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March 29, 2006

Network Storage for the Home Is Coming

March 23, 2006

Just like very bit of technology that starts out high-end (expensive) and then gradually comes down in price to reach mass market acceptance (Crossing the Chasm, anyone?), networked storage is no different.

Once only the technology for large enterprises and now much more prevalent in the SMB market (that's most businesses, folks), networked-attached storage (NAS -- in the lingo) is soon to be coming consumers' way.

We're all very used to saving files on internal drives or USB-connected devices, but now we will soon be able to store our files on standalone NAS units that are accessed via our home network.

Look for companies like Seagate, Iomega, Western Digital (storage biggies) as well as other companies like Intel with drives that can store more than a terabyte of data (believe me, that is a lot!). 

Microsoft's New Portable Computer?

March 7, 2006

According to a report yesterday in UK-based Advanced-Television.com, Microsoft is expected to unveil a portable computer that is in between a mobile telephone and a laptop. This is the latest move and counter-move in the battle to define leadership in growing area of develop devices that allow users to personalize and carry with them web search and media services.

The competition? The usual suspects and some others. Sony has launched a line of small wi-fi tablet computers the size of a paperback book, while Nokia has launched a small, Linux-powered tablet device.

Not to be outdone -- and with plenty of cash to invest, Google is reported to have talked to electronics companies about devices to make its services more widely available than on PCs.

APC Back-UPS ES 750 Has Got Your Back-up Covered

March 2, 2006

When I was a kid, the only time we had power failures was during hurricanes. Today, with our electrical grid stretched to capacity, power failures – brown outs, black outs and related mayhem – seem to happen without rhythm or reason. Or how about surges that love to travel through my data lines looking to create chaos at any time?

Well, after suffering countless data losses when the power flickers on, then off, then on and then really off, I know have found the answer to all of my woes -- American Power Conversion’s Back-UPS ES 750.

Intel Inside; No, Mariah Carey Instead

February 22, 2006

A Dream Date with NEC's 20WMGX2 Monitor

February 21, 2006


First we all got excited when we could trade-in (meaning get rid of and upgrade) our cathode ray tube monitors – the ones with the big piece sticking out the back – for new slim and trim LCD monitors. Now we get excited when we can move up from those 15-inch LCDs to something that’s got more size, more presence, more of everything.

Well, if you want to take a major step in that direction and skip all of the interim “baby steps,” then go for NEC’s excellent multi-function 20WMGX2 display. Building on the success of its award-winning MultiSync GX LCD monitor line, the GX2 raises the standard for both computing and entertainment.

Sour Taste in Apple's Intel iMacs

February 13, 2006

MobileEdge Makes Presentations Slick -- Just Like They Always Should Be

February 6, 2006



PowerPoint presentations are usually a two-person show -- one person to stand and talk and the other person to sit and press the necessary laptop button to advance the show to the next slide. It's a bit tedious -- and can get out of sync -- but that's the way it goes..

Well, mercifully, MobileEdge has put those days behind us. With its Slim-Line Wireless Presentation Remote, it's now possible for one person to do the whole show by simply pressing a button -- it's a TV remote streamlined into a credit card size and weight computer remote.

Intel Inside, I Mean Leap Ahead

January 12, 2006

It's been a little more than week since Intel launched a new branding campaign to replace the famous and very effective "Intel Inside" campaign that positioned a lowly computer chip as one of the key items consumers should think about when buying a computer.

Yes, it's been a week and I still can't get used to the new "Intel. Leap Ahead" company tagline.  Just doesn't have that succinct message of the "Intel Inside" tagline.The "Leap Ahead" makes me think of anything but technology, which makes sense (I guess) since Intel is moving into the living room with its new Viiv concept -- and the living room is where you live with technology transparently (hopefully), rather than dealing with technology like we have come to learn from so many computer glitches and headaches over the years. (Hey, they are not all Intel's fault, and I'm certainly not blaming them.)

The Twain Shall Meet: First Intel-Based Mac

January 10, 2006

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