Great Plains Batman! Microsoft's BSG turns 29 today.

Subject: General Tech | June 25, 2010 - 06:54 PM |
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As PC Perspective's Forums age, like a fine blue cheese, it is nice to be reminded of past posts that are still solving problems for people today.  There is of course Ned's world famous AHCI post but
recently a newcomer was asking about improving their routers signal strength which revived an old thread that details how to build a directional antenna to extend the range of your WiFi.&

Adobe bumps its critical patch up by two weeks

Subject: General Tech | June 25, 2010 - 12:23 PM |
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Earlier this month we learned that quite a few of Adobe's products come bearing an unwelcome gift, no matter which OS you use.  A critical vulnerability that is already being used in attacks.  The vulnerability would allow specially crafted pdfs and flash content to either crash your computer or in some cases allow an attacker to take control of your system.  Adobe has bumped up their patching schedule and will now release a fix for this next Wednesday and have already dealt with the flash vulnerability with the release of the

Source: The Inquirer

In case you thought Apple was the only one with lines today, Microsoft has them too

Subject: General Tech | June 24, 2010 - 03:06 PM |
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I know that some people are all excited about the lines wrapping around city blocks for some Apple device that was released today, I wanted to show our unbiased coverage of the tech world with this EXCLUSIVE video of the opening of Microsoft store in San Diego!  There were literally TENS OF PEOPLE on site waiting for the ribbon cutting and the confetti to enter.

Which flavour of Linux do you prefer?

Subject: General Tech | June 24, 2010 - 01:29 PM |
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Phoronix has grabbed five of the latest and greatest versions of Linux to see how they compare and which is best at various tasks.  Most of their testing compares the performance of common tasks in Linux, such as compressing and uncompressing as well as taking a look at multimedia performance.  As some of these distros are sepcifically designed with certain task in mind it seems that choosing the distro that fits your desired usage makes more sense than just grabbing the

Source: Phoronix

Rage will rock on either console

Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2010 - 12:45 PM |
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id Tech 5 is the name of the engine that will drive Rage and the new instalment of the DOOM franchise and there has been some speculation as to whether that game engine will favour the XBox or the PlayStation.  The specific concern has to do with hitting the magical 60fps and keeping the game at that rate throughout the players experience.  John Carmack has spoken with Beyond3D and has assured them that while the challenges these two consoles differ, there is a solution for both.  The PC version's perfo

Source: Beyond3D

The new VLC launches with improvements and a beef

Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2010 - 12:15 PM |
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VideoLAN has released a new version of their popular VLC Player, an open source and very flexible media player.  It became popular for its versatility in being able to play just about any media file it came across and has built quite a name for its self on the online community.  This new version brings extends support to Blu-ray MPEG-4 lossless and VP8 and it also incorporated GPU decoding on

Source: Linux.com

Integrated circuits are gaining a new dimension

Subject: General Tech | June 22, 2010 - 12:16 PM |
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A team consisting of Elpida Memory, Powertech Technology and United Microelectronics Corporation are working together to bring a big jump in storage density into integrated circuits.  This brings together a DRAM designer, an IC assembler and a logic company which does build confidence in the success of the project.  The technology used to unite the layers of storage/logic will be called Through Silicon Via (TSV) and apparently there now exists an 8Gb DRAM chip so the theory behind this has been put into practice.  We have been waiting a long time for stacked chips and hopefully

Source: Digitimes

LN on a video card

Subject: General Tech | June 21, 2010 - 12:47 PM |
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In and of its self the Gigabyte Radeon HD 5870 Super Overclock is not the best deal out there, effectively you are paying and extra $90 for an overclock of 150MHz GPU and 50MHz on the memory, plus a proprietary cooler.  Overclockers.com thought that while that was a nice bump in speed it needed something more.  In their case that was LN cooling, which involved de-soldering and re-soldering resistors on the PCB as well as voltage tweaks.

The new Nintendo 3DS gets a new GPU

Subject: General Tech | June 21, 2010 - 11:56 AM |
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Move over Sony, powerVR and nVIDIA because Nintendo has gone with a company called DMP to provide graphics for the new 3DS.  The chip is the 400MHz PICA 200 and it is an evolution of their established Ultray architecture that knows a few tricks, including a rather unique use of hardware based parametric engines in place of what competitors use computational shader engines for.  That probably had a huge impact on Nintendo's decision as the hardware solution does the same job with less power requirements as well as less heat. 

