Sunday, May 24, 2009

NOVA / Car of the Future

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Mac mini

Technical Specifications

In the box

Mac mini box
  • Mac mini
  • Mini-DVI to DVI Adapter
  • 110W power adapter and power cord
  • Install/restore DVDs
  • Printed and electronic documentation

Processor and memory

  • 2.0GHz or 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor
  • 3MB on-chip shared L2 cache running 1:1 with processor speed
  • 1066MHz frontside bus
  • 1GB (one 1GB SO-DIMM) or 2GB (two 1GB SO-DIMMs) of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM; two SO-DIMM slots support up to 4GB

Size and weight

Mac mini dimensions
  • Height: 2 inches (5.08 cm)
  • Width: 6.5 inches (16.51 cm)
  • Depth: 6.5 inches (16.51 cm)
  • Weight: 2.9 pounds (1.31 kg)1
  • View a QTVR of Mac mini

Environmental Status Report

Mac mini is designed with the following features to reduce its environmental impact:

  • BFR-free
  • PVC-free (internal cables)
  • Highly recyclable aluminum and polycarbonate enclosure
  • Meets ENERGY STAR requirements
  • Rated EPEAT Gold

Peripheral connections

  • One FireWire 800 port (up to 800 Mbps)
  • Five USB 2.0 ports (up to 480 Mbps)
Mac mini ports

Graphics and video support

Nvidia graphics chip
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor with 128MB or 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory2
  • Extended desktop and video mirroring: Simultaneously supports up to 1920 by 1200 pixels on a DVI or VGA display; up to 2560 by 1600 pixels on a dual-link DVI display using Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter (sold separately)
  • Mini-DVI port
  • DVI output using Mini-DVI to DVI Adapter (included)
  • VGA output using Mini-DVI to VGA Adapter (sold separately)
  • Mini DisplayPort output


  • Built-in AirPort Extreme Wi-Fi wireless802.11nnetworking3 (based on 802.11n draft specification); IEEE 802.11a/b/g compatibleBluetooth
  • Built-in Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)
  • Built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45 connector)
  • USB Modem Optional external Apple USB Modem


  • Combined optical digital audio input/audio line in (minijack)
  • Combined optical digital audio output/headphone out (minijack)
  • Built-in speaker


Hard drive icon
  • 120GB, 250GB, or 320GB 5400-rpm Serial ATA hard disk drive4
  • Slot-loading SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW): Writes DVD+R DL and DVD-R DL discs at up to 6x speed, writes DVD-R and DVD+R discs at up to 8x speed, writes DVD-RW discs at up to 6x speed, writes DVD+RW discs at up to 8x speed, Slot-load optical drivereads DVDs at up to 8x speed, writes CD-R and CD-RW discs at up to 24x speed, reads CDs at up to 24x speed

Configurable Options

Electrical and operating requirements

  • Line voltage: 100-240V AC
  • Frequency: 50Hz to 60Hz, single phase
  • Maximum continuous power: 110W
  • Operating temperature: 50° to 95° F (10° to 35° C)
  • Storage temperature: -40° to 116° F (-40° to 47° C)
  • Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing
  • Maximum altitude: 10,000 feet


  • Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard (includes iTunes, Time Machine, Quick Look, Spaces, Spotlight, Dashboard, Mail, iChat, Safari, Address Book, QuickTime, iCal, DVD Player, Front Row, Xcode Developer Tools)
  • iLife ’09 iLife ’09 (includes iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand)

You can also have the following software pre-installed, only at the Apple Online Store:

  • iWork ’09
  • Final Cut Express
  • Aperture
  • Logic Express 2
  • Filemaker
  • MobileMe

Configurations See detailed pricing and configurations

120GB Mac mini (MB463LL/A)320GB Mac mini (MB464LL/A)
Processor2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
L2 cache3MB shared
System bus1066MHz
Memory1GB of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM; supports up to 4GB2GB of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM; supports up to 4GB
Hard drive120GB Serial ATA4; 5400 rpm320GB Serial ATA4; 5400 rpm
Optical driveSlot-loading 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor with 128MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory2NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory2
PortsOne FireWire 800 port (8 watts); five USB 2.0 ports (up to 480 Mbps); mini-DVI output; VGA output (using optional adapter); Mini DisplayPort
AudioBuilt-in speaker, combined optical digital audio input/audio line in, combined optical digital audio output/headphone out
NetworkingBuilt-in 10/100/1000BASE-T (Gigabit)
WirelessBuilt-in AirPort Extreme Wi-Fi (802.11n)3; built-in Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)
Limited warranty and serviceYour Mac mini comes with 90 days of free telephone support and a one-year limited warranty. Purchase the AppleCare Protection Plan to extend your service and support to three years from your computer’s purchase date. Only the AppleCare Protection Plan provides you with direct telephone support from Apple technical experts and the assurance that repairs will be handled by Apple-authorized technicians using genuine Apple parts. For more information, visit Apple support or call 800-823-2775.


Mac mini Options and Software
  1. Actual weight varies by configuration and manufacturing process.
  2. Memory available to Mac OS X may vary depending on graphics needs. Minimum graphics memory usage is 128MB for 1GB configuration and 256MB for 2GB configuration.
  3. Wireless Internet access requires a base station or other wireless access point and Internet access; fees may apply. Some ISPs are not currently compatible with AirPort.
  4. 1GB = 1 billion bytes; actual formatted capacity less.
  • Intel and Intel Core are trademarks of Intel Corp. in the U.S. and other countries. Internet access requires a compatible Internet service provider; fees may apply. Product contains electronic documentation. Backup copy of software is included.

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Is Windows 7 really too expensive?

