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Distributed Control Systems Primer

Posted by Mohammad Ajmal on 10:07 AM

As water and wastewater treatment plants grow in both size and complexity, so does the need to control equipment that make up the unit-operations of that plant. Distributed Control System (DCS) is a control system method that is spread, or distributed, among several different unit processes. These processes may be related, as in a water treatment facility, or unrelated, as in a manufacturing plant where many different products are fabricated.

The DCS is typically a hard-wired system and exists within finite boundaries, such as a process plant or within a factory. Wired systems are reliable and are well suited for the typical process environment where flexibility is not an issue. Wireless systems are starting to become popular and hold the promise of improved flexibility in both physical and logical layout of the facility. An entire process may be retooled to the extent that several parts of the process will be physically moved or removed. Using wireless, system reconfiguration is as simple as disabling the station address or downloading the suitable database.

Whether wired or wireless, distributed control systems offer the advantage of centralized control, while retaining the capability of distributed, or local control. True distributed control systems use localized control, which is in turn controlled by the operator located at a central location. Distributed Control Systems consist of the following:

* Remote control panel
* Communications medium
* Central control panel or facility
* Control, interface and database software

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World's thinnest plasma is 8.8mm thick

Posted by Mohammad Ajmal on 6:48 AM

This recently-developed NeoPDP technology has been incorporated into two types of PDPs: a super high-efficiency 42-inch PDP “that achieves triple luminance efficiency while reducing the power consumption to 1/3 of the 2007 models yet achieving the same brightness,” and an ultra-thin 50-inch PDP just 8.8 mm (or approximately 1/3 inch) thick. It also happens to have the world’s highest moving picture resolution of 1080 lines, too.

In another debut, the company’s NeoLCD technology is integrated into a super energy-efficient 90kWh per year 37-inch LCD panel that achieves moving picture resolution of 1000 lines, close to that of PDP. It also has the lowest energy consumption of any LCD HDTV in the world.

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SSD-only business notebooks the 'new wave' of 2009

Posted by Mohammad Ajmal on 6:41 AM

This morning I got a chance to sit down with the guys at Samsung Semiconductor, who among other things, specialize in solid state drives. We had a good chat about the pros and cons of SSDs — the cost to manufacture versus the savings in heat production, energy use, and above all, faster performance.

To sum it up: business notebooks will soon be all SSD. Or, to quote Steve Weinger, SC’s senior marketing manager: “SSD-only is the new wave of 2009.”

Why? According to them, business users shouldn’t necessarily need to store music and movies and the like, so they won’t really need enormous capacity. (Technically, they should be saving things to the server.)

To show the differences in the performance between the two, the company had a setup running two Windows Vista machines through various paces — closing and opening Windows, booting up and shutting down, and so forth. It’s pretty clear which machine won:

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Nikon's D90 SLR also does high-definition video

Posted by Mohammad Ajmal on 6:19 AM


The new Nikon D90 digital SLR camera has a feature called Live View, which means you can frame pictures using the screen instead of the viewfinder. (This is, of course, dead common on snapshot cameras, but they don't have a mirror blocking the way to the sensor.) And as David Pogue points out in The New York Times, this means it's the first DSLR that can shoot video:

High-definition video, at that. Stunning, vivid, 720p, widescreen, 1280-by-720, 24-frames-per-second video, with the color and clarity that only an SLR can provide.

Evidently, it occurred to some engineer: "Hey, we're already showing a video image. Isn't that, in essence, what Live View is? Maybe we could figure out a way to record it!"



So you buy a DLR and you can do bits of hi-def video on a camera with interchangeable lenses:

With a huge telephoto lens, sitting in my bleachers seat at the Pilot Pen tennis tournament, I was suddenly filming what other people could capture only as still images. (You can see sample stills at

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Oscilloscopes - Objects of desire

Posted by Mohammad Ajmal on 5:55 AM

A look at the latest oscilloscopes: the Agilent 9000, the LeCroy WaveSurfer 104Xs-A, the National Instruments USB 5132, the PicoScope 5000, the Tektronix 70000 and Yokogawa DLM6000

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Four Doors and Fabulous car

Posted by Mohammad Ajmal on 5:38 AM

it seems like all of the top car manufacturers of the world are jumping on the four-door band wagon this year – these cars are not quite super cars, and definitely not family sedans. If you want to be able to comfortably load your children into the back seat, then take your sports car for a nice afternoon drive, here are four prime picks. The Rapide, Estoque, Panamera, and Karma all feature the classic sports car styling of their little brothers, maintain much of the performance, but add a couple of doors and some comfort for your back seat passengers.
Aston Martin Rapide

Aston Martin Rapide

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Vudu Podcast: Should Pay TV Players Fight the Leading OTT High-Def Content Provider, Or Join 'Em?

