Hello everyone! Welcome to my blog smack dab in the middle of (what I hope) is a very busy and productive work week to keep that clock mindlessly ticking away to the last hour before you “bounce”. So let’s get down to Gmail!
– First off you will never have to worry about leaving the left hand side navigation panel all by its lonesome because of the newly enhanced scrolling panel! Whether your trying to chat with friends or deleting messages, this panel now (finally) scrolls with you.
– At the top right we have a neat little gear icon that, when clicked, actually changes the spacing in between letters to three different sizes. This ingenious concept is actually “geared” (get it?) towards making the view for Gmail much better if your on a device other than a computer.
– Even Conversation View got a facelift for the new Gmail layout. messages from your FAV friends are now accompanied by their profile pics on the left hand side making message viewing much easier this time around. Additionally, small little grey icons have replaced the myriad of options available per convo making it slightly more time consuming when looking for the option you want but does add a much more sleek look compared to the old layout.
– Not only is the layout being revamped for Gmail but the search box is too. Have a message that you’re looking for dating back to November 12, 2010? Just click the drop down arrow when you type in the document name and filter the search by date! Yes Google is spoiling us rotten with these benefits.
This about sums up the Gmail additions and cool new facelift it got from the older style. I personally love the color green but maybe later on they will include a change color feature! Or maybe they already have…..
Sounds like a really cool video game project actually. So I think by now people “glued” to my blogs probably know I am somewhat fascinated by Apple and the stories tied to them. Well this article is most definitely no different! Apparently Apple has depended on coal powered, o-zone depleting power plants to sustain the massive maintenance of cloud servers and large scale production of iPods they’ve so ingeniously mass produced. I wonder why no one ever mentioned these all important facts in the media…ever! Hmmmm well I still really like Apple and I think, after all the success they’ve had, it might finally be time to upgrade the electric/coal system they (and many other corporations) use. Of course Apple never goes in (or out) without a bang! so the most logical alternative to coal powered electricity would be a SOLAR FARM.
Yes it’s true. Apple has begun building a massive solar farm on a 171 acre lot it owns in Catawba County, North Carolina. So what is a solar farm? Well great question! Let me tell you. Solar farms are power plants that essentially focus on producing energy through solar power. Basically a bunch of solar panels are put up in the solar farm to collect as much energy as possible from the sun which is then stored in these “farms” which (in Apple’s case) can then power the facility or facilities that require power consumption!
This really cool innovation not only helps reduce Apple’s carbon footprint on the world but also will allow Apple to save money (alot of money) on a more “green” solution freeing up their funds to focus on producing better iPods!
Want to read up a little more on solar farms? Click here! How about skimming through the article for the Apple Solar Farm? Try here.
We are at the middle of the week people. You can do iiiiit.
By Tree Hugging I mean environmentally friendly. ComputerWorld has taken it upon itself to review top IT companies to see which ones fit the bill the best when it comes down to taking care of your environment. It turns out out of the 70 applicants there were 12 top energy efficient companies that actually really care about their surroundings in which they live and strive to improve the quality of life outside of their own by incorporating “green” efficient practices into the workplace….and making a nice salary while they do it. Here are examples of some initiatives these companies have been taking:
Kaiser Permanente– Employees for Kaiser developed their own methods for measuring cooling systems. Plus they have actual “Keep IT Green” teams focused on brainstorming and implementing new practices that positively affect the environment each month.
All State Insurance– This company views green initiatives with a more practical approach. They focus on ideas that help them save money AND prove to be good for the environment.
KPMG– This Big 4 accounting firm is focusing on mutliple ways to decrease its carbon footprint: migrating to blade servers, raising data center temperatures, utilizing video chat to avoid transportation for company meetings and implementing solar panels where applicable on their company buildings.
State Street– This corporation cut its energy usage by 50% using compression technology! Specifically they used compression and deduplication technologies in order to drive down storage capacity by 40-50% That is a monumental difference when saving energy costs. According to Computerworld however StateStreet has been driven to better the environment for 10 years and keeps going.
NBC Universal– The giant network company NBC decided to contribute its “2 cents” to the improvement of the environment with just a small contribution of 47 TONS of hardware (a.k.a. e-waste) that they ultimately did not need. Specifically, NBC “virtualized” enough servers to shut down 2,000 physical servers which was about 60% of the total amount of servers they had.
These are just a few of the 12 companies covered by Computerworld. If you’re interested in reading more about these mean “green” machines or want to know about the rest of the list please click here!
If not then have a great Monday! Only 1 week left until Halloween!
Wall Street and Apple’s relationship is starting to get rocky. Apple has been having pretty rough times recently ever since the passing of the late great Steve Jobs and the problems have only been compounded by the recent downturn Apple has experienced in sales, specifically iPhone sales. According to the Wall Street Journal, analysts had previously speculated fiscal earnings for Apple would amount to approximately 20 million iPhones for the quarter but Apple instead sold just around 17 million. 3 million iPhones is a MASSIVE difference especially when your main competitor (Android) has a new Nexus phone coming out with a more improved OS from Google.
However there is a light at the end of Apple’s tunnel! CEO Tim Cook has been announcing his hopes for the upcoming iPhone 4S and has said iPhone 4S sales will boost earnings for the upcoming quarter enough to alleviate the past blemish that Apple did not expect. Hopefully this is not a sign of future dark things to come for the innovative tech company.
If you would like to read the article yourself click here!
