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Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2007 - 03:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Over at MAKE:Blog is a link to a very interesting mod for iPods. It's not easy, nor is there a full explanation of how it worked, but it is do-able. If you have the time and skill you can upgrade any iPod to use Compact flash cards. They go up to 128Gb, and it will remove all the moving parts in the iPod so your battery life will soar.
Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2007 - 01:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The hallmark of the Command & Conquer series is the scads of full motion video throughout the game. GDI and Nod are still fighting it out, but the arrival of the alien Scrin adds to the variety of the missions you will find in the single player game. Head to Gamepyre to get a look a several other new surprises in the newest C&C installment.
Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2007 - 12:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP spent a month on the Vista, and never ended up hospitalized once ... but it did send an editor into an XP relapse. After 30 days of using Vista, and trying out all the new features as well as the basic functions, [H] has put together a pretty definitive look at the Vista experience. They really tried to make the relationship work, but it turned out to be Vista, not them, find out why.
Subject: General Tech | April 3, 2007 - 02:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You may remember a front page story back in December, about Ray Tracing and how it works. Daniel Pohl, who was finishing up a project to get Ray Tracing to work on Quake 3 & 4. As you saw in the article, Ray Tracing adds depth to surfaces by properly displaying shadows, and takes water reflection to a whole new level.
Subject: General Tech | April 3, 2007 - 12:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Back in February, Intel revealed the details of it's experimental 80 core processor. Ars Technica chats with Thom Sawicki, technology strategist for the Intel Communications Technology Labs about the ongoing work into terascale processors. Don't think of a machine built around an 80 core CPU as sitting in the same box as your PC now, with a chipset and RAM. Much like external clocks, math co-processors and L2 cache, with 80 cores and teraf
Subject: General Tech | April 2, 2007 - 04:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
OCIA gets busy with RevolTec's lineup of mice, keyboards and pads. They try out the FightBoard Advanced Keyboard, the FightMouse Advanced gaming mouse and 3 pads; the Gamepad Precision Basic,
Subject: General Tech | April 2, 2007 - 12:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Reality has trumped Google's April Fools joke. If you missed Google's free broadband TiSP, you can find it here. It turns out that some rather inventive venture capitalists have laid fiber through sewage lines in the past. Slashdot links to the story, but there is no mention of whether a wrong turn by Bugs Bunny would cause service disruptions to user of CityNet Telecom.
"Yesterday, Google's annual April Fools' joke featured Google TiSP, a free home wireless broadband service that connected via a 'commode-based router' and runs fiber cabling through the sewer system. This is actually not without precedent. Back in the dot-com boom, delivering broadband through sewers was the focus of CityNet Telecom, which raised $375 million in funding from major VC and private equity firms in 2000 and 2001. The company used remote-controlled robots to lay fiber through sewer lines and actually created sewer-based networks in Albuquerque and Indianapolis before merging with Universal Access in 2003."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Catalyst 7.3 Causes BSOD in Vista @ ExtremeTech
- Vista's Speech Recognition @ ExtremeTech
- Microsoft extends empire with Vista coffee brand @ The Inquirer
- MTV to launch an 3D world @ The Inquirer
- ATI's Vista Killing Driver @ TechARP
- AMD LIVE! Uncovered - Part 2 @ HEXUS.tv
- LG Electronics 2007 Road Show Coverage @ Futurelooks
- Windows Continues to Be a Security Threat @ OSWeekly
- The Sorry State of WiFi Support with Feisty Beta @ OSWeekly
- Apple's Arrogance with iPhone @ CoolTechZone
- Apple TV @ TheTechLounge
- Why Doesn't Anyone Care About Overclocking Anymore? @ HCW
- Actiontec MegaPlug 85Mbps 4-port Hub and Ethernet Adaptor @ Hardware Pacers
- Adobe Photoshop CS3 Beta Review @ WindowsAtoZ
- Why ATI Delayed The R600 @ TechARP
- Super Talent April 2007 Ram Giveaway @ Virtual-Hideout
- ASUS Commando Contest @ Techgage
- Modders-Inc Anniversary Giveaway
Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2007 - 06:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Spyware, and it's removal is quickly becoming an interruption to PC gaming and productivity. It keeps growing in population and becoming more intelligent, making it not only harder and more time consuming to remove, but also taking more time just to do simple prevention. The Networking & Associated Security Forum is a great tool to help you, and it's full of
Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2007 - 11:41 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Several of the game designers from Remedy have left to start their own game development studio, named Recoil. They will be announcing an original game sometime this year, and it will be a cinegame, essentially trying to capture the feel of a movie in a game. With Max Payne already under their belts, it seems likely that they will produce some interesting and original games. Read on at Wired.
Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2007 - 11:25 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ExtremeMhz plugged a USB drive into a Vista machine, to find out what speed increase you get when using ReadyBoost. As it turns out, the only time you will feel it is on startup and when loading programs. As only managed to shave a few seconds off of the longest tasks, you may not even notice it then. It is very possible that a larger drive that they used would give you more benefit, so stick with larger than 512MB.
Subject: General Tech | March 29, 2007 - 11:30 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
These new prototype glasses change colour at the turn of a tiny knob in about 2 seconds. A step up from UV sensitive glasses, which can be fooled into darkening and lightening at inappropriate times by oddly angled UV rays or by being behind UV blocking glass, these change shade when you choose. A gel of organic oxides is sandwiched between two layers of electrochromic material. It uses a watch battery to apply voltage to change the transparency. The tint will stay without power for about 30 days, and you can expect 1000's of transitions before you need a new battery.&n
Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2007 - 06:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has plenty of info on the new core from Intel, Penryn. Far more than just a shrinkage, and still on target for release later this year, you can get a sneak peek here.
Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2007 - 06:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 27, 2007 -- Intel Corporation today announced the 10 winners of the company's most prestigious award for suppliers, the Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement (SCQI) award. The award, for outstanding commitment to quality and performance excellence in 2006, recognizes companies that provided products and services deemed essential to Intel's business success. This select group will be honored at a ceremony tonight in Burlingame, Calif.
Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2007 - 06:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 27, 2007 -- Intel Corporation today announced the 44 companies receiving Intel's Preferred Quality Supplier (PQS) award for outstanding commitment to quality and performance excellence. These suppliers provided products and services deemed essential to Intel's business success in 2006. They excelled at meeting and exceeding high expectations and tough performance goals to distinguish themselves from the thousands of suppliers that work with Intel.
Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2007 - 04:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Event Date & Time:March 30th, 2007, 1:30 p.m. PST
Sign up today for a chance to win prizes during the webcast! (must be present to win)
1 Winner will receive an Intel Quad-core 6600 CPU
2 Winners will receive a copy of Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate
To attend this Web conference event you will need:
â€¢ A computer with access to the Internet to view the visual portion of the event.
Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2007 - 03:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
VR-Zone has some information on the ASUS Xonar D2X, the soundcard announced at CeBIT. It is a PCIe card, that can handle 192K/24-bit with 118dB SNR for playback, and 115dB SNR for recording. They have captures from the slide show that give you a lot of information on what this card will do.
Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2007 - 11:53 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
GamingHeaven has published a review of the finally finished S.T.A.L.K.E.R., which is no longer in the running for "Most Time Spent in Development". The aptly named current leader in that contest is still holding out on us.
While it has suffered graphically because of the long development time, it still manages to look good. It has been awaited for it's storyline and A.I., which the reviewers did find quite addictive, as well as the bullet model.
Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2007 - 11:41 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Police in Mexico City have started a new program that they hope will reduce certain areas reputation for violence. If you bring in a gun, the police will trade you for a new PC, as well as food or money. The idea seems like it could be attractive to hoodlums wanting to get their GTA fix; unless as The Inquirer points out, a bright one realizes that there is a different kind of trade that could be made.
Subject: General Tech | March 27, 2007 - 11:44 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Drop by hardCOREware for a look at the power consumption of a PS3 while it's running Folding@Home, and also get an idea how fast the Cell processor can fold. The PS3 makes up 65% of Folding@Home's current TFLOPS, but only 13% of active folders are PS3s. So go buy a PS3, skip out on the games and just use it to fold with PC Perspective's own Folding Fro
Subject: General Tech | March 27, 2007 - 11:03 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
BEIJING, March 26, 2007 — Intel Corporation today announced plans to build a 300-millimeter (mm) wafer fabrication facility (fab) in the coastal Northeast China city of Dalian in Liaoning Province. The $2.5 billion investment for the factory designated Fab 68 will become Intel's first wafer fab in Asia and adds significant investment to Intel's existing operations in China.