What You MegaTech Missed: Summer Hockey Edition Michael Kwan May 29, 2011 Let me start out by expressing my joy that my hometown Vancouver Canucks are in the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since the storied run in 1994. The city is positively electric with all the energy. Boston Ruined? We’ll find out in the next couple of weeks. On that note, it does feel a little strange having hockey in what is pretty much summer, but you can approach that in a different way with the Slip ‘n Slide Knee Hockey Rink that Beth described earlier this week. It’s exactly what you think it is: an outdoor hockey rink that you play in the summer. On your knees. With water flying everywhere. It has to be every Canadian’s dream to own one of these. Speaking of dreams, take a look at this beast. Your little pocket digital camera might boast 10 megapixels. You might even have a nicer DSLR with 18 megapixels. But all of those pale in comparison to the Hasselblad H4D-200MS with its whopping 200 megapixels of photographic wonderment. The sad thing is that the super over-the-top resolution is also a bit of a dream. The medium format camera has to make use of piezoelectric technology to stitch together several images to make a 200-megapixel final image. It is pretty cool technology and it makes for positively stunning product photos… but the 30-second process to take one of those 200MP photos makes it useless for even shooting snails. For the longest time, the Kindle was pretty much the be-all and end-all of dedicated e-book readers. Sure, Sony and others had their offerings, but they never made enough of a dent to hurt Amazon. That could be changing. Techie dude Dylan helps us compare the current Amazon Kindle with the newly announced Nook WiFi and Kobo Touch eReaders. These are very competitively priced at $139 and $129, respectively. The expandable storage and touchscreen tech help to separate them a little from the crowd too. Some people will argue that you should spend more money and get an iPad or an Android tablet instead, since they can do so much more than just show e-books, but you’re talking apples and oranges. The e-paper tech is so much easier on the eyes (and the wallet). And finally, resident Linux expert James takes us down the path of a different operating system. By the sounds of things, Chrome OS seems better suited for the mobile environment, but that perception could be changing with this shiny metallic box. What you see here is the Xi3 Chromium PC. It’s meant to be a desktop PC that runs on Google’s Chrome OS, relying solely on the cloud for all the things that it needs to do. That’s why it only has 8GB of onboard memory. I’m not convinced that Chromium (Chrome OS) is the best idea for desktops, but Xi3 could persuade me otherwise. Share This With The World!