Technical Questions: How Should You Respond?

Technical Questions: How Should You Respond?Just 10 years ago, technical questions were fairly simple to answer. Today, that has changed. One must remember that, back then, home consumers had few choices while businesses were more or less tied to their servers that were accessed via either a dumb terminal or a desktop system running Windows. In fact, to encourage users to learn how to navigate through their OS, Microsoft made it even easier by combining its NT operating system and the consumer version of Windows into a single OS.

Then, with the introduction of Windows XP, we geeks found ourselves in the enviable position of being able to recommend a computer system loaded with XP for both personal and business computers alike. However, as simple as this made it for us, technology continued to move forward and today’s computer scene has changed dramatically with the introduction of laptop systems that are now just as powerful as our desktops once were. In fact, it has been years since I personally dumped the desktop in favor of the convenience I found with a laptop system.

However, since the advent of the tablet computer, even laptop computers appear, in terms of technological advancement, to be behind the newest eight ball. These innovative, small, computing devices have taken the world by storm. One reason for their popularity lies in the fact that they constantly generate new technological concepts that allow us to carry our work/social lives in our back pockets or purses.

To see this, you only have to walk down the aisle of any store and listen for one of the various ring tones indicating that someone’s smartphone is in need of being answered or glance at the car next to you at a stop light and witness the passenger using their Apple iPad to chat on Facebook.

So it isn’t surprising that I found myself perplexed when I received an email from a friend of mine asking what I thought of a purchase he was considering. Here is what he asked:

“I am thinking about purchasing a refurbished Toshiba Thrive from a seller on eBay and wanted your advice as to whether I should buy it or not. It is a 10″ tablet with a lot of bells and whistles for only $249.99. What do you think?”

My expertise in the tablet field is limited to the Apple iPad and the Amazon Kindle Fire (both of which I personally own). However, I own and have owned a variety of desktop and laptop computers over the years and highly recommend Toshiba’s laptop systems. I have found Toshiba to produce a quality product backed by phenomenal technical support and a genuine customer public relations policy. With that having been said, I believe one could assume that the Thrive will be found to exemplify these same company standards.

To support this opinion, I did some research into the Toshiba Thrive and found that this new device offers the following pros and cons:

The pros of the Toshiba Thrive are:

  • Full size HDMI port.
  • Memory card expansion slot.
  • 1 GHz dual core processor.
  • 1 GB memory.
  • Replaceable battery.
  • USB port.
  • Dual cameras. Front supports 720p video.
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support.

The cons of the Toshiba Thrive are:

  • Heavy and bulky compared to the iPad.
  • Lackluster camera quality.

With this in mind, and knowing what I do about the Apple iPad and the Kindle Fire, I told my friend that buying a refurbished product was fine as long as he was aware of the drawbacks of the unit. I told him that the price was right for that unit but reminded him that you can buy a refurbished Apple iPad for between $299 and $349. I further told him that once he had checked out each of these units and if he found that they were too bulky for what he needed, he should consider the Amazon Kindle Fire, which he could obtain for approximately $199. I was specific, however, that he must consider the limitations of any of these devices before he committed to a purchase.

In response to my advice I received a text message from him on Wednesday, March 21st, 2012, in which he told me that he had, in fact, chosen to order a Toshiba Thrive that he expected to receive next week. He told me he would let me know what he thought of the unit once it arrived — adding that, as of Thursday morning, March 22nd, at 8:47 PDT, the seller’s website claimed to have sold 894 units.

I am hoping for his sake that he made the right decision, but with so many manufacturing companies vying for our dollars and so many choices from desktops, laptops, netbooks, notebooks, Chromebooks, tablets, and now the newest Ultrabooks, the vast assortment can be overwhelming. The answer really revolves around a person’s prejudices and experiences, meaning that we need to keep the other person’s need in focus and give them alternatives in the way of recommendations that will provide them with several options to consider.

In recommending a device, one must also remember that different toys meet different needs. For example, the attraction of the tablet computer demonstrates the consumer’s desire for something new to play with rather than just another work tool. Because of this, I know that many parents have purchased or have considered purchasing an Apple iPad for their children. However, I recognize that while Apple is currently the tablet leader, there are many out there reading this article who may not have the funds to purchase a fully-loaded iPad. If you are one of those consumers, there are other options (like the Toshiba Thrive) to satisfy those tablet needs at a reasonable price point.

