Everyone’s favorite hardware hacker, Ben Heck, has done it again. While making today’s game consoles into laptops was pretty impressive, he’s decided to kick it old school by making a Commodore 64 laptop.
“This is a fully functional Commodore 64 laptop using actual hardware, specifically the C64C motherboard which was one of the last and smallest revisions. It uses a Gamecube power supply in place of the original power brick,” writes Heck on the project’s page. “For storage there’s a device called the 1541-III DTV to ‘emulate’ a floppy drive using an SD card. The SD card is formatted FAT-32 so you can dump disk images on it using a PC, and read it with the C64 - pretty cool!”
So, if hardcore modding is what you’re in to be sure to look at more of Heck’s work! It’s well worth checking out.
A software engineer at Tata Consultancy Services was found dead in his apartment in Velachery, India late last Friday.
The engineer, Vijayakumar, was living in the apartment with two other roommates, Vignesh and Ram Prasad. The latter of the two was home during the accident, but was in another room at the time.
Vijayakumar’s body was found charred in a suspected computer blast, according to Police. “We are yet to ascertain the cause of the blast. The computer was completely damaged and the deceased was charred,” stated an official. “Ram Prasad had gone to take bath. He told us that suddenly he heard a blast and when he rushed out he saw the charred body of his friend and fainted. It sounds quite unbelievable. We have not heard of such a case before. But the scene of the accident seems to suggest that the youth was killed in an accident as his body was in the sitting position in front of the burnt computer.”
Three years ago the MaximumPC Folding Team challenged the team ranked above us in the global folding ladder to a race. Each team picked a folding name and tried to get as many folders as possible to fold for it. The race was to a set amount of total folding points, and team Maximum PC won that first contest. In the contest’s second year, the number of points required to win went up and we lost to the third place team. But as winning points went up again last year, we rose to the challenge and won the Chimp race, as it is called today.
This year, 8 or 9 teams may enter, so the Maximum PC team faces some stiff competition. Each year the race stimulates new interest in teams across the world (Russia, Australia and England joined recently, for example). Two top teams from EVGA and overclock.net are loaded with new members and challenging our daily production total. In addition, the top ranked team right now, Horde, produces a million more points a day than any other team.
But we still have plenty of time to build our troops before the race begins in early May.
Netgear today announced the addition of a new ReadyNAS NVX model. According to Netgear, the 4-bay storage solution "offers double the performance" of previous NV+ units.
"Netgear is fully committed to providing the best possible networked storage solutions to the SMB market – offering a range of appliances that address different capacity requirements and thrifty IT budgets,” said Paul Tien, vice president and general manager of NETGEAR’s Networked Storage Business Unit. Mr. Tien will give a presentation at Storage Networking World on “Multi-layered Backup for SOHO and SMB."
New features being touted with the NAS box includes the addition of iSCSI support for a unified NAS+SCSI storage option and an improved ReadyNAS RAIDiator operating system, which Netgear says now works with Time Machine in Max OS X Leopard.
Netgear says the new ReadyNAS NVX is available now from "value-added resellers," with street pricing to start at around $1,500 with 2TB of storage. That includes a 30-day trial to the company's ReadyNAS Vault internet backup service, after which will run $5.95/month for consumers or $19.95/month for businesses.
YouTube, in an effort to continue expanding as a media hub for more than just low quality, user-made content, is trying to hash out a deal with Sony Pictures to secure licensing rights to some of the studio's full-length movies, CNet reports. Such a deal would help YouTube better compete with the likes Hulu, Netflix, and other web video services.
It was just a week ago that YouTube was able to license short-form content from Disney, which also includes Disney brands like ABC and ESPN. But when it comes to feature-length content -- a crucial component if YouTube is to compete with other streaming services -- YouTube has only been able to snag a small number of titles from MGM.
Neither company is commenting on the report, but it's not hard to see why each one would be interested. Sony Pictures acquired streaming video site Crackle in 2006 for a cool $65 million and has since posted a bevy of full-length films on the site. By licensing a handful of flicks to YouTube, Sony would be promoting its Crackle acquistion. And of course it makes sense for YouTube, which was acquired by Google for $1.65 billion three years ago.
Do you think is a good move for either company? Hit the jump and sound off.
