The father of Extra-terrestrial Relays dies

Subject: General Tech | March 19, 2008 - 08:51 AM |
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Arthur C.

Source: The Inquirer

Look what just came crawling back

Subject: General Tech | March 18, 2008 - 12:08 PM |
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When is the last time you clapped eyes on a keyboard with a trackball?  Thanks to the Adesso AKB–320UB Keyboard with Trackball, now you can relive those golden days of yore.  It's not certainly not all old features, this keyboard has a lot of extra multimedia keys though it lacks USB ports.  BCCHardware did the full review

Source: BCCHardware

AMD's response to Intel's big news

Subject: General Tech | March 18, 2008 - 08:50 AM |
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Drop by The Inquirer to see what AMD's response to Nehalem, Dunnington and Larabee.  They sound quite confident, pointing out that AMD has been doing all the new features of Nehalem, and that Larrabee may pose huge problems for programmers.  Unfortunately, we are still waiting to see how AMD's Shanghai will perform.

Source: The Inquirer

Super Talent Launches The Memory Challenge

Subject: General Tech | March 17, 2008 - 02:38 PM |
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San Jose, California – March 18, 2008 -- Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today launched The Memory Challenge, a fun, interactive web 2.0 game that educates visitors on memory technology while testing the limits of their knowledge.

Super Talent Marketing Director, Joe James commented "The Memory Challenge is a fun learning tool, kind of a reverse-FAQ where we ask the questions and you give the answers. It will challenge even the sharpest tech gurus."

Intel Corporation's Multicore Architecture Briefing

Subject: General Tech | March 17, 2008 - 12:50 PM |
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March 17, 2008 -- Intel Corporation today discussed upcoming leading edge microprocessors and technologies. Intel's 45nm high-k metal gate leading manufacturing technology is enabling the industry to move to multicore processors in all market segments, and Intel discussed future products with four, six, eight and many computing cores coming to the market.

Pat Gelsinger, Intel Senior Vice President and General Manager, Digital Enterprise Group:

Now that's what I call March Madness

Subject: General Tech | March 17, 2008 - 08:37 AM |
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According to DigiTimes, AMD has no less than seven new chips coming out in March.  Five are quad-core Phenoms and the other two are extensions to the Black Edition lime up.  Triple cores should be arriving by April, and there are likely more models that we will see in the near future.

Source: Digitimes

Pi is not a lie!

Subject: General Tech | March 14, 2008 - 03:27 PM |
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Much of the internet lies in dangerous wilderness, abounding with beasts ready to turn your computing life into a horror show of frustration.  The best defense is to know your enemy, and you can find a great bestiary in our Networking and Associated Security forum, and in the thread that Jim built, and that Ned fed today.  For a significantly more obscure issue, have you ever properly grounded your equipment, or just

Another reason to learn Linux

Subject: General Tech | March 14, 2008 - 08:46 AM |
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... or switch to Vista.

Source: Ars Technica

PCPer Interview: Carmackian wisdom

Subject: General Tech | March 13, 2008 - 08:44 AM |
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If you somehow missed the interview Ryan posted yesterday, click over and read it or we will take your FPS license away.  John Carmack, who is responsible for designing of the original mainstream FPS and is arguably the reason we all need to buy graphics cards spoke with Ryan about ray tracing and the future of graphics.  They cover a lot of ground, and Ryan has picked up a lot of information about the future of graphics at id.

Giving USB a voice

Subject: General Tech | March 12, 2008 - 02:50 PM |
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The Audiotrak Maya EX5 CE External 5.1 USB Surround Audio Solution seems odd at first, an external USB device built of see through plastic that can provide up to 7.1 channels of sound.  It is all software controlled, which does mean there are less things to break on the device, but also makes it seem very plain.  Digit Life has all the specs on this device, see if it sounds like something you could use.

Source: Digit Life

Yoo hoo ... Hula for you

Subject: General Tech | March 12, 2008 - 11:28 AM |
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Hulu, which has been in beta for a while, is now available to the public.  Currently it only works for the USA, but even with that limit, the ability to watch streaming movies and TV over the net is rather nice; they've even got some HD content.  They've made it very similar to watching TV, as you can expect commercial interruptions during your viewing.  Give it a try, you may find that the service they offer is free enough for you to enjoy using it.