One note of caution I would offer, however, is don’t take all reviews or recommendation at face value. There are those out there who will claim they are doing video editing on their smartphones or elaborate spreadsheets from their tablet computers, but I would tend to question their validity. Remember, it is easy to make claims, such as someone claiming to have dug up the Suez Canal with a garden trowel when in actuality they removed four trowelfuls of dirt from the bank. In this case, it is obvious that accomplishing this feat would have required massive amounts of time and energy, making the writer’s claims ridiculous to all but the most gullible. However, when recommending what electronic device a person should consider, it is imperative that you take into consideration the person’s budget and what they plan on using the computer for.

So what would you have advised my friend to do? Should he have purchased the Toshiba Thrive or saved his pennies to buy an Apple iPad?

Comments welcome.

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Review of the Toshiba Satellite L775D-S7340 17.3″ Laptop

Back on December 22, 2011, I wrote an article addressing my reasons for sticking with Windows and why I had purchased a laptop computer system.

The system I purchased at Staples — for a bargain basement price of only $529.99 — is a Toshiba Satellite model L775-S7340. This is a replacement for my older Toshiba laptop system and boasts a screen measuring in at a whopping 17.3″, while weighing in, according to the specifications provided by Toshiba, at 6.2 lbs. Given these specifications, you are already aware that this is not something you want to lug through an airport, but once you settle down to the fact that this is something you use at home or in a small office environment, you can then savor the awesome hardware that this laptop provides. The hardware specifications for this model include:

Review of the Toshiba Satellite L775D-S7340 17.3

  • Quad core AMD processor
  • 6 GB RAM
  • 640 GB hard disk
  • Blu-ray player
  • HDMI, 3 USB, and RGB
  • Wireless & RJ-45 LAN jack
  • HD+ TruBrite LED backlit display
  • Built-in Web cam and mic

Since purchasing this laptop, I have been able to compare it to the four-year-old Toshiba laptop that I already owned. Upon seeing them side-by-side, as I transferred my files over to the new system, I immediately noticed the increased resolution and clarity of the monitoring screen. I guess part of this is due to the fact that you don’t notice how, over time (and without a new screen next to it for comparison), an old screen softens in intensity. However, the new screen, with its LED backlight and a higher resolution, definitely displays a much brighter picture. In fact, the picture was initially so bright that I actually had to tone it down to prevent it from being overwhelming. After noting and readjusting the screen settings to my liking, I then spent the next several hours moving files, installing programs, and removing extraneous software that bogs down all new computers. This, in turn, allowed me to defrag and scan my disks to free up additional hard disk space and to adjust all of my settings to my personal preferences.

Once all of the setup was out of the way, I was really anxious to evaluate just how good this system would operate when used to stream video or play DVDs/Blu-ray discs on our HDTV. In preparation for this, I had previously purchased a 15′ HDMI cable from Amazon. The cost of the cable was a mere $3.64, and, with me being an Amazon Prime account holder, the shipping was free. (At that cost I knew I couldn’t go wrong, but when I received it the next day, I was still surprised at the quality of the HDMI cable.) With the computer ready and the cable in hand, I held my breath as I connected the pieces to test out my newest toy. The result: I was delighted to find that streaming from Netflix, Hulu, and a number of online TV channels was flawless, while the DVD and Blu-ray playback was comparable to our Samsung Blu-ray player’s performance. With that in mind, this laptop may prove itself invaluable when I finally cut the cord with my satellite company.

If you desire an aesthetically pleasing device for your small office, this unit, with its full-sized keyboard and handy ten-key pad, provides the tools you need at your fingertips and should meet your needs to a tee. The specialized look is enhanced with some classy aspects such as a brushed blue aluminum-looking paint job as well as chrome plastic trim around the speakers. The trackball mouse is a nice touch, too. Toshiba was, however, quite careful in its description so that no one could (or should) expect an aluminum-bodied laptop system at this price point.

So, while this new look is a selling feature for the unit, I think that the paint job is just okay. However, its major advantage for me over my old Toshiba is that I don’t have to deal with the fingerprints and smudges that drove me nuts on the shiny surface of the old unit.

