Every now and again there is a leap in technology that really changes the game. Often this can be something that has been around for a while, but a combination of market forces and manufacturing techniques come together to suddenly bring it to mass attention.
This is pretty much the case with solid state drives (SSDs), which are the big new development in storage mediums. But what exactly do they offer that the old style hard drive doesn’t?
A solid state drive represents as big a revolution in the way we use electronic devices as the changeover did from valves to transistors in the 1950s.
Up to now the hard drive in your laptop, desktop, iPod or a whole range of other devices has worked on the principle of spinning metal platters which are physically touched by a
little needle-like head, in the same way that old vinyl record players work.
Wherever there are moving parts there is wear and tear and the potential for physical damage is genuine, as anyone who has lost data by jarring an active hard drive will know only too well.
SSDs have no moving components at all. They work in a very similar way to USB storage sticks that we are all familiar with, only at much faster read and write rates.
In fact, speed is the primary advantage of an SSD over a traditional HDD, making boot times faster, allowing applications to launch quicker and file/data copying/duplication speeds a great deal snappier.
Another big advantage of SSDs is that they make for far quieter machines. Because there are no moving parts they are silent in operation themselves, and also they don’t require any fans or cooling systems, so the overall effect is to reduce noisy activity a great deal.
The main problem regarding the uptake of SSDs to this point has been the fact that they have carried a high price tag. As with most innovations, early adopters are stung for being the first in the queue, but as the technology develops the general prices drop and more people are able to reap the benefits.
Right now traditional hard drives still offer better value in terms of price per gigabyte of storage, but it is performance issues that really put SSDs out in front. Having said that, it is a certainty that in the very near future prices will fall to the point where data storage capacities won’t be an issue.
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In this day and age, technology is blowing everyone’s mind. Some of the coolest inventions of 2013 have already stormed the market, and new lingo and terminology may confuse those who have trouble keeping up with the pace of science.
But if you’ve heard the term “save it in the cloud,” you’re not hearing things, and no, scientists have not harnessed the power of condensation to save your things like a lockbox does. These days, saving digital data files in an always-accessible web-based platform (“the cloud”) is an increasingly popular (and essential) method of backup. Free services like Apple’s iCloud, Microsoft’s SkyDrive, and Google’s Google Drive allow users to backup their files, and share with teams or collaborators via shared access.
For the tech savvy, you can also make your own cloud, but various companies have already developed software for those who don’t have the technical know-how.
If you need help setting up your own cloud storage, here are four of the most popular platforms for doing so:
Apple’s cloud storage integration comes preinstalled on every device, from iPhones to iPads to their line of Mac computers. It automatically backs up your calendar, photos, documents, contacts, and mail (if you have an @mac account), and wirelessly pushes them to all of your devices. And any edits or changes you make will show up everywhere, thanks to the wireless sync. If you download an app on your iPhone, it will appear on your iPad as well (provided that it is available in iPad format). And now you can use iTunes with iCloud, too: new movie, music, and TV show purchases will be available across all your devices, and each one will remember where you left off.
This file hosting service offers cloud storage as well as file synchronization across a variety of platforms, regardless of operating system. Available for web systems, both OS and Windows, and mobile systems like iOS, Android, Blackberry, and Windows, Dropbox has become one of the most popular options for cloud storage. Install Dropbox on your device, and then save documents and photos in it – either for your own backup, or to share with others. You can invite people to collaborate on a shared Dropbox folder, making it easy to seamlessly communicate with teams or friends: everyone’s files can be seen, edited, and otherwise shared in the specified folder.
3. Google Drive
Much like Dropbox, Google Drive is available on mobile platforms, web services, and desktop clients. Share, access, and collaborate on documents and spreadsheets, create subfolders to organize your content, and receive invites to view shared files you can then choose to save or delete. You can even build a slideshow presentation using the add-on Google Slides, and work with a partner miles away. It’s easy to use Google Drive if you already have a Google account, and it is seamlessly integrated with Gmail.
Microsoft’s file hosting server works the same way as the others, except that it is available on a smaller scale of platforms: Windows phone, iOS, and Android (no Blackberry), and it is only available on Windows desktop operating systems (for obvious reasons.) Windows 8 users with Microsoft accounts can also back up their system settings and background personalizations to take with them (for mobile use), and the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and OneNote) is available for free in the web browser version. Plus, college students get an extra bonus storage capacity for free for one year.
I recently travelled the big wide web to get some facts for a paper I was writing and came across some amazing facts that I wanted to share! Technology facts, the weird, the strange and the wonderful, let us begin!
- The average computer user blinks 7 times a minute
- 1 in 6 people used the Internet in north America in 1999
- There are 260 million people using the Internet right now
- The very first ISP was Compuserve which is AOL and still exists today
- Telnet is one of the oldest communication forms on the Internet and today it is used to connect to MYSQL databases and more.
- The number of Internet users in the United Kingdom rise by 75% each and every year.
- An average person received 24 emails per day!
- The Butler from AskJeeves.com made his debut at a festival in the Macy’s thanks giving parade in 2000.
- The very first Internet worm was created by a Robert Morris and was released November 1st 1988 which infected 6000 hosts.
- When Internet explorer was released some Microsoft workers left a huge letter E along with a balloon and a message saying “We Love You” on Netscapes front lawn.
- Boeing was the first airline to discover the Y2K problem in 1993.
- The origional Yahoo URL was http://akebono.stanford.edu/
- The first computer mouse was invented in 1963.
- Apollo had less processing power than a modern cell phone.