Thursday, December 9, 2010

Seagate's Momentus XT a Perfect Hybrid between a HDD and a flash memory drive. (Review)

Seagate's Momentus XT a Perfect Hybrid between a HDD and a flash memory drive.


A few years ago it seemed as if Hybrid Hard Drives were a myth. Today the market prevails in two segments if we talk about personal data storage. HDD and SDD's namely, HDD's are commonly known amongst people as the drives for PC's and laptops with huge capacity and cheap. SDD's comparatively are commonly very expensive and only have a limited capacity.

For the very portable users that don't want to lug around another hard drive, or for those who refuse to pay the high Price per GB rates that SSDs command, there hasn't really been an option other than mechanical storage.How cool would it be if we could integrate the huge capacity of HDD’s and the speed of SDD’s?

Seagate is attempting to change that with its latest H - HDD: the Momentus XT.

Now H-HDD’s were introduced in 2007 and weren’t that versatile not did they benefit because of their support for a definite OS. Today Seagate unveils a new type of hybrid that is similar to the initial H-HDD concept. However, the new Momentus XT does not rely on operating system support, and hence should be more versatile.While the hybrid hard drive idea hasn't lead to much awe or success in the past, Seagate's Momentus XT promises to change that thought by using smarter processing and algorithms with a much larger 4GB SLC buffer. Seagate hasn’t come out and made any claims that it will smoke the latest SSDs but what they are pushing is a better user experience. With common recurring tasks such as booting your system, launching the same game, or opening the same program the new Momentus XT is able to offer greater speeds than even 10,000RPM hard drives.

The Seagate Momentus XT comes in three capacities, 250GB (ST92505610AS), 320GB (ST93205620AS) and 500GB (ST95005620AS).The Seagate Momentus XT HDD/SSD hybrid drive doesn’t really look that much different than a normal hard drive. The drive has the standard Seagate drive appearance with a simple all-white label on top of a minimalistic silver cover and black metal body. To the naked eye nothing about this drive indicates that it is unlike any other notebook drive on the market.Seagate offers the same 5-year warranty on the Momentus XT as they do on all their other spindle hard drives. Compared to solid state drives with an average warranty length of 3-years this means they put more trust in their drive and its lifespan.The Seagate Momentus XT is an excellent notebook hard drive and under the right circumstances surpasses drives well out of its class. The 4GB of cache helps to significantly improve the access of common read/write patterns that a user might see in their daily routine. At its worst it still offers a significant boost in performance over its older 7200.4 brother, but at its best it outperforms even the 10,000RPM Western Digital Velociraptor desktop hard drive.



An SSD doesn't make sense for everyone; a drive that costs more than the notebook it's in isn't practical for most users. The Seagate Momentus XT manages to crank out more performance than any other notebook hard drive on the market, while keeping prices reasonable and capacities high. If you're looking for more speed in your regular computing activities, there's no faster hard drive on the market. 

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Saturday, June 12, 2010

#fifa #worldcup info!




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Ellis Park Stadium - Johannesburg


Ellis Park Stadium is located in the centre of Johannesburg and has hosted many epic sporting events including the final of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup between Brazil and the United States. The ground was given a significant face-lift before the Confederations Cup finals and now seats 62,000 fans, increasing its capacity by almost nine per cent from the previous 57,000.

Ellis Park was first built in 1928 as a rugby union stadium. It was demolished and rebuilt in 1982, again exclusively for rugby. It was named after JD Ellis, a Johannesburg city councilor who approved the use of the land for a stadium, setting aside a full 13 acres.

The ground will always occupy a special place in the hearts of the country's sporting fans after the South African rugby team shocked New Zealand to lift the 1995 Rugby World Cup trophy soon after being allowed back onto the world sporting stage. It was a moment that brought the people of South Africa together in celebration as the iconic scenes of Nelson Mandela holding aloft the trophy at Ellis Park were beamed around the world.

The largest piece of construction has been the new tier on the north stand which has increased the seating capacity to 62,000. With state-of-the-art media facilities, team whirlpools, top-class VIP areas for dignitaries, accessibility for disabled fans, a new pitch and a top-notch audio-visual setup to keep the fans informed during the game, no one will be left disappointed.

Ellis Park is home to one of the country's most popular clubs, Orlando Pirates FC.

Green Point Cape Town


One of the most artistic football venues in South Africa, the newly-built Green Point Stadium is situated in one of the much sought-after areas in the city of Cape Town. Green Point Stadium is one of the two semi-final venues for the FIFA World Cup™.

