Keeping up with the nVIDIAns

Subject: General Tech | January 7, 2010 - 05:00 PM |

If you want to keep up with all of the latest updates from CES 2010 that pertain to nVIDIA then there are some great ways to do so.  The best way is to keep your eyes on the front page of PC Perspective as we have several members on site providing live blogging as well as news posts.

Source: NVIDIA

Who ever would have guessed developers put shortcuts in for themselves?

Subject: General Tech | January 7, 2010 - 11:54 AM |

If you are annoyed by the moniker 'God Mode' when it comes to the string that you can add to a folder name to create a super charged control panel then you may have forgotten your gaming history.  So called 'Cheat Codes' exist because developers have always allowed themselves back doors and shortcuts in order to test their programs.  It was hard to see how a level looked overall without no-clipping and looking for textures that don't match can be hard without God Mode enabled.

Futuremark Sells Mobile Division to Focus on PC Performance Software and Games

Subject: General Tech | January 7, 2010 - 11:39 AM |

HELSINKI--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Futuremark today announced that it has sold its Mobile and Embedded business unit to Rightware, a new spin off company set up to accelerate the development and marketing of Futuremark’s benchmarks for the mobile and embedded industries.


GLOBALFOUNDRIES Gets a New, Big Partner

Subject: General Tech | January 7, 2010 - 12:32 AM |

Since being able to successfully split from AMD, we have not heard a whole lot from GF these days.  While their process tech looks to be the most advanced out of all the other contract Fabs, their list of partners have been small...

Better than downloadable content

Subject: General Tech | January 6, 2010 - 01:42 PM |

Whilst playing through Dragon Age Origins a quest appears which seems to be offered by a beggar.  While having your own keep is cool, the quest is not unlockable until you leave the game and shell over a few more bucks to Microsoft.  If you don't bother to buy those Microsoft points then the fellow just follows around your entourage and offers disparaging looks.  There are more paid downloadable quests planned, such as the Return to Ostagar.

Source: Joystiq

Google designs a mobile replicant

Subject: General Tech | January 6, 2010 - 12:05 PM |

While probably not quite as powerful as Roy, Zhora or Pris at least we won't have to hire Decker to hunt down rogue Nexus phones.  We could have used him to kill some of the hype that Google's phone created in the lead up to the release.  Engadget has posted the most complete preview of this phone so far, which you can find here.  It is a tiny HTC-like phone with a 480 x 800 capacitive touchscreen and is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon QSD 8250 processor theoretically offering better speed than the i

Source: engadget

CES 2010: CES Unveiled Press Event

Subject: General Tech | January 6, 2010 - 12:57 AM |


Media, analysts, and bloggers got a preview of some of the product debuts and CES Innovations Design and Engineering Showcase honorees at this year's CES Unveiled event. Vendors from more than 50 companies were on hand showcasing their latest gear and gadgets that will hit the streets in 2010.


A rush towards 1MB+ upload speeds

Subject: General Tech | January 5, 2010 - 01:25 PM |

Skype is delving into HD video for it's VoIP calls, with the introduction of a 720p stream.  Now the technical specifications for the system needed to run the new beta HD Skype are not too onerous; most laptops sport the hardware that is required.  The kicker is the bandwidth needed to send 720p video, which is at least 1MB.  Most ISPs offer download speeds well above that, but thanks to the popularity of asynchronous
DSL the upload speeds offered are usually under 1MB, even on the highest speed plans available.

Source: The Inquirer

Play your PS3 on the your house

Subject: General Tech | December 30, 2009 - 05:21 PM |

Do you ever have the need to play your Playstation 3 while walking around your house?  Perhaps you need to take a bio break during a heated match of Modern Warfare 2: what's a dedicated gamer to do?  The answer of course is to get one of these things: a remote display and control for the Playstation 3.

Source: General

Tech News Bento Box, Post Christmas Edition - Dec. 29, 2009

Subject: General Tech | December 29, 2009 - 10:25 PM |

The tech news is slowing down as the industry slowly recovers from a massive Egg Nog hangover... or is this the calm before the CES 2010 storm?

