Monthly Archives: November 2014

Early Quality Control Problems Were Major Issues For PC And Auto Manufacturers

ibmscCompaq finds its stocks contaminated with faulty power supplies. Disney gets eaten alive by crashing “Lion King” CD ROMs. Intel makes Pentiums that can’t handle division. IBM short circuits with defective ThinkPad power adapters. H&R Block and Intuit stir a taxpayers’ revolt. It almost sounds like deja vu–to the days when poor quality sent U.S. automakers skidding out of control. The PC industry continues to cruise, but the recent spate of product flaws raises a crucial issue: Is the pressure to pump ou t more, faster, cheaper forcing vendors to fall beneath their own wheels by breaking the speed limits on quality?

No one is saying poor quality is about to besmirch the PC industry to the extent that it tainted Detroit. “Most of these companies are more focused on quality than in the past,” says Roy Bauer, …

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Reasons to Hire a Professional to Fix A Broken Hard Drive

Happy technician working on tablet pc beside servers in data centerIt is definitely bad news if your hard drive broke because you were investigating why the disk was failing in the first place. This is why instead of attempting to fix a broken hard drive, it is much better to hire a professional to look into it. Although fixing your hard drive can be really costly, you will at least be able to ensure that the problem is provided with a sure-fire solution. You will not also end up buying a new drive, especially if you find out that it was just a simple problem made worse by attempting to resolve the issue without consulting an expert. If you are going to hire a professional for the job, you can be sure that you will spend less time trying to figure out where the problem lies. Experts already know how …

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Samsung Did Well To Diversify Early

smsdWith memory chips accounting for more than 50 percent of Samsung Electronics’ profits last year, its masters in Seoul, South Korea, have decided it’s too dependent upon the highly cyclical DRAM business. So McDonald’s one-trick pony is racing into new lines of business and new technologies that will have a major impact on the U.S. market. By this summer, Samsung’s trickle of flat-panel displays will become a flood. Flash memory products will appear–in volume–later this year. The company expects to se ll nearly $1 billion worth of specialty memory chips, including SRAMs and EDO RAMs, in 1995. And last month’s agreement to make a $377 million investment in AST will change the PC market in the United States and Asia (see Close Up, right).

It’s not just Samsung Electronics that’s going through a transformation. The company’s parent, the $54 billion …

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Transaction Processing Creates Real Benefits

tpcOld guard, new beat: TP monitors avert gridlock by policing client/server traffic

It’s an IT manager’s biggest nightmare. On a dark and stormy night, a WAN link suddenly crashed, taking down the national client/server reservation system for a company that wishes to remain anonymous. Harried travel agents kept pounding transactions into the system, expecting it to come up. When it did, the system was immediately slammed by a barrage of pent-up traffic. Designed to handle hundreds of transactions per second, the system choked on thousands and it crashed once again.

This company’s harrowing experience illustrates a dirty little secret about client/server applications. When they’re spun across the enterprise, many can’t handle the high-transaction traffic or unpredictability of com-plex, production-level environments. Increasingly, some companies like the one above are turning to a tried-and-true mainframe approach to keep their new client/server …

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