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ENGADGET: The split up computer concept (compartments)

August 18, 2007

I thought of this once, but I am sure many others have.  It seems like a bright idea that could change computing and make it easier for people to fix their computers.  Regular people will be able to build custom machines.  I believe being able to update computers through usb would be nice.  For example I have an old mac mini and I want a better graphics card to run Starcraft II well I could buy it and plug it in to usb and still use my current card.  Peoples computers would come as basic machines with simple motherboards and small capabilities and depending on what the user wants they can add on. This may also make computers last for ever, my old tower may have lasted forever if only the case could fit the new dual core cpus we now have.

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Those who find difficulty in cracking open a typical tower to replace that aging DVD writer with one that burns in high-definition should adore Richard Choi’s UNI concept, which exemplifies compartmentalized computing and takes the stress out of upgrading. Apparently, the “Think” module would act as the core computer and handle the essentials, while a variety of other plug-in modules would provide additional outputs (HDMI, DVI, optical audio, USB, etc.), hard drive space, and optical drives. Granted, this could get out of hand for those who get UNI-stackin’ fever, but we’ll certainly pass along kudos to the idea. Click on for one more shot.

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Engadget: FORD hydrogen car reaches speed of 200 miles and hour

August 16, 2007

Looks like minuscule RC cars aren’t the only alternatively powered vehicles trying to break 200 miles-per-hour, as Ford just became the “world’s first automaker to set a land speed record for a production-based fuel cell powered car.” The whip used to set the bar, of course, is none other than the Fusion Hydrogen 999, and it reportedly reached over 207 miles-per-hour at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Wendover, Utah without using a drop of gas. Apparently, Ford is hoping that this showcase of speed will somehow translate into advancements that will help us common folk get to work and back sans gasoline, and while we’ve no idea when a fuel cell propelled Cobra will roll off the line, it did note that a number of fuel cell propelled Focus vehicles were still burning down the roads as part of an ongoing study.

Engadget: New Mac Mini is tested

August 16, 2007

Apple’s new Mac mini may not have gotten quite the overhaul that the iMac got last week, but PC World thinks there’s still quite a bit to get excited about, largely due to the system’s new Core 2 Duo processor. In its tests, PC World found that to give the mini a significant boost across the board including, for example, a 24-percent jump in Photoshop performance over the old 1.83GHz Mac mini (the new 1.83GHz Core 2 Duo mini showed a 19-percent increase). In other tests, the new top-end Mac mini managed to pump out 13-percent more frames per second in Unreal Tournament 2004 than the old top-end model, and it proved to be about even with the new 2GHz Core 2 Duo iMac in tests like Compressor and Cinema 4D, although the mini’s slower 5,400 rpm hard drive caused it to drag in tasks like importing files into iPhoto. If you’re itching for even more benchmarks, you can get your fix at the link below.

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