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Subject: General Tech | March 13, 2008 - 11:44 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you somehow missed the interview Ryan posted yesterday, click over and read it or we will take your FPS license away. John Carmack, who is responsible for designing of the original mainstream FPS and is arguably the reason we all need to buy graphics cards spoke with Ryan about ray tracing and the future of graphics. They cover a lot of ground, and Ryan has picked up a lot of information about the future of graphics at id.
Subject: General Tech | March 12, 2008 - 05:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Audiotrak Maya EX5 CE External 5.1 USB Surround Audio Solution seems odd at first, an external USB device built of see through plastic that can provide up to 7.1 channels of sound. It is all software controlled, which does mean there are less things to break on the device, but also makes it seem very plain. Digit Life has all the specs on this device, see if it sounds like something you could use.
Subject: General Tech | March 12, 2008 - 02:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hulu, which has been in beta for a while, is now available to the public. Currently it only works for the USA, but even with that limit, the ability to watch streaming movies and TV over the net is rather nice; they've even got some HD content. They've made it very similar to watching TV, as you can expect commercial interruptions during your viewing. Give it a try, you may find that the service they offer is free enough for you to enjoy using it.
Subject: General Tech | March 12, 2008 - 12:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Perhaps if the developers of TimeShift had access to the suit that appears in their game, they could have had enough time to make improvements, or even go back to the beginning of the programming and redesign it completely. Gamepyre played the game, and found it to be mediocre, although certainly not bad. The problem for them lay in the time suit and how it was included, as well as some other niggling issues. It is only $30 to pick up, so perhaps the bar shouldn't be too high.
Subject: General Tech | March 12, 2008 - 12:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Over at [H]ard|OCP, they've linked to some rather disturbing news. Pacemakers are wirelessly hackable.
The only good news is it takes a team of experts and more than $30,000 worth of lab equipment a lot of effort to manage it, so there is little chance that a script-kiddy could download plans to modify a universal remote and do this themselves.
Subject: General Tech | March 11, 2008 - 01:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are Razer it is all about building a better mouse pad. The Destructor is their newest, and it has "Fractal textured surface". Find out what that is, and if it works or not, over at Hardware Zone.
"Victory lies beneath your mouse when you embrace the Razer Destructor, Razer's newest gaming mouse pad for 'leet'
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Subject: General Tech | March 11, 2008 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Particularly the City of Nanaimo, which has become the world's most Google-able place. With a little help from Google Earth you can take a virtual tour of the downtown and harbour, there are listings of the businesses and even some physical information about features in the city. Find out more about what was done, and how to take a tour, on Slashdot.
... and here some people were upset that Google took a picture of their cat.
Subject: General Tech | March 10, 2008 - 12:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If Tim Sweeney's statement that "Now, 60% of PCs on the market don't have a workable graphics processor at all." is true, then higher end PC gaming is indeed in an odd spot. On the other hand, high end gaming is not the be all end all of PC gaming. If Intel's integrated graphics can't handle Crysis, they can certainly manage Civilizations 4, and can probably make a good try at WoW. Intel is also not the integrated chipset to watch right now, that distinction belongs to AMD and the 7-series chipset, which can handle some newer FPS games out of the box, and has no trouble when
Subject: General Tech | March 10, 2008 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Aperture 2.0 has arrived to win back those who shudder at the memory of Aperture 1.0. Ars Technica found most of the bugs and the major complaints that they had with previous versions have been fixed in this new version. They do still have a few reservations, like some issues with metadata and Vaults. If you've got a Mac and a digital camera, check out what this software can do for you.
Subject: General Tech | March 7, 2008 - 11:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
General PC can be a time consuming project, especially when you like to do everything the hard way, by using the built in tools in Windows. In the General Forum, there is a thread talking about TuneUp 2008 and other programs designed to make maintenance a little easier.
Subject: General Tech | March 7, 2008 - 11:54 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Intel seems worried about the integrated graphics chipset market. According to this story on DigiTimes, we can expect to see another IGP from Intel, this one being the most powerful. The 780G chipset from AMD is going to be a serious competitor with it's ability to support CrossfireX, but Intel's GM47 will be clocked faster.
Subject: General Tech | March 6, 2008 - 02:57 PM | Ryan Shrout
A little off topic perhaps, but after sitting through some live blogs of the Apple SDK announcement there are some interesting bits of news coming out. First up, Apple announced a move toward the enterprise customer by adding in features like native ActiveSync Exchange support, push email, push calendar, push contact, remote device wiping, Cisco VPN, WEP2 support and certificates and identities to name the majority. There weren't any direct mentions but I assume that push email will be available to users that do not have access to an Exchange server, but since Apple didn't mention
Subject: General Tech | March 6, 2008 - 11:34 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The first public beta of IE8 has appeared, boasting the ability to pass the Acid2 browser test. In previous flavours of IE, Microsoft took the position of authority claiming that they new better than a bunch of actual web programmers as to what standards should be on the web. This has led to a lot of broken websites that render OK in IE, and awfully in everything else. Firefox's popularity may have lead to Microsoft's about face, but for what ever reason, Microsoft's new browser is it's most standard compliant ever.
Subject: General Tech | March 5, 2008 - 02:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have never heard of Nexuiz, you are not alone, but you are missing out. The original release was back in 2005, and they are now up to version 2.4 which is much more highly polished than the original. Phoronix has a bevy of screenshots as well as links to the Alientrap website where you can download the game for Windows, Linux and OSX.
Give it a try, it's free and easy to set up, who knows you might even like it.
Subject: General Tech | March 5, 2008 - 11:53 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Yoggie Gatekeeper Pico is a little USB device, about the size of a flash drive, that protects your PC from attacks coming over the network. With it's software installed it works it's way into Windows' networking stack and convinces it to send all network traffic through the Pico, where it is scanned for anything nasty. Think Computers did find it to be effective, but there were also some features of the Pico that they took issue with.
Subject: General Tech | March 4, 2008 - 06:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sound Blaster's new X-Fi Xtreme card is an Audigy in disguise, though it does use the PCI-E bus. The card isn't a complete waste though, the Guru of 3D found that the new chip does offer some improvements to the Audigys of old, but it is a far cry from a X-Fi. As a bonus, the card even gives a good reason to upgrade to Vista.
Subject: General Tech | March 4, 2008 - 04:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Some of you may have never encountered the name before, but Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson are hailed as the Fathers of Roleplaying. Anything you might have played that had Armour Class, Hit Points, THACO or even just used dice to determine the outcome of a characters actions; all of them are based off of Gary's imagination.
Subject: General Tech | March 4, 2008 - 03:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It's a Bluetooth mouse, a wireless mouse, a wired mouse and a 1Gb USB drive, all at the same time. The wired talent is for recharging it for wireless use again, you never end up with a mouse you can't use. With Bluetooth enabled laptops, you don't even need the dongle. Check out this handy little mobile sized mouse at the Hardware Zone.
Subject: General Tech | March 4, 2008 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It looks like an old vulnerability that Microsoft never got around to fixing allows you to unlock Windows PCs with just a Linux box and a Firewire connection. The story that was picked up on Slashdot links to a tool that is a proof of concept. The person who discovered the flaw notified Microsoft about it years ago, but since there has been no fix, he has released it publicly. Hopefully that will convince someone it is worth fixing.