AMD and Innovative Silicon

Subject: General Tech | January 25, 2006 - 11:56 AM |
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AMD and Innovative Technology are trying to increase the density of memory, specifically in the L2 cache on high end AMD chips.  The article on Processor Blog is pretty technical, and it hints at some of the advantages that could come about.


Plus, the members have spoken, see who they chose as the best of 2005 in the PC Perspective 2005 Readers Choice Awards.


"L2 cache continues to increase as time moves on and fabrication processes

Four Intel Computer Clubhouses Open In Chicagoland

Subject: General Tech | January 24, 2006 - 12:57 PM |
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CHICAGO, Jan. 24, 2006 — Four Intel Computer Clubhouses, which are unique after—school learning centers for children ages 10 to 18, are opening in the Chicago area in the next two weeks. These clubhouses will be located in existing community service agencies around the city — specifically the ABJ Community Services, Austin YMCA, Howard Area Community Center and WYTEC.

Adobe adds a new dimension to Acrobat

Subject: General Tech | January 24, 2006 - 12:17 PM |
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Adobe will release Acrobat 3D next monday, according to this story on CNET.  While it certainly won't be cheap, it will likely be cheaper, easier to use and much more portable than a full CAD program.

"On Monday, the company is releasing Acrobat 3D, which allows a person to create a PDF (Portable

Document Format) file with embedded images from computer-aided design (CAD) applications.

Logitech's new unwired 5.1 speakers

Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2006 - 01:30 PM |
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Laptop Gamers grabs a set of Logitech's Z-5450 Wireless speakers, a 5.1 Dolby Digital system.  Check it out to see if the wireless setup has any negative effects on the sound quality.

"Leave it to Logitech to once again raise the bar for computer speaker systems. The Logitech

Z-5450 provides high performance sound with the innovation of wireless rear surround satellite

speakers.

Just because you're paranoid ...

Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2006 - 11:52 AM |
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I don't mean to cast aspersions or alarm anyone, but it seems that the new owner of Zone Alarm is a little curious about what the people who use Zone Alarm are doing.  The Inquirer has posted an article about it, as well as a way to disable the "phone home" in the retail version.  If that and the various vulnerabilities get you down, check out the History of BASIC, it may put a smile back on your face.

"Now, the handsomely-named Mr Cringely has revealed that a colleague of his at Infoworld noticed

that Zone Alarm

Source: The Inquirer

AMD PROMOTES DIRK MEYER TO PRESIDENT AND CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2006 - 11:32 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - Jan. 23, 2006 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced today that Dirk Meyer has been promoted to president and chief operating officer of
AMD. Meyer previously served as president and chief operating officer of AMD's Microprocessor Solutions Sector (MSS) business. He will share the
leadership and management of AMD with Hector Ruiz, who relinquishes the president title and now is AMD chief executive officer and chairman of
the board.

Source: AMD

Rocket Bikes for everybody!

Subject: General Tech | January 20, 2006 - 12:03 PM |
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MAKE:Blog has found a guy who runs Bad Brothers Racing, and has an interesting project on the go, combining a Yamaha YR-50 motorcycle, and a turbine engine.  Cheer them on, it may be the quickest way to get your own jetbike!

"For many years now, I have tinkered with all kinds of interesting projects, and have found a lot

of fun in the realm of DIY gas turbine engines. These engines are based around turbochargers, but

are in every sense real jets.

Source: MAKE: Blog

Call of Duty 2 stands for inspection

Subject: General Tech | January 20, 2006 - 11:53 AM |
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The Guru of 3D has done a full dress inspection of Call Of Duty 2, and presents the results for your approval.


"Developer Infinity Ward obviously doesn't believe in small things, but rather aims towards grand

scale of epic proportions. The first Call of Duty did this for the most part with some of the most

immense battles and a scale and level of intensity never before witnessed on a PC.

This has helped set the Call of Duty series above the rest of the crowded World War II genre.

Source: Guru of 3D

Intel Board Adopts Majority Vote Standard for Election of Directors

Subject: General Tech | January 19, 2006 - 01:10 PM |
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ANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 19, 2006 — Intel Corporation announced today that its board of directors has amended the company's bylaws to adopt a majority vote standard for the election of directors in uncontested elections, beginning with the next election of directors in May. The new standard, which requires each director to receive a majority of the votes cast with respect to that director, further underscores Intel's focus on corporate governance and provides for a greater level of accountability of directors to stockholders.

