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Anonymous joins in on Israel, Gaza conflict - takes action against Israeli websites

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Nov 18, 2012 9:37 am

What could potentially lead into a huge, huge war - the conflict over in the middle east with Israel and Gaza, is Anonymous stepping in and taking down multiple Israeli websites.




These aren't just little pleb websites, we're talking big Israeli sites - which Anonymous have called "OpIsrael". This comes in direct retaliation to threats from the Israeli government that it may shut to and from Gaza as violence between its Israeli Defence Force (IDF) and Hamas seem to be escalating.


Anonymous has stepped up and said:


For far too long, Anonymous has stood by with the rest of the world and watched in despair the barbaric, brutal and despicable treatment of the Palestinian people in the so called 'Occupied Territories' by the Israel Defence Force. But when the government of Israel publicly threatened to sever all Internet and other telecommunications into and out of Gaza they crossed a line in the sand.

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Nintendo Wii U review roundup

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 18, 2012 8:31 am

We will have our own in-house review of the Nintendo Wii U soon, but for now, we've provided a roundup of the reviews from around the world. The consensus is that it's a good console - but it's no homerun for the Japanese console maker.




People seem to be loving the GamePad, not totally (low-res screen, touchscreen isn't so great) - but the general idea about it. Being close to portable console quality is nearly here thanks to Nintendo's foray into a tablet-like console. Most reviews are early days, but there are some "Review in Progress" looks at the console - which is an idea I personally love.


Reviewing consoles close to, or on day-one is hard. Launch titles can only be so good - there's day-one patches these days to consoles and games, and the usual bugs, etc. Anyway, on with the roundup!



The Verge




Nexus 10 jumps onto the operating table, has its insides looked at

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 18, 2012 7:36 am

Powerbook Medic have down a detailed teardown on the recently launched Nexus 10 from Samsung. After they've pulled that high-res 2560x1600-pixel screen, the insides get peeked at.




They've found that the battery, processor, and flash storage are all genuine Samsung-made parts. Considering that Samsung make components for most of the other big players in the mobile market, it would make sense for them to bake their own goods into their own product.


Powerbook Medic found that there's not much glue used, which is good news, meaning that the Nexus 10 can be pulled apart easily - requiring just a few tools.

LSI AIS 2012 - LSI and Microsoft Collaboration on Windows Server 2012

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Nov 18, 2012 6:25 am

LSI AIS 2012 - During the keynote address at the 2012 LSI Accelerating Innovation Summit (AIS) the head of the Windows Server 2012 program stepped on stage to say a few words about the extensive role that LSI played in helping to develop Windows Server 2012, in particular the High Availability segment.






LSI and Microsoft worked very closely during the development of Windows Server 2012. LSI's overwhelming presence in the datacenter helped Microsoft to understand the needs of customers and their most pressing issues, and together they came up with several initiatives to address storage-based challenges.


One of the most sought after attributes by customers are High Availability products. These are in essence 'always on' solutions, which will continue to function regardless of the situation. For instance, if a server were to fail another would have the ability to pick up its workload with absolutely no interruption of service. For these types of challenges to be addressed both servers have to share the same storage pool.

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LSI AIS 2012 - LSI SandForce's Ultra Design Wins, Opening the Book of Performance

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Nov 18, 2012 6:05 am

LSI AIS 2012 - LSI has a number Ultrabook design wins and a few of them tipped up at AIS 2012 for their moment under the spot light. Ultrabooks require thin packaging, generally mSATA or 2.5" 7mm form factors. Since the SandForce architecture is void of a DRAM buffer its possible for OEMs to purchase low cost mSATA SSDs for their ultrabook products.




By now everyone reading TweakTown knows SSDs are several times faster than HDDs but that isn't the case with the general public. LSI SandForce likes to show their dominance over spinners every chance they get.

