Fermi's not so firm deadline

Subject: General Tech | November 3, 2009 - 12:18 PM |

CES 2010 is just a hair over 2 months away and is the prime time for nVIDIA to show off Fermi and its processing capabilities
alone or in parallel.  Fermi A2 silicon has taped out according to Charlie at SemiAccurate, raising hopes that at least some silicon, perhaps even working, will be shown off sometime between now and the end of CES.  We know that TSMC has had yield difficulties with the 40nm process that have not aba

Source: SemiAccurate

A magical mouse with momentum

Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2009 - 12:25 PM |

Chances are you have heard that Apple has redesigned their mouse again.  It took over a decade to stick on a second button so it seems that their innovation for input devices is accelerating.  The new Magic Mouse doesn't have a scroll wheel; instead about 75% of its surface will register finger scrolling and with the momentum feature turned on it will even recognize how fast your fingers are scrolling.  For those used to large gaming mice, the look of the mouse is going to be a bit of a shock, it more closely resembles an iPhone than a traditional mouse. 


Of AMD's price drops, EOLs and newbies

Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2009 - 12:07 PM |

DigiTimes provides a good look into the coming 6 to 12 months of AMDs plans for their CPUs.  AMD has recently dropped prices on some of their Phenom II and Athlon II silicon and you may want to grab some soon as the release of the new members of the 900 series will see the previous Phenom II line reduced to the X4 955, X4 820, X3 740 and X2 550. 
The first quarter of 2010 will be very busy, with no less than 5 processors due to be release; three Phenom IIs and a pair of Athlon IIs. 

Source: Digitimes

Futuremark P55 GIGABYTE OverclocKing Announces First Ever 10K 3DMark Challenge

Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2009 - 11:41 AM |

SARATOGA, Calif.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Futuremark Corporation today announced a new challenge for PC overclockers everywhere. Utilizing INTEL and GIGABYTE P55 hardware, contestants worldwide will compete in two segments for the overall "OverclocKing" title within multiple prize award categories.

"This is the second annual worldwide OverclocKing competition with over 16,000 entries last year. We’re delighted to be partnering with Futuremark to support GIGABYTE overclockers everywhere with this community building competition"


Watch out for bored ex-Multics admins up to mischief tonight

Subject: General Tech | October 30, 2009 - 06:32 PM |

If you are reading the Friday Afternoon Forum Follies, chances are you are a regular at the PC Perspective Forums.  If that is the case, drop by Tech Talk where one of our members has a few invites to Google Wave for frequent posters.  It is a kind favour and there is a
limited amount of invites, so no getting upset if you don't get one!  Also popular in that forum is the Lynnfield system giveaway; it is only active until the en

Oops, TSMC did it again

Subject: General Tech | October 30, 2009 - 12:00 PM |

It looks like those who have been holding their breath in the hopes that the HD5890 or 5870X2 would be arriving soon, or that the current HD5xxx cards will drop in price may be waiting a bit longer.  The 40nm process at TMSC is having problems again, the same issue that pretty much killed the HD4770 at birth.  For a while it looked as if the problems had finally been solved but the news from DigiTimes is that yields are once again dropping

Source: Digitimes

Print yourself a circuit, stick LEDs on your Coors

Subject: General Tech | October 29, 2009 - 12:05 PM |

Plastics, film, and textiles are all viable substrates for Xerox's new Silver Bullet, a conductive silver ink that at 140 degrees Celsius. 
This makes all sorts of interesting tricks possible that are not feasible with ink that melts at about 1,000 Celsius or by printing and etching a regular circuit board.  Think RFIDs on cloth, LEDs built into anything, wearable WiFi and bendy plastic tech.  Hack a Day is already impatient to get their hands on some.

Source: Hack a Day

Be smug with your smog mouse

Subject: General Tech | October 28, 2009 - 06:46 PM |

The Ozone Smog gaming mouse is a bit odd looking and sport software that claims to boost the 3200DPI maximum to 5040DPI.  The removable weight tray sits in the middle of the mouse body as opposed to the bottom and the mouses feet are ceramic.  Add the odd look, especially the rear end of the mouse and you have a gaming mouse that seems a little different from the rest.  Drop by TestSeek Labs for a look.

A fresh autumn Eve

Subject: General Tech | October 28, 2009 - 02:16 PM |

Eve Apocrypha is the new version of Eve Online, though since we are talking about an interstellar MMORPG, it isn't an additional area as you expect in WoW.  Eve, if you have never experienced it is a little different from most RPGs.  NPCs are interacted with via in game email and combat is a little different than you might expect.  Before dropping money on this new version of Eve, drop by Bjorn3D for an overview.  Some will absolutely hate the game but enough love it that it is still around years later.

Source: Bjorn3D

Cable bills too high, internet too slow. Light up your own!

