Even if you can still get more storage per dollar with a traditional hard drive, the market for solid state drives is red-hot, and Intel appears intent on leading the way. It's already released a couple of new SSD families this year, and a slide leaked to Engadget shows that the chip giant plans an additional five new series for the rest of 2011, including a version that uses the PCI Express interface.
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Intel has been providing dribs and drabs of information about its forthcoming Sandy Bridge processors during this week's Intel Developer Forum. For instance, we now know that the integrated GPU will not support many DirectX 11 features, and it will automatically get disabled when a discrete graphics card is added to a PCI Express slot.
Itching for bragging rights with the gamers next door? Want to edit uncompressed HD video without breaking the bank? I turbocharge Apricorn's internal PCI-e array card with 4 Intel X25-M SSDs. Yup, its fast!
I finally installed the Windows 7 release candidate that the folks from Microsoft were kind enough to pass on a couple weeks ago at the Intel Classmate Ecosystem Summit. I could have installed it on my Mac, but I already have Vista running with Boot Camp with a fair amount of Windows software that I didn't want to reinstall (or couldn't for lack of install media).
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Dell has released its second Intel Atom-based laptop, the Inspiron Mini 12. Because it carries the Mini moniker and uses Atom, the Mini 12 is widely referred to as a netbook even though it blurs the lines with conventional laptops with its 12-inch display and Windows Vista Home Edition.
Lenovo has continued the ThinkPad tradition of no-nonsense business laptops with the SL500, which provides good value and is powered by the Intel Centrino 2 architecture, and comes loaded with Windows Vista Business.
Intel’s decision to continue using Windows XP instead of migrating to Windows Vista is being spun as a stunning rebuke to Microsoft and a rejection of Windows Vista. Except that there’s nothing new here. The same thing happened in 2002, when Windows XP was shiny and new. Corporations like Intel are always slow to roll out new Windows versions. Add in a slowing economy and a new Windows version due to arrive next year and you have all the ingredients an IT department needs to skip a version. So why is this a surprise to anyone?
Notable headlines:Ryan Stewart: AIR Twitter client Twhirl gets bought by Seesmic Dennis Howlett: Seesmic, Twhirl, Newsgang: whereto for RSS? TechmemeEIC podcast: SAP, Intel, Dell, XP and GoogleLarry Dignan: Microsoft readies Vista, Windows Server 2008 critical patchesApple patches 11 QuickTime flawsNate McFeters: Adobe claims to have known of Flash issue prior to CanSecWest '08, patch is on the way"How do I?
Even if you don't approve of violence in the media, it is impossible not to admire the finesse with which Intel is twisting the knife inside Vista's vital organs. Not content with forcing Microsoft to downgrade the Vista Capable sticker requirement so that it included Intel's outdated 915 chip – and excluded Vista capability – Intel is now gleefully pumping XP full of monkey glands and sending it cakes full of files, ahead of its planned execution in June.
Internal Microsoft e-mails coming to light in a class action against the software company have shown a tangle of chaos -- involving Intel -- surrounding the controversial Vista Capable logo.
The latest PC market scandal - that Microsoft, Intel and some PC makers knew that the "Vista Capable" logo certification program was a lie and that some chipsets for popular machines couldn't support the new Aero interface stuff - must be music in the executive suites down in Cupertino. The story provides more evidence to PC users that there's a good reason to join the switcher movement to the Mac.
From the way analysts talk, every Mac sale is sparked by the "halo effect" of the iPod. But it's way overblown — the Mac's comeback isn't due to the iPod. Microsoft's bungling of the Vista launch helped and the quality of Intel Macs are the real "halos."
I've upgraded two systems to Windows Vista over the past few months, with vastly different results. The first was a nice ultraportable ThinkPad X60, with 512MB of RAM and integrated Intel GMA 950 graphics.
Notable headlines:George Ou: Intel turns up the efficiency and performance heat on AMD.Community Wi-Fi comes to San Francisco.
On today's podcast:Vista SP1: The beta. The strategy.
Adobe Systems ends updates for the software, meaning no Vista or Intel Mac support, but offers Illustrator upgrade deal.
At an Intel press conference in San Francisco, Intel's vice president and general manager of the mobile platforms group, Mooly Eden, demos the company's next generation of mobile microprocessors. Eden shows how the new mobile chips deliver better performance on notebooks in the areas of 3D gaming, financial spreadsheets and the Windows Vista OS.
The two companies plan to wait to deploy the OS on employees' computers after the first service pack is released.
Intel will roll out Vista internally only once the first service pack of the operating system has been released, and Dell is likely to do the same. Speaking to ZDNet UK at a Dell event in Paris on Thursday, Intel Europe's director of IT, Martin Mueller, said that the company's Vista deployment would commence in the second half of 2007, once Centrino Pro computers -- incorporating the next-generation Santa Rosa platform -- have become widely available.