Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Asus O!Play HDP-R1 Digital Media Player Review
Perhaps one the more significant defining digital attributes of the first decade of the the 21st Century could be the size of the ginormous digital media collections so many of us have amassed--media collections made of up a disparate assortment of video, photos, and audio files from a wide variety of sources. The advent of digital cameras and digital camcorders has converted many people into virtual shutterbugs and documentarians--collecting events from our lives, ranging from the mundane to the life altering. No longer encumbered by the time and cost of having to send film off to be developed and processed, the only seeming limitation is having enough storage space to hold all the content that we create. Many people also create digital copies of commercial movies, such as ripping DVDs; not to mention the increasing availability of downloadable movies and TV shows--from origins legal and otherwise. And lest we forget the large audio collections that many folks have amassed from ripping audio CDs as well as acquiring digital audio files (once again, via legitimate and other means)...

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Techliciousness Blog: Gabbing With the Sound ID 400 Bluetooth Headset
Those who know me well enough, know that I’m not much of a phone person--which is to say I don’t like to talk on the phone much… I’m more of a talk-to-you-in-person, eye-to-eye, kind of guy. But then again, as my wife likes to point out, I’m not much of a talker to begin with... She says I’m a good listener, and claims that I only speak up when I have something meaningful to say. I’m happy that she sees me this way--even if I don’t quite agree with the assessment--but I’ll still take the compliment, thank you very much. This actually marks a strong contrast to my childhood, when it was near impossible to get me to shut up. My father used to joke that I was vaccinated with a phonograph needle (if you are too young to know what a phonograph needle is, go look it up). But I digress...

Monday, November 30, 2009

Dell Studio XPS 8000 Review
Budget desktops and high-end gaming rigs seem to get all the desktop-PC headlines these days. The pragmatic, however, know that best desktop to get day-to-day tasks done falls somewhere between the two extremes: the lowly and oft-overlooked mainstream desktop. But just because a computer is a workhorse doesn’t mean it has to look like one. Take, for instance, the Dell Studio XPS 8000, which starts at $699. Keeping with the theme that beige boxes are long dead, the Studio XPS 8000 is a midtower model with a flat white chassis, a shiny black front bezel, and silver trim. It has a snazzy-looking exterior that manages to be understated at the same time...

Sunday, November 22, 2009

How to Dual-Boot Windows 7 and Windows XP
Windows 7 and Windows XP can co-exist on your PC—here's how to make it happen.
Even though Windows Vista supplanted Windows XP as Microsoft's latest operating system (OS) in early 2007, many PC users chose to stick with XP instead of upgrading to the new OS. Additionally, many buyers of new PCs chose to get those systems with XP preinstalled, instead of Vista—and some were even willing to pay a premium for ability to "downgrade" from Vista to XP! The reason why so many chose to stick with XP and forgo Vista was due to the perception that Vista was less reliable and more troublesome than XP. Some even argued that Vista was "half-baked." Whether these perceptions were accurate or not, they scared a lot of people and businesses away from using Vista...

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Acer Aspire M3802-U9062 Desktop Review
Nearly any computer user who has built or upgraded a PC should be well familiar with Newegg.com. Newegg caters to the do-it-yourself crowd, with competitive prices on motherboards, processors, and more. But what fewer folks may be aware of is that Newegg also sells complete systems—reselling desktops and laptops from popular manufacturers, such as Gateway, HP, and Lenovo. And in line with the low prices of the components it sells, some of Newegg’s systems have price tags that are difficult to beat. Take, for example, the Acer Aspire M3802-U9062, a midrange desktop exclusive to Newegg that sells for $649.99. It might not have the latest-and-greatest technologies powering it, but this PC is no slouch, and similarly configured PCs from other manufacturers sell for considerably more...

