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Subject: General Tech | February 4, 2011 - 11:31 PM |
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The Tech Talk Forum abounds with mysteries this week, from an ECS motherboard with some issues and far too many BIOSes to choose from to an attempt to recover some unpartitioned space on a HDD.  The Motherboard Forum is more concerned about how a single transistor can ruin an entire motherboard family.  The Graphics Forum is also pretty busy, though in a

2011, the year of socket madness

Subject: General Tech | February 4, 2011 - 04:32 PM |
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In case you were feeling on top of things and feel that you can tell the difference between a Core i7 on LGA1366 versus LGA1156 accurately and aren't overly concerned about discerning an LGA1155 or yet to arrive LGA2011 SandyBridge part, Intel has made things more confusing.  The server room has avoided most of the socket ecosystem flourishing but that is not going to last according to SemiAccurate

Source: SemiAccurate

ARM's low latency is key to it's market share in the mobile world

Subject: General Tech | February 3, 2011 - 04:49 PM |
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Josh recently touched on the state of the current mobile processor generation, contrasting the efforts of NVIDIA and ARM to improve the performance of the upcoming generation of smart phones.  The Inquirer has done something similar, sitting down with Richard York, director of product marketing at ARM
to hear what he had to say.  The resulting article focuses more on the connectivity side of the required processing power from the silicon within smartphones and the very low latency displayed by ARM's new baseband

Source: The Inquirer

How do you deal with a broken SandyBridge?

Subject: General Tech | February 2, 2011 - 11:29 PM |
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If you are Gigabyte, you promise refunds or replacements.  Obviously you will likely get the refund quicker, but as you are probably going to spend the money on a new motherboard, so you could always wait for the details of the replacement program to solidify.

CoolerMaster spawns a new mouse

Subject: General Tech | February 2, 2011 - 08:30 PM |
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The Cooler Master Storm Spawn has 7 customizable buttons, a sleek red and black color scheme and an adjustable 3500 DPI sensor.  The software it comes with will be familiar to anyone who has used a gaming mouse, with perhaps a bit more depth as the mouse is capable of macros with a maximum of 10 key presses and releases.  Overall it received a positive review from Neoseeker, though the reviewer would have liked it to be a bit larger so those with big hands be warned.

Source: Neoseeker

No BulletStorm demo, but how about a tongue in cheek Call of Duty

Subject: General Tech | February 2, 2011 - 05:53 PM |
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Drop by Rock, Paper, Shotgun for a free look at The Duty Calls, which is what Epic Games is offering up instead of a BulletStorm demo.  While you can't kill with style yet, you can see a nice movie setting you up for a free download of The Duty Calls.  It is 765MB, so Canadians should grab it now before UBB kicks in and it counts against your limits.

More fun with the B&N Nook; this time it's honeycomb

Subject: General Tech | February 2, 2011 - 04:55 PM |
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Rooting your Nook colour is nothing new, various projects have been underway for a while to allow more control and functionality on the device.  The newest project involves the new Android Honeycomb platform and you can get the details on how this was done at Hack a Day.  This is a successful project in its early stages so while they have enabled a lot of the features not all are quite up to snuff.  Try it out for yourse

Source: Hack a Day

The cause of the SandyBridge kerfuffle

Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2011 - 06:28 PM |
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Via AnandTech we received some information on what caused the issue with SandyBridge's SATA 3Gb/s controller, in fact a legacy hardware issue.  While it is possible that the single transistor mentioned could be the root cause, Charlie from SemiAccurate does not believe that to be the case, he sites several problems with Intel's explanation of how the root cause was discovered.

Anyone remember F-DIV? Intel made another booboo

Subject: General Tech | January 31, 2011 - 05:55 PM |
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The big news today is Intel's reporting of a flaw in their new SandyBridge 6-series motherboards.  It seems that the SATA 3.0 Gp/s ports have rather short life time and some users will have drives drop off as too many bit errors result in the connection to the drive being cut.  That does not mean the board you bought is unusable, simply that the failure rate of the older SATA controller is unreasonably high, and those using only the SATA 6 Gb/s ports won't even notice.  Intel has an  interesting

Remember the Challenger

Subject: General Tech | January 28, 2011 - 10:23 PM |
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There is a wide variety of threads on out Forums that range from questions about new system builds to obscure tech references to accusations of government corruption.  Of course, your first encounter with them is the title of the thread and sometimes the title migh

Big booming speaker from Corsair

Subject: General Tech | January 28, 2011 - 08:03 PM |
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The Corsair SP2500 2.1 232W Audio Speaker Kitdoes not seem like an expected product from Corsair, but that is exactly what Legit Reviews just finished testing.  At 232W there is a lot of power to drive the two satellites and subwoofer and you control that power via an included the 1.8" colour TFT display, which you use to adjust levels and other fine variables.  Legit Reviews love

The AMD Fusion APU gets an SDK

Subject: General Tech | January 28, 2011 - 03:56 PM |
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The hardware portion of AMD's new Fusion lineup has arrived but what we really want to see is the software portion of it.  That has finally arrived with the new update to the ATI Stream SDK so programmers can start to take a look at how to best take advantage of the parallel processing that the new chips are capable of.  It will take a while to implement the new features in code form, something which should be moved ahead by the planned Developer Summit that will take place later this year. 

