Monday, December 31, 2012
Ireland's Banking Crisis Bore The Imprint Of Global Influences, Yet In So Many Ways It Was Home-Made
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Eli Manning throws a career-high five touchdown passes in Giants' rout of Eagles but New York is eliminated from postseason contention.
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Friday, December 28, 2012
The Federal Communications Commission adopted a Report and Order today that updated regulatory requirements needed to provide broadband services on aircraft. In short, the commission has designated Earth Stations Aboard Aircraft -- the broadband modules placed on the exterior of aircraft -- as a licensed application and established a set regulatory process for future providers. What this means is that airlines will be able to select FCC-approved systems, verify that systems don't interfere with aircraft instruments, and obtain FAA approval in about half the time it takes now. The new FCC guidelines should make it easier for smaller airlines to install WiFi on their jets, allowing them to catch up to legacy carriers with nearly fleetwide internet access. This news might also be a mixed blessing for frequent flyers, some of whom see flying as the last bastion of peace in an otherwise connected world.
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Freelancers, small business owners and increasingly even corporate folks are skipping the commute, at least for a few days out of the week. Even if you don't get to officially work from home, chances are you're taking some of it with you when you leave the office at the end of the day. The key to being productive at home is having a dedicated work space - no matter how compact.
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Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Whether Samsung is trying to confuse buyers into thinking they?re buying a laptop, or can?t make up its mind what it is, the Samsung ATIV Smart PC is (mostly) a tablet. Sure, it?s got a nearly full-size keyboard, but the keyboard is included as a detachable accessory. The slender tablet, just 9.9mm thin, is only three ounces heavier than an iPad. Even the CPU, the Atom Z2760 (?Clover Trail?) is Intel?s attempt to take on ARM-based CPUs. Users expecting a laptop may end up disappointed.
The ATIV Smart PC is really a harbinger of things to come. The Smart PC?s performance as a laptop leaves a lot to be desired, but it keeps up pretty well with the current crop of ARM-based tablets, both Android and iOS. But you can still dock it to its keyboard, carry it around and use it as a standard clamshell laptop. It also runs the full version of Windows 8, not the semi-crippled Windows RT that runs on Microsoft?s Surface RT. But it?s Clover Trail processor is 32-bit only, and while it?s fine for web browsing, email and light duty office chores, you?d never mistake it for a full-featured laptop.
The tablet under the hood
When you dig down into the specs, the hardware mix more closely resembles a tablet than a laptop. The system ships with 2GB of DDR2 memory and 64GB flash storage. The 11.6-inch screen is 1366 by 768 pixels. The screen is large for a tablet, but the resolution is more akin to the Surface RT than the iPad?s Retina display. However, 11.6 inches is small enough that you don?t see individual pixels, so it?s not a major issue.
All major controls are on the tablet part itself. The power button, volume controls, a power jack, one USB 2.0 port and a microSD card slot are built into the tablet. This makes the SmartPC pretty self-contained. The keyboard dock lacks any buttons or controls, but does include two additional USB 2.0 ports and a power connector. The power connector is needed, since the tablet?s power connector disappears into the dock latch.
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
With some help from Patton Oswalt, David Koechner and Weird Al, Hanks channels Jimmy Stewart in a very angry way for this holiday classic spoof.
The 37-year-old country singer promises a "fun" debut album but first will spend some quality holiday time with his family.