Articles By CDN Staff

Making a difference – Backup and Recovery

As long as there has been data, there's been a need to back it up. With punched cards, decks were duplicated. When hard disks entered the scene, another medium was needed. Magnetic tape,

Published on: November 30th, 2006 CDN Staff

Making a difference – Anti-Virus and Firewalls

The first known computer virus was called Brain, and compared to today's malware, it was pretty mild.Then the Morris worm took down the still-young Internet, and triggered the development of firewalls (now part

Published on: November 30th, 2006 CDN Staff

Making a difference – Optical Drives

The history of the optical drive is one of dueling standards, and it's not over yet. Data compact disks, first showed up in 1985 thanks to a standard agreed upon by Sony and

Published on: November 30th, 2006 CDN Staff

Making a difference – UPS

Uninterruptible power supplies are part of the very dull plumbing in most server rooms, and, increasingly, in many homes.There are two major types: A standby UPS only powers protected equipment when there is

Published on: November 30th, 2006 CDN Staff

Making a difference – Modems

Twenty years ago, the Hayes Smartmodem and its associated command set was the de-facto standard, to the point that other vendors marketed their products as “Hayes compatible.” Attempts to define new standards ultimately

Published on: November 30th, 2006 CDN Staff

Making a difference – Networks

When CDN was born, networks were eclectic places. Three primary protocols (IBM Token Ring, ARCNet and Ethernet) were competing for dominance, and network operating systems such as Banyan VINES, Novell NetWare and LAN

Published on: November 30th, 2006 CDN Staff

Making a difference – Storage

Storage has been a tale of endless standards, competing formats and form factors, and ever-growing capacity. The 3.5-inch floppy drive (1.44 MB), for example, gradually replaced the more fragile 5.25-inch floppy, which had,

Published on: November 30th, 2006 CDN Staff

Making a difference – Servers

When connecting computers in networks began in the 1970s the use of shared machines to provide storage and services began, first among minicomputers, then, as the microprocessor gained traction, among PCs. The release

Published on: November 30th, 2006 CDN Staff

Making a difference – Digital Cameras

The first real consumer digital camera with its own viewscreen came from Casio in 1995. In 1996, Kodak introduced the DC-25, with CompactFlash storage.Before that, cameras based on television camera technology but took

Published on: November 30th, 2006 CDN Staff

Making a difference – Scanners

Visioneer created the modern desktop scanner in the mid-1990s, and OEMed it to HP, Canon and Brother. From fussy, SCSI-connected proprietary devices they've evolved to one-button, USB or Firewire units with full operating

Published on: November 30th, 2006 CDN Staff

Making a difference – Mouse

Believe it or not, although Mouse Systems released the first PC mouse in 1982, our favourite rodents have been around (on workstations) since the 1970s. But it was only with the advent of

Published on: November 30th, 2006 CDN Staff

Making a difference – Keyboards

In 1986, IBM released the now-familiar 101-key keyboard, with its function keys across the top. Other vendors added their own twists such as the 102-key keyboard with function keys down the left side.

Published on: November 30th, 2006 CDN Staff

Making a difference – Monitors

Displays have seen remarkable changes, shifting from monochrome to colour, growing in average screen size from 15 inches to today's 20-plus monsters, moving from CRT technology to LCDs.It's been an evolution, though, not

Published on: November 30th, 2006 CDN Staff

Making a difference – Desktop Printers

Desktop printers have seen a lot of change since the magazine's birth. Back then, the dot matrix printer was king, and Epson was market leader. HP launched the LaserJet in 1984, and in

Published on: November 30th, 2006 CDN Staff

Making a difference – Handhelds

Handheld devices have been around for a surprisingly long time (Apple's Newton was released in 1993), but it was only with the Palm Pilot in 1998 that the category really took off. Dozens

Published on: November 30th, 2006 CDN Staff