DolFin Releases a New Gaming Notebook!

As most of you know already, I am the owner and CEO of DolFin MicroDevices, a small computer company in Hastings Nebraska. I won’t use this blog to plug my brand and I will do my absolute best to keep my investment in DolFin from reducing the quality of my reviews. However, I do want to post the fact that we’ve released a new desktop replacement notebook. To avoid being accused of favoritism I will only post the raw data on this page. Just the specs pictures and other basic information and I will let you guys decide for yourselves weather it is good or not.

Today around 8:00PM DolFin MicroDevices Co. quietly updated it’s website www.dolfinmd.com with a new product that is much different from previous products on the site. The new DolFin RX1 appeared for $3999 and is touted as a desktop replacement gaming notebook. Here are the specs posted on the website:

CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-2720QM @2.2GHz
# of Cores: 4
TDP: 45w
Cooling system TDP: 55w
Cooler type: Copper plate phase change heat pipe.
GPU: NVIDIA® Geforce GTX560M, 1.5GB GDDR5 VRAM
GPU Cooler: Same as CPU
RAM: 16Gb Dual channel 4x4Gb @1333MHz
Display: 15.6″ LED-backlit LCD
Display Resolution: Full 1080p (1920 x 1080)
Storage: x2 256Gb Sata 6Gb/s SSD units
Optical Drive: SuperMulti DVDRW
Wireless: Bigfoot Killer™ Wireless-N 1103
Ports:
Monitor ( VGA ): 15 pin D-Sub x 1
HDMI: 1
USB 3.0: 2
USB 2.0: 2
eSATA: 1
Mic.-in: 1
Headphone-out: 1
Speakers: 2 Speakers: 2W x 2 + 1 Subwoofer

…and there you have it. That’s all I can say on this site. Let me know if you like it. Your opinions will be taken into consideration when I go to build the RX2 or whatever succeeds this one.

DolFin T-Shirts now available!

DolFin MicroDevices T-Shirts are now available for purchase on the DolFin online store. They are $15 a piece plus shipping and are currently available in M, L, and XL sizes. If you would like another size or a long sleeved one, email dolfinmd@gmail.com or call (402)469-9610

To buy online click on the picture!

Also check out the new revised version of the DolFin EXTB external hard drive! Still just $85.99 with a four year warranty!

The Pirate Bay is down!

I woke up this morning to a torrent downloader that couldn’t find most of it’s seeders. I assumed that this was just because of the time of day. Not a lot of people are at home downloading torrents at 10 in the morning on a Friday. But just to be sure I did some checking to see if the trackers were up and sure enough, the Pirate Bay tracker was down. Another check: so was the website.

This sent sort of chills down my geeky spine as the event took me back to 2006 when the grand central station of underground torrents was raided, and taken down for three days! I thought “It’s happening again! Are they coming back up this time?”

I checked the news to find only one article about the site’s downtime on March 25th. The good people at torrentfreak.com are so far the only news people to post an article on this downtime. Their article is posted at this link. They said in the article that it’s probably nothing, and they kind  of put down the theory that they’re down for a big important reason. This is true. Odds are that there’s nothing to worry about, but what if there is?

There are a very large number of things that could take this website down. As mentioned in the article someone could’ve tripped over a cable, or they could be doing maintenance. I don’t think either of those are the case. First of all if you’re running a website of this size usually you’ve learned how to avoid the simple mistakes like tripping over cables and the like. There are also lots of life lines in place to keep the site running even if someone accidentally unplugs a cable. As far as maintenance goes, most sites post something on the site a couple days or more before they go down saying “We will be down for some work between xx/xx and xx/xx.” Now, I was on the site yesterday, and though I wasn’t really looking, I did not notice any notes that said the site would be down, and apparently the people at torrentfreak.com didn’t either.

So, we know what didn’t happen, but the question still remains, “What did happen?” One of the thing that could take the site down is hackers. Three days ago news was released of some hackers getting into The Pirate Bay’s security system and causing lots of trouble. The article is online at this link. Again the torrent freaks do a good job.

So my theory is that either the Swedish government has shut them down again or some hackers are holding the site down for some reason. Could be DDOS or some form of actual hacking. But I’m leaning toward hacking. Whatever it is, lets hope that they’re back up soon so we can start our downloads again! I’m missing out on some new TV shows!

*****UPDATE*****

The Pirate Bay is now back online with no explanation for the downtime. If anyone knows why this downtime happened please comment to let me know. This has been one of my most popular posts and has caused my site to break it’s previous daily traffic record.

*****UPDATE*****

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DolFiN MicroDevices Co

Today I am announcing that The Technology Development Blog is going to make all of the cool stuff we’ve been working on here at the lab public for all of you to see and read about! We wish to play a more active role in technology development than we have in the past. Now we will build things and do research as well as just report industry news. All of the documents we release will have legally binding copyrights and are not to be reproduced unless you first contact me at loserface1@gmail.com, and gain permission to use the document.

I also am very excited to announce that a company called DolFiN MicroDevices is now going to be producing publicly available devices and products based on the developments we make here at the lab. DolFiN is a separate company from this blog, and this blog is still run as a nonprofit organization. The two entities do, however, share personnel and visions of the future. You may click on the image below to see the company’s newly formed website.

DolFiN currently has two main products available: A $1000 touch screen desktop, and a $299 small workstation. DolFiN will soon be making available products like laptops and handheld devices as well. We think this is going to be a great partnership and enable both this blog and DolFiN to be great innovators.

DolFiN is available on facebook and we would like all of you to “Become a Fan” of what we do. This way we can send you updates and information about new products and or services that you may be interested in. you can also buy our products in the Facebook marketplace! Click on the image below to be taken to our facebook page!

We look forward to showing you the great new products that we create! Until then have a great week!

Psystar Open(7): Is it Really Cheaper?

Most of us who follow Apple know about the ongoing conflict between Apple and a new Mac Clone company called Psystar. For those who don’t know here’s a quick brief:

After Apple’s transition of Intel processors in 2006, the founder of Psystar was probably thing thinking something like this, “if the Mac OS runs on Intel chips now, what would be stopping me from building my own Mac clone?” So the company of Psystar began building computers saying that Apple’s Macintosh computers were over priced and that theirs were cheaper. Apple then sued Psystar saying that it was unlawful to install Mac OS X on any computer or other device not designed by Apple itself. Psystar counter sued and the outcome of said counter suit is yet to be decided.

So… back to the main topic. Psystar has done a very good job of making their new Open(7) computer appear cheaper than it counterpart at Apple, the MacPr, however when I looked at their site and priced out an Open(7) customized to my specifications, I thought it seemed a little high. Behold the price of a MacPro of similar specs is about $100 cheaper. Why is this? or was it just that configuration?

For all intents and purposes the two computers are about the same. they both run the Mac OS and both run it fast and have loads of storage. When I went looking for a high end mac desktop I wanted at least 600GB of storage and i wanted the fast 3GB per second hard drive. I wanted lots of firewire ports that come on every Apple Mac. I wanted 6GB of RAM and an aluminum enclosure. Everything else standard.

The final thing on my list left me with no option but to buy a Mac Pro from Apple, but I decided to check Psystar to see how much money I was wasting. Here’s what I got:

On the Mac Pro:

  • One 2.66GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon
  • 3GB (3x1GB)
  • 640GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 512MB
  • One 18x SuperDrive
  • Apple Mighty Mouse
  • Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad (English) and User’s Guid

$2,499

On the Psystar Open(7) I learned that I could not just buy one hard drive to get to my 600GB minimum. So I bought two of the High speed drives. This was what jacked up my price. but here it is:

2.66GHz Quad-Core Xeon Nehalem

two Fast! 300GB 10,000RPM SATA2 Hard Drives.

20x DVD±RW DL

// <![CDATA[// 802.11n (PCI-E 1x)

USB Bluetooth adapter

Firewire ports.

$2,907.98

The reason the Open(7) looks cheaper than the Mac Pro is the fact that with the Mac Pro many of the items that I would’ve had to pay extra for from Psystar, come standard on the Mac. Things like the Keyboard and mouse, bluetooth, extra firewire ports, and then there’s the fact that the hard drives were more expensive because I couldn’t buy just one! Bottom line, Psystar is cheaper in it’s base configuration and probably in some other configurations too, however not in all or even most configurations. Also when you buy an Open(7) you can expect a cheap plastic case held together by screws and filled with lose wires and scattered parts held down by screws and clamps. When you buy a Mac you can expect a sleek Aluminum case held together firmly by Torx bits, with an equally sleek and accessible design on the inside. With the Mac it is simple and quick to replace or upgrade parts. With an Open(7) it would be a long frustrating experience involving many tangled wires and stripped screws.
MacPro insides!