Posted by Mohammad Ajmal on 10:32 PM

We had a chance recently to catch up with VUDU Executive Vice President Edward Lichty to capture his views on the role Vudu is playing in fostering the burgeoning over the top (OTT) video market, as well as his perspective on the market in general. Click here to listen to podcast.

Vudu has certainly been making a lot of noise lately. They seem to be at the forefront of many of the major innovations in the OTT space. First, while many skeptics thought the delivery of quality Internet HD on demand could not be done with any kind of a reasonable user experience, Vudu has embraced high-def, with 2,000 of their 15,000 movie titles available in up to 1080p resolution, more than any other OTT provider and more than the total Blu-ray library, according to Vudu. As a result, Vudu’s $150 box (they also sell a higher end $500 box) boasts the highest revenue per subscriber of any VoD service, with around $20 per month collected from customers. This is high compared to cable, a fact that Edward pins on the fact that, for cable, VoD is a service primarily used to buttress the value of their subscription-based service, as opposed to the core transactional business that drives the Vudu user experience. Edward also chalks this up to Vudu’s superior selection, high quality 5.1 sound, convenience, and ease of use. (By the way, for those following the protocol wars for HD video distribution in the home, Edward made it clear that even WiFi G is enough for them to deliver HD content in real-time with delays of 1 second or less. Of course, a mix of VoD and streaming live TV would be more taxing.)

Vudu is not afraid to try out new business models. Last week, the company announced a deal with Disney’s Buena Vista Home Entertainment for the first major download-to-own service for movies. “I think this is another example of Hollywood endorsing Vudu as a premier HD platform,” he said.

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Car CD Player Manufacturer

Posted by Mohammad Ajmal on 9:47 PM

Product Specifications:

* ISO DIN mounting
* Full detachable drop down front panel
* Active black matrix display
* PLL synthesized tuner
*  24 station presets
* Front auxiliary input
* Compatible with audio output of iPod and other MP3 players
* Quartz digital clock
* CD mute function
* Track repeat
* Intro scan
* 1-bit D/A converter
* 8x over sampling
* ID3-tag compatible
* ESP (anti-skip mechanism)
* Preset EQ response curves
* Separate bass and treble
* Balance and fader controls
* RCA outputs
* Loudness
* Stereo/mono and local/distance switches
* Wireless remote control
* Output power: 40W x 4 channels
* USB and MMC slot

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COBY TFDVD7333 7" TFT PORTABLE DVD/CD/MP3 PLAYER with SWIVEL SCREEN

Posted by Mohammad Ajmal on 9:45 PM

• Compact Portable Design
• 7" Widescreen (16:9) TFT Color Display
• DVD/DVD±R/RW/CD/CD-R/RW/MP3 and JPEG
Compatible
• Built-in Anti-skip Circuitry
• Multiple Subtitles/Viewing Angles, Slow/Fast
Motion Play, Zoom Operation
• Convenient On-screen Display
• Composite Video Output
• Optical Digital Audio Output
• Headphone Jack for Private Listening
• Audio/Video Input Jack for Video Games, VCR
or Other AV Sources
• Unit Dimensions: 7.95” x 1.5” x 6.1” (WHD)
• Gift Box Dimensions: 10.2” x 9.45” x 6.3”
(WHD)
Accessories Included
• Full Function Remote Control
• AV Cable
• 100-240V UL Listed AC Adapter
• DC Car Adapter
• Stereo Headphones
• Lithium-ion Rechargeable Battery
• Headrest Mounting Bag

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107-Key PS/2 Keyboard

Posted by Mohammad Ajmal on 9:39 PM

Simple and Effective!

107-Key PS/2 Keyboard

This affordable PS/2 keyboard is designed to keep you typing so you can get more done! Expect high quality performance and convenience with a 107-key layout and Power, Sleep, and Wake Up keys. Simply plug this black keyboard into an available PS/2 port and start typing. Order today!


