Computers Mobile Notebooks PC

More Details on Dell’s Upcoming Inspiron Mini

APC got their hands on the upcoming mini-notebook from Dell. Currently the notebook is being called the “Inspiron Mini.”

  • Ubuntu will probably be an option
  • Most likely being released in August
  • The wait is because they are trying to get the keyboard just right
  • No dedicated function keys
  • Three USB ports, VGA, and a memory card reader

The notebook looks really good, I love all of these new small form factor notebooks.  I personally consider these to be an amazing option for college students, they can take them to classes without adding too much weight to a bag, and since a lot of typing is going to be done on it, it doesn’t need to be too powerful.

Computers Linux PC

Asus All-In-One Eee Monitor Debuts

Asus has finally unveiled their all-in-one addition to the Eee lineup. The new computer is named the Eee Monitor (terrible name by the way) it should come in sizes from 19 to 21 inches, have a built in TV tuner, and be priced around $500.

The PC should be shipping in September alongside Asus’s 42″ Eee TV.

I think that Asus may be going a little too far with that Eee TV, but I do think the Eee Monitor is a great idea. At $500 who wouldn’t get this all-in-one, the only problem I think the majority of the market would be frustrated by is the fact that it runs Linux (the vast majority of the public just isn’t ready for it yet), but of course, this is just me assuming that it won’t run Windows as well.

PC World

Apple Rumor WWDC

WWDC ’08 Rumor Roundup

I’m not going to spend a lot of time on these rumors because I don’t really believe a lot of them, so instead I’m going to link to information about them.

(after each rumor I’ll say believe if I believe it, I may contradict myself, when you click through, but what is listed here is what I believe now, my views may have changed since I wrote the post)

3G iPhone shown at WWDC (believe)

OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard (believe)
iPhone and iPod Touch Firmware 2.0 Available Immediately
.mac turns into Mobile Me
16:9 MacBook and MacBook Pro LED Screens
Aluminum MacBook with Multi-Touch
New MacBook Pro Design
Developer Focused Mac

I plan on continually updating this post as new rumors come out, linking to them of course. So, check back periodically to see all of the new rumors that come about.

Internet Rants

Time Warner Cable Testing 40GB Download Cap

Time Warner Cable will beginning testing a broadband service cap of 40GB/month in Beaumont, Texas. The first thing I want to say is that this would end up costing me roughly $40 more per month then what I am paying now.

I would not consider myself to be a heavy user, I probably download roughly 3GB per day though, which, in my opinion, would be considered some one who uses it more than the average joe but not nearly as heavy as the user who has bittorrent running 24/7.

I pay $45 per month and get roughly 4.5Mbps download speeds, they advertise up to 4Mb so I am very happy with the speed compared to what they advertise (I’m not very happy with my speed compared to many of the other people I know throughout the country who are paying just as much as me using Time Warner and routinely getting 8-10Mbps, but that’s another story) but if they brought this pricing to my neck of the woods I would be paying $55 per month for the 40GB and another $20 for the extra downloads (and that’s assuming they aren’t going to charge me for uploads which, if they did, would probably cost me another $20-30).

Many have said that this seems to be an anti-competative move by Time Warner Cable to keep other VOD and VOIP services from being very economical to their users, this would keep almost all of the people who know and use these services on Time Warners side of the fence and away from Skype, Vonage, iTunes, etc. I absolutely agree with that statement, it seems to me that the cable companies, just like the record industry and the movie studios are trying to hold on to a business model that. when you consider what’s possible on the internet, is incapable of doing anything but crashing and burning.

I’m sure many of the people who work for Time Warner Cable are smart but until they start to realize that the best way to fight off competitors isn’t by annoying and hurting customers, they might as well just start throwing their money down the toilet, because that’s where it’s going to end up sooner or later.

Apple Mac OS X

Apple To Be Showing 10.6 at WWDC

So recently some rumors came about in which OS X 10.6 would be shown off at WWDC next week. At first I thought “No,” but then I started to think “Maybe.”

You see Leopard actually shipped on October 26, 2007, nearly 8 months ago. The average time between OS X releases is roughly 13 months and that means that we could be seeing the next version of OS X actually being released sometime around November of this year.

The rumor actually says that we will be seeing early builds of 10.6 with a release in January, not exactly unreasonable to me, especially since the last two versions of OS X took Apple 18 months to release, January would set this wait time at 15 months. And, if the rumor is true, that this next version of OS X wouldn’t have any substantial new features but instead be dropping support of PowerPC and just making the overall OS more rock solid, it is not far fetched in the least.

So now that I’ve explained it a little bit, WWDC would be the perfect place for Apple to start talking about the next version of OS X and since it seems very timely I think it will happen.