Source: The Register

In case you aren't nervous enough, here's a roundup of USB vulnerabilities

Subject: General Tech | January 27, 2011 - 05:25 PM |
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The simple introduction of a USB drive onto a network by a user unaware of a virus installed during the manufacturing process is worrisome enough, once the user is really trying to compromise a system via a USB device it gets rather scary.  Those USB's using U3 autorun to appear as a CD-ROM can hold nasty secrets and keyloggers built with a photosensitive sensor could perform a variety of tasks based on the amount of illumination in a room. 

Drop by Hack a Day for a look at the possible attacks you could face as well as some possible defence strategies.

"This very informative talk given at Shmoocon 2011 has been posted over at IronGeek. Covering all kinds of angles that a person could attack someones computer through the USB port, this should be read by anyone who is security minded at all. No matter which side of the port you tend to be on, this article has great information. They cover some common attack methods such as keyloggers and fake keyboards as well as some common methods of securing your system against them. We’ve actually seen this in the news a bit lately as people have been using the keyboard emulation method in conjunction with android phones to hack into systems."

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Source: Hack a Day

Dead Space 2, survival horror done well ... again

Subject: General Tech | January 26, 2011 - 06:18 PM |
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As far as Ars Technica can tell the sequel to Dead Space picks up immediately after the first ended.   You play the same character, trying to survive in less than friendly conditions without much in the way of resources.  Fans of the original will be pleased to know that the game has not morphed into a shooter, it retains the same survival horror focus while trying to improve on the atmosphere (or lack thereof).  Some of the enemies ha

Source: Ars Technica

You don't have to use your old laptop as an anchor

Subject: General Tech | January 26, 2011 - 05:15 PM |
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Gizmodo has several suggestions for those who have an old laptop kicking around doing nothing but collecting dust.  Apart from donating it or tossing it out the window, you could use it as a second monitor or as a wireless bridge or any of the five suggestions they offer.  Still, it is hard to beat an old Samsung Satellite as an impromptu boat anchor.

Source: Gizmodo

Tegra powered SuperTablet

Subject: General Tech | January 25, 2011 - 06:17 PM |
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Ars Technica has hold of an NVIDIA roadmap which leaked and it reveals the plans that they have for mobile platforms.  Considering that half of the roadmap describes tablets, it seems likely that NVIDIA's plans include a Tegra powered tablet although the roadmap references a model which was to be ready for Fall 2010.  It seems that over the coming year we can look forward to Tegra 2 3D as well as the introduction of Tegra 3.  There will also be improvement

Source: Ars Technica

Razer Naga Epic MMO is not a mouse for shooters

Subject: General Tech | January 24, 2011 - 08:45 PM |
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If you need 17 buttons, including a dozen in a grid under your thumb when you are playing a first person shooter, you are probably doing it wrong.  On the other hand MMORPGs lend themselves to excessive keyboard usage as you need more and more macro buttons to handle every occurrence.  In that case the Razer Naga Epic MMO Gaming Mousemight just be the thing to put your enemies under your thumb.  You might be hard pressed to explain

Accidentally formatted C:?

Subject: General Tech | January 24, 2011 - 04:29 PM |
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Accidental file deletion and hard drive corruption are not what you want to think about on a Monday morning; unless you are Gizmodo.  They've assembled a guide to help get those unfortunate souls whose storage have failed them recover at least some data without paying a specialized data recovery business to do so.  Physical damage is not really covered as once you arrive at that point you are better off leaving it to the professionals, however recently deleted photos of a CF card or

Source: Gizmodo

Spend a weekend on the Forums, you'll come away enriched

Subject: General Tech | January 21, 2011 - 11:56 PM |
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It really doesn't matter how long you have been working with PCs, all of us at some point or another manage to forget something or make a silly mistake. 

There's a reason you don't have a Skype toolbar anymore

Subject: General Tech | January 21, 2011 - 04:59 PM |
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It might not be a record they wanted to set though you have to be impressed, the Skype toolbar single-handedly crashed 33,000 Firefox instances.  Even worse, the way it detected phone numbers was having a large detrimental effect on performance in general.  According to Ars Technica, for two weeks Mozilla tried to get someone at Skype to repair the problem for before opting to disable the add-on.  It is not uninstalled, just disabled

Source: Ars Technica