Obama may have sold the idea of hope and change to the American populace, but can his name sell a low-power PC? Little known Taiwanese company Seed seems to think so, who was spotted selling what it's calling the 'Obama PC,' otherwise known as a nettop, and a pretty basic one at that.
Built around the mini-ITX form factor, the Obama PC comes configured with an Intel Atom 230 processor nestled into Intel's 945GC chipset, 2GB of memory, a 500GB hard drive, DVD burner, four rear-mounted USB 2.0 ports, two PS/2 ports, a parallel port, a serial port, a D-sub connector, and a 10/100Mb Ethernet port. It also adds another two USB 2.0 ports on the front, a 3.5-inch drive bay, and an internal PCI expansion slot.
The presidential PC sells for NT$7,999, which converts to about $242 in U.S. currency. No word on whether or not Seed plans to import a version for sale in the U.S. If it does, look for Biden-branded peripherals to accompany it.
Initial reactions to Windows 7 has been, for the most part, pretty positive, enough so that some have admitted to using the beta as their primary OS. The general consensus is that Windows 7 is what Vista should have been all along, but that doesn't mean there won't still be demand for XP when the new OS ships.
Citing a "source within Hewlett Packard," AppleInsider says the OEM has been granted an extension to continue selling Windows XP on its business desktops, workstations, and notebooks instead of Windows 7 for another year. Microsoft appears to have been reluctant to grant the extension, reiterating that the nearly eight-year-old OS is on its last legs.
"It’s important to remind customers that Microsoft are still planning to retire XP Pro Mainstream support on April 14th 2009 and will only provide OS security updates beyond that date unless the customer has an Extended Hotfix Support contract. MS Extended Support for XP Pro ends on April 8th 2014," the source was quoted as saying.
As of right now, HP is the only one being reported to have brokered a deal, but it will interesting to see if other OEMs soon follow suit.
Another leaked slide has made its way to the web, this one showing Dell talking up a Mini 11 netbook. What's most intriguing about the Mini 11 is that Dell plans to configure the netbook with Windows Vista, and not XP or Linux.
Not a whole lot of information is made available through the leaked slide. The Mini 11, with its 11.6-inch HD display, looks to come configured with a 250GB hard drive and 2GB of memory. Dell promises "laptop like performance and keyboard," and also claims the Mini 11 will be "very thin and light." Interestingly, Dell doesn't list an Atom processor -- or any processor -- for the Mini 11, perhaps suggesting a refreshed Atom might be on the way.
If the slide proves accurate, look for pricing to start at $500.
Sun Microsystems turned a cold shoulder to IBM's formal acquisition offer this weekend, noting that the $7 billion bid was not enough, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal. The window of opportunity might be closing for IBM if it's serious about a buyout, as Sun went on to mention it will no longer negotiate exclusively with IBM.
It was reported last month that IBM offered a little less than $10 per share, or nearly double what Sun's stock had been trading at, valuing the deal at close to $7 billion. If completed, IBM and Sun would have accounted for about 65 percent of the market for server computers running Unix and 42 percent of the total server market.
"It's obvious this deal will get a second request (for mor information) from regulators. And once it does, it'll take six months, at a minimum, to a year before a decision is reached," said one attorney who specialized in antitrust matters. "Sun can be twisting in the wind for a year."
It's unclear whether or not Sun would entertain another offer from IBM, or if IBM plans to make another one.
Last week Microsoft and TomTom finally reached a settlement in their ongoing patent dispute. As part of the deal, TomTom will pay Microsoft for patent protection that covers it’s mapping, and file management systems, which as it turns out, are part of the Linux kernel. According to a company spokesperson, TomTom will “remove from its products the functionality related to two file management systems patents over the next two years.” The specific financial terms were not disclosed, but a legal cease fire between the two companies has been agreed upon for a five year period.
"We are pleased TomTom has chosen to resolve the litigation amicably by entering into a patent agreement," Microsoft deputy general counsel Horacio Gutierrez said in a statement. Industry analysts have been following the case very closely, since the Linux Kernel is at the heart of the infringements. This settlement opens the door for Microsoft to go after other firms who use Linux commercially. Microsoft has agreements in place with Linux heavy users such as LG, Samsung, and Xerox, but this victory gives them further ammunition in negotiations that don’t lead to a deal. Though the settlement is a long way from killing Linux commercially, it certainly gives Microsoft a lot more creditability in its ongoing assertions that the Linux kernel violates their intellectual property.