It's about time

Subject: General Tech | November 7, 2008 - 11:48 AM |
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After all the ridiculousness that Creative has been displaying, they are finally showing some sense.  With the troubles that Vista caused their X-Fi driver team, which inconvenienced a lot of users, they totally dropped the ball on the Linux drivers.  It has been just over a year since the initial release and there has not been a properly working driver in all of that time.  Finally Creative has open sourced the driver, which means no one will be sued for making it work properly, unlike a certain Windows driver. 

Source: Phoronix

The second round of cuts

Subject: General Tech | November 6, 2008 - 11:40 AM |
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AMD announced in April that they would be reducing their workforce by 10%, or 1650 jobs.  Yesterday saw the second round of job cuts, with 500 people being let go from all but AMD's brand new 'The Foundry Company' in Dubai.  The Foundry Company's 3000 employees are supposedly safe, as they represent the fruition of the Asset Light program of AMDs.  One engineer will apparently missing being picked on by The Inquirer.

Source: The Inquirer

It's not just for gaming and databases

Subject: General Tech | November 5, 2008 - 06:30 PM |
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One of the biggest growth opportunities for PCs has been the recent surge of HTPCs and DVRs, which make TV and movies much more enjoyable thanks to time shifting and proper HD support.  Unfortunately, the extra features on these machines make them a little harder to control with a remote.  That's why products like the Vidabox Premium Wireless Keyboard are becoming a lot easier to get a hold of.  techPowerUp tried out this little wireless keyboard and it's trackball, so you don't have to buy it wi

Source: techPowerUp!

Searching for a ship of the desert

Subject: General Tech | November 5, 2008 - 12:22 PM |
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The new Prince of Persia will differ significantly from the previous Dagger of Time.  Not only is there no Dagger of Time, the Prince has a very different cell shaded look to him, and he is searching for his donkey as opposed to a princess, father or other such standard plot conveniences.  At least the driving reason behind his search for Farah is that the donkey happens to be where he keeps all his loot.  Check out the preview at bit-tech.

Source: bit-tech

Quit your worrying already!

Subject: General Tech | November 5, 2008 - 12:05 PM |
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One of the favourite rumours for fear mongers to spread has been the discontinuation of either Win2K or XP.  That's made all the more easy to do thanks to Microsoft's continuing cycle of claiming to be discontinuing licensing and support, and then changing their mind and continuing to support the ageing OSes.  As The Inquirer reports, they have finally discontinued support a licensing for one of their legacy OSes ...

Source: The Inquirer

AMD's unofficial return shot

Subject: General Tech | November 4, 2008 - 11:45 AM |
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The day after Nehalem was set free from reviewers benches, a leak of information on Shanghai somehow made it into the hands of a Polish website and then onto the net where everyone could see it.  Of course, AMD is refraining from commenting on this leak and the products it talks about.  The timing seems a little suspicious, not that it matters to the enthusiast who is anxiously awaiting news of AMD's new parts.  The model numbers are higher, the feature list is long, so head to DigiTimes and dig in.

Source: Ars Technica

Give your passive speakers some energy

Subject: General Tech | November 3, 2008 - 02:12 PM |
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Scythe's new Kama Bay amplifier is not for every system, but not everyone is going to drop hundreds of dollars on a sound system for their PC.  The Kama Bay will give unpowered, or even lower end powered speakers an ni

Source: techPowerUp!

Need to look even more geeky when gaming?

Subject: General Tech | November 3, 2008 - 12:01 PM |
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The innovators at Gunnar Optiks have designed the Shedder, a pair of glasses that you wear while using the computer.  In their defence, I4U did find that they noticed a difference in eyestrain after extended use of their PC, and there doesn't seem to be a wide neckstrap attached to the basic model.   On the other hand, having special glasses you wear at a LAN party may cause other strains in your life.

Source: I4U News

Get your bonfires built, it's Samhain tomorrow

Subject: General Tech | October 31, 2008 - 06:27 PM |
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Does your home resemble an Italian kitchen?  Are there spaghetti-like wires travelling everywhere you use your computer?  Is the reason that you haven't gone wireless based on a feeling of insecurity?  Fear not, a lot of what you may be worrying about may be unfounded, though not all.  The wireless connectivity may come in very handy if you find yourself needing to build a clandestine Folding@Home machine!

