AMD Reports Second Quarter Results

Subject: General Tech | July 19, 2007 - 05:52 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - July 19, 2007 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today reported financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2007. AMD reported second quarter 2007 revenue of $1.378 billion, an operating loss of $457 million, and a net loss of $600 million, or $1.09 per share.

Source: AMD

A working vacation

Subject: General Tech | July 19, 2007 - 11:36 AM |
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Novel tried holding a Hack Week, and Ars Technica spoke with Novell's chief open-source
strategy officer, Nat Friedmam about it
.  It involves Novel employees temporarily abandoning their current projects in favour of a free form week of writing open source software.  Letting a bunch of programmers creativity loose was intended not only as stress relief, but also a chance to let the programmers work on projects that they would otherwise have difficulty justifying to their bosses.

Source: Ars Technica

CARMACK!!!

Subject: General Tech | July 18, 2007 - 12:06 PM |
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The next Quakecon may be filled with a lot of new people who've never been there before ... console players.  Id Software has decided to switch their focus.  Now they won't be focusing on PC Games, but instead on consoles, to the point where every PC will have gamepads/controllers attached for testing, not the keyboard & mouse combo that defines PC gaming.  Nor will they be pushing the limits of graphics cards anymore.

Source: The Inquirer

Death of a PC

Subject: General Tech | July 18, 2007 - 11:52 AM |
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Many will have heard of the German that not only managed to get his revenge on a computer, but got away with it too!  If you haven't, drop by [H]ard|OCP.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Sounding out the new OSes

Subject: General Tech | July 17, 2007 - 05:16 PM |
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Professional audiophiles have had little say in the benchmarking suites we see during reviews, even when a sound card is under review.  D.A.W. Bench aims to fix that, offering a way to compare audio quality and performance across multiple OSes.  The Inquirer can give you an earful on this topic, if you let them.

Source: The Inquirer

EVGA Scavenger Hunt 2007

Subject: General Tech | July 17, 2007 - 02:39 PM |
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  • You need to scavenge the EVGA website for a special EVGA Scavenger Hunt Gold Ribbon icon that you will need to locate (10) ten times on various pages throughout the EVGA website. When you find this icon on a page all you need to do is simply click on it and a small page will popup, it will ask you (2) two questions one about EVGA and one about one of our partners that donated prizes. You will need to enter your name and email address and our system will track the rest for you. You will need to answer the questions correctly to be eligible to win.
Source: EVGA

Healthcare Experts Debate Solutions for Chronic Disease Management and the Aging

Subject: General Tech | July 17, 2007 - 02:37 PM |
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WASHINGTON, D.C., July 17, 2007 - At a summit hosted by Intel Corporation today, a group of healthcare experts and decision-makers debated solutions to improve care for people with chronic disease and to ease the strain that it and the growing aging population place on individuals and families, the nation and on the healthcare system and providers.

Participants challenged each other to improve the quality and integration of patient care, including the role technology can play in reducing the costs for health institutions and insurance providers.

One password to rule them all

Subject: General Tech | July 17, 2007 - 11:52 AM |
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Techware Labs has found a handy little program called the RoboForm, which is also available in mobile form, as a USB drive.  It keeps all your passwords, as well as being able to generate ones for you.  The ones generated are fairly strong, and the RoboForm remembers them for you as opposed to you having to remember random letters and numbers.  If you are having trouble keeping passwords straight you can g

Intel Carrier Grade Platforms Certified for Sun Solaris

Subject: General Tech | July 16, 2007 - 02:49 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 16, 2007 - Intel Corporation today announced availability for Sun Microsystems' Solaris Operating System on Intel-based telecommunications rack and blade servers just months after a broad agreement between the two companies.

A very unpopular anniversary

Subject: General Tech | July 16, 2007 - 11:45 AM |
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Back in 1982, a prank was pulled which has been identified as the initial computer virus infection.  Oer the past 25 years, they have gone from easily fixed hacks designed to mildly annoy the user into mutating bugs that do far more than just create mild frustration.  You can read about the virus, as well as the 15 year old that wrote it on Slashdot.  Virus writing is definitely for the young.