Review of the Toshiba Satellite L775D-S7340 17.3Putting looks aside, it is performance that ultimately matters, and using the AMD quad core provides what it promises. This is AMD’s model A-6 3400m, which supposedly runs at a meager 1.4 GHz as its base clock speed. This clock speed may seem slow compared to the specs of other machines, but I didn’t notice any slowness of operation when I first fired up the system — I was actually impressed with how snappy this unit was in loading Windows and Office (two huge memory and processor intensive pieces of software). I was quick to see that, when the need arises for faster processing speeds, the AMD quad kicks up the speed to 2.3 GHz by using its built-in turbo feature. To further amplify its performance, the unit comes equipped with a Radeon HD 6520G video chip that is integrated into the CPU to handle the HD video which, in my tests, displayed flawlessly.

Additional features include one program that I have been using called sleep-and-charge. This feature allows you to charge your smartphone or other device when the computer is asleep or turned off. Another feature that I think is worth mentioning is the built-in facial recognition software. This makes logging into your computer a breeze because you no longer have to remember different or incomprehensible passwords in order to log on since the system will simply remember your face and unlock on recognition. This particular feature can be of great value to anyone who chooses to lock down their system, protecting it from young family members or coworkers.

For performance, this system came preloaded with the Windows Home Premium 64-bit operating system that is designed with 6 GB of memory. Fortunately, the 64-bit OS recognizes all 6 GB to add to the performance. Additionally, the 640 GB hard disk provides plenty of storage space while providing support for the Blu-ray player, DVD playback, and recording.

The cons to the new system are minor, and include such minor concessions as dealing with a keyboard that has flat keys, whereas my old Toshiba was designed with slightly curved keys. While this is a change that I immediately noticed, it does not affect your typing ability — it simply has a different feel. The second con is that two of the USB connectors are on the right-hand side of the unit. This creates a minor issue for me because I use a Cooler Master laptop cooler under my laptop to help cool the unit. Due to its required placement, I chose to connect the cooler adapter into the lone USB port on the left side of the laptop, which meant that I had to connect my wireless mouse adapter to one of the USB slots on the right. This resulted in the USB adapter, for the mouse, sticking out and slightly interfering with the mouse’s operation. However, I resolved this minor issue by moving the unit slightly to the left, thus eliminating the problem.

Why did I choose a Toshiba laptop to purchase instead of another brand? The answer is simple. After having owned three previous Toshiba laptops, without issue, I know them to be reliable. The only time I did have a problem — a hard disk failed in the first 30 days of use — Toshiba support mailed me a pre-addressed and paid for box in which to return the unit. It then repaired and returned the unit to me within five days. That is what I call fantastic service and support.

If I were to rate this laptop on a scale of one to five, with five being the highest possible rating, I would give this laptop a 4.5 star rating. Staples is currently selling the unit for $579.99, and though it is $50 more than what I had paid, I still believe it is a steal.

Comments welcome.

The Staples sale price on the Toshiba L775-S7340 is $579.99 between January 1st to the 7th, 2012.

Here Is Why The PC Will Not Be Replaced By The iPad Or Tablet

Though the term ‘post PC era’ makes for great journalist headlines, the fact is that the words that Steve Jobs stated have been misinterpreted. Some seem to believe that we are entering into a period of time where the PC or Mac desktop and laptops will be replaced by either the Apple iPad or other brand of tablet computer. Though this makes for great headlines and snappy commentary, the fact is that the PC, whether it be a Windows or Mac machine, is not going anywhere.

In our home we have the following computers that serve a specific purpose:

Desktop PC: I have what I consider to be a fairly powerful computer for gaming which uses Windows 7 and functions very well. The system has a large monitor and superior sound system, to make game playing as realistic as humanely possible.

Laptop PC: I have a 17″ laptop that I use as my main computer. I use the system for blogging, Internet surfing, emails, and social networking. The laptop has a full-sized keyboard, which makes typing easy for me and a pleasure to use.

Google Cr-48 notebook beta: I use the Google Chrome OS notebook about three to four times a week. I use the system mainly when I am outside of the home and will connect via a Wi-Fi or Verizon 3G network. What is attractive about this device is that it is lightweight compared to my laptop, and it can be used easily almost anywhere, since it takes up very little space — I can surf and eat at the same time when outside of the home.

Apple iPad: This is my wife’s computer along with a laptop she also owns. I bought a Bluetooth keyboard and protective case for the iPad. The keyboard, though smallish like the one on the Cr-48, does work well and makes typing easier compared to the on-screen keyboard.

