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Tiny $35 Raspberry Pi computer causes big stir on launch day – CNN.com March 2, 2012

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By Nick Thompson, CNN

updated 8:26 AM EST, Fri March 2, 2012 |

<br/>The $35 credit card-sized Raspberry Pi computer sold out within hours of its debut Wednesday.

(CNN) — The debut of the tiny $35 Raspberry Pi computer crashed its distributors’ websites on the way to selling out within hours of launch.

Looking like little more than a credit card-sized chip of circuit board, the powerful, fully-programmable PC can plug into any TV and can power 3D graphics and Blu-ray video playback.

Its British-based designers at the Raspberry Pi Foundation hope the computer, which has been in the works for six years, will spark new interest in programming among children.

"The primary goal was to build a low cost computer that every child could own, and one where programming was the natural thing to do with it," said co-founder Robert Mullins.

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Windows 8 Consumer Preview ISO formats February 29, 2012

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Windows 8 Consumer Preview ISO formats

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Windows 8 Consumer Preview ISO images


Windows 8 Consumer Preview ISO files (.iso) are provided as an alternative to using Windows 8 Consumer Preview Setup. If you are on a PC running Windows and want to install the consumer preview on another partition, another PC, or a virtual machine, we recommend you download Windows 8 Consumer Preview Setup and use the built-in tools for converting an ISO image into installation media, such as a DVD or USB bootable flash drive. You can find additional information, including a list of supported upgrades, in the FAQ.

Note before you download: Windows 8 Consumer Preview is prerelease software that may be substantially modified before it’s commercially released. Microsoft makes no warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information provided here. Some product features and functionality may require additional hardware or software. If you decide to go back to your previous operating system, you’ll need to reinstall it from the recovery or installation media that came with your PC.

ISO images

An ISO image must be converted into installation media stored on a DVD or a USB flash drive. Instructions are provided on this page. Developer tools are available for download from Windows Dev Center.

64-bit (x64) Download (3.3 GB) Sha 1 hash — 1288519C5035BCAC83CBFA23A33038CCF5522749
32-bit (x86) Download (2.5 GB) Sha 1 hash — E91ED665B01A46F4344C36D9D88C8BF78E9A1B39
Product Key: DNJXJ-7XBW8-2378T-X22TX-BKG7J

Courier: First Details of Microsoft’s Secret Tablet June 13, 2010

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Courier: First Details of Microsoft’s Secret Tablet
Courier: First Details of Microsoft’s Secret Tablet

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Courier: First Details of Microsoft’s Secret Tablet

It feels like the whole world is holding its breath for the Apple tablet. But maybe we’ve all been dreaming about the wrong device. This is Courier, Microsoft’s astonishing take on the tablet.


To watch the video, you’ll first need to install the flash player.

–> ‘ Courier is a real device, and we’ve heard that it’s in the "late prototype" stage of development. It’s not a tablet, it’s a booklet. The dual 7-inch (or so) screens are multitouch, and designed for writing, flicking and drawing with a stylus, in addition to fingers. They’re connected by a hinge that holds a single iPhone-esque home button. Statuses, like wireless signal and battery life, are displayed along the rim of one of the screens. On the back cover is a camera, and it might charge through an inductive pad, like the Palm Touchstone charging dock for Pre.

Until recently, it was a skunkworks project deep inside Microsoft, only known to the few engineers and executives working on it—Microsoft’s brightest, like Entertainment & Devices tech chief and user-experience wizard J. Allard, who’s spearheading the project. Currently, Courier appears to be at a stage where Microsoft is developing the user experience and showing design concepts to outside agencies.

Microsoft has a history of collaborating with other firms, especially in the E&D division: Zune and Xbox have both gone through similar design processes. (And plans for the Microsoft Store leaked through a third-party agency were confirmed as genuine prototype layouts and concepts.) This video is branded Pioneer Studios, a Microsoft division within E&D that specializes in this kind of work, working with another agency that’s a long-time Microsoft collaborator on confidential projects.

The Courier user experience presented here is almost the exact opposite of what everyone expects the Apple tablet to be, a kung fu eagle claw to Apple’s tiger style. It’s complex: Two screens, a mashup of a pen-dominated interface with several types of multitouch finger gestures, and multiple graphically complex themes, modes and applications. (Our favorite UI bit? The hinge doubles as a "pocket" to hold items you want move from one page to another.) Microsoft’s tablet heritage is digital ink-oriented, and this interface, while unlike anything we’ve seen before, clearly draws from that, its work with the Surface touch computer and even the Zune HD.

Over the next couple days we’ll be diving much, much deeper into Courier, so stay tuned.

iDirect Satellite Internet Plans – U.S. & Canada March 16, 2010

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Satellite Internet Plans – U.S. & Canada
United States & Canada Satellite Internet Plans

Enter the World of Premium Satellite Internet from Ground Control where high-speed, low-latency, net-neutral, application tolerant, VPN optimized, highly predictable connections are standard. Learn why professionals and organizations upgrade their satellite service with us. more

Service Areas: United States (current page), Canada, Central America & the Caribbean.

