Monday, April 24, 2006

Mini PC from Aopen MP945-VX

Minitaure Size - leaving you with a more spacious desk
With a supermini size of just 165 x 165 x 51mm, the Mini PC creates extraordinary desktop space for you to extend unlimited creativity. Using AOpen MiniPC saves you over 40% of space compared to a traditional desktop PC. The saved space can be even larger when fitted with an LCD monitor. The ergonomic effects brought to you by the MiniPC will effectively boost your work efficiency and help maintain a pleasant mood.

Light and Handy - can be easily carried anywhere

Weighing a mere 1.15kg (0.52 lb), the AOpen MiniPC is designed for high mobility. The product fully meets the demands of computer users, who mostly need to carry the computer in a briefcase or handbag from one place to another to continue their work rather than using PCs in the transit process.

AOpen Inc. designs its MiniPC for point-to-point mobility and leaves out monitor, keyboard, and mouse. It further omits the weighty battery so that the MiniPC is lighter than even the lightest notebook PCs available on the market. Despite its light weight, the computer's functions are not compromised at all. Such brand new "portable desktop PC" concept more conforms to consumers' needs.

Superb Performance - Silence, low power consumption, high efficiency

The AOpen MiniPC brings forth a new era for desktop PCs with unrivaled silence, power conservation, and excellent performance by adopting Pentium M/Celeron M processors developed by Intel with mobility technology coupled with a So-DIMM memory slot and Mini-PCI interface. The AOpen MiniPC can easily satisfy the majority of users who mainly work with office applications, enabling them to easily handle office work, entertainment, Internet surfing, CD/DVD burning, etc.

  • Wireless Internet surfing- The Internet access with built-in IEEE 802.11 b/g frees you from the restrictions of "wires and cables." You can now roam freely on the Internet anytime anywhere. The AOpen MiniPC is not just compact but can also give you total freedom!
  • High-speed network LAN - Even endowed with wireless functions, you may still need higher speed when transmitting files and browsing resources through the local area networks (LAN), or downloading massive image and audio materials at fixed places like the office or at home. The high-speed Gigabit 1000Mb network connecting port of the AOpen MiniPC can not just meet your needs but can also be compatible with the traditional 10/100Mb networks.
  • Digital video interface (DVI) - Through its high-resolution digital video output port, the AOpen MiniPC can generate high-resolution and high-quality video data. When using a new generation LCD monitor, you will personally experience the unprecedented display quality for the transmitted digital signals. Meanwhile, the digital video output port can also support any model of LCD or CRT via the attached adapter.
  • TV signal output- Another thoughtful design is the S-Video connector provided by the AOpen MiniPC that allows you to flexibly make use of your home TV set or monitor. This further enhances the portability of the AOpen MiniPC because you can use AOpen MiniPC at more places without having to consider if a PC monitor is available. You may continue to enjoy your digital life with the AOpen MiniPC as long as you own a TV set.
  • HDTV-For consumers who have high-definition TV (HDTV) set, the AOpen MiniPC provides even more stunning viewing delights through the Y/Pb/Pr connector. The more precise colors and delicate details shown on HDTV sets are beyond comparison with traditional CRTs. This enables you to handle computer work on your TV set. Now you can hook up the AOpen MiniPC to your TV in the living room to easily process documents, business, and even edit pictures and images. These functions are not limited only to surfing Web pages, listening music or viewing photos and movies.
  • Dual screen display-AOpen MiniPC can simultaneously support two monitors, enabling you to surf the Web pages and watch TV programs at the same time, or enjoy entertainment while you are working.
  • High capacity DVD±RW / CD-RW burner- Being even smaller than an external CD/DVD burner, the AOpen MiniPC contains a slim built-in burner. You only need minimum space to easily carry around this petite, yet full-fledged PC. In addition, the high-capacity hard disk inside the AOpen MiniPC lets you record, duplicate, and store much more data or video data.
  • High-speed USB 2.0 port- The AOpen MiniPC provides two universal serial bus input/output ports at the back to expand the connectivity with peripheral equipment. You can connect to USB flash drive, external CD/DVD burner, printer, scanner, etc. In spite of its mini size, the AOpen MiniPC gives you unlimited expansion possibilities! Furthermore, the USB 2.0 protocol of AOpen MiniPC also allows the support for the older USB 1.1 specifications.
  • IEEE1394 serial bus port -The AOpen MiniPC provides the high-speed serial bus port to connect to the typical peripherals like digital video recorder, high-speed hard disk drives, etc. With the above high-speed USB 2.0 port, AOpen MiniPC supports the great majority of external peripherals on the market.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Mac Mini

Just try a new Mac Mini, which come with Intel Core Dual, it is very impressive in both design and performance. The current Mac machine could be running either Mac OS X or Windows XP.

