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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! ūüėČ

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‚ĄĘ 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. ūüôā

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 clich√©: STAY TUNED!

Written by dnnnewshound

September 12, 2009 at 3:01 pm

(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

READ: New Office 2010 is Proof Microsoft Sabotaged Macintosh

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computerSource: CIO.com

FRI, AUGUST 14, 2009 ‚ÄĒ¬†PC World ‚ÄĒ¬†There was a time when a¬†new version of Outlook for Macintosh would have been big and welcome news. Now, it and the rest of Office for Mac 2010 are a big yawn. With¬†Apple poised to finally make its own Mail,¬†iCal, and Address Book¬†fully compatible with Exchange servers, who needs Outlook?

Microsoft: Next Mac Office Due Late 2010 with Outlook
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For a decade, Mac users who needed access to Microsoft Exchange servers were given a truly second-class client, Entourage, to do it with. It has been part of MacOffice since 2000.

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Many Mac users simply gave up, choosing Outlook Web Access over Exchange. That’s what I did for a while.

At any time, Microsoft could have created a real Outlook for Mac, fully Exchange-compatible, but chose not to, apparently hoping the lack of tight Entourage support would hobble the Apple platform. And it did.

So, Apple began developing replacement programs–Mail, iCal, and Address Book–that despite their success never reached full Exchange compatibility. That is, until the release of the new¬†Snow Leopard OS. In a¬†matter of weeks, Macs should become full players on Exchange-based e-mail systems. Read More

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August 14, 2009 at 4:00 pm