Should have given the programmers more time in the suit

Subject: General Tech | March 12, 2008 - 09:25 AM |
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Perhaps if the developers of TimeShift had access to the suit that appears in their game, they could have had enough time to make improvements, or even go back to the beginning of the programming and redesign it completely.  Gamepyre played the game, and found it to be mediocre, although certainly not bad.  The problem for them lay in the time suit and how it was included, as well as some other niggling issues.  It is only $30 to pick up, so perhaps the bar shouldn't be too high.

Source: Gamepyre

Time to start wearing Faraday coats

Subject: General Tech | March 12, 2008 - 09:01 AM |
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Over at [H]ard|OCP, they've linked to some rather disturbing news.  Pacemakers are wirelessly hackable.

The only good news is it takes a team of experts and more than $30,000 worth of lab equipment a lot of effort to manage it, so there is little chance that a script-kiddy could download plans to modify a universal remote and do this themselves.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

It's not about building a better mouse trap ...

Subject: General Tech | March 11, 2008 - 10:38 AM |
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If you are Razer it is all about building a better mouse pad.  The Destructor is their newest, and it has "Fractal textured surface".  Find out what that is, and if it works or not, over at Hardware Zone

"Victory lies beneath your mouse when you embrace the Razer Destructor, Razer's newest gaming mouse pad for 'leet'

gamers."

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Vancouver Island is an odd, odd place

Subject: General Tech | March 11, 2008 - 08:59 AM |
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Particularly the City of Nanaimo, which has become the world's most Google-able place.  With a little help from Google Earth you can take a virtual tour of the downtown and harbour, there are listings of the businesses and even some physical information about features in the city.   Find out more about what was done, and how to take a tour, on Slashdot.

... and here some people were upset that Google took a picture of their cat.

Scary if it's true

Subject: General Tech | March 10, 2008 - 09:20 AM |
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If Tim Sweeney's statement that "Now, 60% of PCs on the market don't have a workable graphics processor at all." is true, then higher end PC gaming is indeed in an odd spot.  On the other hand, high end gaming is not the be all end all of PC gaming.  If Intel's integrated graphics can't handle Crysis, they can certainly manage Civilizations 4, and can probably make a good try at WoW.  Intel is also not the integrated chipset to watch right now, that distinction belongs to AMD and the 7-series chipset, which can handle some newer FPS games out of the box, and has no trouble when

Source: TG Daily

Aperture is ready for another close up

Subject: General Tech | March 10, 2008 - 09:05 AM |
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Aperture 2.0 has arrived to win back those who shudder at the memory of Aperture 1.0.  Ars Technica found most of the bugs and the major complaints that they had with previous versions have been fixed in this new version.  They do still have a few reservations, like some issues with metadata and Vaults.  If you've got a Mac and a digital camera, check out what this software can do for you.

Source: Ars Technica

If you pick at a thread it will only get longer

Subject: General Tech | March 7, 2008 - 08:00 PM |
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General PC can be a time consuming project, especially when you like to do everything the hard way, by using the built in tools in Windows.  In the General Forum, there is a thread talking about TuneUp 2008 and other programs designed to make maintenance a little easier. 

Intel is trying to get onboard

Subject: General Tech | March 7, 2008 - 08:54 AM |
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Intel seems worried about the integrated graphics chipset market.  According to this story on DigiTimes, we can expect to see another IGP from Intel, this one being the most powerful.  The 780G chipset from AMD is going to be a serious competitor with it's ability to support CrossfireX, but Intel's GM47 will be clocked faster.

Source: Digitimes

Apple to add enterprise features and SDK to iPhone in June

Subject: General Tech | March 6, 2008 - 11:57 AM |
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A little off topic perhaps, but after sitting through some live blogs of the Apple SDK announcement there are some interesting bits of news coming out.  First up, Apple announced a move toward the enterprise customer by adding in features like native ActiveSync Exchange support, push email, push calendar, push contact, remote device wiping, Cisco VPN, WEP2 support and certificates and identities to name the majority.  There weren't any direct mentions but I assume that push email will be available to users that do not have access to an Exchange server, but since Apple didn't mention