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Analysis: Adaptec

This is an ongoing series of posts looking at storage companies and their investment potential. ** DISCLAIMER: This and related blog entries are for fun only and do not represent investment advice. You should make your own opinions on investments or consult a financial adviser ** Background Adaptec has a well known history for the manufacture of server and PC ... Read More »

Using Windows Shrink

I’ve been messing about recently with the “shrink” option which is now available on Windows Vista under Disk Management. This allows a partition to be reduced in size, subject to there being sufficient free space available. I wanted to reduce the size of my “C:” drive as the standard installation for my laptop didn’t come with any spare disk space ... Read More »

Revenue and Customs in records blunder

The Revenue and Customs (IRS equivalent) in the UK have managed to lose two CDs containing the details of 25 million UK citizens (adults and children) who claim child benefit. For those who don’t know, Child Benefit is an allowance paid to all children in the UK irrespective of their parents’ income. This means the data lost effectively covers every ... Read More »

Brocade Update

Since I wrote about Brocade shares on 7th November, the share price has dropped from $9.28 to $7.74, or 16.6%. That changes the P/E ratio from 17.19 to 14.33. Does that make them more investable? Perhaps. In August the shares dropped as low as $6. In the last 52 weeks, the lowest price has been $4.79. I think if the ... Read More »

3Par float

3Par finally floated on Friday this week. You can read the official announcement here. 7.5 million shares were released at a target price of $14 (about £7 in real money). In total, there are 60,015,700 shares of common stock now outstanding, valuing the company at a shade over $840 million. This isn’t bad for a company with just over $66m ... Read More »

Analysis: Brocade

This is the next of a series of posts on storage companies. ** DISCLAIMER: This and related blog entries are for fun only and do not represent investment advice. You should make your own opinions on investments or consult a financial adviser ** Background Brocade Communication Systems Inc is one of the leading manufacturers of storage networking hardware. As one ... Read More »