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It's not like you can see it by looking at the case of iPod or PC, but without the transistor, we would have none of the "magic" electronic devices we now know and cannot live without.Shockley had continued his semiconductor work, and in 1948 patented the modern junction transistor. Three years later, Bell Labs demonstrated part number M1752, though it was apparently produced only in prototype quantities.The modern transistor was born. But it didn't immediately revolutionize the electronics industry, which continued its love affair with tubes. It wasn't till 1956 that Japan's ETL Mark 3, probably the first transistorized computer, appeared, but it used 130 point-contact transistors and wasn't... Read more...
Glitchy playback in Windows?  Yesterday Microsoft tried to give us an explanation of just what's happening, besides, say, the bloated Vista OS. Yesterday, Microsoft's program manager for sound in Windows Vista (what a great title!), Steve Ball, posted a blog entry explaining why audio playback sometimes gets glitchy in Windows. There's an air of post-facto justification about the posting--it basically reminds us that a PC is doing a lot more things simultaneously than, say, a $20 CD player--but toward the end of the post, he notes that it's common for certain older device drivers to lock out the CPU for 10 milliseconds to 50ms, causing an obvious problem.Of course, he didn't tell anyone... Read more...
A former BitTorrent server administrator has been given a harsh sentence - at least for a diehard Linux user.  Because the monitoring software required by his plea agreement won't run on Linux (surprise!), he is been ordered to switch to Windows, or go without a computer. Scott McCausland, who used to be an administrator of the EliteTorrents BitTorrent server before it was shut down by the FBI, pleaded guilty in 2006 to two copyright-related charges over the uploading of Star Wars: Episode III to the internet. As a result, he was sentenced to five months in jail and five months' home confinement. McCausland — who also goes by the name "sk0t" — has since been released from jail, but on... Read more...
Firefox has made a lot of headway the past few years.  It’s risen from relative obscurity to be the first real alternative to challenge the de facto standard, Internet Explorer, since Netscape.The problem is that figures of how popular the program is could be based on anything from usage patterns to the number of downloads.Usage is quite easy to gauge and would seem to be more accurate, but usage figures just don’t produce the kind of jaw-dropping numbers that make headlines.  Why don't these two figures agree?Because not everyone who downloads uses it, and not everyone who uses it continues to do so. “Firefox's claims to success have been supported by clocking up the number of downloads, encouraged... Read more...
While currently this news only affects Acrobat 8 volume licenses on the Windows OSes, it seems like a good step in the right direction. For those who have been having upgrade issues with single user versions of Acrobat, hang in there. "Effective immediately, all Acrobat 8 for Windows installation media will be provided with ALM disabled. The final date for availability of ALM-related processes on the Adobe Licensing Website is April 9, 2007." Will we see an Apple ad poking fun at this being a Windows problem?  Maybe.... Read more...
Thinking about making the switch to Windows Vista? One of the guys over at [H]ard|OCP took a look at the newly released Vista and gives his opinion on making the switch. It is now here, "it" being the new Windows Vista operating system. Monday morning Bill Gates was on NBC's Today Show promoting the new operating system. Had I not known who he was or what Vista is, I would have thought Bill was just another politician dodging the direct question and answering with the standard, "It is going to protect the future of our world...our children." Well, not exactly, but I still half-expected Hillary and Rudy to show up and break into a song to save our "Global Village." Okay, that is coming... Read more...
There's a lot of smart hardware in your house already. Unfortunately, they're mostly dumb as a brick when it comes to communicating with each other. So Nobu has a new touchscreen in-wall computer to integrate all those disparate technological marvels you've got available to you right now, if you could just find the remotes: The new 8" panel is a fully functional inwall touchscreen PC with all necessary input/output ports to control any subsystem or automation hardware in your home or office. Our goal with the new design is to satisfy a large demand for a smaller inwall touchpanel as well as to create the most robust, powerful, and... Read more...
Nobu has just released a new inwall touchscreen computer that's bound to get the home automation crowd to sit up and take notice. It's fanless, so it won't annoy you when you use it for application like home theatre or office, and with a 1.0 GHz Intel Celeron onboard, it's not a toy. The new 8" panel is a fully functional inwall touchscreen PC with all necessary input/output ports to control any subsystem or automation hardware in your home or office. Our goal with the new design is to satisfy a large demand for a smaller inwall touchpanel as well as to create the most robust, powerful, and visually appealing touchscreen on the... Read more...
