Introduction

HP


As soon as you entered the show, there was HP to greet you: a massive booth on the right showcasing samples throughout their product lines. Wandering around their booth I noticed a wireless printer on display, quite a novel idea, and about time someone implemented it.




























One side of the HP booth







Tablets, laptops and accessories



Projectors







More portable devices



Deskjet 6840 wireless printer



Pepper Hand Held


The Pepper Pad was hidden away in the back,
but it was one of the most interesting devices of the show. Based on an Intel XScale PXA270 (623 MHz) processor and running an embedded
version of Linux 2.4 this overgrown handheld has all of the features of a
winner. BlueTooth, 802.11b+g, QWERTY thumb pad, composite video out, 20 Gig
Hard Drive, 800x600 display with an Intel 2700G 32Mb accelerator powering it
and much more crammed into a 2.3 lbs, 12.1x6.6x0.8 inch package. At an
introductory price of $800, users seeking a more portable notebook may want to
check this out.

















The Pepper Pad 2



Pepper Specs



More information at Pepper.com

Iomega and DLT

Iomega


Iomega had another large booth at the show, displaying everything from their REV drives to their Mini. The Rev is their new generation of portable storage, with a capacity of 35 Gigs uncompressed on a cartridge approximately half the size of a Peerless disk.




















Iomega’s Booth



The Rev



Inside the Rev



 


DLT


Considering a tape backup? Look no further than DLT. Their value line, the DLT VS80, is SCSI based and costs around $800 so backing up your priceless data should not carry a premium price.












DLT lineup and roadmap


Belkin and Silverstone

Belkin


Belkin had their usual array of networking and KVM products on display. New to their selection is their line of audio products, Pure AV. There are full range of line conditioning power units and cables for any high end entertainment set. Most of their products are designed to outperform and out-feature the current market leaders. They also had a new range of wireless products on display based on airgo’s multi antenna technology. The Pre-N line boasts up to 800% greater coverage and 600% speed increase over a standard 802.11g network.






























Belkin booth



Stack of KVM’s



Pure AV stack









PureAV Power Console PF40 (AP21300-12)



Back of Wireless Pre-N Router (F5D8230-4)



Wireless Pre-N Cardbus (F5D8010)



Silverstone


Silverstone was here sowing of some of their newest cases and power supplies. Admittedly pictures rarely do these cases justice.
















Silverstone Booth



Some of the Cases


FSP and Mustek

FSP Group


FSP had several cases and power supplies on display including a fanless 300W model.


For more information on the FSP300-PFL01,check out the specifications here.




















FSP Booth



Cases and PSU’s



Close-up of Fanless PSU (FSP300-PFL01)



Mustek


A new name in my book, Mustek had a respectable lineup of portable audio and video products on display. Most of their products are designed to be extremely compact while maintaining maximum functionality. Of the many gadgets they had on display the Personal Video Recorder (PVR-1A) caught my attention. It is a compact video recorder that uses an A/V in port to record for any compatible source and displays the recording on a 2.5” TFT LCD. Unfortunately the unit is only expandable via SD/MMC cards thus limiting how much you can record. Now if it supported a laptop hard drive or CF cards it would be perfect.
















Mustek



Mustek’s Gadgets


Davinci Mouse and Outsource Wo

Davinci Mouse


If your beige or black mouse is getting boring you might want to consider a hand painted mouse from Davinci Mouse. By being hand painted, each mouse becomes a canvas for a unique piece of art.
















Davinci Mouse



Cool Artwork



Outsource World


Taking up about 1/5 of the floor space was Outsource world, a sub conference for enterprises considering reducing their costs by outsourcing technology to other countries.


















Some of the Countries at Outsource World


Johnny Walker and Turbo Excel

Johnny Walker


Eh? What in blue blazes is JW doing here? What does this have to do with computes? Oh wait, stress relief! Needless to say it was one of the most popular booths here. Here in the U.S. JW Green will be joining the ranks of the Johnny Walker label very soon.




















TurboExcel


TurboExcel is a package designed to convert your Excel spreadsheets and formulas into C++ modules resulting in a dramatic speed increase of the spreadsheet.












TurboExcel Booth



Fijitsu and National Cristina

Fijitsu


Moving towards a digital office, we all need a dependable and smart scanner. Fijitsu’s ScanSnap was developed along those lines with the ability to scan documents straight to PDF files. Not only is the unit compact, it is fast. It is able to scan up to 15 double sided pages a minute at 150 dpi color/300 dpi black and white. The unit also comes bundled with Adobe Acrobat 6 Standard and a nifty little program that allows you to view your PDF’s in thumbnail view. Coming in under $500 puts a unit such as this out of reach of the average home user, but if you could afford it, you could pretty much save anything up to an A4 sized document digitally.















Fijitsu’s ScanSnap



National Cristina Foundation


In this day and age it is not hard to loose sight of those less fortunate, those that may never taste the joy of launching their first site, roasting their first pinky demon or being spoilt by a spellchecker. The NCF serves as the interconnect between us and those in need of our old and unused hardware. If you have working hardware collecting dust around the house and would like to help, stop by the NCF site for more information on how to get it to them.















NFC’s booth


Animation Master and Others

Animation Master


Towards the end of the show I stopped by the Animation Master booth and was enthralled by the presentation that was in progress. The presenter takes a 3D Homer, adds some bones, turns him, adds some more bones, copies the animation, and sets the path and viola, Homer strutting down the street. Granted he knew what he was doing but if this package is half as simple as it looked it would be worth every penny of the $300 price.
















Animation Master’s Booth



Created with Animation Master



Miscellaneous Pictures















IBM Welcomes You
















Demarc Technology, serious boost for your wireless network













Shot of one of the Isles













Microsoft’s truck


HP and Pepper

HP


As soon as you entered the show, there was HP to greet you: a massive booth on the right showcasing samples throughout their product lines. Wandering around their booth I noticed a wireless printer on display, quite a novel idea, and about time someone implemented it.




























