Posted on 23 May 2006

Tech Radio – May 20, 2006

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TECH RADIO WITH PATRICK WISCOMBE – MAY 20, 2006 –  Patrick played guest host once again on the KSL Home Show this past weekend so we talked about the latest news and information coming out of the technology industry.  This week’s guests included Brad Baird with Altiris, Richard Weeks with Starwest, Chris Gibbons with Master Control, and Ryan Castro with

Microsoft has launched a web site outlining the minimum hardware requirements for the next version of the Windows operating system called windows Vista.  On the Microsoft "Get Ready" web site, the company has outlined the requirements for running both low-end versions of Vista or higher-end versions that take advantage of the OS’s new Aero graphical user interface capabilities.  The company differentiates between the two by calling the former a "Windows Vista Capable PC" and the latter a "Windows Vista Premium Ready PC."  Hardware requirements for a Vista Capable PC are a modern processor with a speed of at least 800 MHz, 512MB of system memory, and a graphics processor that is DirectX 9 capable.  A Windows Vista Premium Ready PC needs significantly more system resources to get up and running.  It must have at least a 1GHz processor, 1GB of system of system memory, 128MB of graphics memory, 40GB of hard drive capacity with 15GB free space, a DVD-ROM drive, audio output capabilities and Internet access.  It also needs a graphics processor that runs Windows Aero, which Microsoft defines as a DirectX 9 class graphics processor that supports a Windows Display Driver Model Driver, Pixel Shader 2.0 hardware, and 32 bits per pixel.  (HOLY COW – Got hardware?)

Samsung is set to debut a hybrid hard drive.  Imagine a Windows laptop that could boot up as much as 25 seconds faster, last up to 30 minutes longer when running on battery power, and be as much as five times more reliable that existing PCs.  That’s Samsung’s vision for the value of its new hybrid hard drive (HHD), a next generation drive that combines flash memory with traditional rotating magnetic storage.  The magnetic storage part of the drive will provide the high storage densities found in standard hard drive technology, while the flash part of the drive will provide the reliability, the fast read-write access, and the low power consumption.  When flash memory is being used, the hard drive remains idle, which can save battery power and make the drive less susceptible to damage.  The hard drive spins to "flush out" memory a few times every 10 to 20 minutes then returns to its idle state unless it is needed.  It’s expected that the hybrid drives will be marketed under the "ReadyDrive" brand name and released in conjunction with Vista’s rollout. 

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