Emerging Tech is Fun, But Not Always Business Savvy

Loraine Lawson

When it comes to technology, I fall solidly into the category of ELLA - early luster, late adopter. (See how I did that? I just invented an acronym. Jealous, aren't you? Well don't be. You've probably got a camera-equipped mobile phone, and I still have that little Nokia phone T-Mobile offered when the first "Spider-Man " debuted.)


It's hard to be an ELLA when you cover IT -- particularly if you're writing about cutting-edge technology.


But according to CIO Insight columnist John Parkinson, a former CIO and CTO, it's not a bad plan if you're the chief technology executive for a business.


In the 25 years, Parkinson has worked in IT, collecting and analyzing data on early adopter projects, one thing hasn't changed: Their failure rate. About 60 percent of the time, early adoption fails.


That's a good statistic to keep in mind if, like me, you're an early luster.


Regardless of whether you're an early or late adopter, here's an item from Linux Devices that's bound to make emerging tech fans salivate: A 416 GB flash drive.


Bitmicro Networks plans to offer samples of its new E-Disk Altima E2A3GL in early 2008. Bitmicro has managed to cram all that flash memory on standard 2.5-inch hard drive form-factor, which weighs in at 2.9 to 7.8 ounces.


Want it? Want it very badly?


You probably can't have it - unless you happen to be in the military or industrial sector.


The company hasn't given out a price, but to give you an idea of where to start, this post at News.com points out the 64 GB flash hard drive in Dell's Alienware PC sells for around $920.

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