How Can I Sound Techie To My Friends And Impress Them ??

Passing off these names in a conversation will make you look like you’re in on the inside information of some of the hottest products:

Zephy: The code name of the Xbox 360 Elite edition, the all-black Zephyr is an update over the Xbox 30, sporting an HDMI port and a hard disk bumper up to 120 GB.

FASN8: The quad FX platform AMD, the FASN8 (pronounced as “fascinate”) is the first AMD Silicon Next-gen 8-core platform from the company. It promises to put in eight physical cores of 2-Phenom FX processors on a single motherboard that supports Hyper Threading.

F3: Sun’s new open source product family, JavaFX, consists of JavaFX Script and JavaFX Mobile. This environment has the ability to run under any browser or Operation System that supports Java. The reason it’s so interesting is that JavaFX Script focuses on user experiences with interfaces that have rich animated media, while other scripting languages are more oriented towards building web pages.

Bearlake: Intel’s next generation chip sets, the p35 supports 65 nm process nodes, the most advanced semi-conductor fab technology. Due to this, the chip sets use lesser power and are more economical. The P35 chipsets will support DDR3 RAM, too.

Parivartan: A project by Indian Government to network towns and villages by making all vehicles function as free Wi-Fi nodes. The more the traffic, the faster the network becomes! They should try implementing this in Delhi, Bangalore And Mumbai I’m sure we’ll have the best networking system in the world in this case 😉

Now if you are wondering how to use this, the how bout something like: ” I love my Zephyr. Life will be rosy when I can browse the Net with F3 on a FASN8 or Bearlake system. Doing all that on the road sounds to good to be true. Let all of us pray that Parivartan takes off 🙂

These are some of the technical words you can use to impress your friends and sound knowledgable 😉

The All New Zotac GeForce GTX280 AMP – For Your Senses :)

The Geforce 9 had really short stay and NVIDIA just released their GTX 280, around the same time that ATI launched there first card. Phew !! talk about competition and no one wants to be left behind.

The GTX 280 AMP cards are crossing uncharted territories. The Zotac Gtx 280 AMP! runs at a core speed of 700 MHz instead of the default 602 MHz. Most numbers on the new card have been doubled from what was on the last 9800GTX. The memory bandwidth has been increased to 512 bit and there is 1 GB of memory on the card. An 8pin abd 6-pin power connector is required to power the GTX 280 AMP!

Zotac GeForce GTX280 AMP; it’s just not all about the numbers. The GTX 280 absolutely destroys all previous records held by single cards. To give you an idea. the Zotac GTX 280 AMP! is about 50 to 75 per cent faster than the colossal 8800 Ultra in most benchmarks. For example, in one of the tests, the 8800 Ultra scores around 100 fps in prey at 1920 x 1200 with maximum detail and 4x anti-aliasing and 8x antistrophic filtering turned on. The GTX 280 AMP! beat it with a score of 173 fps. Even Unreal Tournament 3 with all the settings turned up gave scores of 119 fps on the Shangrila map at 1920 x 1200. 3DMark 2005 and 2006 scores increased as well, but not to the extent of the real world gaming benchmarks.

The card, in comparison, runs cooler then the 8800 GTXs, more so when compared to the 8800 Ultras. The cooling solution on the Zotac card is stock NVIDIA Design. The card is a little less compact then the 9800GX2. It is lighter, but consumes over 300 W when on load. In idle, it drops to as little or lower then a 9800GTX card. A power supply of at least 600 W is highly recommended to any future owners.

The Zotac GTX 280 AMP! is a great card and I’m sure some of the non over-clocked versions are rally good as well. It would be terribly wrong to say that the GTX280 is not a good card. There’s significant improvement in performance. There’s one major problem right now , other then the high power demands-the price. The current price for the Zotac GTX280 AMP! is a whopping $1200, which makes it way over the top in terms of pricing as well :).

As things stand today, the prices are exorbitant and with ATI releasing cards of their own priced at much lower prices offering better value for money, it’s only a matter of time before the prices for the GTX 280 drop. GTX 280s are expected to hit the markets soon, so a little caution at the moment is recommended to look out for some extreme price drops.

Communication Solution For The Deaf

The easiest way Deaf people can communicate these days is through their cell phones SMSing others. Technology is a boon if used in the right way. Now a group of scientists have developed a new software which allows anyone for two way video communication. Using this new software deaf people can interact with each other in their native or American sign language.

“A lot of people are excited about this. The point is you will be able to communicate in your native language. For deaf people that’s American Sign Language.” said Eve Riskin the Principal investigator, a University of Washington professor of electrical engineering.

According to Jessica DeWitt who is an undergraduate in psychology, (who also happens to be deaf) communication through video is much better and quicker as you don’t need to wait for the other persons response which normally is the case when you are SMS-ing and also emotions are delivered directly to the intended person than just plain text-messages. A large part of a deaf persons communication is delivered by facial expressions and video plays an important role in this.

US cellular networks still suffer from a very Low data transmission rates coupled with extremely limited processing power on mobile devices makes real-time implementation of this software a little difficult in the US. However, sign language over cellphones is already available in places such as Asia and Europe, which is possible because of the faster networks and better processing power on cell phones.

Faster networks are now coming up quick in US and soon US folks too will be able to avail this feature.

“The faster networks are not available. They also cost more. We don’t think it’s fair for someone who’s deaf to have to pay more for his or her cell phone than someone who’s hearing,” said doctoral student Anna Cavender.