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Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 08, 2011
Thanks again to John Atkinson for forwarding me this bit of big storage news from LaCie:
Today LaCie announces the 12big Rack Storage Server, a comprehensive network storage solution complete with the software and hardware needed for serious backup or file sharing right out of the box. The 12big Rack Storage Server features the performance of Quad LANs and the power of Windows® Storage Server. With muscular performance and outstanding scalability at a competitive price point, the 12big Rack Storage Server is the perfect solution for corporate backup and file sharing. It is powered by the industry-standard Windows Storage Server 2008 R2, Microsoft’s® latest version of the powerful NAS platform. The 12big Rack Storage Server ships with 6Gb/s Nearline SAS disks, which feature redundant path technology that improve I/O results by more than 40%.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 02, 2011
Beginning in late July of this year, Thailand experienced its worst monsoon-related flooding in more than half a century killing over 600 people, covering about six million hectares of land and costing an estimated 5.1 billion USD in damage. Among the businesses hardest hit were hard drive manufacturers including Western Digital, Hitachi and Toshiba as well as many smaller companies who produce parts for hard drives.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 30, 2011
Scott Wilkinson, Online Editor of our sibling site HomeTheater.com, was kind enough to invite me over (virtually) for a chat. A live video chat. See all the action here.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 19, 2011
National Science Foundation
For Immediate Release
SOUND, DIGESTED
New software tool provides unprecedented searches of sound, from musical riffs to gunshots.

Audio engineers have developed a novel artificial intelligence system for understanding and indexing sound, a unique tool for both finding and matching previously un-labeled audio files.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 17, 2011
No, not my review, the speakers. I've been informed by Caster Communications, the company that handles PR for Paradigm and others, that the Paradigm Shift A2 will get a re-working to deal with their self-noise as noted in my review and others. Details on the exact changes as well as the launch date of the revised A2 Shift are currently TBD.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 16, 2011
I enjoy Audirvana's old free player which I use mainly on my iMac creating on-the-fly playlists from my NAS drive. Works like a charm. The Audirvana people have been busy with the launch of their $49 Plus version and they've just announced iTunes integration (if you can't beat 'em, integrate 'em).
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 16, 2011
Do you know what this device is? What it does? Is it a prop from Star Trek? A 3D printer? A base station receiver for alien transmissions? Coum transmissions?

Take a guess or if you already know then guess its weight.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 16, 2011
The new NHT SuperPower powered mini-monitors ($199/each) are coming next month to the retail market and to AudioStream Central for review. Each SuperPower packs a 90 Watt amp, a 4.5” woofer and 1” silk dome tweeter in a desktop-friendly 9"H x 5.5"W x 6.75"D sealed box. One interesting SuperPower option, beyond those rugged looking 10 GA solid steel DeskStands ($59/pair), is the PVC PC ($99) passive volume control:
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 09, 2011
Thanks to John Atkinson for giving me the heads up on this newsworthy item from eRacks:
eRacks introduces the first 150TB storage server, bringing affordable petabyte-class storage to a space-hungry market.

Orange, CA, Dec 22, 2010. eRacks Open Source Systems is at the forefront of computer server vendors utilizing the new 2.5TB and 3TB hot-swappable hard drives manufactured by Western Digital. The eRacks/NAS50 server makes petabyte-level data storage within two rack cabinets a reality. Four 9U-height eRacks/NAS50 systems can be housed in a single 42U Cabinet, containing a total of 200 drives or 600 terabytes of data. eRacks manufactures its own line of rackmount servers and desktops configured with Open Source operating systems, such as Linux or OpenBSD.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 28, 2011
I may have to request a review sample. After all it is computer audio, isn't it. The Numi toilet comes with a built-in iPod/iPhone doc, speakers (yes, speakers too), pre-programmed audio (The Minutemen's greatest hits?), eq, motion sensor activated auto lid opener, 6 user presets so the Numi can remember your preferences including music-of-choice, heated seat and foot warmer, and much much more. At $6,400 the Kohler Numi is clearly targeting those who have more than they need. Oh and the Numi automatically close the toilet lid which may end up saving in marriage counseling costs.

"The luxury toilet market is coming back very strong in other parts of the world." said Kohler's president and CEO David Kohler.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 28, 2011
"The Apple Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC) is a lossless audio codec developed by Apple and deployed on all of it's platforms and devices for some years now. Apple is making the Apple Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC) available as an open source project." MAC OS Forge
If this was a chess game, I'd be keeping my eye on Apple's Queen who appears to be positioned to finally offer 24 bit downloads through the iTunes Store. As it stands with ALAC going Open Source, music download sites can now offer high definition music in an iTunes and iOS device compatible format. No more converting FLAC to MAC-happy formats.

How big is this news? It depends. But I envision a room within Apple HQ with nothing in it but a big switch labelled "ON".

Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 26, 2011
The idea of high resolution downloads continues to be a thorny issue. With the release of the remastered 24/96 version of Nirvana's Nevermind, some consumers expressed outrage over the amount of dynamic compression apparently employed during the remastering process.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 12, 2011

Capturing the state of Computer Audio is like trying to describe a river with a bucket of water, to paraphrase Alan Watts. Computer Audio is in flux, evolving as we speak. That’s not to say it’s too soon to jump in and join the fun. Computer-based hi-fi offers some of the finest seats in your home for the enjoyment of music - today.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 05, 2011
No matter your particular computer-biased bent, there’s no denying the influence that Apple Inc. has had not only on the computing industry but the music industry as well. And there’s no denying that Steve Jobs from many perspectives was Apple Inc.

RIP

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