The new Hitachi Deskstar 7K500 is as cutting edge as hard drives get. It tops out at 500GB - that’s one half a terabyte of information. It can interface with the PC via an older parallel ATA with an 8MB data buffer for $500, or with the 3-gigabits-per-second Serial ATA II interface with a 16MB buffer for $520. Not a bad cash to MB ratio. I remember the first “huge” drive I bought, over two hundred dollars for a paltry 4.3GB Maxtor. PCWorld says the capacity of the 7K500 top out at 1TB by late 2006 before they experience any technical problems with the integrity of the data.
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For one of a number of possible reasons, the Sony Playstation Portable is just not selling out in the United States. Sony predicted they would sell 1 million PSP’s by or on launch date. They’ve sold roughly half a million since launch one week ago, and stores are not experiencing widespread shortages. Whatever the case, it’s an amazing piece of tech gadgetry, so go out and pick one up. They’re in stock. They’re shiny. You won’t be disappointed. We do not work for Sony.
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This is by far the best application we have seen for Flickr. This photo browser starts off with you entering a tag; it then shows you some pictures related to that tag, which you may click so that they will show up on the magnified side of the screen. Here’s where the best part lies, move your mouse pointer to the sides and related tags appear that lead you to more great pictures relating to the ones you are viewing. Check it out.
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Michael Krax was paid $500 per bug and got a free Mozilla T-shirt for finding and submitting five Firefox bug reports to Mozilla. This shows how serious Mozilla is about perfecting their browser. Krax is the fifth person to receive a monetary award from Mozilla. We would settle for the T-shirt. Just goes to show: Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems, Mo’ Zilla!
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Sony is currently planning an iTunes-style store for movies. The store would feature Sony Pictures’ top 500 films, available in different formats. Sony wants be sure people are able to take their films where ever they want to take them – be it on their cell phones or their Playstation Portable. Currently, Sony is doing their homework – researching prices, technology, and security. However, they plan on launching the store some time next year. It will definitely be great to have a greater selection of films readily available for the PSP without having to jump through hoops converting the movies.
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As it turns out, the Nintendo Entertainment System controller is pretty easy to mod. Basically, all you need to do is extend the leads, and you can put any enclosure around the internal circuit board. The crew at Attack of the Show decided to build what they believe to be the largest NES controller of all time. It is eight feet long, and works perfectly.
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While many geeks love to sing the praises of Apple, it must be said they the company is far from perfect. Apple|Matters takes a look at what they believe to be the top ten mistakes made by Apple since the return of Steve Jobs. While a few of them are now old and insignificant in today’s world (such as problems with the introductory iMac, or the iTools fiasco), it does call Apple out for doing things like continuing to remove functionality from iTunes through “upgrades”.
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All the kids in the 80’s wanted one of those Back to the Future 2 hoverboards that Marty McFly rode oh so gingerly. Now you can finally live out your dream, as you can now buy the blueprints to make one of these bad boys right in your backyard. When you are done, you will be one hoverin’ fool. The blueprints cost $49 USD if you want them delivered by mail, or $39 USD if you don’t mind receiving them by email. Of course, if you aren’t the “building type”, you can also buy a pre-made hoverboard for 9 G’s. Yeah, for $9,000 large, you can order your very own. Check out this video to see how it works.
If you have a car with OnStar but don’t use the subscription, this one might be for you. If you can solder a serial cable, then you can jack into your GM OnStar system and run GPS diagnostic software or switch the thing to NMEA mode so you can use it with your very own GPS mapping software along with your in-car PC. We are all for taking control of our own technology.
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In an effort to get more people interested in their Portable Media Centers, Microsoft has launched a new service that will let people download some TV shows so that they may transfer them to portable media players and some advanced cell phones. MSN Video Downloads has launched with a price tag of $19.95-a-year and includes sports highlights, some Fox Sports shows, news headlines from MSNBC.com and children programming from Cookie Jar Entertainment. Seems like a nice concept, although with the right tools and some quick Internet searches, anyone can download and convert their favorite shows without having to pay for this service using popular P2P software.
Read More | Yahoo! News
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