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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

HP Vivienne Tam Wireless Mouse Valentine's Giveaway

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 09:15 PM

Valentine's Day is only a few days away, and if you're the typical guy you probably haven't gotten anything for your wife/girlfriend/significant other. Digital Home Thoughts is here to help! HP has given us three of these very feminine Vivienne Tam wireless optical mice to give away. With Valentine's Day being so close, I figured it was time for a giveaway! I won't be able to ship them to the winners in time for the 14th, but you can print out the above photo and tell that special someone that they won one!

OK, here's the contest: post a reply telling me how your met your wife/girlfriend/significant other. So as not to exclude the single people out there (believe me, I remember what it was like), if you'd like to give this mouse to a close friend, go ahead and tell me how you met them. And hey, you never know what kind of sparks a fashionable mouse might create! The contest will close Friday night, around 10pm (GMT -7), and the three winners (chosen at random from among all posted entries) will each receive one mouse each.

UPDATE:Thanks for all the great stories everyone - I enjoyed reading them. And thanks for entering the contest! The three winners are: Dyvim, lynnroth, and srsabu. Each winner has been contacted via private message and they have 7 days to claim their prize. Have a very happy Valentine's Day, one and all!


Monday, February 9, 2009

CES 2009: Fireside Chat With HP's Fred Bullock @ CNTRSTG

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 04:52 PM

I shot more video at CES 2009 than I have at previous shows, and it seems that one of the side-effects of that is forgetting to publish all of it! This is a video that was recorded on January 8th.

At CNTRSTG, Fred Bullock, head of marketing for HP PSG (Personal Systems Group) Americas gave a "fireside chat" (the reference is explained in the video). Bullock has been with HP for about six months, so he talks about the types of changes and initiatives he's implemented at HP. If you want insight into the way HP approaches marketing, and social networks, this is a useful video to watch.


CES 2009: HP Notebook Teardown @ CNTRSTG

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 04:47 PM

I shot more video at CES 2009 than I have at previous shows, and it seems that one of the side-effects of that is forgetting to publish all of it! This is a video that was recorded on January 9th while I was attending CNTRSTG.

Matt McAndrew from HP's commercial notebook group, talks about some of the things that HP does with their commercial notebooks to increase the reliability and durability factors.


Friday, January 16, 2009

CES 2009: HP's dv2 and dv3 Notebooks

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 05:24 PM

Kevin Wenzel, technical marketing manager for HP, walks through some of the features of the new dv2 and dv3 notebooks from HP. I've written some thoughts about the dv2 and dv3 - they're definitely two noteworthy laptops that I'm looking forward to checking out in greater detail.


Thursday, January 15, 2009

CES 2009: Touch the Future (HP)

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 09:17 PM

Phil McKinney, vice president and chief technology officer for the Personal Systems Group at HP, gives a talk on the history of HP and touch computing. It's a fascinating look at where HP has been with touch, and where they're going. Phil is a world-class geek and a very smart guy. Well worth the view!


CES 2009: The HP/Voodoo Firefly Monster "Laptop"

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 12:59 PM

Rahul Sood from Voodoo Computers walks us through the never-to-be-released prototype Firefly "laptop"...it's really just a computer you can move from room to room. Rahul calls the battery a "UPS", which is likely pretty accurate. This is one monster machine, featuring a quad-core CPU, dual GPUs in SLI mode, and even two screens. Filmed at CNTRSTG.


Wednesday, January 14, 2009

CES 2009: The Promise of Digital Media (Part 3)

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 11:35 PM

This is part three (part two is here) of a three part video of a panel that was hosted by Carlos Montalvo the VP of Product Experience at HP. The topic was "The Promise of Digital Entertainment", and in essence, the discussion focused in on how the industry as a whole has failed to live up to the "digital entertainment everywhere" promise that has been made year after year at shows such as CES. The panel consisted of Ross Rubin from NPD, Terri Walsh from We Got Served, Wilson Rothman from Gizmodo, Will Smith from Maximum PC, and Richard Doherty from Envisioneering. It was interesting to listen to these experts talk about the state of the industry, though I disagree with some of them regarding the state and fate of Blu-Ray (expect that topic in a future column). Filmed at CNTRSTG.