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Sorenson Squeeze Adds Workflow Enhancements
Sorenson Squeeze is a name well-known to video professionals. For many, it is the only go-to application for video encoding, as it has earned its reputation primarily for the advanced algorithms it uses to generate high-quality video encodes. So videophiles should be happy to learn that the software's next generation, Sorenson Squeeze 6, is available starting today. As with previous generations of Squeeze, the new version brings with it performance improvements, tweaks to the user interface, new filters, and more supported file formats. But perhaps the biggest change that Squeeze 6 brings is a new focus on workflow...

Friday, October 30, 2009

Techliciousness Blog: Adventures in Firewall Permissions: Getting BitDefender to Work With Netflix Watch Now in Windows Media Center
At a recent tradeshow, while I was walking by the BitDefender booth, a BitDefender representative literally shoved a copy of BitDefender Internet Security 2010 into my hands. Never one to say no to free software, I was grateful and actually stopped to talk cybersecurity for a bit--I guess I felt I had to earn that free software! And I knew exactly what I was going to do with the software: install it on my Windows 7 test machine...

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Techliciousness Blog: My View of the Vue Personal Video Network Wireless Camera System
Back in February, I met with some very smart folks from a San Diego-based company called Avaak. They were demonstrating a wireless camera system meant for remote video monitoring. What impressed me the most about the technology behind the wireless camera system is that it used a mesh network, which is based on technology that the company originally designed for DARPA. Some of the same folks behind this new wireless camera system also designed the PillCam. I did say they were smart, right? You can see the news story I originally wrote up about the technology here. Fast-forward to a few weeks ago and the technology they were demonstrating finally made its public debut in the form of the Vue Personal Video Network...

Friday, October 23, 2009

Seagate FreeAgent DockStar NAS Device Review
Network-attached storage (NAS) devices come in all shapes and sizes; some even come without hard drives--with the intention that the users will add the drives themselves. There is even a relatively new category of NAS devices that don't have any internal drives at all, and instead use USB-attached drives as their storage source. These NAS devices are typically inexpensive and super-easy to setup and use. We've even looked at a couple of them: the Addonics NAS Adapter ($49) and CloudEngines' Pogoplug ($99)...

Thursday, October 22, 2009

How to Set Up a Windows 7 and Vista Dual-Boot System
Windows 7 and Windows Vista can co-exist on your PC—here's how to make it happen.
PC users the world over are counting on the latest iteration of the Windows operating system (OS)—Windows 7—to free them from what they consider to be its half-baked predecessor, Windows Vista. To be fair, much of Vista's bad rap came from its early days, when missing hardware drivers caused much heartburn and occasional driver conflicts caused PCs to crash. But a few Vista annoyances still plague users, such as its relentless User Account Control (UAC) warning scheme, with its regrettably always-on or always-off setting. Microsoft has listened carefully to what users said about Vista, incorporated many of the suggestions, and added scads of other improvements to produce the new Windows 7 OS. And judging from our early experiences and the general consensus, if Vista was half-baked, Windows 7 is a veritable golden-brown hunk of angel-food cake...

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Eurocom M98NU XCaliber Gaming Notebook Review
Hard-core gamers are all about squeezing the best performance they can out of their rigs, while ensuring that the visual quality of the games they play are at the highest settings possible. As desktop PCs typically have access to higher-end components than notebooks--and are also far more configurable, upgradable, and tweakable--the vast majority of gamers opt for desktop systems. But with the increased performance potential of today's notebook components and their portability (LAN party anyone?), high-end gaming notebooks are becoming increasingly popular with the gaming crowd...
Updated Flip MinoHD Pocket Camcorder Doubles Its Recording Time
One of the hottest new product categories of late is the inexpensive, high-definition (HD) pocket camcorder--and sometimes it feels as though almost every day another company starts making them. Pure Digital Technologies--manufacturer of one the very first pocket camcorders to come to market--isn't resting on it laurels while the competition heats up: the Cisco-owned company has announced today the release of its second-generation Flip MinoHD pocket camcorder...