Like many of you, I am in a quandary. I find that I rarely use my desktop any longer for gaming. In fact the system sits alone by itself in a closed bookcase and rarely sees the light of day. I guess my old gaming days have come to an end and I am giving some consideration of selling the unit. My laptop will need to be replaced sometime this year and here is where my problem surfaces. What do I buy to replace the 17″ laptop?

I have been considering another laptop, but most likely will buy a 15.6″ model. The new Toshiba laptops have wide screens that are just as big as the 17″, but weigh a few pounds less. But wait. If I don’t need to lug the 17″ around when I leave the home, does it really matter how much it weighs? I basically use the laptop as a desktop replacement. There are also the Google Chrome notebooks being released in June of this year that could replace my laptop. Or do I get an Apple iPad 2 with Bluetooth keyboard?

Decisions, decisions, and more decisions. But is this decision really that hard to make? The bottom line for me is that each of these machines provides a different user experience and performs a different function. I believe that the computer user of the future will have many different devices in order to take advantage of everything that technology has to offer.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Source – Macworld

Will The New Tablet From Toshiba Powered By Google Android Be Better Than The Apple iPad?

The war of the tablets is just about to take off as Toshiba has set up its very own Google Powered Android Tablet site. On the site the people at Toshiba fire a shot across the Apple iPad’s bow, and tout how poorly the iPad hardware is compared with what they are prepared to offer. In fact Toshiba also takes the gloves off and says that if you wish to enjoy all of the Web, you need Flash, something Apple has chosen to not to include with its popular iPad models.

But it is the hardware that Toshiba is touting as making its tablet an iPad slayer. The hardware will include rear-facing and front-facing cameras, a replaceable battery, USB, and an HDMI port. You will also get a 10.1″ screen, 1280 x 800-resolution, but with one thing missing. The Toshiba tablet doesn’t have a name.

If you try to access the Web site using an Apple device using ISO you will get this window:

There is just one small, tiny, minuscule issues as well. The new Toshiba Tablet will not be available until this coming spring. By the time it does arrive, I believe the marketplace will be saturated with similar devices. Also, Apple will have its new iPad 2 available, which will set a new standard in tablet computing.

You can take a look at the Toshiba Web site located here.

Enjoy!

Comments welcome.

Source – All Things Digital

Children Under 6 Warned Not To Play 3D Games Or Watch 3D HDTV

Some of the big name makers of 3D devices and also makers of 3D HDTV’s warn that children under 6 years old should not use the devices. Currently the warning applies to devices in which no 3D glasses are needed to be worn by the user.

The first warning is coming from Nintendo who makes the very popular DS handheld which is introducing a 3D version here in the U.S. in March 2011. Sony, which makes the PlayStation 3, is also warning that children under six should not use the device to play 3D games. In addition Sony is also warning parents to seek medical advice before allowing their small children to view content on their 3D HDTV which do not require 3D glasses.

In addition a recent article stated:

“Parents should turn off this function if the handheld is going to be used by a child under six years of age, said Nintendo. It said the advice it had received from experts also applied to other 3D content that younger children might be exposed to.

In issuing the warning, Nintendo joins Sony and Toshiba in alerting people to the ill effects that can attend watching 3D movies or playing 3D games.

Sony has already said that parents should get medical advice before letting children watch 3D content on the PlayStation. Toshiba has said parents should keep an eye on children watching its TVs that can display 3D images without needing glasses.”

But here is one statement that caught my eye:

“The companies have also warned that watching too much 3D content can cause adults discomfort.”

I wrote about this before on my one and only experience watching a 3D HDTV, using 3D glasses. I actually suffered nausea after about 10 minutes of watching a movie. Though I am sure that this may only affect a small number who watch 3D content, it is worth taking note of the warnings.

Will these warnings spell the death to 3D games and movies?

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Source – BBC News Technology

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What Is The Best Laptop, Desktop And HDTV?

Yesterday I mentioned to my wife that I was struggling with trying to find an interesting subject to write about. She mentioned that I should write about which computer products or HDTV’s that are on sale. Though I agree that price is always a concern when making a major purchase, but that reliability is what I look at as well. After talking to her I glanced at the current issue of PC World and there it was. A reliability article for laptop, desktop computers and HDTV’s.

