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It's worth noting that the C300 only gets a performance crown if you're running on a SATA 6 GB/s controller. If you're still on 3 GB/s, the slightly cheaper OCZ Vertex 2 can be faster, and also suffers less performance degradation. It's interesting that you posted this today, as I just ordered my first-ever SSD (a Vertex 2) two days ago. My Velociraptor just isn't that impressive any more, and it'll be nice to get rid of the delicate bungee-suspension arrangement keeping it quiet.
Toggle Commented Sep 15, 2010 on Revisiting Solid State Hard Drives at Coding Horror
In my immediately previous comment, the phrase "total runtime" in the first paragraph should be "useful runtime". Not sure how I missed that.
Toggle Commented Aug 16, 2010 on What's On Your Utility Belt? at Coding Horror
Kevin Horn: You're wasting a lot of space, and spending a lot of money on batteries, with the ancient technology in that MiniMag (yeah, I'm a flashlight geek). The old incandescent 2AA Mini Maglite has a maximum light output (on fresh batteries and a new bulb) of 12 lumens, and a total runtime of a bit less than an hour. The $15 Fenix E01 has a digitally-regulated constant brightness of 10 lumens. With a runtime of 8 hours, on an alkaline, or 14 hours, on lithium (4th graph at that link). Since two AA batteries have something like 5x the energy capacity of a single AAA, that makes the Fenix about 40x as efficient as the Mag. And it costs the same. And is way smaller. That's to say nothing of the Fenix Jeff carries, the LD01, which has the same runtime as your Mag but is seven times brighter. And still the same size as the E01. Of course, if you meant that you have a Mag Solitaire (1xAAA) instead of a MiniMag (2xAA), then things are different. Your flashlight is about the same size as the two Fenix lights I'm talking about, but in every other way it actually fares worse.
Toggle Commented Aug 16, 2010 on What's On Your Utility Belt? at Coding Horror
Your EDC list looks a lot like mine at the moment, although my keychain is only for keys. In my wallet, rarely needed but always available, is a tiny 4gb Kingmax Super Stick. It's one of those painfully slow ones, but I rarely use it for large files. In my pocket, along with my (dumb) cell phone and keys, I've always got a knife of some sort, and a flashlight. The knife varies day-to-day, depending on my mood. It's usually a Gerber Trendy, although sometimes I'll go for the Leatherman Squirt or an old-school pocket knife. The flashlight is a 4Sevens Quark CR2. I used to have a Fenix like yours; I've found that the short, stubby Quark fits in my pocket just as well, and its much-beefier CR2 battery allows it a lot more punch than the LD01.
Toggle Commented Aug 13, 2010 on What's On Your Utility Belt? at Coding Horror
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