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daily link  Tuesday, May 24, 2005


Samsung Builds Flash Based Disk Drive: "Samsung says it has developed a way to store up to 16GB of data using Flash memory, a development that could lead to extended battery life for notebook and tablet PCs. Flash memory has a power consumption that is five percent of today's hard disk drive, according to the company.  These solid-state disk (SSD) Flash-based drives will also provide faster access to data, at about two-and-a-half times the speed of current notebook hard drives. In tests, Samsung was able to read data at 57 megabytes per second (MBps) and write at 32MBps."  That's 2-3 GB/Min, comparable in my experience to desktop HD.

"Flash drives also offer the benefit of less noise and heat emissions. They are also less temperature- and humidity-sensitive, meaning Flash-based drives can be used in a wider array of applications and environments.  The disk drive itself will look much like a regular 1.8-inch hard disk drive, meaning manufacturers will have to make minimal adjustments to PC designs in order to incorporate the new drives. .. SSD Flash drives based on the new technology are expected on the market by August of this year."  They would be useful in off-grid locations, in developing countries or in sensor apps.  I wonder if the price will remain at today's $30-50/GB or will be lower.

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Web 2.0 programming:  First Flash MX, then AJAX, now more browser programming tools:

  • Dive Into Greasemonkey:  Greasemonkey is a Firefox extension that allows you to write scripts that alter the web pages you visit.  Scripts can be shared.  Has a compiler that generates full Firefox extensions, and a script generator (called Platypus).
  • Piggy Bank 2.0: Piggy Bank is a Firefox extention that turns your regular web browser into a semantic web browser.  Supports scraping and sharing.  Uses Java for cross-platform consistency and deep functionality.   Code, a paper, and a primer online.

 

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