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(From The Editor’s Desk) READ: I Got A New Computer!…

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c01739970Source: DNN (OMG! DNN plagiarized itself instead of Newser or The Huffington Post how bout that?) hee hee.

Woo Hoo! I finally broke down and got a new computer!… But I’d like to share my horror story with you before I reveal which one I got.

How I managed to make something do something that it wasn’t designed to do in the first place, and lived through it:

So I took a 4 or 5-year-old Dell 2400 dimension and tried to turn it into a Digital Video/Audio workstation by editing HD Sony video files (AVCHD)… No laughing allowed! It actually works remarkably well, just slow as hell; (Took about 10 minutes to import the file to Sony’s Picture Browser, then another 10 or so for it to analyze the file, and a few minutes to import the file into Sony’s Vegas PRO software, and this doesn’t even include the time it takes to actually edit the movie’s sound, removing unwanted pops/hisses or whatnot, edit out unwanted visual shots such as the camera was aimed wrong, focus was poor, ETC.) But I did all that on a single core processor, and a really antiquated video card, hard drive… PAIN! much pain.

So last night I went to BestBuy. Now normally I avoid that store like the plague for a few reasons: #1 the crowds, 2. The noise, 3. The $7.50 making sales associates or whatever they call themselves these days, I don’t mean to pick on low-wage making people, it’s just they tend to be rude, uneducated and just plain don’t care about the products they’re selling. I can say that because I was one of “Those” kinds myself for many years! 😉

Anyways, so yeah after 10 minutes I managed to stomp and kick loud enough that a sales rep finally noticed me. I told him what I was basically looking for: a decent computer that could handle HD video editing without choking too much… at first I was eye-balling some of their laptops (Toshiba), but I spotted a HP TouchSmart and noticed they have come down in price quite a bit since last year (I think they were about $1700 then, now they’re like $1000). However the guy that was helping me said that it would not be a very good computer for what I needed, and he recommended me a Quad-Core, they only had one:

HP – Pavilion Elite Desktop with AMD Phenom™ II X4 Quad-Core Processor

Model: e9120y | SKU: 9366553

Nope that’s not an advertisement link, remember kids, DNN doesn’t advertise (if we did you might as well just get your news from CNN or FOX, its money that corrupts them…bah, I got off track sorry about that!)  that’s my new computer. 🙂

Well I think I’ll close with that, I will try to write up a review soon, I’ve only had it for less than a day so I don’t know what it’s capable of yet. So If I may use the cliché: STAY TUNED!

Written by dnnnewshound

September 12, 2009 at 3:01 pm

(POLITICS) READ: Online politics reserved for rich…

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news.bbc.co.uk_President Barack Obama__46306914_000552892-1US civic engagement remains in the hands of the middle-class despite hopes that the internet would democratise political involvement.

Those are the findings of a report from the Pew Internet Project.

Online political engagement such as contacting officials, signing petitions and making donations is skewed towards richer and better educated Americans.

The report found signs that social networks could be encouraging younger people to get involved in politics.

According to the report 35% of US adults on incomes of at least $100,000 (£62,000) participate in two or more online political activities compared to just 8% of adults on incomes of less than $20,000 (£12,000). READ MORE

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September 2, 2009 at 8:43 pm

(TECH) READ: The Internet Turns 40!…

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us.123rf.com__319197(Newser Summary) – Forty years ago, two UCLA scientists exchanged data via computers, arguably making today the 40th anniversary of the birth of the Internet. “It would be more accurate to say some important seeds of the Internet sprouted with that data transfer,” writes Stephen Shankland on CNET, but no matter. It’s a good time to take stock. “Woodstock embodied the rising power of a new generation. … Men on the moon showed us how small the Earth is. But the Internet changes everything—and it will be instrumental in the next chapters of humanity’s future.”

