Conjoined Twin Myslexia Monitor Week

Subject: General Tech | April 28, 2008 - 08:57 AM |
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The SyncMaster2263DX is a 22" widescreen with a little friend attached; a removable 7" LCD widescreen attached to the side of it's face.  Benchmark Reviews doesn't have a picture of the side display working, but it could obviously do a good job as a secondary display to keep your Photoshop controls or other tools on.  It will also do the job for a lot cheaper than the cost of a second monitor, though there are some performance drawbacks.

Good news for AMDs move to GDDR5

Subject: General Tech | April 28, 2008 - 08:43 AM |
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After having so much difficulty with the Phenom, it is nice to hear some good news about AMD's fabs.  According to what The Inquirer has heard, the yeilds on the RV770 are higher than expected.  This will mean the XT version, which uses GDDR5; as opposed to the Pro's GDDR3, will be appearing sooner than expected.  Lets hope for some better than predicted performance as well.

Source: The Inquirer

Friday forum highlights, Hubble edition

Subject: General Tech | April 25, 2008 - 03:30 PM |
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The PC Perspective community is build from a diverse range of people, with different backgrounds and cultures, but a shared love of hardware and community.  Our members have found PCPer through a variety of means, for instance I was looking to end an abusive relationship with the ASUS NetQ forums and was welcomed to this community when I unsuspectingly followed a link from there almost 7 years ago.  However I doubt many people came via BoardReader, who seemed clueless when it came to our community.  Th

Keeping your mobile Radeon up to date

Subject: General Tech | April 25, 2008 - 10:19 AM |
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Driver Heaven has had a tool that lets you keep the graphics drivers on your laptop up to date for a while, but Vista has proved to be a problem until recently.  The new 1.0.0.0 version of their Mobility Modder works with XP and Vista and supports a wide range of mobile Radeon GPUs.  Tired of shouting yourself hoarse trying to get your OEM to update their supported drivers?  Worry no more.

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What if I don't want you to stick mold in my ear

Subject: General Tech | April 25, 2008 - 08:50 AM |
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Perhaps it is because I am hard on earphones, killing them off frequently enough that it is not worth getting a good pair, but the LiveWires T1 Custom In Ear Monitors just don't make sense for my listening habits.  They are about half the price of other custom IEMs, running about $249 plus the cost of your ear molds.  Yes, ear molds.  According to techPowerUp!, it is best to go to an audiologist and pay to get a mold of your ears made, as the "home kits are not nearly as reliable or safe". 

Source: techPowerUp!

The Larrabee team speaks

Subject: General Tech | April 25, 2008 - 08:32 AM |
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... or blogs, anyways.

Source: The Inquirer

Let's benchmark everything again

Subject: General Tech | April 24, 2008 - 09:04 AM |
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It's time for hardware reviewers to panic, there is a new 3DMark coming next week.  Every piece of kit lying around gathering dust because it has been benchmarked dozens of different ways needs to be pulled out and tested again.  This version will be Vista only, so at least there is only one OS to test the hardware on.  Follow the link at The Inquirer for more info.

Source: The Inquirer

Groovy!

Subject: General Tech | April 23, 2008 - 08:59 AM |
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Interplay is finally doing something right.  According to The Inquirer, not only will we see a new Earthworm Jim game, they are talking about reviving both the MDK and Descent series.  Perhaps the Earthworm Jim TV series and movie (stay away, Uwe) are not much to get excited about, but a game in which lawyers are a main opponent, cows fall from the sky and you have to fight villains like Prof. Monkey for a Head to get back Princess What's-Her-Name can't be all bad.

Source: The Inquirer

A dying breed of peripheral

Subject: General Tech | April 22, 2008 - 09:24 AM |
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In the not too distant past, a mouse was pretty much a mouse, as was a  keyboard; the real effort was put into designing joysticks and racing wheels that one upped the competition.  Now you have too look hard just too find one, while keyboards and mice are sporting LCDs and other fancy improvements.  If you are still a fan of the wheel then take a look at Benchmark Reviews take on the Thrustmaster RGT For

Software Shaders?

Subject: General Tech | April 22, 2008 - 09:03 AM |
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SwiftShader 2.0, designed by TransGaming is designed to allow DX9 shader processing on a CPU.  Right now it is only impressive as a future technology, gamers will not be impressed by the performance in benchmarks, even on a quad-core processor.  Once Nehalem arrives on the scene, the processing power might increase to the point where it is usable for more than just tech demos.  Of course dedicated GPUs will continue to increase in power as well, and the software solution will probably lag behind in terms of pure bandwidth. 