This multi-purpose venue is also going to be used to stage major events and concerts. Fans will be a stone's throw from the ocean and the mountains of Cape Town will also provide the backdrop for matches. The location is ideal as it is a short walk from the transportation hub of the city. The new stadium has been partly built on land that was previously used as a golf course.

The stadium, which has an exterior that is covered with noise-reducing cladding has a capacity of 70,000 and is scheduled for completion in December 2009. The Green Point Common, on which the new 2010 stadium is being built, was originally much larger than what now remains, and included most of the land between the sea and Signal Hill, stretching from the city centre towards Sea Point.

Cape Town has another world-standard stadium, Newlands, but this is primarily used as a rugby union venue. Post FIFA World Cup, the Green Point Stadium is likely to be used by some of the Cape Town-based professional football outfits that include Ajax Cape Town and Santos.

Soccer City Stadium - Johannesburg


One of the most artistic and awe-inspiring football venues on the African continent, the newly-reconstructed Soccer City Stadium will host the first and final matches of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™.

The ground's design is inspired by the iconic African pot known as the calabash, and its aesthetic appeal will be heightened when the stadium is lit at night. Soccer City is located in Johannesburg's southwest and is only a short distance from one of the country's football-crazy townships, Soweto. About 40 per cent of Johannesburg's population live in Soweto and this proximity is bound to make the stadium a hub of activity throughout the 2010 finals.

The stadium is widely regarded as the heart of football in South Africa as it has hosted many important matches through history. In the mid 1980s, officials came together to build the first international football stadium in the country and the construction was funded from the football fraternity's coffers. Soccer City hosted the first mass rally of Nelson Mandela after his release from prison in 1990. Thousands of mourners lamented Chris Hani's assassination at the stadium in 1993. It was also the venue for the 1996 CAF African Cup of Nations final, with South Africa eventually triumphing 2-0 over Tunisia.

The original stadium, which was known as the FNB Stadium, had a capacity of 80,000. Upgrades involved extending the upper tier to increase the capacity to 94,700; adding 99 more suites to bring the number to 184; constructing an encircling roof; adding new changing room facilities and installing new floodlighting.

Peter Mokaba Stadium - Polokwane


Named after one of the renowned sons of the struggle and emancipation of South Africa against the apartheid regime, the Peter Mokaba Stadium holds much historical significance in South Africa. Peter Mokaba was born and bred in Polokwane and was renowned for his fighting spirit and for his inpirational leadership.

The design of the largely concrete structure is inspired by the locally iconic Baobab tree, with the steel structure supporting the roof plane gathered together at each corner of the stadium and supported by giant ‘trunk' structures which accommodate vertical circulation ramps and service cores.

The stadium was built next to the old Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane in the Limpopo Province. The newly-built Peter Mokaba stadium is situated approximately 5km from the city centre, with a total seating capacity of 45,000.

Former African player of the Year, Didier Drogba remains one of the biggest stars to play at this venue when he played for Côte d'Ivoire in a memorable and decisive CAF African Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa at the old Peter Mokaba Stadium, with the home side prevailing 2-1.

Mbombela Stadium - Nelspruit


The Mbombela Stadium is one of the newly-built stadia for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ and it takes its name from the local municipality which incorporates the city of Nelspruit. Mbombela is siSwati (one of the 11 official languages in South Africa) and literally means 'many people together in a small space.'

The stadium, with a capacity of 46,000, is located in the city of Nelspruit in Mpumalanga Province. It is situated approximately seven kilometers from the city centre and 12 kilometers from the nearby Kruger-Mpumalanga Airport. The ground also enjoys a close proximity to various game parks, giving spectators the opportunity to see the wildlife during rest days.

The Mbombela comes as a welcome addition to football life in Nelspruit, and will leave a legacy of the beautiful game for all the people of Mpumalanga. Before the Stadium's construction, Nelspruit had no top football venue to host international matches.

Loftus Versfeld Stadium - Tshwane/Pretoria


Loftus Versfeld Stadium, situated in Tshwane/ Pretoria, is one of the oldest stadiums in South Africa. The stadium has been used for major sporting events since 1903, and the first concrete structure, which could accommodate only 2,000 spectators, was built by the City Council of Pretoria in 1923.

