Pull the other one, it's got bells on!

Subject: General Tech | February 8, 2008 - 08:58 AM |
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Could the end be nigh?  Is the apocalypse
just around the corner?  Is the bacon soaring high above my plate? 

Could this be the year?

I wonder if they are giving odds in Vegas?

Source: Hexus

Welcome to the club nVIDIA fans

Subject: General Tech | February 8, 2008 - 08:45 AM |
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It's official, 780i is going the same way as the X38.  The Inquirer expects to start seeing 790i boards appearing very soon now, leaving early adopters out in the cold just as Intel's were.  The 790i offers more improvements than the 780i did, but that will be of little comfort to anyone who picked up a 780i board recently.  There will be a lot of sleepless nights for Ryan benchmarking with this almost simultaneous chipset refresh.

Source: The Inquirer

The rumour mill is running at 7

Subject: General Tech | February 7, 2008 - 08:54 AM |
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I don't know if it's disappointment
in Vista or just sheer boredom, but rumours associated with Windows 7 are just flying around.  First we heard it should be out in about a year, even after Microsoft had made several announcements about difficulties with the kernel.  Then we hear that MinWin might or might not be the kernel for Windows 7.  If that wasn't enough, there was a version of Windows 7 posted to a BitTorrent site, and who could have guessed that it wasn't actually true.

Source: The Inquirer

Intel, STMicroelectronics Deliver Industry's First Phase Change Memory Prototypes

Subject: General Tech | February 7, 2008 - 08:41 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif and GENEVA, Feb. 6, 2008 - Intel Corporation and STMicroelectronics reached a key industry milestone today as they began shipping prototype samples of a future product using a new, innovative memory technology called Phase Change Memory (PCM). The prototypes are the first functional silicon to be delivered to customers for evaluation, bringing the technology one step closer to adoption.

Busy weekend for Intel

Subject: General Tech | February 5, 2008 - 08:51 AM |
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While most of us had only one thing on our minds this weekend, Intel was hard at work giving news about some interesting new technologies they are going to introduce.  Tukwila is going to be literally huge, not simply because Itanium is due for an update, but also because it will have 2 billion transistors on a 65nm process chip.  Hexus looks at that news, as well as the upcoming mobile Silverthorne processor.

Source: Hexus

Fun filled Friday aft forum foray 3

Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2008 - 02:43 PM |
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There is a bunch of action in the Overclocking Forum this week, from troubles playing with HT speeds in an AMD system and voltage testing an Opteron 175 to an Intel E8400 that has raised a few questions for one of our memberst to some Corsair Ballistix RAM that just won't behave

Negotiation! Is! Irrelevant! ... You! Will! Be! Assimilated!

Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2008 - 08:55 AM |
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44.6 billion dollars, or $31 a share ... check

A really good reason to buy ... check

Permission from the US and EU ... not so much ... yet ...

Source: The Inquirer

VIA EPIA EK Powers Next Generation Tranax Transactional Kiosk

Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2008 - 08:28 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 31 January 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of embedded silicon and platform technologies, today announced that the VIA EPIA EK1000G Mini-ITX mainboard had been selected by Tranax for its latest TK1000 non-cash dispensing transactional kiosks.

Microsoft and Yahoo! get official

Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2008 - 06:52 AM |
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Want to know today's big news before your friends?  Its the formal announcement of an acquisition ATTEMPT from Microsoft on Yahoo for $44+ billion dollars.

Source: engadget

A second look at a second graphics card

Subject: General Tech | January 31, 2008 - 09:34 AM |
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With a few new driver revisions and a brand new chipset, the 780i, Elite Bastards has revisited SLI performance, this time with a pair of GeForce 8800 GT 512MB cards.  When SLI first started to be introduced, there were many cases where you needed to squint pretty hard to spot a performance between single and dual card rigs.  Now, they are happy to report that the numbers speak for themselves.

You've got to ask yourself a question; do I feel lucky?

Subject: General Tech | January 31, 2008 - 09:19 AM |
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If you are one of the few, the brave, the masochistic ... the Vista user; then next week you will need to make a decision.  TechARP has heard that Vista Service Pack 1 will be released next week.  Should you install it right away, or wait until the moon is right, and your dominant star is in the cool part of the sky, and you have sacrificed a few XP disks and EULAs to the great Gates?