Intel Declares Regular Cash Dividend

Subject: General Tech | January 19, 2006 - 01:09 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 19, 2006 — Intel Corporation's board of directors has declared a $0.10 per share quarterly dividend on the company's common stock. The dividend is payable on Mar. 1, 2006 to stockholders of record on Feb. 7, 2006.


In November the company announced a 25 percent increase in its quarterly dividend, to $0.10 per share.


Intel's Pressroom has more info.

Fixing a soggy mistake

Subject: General Tech | January 19, 2006 - 11:57 AM |
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MAKE:Blog has posted a link to a very handy How To guide, one on fixing electronics after they've gotten soaked, and get to dry on their own, leaving all sorts of interesting mineral deposits everywhere.  If this has happened to you, you will appreciate the info, and if it hasn't ...

Source: MAKE: Blog

AMD REPORTS FOURTH QUARTER

Subject: General Tech | January 18, 2006 - 05:33 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Jan.

Source: AMD

Non-modable keyboards are so passe

Subject: General Tech | January 18, 2006 - 02:06 PM |
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The Techzone grabbed Ideazon's ZBoard Customizable Gaming Keyboard, and tried it out on a few games.  Read the review, maybe you'll be tossing your old keyboard out later on today.

"Ideazon has a great idea here, and one that has held up well since its introduction. The Gaming

Keyset supports a surprisingly large number of games, and keymaps are easily accessible from the

menu.

Source: Tweaknews

Cool it!

Subject: General Tech | January 18, 2006 - 12:03 PM |
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Out of the wild, wacky world of USB devices, The Tech Zone has grabbed a USB powered drink cooler.  If you switch your intake from warm caffeine to cool caffeine at some point in your day, this little doohicky will help keep your drinks cooler for longer.

"We all know that USB is very versatile and can be used for anything from transferring data to

powering a laptop light. However, this is the first time we've seen USB used for keeping your

drink cold.

Good sounds on a budget

Subject: General Tech | January 17, 2006 - 12:18 PM |
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It is not a company most people have heard of, but BlueGear makes soundcards, and their newest is the HDA X-Mystique 7.1.  The cards are priced for someone on a budget, but do offer 7.1 and 5.1 Dolby Digital sound for those who don't want to pick up a Creative card.  Read the whole review at Penstar Systems.

"The sound card market is a very strange one these days.

Get the lag out

Subject: General Tech | January 17, 2006 - 11:57 AM |
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Tech-Hounds adds a second article to their quest for lag free gaming.  They explored the video and memory subsystems in teh first article, and now they move onto the hard drive.  If you are planning an upgrade because some of the newest games just don't play smoothly, this may help determine what to buy first.

"In part 1, we concluded that if you want to play new games at the highest detai, you better be

prepared to buy both a high end graphics card and at least 2 GB of memory (assuming you alre

Source: Tech-Hounds

New Hardware for Sale

Subject: General Tech | January 13, 2006 - 04:45 PM |
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Well, I got from CES 2006 last week, and got a couple of quick articles up that look at the latest in PC technology.  Turns out you can actually buy some of this stuff too!


The AMD

Oblivion is coming, find out how it works

Subject: General Tech | January 13, 2006 - 12:00 PM |
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Beyond3D had a chance to chat with Gavin Carter about the upcoming release of the next chapter of Morrowind, Oblivion.  If you are waiting impatiently for the release, you can at least glean a few more tidbits out of this interview.

"Bethesda's Morrowind was one of the "big three" computer roleplaying games released in 2002,

along with Dungeon Siege and Neverwinter Nights. Sporting an advanced engine many high end systems

buckled under the pressure and gamers delighted at what they saw.

Source: Beyond3D

CES 2006 - That's a wrap

Subject: General Tech | January 13, 2006 - 11:43 AM |
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X-bit Labs wraps up their coverage of CES2006 with a look at some of the stuff they haven't covered yet.  After that, kill some spare time making a CNC machine, or converting your barbeque.

"CES 2006 is over. But although we have been sharing with you all the news hot from the show floors on a daily basis, there were still quite a few interesting things left that are worth mentioning.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Shake that booty

Subject: General Tech | January 12, 2006 - 02:29 PM |
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Red & Blackness Mods reviews an odd product that could increase the 'realism' of your gaming experience.  The  Buttkicker Gamer is, as the name implies, a big subwoofer that makes your chair, and butt, vibrate.  Read the whole review before you burst out into laughter.

"We review everything computer based and I mean everything! Today we got a cool little gadget for

you that we will share our thoughts on. Buttkicker sent us their latest gamer product.