Tags: panel, hp, ces 2009

CES 2009: The Promise of Digital Media (Part 2)

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 11:30 PM

This is part two (part one is here) of a three part video of a panel that was hosted by Carlos Montalvo the VP of Product Experience at HP. The topic was "The Promise of Digital Entertainment", and in essence, the discussion focused in on how the industry as a whole has failed to live up to the "digital entertainment everywhere" promise that has been made year after year at shows such as CES. The panel consisted of Ross Rubin from NPD, Terri Walsh from We Got Served, Wilson Rothman from Gizmodo, Will Smith from Maximum PC, and Richard Doherty from Envisioneering. It was interesting to listen to these experts talk about the state of the industry, though I disagree with some of them regarding the state and fate of Blu-Ray (expect that topic in a future column). Filmed at CNTRSTG.

Tags: panel, hp, ces 2009

CES 2009: The Promise of Digital Media (Part 1)

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 02:00 PM

This is part one of a three part video of a panel that was hosted by Carlos Montalvo the VP of Product Experience at HP. The topic was "The Promise of Digital Entertainment", and in essence, the discussion focused in on how the industry as a whole has failed to live up to the "digital entertainment everywhere" promise that has been made year after year at shows such as CES. The panel consisted of Ross Rubin from NPD, Terri Walsh from We Got Served, Wilson Rothman from Gizmodo, Will Smith from Maximum PC, and Richard Doherty from Envisioneering. It was interesting to listen to these experts talk about the state of the industry, though I disagree with some of them regarding the state and fate of Blu-Ray (expect that topic in a future column). Filmed at CNTRSTG.

Tags: hp, ces 2009, cntrstg

Sunday, January 11, 2009

CES 2009: The Vivienne Tam HP Mini 1000 Story

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 11:33 AM

Tracy Trachta from HP talks about the Vivienne Tam HP Mini 1000; why and how they created the partnership with Vivienne Tam, what new markets they wanted to reach with the product, and what an amazing response the product has received. Filmed at CNTRSTG.


CES 2009: HP and MTV Engine Room

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 10:09 AM

Tracy Trachta from HP and SuChin Pak from MTV talk about MTV Engine Room, an HP-sponsored show where young designers from around the world competed to come up with a winning design for a new HP notebook. I'd never heard of this show before - probably because I'm in my 30's now - but I've watched an episode today and it's quite entertaining. It's like a reality show for geeks because you get to see really talented people using technology to create amazing end-results in a short period of time. This video is also interesting if you want to understand how huge companies like HP are trying to connect with the next generation of customers and grow into new markets.The winning notebook design is also shown, though I didn't really like the design at all - I preferred the design from the India team. Filmed at CNTRSTG.


Wednesday, January 7, 2009

HP Firebird Takes Flight

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 06:30 PM

http://www.rahulsood.com/2009/01/ne...has-landed.html

"What we’re bringing to the table is a performance PC that doesn’t suck energy, doesn’t dominate a room in terms of size, but does kick ass. The HP Firebird with Voodoo DNA strikes a balance that has never been struck before. It is deadly quiet, its innovations are truly revolutionary, and it brings energy efficiency to the performance PC space. We have effectively taken typical high performance PC hardware, shrunk it down, made it way more energy efficient, made it quieter (uhh, silent), kept it fully modular, and oh yeah, didn’t sacrifice performance or features that our customers demand. Basically, we took the gas-guzzling SUV and converted it into an energy efficient super car."

An Intel Core 2 Quad CPU, Nvidia Hybrid SLI Graphics and a water cooled system makes the HP Firebird a drool worthy computer. However, VoodooPC has worked the PC over into a slick package focused on someone who wants a reasonably powerful computer that can switch to extremely low power usage when it isn't tasked with heavy duties. While Rahul Sood doesn't give out many more specifics on the internals of this beast, much of which is custom built for the Firebird, some tidbits that caught my attention is that it draws 107 watts idle, and peaks at 233 watts. With energy prices rising, power consumption has become an obsession of mine, and 233 watts is far lower than most of my computers at home! And it is quiet at 30db too. No more whine while I plod away on spreadsheets and code. While the base model does come in at a hefty $1799, that is a fair price considering how much it would cost to build my own powerhouse. Excuse me while I go check to see if my wallet can handle the expense!


Sunday, December 21, 2008

HP Mini 1000 Impresses Notebooks.com

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 02:00 PM

http://www.notebooks.com/2008/12/10...s-choice-award/

"The Mini 1000 I reviewed is an excellent choice and value for someone that understands the limitations of a netbook. It’s highly portable and its keyboard makes it much more useful than netbooks with smaller keys. The configuration in this review has a retail price of $464.99 and will provide the vast majority of consumers a solid portable web, email and productivity experience. Business professionals looking for an enterprise-class computer should avoid the Mini 1000, along with all current netbooks."

