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December 21, 2009 Leave a comment

3D Blu Ray DVDs!

The super expensive Blu Ray technology finally looks inviting – Sony announced on Thursday that there will be 3D Blu Ray discs available by 2010, enabling you to watch movies in full high definition and in 3D, all at the comfort of your home.
The move indicates that 3D movies have finally arrived. The release of James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ has surely sparked the interest of Sony to manufacture DVDs that people would actually spend bucketloads to get. ‘Avatar’ is a spectacular movie and is widely regarded as the game changer in terms of 3D movies. Very few people would buy a Blu Ray DVD of Avatar and watch it on a tiny TV screem, specially after witnessing the 3D spectacle in a giant IMAX screen.
3D Blu-ray will use the new Multiview Video Coding (MVC) codec, which is an extension to the MPEG-4 AVC codec used today on BR discs. The discs will roll out in late 2010 along with the players. The best part? Both the discs and players will be backwards compatible with existing 2D Blu-ray players. Also, Sony’s Playstation 3 console will be fully compatible with these 3D Blu Ray DVDs. Of course, you would need to buy 3D glasses a new HD television since only newer TVs support stereoscopic 3D.
There have already been 3D DVDs in 2009 – the stop motion masterpiece ‘Coraline’ made its way into homes, but its DVDs used the inferior red/blue anaglyph method of 3D, and the resulting picture is noticeably worse looking than the theatrical 3D prints which use polarized glasses. By the time ‘Avatar’ releases on Home Video, these 3D Blu Ray players will have made their way into the market.

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FTC pursues Intel on new front: Graphics chips

December 18, 2009 Leave a comment

              The Federal Trade Commission’s complaint against Intel for alleged anticompetitive practices has a new twist: graphics chips.To date, the antitrust actions of regulators worldwide toward Intel have focused on sale practices for central processing units, or CPUs, a market over which the company has fought heavily with Advanced Micro Devices. On Wednesday, however, the FTC spelled out a litany of allegations about Intel’s alleged anticompetitive behavior in the market for graphics-processing units, or GPUs, in which Nvidia is a major player.
        Nvidia is the world’s leading supplier of “discrete,” or standalone, graphics chips but takes a distant second place in overall market share to Intel, which supplies “integrated” graphics built into the chipsets that accompany all of its processors. Mercury Research estimates the total market for graphics chips, including integrated graphics, at almost $10 billion in 2009.
         Why graphics, and why now? “It would be really hard to sell the public on expending resources to take Intel through administrative proceedings when it had already paid over a billion dollars to AMD,” said Joshua D. Wright, a professor at George Mason University School of Law and a scholar in residence at the Federal Trade Commission until 2008.
           “[The FTC] needed to be seen as doing something new,” Wright said. “[Nvidia] becomes the remaining star witness, now that AMD has left the field,” said Roger Kay, principal at Endpoint Technologies. “And the FTC’s focus, which begins to look toward the future, has to take into account how graphics will fit in as computer technology develops,” Kay said. Intel General Counsel Doug Melamed asserted in a statement that the FTC complaint “is based largely on claims that the FTC added at the last minute and has not investigated,” referring to the GPU allegations. And Melamed added in a conference call that some of these GPU allegations were made as recently as December 8. One of the areas the FTC case zeroes in on is the burgeoning competition for chipsets in Netbooks–small, inexpensive laptops that are typically priced around $350. Netbooks are powered by Intel’s Atom processor–and integrated graphics silicon built into the chipset. In this market, Nvidia also sells its Ion chipset, which competes with Intel’s integrated graphics product.
  
