Stories by Russell Kay

Storage vendors drive ever-denser products

The first storage media — paper tape and punched cards — were inefficient, slow and bulky. These gave way to magnetic storage: core memory, drums and, finally, hard drives. For backup, there were removable media: magnetic tape reels and cartridges, floppy disks and removable hard drives. Then optics (CD-ROM and DVD drives) supplanted magnetism for archival uses. Today's computers need to store more data than ever. The most recent generation of storage replaces moving parts with solid-state electronics.

UMTS: carrying the world on its shoulders

For effective, efficient communications, standardisation is critical, and nowhere is this more evident than in the areas of mobile computing and cellular telephony.

Computer forensics — the CSI reality

The television series CSI has given millions of viewers an appreciation of the role and importance of physical evidence in conducting criminal investigations. Each week, we see the confluence of fingerprints, DNA tests, autopsies, microscopic examinations and ballistic evidence used to solve a murder or explain the circumstances surrounding an unusual death. The drama lies less in the events that are portrayed than in the thinking that lies behind the collection, preservation and interpretation of the evidence needed to solve the case and support prosecution.

Aspect-oriented programming

FRAMINGHAM (10/03/2003) - To understand aspect-oriented programming (AOP), let's first take a look at two models of labor union organization in the U.S. The old American Federation of Labor (AFL) organized workers vertically, according to their particular craft or trade. Thus, a large company might have dozens or hundreds of unions to deal with, each representing a specific group of workers. The younger Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO), on the other hand, organized a single union for all workers in a given industry regardless of their individual trades.

Copy protection: just say no

For a long time I have been an enthusiastic supporter of Microsoft’s electronic-book projects, including its ClearType font-rendering technology and Microsoft Reader software on the Pocket PC.

Looking Beyond Win 2k

The Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) is Microsoft Corp.'s annual bash for hardware developers, where they discuss what's coming up and how these developers will have to design their new hardware to take advantage of new operating system capabilities.