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Subject: General Tech | May 26, 2010 - 12:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you want to enjoy the latest installation of the Splinter Cell series
it helps to know just what hardware will give you the best experience. That is [H]ard|OCP's goal in their article comparing the quality and performance of Splinter Cell: Conviction, as opposed to explaining what "Mark and Execute" is and how to use it in game. Instead they will let you see the difference in performance between AMD and nVIDIA's latest cards when displaying the heavily updat
Subject: General Tech | May 26, 2010 - 12:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When XP first appeared as a 64-bit OS, many peoples free firewall program of choice, ZoneAlarm, suddenly disappeared as an option. As they came along, Vista and Win7, when installed as a 64-bit OS also could not use ZoneAlarm and people sought out different choices of free firewalls like Ghostwall or even resorted to the built in Windows firewall.
Subject: General Tech | May 25, 2010 - 01:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Eagle Tech has released a 2.1 speaker system called the Arion ET-AR506-BK, it is not very portable but they are appropriate for many setups. The orange and black colour scheme might not work for everyone but the quality is certainly good enough for small rooms. The two satellites have dual 3" midrange drivers and single 1" tweeter with 12.5W of power and the subwoofer has a nice 5" driver with 25W of power and claim a frequency
Subject: General Tech | May 25, 2010 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With a good set of eyes and a familiarity with the websites you visit most redirects are fairly obvious and enough to rouse your suspicions enough to double check the URL; but what if the switch happens after that tab loses focus? A new phishing technique waits until you switch tabs and reloads one of your background tabs with a nice login page of one of the sites you often log into, courtesy of the CSS history vulnerability. When you click back to that page it will have a proper title, favicon and quite possibly an URL that matches as well.
Subject: General Tech | May 24, 2010 - 02:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Seagate is trying to meet mobile users in the middle with the Momentus XT. Their idea is to try to get the size and value per gigabyte of a platter based HDD with a performance boost to make it perform more like an SSD. To do this they have mated a HDD, currently in 250GB, 320GB and 500GB as the most expensive with an MSRP of $156, and 4GB of MLC Flash storage, plus controller. The flash is intended to hold the most frequently used files, thanks to an algorithm that
ensures faster response the more frequently a file is used. AnandTech's testing did bear out this in pr
Subject: General Tech | May 24, 2010 - 02:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
One of the biggest and most convincing arguments against Microsoft's Outlook email is that the PST files which it uses as a store for all information pertaining to an email account, not just the emails. That PST file is almost impossible to get at without the credentials of the account which created it. This makes moving your own email from Outlook to any other email program annoying but makes it almost impossible to switch an entire organization. Microsoft has recently released some tool using Apache License 2.0.
Subject: General Tech | May 21, 2010 - 06:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Over the past week a few visitors to PC Perspective may have received a warning about a suspicious advertisement from your antivirus program and we would just like you to know that the those responsible for that have had awful things happen to them. You are safe again and thank you for letting us know.
Subject: General Tech | May 21, 2010 - 12:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Earlier this month the Office 2010 beta became available to most people if they were interested in seeing what the new Office offers in the way of ribbons. Then Hotmail underwent an upgrade for many people, in part to allow people to use the new office to edit attachments in the cloud. Now they are releasing betas for professional IT gurus in the form of the BizTalk Server 2010 and Server AppFabric. BizTalk Server is an upgrade from the previous version, used to deal with database integration and backups. AppFabric is new, and is targeted at increasing the efficiency o
Subject: General Tech | May 20, 2010 - 02:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (May 20, 2010) - Today at the Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco, leading industry players announced the development of Google TV-an open platform that adds the power of the web to the television viewing experience, ushering in a new category of devices for the living room.