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

WD TV Live HD Streams HD Video to Your Widescreen TV
With the near ubiquity of widescreen high-definition TVs (HDTVs) in so many homes, the desire to consume media on them that was traditionally relegated to computer displays is starting to gain popularity--especially since a growing proportion of this media is HD video. To meet this growing desire, Western Digital has just released the WD TV Live HD media player.
HP Launches New Laptops, All-In-Ones, Business Desktops, and More
Four weeks ago, HP announced a bevy of new products that were arriving for the fall season. It turns out, that announcement was just part one of HP's fall lineup, with part two arriving today. Today, HP is announcing a number of new laptops, docking stations, all-in-one desktop PCs, a few more-traditional form-factor desktop PCs, and a 42-inch touch-screen LCD. An HP spokesperson told us that HP is calling this "the year of the refresh." What make this set of announcements different from the previous one, is that these products include a number of models that carry the Compaq brand name, and more of these products are designed for the SMB (small and medium business) market; HP claims that one-third of its revenue comes from SMB customers...

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Techliciousness Blog: Snow Leopard Compatibility Problems
In marketing-speak, I am a Mac and a PC. My primary computer is an iMac and my laptop is a MacBook Pro. But I also have several Windows rigs as well, running everything from Windows XP to Vista and Windows 7--with some systems set up with multi-boot support with different operating systems loaded onto separate partitions. I also have Windows XP installed on my MacBook Pro in its own partition via Apple's Boot Camp app, and Windows 7 is installed as a virtual machine on my iMac via VMware Fusion. I won't even go into my Linux installs...
CTERA Launches Two Cloud-Attached Storage Devices
Israeli-based CTERA Networks is adding its new CTERA CloudPlug and CTERA C200 products to the growing list of devices that let you easily convert external hard drives into network-attached storage (NAS) devices and make them remotely accessible. Unlike other devices that perform similar functionality, such as the Pogoplug and the Seagate FreeAgent DockStar, CTERA's two new devices add an additional feature that these other products lack: automatic online backup...
VMare Fusion 3 Allows Even More Windows 3D Games To Run on Macs
Today VMware announced the latest release of its virtualization application for the Mac, VMware Fusion 3. VMware Fusion allows Windows and Windows apps to be installed and run on Macs. While the release of the third official version of Fusion--with its "more than 50 new features"--might seemingly be meaningful to only a small group of Mac owners who need access to a handful of specific Windows applications, there is an aspect to this release that might have a much larger appeal to gamers: VMware Fusion 3 now includes DirectX 9.0c Shader Model 3 and OpenGL 2.1 support...

Friday, September 25, 2009

Windows 7 Available Early From Puget Systems
While most of us will have to wait until October 22 to get our hands on the official retail release of Windows 7, it turns out that there are a at least two ways that you can legitimately get an official retail copy of Windows 7 a bit earlier than that. One way is to host an official Microsoft-sanctioned Windows 7 House Party--in which case you will have Windows 7 in your hands by October 10. The other way is to order a Windows 7 system from Puget Systems--where you could have a brand-new Windows 7 desktop or laptop as early as early as October 14...

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Intel Core i7 Mobile CPU (Clarksfield) Review
For quite some time now, Intel has been the undisputed leader when it comes to laptop CPU performance. This advantage comes from the fact that Intel has successfully scaled its desktop processor technology for use in the mobile platform. That trend continues with the latest mobile processor platform being unleashed today from Intel: the "Clarksfield"-based Core i7 Mobile processor family and the new PM55 Express Chipset...

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

ZT Systems Affinity 7334Ma Review
ZT Systems might not be as well-known as Dell or HP—and its desktop and laptop designs aren't as stylish—but the company's utilitarian-looking systems typically offer a greater value for the dollar than the more popular brands. In fact, its systems are sold at places known for discount products, such as Costco and Target. The latest value-minded desktop PC to come from ZT is the Affinity 7334Ma, which sells for $799.99 and is currently available online from Sears.com. (It will also soon be available from Buy.com and ZTShopping.com...

