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Dell XPS 410 with CableCard Now Available


Looks like it will cost you around $1300 and up including a dual tuner.

Dell XPS 410

Posted On Monday, August 20, 2007 2:21 AM

PSP Quality Control
I bought my first PSP back at the launch. The lack of good titles for several months drove me to want to trade it in. My oldest son liked it, so I gave it to him for his birthday along with a couple of new games. A few months later he also got frustrated with the lack of titles so I bought it back off him so he could get a video iPod. Flash forward two years, my youngest son saved his money for months and used his end of year report card money along with some game trade-ins to buy a used one. The ......

Posted On Thursday, May 31, 2007 6:39 AM

Is Palm Finally Dead?
The Palm OS and hardware has seen it's share of hurdles over the last several years and tripped over most of them as the handheld market has moved to smart phones. The Treo was an early entry into that market and looked very promising. But was the inclusion of a Windows based Treo the beginning of the end? What to me looks like a last desperate grasp of a dying company comes the Palm Foleo. It looks like a low end, light weight, crappy laptop that's an Internet only device. (How many of these Internet ......

Posted On Thursday, May 31, 2007 1:02 AM

Dell XPS 410 Upgrade to CableCard
I just spoke with a customer service rep at Dell about the upcoming CableCard support for the XPS 410. While I don't have pricing on the CableCard units themselves, she did tell me that current 410 models are upgradable. Considering you can get an XPS 410 starting at $779 (that's the base $999 model minus monitor, speakers and a modem) we may have an affordable Vista CableCard PC brewing. And by affordable I mean under $1000. Update Dell recently lowered the price on this unit by $100. You can now ......

Posted On Friday, April 13, 2007 1:23 PM

Instant Messaging Comes to Xbox 360

Windows Live Messenger is coming to the Xbox 360 on the week of May 7th.  I don't know how useful I will find this, but it's good to see Microsoft continuing to expand the 360 beyond gaming.

Posted On Monday, April 9, 2007 6:54 PM

Xbox 360 Elite is Official
Microsoft's Channel 10 has video and answers to the rumors. Video: XBOX 360 elite First look at the Xbox 360 Elite Official Press Release ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 28, 2007 6:38 AM

Hey Vista CableCard, Price Does Matter
I absolutely want to drop my free HD-DVR from Charter for a Vista Media Center with CableCard support. The ability to record to a hub that can be viewed from any Xbox 360, Zune, Portable Media Center, phone, etc is exciting. But... Niveus Media's offering starts at $3199 and that's without the CableCard adapter. It looks like that will run an extra $1500. That's way out of my price range, and I am a gadget freak with a decent income. That thing is built for Bill Gates and friends. Velocity Micro's ......

Posted On Friday, March 23, 2007 8:27 AM

Vista Media Center with CableCard from Dell
I never would have expected Dell to be a feature leader and win the race to ship the first Vista Media Center with CableCard support, but they just may do it. PC Magazine has received the XPS 410 with an ATI TV Wonder Digital Cable Tuner for review. It's not shipping just yet, so they might not be the first to ship, but at least someone is getting close. I have seen some rumors about Sony shipping in April or VidaBox shipping in March. While I haven't heard anything about HPs DECs getting the upgrade. ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 13, 2007 7:04 AM

Zune Day

I really want to want one of these. I think the device has potential. But it's missing some big things on day one.

Posted On Tuesday, November 14, 2006 8:57 AM

Which Laptop Should I Buy?

I am way overdue for a new laptop. I am current running a 6 year old Inspiron. So my question is, what laptop should I buy and from where?

Posted On Wednesday, March 29, 2006 9:26 AM

Portable Xbox

Here it comes??? All I can say is, it better have a big hard-drive (30GB+). Stupid PSP.

Posted On Wednesday, March 22, 2006 6:10 AM

iPod Hi-Fi

Weak. Not worth the hype. I was hoping for movie downloads and streaming video to a TV without buying a Mac.

Posted On Tuesday, February 28, 2006 1:22 PM

Something New From Microsoft Mobile - Someday

Microsoft needs to learn something from Apple. When the world expects a March 2nd announcement because you posted the date on the viral site, you deliver.

Posted On Tuesday, February 28, 2006 6:22 AM

More Windows Than Unix In The Server Room

Revenues for Windows-based x86 servers in the fourth quarter of 2005 for the first time topped spending for Unix systems, according to analyst firm IDC.

Posted On Thursday, February 23, 2006 9:40 AM

How To Troubleshoot Any Networking Problem

even if you're a network troubleshooting black belt, I'll bet you'll get a smile or two of recognition

Posted On Monday, February 13, 2006 11:42 AM

Build Your Own Windows Media Center 2005

Recently my wife got a new Creative Zen Vision. No matter what she tried, it would not sync video. The computer we were using has had a lot of video software and codecs installed over time, plus we were already using it to sync a Creative Portable Media Center and a SmartPhone. She called Creative and they were no help. They actually told her to try someone else's software besides Creative.

It was time for a rebuild.

Posted On Thursday, December 15, 2005 1:40 PM

Why do you need a bigger monitor?

Next time HR wants to know why your old 17” CRT monitor isn't good enough, tell them it's costing them money.

Posted On Wednesday, October 19, 2005 10:46 AM

Creative Zen Portable Media Center - $233.99 has the Creative Zen Portable Media Center on sale for $233.99 after a $200 mail-in rebate. Hurry! The offer ends tomorrow.

Posted On Thursday, September 29, 2005 7:12 AM

MicroPalm Almost Hits The Sweet Spot

I love Treo's hardware design, and I love Windows Mobile. The fact they are joining forces is a good thing to me. But it's not quite perfect. My perfect phone?

Posted On Tuesday, September 27, 2005 12:14 PM

Load Up Your Thumb Drive

The September 6th issue of PC Magazine has a very good article on loading up your USB Key with portable applications.

Posted On Wednesday, August 31, 2005 6:54 AM

Home Network Storage

Maxtor has released a new network drive that does not require a PC.

Posted On Wednesday, August 31, 2005 5:55 AM

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