What I are articles that are generated by real world users. People like you and I that actually own the product and use it on a daily basis. Though I respect opinions from those who write computer or HDTV articles, I would take the opinions of actually users over one writer. With this information at hand, I decided to read the article to see if I agreed with those who responded to the reliability survey.

Laptop computers. The top 3 laptop computer companies were Apple, Asus and Toshiba. I have owned, recommended to clients and family the Toshiba brand. So I wasn’t surprised that Toshiba was high up on the list. What was surprising was the bottom 3 companies, HP, Dell and Gateway. These 3 companies at one timed were considered as having very reliable computers. Times have changed and now these 3 are at the bottom of the list.

Desktop computers. The top 3 desktop computers were Apple, Asus and Alienware. The bottom 3 again were Dell, HP and Gateway. It is interesting to see how the mighty have fallen. I have a 5-year-old Gateway that runs like a champ and I have never had a problem. I personally would never buy a HP or Dell system, but that is just my personal preference.

HDTV. The 3 top brands were Panasonic, LG and Sony. This came as a surprise since I thought that Samsung would have been among the top 3 brands. But Samsung only rated in 13 out of 17 places mentioned in the article. The bottom 3 were ViewSonic, Mitsubishi and JVC. What was surprising is that Panasonic is one of the only remaining companies that still makes a Plasma HDTV. I own two of these are they are great.

What brands do you think are best and why? Share your opinion.

Comments welcome.

Source is the January 2011 printed version of PC World – no link available.

Where Do You Read the News?

My dog, Wicket, decided to demonstrate how to use Google News. I figured I’d let him.


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Wicket proved in a matter of seconds how easy it is to consume your news right within Google. You’re likely already using it as your search engine or home page on your desktop, laptop and mobile devices. Why not use it to find out what’s going on in the world around you, as well?

How do you find the news? Do you use a particular website or service to alert you? Where do you go to read up on the latest happenings around the globe?

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Best Buy Releases Its Black Friday Specials – HDTV Deals Available

I was wondering when Best Buy would release its Black Friday advertisement, since most of the other major retailers had previously released their sale brochures. So this morning I spotted the Best Buy ad and stopped to take a look. The first item I noticed was its Insignia [Best Buys in store brand], 42″ Plasma TV for $369.99.

The HDTV also comes with a 2 year warranty and has a refresh rate of 600MHz. The only downside is that the set is 720p, but for the price, seems like a very good deal.

Another HDTV deal was for a Panasonic Viera 50″ Plasma HDTV 1080p priced at $699.99. I also saw a Samsung 55″ LED on sale for $1499.99. How about a Toshiba Blu-ray player for $59.99?

You can take a look at additional sale items at the link below.

Comments welcome.

Source – BlackFriday.info

Toshiba Recalls Overheating Laptop Computers – AC Adapter Could Melt

Toshiba Recalls Overheating Laptop Computers For Faulty AC Adapter

The U.S. Product Safety Commission and Canada Health have announced a recall of Toshiba laptop computers. The models that are being recalled are the model T135, T135D and ProT130. The laptop computers have AC Adapters that could melt according to the recall announcement. Toshiba is aware of the problem and has issued a BIOS update. According to a recent article it also states that:

Though there have been no injuries reported, the CPSC said it received 129 reports of the computer cases melting and deforming, presenting a fire and burn hazard.

Toshiba’s own recall notice says the problem stems from a potentially faulty DC-In harness, which “in some circumstances, overheat to the point of melting the computer’s base at the location where the AC adaptor plugs into the unit.”

There is also this from Toshiba warning of the problem and possible fix:

Certain Satellite T135, T135D and Satellite Pro T130 laptop computers have been manufactured with a potentially faulty DC-In harness.  These computers will have model/part numbers beginning with PST3AU, PST3BU, or PST3LU. The defective harness may, in some circumstances, overheat to the point of melting the computer’s base at the location where the AC adaptor plugs into the unit.  To date there have been no reports of serious injury, but the temperature is sufficient to pose a burn hazard if specific parts of the DC-In Jack or plug are touched when they are overheated.

Toshiba is releasing a BIOS revision which will prevent the computer from overheating in this manner.  To protect you from injury and your computer from damage, Toshiba strongly recommends that you update your system BIOS to version to 2.70 for the Satellite T135, 1.90 for the Satellite T135D and 2.70 for the Satellite Pro T130.

