Who Won the Fujitsu Lifebook?
This week we are very happy to officially announce that the
two Winners of a brand new Transmeta Crusoe
powered Fujitsu Lifebook P2000 Notebook Computer are Mr. Bill Armstrong, and Mr. Bruce Dyer - Congratulations! For those of you who weren't one of our lucky winners, I'd like to thank
you for participating, and let you know that we have
some cool giveaways planned for 2003, so be sure to read each and
every upcoming issue carefully...hint, hint.
Over 47,000 people entered this giveaway,
underscoring the point that the Lifebook P2000 is definitely a
notebook. "This is a very innovative, small form factor notebook with a
built in DVD-RW drive and its exceptional design has generated many
worldwide computer industry awards" said Mike DeNeffe, director of
marketing, Transmeta Corporation. We'd have to agree.
Now, onto this weeks PCstats.com Newsletter -
we have a 2.1 Megapixel camera James Bond himself would be caught using, a
sleek little aluminum MP3 player that is incredibly tiny, and a look at some
gear for those of you with too many case fans. The Nexus NXP201 has four
fan-speed controllers back-lit with blue LED's - so you can fine tune your
case cooling to right noise levels. Chris Angelini looks at a few
videocards that are on his own holiday wish list, and Colin who can be
really forgetful, has a tip about not forgetting WinXP
you're looking for gifts for that special geek there are two things that caught my eye at our sponsor, ExoticPC.com this week. The first is the low-noise Zalman CNPS6000-Cu AMD heatsink, and the second is the " Copper Silence Combo" which is a low noise power supply / heatsink
combo. That heatsink isn't quite as large as the CNPS6000-Cu, but if
you have a loud 300W PSU in your AMD system, this is a quick
way to cut down on the decibels.
should have our GeForce Ti42000-8X round-up ready for you
soon, and a Granite Bay
motherboard review next week, so stay tuned!
Fujifilm must have been looking towards
style conscious consumers when they designed the F402 because it is
endowed with more sex appeal than a digital camera really ought to have.
If this aluminum camera and its' little blue light don't scream "James Bond
spy toy" to you I don't know what does. It goes without saying that
this is a camera for regular folks - it is fully point and shoot ready,
and small enough to fit into any pocket so it can be effortlessly carried
around. To turn on the F402, you pull back on the little part of the metal
circle shown to the left. The motor-driven lens pops out from behind the
protective cover, and then it's simply a matter of framing the shot
through the LCD or
optical viewfinders, and pressing the shutter release. Easy as pie. On
top of the built-in ease of use, the Finepix F402 has a good set of
features which include the ability to record short AVI film
clips with sound, a built-in red-eye reduction flash, optical &
LCD viewfinders and a USB interface for downloading to the computer.
|xD-Picture Card: A new flash memory
There is a new type of flash memory on
the market called the xD-Picture Card. The module is about the size
of a postage stamp and is road mapped to 256MB in early 2003, and
anywhere between 512MB - 8GB thereafter. A joint venture between
Fuji Photo Film and Olympus Optical, the "eXtreme Digital "
media is manufactured by Toshiba and lists a read speed of
5MB/s. Write speeds sit at up to
3MB/s. xD-Picture Cards run about $40-50USD for 64MB modules so the price is
pretty competitive with other flash
One of the side effects of
reviewing so many consumer products from so many different companies
on a regular basis is that you eventually become very sensitized to
the little details. Things like packaging and presentation (believe
it or not) begin to play a more important role in the overall
impressions we reviewers have to construct about the products we
test for you. In this case, the Samsung
Yepp YP-30S showcased not only the expected MP3 storage
technology, but packaging, design and accessory details on the level
of what you would expect from Sony. The player and all of its
accessories are packaged in a thick-walled transparent
plastic cylinder with translucent removable caps at each end.
Inside is a heavy weight white plastic cone that delicately holds
the player like a museum piece behind armored glass.
|Vantec Nexus NXP201
||FujiFilm FinePix 2800Z
2.0MegaPixel Digital Camera|
|I can remember when the
first home-brew fan speed 'rheobus' was introduced on an enthusiasts
website a few years back. Since then, a lot has changed in the
computer world, and more than a few manufacturers have started
producing their own variation of fan speed controller. A fan speed
rheostat (as they were originally called) is meant to bring RPM
control to your finger tips. With the case fans connected to
such a device you can decrease the speed of each fan independently
airflow vs. noise. Vantec have recently released their own take on
the fan speed controller, called the Nexus NXP201, and they've
managed to pull it off rather well!
after about two weeks of constant use we came to appreciate the fact
that the 2800 is a pretty capable digital
camera for the average user. Now I know that more technical
photographers will probably prefer a camera which gives them more
control over the lens, but the average user should be satisfied
here. Retailing for around $790CDN the 2800 is a mid-level
2 Megapixel camera useful for images up to 1600x1200 pixels in
resolution. The camera can also take small movies (90sec with 16MB
card) with sound and be used for video conferencing.
| Colin's Weekly Tech Tips|
| Forgotten Passwords: Save Them|
I'm don't know about you, but I'm very
forgetful. I always lose my keys, my wallet and I always forget my
passwords! Thankfully, WindowsXP has a little built in feature that
can help you if you forget your password, or more accurately, want
to make sure you don't forget it!
You can make a password reset diskette by going into your "Control Panel" and opening up "User Accounts". Inside there find "Prevent a forgotten password" and once you found it, follow the instructions. Make sure you have a floppy in the drive and put it in a safe place - hopefully one you won't forget!
Now when you enter your password incorrectly
Windows will prompt you for a the disk. This only works for computers which are not part of a domain, so it's best for your home PC where the IT department are never to be found.
|Colin's Tips Archives | The PCStats.com Forums||
|The High Tech Low
It's nearly Christmas time, meaning I'm
almost done with finals and your significant other is probably
worrying about what to get you. If you've been good, it maybe
something along the lines of a new All in Wonder RADEON 9700 Pro or
an APR ECU upgrade for your Audi
S4. If not, you might end up with someone's leftover PC133 memory. Pay attention though – during the next couple weeks, I'll let you know what to ask for, based on what I know is coming in 2003.
This week, let's start with video cards,
since gaming is one of our ingrained pastimes.
NVIDIA seems to be showing a lot of GeForce FX
demos lately, but rest assured that we won't see hardware for at
least another two or three months. If you are ready to go high-end,
your best bet is to ask for an ATI RADEON 9700 Pro.
The 9500 Pro also debuted recently, bringing with it DX9 support and
performance nearly on par with NVIDIA's current
flagship, the Ti 4600. If you’ve got around $200, that'd be my
choice. Budget conscious buyers will want to gravitate around the
GeForce4 Ti 4200, even in light of the recent SiS
Xabre 600 and ATI RADEON 9500 releases.
This Weeks Poll:
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