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  1. Thunderbolt and USB 3.0

    May 25, 2013 by Steve Modica

    Steve ModicaApple has always been on the leading edge of connectivity for their systems.

    Back in 2004, before we had formed Small Tree as a company, I can recall drooling over a Power Book laptop with an integrated Gigabit port. That was a crazy thing to have on a laptop at the time. Gigabit was still a little weird, very expensive, and not common as a drop at anyone’s desk. Yet here apple was putting it on a laptop. (more…)

  2. Gigabytes per second or Giga-buts per second?

    March 24, 2013 by Steve Modica

    Steve ModicaEvery year as NAB approaches, the marketing once again begins.  Oh the marketing….

    As NAB approaches, I’d like to take a moment to remind people in the market for storage that Gigabytes/second is not what makes video play smoothly. (more…)

  3. It’s Important to to have a good time. Always.

    February 5, 2013 by Steve Modica

    Steve ModicaIf you use Adobe Premiere for post-production projects, then you may have come across the problem where the application re-conforms and recreates peak files for projects every time the project opens or when changing back to Adobe from using another application, i.e. hide/show. (more…)

  4. Another step in the Commodity Hardware Revolution

    January 21, 2013 by Steve Modica

    Steve Modica

    Not too long ago, I was asked to write up my predictions on storage and networking technology for the coming year.  One of those predictions was the rise of new, combined file system/logical volume managers like ZFS and BtrFS.


  5. America WAS online, until about 30 seconds ago…

    January 8, 2013 by Steve Modica

    Steve ModicaBack when I was at SGI slaying dragons I had the good fortune to visit America Online.  At the time, AOL was moving about 20% of the USA’s email traffic through SGI Challenge XL servers. (more…)

  6. Testing Strawberry by Flavoursys

    January 3, 2013 by Steve Modica

    Steve ModicaI did some testing with Strawberry from Flavoursys last week. Flavoursys provides software for project sharing and project management for video post-production. I’m happy to report that this is one of the most exciting new products I’ve had a chance to work with in a long time. (more…)

  7. Your dishwasher is broken…

    December 26, 2012 by Steve Modica

    Steve ModicaI started in the computer industry around 1988 as a computer engineering co-op student with a small company called Herstal Automation. Herstal built memory boards for very old HP 1000 A600 and A900 computers.  These computers were some of the very first real-time computers ever made.  Auto companies and the medical industry used these to monitor real-time processes like engine performance or patient vital signs. (more…)

  8. Hurry up and wait

    December 18, 2012 by Steve Modica

    Steve ModicaMaybe you’ve heard that expression before.  “Hurry up and wait.” Military guys love to quote that.  It’s a reference to the military giving soldiers very important things to do, but then having them sit around idly because the people they are supposed to be doing them with aren’t ready. (more…)

  9. 19 Hours of Panic

    December 12, 2012 by Steve Modica

    Steve ModicaFor you old timers, you may remember a story where the USA’s largest Internet service provider went down for 19 hours.  For you younger folks, you can read about it here: (more…)

  10. Clone Detectors

    November 26, 2012 by Steve Modica

    Steve ModicaBack when cell phones were new, a number of vendors had “clone” problems.  People were cloning phone serial numbers so they could get free cell service. (more…)