Turkey Day, eh? Even if you aren't Canadian the bird is still the word

Subject: General Tech | October 8, 2010 - 06:16 PM |
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One thing we are good at here at PC Perspective is producing a complicated answer to a simple question.  That is the nature of the beast as it were, where a simple question about the maximum number of connections a wireless router can handle generates a rather informative post on how much it can handle in theory versus how many it can handle in reality, if you can understand the rather technical reply.  That is not the only thing we are good at however, the tricky part is finding a way to explain the techni

If you can't beat 'em, buy 'em. Microsoft is eyeing Adobe

Subject: General Tech | October 8, 2010 - 01:04 PM |
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Microsoft has a bit of a problem when it comes to mobile products, historically that was not a big issue but as more and more people are looking for serious mobile power and they are finding it offered by other companies, Apple for instance.  The mobile war is going poorly, the Zune did not really catch on and had a very limited release and we are still awaiting for a phone or tablet running Microsoft's new mobile OS. 

Source: Ars Technica

Confusion in the server room as Xeon model names get more obscure

Subject: General Tech | October 7, 2010 - 11:37 AM |
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Intel has always had a fondness for making Xeon processor model numbers a little hard to interpret, something they have now shared with the average user with the Core series of desktop CPUs.  With Sandy Bridge around the corner it is time for them to rename everything once again and SemiAccurate has the list of the server parts.  Many will be unsurprised to see three family lines, the E3, the E5 and the E7
but it is the four numbers or more after the dash that really tell you about the processor.  The first digit indicates how many CPUs it will be able to work in tandem with on

Source: SemiAccurate

If you don't know what it takes to play Civ V yet ...

Subject: General Tech | October 6, 2010 - 08:44 PM |
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Tech Spot would be happy to show you just how over a dozen video cards perform as well as , the loads experienced by dual, quad and hexa core processors.  One of their last tests focused on the performance scaling of a Core i7 that was clocked initially at 2.0GHz and then ramped up in 200MHz steps all the way to 4.0 GHz which displays just how GPU dependent Sid's newest creation is.

Source: Tech Spot

It's nVIDIA rumour day

Subject: General Tech | October 6, 2010 - 12:30 PM |
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The rumours and facts about nVIDIA are just flying today and [H]ard|OCP can start you out with the biggest.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Kingston Digital Announces SSD Destructo Challenge

Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2010 - 12:12 PM |
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Up to $3,000 Awarded for Best Ideas to Destroy Kingston’s Ultra-tough Drives

Fountain Valley, CA -- October 5, 2010 -- Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced the SSD Destructo Challenge. Kingston® wants contestants to submit ideas on how to destroy one of its solid-state drives.

Everybody's mousing now; Arctic Cooling joins the game

Subject: General Tech | October 4, 2010 - 03:35 PM |
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It will probably come as no surprise that Arctic Cooling is following the likes of Coolermaster in producing their own series of mice.  Currently they have two models, the Arctic M551 and Arctic M571 of which the M551 is up for review at ThinkComputers.  It has three sensitivity settings, 800, 1600 and 2400DPI and a pair of thumb buttons to give you some extra abilities.  Along with those features you expect from a gaming mouse it also has a nice braided cord and a readt for your pinkie finger. 

Meet the new Flash

Subject: General Tech | October 4, 2010 - 11:34 AM |
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JEDEC (the Joint Electron Devices Engineering Council if you were wondering) has spent the last three years hammering out a Universal Flash Standard which they are preparing to release on the world.  SemiAccirate is hoping for more specific details at the Flash Storage Summit in San Jose which starts today but they did find out some facts to share.  The new standard will apply to both CF cards and to solid state storage applications so you might see UFS compliant flash

Source: SemiAccurate

Happy Birthday to the late David Arneson

Subject: General Tech | October 1, 2010 - 06:01 PM |
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Of all of the most popular subforums on the PC Perspective Forums, the Distributed Computing forum, the BOINC forum and the Folding@Home forum are arguably the most popular and populous.  Right now the Folding forum are celebrating an anniversary, it has been 10 years now since the incept

The sound of Corsair's newest product

Subject: General Tech | October 1, 2010 - 05:26 PM |
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The new Corsair HS1 is a USB gaming headset with soft ear cups and a stiff microphone.  Able to produce 5.1 sound, it is perfect for utilizing the audio cues in games to pinpoint your competition.  The Tech Report was quite impressed with the quality of the audio produced, especially when watching movies but they did feel the microphone could have been of a higher quality.

