All posts by Jeff Clark

Some Powered-Down SSDs Lose Data

Some Powered-Down SSDs Lose Data
May 11, 2015 No Comments »

Solid-state drives (SSDs) offer a number of benefits over hard drives, including faster read/write times and no mechanical parts (and hence less noise). But according to ZDNet’s Zack Whittaker, newer SSDs may suffer from data loss under certain circumstances. Research ... Read More »

You Know You Have a Diversity Problem When…

You Know You Have a Diversity Problem When…
May 8, 2015 No Comments »

…You can replace a few words in an argument and get an embarrassing result. A number of technology news outlets have once again had a collective fit over the state of diversity at technology companies. Apparently oblivious to the fact ... Read More »

Who Benefits From Subscription Software?

Who Benefits From Subscription Software?
May 7, 2015 No Comments »

For every software-licensing model there is a hypothetical user who will benefit by paying less in the long term. When Adobe changed from outright software sales to a subscription-only approach, one of its claims to appease its customer base for ... Read More »

Advice on Writing a Good Cover Letter

Advice on Writing a Good Cover Letter
May 6, 2015 No Comments »

Job seekers, whether for IT and data centers or another field, must jump through any number of tedious and often nearly pointless hoops to get hired. One of those hoops is writing an effective cover letter. Unfortunately, if you try ... Read More »

Is Government Research Funding Critical to IT?

Is Government Research Funding Critical to IT?
May 5, 2015 No Comments »

A dearth in research and development funding is threatening U.S. technology companies, universities and, ultimately, consumers—or at least that’s what some MIT professors argue in a report entitled “The Future Postponed: Why Declining Investment in Basic Research Threatens a U.S. ... Read More »

The Role of Cost in Moore’s Law

The Role of Cost in Moore’s Law
May 4, 2015 No Comments »

As the numerous technologies that appear and disappear without ever hitting the market demonstrate, technical benefits aren’t enough to make a product. In the case of Moore’s Law, there’s more to transistor scaling than just the technical capability. As Rachel ... Read More »

IT Wages: Which End Is Up?

IT Wages: Which End Is Up?
April 30, 2015 No Comments »

Sifting through the raw data on wages for IT and, more broadly, STEM is a tough job. Perhaps that’s why reports are so contradictory. For instance, according to the Computerworld IT Salary Survey 2015, average total compensation rose 3.6% year ... Read More »

Can Twitter Grow Its Way Out of Losses?

Can Twitter Grow Its Way Out of Losses?
April 29, 2015 No Comments »

Although Twitter saw a strong increase in revenue in 4Q14, it still failed to make a profit. In 1Q15, revenue (particularly from advertising) fell relative to the previous quarter, despite nearly a 75% year-over-year increase. As MarketWatch noted, however, “Year-over-year ... Read More »

Why We Need Strong, Unfettered Encryption

Why We Need Strong, Unfettered Encryption
April 28, 2015 No Comments »

The value of data is often in its limited dissemination. In other words, protecting data is frequently the same as protecting value—as in a credit-card number, a trade secret or even medical information. Recent events ranging from the Edward Snowden ... Read More »