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Subject: General Tech | July 16, 2007 - 11:45 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | July 13, 2007 - 03:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | July 13, 2007 - 02:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | July 13, 2007 - 12:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | July 13, 2007 - 11:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | July 12, 2007 - 12:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | July 12, 2007 - 11:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | July 11, 2007 - 01:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | July 11, 2007 - 11:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | July 11, 2007 - 11:36 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: General Tech | July 10, 2007 - 11:39 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | July 9, 2007 - 06:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
PALO ALTO, Calif. and SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 9, 2007 - VMware, Inc., the global leader in software for virtualization solutions today announced that Intel Corporation, through its global investment arm, Intel Capital has agreed to become an investor in VMware. VMware's base virtualization platform virtualizes the Intel architecture.
Subject: General Tech | July 9, 2007 - 10:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In the next few weeks, Vista users may be approached by mysterious men in shirts with little blue M's, asking them to volunteer to see what side effects they suffer when trying out a new patch. The beta version of service pack 1 for Vista should be out soon, although the testing will probably not be as public as the pre-release versions of Vista were. The Inquirer points out that the actual service pack is still not due until 2008, which is a long wait for corporate customers that have no plans to switch OSs until
Subject: General Tech | July 9, 2007 - 10:31 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, 9 July 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, and Mecer, one of South Africa's leading PC manufacturers, today announced the new Mecer Education PC powered by the 1.5GHz VIA C7-D desktop processor.
Subject: General Tech | July 6, 2007 - 04:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It's getting harder to keep track of everything that can go wrong with a PC, especially considering just how many extra features are on the motherboard. Sometimes we can spend so much time focussed on the arcane problems that can appear, we can all manage to forget some of the simpler ones, or that a simple solution can solve some of the more bizarre problems.
Subject: General Tech | July 6, 2007 - 12:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD has invested a sizable chunk in Transmeta, who once manufactured semiconductors like the Crusoe and now focuses more on intellectual property and design. They helped AMD with the HyperTransport Bus as well as their move to 64 bit architecture. The Inquirer has more on this interesting development for AMD.
Subject: General Tech | July 5, 2007 - 02:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Pro-Clockers had a look at a very unique keyboard, the Art.Lebedev Optimus Mini Three Keyboard. As the name suggest, there are only 3 keys on this little USB keyboard, but each of those keys is a 20mm x 20mm backlit OLED screens that can display either a static image or animation at 3 frames per second. Plus you can use those buttons as hotkeys! Take a look at this nifty little device.
Subject: General Tech | July 5, 2007 - 11:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Before the iPhone's first week on sale is over, it has already been molested in several ways. 2 accounts have been found, and now a way has been discovered to activate your iPhone without using AT&T. You won't be making any cell calls though, that part still requires the intervention off AT&T. It comes as no surprise to The Inquirer that the man who hacked the iPhone, the infamous DVD Jon, is still working on that problem.
"Hacker doyen DVD Jon has worked out a way of cracking an unactivate
Subject: General Tech | July 4, 2007 - 12:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The upcoming RPG, Tabula Rasa, skips out on orcs, ogres and elves in preference to aliens. While the screenshots certainly evoke memories of the Elder Scrolls series, this is not a fantasy based game. With mention of multiple worlds to visit, and a storyline that includes the fall of Earth, the sneak peek at HEXUS is worth a read.
Subject: General Tech | July 4, 2007 - 11:53 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TweakTown took a tour through Shuttle's Taipei headquarters, and had a good look at their upcoming products. Owners of XPC series cases have something to look forward to, with 2 upcoming XPC compatible X38 based motherboards, with Dual PCI-Express slots. They will also be releasing Speed-Link, a driverless USB based network interface, and a fingerprint reader based login. There are a lot more features being included in their next generation of cases, check them out.
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