One side of the HP booth







Tablets, laptops and accessories



Projectors







More portable devices



Deskjet 6840 wireless printer



Pepper Hand Held


The Pepper Pad was hidden away in the back,
but it was one of the most interesting devices of the show. Based on an Intel XScale PXA270 (623 MHz) processor and running an embedded
version of Linux 2.4 this overgrown handheld has all of the features of a
winner. BlueTooth, 802.11b+g, QWERTY thumb pad, composite video out, 20 Gig
Hard Drive, 800x600 display with an Intel 2700G 32Mb accelerator powering it
and much more crammed into a 2.3 lbs, 12.1x6.6x0.8 inch package. At an
introductory price of $800, users seeking a more portable notebook may want to
check this out.

















The Pepper Pad 2



Pepper Specs



More information at Pepper.com

Iomega and DLT

Iomega


Iomega had another large booth at the show, displaying everything from their REV drives to their Mini. The Rev is their new generation of portable storage, with a capacity of 35 Gigs uncompressed on a cartridge approximately half the size of a Peerless disk.




















Iomega’s Booth



The Rev



Inside the Rev




DLT


Considering a tape backup? Look no further than DLT. Their value line, the DLT VS80, is SCSI based and costs around $800 so backing up your priceless data should not carry a premium price.












DLT lineup and roadmap


Belkin and Silverstone

Belkin


Belkin had their usual array of networking and KVM products on display. New to their selection is their line of audio products, Pure AV. There are full range of line conditioning power units and cables for any high end entertainment set. Most of their products are designed to outperform and out-feature the current market leaders. They also had a new range of wireless products on display based on airgo’s multi antenna technology. The Pre-N line boasts up to 800% greater coverage and 600% speed increase over a standard 802.11g network.






























Belkin booth



Stack of KVM’s



Pure AV stack









PureAV Power Console PF40 (AP21300-12)



Back of Wireless Pre-N Router (F5D8230-4)



Wireless Pre-N Cardbus (F5D8010)



Silverstone


Silverstone was here sowing of some of their newest cases and power supplies. Admittedly pictures rarely do these cases justice.
















Silverstone Booth



Some of the Cases


FSP and Mustek

FSP Group


FSP had several cases and power supplies on display including a fanless 300W model.


For more information on the FSP300-PFL01,check out the specifications here.




















FSP Booth



Cases and PSU’s



Close-up of Fanless PSU (FSP300-PFL01)



Mustek


A new name in my book, Mustek had a respectable lineup of portable audio and video products on display. Most of their products are designed to be extremely compact while maintaining maximum functionality. Of the many gadgets they had on display the Personal Video Recorder (PVR-1A) caught my attention. It is a compact video recorder that uses an A/V in port to record for any compatible source and displays the recording on a 2.5” TFT LCD. Unfortunately the unit is only expandable via SD/MMC cards thus limiting how much you can record. Now if it supported a laptop hard drive or CF cards it would be perfect.
















Mustek



Mustek’s Gadgets


Davinci Mouse and Outsource Wo

Davinci Mouse


If your beige or black mouse is getting boring you might want to consider a hand painted mouse from Davinci Mouse. By being hand painted, each mouse becomes a canvas for a unique piece of art.
















Davinci Mouse



Cool Artwork



Outsource World


Taking up about 1/5 of the floor space was Outsource world, a sub conference for enterprises considering reducing their costs by outsourcing technology to other countries.


















Some of the Countries at Outsource World


Johnny Walker and Turbo Excel

Johnny Walker


Eh? What in blue blazes is JW doing here? What does this have to do with computes? Oh wait, stress relief! Needless to say it was one of the most popular booths here. Here in the U.S. JW Green will be joining the ranks of the Johnny Walker label very soon.




















TurboExcel


TurboExcel is a package designed to convert your Excel spreadsheets and formulas into C++ modules resulting in a dramatic speed increase of the spreadsheet.












TurboExcel Booth



Fijitsu and National Cristina

Fijitsu


Moving towards a digital office, we all need a dependable and smart scanner. Fijitsu’s ScanSnap was developed along those lines with the ability to scan documents straight to PDF files. Not only is the unit compact, it is fast. It is able to scan up to 15 double sided pages a minute at 150 dpi color/300 dpi black and white. The unit also comes bundled with Adobe Acrobat 6 Standard and a nifty little program that allows you to view your PDF’s in thumbnail view. Coming in under $500 puts a unit such as this out of reach of the average home user, but if you could afford it, you could pretty much save anything up to an A4 sized document digitally.















Fijitsu’s ScanSnap



National Cristina Foundation


In this day and age it is not hard to loose sight of those less fortunate, those that may never taste the joy of launching their first site, roasting their first pinky demon or being spoilt by a spellchecker. The NCF serves as the interconnect between us and those in need of our old and unused hardware. If you have working hardware collecting dust around the house and would like to help, stop by the NCF site for more information on how to get it to them.















NFC’s booth


Animation Master and Others

Animation Master


Towards the end of the show I stopped by the Animation Master booth and was enthralled by the presentation that was in progress. The presenter takes a 3D Homer, adds some bones, turns him, adds some more bones, copies the animation, and sets the path and viola, Homer strutting down the street. Granted he knew what he was doing but if this package is half as simple as it looked it would be worth every penny of the $300 price.
















Animation Master’s Booth



Created with Animation Master



Miscellaneous Pictures















IBM Welcomes You
















Demarc Technology, serious boost for your wireless network













Shot of one of the Isles













Microsoft’s truck


SLRating: 7/10



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