Subject: General Tech | October 28, 2009 - 01:56 PM |

Now this solution will definitely work better in smaller communities as it could be hard to get the government of a very large municipality to invest the money required to roll out your own ISP, but the effort is worth it.  Monticello, Minnesota ended up hiring TDS Telecommunications
to roll out their own fiber to the home
network.  Now enjoying 50Mbs for $40/month without having to bundle with other services thanks to a 2007 referendum that the town would roll out its own network.  That attempt to build their own network lead to lawsuits filed by TDS, which they lost, so no

Source: Ars Technica

Open source audio support

Subject: General Tech | October 27, 2009 - 06:07 PM |

A lot of attention has been paid to the coders that are working hard to ensure the latest and greatest GPUs are supported by Linux, especially when it comes to high definition playback.  That is not the only area that is being improved, support for higher end audio cards is also a focus for programmers.  The ASUS Xonar series is a popular solution right now so TECHGAGE tried it out on Jaunty Jackalope to see how it worked.  If that sounds interesting to you then just follow the li


Let's hear it for liquid powder

Subject: General Tech | October 27, 2009 - 11:57 AM |

The 'other' Bridgestone is at it again, this time in 4,096 colors.  They have been at the forefront of e-paper, thanks to their electron powder and granular material
they have been able to redraw an entire screen on their previous products in 0.8 seconds, like an incredibly talented Etch A Sketch on amphetamines.  Their new, soon to be released 10.7" touchscreen e-paper device handles full colour and even more interesting it is fully flexible.  Take a look at this first over at engadget.

Source: engadget

Pulling 100 cores out of a hat

Subject: General Tech | October 26, 2009 - 12:12 PM |

You can be forgiven if you've never heard of Tilera, but you can be guaranteed to hear about them now.  They've just announced plans to release a 40nm chip with 100 cores on board, beating Intel's 80 core prototype we saw back in 2007.  The chips are built on a mesh topography as opposed to the on-chip bus interconnect
used in multicore x86 processors; the end result of which is more bandwidth thanks to the lack of a bottleneck.  Perhaps the most

Source: Wired News

Brand new contest to the Xtreme!

Subject: General Tech | October 23, 2009 - 07:03 PM |

There is a brand new subforum on the PC Perspective Forums, added today specifically for a huge new contest.  The ASUS Xtreme Design Contest forum under General Tech is the place to go to show off how you would use ASUS' new Xtreme Design Technology to build the best killer gaming PC.  If your ideas are grand enough, you will be one of 20 people chosen to receive the hardware specified in the contest, an ASUS P7P55D PREMIUM, a GTX

Slap together a Hackintosh over the weekend

Subject: General Tech | October 23, 2009 - 12:53 PM |

You've heard of Hackintoshes, a regular PC onto which a Mac OS is installed.  Usually this involves quite a bit of tinkering in order to convince the Mac OS that it is OK to be running on hardware unapproved by Apple.  Psystar, who has had a long history of thumbing their nose at Apple has released a new product called Rebel EFI.  This program will have you up and running in no time at all and with no kernel fiddling required.  What makes this even more interesting is that the open source Hackintosh community noticed enough similarity in Psystar's program that they've calle

Source: Hack a Day

Razer's new mouse is a real snake

Subject: General Tech | October 22, 2009 - 03:46 PM |

New to Razer's line up is the Naga mouse and the Megasome pad.  The Naga is a little more than just another pretty, accurate mouse, it sports a 12 button keypad for you MMO players and inveterate micromanagers.  You don't even have to decide on your own setup if you do not want to, Razer has an app to do that for you.  The pad is pure white, with a glow in the dark pattern emblazoned on it.  Drop by Bjorn3D to see them.

Source: Bjorn3D

Build your own Force tricks

Subject: General Tech | October 22, 2009 - 12:07 PM |

The OCZ Neural Impulse Actuator

enjoyed a brief spotlight and then mostly disappeared to the periphery, but not before inspiring the imaginations of
several modders.  At Hack a Day you can see a project involving an Arduino and Uncle Milton's Force Trainer, which is a nifty little toy consisting of a brain wave monitoring headband and a base station that reacts to those measurements.  You can also se

Source: Hack a Day

A study on Bat PhysX

Subject: General Tech | October 21, 2009 - 12:49 PM |

While you have most likely read a few reviews of Arkham Asylum, none have focused so directly on the impact of PhysX on performance in this game that the review posted at [H]ard|OCP.  Even if you have no desire to stare at the back of the Batman for the entire duration of a game, it is worth reading through the article to learn about PhysX.  The first lesson comes from a huge hit in performance in a certain outside area that was apparent past a certain resolution. 

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Tesla finds a job and invents time travel

Subject: General Tech | October 21, 2009 - 12:19 PM |

As The Inquirer gleefully points out, the chances that Realityserver is the product of 40 years of work for NVIDIA and mental images are fairly low but that doesn't stop the announcement from being interesting.  Using the parallel computing ability of Telsa to manage Ray Tracing to handle any light or reflection mapping this new program will allow the sharing of 3d images via a server at very high rates.  Instead of taking hours or more to render, they claim performance almost on par with gaming. 

Source: The Inquirer

Unless you have been hiding under a rock ...

Subject: General Tech | October 20, 2009 - 04:07 PM |

You most likely know that Windows 7 is on its way, unless you are in the UK, and it is time for an upgrade.  In order to familiarize yourself with what is known about the new OS, or just to help you remember Tech Spot has put together an overview of the new OS from Microsoft.  From upgrade paths to the choice between 32bit and 64bit, anything you need answered will be addressed from their many links.

Source: Tech Spot