It looks like Graeme Philipson from TheAge.com has made the switch from a PC to a Mac and he couldn't be happier. I get a kick out of articles like this because they always seem to point out Windows' glaring deficiencies and shine the spotlight on the Mac OS' strengths.  As someone who spent a good part of the last 5 years doing software functionality testing and QA work on a variety of Windows and Macintosh machines, I can say from my experience, that the Macintosh platform is no panacea.  It's got its own set of problems and to assert that it's simply "better" is just plain wrong. Having used and owned both platforms for a number of years, you couldn't... Read more...
It wasn't until the past few years that people even cared about what kind of PSU powered their computer. Recently though, more attention has been given to the need for a quality PSU, and interest in how these devices work and how to mod them has also grown. If you're intrigued about how a PSU is built, than Hardware Secrets can help satisfy that curiosity with their latest article on PSU Anatomy. "Power supplies used on the PC are based on a technology called "switching mode" and thus are also known as SMPS, Switching Mode Power Supplies. In this tutorial we will explain you how switching power supplies work and we will provide... Read more...
The Revolution is over. Today Nintendo has announced that the console formerly known as "Revolution", shall officially be called "Wii"(pronounced "we"). "While the code-name "Revolution" expressed our direction, Wii represents the answer. Wii will break down that wall that separates video game players from everybody else. Wii will put people more in touch with their games... and each other. But you're probably asking: What does the name mean?" I liked Revolution. It was a good name, and went well with what the console aimed for in terms of gameplay and diverse consumer user appeal. Wii though? It just doesn't seem right.... Read more...
Now here at HotHardware, we get some cool stuff in our mailbox. Reviews for the latest and greatest hardware are nice, but this thing is just something else. If you're one of those people who are doing something your not supposed to be doing at a PC, either at work or at home, you're probably constantly looking over your shoulder. The boss, co-workers, even your spouse could be just around the corner, ready to catch you in the act. For you, there is the Stealth Switch Desktop Cloaking Device, which is little more than a panic button designed to keep what you're doing private... Maybe the boss walked by as you were playing Solitaire? Perhaps... Read more...
Once the reports of faulty XBox 360's started hitting the net, lawsuit stories couldn't be far behind. Microsoft is now being sued for the defects in the console, which includes overheating that causes the system to crash. Microsoft claims the reports of overheating stem from only a small fraction of units that were sold, but they declined to say the exact number of reports. "The proposed class action claims that in Microsoft's bid to gain share in the $25 billion global video game market, the company was so intent on releasing the Xbox 360 before competing next-generation machines from Sony Corp (NYSE:SNE - news). and Nintendo Co Ltd. that... Read more...
Good evening folks. I recently found that, Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind, allows you to edit the visual properties of the water through the INI file. I spent the better part of last night trying different settings in order to try and make it look more realistic. The result as of now? Well, I don't know if it looks more realistic, just different. I'll be making a few more tweaks later tonight, and will probably post my final result tomorrow. If your interested, check out the PC Gaming section in our forums tomorrow night. Anyway, here's the news... Enjoy! I-Rocks Beetle Mouse @ HardwareHounds.com "There are hundreds of different styles of mice on the market today that do a hundred different... Read more...
The Compex DynaStack DSR2216 16-Port Switch It's Time for a "Switch" By Jeff Bouton 5/12/2002 In recent years, we've seen a major shift in the way companies are marketing their networking products.  With the increased popularity of DSL and Broadband, the demand for more bandwidth has made technologies that were originally designed for the commercial market, available to the average single end user or small office.  In years past, the only way the average user could network their computer was using a serial cable.  Today, the enthusiast can put together their own 100Mb high-speed network for under $150, giving them the ability to transfer hundred of megabytes of data in... Read more...
The Linksys PS2KVMSK - KVM Switch Control 2 PCs With One Keyboard and One Mouse By Jeff Bouton - October 23, 2000   Normally, you find us reviewing the latest and greatest motherboards, video cards and hard drives.  However, today we?ll look at a product that has made quite an impression on this tester,  the Linksys PS2KVMSK   2-Port Compact KVM (Keyboard, Video and Mouse) Switch.         The PS2KVMSK is one handy device that?s a breeze to set up and has made life in the testing world a little easier.  The PS2KVMSK is a simple 2-Port Compact KVM Switch (PS/2) that doesn?t require any additional power adapter or software to run.   You... Read more...
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