Thursday, September 17, 2009

HP Announces the DreamScreen Web-Connected Screen
Two days ago, HP let loose with a blitzkrieg of new products, including new laptops, netbooks, and even a new all-in-one desktop PC. The company, however, didn't use up all of its ammunition, as it waited two more days--until today--to launch its final salvo of new product announcements for the fall. And considering that today's product announcement represents a brand-new product category for HP, it makes sense that HP would put a little bit of time between its other announcements and this one, so that this new product wouldn't get lost in the shuffle. Today's product announcement is about the new HP DreamScreen 100 and HP DreamScreen 130 "web-connected screens...

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Seagate Turns its FreeAgent Go Drives into NAS Devices Using Pogoplug Technology
Seagate has licensed CloudEngines' easy-to-use Pogoplug network-attached storage (NAS) technology, and has integrated it into the new FreeAgent DockStar network adapter. With a FreeAgent DockStar, you can easily turn any Seagate FreeAgent Go portable hard drive (not included) into a network-attached storage device...

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

HP Launches New Laptops, Netbooks, Desktops, Displays, and Media Servers
Today HP announced the details about a bevy of new products that are either available starting now or will be very soon. HP's fall product lineup consists of no less than four new laptops, two new netbooks, a new all-in-one desktop, two new business-class desktops, seven new displays, and two new additions to its MediaSmart media server line of NAS devices...

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Techliciousness Blog: DisplayLink Revisited
Back in April, I had to the chance to review a pair of 7-inch, USB-powered, LCDs, meant to be used as secondary displays. Both displays were Nanovision Mimo Monitors and used DisplayLink technology. They were similar in design and function, with the primary difference being that one of them included touch-screen support. Ultimately, I liked the non-touch-screen version, as it provided just enough screen real-estate to make an alternative home for my IM, Skype, and Twitter client apps, as well as the occasional photo or video editing app palette window--therefore freeing up some space on the screen of my primary display. The touch-screen version did this too, but I didn't really have a need for touch-screen capabilities on such a small display, and the non-touch-screen version has a brighter and crisper display...

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Presto Instant-On Operating System Review
With the growing popularity of inexpensive netbooks and nettop PCs, the Linux operating system (often installed on the lowest-priced budget units) is reaching a wider audience--although nowhere close to giving Windows or the Mac OS a run for their money (albeit the Mac OS is based on Linux). Some pundits even argue that the Linux OS has finally matured enough to the point where everyday computer users can use it with little trouble. This might be arguable, but the often free or inexpensive nature of the different Linux distributions, as well as the plethora of free open-source Linux applications, makes the OS an appealing option to users on a budget...

Friday, August 21, 2009

Techliciousness Blog: A Peek at Graphics Tablets
...With product shots we often have to matte out portions of the image background; and at the very least, we need to resize each image so that its dimensions properly fit the page as well as compress the image so that it loads quickly. The application of choice to do these chores is Adobe Photoshop. And while a mouse and keyboard will get the job done, a graphics tablet is much better suited for the tasks at hand. I use the Wacom Bamboo tablet during my daily image-manipulation grind. The Bamboo is an inexpensive ($79) and small (active area: 5.8x3.7-inches) tablet, which includes fairly-limited bells-and-whistles (when compared to its more expensive siblings)...

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Review: Seagate BlackArmor NAS 440 NAS Device
With the growing popularity of cloud-based storage solutions, such as the Amazon S3 and Nirvanix services, many businesses--both large and small--are eschewing traditional onsite file servers, and instead opting for offsite, third-party storage solutions. But the ongoing cost of maintaining cloud-based storage as well as the often unproven reliability of it makes it a less than ideal solution for some businesses; and this leaves those businesses with the conundrum of how to store and serve files, provide safe backups, and enable remote access, without breaking the bank...

