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Subject: General Tech | March 11, 2009 - 11:18 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: General Tech | March 10, 2009 - 01:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: General Tech | March 10, 2009 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: General Tech | March 10, 2009 - 11:41 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | March 9, 2009 - 12:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | March 6, 2009 - 05:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: General Tech | March 6, 2009 - 02:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | March 6, 2009 - 12:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: General Tech | March 5, 2009 - 03:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | March 5, 2009 - 11:47 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP has posted a link to where you can get the new Vista/Server 2008 SP2 release candidate. The first and most important step to take is to remove the beta version of SP2 if you have installed it, skipping that step may well ruin your day. The stand alone package is about 300MB for x86 and 500MB for the x64 version. There are numerous compatibility issues fixed ranging from POP3 support for ZoneAlarm to support for VIA 64bit processors. If you do try it out, bookm
Subject: General Tech | March 4, 2009 - 02:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TIBURON, CA - March 4, 2009 - Jon Peddie Research (JPR), the industry's research and consulting firm for graphics and multimedia, today announced a new study that indicates the end of the market for the popular integrated graphics processor chipset, known as the IGP.
After fifteen years of stellar growth the IGP, will cease to exist, replaced by graphics embedded in the processor.
Subject: General Tech | March 4, 2009 - 01:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It's free, there are crazy mutants in red robes that can make the car you are driving in go flying while it is smashing up zombies and there are no bloody impenetrable fences to stop you from seeing what is over the next hill. It is the originally conceived S.T.A.L.K.E.R., or Oblivion Lost as it was once known, and you can download the entire game in all it's glorious buggyness via Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN. Check out the movie recording of a flyover, t
Subject: General Tech | March 4, 2009 - 01:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In one corner looking good in green and black is a plucky graphics company that doesn't feel a need for friends and certainly doesn't care whose business they might impinge on. In the other corner is a 9.5 billion (GB)Pound leviathan in silver and blue that already has a bone to pick about the Ion platform and who is probably feeling more than a little irate at the contenders announced plans.
Subject: General Tech | March 3, 2009 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Microsoft Research Techfest may be in for a troubled future, but for 2009 it is going strong. One of Bill Gates' favourite projects in the company he started was Microsoft Research, in which highly paid PhDs
were able to experiment and develop to their hearts content. Much good has come out of those projects, but in the current economic trend it is a little too expensive to gamble on spending a lot of money in an investment with a small chance at a big return; especially when you consider who is going to be able to buy a totally new product. With Bill gone, a lot of tho
Subject: General Tech | March 2, 2009 - 06:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Mar. 2, 2009 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced it has closed its Asset Smart strategic transaction with the Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC) and Mubadala Development Company of Abu Dhabi, setting the stage for the formal launch of the world's only U.S.
Subject: General Tech | March 2, 2009 - 05:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 2, 2009 - Advancing innovation around the Intel Atom processor with a goal to target additional market segments, Intel Corporation today announced four unique versions of processors and two new system controller hub additions to the company's "embedded" business division product line-up.
Subject: General Tech | March 2, 2009 - 02:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
PC Games Hardware has managed to snap some pictures of both Asus' and MSI's P55 motherboards and although neither company seems to be quite ready at this point in time, we have a feeling that Computex could well be the launch time for socket 1160 processors and motherboards.
Asus is showing off two models, the P7U and P7U Pro, with the difference between the two being that the Pro model has a pair of x16 PCIe slots.
Subject: General Tech | March 2, 2009 - 01:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Santa Clara, CA & Hsin-chu, Taiwan, March 2, 2009 - Intel Corporation and TSMC today announced a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to collaborate on addressing technology platform, intellectual property (IP) infrastructure, and System-on-Chip (SoC) solutions. Under the MOU, Intel would port its Atom processor CPU cores to the TSMC technology platform including processes, IP, libraries, and design flows.
Subject: General Tech | March 2, 2009 - 12:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TSMC has a voracious appetite for company. It is currently partnered with AMD in helping the graphics portion of that company develop GPUs after they purchase ATI. The strong reputation and proven track record of TSMC has also attracted nVIDIA when the major GPU producer was looking for someone to share the load. Now we are expecting them to pay a call to Intel later today, though TSMC is being very demure and not saying what is planned for this nooner. DigiTimes and other industry sources don't