Archive for February, 2009

Dell Latitude E4300

Friday, February 27th, 2009

The business ultraportable laptops are valued for what they are designed to offer. These laptops are priced at premium rates while expecting to meet the significant criterion. Durability is one of the main objectives as business travels can often accelerate wear and tear. You might not just want battery life of several hours as a business ultraportable laptop should run all day whether with single or multiple batteries. Additionally future proofed parts with ample of connectivity features are also equally significant. The Dell Latitude E4300 has assumed to take a place among best or business laptops undertaking down paths which are unique in the Latitude line until today. This means that, it includes a 12 inch widescreen with illuminated keyboards and colour options are some parts of its arsenal.

The Dell Latitude E4300 is available in three different colours, red, black and blue which are a great welcome addition to the new generate of casually dressed business executives and professionals. However, regarding its durability, you can easily compare it with 2530p because of the lid that guards the laptop against scratches which is also backed by magnesium alloy skeleton. It is rugged enough to withstand vibrations and shocks without even receiving a military certification. Regarding its interiors the keyboard and palm rest area is pitch black. Although it feels like plastic, the material used for the palm rest is pleasant and smooth to work. The keyboard of E4300 is full size and is extremely responsive. There are also LEDs underneath which are the best part of the keyboards. However the only negative aspect with the typing experience is the stiff pointing stick, but you can use the touchpad.

Its 13 inch widescreen is the first addition in Latitude line that strikes a perfect balance with its lightweight. The screen offers you 1,280 by 800 resolutions and it is a great pick for this size of screen. However regarding features of E4300, they are not much different from the 2530p. it come with an in build dual layer DVD burner which is much better when compared to other external solutions. It also includes two USB ports which are meager for the 13 inch laptop and especially when there is not specialty port like Display Port and HDMI technology. Similar to the 2530p the Dell Latitude E4300 also comes with FireWire port including mind-numbing section in the hard drives.

According to all the business ultra portables, staying connected is very important and so the E4300 is designed with the latest Intel Wi-Fi chip with Bluetooth features. Additionally the in built cellular modem can also be bundled with different services providers like Verizon, Sprint or AT&T. performance is also as important as its battery life which E4300 has learnt from Lenovo X200 and Sony Z290. The Intel Core 2 Duo SP9400, 2.4 GHz processor would offer you speed benefits while it also runs cool enough to extend the battery life. It is loaded with 2GB of memory which is currently the latest while it is also upgradeable to 8GB.

HP MediaSmart Server EX487

Friday, February 27th, 2009

Ever since the first mention of Encore, there has been much conjecture about what the next generation of MediaSmart server would be like. Some of the most commonly requested feature improvements by the MediaSmart community we hardware upgrade including improved and advanced media sharing options, Media center-like functionality, better Mac integration and capacity for more internal hard drives. Therefore, designed with much effort you have the new HP MediaSmart Server EX487 and EX485 which although do not meet all your requirements these new MediaSmart servers have been an excellent step forward into the Home Server platform which again reaffirm that HP is still the leading way for Home Server vendors.

The HP MediaSmart Server EX487 and EX485 had been reviewed by professionals for both their beta and final production versions and they are almost identical to each other in all aspects. The specifications of EX487 are much like their original EX475 but there are a few notable differences made with switch to 2 GB Intel Platform and increase of its HDD size to 750GB.

  • 2GB DDR2 memory
  • Intel Celeron 2.0 GHz 64-bit processor
  • 4 USB 2.0 ports (3 back and 1 front)
  • 10/100/1000 Gigabit RJ45 Ethernet
  • 1 SATA 7200 RPM, 750 GB hard disk drive in EX485
  • 1 eSATA rear port
  • 2 SATA 7200 RPM, 1.5TB (2 x 750GB) hard disk drives in EX487
  • One year limited warranty
  • Approximately 5.5″(W) x 9.8″(H) x 9.2″(D) and approx 14 cm (W) x 25 cm (H) x 23 cm (D).

