Google gets into carbon sinks

Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2009 - 11:52 AM |
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As hard as it might be to believe, Google Earth can be used for more than just spotting flying cars, inter-dimensional portals, Chinese nuclear subs, giant

Source: Ars Technica

Faster and harder to scratch installation media

Subject: General Tech | December 10, 2009 - 01:30 PM |
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If you are a regular viewer of the PC Perspective you know that Colleen is not the biggest fan of optical media; she goes as far as to ensure none of her boxen have an optical drive unless absolutely necessary.  One might wonder how she goes about installing Windows, or even Linux, without a DVD drive.  The answer is very simple, a bootalbe USB drive can do everything the original DVD can and more.  Ars Technica offers two different ways in which to set up a bootable USB drive tha

Source: Ars Technica

Get dirty in high def

Subject: General Tech | December 9, 2009 - 12:39 PM |
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With the advent of DX11 and affordable cards that can handle the new features comes a whole new language of features to explore.  High Definition Ambient Occlusion, High Dynamic Range in 64-bit and even updates to shadow mappings.  [H]ard|OCP takes you on a visual trip through the differences between DX9 and DX11 using the only game out there that currently takes advantage of the new instruction sets, DiRT 2.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Power to the people's USB devices

Subject: General Tech | December 9, 2009 - 12:11 PM |
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MAKE:Blog calls upon you to modernize your power outlets with a nice USB device recharging plug.  Why keep a variety of adaptors that plug into a plain old wall wart when you can either order or build USB plugs directly into a power outlet?  Drop by for a link to the company that will soon be selling them or head to the Instructable on how to build your own.  Be careful; make sure you don't end up extra crispy.

Source: MAKE: Blog

Positioning the lowly sound card

Subject: General Tech | December 8, 2009 - 01:55 PM |
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Sound cards have quickly gone from an absolute necessity to an afterthought for most PC enthusiasts thanks to the huge jump in quality from onboard sound.  Some of the motherboards today come with HD 7.1 sound built in, an numerous ways of outputting that signal.  This means sound cards have also had to grow, offering more than just the benefit of offloading the processing from the CPU.  The Creative X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Profe

Google as an ISP alternative

Subject: General Tech | December 7, 2009 - 12:11 PM |
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There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes at ISPs for them to be able to deliver the internet to you.  From bandwidth monitoring to quality assurance; the list is quite long but the current focus of Google has narrowed to DNS resolution.  If you are unfamiliar with domain name resolution, a simple way to describe it is that it is the service that changes Google.com to 74.125.45.100, or whichever IP address of the server you are trying to hit currently resolves to.  The speeds of that translation can vary significantly from ISP to ISP, so Google has created a public DNS that

Source: Slashdot

Stop hogging my side of the bandwidth

Subject: General Tech | December 4, 2009 - 12:26 PM |
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Ars Technica links to an analyst's blog about the mythical status of the bandwidth hog.  Benoit Felten proposes that most ISPs simply measure the total amount of data downloaded per user and then list the top 5 percent as bandwidth hogs, not even checking if the traffic might not have been torrents or if the activity only took place during low usage times.  There seems no reason to be polite about your downloading, it is simply the sum total you download that

Source: Ars Technica

It's a self contained input device

Subject: General Tech | December 3, 2009 - 02:15 PM |
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The Roccat Kova mouse has a lot going for it on paper, it is ambidextrous, requires no software and all of the various effects and resolutions are managed by combinations of button pushes on the mouse, including LED breathing.  If you are wondering what that is, R&B Mods has a video showing the mouse in action.  They loved the mouse, so if you are looking for a mouse with no software that fits either hand perfectly you really should read the full review.

Just a drop in the bucket

Subject: General Tech | December 3, 2009 - 12:31 PM |
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Intel has stated that that $1.25 billion payout to AMD to bring an end to the legal battle between the two processor companies is not going to have an effect on their research budget.  Of course they also state that their business practices "have and will continue to be fair, lawful and pro-competitive", an assertion that seems a little odd considering the legal battles Intel has lost recently because of their so called lawful business practices.  The DigiTimes story also touches on the topic of conditional a

Source: Digitimes

One screenshot and the believers are back

Subject: General Tech | December 2, 2009 - 12:18 PM |
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You thought you had heard the last, at least until an open source mod is made, but you were wrong.  Duke Nukem has raised his aged head once more, this time on Facebook with a grand total of one screen shot.  Perhaps that is all you need to raise the hopes of Duke junkies, especially those whose main gaming system is an Xbox or PlayStation.  If you want to witness the continuing slow motion train wreck that this franchise has become, or if you are a true believer, then follow the link from HEXUS fo

Source: Hexus

I find your lack of faith disturbing

Subject: General Tech | December 2, 2009 - 11:49 AM |
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Perhaps the yields from TSMC's 40nm process have been very low and supplies of many of AMD's latest and greatest video cards are very low because of that and maybe GlobalFoundries is working on a 32nm process that AMD is not yet finished developing cards for; but that doesn't mean they are looking for a third supplier.  Rick Bergman, senior vice president and general manager of AMD's Graphics Products Group stated that they are not looking for a new partner when he was asked directly. 

