Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, Baked Beans, Egg, Spam, Spam and Spam

Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2007 - 11:40 AM |
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There is trouble afoot for emailing in general, according to the newest results 95% of all email is spam.  If you feel like you get a lot of spam hitting your inbox, consider just how bad it could be.  The filters that we and our ISPs use to prevent some of the spam from getting through are obviously improving along with the volume of spam, but one wonders what will happen when 99.99999 of all emails are spam.  Follow the links at Slashdot for all the gory details.

Source: Slashdot

The GIMP gets Photoshopped

Subject: General Tech | October 16, 2007 - 12:05 PM |
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If you don't have an extra $10 billion lying around, it is almost impossible to keep up with the newest versions of Photoshop.  There are 2 alternatives, find an employer you can convince to pay for it, or start learning how to use the GIMP.  OS Weekly has found a way to make that transition easier on the Photoshop addict, GIMPShop has had it's interface tweaked to look a bit more like what you are used to.

Source: OS Weekly

Intel's fratricidal chipset

Subject: General Tech | October 15, 2007 - 12:14 PM |
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The X38 chipset may not be around for long, as it's successor, the X48 will  be available in the next 3-6 months.  For the first mainstream DDR3 board, this is probably bad news, even if the retailers try to brand the X48 as the new high end.  Catch up with this news at DigiTimes.

Source: Digitimes

Things you might have missed on the forums this week

Subject: General Tech | October 12, 2007 - 06:23 PM |
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When good computers go bad, everyone suffers, even the routers. 

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Not exactly $199, now is it?

Subject: General Tech | October 12, 2007 - 12:18 PM |
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ASUS has shown some rather odd math and spelling skills in relation to their new ultra-low cost notebook, the Eee.  It turns out that what they meant when they claimed it would sell for no more than $199 is that it won't be sold for less than $200.  While the change in price is rather frustrating, it will still be the cheapest way to get your hands on a laptop.  More at DigiTimes.

Source: Digitimes

Collect the whole set

Subject: General Tech | October 11, 2007 - 01:04 PM |
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If you have been busily collecting Fatal1ty brand parts, you will need to get your hands on the Creative Sound Blaster X-FI Xtreme Gamer Fatal1ty ProFrom the results of the review that OCC finished, you may want to get it anyways.  It is easy to set up to listen to what you want, but there is also a control panel that will allow you some serious ways

Share your bandwidth or we cut you off

Subject: General Tech | October 11, 2007 - 12:38 PM |
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Anyone living in Toronto now has something to cheer about, a new ISP Co-op that is attempting to make the whole city a hotspot.  If you subscribe to their Internet service (about 3-5Mbs @ $37 a month), you are also sent a wireless router running OpenWRT, and the subscribers use Chillispot to throttle the bandwidth used by outside wireless connections so the person paying for the service still has good line speed.  Read all about the service, and the 2 guys behind i

Source: Ars Technica

A quick peek inside the Orange Box

Subject: General Tech | October 10, 2007 - 12:44 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP takes a quick and dirty look at the performance you can expect to see from Episode 2, when the Orange Box finally becomes available.  Not only do you get an idea how this game will play on AMD and nVIDIA, but there are a few screenshots you haven't seen yet, of an interesting environment.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

News from AMD

Subject: General Tech | October 10, 2007 - 12:21 PM |
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Some will call the new roadmap good news, others will consider it bad, and in some cases they will be using the same models to argue both points.  Either way you look at it, the fact that AMD is at least giving us a much better idea about what to expect from them is a good thing.  Take a look at the new road map by following the links from The Inquirer.

Source: The Inquirer

The mouse of destiny

Subject: General Tech | October 9, 2007 - 05:03 PM |
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Bearing the name of one of the Fates (and a certain type of pit viper) is the new mouse from Razer, the Lachesis, and does it ever have a lot on on it, up to and including onboard memory.  The response time is tiny, the maximum DPI is huge and 9 programmable buttons will have you staring at the key mappings of your favorite games for hours trying to figure out the perfect setup.  OCModShop has more info on the current pinnacle of gaming mice.

