It’s said that if good design is obvious, then great design is transparent. Perhaps this is why badly designed PC products are so frustrating – when designers get it right, design takes a back seat and you can easily enjoy the performance and features you bought the product for.
That said, given that so many PC components these days are commodity products with razor-thin margins that win favour by simply being the cheapest, you do have to wonder whether there’s room for anything as graceful and quiet as good design. Props to Asus then as they’re expanding their Xtreme Design approach from motherboards (which we’ve covered in depth previously), to graphics cards. It’s not just high-end graphics cards either – the Xtreme Design range covers, for instance, the newly launched GeForce GTS 240. Co-incidentally, we’ve got five Xtreme Design Asus ENGT240/DI/512MD5 cards to give away. Stay tuned for an update next week where we’ll tell you exactly how to enter,
So what does Xtreme Design for graphics cards entail? According to Asus ‘it’s about producing innovative graphics cards for the best performance, reliability and safety.
’ Fine and dandy, but what specifically does this X-toting name endow a graphics card with?
Click through to find out.
MSI's delicious new AM3 motherboard is set to be a stunner. We've been testing this board for a few weeks now and we've finally come to a verdict - it's a cracker! But by just how much? Read on to find out!
Panasonic will release the worlds first professional, fully-integrated Full HD 3D camcorder in Fall 2010. In Panasonics new Full HD 3D camcorder, the lenses, camera head, and a dual Memory Card recorder are integrated into a single, lightweight body.
Weve seen Pandora (in various build states) doing a few things on video in the past but we have never -- and we mean never -- seen it playing a Sonic the Hedgehog game.
The Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Station, W1AW, and WA6ZTY on the West
Coast will conduct a summer Frequency Measuring Test (FMT) on July 1 at
9:45 PM EDT (0145 UTC on July 2.
Stories covered and special features in This Weeks edition:
01. Pennsylvania becomes the 27th state to enact PRB-1 type legislation.
02. A Pennsylvania amateurs tower permit is appealed for the second time.
03. A hot air balloon accident in Albuquerque leaves an amateur seriously
injured, and another non-ham dead.
04. Richard Garriot, W5KWQ, prepares to head to the Space Station.
05. The trial of accused ham radio couple murderer Sklar Deleon takes a
strange twist as the trial gets underway in California.
06. The ARRL says it has more work to do on amateur radio spectrum defense.
07. The league prepares for World Radio Communications Conference 2011.
08. American amateurs plan to lead a DXpedition in 2009 to Desecheo Island.
09. Cape Town tow truck operators are accused of running cellphone jammers.
10. The 2008 Orionids meteor shower should be better than expected.
11. Singapore announces it will issue temporary ham radio licenses for visting
12. CERN builds a new computer grid to help support Collider data crunching.
13. World Radio and Technology News
AFGHANISTAN.......DXPEDITION ON HOLD
CALIFORNIA........FOUR CALIFORNIA CITIES TO GO INTEROPERABLE
SOUTH AFRICA......SARL CANCELS TAKE AMATEUR RADIO TO SCHOOL PROGRAM
15. Members of the ARMY amateur radio club in Iraq is rotating home, and is
looking for new amateur personnel to take over.
16. More people are on-line than listen to the radio, but more watch their new
high definition television.
