Long-term Data Storage Threatened by Anti-Virus Scans

Over time, data stored on writable media subject to virus scans will be deleted or moved regardless of the presence of a virus. This is due to the ever-expanding definition of what is a virus and through heuristic analysis. In other words, what was not considered a virus in the past may be considered one in the future despite its legitimacy.

So what can we do about it?

One way is to routinely back-up to an optical disk or some other write-once media. However, CDFS, the file system used on CDs and DVDs allows files up to 2GB. Large files have to be kept another way. There may be hope though. As file permissions and firewalls get safer in Vista it may be possible to set aside areas on your PC that do not get virus checked.

Taylor vs. Yonah, not Merom! Bulldozer vs. Merom!

AMD seems to be playing catch-up with Intel. Apparently the Taylor chip is a response to Intel’s Yonah chip. The latest Intel chip, the Core 2 Duo is codenamed, Merom. This article explains AMD’s reaction to the Core 2 Duo:

“Response to Merom

Unfortunately, AMD will not be able to immediately match the performance of Intel’s next generation Core 2 Duo mobile processor, codenamed Merom. Instead, AMD will be focusing on the mainstream market, where performance is not a major issue. AMD maintains that Turion 64 X2 will still hold advantages in platform design at a value.

According to industry insiders, AMD’s response to Merom, codenamed Bulldozer, won’t appear until 1H 2007.”