Thanks to the delay, you can only play Crysis vicariously

Subject: General Tech | October 3, 2007 - 12:15 PM |
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Gamehelper has done fans awaiting the release of Crysis ... demo or full ... a favour and a disservice.  Their nice side has given us some screenshots and some idea of what the mulitplayer game will be like, but I can't help but think they are taunting those of us who couldn't get into the limited beta test.

Source: Gamehelper

Is AMD injecting steroids in Barcelona

Subject: General Tech | October 3, 2007 - 11:40 AM |
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It looks like the disappointment that many felt when the clock speeds of AMD's Barcelona chips may be short lived.   The Inquirer is tracking and verifying rumours that the server line of Barcelona processors will scale up to 2.6 GHz.  Considering that the when the parts were first announced, every single 65nm chip was clocked under 2GHz, this is good news for AMD and enthusiasts.

Source: The Inquirer

Cutting it a little close to Christmas

Subject: General Tech | October 2, 2007 - 11:54 AM |
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The good news is that AMD will be launching a new series of graphics cards in the very near future ... the bad news is that the chip won't go into mass production until November, so it is unlikely we will see the cards using the new chips until 2008.  You can see that the specs that DigiTimes quotes offer some hope for performance improvements, but AMD is sticking with it's usual response to people publishing info on unreleased parts ... silence.

Source: Digitimes

If Dvorak couldn't do it ...

Subject: General Tech | October 1, 2007 - 01:41 PM |
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Then it's unlikely an alphabetized keyboard will either, but then again, you never know.  At Hardware Logic, you can get a look at the New Standard NSK 535R, which may help out with hunt and peck style typing, especially with the inclusion of the numpad as alternate key functions, on both sides of the alphabet.  It is definitely a unique way to set up a keyboard, but you will want to peruse the full review at HardwareLogic before you run out and buy one.

A new PC input type has surfaced

Subject: General Tech | October 1, 2007 - 12:01 PM |
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We know a bit about Coffee Table:Evolved! Star Trek Edition ...

Source: Ars Technica

Give yourself a systemic boost with a little help from our forums

Subject: General Tech | September 28, 2007 - 06:14 PM |
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The quiet release of the AMD 5000 Black Edition has not gone unnoticed on the forums, with a few members wondering if the overclocking potential is going to be as good as AMD implies.   If it is, it may make the choices you have to make when building a system easier, and may mean you can save a bit on the cooling system as well. 

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Intel Joins Bill Clinton's Global Initiative

Subject: General Tech | September 28, 2007 - 02:33 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 27, 2007 - Former President Bill Clinton announced today at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) in New York that Intel Corporation will bring its landmark teacher training program online to help more than 1.5 million teachers in 15 countries learn how to best integrate technology into their lesson plans to help students learn.

Can't get enough of the IDF?

Subject: General Tech | September 28, 2007 - 12:52 PM |
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If reading through Ryan's articles and listening to the podcast just didn't satisfy your need to know more about what happened at the Intel Developers Forum, there is a solution.  The Inquirer has gathered together many links to Intel's Blog and other Intel sites that have almost the entire content from the IDF.  Get your info first hand.

Source: The Inquirer

Sneaky Windows Update update foiling repair installs

Subject: General Tech | September 27, 2007 - 12:53 PM |
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It turns out that the sneaky update to Windows Update that we heard a lot of news about  two weeks ago is starting to cause a little havok.

Source: Slashdot

The sound of Gigabyte

Subject: General Tech | September 26, 2007 - 01:35 PM |
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Gigabyte continues to diversify their product lines, this time with 2.0 and 2.1 speakers.  InsideHW tries these speakers out and finds that while it is a good first try, the established competition does a better job.  Still it is good to see the company is still willing to try new products, and if they choose to produce a second generation they may get all the kinks out.

Source: InsideHW

Quick! Everyone panic and run around in circles!