Additionally, there are a number of new features included in the HP MediaSmart Server EX487 which can meet all your server requirements. The EX487 server includes Media Collector to aggregate content from the client computer to this server. There is also a simplified photo sharing tool which included integration with Facebook, Snapfish, Picasa web albums and Flickr. There is also an Updated Twonky media streamer which offers you remote media streaming. Additionally, you will also using the newly added Amazon S3 integration as your online backup source. Among these features is also the Apple Mac integration that includes the control center along wit the Time Machine backup drive solution.

Additionally there are also several other features in the EX487 server which have largely remained the same from their previous EX470 but are worth mentioning to display the entire value proposition of their new Media Smart EX487 server. Some of the features you had been previously enjoying and are not upgraded much are iTunes streaming offered by Firefly Media Server, the server recovery DVD in order to restore the server in case of system disc failure or some other corruption of the operating system and the Dynamic DNS services offered by TZO. Apart form this most of the standard windows home server features like the integrated computer backup with remote access to files and also computers which support remote desktop with folder duplication to offer data in case of hard driver failure is still the same. You also have the extensible add-inn architecture that supports 3rd part developers.

Nvidiea, Windows 7 and Netbook

Friday, February 27th, 2009

NVIDIA is currently working with the top ten PC manufacturers in order to bring their graphic chips to Netbooks for the first time, says an executive from the company. Further more, an important part of this push is getting their silicon working with Microsoft’s Windows 7 which is a Netbook friendly operating system compared to Vista. Nvidia would soon release Windows 7 beta drivers for Ion Netbook silicon which it will be handling over in the market. Additionally, Nvidia also demonstrated the applications running on windows 7 while also announcing that their Ion platform is also certified for Windows Vista.

The Ion chipset strengthens its base from GeForce 6400M graphics chipset of Nvidia which can easily handle graphics tasks in MacBook line of Apple. Their aim is to replace Intel silicon which supports the Atom process and also make the notebook perform much like a standard laptop. Currently the Netbooks form companies like Asus, Acer, Dell and Hewlett-Packard use Atom with a supplementary Intel chipset. Dan Vivoli the senior vice president of Nvidia said in an interview that there is no use in purchasing a notebook that cannot do what a PC can do.

In fact, Intel has taken a small step towards this direction. The company increased their ante by shipping a new chipset and Atom N280 processor on an Intel based Atom system for the first time which is capable of running 720p high definition videos. The graphics silicon which can handle this 720p video is considered a small requirement for the large mainstream laptops. However Nvidia, the largest chipmaker in the world probably believes that minimal graphics would not be good enough. Vivoli said that, according to his when Intel had introduced their 740 graphics chip in 1998 there was a worry about not wanting anything beyond that but it did not happen.

The 740 graphics chip ultimately faded away as a chip from 3dfx, from the ATI Technologies and later Nvidia defeated it in the marketplace. As companies generally tend to exaggerate the prospects of any new products, Nvidia also falls in the same category. However there seems to be much at stakes than usual as getting graphics of Nvidia into small devices, where their graphics have always been almost entirely absent it is imperative for their growth.

Vivoli said that he had never seen a product since long which generated so much of excitement that Ian at Apple and at Microsoft, and with anyone they exposed it said they had no idea of Nvidia bringing this type of experience on a platform that is so small and inexpensive. He further said that the big names you have come across are currently working on the Ion design, which is among the top ten companies. However the CEO of Nvidia Jen-Hsun Haung, claimed that Nvidia had the Ion notebook project taking place throughout the world and so most of this actually depends on the success of their customers and the new platform that is chosen.

New rugged compuer delivers performane and ROI from Glacier Computer

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

The latest Everest E4000 tablet PC launched by Glacier Computers is perfectly designed to combine the most commonly requested features in a single package that is specifically optimized for rugged performance and outstanding value. This new Everest E4000 is designed with the rugged flexible computing platform which is made popular through a wide range of screen size options and processors to meet the personal requirements of their users. Dan Poisson who is the Glacier Director of Engineering said that the configuration of their new Everest E4000 has been re-engineered to incorporate some features that are most commonly requested by freights, warehouses and shop floor customers.