Only you can decide.

Source: Tech ARP

That's just teasing

Subject: General Tech | January 31, 2008 - 08:37 AM |
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3DMark Vantage is coming ... sometime.   Over at Futuremark is a teaser page with 3 screenshots from one of the tests you will see in the new version of 3DMark, which is following in the naming scheme we saw back in October, PCMark Vantage.  There really isn't much information, apart from 3 screenshots and a link to the Game-O-Meter to test to see if your system can handle the benchmark without melting.

Strangely, it seems the spare GeForce3 Ti 200 I stuck in my PC at work still doesn't qualify it for even the minimum requirements.

Source: FUTUREMARK

Does that make Crysis EA's foray into benchmarking?

Subject: General Tech | January 30, 2008 - 09:10 AM |
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AnandTech has cornered Futuremark on a topic many of us having been waiting to hear about, Futuremark Games Studio.  Anyone who has sat watching the 3DMark benchmarks has probably wondered just why Futuremark is so vicious as to give us 60 seconds or so of what looks to be an incredible game, and then wanders off into pixel tests.  The details are still sketchy, but we now know that something is in the works. 

Source: AnandTech

Oh, those crazy Germans

Subject: General Tech | January 30, 2008 - 08:55 AM |
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A plan by German police to hire hackers to break the encryption that Skype uses for it's VoIP communications has prompted an interesting article at The Register.  They cover the 'poison movie' exploit, which has been fixed, as well as concerns that the current animated ads that play over Skype may provide another vector in which the same kind of exploit could be launched.  They also link to a talk that took place during the Black Hat Europe 2006 conference, in which two participants voiced concerns th

Source: The Register

Roll your own keyboard

Subject: General Tech | January 29, 2008 - 12:03 PM |
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If you've seen flexible keyboards for sale, you might have thought it was a great idea, but the price is a bit much, and it might not have a layout that you like.  Hack a Day comes to your rescue, with steps on how to make your own flexible keyboard, simply by disemboweling a normal USB keyboard and taping letters onto the membrane.

Source: Hack a Day

Hot new flashlight

Subject: General Tech | January 29, 2008 - 09:36 AM |
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Wicked Lasers (the guys who did the Green and Blu-ray Lasers) have introduced The Torch, a record holding 4100 lumen flashlight that can set things on fire!  If you follow the links from Slashdot, you can see the flashlight setting a pile of paper on fire.  Sure, the battery will only last for 15 minutes, but that's plenty of time to cook an egg in the dark.

Source: Slashdot

PC Games sales make up only 14% of gaming market

Subject: General Tech | January 29, 2008 - 08:29 AM |
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In some interesting news from the gang at Shacknews, PC games are only making up about 14% of gaming sales when compile with the current console gaming market.  The one caveat: digital download sales weren't included in the research.

Source: Shacknews

Relax, it was just a dream

Subject: General Tech | January 28, 2008 - 09:32 AM |
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For anyone who went into shock over the rumours that Windows 7 might be released next year, it is safe to come out now.  The Inquirer looked into it and found some very convincing evidence that we won't see Windows 7 until some time after the end of the Mayan Calender.  Any correlation between those two dates are just speculation at this time.

Source: The Inquirer

Anyone fancy some haggis?

Subject: General Tech | January 25, 2008 - 02:58 PM |
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One of my favourite installation errors has to be when an optical drive decides not to be recognized, as inevitably, at some point in the process Windows will request that you place a driver disk in your CD-ROM drive, so that it can install drivers.  In the past at that point, I have the overwhelming urge to insert something that is not a CD into somewhere on the PC that is not the CD drive.   If you wish to take the high road, and actually fix the problem, check out this thread in Tech Talk for some hints

Source: 3DCenter

3-D Wii

Subject: General Tech | January 25, 2008 - 09:07 AM |
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Johnny Chung Lee, who you may have heard of from his past work has had another stroke of genius.  By using a Wii bar sensor and an pair of safety glasses, as well as a bit of programming, he has an incredible way to have and actual 3-D view of his demo game on a Wii.  You have to watch the YouTube video to believe it, and you will probably have to wait a while before Nintendo picks up on this and starts making games.  The only real drawback with his method