Pinnacle Video Transfer

Posted by Kathleen Maher on June 30th 2008 | Permalink
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Such a simple idea and it works. The Pinnacle Video Transfer box has plenty of forerunners and they too were often capable machines if a tad complicated. The Pinnacle Video Transfer box is a simple analog video recorder that attaches to your machine via composite, S-Video, or Stereo Audio.

Dolby Volume - Does it really work and would I use it?

Posted by Henry Choy on June 2nd 2008 | Permalink
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I’ve seen and heard more product demonstrations than I care to count. In spite of that when I heard the Dolby Volume demo at this year’s CES at Cirrus Logic’s suite, I was hopeful. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve told my kids to turn down the TV volume. It turns out TV broadcast volume levels are not the same from channel to channel or even from show to commercial.

Taking a new workstation and two professional graphics cards out for a test-drive

Posted by Alex Herrera on June 2nd 2008 | Permalink
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Lifting the curtain on its ThinkStation S10 and D10 models back in November of ‘07, Lenovo became the first major vendor to enter the market for deskside workstations in many years. After backing into the market for mobile workstations—with its acquisition of IBM’s PC division in 2005—Lenovo has made a more conscious step forward with deskside models, mounting a new challenge to market leaders Dell and HP.

Lenovo’s ThinkStation S10 taps Intel’s Core 2 while its big brother ThinkStation D10 leverages Intel’s Xeon for dual-socket configurations. Though both of Intel’s new 45 nm processors were announced last fall, Lenovo did not manage to ramp volume until later in Q1’08. When they did finally ramp up, the company loaned an S10 to us for evaluation.

Corel 4 - a big box of tools

Posted by Kathleen Maher on June 2nd 2008 | Permalink
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Corel has added several useful features to its package of tools for graphic artists including tables, as shown in this example. The basic tasks required to create good-looking pieces including brochures, newsletters, business cards, ads, etc. are all here and easy to use. Note the object manager on the right side, the tabs give users fast access to hints (that usually don’t apply, but at least they’re trying) and to ConceptShare to post work online for comment and even interactive chat with comments.

Flying with the Blackbird

Posted by Ted Pollak on May 19th 2008 | Permalink
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HP's top of the line gaming computer, the Blackbird 002 LCi, is named after the king of all airplanes, the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird.

Futuremark’s 3DMark vantage benchmark

Posted by Robert Dow on May 5th 2008 | Permalink
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We’ve been testing Futuremark’s 3DMark Vantage since early March, and you may have noticed it in some of our previous reports. Well, the program is completely vetted now, and it’s gone from the early beta we first got to Gold. Along with it have been some driver tweaks by AMD and Nvidia, and no doubt Intel and S3 will follow suit.

AMD’s ATI Radeon HD 3870 on Vantage

Posted by Kathleen Maher on May 5th 2008 | Permalink
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AMD released a 3DMark Vantage Hotfix (Catalyst 8.4.71.1 for those of you scoring at home—not quite Tinker to Evers to Chance but you get the idea. The new driver release is designed to deliver performance enhancements and bug fixes for 3DMark’s new Vantage Benchmark.

Pinnacle Video Transfer – no computer needed

Posted by Kathleen Maher on April 21st 2008 | Permalink
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We watched some movies and TV this week at MTTL, on the big screen and the tiny screen. We remember the old days, not that long ago, when testing video software was truly a pain, a pain to get the drivers to install and the programs to run, and when we finally got the videos to run, were a pain to look at, the quality was so poor. Those days are thankfully behind us now and watching videos on a PC or a handheld device is now actually a pleasure.

Photoshop for free?

Posted by Kathleen Maher on April 7th 2008 | Permalink
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Photoshop Express is Adobe’s free online application that links to popular online sites like Flickr, and Facebook. Here, I used the Sketch feature to make my friends look mysterious and pensive. They usually aren’t.

The ThinkPad X61 by Lenovo

Posted by Ted Pollak on April 7th 2008 | Permalink
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The ThinkPad brand has a lot of history behind it, having been first introduced in 1992 by IBM and is recently celebrating its 15th anniversary under its new caretaker Lenovo Corporation, who purchased it from IBM in 2005. Its design inspired by a Japanese lunchbox, the first ThinkPad (Model 700) came with a 25 MHz 486 processor, 120 MB hard drive, weighed 6.5 lbs, and cost about $4,350.