Wednesday, May 30, 2012

System mechanic 10 GIVEAWAY!



The guys over at iolo were nice enough to sponsor a giveaway of their famous system mechanic computer maintenance program! This program is by far the absolute best all-in-one pc maintenance program out there, there loads of advanced features including a registry compactor, startup manager, and even a boot defragmenter.

HERE'S HOW TO ENTER!

1: Make sure you're following my blog!
2: Just leave a comment below!
3: If you have a youtube account please like the video (Optional)
4: Check out the guys at iolo @ www.iolo.com

I will pick the winner using a random number generator in a few days



Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Boinc distributed computing network


BOINC is a program that leverages the computing power of ordinary computers to help different organizations such as Rosetta@home which uses your computers idle processing power to help find cures to diseases. I previously did a post about BOINC but recently the network has become extremely powerful. Combined BOINC has over 2.4 million users and 6.2 petaflops of computing power! For a comparison the worlds most powerful supercomputer is 10.5 petaflops. Of course the 6.2 petaflops is divided amongst many different organizations like I mentioned earlier such as Rosetta, SETI, Einstein, and many others. I currently participate in Rosetta, Seti and Einstein. Seti sends out data collected from the Arecibo satelite - the largest satellite in the world- in search of extraterrestrial life, and Einstein searches for Pulsars or black holes. So far seti hasn't found much of anything but Einstein and Rosetta frequently make discoveries, last year someones home computer running Einstein found a black hole!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Fisker Atlantic - Plug in electric car


The new Fisker Atlantic is a high performance mid size electric plug-in coupe featuring an electric engine around 300HP. The expected pricing of this new car is expected to be roughly 50-60k. With all the financial difficulty Fisker is currently having hopefully this lower priced coupe (compared to Karma) will do well.

Friday, May 18, 2012

2012 Andrews Air show



Today I visited the 2012 Andrews air show, there was some really neat planes including the B-52 (first pic) and the gigantic C-5 Galaxy (Second pic) of course the Blue Angles were there as well as some F-22's. The giant planes are always my favorite, anyway just thought I'd share some pics.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Game overview: Supreme commander 2


Supreme commander 2 is a popular RTS style PC game. The theme of SC2 is mainly futuristic warfare where your main goal is to build up an economy while you balance your energy and mass and  built up your offence. Compared to the original supreme commander SC2 has a much easier learning curve and the battles tend to not be as large but nonetheless they can still get to be pretty large with 8 players and 1000 units per player in the largest game type. Overall I would give sc2 a 8/10 for great gameplay, but the graphics and the economy system are a bit lacking.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Worlds fastest car: The Dagger GT


Soccer moms are raving over the the new Dagger GT is an all American 2700HP car with a top speed of 315MPH. The previous speed king was the Bugatti Veyron with 1000hp. Surprisingly this car is going to cost less then the Veyron at only  $850,000.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Windows 8 upgrade to cost $15


Windows 8 is right around the corner and with it's highly tablet optimized design I'm not sure it's even worth upgrading. While most windows upgrades in the past have cost around $100 usd windows 8 upgrade is only supposed to be $15. But unlike other windows releases I would hesitate to call this an upgrade. You get a strange new tablet like interface called metro and you loose a few basic features like playing a dvd.. I do like the general UI upgrades but unless I'm on a tablet I don't want to be using a clunky tablet start menu.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Product reviews / giveaways coming!

The guys at Ioio were nice enough to send me some key codes to sponsor a give away for their famous System Mechanic program. I'm waiting for a new microphone to come in the mail but once I get that and do the video review I'll do another post on how to enter the giveaway.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Samsung to release first OLED Tv's later this year


The long awaited OLED Televisions are finally starting to show up in the consumer market. Samsung has been a pioneer in this new technology as many of their smartphones feature OLED displays. The advantages of OLED displays over LCD and plasma is first of all much lower power consumption because unlike plasma and LCD in dark scenes the pixels can literally shut off producing a pure crisp black. The visual quality of these new displays is also extremely good, sadly this new technology doesn't come cheap but once the prices come down I can't wait to snag one!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

First Ivy bridge laptops to appear in a few weeks


The first set of laptops sporting Intel's new Ivy-Bridge Cpus are right around the corner, some are already up for preorder including Asus's G55VW-DS71. While Ivy bridge features a very similar architecture to sandybridge the 22nm die shrink reduced the power consumption and the thermal output of the cpu's allowing for high clock speeds in the desktop and laptop cpus.  Samsung also recently unveiled their new 17" series 7 chronos laptop. Anyone in the market for a new laptop or even a desktop should look for products featuring the third generation core I series cpu's.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Ipad mini rumors suggest a $200 price tag but with drawbacks


A few rumors recently surfaced involving the upcoming Ipad Mini. The new mini Ipad is supposed to be priced at around $200 but with only 8gb of memory, which is fine for most people who stream instead download movies on their devices. Apple is also likely to include a high PPI display or what apple calls their "Retina display".

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Battlefield 3 flying LAV glitch



Battlefield 3 is a relatively smooth playing game which is expected considering the game cost hundreds of thousands to produce. However today I was driving the anti -air LAV and after going over a few hills trying to get to a vantage point the thing started picking up speed like crazy and as soon as I hit the water the LAV went airborne and flew across the map. Pretty funny glitch especially when the other players start talking in chat.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Toyota unveils new Tesla powered electric vehicle


Toyota teamed up with Tesla- the company known for making some of the first electric sports cars- to create an electric version of Toyotas Rav4 called the Rav4 EV. Hopefully if this car is priced right electric vehicles will become more popular.

Monday, May 7, 2012

IOS 5.1.1 Update




Today Apple released a minor update for IOS mainly targeted to fix bugs and battery life. Apple also fixed a bug that prevented the Ipad from switching from a 2g network to a 3g network. There was also a few hints in the software that suggests the next Iphone may support 4g LTE.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Cracked laptop screen? No problem




This is my friends home made All-In-One PC it's simply a laptop duct taped on the back of a old dell monitor. Works great and doesn't over heat any more lol.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Noctua NF-F12 ultra silent computer fan


 Noctua is known for making intuitive and original products and their new NF-F12 is no exception. This may look like an ordinary fan with a different color scheme but there are many small design elements that make this fan one of the most efficient 120mm fans on the market. This fan also features Noctua's second generation SSO bearings and a custom rpm monitor. I'll have a video review of this fan in a few weeks.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Iphone 5 rumors emerge


 Some possible specs for the Iphone 5 released today from several sources indicating the phone will have a larger 4" screen and be 2mm thinner than the previous generation Iphone. The screen will either be made of "Liquid metal" or Corning Gorilla glass 2. Ironically these details released the same day as the Galaxy S3.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Sanyo eneloop AA battery update



About 4 months  ago I decided to try out the famous sanyo eneloop batteries to see if they lived up to their hype and I'm glad to say they do. I've been using these batteries on a regular basis in remotes and cameras and the capacity and reliability of these AA's are great! They are advertised to hold their charge for 1500 cycles I've probably gone through atleast 20 cycles and they are still going strong. Anyway the reason I decided to bring these up again is mainly because I'm working on a review for the charger I use to charge these should have it up tomorrow.