Since 1948 it has undergone perennial upgrades. It has been used for both rugby and football matches and is home to one of the country's top rugby teams, the Blue Bulls. Loftus Versfeld is in the heart of Tshwane/Pretoria and currently has a seating capacity of 50,000. It has hosted many significant matches including during the 1995 Rugby World Cup and 1996 CAF African Cup of Nations. It is now used by Mamelodi Sundowns and SuperSport United as their home ground.

South Africa's national team, Bafana Bafana, achieved its first ever victory over a European side at this venue when they beat Sweden 1-0 in 1999.

Royal Bafokeng Stadium - Rustenburg


The Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace is one of the stadiums for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. The stadium is named after the Bafokeng people who live in the area.

In 1999, the Bafokeng won a legal battle, which entitled them to 20% on the platinum which is mined on their historical land. Hence, they have shares in platinum mining in the area. Upon completion, the stadium will seat 44,530.

The South African national team played a FIFA World Cup qualifying game against Bakino Faso in 2001, and won 2-1. It has been host to many Premier Soccer League games despite Rustenburg not having its own team.

The stadium is only a 25 minute drive to Sun City and 30 minutes to the Pilansberg. It is 12 kilometers from the Rustenburg city centre.

Free State Stadium - Mangaung / Bloemfontein


Home to some of the country's most fanatical group of supporters, the Free State Stadium is likely to be the centre of attention during the FIFA World Cup™. The stadium was given a plush new look for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup . It hosted the memorable semi-final match between Spain and USA where the latter secured one of the biggest surprises of the tournament by sending the European champions packing in front of a capacity crowd.

The Free State Stadium was upgraded from a capacity of 38,000 to 45,000 during the refurbishments. The stadium has hosted numerous major football and rugby union matches, and Bloemfontein's natives are renowned for their passion for sport. While the former played second fiddle to the latter for decades, football's popularity explosion - aided by the emergence of Bloemfontein Celtic - is changing this. The Celtic fans are known as Siwelele, a Sotho term.

Port Elizabeth Stadium - Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth


The Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, set on the shores of the North End Lake is the first football dedicated stadium in the city or surrounding areas. The stadium, one of the newly-built stadiums for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, was completed a year prior to the commencement of the world's greatest show on earth - a major milestone for the city.

The Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium will host the match for third place , and a quarter-final amid a total of eight matches during the FIFA World Cup. The stadium has an eye-catching, unique roof-structure and a spectacular view, overlooking the North End Lake.

Before the construction of this multi-purpose venue, all international football matches were played at the Eastern Province rugby stadium, the EPRU Stadium. The playing field is going to be of natural grass with the outer /surrounding area to be artificial turf. One of its first major test events was the coveted Soweto Derby between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs - a game that attracts capacity crowds in South Africa.

Durban Stadium - Durban


The newly-built Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban will host one of the semi-finals of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. The ground epitomises the architectural innovation on display in South Africa and takes its design inspiration from the South African flag, with its grand arch representing the unity of this sport-loving nation. The two legs of the arch on the southern side of the stadium come together to form a single footing on the northern side, symbolising the new unity of a once-divided country.

The 70,000-seater has been specifically designed as a multi-purpose venue and an amphitheatre complete with a cable car which ascends to a viewing platform at the top of the expansive 350m arch, a staggering 106m above the pitch. From this vantage point, visitors can experience spectacular panoramic views of the nearby shoreline and the city. The roof is attached to the arch by 95mm-diameter steel cables. Each seat of the stadium is spacious and comfortable, providing a clear line of sight to the pitch.

It is a world-class and multifunctional arena located in the heart of the Kings Park Sporting Precinct. Durban's Moses Mabhida Stadium will be the jewel in the crown of the Kings Park Sporting precinct. The entire area will feature additional sporting arenas and facilities as well as restaurants, shops, play areas for children and a pedestrian walkway linking the stadium complex to the beach.

The stadium was built on the site of the old Kings Park Stadium. Moses Mabhida, the ground's namesake, was born in Thornville near Pietermaritzburg on 14 October 1923 into a poor family who were later forced off their land. In 1963, Mabhida was asked by Oliver Tambo while working in Prague rallying support from the World Federation of Trade Unions, to come back to Africa to develop the ANC's armed wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK). He underwent military training and became the chief political instructor of new military recruits. He later served as the commander of MK.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

#Prince Of #Persia Flash :P #game

Five More Amazing #Instrumental #Guitar Performances

Here’s the sequel to our list of must-see instrumental guitarists!

