Time to bid goodbye to 2011, as exciting a year in technology as any I can remember. Last week I told you about my favorite products of the year; now let's talk about the technology trends that helped make it so memorable.
Once again, scientific research has confirmed the obvious: fanboys take
their favorite brands much too seriously. As Ars Technica reports, a
forthcoming study in Journal of Consumer Psychology shows that, for some,brand image can become inextricably linked to self image. For these unlucky, annoying few, a criticism of a brand can feel like a personal attack.
If you own a computer, be it a desktop, laptop, or netbook, an external hard drive is a must-have accessory. They're great not only for providing extra storage space, but also for backing up your primary drive, moving large files between PCs, and archiving all your prized photos and videos.
Indeed, if you followed my advice of a couple weeks ago and turned your PC into a DVR, you'll be glad to have extra storage for all your TV shows and movies. A single one-hour show recorded in HD can consume around 6 gigabytes (GB) of space.
So, how much storage space do you really need? A good rule of thumb: as much as you can afford.