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atomidude

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  1. atomidude

    2x OCZ Vertex 2 60GB in RAID 0

    anyone knows the difference between Agillity 2 and Vertex 2? From what I know they only run slightly different firmware on identical Sandforce controllers.
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    2x OCZ Vertex 2 60GB in RAID 0

    SSDs have been around for a couple of years now but I am yet to read about systematic catstrophic failure on a large scale. On the other hand mechanical hdds failure is quite common. If you buy an SSD today only if you're sure it will last you 10 years well, wait another 8 years to find out how they go. fact is, SSDs are faster, cooler and safer than their mechanical cousins. Price is not that much of an issue anymore if you compare run of the mill SSDs with Raptors for example.
  3. atomidude

    2x OCZ Vertex 2 60GB in RAID 0

    Can't post the WEI yet because I'm still to transfer the OS to the new SSD Raid 0, but otherwise I'm having a lot of fun with the two Agility 2 SSDs :) Well worth the $300 I spent today on disk upgrades!
  4. atomidude

    RevoDrive

    Got two OCZ Agillity 2 60GB SSDs today for $300. This is how the ATTO test for a RAID 0 set-up looks like. The HDDs are hooked up to the ICH10 controller on my EX58UD5 Gigabyte mobo. I love the concept behind the RevoDrive and I believe that is the way to go for multiGB/s speeds. However, have a look a what these puppies can do: Not too shabby for $300, ha?
  5. Got a 120 GB Patriot Inferno in my humble Intel U230 1.2 GHz powered Aspire 1410. Running Win 7 64 bit and 4 GB RAM. The way this thing moves now is simply ridiculous :D
  6. atomidude

    A mobile Patriot Inferno!

    more tests :)
  7. atomidude

    RevoDrive

    I want one! Will try getting one 120GB derive early next week. My freaking netbook has much faster disk access now with the Patriot than my i7 OC-ed desktop and that is not normal, is it? :D
  8. atomidude

    A mobile Patriot Inferno!

    Got the laptop in the Optus contract so yeah, the SSD at $299 was waaaay more expensive. However, I've also got over $5,000 worth of software on it so an SSD to keep it safe is not over the top, not at all. I absolutely love this thing :) Here's a sample of browsing speed-reading Google News.
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    A mobile Patriot Inferno!

    here's my Aspire 1410 puppy in action :)
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    laptop with GPS and satellite imagery

    you can use Google Earth with almost any GPS receiver. The other day I selected NMEA and Magellan Explorist and the GPS receiver connected over Bluetooth to my laptop worked just fine with Google Earth. I was driving 80km/h and the map was following me, keeping my position in the center of the screen. As said above, just increase cache size to 2GB, browse the map before you go and you won't need an internet connection. In fact, I didn't have one handy when tested this stuff.
  11. I am very, very tempted... Think about it, an e-reader, netbook, navigation system, game console all in one, with a battery to last a full day at the office. What do you guys reckon, is it worth organising a group buy? :) This month Always Innovating, a tiny company based in Menlo Park, California, will launch the Touch Book-a strange looking tablet & netbook, all in one. It starts at $299 tablet only, $399 including the keyboard that has an additional battery built in. Prices are in US$, you're looking at about $500 in our money for the lot, with free shipping at this stage. Hardware specifications: * Texas Instruments OMAP3530 with Micron 256MB (RAM) + 256MB (NAND) Memory * 8.9 inches 1024x600 A+ screen * Main storage: 8GB SD card — we decided to change from Micro SD to standard SD, so that you can easily upgrade it * Internal USB wifi 802.11 b/g/n powered by a Ralink 3070 chipset * Internal USB bluetooth class 2.1 * FCC, CE, UL-certified, 5V, 3.5A power adapter * 8.9 inches pressure sensitive touch screen * US Qwerty 24cm-large keyboard — around 95% of the size of a standard keyboard * Cirque Touchpad * Two Owolff high-quality internal stereo speakers * 3D accelerometer * Two internal batteries 6000 and 12000 mAh — it can be replaced with a screw driver * 7 USB ports: three external, four internal, three of them may be reserved for wifi, bluetooth and keyboard * Bi-color silver/black case — see photos — with a beautiful dark-red back cover (we decided to go only for red for the first batch as it really jumps out, you won't regret it). * Secured attachment system of tablet into keyboard * Independent magnet system for the tablet — we don't want your Touch Book to un-magnetize all your credit cards while carrying it in your bag! It gets even better when they talk about software: "In July, the default beta Touch Book OS will include: * Linux 2.6.29 with all the required drivers * Xfce 4.4 desktop environment * A unique 3D interface for starting applications with your finger * Firefox 3.0 and Fennec beta 2 * Youtube and daily motion support * A video and music player * Abiword and Gnumeric * A PDF reader, evince * A chat manager, Pidgin * Mypaint 5.1 * An e-book reader, Fbreader * A printer manager, Cups * All usual accessories (zip, picture viewer, dictionary...) * Support for most standard USB accessories * Java support The software roadmap towards release 1.0 will include the following: * Upgrade to the latest of all the applications already mentioned * Skype compatible application * OpenOffice 3.1 * A full Adobe Flash solution * Recognition of the Touch Book by iTunes to synchronize your music and video * A Google-maps-based application with GPS support (GPS USB not included) * Some 3D accelerometer-based iPhone games Also, we will also offer or give strong support for a Google Android image."
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    The TOUCH BOOK or Netbook reloaded :)

