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Coming soon: A laptop in your pocket

Posted by comtech3 on June 26, 2008

Low-power ‘millicomputing’ is a focus at Usenix

June 25, 2008 (Computerworld) BOSTON — Your laptop is likely to soon go the way of 5.25-in. floppy disks, made obsolete by smaller, more useful technology: the smart phone.

Based on current trends for low-power chips used in devices like cell phones and iPods, we’re likely to see eight times the CPU power in handheld devices by 2010 that we have today, computer architecture enthusiast Adrian Cockcroft said at the Usenix ’08 technical conference this afternoon.

“I wouldn’t need a laptop if I had that kind of performance,” said Cockcroft, formerly a distinguished engineer at Sun Microsystems Inc. who now works for Netflix Inc. and is a member of the Homebrew Mobile Club, which designs open-source mobile phones.

Instead, Cockcroft envisions an always-on device that can connect wirelessly (and seamlessly) to your car while you’re driving, to a desktop monitor and keyboard when you’re working, and to other devices such as a projection system at meetings or a 3-D portable display, no matter where you are.

Such powerful handhelds could power what he called computer-assisted telepathy — permanent connections to alternate “worlds” such as Second Life — as well as “lifesharing,” where people could be permanently connected to a network of friends. Teens are already texting, Twittering and using social networking in an effort to constantly communicate with as few impediments as possible, he noted; “lifesharing” would be a logical next step. For older users less interested in frictionless communication, such a powerful, constantly-on device connected to a next-generation display device could perform tasks such as reminding you of the name of someone you see at a party.

The progress behind such advances isn’t the overall boost in processing capabilities seen under Moore’s Law (where the density of transistors on a chip doubles every two years), Cockcroft said, but the increasing robustness of low-power chips and devices that use them. In other words: Handhelds are advancing faster than laptops. For example, laptop memory capacity typically doubles every two years, while pocket devices are seeing such doubling annually.

By the end of this year, smart phones will likely have double the CPU power and RAM of current state-of-the-art offerings like the iPhone, Cockcroft predicted. Next year, 1Mbit/sec. 3G networking will start being replaced by 20Mbit/sec. speeds, and users could see 100Mbit/sec. 4G by 2010. Faster networking speeds also help battery life, he said, since devices need less time for power-intensive sending and receiving of data.

In addition, wireless USB offering 480Mbit/sec. in a small area is “perfect for phones,” allowing easy wireless multimedia transfers.

These increased capabilities will affect data centers as well, he said. “Whatever is hot in the consumer market,” Cockcroft noted, “we figure out how to use it in the enterprise.”

When PC servers replaced some Unix machines, he said, skeptics complained that the new machines were toys without industrial-strength I/O and with more management challenges. However, lower cost eventually led the smaller systems to replace larger ones where it made sense.

Cockcroft expects the same to occur with what he calls millicomputing — clustering extremely low-power chips on a board instead of using a more conventional architecture with a few processors consuming more power and generating more heat. A theoretical design he outlined would place 120 “millimodules” in the same space as a standard enterprise motherboard.

There would be a 256MB RAM limit for applications in such an architecture, so clearly such systems couldn’t completely replace other systems in the enterprise, he acknowledged. However, considering that the cost of powering a server over several years can exceed the cost of the hardware itself, he argued, it makes sense to offload tasks to lower-power systems when possible.

By Sharon Machlis

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CORRECTION for HP Max June 2008, Page 19

Posted by comtech3 on June 25, 2008

There are some mistakes on the HP MAX June 2008 – Page 19 (HP Compaq Business Desktop dc5800 and dc7800). Please correct the errors occured;

Previously:
HP Compaq Business desktop dc5800 Part Number : KY384PA#AKL and KS803PA#AKL
1 Parallel Port changed to

HP Compaq Business desktop dc7800p Part Number : FN862PA#AKL, FN865PA#AKL and FN863PA#AKL
dc7800pchanged to

Changed to :
HP Compaq Business desktop dc5800 Part Number : KY384PA#AKL and KS803PA#AKL
NO Parallel Port

HP Compaq Business desktop dc7800p Part Number : FN862PA#AKL, FN865PA#AKL and FN863PA#AKL
dc7800

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พลาดไม่ได้! Windows Vista ของแท้ถูกลิขสิทธิ์ราคาพิเศษสุด

Posted by comtech3 on June 25, 2008

พลาดไม่ได้! Windows Vista ของแท้ถูกลิขสิทธิ์ราคาพิเศษสุด
ที่ราคาเริ่มต้นเพียง 999 บาท
ในงาน COMMART X-Gen 2008

