I have been a bit busy this past week, trying to find consistent online access to report from.
I am and will be reporting to you from some of the technology conferences happening in Las Vegas:
The Association of Personal Computer Users Groups annual conference. The Association (APCUG) is an International, platform-independent, volunteer-run nonprofit organization devoted to helping user groups offer better service to their members.
Typically Computer users groups range from users beginning to learn and share their interest in specific uses of computing technology, to advanced industry professionals who seek to leverage their personal interest in technology into productive and valuable results for small to large scale business. With many intermediate levels of users learning how best to live with and control the technology in their lives while also seeking to advance themselves and others in the process.
Since 1987 this organization has been dedicated to helping technology enthusiasts and technology influencers meet at a common understanding for mutual benefit. User Groups offer important insights into how people "in the real world" learn to deal with and understand the ever changing landscape of technology.
Storage Visions 2007.
As digital media has advanced over the past decade, so has an increasing need to manage, store, and protect that digital media. This conference was created to address the demand from end-users to content creators for ever faster, larger, and more flexible forms of data storage, and how the storage industry must change and adapt to those needs now and into the projected future. To do so, this conference brings together some of the brightest minds in the storage industry, both to assist in projecting future storage needs, and announce new technology and industry alliances to build from.
Some of those announcements include the creation of the Hybrid Storage Alliance, a collaborative effort of leading hard drive manufacturers in the growing market of new "hybrid" hard drives. These are a form of hard drive technology that includes the use of flash based memory to allow for improvements in performance in data access, and reductions in power usage by storage systems. The first generation of hybrid drives is aimed at the notebook and portable computer market, but is very likely to expand into other forms of portable devices and to the needs of larger scale enterprises.
On the large scale is more information on the announcements of the first hard drives to achieve a capacity of a full Terabyte on a single sealed drive. With Hitachi and Seagate both announcing expected delivery of those drives in the market early into 2007.
Both the above conferences dealing with advancements in two of the major elements of the digital age, dovetail nicely into the 40th anniversary of the Consumer Electronics Show. CES 2007, as one of the biggest technology trade shows in the world, CES is poised as a showcase for the introduction of much of the new technology that we as consumers will see come to fruition in the coming year. Many companies often set their promotional schedule to make major announcements about products and business relationships during this show. Which makes it an exciting two weeks to start off Newsvine coverage of technology and the tech industry as the year opens.