Features:
•107-Key PS/2 Keyboard
•Black color
•107-Keys
•PS/2 interface (4-foot cable length, approximate)
•Switch travel distance: 4.5 mm
•Key switch life: 10,000,000 times
•Power, Sleep and Wake Up keys
•Fold out feet


•Regulatory Approvals:
•FCC
•CE

Package Includes:


•107-Key PS/2 Keyboard

Additional Information:
•Notes:
•P/N: LK-2030

•Requirements:
•Available PS/2 port
•Windows 98 and above

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PS2 SCROLL MOUSE WITH NO TAIL

Posted by Mohammad Ajmal on 9:36 PM

PS2 SCROLL MOUSE with NO TAIL

PS2 SCROLL MOUSE with NO TAIL

PS2 Scroll mouse with no tail

Features:

PS 2 Mouse

Tail hides in side the mouse when not using

2 button

2 feet cord

Perfect to use with Laptop or note book

works with win98 and newer version

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PS2 to USB Adapter -Perfect for PS/2 Mouse/Keyboard to USB Port

Posted by Mohammad Ajmal on 9:21 PM

PS/2 to USB Adapter - Perfect for PS/2 Mouse/Keyboard to USB Port

Are you trying to connect your PS/2 mouse or keyboard to your system, but you don't have an available PS/2 port? This PS/2 to USB adapter can turn any PS/2 device into a USB device. Simply connect the PS/2 connector to an available PS/2 port and you're good to go!


Features/Specifications:

•PS/2 to USB Adapter


•General Features:
•PS/2 to USB interface
•Length: 2-inch approximate

Package Includes:

•PS/2 to USB Adapter

Additional Information:

•Requirements:
•Available USB port
•PS/2 device

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Taoglas Launch First LTE Antenna

Posted by Mohammad Ajmal on 8:50 PM

today released the first LTE and WiMax antenna solutions for the M2M market. There are two antenna solutions: embedded and external. The FXP400 and FXP100 are ultra wideband, embedded antennas. They offer the best market efficiency of over 70% for WiMax (2100~4320MHz) and LTE (690-940 MHz and 1720-3130 MHz). The LTEA.4000 external solution for packaged M2M 3G/4G LTE markets has an efficiency of over 40% and connects externally to terminals and LTE equipment. These antennas will be showcased at the Taoglas booth #551 in the M2M Zone Pavilion at CTIA.

Both solutions build on Taoglas’ strong product line and experience with cellular and 3G antennas. M2M manufacturers developing devices for the new fourth generation networks in automotive, telematics, metering, telemedical and femtocells (home networks) will benefit from antennas they can use in developing LTE and WiMax prototypes. These devices promise to deliver super-fast down and upload speeds on multiple applications in location-based services, M2M and various mobile applications.

“With the FXP100 and FXP400, our new ultra wideband antenna series, and the external LTEA.4000 antenna, we are looking to meet future requirements of the LTE and WiMax market by using very efficient antennas based on current M2M market requirements,” said Dermot O’Shea, Director, Taoglas. “For M2M manufacturers designing devices for LTE and WiMax networks, they now have highly efficient antennas to use in their test and proof-of-concept designs.”

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Samsung BD-P1600 1080p Blu-ray Disc Player

Posted by Mohammad Ajmal on 9:34 PM


The amount of data used for HD content takes up much greater space than that of Standard Definition (SD) content. From that need came Blu-ray discs (BD). Blu-ray's name comes from the blue colored laser used to read the discs. Data is stored on the disc by burning tiny pits in the surface, basically the same as with CDs and DVDs but with many, many, more pits to a given area. A Blu-ray's disc capacity is enormous - where a standard DVD holds 4.7GB of data, a standard BD will hold a huge 25GB of data and a dual layer BD a whopping 50GB. There are a few offshoots of Blu-ray technology, lower cost, lower capacity, BD5 and BD9 discs (basically recording Blu-ray format data onto a special DVD using a different colored red laser) There are also mini-sized BD's. Recordable Blu-ray discs are available as well for use with burners.

Blu-ray Features of the Samsung BD-P1600
High quality video and sound - Think of the difference between DVD's and Blu-ray discs as the same as putting on your reading glasses to read a book. Everything looks sharper and more in focus on Blu-ray than with DVDs.

My first experience playing back a Blu-ray disc with the BD-P1600, on a 1080P HDTV, was nothing short of nirvana. It was similar to my first experience listening to a very expensive audiophile system. The amount of detail and realism can't be mentioned in the same breath (take a breath here) as your average home stereo. Its the same with Blu-ray - there is no comparison to Standard Definition TV or any DVD, the picture quality with Blu-ray just blows it away.

It doesn't end with the image on the screen. I was very pleased with the audio coming from the BD-P1600, which can take advantage of several of Dolby Lab's sound technologies. Dolby's True HD decodes lossless multichannel sound (High Definition sound output). The BD-P1600 also supports the competing audio technology, DTS HD. I haven't put the audio section of the Samsung through extensive listening tests yet because I'm still putting together my home theater system but I can tell you that the sound through my Grado and Sennheiser headphones was wonderful. Music with either my small Bose Companion 2 Series II speakers or the slightly bigger M-Audio Studiophile AV 40 speakers was at times an almost three dimensional listening experience, even though I was listening with just two speakers.



