Comp-U-News from Comp-U-Talk
November 2011

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. ~ John Wooden

The picture you see to the left is a hard drive. It is probably the most important component inside of your computer. It stores all of your data; your music, your pictures, your email, everything. .

The picture you see to the right is the Western Digital factory in Thailand where hard drives are manufactured. If you look closely, you will notice there is a problem. A large problem actually. It's a flood. The factory is closed. There are other hard drive factories around the world, but the one pictured is a leading producer, or more precisely, "was" a leading producer. It is now closed. There are hopes of having the building dried out and retooled in December with production coming back on line sometime after the new year.

You don't need to be an economics major to understand what this means. Short supply means higher prices. I'm really curious to see what the big chain stores are going to do with their first hour, black Friday, after Thanksgiving Day sales. We have listed current hard drive prices here. but please note: prices and availability are subject to change.

In other news: I found this really cool product last month. It is a network adapter/extender kit. It works like this. One unit is plugged into a wall socket beside your current high speed internet modem or router. A network cable connects to the first adapter to the modem/router. The second unit can be plugged into any electrical wall socket inside the same building. A network cable is strung between the second unit and a computer and voila you have a network connection for the second computer.

What is really cool about this adapter is that it uses your existing wiring as network extensions. You don't have to hire an electrician to rewire your building. You won't have unsightly and dangerous cords laying around to trip over. It's wonderful. It works. It's safer than a wireless connection, it faster than a wireless connection, And I have them in stock. Just in case you want to see one in action or take one home.

Stay Safe and Warm,