Celebrity EntourageLinus Torvalds, who headed up early development and promotion of the Linux kernel, is known for his work in open-source software development. But when it came to naming his favorite piece of technology, he went with hardware.
"I suspect that of the things I can't do without, my SSDs (solid-state drives) are probably at the top of the list," he said. "They aren't things I think about or use consciously, though: it's just that I doubt that I will ever again work with a machine that has rotating media for anything but backup or something like that. It made a big difference to me when I started using SSDs a few years ago, and I'm simply not going back. Ever."
"It's not something I actively think about or consciously use the way I use my Android phone. It's one of those invisible things that just makes my normal workday so much more pleasant. I don't even think about it except when I update a computer and have to switch my disks around (it used to be the case that I'd just copy things over to the new computer--now I physically move my disk around because the SSD is no longer some throwaway rotational thing that is likely better in the new computer)."