Category Archive for 'Computer Hardware'

New Computer

Wednesday, August 17th, 2005

I have a new HP computer (dx6120 MT) at office. I got it on Friday night and spent the next 3 holidays I had (Saturday-Monday) doing the data transfers and setting it up. The RAM was still the default 256MB till a few hours ago. With the new video card (I installed a XFX NVIDIA […]

Intel Agrees To Come To India

Wednesday, June 15th, 2005

On May 3, I wrote about Indian IT minister’s planned visit to woo Intel to set up a factory in India. From the report on eWeek, looks like he succeeded! Intel Corp., the world’s largest computer-chip maker, plans to spend up to $400 million on a chip assembly and testing plant in India, Communications Minister […]

Self Replicating Robots!

Thursday, May 12th, 2005

Self Replicating Robots Are Here! OMG! Run! Hide! Stock up stuff. They will take over the world! All those movies about robots taking over Earth are coming true! Nobody is safe! Nowhere is safe! It’s the beginning of the end! OMG! OMG!!!! 😉 Interesting article though.

Intel Factory in India?

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2005

Well, looks like we might have one soon. Rediff is reporting reporting that our IT Minister is going to meet Intel top brass end of May just to make that happen. "I am meeting Intel chief Craig Barett in the end of this month and I have one point agenda to press him for setting […]

Upgrade Time

Sunday, January 30th, 2005

I have been putting off doing some upgrades to my system here at office for some time now. I guess now is the time to go ahead and do them: RAMI had 512Mb RAM a few weeks ago (266Mhz) but I saw that WinXP was using 500+ Mb of page file all the time and […]

HDD Soup

Wednesday, January 12th, 2005

One of the reasons I wasn’t actively blogging was the increased workload caused by failure of my primary 120G HDD that I use as my data storehouse in my PC. One day it was working fine, and suddenly the system blue-screened and WinXP told me it had done this to protect my data. Jokes aside […]

Mystery IBM Death Star Crash

Friday, October 29th, 2004

I found this documentary of looking into a IBM Death Star crash and further making things confusing, very very interesting. Look at those platters! Wow!

BlackBerry in India

Tuesday, October 19th, 2004

Looks like BlackBerry is in India through a tie-up between Research in Motion and Airtel, part of India’s largest telecom conglomerate, Bharti Enterprises. The wireless service is designed to forward customers’ e-mails from a desktop to a mobile device and synchronize changes between the two. RIM will offer three BlackBerry wireless devices–the 7730, 7230 and […]

Low-Level Hi-Tech Hardware

Wednesday, October 13th, 2004

Came across the story India Emerges as Innovation Hub on Wired today. It highlights 4 technologies in development in India that are aimed at rural/backward areas of the country and which could find widespread use in the so-called Third World countries: Script Mail (a regional language handwriting recognition & mailing system) – HP Research Centre, […]

Mac Through The Eyes of a PC Die-Hard

Wednesday, October 13th, 2004

Anand has written a 16-page article about his one month use of a Mac. Written pretty objectively, he’s done a marvellous job of pointing out the small nuances and the big issues — from software to hardware — and what makes what click. A must read.

Supercomputing in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Tuesday, October 5th, 2004

According to C|Net, Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics in Kolkata just bought a 96-processor XD1 supercomputer (datasheet) from Cray. The specifications page does’t list a 96-processor unit but from the looks of it, it should be around 500 Gflops. That makes me wonder why they didn’t purchase a supercomputer from C-DAC which is making and […]

36 Tflops! Holy!

Wednesday, September 29th, 2004

IBM has broken the supercomputing speed record with it’s Blue Gene/L prototype producing 36 teraflops compared to NEC’s Earth Simulator which chugs away at 35.86 teraflops. Holy! Compare that to India’s 1 teraflop Param Padma which is scalable to 16 teraflops. C-DAC has been offering these on a build-to-order basis too. Quite cheap by international […]

Vein-Recognition Security System

Wednesday, September 1st, 2004

This story on eWeek talks about banks in Japan starting the use of Fujitsu’s biometric vein-pattern recognition technology for authentication. (It) works by shining a near-infrared light on a palm placed about four centimeters above a scanner. The vein patterns illuminated under the skin appear as dark patterns, and it is this information that becomes […]

The New iMac

Tuesday, August 31st, 2004

The new iMac makes me drool. This story at C|Net broke the news to me. My first impression was, “That’s it? What’s so special about it?” as if I was expecting something radically geeky. But then, thinking about it — it is radically geeky! Minimalism is surely in and the new iMac gives the aesthetic […]

MS Longhorn & 3D Graphics

Saturday, July 31st, 2004

Okay, this is news for me. I didn’t know that Longhorn would have 3D graphics driving its interface. That means an incredible number of things — for software and hardware alike. Given the amount of GPU resources we have available in various corporate environments, to rely so heavily on a major hardware upgrade by the […]

New Keyboard

Wednesday, July 21st, 2004

I have a new keyboard! TVS Gold tactile mechanical keyboard.

Google Enters The Computer History Museum

Saturday, July 17th, 2004

The Google Blog talks about Google entering The Computer History Museum. We’re five years old and already they’re sticking us in a museum. The museum’s display is of Google’s first corkboard server rack from 1999. A few specs: each tray contained eight 22GB hard drives and one power supply, and the rack itself required no […]

Mobile Computing of Third Kind

Saturday, June 26th, 2004

When you mod your bike, how much do you really do it? A few internal changes perhaps. Most of us end up with plastic surgery mostly — everything superficial. But this guy has modified his bike in a rather interesting manner. Cosmetic changes aside, the hardware maestro has installed a computer on his bike, complete […]