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LSI AIS 2012 - Next Gen Flash Obstacles and The Future of SSDs

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Nov 18, 2012 5:48 am

LSI AIS 2012 - We all have enough doom and gloom with the whole Twinkie situation but this story has a theoretical happy ending. If you follow the SSD market you already understand that as flash scales to smaller die sizes the number of electrons held decreases. The following slides were taken from two tracks at AIS 2012. We're working on getting the full slide decks or at least getting a link so you can read through both of these well put together presentations.




TLC is already shipping in a number of thumb drives and a couple of SSDs (one consumer, one enterprise that we know of) and increases the number of bits per cell. At the same time die shrinks decease the available space to electrons stored to charge a cell.

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LSI AIS 2012 - LSI SandForce Drives Windows To Go

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Nov 18, 2012 5:30 am

LSI AIS 2012 - Most of us haven't spent a lot of time with Windows To Go yet but those articles are in the pipeline. W2G is a feature in Windows 8 Enterprise that allows Win 8 Enterprise to boot and run from mass storage devices, like flash drives. The general concept has been around for years with other devices and software tools but Windows To Go puts a big name, Microsoft, at the head of the table.




At AIS 2012 LSI displayed three Windows To Go solutions. Kingston had their solution running on an off-the-shelf notebook. The DataTraveler Workspace is currently shipping in 32GB and 64GB capacity sizes. A 128GB model is available by special order according to Kinston's website. You know what model I want.


Windows 8 Enterprise on the SSD, err I mean thumb drive takes a little less than 14GB. That means you have plenty of free capacity for work documents on a 32GB Windows To Go SandForce based solution.


Just like with your notebook or desktop, you want a fast solution with low latency for your boot drive. LSI SandForce offers excellent performance in both of these categories and when paired with USB 3.0 delivers excellent throughput.

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LSI AIS 2012 - LSI Nytro Expands - Faster, More Cost Effective Enterprise Solutions

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Nov 18, 2012 5:15 am

LSI AIS 2012 - LSI's acquisition of SandForce is really paying off for enterprise customers. LSI's Nytro product line started off with the original Warp Drive has expanded from there. Last week we told you all about the LSI Nytro WarpDrive 800GB BLP4-800 in our breakout enterprise review but today we peer into the future.




The Nytro WarpDrive we reviewed last week used four SSD cards but the model we see here doubles the card capacity to eight total! If that's a PCIe 3.0 ROC under the black heat sink then the next generation WarpDrive products will not only increase in capacity but also receive a massive performance improvement as well.




LSI integrated Nytro products to their existing MegaRAID line up to offer an additional tier of performance to datacenters. Innovative products like the Nytro WarpDrive XD add advanced software to the solution and increase overall efficiency with minimal investment.

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LSI AIS 2012 - LSI CEO Keynote

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Nov 17, 2012 10:25 pm

LSI AIS 2012 - The keynote from LSI CEO Abhi Talwalkar today focused on the data deluge that is currently overwhelming system administrators in some of the world's largest datacenters. This onslaught of data is being driven primarily by the explosion of mobile devices and social media. With users increasingly turning to the 'cloud' to store and share their data, the flood of information being stored in the datacenter is becoming overwhelming.




This data deluge is leading to new and exciting technologies on the storage front to handle the load. As noted on the banner behind the CEO, more data equals more opportunity for those in the data storage business.


This chart puts things in perspective. In 3 minutes alone there were over 183,423 (or 18 years) hours of video downloaded, 3.9 million YouTube views and 18 million Facebook views. YouTube views on mobile devices was up a staggering 300% last year alone, and the year over year growth for mobile usage is intended to multiply further this year. The increase in mobile bandwidth, with 4G and faster connections becoming prevalent, is placing the focus increasingly upon service providers to deliver better latency to serve customers faster.

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Corsair Takes Fan Testing Seriously

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Nov 17, 2012 9:51 pm

While in San Jose we visited Corsair to see the new lab toy. The Longwin LW-9266 is an advanced fan testing machine but don't let the application fool you. This 45K USD tool is a serious piece of hardware that takes fan testing to levels far beyond the reach of computer component reviewers.




It looks like something from the movies, a cart the bad guys wheel from a truck to blow up a city.

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