Okay, granted, things have been rather slow around here and I apologize for that, it is not that we donít have anything to talk about, it is just that we have so many things going on right here, behind the scenes, that we havenít had time to post new articles. However, this week weíll get back into the swing of things, Dan has taken some time off his busy schedule to write up another article and I have a few Iím just about finishing up.
As I mentioned in the previous column the PC industry is in a bit of slump with very little exciting products coming out, most of the products weíve seen are a rehash or upgrade from a previous product and not really worth getting all excited about. What do we have in store then? Like I mentioned I looked at some popular home theatre projectors and being a home theatre enthusiast myself I obviously could not resist putting three entry models through their paces, just look at the picture below and youíll see what Iím talking about.
Fig 1. The three projectors we evaluated for home theatre use, a Dell, a InFocus and a Sanyo.
Thereís three of them that I particularly want to tell you about and thatís, from top to bottom, the Dell
2100MP, the InFocus X1 and the Sanyo PLV-Z1. I was pleasantly surprised by the InFocus X1 that due to its current low price, $899 after a $100 rebate, offers an excellent deal. But donít let me get ahead of myself, Iíll detail all of our findings in the upcoming article thatíll also cover some of the myths surrounding projectors and offer your plenty of background info to talk any sales rep under the table.
In the meanwhile weíve been sitting on this server upgrade forever and made some people at Tyan very unhappy (sorry Sandy!) but weíll get the new server installed soon, the old one has just been working out so well and had not the slightest problem handling the traffic that we took some extra time to further perfect our database server and make sure all was working as planned. Nothing has changed on the hardware side though, weíre still using a Tyan motherboard and two 2.8GHz Xeons, plenty fast, and lots of built in reserve, we did not even tax it during the evaluation and configuration so weíre confident that itíll be plenty fast until we hit that 40-million pageviews per month milestone.