Archive for the ‘Computers’ Category

Leaked From the Underground: The Asus N10

These recently leaked pictures are of the Asus N10 – AsusTek’s next generation Eee PC after the 901 and 1000 models. The new design appears to be well-constructed and made mostly of high quality plastic that has a glossy finish.

The N10 features the same Intel Atom N270 processor as the previous Eee PCs, thus we can expect equal or better battery life. However, the most major improvement in this model is the 10.2inch display. From the photos, we can see that Asus has removed the anti-glare filter and instead opted for a glossy coating to be applied. The anti-glare filter was a frequent complaint of Eee PC users as it often made the screen blurry or “hazy”. (more…)

Taking Care of Business: The Epson Workforce 600

With Epson’s new 6-in-1 Workforce 600, there’s no need to sacrifice quality for affordability. Boasting laser-quality printing and a 5760 x 1440 max resolution at twice the speed of competing inkjets, the Workforce 600 is sure to get your job done quick while looking sharp.

It’s also got Wi-Fi so you can print, scan, and fax important documents without all the wires running through your home or office (or home office!). The Workforce 600 even uses 3x less power than a laser printer and has built in double-sided printing to save you money and keep your office running green. (more…)

The Lenovo X301

After releasing the X300 a while ago to challenge the Apple MacBook Air, Lenovo announced the ThinkPad X301 notebook. It’s very thin and light, it weighs less than three pounds and it is less than one-inch thick. The new notebook offers greater storage capacity in SSD. You can choose between 64GB or 128GB of storage.

Lenovo claims that the X301 is 20% faster than the X300, thanks to the new DDR3 memory and the latest Intel Core 2 Duo ultra low voltage processor. (more…)

Intel’s New Remote Wake Technology for PCs

Intel has partnered with a silicon valley VOIP startup called Jajah to create a chipset and software development kit that enables PCs to be remotely awakened from sleep mode. This move by Intel is in response to the increased demand for more energy efficient computing.

For those of us that run personal file servers or like to download movies and music, Intel Remote Wake allows the server to remain off until the need arises to pull a file from it. If you’re out and about, you could inform the sleeping Home PC to download a movie before you even get home.

The most interesting advantage is that Voip calls can also be received while the PC is asleep – turning it into a mobile phone on standby. (more…)

Introducing the Lenovo ThinkPad W700

Lenovo is back and it’s packing some serious hardware for graphic professionals.  Referred to as a “Mobile Workstation” and not a laptop, this 17-inch widecreen computer comes with a built in Wacom drawing tablet and color calibrator.

The W700 easily outpaces many desktops with its 3GHz Core 2 Extreme quad core processor, (upgradeable) 8GB DDR3 RAM, dual hard drives with RAID configurations, NVIDIA Quadro FX 3700M Open GL graphics processors customizable with up to 1 GB of dedicated video memory. The WUXGA screen with 400 nit brightness is perfect for digital artists and is sure to please many enthusiasts as well.  (more…)

Antikythera Mechanism: This 2100 Year Old Gadget Tracked Ancient Olympics

It is know as the Antikythera Mechanism. It was an astronomical calculator, the first analog computer ever to be designed and it was also used to track dates of the ancient Olympic games.

Experts from Britain, Greece and the United States said they have detected the word “Olympia” on a bronze dial, as well as the names of other games in ancient Greece on the device known as the Antikythera Mechanism.

The 2,100-year-old Antikythera Mechanism was recovered from an ancient shipwreck in 1901 near Antikythera, a small island off Greece’s south coast.

Its insides look like a clock. About 30 bronze gears were cranked to calculate phases of the moon, eclipses and other celestial information specific to a certain date

Most workings of the device only came to light with recent advances in scanning technology and computer processing power. (more…)

Gateway’s New Gaming Laptop Leaked: The P-7811FX

Going in exactly the opposite direction from the UMPCs and Netbooks, gaming laptops are set to conquer your desks. The newest one from Gateway will be available at Best Buy by August 14. In line with most of their gaming notebooks, the Gateway P-7811FX will sport a 17-inch WUXGA that translates to a back-breaking 9.2 pounds of weight. It is equipped with Intel’s new Montevina platform, 4GBs of DDR-1066 memory, and an NVidia GeForce 9800M-GTS with 512MB of GDDR3 dedicated memory. (more…)

This SimpleTech Eco-Friendly External Hard Drive is Made With Bamboo

I wonder what qualifies a product as an eco-friendly, however nowadays if it’s energy-efficient and resource-conscious, then it will be considered a friend to Mother Earth.

Made from 100% recyclable and sustainable materials, the SimpleTech [re]drive is claimed to make the world a little greener while storing and protecting your data. The design uses bamboo for styling, abundant in many areas on this planet, while the casing is made of aluminum which is one of the most recyclable metals of all. The clever design allows the aluminum to act as a heatsink, thus not requiring the use of a fan to cool things down. The combination is claimed to reduce the amount of carbon monoxide released by the PC. (more…)

Dell’s Eco-Friendly Studio Hybrid

I give Dell points for all their recent efforts to explore new consumer-friendly computing possibilities.  Their Dell IdeaStorm was pretty revolutionary at its time, and has caused other companies to follow in their footsteps and set up voter-based feedback sites of their own.

They are also beginning to explore options in the ultraportable and Linux markets, which, given the less-than-favorable reception of Vista, might just be the best thing they can do in light of Apple’s success with it’s OS. (more…)

The 17 Hottest Steampunk Computer Creations

Even though it is often relegated to the realm of Geekdom, there is something enchanting about steampunk creations.  Best described as looking like something straight out of a Jules Verne novel, the trend rails against the clean lines and smooth surfaces present in so much of our modern lives and trades them up for an ornate style reminiscent of the Victorian era.  And wouldn’t you know it, there are some insanely creative artisan casemodders and computer enthusiasts out there who have a passion for all things steampunk.

Today, we’re compiling a list of the top steampunk computer creations for your viewing pleasure, and by the end, your computer might end up just looking a little dull in comparison.

  1. Steampunk Flat-Panel LCD Mod

    Jake Von Slatt is arguably the premiere Steampunk casemodder online today.  His creations are both beautiful and functional, and he documents the entire process for many of his mods on his website, The Steampunk Workshop.
  2. The Steamputer

    The Steamputer looks a bit like an artifact from a sunken submarine, with it’s green tint that reminds me of rusted copper.  The devil is in the details though, and as you get up close you notice the clever little bits put in here and there, like the piping all in the back of the monitor and the gears at the top of the keyboard.
  3. Victorian All-In-One PC
    Another masterpiece from Jake Von Slatt, the Victorian All-In-One PC is quite possibly the most detailed piece in this showcase.  In true DIY spirit, the PC runs Kubuntu and puts your clunky gray Gateway to shame.
  4. The Opti-Transcripticon Flatbed Scanner

    More creative naming from Datamancer, the Opti-Transcripticon is actually a full blown functional flatbed scanner lovingly transformed into an epic leather bound tome. It’s the perfect custom accessory to any steampunk computer station!
  5. The Telecalculograph
    This impressive case is reminiscent of a furnace, what with it’s gaggle of gauges and piping  And yes, the furnace does actually light up.  What’s more impressive is that johnny5rd created this beast with  $70 and two months of time with little more than a dremel and drill.  Be sure to check out the full flickr gallery, linked above.
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