    It ooks like the Crunchpad is going to be release in November. No news yet about the Touch Book, despite Always Innovating, the manufacturer, promised that shipping will start in July... On the other hand, as you may all know, rumours about the iTablet are intensifying by the hour. Financial Times is betting on September now! Other reputable sources suggest a launch date for the oversized ipod touch right before Xmas holidays or early in the new year. Boy, soon we wouldn't know what to chose! :)
  13. atomidude

    Atomic Netbook Owners Thread

    Best mouse for these things is a Bluetooth one. no receiver required :)
  14. "A couple of blokes have recompiled the OS so it's capable of running on a common x86 platform. This is just in time to see what Android is really like, before Acer, Asus, MSI and others officially release their netbooks with the operating system preloaded on them. The PC version has been ported from an Asustek EeePC 701 netbook running Android. As with every other try-before-you-buy LiveCD, you simply download the ISO file, burn it onto a CD or DVD, and then boot with the disc. With a LiveCD, there's no need to install the OS, so you can test-drive the software without writing it to your system's hard disk. The LiveCD can also run under virtualisation such as VirtualBox or VMware or the other thing by the Vole. You can grab the Liveandroid version 0.2 from Google." source: www.theinquirer.net I will download the iso and play with Android a bit later on. Anyone done it already?
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    The Android OS comes to the PC

    Well, I would use it just to check Android out before buying a $900 phone :) You know, let's say you are interested in certain applications written for Android phones, it is quite useful to test them before you jump and buy that Hero thing. I agree, it will take quite a while until Android is a serious contender on netbooks.
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    The TOUCH BOOK or Netbook reloaded :)

    Nah, the Crunchpad has nothing in common with Asus's eees. Wait, that's not right, both use Atom processors :)
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    The TOUCH BOOK or Netbook reloaded :)

    I agree Vanne, you don't want a screen too big so everything becomes heavy and power hungry. Crap like that is already available on the market, for $2,500 and up. I don't see the point of anything larger than 10" for an ereader, checking e-mails, skype or casual browsing. Youtube looks good on 10". If you want to see a movie you need a TV screen, not the Touch Book or a Crunchpad :)
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    The TOUCH BOOK or Netbook reloaded :)

    Yeah right, they are going to sell an oversized iPod Touch that runs some operating system so it can do say Open Office, acts like an e-reader, has that magnificent multi-touch screen and a battery to last 12 hours-all of that for $500. Keep dreaming :) I guess it would have been done already if Apple would have seen some 90% margin in it while selling them for $1,800. The Crunchpad and the Touch Book are all about cheap, affordable and almost disposable devices that do a few things well. They are the future in countries like India and China, where kids could use them to replace books and dictionaries, schools could do without expensive copiers and bloated IT classrooms managed by dictatorial IT bastards :D Breaking news: Crunchpad available to buy now? Some details here and here. Gotta love the Chinese entrepreneurs :)
  19. atomidude

    HTC Hero Discussion

    I wouldn't jump on the Android bandwagon just yet. I'm pretty comfortable with my WM 5.0 phone, too: lots of applications available for it, works reasonably well and by now I know all its quirky bits and pieces. From what I read, Android is still pretty basic atm, as it needs a lot of work still to get as polished as the older players. It might catch up soon, but right now I'm not that impressed. I use my phone for GPS stuff and also OBD II data logging. How many Android applications available right now to allow me do the same stuff? Exactly... Well, it looks like I'll be using my good old iPaq hw6965 for another 6-12 months. I just installed the SPB Mobile Shell 3.0 and it looks and works like one of these nkotb phones :)
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    GPS software for WinMobile5 or 6

    I have been using Tomtom 6.0 on my WM 5.0 powered iPaq hw6965 smartphone for years and always worked great. I don't know much about IGO but I vouch for Tomtom- it always got me out of trouble :)
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    The TOUCH BOOK or Netbook reloaded :)

    Here's the Crunchpad, another concept I'm keeping an eye on. This is a "classic" tablet, cheap at $300 US and capable of doing everything that an Atom powered netbook can do. It looks amazing, too. The downside will be shorter battery life, for sure, due to the hungry Intel little bugger. Look, I've got a laptop (Lenovo Thinkpad R60), a netbook (Lenovo ideapad S10), two desktops, a smart phone (iPaq hw6965)... Still, I need something like one of these tablet thingies for reading the news while watching news on tv (that's sick I know, but can't help it), use it as an e-reader to save the forests (and ink money) and to use it in the car with OBD and GPS software. Sure, the laptop and the netbook can do all that, but you have to agree that either is a fairly clumsy thing to use for doing simple stuff. Have a look above at the Crunchpad displaying the NY Times to see what I mean :)
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    The TOUCH BOOK or Netbook reloaded :)

    The main thing that I find exciting is the high screen resolution for an e-reader. Have a look at devices like the Iliad, Sony reader, Samsung Papyrus or Kindle: they are dumb readers and cost a few times more than this thing! It comes with wi-fi and bluetooth connectivity out of the box, all you have to do is slip a wireless broadband USB modem inside and you have a tablet that's always online and ready for action. Sure, it doesn't have as much power as a netbook that cost about the same, but then you get a touch screen, longer battery life and much better mobility. I would dare saying that a Touch Book is less a compromise than a netbook :) Oh, how I want one...
  23. atomidude

    Atomic Netbook Owners Thread

    I've grabbed one from MSY back in May. It was $625.00 with 6 cell battery and an extra 2GB RAM. What I love about it, besides the very good build quality, is how easy it was to upgrade the RAM. All you have to do is to remove a lid at the back to get access to memory and HDD. Try the same operation on an Acer ;) Everything is normal netbook stuff, starting with the 10.2" screen (very good, bright and clear), 160GB HDD and so on. It goes for about 6 hours on the 6 cell battery, too.
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