กรุงเทพฯ 12 มิถุนายน 2551 – พบกับซอฟต์แวร์ และฮาร์ดแวร์ไมโครซอฟท์ ลิขสิทธิ์แท้ๆ ลดจริง ถูกจริง ในราคาที่ไม่เคยมี มาก่อน โดยไมโครซอฟท์ขนสินค้าระดับแถวหน้ามานำเสนอแก่ผู้บริโภคในงาน COMMART X-Gen อาทิ ระบบปฏิบัติการ Microsoft Windows Vista ที่นับเป็นครั้งแรกกับราคาพิเศษเริ่มต้นเพียง 999 บาท สำหรับ Starter Edition เพียง 20 ไลเซ่นต่อวัน นอกจากนี้ ไมโครซอฟท์ยังขน Windows XP และ Vista สำหรับกลุ่มผู้ใช้งานประเภทอื่นๆ Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 อุปกรณ์ฮาร์ดแวร์ อาทิ เมาส์ คีย์บอร์ด และเว็บแคม มาลด แลก แจก แถมพร้อมของสมนาคุณอีกเพียบ พร้อมรับสิทธิ์ในการผ่อนชำระ 0 % ระยะเวลา 3 เดือนสำหรับผู้ถือบัตรเครดิต KTC ในการชำระสินค้าที่ร่วมรายการ อย่าพลาดโอกาสพิเศษสุดครั้งนี้ที่ บูธไมโครซอฟท์ ห้อง Meeting Room 2 ในงาน COMMART X-Gen 2008 ระหว่างวันที่ 12 – 15 มิถุนายน 2551

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Google Introduces Tool for Planning Online Ad Campaigns

Posted by comtech3 on June 25, 2008

Google wants to make it easier for marketers to pick appropriate Web sites for their online ads with a new tool it announced Tuesday called Ad Planner.

The tool, first reported about by The New York Times on Monday, is aimed at advertising agencies’ media planners, whose job is to decide where to place their clients’ ads.

By feeding Ad Planner with their target audience’s demographic information, media planners will get a list of sites that should prove effective marketing vehicles.

“You can drill down further to get more detail like demographics and related searches for a particular site, or you can get aggregate statistics for the sites you’ve added to your media plan,” reads the official blog posting.

Ad Planner data can be exported as .csv files to spreadsheet applications or to Google’s own DoubleClick MediaVisor ad campaign management tool.

For now, those interested in using Ad Planner need to submit a request to Google.

Last week, Google announced a similar service called Google Trends for Web sites that is aimed at a general audience.

Since news of Ad Planner emerged on Monday, it has been suggested that Google is moving into the Web measurement market to compete against companies like comScore, Nielsen Online, Hitwise and Quantcast.

The development of Ad Planner is a natural step in Google’s efforts to provide more tools and services to its advertisers, said industry analyst Greg Sterling of Sterling Market Intelligence.

“It’s an evolutionary thing. It’s Google bringing more targeting capabilities and more information to marketers and media buyers,” Sterling said.

In particular, Ad Planner seems intended to help Google expand from its core base of search engine advertisers to large, brand marketers, he said.

For IDC analyst Karsten Weide, the Ad Planner announcement isn’t particularly surprising or earth-shattering.

Big online ad companies like Google and Yahoo have failed to provide their clients with comprehensive suites of complementary ad services, for things like media planning, ad creation and ad testing, Weide said.

Tools like Ad Planner are an attempt — in this case by Google — to fill that gap, he said. “This is one step from Google to provide one piece of the puzzle to clients, in media planning,” Weide said.

Quantcast, one of the companies Google will compete against in this market, said that, unlike Google’s, its audience discovery platform is “collaborative and open” and puts publishers and marketers in control of their audiences and data.

“Of course, Google controls an extensive data platform — and the market must ask the question if this new product is simply intended to help Google sell inventory and a broader set of controlled services,” Quantcast CEO Konrad Feldman said in a statement.

ComScore, another company in this market, saw its shares tumble almost 23 percent to $21.45 on Tuesday, a Wall Street reaction no doubt influenced by Google’s announcement.

When asked for further comment about Ad Planner, a Google spokesman said no one at the company was available to talk on Tuesday.

Juan Carlos Perez, IDG News Service

Tuesday, June 24, 2008 3:20 PM PDT

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Hello world!

Posted by comtech3 on June 25, 2008

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