Subject: General Tech | May 20, 2010 - 12:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tweaktown is herding mice today, with four different gaming class mice up for review. There is
Subject: General Tech | May 20, 2010 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For a card that is still supposed to be under NDA we certainly know a lot about the upcoming entry level graphics card from nVIDA. The GTX465 will have a total of 352 stream processors, 92 less than the GTX270, the 1GB memory will be clocked to 3,206MHz on a 256bit interface, again slower than the the 270. The core will remain the same as the more expensive card at 607MHz, as will the process used to make the card. Perhaps the only thing we are not truly sure of is the power draw of t
Subject: General Tech | May 19, 2010 - 02:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Asus EeeBox EB1501 keeps the cute angled stand on the outside but has new insides intended to provide you with the performance for 1080p playback. You will find an Atom 330 @ 1.6GHz, 2GB of DDR2 RAM, a 250GB hard drive, nVidia ION Integrated video card, a DVD drive and runs Windows 7 Home Premium 64. On the back you will find an Ethernet port, eSATA port, HDMI and VGA out put and an S/PDIF for feeding 7.1 sound to a receiver.
Subject: General Tech | May 19, 2010 - 12:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica is a little upset at the gaming industry and those attached to it like professional game critics or those who send hatemail to a reviewer that only gave their favourite game eight stars. They discuss why it is impossible to give an accurate overview of a game from a preview at E3 and other meetings because in most cases the preview does not include any hands on time with the game. At best you get a heavily scripted presentation and if you are really lucky you might get to spend 5 minutes playing a particular section of a game with the PR rep back seat driving for you.&
Subject: General Tech | May 19, 2010 - 11:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Canonical Display Driver is a little display driver that Windows uses to allow it's graphics device interface (GDI) communicate with DirectX, so if you use later versions of Windows it is on your PC. It is not a case of AMD Catalyst versus nVIDIA's drivers, it lives further down in the depths of the OS passing data from the kernel level to the user level. Apparently an exploit has been discovered that could allow an unexpected reboot to occur, which you could probably use to drive someone nuts, but also could result in remote code execution if the attacker found a way around a
Subject: General Tech | May 19, 2010 - 10:02 AM | Jonathan Hung
Perhaps the oddest tech news you'll hear today, HP CEO Mark Hurd stated during the quarter's earning conference call that HP expects "to leverage WebOS into a variety of form factors, including slates and Web-connected printers".
Subject: General Tech | May 18, 2010 - 12:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you will forgive them the use of Silverlight, there is a video on MSDN that The Tech Report linked to this morning in which the Principal Engine Architect for HALO, Corrinne Yu, is interviewed by Channel9. It is Part 1 as the entire interview is over 1 hour and this part takes a hair over 30 minutes to complete. Corrinne is very passionate about what she does and starts off talking about her experiences loading machine code into an Apple's memory space to see what she could accomplish. She also dis
Subject: General Tech | May 17, 2010 - 01:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The iPod Nano has entered its 5th generation recently and Think Computers tested one out to see what is new. Still worth over $100 for 8GB of storage, it has a 2.2", 240 x 376 resolution screen that has the ability to flip from portrait to landscape when the Nano is turned on its side. There are more features like an FM radio and even a pedometer that can be synced with Nike's app.
Subject: General Tech | May 17, 2010 - 11:53 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When the second largest producer of LCDs in Taiwan and supplier to companies such as Dell and Sony starts talking about panel shortages the consumer should pay attention, even if the topic is a little dry. Au Optronics
is seeing a big supply problem for all types of LCDs, desktops and TVs through to notebooks for the next few months at the least. This will have an effect on pricing especially on those products new to the market like 3D panels and e-paper. The good news is that Au Optronics, along with their competitors like LG Display are looking to expand their production
Subject: General Tech | May 14, 2010 - 06:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Networking can be a lot of fun when it is successful but a huge frustration when you are trying to figure out why PC#1 cannot see PC#12. It really helps to have a clear understanding of both what you have and what you want to do with it. For instance, if you are unclear as to the name of the setup you are trying to create, you can run into many problems when you try to get help, unless you head straight for our Forums. Networking isn't the only way that you can run into problems with chaining togeth