On Friday (Feb 27th 2009) I got my hands on the Toshiba A355-S6943 and a Dynadock U USB dock station. The A355 is a sleek looking machine from Toshiba with a 16 inch display. The Toshiba Dynadock U is basically a 6 port USB hub, with VGA, DVI video ports, a speaker, headset and mic jack, and Ethernet port.
The video is about 7 minutes long enjoy!
Today FedEx dropped by with the new Samsung Writermaster SE-S084 a USB powered Ultra Slim external 8x DVD+RW drive. These Ultra Slim drives seem to be popular now and I give the netbook credit for that.
Enjoy the video.
Little note, in the video you hear me mention how the dual head USB cable is a downside. I said that because that to me indicated that it would require two USB ports to work. That is not the case, you can plug it into one USB port and the drive will work fine. I have already tested it.
You can expect a full review in the next week or two.
A new version of AMD OverDrive utility is available at the Game.AMD.com site. AMD OverDrive allows you to easily overclock your AMD CPU with out fear of ruining your system.
The new version 2.6 now officially supports DDR3, and AMD3, it now offers support for ITE 8720F and Fintek F71889F hardware monitoring chips which are used on AM3 motherboards, and it also fixes a bug that prevented AOD from starting up on some motherboards.
Last year Yahoo attempted to screw their small business customers into paying $34.95 a year for their domain, the renewal fee prior to that was just $9.95. Yahoo said they wanted to cater to small businesses as the reason. Total BS but then again Yang ran Yahoo into the ground.
Any how, I had read complaint after complaint from people having issues transferring out their domain from Yahoo to Godaddy or any other domain registrar for that matter, and as our daughter site CellRants.com was registered with Yahoo I thought I would have problems transferring out. Well I didn’t. It took a total of 4 days to get my domain transferred from Yahoo to Godaddy, and both Yahoo and GoDaddy made the process easy.
Last week I was able to get my hands on the Toshiba Protégé R600-S4202 and man like Protégé R500 before it, it is one sexy machine. Its sleek small form factor design makes it the lightest and most stylish notebook around; it is also the thinnest notebook with an optical drive.
While the R600 is a beautiful machine, I have said in a previous review, elegance and portability means nothing if it doesn’t have the power to do day to day task. But with its Intel Core 2 Duo SU9400 Processor (1.4 GHz), 3 Gigs of Memory and 128 MB solid state drive, the R600 promises to be a workhorse.
Wrote some code to pull down serial numbers from cisco ip phones figured it might help others down the line. Also has some string manipulation and http streaming stuff going on.
Tim (Timan) was kind of enough to take some unboxing pictures of his new Amazon Kindle 2 eBook reader that he received today.
For those of you who don’t know the Kindle is the hottest eBook reader on the market, and Amazon which makes it has only recently released version 2. Tim said it came backed in one of the most boring packages ever but I figured I’d let you all judge that for yourselves and share the unboxing pictures with you.
Oh and to those of you who don’t think advertising on TV doesn’t work. Tim owns the Sony eBook reader and only got the Amazon Kindle 2 because his mother saw it on TV and wanted it. Just goes to show that TV advertising does work even in the day of TiVo.
This past weekend, Symantec took the winners of the Blast off With Norton Contest to Orlando, Florida for their ZeroG flight, including Jacob Lewis who won his trip via HardwareGeeks. I also was invited along and I have to tell you it was one hell of a ride.
Winners of the contest from around the world arrived in Orlando on February 19th or 20th depending on how far away they were, the flight itself took place on the 21st in Titusville, FL.
On the day of the flight everyone seemed anxious to get to the airport and experience weightlessness, the bus ride over took us through 13 or so toll booths and as each passed the bus got quieter and quieter as the anticipation grew.
I have been using the new Safari Browser for about 15 minutes now and honestly I can’t tell the difference in load times between it and IE 8 which has also been benchmarked faster than FireFox.
Today Western Digital (WD) introduced the new My Book World Edition, a network hard-drive that offers plug and play installation and automatic continuous backups making it easy to keep all the data on all of your PCs safe.
The My Book World Edition is available in 1 TB and 2 TB capacities and it will work with PC’s and Macs, I am also able to access it’s web interface with a linux machine, however the included backup software does not work with Linux. The My Book World Edition does support DLNA so you can easily stream the contents (Music, Movies and Pictures) of your My Book to your Sony Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and any other device that supports DLNA. It even works as a server for iTunes.