Internet connectivity - With the new Samsung BD-P1600 you're given additional features by hooking this player to the Internet. You can do this one of two ways, via Ethernet cable to your router or with Samsung's optional Wireless USB Adapter (WIS09ABGN) I chose to use the Ethernet hookup for the most reliable, and fastest, data path.

Wireless USB adaptor supports USB 2.0. Compatible with IEEE 802.11a/b/g and 802.11n draft 2.0. Net weight: 0.21 (3.36oz) Lbs.

Being able to access the Internet opens a whole new world of features with the new BD-P1600's BD-Live 2.0 compliance. Now when you play back certain Blu-ray titles there are additional menu options. You can download additional content, access a website with games and more. Some of this content is even upgraded after the release of the disc so even older titles in your collection could have new content available.

Netflix - The Netflix feature built into the player enables you to watch more than 12,000 titles of on demand movies and TV shows. More are becoming available all the time. A very minor drawback is that you have to arrange your Netflix Cue using your computer and Netflix's website.

Right now Netflix's video on demand selection is mostly not up to HDTV quality. They do have some selections tagged as HD, and the image quality is better than their standard selections, but still not able to compete with the image quality 720P or 1080P brings you. As cable companies offer faster speeds I think this will change and we'll see true 720P and then 1080P service. We may not have to wait that long for it either.

Pandora - With the BD-P1600 you can also use my favorite place to listen to streamed music online, Pandora. Again you have to go to Pandora's website to set up your account and individual stations, which is dead simple to do, then listen to them at will using your TV/home theater system.

Setup with either Netflix or Pandora is also simple. If you don't already have an account with Netflix then by all means sign up for their service. I pay $12 a month for unlimited Blu-ray discs, one at a time, but that includes unlimited on demand video. Pandora's service is free (for now). Go to the Pandora website, create an account and set up your stations. Then back to your Samsung BD player, remove any discs you might have in the tray - the screen will show the Netflix/Pandora icons. Click on one. The first time you use it, a setup screen will pop up giving you a series of numbers that you type in at Netflix's or Pandora's website that ties your machine with your account. That's it! You're done and ready to start watching on demand movies or listening to music.

USB - There's a USB slot on the front and back of the player. The rear one would normally be used with Samsung's Wireless USB dongle. The front slot can be used to show JPEG photos and play back MP3's.

HDMI 1.3 - One of the best features of newer HD equipment is their use of HDMI cables for connecting components. Instead of a snake's nest of wires behind your home theater system that takes you hours to figure out which cable goes to what connection, HDMI simplifies everything by incorporating your video and sound connections into one wire. It also allows for the best image quality, 1080p. Now the only other cables running behind your player are the ones for networking and AC power. (and with the next update to the HDMI specifications, the networking cable will disappear). HDMI makes hooking up your system a breeze and I completed my hookup in a matter of a minute or so. Most of that was going back to the manual to see which of the 4 HDMI slots on my new Samsung LCD TV I should use for the various devices. Now running from the back of the player are the power cord, HDMI cable and Ethernet Cable - that's it. If I'd gone with the Wireless USB dongle to connect to my home network I'd only have the HDMI cable and power cord.

Setup
In the box is the player, remote and batteries, RCA type AV cable, user manual, quick start guide.

As I mentioned above setup is very easy, even setting up Netflix and Pandora. All-in-all I think it took me a total of 15 minutes, and I wasn't rushing. Plug in a couple of cables, set up accounts and you're ready to go.

Network
If you decide to use Samsung's Wireless USB device to access your network, setup will probably be the most time consuming thing you'll have to do since you'll have to use the remote to input your router's password of upper and lower case letters, numbers and special characters. You enter the data by using the remote to move a cursor around on the onscreen keyboard. By using an Ethernet cable you bypass the need for the password.

Upgradeable firmware
The Samsung BD-P1600 is one of a few players on the market with a user upgradable firmware. What's so special about being able to do this yourself? Unfortunately there are some discs out there that don't work with all players. Being upgradeable the Samsung can add future compatibility with those discs. I've already upgraded my player's firmware in the first month of ownership.

Here we come to one major gripe I had with the player. Downloading my first firmware update via the player's Ethernet connection took more than 30 minutes, and thats for a file that was only 65MB in size, and this was done over a broadband cable connection. Normally such a download would have taken a minute or so. I have to believe the slow speed happens because of Samsung's server. Anyway, the firmware upgrade itself is simple to do; follow onscreen instructions and that's it.

