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Subject: General Tech | December 2, 2009 - 11:37 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The brother of the Blue Screen of Death has been visiting hapless PC users for a long time, but it seems that it is becoming more common. The Black Screen of Death leaves you with nothing but a black screen and possibly an Explorer window, your desktop, taskbar and those familiar icons disappear. This particular run of BSODs has been triggered by a recent Windows Update, though not all systems have been affected, and the victims include every windows from NT on to Win7.
Subject: General Tech | December 1, 2009 - 11:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced today that the Games for Windows Live Edition of DiRT 2 is now shipping and marks the first racing game developed from the ground up to take advantage of advanced graphics features available with Microsoft DirectX 11 and the incredible new ATI Eyefinity multi-display technology for the most engaging gaming experience yet.
Subject: General Tech | November 30, 2009 - 12:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Loosing a netbook will not have a huge monetary impact; replacing it will only cost about $300. That is not the full scope of the problem you are about to have because of that lost netbook; especially if you have no password on your main account. Think how many websites have your username and password set to automatically log on. Maybe even MSN, ICQ, AIM or whatever your IM client of choice is also happens to be set to log in at boot.
Subject: General Tech | November 27, 2009 - 05:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Our Tech Talk Forum is a great place to get help for all of those random little problems that make PCs so much fun. Ranging from Windows installation issues, to a bit of strangeness during boot to the best way to integrate a Blu-Ray player into an HTPC. We
Subject: General Tech | November 27, 2009 - 11:53 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Forums dedicated to PC Gamers of a similar mindset reach a certain fevered pitch when a beloved game just isn't what they had expected; even worse are the flame wars that erupt in the weeks leading up to a release or the weeks after a delay of release. The vitriolic ALL CAPS POSTS, members starting up threads faster than mods can lock them down, it is perhaps a great way to vent but it is not constructive in any manner whatsoever.
Subject: General Tech | November 26, 2009 - 12:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Register has spotted an interesting product that OCZ is working on, an external SSD with a USB 3.0 connection. From the picture in the article you can tell that this will resemble a 2.5" drive far more than it will a thumbdrive and with the recent release of their 1TB Colossus SSD it makes sense that they chose to go with the larger form factor. The Colossus uses SATA II and manages 260MB/sec, the USB 3.0 standard can go as high as 400MB/sec, so it offers a higher possible bandwidth than SATA II
Subject: General Tech | November 25, 2009 - 02:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica delves into the world of 15th Century Italy and reviews the sequel to Assassin's Creed, bearing a very similar name to the original, as they've simply added a 2. It takes place about 300 years after the first game and is perfectly playable for those who missed the first game. It is the Renaissance, so expect some interesting gadgets to appear during your travels to supplement your trusty blade.
Subject: General Tech | November 25, 2009 - 01:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ExtremeTech has taken Microsoft's claims that Windows 7 is the most secure ever as a challenge and put the new features under the microscope. There are 5 different sections, detailing UAC, the firewall and networking as well as the new Filtering Platform, all of the new features and the new implementations of familiar features are all covered. Check it out and see if Win7 passes the grade.
Subject: General Tech | November 24, 2009 - 12:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has compiled all the information they have gathered about nVIDIA's upcoming new architecture that we have all been hearing so much about. Not just a graphics solution and not quite a full GPGPU, the Fermi can be a little hard to wrap your head around. They take you through all of the terminology you will need to understand the architectural changes to the G80 processor, the GF100 and then move onto the actual meat of how the processor will work. Stick through to the end and you can see some e
Subject: General Tech | November 23, 2009 - 06:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The unfortunately named Zowie Gear Hammer e-Sports Headset has a rather rugged, almost military feel to its design. It looks like you could swing them around above your head by their cord and lay down the hammer on whichever ex-friend of yours just based camped your team, without the headset suffering any damage. The headset that Overclockers Cafe reviewed used a pair of 3.5mm jacks as opposed to a
Subject: General Tech | November 23, 2009 - 11:55 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The difficulties at TSMC with their 40nm process are very familiar to anyone who watches the industry or has tried to by an HD5xxx series or 4770 graphics card. The volume is tiny which has also had the effect of bringing prices up. The same issues have occurred in their 32nm process, though with less song and dance as there are no retail cards with a 32nm process GPU. According to SemiAccurate, TSMC has made the decision to stop work on their 32nm process and head s
Subject: General Tech | November 20, 2009 - 07:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Building computers is, in a way a matter of knowing the rules and following them. On a basic level it is plugging the right connector into the right plug, be it a ZIFF socket or a 12V power connector. Beyond that come secondary rules, like not mixing RAM and ensuring that temperatures remain reasonable. Others are more complex, like overclocking in small increments to find the perfect settings instead of instantly trying for your megahertz goal. There are other unwritten rules to follow that are no less important, rules vary greatly from those stating that
Subject: General Tech | November 20, 2009 - 01:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It has long been a mantra in the business world that you must always continue to grow your business or you will die. Most have taken that to heart and began diversifying their businesses, getting into industries they never tried before and moving away from one strong product line into many varied product lines. Now this is all well and good, many companies have found success in new lines of business and consumer have benefited. This still does not explain the sudden surge in PC enclosure makers broaching the computer mouse market. The latest entrant is Cooler Master and
Subject: General Tech | November 20, 2009 - 12:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Thinking of Google's new Chrome OS as a competitor to Windows or Linux is not really getting the point of what Google is trying to do. The OS has some very significant restrictions on how it runs, only flash can be used for storage, there will be a custom firmware layer which is non-optional, and a only Google-approved system and peripheral devices will be recognized by Chrome OS. This is not designed for open box systems, think very proprietary on the hardware and software level. The OS its self treats everything as a window in a browser, so no installation need ever occur,
Subject: General Tech | November 19, 2009 - 12:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: General Tech | November 18, 2009 - 10:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
May 1, 2009, marked AMD’s 40th anniversary. Formed by Jerry Sanders and seven co-founders in 1969, AMD is a company with a rich and colorful history. AMD's 40th anniversary is a testimonial to our longevity, our employees, our customers and our unique business approach. AMD takes great pride in our role of igniting next-generation technology solutions, as well as our ability to see where customer and end-user needs are headed next and then collaborate with the industry accordingly.