 Galaxy 18 iDirect Plans
 (Fixed or Mobile)
  Transfer Speeds
  (download x upload)
In-Plan Monthly Transfer Out-Of-Plan
Overage Costs
Monthly Price
  Why is "Premium Satellite" more expensive than Hughesnet or Wildblue? Answer
  iDirect 3GB   3Mb Down x 1Mb Up 3GB per month $0.19 per MB $399
  iDirect 9GB   3Mb Down x 1Mb Up 9GB per month $0.14 per MB $599
  iDirect 12GB   3Mb Down x 1Mb Up 12GB per month $0.14 per MB $849
  iDirect 15GB   3Mb Down x 1Mb Up 15GB per month $0.14 per MB $1199
  iDirect 20GB   3Mb Down x 1Mb Up 20GB per month $0.12 per MB $1999
  iDirect 30GB   3Mb Down x 1Mb Up 30GB per month $0.10 per MB $2899
  iDirect 40GB   3Mb Down x 1Mb Up 40GB per month $0.10 per MB $3899
  2Mb Down x 1Mb Up Includes 10 – 24 Hr. periods unlimited use per month Add’l days billed
at $59 per day
  iDirect Unlimited   64 x 64 Kbps
  128 x 128 Kbps
  512 x 256 Kbps
  512 x 512 Kbps
  768 x 768 Kbps
  1024 x 512 Kbps
  1544 x 512 Kbps
  2048 x 512 Kbps
  2Mb Down x 1 Mb Up


  iDirect X2   6Mb Down x 2Mb Up Most Plans Above See Link Info Link
  Video Streaming   1.7 Mbps max upload Unlimited for 24 hours n/a Info Link

SP2000 Solar Energizer PowerPack for CellPhones | Energizer Power Packs December 10, 2009

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SP2000 Solar Energizer PowerPack for CellPhones | Energizer Power Packs
SP2000 Solar Energizer PowerPack for CellPhones


XPAL Rechargeable Power Packs

XPAL is a line of rechargeable power packs that offers backup power to today’s portable electronic devices. XPAL rechargeable power packs are an extension of the XPAL Power brand, which features XPAL Portable Power for Cell Phones.

The line of products charge electronic devices with 10 product SKUs to the line. The XP, SP and AP models uses a lithium polymer battery technology, a moldable battery form that can be recharged and reused hundreds of times, to provide backup battery power on the go for a variety of electronic devices ranging from smart phones and iPhones to netbooks and laptops.

The product offerings include:

XP, line of portable power systems includes seven models designed to power up to three devices at once including cell and smart phones, MP3 players, GPS units, Bluetooth®, portable DVDs, digital cameras and camcorder batteries, netbooks, and laptops.

AP iPhone Charger, two sleek new portable power cases made to give extra power to even the high-drain Apple iPhone® 3G(S), anytime, anywhere. Using moldable lithium polymer battery cells designed to mimic the shape and styling of the iPhone, these models give iPhone users up to double the life of the battery.

SP, a line of portable solar-driven power packs with models designed to power up cell and smart phones, iPods and MP3 players, GPS units, Bluetooth, and digital cameras

SANAtech XPS Viewer October 12, 2009

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XPS EverywhereDocument technology is a key component of many of today’s business applications such as workflow systems, document management, document collaboration and archiving to name a few. XPS is a modern document technology standard that describes electronic paper in an open XML based format, it is destined to play a dominant role in such applications.For enterprises wishing to deploy XPS document technology solutions across heterogeneous environments, for software development companies looking to integrate XPS in their applications, SANAtech has the right solution.SANAtech provides multi platform XPS products and software tools to leverage XPS technology over a wide range of operating systems and devices. From enterprise document servers to mobile and embedded devices, SANAtech provides true XPS Everywhere technology today

eCoupled Wireless Power Technology | Applications for Home, Office, Automobile | Fulton Innovation October 7, 2009

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eCoupled Wireless Power Technology | Applications for Home, Office, Automobile | Fulton Innovation
Welcome to the evolution of intelligent wireless power.eCoupled™ technology changes the way people interact with power. Typically, you arrive home to plug in your phone, PDA, MP3 player, camera and laptop to charge. We see a different world.Imagine your portable electronics all sharing multiple surfaces throughout your kitchen, living room, office and car exchanging data and charging without the adaptors, without the wires.This is intelligent wireless power.

Splashpower Wireless Power is now eCoupled™ October 7, 2009

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Splashpower Wireless Power is now eCoupled™
In April 2008, Splashpower became a part of eCoupled intelligent wireless power technology

Rhino 101 Label Printer September 13, 2009

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Rhino 101 Label Printer
If you’re labeling rough-in work or other installations, there are times when you need to “write and run.” That’s why we created the super-fast, super-easy RHINO 101 Reusable Label Dispenser. Designed to clip to your belt for instant access, this affordable, rugged tool includes a number of ergonomically-designed features to make labeling easy. To speed you along, the RHINO 101 gives you a large “writing window” (to view your work easily), a built-in label cutter (for simple, one-handed operation) and a thumb-driven label advance (for moving to the next label without smearing).