This Everest E4000 tablet computer offers an excellent solution for all those customers in supply chain, warehouse or shop floor environments that have a computer requirement that would stand up to the punishments imposed through the harsh working conditions. The new device from Glacier Computers continues the Everest line up of computer systems that offer multiple screen sizes which can range from 10 to 12 and even 15 inches and also the multiple operating system options and processors, including Windows XP Embedded, Windows XP pro and also the full supported version of Linux.

Apart form this; the new Everest E4000 also joins the Everest group of products that are newly selected with alphanumeric monikers to help channel partners and customers. These Everest lines of products are also designed to answer the needs of customers who require a rugged computer system which are fixed mounted to a vehicle or on the shop floor.

About Everest E4000 Tablet PC

The rugged Everest E4000 tabled computer being designed by Glacier Computers is a piece of hardware that is packed as an 10 inch, 12 inch and 15 inch size and the choice if your to choose from Linux, Windows Embedded and Windows XP Pro. The Everest E4000 is also feature enabled to make it a perfect device for all the users who need a rugged computer system. This system from Glacier Computers is the right tool to enhance productivity as you can extend your access to emails, presentations, spreadsheets and several other applications to be used on the shop floor.

Apart form this; the Everest E4000 is designed with 1.4 GHz Pentium processor which includes 1 GB memory along with a 16 GB SSD. However the 15 inch Everest E4000 is designed with a 1024×768 screen which can support 802.11 a/b/g. additionally some other information about its specs is slim but it is given that the previous generation was 1.2 GHz and 512 MB which is not a much of upgrade. The Everest E4000 is also capable of surviving extreme temperature, multiple drops, rough treatment and spillage. This system rugged is sealed entirely which means that all the means which can keep the computer cool are can be of a bit problem. However you will surely love its touch screen abilities as it also includes an integrated WAN and LAN option.

LG, Samsung develop solar-powered cell phones

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

Most people had long been waiting for a sharp cure in cell phone technology to use some renewable source of energy. This has been proved by Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics who would soon unveil their prototype handsets which can be charged through solar panels built in the cases.

The cell phone from Samsung called the Blue Earth is designed as touch screen model that is designed with curved corners which looks much like their previous well curved pebble model. Samsung continued with the environment theme saying that the phone has been manufactured from specific recycled plastic and it does not include any harmful substances like phthalates, brominated flame retardants and beryllium. There are solar cells on the cell phone which occupies most of the rear case of the cell phone.

However, LG did not provide many details about their prototype cell phone, but a few pictures from LG Electronics would show you what seems to be the version of their KF750 Secret handset like, similar to the Samsung as this model from LG also comes with solar cells that cover most of the rear casing of the cell phone. These two cell phones from the two huge electronic consumer manufacturers were declared almost at the same time by the respective company in South Korea this month. However it has been observed that in both these cell phones the solar panels do not prove to offer enough power to operate the cell phone directly and so they are basically used for recharging the standard cell phone battery that is built into the device.

Now, you might even be thinking that these new cell phones with an innovative technology might be meaning an end to all the charging devices. As the answer here seems almost certain it is actual not, at least initially. Samsung has said that their Blue Earth cell phone is packed with charger but they also added that the device is an energy resourceful device which draws just about 30 milliwatts when in its standby mode. However according to LG, they hope to commercialize these solar charged cell phones when they have a model which offers at least 3 minutes of talk time after being charges for around ten minutes.

Therefore, in the shallow limits of a bag or pocket the phones will not be capable of charging and so the users will need to make sure that they are frequently out in the sunlight. Additionally as the solar panels are fixed at the rear side of the device, they should be placed faced down for highest efficiency which can lead to scuffing and scratching of the display.

Regardless of these few drawbacks, the development of these cell phones means that are companies thinking about designing and manufacturing eco friendly products or they are thinking about environmentally conscious people along with the increasing market for green and earth friendly products. However, both the companies have still not offered any timing for the prototypes to become commercial devices and also about their pricing details.