Source: Extremetech

New Intel Software Connects Health Networks, Enabling Key Data Sharing in Clinical Settings

Subject: General Tech | April 21, 2008 - 08:51 AM |
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WORLD HEALTH CARE CONGRESS, Washington, D.C., April 21, 2008 - Intel Corporation today announced Intel SOA Expressway for Healthcare, software that provides an efficient way to exchange healthcare information inside hospitals and with health information networks. The product will allow healthcare providers to more easily connect with one another so that each can provide better care while benefiting from reduced integration costs.

They are rich now, hopefully they will be (in)famous soon

Subject: General Tech | April 21, 2008 - 08:48 AM |
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The actual code used to exploit a certain SQL vulnerabilities used by an automated search tool that looks for websites with those vulnerabilities has been spotted at SANS.  The code sets up javascript files with exploits which then infect anyone who browses by.  There is even a call to a script called pay.asp, so this automated tool probably makes a lot of money for someone.  Follow the link at [H]ard|OCP for the full story and links to the patches your webserver should already h

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Battling over your eyes

Subject: General Tech | April 18, 2008 - 03:49 PM |
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It's been a tumultuous week in the tech world, with Intel and nVIDIA going at it like a group of vi fans going after emacs users.  The stakes are big, the future of PC graphics could be decided, but both parties are ignoring AMD, and by extension the old ATI crew.  Ryan feels that this is not the brightest move, AMD could well become the major player in the PC graphic industry.  Do you think he is right; or do you have a different view?  There is

AMD Reports First Quarter Results

Subject: General Tech | April 17, 2008 - 02:58 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- April 17, 2008 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today reported first quarter 2008 revenue of $1.505 billion, a net loss of $358 million, or $0.59 per share, and an operating loss of $264 million. These results include an impact of $50 million, or $0.08 per share, from ATI acquisition-related charges. First quarter revenue decreased 15 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2007 and increased 22 percent compared to the first quarter of 2007.

Source: AMD

Crysis, now with added depth

Subject: General Tech | April 17, 2008 - 08:58 AM |
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Zalman's Trimon has been a long time in the works.  If you are willing to use really old drivers and the older games that are supported by those drivers, you can have a 3D
gaming experience, maybe.  The Inquirer has found out that they have a brand new nVIDIA driver to offer, although at 91.31 it is by no means one of the newest.  The Trimon is also supposed to be able to add depth to pictures and movies, as long as you are wearing the funky glasses.

Source: The Inquirer

Dogmeat!!!

Subject: General Tech | April 16, 2008 - 09:06 AM |
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Fallout 3 screenshots thanks to [H]ard|OCP!

Go!  Why read about the return of Dogmeat, feral ghouls, supermutants without a leg to stand on and your birthday party?  You would be much happier looking at the pictures.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Folding@Home GPU2 Client

Subject: General Tech | April 16, 2008 - 08:46 AM |
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Folding@Home is certain leading in innovation when it comes to distributed computing.  The PS3 turned out to be a great platform to Fold on, and then they added support to allow R600 cards from ATI to Fold as well.  There is now a beta version of the GPU2 client, the next generation in Folding on a GPU, which adds support for the newer cards and carries some optimizations as well.  ExtremeTech was told that the newer HD 3870 X2 is capable of handling more parallel streams than there are atoms in

Source: Extremetech

VIA ARTiGO Pico-ITX Kit Highlighted at ESC Silicon Valley Keynote

Subject: General Tech | April 16, 2008 - 08:20 AM |
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San Jose, California, 16 April 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of embedded silicon and platform technologies, today announced that the VIA ARTiGO Pico-ITX builder kit has been selected as the platform for the Build Your Own Embedded System track, a new hands-on embedded system development lab at Embedded Systems Conference Silicon Valley, taking place in San Jos

Intel Posts Record First Quarter Revenue of $9.7 Billion

Subject: General Tech | April 15, 2008 - 02:48 PM |
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    * Record Server Microprocessor Revenue

    * Revenue up 9 Percent Year-over-Year

    * Gross Margin up 4 Points Year-over-Year

    * Operating Income up 23 Percent Year-over-Year

    * Net Income $1.4 Billion; EPS 25 Cents

SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 15, 2008 - Intel Corporation today announced record first-quarter revenue of $9.7 billion, operating income of $2.1 billion, net income of $1.4 billion and earnings per share (EPS) of 25 cents.