Mac mini At a Glance
  • 1.5GHz Intel Core Solo or 1.66GHz Intel Core Duo processor
  • Apple Remote with Front Row
  • Up to 2GB memory
  • Intel GMA950 graphics processorDVI connector, VGA adapter
  • Slot-loading optical driveUp to 120GB hard drive
  • Built-in gigabit EthernetAnalog and digital audio
  • Expansion via USB and FireWire
  • iLife ’06, Mac OS X Tiger

Now just wish some PC manufacturer will come up with PC Mini.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

D-Link DSL-G604T a Wireless ADSL router modem

D-Link, an industry leader in networking, introduces the
DSL-G604T, a Wireless ADSL router modem combining both an ADSL modem and 802.11g wireless router in one unit, bringing high-speed wireless Internet connection to a home or office.
My friend just bought this D-Link to replace his ADSL modem. He was looking for single device that could offer both ADSL modem and Wireless lan for his house. I was called to help him to set up this with the True ADSL provider in Thailand. The setup is simple enought for even a newbie in tech world. However, one confusion could be occered is when you setup everything just right, the ADSL status screen might still say "disconnect". You could either to refresh your browser to see the update page or dig into the log where it will tell that you are connected and get your IP from your ADSL provider.

If you live in USA, you could order this D-Link DSL-G604T from Amazon. Click here to order.

Friday, April 14, 2006

CarChip® your car Black Box

CarChip® is a device that act just like the Boeing black box. It will record your car time and date, distance, speed, idle time, hard accelerations and decelerations, and engine diagnostic trouble codes. This will enable you to know how and when your vehicles are being driven. Either you are working as a fleet manager that needs to manage hundred of vehicles or you are just either a mom or a dad that would like to know what your son did with your car last night. The CarChip® will help you to get the answer.

Free Paint.NET version 2.61

If you are looking for a painting software to replace the default Microsoft Paint, and finding that Adobe Photoshop is overkill in both features and price, here is the free painting software. The Paint.NET version 2.61 has just been released on March 29, 2006. I have been using this free Paint.NET for almost a year now. The software is small and fast to edit some common needs of everyone. To remove the Red Eyes, resize the image, cropping some unwanted area, key in a few title or any text, and so on. The new version even come with the Magic Wand for selecting regions of similar color.


  • Simple, intuitive user interfaceEvery feature and user interface element was designed to be immediately intuitive and quickly learnable without assistance. It is also designed to be immediately familiar to users of the original MS Paint software that comes with Windows.
  • LayersUsually only found on expensive or complicated professional software, layers form the basis for a rich image composition experience. You may think of them as a stack of transparency slides that, when viewed together at the same time, form one image.
  • Powerful ToolsPaint.NET includes simple tools for drawing shapes, including an easy-to-user curve tool for drawing simple splines or Bezier curves. The facilities for creating and working with selections is powerful, yet still simple enough to be picked up quickly. Other powerful tools include the Magic Wand for selecting regions of similar color, and the Clone Stamp for copying or erasing portions of an image. There is also a simple text editor, a tool for zooming, and a Recolor tool.
  • Unlimited HistoryEverybody makes mistakes, and everybody changes their mind. To accommodate this, every action you perform on an image is recorded in the History window and may be undone. Once you've undone an action, you can also redo it. The length of the history is only limited by available disk space.
  • Special EffectsMany special effects are including for perfecting your images. Everything from blurring, sharpening, red-eye removal, and embossing are included. Also included is our unique 3D Rotate/Zoom effect that makes it very easy to add perspective and tilting. Adjustments are also included which help you tweak an image's brightness, contrast, hue, saturation, and levels.
Get some brieft history from their site, Paint.NET is image and photo manipulation software designed to be used on computers that run Windows 2000, XP, Vista, or Server 2003. It supports layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools.
It started development at Washington State University as an undergraduate senior design project mentored by Microsoft, and is currently being maintained by some of the alumni that originally worked on it. Originally intended as a free replacement for the MS Paint software that comes with Windows, it has grown into a powerful yet simple tool for photo and image editing. The programming language used to create Paint.NET is C#, with a small amount of C++ for setup and shell-integration related functionality.

If you want to try out this free painting software, you could download from here.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Sonos Digital Music System

From their web site: "Sonos is the first wireless, multi-room digital music system that lets you play all your digital music, all over your house—and control it all from the palm of your hand. With a wireless Sonos™ Controller in hand, you'll have instant access to all your digital music, plus Internet radio, subscriptions to online audio services like Rhapsody® and®, and even music from your favorite CD or MP3 player.

And, with Sonos™ ZonePlayers in the rooms of your choice, you can play the same song in different rooms, or different songs in different rooms. To start listening, just grab the full-color Controller and simply pick a room, pick a song and hit play."

Generally speaking, it is enable you to listen to your music anywhere in your house. What the system do is it turn your current hi-fi audio equipment into a wireless, multi-room digital music system through two new units; the Sonos ZonePlayer 80s (ZP80s) and a Sonos Controller.

What do you need to do is just connect a ZP80 to any amplified audio device in any room and that device is instantly and seamlessly part of a wireless, multi-room digital music system. You can control all your music from the included wireless Controller upto 32 rooms.

The ZP80 comes with digital (optical and coaxial) and analog outputs and includes auto-sensing line-in connectors that can digitally encode any line-in source such as an MP3 player, a CD player or satellite radio, to any ZonePlayer.

Order Sonos ZP80 Bundle here