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HP Z2 Mini shakes up workstation market

March 26th 2017

Last quarter, HP unveiled the Z2 Mini, a workstation computer that takes the small form factor (SFF) trend to the extreme. Measuring just 2.3″ x 8.5″ x 8.5″, the Z2 Mini is dramatically smaller (an HP-disclosed 90% smaller) than a traditional tower.In a Mt. Tiburon Testing Labs review for Jon Peddie Research, Alex Herrera calls the Z2 Mini a “capable, ridiculously small workstation” that can redefine the marketplace for workstations.

You can read Alex’s review — complete with detailed benchmarks — at the http://jonpeddie.com/reviews/comments/hps-z2-mini-is-a-tiny-power-house-of-a-workstation?/reviews/details/hps-z2-mini-is-a-tiny-power-house-of-a-workstation

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Techwatch March 10th 2017

I’m seeing more than I want to, or maybe not enough Our eyes are just too damn good. Too good for the VR and AR displays we can afford and are able to build today.  VR as you probably know has a taxonomy that can be reduced to a quadrant:  Samsung’s gear is upper left, HTC and Oculus are lower left, and the stuff that started the VR field, and where the money is made is the lower right.  The lower left is highly over hyped by the participants, investors, market researchers (who

Where’s Rick?

Rick Belluzzo is the new CEO of Quantum Corp. of Milpitas, California. As reported in the Wall Street Journal, this seems a step down for Belluzzo who has flown pretty high as CEO of SGI (when SGI was still flying reasonably high itself), and as COO and Ballmer heir-apparent at Click here to read this news article

Gateway goes into home projectors

The cow company is willing to try anything, but their current plans have consistently addressed the emerging digital TV market. Last year it was plasma screens and this year the company has announced plans to sell digital projectors. This time out, however, the projectors are aimed at the education and Click here to read this news article

And the beat goes on; AMD introduces Athlon 4 1500+ for notebooks

AMD’s latest processor is for notebooks. The new mobile processor is the Athlon 4 1500+ featuring QuantiSpeed and AMD PowerNow! Technology. The new part is built at the Dresden Fab 30 using AMD’s .18-micron process. As you know, this new processor may be named the Athlon 4 1500+, but in reality it is Read the complete article

MPEG-2 LA strikes again, this time at Dell

December 2001: Just because it’s a standard doesn’t mean there aren’t patent holders lurking in the bushes, and nowhere is this more true than in the confusing jungle of MPEG-2. The MPEG-LA group, formed in 1996 as a limited liability company, has emerged as a major coalition of patent Click here to read this news article