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Category Archives: Technology

Dell Adds Cheap Notebook and Netbook Models

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By Shane McGlaun

I am a big fan of netbooks, I like the small size and portable nature plus the machines have plenty of power for everything I want to do while I am on the road. My wife doesn’t like netbooks, she prefers a larger screen when she uses a notebook.

Dell has announced new products that will meet the needs of both the netbook and notebook shopper on a tight budget. The new Dell Inspiron 15 comes in several colors and offers a starting price of only $399 for a notebook with a 15.6-inch screen. The low-end model runs Vista Basic and offers 160GB HDD, 2GB of RAM, and an Intel Celeron processor. Many options are available that can greatly increase the price of the notebook.

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Bang & Olufsen Unveils 103-inch BeoVision 4

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By Shane McGlaun

Most of us would think that a 50 to 60-inch plasma or flat panel TV in our living rooms was big. Sure you can get larger screens, but when you get into big sizes of TVs they tend to get more expensive that most homes.

Case in point is the new Bang & Olufsen BeoVision 4 103-inch plasma TV that is currently on a three city U.S. tour. The manufacturer says that this is the only chance to see one in person because each future set will be custom built when ordered.

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WindCube generates 60kW of rooftop power Kermit-style

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By Shane McGlaun

In the words of the immortal Kermit the Frog, it ain’t easy being green. In sunny climates, you can use solar panels to capture free power and in windy locations, you can make electricity using wind. The catch is that neither of those methods are all that efficient at producing electricity and they make the area where they are installed look bad.

Green Energy Technologies has announced a new wind power generator called the WindCube that is smaller than the typical wind generator and designed to sit on the roof of a building in urban and rural areas.

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MSI Shows Off Slick Looking GX633

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By Shane McGlaun

A few years ago most computer users had probably never heard of MSI. After the netbook revolution began the MSI Wind surfaced as one of the better netbooks on the market and brought the brand to the masses.

MSI has unveiled a new and very slick looking new notebook computer with a 15.6-inch screen. If Darth Vader had a laptop the GX633 would be it with its brushed black aluminum and red trim. Also featured on the notebook are MSI’s turbo mode and ECO Engine.

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Palm May Bring Foleo Back as webOS Netbook

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By Shane McGlaun

Back in 1997 before the netbook revolution really began and ultimately turned into the hottest segment of the computer market, Palm announced a small netbook-like device called the Foleo. The company spent big bucks developing and even talked the product up a lot. Shortly after the hyped product was announced, Palm evidentially realized that the entire Foleo idea was flawed and never actually built it.

Some analysts are now saying that Palm is expected to revive the Foleo and bring it to market as a netbook running webOS. I’d just like to go on record pointing out to Palm that sales of alternate OS netbooks are not good. I’m just saying, you can’t act surprised if the product doesn’t work out again Palm.

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Hulu Romps into Top 3 Video Sites

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By Shane McGlaun

Hulu is my favorite video site thanks to the hoards of old TV shows that are available for free. YouTube is Ok, but I prefer the decently made content at Hulu to the stuff that is often poorly made at YouTube. YouTube is still the most successful video site online, but Hulu is moving up.

ComScore has released the video site numbers for March. According to the company, YouTube led in online videos viewed generating 99% of the 5.9 billion videos view on Google properties. Second place for the month went to Fox Interactive Media with 437 million videos viewed.

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Averatec 12-inch Notebook Offers Low Cost Portability

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By Shane McGlaun

IT wasn’t so long ago that if you wanted a 12-inch notebook you had to pay a significant premium for the ultra-portable machines. Today you can get small 12-inch notebooks for basically the same price you can get standard notebooks for.

Averatec has announced a new 12-inch notebook that packs some nice features into a machine selling for $699. For the money you get an Intel Core 2 Duo T6400 processor at 2GHz, 4GB of RAM, and 64-bit Windows Vista.

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HP ProBook Notebooks Offer Business Class Sex Appeal

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By Shane McGlaun

I worked on a few business class notebooks over the years and one thing they all had in common was that they were plain looking black boxes with nothing redeeming about the way they looked. I always thought showing up to a meeting with an ugly notebook was about the same as showing up with an ugly tie.

HP is offering some new business class notebooks called the HP ProBook series that are designed to be functional, but good looking as well. HP says that the new notebooks are designed with an eye towards minimalist style and combines matte and glossy surfaces. The machines are available with glossy and merlot finishes.

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OQO Model 2+ Shipping Not Likely

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By Shane McGlaun

Before the netbook revolution, if you wanted a tiny and very portable computer you had to go with a 12-inch notebook or move down to the even smaller UMPC often sporting screens of 7-inches or so wide. The catch was that the tiny computers offered keyboards typically only suitable for thumb typing.

Among the UMPCs on the market was the OQO Model 2. At CES 2009 OQO unveiled its Model 2+ that added an Intel Atom processor and offered a touchscreen as well. The machine was slick, but still had the tiny thumb keyboard that was a deal killer for me.

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