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

At least we still have the bug fixes

Subject: General Tech | January 16, 2008 - 01:40 PM |
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Tech Spot tried out the new 1.1 patch for Crysis, with the hope that the performance improvements for SLI/Crossfire rigs would blow them away.  As it turns out they barely felt a soft breeze.  Check out the benchmarks in their full review.

Source: Tech Spot

DO WANT!

Subject: General Tech | January 16, 2008 - 11:41 AM |
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Yesterday Ryan posted a link to movie of a projector in a very unique and talented casing and whose remote control was no less recognizable.  Today, Tech Knowledge follows that clip up with the detailed specs, including

USB ports, a card reader, ports for PS3 and a 3G+ compatible iPod dock, with support to project the video onto a nearby surface in 1024x768 XGA.  It also sports 5.1 HC Dolby Digital and a host of other inputs and output formats!

Intel Posts Record Quarterly Revenue

Subject: General Tech | January 15, 2008 - 05:51 PM |
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2007 Operating Income $8.2 Billion, up 45 Percent

    * Fourth-Quarter Revenue $10.7 Billion, up 10.5 Percent Year-over-Year

    * Gross Margin 58 Percent, up 8.5 Points Year-over-Year

    * Operating Income $3 Billion, up 105 Percent Year-over-Year

    * Record Microprocessor and Chipset Units and Revenue

    * Net Income $2.3 Billion; EPS 38 Cents

The halls are alive with the sound of music

Subject: General Tech | January 15, 2008 - 01:31 PM |
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Got a Vista machine,a good set of ears, and a free PCIe x1 slot?  If so, the new ASUS Xonar D2X is for you, otherwise go with Auzentech's X-Fi Prelude, which fits in the tried and true PCI slot.  Either way, you can avoid the hardware acceleration issues with Direct Sound caused by Vista's Universal Audio Architecture.  The two cards ha

Santa Rosa, we hardly knew you

Subject: General Tech | January 15, 2008 - 12:03 PM |
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The acceleration of certain tech companies is getting a little silly, especially this last few months.  nVIDIA kicked it off by obsoleting some of their own cards, I suppose because AMD/ATI didn't look like they would be offering competition.  The new and improved 8800 GTS as well as the 8800 GT have annoyed more than a few people who bought one of the 640MB versions, as well as vendors.  The owners have seen their stock of original GTS's sit on their shelves because only the un

Source: Digitimes

For the Star Wars nerd in us all

Subject: General Tech | January 15, 2008 - 11:37 AM |
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This is something you really have to see: an R2-D2 HD projector with matching Millenium Falcon remote control.  No, seriously.  A new site from some people we know, tkArena, has the beef:

WW06

Subject: General Tech | January 14, 2008 - 11:59 AM |
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aka February 4-9, 2008 ...

Source: Tech ARP

Our forums, yours to discover

Subject: General Tech | January 11, 2008 - 05:59 PM |
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Earlier this week, a way to infect a PC using the Master Boot Record was reported on, which has got a few of our members wondering if there is a way to prevent that from happening, along with easy to follow instructions on how to fix it after you have been infected.  Any ideas out there on preventative measures

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Microsoft keeping an eye on Logitech

Subject: General Tech | January 11, 2008 - 02:19 PM |
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One of the rumors circulating in the post-CES discussion is about Microsoft looking at purchasing peripheral maker Logitech.  At one point these two companies were #1 and #2 in the world for keyboards and mice and the combination of the two could make for some interesting innovations.

Source: engadget

Extreme keyboard

Subject: General Tech | January 11, 2008 - 01:19 PM |
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Already dropped $10,000 on a maxed out Alienware gaming rig, and have several 30" monitors set up as multiple displays?   Having trouble figuring out what the next purchase should be to ensure your bragging rights?  Check out the Optimus Maximus keyboard, at around $1,500 you be almost guaranteed to be the only one who has one in your neighbourhood once it becomes available in about a month.   Just why is it so expensive?  Chec

Source: Ars Technica

AMD steps up

Subject: General Tech | January 11, 2008 - 11:28 AM |
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There is some good news for fans of AMD via Elite Bastards who talked with AMD about the rumours that the new B3 stepping on Phenoms will be TLB error free.  The B3 Phenom will probably not show huge improvements in speed initially, except for those users who applied the patch instead of coping with the slight possibility of random crashes.  On the other hand, if the speculation that the TLB errata error is what held the clock speeds down on the new Pheno

Which card with Witcher

Subject: General Tech | January 10, 2008 - 01:59 PM |
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The Witcher, a new 3rd person view RPG is loved for it's graphics and atmosphere almost as much as it is cursed for it's bugs.  [H]ard|OCP takes a quick look at the gameplay, and provides some screenshots, but the focus of their review is performance.  They try this game on a GeForce 8800GTS 512 MB and the 8800GT 512 MB as well as the Radeon HD 3870 512 MB and 3850 256 MB.  Read on to see how well these cards can handle the load.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

USB is on the enhancement drugs

Subject: General Tech | January 10, 2008 - 11:35 AM |
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Take a look at these pictures of the new USB 3.0, due to arrive soon.  The sockets are deeper, but still backwards compatible and the new standard should transfer around 4.7Gb/s which is faster than a SATA drive.  I wouldn't hold my breath waiting to see it reach that speed, but it is likely going to feel a lot faster than current USB 2.0 speeds.  The Register also links back to the optical version that we have seen earlier.

Source: The Register

Valve and NVIDIA Offer Portal: First Slice Free to GeForce Users

Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2008 - 02:52 PM |
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January 9, 2008 - The most recent Steam Hardware Survey shows more Steam gamers play on NVIDIA GeForce hardware than any other graphics platform. In an effort to further support this popular PC gaming configuration - Steam games plus NVIDIA hardware - Valve and NVIDIA have entered into an agreement to collaborate on development, distribution, events, and more.

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You and HDMI

Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2008 - 11:54 AM |
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The new Auzen HDMI 1.3 board looks mighty impressive, offering significantly more options than other cards on the market currently.  One of the biggest steps is the inclusion of more than just SPDIF for output, which helps out anyone who owns newer equipment and wants to get off of that antiquated interface.  Head to Hardware Canucks for more details on what this card can do for your ears.