I, like many people, welcomed compact discs as the video game medium to replace cartridges. They were thin, shiny, and fit the vision of utopian futurists. The benefits included high storage and low and production costs. A 750 MB compact disc could be injection-molded and stamped for about a nickel whereas the cartridges required a memory unit, bus, and housing resulting in low storage at a high cost. But unlike CDs, cartridges were durable and data loading was instant. How important was storage though? The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, released on Nintendo 64 cartridge, was one … Read more
One of Intel's most successful marketing pitches has been "Centrino", a name well understood as denoting a notebook with solid, desirable features.
But what is it? Most people only have a general grasp of what exactly goes on inside a computer, and Intel doesn't have time to give the full story in a commercial. The common perception, even among general computer-store employees, is that 'Centrino' is a processor (it does not help that Intel calls it 'processor technology').
However, Centrino is a platform, a combination of different pieces of hardware (yes, including a processor) that are … Read more
In the world of laptops, there are always a number of compromises that must be made to try and make it as useful and as portable as possible.
There are two general approaches to handling graphics hardware in computers today. You can have separate, or 'dedicated', hardware that does all the graphics processing for the system, or it can be built (or '… Read more
When contemplating the features you want in a laptop for school, consider an integrated fingerprint reader. A fingerprint reader will simplify your life, secures your identity (a fingerprint can not be shared), and more importantly, the reader protects you from prying parents.
Several manufacturers offer integrated fingerprint readers on select models: Toshiba, Lenovo, Sony, HP, Dell and Fujitsu.… Read more