Archive for April, 2008

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Western Digital did it again with the next generation Raptor hard disk drives – the VelociRaptor, 10,000 rpm, 2.5-inch, 300 GB SATA Hard Drive that are actually about 35 percent faster and twice the capacity of the previous performance king – the 150 GB Raptor X drive.

The new WD VelociRaptor hard drives are designed specifically for PC and Mac computer enthusiasts and for use in professional workstations. The WD VelociRaptor hard drives are built with enterprise-class mechanics and pack 300 GB of storage capacity into a 2.5-inch enterprise form factor. The 2.5-inch WD VelociRaptor drives are enclosed in the IcePack, a 3.5-inch mounting frame with a built-in heat sink – a customization that fits the drive into a standard 3.5-inch system bay and keeps this powerful drive extra cool when installed in a high-performance desktop chassis.

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VelociRaptor Features
Killer Speed – Built on the performance of the WD Raptor, these 10,000 RPM drives, with SATA 3 Gb/s interface, and 16 MB cache deliver mind-bending performance.
Rock-solid Reliability – WD VelociRaptor drives are designed and manufactured to business-critical, enterprise-class standards to provide enterprise reliability in high duty cycle environments. The design results in the highest available reliability rating of any SATA drive at 1.4 million hours MTBF.
IcePack Mounting Frame – The 2.5-inch WD VelociRaptor drives are enclosed in a 3.5-inch enterprise-class mounting frame with a built-in heat sink that keeps this powerful little drive extra cool when installed in high-performance desktop chassis.
Rotary Acceleration Feed Forward (RAFF) – Optimizes performance when the drives are used in vibration-prone, multi-drive chassis.
SecurePark – Parks the recording heads off the disk surface during spin up, spin down and when the drive is off. This ensures the recording head never touches the disk surface, resulting in improved long-term reliability and increased drive protection when the chassis is moved.

The 300GB WD VelociRaptor is currently available for $199 USD.

If you want to order a 300 GB Western Digital VelociRaptor HDD…

Myka is a new internet video player with built-in BitTorrent client for direct downloading of the multimedia files on the device. Video and audio files are downloaded from the internet on to Myka’s internal hard drive and after that these files can be played back directly to a television. Myka is controlled by a handy remote control or can be programmed remotely trough the web. This cool device has all the features you need in order to connect it directly to your new or old TV and yes there is even HDMI output as well as all the needed analog and digital sound output for your audio system. You get the option to use Ethernet cable connection to the internet or wireless network if you already have such in your home, eliminating the need to put any more network cables around.

BitTorrent is the leading peer-to-peer file-transfer protocol with more than 160 million installed clients. That means the more popular a large video file, the faster it can be transferred with BitTorrent. The result is quick, easy-to-use, high-quality, video downloads from major studios and other content providers without tying up you computer for hours. And you don’t need to do any work to figure out how to get the file to actually play on your TV. With a wide range of file formats supported, you don’t need to think about it at all. Just plug it in and enjoy. Myka comes with an internal hard drive with a choice of an 80-gigabyte, 160-gigabyte and a 500-gigabyte model. That translates into hours of continuous, high-definition video content. And yes, Myka supports HD video playback, although only up to 720p or 1080i.

Myka Key Features
– WiFi enabled – 802.11g
– Direct Ethernet connector for direct connection
– HDMI, Composite, S-Video and SPDIF ports for maximum flexibility
– Internal hard drive choice of 80, 160 or 500 gigabytes
– BitTorrent peer to peer software built in
– USB port for expansion

Supported Video Playback
– MPEG-2 MP@ML (ISO/IEC13818), up to 10Mb/s
– H.264/AVC MP HP up to L4.1
– VC1 AP@L3, Simple and Main Profile
– WMV 9 Simple and Main Profile
– DivX 3.11,4.11 and 5.x support
– MPEG-4 part 2 SP/ASP
– Aspect Ratio:4:3 and 16:9,auto format detection
– Out Definition:480i, 480p, 576i, 576p, 720p or 1080i

Supported Audio Playback
– Decoding Formats: MPEG (Layer1,2), MP3, AAC, WMA
– Volume Control: 32-level adjustable, mute
– Output Modes: Mono/Stereo/Dolby Digital

You can pre-order Myka in 3 different models for $299 (80GB), $349 (160GB) or $459 (500GB).

If you want to be among the first to own Myka the BitTorrent Aduio/Video TV Player…

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Now that is something that is usually hard to find and a bit expensive, but it might be very handy at times. If you have an old laptop that uses the older PCMCIA (CardBus) standard for extension cards you might be out of luck if you have to insert a new ExpressCard device for some reason. At such time this small Filco ExpressCard to USB adapter can be very useful, although it may not be very convenient to be used while traveling and using the mobile computer. The good news is that you can also use an ExpressCard device designed for your laptop on your desktop PC with the help of this adapter…

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The adapter is compatible with both the smaller ExpressCard/34 standard and the bigger ExpressCard/54 devices so you don’t have to worry your device wont be compatible and of course you’ll still have to install drivers for the device in order for it to function correctly.

The ExpressCard to USB Adapter will cost you $39.09.

To buy this useful adapter for your laptop or desktop pc…


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