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Review: HP Pavilion Elite e9120f:
As impressed as we have been by 2009's small-form-factor budget desktops, such as the $500 Gateway SX2800-01, they typically lack upgrade potential—one of the main reasons many still choose desktop PCs over laptops. A traditional tower desktop like the HP Pavilion Elite e9120f remains a great choice if you're looking for a solid balance of performance and price in a system that also has room to grow with your needs. While its $739.99 price is in the upper range of what we consider a budget PC these days, it's a highly capable all-around mainstream computer. (At time of our review, the system was sold direct from HP, and the price reflected an $80 instant rebate.) It's a good value, too: With the exception of 3D-gaming performance, the e9120f is at least as fast as, if not a bit speedier than, the $919.99 HP Pavilion Elite m9550f we looked at in March...
Review: Synology Disk Station DS409+ NAS Device
Regardless of their size or industry, most businesses depend on ready and secure access to their data. To a business, "secure" means that its data is protected from hardware or software failures and is safe from prying eyes. But small and even some medium-sized businesses often can't afford to maintain a data center, let alone a dedicated IT staff. Such businesses still have numerous options for data storage and access solutions, including contracting the service out or even relying on cloud-based solutions. But for those smallish businesses that have tech-savvy staff members, often the preferred solution is to rely on cost-effective onsite storage in the form of business-grade network-attached storage (NAS) devices...

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Review: eMachines ET1810-03
With consumers tightening belts and cutting corners, thrifty spending is one of the reasons that inexpensive nettop PCs (tiny systems typically equipped with Intel Atom processors and other netbook-like components) are gaining in popularity. Nettops, however, are usually hampered by slow performance and a lack of upgrade potential, which limit their functionality and lifespan. Those who need a little more oomph and staying power from their desktop PCs are better served by considering a budget-minded, full-fledged desktop, such as the $369.99 (MSRP) eMachines ET1810-03...

Thursday, July 16, 2009

2009 Student Buying Guide: How to Buy the Right Desktop PC for School
CPUs and RAM got you stymied? Part by part, learn how to pick the best PC for your budget with our no-nonsense guide.
Summer vacation, alas, is always way too short. For certain, you (or your school-bound son or daughter) may someday look back at these times as the endless summers of youth. But let's be practical today: It’s never too early to start thinking about computing needs for the upcoming school year. It takes time to shop for that perfect PC, get it delivered, and poke and prod it enough before you or your child is comfortable relying on it...

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Techliciousness Blog: When a Deal is Not Really a Deal
Yesterday, my home phone rang and it was a number I didn't recognize (the Caller ID said "Jacksonville, FL"). I often don't answer the home phone if a non-descript Caller ID appears or if I don't know the number. I work at home and have a separate work line (I always answer the work line--that call could be my next freelance gig!). For some odd reason, I chose to answer the phone this time. On the other end was a friendly voice, a man who identified himself as Carl, who wanted to offer me a great deal on upgrading my Comcast-provided services...

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Review: Pogoplug NAS Device Review
For many, just the thought of setting up and using a network attached storage (NAS) device makes their eyes cross and their pulses increase. While even the technophobic recognize the benefits of having a network-based repository of files for sharing and backup, the concept can still seem daunting to some. The reality is that NAS devices have become surprisingly easy to set up and use, but most still require at least a modicum of networking knowhow. In a bid to allay the fears of even the greenest of computer users, however, CloudEngine's Pogoplug makes setting up and using a NAS device as easy as it can possibly be...

Friday, July 3, 2009

Review: Dell Inspiron 537s
As the saying goes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder: Certainly, many buyers will find the sleek, shiny, and colorful options of the Dell Inspiron 537s slimline mini-desktop line to be quite fetching. But according to another well-worn saying, beauty is only skin deep—and beneath the surface of the 537s is a somewhat anemically powered system with lackluster performance overall. It's more than capable of handling basic productivity duties, moderate entertainment tasks, and light, dialed-back gaming...

Friday, June 26, 2009

Video: Digital Experience: NVIDIA ION, Tegra, and Much More
The more well-known industry trade shows, like CES, Computex, and E3, are not necessarily the only venues where technology journalists can get a gander at the latest-and-greatest offerings from a bevy of tech companies. Pepcom is a Florida-based company that holds mini tech trade-shows for the media throughout the year, and its most-recent event was the Digital Experience Rock 'N' Bowl held in New York City on June 24. (Each of Pepcom's events has a theme, which helps create a somewhat of a party atmosphere. Also, one sure way to get journalists to come to an event is to offer free food and drinks...

