By Bill Machrone  |  Posted 2004-05-07 Print this article Print

Iomega Corp., www.iomega.com
$399.99 list with one cartridge; additional cartridges, $59.99 each; four-pack, $199.99
Spec Data:
Capacity: 35GB uncompressed, 90GB compressed; Interface: USB 2.0 (interoperable, but slower, with USB 1.1); Cartridge Size: 3.0 x 2.9 x 0.4 inches; Drive Size: 6.0 x 4.3 x 1.3 inches Pros:
Small, fast, high-density disks; easy installation and operation; portable
Expensive drive cartridge; single source; new format
Bottom line:
A promising new backup medium that appears to overcome the limitations of prior removable disk technologies. We think Iomega has a hit on its hands.
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Bill Machrone is vice president of technology at Ziff Davis Publishing and editorial director of the Interactive Media and Development Group. He joined Ziff Davis in May 1983 as technical editor of PC Magazine, became editor-in-chief in September of that year, and held that position for the next eight years, while adding the titles of publisher and publishing director. During his tenure, Machrone created the tough, labs-based comparison reviews that propelled PC Magazine to the forefront of the industry and made it the seventh-largest magazine in the United States. He pioneered numerous other innovations that have become standards in computer journalism, such as Service and Reliability Surveys, free utility software, benchmark tests, Suitability to Task ratings, and price/performance charts. Machrone also founded PC Magazine Labs and created the online service PC MagNet, which later expanded into ZDNet. In 1991, when Machrone was appointed vice president of technology, he founded ZD Labs in Foster City, California. He also worked on the launch team for Corporate Computing magazine, was the founding editor of Yahoo! Internet Life, and is working on several other development projects in conventional publishing and electronic media. Machrone has been a columnist for PC Magazine since 1983 and became a columnist for PC Week in 1993.

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