Kryten is a Series 4000 mechanoid, the neurotic robotic servant appearing in cult British sitcom Red Dwarf. So what's he got to do with your computer, apart from the somewhat stereotypical link between geeks and science fiction? Well, the Kryten character was played (in all but the first appearance) by the actor Robert Llewellyn. An actor who has been hired by computer upgrade outfit Crucial.com to present an information video encouraging people, surprise surprise, to upgrade their laptop memory rather than throw it away just because it's running slowly or freezing regularly. ![ce91a16f66af05daf4f939c7df75db0c](/attachments/small/0/ce91a16f66af05daf4f939c7df75db0c.jpg "align-right") Crucial has undertaken research recently which …

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What do you get if you combine a computer company with a group of Vegans and someone who used to present a popular children's TV show? The less than obvious answer is a Linux computer designed especially for old people. But there you have it, and according to the press release that sits before me the awfully named [URL="http://www.discount-age.co.uk/simplicity_computers/"]simplicITy computer[/URL] (what's wrong with OAPC I ask you) that is designed specifically to meet the needs of users aged 50 plus, has come about courtesy of a collaboration between a money saving website co-founded by ex Blue Peter presenter Valerie Singleton, …

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Everyone knows that China is not exactly the most Internet friendly country, in fact the Chinese government pretty much hates it. Despite being a truly [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry1269.html"]connected superpower[/URL], the Chinese government has already [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry1407.html"]declared war on Internet porn[/URL]. Of course, the Internet is a cool tool when used as a weapon by the [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry2427.html"]army of Chinese government sponsored hackers[/URL] against other countries. Now it seems that the Chinese authorities are turning their weapons of mass censorship on all citizens. It seems that as from next month, every PC sold in China will have Green Dam software installed. Green what? Well, the …

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I've never been a big fan of American Idol or reality TV in general, but the tit for tat going on between Microsoft and Apple ads reminds me a bit of a reality TV competition with bloggers acting as Simon and Paula and the gang. We watch. Sometimes we laugh. Sometimes we sneer, but it's all in good fun right? The [URL="http://byronmiller.typepad.com/byronmiller/2009/05/mac-strikes-back-take-that-microsoft.html"]latest ad [/URL]in Apple's Get a Mac campaign goes straight after the new series of ads from Microsoft. Microsoft has tried a number of approaches, but its new series of [URL="http://gadgets.boingboing.net/2009/03/26/microsoft.html"]Laptop Hunter ads[/URL], which goes after Apple's price seems …

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The quarterly numbers are in the books for Google, Apple and Microsoft , and while Apple and Google made money, Microsoft failed to report a profit for the first time in 23 years as a public company. [B]Crazy Times, Crazy Results[/B] It seems unfathomable that Apple continued to do well in this recession, but as I wrote on Thursday in[URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4274.html"] Apple Earnings Continue to Defy Logic,[/URL] while Apple's computer sales dipped, and iPod revenue (as opposed to sales) remained flat, the iPhone and the App Store carried the day. Meanwhile, the [URL="http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/google-beats-profit-expectations-talks-twitter-101276"]National Business Review reports[/URL] that at a recent earnings …

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I've been fascinated by the recent series of Microsoft ads that go after Apple. On one hand I commended Microsoft for having a unified message in [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4186.html"]Microsoft Gives Apple the Full Court Press[/URL]. On the other, I think the message is off kilter as I wrote in [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4212.html"]Apple's Value is More than Skin Deep.[/URL] That's why a recent post on BusinessWeek, [URL="http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/apr2009/tc20090415_602968.htm?campaign_id=technology_related"]Mac vs. PC: What You Don't Get for $699[/URL], caught my eye. In it, [URL="http://www.businessweek.com/bios/Arik_Hesseldahl.htm"]Arik Hesseldahl[/URL] breaks down why the PC is not such a bargain and quotes a terse Apple spokesperson, who left it at this: [QUOTE]"The one …

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It's with more than idle curiosity that I've watched the recent [URL="http://news.cnet.com/microsofts-lauren-ad-follow-up-disses-mac-power/?tag=rtcol;pop"]Microsoft ads[/URL] that attack Apple, subtly suggesting that it's too expensive and that it's all glitz with no real computing power. There is so much wrong with these assertions that it's hard to know where to begin. There is after all something to be said for getting what you pay for, and when you buy any old Windows PC based on price and specifications without regard to quality, you have no idea what you're getting. When you buy a Mac, you may pay more, but you know exactly what …

