Kevin Beck

I'll begin with the requisite background story. Some of my co-bloggers have tales of enviable focus and multi-year plans that led them to land the perfect job. That's not how I got here.  I tend to tell a lot of stories, and that's what I look forward to doing with this blog. Personally, I think the story about my first computer (a TRS-80 Model III)—and its standard-for-the-time-yet-oh-so-laughable-now 300 Baud modem that pulled text in from BBSes at a rate that was readable on the screen in real time--is an interesting one. However, those who hear this story generally fall into two camps: 1) Persons of my vintage for whom this was also the case and who therefore don't find it particularly fascinating, or 2) Younger persons who have no temporal link to that era of computing and hence don't find it particularly fascinating. So I won't tell it again. That does, however, serve as a reasonable segue into the roots of my love affair with technology. I wish I knew where and how I acquired my penchant for gadgets and tech but the truth is, I have no idea when the obsession started; in fact, I have no memories of not being this way. What I do remember from an early age is taking things apart and (usually) putting them back together. What didn't begin until later in life was my obsession with travelling, food, cultures and languages. The common definition...

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Kevin Beck travels the world telling Lenovo customers, business partners and salespeople about our latest products and technologies. His most recent stop was San Francisco, where he attended the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) conference. I've certainly seen my fair share of trade shows, expositions and technology fairs.   However, there's no show that focuses as deeply on the future of the technology under the covers of modern computing as the Intel Developer Forum. As a worldwide partner of Intel, Lenovo participates in the IDF conference every year—both as sponsor and exhibitor—showcasing our latest products and technologies.  This year, we took along a full load of the latest ThinkPad, ThinkCentre, ThinkStation, ThinkServer, IdeaPad, and IdeaCentre machines as well as various options and monitors. The Intel Buzz First and foremost, IDF is really about the future direction of processor technology.   Intel demonstrated its Sandy Bridge platform, targeted for announce early next year.   It has specific enhancements around video, hardware acceleration of motion tracking and facial recognition, as well as enhanced acceleration of video format translation (transcoding).   Intel also announced its new Ivy Bridge platform, which will move processors to a 22 nanometer fabrication process from the current 32 nanometer process.   For end users, this should mean significant performance gains and power...

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