Crysis, now with added depth

Subject: General Tech | April 17, 2008 - 11:58 AM |
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Zalman's Trimon has been a long time in the works.  If you are willing to use really old drivers and the older games that are supported by those drivers, you can have a 3D
gaming experience, maybe.  The Inquirer has found out that they have a brand new nVIDIA driver to offer, although at 91.31 it is by no means one of the newest.  The Trimon is also supposed to be able to add depth to pictures and movies, as long as you are wearing the funky glasses.

Source: The Inquirer

Dogmeat!!!

Subject: General Tech | April 16, 2008 - 12:06 PM |
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Fallout 3 screenshots thanks to [H]ard|OCP!

Go!  Why read about the return of Dogmeat, feral ghouls, supermutants without a leg to stand on and your birthday party?  You would be much happier looking at the pictures.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Folding@Home GPU2 Client

Subject: General Tech | April 16, 2008 - 11:46 AM |
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Folding@Home is certain leading in innovation when it comes to distributed computing.  The PS3 turned out to be a great platform to Fold on, and then they added support to allow R600 cards from ATI to Fold as well.  There is now a beta version of the GPU2 client, the next generation in Folding on a GPU, which adds support for the newer cards and carries some optimizations as well.  ExtremeTech was told that the newer HD 3870 X2 is capable of handling more parallel streams than there are atoms in

Source: Extremetech

VIA ARTiGO Pico-ITX Kit Highlighted at ESC Silicon Valley Keynote

Subject: General Tech | April 16, 2008 - 11:20 AM |
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San Jose, California, 16 April 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of embedded silicon and platform technologies, today announced that the VIA ARTiGO Pico-ITX builder kit has been selected as the platform for the Build Your Own Embedded System track, a new hands-on embedded system development lab at Embedded Systems Conference Silicon Valley, taking place in San Jos

Intel Posts Record First Quarter Revenue of $9.7 Billion

Subject: General Tech | April 15, 2008 - 05:48 PM |
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    * Record Server Microprocessor Revenue

    * Revenue up 9 Percent Year-over-Year

    * Gross Margin up 4 Points Year-over-Year

    * Operating Income up 23 Percent Year-over-Year

    * Net Income $1.4 Billion; EPS 25 Cents

SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 15, 2008 - Intel Corporation today announced record first-quarter revenue of $9.7 billion, operating income of $2.1 billion, net income of $1.4 billion and earnings per share (EPS) of 25 cents.

Looks like an iBall to me

Subject: General Tech | April 15, 2008 - 03:17 PM |
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The mStation 2.1 Stereo Orb
is about the size and shape of a bowling ball, but is an iPod dock with integral 2.1 stereo sound.  At Overclockers Online they were rather impressed by the quality of sound that it produced, as well as the inclusion of USB to allow the use of devices other than an iPod.  On the negative side, like most other iPo

I don't think they quite get it

Subject: General Tech | April 15, 2008 - 11:54 AM |
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AT&T has, for some bizarre reason, created a web browser and called it Pogo.  Pogo wants a 1.6GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, and a video card with at least 256MB of VRAM.   Crysis only wants a C2D 2.0GHz or an Athlon 2800+, 1GB RAM and 256MB VRAM.  So you have a browser that is almost as resource intense as Crysis, which is capable of crippling any machine going right now.

Source: Ars Technica

Blockbuster to buy Circuit City: Um, what?

Subject: General Tech | April 14, 2008 - 12:51 PM |
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I think most people will have my first reaction when reading this headline, but Blockbuster is indeed making a bid to purchase Circuit City.  Why?  So that they can become the "most convenient source for media entertainment."   Uh, sure....

Source: 3DCenter

Monday morning pop quiz

Subject: General Tech | April 14, 2008 - 12:00 PM |
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Ars Technica has two questions you should try to answer in your own mind before heading to read their full article on the supposed exaflood that should be choking the internet soon.  The story that everyone should panic because the net won't be able to handle the flood of data is not new, the only thing that changes is the app that will supposedly cause it's downfall.  Currently the predicted murder is video transfers over P2P software.  There is straw involved with P2P, but is it th

Source: Ars Technica

If you stare into the circuit diagram long enough ...

