well, i guess it's time to ask.....

Gary Kline kline at thought.org
Thu Aug 19 20:05:21 UTC 2010

On Wed, Aug 18, 2010 at 10:16:51PM -0500, Depo Catcher wrote:
> On 8/18/2010 8:10 PM, Gary Kline wrote:
> >'ve hesitated.   on my 3.0gh thinkpad, streams fly
> >flawlessly.  So if i buy one of the notebooks with a
> Stream what kind of movies?  Some video players (like VLC) have hardware 
> acceleration that will help a lot if your video card/driver supports it.
> Things like Flash based movies might be kind of iffy though since they 
> can't take advantage of the video hardware [?].  Once you start moving 
> up to high def video you might have some problems, but know a lot of 
> Home Theater guys that use Atoms for media centers:
> http://hardforum.com/forumdisplay.php?f=103

	hm and hmmmmm.  do you have any idea if linux/ubuntu may have done
	this?  i've got ubuntu 8.04 on my 'G41 Thinkpad' and it handles
	whatever i stream pretty well.  even if i click fr 'full screen'

> My gfs Atom 330 plays videos in VLC fine and flash fine, but full screen 
> flash drops frames.  This is under WinXP.
> The new D510 CPU are faster in benchmarks; it has dual cores with 
> hyperthreading.  If you wait a few months, the new D525 CPUs should be 
> out in consumer computers - these are 1.8Ghz (instead of 1.6Ghz) and 
> support DDR3 (instead of DDR2).  That might help a bit.  Both are 
> limited to 4 gigs.

	you are going way over my head in talking brand name terminology,
	:)  .... now i'm back to my original quandry of: do i want to hide
	in my room and watch streaming video or built a tts device.   it's
	like: Well, if i =wait= [just a bit longer] ...  :-D

> So, I would bet that 90% of the time it'll be enough if you have a good 
> video card with good drivers.  I'm not an expert on them though, I think 
> they are neat though.

	i had no clue that there were "flash movies" until your note; but
	it points u p the value of having a good driver.

> Another options would be to go with an i3/i5 or get a used 775 (core 2) 
> system.  My Core2Duo  2.2Ghz runs more than fast enough and can probably 
> get them for cheap if you buy them used.

	need to have a small screen and low weight, pref.  but yeah, it's
	an option.  thanks much for the datapoints.

 Gary Kline  kline at thought.org  http://www.thought.org  Public Service Unix
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