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NASA have just ended an era with the flick of a switch, where they powered down NASA's last mainframe, the IBM Z9 Mainframe, at their Marshall Space Flight Center.
Of course, mainframes were a cornerstone of NASA's history. They could be attributed to getting the U.S. to land on the Moon, or to calculate many other things that the public is allowed to know, and more interestingly, the things we don't know. Which I'm sure NASA have a lot of.
Back when NASA were installing older mainframes, they used to be absolutely gigantic. Now we can have them down to the size of a decently-sized refrigerator (if that makes you feel any better about NASA's power bills or the state of "global warming"). It's a sad day, but it was an eventuality.
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Deeper discount and upgraded configuration! $599 after a massive $472.99 instant discount buys this originally $1049 Dell Vostro 260 slim tower desktop with TWO 20" Dell E2011H LCD monitors. This computer also comes with a 2nd gen 3.3Ghz Intel Core i3-2120 processor, 4GB DDR3 SDRAM, 500GB 7200RPM hard drive, 16x DVD+/-RW DL, Dell Wireless 1501 802.11n card, 8-in-1 media card reader, Windows 7 Professional x64, 15-month antivirus, and a 1 year warranty, plus a TrippLite HDMI to DVI gold video cable. Shipping is FREE. Unknown expiration date, may expire at any time (original expiration was 2/3/12 at 7AM CT).
CyberpowerPC, a leading manufacturer of custom gaming PCs, gaming notebooks, and performance workstations has just announced that they are the first U.S. computer manufacturer to offer Intel's Performance Turning Protection Plan, which covers you under warranty in case you damage your CPU from overclocking.
This means you can push your CyberpowerPC system even further, without having to worry about "what if it fails," or "what if I push it too far?" CyberpowerPC have also teamed up with Gigabyte and are offering the Protection Plan for free, when you purchase a second-generation K-series CPU along with a Gigabyte Z68-based motherboard.
Eric Cheung, CEO of CyberpowerPC says:
We're very excited to partner up with Intel and Gigabyte to provide this service for our enthusiast customers. We're inviting our hardcore gaming customers to push their systems to the limit because CyberpowerPC and Intel have your back.
On top of this, it's great to know that every CyberpowerPC is assembled in the U.S. and each system is meticulously built including precise cable routing to "ensure optimal airflow and a clean aesthetic appearance." All CyberpowerPC gaming systems include a 3-year limited warranty and free lifetime phone support.
Raspberry Pi is shaping up to be a great thing for modders and the hobbyist community. The latest tease is the $25 unit running popular home-theater PC software, XMBC. Considering the Raspberry Pi is more-or-less the size of a credit card, this is an amazing feat.
It was recently demoed showing off XMBC, and for the cost of less than a thumb drive, it offers an ARM11-based Broadcom BCM2835 processor with a built-in multimedia engine. The chip is capable of decoding high-profile H.264 content at 1080p, and XMBC seems to take advantage of that very nicely.
It also sports a 3.5-mm audio jack, onboard SD slot, built-in HDMI and USB ports and the base of Raspberry Pi has the necessary ingredients for a basic home-theater PC. There is a second model available which includes an extra USB port, 10/100 Ethernet, and double the onboard memory for an additional $10.
Alienware have started 2012 by letting lose their X51 desktop. The X51 is a slim gaming PC that is designed to orient itself vertically, or horizontally on the desktop. Even the Alienware logo properly rotates depending on the positioning, nice touch!
The Alienware X51 sports a Core 13 or Core i5, a slot-loading optical drive and an option for Blu-ray. The X51 can be configured to take 8GB of RAM and 1TB of storage. GPU wise, it sports a full-size NVIDIA GeForce GT 545, upgradeable to the GTX 555, an external power supply in both 240W and 330W versions.
Connectivity on the Alienware X51 includes HDMI 1.4, on-board Wi-Fi, USB 3.0, and digital 7.1 surround sound. Additionally, the computer's accent colors can be modified with the Alienware Command Center software. Customers can place orders right now, starting at just $699.
CES 2012: We all knew that when AMD launched the Radeon HD 7970, that it would find itself plugged in and abused in the best of systems and Maingear is doing just that.
They've just announced that they will be offering the Radeon HD 7970 in their Shift and F131 desktops as well as the Vybe in the future. Maingear will offer the setups with CrossFireX-based configurations, which should whet the appetite of the most power-hungry users.
Backed up by lifetime warranty, Maingear systems also include phone support in the U.S. as well as three-year hardware warranty options. Also keep in mind that the new GCN (Graphics Core Next) from AMD can be very power-concious, by either powering the cards off (when only one is required) or down to very low idle power states. Even better value for money if you ask me.
Ok. If I were rich enough, I admit it: there would be one of these in each of my rooms. But, Japan gets it first, as they are the country of not only vending machines, but super-new technology and tech items.
Developed by Japan-based tech companies Sanden and Okaya (as well as Intel), this "vending machine 2.0" features a 65-inch see-through display with full HD resolution as its biggest selling point. When there are no potential customers nearby, it turns into a digital clock and also includes various animations to attract people.
Of course, the facial recognition feature is one of the stand out features of the new vending machine 2.0. Once a person is standing in front of the machine, facial recognition picks up the gender and approximate age and serves up personalized ads. The machine is suggested to sell "luxury" items such as cosmetics and wine.
Dell's Alienware team have today launched an updated Aurora gaming desktop, which is based on Intel's latest Sandy Bridge-E platform. It is known as model R4 and uses the ALX mid-tower chassis.
It also features a liquid-cooled Core i7-3930K or i7-3960X, up to 32GB of RAM, up to a 2TB hard drive and/or up to a 512GB solid-state drive, and right up to the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 GPU or two AMD Radeon HD 6950's in CrossFire.
We just got done updating the TweakTown Admiral PC SBG for the launch of Intel's new Sandy Bridge-E platform. Of course being our top-dog system with no budget limitation, the Admiral PC gets the best. We have switched out the old CPU, motherboard and RAM.
As for the motherboard, incoming is the impressive ASUS Rampage IV Extreme (bundled with BF3) and of course the CPU of choice is the mega expensive yet super fast Intel Core i7-3960X Sandy Bridge-E Extreme Edition (3.3GHz up to 3.9GHz with Turbo Boost) Six-Core processor and for the RAM we have no less than 64GB of Corsair Vengeance memory.
Hit on up the Admiral PC over here!
So this is where Matrox has been hiding, it has been in a love dungeon with Shuttle and they've been getting jiggy with it, and the results? A new mini PC, powered by a Matrox M-Series multi-display graphic card that powers the new Shuttle XPC H7 5820S mini PC. The M-Series PCI Express x16 boards support up to eight DisplayPort or single-link DVI monitors at resolutions of up to 2560x1600 per display.
But, get this, a second M-Series card can be combined within the H7 5820S workstation which allows integrators to use a wide range of multi-display installations in corporate, digital signage, security surveillance, process control, stock markets, share traders, crazy-insane monitor lovers and other professional environments.
One of the best features, is that its only 19 centimeters (7.5-inches) in height, which means its quite the mini PC indeed. The Shuttle XPC H7 5820S mini PC sports an Intel Core i7 processor with up to six cores and up to 16GB of DDR3 memory. The high-performance H7 5820S can be incorporated with one or two M9128 dual-monitor, M9138 triple-monitor, M9140/M9148 quad-monitor, and M9188 octal boards.