I'm locked in here tighter than a frog's butt in a watermelon seed fight.

Subject: General Tech | August 19, 2009 - 12:42 PM |
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If you haven't heard by now, you are probably burrowed and forgotten about because the net is flush with news about StarCraft 2.  The biggest news is that it is still coming and set for release next year, unlike some other StarCraft games who have become less that ghosts.  It is not going to be your average RTS base building game with a thin story for wrapping, from the looks of the video and previews around the web, it is going to have much more story and unique paths to reach the end of the single player campaign. 

Source: Ars Technica

The good, the bad and the smugly

Subject: General Tech | August 19, 2009 - 12:21 PM |
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There is news from three of the biggest tech companies up on DigiTimes, in a mix of good, bad and pretty much as expected.   To get the bad news out of the way; all those new Intel P55 motherboards that you have seen previewed will not have the fancy new Braidwood memory technology that the existence of the NVRAM slot implied.  It would have been nice, but it looks as though the P55, H57, Q57 and H55
will all be missing the new version of Turbo Memory 'due to to issues with the software side of Braidwo

Source: Digitimes

Mobile mice should be cute

Subject: General Tech | August 18, 2009 - 02:53 PM |
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Verbatim is a fairly well known name, but not for computer peripherals which is what is up for review at Overclockers HQ.  The Verbatim Nano Wireless Notebook Optical Mouse
is a tiny mouse, available in a multitude of colours, for taking with you in your laptop bag.  The receiver is barely bigger than the USB slot that it uses and the mouse should be good up to 4' away from the receiver.  If you are sick of the trackpad on your laptop and don't want

Come see our travel slide show

Subject: General Tech | August 18, 2009 - 12:04 PM |
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The pictures are up from PC Perspective at Quakecon and you can see them all here.  There are shots of just about everything you could imagine, starting with a quick look at the BYOC event and a new game from id that had a lot of people excited.  Two different breeds of modders showed up, one who excel at designing modifications to cases or simply creating their own from scratch.  The second group were much cooler, seeing as how they are carting around exotic cooling liquids as they search for the highest overclock.  The hu

Micron's miniaturization

Subject: General Tech | August 17, 2009 - 03:37 PM |
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Micron will be undergoing a lot of product changes over the next year as they switch from their current 68nm process in favour of smaller technologies.  In 2010 you should expect to see both Micron's direct products as well as the chips from Inotera, their joint venture with Nanya, move to a 50nm process.  The year after that they will make the move to 40nm.  That move will help reduce their manufacturing costs as well as bringing down the heat produced. 
Hopefully they will avoid the problems we h.ave seen in other companies 40nm process. 

Source: Digitimes

Of Peace, Love, Rockets and the Gaylord

Subject: General Tech | August 14, 2009 - 06:46 PM |
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The most interesting topic in the forums this weekend is, and will continue to be, Ryan, Josh and Steve representing PC Perspective at QuakeCon 2009.  Ryan already has some shots up from John Carmack's keynote speech and a look around of the first full day of QuakeCon.  Even more popular is Ryan's post in the forums about the PC Perspective Hardware Workshop, with a list of the prizes he his giving out.  The list is a little short,

Drop us a hint, will ya?

Subject: General Tech | August 14, 2009 - 11:51 AM |
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nVIDIA's chipset business may not be doing as badly as we thought.  They are still providing chipsets for Apple's products and it seems that Jobs' crew is quite happy with what nVIDIA has provided as they are going to be picking up two new ones.  Three MCPs are expected, a pair for Intel based systems including those Apples and a single solution for AMD systems.  The information is pretty sparse, DigiTimes has the parts of the story we know.

Source: Digitimes

LIVE at QuakeCon 2009 - opening presentation and John Carmack Keynote

Subject: General Tech | August 13, 2009 - 05:06 PM |
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UPDATE: The live event is over, of course, but you can see the saved videos on UStream.  There is a span

Delayed Loadable Content

Subject: General Tech | August 12, 2009 - 02:32 PM |
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Console users have already had a chance to explore the other areas available in the Fallout 3 expansions, but for PC users DLC means something a little different.  If you have not tired of the Capitol Wasteland and are looking for a chance to get away from it all; why not try an alien abduction?  DriverHeaven takes a look at Mothership Zeta, the newest extension to Bethesda's take on the post apocalyptic world.  Probe the add on for yourself.

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They're back ...

Subject: General Tech | August 12, 2009 - 02:28 PM |
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As you may have noticed from Allyn's post, Intel has fixed that little BIOS password problem.  If you already have one of the 2nd generation X25-M drives, you can flash it yourselves.  For the rest of us who patiently await the arrival of these disks back in the channel again, hearing the official word from Intel via The Inquirer is a good thing.

Source: The Inquirer

Does this sound negative to you?

