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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Sharp shows off true 100K contrast ratio LCDs at 1" thick

Sharp shows off true 100K contrast ratio LCDs at 1" thick

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%.

published January 9, 2008 by

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Plasmas giving way to LCD technology at CES 2008

Plasmas giving way to LCD technology at CES 2008

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.

published January 9, 2008 by

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This ad brought to you via Bluetooth

This ad brought to you via Bluetooth

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.

published January 9, 2008 by

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Build a Mac Pro equivalent workstation for 1/3 the cost

Build a Mac Pro equivalent workstation for 1/3 the cost

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).

published January 2, 2008 by

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A comparison of quad-core server CPUs

A comparison of quad-core server CPUs

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.

published January 2, 2008 by

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Vista deactivates me for upgrading motherboard firmware

Vista deactivates me for upgrading motherboard firmware

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.

published December 23, 2007 by

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How LCD makers inflate their contrast ratio scores

How LCD makers inflate their contrast ratio scores

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.

published December 22, 2007 by

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How LCD makers lie to you about viewing angles

How LCD makers lie to you about viewing angles

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.

published December 16, 2007 by

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SPEC launches standardized energy efficiency benchmark

SPEC launches standardized energy efficiency benchmark

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.

published December 13, 2007 by

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All SPEC CPU results for AMD Barcelona invalidated

All SPEC CPU results for AMD Barcelona invalidated

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.

published December 12, 2007 by

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Why metered Internet is a really bad idea

Why metered Internet is a really bad idea

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.

published December 10, 2007 by

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