Vacuum tubes do not suck

Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2009 - 03:04 PM |
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The Tecon Model "55" is a modernized tube amp, handling not only regular analog audio signals but also sporting a USB connection for use with your PC and a new DAC.  The open construction does mean this amp will require a little care when you are around it, though the flair that it adds is undisputable.  Madshrimps sounds off on a device that is sure to grace the desks of audiophiles everywhere.

Source: Madshrimps

Now that's a robot!

Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2009 - 12:32 PM |
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Sick of shovelling snow yet?  Wish someone else would do it for you for a change?  Check out Hack a Day and the iShovel.  Your very own robotic snow shovelling robot can be yours after they finish testing the prototype, or you could build one yourself ... with a bit more weight and bigger tires.

Source: Hack a Day

Visually-Rich Experiences Take Center Stage During AMD's Industry Insider Series Keynote at CES

Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2009 - 03:45 PM |
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LAS VEGAS (2009 International CES) - Jan. 8, 2009 - Today at CES, AMD (NYSE: AMD) President and Chief Executive Officer Dirk Meyer delivered an Industry Insider Series keynote demonstrating how AMD collaborates with leading industry innovators to help create unsurpassed visual computing experiences featuring richer content, greater interactivity and expanded accessibility using cloud computing.

"In today's economy, computer users increasingly want technology that goes beyond 'bigger' or 'faster' and delivers greater value, interactivity and access.

Source: AMD

Supercomputer To Deliver Next-Generation Games and Applications Entirely Through the Cloud

Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2009 - 03:41 PM |
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LAS VEGAS (2009 International CES) - January 8, 2009 - Today at CES, AMD (NYSE: AMD) President and Chief Executive Officer Dirk Meyer and OTOY Chief Executive Officer Jules Urbach unveiled a plan to revolutionize the deployment, development and delivery of HD content through the "AMD Fusion Render Cloud", a massively-parallel supercomputer.

Source: AMD

What's Zii to ya?

Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2009 - 11:54 AM |
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Creative is branching out into the system on a chip market with their soon to be announced Zii.  The Zen is their current MP3 player, with support for video and even wireless on some models, not exactly a full system but certainly a good media player.  From what VR-Zone has figured out that you will be seeing this chip in an iPhone competitor and possibly a teraflop computer with the footprint of an piece of A4 paper.  Could this help Creative expand fr

Source: VR-Zone

Year of the Sequel Part 3 : Revenge of the bean counters

Subject: General Tech | January 7, 2009 - 12:04 PM |
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bit-tech has posted a collection of the games to look out for in 2009 for both consoles and the PC.  On first glance, there is quite a bit to be excited about, with a totally reinvented Dawn of War II, Halo 3 ODST and FEAR 2 : Origins just to name a few.  If you look at it in a different way, most of the big franchises 'must have' games are sequels or add-ons to existing series, which can be disappointing to those looking for a new gaming experience.  For the accountants, it is excit

Source: bit-tech

AMD is thinking bigger that just an atom

Subject: General Tech | January 6, 2009 - 12:17 PM |
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AMD isn't interested in competing directly with the Atom, instead they seem to want to marginalize it.  Atom has taken a bit of a beating due to it's lack of support for high quality video, though on tiny screens it could be argued that high definition is not a real possibility.  Their new low power processor will be the Neo and according to the specs you can see on The Inquirer, an HDMI output handling 1080p is within the Neo's power.  It should also be significantly faster

Source: The Inquirer

Washing machine that twitters when its time to switch loads

Subject: General Tech | January 4, 2009 - 01:44 PM |
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As absolutely nerdy as this sounds, I actually WANT THIS in my next washer / dryer combo.  An enterprising hacker has taken an old wash machine and added twitter support - it actually will twitter when its done with a load of laundry so you can get off your lazy ass and move it to the dryer and continue on with your chores. 

Source: engadget

Intel and Yahoo widgets on TVs this CES

Subject: General Tech | December 30, 2008 - 11:57 AM |
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As CES approaches, more and more companies are going to start "leaking" information about what will be on display at their booths attempting to drum up some enthusiasm.  One such "leak" comes from the gang at Dailytech that is reporting that many TVs will be on display that use the Intel and Yahoo technology first demonstrated back at IDF in September. 