Intel Core 2 CPU architecture

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

For the past several years the hype machines have been long awaiting for the new processor architecture from Intel. The new architecture budded as Core 2 is a radical shift for the company that was once the main proponent of ramping up the CPU frequency. The first desktop product Core 2 promises to be much faster compared to the Pentium D series and even faster compared to Athlon 64 FX-62. These last tests were however not completely true as the FX-62 was actually an overclocked FX-60 that ran on DDR400 and not on DDR2-based FX-62. Therefore it is very much clear from all the industry scuttlebutt, sanctioned testing and all the leaks that Core 2 offers faster performance. There still are questions about how fast it is really, when in a wider array of applications than the previously tested results.

The answer remains that the Core 2 micro architecture had been summarized of its high points before it was launched. The Core 2 actually owned much of its inheritance to the mobile Pentium M processor line of Intel. However, the first iteration of this architecture that is called as the Banias was the creation of Israeli design team of Intel, which means that the core 2 is not just another iteration of their Pentium M. rather it borrows a little from their old Netburst architecture while adding some excellent additional enhancements for the new architecture. This has resulted in a processor that has substantially shorter instruction pipeline compared to Netburst. The entire instructions performed per clock cycle which is substantially higher and so even if Core 2 processor is running at lower clock frequency than any previous Intel desktop lines it would run applications much faster. Additionally the Core 2 is also much power efficient.

The main goal of Intel regarding the mainstream CUP is to maintain around 65W versus 130 w of high end Pentium D 940 or 90 to -95W of mainstream Pentium d or some extreme editions of CPUs. As a result what you get is a CPU which uses much less power while also running applications significantly faster. This fast speed of the processor has also enhanced by the excellent architecture of Core 2. its architecture completely differs from that of Netburst micro architecture that is used in Pentium 4 and Pentium D processor. The Netburst had used very deep pipelines which can be nearly 31 stages for the latest CPU to establish deeper and higher frequencies. Ultimately this architecture ran into brick wall with higher frequencies that actually consumed too much of power while also generating to much of heat. Intel had never shipped a 4-GHz CPU officially even though they spoke about the processor beyond 5-GHz a few years ago. The Intel Core 2 strives for a great efficiency while also offering outstanding performance considerably above past Intel products. This is because their Core 2 architecture is based on their specific goals which include fourteen stage pipelines, four instructions per clock and macro-ops and micro-ops fusion which together contributes towards its fast performance.

ASUS EeePC 1000HE

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

ASUS have almost reached double digits in the number of their notebook variants that are launched. Additionally, the ASUS EeePC 1000HE overthrows the MSI Wind as just the pack of pint sizes notebook wannabes. Something that puts it up is not just its first use of Intel Atom N280 processor but also its revamped keyboard and pleasingly tucked away six cell battery. This EeePC 1000HE has been the new choice among editors in the category where price compassion is para mounted is because it delivers all of these at a reasonable price.

With its design the EeePC 1000HE resembles a vast majority of notebooks with its glossy coat and limited colour variations. Your only choices are among its two colour variations navy blue and black. It weighs about 3.2 pounds which can be heavier than Acer Aspire One, the MSI Wind which is 2.6 pounds and 2.9 pounds NC10-14GB notebook.  There is a frame designed around the six cell carriers which conceals the batteries so that it is flush against the base. In fact the E in EeePC 1000HE actually represents its extended battery which is a massive improvement on the battery over their previous models.

As you open the lid the caps on barreled ends are timed with steel which also include a brushed aluminum enclosure that houses the mouse touchpad and mouse buttons where both offer sharp contrast in black interior. The mouse buttons of 1000HE are substantially larger compared to Aspire One and MSI Wind which look like they are wrapped around the front bezel in the laptop’s center. However similar to other laptops the EeePC 1000HE also uses a 10 inch LED widescreen with great resolutions. Additionally the keyboard of 1000HE is completely refurbished from 1000H notebook. The keys on it are again much similar to those on Apple MacBook 13 inch and Sony VAIO VGN-Z590.

