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Next Generation Intel Atom

Posted on July 8th, 2010 by Victoria Pal in Tech

Intel AtomThe N450, the latest in mobile processors form Intel. The Intel Atom N450 has one main advantage over the previous versions - the CUP and GPU are snapped in together, resulting in only one chip instead of two. What Intel refer to as "Lower thermal design point" is just a fancy way of saying your netbook will run cooler, enabling netbook manufacturers to completely remove the fan from their products. With the option of having the fan removed and overall power consumption reduced, the CPU is a prerequisite for thinner designs and longer battery life.

Intel has also released 2 CPUs for entry level, low power consumption desktop PCs. The Atom D410 is the single core version and the Atom D510 is its bigger dual core brother. With both CPUs running cooler we are soon to expect a fully capable desktop PC, less than two liters in size. Intel Atom CPUs are already capable of fulfilling a lot of tasks other and more powerful CPUs usually handle. One fine example is DVD to DivX video conversion. A dual core Atom can convert a movie with nearly real-time speed, while consuming far less power than a conventional CPU would.


Ping from Your Phone

Posted on July 7th, 2010 by Victoria Pal in Tech

Ping from phonePing is so simple and so useful. In previous posts we mentioned ping a couple of times and the good work it does. The fact that ping has not changed much over the last 20+ years means it is on the right track. Now, what if you had that precious little tool with you all the time? You can check the availability of any network hardware on the Internet in a matter of seconds.

Ping is now widely available for mobile phones and it doesn't matter whether you are a devoted iPhone user, Nokia lover or Android hugger. There is a ping tool available for all popular mobile phone platforms.


PuTTY Client for S60

Posted on July 6th, 2010 by Victoria Pal in Tech

PuttyPuTTY is a free Telnet/SSH client many administrators and people with less skills have grown to love. It is the perfect little tool to help you establish a SSH connection to a remote server. It enables you to connect and administer your Unix/Linux based server from any Unix or Windows work environment.

Many of us need to multi task, be as mobile as possible and be able to deal with various situations on the go. One application I always keep on my mobile is PuTTY's mobile phone port. For many people it is more than just another application, it is a trustworthy companion they would have killed for 10 years ago. I know people who used to reboot servers with text messages just so that they can get them running while on the road and that was about as far as it got. Nothing too fancy.



Posted on July 1st, 2010 by Victoria Pal in Tech

WikireaderA universal encyclopedia in your pocket. When was the first time I heard of that? Yes, I'm pretty sure the first time I read of this concept was in the Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy. I won't be the first and last person to make the connection.

I've been fascinated with the concept of having universal knowledge in your pocket for a long time now. Data plans with mobile carriers, always carrying a USB thumb drive with lots of data that I'm particularly interested in at that moment, audio books, you name it. I've tried all possible ways to keep myself informed on various topics, on the go. I still haven't found the ultimate device, or approach, to meet all my needs. A nifty little gadget called WikiReader is taking a giant leap in the right direction to change all that. For 99$ you can have all the knowledge for servers and uptime in your pocket! I kid you, you can actually have a lot more than that. To be precise, about another 3 million other topics.



Posted on June 30th, 2010 by Victoria Pal in Tech

BlackTrack LinuxBackTrack is the most popular Linux live distribution focused on penetration testing and network security. With no installation whatsoever, the live distribution is ready to run within minutes. BackTrack is the "child", so to speak, of Whax and Auditor Security Collection.

Currently BackTrack consists of more than 300 different up-to-date tools which are logically structured according to the work flow of security professionals. Like most Linux distros, BackTrack is free. The project is hosted and maintained by This structure allows even newcomers to find the related tools to accomplish a certain task.