Keith Combs' Blahg

Ramblings from another nerd on the grid

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  • Blog Post: We need this for the USA Alpine Ski Team

    The folks at Liquid Image are making some really cool goggles and scuba gear.  This particular set got my attention because if you look really close you can see the 1080p HD camera in the top center of the frame.  Wouldn’t it be sweet to have this type of technology on the USA ski team? For...
  • Blog Post: HP Slate 500 Tablet PC Surfaces

    See http://hp.com/go/slate .  Hopefully someone will have one for me to play with soon.
  • Blog Post: Remember your first 17 inch CRT ???

    I was looking at my desk today and reminiscing about what it looked like when I had it made. It was 1986 and I had been in my new home a little over a year. I was poor but had finally saved enough money to create my study which included some custom shelves and the desk in this picture. I have a friend...
  • Blog Post: Lenovo ThinkPad W500 - mini review

    I recently had the opportunity to take a look at the Lenovo ThinkPad W500 (model 4061-2KU).  This machine is really similar to my ThinkPad T61p in many ways, but there are some improvements that have been made in some key areas.  Click the image at right for a high resolution image of the ThinkPad...
  • Blog Post: Laptop Multimon with the Matrox DualHead2Go Digital Edition

    A few days ago I ordered the Matrox DualHead2Go Digital Edition .  You are probably wondering what I am talking about.  It's a cool device that allows a laptop, or a regular PC for that matter drive two monitors in one of the Windows Vista  " Multimon " modes.  I've been...
  • Blog Post: Finally, Good Advice from Robert Scoble

    Robert's good people but sometimes he irks me.  He does that on purpose of course.  Creating chaos helps drive the conversation and Robert is obviously great at that.  I'll read his blog briefly every week  or so to see who he's promoting or picking a fight with.  This week I...
  • Blog Post: New Fad, Vertical USB Ports

    It’s pretty apparent to me the design engineers for some of the coming laptops have never used a USB cell phone data card.  I see a number of new machines coming out and they’ve decided to turn the USB ports so that they are no longer horizontal.  Lenovo has certainly done this with the soon...
  • Blog Post: How about a 4x2 matrix on your desk?

    Anyone have one of these Humanscale Paramount monitor arms? This must throw off a little heat when fully populated, eh?
  • Blog Post: T-minus 7 days for Apple speculation

    It's less than seven days now before Apple pulls the covers off their next round of products.  We do know of course OS X v10.5 goes on sale at 6pm next Friday, but what else might they reveal at that time?  If you were Steve Jobs, what additions or changes would you make to the product line...
  • Blog Post: What 64bit machine should I get?

    I need to purchase or lease some 64bit laptops very soon. I'd love to hear your opinions on what to get. They will be used initially for virtualization, high performance and compute cluster testing. However, I'd like to leverage the knowledge around the machines for the next platform refresh for my team...
  • Blog Post: Thumbs up or down for the new Macs?

    My current MacBook Pro is coming up on it’s one year anniversary.  It’s hardly old and in pristine shape.  I baby all the machines I have.  Scratch free is a good thing if you decide to sell.  But should I sell the one I have? Today Steve Jobs took the wraps of the new machines. ...
  • Blog Post: Hardware Photo Contest Winners

    See the creativity at http://www.techreport.com/discussions.x/19464 .
  • Blog Post: HDHomeRun PRIME and PRIME 6CC finally go on sale - scheduled June shipping

    HDHomeRun PRIME: Premium digital cable TV for your PCs Triple tuner - watch/record three channels at once from one or multiple computers CableCARD - all the digital cable channels you subscribe to, including HD and premium channels in 100% digital quality Windows 7 Windows Media Center - full featured...
  • Blog Post: Making way for new stuff ???

    I’m starting to get quite a collection.  You know what I mean.  Old networking gear, phones, portable media players, etc.  I always wonder if I should sell some of my stuff.  But I would rather die that sell something to Charles .  You know the type.  They circle the dead...
  • Blog Post: Amazon starts selling a new Kindle - smaller and lighter

    See http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0051QVESA for full product information and a great comparison chart to the other available Kindles.  Although the price you see thrown around is $79, keep in mind this the ad supported device.  If you don’t want the commercials, it’s $109.  The same...
  • Blog Post: Chevy Camaro – old lessons not learned

    The past couple of trips I managed to get the rental keys to a new Camaro.  The first time in Houston was just for a day trip so I only blasted back on forth on the toll way to the event location.  Since it was a day trip, I didn’t really get a chance to see how I like the vehicle.  I...
  • Blog Post: Acer AspireRevo 3610 ATOM 330 Dual Core – first impressions

    Yesterday afternoon I received the Acer AspireRevo 3610-U9012 . It’s classified as a consumer desktop or nettop but HDTV and media center enthusiasts like myself are looking at this device for a different purpose.  In fact, I want the Revo for one purpose and only one purpose.  To replace my...
  • Blog Post: Technology I Want In 2011 - some real, some fantasy

    8GB laptop SoDIMMs 30” Dell Ultrasharp IPS LCD panel TiVo Premier XL Holodeck Gibson Les Paul Custom 3TB Hitachi Deskstar 300 or 400GB Intel SSD 64GB WP7 Certified MicroSD .5” thin 14” IPS display Windows laptop 150/35 FIOS Ultimate
  • Blog Post: Lenovo ThinkPad X301 - mini review

    I've been using the Lenovo ThinkPad X301 for almost three weeks now so before too long I'll have to return the eval unit I have.  With that in mind I thought now would be a good time to run down all of the pro and cons for the unit I have. You'll be happy to know there are very few cons.  But...
  • Blog Post: What KVM switch are you using?

    I recently upgraded my KVM switch.  The number of machines I use on a continual basis had grown beyond two and I really need a better 4 port unit.  I ended up buying the IOGEAR GCS-1744 (pictured at right). This particular KVM switch is also a dual monitor device that of course allows you to...
  • Blog Post: Lets ride the "Santa Rosa" wave

    Yesterday Intel and nearly every major OEM announced the initial wave of new laptops based on the "Santa Rosa" chipset's. The laptop world as you know it just changed, big time. Faster processors, more addressable memory, next generation video support, etc. In short, power users hungry for a portable...
  • Blog Post: A Cray Supercomputer In Every Home

    I think everyone should have sixteen Quad Core Xeon processors in their personal supercomputer, don’t you?  I mean come on, think of the lunar rover simulations you could run.  And don’t worry about memory starvation in the middle of your oil explorations.  This baby handles 512GB of memory...
  • Blog Post: Spaceworld - taking the NASA tour via Photosynth

    You are probably getting ready to see all sorts of blogs posts on this because frankly, Photosynth is very very cool. Photosynth uses hundreds of standard digital camera images to construct a three-dimensional view of an environment or "synth". These synths can be explored much like a video game, allowing...
  • Blog Post: The Fall Cell Phone Parade Begins

    It’s an interesting time of year.  New cell phones are launching.  T-Mobile launced the HTC Touch Pro 2 a week or two ago and now Sprint has announced their model will be available for order on September 8th.  Here are a couple of snips from the press release: The latest in a series of...
  • Blog Post: Robots Rock and Roll

    This brought a smile to my day.