Subject: General Tech | November 18, 2009 - 12:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You may remember back in the days when we were all eagerly awaiting an OS named Longhorn, mention of a project called MinWin. The idea was to put the Windows kernel on a serious weight loss program after its original NT kernel bloated itself while transforming into Win2K and WinXP. We had hoped to see the MinWin kernel, as well as a new file system with Vista but that just didn't happen. The MinWin project its self is alive and well, focusing on minimizing and compartmentalizing server code along with possible applications in mobile devices.
Subject: General Tech | November 17, 2009 - 01:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Gizmodo has compiled information on the reliability of various laptop brands and as past users of HP products already knew, HP does not fare well. ASUS and Toshiba both did well, both with less than a 16% failure rate over 3 years where as cheap netbooks reached 6% failure rates within the first year. Fully 1/4 of HP laptops suffer failures within 3 years, followed closely by Acer, Lenovo and Gateway. Check out the rest before you pick up your next netbook or not
Subject: General Tech | November 16, 2009 - 01:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Logitech is trying something new with their ClearChat headset; they have gone against conventional wisdom and made it wireless. It the advantages of most USB headsets, plugging in the USB transmitter is all that is required, there are no drivers to install, simply plug in and you are broadcasting at 2.4 GHz. Without wires, the controls need to be moved, the mute notification LED now sits on the microphone boom its self and the volume and mute button
Subject: General Tech | November 16, 2009 - 12:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As you have heard from listening to the PCPer Podcast, no one is happy with the delay of the Lucid chip bearing MSI Big Bang motherboard that has been delayed. Ryan has since managed to get his hands on a test bed, but we have yet to see any retail models. Certain fingers have been pointed at a company who's colours are often equated with jealousy and who have had a bit of a questionable history of sharing nicely; not to imply that particular trait is uncommon in the electronics industry. The Tech Report had a chance to speak with an MSI rep, who has disavowed the rumours of nvIDIA's involvement, instead placing the blame on the development of the software. Perhaps it is best to wait until most of the bugs are ironed out, but that still doesn't make it easy.
"Recently, we've heard rumors that Nvidia might be involved in the delay of motherboards based on Lucid Hydra chip, which promise to usher in a brave new world of vendor-agnostic multi-GPU support. After a little prodding, Nvidia and MSI have both given us statements denying any shady reasons for the postponement. More importantly, Nvidia has vowed not to block Lucid's path with driver restrictions and the like."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- DIYLILCNC: do-it-yourself CNC mill @ Hack a Day
- Lesser Known, But Very Helpful Features in OpenOffice.org Writer @ Linux
- The Budget PC Toolkit @ ExtremeTech
- Intel announces new HPC CPU for 1H10 @ DigiTimes
- TRENDnet TEW-671BR Concurrent Dual Band Wireless N Router @ PCShopTalk
- R/C Lawnmower @ Hack a Day
- Podcastudio USB By BEHRINGER Review @ TechwareLabs
- First programmable quantum computer is revealed @ The Inquirer
- HP buys 3Com, validates Cisco @ SemiAccurate
- AMD is a big winner in the supercomputer race @ The Inquirer
- NVIDIA PhysX Performances @ InsideHW
- Hasidic Jews Protest at Intel's Factory @ NGOHQ
- HotHardware and TechVi Video Podcast No. 3 @ HotHardware
- Microsoft Office 2010 Beta 2 Pictorial Review @ TechReviewSource
- Netflix on Playstation 3 Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Project: Ring Light - Improve your close up and macro photography - A modding project @ Metku
- Lowepro Outback 100 Camera Bag Review @ ThinkComputers
- Ars Technica Holiday Gift Guide 2009
- Ultra X4 750W PSU Giveaway @ Rbmods
- AudialsOne 4 Review (and giveaway) @ TechReviewSource