Stories by Sean Captain

Warp-speed wireless

SAN FRANCISCO (10/27/2003) - Space: the final frontier of networking. For two decades, users have linked PCs with ethernet cables, but sending data through the open spaces of offices and homes without wires is still relatively new. Last year's most widely used networking standard--802.11b--allows transfers at a maximum speed of 11 megabits per second under ideal conditions. That pales next to wired speeds, which now reach 1 gigabit per second.

Maxtor technique pushes hard drive capacity

SAN FRANCISCO (10/15/2003) - MMC Technology Inc., a subsidiary of hard drive maker Maxtor Corp., claims to have found an economical way to transition to perpendicular recording--a disk technology that promises to keep hard drive capacity growing steadily as current recording technology runs out of steam.

Revamped Media Centers Debut

FRAMINGHAM (09/30/2003) - Microsoft Corp. continues its push into the living room with an update to its Windows XP Media Center Edition launching this week. Appearing on an array of new products, the update promises to improve on the original's TV, photo and music features, while adding new functions such as an FM radio tuner and online links to music, movies and games.