Subject: General Tech | September 26, 2007 - 11:45 AM |
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You may have run into headlines or random forum posts this morning claiming that the "New Firefox gives all your browsing history to Google".  Many seem to quickly say that it steals all your website information and sells for fun and profit ... but don't even get into what is really happening. 

Source: The Inquirer

That game, with that guy in armour came out early this morning

Subject: General Tech | September 25, 2007 - 12:19 PM |
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Love the series or hate it, you will be seeing a lot of press about the final installment of the game that made the Xbox what it is today.  Halo 3 is out, though you may have trouble finding it on the shelves, as Microsoft's hype machine worked perfectly again, and people lined up for hours to get the game at it's midnight release.  Ars Technica can give you a look at what this new sequel offers to dedicated Halo fans, without giving away the plot or any secrets while they ar

Source: Ars Technica

Send Excel 07 back for remedial math classes

Subject: General Tech | September 25, 2007 - 11:59 AM |
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It looks like the new Excel 2007 has some problems (apart from it's ribbon fetish).  It looks like the number 65,535 causes some interesting behaviour, and it's maths skills take a turn for the bizarre.  Excel has had a history of troubles around that spot, including it's belief that no spreadsheet should ever have more than 65,536 rows.  Read more examples of this issue by following the link on Slashdot.

Source: Slashdot

Logitech's G series spreads to keyboards

Subject: General Tech | September 24, 2007 - 05:06 PM |
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The G15 from Logitech is a gaming keyboard with a lot of multipurpose buttons and even a display.  Instead of trimming down the features like Ideazon and others, Logitech opted to add features to a full sized keyboard.  From the blue LED, to disabling the Windows key while gaming, there is a lot of nice touches.  The most powerful feature is it's ability to record macros on the fly and program the LCD screen to display a wide variety of information.  Read on at motherboards.org to see this ke

Distro decision

Subject: General Tech | September 24, 2007 - 01:27 PM |
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When first taking the plunge into Linux, the sheer amount of distros available can be overwhelming.  Instead of backing off and postponing the leap again, check out PC Mechanic.  The author picked a distro after trying out several, and you can learn from his steps ... if you are looking for the same things in Linux that he was.

Source: PC Mechanic

Akella Announces PT boats: Knights of the Sea DX10 benchmark

Subject: General Tech | September 24, 2007 - 12:05 PM |
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Akella presents the DX10 tech demo-benchmark of the upcoming naval action sim PT Boats: Knights of the Sea.

The final game will support both DX10 and DX9, but this demo is a demonstration of what the final game will look like in DirectX 10. The demo features all the visual effects and some of the highly detailed models that will be available in the game.

The main DX10 graphics features of PT boats: Knights of the Sea tech demo-benchmark:

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Weekend projects from the forums

Subject: General Tech | September 21, 2007 - 05:52 PM |
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Think that you know it all when it comes to protecting your PC and keeping your browser secure?  Test your knowledge through the link in this thread, and see how your score stacks up against other PCPer members.  If you are more interested in the hardware side of things, then weigh in on what you think about AMD's 3-core plans, or your opinion on quad core processors, and if they are worth the premium

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More on Intel's exhibitionist display

Subject: General Tech | September 20, 2007 - 12:47 PM |
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With the keynote speech over, a lot of the pomp and circumstance surrounding the IDF has faded, but that doesn't mean the news is over.  AnandTech has a chance for a close-up look at a robot car, new laptops and WiMAX as well as wireless power.  You can also get more details on yesterdays Silverthorne and Menlow news.

Source: AnandTech

A whole lotta folding going on

Subject: General Tech | September 20, 2007 - 12:20 PM |
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Folding@Home has a lot to thank Sony for.  Thanks in part to the PS3 being able to participate, F@H has reached 1 PetaFLOP of computational power.  The entire BOINC project has about half that, at 559.444 TeraFLOPS.  Wired has a bit more on just how much power that represents.

Congratulations to Folders everywhere; especially the ones Folding for PC Perspective.

Source: Wired News