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Subject: General Tech | January 25, 2006 - 11:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: General Tech | January 24, 2006 - 12:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | January 24, 2006 - 12:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2006 - 01:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2006 - 11:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2006 - 11:32 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: General Tech | January 20, 2006 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | January 20, 2006 - 11:53 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | January 19, 2006 - 01:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | January 19, 2006 - 01:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | January 19, 2006 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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 ...
Subject: General Tech | January 18, 2006 - 02:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: General Tech | January 18, 2006 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: General Tech | January 17, 2006 - 12:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | January 17, 2006 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: General Tech | January 13, 2006 - 12:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | January 13, 2006 - 11:43 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | January 12, 2006 - 02:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.