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Do you own a flat screen TV ?
No! Out of my cold, dead hands will they tear that CRT..
27%
 27% [ 7 ]
Nope but I want one
23%
 23% [ 6 ]
I have one
15%
 15% [ 4 ]
I have several
12%
 12% [ 3 ]
What's a TV?
23%
 23% [ 6 ]
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PostSubject: Consumer Electronics / the future of TV   Fri Jan 09, 2009 12:15 pm

Consumer Electronics in Las Vegas ... ahh. I'll try to follow it on youtube and elsewhere as it's happening - we might see some neat stuff there for those interested.

Steve Ballmer of Microsoft gave the keynote address as per below. No doubt we'll see lots of shiny expensive stuff.

http://www.cesweb.org/ -- official site

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Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft Corporation, delivered his first CES keynote address on Wednesday evening. Ballmer discussed the economy and noted that the challenges we face today should be viewed with optimism. “No matter what happens with the economy, our digital lives will only get richer,” he said.

Ballmer outlined three opportunities that lay ahead for the technology industry – the convergence of the PC, phone and TV; a more natural consumer interaction with devices that will incorporate speech and hand gestures and the connected experience between devices.

Ballmer announced that Windows 7 is on track to deliver the ultimate Windows experience, complete with “simplicity, reliability and speed.” A beta version will be available for worldwide download on Friday. Ballmer also announced exciting partnerships with Facebook, Verizon and Dell, which will pre-install Windows Live and Live Search on its entire consumer line of PCs.

For the "cellphone junkies"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rb2GnKZNwtY


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PostSubject: Re: Consumer Electronics / the future of TV   Fri Jan 09, 2009 4:46 pm

Computers for €80 Exclamation No wonder the world is deflating. I'll bet they'll last longer too. What are they gambling on - that EVERYONE on the planet gets one AND another and another .. ?

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CES: Nvidia targets $99 netbook with Tegra chips

Tegra-based netbooks could be less than a year away from introduction

Agam Shah

Shuffling its chip strategy, Nvidia on Thursday said it wants to put its Tegra chips for mobile devices into netbooks.

The company is already working with PC makers to develop Tegra-based netbooks, said Jen-Hsun Huang, president and CEO of Nvidia in an interview at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Tegra-based netbooks could be less than a year away from introduction, Huang said. Incorporating Tegra could also drop the price of netbooks to the sub-$100 range as prices of components have come down.

"I see Tegra [netbooks] at US$99 [to] $199," he said.

Announced in early 2008, Tegra puts an Arm-based processor core, a GeForce graphics core and other components onto a single chip.

The product lineup will include the Tegra 600 running at 700MHz and the Tegra 650 running at 800MHz. The lineup also includes the Tegra APX 2500.

The system-on-chip, which is the size of a penny, will start shipping in mid-2009 for handheld devices like smartphones and mobile Internet devices.

The term "netbook" was coined by Intel to describe a tiny laptop good for Web surfing and running productivity applications.

Most netbooks carry Intel's Atom processors. But the definition is evolving as chip developers like Freescale and Qualcomm enter the market segment, which view netbooks as devices constantly connected to the Internet to run applications like social networking.

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PostSubject: Re: Consumer Electronics / the future of TV   Sat Jan 10, 2009 1:02 am

The geeks are going to investigate the earth. Two Intel-sponsored nerds are about to go in to a building full of gadgets and tell us all about them. Whoopee Doo.

Two minutes of slavering geeks outside a building:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-LkVm_4e9E
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PostSubject: Re: Consumer Electronics / the future of TV   Sat Jan 10, 2009 2:59 am

Now the beardy fella is inside the building talking to someone with the same name as the blondie fella. Maybe everyone is called 'Bauer' there like ... Smith? here.

Watch this video! It's a good one. The demonstrator shows you how you can connect a little black box to your pc or laptop and it beams your computer signals to your 50" Plasma! What else would you want for Christmas next year!

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PostSubject: Re: Consumer Electronics / the future of TV   Sat Jan 10, 2009 3:51 am

Same lad, different technology. Plug and Play headsets with secretable mics.! I like headsets myself. Now, some of these headsets in the piece below are better because they are Dolby Surround Sound, not 2 channel ... what the hell does this mean ??? Doesn't everything sound like surround sound when you've got headphones on yeah right

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHuDYAYbjtQ
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PostSubject: Re: Consumer Electronics / the future of TV   Sun Jan 11, 2009 4:33 am

solid state memory from Sandisk
60 gigs for $149; 120 for $299; 240 gigs for $499

Very fast compared to current disk tech - 5 times faster ..


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UeA-hV2KgUw
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PostSubject: Re: Consumer Electronics / the future of TV   Sun Jan 11, 2009 6:25 pm

What with solid state having no moving parts, moving a server farm to SSD would surely save mucho energy no?
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PostSubject: Re: Consumer Electronics / the future of TV   Sun Jan 11, 2009 11:07 pm

Pax wrote:
What with solid state having no moving parts, moving a server farm to SSD would surely save mucho energy no?

This piece says it's too expensive currently to implement RAID systems with it but that it could be used in a hybrid. Some energy stats there too - 14% of a reduction which is a lot of $4.5 billion. Give it time.

