Monthly Archives: August 2007

Toshiba’s 12.1-inch Portege R500 is world’s thinnest with disc drive

toshiba laptop and cd drive

Toshiba’s 12.1-inch Portege R500 is world’s thinnest with disc drive

It’s easy to jump to conclusions when you hear a spec like “2.4 pounds” — things like no disc drive, minuscule screen and a complete lack of horsepower quickly spring to mind — but Toshiba is really taking things next-gen with its new Portege R500. The new bestest buddy to Tosh’s flagship R400 tablet, the R500 packs a first ever 7mm optical drive, 12.1-inch transflective (outdoor readable) LED-backlit screen, and does it all with a mere 0.77-inches of thickness, which Toshiba claims is the thinnest ever to include a disc drive, and that aforementioned 2.4 pound weight. The R500 isn’t spec shy either, with a Core 2 duo U7600 1.2GHz processor, Intel GMA 950 graphics, up to 2GB of RAM, a 120GB HDD and a 1280 x 800 screen res. There’s even a PCMCIA slot, gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth and VGA out, just to make the other ultraportables look bad. To top it all off, Toshiba is boasting of the “world’s longest” battery life for a 12.1-inch widescreen notebook, but doesn’t have any hard numbers other than that. The laptop starts at $2,000 with XP Pro, or $2,150 with Vista Business, but the real fun starts later this year when Toshiba starts shipping 64GB SSD configurations, which once specced to a 3 cell battery and no optical drive will weigh a paltry 1.72 pounds.

Buy it here

From Engadget

Read more

Walking to the shops ‘damages planet more than going by car’

Walking to the shops ‘damages planet more than going by car’

” Food production is now so energy-intensive that more carbon is emitted providing a person with enough calories to walk to the shops than a car would emit over the same distance.”

“The troubling fact is that taking a lot of exercise and then eating a bit more food is not good for the global atmosphere”

“Catching a diesel train is now twice as polluting as traveling by car for an average family”

“Organic beef is the most damaging because organic cattle emit more methane.”

Shattering the great green myths

“Paper bags cause more global warming than plastic. They need much more space to store so require extra energy to transport them from manufacturers to shops”

“Trees, regarded as shields against global warming because they absorb carbon, were found by German scientists to be major producers of methane, a much more harmful greenhouse gas

Read more