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Friday, November 28, 2008

FSC Unveils Green SCALEO Home Server

The server also includes security and backup features

Fujitsu Siemens Computers has recently announced the launch of its second generation SCALEO Home Server which sports environmentally friendly hard disks drives. The server packs up to four Caviar Green SATA hard disks from Western Digital stated to need 40 percent less energy to operate than a traditional HDD. Energy conscious users are now able to let the Home Server run without interruption for several hours a day, while the electricity bill will remain the same.

The home media center makes use of the Green Power technology which ensures quieter and cooler operations than its predecessors. Moreover, the new SCALEO Home Server has a lean and elegant appearance, making it fit for the home environment. Fujitsu Siemens Computers' SCALEO Home Server 2205, which comes with 2 X 1 TB, and the SCALEO Home Server 2105, featuring 2 x 500 GB, are now available at specialist retailers.

Home digitization has been registering growth lately, which makes the Home Server become more popular in its position as a media center in the networked home area only one year after it was first launched. The server offers an easy and feasible solution for saving photos, films, music and all other types of files centrally and securely, while allowing users to load and run them from practically anywhere, including the Internet.

The Home Server features a built-in security mechanism designed to ensure that systems packing several hard drives do not lose data even when a disk fails. Moreover, an easy-to-use interface grants access to data, data backup and recovery for all the systems in the network. Besides the energy-saving hard disks it features, the SCALEO Home Server also includes a special power management function which allows for even more energy savings while ensuring that data is always available.

Dock Icon Pillows Should Make a Great Christmas Present

The guys at Throwboy have designed a set of small pillows that complement the Mac OS X Dock. Pillows are based on application icons such as the Finder, iTunes, iChat, iPhoto, the Dashboard, and more.

“We know your computer is more than a tool,” Throwboy says on its website. “It's a constant companion, a friend. A gateway to the great heights of 'risqué.' The hub to your very life and existence. But we think it should be more. It should be snuggled close to you as you sleep, and clutched tightly in your clammy hands during that especially gruesome scene in The Ring. And, since polycarbonate and aluminum hardly lend themselves to cuddly-comfort, we've got the solution.”

That solution is this set of throw-pillows called “the Icon Pillow Collection.” The pillows are hand-crafted and filled with polyester fibers (100% Fleece), according to Throwboy. As the headline reads, the pillows should make any Mac fan rejoice, should they be offered as Christmas presents.

However, a sign on Throwboy's website says that pillows take about 3-6 weeks to ship, as the hand-making process takes quite a bit of time. So you should hurry up getting one, if you want to make a friend or family member happy – you might get lucky and have it delivered before Christmas. The pillows cost US $29 individually, or US $149 for the whole set (six pillows).

“Thanks to those who have helped us start and to those that were patient enough to wait for us to finish,” Throwboy also notes on its website. “We're thrilled with how far we've come and can't wait to see what the wonderful world of pillows holds in store for us.”

Visit Throwboy here, and check out close-ups of the Icon Pillow Collection. Don't forget to share your impressions with us.

Monday, November 3, 2008

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