Stories by Patrick Thibodeau

TI's first handheld calculator is now a museum piece

In 1965, the consumer electronics revolution that would result in PCs, iPods, smart phones and myriad other electronic devices was still years off. And the predecessors of the integrated circuits that would power such products were being used mostly ...

Sun puts Intel-based server plans into action

Sun Microsystems will begin expanding this week its line of x86-based servers to include rack-mounted systems based on Intel processors -- an announcement that comes eight months after Sun and Intel signed a joint development agreement.

HP user group looks for Linux desktop from vendor

Hewlett-Packard's decision last month to sell desktop PCs with Linux installed on them in Australia is giving hope to Linux advocates at the Encompass HP user group that a similar system may be on its way in the US.

VMware offers virtualization on a server platter

VMware hopes to turn virtualization software into a mass-produced product that's as common in data centers as ketchup is on hamburgers, via a new "thin hypervisor" that major hardware vendors plan to bake into their servers.

Server benchmarking lone wolf bites Intel again

Neal Nelson, an independent engineer who conducts server benchmarking tests, is claiming that Advanced Micro Devices' Opteron processors are generally more energy efficient than Intel's Xeon processors.

Legal fight over 'Vista capable' PCs gets trial date

A lawsuit alleging that Microsoft Windows Vista Capable users were misled about the capabilities of the operating system will go to trial Oct. 28, 2008, a federal judge in Seattle decided last week. That starting date will be close to the two-year an...

AMD says for Opteron, it's 'Barcelona' in August

Advanced Micro Devices said Friday that it will start shipping quad-core versions of its Opteron microprocessor in August and that it expects hardware vendors to follow in September with servers based on the new chips.

Is it time to ditch your desktops for PC blades?

The desktop unit that is part of Hewlett-Packard's PC blade system is about the size of a thick hardcover book, and it might be mistaken for a modernist vase if not for the various ports for connecting thumb drives and other USB devices. The device i...

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First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

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