The EeePC 1000HE also does not have any exclusive features over other notebooks like it also sports a webcam, three USB ports, a 4-in-1 card reader, VGA-out, 802.11n Wi-Fi and Ethernet port wit other standard notebook features. However the only real advantage is the in built Bluetooth it features. It includes 160 GB hard drier, but it does not integrate an ExpressCard slot like most of the other notebooks have, which it also does not offer in built mobile broadband.

The best thing is that, EeePC 1000HE is the first laptop to feature 1.66 GHz Intel Atom N280 processor. This means that for a benchmark test or even when really using it you might hardly find any performance difference between the EeePC 1000HE and other systems like Aspire One and MSI Wind. Additionally ASUS have also added their software based over clocking feature similar to their other models which controls the speed of CPU. It lets you switch between different modes like Auto, High performance, super performance and power saving. However, the real advantage in transitioning to N280 processor is the reduction of motherboard space which slims down other form factors and potentially reduces the cost.

Gateway E4100-C review

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Most of the giant operations might not be pleased with it, but the mainstream operation line from Gateway the E-4100 is surely an excellent option for small to medium sized business firms. It is packed with 6.3 LANDesk Client Manger that proves to a great help in monitoring E-4100-C systems and easily update small files. This included 6.3 LANDesk client Manager does not organize entire applications or images remotely while the other management packages that were review do for a fee. The Gateway E-4100 model also uses the same software image and it can also be easily repaired and upgraded.

The Gateway E-4100-C is one among the three corporate lines of Gateway you already came across. However like the MPC, gateway also has just two PC models in every line while the other companies include around three to four options. There is also the E-2100 line which includes low cost systems and the E-6100 line that features machines that have greatest and latest hardware, whereas the E-4100-C is the mainstream line of the company which delivers midlevel hardware at affordable price. Although there are no possibilities of using the same software image for three lines, you might also not face any problems using the same image within every line. Additionally the three families also shared the same driver set which lets you use the same drivers for all the three lines. Apart form the difference in size the mini tower versions and small form factor of E-4100-C have similar Intel motherboard.

However Gateway has guaranteed that every system would be available for nearly 12 months but the fact is that the mainstream system E-4100-C would remain in the market for much longer time. After the end of 12 month life cycle the mainstream lines of Gateway are typically converted to low cost lines. Each Gateway corporate PC is packed with its own supplement of 6.3 LANDisk Client Manager software which allows you locally account and monitor the system. However if you wish to remotely manage the system then you can just pay around $49 extra to avail a copy of Client Manager Administrator that is able to query machines from anywhere in the network.

Although the Client Manager is not as powerful as the Management suites of IBM and Dell, but it does well in its functions and it can be all what you needed. For instance, as other competitive tools are generally a bit difficult to learn, the web based interface of Client Manager is remarkably intuitive. Even the beginner computer users might not have much trouble operating this system hardware. The inventory resource or details are extremely detailed and the Client Manage can tell you clearly which memory slot is filled and one that is not. The software can also tell you the IRQs which are already taken. Additionally there is a wide range of method to monitor the system as you can check the voltages and for high temperature or even receive alerts when systems have failed a certain amount of memory or disk space.

Full-disk encryption for all computer drives

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

The six biggest computer drive manufacturers of the world have published this week the final specifications for single and full disk encryption standards which capable to be used in all hard disk drivers, encryption key management applications and solid state drivers. After it is enabled any disk which uses these specifications would be locked without a password and this password would be required even before booting the computer. The three specifications of The Trusted Computing Group can cover storage devices in desktop computers and consumer laptops and also as enterprise class drivers when used in disk storage arrays and servers.

Robert Thibadeau the TCG chairman and chief technologist in Seagate Technology said that this entirely represents capable commitments from all disk driver makers in this world. He further said that they are protecting the data when at rest. When the laptop is powered down or when a USB drive is unplugged or if administrator has pulled down a drive from the server it can actually be brought up and used without feeding in a cryptographically powerful password. However if you don’t have it then you probably won’t be able to sell it even on eBay.