Using your computer you can also download firmware upgrades to a USB memory stick and transfer that over to the player to do your upgrade. I'll try that next time there's an upgrade.

TIP - remember to remove any disc in the player before you try to upgrade your firmware.

Final Thoughts
Sales of BD players are way up over last year (by almost 75%) most likely pushed by the drop in street price of the players over that same time frame. A couple months ago I bought the player I'm using for this review. Normally the BD-P1600 sells for $299 but I happened on a great sale on Amazon and purchased the player for $215 including five Blu-ray movies, which effectively dropped the cost down to the $150-$160 range. It pays to do a little searching before you buy anything nowadays.

If you have a HD TV already or will buy one soon, especially if it can display 1080P video, then by all means upgrade your disc player to the BD-P1600. You will not regret it.

I've quickly become a Blu-ray junkie because of the outstanding picture quality of the BD-P1600. Its faster loading time is a godsend compared to other units. All Blu-ray players are not created equal and the playback quality of this Samsung is among the best of what's out there.

Wish list
Mostly I wish for the controls on the player itself to be back-lit. As they are now its more like trying to read Braille unless there's really good room light illuminating the face. This is a minor gripe since most people will access the player via remote. I like the drop down front panel, it keeps dust out of the player, but it can cause some hassle if you have to use a IR repeater.

It would have been nice for Samsung to include a 6' Ethernet cable. I'd rather Samsung had included a 6' Ethernet cable than the RCA AV cable. Most people already have the latter.

Glow in the dark buttons help, but back-lit would have been better.

Most of the other items on my wish list have to do with the remote. It would be nice if it had back-lit buttons like its sibling TV remote from the Samsung LN40B650. There are some glow-in-the-dark buttons (play, fast forward, stop, pause) but you need to have the remote under a light for awhile for them to be useful in a dark room and then only for awhile since they eventually fade.

Button layout on the player's remote is actually better than the TV's remote. That's a lucky thing because of the Samsung's Anynet+ feature the player remote can handle most of the chores of the bigger TV remote (and vice versa) so I've ended up using it more often of the two. Another nice touch with using AnyNet+ is that when you turn on the player then my Samsung LN40B650 also turns on and sets the input for the BD player.

Anynet+ works in harmony with many of Samsung's products like cameras and home

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HP Pavilion Slimline s5120f Desktop PC NEW

Posted by Mohammad Ajmal on 9:16 PM

Product Description

The HP Slimline offers a powerful PC where space is at a premium. Perfect for a small office or dorm, it can handle all your computing needs, like e-mail, word processing and more. And the Slimline is flexible, so you can easily add or upgrade features and functions. The HP Slimline¿s sleek, modern styling, with chrome and accent lighting, looks great in any room. What's in the box: Pavilion s5120f desktop PC, HP USB keyboard, HP USB optical mouse, power cord, Cyberlink DVD Suite Deluxe software, HP MediaSmart Software Suite, Microsoft Works 9, Adobe Reader 8 and Norton Internet Security 2009 with 60 days of complimentary live updates.

Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #74 in Personal Computers
  • Color: Black
  • Brand: Hewlett-Packard
  • Model: NP187AA#ABA
  • Dimensions: 12.24" h x 4.43" w x 15.91" l, 9.20 pounds
  • CPU: AMD Athlon 2.7 Hz
  • Memory: 4GB SDRAM
  • Hard Disk: 500GB

Features

  • AMD Athlon X2 7750 Dual-Core Processor
  • 4GB PC2-6400 DDR2 SDRAM memory (2x2048MB for ultimate performance)
  • 500GB hard drive (7200 rpm) stores up to 106,000 songs or 84,000 photos.
  • Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit edition
  • NVIDIA GeForce 6150 SE Graphics with 128MB intregrated shared graphics memory.

Editorial Reviews

From the Manufacturer
Want a smaller PC that has everything you need and want? Buy an HP Pavilion Slimline PC. Create documents, spreadsheets, slide shows, music playlists and home videos. At under 5 inches wide, this PC is an easy fit for any office or room.

SPECIFICATIONS:

s5120f desktop

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HP Officejet 6000 Wireless Printer

Posted by Mohammad Ajmal on 9:10 PM

Improve the speed and efficiency of your office work with our Officejet 6000 Wireless Printer. You'll get professional-looking documents for a cost of up to 40% less per color page than with laser printers, 1, and you'll use 40% less energy2. Want fewer interruptions? Add high-capacity HP ink cartridges3.

