Party like it's 1699

Subject: General Tech | March 18, 2009 - 12:53 PM |
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The newest Total War is also the most modern, with the game taking place in the 18th century and it includes the Americas as something significantly more than an optional discovery.  Along with this more modern era comes gunpowder troops a little more reliable than arquebusiers
and cannons that have improved from bombards.  There is also greatly expanded naval control, you will be able to fight naval battles just like land battles instead of relying on the auto resolve.  Perhaps the most interesting development is the possibility of multiplayer campaigns, which we may see suppo

Source: Gamepyre

The third coming

Subject: General Tech | March 18, 2009 - 12:13 PM |
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In the beginning was the iPhone, but it's connectivity was not good.  Then the iPhone 3G arrived and there was joy ... for a while.  Now the shine has worn off, the screen is a little scratched and the people are crying for more.  Ready yourself for the next incarnation, the iPhone is getting a new OS and both programmers and users are excited about the new features and abilities.  See what the buzz is about at Slashdot.

Source: Slashdot

All ears for ASUS' upcoming release

Subject: General Tech | March 17, 2009 - 12:05 PM |
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The Guru of 3D managed to get a hold of an engineering sample from ASUS, their new Xonar Essence ST, not to be confused with the already available STX model.  At a glance, the card looks very similar to the STX, the differences are in the ICs on the board its self and the DAC card that was bundled with the audio card sample.  It is hard to get a handle on the performance of an audio card without hearing it for yourself, but from the praise given the ST in the preview, there is a goo

Source: Guru of 3D

Attacking the weakest link

Subject: General Tech | March 17, 2009 - 11:46 AM |
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If you haven't already memorized your DNS server, you might want to make it a goal, or at least write it down.  There is a new nasty out there called Trojan.Flush.M, which can be dangerous to anything connected to a network.  It only needs one vulnerable machine on a LAN or WAN, which it infects and sets up a rouge DNS server which then starts sending you off on phishing trips
whenever you try to browse.  For right now, if it is practical, you may want to enter your DNS manually, which will prevent you from being misdirected by an infected LAN, and you can also blacklist 64.86

Source: The Register

Let's talk Larrabee

Subject: General Tech | March 16, 2009 - 11:38 AM |
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The saga of Larrabee and ray traced graphics has been a topic on PC Perspective for quite a while now, not only in discussions on the board and podcasts, but even Ryan's chat with John Carmack.  On Friday he posted some new information about Larrabee's architecture, specifically the name of the new vector instruction set, aptly called 'Larrabee new instructions'. If you missed out on Friday due to other interests, take a look now.

Hot Threads at PCperspective

Subject: General Tech | March 13, 2009 - 05:59 PM |
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It is a stellar time to be an HTPC enthusiast, or to consider becoming one, thanks to AMD's new business model.  They've really opened up the bottom end of pricing in the market, you get to choose between multiple CPU architectures with prices well under $100 and with a list of features that wouldn't have been available on the top end CPUs in the recent past.  You can pick up one of

Browsing at full speed

Subject: General Tech | March 13, 2009 - 11:31 AM |
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In these days of sound bites, highlights and just generally shortened attention spans it can be very frustrating waiting for your browser to load so you can get at your media of choice.  To solve that problem and let you get your your entertainment as fast as possible, Legit Reviews held a race between 11 different browsers, including Opera, IE7 & 8, Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Seamonkey.  If getting heavily scripted pages up quickly is a must for you, then check out the full review.

Try launching this product with a straight face

Subject: General Tech | March 12, 2009 - 11:37 AM |
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GlacialLight, who are indeed related to GlacialTech, have released a new flashlight that also happens to be a very old joke.  The DynaSolar LED torch is indeed a solar powered flashlight.   Luckily it also comes with a hand crank for back up ...

Source: The Inquirer

New VIA VX855 Media System Processor Brings Power-Efficiency to 1080p HD Video Playback

Subject: General Tech | March 12, 2009 - 11:03 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 12 March 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA VX855 Media System Processor (MSP) - an ultra power efficient, all-in-one chipset that addresses the key performance and entertainment requirements of today's small form factor and mobile PC systems.

Increasingly, content is being filmed in high-definition (HD), with movies, TV shows and sporting events taking advantage of the smooth playback, extraordinary picture clarity, and brilliant colors that HD video offers.

Get as much bass as you want

Subject: General Tech | March 11, 2009 - 03:31 PM |
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Subwoofers can be easy to buy if you have an indiscriminate ear, as long as the wattage is high enough to shatter windows you will be happy.  For those looking for a specific LFE crossover and a good range are a little more hard to satisfy.  MektuMods has a suggestion; why not make your own subwoofer?  Their particular choices may not be available in your area, or might not have exactly the stats that you are looking for, but for the most part the physical construction will remain similar for

Source: MetkuMods

Obsessed with arm chair politicizing?

