Alas, poor VGA and DVI; we knew ye well. If those increasingly obsolete connection technologies hold a place near and dear to your heart, you might want to make it a point of going out and picking up a laptop or desktop sometime soon. It's looking like five years from now, DVI and VGA ports will join dinosaurs, VCRs and the Dodo in the pages of the history books, smothered by the more widespread HDMI and DisplayPort interfaces.
Every year, Spike TV hosts the Video Game Awards (VGA) show, an all-out affair with much ballyhooing. With so many awesome titles to choose from, surely this type of event would draw fan interest, right?
Wrong, and we're sorry for calling you Shirley (we had to squeeze a Leslie Nielsen reference in eventually - RIP). According to Variety's figures, Spike TV's audience diminished for the fourth straight year, this time notching a 3 percent drop in viewership from last year and only pulling in 627,000 viewers. In the words of Jerry Seinfeld, what's the deal with that?
Take your pick. Maybe the numbers are down because the show is hosted on a Saturday when even die-hard gamers have other things to do. Perhaps Neil Patrick Harris can't draw in the kind of crowd Spike TV thought he would (have we broken the record for most celebrity references in a single tech blog, yet?). Or could it be that Spike TV's the one hosing the event?
No matter what the reason, there were a few consolation prizes. Adult viewers 18-49 were up 12 percent this year, while those ages 18-34 were up 5 percent overall, and 15 percent among men.
Did you tune in to watch? Hit the jump and let us know.
Like the floppy drive, the VGA port has been one of the mainstays of the PC industry almost from the beginning. And like the floppy drive, the VGA port is on its way out, to be replaced by newer, better technology, TechNewsWorld.com reports.
For the most part, the floppy drive has already been replaced by USB thumb drives. The VGA port is still around, however both Intel and AMD, with the blessing of several computer vendors, said they will phase out support for the soon-to-be legacy connection by 2015.
The reasoning behind this forced retirement is to give DisplayPort and HDMI ports their due. After all, "HDMI and DisplayPort are modern digital interfaces that support higher resolutions and screen sizes," Intel spokesperson Nick Knuppfer points out.
Will you miss the VGA port, or is this move long overdue?
The development of PC display technologies over the last 30 years has taken us through many chapters: from IBM, the creator of the IBM PC, pioneering color display technologies (and ceding development to third-parties ATI, 3dfx, and nVidia); to the quest to provide both sharp text and colorful graphics; through the ever-increasing size of displays; to LCD flat panels overtaking TV-type CRTs; the move to 3D graphics rendering and, currently, to 3D viewing. Here's a brief history of these and other milestones in PC graphics history.
Ever wanted to convert a VGA signal to HDMI? Well no, neither have I, but just in case you fall into this niche category of users you might be interested to know that Atlona Technologies has just launched a video switch/scaler that will accomplish all the aforementioned feats. The box is powered over USB, and will turn any VGA signal, regardless of its input resolution into full 1080p HD, and will even take care of the audio pass through.
This device might come in handy if your looking to use an older laptop, or perhaps even a netbook with an HDTV, but don't expect any magic here we haven't seen before. The output can only ever be as good as the input. Atlona plans to begin shipping the AT-HDVieW by the end of the month, and it will cost approximately $119.
Can anyone else come up with an interesting use case for this?
Arctic Cooling has retired its Silencer series of VGA coolers, reportedly because their massive size was causing worldwide plastic shortages (we kid, but they were huge coolers). To replace the Silencer, Arctic Cooling just introduced the Accelero X1 (for nVidia cards) and X2 (for ATI cards).