Fast and economical wireless printing

  • Get maximum print speeds of 32 pages/minute black and 31 color##
  • Get bolder blacks, vivid color, and less smearing when using plain papers with the ColorLok technology
  • Print in laser quality at speeds equivalent to those of a laser printer: up to 7 pages/minute black and color4
  • Lose the cables and share resources with the wireless 802.11g networking5
  • Save time, paper, and money with the automatic two-sided printing
  • Save money by replacing only individual ink cartridges that run out.
  • Retain black text and color quality for decades in archived documents without fading6
  • Get professional-quality black text plus vivid color graphics and photos with HP Officejet ink

HP Officejet 6000 Wireless Printer

HP Officejet 6000 Wireless Printer back view

Mindful of the environment

  • Use up to 40% less energy than with laser printers2
  • Save money and energy with this efficient ENERGY STAR® qualified printer
  • Help reduce environmental impact: our new packaging uses less material
  • Recycle your cartridges—it's free and easy through HP Planet Partners 7

Reliable support, reputable supplies

  • Protect your investment with the one-year limited warranty plus our Total Care advice and support
  • Get answers to questions toll-free, 24 x 7, or via e-mail in as little time as an hour
  • Get exclusive offers and discounts on supplies and get free next-day shipping with our "My Print Rewards" program

1. Among majority of color laser printers less than $300 as of 6/08 using HP Officejet with highest-capacity cartridges.
2. Among majority of color laser printers less than $300 as of 6/08; energy use based on HP testing using ENERGY STAR® program TEC test method criteria.
3. Sold separately.
4. . Based on pages/minute measured using FDIS ISO/IEC 24734. Standard applies to inkjet and laser products and excludes first set of test documents.
5. Wireless performance depends on physical environment and distance from access
6. Based on paper-industry predictions for acid-free papers and original HP inks; colorant stability data at room temperature based on similar systems tested per ISO 11798 and ISO 18909.
7. HP cartridge return/recycling available in 42 countries and territories.

What's in the box?

HP Officejet 6000 Wireless Printer

    Printer
    Power supply
    Power cord
    USB cable
    HP 920 black cartridge (approx. 420 pages)
    HP 920 cyan, magenta, and yellow cartridges (approx. 300 pages each)
    CDs with software
    Wireless set-up guide
    Set-up poster

Compatible with


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Wireless-N Routers

Posted by Mohammad Ajmal on 8:55 PM

Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station 802.11nNow that the Wireless-N standard has been ratified by the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), this means that you can finally enjoy improved network throughput over the previous Wireless standards, 802.11b and 802.11g. But in order to take advantage of Wireless-N, you're going to need an 802.11n router. Luckily, you can score a Wi-Fi N router from Apple, D-Link, or Linksys for $100 or less.

The following Wi-Fi N routers have all been reviewed by PCMag's talented networking analyst, Mario Morejan. PCMag uses a rating scale of 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent) and judges things like features, performance, and durability.

Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station 802.11n
Editor Rating: 3.5
Was: $179
Is: $100 (from Frys.com)
Savings: $79 (44 percent)
Why You Want It: Apple's well-built, reliable AirPort Extreme Base Station 802.11n router offers two impressive new features: simultaneous dual-band broadcasting and guest access. This is a solid router for networks that are all Mac or even Mac/Windows, and performs well at long distances. Now that it's $79 off the original price tag of $179, we can finally recommend it as an affordable buy.

Buy the Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station 802.11n today!

Check out the other rated routers for less, after the jump.

D-Link RangeBooster N Dual Band Router DIR-628D-Link RangeBooster N Dual Band Router (DIR-628)
Editor Rating: 4
Was: $120
Is: $70 (from Amazon)
Savings: $50 (42 percent)
Why You Want It: D-link's RangeBooster N Dual Band Router is easy to set up, has great performance, and offers a rich feature set. Although the user interface could use a facelift, the router's other strengths more than make up for it, especially at such a low price of $70.

Buy the D-Link RangeBooster N Dual Band Router (DIR-628) today!

Linksys by Cisco Dual-Band Wireless-N Gigabit Router WRT320NLinksys by Cisco Dual Band Wireless-N Gigabit Router WRT320N
Editor Rating: 4
Was: $129
Is: $82 (from Newegg)
Savings: $47 (36 percent)
Why You Want It: One of the easiest routers to install and manage, the Linksys WRT320N Router is a good choice for novice users, professionals, and businesses that have to give remote workers secure access. It supports VPN and QoS, and can be yours for 36 percent off at Newegg; just enter the $10 off promo code EMCLXLW48 during checkout. (You must be a Newegg e-mail subscriber in order to

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Thermal-analysis software uses built-in intelligence

Posted by Mohammad Ajmal on 5:50 AM

The 6SigmaET electronics-cooling software package is said to be the first major product for electronics thermal analysis developed in the last decade. The software helps build a model using objects with built-in intelligence to speed-up model creation, and also enables automatic gridding and simplifying post-processing. PCB-level designs can be done in the context of the data center as the final application, which enables development of rack-based systems and containerized or custom data centers.

