I’m a techie buff and probably one of the few that have a Media Center PC in their living room. While I love having it there because it saves me cable box rental and remote fees– I still need to rent a cable card. The one thing I detest is the fact that I need a keyboard and a mouse for it to function correctly at all times.
Well no longer do I detest that, because Logitech gave me the diNovo Mini, a keyboard/touchpad designed for Media Center PCs. What’s so great about it is it’s freakin’ like a Sidekick, and being that I used to be a Sidekick-aholic, using the diNovo Mini came easily to me.
I love music and games like Dance Dance Revolution and Guitar Hero, where you have to tap a button that matches the button displayed on the screen, those games help you stay alert and in my opinion improve your reflexes.
Now there’s Battle of the Bands for the Wii, a game similar to DDR and Guitar Hero, with one small difference, instead of pressing a corresponding button; you have to flick your controller when the button on the screen reaches a certain point.
As many of you already know Microsoft showed off Windows 7. I should say they gave us a sneak peek, and I have to say I’m pretty excited but should I be?
After-all everyone was excited about Vista until they decided to change everything about it and delivered the current version of Vista to us. As a Microsoft fan I have to say I’m afraid to get my hopes up and so I won’t.
While Windows 7 or what we have seen of it looks promising, whose to say they won’t pull the same thing they pulled with Vista and change it. I sure hope they don’t but Microsoft who in my opinion has lost touch with their userbase, can’t be 100% trusted until the day after Windows 7 is released and we see what they delivered.
D-Link today announced the DXN-221, a Coax Cable Internet Adapter Kit. The kit connects to your router and the cable lines in your home and uses them to create a wired network.
“With simplified user setup, coaxial networking support, the ability to coexist with other coaxial devices, and fast networking speeds, our Coax Ethernet Adapter Kit delivers a simplified networking solution that makes it easy for consumers to enjoy the benefits of a digital home designed for high-definition media streaming, online gaming and other emerging applications,” said AJ Wang, chief technical officer for D-Link “The technology is fast and a natural complement to our popular networking solutions for moving data into areas of a home where it may be difficult to run a cable or achieve a strong Wi-Fi signal.”
Having a Coax network is great for sending large files from one computer to another, or sending a high def video to your TV from a computer in another room. My only concern with the product is, will it interfear with my internet if I have cable internet, and will it degrade my television signal.
It is finally time to begin the contest to win our HP Pavilion HDX Dragon PC and we are probably as excited to give it away as you are to win it.
There will be three winners in total; the grand prize winner will take home the HDX Dragon with some bundled software, the 2nd place winner will take home a Slappa.com notebook bag, and the 3rd place will take home a Slappa.com notebook sleeve.
So what do you have to do to win?
Typically, if you want a nice-looking case with loads of features, the problem you’ll face is that they’re all huge. However, there is always the exception to the rule, and the Mini P180 from Antec is definitely that. Not only is the Mini P180 a stylish, great-looking case that would make any computer enthusiast like myself drool, but it is also loaded with features and, like the name says, it’s mini.
The case is perfect for someone who wants to build their own Windows Home Server (which is what I used mine for). The case has 8 drive bays, three 5.25 inch bays, and six 3.5 inch hard drive bays. That should be more than enough hard drive bays for any Windows Home Server or traditional desktop.
The case was also designed for great cooling. It has one 200mm fan on the top of the case that sucks the heat from around the CPU out of the case. It also has two front 120mm fans that keep your hard drives cool, and a 120mm fan in the rear. There is an external switch in the back that lets you set the speeds for the top 200mm fan and the back 120mm fan. (Low | Medium | High).
I travel a lot, and I lug around my laptop almost everywhere I travel (along with my clothing, obviously). What ticks me off the most about traveling is when I make a one or two day trip and still need to check my baggage because my suitcase is too big to carry on, even though it’s mostly empty.
With that in mind, I recently upgraded my laptop bag when I received the Ballistix PTAC Matrix Laptop Shoulder Bag from Slappa.com for review. Not only does my laptop fit in it (up to 17 inches), but so do a couple shirts and a pair or two of jeans.
Before I get on with the features and durability, I have to say it is probably the hottest bag I have ever personally owned. The outside design is really cool—it kind of looks like it’s webbed design (I’m all into spiders and webs). It’s also very comfortable—I carried two laptops in it over the weekend, and the shoulder strap was very comfortable on the arm. Additionally, the bag itself has a rather large cushion on the back for added comfort.
Let me start by saying that I am not a big trivia fan; I don’t watch shows like Jeopardy and probably would never buy a trivia game. However, I did get my hands on Buzz!: The Hollywood Quiz game which is just that—a trivia game for the PS2/3 that comes with 4 buzzers.
The questions in the game are based on movies, TV shows, Hollywood stars and anything Hollywood related—an area I am horrible at. But then again, I am pretty much horrible at all trivia.
Well, since I had it, I decided to play it. To be honest, my initial impression was that it was hard and really boring, but I guess any game is boring when you’re playing with yourself (shut up, perverts). So, I invited my Mom, my sister, and her husband over for Mother’s day so that the four of us could play. Much swearing was involved.
The RIAA has scored a victory in the first ever Federal Criminal Trial against an online music pirate. A 25 year old Barry Gitarts of Brooklyn (NYC) was convicted by a Federal Jury in Va. He faces up to 5 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine, oh and he also has to pay the RIAA for the music he pirated.
So can you face a similar case for sharing music? Nah probably not. Gitarts did a lot more than just share files on P2P, he hosted the server and made it available to everyone in a private group called “Apocalypse Production Crew”.
Today Acer introduced the Aspire PREDATOR, a line of computers designed exclusively for hardcore PC gamers.
Acer’s new Aspire PREDATOR desktop offers an outstanding gaming experience for gamers seeking to push the very limits of graphical performance. An original, aggressive chassis design conceals the latest generation technologies that expert players demand for new levels of unmatched intensity.