Microsoft has certified the new NVIDIA® ION™ platform for Vista. One of the most exciting aspects of this certification is: "Silky smooth 1080p high definition video including Blu-ray movies". The form factor, A/V outputs (HDMI & Digital Audio), and power consumption (18W) make this an excellent option for a Home Theater PC running Vista Media Center. Hook this up large external storage via eSata, USB, or a NAS via network and you have everything from music to pictures to movies easily accessible via Vista MCE. The only final piece missing here would be a slot for a CableCard and you could then throw away your cable/satellite box with its clunky, sluggish user interface. If you have ever considered setting up a home theater PC, I would highly suggest taking a look at Vista MCE. The interface is clean, intuitive and responsive. Paired with this box users will have a winning combination for their media needs. NVIDIA states the price will start at $299 for the PC.”
Apple started shipping the second generation iPod Shuffles. I already had the first generation, and the only real difference is the size of the unit. Most the features are basically the same. I figured size and the aluminum enclosure was a good enough reason to get the new one. Besides it gives me an excuse to write another post for this site. The new iPod Shuffle comes in only one size, 1GB, which Apple says is about 240 songs. I was able to put 263 songs in my real world use. At $79, I found that the iPod Shuffle was very reasonable in price.