Intel To Acquire Havok

Subject: General Tech | September 17, 2007 - 11:46 AM |
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It looks like Intel has skipped out on graphics cards altogether with the purchase of Havok. They've added a Physics Processing Unit to their lineup, which may pay off serious dividends once the GPGPU starts to hit the market.

The forums are where it is all at

Subject: General Tech | September 14, 2007 - 05:34 PM |
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If you were to design a house to live in, chances are that every room would have at least one ethernet jack, just in case the WiFi went down, but what kind of cable should you use, so that you don't end up having to redo all your runs in a few years?  The Networking forum can help you, and you can also get a great explanation of what IP address that end in a "/" are all about. 

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Sounds like High Defintition Linux

Subject: General Tech | September 14, 2007 - 01:36 PM |
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Razer's Barracuda AC-1 sound card is aimed mostly at gamers, and has had difficulty making inroads against other, more famous, sound card manufacturers.  They may take a new turn in their strategy, the C-Media chip that they used has just become Linux compatible.  Over at Phoronix, they take a brief look at the interface, and tell you how to get this card working on your

Source: Phoronix

AMD opens up it's silicon

Subject: General Tech | September 13, 2007 - 11:40 AM |
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As they have been talking about, AMD has released the specs of it's GPUs ... or at least some of them.  The Inquirer has links to where you can find the huge document (over 900 pages in a pdf), so you can get going on figuring out how to get the register to listen to Linux and other open source OSes.  It will probably also cure insomnia in all but the most dedicated creators of Open Source drivers.

Source: The Inquirer

The re-rebirth of the iPod

Subject: General Tech | September 12, 2007 - 04:46 PM |
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The next generation of iPods is here, including the phoneless iPhone called the iPod Touch.  The UI is also new, undergoing some serious changes and adding a few new features as well as removing a popular feature allowing you to output to a TV.  Read on at Ars Technica ... if you can stand the excitement.

Source: Ars Technica

Strap on your parachute

Subject: General Tech | September 12, 2007 - 12:28 PM |
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The newest Medal of Honor is called Airborne, and Legion Hardware got a pre-release copy.  It departs from the previous games by starting each mission with you jumping out of a plane and picking your own landing spot.  This gives you tremendous flexibility in how you want to approach each mission, instead of placing you on rails.  It shares a lot with Operation Flashpoint and Armed Assault in that regard.

One DDoS to go, and a side order of fries

Subject: General Tech | September 12, 2007 - 12:05 PM |
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It looks like one of the purposes that the ever growing zombie hoards that follow the bidding of the creator of the Storm worm is becoming clear.  Ready to order DDoS attacks.  According to this story on Ars Technica, the current target is SpamNation, but they are not the only ones suffering from attacks.

Source: Ars Technica

A mouse that thinks it's a joystick

Subject: General Tech | September 11, 2007 - 04:56 PM |
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The Sandio 3D Game O' Mouse has an interesting addition to it, as far as mice go.  It has three four-way HAT switches that allow you to bind a lot more functions to it than you would expect from a mouse.  There is a trade off, there is a lot of weight to the mouse, and lefties won't be able to enjoy using it.  You can find out how had it was for The Tech Lounge to get used to the extra buttons in their full review.

The new face of Commodore

Subject: General Tech | September 11, 2007 - 11:52 AM |
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The Commodore 64 offered many people a way to play games, back when the PC was still a pipe dream, and only the Amiga fan-boys didn't desperately want one.  Commodore is coming back as a computer builder, and plan to compete with Dell, HP and the other manufacturers.  They make some very interesting claims, and when [H]ard|OCP tried to contact them about those claims ...

Read the email exchange, and their thoughts about what was revealed.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Quad-Core AMD OpteronT Processors To Play a Lead Role In Lucasfilm's Datacenter

Subject: General Tech | September 11, 2007 - 11:15 AM |
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San Francisco, Calif. - September 10, 2007 - At the launch of the
new Quad Core AMD Opteron(tm) processor at Lucasfilm Ltd.'s Letterman
Digital Arts Center (LDAC) today, AMD (NYSE: AMD) and Lucasfilm announced an
expansion of the companies' relationship focused on building the world's
most advanced and energy-efficient datacenters for producing digital arts
and entertainment.