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Having already been accused of [URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/23321/1231/"]killing common sense[/URL] with some bizarre App Store [URL="http://www.itpro.co.uk/blogs/daveyw/2009/02/10/apple-bans-bouncing-barack-and-trouserless-bill/"]listing decisions[/URL], now it seems that an Apple sans Steve Jobs could be treading the path towards total market madness. Apple is displaying all the signs of losing the plot: announcing a raft of new desktops just as Gartner is forecasting that desktop shipments will fall by a full 32 percent year on year. If that were not enough reason to dust off the corporate straitjacket, how about the small matter of the recession which is hitting us all and that includes the buyer of IT. Apple …

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Apple has had marked success with the '[URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/20808/53/"]I'm a Mac[/URL]' advertising campaigns, and Microsoft is back banging it's head against a seeming brick wall of indifference with the ongoing 'I'm a PC' marketing drive that has featured both Bill Gates and [URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/20745/53/"]Steve 'Monkey Dancer' Ballmer[/URL]. Now, it would appear, that the Linux Foundation is feeling left out and so has decided to join in the fun with an 'I'm Linux' advertising run. As far as I am aware there has never really been a concerted advertising campaign for Linux. That is because it has never needed one, the dedicated fanbois …

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If the Asian networking out of the box specialists [URL="http://www.norhtec.com/"]NorhTec[/URL] are to be believed the answer is very low indeed: how does $85 (£41) sound? Remarkably that is how much the new NorhTec MicroClient JrSX is set to cost, making it what must be the lowest priced Linux powered thin client PC around. According to [URL="http://www.linuxdevices.com/news/NS5563564014.html"]LinuxDevices[/URL] the MicroClient JrSX is a 300MHz Vortex86SX system-on-chip device, ultra low power it only consumes 0.9W at 300MHz. It includes CompactFlash and 2.5" hard drive storage as well as 10/100Mbps Ethernet, 128Mb DDR RAM, triple USB 2 sockets and all in a box measuring …

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Once again, Microsoft is pushing forward their domination by applying the successful techniques in the gaming industry to the PC world. What is it this time? Xbox Live. Microsoft has announced that they plan to make this service available for PCs, too. This is exciting news, for several reasons. Microsoft's Xbox Live has proven quite successful over the years, and was one of the core reasons why the original Xbox remained popular over the years. So if it's popular in the console world, won't it be a hit with the PCs? But this is a lot more than a quality …

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Although it sounds like some kind of fantasy computing game, and in a way that sums it up pretty nicely, a 40 core supercomputer for your desktop will be a reality from January 2007 thanks to [URL="http://www.tyanpsc.com"]TyanPSC[/URL]. The next generation personal supercomputer from Tyan Computer Corporation was launched today, with general availability expected by January. The Typhoon 600 series uses Intel Xeon 5300 Clovertown processors (up to 40 CPU cores in total) to provide a 256 gigaflops performance on a turnkey system for your office or home, and it can be powered up from a standard electricity socket as well. …

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Born August 12th 1981, the IBM Personal Computer changed the world. Hard to imagine now, but back then it really was the start of a revolution. All those personal computers that came before it were nothing more than toys in the eyes of the business world, the marriage of Microsoft to the IBM Disk Operating System pretty much proved the point. I promised myself I would not get all emotional and sloppy over the thought of that original IBM 5150 with its 4.77MHz processor, 56kb of memory (if you could afford the upgrade you could have as much as 256kb) …

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I love IT wars, always have. Back in the day, I was a columnist for a couple of Amiga computer magazines and more than happy to throw my opinion around concerning just why an Atari was such rubbish by comparison. Things have moved on since then, but also stayed much the same. I was there during the web browser wars and lived to tell the tale (many times over, and got paid for the telling.) I have been there as the PC Vs Mac battles have been fought, and survived without too much emotional damage. Which is why I am …

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The reports that are popping up all over the web that [URL="http://www.ibm.com"]IBM[/URL], along with [URL="http://www.gatech.edu"]Georgia Tech[/URL], has [URL="http://www.gatech.edu/news-room/release.php?id=1019"]demonstrated [/URL]the world’s fastest ever chip are, sadly, not quite as exciting as you might at first think. Not least because this wasn’t a chip at all, but rather a transistor, and even the least technical minded of people will realize there’s something of a difference between the two. Looking beyond that basic misunderstanding of the facts, the news still fails to excite me as much as it seems to have excited everyone else and here’s for why: Yes, it did run at …

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Nigel Page, strategist for Microsoft Australia, has clarified the hardware needs for effectively running the upcoming Windows Vista. Speaking at Microsoft’s [url=http://apcstart.com/teched/pivot/entry.php?id=6]TechEd[/url] conference, he indicated the following in response to questions asked. Vista, we are told, is much more graphics focused. There is a fundamental shift from bitmap images to vector graphics, much more focus on shifting workload from the CPU to the GPU, and will require a serious display card to be included in the machine. A 128 megabyte display card will be good, and a 256 megabyte or better display card will be ideal. The graphics capability will …

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The End.