The saga of the Northern Islands

Subject: General Tech | October 1, 2010 - 01:06 PM |
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DigiTimes has successfully caused quite a bit of confusion with their latest news about AMD's upcoming release of the HD6xxx series.  Today we found out that AMD plans to announce the chips during the AMD Technical Forum and Exhibition this month.  Of course, we all know this family of GPUs exist and are slated to be released next month and there was even a leak of what may well be the exact specifications of the new GPUs.  Announcing the GPUs at this point seems a little confusing, along the lines of announcing that the sun is indeed going to rise tomorrow. 

Source: Digitimes

The sky is not the limit with IPv4

Subject: General Tech | September 30, 2010 - 11:43 AM |
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Just a few short years ago any home user that wanted more that 32 bits of addressable memory would have been laughed at as there were no applications outside of a server room that would ever want that much memory.  How wrong we were, now 6GB kits of DDR3 are quite common and sometimes even reasonably priced. 

Source: Ars Technica

Play Minecraft and learn about CPU architecture at the same time

Subject: General Tech | September 29, 2010 - 12:45 PM |
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While 16 bit computers are a wee bit out of date, for learning the basics of the architecture that modern CPUs use it is a perfect starting point.  There are still quite a few parts to the entire unit and a part of that is the arithmetic logic unit, where arithmetic and logical operations are carried out. 

Source: Hack a Day

My how the GPU has grown; more on GTC 2010

Subject: General Tech | September 29, 2010 - 12:11 PM |
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This was one of the more interesting GPU Technology Conferences, as the the GPU is not just about gaming anymore.  Fans of distributed computing projects like Folding@Home are now familiar with the idea of using a GPU client and have been very pleased with the results.  With the introduction of Fermi we saw nVIDIA GPUs that came on cards without a single graphical output port on them as they were specifically intended for scientific applications.  This year nVIDIA has continued to focus on the utility of their architecture for non-graphics usage as is evidenced by their emphasis

Launch delays and price cuts, the GPU market is changing

Subject: General Tech | September 28, 2010 - 11:49 AM |
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To get the bad news out of the way, all those rumours of an October release of at least one member of the Radeon 6xxx series of graphics cards were more than likely simply rumours.  While AMD declined comment, when DigiTimes posts that the cards will not be seen until November, you are probably best off believing them.  What they say about the performance expectations also puts a damper on enthusiast's spirits.

Source: Digitimes

ARM goes for mobile graphics overkill

Subject: General Tech | September 27, 2010 - 11:44 AM |
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A smartphone with the theoretical graphical power of a PS3 is on the horizon thanks to Marvell's new ARMADA 628.  This is not the ARM9 Cortex that we have been hearing about from ARM, Marvell is licensed to modify ARM architecture and this is what they have come up with for the GPU component on their new chip.  Pushing 80% of the total triangles a PS3's GPU can manage on a screen the size that a smartphone posses may seem like overkill and with the power of the other components it seems likely Marvell is looking to tablets for its next target. 

Source: Ars Technica

34 years ago Compuserve helped spammers realize their dream

Subject: General Tech | September 24, 2010 - 06:01 PM |
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Ah, the thrill and excitement of owning a PC.  It isn't just about pushing for an overclock, fragging your friends and laughing at the mangled grammar on spam emails you know, the real way to get your blood rushing through your body is to boot up your PC and see "BIOS ROM checksum error".  If you have never experienced that before you can live vicariously through this thread in the forums.  For something a little less extreme you

Why should laptop users be the only ones who get a touchpad?

Subject: General Tech | September 24, 2010 - 03:13 PM |
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The Rosewill RK-V1TP is a multimedia keyboard and a touchpad combined into one extra deep package.  The keyboard has all the keys you would expect on a standard 88 key board and the touchpad can handle seven different gestures.  The unfortunate result of the multi-gesture interpretation is that the touchpad can not act like a normal touchpad which Bjorn3D found to be a drawback.  Chec

Source: Bjorn3D

20 Antivirus programs against 0.9 million malware scripts

Subject: General Tech | September 24, 2010 - 12:03 PM |
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The Inquirer has linked to a pdf that displays the results of AV Comparatives tests on 20 different antivirus programs, both paid and free.  They did a serious amount of attacking with various forms of malware to see how effective these programs were at properly defending a system from being compromised.  They did not limit the testing to simple protection, several antivirus programs received lower scores from the high amount of false positives generated.  Check out the results a

Source: The Inquirer

BioStar takes on AMD's latest chipset

Subject: General Tech | September 23, 2010 - 03:22 PM |
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As [H]ard|OCP points out, BioStar is not exactly a top of mind mention for enthusiasts when they think of motherboard makers, whereas the chipsets they use, the 890FX and SB850 are the top of the line for AMD. The end result is a mixed bag, while one reviewer saw a 19 hour, ridiculously hot torture test of Prime95 go without a problem another couldn't manage more than a few minutes before problems cropped up.  [H] was not amused.

Source: [H]ard|OCP