Subject: General Tech | August 11, 2009 - 06:08 PM |
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There are many times when a PC just does not need that beautiful 7.1 speaker system plugged into it, and many people who are not terribly enamoured of headphones; which is why we still have 2.0 speaker systems around.  Many are absolute garbage, especially if the are made by a company you have never heard of and are handed out free with the purchase of anything.  Others, like the Eagletech ET-AR302-BK 2.0 soundstage speakers
are a pleasant surprise.  For only $20 you get a pair of desktop speakers that Elite Bastards describe as 'acceptable quality for office or decidedly causa

A mouse this big might be a rat

Subject: General Tech | August 11, 2009 - 03:45 PM |
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If you are looking for a new game mouse, or are perhaps wondering if you should try one, the $25 OCZ Behemoth might just be the answer you seek.  It sports 5 buttons, two lasers, removable weights, on the fly DPI switching from 800 to 3200 with an LED that tells you which DPI you are on as well as a bit of memory so that you can have different profiles for different games.  Mouse reviews are very subjective, but

Source: Guru of 3D

It had to be a matrix called Neo

Subject: General Tech | August 11, 2009 - 11:44 AM |
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The newest kids on the street from AMD have arrived and promptly embedded themselves in the Atom's market.  They use a ball grid array design which gives away the fact that they are designed to be embedded.  The 18W power draw hints at the small size of the products you are likely to see powered by the Turion Neo X2 L625 and Athlon Neo X2 L325 and the 3W demanded by the matching M690T
and M690E
chipsets back that hint up.  They will both support dual channel ECC-enabled U-DIMM DDR2-667, sport 64KB L1 cache and 512KB L2 cache and have one 16-bit link supporting up to 800MHzHype

Source: AMD

Shocking news

Subject: General Tech | August 10, 2009 - 12:04 PM |
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Some rather bright German researchers have been perfecting the printable battery and figure to be on course for a 2010 release.  Using a silk screening process they impregnate paper with many hair thin layers of zinc to form an anode and manganese for the cathode.

Source: Slashdot

Windows 7 is out the door today, assuming you have access to volume licensing

Subject: General Tech | August 7, 2009 - 06:56 PM |
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The PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard, which you should keep an eye on for updates in the near future, is a great way to look at what parts are out there that can assemble a great PC at several price levels.  Some enthusiasts need a bit more detail, like which southbridge can handle which flavour of RAID; others need a bit more guidance to welcome them into the world of the DIY PC.

Down with the RC

Subject: General Tech | August 7, 2009 - 12:11 PM |
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The version of Windows 7 available via TechNet or MSDN subscription is now missing the Release Candidate part of its name, the final code has been spit and polished and sent out the door to make its way in the world.  As well, today is the day that volume licensed customers get their hands on Windows 7.  They are the first to get their hands on the official version of the software and the first valid keys.  Of course, those customers never tend to see a disk, so we still can't see the box art in the flesh, if you are into that type of thing. 

Source: The Inquirer

Windows 7 upgrade paths revealed in easy-to-read chart form

Subject: General Tech | August 6, 2009 - 10:57 PM |
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Okay, so it's not really easy to read, but it is a chart.  And actually it gives users looking to break into the world of Windows 7 right away a good idea of what to expect.  Basically, if you want to know what TYPE of installation you will be allowed to do with your new copy of Windows 7 based on the version of Windows Vista you have, this is for you:

It's like a gateway drug

Subject: General Tech | August 6, 2009 - 12:36 PM |
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The pricing on the new Intel Core i5 has slipped out and hit the news over at The Inquirer.  At $232 or $244 on release date, it sits below the i7 920 by a nice $30 and you can expect that price to drop.  The LGA1156 motherboards are expected to be a little less expensive than their LGA1366 sisters, which may lead the value conscious AMD fan astray with promises of higher performance.  The trouble is that while we do know the price of the Core i5's, we still have no official id

Source: The Inquirer

Don't count your chickens

Subject: General Tech | August 5, 2009 - 03:20 PM |
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Creative's new offering for mobile entertainment uses their Zii Plaszma OS to power the Creative Zii EGG.  Sporting a touchscreen interface, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth an accelerometer and a potential 64GB storage capacity, half onboard and half in external memory cards, it does a lot more than the Zen ever thought of doing.   Capable not only of HD video playback it can output 1080p video to a suitable display.  Unfortunately, Hardware Zone seems to imply this incarnation is a proof of co

This is not the military sim you are looking for

Subject: General Tech | August 5, 2009 - 12:55 PM |
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Operation Flashpoint ... if you remember it you will either be seeing red and foaming at the mouth with pure hatred, or you will smile and recall those days of no save points; spending 2 hours straight infiltrating an enemy base, destroying convoys and stealing compact cars with which to run people over.

Source: Gamepyre