Timeshifting your satellite radio

Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2007 - 03:11 PM |
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OCMODSHOP has investigated the ways that you can take XM's satellite feed and record it using Media Centre so that you can catch all your favourite shows when you have the time.  Seeing as how you can hear hockey, basketball or whatever sport you prefer, on top of regularly scheduled radio shows, you never have to miss them again just because you had to do some work.

Source: OCMODSHOP

Funny, I don't remember ordering that Javascript

Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2007 - 12:00 PM |
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Rogers, a Canadian ISP, is testing out a little something from PerfTech; who are specialists at web marketing.  Currently Rogers is injecting Javascript directly into their users browser as a way to display nastygrams about account usage.  As Ars Technica points out, this is an incredibly small step away from delivering ads straight to you, or removing content they don't want making it to you.  The

Source: Ars Technica

Intel Marks 60th Anniversary of the Transistor

Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2007 - 11:35 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 10, 2007 - Intel Corporation on Dec. 16 celebrates the 60th anniversary of the transistor, the building block of today's digital world. Invented by Bell Labs and considered one of the most important inventions of the 20th century, transistors are found in many consumer electronics and are the fundamental component used to build computer chips, or the "brains" of the personal computer (PC).

A different style of keyboard

Subject: General Tech | December 10, 2007 - 01:19 PM |
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Keyboards and mice tend to be cheap and lacking in features or designed with gaming in mind, with a few targeted towards office workers.  This leaves people who have adopted HTPCs stuck with a full sized mosue and keyboard hiding somewhere in their TV room, unless they paid extra for a remote that works with Media Centre.  X-Gene offers you an alternative with their Media Centre Keyboard.  One of the biggest inclusions to this wireless keyboard is a trackball,

Source: Gamepyre

Some confusion for your Monday morning

Subject: General Tech | December 10, 2007 - 11:58 AM |
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If you have heard of Ogg (or Ogg Vorbis, the free substitute MP3 codec), chances are that you have run into it when installing a game, though open source fans may have found it through other methods.   It is popular with gaming companies because there are no licensing fees required to be able to use it.  So how is it that Nokia is under the impression that it is "free" in quotes, not simply free, and why do they seem to think that the use of Ogg may cause patent disputes? 

Source: Ars Technica

VIA Launches ARTiGO Builder Kit for the Pico-ITX

Subject: General Tech | December 7, 2007 - 06:40 PM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 7 December 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of x86 silicon and platform solutions, today launched VIA ARTiGO, a DIY builder kit for enthusiasts wanting to build an ultra compact personal computer. Designed by the creators of the Pico-ITX form factor, the VIA ARTiGO Builder Kit offers consumers a more sophisticated DIY experience.

Find fabulous forum facts fast

Subject: General Tech | December 7, 2007 - 06:38 PM |
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One of the toughest things you can face when it comes to tech is explaining a process to someone who doesn't have your experience.  Sure, it is easier to push the luser aside and do it yourself but that isn't always feasible.  Check out how the guys in the Tech Talk forum handled explaining transferring a bunch of files from one PC to another.  One of the methods mentioned involves mapping a network drive, although that doesn't a

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They're only good cards if you can buy them

Subject: General Tech | December 7, 2007 - 01:22 PM |
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The Tech Report has a new feature on their page, where they check the availability of components on 4 major web sellers.  This is perfectly timed, and at least partly caused by the release of the 8800GT and HD 3870, which are both good cards.  So far it has been almost impossible to find them for sale, and even if you could find one they are priced well above what we were originally told they would cost.  See how well nVIDIA and AMD are doing now.

Will they be bright enough to firewall Skype?

Subject: General Tech | December 7, 2007 - 11:51 AM |
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Your email will soon be following you onto the plane, along with IM and more as other airlines start rolling out internet services.  What wasn't mentioned is whether power will be supplied as well, so you should start stocking up on batteries if you want to take advantage of it.  It also seems to be a good time to start building a very light weight UT3 server with wireless for a little airborne fragging.  More on Slashdot.

Source: Slashdot

AMD to Hold Financial Analyst Day

Subject: General Tech | December 6, 2007 - 05:33 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, CA - Dec 6, 2007 - AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced that it will hold its financial analyst meeting at approximately 8:30 a.m. ET (5:30 a.m. PT) on Thursday, December 13, 2007 in New York.  AMD Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Hector Ruiz and members of AMD's management team will deliver key presentations regarding AMD's businesses.  Forward-looking and other material information may be discussed during the presentations.

