October 18, 2006

the get it
If you’re ready to upgrade that old notebook or downsize from that desktop, now is the time. Lenovo, the company now producing the highly touted IBM Thinkpad notebook line, is running a special on their desktop replacement the Z60m. This machine has it all and for a desktop replacement, it isn’t all that hefty coming in at 6.33 lbs. Sporting a 15.4in WSXGA+ display, Pentium M Processor 750 (1.86Ghz), 512MB of RAM, 60GB hard drive, DVD burner, w Roman’; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA”>802.11abg internal wireless card, Gigabit Ethernet, ATI Graphics, 1yr warranty and Windows XP Pro. All of this for the incredibly low price of $899 and free shipping. Here is a review for the Z60m from PC Magazine.
the gizmo
I must first apologize for the small images of Sharp’s new in-car LCD. You would think they would include better images especially whilst crowing about the new 1500:1 contrast ratio. This type of system is meant to replace the current stationary analog gauges and displays in today’s automobiles. This new system is highly resistant to vibration and displays deep, rich blacks that are needed to emulate the contrast of current analog gauges. On the surface it doesn’t seem that sexy, but if you think about it, the possibilities are endless. This type of system could display all types of information. Besides the normal speedometer, oil pressure and tachometer, it could display traffic, weather and navigational information or limitless diagnostic data. Most importantly all of this in a relatively small, very dynamic area. And because of its high contrast and high resolution capabilities, it could be tied into a camera system to assist drivers with blind spots or simply display the area behind the car as seen on their site.
the gorgeous

Great another re-release of a retro product to make me feel old. Well at least they waited 40 years. That’s a lifetime compared to today’s pop culture rehash (see Starsky and Hutch, Dukes of Hazzard, 80s fashions and the ten-speed-bicycle-cutoff-shorts-high-sweat-sock look I see all over town). As one of the companies commissioned to create futuristic products for the 1968 release of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Hamilton designed and created this beauty and is now releasing a reinterpretation of the original labeling it the X-01. The X-01 is clad entirely in titanium, features a sapphire crystal, an automatic movement and a rubber strap. It also has a trio of analog sub displays that are each separate quartz modules for display of "Home Time", "Dream Time" and "GMT". Act quickly, there will only be 2,001 issued.

the green

This month, Venice got the world’s first electro solar powered vaporetto. Vaporettis are those ily: ‘Times New Roman’; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA”>ubiquitous water buses that shuttle folks around the islands of Venice. The Bauer Hotel Group launched it at a press conference on the 5th christening it the B mare vaporetto. The 28-foot-long shuttle collects all of its energy through solar panels that line the roof and produces zero emissions, no wake and no noise. According to Family Travel Forum, this boat "is nearly 98% more cost-efficient and 84% more energy-efficient than traditional oil/diesel-fueled water buses and has no carbon dioxide emissions". On top of that, the power plant seems to be virtually maintenance free. According to their site, "The components of the shuttle boat require no external lubrication, do not have combustible parts and require no battery maintenance besides a change of battery once every seven years." Hopefully this is the shape of things to come. After all, Venice has a serious vested interest in the effects of global warming which inevitably lead to rising water levels.

the gossip
This week it was reported that Apple Computer has filed for trademark on the term iPhone. In the filing, Apple describes iPhone as "handheld and mobile digital electronic devices for the sending and receiving of telephone calls, faxes, electronic mail, and other digital data; MP3 and other digital format audio players." Alright already with the teases. Just put out the damn phone already. I feel like some shipwreck survivor at sea, living on rationed water, lapping up a few drops a day. I don’t know about you, but I am starting to lose interest.