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Subject: General Tech | February 8, 2010 - 08:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have yet to try out HTML 5, through Vimeo, YouTube or other sites you really should give it a go. This is the new improved version of HTML that Steve Jobs has bet the farm on with the iPad and iPhone. Streaming video is the most common way to encounter this relatively new standard and you benefit from a better caching system and reduced CPU utilization but there is far more to it than that. The Tech Report explores some of these uses, from bringing Wolfenstein3D to the web to an image editor with t
Subject: General Tech | February 5, 2010 - 11:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As you get to know more about PCs and are comfortable with the various components you begin to realize that there is a lot more to learn. If you've decided to put together an AMD based system, you might stumble upon a term you haven't before, like TDP. Right now many of AMDs parts are 125W or 140W, but do you know what that means, or more importantly what effect will it have on your system overall? Maybe you are building an Intel machine and stumble upon a term like PAE when you are trying to determ
Subject: General Tech | February 5, 2010 - 06:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HDMI 1.4 is going to be a nice upgrade from HDMI 1.3 and one that people will notice. With support for ethernet communication, it is going to add a noticeable extra to this popular connector. As well we have heard that it will support resolutions of 3840x2160 @ 24Hz/25Hz/30Hz and 4096x2160 @ 24Hz. You will also see different versions coming out, they will add an automotive standard as well as a micro HDMI connector. Now we hear via [H]ard|OCP that there will be an additional feature added in HDMI 1.4a, the ability to support 3D visuals.
Subject: General Tech | February 4, 2010 - 10:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The latest Mionix mouse is aiming for a different target than most, instead of looking for incredibly high DPI, the Naos 5000 is designed with comfort of use as the top priority.
The sensitivity is still top notch with a 5040 dpi laser sensor, what stands out is the wing on the mouse. It is wide enough and specifically contoured to support your ring and pinkie fingers instead of leaving them dangling. There are thumb buttons and changeable weights for the gamers but office workers might want to think about the mouse as well.
Subject: General Tech | February 4, 2010 - 05:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There are a number of Microsoft OSes about to undergo changes, which you should be aware of. The one you have probably heard the most about is the upcoming semi-expiration of the Windows 7 Release Candidate on March 1st, when it will start shutting down every 2 hours. If you haven't taken the hint and switched your OS by June 1st, then you will find your box is not bootable anymore.
Subject: General Tech | February 3, 2010 - 06:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You are likely to have heard it before, if you loved the story, characters and reading about the history of the setting and races of Mass Effect, you should go into Mass Effect 2 realizing that most of your preferences have been surgically removed from the game with a rusty chainsaw. The bias is now towards action, with story elements taking a second seat. That is not to imply that the game is receiving bad reviews, for instance GamingHeaven gave a 93/100 and other sites have given higher.
Subject: General Tech | February 3, 2010 - 05:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
featuring an article on a great idea on how to implement touch capability to PCs as well as just about anything else. Instead of building it into a device at great expense, Displax has created a membrane that can respond to up to 16 touches concurrently. Treating this more like a peripheral such as a high end mouse ought to keep the cost reasonable and all you need to do is plug it into something compatible and start touching!
Subject: General Tech | February 2, 2010 - 05:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Much to the dismay of companies like Acronis and Norton, every single version of Windows 7 comes with a built in system image disk utility. Hidden away in the Control Panel, under System and Maintenance is a Backup and Restore icon which gives you access to the utility. The first time you use it you run the Set up backup to create your first image and specify its location, after that the back up is incremental, Windows 7 will back up the changes to your system, not require you to invest the time needed to make a new image. You can also create a system repair disk from the sam
Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2010 - 06:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are looking for a little something for Valentine's Day, then Thermaltake can help you. They have a contest that will give you a chance at winning one of three small form factor PCs with some solid hardware inside and a Valentine's Day theme on the outside. Scroll to the bottom of the page and read through the rules so that you don't miss your chance.
Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2010 - 06:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have spent a large amount of time and money putting together your dream HTPC, along with investing in a large screen HDTV and numerous speakers to support your 7.1 Blu-ray habit, spending just a bit of money on a multimedia receiver will cripple your enjoyment. If you want to go enthusiast you should familiarize yourself with the high end of stereo components. Take the Marantz SR6004 for instance, with an incredibly wide variety of inputs and features like the ability to upscale any signal to 1080p and output it through one of its two HDMI connections using on-board video pr
Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2010 - 05:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Monday has greeted us with the news of changes in several areas of PC component manufacturing. The first is more than a simple announcement, it includes video and pictures of Allyn's visit to a joint Intel and Micron fab in Lehi, Utah. You will see some jealousy inspiring shots of dies as well as videos covering the technology behind the making of flash memory. If you just want to jump to the juicy bits, then we are talking about SSDs becoming higher capacity and lower cost in the near future, though speed jumps will not happ
Subject: General Tech | January 29, 2010 - 11:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At the PC Perspective Forums there is really no such thing as a dumb question, the world of tech is large and everyone will run into things they've never seen. Taking a two week holiday you run a good chance of missing a generation change in some sort of component. For instance, how many of you knew about this little piece of kit from Lucid and could answer questions about it? The point of our forums is to offer you a place where
Subject: General Tech | January 29, 2010 - 05:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
We are seeing a move towards the core when it comes to computers, where once even heavy duty floating point math was handled by a separate coprocessor, we now see controllers for memory and PCIe buses merged into a single chip. AMD pulled it off well when they moved the memory controller on board and Intel's Westmere has dropped the price on motherboards with its new integrated bus controller.
Subject: General Tech | January 27, 2010 - 05:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Back in the days when pen and paper were king and LCDs were limited to your watch, the sound of people gaming involved dice rolling not keyboards clicking. Then came the days of Origins and SSI and gamers started migrating to a new platform. For those who miss those days when role playing meant a bit more than clicking dialogue options, Microsoft Surface and the boys at SurfaceScape have a little something for you. Surface, if you do not recall is a new bit of tech from Microsoft, a combi
Subject: General Tech | January 27, 2010 - 04:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new mobile graphics chipset from AMD, the 5830 has a small problem with the circuitry on its PCB according to DigiTimes. This explains the delay in its launch as the scheduled date of release was earlier this week; they are now hoping for a February launch. The problems source seems a bit of a surprise, the 5830 is a 40nm process chip after all. This is not going to apply to discreet graphics cards, it is only the mobility boards based off of the new chip that are having issues.
Subject: General Tech | January 27, 2010 - 03:00 AM | Jonathan Hung
Today EVGA has done the PC gaming community a service by launching a site dedicated to just that - PC gaming! Right now they are hosting a TF2 tournament where you will be able to win (presumably) EVGA gear and other good stuff.
They also host game servers playing TF2, L4D 1 and 2, CS:Source, and Shattered Horizon. For your voice chat needs, they also have Ventrilo and Team Speak servers.
Visit http://www.evga.com/gaming/ for all the information.
Subject: General Tech | January 26, 2010 - 07:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The bgears Vibro USB Speaker is an odd little beast, a $30, 1/2lb cube with a USB plug that claims to be a set 2.1 speakers. Looking at it, there is no power cord, no audio plugs and most strange of all is the lack of any speakers. You use it by plugging in the USB cord to your PC, letting your computer recognize it, and placing it on a flat surface like your desk. The interior speaker then vibrates that surface that is ho
Subject: General Tech | January 26, 2010 - 05:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For $140 you can pick up the 1GB ASUS EAH5750 Formula and BattleForge over at Newegg, not the cheapest of the HD5750s but certainly worth a look. The Formula portion of its name denotes the fact that it sports a large cooler, supposedly 13% better than the stock parts. The card is not factory overclocked, the frequencies are stock;
Subject: General Tech | January 26, 2010 - 05:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Google Chrome has turned 4 (.0.249.78) and Ars Technica tried it out so they could tell you what's new. An Extension Manager now exists for keeping track of and modifying your installed instructions; you can pick some up here if you haven't. The extensions may seem limited compared to Firefox now, but it will grow as people develop more, for both Google's browser and its op