Christmas aftermath - It's always interesting to hear what readers of PC Per got for Christmas. If you got something really cool you'd like to share, drop me a line at and tell me about it.

OnLive gaming technology demonstrated at school

Subject: General Tech | December 29, 2009 - 06:03 PM |

Just not YOUR school.  In this case, some students at Columbia University got to hear from CEO Steve Perlman about OnLive's upcoming game streaming technology.  Someone was able to grab some video from the event and shared it with the world so we can all see how the tech works, what the user interface is like and how the iPhone will likely integrate into it.

Tech News Bento Box - Dec. 23, 2009

Subject: General Tech | December 23, 2009 - 10:06 AM |

@ DigiTimes:USB 3.0 controller chip prices drop below $3 USD which is down almost 50%. Manufacturers are expecting USB 3.0 to overtake USB 2.0 by 2012 / 2013.

Source: Digitimes

Microsoft going to be barred from selling Word

Subject: General Tech | December 22, 2009 - 04:54 PM |

In what must come as an unwelcome stocking gift to CEO Steve Ballmer this holiday, a Federal Circuit Court has upheld a ruling that will prevent the software giant from selling new copies of its Word word processor (ugh) due to a patent infringement.  From the engadget posting:

Source: engadget

Tech News Bento Box - Dec 21, 2009

Subject: General Tech | December 21, 2009 - 03:25 PM |

After posting the first Bento Box on Thursday, someone asked me what a Bento Box was. A Bento Box is a traditional Japanese lunch where the meal is compartmentalized into different portions. This way you get a variety of distinct flavours in one meal. So with that backgrounder, it's time for another installment of the Tech Bento Box.

Tech News Bento Box - Dec. 17, 2009

Subject: General Tech | December 17, 2009 - 04:22 PM |

@ Intel - While most companies prefer calling employees into an office to give them a pink slip, Intel prefers to fire their employees by shooting them from a cannon.

Careful with those pdfs

Subject: General Tech | December 15, 2009 - 12:28 PM |

Yet another zero day exploit has appeared, taking advantage of a flaw in the way Acrobat and Acrobat Reader parses JavaScript.  Adobe found out about the problem Monday so it is likely that exploits are already running around the net.  Even better, most antivirus programs cannot spot the problem yet.  For now the advice Slashdot offers is your best defence, disable JavaScript in Acrobat.

Source: Slashdot

Accept the ribbon, or else!

Subject: General Tech | December 14, 2009 - 12:41 PM |

Users of Office 2003 that have been avoiding the change to 2007 were in for a nasty surprise over the weekend. If their company uses Microsoft’s Rights Management Service to protect their documents then thanks to an expired security certificate then when a file was accessed, instead of the file opening they were greeted with "Unexpected error occurred.

Source: 3DCenter

Ponzi thought small, the Madoff scheme is superior

Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2009 - 04:24 PM |

We here at PC Perspective are nothing if not topical, for instance those of you living far enough from the equator that water occasionally turns solid and falls from the sky in a strange white power can certainly benefit from Jon's latest contribution to the front page.  If you don't end up stuck in a snowbank because you stayed at home, there are still things you can do to increase your comfort and productivity.  It is not just about personal improvement,

Who needs a mouse when you can have a 'sword of the giant'

Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2009 - 02:11 PM |

The new Mionix gaming mouse is called the Saiph 1800, strangely it is indeed an 1800DPI mouse, with 7 buttons and oversized Teflon feet.  It is fairly large, about the same size as the Razer Death Adder
and the 2m cord should allow you free movement while gaming.  Hi-Tech Reviews took it out for a spin and were impressed with the mouse its self, but were a little unhappy at the lack of a dead tree manual or a driver on optical media in the box with the

Nice ... if you can find one

Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2009 - 12:12 PM |

It has been said before and it will be said many times again, while AMD has some incredible graphics cards out there, it is almost impossible to get your hands on a 40nm process 5000 series card.  If you can find one in stock though, you will not be disappointed.  The HIS Radeon 5850 will set you back about $315 and offers 2 dual-link DVI, one HDMI and one DisplayPort
on the back, sending 1080p signals