Just When You Thought Your Hardware Was Up-To-Date… Sigh!

They have approved new USB and Fireware specs! Ack! I finally got all my home hardware “up-to-date” with USB 2.0, and now they are prepping USB 3.0! Sigh. But they will be fast! The new Firewaire will be 3.2 Gbits per second, while USB 3.0 will be 4.8 Gbits per second!

Next-generation FireWire finalized, but USB 3.0 will be faster

“The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) recently approved IEEE 1394-2008, a faster version of the standard known to most simply as FireWire and used for connecting PCs with digital video devices or external hard drives. ‘The new standard includes all of the amendments, enhancements and more than 100 errata which have been added to the base standard over the last 12 years,’ IEEE chair of the working group Les Baxter said in a statement. ‘This update provides developers with a single document they can rely upon for all of their application needs.’ Specifically, the new classification will help increase the speed of FireWire from its current maximum of 800Mbit per second (with FireWire 800) to up to 3.2Gbit per second. Along with the S3200 that offers 3.2 Gbps transfer rates, the IEEE also approved S1600, which will offer 1.6 Gbit/sec. IEEE 1394 will eventually be scaled up to 6.4Gbit/sec, the organization indicated. Both interfaces can be used with existing FireWire 800 cables, easing the migration for users of the current standard. FireWire has been popular among Sony and Apple products, but most of the PC industry still relies on USB to help power devices and transfer data. Even with the anticipated speed increase, it’s still highly unlikely that FireWire will be widely adopted. The IEEE expects FireWire 3200 to roll out in October. Products with the new standard will not go on sale immediately, manufacturers will need to implement the technology into future products. Apple is largely expected to be the first company using FireWire 3200. The October launch is absolutely crucial because the Intel-backed USB 3.0 is expected to arrive by the end of 2008, bringing with it a maximum speed of 4.8Gbps. USB 2.0 offers speeds of 480Mbit per second, which still gave manufacturers a use for FireWire 800.”

“The Very Lame Search Engine Edition” of Dr. Bill Podcast #147

Dr. Bill Podcast – 147 – (08/02/08)
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Dr. Bill plays some Geek Culture off his own video netcast! (A parody of Microsoft ‘Surface’) We look at this week’s tech news, including the lame search engine, Cuil! 20% of TV viewers watch IPTV! And MUCH more!

Geek Software of the Week: Delen!

This is a really cool, little command line utility that allows you to do some really powerful things via a batch file!

Delen Website

“Delen – DELete ENhanced – is a souped-up version of DEL. It supports extended wildcards and parent directories, as well as date, time and size filters. Files can be excluded from deletion.

Wipe is the same as Delen, but offers secure deletion (PAD file).

XRD – eXtended Remove Directory – is the directory equivalent of Delen.”

20% of TV Viewers View TV Over the Internet

Wow! That sounds like a high figure for IPTV users… but it sounds good! Whether it is hulu.com, revision3.com, or direct downloads of shows… more folks are definitely watching TV via TCP/IP (the Internet!)

Surveys: Many people are now watching TV online

“As much as 20 percent of all TV viewing in the US now happens online, says a survey released this week by Integrated Media Measurement Inc. (IMMI), supporting other recent research which also indicates that the Internet is fast turning into the top choice for many. For the first time this year, a significant part of the online audience for primetime TV episodes is not watching some portion of the show on TV, according to IMMI’s new survey results. Recent launches of sites like Hulu, offering full episodes of programs, is surely bolstering the trend. For some shows, online viewing is higher than DVR playback. Yet the IMMI researchers also contend that only about one-third of American households own DVRs, whereas about 82 percent of them have Internet access. About 29 percent of ‘traditional live TV viewers’ use a DVR frequently, in contrast to just 22 percent of online TV viewers. Around 50 percent of all online viewing was characterized by IMMI’s respondents as ‘TV replacement,’ whereas 31 percent of the time, it was described as ‘catch-up viewing,’ and 18 percent of the time as ‘fill-in viewing.’ Online TV as a ‘TV replacement’ is certainly nothing new. As previously reported in BetaNews, in a study conducted by Burst during the recent Hollywood writer’s strike, almost half of those surveyed were spending more time than usual online, in order to avoid repeat programming on TV. Although that particular study didn’t ask the TV defectors how they spent their time online, it’s probably a good bet that a lot of them were viewing videos. Europe seems to be much further ahead of the US in watching TV online, according to a survey by Motorola. Even back in mid-2007, when that survey was published, 45 percent of respondents across the UK, France, Spain, Germany, and Italy claimed to be watching at least some TV online, with France taking the lead at 59 percent.”

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