The recall is for about 41,000 T series Satellite laptop computers. If I was the owner of one of these laptops, I would contact Toshiba and see what they are offering as a replacement for the faulty AC Adapter.

Toshiba can be contacted at (800) 457-7777.

Comments welcome.

Source – betanews

Toshiba notice and download BIOS link

Men Try Selling Blocks Of Wood Wrapped In Duck Tap As Laptop Computers

Some people will try anything to make an illegal buck, and two guys down in Mississippi are no exception. It seems that two men were at a county fairground in Jackson, MS. had wrapped blocks of wood with duct tape and bubble wrap, and used fake Toshiba labels indicating that the items were laptop computers. The pair got caught when they drew the suspicious eye of an off-duty state trooper and uncovered the scam. Both men were lead off in hand cuffs, facing a variety of different charges including the sale of goods with fraudulent labels.

According to a recent news article it also stated that:

Hinds County officials said the men were trying to sell blocks of wood, covered in duct tape and bubble wrap, as laptops. They placed a Toshiba label on the duct tape, and another fake label had a price tag.

The men were also trying to pass off binders filled with paper as laptops.

“By the time you take it and get it home, you find you’ve purchased a block of wood, you may as well throw it in the fireplace. It’s no good,” said Lt. Jeffery Scott, public information officer with the Hinds County Sheriff’s Department.

The men were captured Thursday, after they tried to sell the counterfeit goods to an off-duty state trooper, who took down their license plate number.

“This type of thing wouldn’t happen if people weren’t trying to get something for nothing. But it’s very dangerous because it takes a lot of money out of the pocket of the consumer,” said Lt. Scott.

Officials say no one actually bought the knock-off laptops.

This reminds me of the scammers who would place bricks in boxes labeled as televisions and try to sell these to unsuspecting consumers.

Comments welcome.

Source – WLBT3 TV

Toshiba Protege Laptop – Compact & More Powerful Than A Netbook

Netbooks were geared to replace the bulky laptop for those who travel a lot and need Internet access. The pint sized laptops were limited in the power they provided to users using light weight processors to do their computing. But Toshiba has a laptop that could should fill the need for the light weight advantage of a netbook, but with the power of a laptop.

Last night a friend of ours stopped by to show off a new laptops she had just purchased at Best Buy. The unit was a Toshiba Protege Laptop being sold at Best Buy for $799.99 and comes with the following setup:

  • Intel® Core™ i3-350M processor
    With a 3MB cache and 2.26GHz processor speed.
  • Intel® Core™ i3 processor
    Features smart 4-way processing performance for HD quality computing. Intel® HD graphics provide extra graphics power for your laptop when you need it.
  • 4GB DDR3 memory
    For multitasking power, expandable to 8GB.
  • Multiformat DVD±RW/CD-RW drive
    Create custom DVDs and CDs.
  • 13.3″ LED-backlit high-definition widescreen display
    With TruBrite technology and a 1366 x 768 resolution delivers intense detail and clarity. Native support for 720p content.
  • Intel® Wireless Display
    Wirelessly transmits streamed or downloaded movies, TV shows, music, photos and more from your laptop, network or the Internet to your TV (NETGEAR Push2TV adapter required, not included).
  • 500GB Serial ATA hard drive (5400 rpm)
    Offers fast read/write times. 3D hard drive impact sensor for smooth operation.

Some of the features I liked was that a HDMI outlet was included and that this laptop only weighs about 3 lbs. In addition the netbook comes with Windows 7 Home Premium which makes it easy to use. This laptop I believe offers the advantage of a laptop along with the light weight of a netbook.

Take a look and see what you think.

Comments welcome.

Best Buy – Toshiba Laptop

Toshiba Libretto Dual Screen With Windows 7 Coming In August

Every once in a while a company comes out with a new product that has the ‘wow factor.’ It seems that in recent years Apple has had a corner on the ‘wow’ market with its iPhone and iPad. But Toshiba is entering the fray with a new product called the Toshiba Libretto that offers a dual/split screen running Windows 7 Home Premium. What is unique about this computer is that the screens offer separate functions — both at the same time.

Toshiba describes its new product as:

Dual-Screen Versatility

The new libretto® W100 ultra mobile PC multiplies your possibilities by offering dual 7″ diagonal multi-touch screens that work horizontally or vertically—perfect for ebooks or enjoying movies, music and photos. It also offers easy navigation, along with different virtual keyboards plus a “soft” track pad that let you type, click and browse the way you want.