Stevie Ray Vaughan – Rude Mood

The late, great Stevie Ray Vaughan has long been known as one of the world’s best electric guitarists, but he shows off his acoustic chops in this awe-inspiring version of “Rude Mood” from a performance on MTV Unplugged

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Trace Bundy - Dueling Ninjas

Trace Bundy, an instrumental guitarist from Boulder, Colorado, has been nicknamed “The Acoustic Ninja” by his fans. Find out why in this incredible showcase of his skills as he plays “Dueling Ninjas,” from the album Adapt.

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Antoine Dufour - Scratch Antoine Dufour, a Quebecois guitarist on the amazing CandyRat Records label, has a remarkable style that includes unique percussive moves. Check out his original song, “Scratch” from the album Naissance

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Erik Mongrain - Air Tap

Erik Mongrain, also from Quebec, uses a technique known as lap tapping, in which the guitar is laid across his lap and played with both hands. He uses the move to great effect in this beautiful performance, “Air Tap.”

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Egberto Gismonti - Dança das Cabeças

The multi-talented Egberto Gismonti is a guitarist and pianist from Brazil who performs on a 10-string guitar. In addition to his many albums, he’s created music for ballets, theatre performances, and movie scores. Check out his beautiful “Dança das Cabeças” here.

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Friday, February 26, 2010

#Apple Insists Complaints Led To Ban on Sexy #Apps #tech #news

#Bloom #Energy Launches Cheaper, Cleaner Electricity #tech #news -

#Quake 2 and 3 ported to Motorola Droid. #omg massive fingering but fun!

