Technology-Actuated Stress Syndrome (TASS)



There’s a well-known aspect of using computers that is almost universally frustrating – programs that are non-responsive, or very, very slow to respond. It’s not really a Mac OS, Linux or Windows-specific problem, as both operating systems have their own set of issues. And due to the complexity of modern computer operating systems, it’s inevitable that something will take longer than it should.

On Ambiguity


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In my short tenure in the world of management so far, there’s perhaps one main concept that has been central to my appreciation for the difference between the technical world of IT and the management of said technical world of IT: Ambiguity. It’s a concept I’m very familiar with from long ago in my undergraduate years at BGSU, where it represented an undesirable quality of an argument in critical thinking. Removing ambiguity would clarify your argument and allow others to better understand your reasoning.

Completely Worn Out . . .

What is the half-life of an SSD?

What is the half-life of an SSD?

One of the least-understood aspects of SSDs and NAND flash memory in general is the impact of wear & tear on the life expectancy of an SSD. Now, to be clear, the projected life span of NAND flash is understood well enough by the NAND flash manufacturer to offer recommended maximum usable lifespans (in terms of program / erase cycles – or p/e cycles). But while the theoretical maximums are all well and good to have, it would be nice to have some independent verification of the validity of those limits. Thanks to the many, many terabytes of data that will soon be written in endurance tests to several SSDs by the fine folks at The Tech Report, we’re about to find out . . . soon-ish.

Joyous Annual Celebration of Your Personal Genesis! (i.e. Happy Birthday)


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Riker: I’m going to miss this ship. She went before her time.

Picard: Someone once told me that time is a predator that stalks us all our lives. I rather believe that time is a companion who goes with us on the journey, and reminds us to cherish every moment, …because they’ll never come again. …What we leave behind is not as important as how we lived. …After all, Number One, we’re only mortal.

Riker: Speak for yourself, sir. I plan to live forever.

Default vs. Optional – Why Apple Does It Right



One of the biggest challenges to the widespread adoption of SSDs is making the argument to the average price-conscious consumer that the performance benefits are worth the extra money. In most cases, the default option for a typical PC laptop or desktop is a traditional spinning hard drive with lots of storage for the money. The option is often included for an SSD as an upgrade, but aside from the ambiguous description “faster” to indicate the significant performance delta, there is little to justify the upgrade for the average consumer.