Network speed is anything but academic

Subject: General Tech | May 7, 2008 - 11:52 AM |
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Looking to see what the next generation of the internet's backbone might look like?  Try checking out the Large Hadron Collider, which
"requires large data flows between specific sites - 2-hour periods with 8 gig flow across the network".  Academic and institutional networks have always been at the forefront of speed and the average enthusiast may start to see the benefits of the work they have pioneered.  Read what Ars Technica thinks we could be seeing soon, and just how the universitie

Source: Ars Technica

You can't keep a XFi down

Subject: General Tech | May 6, 2008 - 04:20 PM |
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Even with the controversy surrounding Creative, their products are still popular.  The Auzentech X-Fi Prelude 7.1
is one such product, and it is up for review on TweakTown.  Auzentech has licensed the technology from Creative, so this card is not going to cause the uproar that the ASUS card recently has. 

Source: TweakTown

Even more motherboards

Subject: General Tech | May 6, 2008 - 11:38 AM |
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Well, not so good for those vendors who are stuck with plenty of P35 and X38 boards, Intel will be introducing the 4 series at Computex.  Even worse news is that the Q45 and Q43 will be targeted directly at enterprise level customers, so resellers won't be able to sell them P35 boards as a way to try and recoup loses.  On the other hand, what DigiTimes says is great news for the enthusiast; the PCI Express bug has been fixed and these boards should offer some nice performance.

Source: Digitimes

Harness the power of The Fonz

Subject: General Tech | May 5, 2008 - 11:42 AM |
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Wii style motion sensing may be the next big thing and an Israeli company called Prime Sense may be the ones to help push it out.  The Inquirer looks at the technology behind this, a motion sensor that can sense human motion without the need to attach anything to that human, or having them wave a stick around.  Gaming is certainly one application for this, but the company is also talking about replacing remote controls as well as getting into surveillance and
automotive

Source: The Inquirer

Do not meddle in the affairs of geeks ...

Subject: General Tech | May 2, 2008 - 05:58 PM |
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One of the loudest discussions going on right now in the PC community and in our forums is about Creative.  The volume of posts caused by Creative's reaction to Daniel_K's driver mod that managed to get XiFi cards working in Vista is large, and similar.  The tone is one of indignation and a resolve to not buy Creative products, a decision made easier considering the frustration caused by the XiFi series.

Speak up!

Subject: General Tech | May 1, 2008 - 05:33 PM |
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Five speaker systems are under review at ExtremeTech, Logitech's Z Cinema and G51, the Bose Computer MusicMonitor, Razer's Mako and the Boston Acoustics MM 226.  Only the G51 is a 5.1 system, the others are a set of two, some coming with a subwoofer as well.  None will make an audiophiles short list of speaker systems, but for a PC they cover a wide gamut of possible uses.  Perhaps the most innovative design in the set is the Makos, which use Cat5 cable for their speaker connections.

Source: Extremetech

Mayday! Mayday! This is the S.S. Blockbuster ... we are in trouble!

Subject: General Tech | May 1, 2008 - 11:42 AM |
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The Inquirer has broken the news that at some point today Apple will announce that iTunes will start carrying DVDs on the first day of their release.  If people can grab their favourite movies the day of their release, instead of waiting up to a month, Blockbuster and other stores lose their major advantage over digital distribution sites like iTunes.

Source: The Inquirer

It's classy 'cause you play an Eastern European

Subject: General Tech | April 30, 2008 - 12:56 PM |
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Almost as anxiously awaited as Halo 3, GTA 4 has arrived.  Gaming Heaven somehow managed to get a hold of a copy early, and have posted a glowing review of the latest disaster to befall Liberty City.  The gameplay has deepened, physics have been expanded and there is even multiplayer now.   Check out the full review.

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It's the quiet ones you have to watch

Subject: General Tech | April 30, 2008 - 12:08 PM |
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While Jen-sun Huang was on a brilliant tirade at the nVIDIA Analyst Day, not much was heard from David Kirk, nVIDIA's chief scientist.  bit-tech managed to track him down for an in depth interview.  They cover the hot topics you would expect, like Larrabee and ray tracing as well as CUDA.  They also dig into other topics, like how Intel's focus on the process of making chips has helped them overcome their architectural deficiencies. 