When you are using a single and full disk encryption specification all the drive manufacturers can break your security to firmware of their products while even lower the cost of production and increase the efficiency of security technologies. When an application or an operating system writes data to its self encrypting drive a bottleneck is not created by any software which might have to interrupt the I/O stream and convert your data so that the user can see the encrypted data at I/O speed without any slowdown. Robert Thibadeau further said that the encryption machinery also does not use any power. When the machinery reads the data from a drive it also displays it to your clearly as it is completely transparent and clearly readable.

The Trusted Computer Group (TCG) includes companies like LSI Logic, Wave Systems, Western Digital, UNLINK Technology, Toshiba, IBM, Samsung, Seagate Technology and Hitachi GST. Jon Oltisk the analyst in Enterprise Strategy Group said that in five years time you would see your drive coming off the production line and it would be encrypted with virtually zero cost for it.

Included in the three specifications is the Opal Specification that describes minimum requirements for all the storage devices in laptops and computers. The other is Enterprise Security Subsystem Class specification and this is aimed at drives in high volume applications and data centers where generally there is less security configuration during installation. The third specification includes the Storage Interface Interactions specifications. This specification describes how the previous Storage Core specifications of TCG and other specifications interact with other standards regarding connections and storage interface. For instance this specification supports a huge number of transports that include ATA serial and parallel, ATAPI, Fibre Channel and SCSI SAS. Most of the drive manufacturers including Hitachi, Fujitsu and Seagate have already supported this specification for the same drives.

64-bit computing – coming to a computer near you

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

The technology enthusiasts who think and feel ideas take time to germinate can now be sure as the 64-bit computing has finally arrived where the software and the operating system run on the 64-bit CPU from AMD or Intel. The operating system of Apple has been 64-bit for nearly five years and Linux for around eight years. However, the compatibility problem has dogged this 64-bit Windows version since Windows XP were introduced. There are a number of key benefits like an improved performance and support for several gigabytes of RAM. However, the question remains why 64-bit now and also why you should care for it now?

To be honest, the promises of 64-bit computing were around for quite a while and some even think it can be a broken promise. However Microsoft offers a 64-bit version for their both Windows XP pro and Windows Vista Ultimate while there are also 64-bit versions freely available for Linux. According to Gartner one PC from every four that is sold today is built with 64-bit operating system. When it comes to hardware, both AMD and Intel have also offered 64-bit processors for several years. Apart form this; the additional RAM that is supported by the several buses is now surprisingly affordable due to the smooth manufacturing process and the typical levels of demand. The most important thing is that several companies like Autodesk, Apple and Adobe also offer their flagship software products in versions of 64-bit. For the first time Adobe offers their Creative Suit 4 with 64-bit version.

Therefore the main benefit has much to do with the memory addressing. Long ago, the master minds working at Intel and several other companies had decided that a PC will require just 32-bit register size as the amount of RAM that a CPU can easily access. Right after that in 2003 AMD had launched the first 64-bit processor called as the Opteron. However the rules suddenly changes as the CPU was able to access a surprising amount of RAM which can be translated to several gigabytes of RAM. This does not mean that you could not install so much of memory but even if you wanted to you could not. Therefore since then the software and operating system have been gradually catching up to the hardware to finally reach then today.

There are basically two main advantages of 64-bit for computers. For the consumers it would be like adding 8GB or 16GB of RAM so that the memory intensive applications like Adobe Photoshop CS4 can have enough overhead to cut off page swapping virtual memory. However running 64-bit version of Adobe Lightroom 2 on MacBook, additional RAM would mean never overloading your computer as it often tries to process several megabytes of images. Additionally for the consumers running 64-bit computing would mean that they never have to worry about how many programs and applications they are running. You will hardly experience a BSOD on a computer with 16GB of RAM as the programs are free to consumer the sufficient RAM they need so that the computer is processing information rapidly.