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June 14, 2009

The SSD Anthology: Understanding SSDs

Really helpful overview of the workings of Solid State Disks. Knowing more about their limitations helps me make the decision not to consider upgrading to one for a while!

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January 2, 2009

Rebuilding 0%

Rebuilding 0%

And with that message, following a hard drive crash, the cash and effort spent building myself a RAID server two years ago pays for itself. (Assuming it makes it to 100%, natch)

Update: Exactly 100 minutes later, it reached 100%, and my FLACs and MP3s are secure once more. Hurrah!

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December 2, 2008

What Your Computer Does While You Wait : Gustavo Duarte

The latencies of the modern computer laid bare. “Waiting for a hard drive seek is like leaving the building to roam the earth for one year and three months.”

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May 2, 2008

Review: Apple Keyboard

I’ve been using an Apple aluminium keyboard at work for the last couple of weeks (after stealing it off the desk of a departing colleague), and can confirm that it is an amazingly comfortable surface on which to type. Only downside: The function keys are different from the ones on the laptop keyboard, so I keep hitting the wrong ones.

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January 8, 2008

Ars gets its hands on the Optimus Maximus, begins payment plan

I got to play with the Optimus keyboard at CES yesterday, and it is incredibly cool looking, but didn’t feel like a terribly usable keyboard. But pretty? Boy howdy!

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November 23, 2007

Amazon Kindle Real-Life Review (Verdict: Lightweight, Long Lasting and Easy to Grip... In Bed)

Best review I’ve seen of the Kindle so far. I’d be tempted to get one, but for the much-noted DRM restrictions. If I’m unable to “lend” or “borrow” e-books I’ve purchased, like I currently can with dead-tree, then it’s of no interest to me.

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November 2, 2007

First Look at Bug Labs Hardware (Video and Gallery)

Video of the modules in the Bug Labs platform — Interlockable modules which can be combined on an open-source Java-based platform. The idea seems wicked cool — it’s just the unknown of price that’s going to dictate whether I buy one or not.

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September 8, 2007


Cool-looking external disk storage array. Smarter than RAID — you can mix disk sizes, and add/upgrade drives on the fly — so it could be just the thang for backups around these parts.

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August 20, 2007

BBC Olinda digital radio: Social hardware

Schulze & Webb are working on an open, social digital-radio-plus-wifi prototype for the BBC. Fascinating the way they hope to apply “open source” to hardware design.

July 3, 2006

My Book Premium Edition 500 GB Hard Drives

500Gb External USB/Firewire drive, with a nifty ambient capacity gauge on the front.

May 10, 2006

M-Systems - SATA Products - mSSD Serial ATA 2.5"

2.5” solid-state SATA drives. How long until these are cheap enough to use in laptops?

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November 9, 2005


Teensy palmtop Windows XP PCs. Got to poke at one a little today, and it is sweeeet.

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September 16, 2005

Nintendo Revolution Controller Finally Revealed

Holy crapoly. Nintendo’s next-gen controller is a spectacular leap away from the standard.

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September 13, 2005

Privacy Enhanced Computer Display

“It is also possible to use the system to “underlay” a private message on a public display system.” Anyone else reminded of “They Live”?

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September 1, 2005

Microsoft Leaks New Ergonomic 4000 Keyboard

I love Microsoft’s ergonomic keyboards, and am delighted to see that the next model will have the proper Home/End/Delete block layout.

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About This Site

This is an archive of groovmother.com, the old blog run by Rod Begbie — A Scottish geek who lives in San Francisco, CA.

I'm the co-founder of Sōsh, your handy-dandy guide for things to do in San Francisco this weekend.