Daily Archives: October 17, 2007

Hard Truths About Transit Financing

Transit shows up now and then among every campaign’s promises, but common to all is a poor understanding of the real needs and costs. Even media veterans who should know their way around the issue fall into the trap of believing the way each party describes the problems.

I will use the TTC as the single largest example of how much money we need to find, but TTC’s problems exist GTA-wide and in other major Ontario cities. The big difference with the TTC is its size and the relatively large amount of off-peak riding it caries. If transit is to be a real alternative in other centres, that’s what they must aim for.

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Fit PC runs Linux and draws only 5W of power

There are power efficient computers and then there are power efficient computers. Enter the Fit PC, a small, self-contained, fanless computer that draws 3W to 5W when it is on. It’s no power house but for its size and what it is designed to do, it is quite impressive. It features an AMD Geode LX800 processor running at 500MHz, integrated 256MB of DDR memory which cannot be upgraded, 40GB IDE hard drive, dual 100Mbps Ethernet, SXGA graphics controller supporting resolutions up to 1920 x 1440 and comes preinstalled with Gentoo Linux though it is capable of running Windows XP.

Those wishing to install Windows XP would be able to do so through a USB optical drive and Windows XP drivers are available from the Fit PC downloads section.

Other less notable features include an all aluminum case with a black finish and is splash and dust resistant with an operating temperature from 0C to 70C (for those of you in the US that is 32F to 158F).

ExtremeTech did a review of the system and noted several things, “After we had six windows (and six apps) running, the system definitely became sluggish—this is not a strong multitasking system.”

It is summed up nicely by this final thought, “If you need anything that requires even moderately demanding CPU or graphics horsepower, the fit-PC isn’t the right solution. Performance is not the point of this system—form factor and cost are the main factors.”

The Fit PC will cost you $285 and for that price you may just want to consider the EEEPC, while not as power efficient, I promise you it is at least twice as powerful.

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Watching TV on the laptop–and on the cheap

I know this may sound crazy, but I don’t have a television. This isn’t a problem, except when I get glimpses of what I might be missing, like when the New York Mets choked and it was all anybody could talk about in the office that day. I went on a search for some of my old–and new–favorite TV shows on the Internet.

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ASUS Introduces All-New Eee PC for Complete Mobile Internet Enjoyment

Easy to Learn, Easy to Work, Easy to Play. Majority of activities conducted on the laptops today are Internet related. Whether it
’s checking emails, reading news, communicating with others or simply utilizing online share spaces, Internet usage has become a big part of the daily computing operations – for both work and fun. o accommodate the increasing total Internet computing demands as well as growing number of users, both young and old, ASUS launches the revolutionary Eee PC to provide users with a new mobile Internet experience like never before.

This is a new line of PCs that focuses on providing users with the most comprehensive Internet application based on three Es: Easy to learn, work, play; Excellent Internet experience and Excellent on the go, and hence the product name of Eee PC.

Easy to Learn, Work and Play

Learn the latest technology without a technical manual! For easy hands-on, the Eee PC offers two modes of intuitive user interface design: the easy mode and the full desktop mode in order to accommodate both experienced and inexperienced PC users. The Eee PC is also Windows XP compatible.

Excellent Internet Experience

Built-in WLAN connectivity allows users to stay connected for dynamic Internet usage on the go. With the Eee PC empowers users to share photos without waiting till one gets home; connect face to face with just a few clicks; enjoy online entertainment live; stay on top of emails for high work efficiency and more!

Excellent Excellent on the go

The 7” Eee PC 701 is ultra light with large flash-based storage capacity and built-in webcam for compact mobility with wireless freedom. The special solid-state disc design based on built-in flash-memory gives the Eee PC a great shock-proof advantage over traditional notebook PCs allowing extra flexibility and a worry free experience.

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OK, I admit it, Leopard has more “Wow!” than Vista … in theory anyway

OK, I admit it, Leopard has more “Wow!” than Vista … in theory anyway…

Now that I’ve given in and decided that the PC Doc HQ is to get at least one Mac (what exactly I’m going to do with it remains a mystery, but that’s not the point) I’ve been spending some time checking out what new features I can expect from Leopard. Apple has conveniently listed 300+ new Mac OS X Leopard features on a single page, and I have to say, Leopard sounds compelling … in theory anyway.

OK, I admit it, Leopard has more “Wow!” than Vista … in theory anyway. Browsing through the 300+ new feature (well, OK, let’s first admit that “new features” is marketing hyperbole, some of the features have just been re-tweaked and modified a little) I have to admit that I went “Wow!” more than once. In fact, I might as well come clean and admit that Leopard looks like it beats Vista in the “Wow!” department.

In case you missed that, let me repeat it again:

“Leopard looks like it beats Vista in the “Wow!” department.”

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