Subject: General Tech | March 11, 2009 - 12:04 PM |
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If you find yourself compelled to watch CSPAN, CNN and are still desperate for more political action then Gamepyre has the perfect game for you.  If you are more into using force and skill at arms to build an empire you may be better off with the Civilizations or Total War series, but if you love minutiae
and the thought of 11 different areas of government to keep track of leaves you all aquiver then Geo-Political Simulator 2009 might be far more interesting than the title suggests.  Don't expect t

Source: Gamepyre

Evolve or die

Subject: General Tech | March 11, 2009 - 11:18 AM |
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The Windows 7 public beta is enjoying a much warmer reception than Vista met and not only because there are more than a half dozen working drivers.  Microsoft has been talking with various new sources about what lessons they learned from Vista and how they managed to utilize that knowledge into making Windows 7 better.  They delve into the changes in the development process like the participation of third parties and the goal of making the beta as stable as an RC is expected to be and to make the RC as good as the final retail version.  That may never stop the mantra of 'wait fo

Source: Slashdot

It's an open 'book

Subject: General Tech | March 10, 2009 - 01:53 PM |
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Getting Linux to run on just about any platform around is no longer a challenge, the true fanatics are still trying to get that dead badger booting, but laptops are no longer interesting.  It is so common place that you can go to System76 and pick up a notebook pre-configured with Linux; currently Ubuntu 8.10 (x86_64) with the Linux 2.6.27 kernel, GNOME 2.24.1, X Server 1.5.2, GCC 4.3.2, and a proprietary NVIDIA driver.  The Serval Professional notebook that landed in Phoronix's lap was a 15.4" WSXGA+ display, with a C2D P8600 @ 2.40GHz, ICH9M, 4GB of DDR3 1066, a 32GB Intel X25-E Ex

Source: Phoronix

Enermax's alternate graphic

Subject: General Tech | March 10, 2009 - 11:59 AM |
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Don't ask why Enermax is now making keyboards, nor why they would make a laptop style model, with keys only a few millimetres tall, before you head to The Tech Report and see how well designed it is.  If you like a lot of extra buttons on your keyboard you may be disappointed, if you prefer a minimum of buttons and are happy with a pair of audio plugs and a pair of USB 2.0 plugs then you might just love the

Apple flavoured beta

Subject: General Tech | March 10, 2009 - 11:41 AM |
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The short and sweet outcome to Ars Technica's experiment is that you should stick with 32-bit if you plan on installing the Windows 7 Beta to your MacBook.  The 64-bit version will leave you with little to no driver support and a very crash happy Mac.  The 32-bit version will be up and running with only a minimum of extra work and Ars ended with a Windows Experience Score of 4.4, to give you an idea how well it finally ran.

Source: Ars Technica

Josh's semi-conducting crystal ball

Subject: General Tech | March 9, 2009 - 12:12 PM |
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Josh spent his weekend pondering what we know about the upcoming RV790 architecture that will take the Radeon series into it's next iteration.  The big question is whether it shall be simply a speed optimized RV770 chip, or if it will truly be a change from it's predecessor like the RV770 is a huge improvement from the R600 even though it is very similarly constructed.  Read his full article for a look at AMD/ATI's past and it's possible contributions in the near future.

One hour of your weekend is being revoked

Subject: General Tech | March 6, 2009 - 05:58 PM |
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Overclocking is a tried and true past time for members of the PC Perspective Forums and the reason that the overclocking forum exists and is so popular.  For some it is the challenge of

Check out these huge cans

Subject: General Tech | March 6, 2009 - 02:13 PM |
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If you want good bass from a pair of headphones you might want to look at Sony's MDR-XB700 headset.  They are very large, thanks to the 50mm driver in the headphones which supply the bass.  On the other hand, from the testing at Hardware Zone, the drivers they used might not have been of the best quality for they found significant distortion at high volumes. 

Alone in the darknet

Subject: General Tech | March 6, 2009 - 12:17 PM |
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File sharing is sitting in the limelight right now, with the spectrial in Sweden, Lars downloading his own songs and the RIAA are all in the headlines.  There is also talk about darknets, though not so much in the mainstream media.  If you haven't been keeping up with the protean world of torrents and filesharing, you can

Source: Ars Technica

Grab a mouse with a Swedish accent

Subject: General Tech | March 5, 2009 - 03:06 PM |
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Mionix is a newcomer to the enthusiast market and they are leading with a gaming mouse and a mousing surface.  The Saiph 3200 mouse has a nice black finish and a curved shape that will be familiar to anyone who has seen a gaming mouse.  It also sports multiple buttons including the essential on-the-fly DPI changing and also ships with a set of small weights to allow you to reach the perfect weight for your mouse.  The Alioth 400 is a mousepad that measures 400mm x 335mm, and sports a nice rubber backing to keep the pad in place. 

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