Sony seems to be trying to address those issues at least on the European market with its SRSZX1, which it describes as a "unique high-end 2.0 speaker" for PCs that matches the performance of larger systems. The compact unit yields 40 watts of sound and includes noise-reduction technology while making something of a fashion statement at the same time, encased in "aluminum extrusion molding."… Read more
Mac clones large and small are popping up all over the place these days.
Psystar has managed to get past a tumultuous week earlier this month to get Open Computers into the hands of its customers. The Open Computer is being sold with Mac OS X Leopard as a preinstalled option for Psystar's customers, in what is expected to at some point draw some legal attention from Apple.
My Vista laptop kept losing its Internet connection when it came out of sleep mode. It turns out that the problem was related to the Dynamic Host Control Protocol (DHCP) Client service, or dhcpcsvc.dll, which tried to rewrite routing information to the network store interface. This caused a failed write operation that deleted the routing information.
Microsoft released the fix for the problem last September, though the patch didn't find its way onto my notebook until several months later. The machine's network link still hiccups for a few seconds when it comes out of sleep mode, but … Read more
Google has broadened the number of online applications that people can use offline, adding spreadsheets and presentations to the mix.
However, unlike with word-processing documents, spreadsheets and presentations can only be viewed, not edited, according to a post by marketing manager Andrew Chang on the Google Docs blog Friday. That's still useful, though. Chang gives the example of giving a slide presentation without having to worry about network access.
The offline access uses the Google Gears technology the search engine giant introduced in 2007 as an open-source project.
Google is trying to take on Microsoft with its online software, … Read more
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RightScale, a software service provider for applications that run on Amazon Web services, is expected to announce Thursday that it raised $4.5 million in first-round of funding from Benchmark Capital.
The Santa Barbara, Calif.-based RightScale, which was founded in May 2007, sells management software that helps start-ups tap into the remote computing power of Amazon data centers so that they can run Web applications at a lower cost than if they bought their own servers. In other words, RightScale sells so-called cloud computing services.
Kevin Harvey, a Benchmark general partner who has joined the company's board, said … Read more
Far be it from me to call BS on IBM, but today's announcement and subsequent NY Times story on IBM's new hardware (which are essentially blade servers) has nothing to do with Cloud Computing.
It's a fantastic marketing attempt to say that the new hardware somehow is related to running applications on a hosted infrastructure but give me a break. I really do admire the way big vendors try to manipulate the market into what works for them.
Just as IBM doesn't seem to understand open source and SOA, this just proves that it don't … Read more
WASHINGTON--The FBI's legacy of botched computer upgrades is still haunting some politicians on Capitol Hill.
At a U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday, former committee Chairman F. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) grilled FBI Director Robert Mueller about what he deemed a "fiasco"--a failed case-management system overhaul known as Virtual Case File.
Sensenbrenner accused Mueller of "continuously frustrating" his committee's attempts to find out how much money had been spent before the failed program was abandoned about three years ago. The FBI has since begun a new effort called Sentinel, whose … Read more
Believe it or not, my high-tech career began using punch cards and card readers to enter data into an IBM mainframe computer. When we got keyboards and monitors, we used them to enter what we called "card images."
As a chip designer in the '80s, I used GE Calma, Apollo, Daisy, Valid, and Mentor workstations. I had to know a whole smorgasbord of platforms and operating systems. I don't know how I did it. Guess I had a lot more brain cells back then. … Read more
Updated 2:05 p.m. PT: Dell PR provided us with a photo.
How apropos: On Earth Day, a PC company says it's going to make a greener PC.
We already know Dell wants to be the greenest company on the planet, or in the solar system, or something. So as part of his remarks to the Fortune Brainstorm: Green conference in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Chief Executive Michael Dell previewed a desktop PC aimed at consumers.
The PC will be 81 percent smaller and will use 70 percent less energy than one of Dell's mini-tower desktops. And … Read more