Sandy Bridge desktop platforms not supporting the PCI bus natively, there are still an absolute ton of PCI slots available in the installed base an...