On day 3 of my CES experience, I saw two prototype LCDs at Sharp's booth that absolutely knocked me on my behind. The two one inch thick LCDs at 52" and 65" diagonal size stood prominently at the middle of Sharp's massive booth showing off 100,000 to 1 contrast ratios and a massive NTSC color gamut of 150%.
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It seems like where ever you go at CES 2008, LCD technology dominates the show floor on everything from tiny 1" LCD photo chains to massive 108" LCD HDTVs. I checked with China-based Konka (OEM as Insignia at Best Buy) and they have given up on Plasma technology and are focusing exclusively on LCD.
I spoke to Tiffany Burns from iSign Media Corp at a CES party last night which offers some interesting if not controversial technology. This technology will send you spa, I mean advertisements to you via Bluetooth technology.
Update 8:15AM - Note that 1080p is only in 24p mode.Panasonic will release two new true (1920x1080) 1080p 24p 3CCD camcorders in March 2008 for a list price of $800 and $1100.
Conventional wisdom tells us that a digital content creation and CAD professional had to fork out $6000 to $10,000 dollars for a high-end 8-core dual-processor workstation, but this is Real World IT where I say screw conventional wisdom. I've put on my mad scientist hat again and brewed something up for $2311 with equal or better performance than a $6803 Mac Pro (as configured in Apple screen cap to the left).
For anyone looking to buy a workstation or server CPU, quad-core CPUs have become mainstream. Therefore it's important to know what you're getting for the money so I've compiled a chart with general purpose computing performance using the SPEC CPU database with the highest scores as of December 28, 2007.
Updated 8:40AM - After going to "Windows Help and Support" in the start menu, I searched for Activate and the second choice was "Activate this computer". Using the phone option I called an 800 number and spent 3 minutes waiting and 3 minutes talking to a person.
If you've ever wondered why contrast ratios claims of LCD monitors can swing so wildly from product to product, here's the explanation:There are "dynamic contrast ratios" and then there are "static contrast ratios". Static contrast ratios is defined by the ratio of the brightest part of an LCD screen to the darkest part of an LCD screen that can be simultaneously displayed on the screen.
The 50W no-compromise dual-core commodity desktop PC is now a reality!I have some great news for the green computing world.
My colleague Justin James has issued a warning to all Capital One customers about data corruption in his blog titled "Capitol One: What’s in your database?".
I was in a large computer store looking at computer LCD monitors and a lady was asking about which one was the better one to buy. A man (presumably her family) told her that the ones which indicated TFT (Thin Film Transistor) were the ones to buy.
SPEC (Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation) launched its first standardized energy efficiency benchmark SPECpower_ssj2008 this week which tackles something that the computer industry has struggled to define in recent years. With datacenter energy costs spiraling out of control, server customers have struggled to sort out the conflicting messages from technology vendors about who is the energy efficiency leader.
As of today, all of AMD's Barcelona SPEC CPU results so far have just been invalidated and labeled "Not-Available" by SPEC due to violation of the 3-month availability clause. AMD is struggling with availability of its new quad-core “Barcelona” chips because of yield problems in manufacturing and the newly disclosed TLB (Translation Lookaside Buffer) bug.
After the long and embarrassing Skype global outage in August, you would think Skype would want to avoid further PR disasters. But now we find out that Skype patches high-risk flaw but didn't warn the public for a month.
The above image from Lauren Weinstein's blog shows why metered Internet is a really bad idea and obnoxious. It shows Canadian ISP Rogers Internet altering web pages to warn you when you go over 75% of your 75GB cap.