Source: bit-tech

Promises, promises

Subject: General Tech | April 29, 2008 - 04:04 PM |
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If there is one thing that the Cyber Snipa Stinger Gaming Mouse is not, it would be "the final step in the evolution of gaming mice."  That is Cyber Snipa's claim, but considering the incredible growth in mouse features over the past year and a half, there is going to be a lot more 'evolution' to come.  As far as the Stinger's new talents, it sports 4 DPI settings, o

Industry Creates HomeGrid Forum to Develop Technology for Enjoying Multimedia Anywhere in the Home

Subject: General Tech | April 29, 2008 - 12:52 PM |
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BEAVERTON, Ore., April 29, 2008 - Infineon Technologies, Intel Corporation, Panasonic and Texas Instruments today announced the creation of HomeGrid Forum, which aims to promote and influence a single, next-generation worldwide standard for networking digital content, such as movies, music and pictures, over home wiring.

AMD's 2008 line up

Subject: General Tech | April 29, 2008 - 11:51 AM |
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According to DigiTimes, they have a pretty good idea of the new members in AMD's lineup over the coming seasons.  A few older processors will be retired but the 45nm Deneb's should be out to replace them soon.  Of course, if you ask AMD, all you will hear is "We know nothing!"

Source: Digitimes

Cray and Intel Collaborate to Develop Future Supercomputing Technologies

Subject: General Tech | April 28, 2008 - 01:04 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. and SEATTLE, April 28, 2008 - Cray Inc. (Nasdaq GM:
CRAY) and Intel Corporation announced today they signed a multi-year
agreement to advance high-performance computing (HPC) on Intel
microprocessors while delivering broad new Intel and Cray technologies
in future Cray server systems. The collaboration of these two industry
leaders will result in HPC systems that will help solve some of the
world's most complex scientific, engineering and humanitarian
challenges.

Conjoined Twin Myslexia Monitor Week

Subject: General Tech | April 28, 2008 - 11:57 AM |
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The SyncMaster2263DX is a 22" widescreen with a little friend attached; a removable 7" LCD widescreen attached to the side of it's face.  Benchmark Reviews doesn't have a picture of the side display working, but it could obviously do a good job as a secondary display to keep your Photoshop controls or other tools on.  It will also do the job for a lot cheaper than the cost of a second monitor, though there are some performance drawbacks.

Good news for AMDs move to GDDR5

Subject: General Tech | April 28, 2008 - 11:43 AM |
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After having so much difficulty with the Phenom, it is nice to hear some good news about AMD's fabs.  According to what The Inquirer has heard, the yeilds on the RV770 are higher than expected.  This will mean the XT version, which uses GDDR5; as opposed to the Pro's GDDR3, will be appearing sooner than expected.  Lets hope for some better than predicted performance as well.

Source: The Inquirer

Friday forum highlights, Hubble edition

Subject: General Tech | April 25, 2008 - 06:30 PM |
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The PC Perspective community is build from a diverse range of people, with different backgrounds and cultures, but a shared love of hardware and community.  Our members have found PCPer through a variety of means, for instance I was looking to end an abusive relationship with the ASUS NetQ forums and was welcomed to this community when I unsuspectingly followed a link from there almost 7 years ago.  However I doubt many people came via BoardReader, who seemed clueless when it came to our community.  Th

Keeping your mobile Radeon up to date

Subject: General Tech | April 25, 2008 - 01:19 PM |
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Driver Heaven has had a tool that lets you keep the graphics drivers on your laptop up to date for a while, but Vista has proved to be a problem until recently.  The new 1.0.0.0 version of their Mobility Modder works with XP and Vista and supports a wide range of mobile Radeon GPUs.  Tired of shouting yourself hoarse trying to get your OEM to update their supported drivers?  Worry no more.

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What if I don't want you to stick mold in my ear

Subject: General Tech | April 25, 2008 - 11:50 AM |
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Perhaps it is because I am hard on earphones, killing them off frequently enough that it is not worth getting a good pair, but the LiveWires T1 Custom In Ear Monitors just don't make sense for my listening habits.  They are about half the price of other custom IEMs, running about $249 plus the cost of your ear molds.  Yes, ear molds.  According to techPowerUp!, it is best to go to an audiologist and pay to get a mold of your ears made, as the "home kits are not nearly as reliable or safe". 

Source: techPowerUp!

The Larrabee team speaks

Subject: General Tech | April 25, 2008 - 11:32 AM |
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... or blogs, anyways.

Source: The Inquirer