Hot new flashlight

Subject: General Tech | January 29, 2008 - 12:36 PM |
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Wicked Lasers (the guys who did the Green and Blu-ray Lasers) have introduced The Torch, a record holding 4100 lumen flashlight that can set things on fire!  If you follow the links from Slashdot, you can see the flashlight setting a pile of paper on fire.  Sure, the battery will only last for 15 minutes, but that's plenty of time to cook an egg in the dark.

Source: Slashdot

PC Games sales make up only 14% of gaming market

Subject: General Tech | January 29, 2008 - 11:29 AM |
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In some interesting news from the gang at Shacknews, PC games are only making up about 14% of gaming sales when compile with the current console gaming market.  The one caveat: digital download sales weren't included in the research.

Source: Shacknews

Relax, it was just a dream

Subject: General Tech | January 28, 2008 - 12:32 PM |
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For anyone who went into shock over the rumours that Windows 7 might be released next year, it is safe to come out now.  The Inquirer looked into it and found some very convincing evidence that we won't see Windows 7 until some time after the end of the Mayan Calender.  Any correlation between those two dates are just speculation at this time.

Source: The Inquirer

Anyone fancy some haggis?

Subject: General Tech | January 25, 2008 - 05:58 PM |
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One of my favourite installation errors has to be when an optical drive decides not to be recognized, as inevitably, at some point in the process Windows will request that you place a driver disk in your CD-ROM drive, so that it can install drivers.  In the past at that point, I have the overwhelming urge to insert something that is not a CD into somewhere on the PC that is not the CD drive.   If you wish to take the high road, and actually fix the problem, check out this thread in Tech Talk for some hints

Source: 3DCenter

3-D Wii

Subject: General Tech | January 25, 2008 - 12:07 PM |
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Johnny Chung Lee, who you may have heard of from his past work has had another stroke of genius.  By using a Wii bar sensor and an pair of safety glasses, as well as a bit of programming, he has an incredible way to have and actual 3-D view of his demo game on a Wii.  You have to watch the YouTube video to believe it, and you will probably have to wait a while before Nintendo picks up on this and starts making games.  The only real drawback with his method

More sightings of the elusive Phenom

Subject: General Tech | January 25, 2008 - 11:51 AM |
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DigiTimes says this one will come at CeBIT 2008 in March.  We will see how well the TLB bug has been dealt with, and maybe we might even here when they will be for sale.

Source: Digitimes

Deja Vu that's not cool

Subject: General Tech | January 24, 2008 - 01:34 PM |
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We have seen fans in controllers before, on several different styles of mouse, and they all shared 2 common factors.  The fans were loud and annoying, and they didn't do squat when it came to cooling off your hand.  While I will admit that after several hours, my mousing hand is a little damp, I always thought that the best fix for that was to wrap my hand around a fresh beer for a few seconds.  Logitech, who really should know better by now, has just released the

Source: Tweaknews

Your feel good story for the month

Subject: General Tech | January 24, 2008 - 11:51 AM |
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Who woulda thunk it?  Those people offering free phishing kits for download have actually included backdoors in their software, so that they get the same information that the script kiddies get.  No phonour amongst phtheives?  Next someone will tell me that politicians only look out for themselves and banks are only in business to make money.

Source: Slashdot

Watch some ads, buy a hat and blow up your friends

Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2008 - 12:13 PM |
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EA, and the Battlefield franchise have gone a bit strange in the head.  With models that look a bit like Team Fortress, the newly announced Battlefield Heroes will be a free game from EA; with a catch.  It will add advertisements.  Unlike previous games with ads, these won't actually be in game, but will be on the website, and the 'front-end' of the game.  I figure that means every time you start the game, there will be an ad in with the nVIDIA, Intel (etc) screens at the beginning, and maybe one playing in the background of the server browser and probably one to watch whil

Source: Ars Technica

Listen to the man, he knows of what he speaks

Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2008 - 11:37 AM |
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Bad rumour mill, no more caffeine for you!

"Contrary to what you will read on the "tech" rumor sites, Ageia has not bee sold. That brought to you buy the "Don't

Believe All The BS You Read On The Net Committee," better known as the DBATBSYROTNC. That is all."

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Steve's video shack

Subject: General Tech | January 22, 2008 - 01:32 PM |
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ExtremeTech tried out the iTunes Movie Rental service, and wants you to know how their experience with it went.  One of the first things that struck them was a negative, for some reason HD movies cost almost twice as much as a non-HD movie.  The experience did improve from there, they found the service easy to use and the quality was good, as you would expect.  On the other hand, the movie studios did get to slap some restrictions on just how long you have to watch the video.