Source: AMD

Comparing your chemical assistants

Subject: General Tech | December 6, 2007 - 12:05 PM |
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Gideon Tech has gathered a roundup of caffeinated beverages, not an easy feat considering how many have appeared lately, to see which work and which can actually be swallowed without choking.  The classic cola look makes an appearance, but greens, reds and other colours are also in evidence.  See which one might become your little helper.

Source: Gideon Tech

Time to refresh your system

Subject: General Tech | December 5, 2007 - 05:58 PM |
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Sure, you can argue that there is plenty of new things coming out in the first quarter, so you might want to wait until then to buy a new system.  Of course then you will hear about the new stuff coming out in quarter 2 and 3 ... and so on until you are trapped in one of Zeno's famous paradoxes.

Human Inferno sounds like fun

Subject: General Tech | December 5, 2007 - 12:04 PM |
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There is a patch out for Bioshock, offering some bug fixes as well as new plasmids and the option to turn off Vita-Chambers ...

Source: Slashdot

Don't go buying that third 8800 Ultra just yet

Subject: General Tech | December 5, 2007 - 11:50 AM |
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The Inquirer reports on a development with nVIDIA that may distract from the various issues AMD is suffering through, like their errata problems killing Quad FX and slowing down the Phenom.  While AMD has demonstrated (but not let anyone test) 4 way CrossFire,  the 780i chipset is having difficulties getting that third card to work with SLI.

Source: The Inquirer

The other Rock Band game

Subject: General Tech | December 4, 2007 - 12:24 PM |
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If you somehow manage to get tird of playing Guitar Hero and Rock Band, as inconceivable as
that might be right now, you could always consider making your own music.  ExtremeTech looks at 3 music creation suites, that will let you compose what is in your imagination with your mouse.  Not all of these are created equal, and while it might be tempting to jump into this by picking up professional level software, you might find yourself overwhelmed.

Microsoft is abandoning everyone's favourite Vista feature

Subject: General Tech | December 4, 2007 - 12:01 PM |
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No longer will anyone be able to complain that WGA ate their Vista install; Microsoft is gong to be removing it in Service Pack 1.  I guess we will have to complain about something else in Vista now .  Read more about this sudden outbreak of common sense on the Inquirer.

Source: The Inquirer

A different kind of gaming keyboard

Subject: General Tech | December 3, 2007 - 02:43 PM |
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The Razer Lycosa takes gaming keyboards in a slightly different direction than the oversized, extra numpad sporting ones that we have been seeing quite frequently.  Instead of adding buttons, they modifed them, topping them with rubber and shortening them to a height more often found on laptops.  The WASD keys glow, and the lighted logo also toggles the windows key on and off. 

Source: Extremetech

Happy Birthday Vista

Subject: General Tech | December 3, 2007 - 12:08 PM |
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Vista has turned one, and over it's first year it has had some difficulties.  With many of the channels dumping Vista for XP, or at least offering a choice between the two, driver nightmare issues, and the lack of a service back, home user adoption is slow.  Not even Crysis and other DX10 games are spurring sales.  On the business side it is even more bleak with incredibly low adoption numbers, and now the news that many corporations that were considering a 07-08 change-over have pushed that back to a 08-09 switch. 

Source: The Register

Providing tools to help you navigate the wild waters of high tech

Subject: General Tech | November 30, 2007 - 06:02 PM |
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When we are doing benchmarking at PC Perspective, an easy way to see how a program responds to additional CPU cores is to disable 1 or more cores and run the benchmarks again.  All hardware and speeds stay the same, but with less cores available, making any scaling that occurs easy to spot.  As an enthusiast trying to use a new dual/quad core CPU, having a disabled core isn't exactly what you want and it can be quite frustrating when that happens.  There is also a thread in that forum that can help out

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Subject: General Tech | November 30, 2007 - 12:08 PM |
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Dan, who is incapable of not asking a question once it crosses his mind and then tracking down an answer from somewhere, takes on the mystery of save games.  Why is it that some games end up with a save folder larger than the rest of the game combined, while others seem to have tiny saves that barely make a scratch on your HDD, or fit in a tiny bit of flash memory.  Why do some games load saves quicker in some areas than others, and others seem to load the same regardless.

Source: Dan's Data