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If you’ve been following computer- and electronic-related news, you’ll know that the recent natural disasters in Southeast Asia damaged both human life and community, and industry and production. Since late 2011, these devastating floods led to a near worldwide shortage in hard disk-drives, as approximately 25% of the world’s hard drive factories are located in Thailand. Only now it appears that the hard drive industry is in near complete recovery.

Western Digital factory flooded in Thailand.

Update on Hard Drive Producers

As of February 2012, analyst Fang Zhang reported Seagate as taking the first place position in the hard drive market. Seagate surpassed its main competition, Western Digital, all because their Thailand factories were on higher ground during the flooding. In December 2011, both companies sold less than half the amount of hard drives they sold in preflood times, with Seagate selling about double the amount Western Digital did.

In late April 2012, the Associated Report compiled a timeline of the status of hard drive production. They reported that as of April 26th, Seagate, Intel, and Western Digital have all made complete recoveries from the floods and are now back in full production.

Western Digital factory after the floods receded.

Update of Hard Drive Prices

While it is currently difficult to figure out the exact average range of hard drive pricing, we can still see some trends.

For one, IHS projects that pre-flood pricing is not expected to return anytime soon. In general, hard drive prices have risen to “stratospheric” levels, some doubling, even tripling in price. Besides the obvious lack of supply, another reason for this spike in hard drive prices is that the floods caused the hard drive industry to hit the “collective reset button.” Biztech staff says, “Hard drive vendors are taking advantage of this opportunity to reset prices and recover some of the excessive price erosion that began in 2009.”

A second projected trend may be the fall of hard drive prices. This is due to the industry’s reallocation of funds into newer technology, which will make hard drives more and more obsolete. Continuing with the flood’s metaphorical “reset” of priorities within the hard drive industry, Biztech says, “industry participants [may] slowly reduce hard drive prices from current levels…while at the same time ensuring sufficient funding is available to develop new HDD technologies that are needed.” The funds are projected to be reallocated into solid-state drives (SSDs), thus lowering the cost of hard drives.

I end in a similar vein as Rik Myslewski at the Reporter. Yes, while prices are not back to normal, production should be back in full swing very soon.

“If only that return were as quick and painless for those millions of Thais affected by the murderous floods.”

With the normalcy of hard drive production returning, Eio will have hard drives back in stock very soon.

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If you’ve been following computer- and electronic-related news, you’ll know that the recent natural disasters in Southeast Asia damaged both human life and community, and industry and production. Since late 2011, these devastating floods led to a near worldwide shortage in hard disk-drives, as approximately 25% of the world’s hard drive factories are located in Thailand. Only now it appears that the hard drive industry is in near complete recovery.

Western Digital factory flooded in Thailand.

Update on Hard Drive Producers

As of February 2012, analyst Fang Zhang reported Seagate as taking the first place position in the hard drive market. Seagate surpassed its main competition, Western Digital, all because their Thailand factories were on higher ground during the flooding. In December 2011, both companies sold less than half the amount of hard drives they sold in preflood times, with Seagate selling about double the amount Western Digital did.

In late April 2012, the Associated Report compiled a timeline of the status of hard drive production. They reported that as of April 26th, Seagate, Intel, and Western Digital have all made complete recoveries from the floods and are now back in full production.

Western Digital factory after the floods receded.

Update of Hard Drive Prices

While it is currently difficult to figure out the exact average range of hard drive pricing, we can still see some trends.

For one, IHS projects that pre-flood pricing is not expected to return anytime soon. In general, hard drive prices have risen to “stratospheric” levels, some doubling, even tripling in price. Besides the obvious lack of supply, another reason for this spike in hard drive prices is that the floods caused the hard drive industry to hit the “collective reset button.” Biztech staff says, “Hard drive vendors are taking advantage of this opportunity to reset prices and recover some of the excessive price erosion that began in 2009.”

A second projected trend may be the fall of hard drive prices. This is due to the industry’s reallocation of funds into newer technology, which will make hard drives more and more obsolete. Continuing with the flood’s metaphorical “reset” of priorities within the hard drive industry, Biztech says, “industry participants [may] slowly reduce hard drive prices from current levels…while at the same time ensuring sufficient funding is available to develop new HDD technologies that are needed.” The funds are projected to be reallocated into solid-state drives (SSDs), thus lowering the cost of hard drives.

I end in a similar vein as Rik Myslewski at the Reporter. Yes, while prices are not back to normal, production should be back in full swing very soon.

“If only that return were as quick and painless for those millions of Thais affected by the murderous floods.”

With the normalcy of hard drive production returning, Eio will have hard drives back in stock very soon.

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Once again, with feeling: Maker Faire 2012 is this weekend! This is just a quick reminder to sign up and attend the world’s largest Do-It-Yourself festival, happening in San Mateo, CA.

