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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. 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…)


  3. Warning: Advanced Technology Ahead

    November 5, 2012 by Steve Modica

    Steve ModicaI remember the days when CPUs were stuck in a rut.  They were barely hitting 1Ghz.  Networks were running at 1Gb and beyond and CPUs and storage just could not keep up. Clients wanted redundant, failover capable servers that could handle 600 clients, but SGI was running out of ways to do that.  We couldn’t make the bus any wider (128bit computers?) and we couldn’t make the CPUs any faster.  What should we do? (more…)


  4. Oh… That’s a compiler bug

    October 22, 2012 by Steve Modica

    Steve ModicaThe worst possible answer to a customer problem is that it’s a hardware bug. Hardware bugs are expensive to fix. You not only have to replace the hardware, you may also have to replace everything you’ve got on the shelves. You can’t do this until you’ve “fixed” the problem, which might cost millions of dollars and take months. Hardware problems suck. (more…)


  5. Military Muscle

    October 16, 2012 by Steve Modica

    Steve ModicaWorking with the military can be a lot of fun.  It can be exhilarating.  It can also be incredibly frustrating and boring. (more…)