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Network Observer columnist David Doering (, an EMedia contributing editor, is also senior analyst with TechVoice Inc., an Orem, Utah-based consultancy.

Articles By David Doering
The Envelopes, Please
Posted 01 Sep 2005 / March 2005 By
David Doering | Just when we have a viable archive media suitable for video content in blue laser, we get four competing recordable standards—two from the same vendor!
Posted 17 May 2005 By
David Doering|Major changes are raising the DV standard; among them is Linus developing as the solid alternative to mainstream services
Posted 01 Dec 2004 / December 2004 By
We can all agree on what tapeless storage do: they save capture time and sidestep tape dysfunction by attaching to a camcorder and recording DV live and direct to disk. but who does it best? The answer comes down to size, capacity, battery life, usability, and more. Here, we compare three compact contenders: Shining's CitiDISK, MCE's QuickStream, and nNovia's QuickCapture A2D.
Posted 29 Sep 2004 / October 2004 By
David Doering|Walking the floor at NAB 2004 sure convinced me that now’s the time to be in the video and production business.
Posted 04 May 2004 / June 2004 By
Convergence is the rare techie buzzword that has outlasted most of the technologies that underpin the buzz and continues to promise a prize—the intermingling of office and livingroom—that never fails to tantalize. But what does convergence mean, anyway?
Posted 04 Mar 2004 / March 2004 By
David Doering | Thanks to the plummeting price of hard disks and components, less-expensive, pre-configured RAID systems are reaching the desktop workstation market. That means more capacity and more data security for digital studio pros.
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by David Doering
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Make way for a new type of utility called rollback software, which allows PC administrators to save and restore PC configurations on the fly.
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Indie filmmakers and post-production pros found plenty to shout about, if they looked hard enough.
Posted 23 Dec 2003 By
The once-venerable show may be smaller than ever, but that doesn't mean there wasn't plenty to see.
Posted 24 Nov 2003 / January 2004 By
Let's hope there's a "burning hell" for vendors who ignore their customers.
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The incredible shrinking COMDEX: Iomega's REV, Hy-Tek's 35" LCD, more, and less.
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When we think of today’s digital studio pros, we don’t think network engineers. We envision audio and video artists and editors and other creative types engaged in a common digital content creation task. But there’s no collaboration without connection—network connection, that is. Where do today’s studio pros find the servers that serve their high-throughput network needs, and how can they build them with a minimum of networking knowledge?
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Synopsis: The Snap 4100 and Gateway GS400 NAS servers are both strong contenders for mainstream networks. While they appear to be twins in many respects, each focuses on different aspects of the NAS market. Gateway offers a superb solution for sites wanting a lower-cost entry point with the field-upgrade option. Snap, on the other hand, wins the honors for best multiple OS support and integration into native security schemas. Weighing the value of these two features—heterogeneous support or upgradeablity—will make the decision for each administrator, well, a snap in selecting the right NAS for the job.
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