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"I guess they are starting to catch on... ;-)" Read more
by Jason Flowers on TN bans password shares for Netflix, sites

"This is really incredible technology to experience. If you haven't had a chance yet, take a test drive." Read more
by Jason Flowers on Microsoft Sets Guinness Sales Record with Kinect

"I remember discussing this as a general idea 7 or 8 years ago with Mark and Jeff... Are we there yet?" Read more
by Jason Flowers on Exotic nanodevice could let computers ditch slowpoke electrons and run thousands of times faster

"Can I get one that looks like Anakin Skywalker's?" Read more
by Jason Flowers on Human Trials Next for Darpa’s Mind-Controlled Artificial Arm

"Flying Car Gets FAA Approval The Federal Aviation Administration has just removed a major hurdle from the path of a vehicle that may well be the first commercially viable flying car. The agency has agreed to classify the Terrafugia Transition as a Light Sport Aircraft, even though the vehicle is 120 pounds too heavy to qualify for that class. " Read more
by Jason Flowers on The reality of flying cars

"All of this, a 256GB SSD, and a backlit keyboard... hard to resist!" Read more
by Jason Flowers on Alienware M11x gets overseas Core i3 / i5 / i7 and NVIDIA Optimus update, US version due tomorrow?

"Don't buy this hypothesis... They would very likely not have a lack for energy resources since they're traveling the stars. They solved that problem. Being that advanced, they'd also likely be able to synthesize any other resource at a molecular level. So I don't see resources as a motivation, unless humans are the resource (slaves). I could see them being nomads as he imagines, but not looking for resources. More likely just a habitual environment to live, in which case, the Hawking outcome might be the same." Read more
by Jeff Gentes on Don't talk to aliens, warns Stephen Hawking

"Cool, but creepy…" Read more
by Mark Hodson on New tech sees dead people

"Does this mean we should keep searching for Bigfoot? I mean, how can you not know there is a 6 foot lizard running around!" Read more
by Jason Flowers on Giant lizard discovered in the Philippines

"Cool, but I still want a flying car!" Read more
by Jason Flowers on It's 2010 - finally my jet pack is here!

"Interesting the technologies used considering that Microsoft is a big investor in Facebook." Read more
by Jeff Gentes on Technology Explained: How Does Facebook Work? The Nuts and Bolts

"iTunes is great, but pricey; Netflix is better, but only offers 12K streaming downloads (I know… ‘only’); Perhaps Wal-Mart’s entry into this space will both lower the prices & provide more streaming content." Read more
by Mark Hodson on Walmart Jumps Into Online Movie Rentals, Buys Vudu

"I’ve often found InfoWorld’s commentaries to be anti-Microsoft and often unfounded. " Read more
by Mark Hodson on Fake Windows Expert Unmasked

"They say Spring 2010.. should be good. :-)" Read more
by Jeff Gentes on New at Disney: It's a Data Center World After All

"I wonder when the Wizarding World will be opening??" Read more
by Jason Flowers on New at Disney: It's a Data Center World After All

"Bertie Bott's every scented flower!!!" Read more
by Mark Hodson on Custom-scented flowers may be on the way

"I agree. I notice that they do not dispute the actual findings (that it runs VERY hot), but instead complain about the inferences. Those inferences are nothing more than the viewer’s commonsense and reasoning kicking in..." Read more
by Anonymous on QLogic sues Emulex over video of chip frying egg

"Sounds like QLogic has weak case to me. It's conventional wisdom that excessive heat is bad for electronics. The industry spends billions on cooling. Making a case that reduced heat increases reliability is logical." Read more
by Jeff Gentes on QLogic sues Emulex over video of chip frying egg

"That's just wrong..." Read more
by Jeff Gentes on Microsoft Refused to Sell Xbox 360s to the Military for Training

"Cool, I want to play!" Read more
by Jeff Gentes on Keep your 20-sided dice, I have D&D on the Surface

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Posted by: Mark Hodson on 11/3/2011 | 0 Comments

We've loved Commodore USA's C64 computer recreations ever since it began producing them back in 2010. Much to our delight, the company recently outed its third variant, the C64x Extreme. This unit features the '80s flair we've come to appreciate, but supercharged to 2011 spec. Crammed inside its case is a 2.2GHz Intel core i7 quad-core CPU (capable of turbo boosting to 3.3GHz), 8GB of DDR3 RAM, Intel HD integrated graphics and a spacious 2TB HDD.

Continue reading Commodore USA goes Extreme, stuffs a 2.2GHz quad-core i7 into its C64x

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 6/9/2011 | 0 Comments

In a letter sent to Oracle, HP executives reportedly said Oracle has a legal obligation to support Intels Itanium platform. - Hewlett-Packard officials are putting more pressure on Oracle to reverse its decision to end software development for Intel’s Itanium platform, reportedly sending the software giant a notice saying the decision violated contractual agreements with HP and harmed the companies 140,000 shared custom...

 HP Threatens to Sue Oracle for Ending Itanium Support

Posted by: Jeff Gentes on 5/5/2011 | 0 Comments

The New York Times reports Intel has developed a technology called Finfet (or fin field-effect transistor) that will allow Intel to manufacture three-dimensional CPUs.

