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CES 2008: Best tech for and by small businesses

LAS VEGAS - The 150,000 nerds that swarmed to Vegas from around the world didn't witness the birth of the next iPhone or similar blockbuster. In the words of FSB tech columnist Jonathan Blum: "In 2008, the tech thing will be sort of like going to Costco: You'll have to be prepared to dig a bit to get the really good stuff." Below, his picks for the best of CES for and by small businesses.

RiData SATA Solid State Drive
One fast drive
RiData SATA Solid State Drive

This is the year small business operators will start facing performance problems on their existing computers. Everything from Windows Vista to fancy desktop graphics programs like the latest Photoshop are getting very finicky about which platforms they run on.

Rather than junking your existing gear, why not upgrade to one of the new generation of solid-state hard drives for your work PC? The drives you already have in your computer probably use spinning magnets to store data. These new ones, like the RiTek showed here, use solid-state memory similar to SD Memory cards or Flash. Solid-state hard drives are much faster than traditional storage. With a bit of tinkering, they could give that old machine of yours some new life.
Last updated January 11 2008: 3:38 PM ET

Underwater Digital Camera Mask

OmniMount Motion 52

Viable VPad

RiData SATA Solid State Drive

NetGear ReadyNAS Duo

e-Detail Prezenter PSR

NRG Dock
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