Budget summary - who is happy ? :P

Here is the budget summary:
Direct tax receipts to fall by Rs 56,000 cr
Standard excise rate up from 8 to 10%
Large cars, SUVs excise up to 22% from 20%
Sops for real estate, housing projects extended by a year
Partial roll back the rate reduction in central excise
Direct tax scheme to result in revenue loss of Rs 26,000 cr
Compliance burden reduced on professionals and entrepreneurs
Corporate tax surcharge down from 10 to 7.5%
New income tax slabs will bring relief to the middle class
Rs 20,000 additional tax break for infra bonds
Minimum Alternate Tax hiked to 18%
R&D allocation increased 200%
To unveil new Saral 2 form for salaried individuals in two pages
Deduction of additional 10% for investment on infrastructure bonds
Tax slabs: Broadening 1.6 lakh - Nil above 1.6 lakh-up to 5 lakh 10%
5-8 lakh- 20% above 8 lakh- 30%
Tax paying interface to be de-cluttered
States to be offered assistance to computerise commercial taxes
Greater transparency in tax administration targeted
Centralized Tax Centre at Bengaluru fully functional
Fiscal deficit at 5.5% for FY'11
Rolling target for fiscal deficit 4.2%
Gross tax receipts at Rs 7.46 lakh cr
New symbol for Indian Rupee
Tech advisor group under Nandan Nilekani
Allocation for development of micro and small scale sector raised from Rs 1,794 cr to Rs 2,400 cr
Rs 2,600 cr for Minority Affairs Ministry
To create 50 cr skilled workers by 2022
Rs 1,900 cr to UID authority allocated
First set of UID to be issued by this year
Rs 19,484 cr allocated for road development, to build 20 km of highway every day
Subsidy for affordable housing extended
Skill development programme for textile and garment sector
Pvt sector to meet deficit in grain storage
50% increase in women & child development allocation
Development of rural infra remains high priority area
Power sector allocation doubled to Rs 5130 cr
Rs 400 cr corpus for micro-finance scheme
National pension scheme allocation increased
States to get Rs 3,675 crore for primary education at rural level
Rs 400 cr corpus for micro-finance scheme
NREGA allocation to Rs 40,100 crore
National Social Security fund to be set up for unorganized sector
Urban Development allocation to be raised by 75 per cent
20,000 mw of solar power by 2022
Rural development allocation to Rs 61,000 cr
Indira Awaas Yojana allocation raised in proportion to plain and hill area housing
Development of rural infra remains high priority area
Social sector spending at Rs 1.38 lakh cr for FY11
Rs 500 cr for Clean Ganga Mission
Rs 66, 100 cr for rural development in FY10-11
Allocation for school education up from Rs 26, 800 crore to Rs 31, 036 cr
Rs 22, 300 crore allocated for Health Ministry
Coal regulatory authority proposed
Rs 300 cr for Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana
Bank farm loan target: Rs 3.75 lakh crore
Rs 200 cr To Tamil Nadu for textiles
Need to take firm view on opening up of the retail sector
National clean Energy Fund to be set up
Rs 200 crore to Goa as a special golden jubilee package to restore beaches and increase green cover
Extend loan payment by calamity hot farmers
Rs 400cr for four-part strategy for agriculture
2% interest subvention for exports extended
Additional banking licenses for pvt players
4 pronged strategy for agriculture
Rs 16,500 cr capital support for PSU banks
Will consider Parikh report on fuel pricing
Goods and services tax to be introduced in 2011
Fertiliser subsidy to be reduced
GDP growth for FY'10 is seen at 7.2 pc
Rs 25,000 cr disinvestment target this year
India weathered economic crisis well
Direct tax code to be implemented from April 1, 2011
Gradual phasing out of economic stimulus
Pvt investment can sustain 9 pc growth
First challenge: Return to GDP growth
Manufacturing growth highest in the past 2 years
Indian economy is in a far better position today
FM is expected to simplify tax laws in 2010
Biggest challenge is to make the growth all inclusive
Need to strengthen food security
Pranab: Indian economy has stood through the test of time
Economic growth slows down to 6 pc in Q3
Finance Minister presents Budget 2010
Pranab Mukherjee presents his 5th Union Budget
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee reaches Parliament
Inflation is forecast to reach 10 percent in coming weeks
Government borrowing was forecast to rise by another 2.2 percent
Economists forecast India may cut its fiscal deposit to 5.6% of GDP
Direct tax scheme to result in revenue loss of Rs 26,000cr
R&D Corp Tax break up to 200%
Corporate tax surcharge down from 10 to 7.5%
Rs 20,000 additional tax break for infra bonds
Corp Min Alternate Tax up from 15 to 18%
New income tax slabs will bring relief to the middle class
Direct tax slabs: income upto 1.6 lakh = nil, 1.6-5 lakh = 10%, 5-8 lakh = 20%,
above 8 lakh = 30%
Centralized Tax Centre at Bengaluru fully functional
Gross tax receipts Rs 7.46 lakh crore
Deferment of goods & service tax negative for corporates in FY10-11
Direct tax to be implemented from April 1, 2011
Simple tax system with minimum exemptions near completion
Indirect taxes will continue to be in focus
Fiscal consolidation likely to be key driver
Mutual fund industry for removal of double taxation
Excise duty, service tax may go up by 2%
IT sector looks for additional tax benefits
Pharma cos want extended tax relief for R&D
Banking stocks up, react to banking expansion plans
Markets up by 100 points
Fertilizer stocks up, react to reduction of subsidy
11.30am: BSE Sensex, Nifty up by 0.5%
Markets react positively to Pranab speech
9am: BSE Sensex at 16,296.59, 0.26%
9am: NSE index at 4,880.55 0.4%
Fertilisers to be costlier after the reduction in subsidy
High fuel prices added to inflation: Pranab
Pranab Mukherjee said the govt would initiate action to bridge the gap between wholesale and retail prices.
Govt promises to tackle food inflation in budget
Calls for fiscal discipline have gained urgency as inflation is forecast by some economists to reach 10 percent in coming weeks as high food prices fuel broader inflation expectations.

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#Facebook Seeks #Arab Inroads with Partnership #fb - time for #Dubai ppl to stop crying about nonavailability of #fb ? :P

Upgrading To #Windows 7? Tips for Success #tech #news

Steve Jobs Says #Apple Will Be 'Bold' with $40 Billion War Chest

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Monday, February 22, 2010

#Artwork Of Quentin Tarantino's #inglorious #bastards #movie #art #poster

Back when it was being promoted, some of the people behind Inglourious Basterds teamed up with Upper Playground to create a number of commissioned pieces based on the film.  The resulting batch of artwork included images by Alex Pardee, Sam Flores, David Choe, and about 10 others, and none of them ever saw the light of day.  Now, they will be released as VERY limited art prints to benefit the victims of the earthquake in Haiti.  Each print will have a tiny edition of 6, they will be signed by Quentin Tarantino, and they will be priced at $300.  All proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross.  They will become available tomorrow (Thursday, February 18th) from 6pm-9pm at the Los Angeles Upper Playground store (125 E. 6th St.).  For more info, visit

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