Breakthrough Portability

Weighing in at under two pounds, the durable clamshell design of the libretto® PC makes even the lightest laptops seem heavy. Engineered for the ultimate in carrying comfort and handheld performance, it’s equipped with a spacious solid state drive for storing and sharing your files, along with music, photos and clips. And it’s encased in a black metallic finish.
The Libretto features six different keyboards of various sizes and functions. The computer will also feature an Intel Processor, solid state drive, along with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Web cam, plus other toys. On the Toshiba Web site there are videos that show the Libretto in action and provide a glimpse of what the PC will be capable of.

Take a look and see what you think.

Comments welcome.

Source – Toshiba

Desktop Replacement – Toshiba 18.4″ Laptop For $674 + Free S&H

Several days ago I wrote an article about the desktop being dead, and received some very interesting comments. A few comments I deleted since they dealt with my heritage, my IQ and even one that suggested I have sex with myself! LOL. So this afternoon when I received an email from Toshiba Direct, one of the laptops caught my attention. The laptop was a monster with a 18.4″ screen that would make a great desktop replacement.

In addition the keyboard is full size and even comes with a numeric keypad. Nice touch. Beside some fairly common specifications listed below, the unit also has a HDMI port.

Here are the specifications:

  • Intel® Core™ i3-330M Processor 2.13 GHz, 3MB L3 Cache, 1066MHz DDR3
  • Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • 3GB DDR3 1066MHz SDRAM (2048MB+1024MB)
  • 320GB HDD (5400rpm, Serial-ATA)
  • No Secondary Hard Drive Installed
  • Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator HD
  • DVD SuperMulti (+/-R double layer) drive
  • Glossy Black keyboard
  • No Bluetooth (No Antenna)
  • Lithium Ion battery (6-Cell, 4000mAh)
  • No Modem
  • Microsoft® Office Ready with Microsoft Office Professional 2007 60-day Trial Edition
  • 1 Year Standard Limited Warranty

What I found attractive about the laptop was that it was priced at $674 with free shipping, directly from Toshiba.  Check out the link below and see what you think.

Do you think that this laptop could replace your desktop computer? Share your thoughts.

Source – Toshiba Direct

Bill Gates Wants Power, Nuclear Power For Green Energy

Bill Gates wants to be a nuclear power player and has forged a deal with his company, Terra Power, and Toshiba to develop nuclear energy using new technology known as  ‘traveling-wave reactors’. With this type of reactor it uses depleted uranium that is being claimed could last for 60 to 100 years or more.  Bill Gates company, Terra Power, believes that this energy source could have the potential to power our energy needs for thousands of years to come.


TerraPower explains the science behind traveling-wave reactors:

A nuclear fission reactor produces and controls the release of energy from splitting atoms of certain heavy elements. The nuclear power plants of today require a full core of fuel made from enriched uranium. The TWR, in contrast, initially contains only a small amount of enriched uranium, which is used to kick off the chain reaction through a core of depleted uranium. The wave of fission would move slowly through this depleted uranium core, splitting many more of the uranium atoms than a conventional reactor would.

Though the first reactors will only be able to produce about 500 megawatt of power, it is hoped that future reactors will hit gigawatt-sized.

So what do you think? Is going nuclear the way to go to get us out of the energy crisis?

Comments welcome.

Source – Fast Company

Source – Fast Company

Toshiba To Offer 3D Laptop Plus 3D-Capable Blu-ray Player

Toshiba will be offering a 3D -capable Blu-ray Disc player laptop this coming July in Japan. The unit will come with a pair of 3D glasses as well. Toshiba stated that its Dynabook TX/98MBL will also come with an NVidia 3D graphics capable chip.  In addition, the laptop will feature an Intel Core i7 -740QM processor and a GeForce video card. Also featured will be a Blu-ray disc player which will support 3D movies.

The price will be a whopping $2,475 for the unit.

No word as to when the laptop would reach the shores of the US of A.

As I have mentioned before, I think it will be best to wait to see if 3D is more than just a passing fad, or if it is here to stay.

Just my 2 cents.

Comments welcome.

Source – PC World

Correction: I misread the article I cited. Toshiba is offering the first 3D-capable Blue -ray disc player in their new laptop.

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