Source: AMD

RadiSys Enters into Agreement to Acquire Intel's Modular Communications Platforms ATCA, cPCI, &

Subject: General Tech | September 10, 2007 - 02:42 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 10, 2007 - RadiSys Corporation and Intel Corporation today announced that they have signed a definitive agreement for Intel to sell certain assets of its modular communications platforms business to RadiSys. The acquisition will further RadiSys' global leadership position in ATCA platforms and solutions for telecommunication equipment manufacturers worldwide and is expected to close in September, subject to normal closing conditions.

AMD's new graphics card lines

Subject: General Tech | September 10, 2007 - 12:10 PM |
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DigiTimes has a story on two new graphics chips that AMD is working on, though AMD has no comment on them, as is usual.  If the information is correct, the die will be shrunk to 55nm, and it will be DX10.1 and PCI Express 2.0 compliant.  The odd thing about this news is that there is no talk of a new high end graphics card to compete with nVIDIA's 8800GTX and Ultras, and we are starting to hear rumours about nVIDIA's new series already.

Source: Digitimes

Intel Updates Third-Quarter Revenue and Gross Margin Expectations

Subject: General Tech | September 10, 2007 - 11:52 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 10, 2007 - As a result of stronger than expected worldwide demand for its computing products, Intel Corporation now expects revenue for the third quarter to be between $9.4 billion and $9.8 billion as compared to the previous range of $9.0 billion to $9.6 billion.

The gross margin percentage for the third quarter is expected to be in the upper half of the previous range of 52 percent plus or minus a couple of points. All other expectations are unchanged.

No problem, mon

Subject: General Tech | September 7, 2007 - 06:10 PM |
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When members of PC Perspective need some portable computing power on the go, do they prefer a BlackBerry, or a PDA.  Let us know which, and why ... and also what you would do if you can access all of the internet, except for the one particular page you want to visit

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Something to do on Monday night

Subject: General Tech | September 7, 2007 - 02:34 PM |
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Get your reflexes and team spirit ready, the Quake Wars demo comes out on Monday.  We don't know exactly what you will be missing graphics-wise, but apparently it should be perfectly playable on a 9800 or equivalent graphics card.  Check out The Tech Report for the links you will want to bookmark.

iFury

Subject: General Tech | September 7, 2007 - 01:27 PM |
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In what seems to be a move to divert the rage of early adopters of the iPhone with something new and shiny, Apple has released the iPod touch ...

A perfect Storm

Subject: General Tech | September 7, 2007 - 11:42 AM |
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The Storm Worm that  has been driving security folks up the wall recently has reached a point where it is much more powerful than any supercomputer out there.  It has become the largest zombified PC grid in history, which offers the creator an incredible amount of raw power to do whatever..  It looks like they are playing with it now, so they may well have an idea what it is they want to do.  Check out more about this story at Slashdot.

Source: Slashdot

Why should FPS player get all the good toys?

Subject: General Tech | September 6, 2007 - 05:17 PM |
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The SteelSeries Steelkeys 6G Professional Gaming Keyboard is very similar to a basic Danish keyboard, as opposed to being a total workover of a US style one.  With 18K gold plated key switches, each rated for 60 million clicks, this keyboard will not fail you when trying to manage your bases and armies in a RTS game, and the ability to process 8 simultaneous clicks offers an interesting advantage. 

Get your game on with AMD

Subject: General Tech | September 6, 2007 - 03:13 PM |
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AMD has just started a site devoted to gamers everywhere.  It covers all the latest games, as well as some older ones, and it has everything from links on where to buy them to the latest tips and tricks to help you master them.  There is a community that lets you chat with other gamers and join or create your own clans.  They have lists of LAN Parties and Tournaments, so you can find events near you, or if you are trying to organize one for yourself.

Source: AMD

For when you aren't gaming until 4am

Subject: General Tech | September 6, 2007 - 12:22 PM |
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If you don't turn your PC off at night, and you don't actually have it doing anything during that time, PC Mechanic has some suggestions for you.  They range from basic automated maintenance tasks to setting up downloads and rendering machines. 

Source: PC Mechanic