Pumpkin procrastination

Subject: General Tech | October 31, 2008 - 11:38 AM |
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Stuck staring at an orange spherical gourd without a clue as to where to stick the knife?  Drop by Wired for some inspirational works, ranging from extremely geeky and easy to much more l33t 'kin carving.  In fact, you could completely dump the knife all together and go with power tools.  Much quicker to do and far more fun, if you can find one, is

Source: Wired News

The first they've heard of it

Subject: General Tech | October 30, 2008 - 11:59 AM |
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Rumours about various manufacturers have been flying around lately, the newest rumour being Foxconns' imminent cessation of making branded motherboards.  DigiTimes has spotted several things that peaked their curiosity, and seem to think that while Foxconn may continue to make motherboards or at least components, but they would not be sold under the Foxconn brand.  Of course, Foxconn says that they had never heard of any of this.

Source: Digitimes

Call of demo

Subject: General Tech | October 29, 2008 - 12:38 PM |
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All you fans of squad based FPS mulitplayer games in general and CoD in particular will be glad to know the demo of Call of Duty: World at War is now availalbe to everyone.  The Tech Report has the link to a demo that features three maps, all you need is to download it and grab a beta key by signing up at the CoD website.  Otherwise you will have to wait until November 11th.

New hotfix driver available for Far Cry 2 and Stalker Clear Sky

Subject: General Tech | October 29, 2008 - 12:16 PM |
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If you are having performance troubles with Radeon cards and FarCry 2 or S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky, AMD has a hot fix out for you.  It is a beta driver and is unsupported by AMD, so you may find it causes other problems for you.  Be warned before you try.

This hotfix

  • Improves performance for the DirectX 9 version of Far Cry 2 on CrossFire compatible systems
Source: AMD

IDF or TFE? IDK.

Subject: General Tech | October 29, 2008 - 12:09 PM |
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AMD finally has a relatively public Developers Forum to call their very own, the Technical Forum and Exposition.  Though in it's 4th year, this is likely the first you have heard of it, it has been a very quiet and exclusive event.  Seeing as how The Inquirer made it into the TFE this year, the standards for attendance have been significantly lowered.  The event differs from the IDF in it's philosophy and purpose, read on to see what AMD thinks is the proper way to get developer

Source: The Inquirer

Will it always be 'Windows 7' or will it be shortened to 7?

Subject: General Tech | October 28, 2008 - 03:32 PM |
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If you head over to engadget you can get a preview of Windows 7's features and overall look.  Some interesting tidbits came up about the systems that Windows 7 will run on.  At the PDC the audience was shown a netbook with a 1GHz processor and a single gigabyte of RAM, half of which was unused.  It will also support up to 256 CPUs (or maybe they mean cores?), giving you lots of room to expand or to use Larrabee perhaps.  The information is still coming

Source: engadget

This mouse knows Yoga

Subject: General Tech | October 28, 2008 - 12:16 PM |
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A lot of thought has gone into designing the Microsoft Arc mouse.  Built to accompany your laptop or netbook, it is wireless, folds up much like a cellphone does and can work at ranges up to 30 feet.  You may never get that far away, but it is a handy feature, like the 25lbs of pressure the hinge can support.  ExtremeTech has put up a full reivew, contrasting it against

Source: Extremetech

Most would just excuse themselves

Subject: General Tech | October 28, 2008 - 11:57 AM |
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Microsoft is jumping into cloud computing with Azure, as announced by their Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie at a Professional Developers Conference.  Called Project Red Dog in development and now renamed to something that might smell a little sweeter, this will be Microsoft's attempt to draw people into a hosted application environment and will attempt to take on Amazon's similar product.  You can read all the market-speak about it by following the link at The Inquirer.

Source: The Inquirer

VIA Launches 'Global Mobility Bazaar' Program

Subject: General Tech | October 28, 2008 - 11:37 AM |
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Shenzhen, China, 28 October 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the 'Global Mobility Bazaar' (GMB), an innovative industry infrastructure program aimed at driving the rapid global adoption of affordable mobile computing devices.

Through the GMB program, VIA is partnering with over 15 GMB manufacturers and infrastructure partners in China on the development of a wide variety of mini-notes, netbooks, and notebooks

Make Vista slightly less annoying

Subject: General Tech | October 27, 2008 - 11:44 AM |
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If you haven't already given up on it completely, there are four tweaks at ExtremeTech that will help make your Vista machine a little more friendly.  Some, like the tweak that allows you to switch application icons are of limited use, others that let you affect the templates used in Windows Explorer so that spreadsheets do not come up as a thumbnail preview are a little more useful.  Check them out.

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Source: Extremetech

Friday, Bloody Friday?

Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2008 - 05:36 PM |
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What are perceived as random problems
are often easily diagnosable and repeatable errors, assuming you have the right tools and/or experience to identify them.  You can do it the hard way, and after years of seeing dying PSUs, faulty memory, conductive crud, spyware, adware and viruses you may be able to identify problems as they occur.  Instead you could take the easier and less traumatizing approach, and use a program like Process Explorer which will give you a way to identify the likely suspects interru