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I was looking for a fast small (read: mini-ITX) mobo that had enough power to drive 1080P monitor/panel and I came across Zotac IonITX-A-U board. According to manufacturer’s website:

The mini-ITX form factor ZOTAC® ION combines a high-performance NVIDIA® ION graphics processor with a power-efficient Intel® Atom processor for the ultimate eco-friendly platform that has no troubles handling regular web browsing, e-mail, & productivity and HD video playback tasks.

NVIDIA® PureVideo HD technology harnesses the power of the ION’s 16 high-speed stream processors for high-definition Blu-ray playback capabilities. PureVideo HD technology decodes HD video formats and enhances standard-definition videos with the ION GPU for flawless HD and superior SD video playback.

Sounds and looks very nice and capable. I guess I’d have to pick one up and give it a whirl. Here are the quick tech specs:

  • Onboard Video: GeForce 9400M
  • Onboard Audio: 5.1
  • Model: IONITX-A
  • CPU Socket: 441-ball
  • FSB: 533 MHz
  • Dimensions: 6.7″ x 6.7″
  • Chipset: MCP7A-ION
  • Memory Type: DDR2 667/800
  • Package Contents: 3 SATA cable 1 SATA power cable 1 WiFi antenna 1 WiFi bracket
  • Memory Slots: 2×240pin
  • SATA: 3 + 1 eSATA
  • PCI Express x1: 1 (mini)
  • Form Factor: Mini ITX
  • Video Ports: D-Sub + DVI + HDMI
  • USB: 10 (6 on back panel, 4 via pin header)
  • Power Connector: 24 Pin – 90 Watt PSU included
  • PS/2: 1
  • RAID: 0/1/0+1

mini-itx.com has a nice review and sells the board aswell.

Moblin OS rocks…..

datePosted on 21:49, May 19th, 2009 by Many Ayromlou

Heard of Moblin yet….Intel’s foray into designing a Linux distro. Moblin is an open source project focused on building a Linux-based platform optimized for the next generation of mobile devices including Netbooks, Mobile Internet Devices, and In-vehicle infotainment systems. I came across the promo video below and I have to say I’m impressed. I’m downloading the beta image file right now to give it a try on my brand new Aspire One D150. More to come soon…..

Recuva: Free Recovery software for Windows….

datePosted on 13:43, May 6th, 2009 by Many Ayromlou

Lost a couple of files today by mistake (that’s what I get for using Synergy keyboard/mouse sharing application to run in windows)…..anyways, after a bit of googling I came across a very nice and simple recovery tool….Recuva. This one even recovers stuff that’s been deleted from the Recycle Bin (which was my case/mistake). Nice….and did I mention free :-).

Another mind blowing art installation……

datePosted on 11:26, May 6th, 2009 by Many Ayromlou

So what happens when an artist combines a 3D gaming engine, the power of blender and processing and a dash of human powered mechanical abomination? :-) Bince McKelvie describes his project:

Lb to Sf via bike is an interactive installation/game that documents a bike trip my friend and I took from long beach to san francisco. The user rides a stationary bike through a the 3d world by pedaling forward and steering with the bike handle bars. The world consists of three mini games and a huge chunk of the california coast. I am going to be releasing a version that is playable on a computer without the hardware soon. It is made with the blender game engine, a bit of processing, a wii controller and the makingthings board.

Augmented Reality Magic…..or simply MAGIC!!!

datePosted on 10:52, May 6th, 2009 by Many Ayromlou

Came across this video today and my first thought was…..magic??….Hmmm…..gotta be a video editing trickbut once I watched it for the fourth time it slowly started to click. This is by far the most innovative use of AR I’ve seen…..It’s fascinating…..It’s Magic :-). Watch Marco Tempest do his thing in this video….be warned though…you might have to watch it a couple of times…..it’s addictive. Lots of behind the scenes pictures here.

BTW. Marco writes:
    this is 100% real-time stuff – No post-processing. Programmed In C++ with OpenFrameworks, OpenCV, ARToolkitPlus, MacCam and other Open Source goodies…

Gantter.com: For all your project management needs……

datePosted on 12:23, April 30th, 2009 by Many Ayromlou

Hot on the heels of cometdocs and it’s free document conversion webservice comes Gantter. If you’ve ever used Microsoft Project, you’ll feel right at home here. You can think of it as a web-based Microsoft Project. It helps you to:

  • Plan and estimate your project (duration, work, cost) by splitting the project into a number of tasks
  • Review you plan using Gantt chart
  • Manage project resources (work or material) and assign them to tasks
  • Manage project calendars (set working times, add holidays etc)
  • Manage resource calendars (working times, vacations etc)
  • Control your project’s progress by setting % complete values to each task
  • Review critical tasks

Just like in MS Project you start by adding tasks, setting dependencies between them (Finish-to-Start, Start-to-Start, Finish-to-Finish, Start-to-Start), indenting them to create summary tasks. Then you add resources, modify their calendars if necessary, assign resources to tasks.