There are negative aspects, of course: The abundance of communicative possibilities can be overwhelming. Privacy issues abound: Evolution never made allowances for a social circle that spans the whole planet. The Internet can serve the interests of repressive governments just as it does the disenfranchised. “But it’s only gaining in importance, power, and reach,” Shankland writes. “So my advice is to embrace it and try to shape it for the better for the next 40 years.”Source: CNET

Nick McMaster

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September 2, 2009 at 6:19 pm

Posted in Internet, Technology

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(READ): Department for the Environment has worse recycling rate than national average…

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Source: Telegraph.co.uk

The Government department in charge of the environment recycles less than the average household in Britain, according to new figures

The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs recycled just 29 per cent of its waste last year.

In comparison, the national average is 35 per cent, while the top councils recycle more than 60 per cent of waste and companies like Boots recycle almost half their rubbish. Read More

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August 29, 2009 at 12:37 pm

Posted in Blogs, Ecology

(READ): Internet Addicts Get First U.S. Treatment Clinic…

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Source: LiveScience

internet_addictionHardcore Internet junkies now have their very own version of the Betty Ford clinic.

The Heavensfield Retreat Center, located in Fall City, Wash., claims to be the first U.S in-patient center to treat Internet, video game and texting addictions. Enrollment in the clinic’s 45-day Internet addiction recovery program, called reStart, costs roughly $14,500.

The program is designed to wean patients off the Internet by combining traditional talk therapy with social skills training, such as lessons in conversation techniques and dating. Patients also feed goats, raise chickens and do home-maintenance work as a way of getting reoriented with the offline world.   

The clinic’s first patient is a 19-year-old boy from Iowa who admitted to being hooked on the online game World of Warcraft.

While it may seem like an extreme (not to mention pricey) way to get unplugged, Stuart Fischoff, a psychologist and Senior Editor at the Journal of Media Psychology, believes the rehab approach can be helpful.

“For patients in clinical settings, exposing them to friendly animals has had very positive effects,” said Fischoff, who is not affiliated with the new clinic. “The purpose here is to get the patient to experience gratification from something that doesn’t require an Internet connection. So giving the patient someone who needs them, appreciates them and doesn’t judge them allows them to reach out to the flesh-and-blood world.” Read More

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August 28, 2009 at 10:21 am

Posted in Computers, Health

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(READ): Pentagon Grades Reporters’ War Coverage…

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Source: Stars and Stripes/Newser

us military(Newser Summary) – With a view to trying to influence coverage of the war in Afghanistan, the Pentagon is grading journalists’ work, the Stars and Stripes reports. The military newspaper says it has documents that counter official denials of the practice, with coverage rated as “positive,” “neutral,” or “negative.” The documents also contain advice on how to “neutralize” reporters seen to have a less-than-positive slant.

The Pentagon has farmed out the analysis of reporters from some of America’s top newspapers to a controversial Washington public-relations firm; the Rendon Group denies it keeps a “ranking of reporters.” Fumes one servicemember: “It’s troubling that the military is contracting a private PR firm, paid with US taxpayer dollars, to profile individual reporters. It shows utter contempt for the Constitution, which we in the service pledge our lives to defend.”

W. McCahill

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August 28, 2009 at 10:05 am

Posted in Blogs, Military, WAR

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(READ): Cloud Looms Large As Future Of Computing…

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Source: SKY News

Historically the home or business PC has been the central hub for storing data and running programs, whilst the internet was a rich resource for information and communication – only services like Hotmail and Gmail offered us a glimpse into the world of cloud computing.

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In recent years email services like these have been joined by other applications running through the web browser – from photo editing to business databases, most applications are now available online.

This experience is quickly evolving to something commonly known as ‘cloud computing’, ‘Web 2.0’ or ‘Software as a Service’.

But what is the cloud? Quite simply it is having your applications; data and software reside online, on remote computers that you can access to, in real time from any device with internet access. Read More

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August 26, 2009 at 9:46 pm