Dual socket motherboard return to the PC Perspective Forums

Subject: General Tech | June 18, 2010 - 06:07 PM |
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When new tech arrives on the scene it is always a good idea to check around to see what it is good for before you run out and buy it,

Taking apart the new Xbox 360 live on UStream

Subject: General Tech | June 18, 2010 - 05:12 PM |
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UPDATE: Obviously we aren't live any more but you can view the recording at this link.  Also, we have recorded a time lapse of the reconstruction process as well as a noise test comparing the new "Slim" and the older model that will be posted in a short article later this weekend. 

Anand just can't stop buying Xboxes

Subject: General Tech | June 18, 2010 - 12:51 PM |
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The new improved and thinned Xbox, codenamed Valhalla has arrived and one major benefit is that you will no longer have to fear the Red Ring of Death as they changed the colour of the ring to green.   Anand is quite familiar with the RRoD as he has seen three of his five Xboxes die in that particular way.  He picked up one of these new Xboxes, with its new look and reduced power consumption and tore it open to see what was inside.  You can find out what he dis

Source: AnandTech

Flash memory in 3D; the major makers make some changes

Subject: General Tech | June 17, 2010 - 11:37 AM |
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The big three NAND makers, Toshiba, Macronix and Samsung are loving the surge of popularity of their products.  It isn't just the SSD market that is making their accountants smile, the ever growing need for more capacity embedded in mobile products is helping as well.  All three had something new to announce to The Inquirer when they were asked.  With

Source: The Inquirer

Wondering what games are being displayed at E3?

Subject: General Tech | June 16, 2010 - 01:02 PM |
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Wired has assembled 10 trailers for the games generating the most buzz at the E3 conference for your viewing pleasure.  Most of the trailers are a little light on the gameplay video and we haven't seen much in the way of that so far from E3 but the trailers are definitely heavy on the tease.  Drop by to see the games most likely to be absorbing all of your free time in the near future.

Source: Wired News

Recycle, reuse, repeat with an old router

Subject: General Tech | June 16, 2010 - 12:23 PM |
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MAKE:Blog has a rather useful suggestion to help you get an old piece of tech out of the closet and make it useful again.  Using the wonderful tool of DD-WRT they have instructions on how to turn your old wireless router into a repeater.  DD-WRT, if you have not run into it before is a tool used to replace the firmware on a router with a Linux based alternative.  This means that the old interface on your router is replaced with a different interface that offers more fun

Source: MAKE: Blog

Audio-Technica's ATH-AD700's are music to your ears ... and pocketbook

Subject: General Tech | June 15, 2010 - 05:23 PM |
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If you are in the market for some high(ish) end cup style earphones that stick with reproducing quality sound and do not venture into microphones or beat on your head to music then you should look into Audio-Technica's ATH-AD700 headphones[H]ard|OCP recently reviewed this $90 headset and were i

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Bored of the Wii controller? Pick up the T-Freestyle NW.

Subject: General Tech | June 15, 2010 - 03:36 PM |
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If you are wanting a non-standard input device and cannot wait for Project Natal or Kinect or whatever name the motion sensing device Microsoft is working on bears when it hits the market then just maybe Thrustmaster can help you out.  They have on offer the T-Freestyle NW, a skateboard control for the Wii.  The number of games that you will be able to successfully use device with are limited, but

Putting the onus of 3D on the CPU and not the bridge of your nose

Subject: General Tech | June 15, 2010 - 12:25 PM |
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Microsoft is showing off their own take on a 3D display and it is one that people may find preferable to alternatives that require you to wear glasses.  By varying the thickness of the display and uses tracking cameras to steer the LED light to your eyes directly.  The processing power prohibited this type of 3D display until recently when newer generations of processors arrived that could handle the load.  It is also a very small solution, no bulky projectors needed as this will fit in a normal TV/display from factor.  The viewing angle is a little thin right now, but

Source: Ars Technica

That ole Google browser

Subject: General Tech | June 14, 2010 - 12:01 PM |
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As Google's Chrome arrived on the scene many installed it and tried it out to see how it compared to their browser of choice and many seem to have acknowledged its existence and then gone straight back to their usual web browser.  Their reasons vary but there are two main causes for people to stick with their original choice, the lack of extensions and that persnickety
little requirement in the tech world; a killer app. 

Source: InsideHW