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MSI Releases The Wind Nettop CS120

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By Luke Anderson

Not long ago I decided to switch out the hardware on my personal NAS. I had an old Athlon system that was of little other use running FreeNAS, which served my needs. Honestly, the thing was a bit loud, and probably used a bit more power than was really necessary (okay, I was just looking for an excuse to upgrade). So I bought a cheap Atom-based CPU/Motherboard combo and switched things out. I was able to switch to a better-looking case thanks to the smaller board, and now I can’t even hear it running. I’ve been tempted to use similar hardware to make a new HTPC, but I haven’t found a case that I quite like. Of course I may just hold out for one of the new MSI Wind Nettop CS120′s.

MSI just announced the availability of their new Wint Nettop, which offers a lot in a tiny package. Obviously the small size will make it great for sitting in the living room, but that’s not the best feature. Between having a slot-loading DVD burner, 7.1 channel audio support, built-in WiFi and nearly-silent operation, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better solution (at least in this price bracket). Other specs include a 1.6GHz Atom 230 CPU, 1GB of DDR2 (expanable to 2GB), a 160GB hard drive, a CompactFlash slot and a copy of Windows XP Home. All of this will set you back only $299. Just download Boxee and get yourself a Netflix subscription and you’ve got a kick-ass little HTPC.

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MSI Unveils Their Winki Instant-On OS

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By Luke Anderson

Despite my love for tech, rarely do I dabble into the world of Linux. I stick to my PC for gaming and my Mac for most other tasks. Don’t get me wrong, I do know it has it’s uses, it’s just not my thing. One thing that I’ve always liked is how quickly you can get some distros to load up, since I hate waiting around for Windows or even my Mac to start up. The dream is of course an instant-on OS, which MSI has developed specifically for several of their boards, dubbed Winki.

Naturally, the OS is Linux-based and is contained on a small flash drive which plugs directly into the USB headers on the board itself. Granted, this isn’t the first such instant-on OS to be created, but MSI claims that it is much more elaborate than the ones we have seen in the past. It will be interesting to see which boards this will be compatible with, and whether they will eventually make it available on all boards.

VIA [ Engadget ]

Asus Shows Off Eee Keyboard

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By Luke Anderson

I’ve always been a big fan of Asus products. I’ve only built a few computers of my own that didn’t use a board made by them. They gained even more of my respect when they released the Eee PC and took the market by storm. Of course they’ve released several updates to the line and are now working on the Eee Keyboard. As you can imagine, it’s a computer built entirely into a keyboard. We saw it briefly at CES, but now we’ve got some specs to chew on.

This isn’t the first computer to be crammed inside of a keyboard, however, it’s most certainly the best-looking one I’ve seen. Packing a 1.6GHz Intel Atom CPU, 1GB of DDR2 RAM and either a 16GB or 32GB SSD drive, this will be comparable to some of the other Eee line. Other awesome features include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0, Wireless HDMI and a 5-inch touchscreen. It also has a regular HDMI port, VGA, 3 USB ports and audio in/out jacks. We’re still not sure what the price tag is going to be, but if they can keep the pricing close to what we’ve seen in some of the other Eee products, this could be very promising.

VIA [ SlashGear ]

Buy A New PC After July 1st, Get Free Upgrade To Windows 7

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By Luke Anderson

I’ve been checking out Windows 7 since the beta opened up a little while ago, and have thus far been fairly pleased with it. I’m not a huge Vista hater (I can’t say that I’m in love with it either) but I’m looking forward to the new OS so that I can go ahead and upgrade. I always hate this period of time between operating systems because end-users are sort of in limbo. Everyone is hearing how great the new version is going to be, but they want to upgrade their system now. So what does one do? Well my suggestion this time around would be to wait until July 1st of this year to get a new computer.

Seems like a pretty specific date to be buying a computer, but it’ll definitely be worth the wait. You see, if you purchase a computer after this date, you’ll be able to upgrade to Windows 7 for free (once it is released, of course). The only snag here is that some OEMs may not opt to participate in this promotion, so you’ll need to read the fine print. For those that do take advantage of it, you’ll be in a win-win situation. You’ll have your new hardware now, and you’ll get the new software when it hits without paying extra. Even better, if for some reason Windows 7 ends up worse than Vista (at this point it would take a lot to make it that bad), you can keep Vista.

