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USB 2.0 - how fast it really is

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HardwareWhen the standard for USB 2.0 was carved in stone, a speed of up to 480 megabits/sec was promised. That's a speedy sixty megabytes per second theoretical transfer rate. USB 1.1 - which is what most motherboards and gadgets run - isn't quite so fast. 12 megabits/sec is the promised speed in that camp. In other words, USB 2.0 is supposed to be 40 times faster than USB 1.1.
 
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World's smallest soundcard?

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HardwareMicronas, a swiss company, has produced a soundcard in a USB connector. Here is the press release, and here is the photo.
 
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Compaq iPAQ H3850. Is it cool?

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HardwareApart from being overkill for most people and having a too-short battery life, vnunet.com likes the PocketPC 2002 powered Compaq iPAQ H3850. Read the review there.
 
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Build a large, cheap Linux file-server

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HardwareLinux.ie has a nice article for those of us who need (or want) a file server with plenty of space. From the article:
We wanted a large = 1TB file server mostly to store backups. Well I looked at some commercial options and most of them came in at about $20000, and lacked the ability to be easily expanded. The only option to expand a lot of the commercial options was to add another unit and split your data across two of them. It was the lack of easy expandability that actually won the day. A lot of the commercial options are very similar to what I build, a lot of them even use the 3ware cards which I was considering.
Read the article here.
 
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LEGO bricks with TCP/IP?

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HardwareAccording to this message a clever person named Olaf Christ has made a tcp/ip stack for Lego's RCX ("Mindstorm") bricks. And someone else has already built a web server. And of course, real enthusiasts use legOS the open source embedded operating system on their Mindstorms.
 
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150.000 preorders of "iLamp" in three weeks

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HardwareAppleTurns report:
That's fifty grand a week, people! That's over seven thousand a day, nearly three hundred an hour, about five every minute, or one each and every twelve seconds since the Stevenote, nonstop.

One can't help but be amazed @ the Steve-o-rama in the Apple community!
 
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Future in your hand

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HardwareBBC news writes about a cool new gadget called the P5 glove developed by a company called Essential Reality. What is it, you ask?
Oh, well, it's another replace-the-mouse-and-keyboard product.

From the article:
"You can go to any game and, just by moving your hand, you are moving in space," said David Devor, Essential Reality vice-president.

"We have always found it extremely immersive and extremely intuitive. It's a complete motion capture unit on your hand," he told BBC News Online. Check out the Essential Reality's products page to read more about the glove.

 
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New keyring: 1 GB, FireWire

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HardwareA company called WiebeTech has annouced a new "keyring size" product, FireWire Keychain. No movable parts, max storage 1GB, and Firewire connection. Prices will be annouced tomorrow, according to the products page.
 
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Overclocking the Suomi wy

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HardwareIf you happen to think that the Intel Pentium 4 with the new Northwood core ticking away at 2200MHz is too slow for anything really useful (like Quake 3), this one's for you.

A bunch of guys (yes, guys. Gals doesn't do this. Honest.) from Finland took it upon themself to set a new overclocking world record. The ended up clocking the Intel P4 from it's usual 2,2GHz up to 3,675GHz. That's right. 3675 MHz.

The article is here. If your Finnish sucks, there's an English summary on the bottom of the page.
 
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Hmm... a personal cluster?

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HardwareWould you like your own personal cluster computer?
With eight (yes, eight) Pentium IIIs in it?
And space for up to 8GB of RAM?
Got a few thousand dollars to spare?
If so, go check out Redstone from RocketCalc.
 
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