We incorporate these approaches into a real implementation of a RAID 5 system that consists of four hard disks and an SSD in a Linux environment. Our preliminary results in actual performance measurements using the cello99 and SPC traces show that energy consumption is reduced by a maximum of 14%.


http://www.usenix.org/events/hotpower08/tech/full_papers/lee/lee_html/
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PostSubject: Re: Consumer Electronics / the future of TV   Thu Jan 15, 2009 3:40 am

The boys are inside a Smart Fortwo car with 4G connection to the Internet. They can lawlessly watch themselves on BlogTV while driving yeah right


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qcI8mojGSU

So many gadgets, so little work, money, employment, hope, interest morale, Steorn perpetual motion machines

sigh
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PostSubject: Re: Consumer Electronics / the future of TV   Fri Jan 16, 2009 6:36 pm

I have a Phillips and it has just gone wonky. Volume still there but no picture Evil or Very Mad
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PostSubject: Re: Consumer Electronics / the future of TV   Fri Jan 16, 2009 6:40 pm

How is it that televisions in the front of cars are OK but mobile phones aren't? Whilst both seem obviously dangerous televisions seem even more so. At least you can look at one thing and listen to another, you can't watch two things at once.
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PostSubject: Re: Consumer Electronics / the future of TV   Fri Jan 16, 2009 6:56 pm

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How is it that televisions in the front of cars are OK but mobile phones aren't? Whilst both seem obviously dangerous televisions seem even more so. At least you can look at one thing and listen to another, you can't watch two things at once.

Watching it is a luxury I no longer have. A 300 euro radio anyone?
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PostSubject: Re: Consumer Electronics / the future of TV   Fri Jan 16, 2009 7:09 pm

SeathrúnCeitinn wrote:
I have a Phillips and it has just gone wonky. Volume still there but no picture Evil or Very Mad

A screwdriver with volume ???

Johnfás it's not a TV - it's the Internet Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Consumer Electronics / the future of TV   Fri Jan 16, 2009 7:12 pm

Auditor #9 wrote:
SeathrúnCeitinn wrote:
I have a Phillips and it has just gone wonky. Volume still there but no picture Evil or Very Mad

A screwdriver with volume ???

Johnfás it's not a TV - it's the Internet Very Happy

A drink can have a volume button?
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PostSubject: Re: Consumer Electronics / the future of TV   Fri Jan 16, 2009 7:50 pm

Is it a TV so ? Is it flat ? Is it old ?
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PostSubject: Re: Consumer Electronics / the future of TV   Fri Jan 16, 2009 7:59 pm

Auditor #9 wrote:
Is it a TV so ? Is it flat ? Is it old ?

2 years old. It's flat and about to be a lot flatter. Twisted Evil
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PostSubject: Re: Consumer Electronics / the future of TV   Tue Jan 20, 2009 4:13 am

Here Seathrún, something you buy that's already rubbish

ah how cool is ecogeek ?



Solar stuff - time to start thinking about it again

http://www.ecogeek.org/content/view/2482/
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PostSubject: Re: Consumer Electronics / the future of TV   Wed Jan 28, 2009 12:26 am

Geek O'Clock ! If you were wondering what the future of TV looked like then it's probably going to be approximate to the thing in the interview/demo below - provided that there is a future with all the wars and uranium purification that's going on.

The yoke featured - the iTV2000 which is no bigger than an Enid Blyton novel - plugs into your tV and your network or wireless and with it you can view televisual internet content from all over the planet including google videos, youtube, films from downloadable video shops.

The internet is a powerful information tool - could the likes of this handy Netgear product bring it to an even wider audience/market?

16 mins

http://ie.youtube.com/watch?v=CxclhTMCA8A
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PostSubject: Re: Consumer Electronics / the future of TV   Wed Jan 28, 2009 1:03 am

AaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrGGGGGhhhhhh !

Washing Machines. I hate them. It's broke again.

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PostSubject: Re: Consumer Electronics / the future of TV   Wed Jan 28, 2009 1:21 am

Broke again? What happened before to it? They should last eight to ten years, shouldn't they?
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PostSubject: Re: Consumer Electronics / the future of TV   Wed Jan 28, 2009 1:27 am

Auditor #9 wrote:
Here Seathrún, something you buy that's already rubbish

ah how cool is ecogeek ?



Solar stuff - time to start thinking about it again

http://www.ecogeek.org/content/view/2482/
I've been selling eco gadgets for the last month or so. What a pleasure! Everyone who I deal with is really interested in what is out there. People are astounded by solar power when you show it in action to them.
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PostSubject: Re: Consumer Electronics / the future of TV   Wed Jan 28, 2009 1:37 am

What solar stuff? I've been planning on buying some 'Leisure Batteries' and crocodile clips and some other stuff that evm told me about once - invertors and other stuff - subatomics particle accelerators or something - know anything about them?
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PostSubject: Re: Consumer Electronics / the future of TV   Wed Jan 28, 2009 1:45 am

I can point you in the right direction for most of that stuff.
Maplin is a good place to start for inverters, crocodilie clips etc. I've been concentrating on hand held gadgets for the moment. Things like solar torches, i-pod/phone chargers, lamps, toys and wind-up things. I've been selling on Galway market. Stop by if you're ever up this way.
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PostSubject: Re: Consumer Electronics / the future of TV   Wed Jan 28, 2009 1:46 am

Oh yeah.. the guy with the subatomics particle accelerators is set up next to me. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Consumer Electronics / the future of TV   Wed Jan 28, 2009 2:32 am

Aw Maplin I find a bit pricey. I went to Halfords in Tralee and found batteries there for a hundred quid and an invertor in Tesco's for 24 although I think I have an invertor already or maybe it's an alternator scratch I also have a handsome 13W solar panel Wink

Now all I have to really do is figure out how they all hang together.

You don't sell solar LED garden lights for around €2 each do you? I saw them in €2EuroShop for ... €2.

Cheap Chinese sh*t.
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