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Video review of the Lenovo IdeaCentre A600 All-in-One Desktop PC
The Lenovo IdeaCentre A600 is an all-in-one desktop with plenty of features and bells-and-whistles to keep all but the most jaded of users happy. Perhaps taking a page out of Apple's book, Lenovo put a lot of effort into the look and feel of the A600, with its black-colored chassis, borderless 21.5-inch 1920x1080 TFT display, curved back, and svelte form factor--measuring only 1-inch thick at its thinnest point. The A600 Series comes in a variety of configurations, which range in price from $679 to $1,399...

Friday, June 12, 2009

Video: CES 2010 Sneak Peek: Lightglove, slotRadio, More
Not that CES (the Consumer Electronics Show) really needs any additional hype, but the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) wants to make sure that even with CES half a year away that the media and analysts not forget that the technology extravaganza is on the horizon. The CEA did this by sponsoring a mini tradeshow in New York City this last week, called the CEA LineShows. We decided that this would be a good opportunity to not only potentially learn about new products and technologies, but it would also be great real-world test for the Flip UltraHD pocket camcorder we recently reviewed. So we grabbed the camcorder and headed over to the show...

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Review: Flip UltraHD Pocket Camcorder
The popularity of video-sharing sites, such as YouTube and Viddler, coupled with the integration of video-capturing technologies into common consumer electronics devices, such as cell phones and digital cameras, has turned virtually everyone into budding videographers and documentary filmmakers. But perhaps the biggest push toward putting video into everyone's hands, started with the introduction of the inexpensive pocket camcorder in 2006. This new camcorder design did not resemble the size and shape of what we traditionally expect a camcorder to look like; instead it resembled a thick candy bar with a lens on one side and an LCD on the other...

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Review: HP MediaSmart Server LX195 Review
Windows Home Server is quite possibly one of Microsoft's most unheralded operating systems. Many speak longingly of Windows XP, jokingly of Windows ME, disappointedly of Windows Vista, and hopefully of Windows 7. But seldom discussed is the little-known and little-used operating system designed to be installed on a home server and act as a central depository for serving media and other files, as well as a place to backup your home systems' files. For those who have used it, many praise Windows Home Server's functionality and performance--especially since Microsoft has made some significant updates to the OS recently. (Windows Home Server is actually based on Microsoft's Windows Server 2003...

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Review: WD My Book World Edition NAS Device
The old adage, "looks can be deceiving," applies very well to the Western Digital My Book World Edition network-attached storage (NAS) device. With its small and simplistic physical design, housed in white plastic, and featuring only a set of white LED status lights on its front, this NAS device belies the power, features, and depth of configuration options just hiding beneath its shiny veneer. Which is not to say that the WD My Book World Edition NAS device isn't simple to use--it is actually one of the easier NAS devices we've worked with. Network storage neophytes should have little trouble getting up and running in no time. But contrary to the seemingly simple nature of the product, those looking for advanced administration options will be very impressed with what the WD My Book World Edition can do beyond being just being a networked receptacle for file sharing, media streaming, and automated backups...

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Review: Antec Performance One P183
There’s a lot to like about the P183 midtower case—Antec's latest addition to its Performance One line of desktop chassis. Antec kept many of the features that have made the Performance One line a popular choice for those who prefer to build their own systems, as well as adding a few new and innovative design concepts focused on keeping systems built with the P183 running cool and quiet...

Friday, May 8, 2009

New Search Engine Scoopler Searches in Real Time
As instantaneous as the Web can be, most search engines--Google included--suffer from a bit of a time lag. The search engines can only link to pages and sites that the search engines have scraped with their Web crawlers or spiders and other indexing tools. This means that the latest entries on the quick-changing-content sites like Twitter or Digg won't be searchable via Google or other similar search engines until well after the content has already been replaced with even newer entries. Where Google leaves off, the new search engine, Scoopler looks to pick up. Scoopler is a search engine that indexes the content of a number of popular social-networking sites, and delivers real time search results...