          “To combat [Atom] competition, Intel charged [PC makers] significantly higher prices because they used a non-Intel graphics chipset or GPU. Intel would offer the bundled pricing only to OEMs that would then use the Intel chipset in the end product–and not use a competitive product,” the FTC said.
        Nvidia CEO Jen Hsun Huang on Wednesday chimed in with a statement. “Today’s filing is sorely needed to stop Intel from using unlawful tactics to lock out the GPU and block consumers from its revolutionary benefits,” he said. And he provided more detailed allegations to CNET last month. “A customer can’t even choose to resell the chipset and use Ion instead. What’s the point of Nvidia getting an Intel bus license, if it’s impossible to overcome Intel’s pricing bundles?” Huang said in a statement provided to CNET.
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trends in 2009

December 17, 2009 1 comment

1.Cloud Computing
Put simply, cloud computing is a way for SMBs to access enterprise-class technology with minimal up-front costs and easy scalability. Over the next three years, we’ll see cloud computing continue to expand. Because cloud computing allows a large number of networked computer systems to share an IT infrastructure, operating “in the cloud” frees small business owners previously limited by the capabilities of local or remote computers. It also allows midmarket companies to reduce in-house IT infrastructure costs and transfer day-to-day business applications to the cloud from their terrestrial offices.
Cloud computing is particularly attractive to SMBs because it allows them to reduce up-front investment in technology infrastructure and use Web-hosted services as they would electricity or water—paying only for what they use. But John Sloan, a senior research analyst at Info-Tech Research Group who likened the cloud computing market to a “gold rush,” said SMBs need to understand some of the unresolved issues around cloud computing.
“The attraction of cloud computing options right now is very similar to the attraction [of] distributed processing. It offers opportunities to do things with a far lower threshold of investment than what was traditionally thought possible,” Sloan said. “In the same way the SMBs led distributed processing in the ’90s, I think that the opportunity is there for a company like Zoho to show the benefit of lowering that threshold.”
2. Virtualization
Virtualization has been widely touted as a major cost-saving technology that reduces infrastructure costs and streamlines IT management. In essence, virtualization lets you transform hardware into software. Virtualization essentially lets one computer do the job of multiple computers, by sharing the resources of a single computer across multiple environments. Virtual servers and virtual desktops let you host multiple operating systems and multiple applications locally and in remote locations, which frees your from physical and geographical limitations.
Additionally, you will save money on energy costs and reduce expense on hardware resources. Building a virtual infrastructure can often result in a higher availability of resources, better desktop management, increased security and improved disaster recovery processes. Vendors such as VMware and DataCore have recently offered virtualization packages aimed at the SMB market, as has chipmaker IBM. DataCore President and CEO George Teixeira said the software is a “renewable resource” within SMBs that will provide years of return on investment.
For more information on server virtualization, check out eWEEK Knowledge Center contributor Chris Barclay’s five important considerations that SMBs should keep in mind.
3. Notebook/Netbook Adoption
This year, for the first time ever, notebook sales outpaced desktop sales. The attractiveness of notebooks and their smaller, less powerful cousins, netbooks, has grown as features such as battery life and structural durability has improved. Notebooks in particular are being regarded more than ever as replacements for desktop machines, holding enough memory and processing power to function just as well on the road as in the office.
Netbooks, on the other hand, should be treated more like large smartphones than small notebooks. They often lack the computing power that makes running multiple applications possible without delay or disruption, and forget about video conferencing. Before purchasing a netbook, decide if that’s the best machine to improve company efficiency, and not just lower IT costs.
It’s important to remember the limitations notebooks have as well. When notebooks aren’t being toted around through airports and conferences, they often require peripherals like a full keyboard, larger monitor and a mouse for use in the office.
Another issue to keep in mind before purchasing a slew of notebooks is that they are frequently lost and can be easily damaged. Anyone who ever had their notebook ripped out from under their fingers by the harried Starbucks customer/stubborn power cord combo knows this.
4. Open Source Software
Real investment in open source software is still off the radar of many SMBs, and that’s a pity, because cost-conscious midmarket companies can look to open source as an easy way to reduce IT costs: There are no licensing or upgrade costs, not to mention no initial software purchase.
Companies can save money by switching their CRM platforms to SugarCRM, a Linux-based CRM application, from Salesforce.com. Even running a supported version of the software, which means paying support costs, is far less than the forced upgrades and licensing issues that can crop up with a vendor lock-in.
While open source certainly hasn’t become a dominant force in the midmarket space, as more SMBs adopt open source technologies for non-critical applications, it is likely others, particularly tech-savvy small business owners, will realize the cost benefit potential of open source technology.
5. Online Social Networking
Are you LinkedIn? Have you been Facebooked? What’s going on with your Twitter account? How’s your MySpace page looking? OK, feel free to disregard that last question, but all kidding aside; social networking has the potential to level the playing field for SMBs in a big way. Why? It’s free.
The difficulty in transferring exposure on social media sites such as Facebook or in the blogosphere into business success should not be underestimated. Establishing an online audience takes time, patience and above all, dedication. One thing it doesn’t require is money. What you first need to understand is what you want social media to do for your company. Create a dedicated road map that spells out what your goals are. Your business may connect better with certain social media audiences and platforms than others.
Another helpful hint: Ask your younger employees about what social networking trends they respond to, and which ones turn them off. While your audience may not be in that age group, younger generations are well accustomed to online social networks, and are hip to the disingenuous methods companies employ while coveting their attention.