Posted by Andrew Nusca @ 4:34 am

It’s not even on store shelves yet, but Windows 7 might come with a price tag that may be a higher hurdle than expected for some early adopters.

Windows 7 is beating Vista in just about every other aspect, but the expected higher average selling price for Windows 7 systems may be a bit of a shock for consumers, a Dell marketing executive reportedly said to Brooke Crothers on CNET.

“If there’s one thing that may influence adoption, make things slower or cause customers to pause, it’s that generally the ASPs (average selling price) of the operating systems are higher than they were for Vista and XP,” Darrel Ward, director of product management for Dell’s business client product group, said in a phone interview, referring to the various versions of the Windows 7 operating system that are expected to appear.

“In tough economic times, I think it’s naive to believe that you can increase your prices on average and then still see a strong swell than if you held prices flat or even lowered them. I can tell you that the licensing tiers at retail are more expensive than they were for Vista.”

Obviously, this pertains to business customers as well: Windows 7 Professional is expected to be more expensive than Windows Vista Business, Ward reportedly said. The same hurdle is there for schools, small businesses and government, who may not be able to afford the extra cost, he said.

Why such a difference? Simple: Consumers have been conditioned to low Vista and XP prices. When Microsoft’s latest and greatest comes out with a price tag to match, it might be a lot to swallow for someone used to XP — and perceived as too much for someone upgrading from Vista, which looks similar to the new OS.

Oh, and did I mention that we’re in a recession? (Yeah, yeah, we all know.)

You can read the rest of what Ward said to Crothers in his article, but to me, this snag remains: Yes, Windows 7 improves markedly on the missteps of Vista. But how will Microsoft market it so that Windows 7’s price is perceived to be easily worth the revamped features?

Or: How can Microsoft convince consumers to buy Windows 7 without outright admitting that it missed the mark (and please, don’t hurt us)?

As you can see, it’s not really a question of price (though people sure get fired up about a free Windows 7, don’t they!). It’s the reality check thatcreating Windows 7 is the easy part, and selling it, on the other hand, is a tricky task indeed.

It certainly doesn’t help that this Dell executive didn’t frame the story correctly. Yes, he talked about the “momentum” behind Windows 7, but he really should have said, “Yes, the ASPs will be higher because we’re introducing new software that’s worth every penny. And wouldn’t you know it, Vista prices will likely drop considerably,” or something to that affect.

Obviously, it’s in Microsoft’s interest — logistically, fiscally — to get consumers on the same page, software-wise. What will be interesting to watch is rival Apple try to convince its customers the same thing with the introduction of Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard: another operating system that leaves the core back-end and front UI largely unchanged but introduces many new features and incremental improvements.

Few deny that Windows 7 is anything less than a good thing. But for the average consumer who isn’t waiting at the store, cash in hand, Microsoft will have to try to effectively sell a car with nearly the same sheet metal and an all new powertrain and suspension.

One approach is to market Windows 7’s improvements as a cost-saving upgrade, rather than as a dollar-for-feature proposition. Need a new computer? Instead of dropping a grand on a new machine, keep your old hardware and install Windows 7 for a couple hundred bucks. It’s just like new.

Complicating the situation, as has been mentioned countless times before on ZDNet, is Windows XP consumers’ resistance to change. With the next-next-generation operating system on the shelves, XP will eventually be forced to die. How will OEMs like Dell handle the neverending funeral procession for XP — particularly as netbook popularity grows?

Not to mention the potential driver debacle at Windows 7 launch. Driver preparation is good, with some exceptions, Ward said to Crothers:

“Driver readiness–it looks pretty healthy compared to the past. (There are) some things that haven’t been worked out. The WHQL (Windows Hardware Quality Lab) drivers for AMT VPRO is a little behind,” he said, referring to Intel’s Active Management Technology, which allows remote access to PCs for security, maintenance, and management.

Which again suggests a trust issue with Microsoft. You had us thinking at Vista’s launch that drivers would be smooth sailing, and it didn’t pan out. So when you say Windows 7 is in much better shape than Vista, how do we believe you?

Are new features that some perceive as “shoulda, coulda” worth the headaches of switching and a couple hundred bucks less in the wallet?

I think it’s a good question. And “Laptop Hunters” distractions aside, I believe we’ll see Microsoft’s strategy come out soon enough. (Image: Flickr/AcidZero)

Andrew NuscaAndrew J. Nusca is an assistant editor for See his full profile and disclosure of his industry affiliations.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

OS diversity protects cell phones from virus outbreaks (ARS Technica)

I post this because I believe the practice applies to all aspects of life. So often we as a society strive to achieve conformity and uniformity. Even the concept of racism while premised on a deep rooted hatred of self projected on to others focuses on denigrading those people who are different and yet that is where the true strength of what we do and who we are resides!


A well-written MMS virus could saturate an entire population of cell phones within a few hours, based on network modeling using real-world use patterns. The only reason there hasn't been a serious problem, the models suggest, is the fragmentation of the phone operating system market.

Celebrity Twitter Overkill [Video]

Monday, May 11, 2009

Thank an Engineer (c/o Texas Instruments)

For making our lives safer, more productive and fun

Friday, May 8, 2009

My #FollowFriday suggestions including @capelas1993 and 100 others

Below you will find the tweeps that I believe you will gain some value for following and learning from. Have segmented them into the items they typically tweet about the most.. 

To follow these people simply go to and copy then paste the names. However you also can look at the streams of each individually and decide for yourself.

Hope you enjoy and learn from them as much as I!











#ethnic and/or #culture







#fashion and #beauty











































#media, #actor and #advertising













#poetry and #spokenword




#selfhelp and/or #mentalhealth























@lsattr_nix ,










#youth, #politics, #religion and/or #rolemodels







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