Source: Digitimes

That's not the right colour of death

Subject: General Tech | December 2, 2009 - 11:37 AM |
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The brother of the Blue Screen of Death has been visiting hapless PC users for a long time, but it seems that it is becoming more common.  The Black Screen of Death leaves you with nothing but a black screen and possibly an Explorer window, your desktop, taskbar and those familiar icons disappear.  This particular run of BSODs has been triggered by a recent Windows Update, though not all systems have been affected, and the victims include every windows from NT on to Win7.

Source: The Register

DiRT 2 Offers Exhilarating DirectX 11 Gaming Experience - Only On ATI Radeon Graphics Cards

Subject: General Tech | December 1, 2009 - 11:56 AM |
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AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced today that the Games for Windows Live Edition of DiRT 2 is now shipping and marks the first racing game developed from the ground up to take advantage of advanced graphics features available with Microsoft DirectX 11 and the incredible new ATI Eyefinity multi-display technology for the most engaging gaming experience yet.

Source: AMD

For when your netbook goes a wandering

Subject: General Tech | November 30, 2009 - 12:27 PM |
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Loosing a netbook will not have a huge monetary impact; replacing it will only cost about $300.  That is not the full scope of the problem you are about to have because of that lost netbook; especially if you have no password on your main account.  Think how many websites have your username and password set to automatically log on.  Maybe even MSN, ICQ, AIM or whatever your IM client of choice is also happens to be set to log in at boot.

Source: Ars Technica

It's a Black Friday on the PC Per Real-time Pricing Engine

Subject: General Tech | November 27, 2009 - 05:47 PM |
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Our Tech Talk Forum is a great place to get help for all of those random little problems that make PCs so much fun.  Ranging from Windows installation issues, to a bit of strangeness during boot to the best way to integrate a Blu-Ray player into an HTPC.  We

Arr, I be a boycotter

Subject: General Tech | November 27, 2009 - 11:53 AM |
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Forums dedicated to PC Gamers of a similar mindset reach a certain fevered pitch when a beloved game just isn't what they had expected; even worse are the flame wars that erupt in the weeks leading up to a release or the weeks after a delay of release.  The vitriolic ALL CAPS POSTS, members starting up threads faster than mods can lock them down, it is perhaps a great way to vent but it is not constructive in any manner whatsoever.

Source: Ars Technica

OCZ faces a tough choice

Subject: General Tech | November 26, 2009 - 12:22 PM |
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The Register has spotted an interesting product that OCZ is working on, an external SSD with a USB 3.0 connection.  From the picture in the article you can tell that this will resemble a 2.5" drive far more than it will a thumbdrive and with the recent release of their 1TB Colossus SSD it makes sense that they chose to go with the larger form factor.  The Colossus uses SATA II and manages 260MB/sec, the USB 3.0 standard can go as high as 400MB/sec, so it offers a higher possible bandwidth than SATA II

Source: The Register

Come to the Renaissance, meet interesting people and assassinate them

Subject: General Tech | November 25, 2009 - 02:37 PM |
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Ars Technica delves into the world of 15th Century Italy and reviews the sequel to Assassin's Creed, bearing a very similar name to the original, as they've simply added a 2.  It takes place about 300 years after the first game and is perfectly playable for those who missed the first game.  It is the Renaissance, so expect some interesting gadgets to appear during your travels to supplement your trusty blade. 

Source: Ars Technica

Cancel or allow?

Subject: General Tech | November 25, 2009 - 01:49 PM |
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ExtremeTech has taken Microsoft's claims that Windows 7 is the most secure ever as a challenge and put the new features under the microscope.  There are 5 different sections, detailing UAC, the firewall and networking as well as the new Filtering Platform, all of the new features and the new implementations of familiar features are all covered.  Check it out and see if Win7 passes the grade.

Source: Extremetech

Firming up your expectations for Fermi

Subject: General Tech | November 24, 2009 - 12:51 PM |
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The Tech Report has compiled all the information they have gathered about nVIDIA's upcoming new architecture that we have all been hearing so much about.  Not just a graphics solution and not quite a full GPGPU, the Fermi can be a little hard to wrap your head around.  They take you through all of the terminology you will need to understand the architectural changes to the G80 processor, the GF100 and then move onto the actual meat of how the processor will work.  Stick through to the end and you can see some e