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Disc Drive Caching: Just This Side of Magic

Because of built-in caches on hard disk drives and solid-state drives, drive speed tests sometimes make it appear that disks write faster than they read. This entry goes into the type of behavior I see the drives on my desktop system. (Originally, an answer I posted on Quora.com.) 

My Backup Buddy Says Bye-Bye (or CrashPlan Calls it Quits)

I have been a CrashPlan for Home customer for five years now, as I mentioned in my post, Backups ... Just Do It! At $150/year, CrashPlan for Home is already one of the most expensive annual services I purchase. Over that time, I have only needed to recover files a couple times, so mostly they got paid to safe keep files using about 300GB of disk space.

Verizon Isn't Crazy; the Future of Verizon FiOS and 5G

When I heard Verizon was slowing or stopping their FiOS rollout back in 2010, I thought they had lost their collective minds. It wasn't until recently that I realized they probably saw the writing on the wall vis-a-vis fixed internet service to individual homes.

Hey Verizon! I'm Not a New Customer! Stop Rubbing It In.

My experience with Verizon is if it sounds too go to be true, it is. Why do they feel they must teach that lesson over and over?

2015 - 07 (July) Enthusiast Build

The Enthusiast Gamer Component List for July 2015

2015 - 07 (July) Budget Build

The Budget Gamer Component List for July 2015

2015 - 07 (July) Mainstream Build

The Mainstream Gamer Component List for July 2015

Why I Don't Like BioWare's Dragon Age: Origins

First off, I just realized it's been months since I posted anything here. It's not that hasn't been anything to blog about. I blame Valve and Steam. They had a huge sale of really good games the week between Christmas and New Years, and I went crazy. Between that sale and a couple others before and after it, I got Grand Theft Auto IV, Crysis (including Crysis, Crysis Warhead, Crysis Wars), Max Payne, Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne, Mirror's Edge, Psychonauts, Red Faction: Guerrilla, The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition and Torchlight. Every one of them was on sale.

Why Site Surveys Annoy Me (Or Why I Don't Do Them Any More)

I used to fill out site surveys all the time. You know the ones the various e-tailers have. The survey presents a little pop-up and asks if you'd be willing to fill out a survey after you've finished shopping. I like to think that even if I had a mediocre time, I can let them know what I thought was good or bad. Very rarely is my shopping experience great or terrible - usually just good, bad or entirely unremarkable. Unremarkable is fine, by the way; even preferable. I needed to buy X. I found X in 3-4 clicks. I bought X in 2-3 more clicks. End of experience. That's why I shop online.

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