Source: Slashdot

Calling all Frogs!!!

Subject: General Tech | July 13, 2007 - 03:37 PM |
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Now that summer is here, some of our members may opt to trade their nice CRT/LCD generated pallor for a beach suntan.  Please remember that while you may like a nice refreshing dip, your laptop doesn't.  They do benefit from better virus protection than their users, and even have a choice of which one to use.

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Dual-Link DVI KVM switch

Subject: General Tech | July 13, 2007 - 02:31 PM |
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The Tech Report has been searching for a KVM switch that supports Dual-link DVI, and they have found one.  The USB controlled Belkin Flip DVI-D offers just that.  You had better read the full review though, many USB KVMs have issues, and adding Dula-link DVI creates more opportunities for issues.

"I was excited to learn recently about a new product from Belkin, the Flip-DVI-D.

The new PSP goes on a diet ... and steroids

Subject: General Tech | July 13, 2007 - 12:07 PM |
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The only thing HEXUS didn't get was picture of the new PSP.  They do have a complete listing of the components in it, the interfaces available as well as it's weight.   The biggest thing is the 4.3" monitor that has a 16:9 ratio.  Read what Sony has in store for mobile gaming.

Source: Hexus

A more PC PC

Subject: General Tech | July 13, 2007 - 11:52 AM |
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The Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool will become as ubiquitous as the Energy Star symbol.  It is a US program to indicate that a PC has been constructed with the environment in mind.  From reduced levels of heavy metals, to eco-friendly packaging, there is a list of 11 different requirements that must be met to be certified EPEAT.  Find out more on this new(ish) tool at ECO PC Review.

HTPC lite?

Subject: General Tech | July 12, 2007 - 12:02 PM |
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The Icy Box IB-MP301 HDD Media Player is being sold as an alternative to a full HTPC.  With support for up to a 500GB drive, an RCA audio jack and both RCA and VGA video outputs, it is certainly slimmed down as is the price, with a MSRP of about $100, but don't expect it to act as a PVR.  If that piques your interest, read to full review at Overclock3D.

Source: Overclock3D

ET at E3

Subject: General Tech | July 12, 2007 - 11:52 AM |
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Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft are putting on a show in Santa Monica to start off E3.  ExtremeTech was there, and caught it all from Microsoft's Peter Moore trying out a game of Rock Band, to Nintendo's Wii Zapper and Sega's upcoming games.

Source: Extremetech

Can headgear ever be cool

Subject: General Tech | July 11, 2007 - 01:37 PM |
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The TrackIR 4 Pro POV Headset is a wonderful idea, the point of view in your game is controlled by the movements of your head.  Unfortunately, it is very hard to look cool while wearing a wire thingy attached to headphones.  Read more at [H]ard|OCP, and see if this is the new thing in gaming, or if it's doomed to obscurity like many POV headsets before it.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Say it ain't so!

Subject: General Tech | July 11, 2007 - 11:56 AM |
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The Tech Report has a very dark secret that they have decided to share with the rest of us.  Console gaming is taking over their lives, to the detriment of their PC gaming habits.  If Unreal Tournament 3 and Crysis don't come out soon, the only thing that they will be using their PCs for is work.  You can read the shocking news and what has caused this disturbing behaviour here.

Firefox having difficulty remembering what comes after Alpha

Subject: General Tech | July 11, 2007 - 11:36 AM |
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Firefox will still be releasing a new testing version, but it will still be considered an Alpha, as opposed to moving to Beta, as was originally planned.   Making a solid browser comes before meeting imposed deadlines, and the big hurdle is the upgrade to the Gecko engine to 1.9 to allow Firefox3 to pass the Acid2 test.  You can see the updated roadmap, and a bit more detail on what is going on at Ar

Source: Ars Technica

Glue with a shocking secret

Subject: General Tech | July 10, 2007 - 11:39 AM |
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The next time you are thinking about a mod, and have some features you can't figure out how to keep attached, try glue.  Instead of paying through the nose for conductive epoxy from a specialist store, make your own with the help of a link on MAKE:Blog.  Paint on circuits, use it as solder, or maybe even redo the old pencil trick mod, permanently.

Source: MAKE: Blog