Category Archives: PersonalComputing

PC, tablet, mobile and wearable technology.

Inpulse. The New King of Über Geek Watches…

Canadian watch company Allerta is finally taking orders for its ultra cool computer watch the InPulse. Were talking the modern equivalent to the calculator watch here people so no rolling of your eyes.

The watch is sleek, stylish and could knock someone out if you swing it hard enough. Coming in all of two styles, chrome edge and solid black both looks are chunky, not weapons grade chunky but chunky just the same.

At the moment it works best with Blackberry equipment, Android and iPhone links have been mention but nothing solid yet. For Blackberry users it shows notifications, incoming call numbers, appointments even when your being an annoying Blackberry doosh.

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Solid State Investment…

Upgrading your hard drive to an SSD – Solid State Drive referring to the Flash memory as Solid not moving – is the best bang for buck upgrade there is. Upgrading other parts can be costly and involve many parts – upgrading cpu will often require new motherboard and ram , even then it may only give you a small percentage improvement. Changing to a fast video card can gain a lot of improvement in games but top end video cards are an expensive habit – over $1000 for top of the line. SSD upgrades can be quite cheap, and will bag you a considerable speed improvement. The speed you get with an SSD only improves certain aspects of your computer but it is all the good bits. Boot up time, applications loading and switching will al become a lot snappier.

32GB is not enough, no matter what the salesman tells you. Say to him no, bad salesman, 32 is not enough. If you buy a 32GB SSD and install Windows 7 Ultimate you will have 7Gig free, I have movies that take up more space than that. 64GB is the minimum for a Windows PC, if you want to actually install applications on top of windows go with 64GB. I can see the advantages of 128 as well, big apps like Photoshop, Premier, Cubase would quickly fill a 64GB drive, so for workstation type machines 128GB would be the minimum. Buy as much as you can afford over 32GB, if all you can afford is 32GB don’t bother, keep saving and buy the cheapest 64GB you can afford. In-fact the price difference between 32GB and 64GB is only $35.

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The Commodor 64, the Computer That Changed the Galaxy…

The Commodore 64 sold in excess of 17 million units in its lifetime, still the largest selling single model of computer in history. Introduced in 1982 this computer more than any other made computers available to the average joe on the street, who proceeded to cut their teeth on this new beast.

The attraction for us nerds was purely based around its graphics and sound capabilities, it was technically the best machine at the time. This alone doesn’t explain it’s success though.

After it’s release in 1982 Commodore began selling the machine through main street retail stores instead of through specialist electronics stores. Computers sold through electronics parts stores had the stigma of build you own computer kits, this locked most people out. Even in the nerd world at the time the kids that had the funds, tools and ability to build their own computer were a tiny subset of this community.

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Amazon. From Paper to New Media Empire…

Amazon over the last 18months have transformed themselves from a slowly declining paper merchant to a new media behemoth.

It started with the gutsy introduction of Kindle. The iPad was just an idea swilling around in Steve Jobs’ head – a thought put there by Juan-Luc Picard – when the Kindle was introduced. We’d even go as far as speculating that the Kindle’s success gave Steve Jobs the confidence to release his Star Trek inspired tablet.

With the introduction of it’s On-Demand streaming service, Amazon has pitched a new direction and their plan starts to become clear. Amazon has shifted from being an online – paper – book store, to being the ultimate –customizable – media service . Not just media either, but all parts of the media experience, if your prepared to rent, buy or try – Amazon has it, or has it planned for the near future. Core to this strategy is selling every part of that media equation, from space on their usable media servers – downloadable movies – eBooks – gadgets – consumables as well as hardware to consume all their new media, everything is a salable product.

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Facebook Makes Tinfoil Hats…

Facebook prepares to add VOIP services to its expanding social networking empire.

All of the stories surrounding Facebook at the moment are small pieces of a puzzle, when you bring them all together an interesting picture develops..

The chatter started with your profile phone numbers being made public. While reports around the wobbly web concentrated on the privacy aspect of this action – which Facebook doesn’t give two whoots about – more important was the building of a facebook phonebook, an important part of any telephone system around the world, the Blue Pages.

The Inquirer reports a VOIP service being in testing. While the VOIP service is a logical extension to Facebook it’s importance is a little more obscure than that. For Facebook to really be aware of what we are doing it needs your phone to be routed through Facebook. That doesn’t mean they will be listening to your calls but they will have your call records in their database. At the moment your telephone company has all of your call records – you see a summary of it on your bill – all of this information will be in Facebook.

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Sony PlayStation Portable 2, Hand Full of Revolution…

Sony on Friday announce the PSP2 – Sony insists on using the name NGP Next Generation Portable. Finally all of the rumours can be dispelled, the PSP2 is no longer vapour ware. Even more outrageous is it seems to be everything that we have been asking for. Sony listening, to real people, impossible.

Sony is reportedly pitching the PSP2 as a high-end portable equivalent to its PS3. The gaming content on the platform will clearly differentiate the handheld from Apple’s and Google’s mobile products as well as the games found on the App Store and the Android Market.

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Lost Circuits…

The temporary nature of knowledge

I never realized how temporary knowledge is, until I heard the story of the mos6502’s death. The fact that we can coin a term such as Technology Archaeology for a cpu that is still in use to this day is more than a little strange. Normally we think of archaeology as rediscovering things hundreds or thousands of years old, but Technology Archaeology shows us we can forget things much quicker than that.
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