Source: Extremetech

Pass the salt, I need a grain

Subject: General Tech | January 22, 2008 - 11:59 AM |
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After the stunning release of Vista (at least Microsoft was stunned), there obviously seems to be a need for something to follow it up with.  The home adoption of Vista has not been anywhere near as bad as corporate adoption, as many home users either ended up using Vista because it was bundled with the machine they bought, or the occasional gamer buying it to try out DX10.  In the world of big business Vista adoption is incredibly slow; although larger companies are always slow to change, Vista simply doesn't seem to attract them at all. 

Source: Slashdot

Creative PC Hardware Destruction Methods

Subject: General Tech | January 22, 2008 - 12:14 AM |
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We need your help!  We have some hardware that needs to be destroyed in a creative yet decisive way, but we can't quite figure out HOW to do it.  That's where you come in: drop by the forums and tell me how YOU would like to destroy some PC hardware.

Let's just say we have some frustrations to vent...so get in there and help me!!!

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Time for your force feeding

Subject: General Tech | January 21, 2008 - 11:51 AM |
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Hope you like IE7, because it may be making an appearance on your desktop, whether you like it or not.  Through the use of Windows Server Update Services, they will be rolling out an update this Friday.  Standalone PC's probably won't see this, it is the corporate world of domain servers that will be receiving the forced update and spreading it to it's client PCs.  The update is easily avoided, as WSUS has to be set to auto-approve Update Rollup packages to automatically install and push out the update, and it's default setting is to not auto-approve.  If you haven't fully

Source: Slashdot

Serving up meda, PC Perspective style

Subject: General Tech | January 18, 2008 - 06:33 PM |
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If you are thinking of setting up an HTPC, you can always take UB's advice, or you can go it your own.  If you do, you will need a case, and you had better find out what is new in the world of TV Tuner cards and as we've mentioned before, don't go out and buy the $100 a foot cables; ple

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As heard about on the podcast

Subject: General Tech | January 18, 2008 - 12:01 PM |
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OCZ's headband, aka the Neural Impulse Actuator, may be the most embarrassing piece of tech to wear that is currently available on the planet.  On the other hand, it lets you control your PC with your mind ...

Take Vista's stick away and hide it

Subject: General Tech | January 18, 2008 - 11:41 AM |
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Have you ever played fetch with a really lazy dog who just can't be bothered to bring the stick back, leaving you to do most of the exercise and provide all the entertainment?  Well, as OCModShop reports, the SuperFetch feature in Vista is roughly analogous. 
SuperFetch loads frequently used applications and pages into a memory cache, in fact it tries to use up as much available memory as possible with this cache.  So if you are running a 64bit flavoured OS and have more than 4GB of RAM then that isn't a problem, and the fraction of a second that Photoshop saves in loading up

Source: OCMODSHOP

Apple's special treatment

Subject: General Tech | January 17, 2008 - 05:31 PM |
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Back when the Steve-anator tried releasing Apple TV, and it turned out that there was a unique Intel chip inside, made specifically for Apple?  Well, it turns out that even with the failure of Apple TV, Intel was more than happy to custom make a C2D processor that is 60% smaller than any other.  See what it looks like over at AnandTech.

Source: AnandTech

AMD Reports Fourth Quarter and Annual Results

Subject: General Tech | January 17, 2008 - 05:09 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Jan. 17, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today reported fourth quarter 2007 revenue of $1.770 billion, an 8 percent increase compared to the third quarter of 2007 and flat compared to the fourth quarter of 2006.  In the fourth quarter of 2007, AMD reported a net loss of $1.772 billion, or $3.06 per share, and an operating loss of $1.678 billion.  Fourth quarter net loss included charges of $1.675 billion, or $2.89 per share, of which $1.669 billion were operating charges.  The non-cash portion of the fourth quarter charges was $1.606 billion.

Source: AMD

The router of all evil

Subject: General Tech | January 17, 2008 - 12:00 PM |
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It is taken as a fact that there are thousands of miles of dark fiber in the ground, and that the only time the wiring needs to be updated is the last 10 feet to the house.  There is another problem though, as the dark fiber gets turned on, the data passing through the aging routers expands beyond what they were designed to cope with.  Ars Technica looks at the current problems; from Moore's Law as it relates to the price of routers, the speed of RAM, and the solution proposed long

Source: Ars Technica