Do you still use Windows XP?

Yeah, still the best OS ever made.
23% (40 votes)
Nah... seriously, it's 2010, not 2001.
70% (121 votes)
I prefer other non-Microsoft operating systems.
6% (11 votes)
Total votes: 172

QNAP TS-559 Pro+ Review (Page 1 of 5)

Every year at around this time, two things always happen: The obvious being the start of a new academic year; the second being time for us to grab a refreshed line of QNAP network attached storage system for review. For those who are currently working, good on you. For those who have not yet begun their post-secondary education, enjoy life while you still can. For those who are currently in university -- especially if you happen to be in engineering like yours truly -- prepare to be asterisk asterisk asterisk asterisked for yet another eight months, haha. Two years ago, we took the QNAP TS-409 in for testing, and used it on a daily basis for one year. While it offered brilliant reliability and impeccable uptime, its performance suffered greatly from a lack of horsepower under the hood. Last year, QNAP brought us the QNAP TS-439 Pro, which delivered the reliability and stability we have come to expect from the company after a full year of continuous usage. Thanks to its vastly improved hardware, it also took performance to a completely different level over its predecessor. The downside came down to being still a little too expensive for the specifications you get on paper (QNAP later released the TS-459 Pro a few months later with a dual core processor). This time around, the quality network appliance provider began shipping its latest line of refreshed network storage systems with the new Intel Atom D525 1.8GHz dual core processor. How well does the new hardware step up against QNAP's offerings from last year? We took the 5-bay version of the Pro+ series NAS, the TS-559 Pro+, for a spin, and will retain it as our main file server for the next year for our long term tests.

View: QNAP TS-559 Pro+ Network Attached Storage review

Between Gaffes Netflix Hints Streaming-Only Option Headed to U.S

From PC World: Netflix may launch a streaming-only plan in the United States, CEO Reed Hastings announced in a blog post Thursday.

Netflix currently offers this option in Canada for $7.99 per month, which is a dollar cheaper than the current U.S. plan with unlimited streaming (the lowest Netflix plan is $4.99 per month, but limits users to 2 hours of streaming and 2 total DVD rentals per month).

Apple Sells 2.8 Percent of Mobile Phones, Makes 39 Percent of Profits

From DailyTech: Research by fund market analysts Canaccord Genuity gave Apple, Inc. stock (AAPL) a "buy" rating and a price target of $356 per share. What's more interesting, though is the details behind the recommendation.

The Cupertino, California-based electronics maker has an impressive profit margin compared to its competitors. While this was a pretty commonly known fact, the analysts offer some intriguing numbers that reveal just how amazing Apple's profit margin is.

Oracle to Acquire Semiconductor, Software Companies

From X-bit Labs: Oracle, a leading IT company, said that it would acquire chip developers in order to gain more intellectual property that powers computer chips. Acquisition of chip designers will allow Oracle to customize its microprocessors precisely in accordance with its own requirements and demands of its clients. In addition, the company will continue to take over software companies.

AMD Lowers Expectations for the Quarter, Blames Slow Notebook Sales

From X-bit Labs: Advanced Micro Devices late on Thursday updated its quarterly guidance and said that instead of revenue increase, it would see sequential decrease of revenue. The company blamed slow sales of notebooks in mature markets for its problems.

Visual Basic developers get access to Windows Phone 7

From InfoWorld: Microsoft on Thursday began offering tools enabling Visual Basic developers to build applications for the Windows Phone 7 mobile phone platform.

Developers can download Microsoft Visual Basic CTP (Community Technology Preview) for Windows Phone Developer Tools at Microsoft's Web site, said S. Somasegar, senior vice president of the Microsoft Developer Division, in a blog post. He called the CTP "a great milestone."

Nokia, AT&T offer $10 million to app developers

From InfoWorld: Nokia is partnering with AT&T to offer $10 million in prizes to mobile application developers targeting North American users, in yet another attempt from the mobile giant to make an impact in the U.S.

Articles Roundup: September 23, 2010

Lian Li PC-T7B Mini-ITX Test Bench @ Modders-Inc
Phenom II X4 970 BE 3.50 GHz @ techPowerUp
AMD Athlon II X4 645 3.10 GHz @ techPowerUp

Sony Ericsson Delays Android Update

From PC World: Sony Ericsson won't start updating its Android-based Xperia X10 smartphones until the end of October, according to a Thursday blog post.

The Xperia X10, X10 mini and mini pro will be updated to Android 2.1. Today, all three models use version 1.6 of Google's operating system.

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