Subject: General Tech | April 11, 2008 - 06:01 PM |
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Technology is bad for your mind; would you ever run into this hanging out with non-technical minds?  Can you even begin to explain why it's so funny to someone who didn't get it right away?  Is there any enthusiast that you know off that isn't able to explain their favorite processor to use when dabbling in the dark arts of overclocking, up to and including the difference between non-Black and Black Editions of Athlons, and who is

"We're going to open a can of whoop ass"

Subject: General Tech | April 11, 2008 - 11:56 AM |
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nVIDIA's CEO Jen-sun Huang came out gunning after Intel yesterday in an impassioned speech aimed at Intel's claims that rasterization is not scalable and that nVIDIA's future products will not be able to complete with Larrabee.  That isn't all that was announced by nVIDIA, they have plans for a system on a chip as well as partnering with VIA to create a sub $45 platform to take on Intel's Atom processor.  You can read a lot about what Jen-sun said at AnandTech and hear even more about it and our take on

Source: AnandTech

No macro too long

Subject: General Tech | April 10, 2008 - 06:28 PM |
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It's a keypad, joystick, mouse and gamepad all in one, with a huge ability to handle macros.  You might not be able to program in an entire round of TF2 into the Saitek Cyborg you can have an ungodly amount of pre-programmed macros.  Just trying to figure out how many were possible came close to breaking the reviewer at TECHGAGE.  If funky input devices with glowing lights are your thing, check it out.

Source: TECHGAGE

The cause of all this racket

Subject: General Tech | April 10, 2008 - 12:18 PM |
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ASUS and Creative just can't get along nicely right now, and need to spend some time in the corner thinking about what they've done.  Creative's new tactic of attacking anyone that even looks at one of their cards a little funny started about the time people started using Vista and it's new audio processing stack.&nbsp

Can you guess who they will blame any crashes on?

Subject: General Tech | April 10, 2008 - 11:58 AM |
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Clearflow is a new online service at Live.com that is supposed to help you avoid traffic jams.  Right now they cover 72 US cities, including the side streets.  The improvement that brings is that instead of blindly switching your route to side streets, and hoping the traffic isn't as bad, Clearflow will know.  That may lead to some routes that keep you on heavily backed up main streets, while others are trapped unmoving in a side street packed with those who bailed from the highway.  Read on

Source: Slashdot

I still don't see it

Subject: General Tech | April 9, 2008 - 12:21 PM |
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Much like William Black in a certain Kevin Smith movie, I just can't see the DX10 sailboat, even if I squint.  Sure, if you take hundreds of screenshots and go over them with a light meter and pantone pallet, you might find some lighting differences.  You won't notice it in a crisis, while aliens are trying to eat you and freeze your planet.  You will notice the frame rate hit easily, especially on AMD's cards.  Don't believe it?  Read what [H]ard|OCP found when testin

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Games for Windows closes print mag, moves online only

Subject: General Tech | April 8, 2008 - 06:38 PM |
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In a move that should probably surprise no one, but will still disappoint most, one of the better PC gaming magazines is shutting down its doors to the print department and moving everyone online to the 1UP.com website to cover PC games there.  I was never a subscriber, but love listening to their podcast, and hope that it continues as well.  This is yet another indicator that gaming on the PC is in some odd state of downward motion though

Source: Shacknews

Behind every pink slip is a silver lining?

Subject: General Tech | April 8, 2008 - 12:02 PM |
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Dirk Meyer has told the remaining employees at AMD that there is a brighter future waiting for them.  If only that meant something, because AMD is in a pretty dark place right now, although they've had a few glimpses of light recently.  Over at The Inquirer you can read what was said to AMD's employees.

Source: The Inquirer

Ars Technica predicts the future of Windows

Subject: General Tech | April 7, 2008 - 11:37 AM |
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Ars Technica weighs in on what they think modular design will mean for Windows users in the future.  Windows 7 is likely to be released as modules, according to several stories from Microsoft and other tech sites.  As an accountant, the modular sales model would probably make a lot of sense, as you could probably sell a very basic package to a consumer who would never even consider paying $150 for an OS.  As a user who wants everything may end up having to pay a lot more than they expected, and corporate IT structures would have a lot of decisions to make when they look at licen

Source: Ars Technica

EA decides to not release Madden 09 on PC

Subject: General Tech | April 5, 2008 - 01:21 PM |
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Last week it was released that EA was not going to be releasing Madden 09 on the PC - while not a hardcore gamer title it is one of those mainstream titles that would give life to the PC gaming market.  Obviously, not having it and other EA sports games will be a big hit for the PC community, graphics card vendors, etc.   Here's what Peter Moore at EA had to say about it:

Source: The Inquirer

ITunes Overtakes Wal-Mart in Music Sales

Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2008 - 06:22 PM |
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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Apple Inc.'s iTunes online music store vaulted past Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in February to become the top overall music retailer in the U.S., a market research firm said Thursday.

Best Buy Co. was ranked behind Wal-Mart and iTunes, with Amazon.com and Target tied for the fourth spot in January and February, according to consumer surveys conducted by The NPD Group.

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