The Tonkputer

2007-04-18 0 comments

Meet The Modder

Name: Lassi Niemistö
Nickname: Nev@Lehmä
Country: Finland
Age: 17
Occupation: Upper secondary student, works as webdesigner

Project Name: The Tonkputer
Build time: approx 150 hours over 7 months
Materials used: aluminium milk churn, aluminium plates, perspex, cow-like cloth

How He made it, Step by step

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Sony VAIO Type L-new stylish desktops

2007-04-12 0 comments
Sony is releasing new VAIO computers and laptops, like always first in Japan but likely to spread to the rest of the world in the coming months. This is the 19-inch flavor iMac VAIO Type L, which comes with more or less the same design as previous incarnations but loaded with everything they could find laying around the warehouse, starting with the top-banana Core 2 Duo T7400 2.16GHz processor Blu-ray player wunderkind.

This $3,353 (400,000 Yen) VGC-LA83DB model also includes a NVIDIA GeForce Go 7600 driving the 1,680 × 1,050 pixels screen, 1 GByte RAM and a TV tuner, with one-click software to automatically burn any video into a DVD and direct support to H.264 recording in high definition. You have the full specs on the 19 and 15.4-inch models right after the jump (and don't forget to check our Where The Heck In Architectural Digest's World Is Your Sony VAIO Type L Friend? Gallery).

Like all its siblings, it also comes with the obligatory webcam and Vista Home Premium edition, as well as your usual arrangement of ports and flash memory slots: 4 USB 2.0, one FireWire, Ethernet, V.92 modem, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, Memory Stick Pro and Duo, Secure Digital and Multimedia Card. For expansion you can also use the included PC Card Type 2 and ExpressCard slots.

Going down in price and specs, the VGC-LA73DB (someone needs a hara-kiri at Sony's marketing department) has a Core 2 Duo T5500 1.66GHz processor and the Intel 945GM Express chipset also in charge of graphic duties, but no TV tuner and no Blu-ray player for $1,928. The low-end VGC-LA53B takes thing down another notch, with Celeron M 440 1.86GHz and a expected price of $1,676.

The 15.4-inch 1,280 × 800 models all come with Celeron processors, different amounts of RAM from 1GB to 512MB and a copy of Vista Home Basic waiting to be instantly replaced by XP or Linux. But really, who cares about specifications when you can buy them in aqua, green, white, silver and pink.

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