Until now, the conductive area of the transistors used in CPUs has been two-dimensional, which means that in order to pack a higher number of transistors within the same space, the transistors had to shrink to smaller sizes. Over the years, manufacturing tolerances have traditionally been the limiting factor in how small a transistor can get, but these CPU building blocks are now approaching a size where physics itself becomes a barrier to making them any smaller.

Intel's Finfet aims to work around this problem by building "fins" into the transistor structure, making the transistor's conductive area three-dimensional. Intel expects chips using this design to be 37 percent faster than current low-voltage chips while consuming half the power.

Not all chipmakers are convinced that going 3D is the right solution, and a few of them are taking a "wait and see" approach to Intel's Finfet technology. Intel plans to start producing chips using Finfet later this year.

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 3/24/2011 | 0 Comments

Microsoft today showcased the success of U.S. retailer Target Corp. in using server virtualization to reduce its physical server footprint across its 1,755 stores.

Microsoft Touts Server Virtualization for Target Corp.

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 3/24/2011 | 0 Comments

Oracle's decision to stop supporting its products on Intel's Itanium chips drew a particularly harsh response from Hewlett-Packard, which ships the vast majority of servers that are based on the processor. An HP statement said the company was "shocked." HP has about 90 percent of the Itanium market, according to IDC.

Oracle stopping development on Itanium -- slap at HP or obvious decision?

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 3/17/2011 | 0 Comments

China reportedly is looking to build up its processor-making capabilities, with the hopes of using only China-built CPUs in its servers, most of which now rely on Intel, AMD and Nvidia. - Intel and Advanced Micro Devices, already seeing manufacturers of ARM-based processors taking aim at the server space currently dominated by x86-based systems, may soon have another competitor in the field: China. According to a recent report in the Chinese news service People's Daily Online, th...

China Looks Inward for Supercomputer CPUs

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 3/17/2011 | 0 Comments

Do Atom-branded processors have what it takes to run server-side applications and tasks? Well, Intel seems to think so. Apparently, the world's number one producer of x86 processors is feeling the heat about ARM's plans to compete in the lucrative server market, and plans to defend its turf by introducing server-grade Atom processors for use in microservers. 

Intel to sell server-capable versions of Atom in 2012

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 12/13/2010 | 0 Comments

IBM researchers have made a breakthrough in using pulses of light to accelerate data transfer between chips, something they say could boost the performance of supercomputers by more than a thousand times.

IBM chip breakthrough may lead to exascale supercomputers

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 12/13/2010 | 0 Comments

The freshly Microsoft-funded TurboHercules offers an emulator to run IBM mainframe OSes on x86 servers.

Microsoft Quietly Invests in IBM Emulator TurboHercules

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 12/13/2010 | 0 Comments

During a press briefing this week, Oracle head Larry Ellison announced the launch of the SPARC Supercluster, a new high-performance enterprise computing system that couples Sun's processor architecture, UNIX-based Solaris operating system, and ZFS-based storage technology.

Oracle has extensively tested its own database software on the massive computer and says that it has achieved the highest database performance ever recorded. According to the company's benchmarks, Oracle on the SPARC Supercluster can perform 30 million database transactions per minute—reportedly 3 times faster than the previous record, which was held by IBM's DB2 on a P7 cluster.

Oracle launches SPARC Supercluster, sets new DB performance record

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 12/13/2010 | 0 Comments

Hikes 'em on HP Itanium

Well before Oracle was even close to buying Sun Microsystems, the company was kind enough to tweak its per-core pricing for its eponymous database software to make it competitive on processors with fewer threads and higher clock speeds. Now, the company is making its software pricing less attractive on servers using Itanium 9300 processors from Intel - which pretty much come from only Hewlett-Packard these days. The idea us to help Oracle's new Sparc T3 Unix boxes steal some business in HP-UX shops.…

Oracle slashes software prices on own iron

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 11/19/2010 | 0 Comments

Vigile points out a new take on SSD from Viking Modular Solutions. The SATADIMM puts an SSD in the form factor of a memory module. "The unit itself actually uses a SandForce SSD controller and draws its power from the DIMM socket directly but still connects to the computer through a SATA connection — nothing fancy like using the memory bus, etc. Performance is actually identical to other SandForce-based SSDs though the benefits for 1U servers and motherboards with dozens of DIMM slots is interesting to say the least. Likely priced outside the realm for average consumers, the SATADIMM will likely stay put in the enterprise market but represents an indicator that companies are realizing SSDs don't need to be in traditional HDD form factors."

New Device Puts SSD In a DIMM Slot

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 11/19/2010 | 0 Comments

SC10 If you want to sell supercomputers these days, you need to have a GPU story to tell. And Big Blue has been telling a story about a blade server for GPUs for the past several months, but unfortunately it doesn't actually have the product ready.

IBM to ship GPU blade server in December

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 11/19/2010 | 0 Comments

The cancellation of Apple's enterprise server--apparently due to low sales--is just another disappointment for IT admins who've worked for years to get more Macs into their offices.

IT admins mourn Xserve's death

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 11/19/2010 | 0 Comments

Nearly no fans? Cool

Hitachi is mounting refrigerators on the rear doors of racks to suck out heat at a much lower cost.…

Hitachi refrigerates rack rears

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