Source: OCMODSHOP

Free fallin'

Subject: General Tech | October 9, 2007 - 01:32 PM |
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AMD's processor pricing is in a free fall, with most of their line being reduced in price, including the newly released Black Edition.  DigiTimes published the list of bulk prices,  which will be very attractive to anyone looking to build an inexpensive PC.  Here's hoping that we have new processors soon, as these prices have to be hurting AMD's bottom line.

Asus Xonar Sound Card to Meet PCI Express

Subject: General Tech | October 8, 2007 - 01:45 PM |
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We have been very impressed with the Xonar sound card from Asus here at PC Perspective, and it looks like a new PCI Express version will be coming out soon.

Asustek announced its Xonar D2 PCI sound card on June 5, but we also spotted a PCI Express version of the card—branded Xonar D2X—at the company's Computex booth on the same day. The firm has now finally launched the Xonar D2X, and the PCIe newcomer is coming out together with another member of the Xonar lineup: the Xonar U1.

Feel secure in our community

Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2007 - 07:31 PM |
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Have you ever thought about working in computer network security, or maybe are already in the industry? 

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Making the most of MP3

Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2007 - 07:03 PM |
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Sure you know what MP3s are, everyone does.  But there is more than one way to make them, and how you choose to do so can have a huge impact on the quality of the and the size as well.  Ars Technica takes you through Fast Fourier Transforms, compression algorithms as well as some of the other formats that offer you alternatives to MP3.  Your music collection may never sound the same again.

Source: Ars Technica

Talking about Intel's clockwork

Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2007 - 06:31 PM |
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TechARP had a chance to sit down with Patrick Gelsinger, SVP and General Manager of Intel's Digital Enterprise Group.  They get some answers about Intel's tick-tock strategy and the new hafnium-based transistors that we are hoping to see soon, along with  as 32nm technology.  You can also find out some interesting tidbits about Nehalem.

Source: Tech ARP

A little something to consider

Subject: General Tech | October 4, 2007 - 12:14 PM |
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Folding@Home has run on about 2 million CPUs, and actively runs on 200,000, not counting PS3s.  The math gets a little fuzzy when you are calculating FLOPS, but it is likely that they really have, at some point, broken the TeraFLOP milestone.

Storm, the wonderful little infection that has been stealthily been having fun romping through the internet, and possibly your computer, has infected between 1 to 50 MILLION PCs!  When the creators figure out what that missing step between Step 1 and Step 3 is, you will likely wish that they were just stealing underpants.

Source: Wired News

ASUS sounds out a new market

Subject: General Tech | October 3, 2007 - 03:14 PM |
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While we have been seeing some nice onboard audio solutions on ASUS motherboards for a while now, we haven't seen an actual discreet soundcard.  This changes with the introduction of the Xonar D2 soundcard, which houses an incredible amount of features and outputs.  Elite Bastards gave the card, and the bundle it came with a try, check out

Thanks to the delay, you can only play Crysis vicariously

Subject: General Tech | October 3, 2007 - 12:15 PM |
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Gamehelper has done fans awaiting the release of Crysis ... demo or full ... a favour and a disservice.  Their nice side has given us some screenshots and some idea of what the mulitplayer game will be like, but I can't help but think they are taunting those of us who couldn't get into the limited beta test.

Source: Gamehelper

Is AMD injecting steroids in Barcelona

Subject: General Tech | October 3, 2007 - 11:40 AM |
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It looks like the disappointment that many felt when the clock speeds of AMD's Barcelona chips may be short lived.   The Inquirer is tracking and verifying rumours that the server line of Barcelona processors will scale up to 2.6 GHz.  Considering that the when the parts were first announced, every single 65nm chip was clocked under 2GHz, this is good news for AMD and enthusiasts.

Source: The Inquirer

Cutting it a little close to Christmas

Subject: General Tech | October 2, 2007 - 11:54 AM |
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The good news is that AMD will be launching a new series of graphics cards in the very near future ... the bad news is that the chip won't go into mass production until November, so it is unlikely we will see the cards using the new chips until 2008.  You can see that the specs that DigiTimes quotes offer some hope for performance improvements, but AMD is sticking with it's usual response to people publishing info on unreleased parts ... silence.

Source: Digitimes