Creators of digital media, both professional and amateur, have voracious storage requirements. They require high-performance storage for photo and video editing with programs like Aperture, iPhoto, Photoshop and Lightroom, Final Cut Pro and iMovie. Additionally, creators need secure storage to back up and protect their work. Digital-media creators are not Information Technology (IT) experts, and selecting storage systems is not their primary focus.
So, you’ve got a small network consisting of one server and a half dozen workstations, but the hard drive in the server is full. Do you rebuild the server with a larger hard drive? That could become one big headache, and your network will be down throughout the duration of the upgrade. The easiest solution is to add Network Attached Storage, or NAS, to your network.
Consider it a heavy-duty portable workstation for the photographer, designer, video editor or architect who spends far too much time tweaking pictures. The Lenovo ThinkPad W701ds (the "ds" stands for dual-screen) features a 10.6-inch screen that slides out from under the wide 17-inch display, both LED backlit. There's an integrated Wacom digitizer tablet. An nVIDIA Quadro FX 3800M GPU compliments the 1.73GHz Intel Core i7-820QM processor. Weighing a hefty11.4 lb, the W701ds could be the Hummer of notebooks.
Windows 7 users expecting to find Movie Maker on their computers as they had with Windows XP have been in for a rude disappointment—until today. Starting June 24 you can download a free upgrade called Windows Live Essentials, which not only includes Movie Maker but also some clever new photo-editing functions, plus enhanced mail and messenger features and the ability to access 25GB of free online storage, too.
I recently wrote about Drobo RAID storage arrays. They provide expandable storage with redundancy for the safekeeping of your data. The units that I reviewed are all available with instant savings from B&H until the end of June, 2010. I've just been made aware that there is an 8-bay unit that comes with free hard drives.
Computers, tablets, digital whiteboards, multimedia projectors and laser pointers have changed the way lecturers and business people make presentations. But sometimes a good old-fashioned piece of paper is the most effective way to explain things to people. Canson’s Papershow Digital Pen Starter Kit combines the power of the computer with the straightforward simplicity of paper.
Solid-state hard drives have always been faster than their disk-based counterparts. With no heads to move or platters to spin, solid-state hard drives offer the fastest storage space money can buy. Solid-state hard drives also use less power than traditional drives, making them ideal for mobile use. SanDisk’s G3 2.5-inch solid-state hard drives are intended for use in notebook computers.
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