Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Video is the killer app.

Below is an excerpt from the Washington Post's exclusive interview with Cisco's John Chambers:

JC: We think video is not just about communication, it’s about business model changes. You can say, “Make my supply chain this way.” Doctors around the world can deal with pandemic issues, they can see the symptoms of the patients. I think it changes everything. Video is the killer app. Collaboration will drive a decade of productivity in this country and around the world -- 3 to 5 percent gains in productivity per year. It will create a ton of jobs and it solves a number of financial challenges our leaders in Washington are struggling with. You say, “John, that’s mathematically unlikely to occur.” In 1997, in the first phase of the Internet, we said productivity was going to go from 1 to 2 to probably 5 percent. We actually had a chart on the time period and it did that, it hit 5 percent by 2004. We think we’re in instant replay.

To read the entire interview go here.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

10 Second Video Contest

Gunston 8th graders in Mr. Costner's Network 21 video class had a contest to see who could make the best 10 second video. In the comments section tell us which one YOU think is the best and WHY.

A Bear and a Bunny
Dumb Moments
Epic Fail
Evil Hat
Wait What?

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Reflect Already!


Enter the reflections contest by Nov. 10! Check out this cool commercial by Chloe, Kira, Alexia, and Lena.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Netbooks - What's the deal?


Netbooks are the hottest portable-computers on the market. With their small size, light weight, and low price, these computers are big things  in small packages. Every day, more and more people are taking advantage of what today’s top computer companies (HP, Dell, Acer, Samsung, and more) have to offer in their netbooks. But is there really a difference between all of the many models available? Gunston TV is on a mission to find out.

The concept of a netbook started in the mid-1990s, but the first “mass-market” design started with the ASUS Eee PC. Unveiled in 2007, it was 8.9 x 6.5 inches, and weighed at 2 pounds. Afterwards, many other companies started designing their own netbooks, including the HP Mini and the Acer Aspire, which we will be comparing in this post.

Now, let’s look at just some general pros and cons of netbooks:


• Cheap price ranging from $300-500
• Small size makes it much more portable and travel-friendly than a laptop
• Most come with built-in Wi-Fi


• Sometimes, has no optical drive
• The more you pay for your netbook, the more you get
• Small keyboards can be uncomfortable and hard to type on
• Sometimes, can’t handle media
• Certain models have bad battery life

So, from the information we’ve gathered, it looks like the general netbook is more of a small travel computer that can be utilized for every day use. Still want to buy one? Well, it depends on which specific netbook you really want. Just to see some examples of netbooks, I will be looking at the Acer Aspire One AOD250-1580, owned by Network 21, and the HP Mini 110-1030NR, which I myself have at home.

The Acer’s features include:

• 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 Processor
• 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM Single Channel Memory
• 160GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM)
• Windows XP Home (SP3)
• Up to 7.5 Hours of Battery Life (6-Cell 5200 mAh)
• 10.1-Inch WSVGA CrystalBrite LED Display
• Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
• 2.8 pounds
• Crystal Eye webcam
• Keyboard is 89% of standard-size
• 54g Wi-Fi
• Fast Ethernet
• VGA video output
• Stereo speakers and optimized Dolby Headphone Technology
• 3 USB 2.0 ports
• Multi-in-1 memory card reader compatible with MultiMediaCard, Reduced-Size MultiMediaCard, Secure Digital, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO or xD-Picture Card
• 1 headphone jack, 1 microphone jack

The HP Mini’s features include:

• 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 Processor
• 1 GB DDR2 RAM (1 Dimm) (1 GB Maximum)
• 160GB (5400RPM) SATA Hard Drive
• 10.1" Diagonal SD LED Anti-glare Widescreen Display (1024x576)
• Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
• Genuine Windows XP Home (SP3),
• Up to 9 hours of a
• 2.9 pounds
• Built-in Wi-Fi
• Webcam with microphone
• Bluetooth capabilities
• 3 USB 2.0 ports
• 1 headphone jack, 1 microphone jack
• VGA output
• 1 memory card reader

So, it looks like there isn’t much of a difference between netbooks, and it just depends on what you want to use your netbook for. Whichever netbook you decided to buy this year, make sure you do your research first, before automatically buying one. And as we think about the up and coming holiday season, keep in mind that a netbook can be a great gift for a student, or anyone that needs a small, inexpensive computer. For more information on netbooks, their ratings, reviews, and the two computers featured, check out these links: