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Newsletter 11 – February 2005

Another reminder that I’m away on vacation effective mid-day (as opposed to end of day) on Friday the 18th and returning to serve you on Saturday the 26th should you need me. As mentioned previously, I have two associates who will be available to assist you in case of an urgent requirement during this time. Please use my same number (416)729-1232 for assistance.

You might be intersted to know that Microsoft have recently released their own AntiSpyWare Beta version. I have created a link to their site. Click the link and read more.

Microsoft® Windows AntiSpyware (Beta)
Windows AntiSpyware (Beta) is a security technology that helps protect Windows users from spyware and other potentially unwanted software.

I have downloaded and installed it on my system and am happy to report that it does appear to do the job of cleaning up the “mal-ware”!

Looking for some system Performance Improvement?
I’m often confronted with the question “how can I improve my system’s performance without buying a new computer”? My experiences with performance had indicated that RAM memory is more important than disk memory. If you’re running Windows 2000 or Windows Xp, 256MB is the mimimum amout of memory required with 512MB preferred. If you have the space on your motherboard to add more 1GB is best for workstation use. As far as disk space is concerned less tthan 20GB with at least 3 GByte (15%) free for Page File is required. Conclusion: RAM is more important than disk (as long as you have a minimum of 3GB free disk space).

New Products (from eWeek Magazine)

The Mozilla Foundation’s Firefox browser returns simplicity and ease of use to the Web browsing experience, while adding security and useful new features. With its streamlined interface, broad cross-platform support and top-of-the-line capabilities, the free, open-source Firefox ( is the best stand-alone Web browser option available today and is generations ahead of Microsoft’s IE. However, corporate IT managers looking to move users off IE will have to weigh Firefox’s superior security and features against its lack of deployment and customization tools. Read more in eWeek Magazine

Looking for “stacks of backup? Not quite the product for small business, but I thought it interesting enough to want to share it with you. Stay tuned (or should I say “Read on…” HVD: Coming to a Storage Device Near You Optware and InPhase plan to offer high-capacity Holographic Versatile Disc-based products as early as this year. Holographic storage drives and other products based on holographic storage technology may come to market as early as this year. Tokyo-based Optware Corp. announced plans this week to create products based on its HVD (Holographic Versatile Disc) technology, first for the health care, oil and gas, and pharmaceutical markets, and eventually for the home market.

Optware’s HVD-based products will store between 100GB and 1TB of data and be able to transmit data as fast as 1G bit per second.

Optware’s announcement came on the heels of a similar announcement earlier this month from InPhase Technologies Inc. of Longmont, Colo.

InPhase recently began shipping its Tapestry HDS5000 media, a recordable holographic drive based on WORM (Write Once Read Many) technology.

A newer version, the Tapestry HDS-200R, is expected to hit the market this year. The new version will be a 200GB recordable drive with a 20 MB-per-second transfer rate.

According to the company, Tapestry’s target markets include professional video/rich media, regulatory compliance, and data archive applications that value high capacity, fast transfer rate and long media archival life. Specific application areas include security, geospatial imagery, broadcast, medical, and digital video in business and entertainment.

To read more about enterprise storage, click here.

More info: The following pictures give you an idea of the complexity of the technology… or should you even care?