Gantter also supports more advanced features:

  • Plan your project either from its start date or its finish date
  • Mark tasks as milestones
  • Set task deadlines
  • Set task constraints: As soon as possible, As late as possible, Start no earlier than, Start no later than, Finish no earlier than, Finish no later than, Must start on, Must finish on
  • Set task types: Fixed Units, Fixed Duration or Fixed Work, set Effort driven flag when applicable.
  • Set lag time and lead time between tasks.

Gantter saves the result in MS Project’s XML format, which means that you can open Gantter projects in MS Project. Gantter also supports importing projects created in MS Project.

Cometdocs: Free Online File Converter……

datePosted on 12:12, April 30th, 2009 by Many Ayromlou

Well just came back from NAB’09 in Vegas. NAB was a bit thinly attended this year (I hear ~85,0000 people, as opposed to close to 200,000 in previous years). Had lots of time to browse the entire show floor. Lots of neat little booths and an entire section for experimental media in North Hall which was kinda cool. Anyways, in catching up with the feeds, today I came across cometdocs . It’s a free document conversion web service. Its unique features include on the fly OCR conversion capabilities, over 50 different conversion options and proprietary XPS and PDF conversion abilities that retains formatting, images and text in the selected output format.

A List of Online Conversion Types:

Convert from PDF:
(some conversion support OCR conversion for scanned PDF)
PDF to Open Office Writer format
PDF to Open Office Calc format
PDF to Open Office Impress format
PDF to image BMP
PDF to image JPG
PDF to image GIF
PDF to image PNG
PDF to image TIF
PDF to text
PDF to HTML
PDF to MS Word
PDF to MS Excel
PDF to AutoCAD (dwg)
PDF to AutoCAD (dxf)

Convert to PDF:
Bmp to PDF
Word (doc) to PDF
Gif to PDF
htm to PDF
html to PDF
jpeg to PDF
jpg to PDF
log to PDF
mht to PDF
mhtml to PDF
ODF to PDF
ODP to PDF
ODS to PDF
ODT to PDF
PNG to PDF
PPS to PDF
PPT to PDF
RTF to PDF
SDA to PDF
SDC to PDF
SDD to PDF
SDS to PDF
SDW to PDF
SXC to PDF
SXD to PDF
SXI to PDF
SXM to PDF
SXW to PDF
TIF to PDF
TIFF to PDF
TXT to PDF
WRI to PDF
XLS to PDF

Convert from XPS:
Convert to Open Office Writer format
Convert to Open Office Calc format
Convert to Open Office Impress format
Convert to image BMP
Convert to image JPG
Convert to image GIF
Convert to image PNG
Convert to image TIF
Convert to text
Convert to HTML
Convert to MS Word
Convert to MS Exsel

Other File Conversions:
Excel to CSV (XLSTOCSV)
XML to LINT (XMLLINT)
HTML to RSS (HTMLTORSS)
ASC TO PDB
ASC TO EBC
UNIX TO DOS
DOS TO UNIX
MAC TO UNIX
FIX TO DELIM
DELIM TO FIX
CSV TO DELIM
SORT FILE
PDF INFO
COMPARE FILES
MP3 INFO
FILEINFO
ICONV

So head on over to cometdocs for some conversion goodness…….

Home Computer of 2004?

datePosted on 15:00, April 4th, 2009 by Many Ayromlou

Well, I guess we all better thank Steve Wozniak…..I wonder what their idea of a portable computer would have looked like? I wonder what the steering wheel is for? The MOUSE?

JetBytes: On-the-fly file transfer……

datePosted on 10:19, March 24th, 2009 by Many Ayromlou

Neat idea…..You all know about sites where you can upload a large file, for your friends to download. It’s simple, but what if you don’t want to store the file somewhere. It suddenly gets a bit harder, right. Now you need to bring up that FTP/SSH server, create userid’s, open firewall, forward ports, etc. You get the idea.

Well, that’s were Jetbytes fits in. It’s a simple on-the-fly file transfer web service. You go to their website, choose the file you want to pass on to your friend. The site prints out a temporary/random URL, you send your friend the URL and as long as you stay on the page, they can download the file by simply clicking on the URL.

JetBytes does nothing more than route the file through their web server, allowing you to share large files easily with others even if one or both of you are behind firewalls. There is no restriction on the size or type of the files. Oh and did I mention, JetBytes is a free service.

New carpentry tool….Wiimote!!!

datePosted on 12:33, March 21st, 2009 by Many Ayromlou

Are you missing a spirit level? Pulling out your hair because you can’t remember where you left the damn thing? Well, install the Leveltool on your Wii’s homebrew channel, grab your wiimote and get to work. Leveltool program uses your wiimote’s internal tilt sensors to simulate a spirit level on your TV.

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