Quad Core Intel Notebook

I found this article on wired.com about an Intel quad-core notebook chip. It will be on our ‘intel’ page as well. Don’t forget you can always see the latest on intel stuff by clicking ‘intel’ at the top of your page.

Intel Prepares a Quad-Core Notebook Chip

By Bryan Gardiner Email 03.17.08 | 7:30 PM

Intel’s widely expected to release new quad-core laptop processors this fall, but even the chipmaker admits it could be years before the chips really go mainstream.
Courtesy Alienware

Stanford president John Hennessy calls parallel programming for multicore processors the biggest challenge computer science has faced in more than 50 years. But that’s not stopping Intel from moving ahead with plans to bring even greater core counts to your laptop.

According to trade-media reports, Intel is readying a new breed of quad-core mobile processors for release this fall, marking what could be the first concerted effort by the chip giant to aim its high-end multicore processors at the general mobile market.

Just don’t expect quad-core laptops to become an industry standard anytime soon. As DigiTimes notes, these chips won’t come cheap, and will also suck down significantly more power than today’s mainstream mobile Core 2 Duo processors — a big no-no in the mobile space.

Intel has previously stated its intention to release quad-core notebook processors, but the company would not confirm the details reported by DigiTimes.

“I’ve always used the adage, the hardware is ahead of the software is ahead of the user,” says Roger Kay, president of Endpoint Technologies Associates, who says that quad-core processors in notebooks will not be suitable for mainstream consumers for quite some time.

“I can imagine a small niche [of adopters] on the notebook side, but I still think it’s going to be three to four years before [quad-core laptops] become mainstream,” he says.

In addition to high prices and power constraints, there’s still a dearth of software (and programmers) that can properly take advantage of four processing cores, a fact that will make selling multicore laptops an even harder prospect for Intel in the near term.

Nevertheless, IDC analyst Bob O’Donnell says the decision to relocate quad-core from the desktop to the laptop may actually make sense when you look at future industry trends.

“If you look at where the market is going, we have notebooks sales surpassing desktops on a worldwide scale in 2009,” says O’Donnell. “Notebooks are clearly the platform of the future; hence all the movement by Intel and others into the mobile space recently.”

In the not-too-distant future, O’Donnell also says that notebooks may even become the platform of choice for which chipmakers will develop new technologies, platforms and, yes, even new multicore processors.

For its own part, Intel seems to be well aware of the challenges it and the rest of the industry face in creating software that can take full advantage of multicore chip technology.

Intel and Microsoft are expected to announce a partnership on Tuesday with the University of California-Berkeley and other universities. The venture will see both companies funding new research into parallel programming techniques.

“Given the many attempts at salting parallel computing in the industry over 40 years, there have only been relatively modest successes to date,” says David Patterson, a professor of computer science at Berkeley.

Because the entire industry is now betting on multicore processors, it’s also realizing that unless the software community catches up, there remains no compelling reason for consumers to buy 4-, 8- or any other multicore processor.

As Jerry Bautista, director of technology management for Intel’s Microprocessor Technology Lab, puts it: “It’s not the hardware that’s really compelling. It’s what you can do with the hardware that really is the interesting stuff.”

New Podcast Episode!!

We have finally, after a long wait, released a new podcast. This is in my opinion our best one yet and it is the first to be wirtten recorded and edited using Apple’s Garageband 6. This edition includes tales of our lab’s building a G3 iBook from spare parts, A short review of the Apple iPod Touch, information about the recently announced USB 3.0 and much more. This podcast was recorded with corresponding visual effects, and high quality compression. Will work on any iPod and almost every other MP3 player. This edition also contains a new theme song that works best onvery high quality headphones. For any comments or questions you may email me at forrestesoftware@hotmail.com.

You may download it by clicking the following link.

Click Here.