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Verizon Offers Multi-User Mobile Hotspot Router
Road warriors who frequently need to set up temporary virtual offices will be happy to learn that Verizon is set to release a 3G-based mobile hotspot device, called the Verizon MiFi 2200, on May 17. The MiFi is a small, rechargeable-battery-powered CDMA (EV-DO Rev. A)-based device that permits up to five 802.11b/g wireless devices to simultaneously get online...

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

App Turns Bluetooth Phones Into Proximity Locks
Phoenix Technologies has just released a free application for Windows XP and Vista systems that uses the proximity of your Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone to tell your computer when you are away from it and therefore when to lock access to your system. This new app is called Phoenix Freeze, and Phoenix is billing it as security, power-saving, and productivity tool, all rolled into one...

Thursday, April 30, 2009

HP Offers Atom-Based Budget Media Sever: LX195
In what was very likely an "oops" moment, online retailer eCOST.com listed a brand-new version of Hewlett-Packard's MediaSmart Server line, the budget-minded LX195, before HP ever publicly acknowledged the product's existence. Rumors and unsubstantiated photos of the LX195 have been appearing online these last few weeks, but yesterday’s premature product announcement from eCOST.com was the first real-world indication of the product's imminent appearance...

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Metered Broadband Pricing Coming Soon
One of the key messages that members of the American Cable Association (ACA) are trying to get out is that we will definitely see metered bandwidth pricing at some point in the near future. ACA members are meeting this week outside of Washington, D.C., and they want us all to know that consumption-based billing for broadband usage will be a necessity in order for them to maintain infrastructures that can handle the growth of bandwidth-hogging high-definition (HD) video distribution...

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Time Magazine's Top 100 Poll Hacked For the Lulz
In what some might consider the most visible Internet-based prank to date, frequenters of the 4chan image-based bulletin board site's "/b/ - Random" imageboard claim to have rigged Time Magazine's Top 100 online poll, so as to render 4chan's founder, "moot," the winner. And even though some fairly convincing circumstantial evidence points to a hack of epic proportions, Time Magazine is accepting the poll's results as official, and has declared moot as the "new owner of the title World's Most Influential Person...

Monday, April 27, 2009

Techliciousness Blog:
The Best-Laid Schemes of Tech Reviewers Often Go Awry

My apologies to Robert Burns for butchering a line from his poem, To A Mouse, On Turning Her Up In Her Nest With The Plough, but the line really does convey quite well the unexpected frustrations I frequently encounter as a reviewer of technology products. All too often, when I get a brand-new product in to test and review, the product doesn't quite behave as expected. I suppose that this is par for the course when you are constantly working with brand-new products that often utilize cutting-edge technologies; but even after doing this for almost 20 years (and you thought my profile picture was in black and white? No, after doing this for so long, I really am that ashen-faced and my hair really is that gray), I still manage to get surprised whenever a newly-minted tech product misbehaves...
Flip Ultra Pocket Camcorder Now in HD
Small, point-and-shoot video cameras have become increasingly popular recently, not just for their small form-factor and ease of use, but also because of their relatively low price tag. Perhaps no line of products exudes the aesthetic of these palm-sized camcorders more than that of Pure Digital Technologies' Flip Video pocket camcorders. Despite the popularity of the Flip Video cameras and the bevy of copycat products from rival manufacturers, Pure Digital Technologies chose to do a stealth launch of it latest camcorder, the Flip Ultra HD...

Friday, April 24, 2009

Tomorrow's Computers Might Talk In Their Sleep
With the increased focus on managing energy costs and reducing human impact on the environment in the form of carbon emissions, we're being encouraged now more than ever to turn our PCs off or let them sleep when they are not in use. The problem is, our digital lives are increasingly dependent on maintaining active network connections for communications, information dissemination, file sharing, and other similar activities that are not possible when a system is off or asleep. As a result, many leave their computers running around the clock, even though the systems remain idle most of that time, consuming needless power...