George Ou

George Ou, a former ZDNet blogger, is an IT consultant specializing in Servers, Microsoft, Cisco, Switches, Routers, Firewalls, IDS, VPN, Wireless LAN, Security, and IT infrastructure and architecture.</p>

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San Clemente chipset gives HP lead on energy efficiency

San Clemente chipset gives HP lead on energy efficiency

The January 30th 2008 batch of test results are in for SPECpower_ssj2008 energy efficiency benchmark and it looks like Hewlett Packard has claimed the energy efficiency lead with their newest low-cost 2U HP Proliant DL180 G5 server.  The secret to their success appears to lie in the selection of the Intel 5100 series "San Clemente" chipset.

published January 31, 2008 by

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Painful lesson in OLPC mesh networking for Mongolians

Painful lesson in OLPC mesh networking for Mongolians

The Mongolians have had a painful lesson on mesh networking according to the OLPC current events webpage.  Broadcast storms in the overly dense mesh environment along with excessive mDNS broadcast traffic seem to have crippled the Gobi desert experiment.

published January 29, 2008 by

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Mac Pro is now the cheapest high-end workstation

Mac Pro is now the cheapest high-end workstation

Earlier this month I wrote "Build a Mac Pro equivalent workstation for 1/3 the cost" and the pricing didn't look good for the Mac.  Now that the new Mac Pro with updated specifications and a much lower price has come out, I figured it's time to do an updated comparison.

published January 27, 2008 by

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Turning any monitor in to a 3D VR display

Turning any monitor in to a 3D VR display

After seeing the above video sent to me by Justin James, I only have one thing to say: Give Jonny his PhD!  Johnny Lee is a PhD student at Carnegie Mellon University who took a standard Nintendo Wii remote and turned a monitor in to something special.

published January 24, 2008 by

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Analysis: Server Side Java energy efficiency versus load

Analysis: Server Side Java energy efficiency versus load

With the arrival of the latest standardized energy efficiency benchmark from SPEC, we have a good way to measure server efficiency.  In light of the recent controversy over flawed energy efficiency studies that have unfortunately been touted by so many in the press instead of SPEC, I thought I'd offer some more in-depth analysis on energy efficiency.

published January 22, 2008 by

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The polycarbonate all-in-one 22" LCD PC

The polycarbonate all-in-one 22" LCD PC

The last time I built a wooden all-in-one 19" LCD PC, my family wanted it in the kitchen and my mother wanted it in hers. To keep everyone happy, I built my mother another one (pictured above and below) out of 3/16th inch jet-black polycarbonate which makes the chassis look like the material from a grand piano.

published January 21, 2008 by

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Here's what fake HD video looks like

Here's what fake HD video looks like

After this morning's piece "Don’t believe the low bit-rate ‘HD’ lie", I thought I would follow up and show you want crappy HD looks like.  The following is a sample from AVSForum user Xylon who digitally ripped some images from DIRECTV and Dish Networks satellite service 1.

published January 18, 2008 by

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Why DIDN'T the MacBook Air get the new 45nm CPU?

Why DIDN'T the MacBook Air get the new 45nm CPU?

Intel launched their brand new 45nm mobile dual-core processors last week with 60% smaller packaging size.  Yesterday Apple announced their Über-sleek MacBook Air ultra-slim notebook which also uses a specially designed Intel dual-core CPU with 60% smaller packaging.

published January 15, 2008 by

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Beware of flawed CPU efficiency study

Beware of flawed CPU efficiency study

Update 2/22/2008 - I originally used the word "rigged" to describe Neal Nelson's study. My reasoning for using the word "rigged" was due to the fact that the test platforms used in Nelson's study painted an inaccurate picture.

published January 14, 2008 by

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Samsung multi-function printers scan direct to USB

Samsung multi-function printers scan direct to USB

Unfortunately, one of the least used features on all-in-one multi-function printers and heavy duty copier/scanner/printer machines is the scan function because it's simply too complicated.  If you're lucky, IT will set up your email account as a preconfigured setting and they'll teach you how to scan a document to your email inbox.

published January 13, 2008 by

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Gizmodo prank trashes CES presentations

Gizmodo prank trashes CES presentations

Carey Holzman of Computer America brought to my attention this prank that Gizmodo is bragging about. Apparently, Gizmodo's Richard Blakeley brought an infrared device that shuts TVs down and went around the show floor crashing people's presentation.

published January 11, 2008 by

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Lesson from CES: Wait a few months for new gadgets

Lesson from CES: Wait a few months for new gadgets

Updated 12:10PM - If you're in the market for new gadgets, wait a few months for the new gear shown this year at CES. You'll see items like the pocket sized Panasonic 3CCD 1080p (24p) camera at this end of this quarter as will many other items.

published January 10, 2008 by

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