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This weekend I received a Sony VAIO PCV-LX910 Slim Top computer in for review. It came with what has to be the coolest 15-inch LCD display I have seen. While the display sports a maximum 1024 x 768 resolution at 32-bit True Color, integrated Harmon Kardon multimedia speakers as well as dual USB ports on each side …

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I’m a big «what if» guy, so during my three-year-plus experiment over in the land of Windows, there was one particular «what if» that I couldn’t help thinking about. It went a little something like this: What if you took the few good parts of Windows and merged it with most of the Mac OS? …

Continue reading Prodigal Mac: You Probably Don’t Want To Hear This

I’ve recently discovered that Mac users actually control the universe and that the Mac serves as some kind of pandimensional hub controlling the minds and wills of mankind. For almost a year now, I’ve sat here typing away my bile week after week, assaulting all things peecee, and I’ve received virtually nothing but praise for …

Continue reading Talkin’ Smack: On Peecees, the Mac and Everything

In talking to people at trade shows, user conferences and channel partner stores, there are a few common questions that are always raised: «When is writable/rewritable DVD going to be cheap enough for me to use at home?» «Is Hollywood raising all of the copyright stink just to make sure I can’t copy heir movies?» …

Continue reading Guest Opinion: What’s the Big Deal About Content Protection?

I lie to you not. I went out to the Streaming Media West convention in Long Beach last week (against my better judgement, but I’ll get to that in a moment). This is one of those shows where practically the only companies in attendance are there to beg for venture capital. You know the kind. …

Continue reading State of the Art: Is Streaming Dead?

Another SIGGRAPH has come and gone. This year’s show was smaller than last year’s, with several exhibitors dropping out and with attendance seemingly down. (Actual attendance figures haven’t been published yet.) What does this say about the animation industry in general? Of course, the industry has hit some hard times, and so some exhibitors opted …

Continue reading SIGGRAPH 2001 Roundup

SGI is one of my favorite companies. Their computers have fueled the entertainment industry for years, and they have played a major role in the development of the computer graphics industry that we have today. Unfortunately, SGI’s presence at Siggraph 2001 was, to put it mildly, «interesting.» They were showing their brand new O2+ workstation, …

Continue reading Guest Opinion : The SGI We Really Need

Five years ago, the promise of DSL captured the imagination of tech heads everywhere. What a concept: High speed, broadband Internet access, through conventional phone lines! There would be few installation worries, no new wiring and soon, the whole world would be hooked up with fast connections to what was then called the Information Superhighway. …

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This has been a tough two months by anyone’s measurement for the ProAV industry. We were already slumping into a recession and then the September 11th terrorist attacks on New York and Washington and everything stopped. We were all glued to the TV watching as New York Firefighters, Police and volunteers pulled rubble looking for …

Continue reading Community Rallies Around Da-Lite After Tornado Tears Down All Four Walls