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Recompute Goes Green With A Cardboard Case

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By Luke Anderson

There’s all sorts of talk about “going green” with technology these days. So you’ve upgraded to the most energy-efficient chipset and your power consumption is almost negligent, but how “green” is your computer’s case? Well if having the most eco-friendly computer is your goal, I doubt that anything can top this recycled cardboard case concept.

This design seems pretty interesting, if you don’t mind staring at a cardboard box. The creators were concerned with making a computer that used low-impact manufacturing processes. You don’t get much more low-impact than corrugated cardboard. It is only a basic computer, certainly nothing a gamer would want to use, but it gets the job done, and is actually more heat resistant than a plastic case.

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Backup Your Data With The Click Of A Button

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By Luke Anderson

Backing up your important files is something that everyone should do. In the old days that meant using expensive media like tape drives and Zip disks along with hard to use software. Nowadays you can just pick up a cheap external hard drive or flash drive for your storage needs. As for software, there is quite a bit to choose from. One company has taken a slightly different approach to their backup solutions.

The ClickFree Transformer USB cable allows you to plug in your choice of USB hard drive or flash drive, and gives you access to their backup software. All you need to do is push the button on the unit. Once you set up the easy-to-use software, all you ever need to do is plug in a drive and click the button. Seems pretty simple to me. The $60 price is a bit steep, but at least you can use it on up to 10 computers.

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Max Burnet’s Private Computer Museum

Max Burnet's Private Computer Museum (Images courtesy CIO)
By Andrew Liszewski

I can’t think of a better way to waste a Monday morning than by clicking your way through an online gallery of classic computers. Particularly if it happens to be the collection of Max Burnet, which is considered to be the largest private computer museum in Australia. Burnet is now retired, but he worked as the director of Digital Equipment Corporation (before it was acquired by Compaq who later merged with HP) which explains how he was able to fill his 2 story suburban Sydney home with a vast collection of classic computers including everything from the first UNIX PDP-7 to a MITS Altair 8800.

Thankfully for us, he let CIO stop by and photograph his collection, and they’ve posted a slideshow with 52 zoomable images for your geeky gawking pleasure.

[ CIO - Slideshow - Tech of Yesteryear: Where Old Computers Find Their Final Resting Place ] VIA [ Slashdot ]

Pomera DM10 Takes Notes, Does Nothing Else

By Evan Ackerman

The Pomera Digital Memo DM10 is one of those gadgets that is absolutely perfect for a very few people with very specific needs. You may be one of these people if you take a lot (like, seriously, a lot) of typed notes but can’t come up with a reason why you’d be better off with a netbook that can take typed notes and do a whole bunch of other stuff. I guess it could be that a netbook doesn’t have a full size folding keyboard like the DM10. A netbook doesn’t have a 20 hour battery life (on 2 AAs!) or 2 second startup time. And a netbook is going to be significantly larger and heavier, if only in a relative sense. But still… Is it really worth it to pay $270 for a monotasker like the DM10 when you could get a “real” computer like the Asus EEE for a mere $30 more? Personally, I’d say no, but that’s just because if I can’t get to the internet on it, it’s officially useless to me.

The Pomera Digital Memo DM10 will be available in Japan around November 10.

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Nikon UP300x Headset Computer

By Evan Ackerman

Wearable computing hasn’t caught on nearly as much as portable computing, and I think there is a distinct possibility that it’s because you look soooo much like a nerd when you put on a pair of video goggles or a HUD. Some of us actually enjoy looking like nerds, though, and it’s this unfortunately unapologetic segment of the tech-obsessed that Nikon seems to be targeting with their Media Port UP300x “multimedia playback headset device.”

The UP300x a single integrated unit that incorporates a tiny fold-down VGA display (which is nonetheless the equivalent of a 50″ screen viewed from 3 meters), headphones, 8 gigs of onboard memory, A/V input, and some kind of WiFi that allows media to be downloaded directly to the device over the internet. There is some ability to browse the internet directly, but I imagine it must be impossibly frustrating. It’s got a USB interface and runs for a couple hours on 2 AA batteries. There are controls on the left earphone, but the UP300x also has a motion sensor that you can use to play, pause, and select video or music by moving your head around. ‘Cause that’s gonna look totally cool and all.

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