* Posts by Binesh

3 posts • joined 2 Oct 2007

Huffing and puffing Intel needs new diet of chips if it's to stay in shape


Intel & ARM

One thing that is not mentioned a lot is that Intel has DEEP pockets through their monopoly in the data centre as well as PC market. They will p̶u̶s̶h̶ (buy) their way into any market they want to. Just look at the amount of money they poured into the tablet market to win designs but ultimately have failed to make a dent in sales. Will they succeed will depend on if they want to earn lower margin/high volume or charge an ARM and a leg for funky whistles that nobody needs (a la VPro anyone?)

Also with ARM you can go to whoever makes the ARM widget that you want whereas Intel will make a small number of variations with Intel IP in everything and expect you to pay for it and that will be the only game in town.

Note that the same people who currently churn out PC's and their ilk will also be in the IOT market and they will gladly take the Intel marketing funds if they can as they are so addicted to this to keep themselves solvent.


ZTE Nubia Z9 Mini: The able Android smartie the company won't sell you


Re: Dual sim

Indeed I would like to see El Reg do a proper test of dual SIM phones as there are a lot of Chinese ones (and well known brands as well) but no one has done a proper review as yet. I would dearly love to get one as this would end the carrying around of two smart phones everywhere (one personal and the other for work).


Which NAS box is best?


Try the QNAP NAS boxes


I have had two of them, one a single-drive version and now I have a dual-drive version.

They have the ability to do all that you require, including a media server and a BitTorrent client. It has a Gigabit Ethernet connection, and USB ports at the front and back.

If you get the single-drive version then when you want to add another one, you can just buy a second NAS box and RAID them across the LAN. This is not something that I have tried myself but QNAP claims that this is feasible. There are updates available on its website from time to time which add new functions or fix some bugs. It runs on Linux so is open and extensible.

I'm very happy with mine, although I use it mainly as a back-up device to my PCs connected to the LAN.