Thursday, April 7, 2011

Nespresso PIXIE Machine Is Small Enough To Sit On Your Desk

Nestle’s Nespresso capsule-based coffee makers make it easy to brew up a single cup of coffee, tea or cocoa with minimal muss and fuss, but until now they’ve been relegated to taking up a chunk of counter space in your offices’s break room or kitchenette. Not any more though as Nestle has recently introduced the smallest member of the Nespresso family, appropriately called the PIXIE.

It works just like all the other machines in the line: you make sure the water reservoir isn’t empty, pop in one of the ingredient capsules, stick a cup or mug under the spout and wait for your beverage. But the smaller form factor means the PIXIE can sit right on your desk without gobbling up too much space, and the heating time before it’s reached the proper brew temperature has been reduced to just 25 seconds. An eternity to someone who really needs a caffeine fix, but conveniently quick for everyone else. It also uses about 40% less energy than similarly sized coffee makers, and is available from Williams-Sonoma for $249.95.

System Rescue Cd 2.1.0

Fran├žois Dupoux has released an updated version of SystemRescueCd, a Gentoo-based live CD containing a collection of utilities for disk management and data rescue tasks. What's new in version 2.1.0? "Updated standard kernels to (long-term kernel: rescuecd + rescue64); alternative kernels re-based on linux- (most recent kernel); patched alternative kernels with loop-aes-3.6b (encrypt disks using AES); updated Testdisk to 6.11.3 (checks and undeletes partitions + PhotoRec); updated hdparm to 9.36 (utility to change hard drive parameters); updated the Xfce desktop environment to new major version 4.8; updated gDisk to 0.7.1 (the package has been renamed gptfdisk); 32-bit kernels (rescuecd + altker32) compiled for i586 instead of i686." Here is the complete changelog. Download (SHA256): systemrescuecd-x86-2.1.0.iso (295MB).

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