17. The RSGB is not happy with Ofcom. South Africa looks at BPL again.
18. The first ARRL textbook is published and released in China.
19. China prepares to launch its first ham radio satellite.
20. There is a new morse code trainer on the net from New Zealand.
21. Working Amateur Radio Satellites with Bruce Paige, KK5DO.
22. Scientists put forth a new theory on Noctilucent Clouds.
23. Tower Climbing and Antenna Safety with Greg Stoddard, KF9MP.
24. Weekly Propagation Forecast with Geramy Boot, G4NJH.
25. Google pitches the use of white spaces to the FCC.
26. Technology News and Commentary with Leo Laporte.
27. TWIAR Staff Blogs are now on-line. E-Mail W2XBS with topics for his.
28. Courage Handi-Ham System Update with Pat Tice WA0TDA "Remote Base Update"
29. TWIAR QSL Cards are now available. Send and e-mail, get yours today!
30. The Gateway 160 Meter Net Report with Vern Jackson, WA0RCR.
31. Special event station listings.
32. The FCC will host its first of a series of speaker forums later this month
33. Peha is named Chief Technologist for the Federal Communications Commission
34. Popular french communications magazine "Megahertz" ceases publication.
36. Icom donates top of the line digital transceiver to UK school.
37. Ham radio makes a cameo appearance in the new "Get Smart" movie.
Its finally happened. Google Android developer Jean-Baptiste Quero has done a code drop to the Android Open Source Project. The update still isnt ready to release, but if you really want to you can download the ROM here.
Microsoft launched the download for the new Windows 7 Release Candidate for everybody. There is no hurry in getting Windows 7 RC 1 as Microsoft will offer it for download at least through July 2009 and Microsoft is not limiting the number of product keys, so you have plenty of time.
Super Talent PCIe RAIDDrive Workstation uses Super Talents patented RAIDSSD Technology to accelerate the adoption of systems with very high performance solid state disk subsystems through the integration of large amounts of SSDs.
Western Digital has upped the ante in the HD media player wars with its WDTV Live, promising unrivalled format support, silent operation, network streaming and a host of other desirable features. Does the WDTV Live live up to the hype? We find out.
Do you need a big display for your next presentation, but dont have the space to carry a big projector? Then you might be interested in one of the many new micro-projectors that are revolutionizing the projector industry.
Last week, we brought you news that Verizon would have the Palm Pre inside of six months. Sprints stock took a nose dive, and they fired back that their exclusivity arrangement was going to last at least until 2010.
Optoma is one of the leading manufacturers of DLP projectors. Today, the company announced the release of several new models for both the home and work.
From August to October we ran a survey here on bit-tech to find out which companies, products and game developers you thought had excelled - and based on those results, we gave out our awards. Find out who came out top and check out some pictures from the awards evening inside.
Now we know what the FCC didn’t want us to know, back in 2004, about its staff studies of interference to radio services from Broadband over Power Line (BPL) systems.
Its not exactly one of the usual suspects youd expect to see taking umbrage with the Kindle, but it looks cable programming empire Discovery Communications has some issues of its own with the handheld, and its now taking its complaints to court.
Most nettops are pretty anemic devices, even for their limited duties as kitchen PCs/web machines/entertainment hubs. Occasionally though, one comes along that packs enough weight to be noteworthy.
When asked to detail his hobby of amateur radio, more commonly referred to as ham radio, he grinned and delved into a flurry of explanations about electronics, broadcasting and history, all mixed with sentimental stories about the first radio receiver he built as a 14-year-old Arizona boy. "This is what's in my blood," Wood said while seated at a table in Valley Ham Shack, 4321 W. Eisenhower Blvd. The Valley Ham Shack is Wood's new venture, which opened a few weeks ago and sells amateur radio equipment but also will double as a manufacturing warehouse for his other company, DZ Kits. The best-licensed ham radio hobbyists broadcast their voices around the world, hold conversations digitally, by voice and through Morse Code, and are fallback emergency communicators for their municipalities. Broadcasting the signal for others to hear and respond to is much like an Internet chat-room hosting conversations from around the world. But ham operators do it all independent of providers and free of cost - after purchasing the equipment.
Well, what do we have here? An industry source has sent along information and images for a trio of new Dell Precision workstations using Intels Nehalem architecture.
Iriver Japan and Speedo announced the Speedo LZR Racer Aquabeat, a waterproof (3M) MP3 Player (compatible IPX5 and IPX7). Compatible with MP3 and WMA files, this new Aquabeat is in fact just an upgrade of an existing model, which is now offer with 2GB of memory instead of 1.
With 1 USB dongle and one PCMCIA Card, here you are I-O Data latest WiFi N wonders. Compatible with IEEE802. 11n/a/g/b and Cisco CCX V4. 0-5. 0 protocol, our new N branded wonder will be available across Japan within the end of this month.