Last year Symantec had the Midas Touch, they were able to convert their crappy Norton Antivirus and Internet Security into Gold with the releases of their 2009 Product.
Not often do you see a company take a product and completely rework it and improve it. You normally see them add more and more to it hoping with each new addition it would get better but it never does. I think for years that was the problem with Norton Products. They were cluttered with features that we did not need or did not work properly, and the ones we needed were resource hogs. That all changed with the 2009 release.
There are a lot of netbooks on the market and they seem to all have the same specs, so I really didn’t expect much from the NB205 that I hadn’t experienced with other netbooks.
After all the NB05 is slightly bigger than other netbooks from HP and Lenovo, and for some reason I immediately thought of that as a bad thing. But sometimes smaller doesn’t always mean better when it comes to netbooks and the NB205 proved that to me. Oh and bigger doesn’t always mean heavier. It weighs the same as my HP mini 1000.
The NB205 has to be one of the coolest looking netbooks available, and in the rainbow of colors that it is available in I am sure there is one for everyone.
For the past 10 years or so I have seen products that claim to boost your cell phone signal; from stickers that you place under your battery, to products like zBoost from Wi-Ex.
Over the past 10 years the stickers didn’t work and pretty much nothing worked so I was skeptical when I was asked to review the zBoost system. Guess what it didn’t work for me, I had perfect signal indoors and the zBoost system increased my signal so much it made it suck. So I had to pass it on to Cecilia from CuteGeek.com and she checked it out and loved it.
Check out her zBoost review here.
A few months ago we reviewed the NZXT Sentry LX Fan Controller, and I was pretty impressed by it.
However the LCD screen wasn’t the greatest and when viewing it at certain angles you couldn’t really make out what was displayed. So when I heard about the Sentry 2 and heard I would be getting one for review I hoped that the screen would be better than the Sentry LX.
When I finally received the Sentry 2, I was surprised by its size. It was more than half the size of the Sentry LX and I would have to say a lot easier to install because of its smaller size.
Today WD announced that they are shipping their new Scorpio Blue 750GB and the industrys first 1TB mobile hard drive, perfect for portable external hard drives and even notebooks. I personally wouldn’t mind a 1TB HDD in my notebook.
“The convergence of the growing mobile computing and digital media trends produces demand for desktop-like capacities in portable devices,” said Jim Morris, senior vice president and general manager of client systems at WD. “Our new WD Scorpio Blue drives enable people to take even more of their digital collections with them wherever they go and, realizing the value of their data, back up their notebooks on their My Passport drives.”
So I have been playing with Panda Internet Security 2010, and I wasn’t expecting much since their 2009 product left me with a bad taste in my mouth.
I wasn’t initially going to review it, Maarten (AlphaAlien) was but due to a system issue he was having he couldn’t so the task fell upon me.
Compared to last year their product is much better, a slightly faster install time but still not as fast as it could be. Their 2009 product took 8 minutes to install, the 2010 version only 5 minutes. Still longer than McAfee and Norton.
A few months ago I asked a question on our forums; I asked how do you see the internet 10 years from now.
While I can’t find the thread, maybe someone else will have a better time than I did searching for it. I remember saying I saw desktops going away and I saw Home Servers taking off. I remember saying that the desktop would be replaced by an extender, and we would have servers in our basements and basically use a virtual PC to deliver us the application we need and a centralized storage location. I said Home Server because I think until my internet connection is 100% reliable I can’t depend on it to always have access to a 3rd party server nor can I depend on their connection to always be up.
Earlier this year I had the pleasure of attending the launch event for the new Z series line of workstations from HP. During the event I saw how HP worked with BMW to design the chassis for the Z Series and heard from their various partners about how these machines have made their jobs easier and how much money they have saved since they started using the Z Series workstations.
About 2 months, HP sent me a Z600 to test out and man does this thing live up to all the hype surrounding it, and I don’t even have the top of the line Z800.
For the past few months and in particular these past few days, whenever I see an article about the Microsoft PC Hunter ads, there are countless comments to the article that say “Oh they aren’t factoring in the cost of the 975 dollars in Software you have to buy with a new PC”.
99% of the time the person who made the comment has a username of MacAddict, OpenSourceGuru or LinuxLover and 98% of the time they end up promoting Linux and OSX or both at the end of their post.
For example of what I mean, check out this Reuters article. Just read the comments.