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Saturday, January 10, 2004  

New 0.85-inch HDD from Toshiba!!
Toshiba announced its latest innovation, the 0.85-inch HDD, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, coupla days back. This certainly is a marvelous achievement and the possibilities, in terms of products that should flood the market using the device, seem breathtaking. Treading back on the History Lane, Apple hit jackpot with its iPod (introduced in 2001), using Toshiba's 1.8-inch HDD. The success of the product can be seen from the fact that over a million units have been sold, even as it is expensive (between $300 and $500). This has prompted Apple to come up with iPod mini, and in this case Toshiba missed the boat as Apple opted for Hitachi's 1-inch HDD. Camcorders should gain a lot too.
[If only battery-people were as innovative!]

Flash memory drives are pretty much in vogue too. With innovations from makers, such as wireless capability (802.11b) and 128MB storage, gadget lovers are in for some special treat.

>> Flash Memory Drives - Little Drives, Big Promises (PC World).
>> "A couple of years ago, adding an external drive meant choosing between easily portable low-capacity models and bulky high-capacity units. But that has gradually changed as hard-drive makers squeeze additional storage into ever-shrinking forms. Consider the smaller-than-a-floppy Archos 20GB ARCDisk ($250; no other capacity currently available). Based on Hitachi's 1.8-inch DK14F1-20 mechanism and weighing only 2.7 ounces, this highly portable USB 2.0 drive sips power so parsimoniously that you usually don't need its AC adapter: It can run off of USB power alone." More >>
>> Network-Attached Storage (NAS) is not just for Business Enterprises anymore.
"Relatively high costs and complex setup formerly relegated network-attached storage (external storage that you attach to a router or ethernet port instead of to a USB or FireWire port) to a business-only product. No longer. New devices from vendors such as Ximeta and D-Link bring NAS to your home or small office, inviting you to add storage that (unlike your PC's local drive) is accessible by anyone on the network, whether the PC is on or not. And it allows you to increase the storage capacity of every networked system, without so much as a glance at your screwdriver." More >>

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