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Displays

+ - The next display generations OLED/SED Displays

Submitted by
erik1974
erik1974 writes "SED-Displays (Surface-conduction electron emitter display).

Surface-conduction Electron-emitter Display (SED) is a flat panel display technology that uses surface conduction electron emitters for every individual display pixel. The surface conduction electron emitter emits electrons that excite a phosphor coating on the display panel, the same basic concept found in traditional cathode ray tube (CRT) televisions. This means that SEDs can combine the slim form factor of LCDs with the high contrast ratios, refresh rates and overall better picture quality of CRTs. Canon also claims that SED consumes less power than LCD displays.
In October 2006 Toshiba and Canon demonstrated a television with a 55-inch SED screen at the Ceatac exhibition in Chiba, Japan, saying they plan to put the screens into mass production in 2008.
At 55 inches, the prototype SED screen on display here is the largest yet demonstrated in public
Leading the charge will be these 1080p 55-inch models with 450 nits of brightness, 50,000:1 contrast ratio, stunning 1ms response time...and no price tag yet.

OLED (Organic light emitting diode)

OLED-Displays are the latest and most promising buzzwords in display technology.
To give you an idea of their potential, imagine a cardboard-thin TV screen.
Now imagine that you can roll up your TV, put it away or carry it wherever you go.
Automatically, you start appreciating why millions, if not billions, of dollars are being poured into PLED research every year.

Samsung displayed its 17-inch AMOLED that was only 12mm thick — the panel itself is only 1.8mm thick, at the 2006 Korea Electronics Show. Being one of the thinnest in the world, the display is based on organic LED technology and generates brightness and image quality to LCD displays available today.
# Screen size: 345.6 x 259.2mm
# Aspect ratio: 4:3
# Viewing angle: >170 degrees
# Resolution: 1600 x 1200 (UXGA)
# Pixel pitch: 216um
# Response time: 0.01ms
# Colors: 262,144
# Brightness: 400cd/m2
# Contrast ratio: 1000:1

In the next 2-3 years SED and OLED come over the TV mass market."
Wireless Networking

+ - Free Wireless Access Router "La Fonera" ha

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wertarbyte
wertarbyte writes "FON is still giving away their wireless routers for free in Germany and Austria until Wednesday — under the premise that the devices will be connected and used as FON access points. The router, called "La Fonera", is a variant of OpenWRT, but locked down to prevent modification, including a signed firmware image to prevent the upload of new software. It is however possible to get shell access by connecting a serial port present on the circuit board, but now two students from Germany discovered vulnerabilities in the CGI scripts used to configure the device, and successfully activated an SSH daemon on the device by exploiting them, giving owners a root shell on their device. They also provide a detailed description of the procedure and "ready-to-use" perl scripts to open up your router."
Red Hat Software

+ - Linux gets a pass

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The New Stan Price
The New Stan Price writes "After a 10 hour session of downloading 5 CDs worth of Red Hat Fedora Core 6 Linux, I found myself scratching my head over how to go about installing packages from the 5 CD set after a basic installation. After several hours of pulling my hair out from the overly complicated pirut/yum update program, I finally came across this bug report, which basically states that Red Hat released FC 6 without the ability to install packages from its own CDs after basic install. If Microsoft were to do something like this, it would be all over the headlines. Red Hat not only gets a pass, it shows us all once again that Linux is just not for the every day home user."

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