So today I read Sony has recently launched a website focused on ensuring Sony products are properly disposed of. The aim of the website for Sony is to recycle 1 pound of e-waste for every pound of electronic product they make. In order to more readily achieve this company goal Sony has opted into collecting ANY manufactured electronic waste NOT just it’s own products. I think that is an awesome way to show the community how much your contributing to the environment. Sony itself is not necessarily doing any of the recycling but rather is just listing participating recycling centers in the user’s vicinity who are registered with Sony to monitor and pick up the electronics that you drop off at designated drop-off sites in specific locations across the U.S.
Hopefully many of you reading this will find it useful to go on this website and check out the drop-off location nearest you. It’s always nice to help better the environment and clean up your house from all the junk you most likely don’t need : P. If you’re interested just click here!
Tragically yesterday the announcement that Steve Jobs had passed away spread throughout the world and reverberated across the internet in forums and through remodeled websites showing appreciation for the genius behind Apple and the direction it took in marketing its innovative products such as the iPhone and the iPod. Today I wanted to make a poll to show just how deeply Mr. Jobs’ message resonated with his consumers because I’m sure many people out there reading this have an Apple product at home whether it be the iPod Nano or a Mac. Please participate in this poll and let us know how Apple affected your life.
Today I wanted to cover two companies that have been responsible for pushing the envelope on how amazing computers can be at outputting more realistic graphics with each newly developed video card. Of course these companies are: NVIDIA and AMD. Both NVIDIA and AMD have essentially created the market for high end Graphic Processing Units (GPUs), technically NVIDIA created the first GPU in 1999. Conversely, AMD was the first company to develop APUs (Accelerated Proessing Units)
TheBattle: These two competitors have been fighting for complete pixelated domination over computer graphics since NVIDIA came out with the GPU in 1999. AMD is mainly a processor manufacturing company but applied its computer knowledge to make some of the strongest video cards on the market today! Currently NVIDIA is looking to come back from defeat with its newer “Fermis” model video card which is a more improved Fermi card (hopefully one that uses less power!) Now lets look at each competitor to see who comes out stronger.
InThis Corner: NVIDIA is my personal favorite when it comes to video card manufacturers and also seems to be the company holding the stronger foothold in some key functionality areas.
Direct X 11-NVIDIA cards are very compatible with Direct X 11 and Direct X compatibility of more recent cards comparable to Direct X compatibility of recent AMD video cards.
Display Support- More new NVIDIA graphics cards sport slightly more robust support for DisplayPort 1.2, which allows ONE NVIDIA card to manage enhanced graphics for up to 6 display monitors.
Stereoscopic 3D Support- NVIDIA 3D Support is pretty amazing (Check out this video! YouTube, you might need 3D glasses.) The main issue with NVIDIA 3D capabilities is the required 120HZ refresh rate for the monitor you’re using. SLI setup however, running two or more identical 3D capable video cards, allows you to power 3 monitors with the required refresh rate for amazing 3d graphics across three screens.
Power Consumption- More recent NVIDIA cards are much less power intensive than previous models but competitively speaking are still not as efficient as AMD video cards.
HD Video Encoding- The newer NVIDIA video card models feature the latest HD encoding support such full H.264 Decode Acceleration.
Strongest, Newest Contender- If you are willing to spend around $540.00 USD then the EVGA GTX 580 SC is one of the strongest NVIDIA cards out there today. This card is very power intensive (requires around 395 W/32 A. at max. power) and does not support DisplayPort 1.2. Click here for more info. Remember the EVGA model is overclocked slightly higher than the original model giving the card a higher output and making the graphics that much better.
&InTheOther Corner: AMD has made a reputation based on efficiency and productivity and so it comes as no surprise ATI graphic card models consist of some of the strongest available in the market. Usually the downside to ATI cards seems to be the lifetime of the cards. The stronger they are the harder they fall! But here are some notes on AMD and its beastly cards.
Direct X 11- AMD sports equal support for Direct X 11 as does NVIDIA. Both cards function equally as well having some games perform better on either type of card.
Display Support- Guaranteed DisplayPort 1.2 support. In other words, these cards are built for multidisplay functionality, allowing the user to connect 3 different monitors with just one ATI Radeon 6000 card! This along with the fact that NVIDIA does not explicitly support DisplayPort 1.2 is a win for AMD.
Stereoscopic 3D Support- Conversely, AMD recently implemented 3D surround vision with its newer models where NVIDIA already had it implemented since 2009 with the announcement of 3D Vision (click here).
Power Consumption- Another positive consistent factor using AMD powered video cards is its reputation in power consumption. ATI Radeon video cards tend to usually consume less power than NVIDIA video cards and although NVIDIA has decreased the wattage required for newer models, on average, the cards are still using slightly more than AMD cards.
HD Video Encoding-Another strong suit for AMD video cards such as the ATI Radeon 6000 series is very robust support for HD video encoders. All the major encoders are supported with these cards such as: VC-1 and H.264.
Strongest, Newest Contender- One of the most newest models out right now for AMD video cards is the XFX Radeon HD 6970. This card is a veritable animal. 2 GB frame buffer, two 1.2 DisplayPort ports for multi display support and DDR5 memory support it almost beat the NVIDIA GTX 580 SC when rated in this article. But fell short due to <%100 of output used and pricing issues.
Winner?: NIVIDIA GTX 580 SC. On top of being my favorite video card manufacturing company, NVIDIA met its competition with its latest models head on in terms of performance and output but really differentiated itself with the price. On average when I checked Amazon the GTX 580 SC was being offered at around $399.00 USD while the XFX Radeon HD 6970 was around $349.99 USD. Just $50.00 more for higher output and better quality.