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October 23rd, 2011

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Mobile OS

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In the world of OSes for mobile phones, there have been a lot of changes lately, with some going away and others joining the race. A while back, Intel announced that they would drop MeeGo, which means that it is dead since there is nobody else to support it if the community can’t keep it going. But at the same time, they said the code would be merged with another mobile OS. Intel and the Linux Foundation will be steering the OS with the very unfortunate name Tizen (it can easily be mistaken for meaning penis in some of the Scandinavian languages).

Meanwhile, over at Nokia they are betting on Windows Mobile (and making many of their employees disgruntled), while at the same time releasing the already defunct MeeGo OS in their N9 phone. However, since these are all OSes for high end smart phones, they also need something for their so called “feature phones” which are not power full enough (or have different user groups) to drive all the complex functionality. Enter Meltemi, ironically enough a Linux based OS to replace Symbian S40 series.

The story does not end there, though. Amongst the free mobile OSes, KDE is entering the race. Not with a complete separate OS, but rather a UX platform, Plasma Active, with an API for phones, tables, set-top boxes, home automation, and so on. Plasma Active has to run on top of some OS, and currently they are using MeeGo and openSUSE based Balsam Professional.

It is refreshing to see a lot of movement in this area, and hopefully it will lead to a free alternative. However, the at moment it is still looking somewhat bleak for truly free mobile phone OSes. The firmware and driver issue seems to be never ending, and not even the OpenMoko can escape it.

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Fluctuating Storage Prices

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Due to fluctuating exchange rates, and a flood in Thailand, prices on hard drives have changed a lot lately. Western Digital, which is tracked extensively on this list, has been especially hard hit, with factories shutting down. It is most likely a temporary issue, however with some prices going up as much as 80%, it might take at least half a year or more for things to smooth out.

Media Type Product Capacity Price CHF Price Euros Euros / GB GBs / Euro
Harddisk Western Digital Caviar Green 1.5TB 1500 GB 76.00 61.96 0.04 24.21
Harddisk Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB 3000 GB 162.00 132.08 0.04 22.71
Harddisk Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB 2000 GB 109.00 88.87 0.04 22.51
Harddisk Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB 1000 GB 70.00 57.07 0.06 17.52
Harddisk Western Digital Caviar Green 2.5TB 2500 GB 193.00 157.35 0.06 15.89
External 3.5 Western Digital Elements Desktop 2TB 2000 GB 162.00 132.08 0.07 15.14
External 3.5 Western Digital Elements Desktop 3TB 3000 GB 249.00 203.01 0.07 14.78
External 3.5 Western Digital Elements Desktop 1TB 1000 GB 129.00 105.17 0.11 9.51
Harddisk Western Digital Caviar Green 500GB 500 GB 75.00 61.15 0.12 8.18
External 2.5 Western Digital Elements SE 1TB 1000 GB 151.00 123.11 0.12 8.12
Blu-ray Verbatim BD-R SL 25 @ 50GB 1250 GB 238.00 194.04 0.16 6.44
DVD-R Verbatim 16x DVD-R 100 @ 4,7GB 470 GB 95.00 77.45 0.16 6.07
DVD+R DL Verbatim 8x DVD+R DL 25 @ 8,5GB 213 GB 56.00 45.66 0.21 4.65
CD-R Verbatim CD-R 100 @ 700MB 70 GB 39.00 31.80 0.45 2.20
USB Flash Sandisk Cruzer Flash Drive 32GB 32 GB 38.00 30.98 0.97 1.03
SSD OCZ Agility 3 120GB 120 GB 165.00 134.52 1.12 0.89
SSD Corsair Force3 120GB 120 GB 165.00 134.52 1.12 0.89
SSD Corsair Force3 240GB 240 GB 333.00 271.50 1.13 0.88
SSD Kingston SSDnow V 100 Series 128GB (kit) 128 GB 178.00 145.12 1.13 0.88
SSD OCZ Vertex 2 Extended Cap. 120GB 120 GB 169.00 137.79 1.15 0.87
SSD OCZ Agility 3 240GB 240 GB 369.00 300.85 1.25 0.80
USB Flash Sandisk Cruzer Flash Drive 16GB 16 GB 25.00 20.38 1.27 0.78
SSD Kingston SSDnow V 100 Series 256GB 256 GB 405.00 330.20 1.29 0.78
SSD OCZ Vertex 3 120GB 120 GB 209.00 170.40 1.42 0.70
SSD Corsair Force GT 120GB 120 GB 209.00 170.40 1.42 0.70
SSD OCZ Agility 3 60GB 60 GB 109.00 88.87 1.48 0.68
SSD Corsair Force GT 240GB 240 GB 444.00 361.99 1.51 0.66
USB Flash Sandisk Cruzer Flash Drive 8GB 8 GB 15.00 12.23 1.53 0.65
SSD OCZ Vertex 3 240GB 240 GB 459.00 374.22 1.56 0.64
SSD Corsair Force3 60GB 60 GB 117.00 95.39 1.59 0.63
SSD Intel 320 Series 80GB 80 GB 159.00 129.63 1.62 0.62
SSD Corsair Force GT 60GB 60 GB 122.00 99.47 1.66 0.60
SSD OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS 240GB 240 GB 489.00 398.68 1.66 0.60
SSD OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS 120GB 120 GB 249.00 203.01 1.69 0.59
SSD OCZ Vertex 3 60GB 60 GB 125.00 101.91 1.70 0.59
SSD Kingston SSDnow V+100 Series 64GB 64 GB 139.00 113.33 1.77 0.56
SSD OCZ Vertex 3 480GB 480 GB 1083.00 882.97 1.84 0.54
SSD Intel 510 Series 120GB 120 GB 285.00 232.36 1.94 0.52
Compact Flash Sandisk CF Card 64GB Extreme Pro 64 GB 467.00 380.75 5.95 0.17
Compact Flash Sandisk CF Card 32GB Extreme Pro 32 GB 239.00 194.86 6.09 0.16
Compact Flash Sandisk CF Card 16GB Extreme Pro 16 GB 140.00 114.14 7.13 0.14

Exchange rate: 1 Euro = 1.226539 CHF.