The software streamlines model creation, gridding, solving, and post-processing. An automated process is used to convert incoming CAD data to intelligent objects such as the chips, capacitors, resistors, other components on a PCB, and heat sinks with complex shapes. For example, a heat sink can be snapped onto a chip and a chip can be snapped onto a board, eliminating the cumbersome positioning required with other electronics-cooling software. The intelligence enables automatic meshing, such as increasing the grid density in critical areas.

The software solves the conduction equations required to accurately simulate rotated or angled geometry such as angled DIMMs. It also provides a user interface that reduces learning time and the time required to perform basic modeling and reporting tasks. (From $25,000/year — available now.)


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Asus Eee Top ET1602

Posted by Mohammad Ajmal on 6:41 AM

The good: Most affordable all-in-one PC on the market; semiportable and easy to set up, thanks to its small size and self-contained design; boasts a touch interface with a few useful apps.

The bad: Touch software only semiuseful; decent performance for an Atom system, but horrid compared with similarly priced laptops and desktops.

The bottom line: Thanks to its price, size, touch screen, and semiportability, the Asus Eee Top ET1602 presents a lot of usage options. Put it in the kitchen, den, or even a hallway, and it can serve as an easy information hub for your family. Just don't put it on a desk, where a desktop or a laptop will be much better suited for serious work.

Specifications: Processor: Intel Atom N270 (1.6 GHz) ; RAM installed: 1 GB DDR2 SDRAM ; Hard drive: 160 GB Standard ; See full specs


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Kid Tough Digital Camera NO TAXES,LOW SHIP"

Posted by Mohammad Ajmal on 6:40 AM


Sturdy dual hand grips for a steady shot Big easy-to-use buttons for little hands Two-eye viewing which makes it easy for kids to look through the viewfinder Durable design protects the camera and screen Great easy-to-use software Here's a real digital camera that is tough enough and easy enough for kids to use! The camera has a 1.3"" color LCD preview screen which allows kids to instantly see the picture they have taken and view or delete previous shots. The feature set includes: 640 x 480 resolution...

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Stern Pinball Spider-Man Pinball Machine

Posted by Mohammad Ajmal on 6:34 AM


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This Stern Pinball Machine, SPIDER-MAN™, was designed by Steve Ritchie, Lyman Sheats, and the engineering staff at Stern Pinball, the pinball machine takes Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3 and puts them all into one fast-paced pinball machine that will excite both operators and homeowners.

In the SPIDER-MAN™ pinball machine, you are Spider-Man™. Your goal is to defeat the villains from all three movies: Green Goblin from Spider-Man, Doc Ock from Spider-Man 2, and Sandman and Venom from Spider-Man 3. There are detailed, vibrant toys of each of the four villains on the playfield with an associated shot. Defeat all four villains and experience Battle Royale!



The pinball machine offers incredible features, including: Doc Ock's magnet that simulates a "Fusion Malfunction" by holding the ball; Green Goblin hovering on his glider above Pumpkin Bomb targets; Venom's ramp that quickly feeds the ball back to the left flipper; Sandman's whirlwind of targets and a motor 3-bank at the center of the playfield; and a whole lot of amazing multi-ball action.

Steve Ritchie says, “Many hours have gone into the making of SPIDER-MAN™ pinball machine. Lyman Sheats has created a set of elegant yet simple rules that anyone can learn in a few plays. SPIDER-MAN™ pinball is a game of speed, flow and constant action and excitement. Lyman and I have always wanted to make a SPIDER-MAN™ pinball game since forever, and it contains the best work and ideas of many people who work at Stern Pinball. We are extremely pleased with the results, and we think you will be, too!”

Kevin O'Conner utilized the film’s art resources and created the back glass and playfield art, while Marc Shoenberg and Mark Galvez also worked with the film’s art direction, to produce the cabinet art. The pinball machine has a phenomenal music and a sound package composed and adapted by David Thiel. The game also features stunning dot matrix animations created by Mark Galvez, recapturing key scenes form Spider-Man , Spider-Man 2, and Spider-Man 3. Earning very well and eminently collectable, SPIDER-MAN™ pinball from Stern is a solid and entertaining package that will rock the pinball universe.