Oh, and by the way many have been calling this next version of OS X “Snow Leopard” which makes a lot of sense, it is just like Leopard, with almost no extra features but incredibly good at working in a specific environment (Intel processors). This means that Snow Leopard could very well be the name, but I do want to point out that from my calculations, Lion is the only other big cat left for Apple to use as code names.


Cell Phones Mobile

HTC Announces Touch Pro

Yesterday HTC officially announced the Touch Pro. This latest handset is very similar to the Touch Diamond. The most noticeable difference between this and the Touch Diamond is the Touch Pro’s slide out QWERTY keyboard.

The handset sports Wifi, HSPA with up to 7.2Mbps downstream, Bluetooth, 2.8″ VGA display, Windows Mobile 6.1, HTC’s TouchFLO 3D interface, 3.2 megapixel camera, 288MB of RAM, 512MB of ROM.

The phone looks pretty good although I find it odd that with that nice sized display they don’t choose to use some colored icons on the homepage, but to each his own.

HTC Touch Pro

Apple iPhone iPod Rumor WWDC

iPhone Apps Available on Monday

“A source at a software company that has been working on a native iPhone application tells us the company is getting ready to launch that application on Monday, which could also imply that Apple’s App Store will be up and running that day.” –Tom Krazit, Cnet

The App Store is (from all we know) the only way to get legitimate iPhone and iPod Touch applications on devices. But, another interesting thing is that many rumor sites are expecting the 3G iPhone 2.0 to be ready on Monday as well.

The 3G iPhone is expected to have GPS and, of course, 3G cellular networking.

I don’t know what to think about all of this, if we don’t see the new iPhone with firmware 2.0 we will certainly see it shortly afterward. It’s a strange situation in which it sure seems like there isn’t anything that could happen at WWDC that someone hadn’t already predicted. It seems that Apple dealing with all of the cellular carriers has opened up a huge crack in the unleaking ship that it Apple Inc. It seems that now there are too many points at which information on new iPhone developments could leak out of the company to bloggers or other news outlets.

I do think we will probably at least get a glimpse of the new 3G iPhone and hopefully we will also get to update our current iPhones to 2.0 but other than that I think it will be a relatively boring keynote (it was a little hard to say, but I said it).

Random Tech

Best Buy Trialing Electronics Recycling Program

Best Buy is testing out a free electronics recycling program in 117 stores. Best Buy is testing this program in the Baltimore, San Francisco, and Minnesota markets and customers can bring in no more than 2 units per day, per household, for completely free.

They can bring in items such as monitors up to 32″, computers, phones, cameras, and other electronics.

Electronics not accepted by the program:

  • Televisions or monitors greater than 32″
  • Console televisions
  • Air conditioners
  • Microwaves

Best Buy does offer other recycling programs but they will be evaluating this program later on and see if it would make sense for them to scale it across the rest of the US.


Graphics Cards Hack Nvidia

Turn Your Geforce 9600 into an 8800GTS With Bios Modding

If you have a certain kind of Geforce 9600 like this one, all you have to do is flash the BIOS and it will unlock the unused shader units and the 2 memory units that Nvidia has deactivated. To simplify this you are adding 128MB of RAM and some extra hardware pipelines only by modifying some software.

Unfortunately the graphics card that this hack works on isn’t very common but if you can manage to get a hold of one you can save a lot of money and get a huge performance increase over the 9600.

Original Guide

Uncategorized Opens a Closed Beta

Just like Hulu, has finally started up a closed beta. This new website is just like Hulu in terms of being a video portal but for this one it is going to be for old WB produced content.

The features of this site are very similar to Hulu, you can link to and embed videos. One of the cooler features is the ability to search for words within transcripts of the videos.

From the screenshots I’ve seen the site looks really good with a great color scheme, although I think it may be just a tad cluttered.

Shows available on the site include:

  • All Of US
  • Blue Water High
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Dangerous
  • Gilmore Girls
  • One Tree Hill
  • Smallville
  • The OC
  • The Wayans Bros.

There is supposed to be more coming although there isn’t any word on when that will happen.

Like I said earlier, the site is currently in private beta so you should hurry on over there and register for a beta account. No word on when the site is going to be opened up to the public but it does look fairly promising, if you like Hulu, you’ll like

Media Random Tech

Happauge HD-PVR Now Shipping

The Hauppauge HD-PVR is now shipping. According to some of those who pre-oredered the device they are finally shipping. The device goes for $249 and is a way for HTPC owners to view true HDTV content without needing a cablecard tuner.

All you need to make it work is a cable or satellite box with component video outputs. With the included IR blaster or firewire tuning will allow you to control tuning without needing to use too many remotes.

Because the device gets its video from component outputs of your set top box it is capable of recording and time-shifting the video without having to deal with any copy protection.

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