Notebooks.com puts the HP Mini 1000 through its paces, and finds a lot to like. From the touch-typable keyboard to the stylish looks, the Mini 1000 addresses many of the complaints of first generation netbooks. They do recognize that this netbook is targeted towards the consumer market. It definately sounds like netbooks have found a sweet spot in terms of size and usability which closely matches the ultraportable segment. Thankfuly, they're much cheaper! Now HP is looking to make Netbooks fashion aware. While their styling doesn't quite suit my tastes, I'm sure some people covet their dark copper look, or the soon to be released Vivienne Tam edition.


Wednesday, November 26, 2008

HP mini-Q Coming Soon

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 05:00 PM

http://www.electronista.com/article...mini.q.nettops/

"HP recently used an event in Taiwan to unveil its first-ever nettop PC, the mini-Q 2030, that is powered by Intel's 1.6GHz dual-core Atom 330 processor and 2GB of DDR2 RAM. Other hardware includes a 160GB 7,200rpm SATA hard-drive with Windows Vista preloaded and a dual-layer DVD burner. It also has four USB 2.0 ports, two PS/2 ports, an Ethernet port, a VGA jack for connecting to monitors and an audio and microphone jack."

Asus may have started both the netbook trend and the nettop box trend, competition is definitely heating up. The HP mini-Q is a shot against the ASUS EEE Box. It comes in two models with the mini-Q 2020 being the single-core variant with 1GB of RAM and Windows XP. None of these nettop PCs will ever be a powerhouse, but the attraction for me is that they'll get most of the light work done while barely sipping power. I used to have almost a dozen computers, each only dealing with a light load so I can appreciate desktops that could easily cut my PC power consumption in half, if not more. I've invested in virtual machines, but I'm tempted to make the jump to using nettops so I don't have to shut down everything when my main server needs a reboot. Anyone try out any of these nettops yet? Are they powerful enough for you to do your everyday tasks?

Tags: hp, nettop, mini-Q, atom

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

HP SimpleSave Photo: Photo & Video Backup Made Really, Really Easy

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 07:00 AM


[The product photo above says "Up to 2000" photos, but on the package I was sent (also a 5 disc pack) it says "Up To 10,000 Photos Per 5 Pack".]

Product Category: Software
Manufacturer: HP
Where to Buy: HP.com
Price: $14.99 USD
System Requirements: The software will work on Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000. DVD-R burner.

Pros:

  • Extremely simple-to-use software;
  • Backs up 10,000 photos per package;
  • Affordable at $15 per package.

Cons:

  • Limited to 20,000 photos total (two SimpleSave Photo packs), no option for backing up more automatically;
  • Restore doesn't put the photos and videos back in their original location, making it confusing for beginners who need to restore.

Summary:
HP sent me a backup product a few months ago that serves a very specific need, and does so quite well. The sad truth is that most people don't back up their personal information off their computers, and when hard drives fail (and they do) or a virus strikes, people lose information. A decade ago, the average consumer might have lost their email and perhaps important documents. Now, in the age of everything digital, there's much more to lose: photos, music, videos, documents, and much more. HP's SimpleSave Photo aims to fix the photo and video part of that equation by providing an incredibly simple system for novice and expert computer users alike for backing up their photos. Read more...


Friday, May 2, 2008

Today I Enter The Dragon: The HDX9200 "Dragon" Has Arrived

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 01:16 PM



That, dear readers, is an HP Pavilion HDX Entertainment Series Notebook PC, also known as the "Dragon". Personally I think that's exactly what they should have called it, but I digress: I just received this unit from a courier this morning, and this is the unit that I'll be giving away to one lucky Digital Home Thoughts reader after I review it (don't worry, I'll take good care of it). Our contest starts in eight days, so stay tuned for more details!

The contests at the other 30 sites involved in this huge event have just started to happen - today AbsoluteVista.com has started their contest, so be sure to stop by and enter to win. Each site is running their contest for seven days, so don't delay - head over to AbsoluteVista.com and see what Mr. John Obeto is asking you to do...

