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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.


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

CES 2009: The Wrap-Up Video

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 10:00 AM

This is my final video from CES 2009: it's a mish-mash of some short clips I captured from the CES show floor. What isn't shown is that I happened to be at the Casio booth and Stevie Wonder and his entourage walked by - pretty cool! That had me humming "Superstition" for the next hour. That's it for my CES 2009 videos, I hope you enjoyed them.


Saturday, January 17, 2009

CES 2009: Kodak's Zx1 Pocket Camera

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 11:00 AM

This is an on-camera demo of the Kodak Zx1, a portable HD camera, similar to the Flip HD and Creative VADO. The Zx1 records in 720p (1280 x 720) either in 30fps or 60fps, and can also be set to record in VGA mode. It uses AA batteries, an SD card for storage, and has a very sturdy feel to it. MSRP price is $149 USD, and it's supposed to ship in April of 2009.


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.


CES 2009: HP's New MediaSmart Windows Home Server

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 02:00 PM

An HP representative walks me through the features and functions of the new MediaSmart EX485/487 Windows Home Servers. These new servers feature a 2 Ghz Intel CPU, 2 GB of RAM, and either 750 GB or 1.5 TB worth of storage. Pricing is $549 USD and $749 respectively [Affiliate]. I have my home-built Windows Home Server, but I'm considering picking one of these up when they're released in late January. What's with the $200 price difference for a 750 GB hard drive though? I can pick up a 1 TB hard drive for $119 locally. Looks like buying the EX485 is the better choice!


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.


CES 2009: Creative's VADO Video Camera

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 03:00 AM

Creative's VADO HD is a small, portable video camera - essentially Creative's answer to the Flip HD. $229 USD MSRP, captures video in 720p, and has 8 GB of internal storage, which is about 2 hours of HD video or four hours of VGA-resolution video. I only got a bit of hands-on time with it, but it it's very light - but also kind of flimsy feeling. I'm not sure how well this product will stack up against the Flip HD and the Kodak Zi6.


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

CES 2009: AMD and Image Metrics

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 01:05 PM

AMD first shows the new HP dv2, a small computer that uses the AMD Neo processor, a 1.6 Ghz, 25 watt CPU that's part of their Yukon chipset. It's a very interesting little machine - far more powerful than a netbook, but starts at $699 USD, so not that much more expensive than most of them. AMD also talked a little about their new Phenom II CPU, and how it forms a pillar in their new Dragon platform. The Phenom II CPU has been overclocked to 6.3 Ghz with liquid nitrogen, and to 3.7 Ghz with air cooling. They stressed that they believe the experience of using a computer is about more than the speed of the CPU. I agree, except when I'm having to render a huge HD video file; then it's ALL about the speed of the CPU. They talked a little about the Fusion Render Cloud, but not in very much detail - I suspect this is still too new of an initiative to have much in the way of detail.

After AMD talked, Image Metrics got up to show what they've been able to do with ATI GPUs - and the results are quite impressive! I've also hated how artificial most face animations are in games - especially how bad the lip-sync tends to be - so I can't wait to see their technology in the games I'm playing. Filmed at 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.


CES 2009: Pepcom's Digital Experience Event

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 12:47 AM

This is a quick video of some of the press-only event I attended at CES 2009, Pepcom's Digital Experience show. This show was held on Wednesday night the 7th of January, 2009. I recorded short demos with Viewsonic, Lenovo, and shot footage of the amazing OLED screen on the OQO 2+.


Friday, January 9, 2009

Better Batteries: The Next Generation of Lithium-Ion Technology From Boston Power

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 03:02 PM

The first presentation I attended at CNTRSTG was by Boston Power, a battery company that's been making some waves lately with probably the most significant enhancement to Lithium Ion batteries that we've seen in several years. Given how little Lithium Ion batteries have changed in the past decade, that's not exactly hard to do, but Boston Power is definitely moving the needle.

Dr. Christine Lampe-Önnerud, the founder of Boston Power in 2005, is a scientist by training and was part of a team of 20 people who pioneered lithium ion technology in the 1990s. She studied at MIT, and worked at Bell Labs; she knows batteries. Her team at Boston Power has over 300 years of combined experience in Lithium Ion batteries.

There are two main problems with Lithium Ion batteries today: poor long-term performance and the fact that batteries just don't power our devices long enough to make us happy. Although the examples that Lampe-Önnerud brought up seemed unrealistic in my experience - she mentioned serious battery performance loss in the first three months - it's true that over the long term battery performance gets increasingly worse. I tend to use my laptops in fairly controlled environments, but if someone is routinely using (or leaving) their laptop in extremely hot or cold environments the viability of the battery will definitely be impacted. You might get four hours of battery life on your laptop when you first get it, then six months later you're only getting three hours of run time. This is what Boston Power is trying to change. Read more...


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