Source: Daily Tech

Panasonic prepares new powerline networking gear

Subject: General Tech | December 30, 2008 - 11:45 AM |
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Powerline networking is still getting a lot of attention in various segments of the market and even I have been smitten by the idea of no-new-wires communication that is more reliable and than traditional Wi-Fi.  However, my previous experiences with the latest powerline networking technology from Cisco/Linksys were pretty disappointing and I would be hesitant to actually recommend it to anyone. 

Source: engadget

Microsoft Windows 7 leaks out

Subject: General Tech | December 29, 2008 - 01:36 PM |
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As if there was any other way this would pan out...  Microsoft gave out copies of an early build of Windows 7 to developers and media this month and now, *gasp*, copies of the OS have found their way online at torrent sites, etc.  What?  No way? 

Source: Daily Tech

By Grabthar's Hammer... What a Savings

Subject: General Tech | December 26, 2008 - 05:35 PM |
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With the Holiday Season winding down, the word on the street is that sales were far lower than even the some of the worst estimates.  Luckily we are all still afloat, and what is about to happen could benefit a lot of us.  Already prices on computer parts have taken a small dive, and we can expect them to go even lower as retailers look to get rid of excess stock before the typically slow Q1 and Q2 quarters.

World of Warcraft population exceeds that of Ohio

Subject: General Tech | December 23, 2008 - 11:56 PM |
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You have to love statistics when they are put into a frame like this: by reaching 11.5 million registered users, World of Warcraft has now surpassed the population of the state of Ohio.  Maybe now Azeroth will get the duly deserved Electoral Votes to help move this country forward.

Source: General

SlingPlayer Mobile for Blackberry Coming this month!

Subject: General Tech | December 18, 2008 - 12:40 AM |
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Good news for anyone with a SlingBox and a Blackberry - a public beta of the SlingPlayer Mobile will be available for download on December 30th.  Since CES in January of 2008, SlingMedia has promised a SlingPlayer for the Blackberry "this year"; looks like they will JUST BARELY be making that deadline!

No optimization complaints for GTA IV

Subject: General Tech | December 17, 2008 - 04:03 PM |
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Neither AMD nor nVIDIA can claim favouritism
when it comes to graphical performance in GTA IV, neither card does as well as it should.  For a DX9 game that lacks antialiasing and anisotropic filtering the performance you will get from a top of the line card may disappoint you.  You can see the performance and some of the differences in graphical settings at [H]ard|OCP, not that the quality will matter too much in a high speed pursuit.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Patch 'em if you got 'em

Subject: General Tech | December 17, 2008 - 03:30 PM |
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Regardless of whether you are into Internet Explorer or Firefox, you have some patching to do today.  Microsoft has just pushed out an emergency patch to deal with the recent highly publicized
flaw that IE7 suffers from instead of waiting until January.  As Trend Micro has identified over 10,000 sites that are actively exploiting that flaw, you might want to apply it right now.

Source: The Inquirer

Available at the Leftorium

Subject: General Tech | December 16, 2008 - 05:27 PM |
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A lot of gamers are perfectly happy with the dominant style of gaming mice available, at least those with a fair sized right hand.  Lefties with smaller hands have been left out in the cold, forced to use mice without on the fly DPI changes or a half dozen programmable buttons.  Now thanks to the NZXT Avatar you will suffer no longerThink Computers is quite

How much does the thought count for?

Subject: General Tech | December 16, 2008 - 03:01 PM |
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There are now two choices for those who want to transcode video, be it for back up purposes or so that you can watch a favourite DVD on your iPod.  nVIDIA's Badaboom can be purchased for $29.99 and with the help of a Geforce graphics card you can encode to your heart's delight.  AMD's Stream comes for free with the new 8.12 Catalyst.  Once you begin to compare the quality of the two encoding processes, the obvious choice by price proves not to be the obvious choice for watchability.  Take a look at

Source: AnandTech

Your multimedia tech information destination

Subject: General Tech | December 12, 2008 - 06:38 PM |
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If you've ever wondered why it is a bad idea to forward a email claiming to be for good Samaritan purposes or to disclose some dire health threat that nobody knows about,

Buy your favourite games a Christmas present

Subject: General Tech | December 12, 2008 - 02:21 PM |
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Christmas time is time away from work and school, and possibly family, depending on just how dedicated a gamer you are.   There is a huge list of recently released games for the PC, as well as brand new hardware to run them on.  If you have a specific game you can't stop playing, but would perhaps like to see in a higher resolution or with more details you may want to hunt for a specific graphics card.  Ryan has published an article covering several of the popular games that are absorbing immense amounts of time and how the