Ramblings from another nerd on the grid
I’m giggling just a bit because I thought today was going to be a boring product announcement day. Boy was I wrong. Here’s the perfect toy to liven up any product demonstration or presentation. Grin. Behold, the Taser C2. Now in a range of attractive colors. Be sure and get the package with extra cartridges, and the training cartridge. Keep this away from Matt Hester.
Next up is the Ford Focus Electric.
See http://corporate.ford.com/news-center/news/press-releases/press-releases-detail/pr-introducing-allnew-focus-electric-33761 for more information on this interesting new machine.
And on the storage front, how about a 750GB 7200rpm drive for the extra bay in your laptop? Meet the Western Digital Scorpio Black 750GB 7200rpm 2.5” laptop hard drive. This should hold a boat load of virtual machines, music and videos.
So far the ugly duckling award goes to the SiliconDust HDHomeRun Prime device. See the Engadget Gallery at http://www.engadget.com/photos/hands-on-with-the-hdhomerun-prime/#3752693 and you’ll see what I mean. Timothy Daleo has some really good pictures at http://usingwindowshomeserver.com/2011/01/07/ces-2011-silicondust-hdhomerun-prime-dual-and-mac-tuners/ as well. Even though the Prime unit isn’t flashy, it’s a network device so you can stuff it in a wiring closet out of sight. It’s probably going to be the next HD tuner I purchase. CableCard, three tuners, and available on the network to a laptop, desktop or small form factor device running Windows 7 Media Center.
Here’s a picture of Prime from Timothy’s site.
And of course we unveiled the Microsoft Touch Mouse, a new multitouch device designed for Windows 7 that lets people click, flick, scroll and swipe, making it easy and fun to interact with their PCs. Born from the Mouse 2.0 project conducted by Microsoft Research and the Applied Sciences Group, the Touch Mouse combines the virtues of a mouse with the rich natural language of gesture that lets people interact with Windows 7 in a more intuitive way.
See the press release at http://www.microsoft.com/Presspass/press/2011/jan11/01-05TouchMousePR.mspx.
One thing that never comes up with electric cars... What about us people in the northern climes? In an internal combustion engine, heat is a by product and therefore used to heat the passenger compartment in the winter. How will that be generated with a fully electric car? Electic heaters and then the range goes to what, 2?