Tags: contest, hp, dragon, HDX

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

HP vs. Dell: Who Keeps Your System Updated Better?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Talk" @ 11:00 AM



Historically, I've always had custom-picked PCs built for me, or I've assembled them myself using Shuttle XPCs as the basis for the build. When it came to laptops, I was a three-consecutive-model Fujitsu guy, so I didn't have a lot of experience when it came to long-term ownership of more mainstream brands such as Dell and HP. In the past year, I've switched gears a bit and now own two HP Pavilion Slimline desktop computers, a Dell XPS M1330 laptop, and am in the process of reviewing an HP tx2000 laptop. I've noticed something quite interesting regarding the software tools that HP and Dell use for keeping the computer running smooth: HP's tools are very sophisticated, and Dell's tools are quite crude.

Let's talk about updates for a minute: while Windows Update does a great job at keeping the Windows operating system up to date with patches, it's much less useful when it comes to hardware drivers and software application updates. More often than not, I've found that if I listen to Windows Update and download an updated hardware driver, I end up screwing up my system in some fashion. So while Microsoft will eventually improve the tool to the point where I'll trust it again, for now if there are driver updates for the system, it's up to the system manufacturer to make that as easy and transparent as possible for the user. Read more...


Sunday, April 27, 2008

31 Days Of The Dragon: The HP-Sponsored $160,000+ Giveaway

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 09:36 PM

http://www.31daysofthedragon.com/



I can't express how thrilled I am to announce this jaw-dropping contest to Digital Home Thoughts readers: HP has partnered with 31 bloggers (via Buzz Corps) to sponsor a giveaway of 31 of their audacious HP Pavilion HDX Entertainment Notebook PC (a.k.a. the "Dragon"). This laptop is one of the most jaw-dropping pieces of hardware on the market - when you see it in person you can only say "Wow!". It's a beast of a laptop, more of a portable PC than something you'd think of as being a laptop - although I should point out that earlier this month when I was at the Seattle airport I actually saw a traveller with one of these out on a restaurant table!

Retail value? $4500 USD. Multiply that by 31, and you get $139,500 worth of prizes spread amongst 31 different winners. This is 31 day contest where each day one of these prize bundles will be given away. Many of the sites involved, including yours truly, will be receiving the laptop first for review, then polishing it up and shipping it off to the winner. I get to review it, but you get to keep it - good deal, right?

But wait, it gets even better: other partners have gotten involved and the prize package includes a great software and movie bundle (detailed below) that if purchased at retail would cost an additional $696 USD. So each prize bundle has a retail value of $5196. Getting excited yet? Yeah, I thought so! Let's take a closer look at what's being given away, and how you can enter a potential 31 different times across all the sites that are involved. Read more...

Tags: contest, hp, dragon, HDX

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Is Windows Home Server Doomed?

Posted by Tim Williamson in "Digital Home News" @ 02:00 PM

http://www.ehomeupgrade.com/2008/03...-server-doomed/

"Gizmodo asked the question after Iomega announced that it was no longer going to pursue its plan of releasing a Windows Home Server product like HP’s MediaSmart Server (MSRP $749). Do you buy the explanation from Iomega that such a device is “prohibitively unprofitable” due to its cost being comparable to buying a new PC? My 2-cents: Price might be part of the reason (though other consumer-based NAS servers run about the same price for comparable amounts of storage), but I think the lack of consumer confidence in regards to stability and reports of file corruption has put a black-eye on the platform from the get-go. I don’t think WHS will get much traction in the general consumer market until OEMs get close to Apple Time Capsule’s price point of $299 for 500GB ($499 for 1TB) of storage and have all the bugs worked out."

With Iomega bailing out of their own Windows Home Server (WHS) offering, and with HP's WHS costing $749, along with the recent reports of stability and file corruption issues (problems that even our own Jason Dunn reported recently), Alexander Grundner from eHomeUpgrade asks the question, "Is Windows Home Server Doomed?"

It's essential that Microsoft fixes the stability and file corruption issues, but I like Alexander's idea to have a "lite" and "premium" version of WHS (although, I might call them "Windows Home Backup" and "Windows Home Media" respectively). Everyone should agree that it's extremely important to backup all important digital files (yet this always seems to be overlooked until it's too late), so if Microsoft could offer a version of WHS that makes it easy for non-techies to setup backups (and is down to the right price-point) I think it might be the jump-start that Microsoft is looking for in the WHS market!

Is anyone currently using a Windows home Server? If not, what's keeping you from making the purchase?


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