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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!

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Written by dnnnewshound

September 12, 2009 at 3:01 pm

READ: Palm Pre Snoops on Users…

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palm-preSource: wired.com

Palm Pre users watch out. Palm may know a lot more about you than you would like to share.

Programmer Joey Hess found that Palm Pre’s operating system webOS sends his GPS location back to Palm every day. Hess also found code that sends Palm data on which webOS apps he has used each day, and for how long he used each one.

‚ÄúI was surprised by this,‚ÄĚ Hess, who bought the Pre about a month ago, told Wired.com. ‚ÄúI had location services turned off though I had GPS still on because I wanted it to geotag photos. Still I didn‚Äôt expect Palm to collect this level of information.‚ÄĚ

In its defense, Palm says the data is used to offer better results to users. For instance, when location-based services are used, the Pre collects information to give users relevant local results in Google Maps, says Palm.

‚ÄúPalm takes privacy very seriously and offers users ways to turn data collecting services on and off,‚ÄĚ says Palm in a statement. ‚ÄĚOur privacy policy is like many policies in the industry and includes very detailed language about potential scenarios in which we might use a customer‚Äôs information, all toward a goal of offering a great user experience.‚ÄĚ

Palm’s actions trigger questions about consumer privacy and the extent to which handset makers and developers are gathering and using data about buyers’ behavior. In this case, some of the concerns may be overblown, says Charles Golvin, an analyst with Forrester Research. Read More

Written by dnnnewshound

August 14, 2009 at 12:16 pm

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