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Fisher-Price Kid-Tough Digital Camera Pink [Amazon Frustration-Free Packaging]

Posted by Mohammad Ajmal on 6:27 AM

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Motorola H670 Bluetooth Headset (Pearl Grey) [Amazon Frustration-Free Packaging]

Posted by Mohammad Ajmal on 6:13 AM

This new model allows longer talk time, easier to your ear and better distance compare to other models.

My wife now can leave the phone in her hand bag, never need to take out anymore for taking calls or making calls. Work flawlessly with Krzr phone, carry out commands to dial number, check missed calls, etc. Like a charm!
  • Compatible with Bluetooth 1.1 and 1.2 phones
  • Sleek design
  • 1 year warranty

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Farouk CHI GF 2100 Rocket Professional Hair Dryer Low EMF

Posted by Mohammad Ajmal on 6:01 AM



Product Features

  • Produces ionic positive energy and infuses moisture into the hair shaft
  • Help to reduce frizziness and static electricity
  • Ceramic heats up faster and produces moist heat that dries hair
  • Leaves hair shiny and healthy
  • Cold shot button and comb attachment included

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sell CHI ceramic hairstyling iron

Posted by Mohammad Ajmal on 5:44 AM


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The PLC: New Technology power link

Posted by Mohammad Ajmal on 10:30 PM

What is a PLC?

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) continue to evolve as new technologies are added to their capabilities. The PLC started out as a replacement for banks of relays. Gradually, various math and logic manipulation functions were added. Today they are the brains of the vast majority of automation, processes and special machines. PLCs now incorporate smaller cases, faster CPUs, networking and various internet technologies.


  1. Scan the bar code.

  2. Send the data to the PC.

  3. PC decodes the bar code.

  4. PC looks up the resulting information from the database.

  5. Move the data to the PC communications port.

  6. Send the information to the PLC across a serial communication connection.

  7. Move the data from the PLC communications buffer to the PLC program memory and use it (in some cases).

Using a PLC with an internal relational database reduces this to four steps:

  1. Scan the bar code.

  2. Send the data to the PLC.

  3. PLC decodes the bar code.

  4. PLC looks up the resulting information from the internal relational database and use it.

Using a PLC with an internal relational database eliminates the weak link of the communications from the PC to the PLC. A PC will usually perform the database lookup faster than a PLC. However, moving the data from the PC database across a serial network connection (usually limited to 19.2k baud) rate is much slower that a PLC that can retrieve usable data in one scan of the control program.

With this sorting conveyor example the first cost savings is reduced computer hardware by eliminating the PC with the database and the database software. A second savings is realized by eliminating the integration time required to get the PC and the PLC communicating. Another cost savings is from the lack of needing the Information Technology department to continuously maintain, backup and upgrade the PC.

There are many different applications that a PLC with an internal relational database can control in a more cost effective way for both the Integrator as well as the End User. Manufacturing machines and processes that assemble product based on recipes or build multiple products on the same machine are all good candidates for this technology. Also, projects that require setting “environment variables” for configuration of a machine or custom written instructions and drivers as well as fast keyed look ups for control values would find the power of a internal relational database especially useful.


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Vertu Signature Cobra MOBILE

Posted by Mohammad Ajmal on 10:24 PM


sc888size800 back etc 300x300 VERTU Signature Cobra Boucheron  Replica for Those on a Luxury BudgetRemember those Vertu Boucheron blinged out phones from awhile back? You know, the one that went for $310,000! Well now you can get one for a whole lot cheaper – like $700 bucks. Yep, it’s just another knock-off site helping their fellow-man purchase incredibly over priced wares at much much less, albeit still expensive prices. The Vertu Signature Cobra Boucheron Limited Silver Edition has all the same similar details as the original minus a diamond and ruby here and there. It has a 262k true color TFT display, and has no digital camera (just like the original), GPRS/WAP capability and can also be used both as an MP3 music and an

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Vertu Signature Cobra MOBILE

Posted by Mohammad Ajmal on 10:13 PM

Now here's a phone that not only feels heavy in your pocket, but actually burns several holes in it! Vertu unleased its Signature Cobra series of cell phones complete with diamond and ruby embellishments. Which sorta gives it an ugly look and feel. But hey, if that's your thing, go right ahead and splurge.

Designed by Frenchman Boucheron, the Signature Cobra is made from a pear-cut diamond, a round white diamond, two emerald eyes and all of 439 rubies. Count 'em yourself.

If that's not mind-boggling, take a look at the price tag: US $310,000. That's right, kids. Well okay, they do have a discounted version running for $115,000, so if you're not upper crust enough, you might want to settle for this baby.


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