One of the many wild inventions at Maker Faire: “time to change” (a 13 ft tall clock made nearly exclusively out of bicycles).

Updates are now available about the specifics of the festival. During all Saturday and Sunday, there is a stage devoted exclusively to empowering and teaching educators tips, tools, and project-ideas to implement in their classrooms.

Here is a snippet of the Education Stage’s schedule:

Saturday
11:00 This is What Learning Looks Like! (Education Stage)
12:00 Tinkering and Maker Culture: Transforming K-12 Math and Science Education (Education Stage)
12:30 How Play, Innovation and Imagination Support Learning (Education Stage)
1:00 Raspberry Pi: How a $35 Computer Will Give Students an Appetite for STEM (Center Stage)
1:00 Citizen Science and Space Exploration (Education Stage)
1:30 Discover, Create, Advance: Managing Innovation in 21st Century Classrooms (Education Stage)
1:30 I Make, Therefore I Play – the science behind play: how it shapes the brain, encourages discovery and gets you hired at JPL! (Center Stage)
Sunday
12:00 Recycled Computers with Open Source OS for Schools and Individuals (Education Stage)
1:00 Major in Making! (Education Stage)
1:30 Creating a Middle School 3D Prototyping Lab (Education Stage)
1:30 The Story Behind DIY.org – an online community for maker kids (Center Stage)

Maker Faire 2012 will be held at the San Mateo Event Center in San Mateo, CA on May 19-20th. Saturday is 10AM – 8PM and Sunday is 10AM – 6PM.

If this event peaks your inner-inventor, check out Eio for all your electronic needs!!

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The 2012 E3 Expo is less than a month away! Also known as the Electronic Entertainment Expo, the E3 Expo is the world’s premier trade show for computer and video games and related products. E3 says this about the event:

E3 draws tens of thousands of professionals to experience the future of interactive entertainment. The most influential people leading the most innovative companies in the business attend E3 to see groundbreaking new technologies and never-before-seen products for computers, video game consoles, handheld systems, mobile, and the Internet.

While this event is not open to the general public, the results of the conference should still spark one’s interest in electronics, computers, and gaming technology. Top gaming professionals and representatives from companies such as IGN Entertainment and MACHINIMA, will be in attendance. The 2012 expo should pave the way for the future developments, designs, and innovations of the computer and video game industry!

So if you are a computer or video game professional or vendor, consider signing up for this monumental event. E3 takes place June 5-7, 2012, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. For more detailed information, see E3’s FAQs page.

Go here to watch a snapshot preview of this year’s E3 Expo!!

We hope this event sparks your inner gamer. Please visit us at Eio.com for all your computer or video game needs!

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Maker Faire Bay Area 2012 is just two weeks away! Join in on the world’s largest “Do-it-Yourself” festival, described by Maker Magazine as:

“The Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a two day, family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement.”

More specifically, Maker Faire brings together inventors, artists, engineers, science clubs and students, hobbyists, commercial exhibitors, and even white house correspondents for a chance to display their creations and learn by doing. So large and important is this event that President Obama made a “special plea” for the press to highlight the creativity that Maker Faire stimulates in our nation’s youth.

This festival attracts DIY inventors from all walks of life, from the young person who makes his or her idea come to life

(such as the creator of the extreme marshmallow cannon),

to the experienced artist tirelessly working to see their idea take shape

(such as the artist of this handmade wood bicycles),

even to the deeply practical innovator who sees a need and makes it happen

(such as the inventors, BootstrapSolar, of the DIY Solar Charger Kit).

So consider attending the 2012 Maker Faire in San Mateo, CA. For more information, visit Makerfaire.com.

We leave you with this enticing one minute trailer that captures the “heart” of Maker Faire. Enjoy!

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On Fridays, Eio will post recaps to this week’s posts in case you missed them.

Weekly Round Up:

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The USA Science & Engineering Festival is happening this weekend (April 28th and 29th) at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Called the “Woodstock of Science,” this event assembles our nation’s best and brightest in the fields of science and engineering. It includes thousands of fun, hands-on activities and stage shows for all ages, all with the mission to re-invigorate the inspiration and interest of our nation’s youth in science, technology, engineering, and math!

Satellite Events

If you can’t be in D.C. this weekend, not to worry. USASEF is coordinating satellite events across the country so that more people can join in.

If you’re in Eio’s SoCal area, Downey’s Columbia Memorial Space Center (CMSC) is hosting their USASEF satellite event called the Family Science Day.
It’s on Saturday, April 28th from 10am – 5pm at the CMSC. Click here for more info.

And if you find yourself with a burgeoning interest in electronics, visit Eio.com. We can meet all of your electronic needs!

Feel free to comment or leave a testimonial of your experience at the USASEF!