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December 17, 2009 Leave a comment

WINDOWS SEVEN KEYBOARD SHORTCUT

Win + (+/-): Enables the magnifier and zooms in/out.

Want a quick glance at what’s on your desktop without having to close all your windows? Win + Space makes all windows transparent.

Press Win + Up Arrow to maximize the active window.

Dock the active window to either side of the screen with Win + Left/Right Arrow.

Zoom in or out with Win + (+/-).

Win + P opens Windows’ presentation settings so you can quickly adjust display settings.

Clear your desktop

To minimize all windows except the one that’s currently active, click and hold the title bar of the window you want to keep while you shake the mouse. Repeat to restore the minimized windows.

Or you could click Win + Home.

Create new folder Ctrl-Shift-N to create a new folder.

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December 13, 2009 Leave a comment
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SSD

December 12, 2009 Leave a comment


Seagate’s latest foray into the world of SSDs has resulted in the Seagate Pulsar drive, making it the first product in its new enterprise solid state drive (SSD) family. The Pulsar was specially designed for enterprise blade and general server applications, where it relies on single-level cell (SLC) technology to deliver up to 200GB capacity. Despite all the storage space within, it was built in a 2.5-” small form factor with a SATA interface.
According to Dave Reinsel, IDC group vice president, “To deliver and serve the enterprise SSD marketplace effectively, it is critical for suppliers to understand the needs of their storage system customers with respect to design, manufacturing, supply chain delivery, and support. With its well-established OEM and eco-system relationships and a long history of serving global storage OEMs, Seagate is in a unique position to fortify its leading enterprise storage position with its entry into the enterprise solid state storage market.”

The Pulsar SSD is no slouch when it comes to high level performance that many companies and organizations ask for, where it delivers the necessary performance, reliability and endurance which are able to match the application environments of enterprise blade and general servers. Capable of hitting a peak performance of up to 30,000 read IOPS and 25,000 write IOPS, 240MB/s sequential read and 200 MB/s sequential write, the Pulsar’s SLC-based design helps optimize reliability and endurance while providing a .44% AFR rating with a 5-year limited warranty. To make sure your data remains safer within, the Pulsar drive leverages Seagate’s enterprise storage expertise which helps it prevent data loss just in case of a power failure.

Seagate has already started to ship Pulsar units to selected OEMs in September 2009, and the company holds the distinction of being the first enterprise HDD vendoe to deliver an enterprise-class SSD solution. Gues we are all looking forward to what the Pulsar can do for those with large organizations and want nothing more than reliability as well as performance crammed in a single solution

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real photos of niagara falls

December 12, 2009 Leave a comment









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