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Subject: General Tech | March 4, 2008 - 06:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sound Blaster's new X-Fi Xtreme card is an Audigy in disguise, though it does use the PCI-E bus. The card isn't a complete waste though, the Guru of 3D found that the new chip does offer some improvements to the Audigys of old, but it is a far cry from a X-Fi. As a bonus, the card even gives a good reason to upgrade to Vista.
Subject: General Tech | March 4, 2008 - 04:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Some of you may have never encountered the name before, but Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson are hailed as the Fathers of Roleplaying. Anything you might have played that had Armour Class, Hit Points, THACO or even just used dice to determine the outcome of a characters actions; all of them are based off of Gary's imagination.
Subject: General Tech | March 4, 2008 - 03:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It's a Bluetooth mouse, a wireless mouse, a wired mouse and a 1Gb USB drive, all at the same time. The wired talent is for recharging it for wireless use again, you never end up with a mouse you can't use. With Bluetooth enabled laptops, you don't even need the dongle. Check out this handy little mobile sized mouse at the Hardware Zone.
Subject: General Tech | March 4, 2008 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It looks like an old vulnerability that Microsoft never got around to fixing allows you to unlock Windows PCs with just a Linux box and a Firewire connection. The story that was picked up on Slashdot links to a tool that is a proof of concept. The person who discovered the flaw notified Microsoft about it years ago, but since there has been no fix, he has released it publicly. Hopefully that will convince someone it is worth fixing.
Subject: General Tech | March 4, 2008 - 11:15 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sunnyvale, Calif. - March 3, 2008—OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and components for enthusiasts and gamers, is pleased to announced the Neural Impulse Actuator (NIA) has begun mass production and launch into channel is imminent.
Subject: General Tech | March 3, 2008 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TweakTown asks a question that has probably occurred to most hardware enthusiasts at some point, what is up with these graphics card bundles? Sure, getting a game is nice, unless you already have it, or wouldn't play it if you were paid to. Jut how many DVI-VGA adapters does one human need anyways? They offer two companies that they feel are offering the right bundles, without adding much to the price. Read on to see who they are.
Subject: General Tech | February 29, 2008 - 05:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Upgrading your system piece by piece can be challenging, and I don't necessarily mean to imply it is hard to find the components or install them. I am more referring to the dilemma of bottlenecking, as in this thread, nothing is more disheartening
than buying a new graphics card and seeing no improvements. On the other hand, moving from onboard to add on audio can be a bit confusing. Hard drives are easier, if you want s
Subject: General Tech | February 29, 2008 - 11:38 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
DigiTimes has news on the upcoming 4x series of chips for Intel motherboards, including a rough look at their pricing and some details on the P43. Also nice to see is more confirmation that the X48 will be shipping in March, good news for those wanting dual PCI-E 8x slots.
Subject: General Tech | February 28, 2008 - 03:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tweaktown looks at TrueHD on the PC, something that AACS' DRM has made sure we can't do currently. See, if you aren't using HDMI 1.3, you aren't allowed to hear TrueHD, and you can't currently get HDMI 1.3 compliance on a PC. There is hope though, Auzentech was showing off the X-Tension at CES this year; it's simply a HDMI 1.3 audio signal processing daughter board to stick onto your X-Meridian or X-Fi Prelude. Check out the whole story.
Subject: General Tech | February 28, 2008 - 02:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 28, 2008 - NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the world leader in visual computing technologies and the inventor of the GPU, today announced that the Enthusiast System Architecture (ESA) extensions have now officially been adopted by the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF), paving the way for widespread industry adoption.
Subject: General Tech | February 28, 2008 - 11:39 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While we still have no definite news on where the million or so Semprons that ASUS is rumoured to have bought will end up, but we do know that China will be seeing them for sale. DigiTimes predicts that Intel will drop prices in reaction to the release, a tactic we will likely see in North America once the chips make it over here. Maybe we should look out for low priced Lenovos soon.
Subject: General Tech | February 27, 2008 - 12:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - February 27, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced it has worked closely with Microsoft throughout the Windows Server 2008 development process, to deliver the ultimate server solution.
Subject: General Tech | February 27, 2008 - 11:48 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
X-bit Labs picked up a Santa Rosa based Apple MacBook Pro, and for some reason they installed Vista on it. Not only did it work, they compared it to an ASUS Lamborghini VX2S in several benchmarks. The Apple even beat out the Lamborghini in all gaming tests except Crysis. The pairing isn't really that strange if you compare the price of the
Subject: General Tech | February 26, 2008 - 03:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica spent some time at this years GDC, which had a lot of new independently
created titles on show. Ranging from customized controllers to games for all the consoles as well as the PC, there is a lot happening this year in gaming. Microsoft will have a huge impact on what makes it big, if you are designing a game for the PC or the XBox, you are already working with Microsoft. Check out the big hits from the GDC here.
Subject: General Tech | February 26, 2008 - 03:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
According to DigiTimes, it will not be easy to get our hands on a triple-core Phenom. All of their stock is going to OEMs to go inside full systems. This move is not unprecedented, but it is worrying when you think about the rumours of low yields with the B2 stepping.
Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2008 - 02:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The next step in the eternal search for the perfect input device comes to us from Sandio, with their 3D O2 Gaming Mouse. It promises keyboard free gaming, as well as better control over 3D programs like Google Earth and Sketchup. BCCHardware was brave enough to try it out, even risking their reputation with some online gaming.
Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2008 - 12:07 PM | Ryan Shrout
I guess it had to happen; Microsoft officially announced the end of the Xbox 360 HD-DVD drive. Too bad we found it to be the best and most practical HD content drive during the entire format war; you could even use it on your PC for HD playback if you wanted. Well, if you still want one, apparently places like Amazon and Best Buy are just giving them away. Just be sure you realize the format is, well, DEAD.
Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2008 - 11:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are not familiar with application virtualization,
you are not alone. As with many IT solutions that are offered by multiple vendors, the definition changes depending on who you are talking to. At it's very core, the idea is to be able to distribute complete programs in such a way that they are self contained and need no installation, as well as ensuring the program runs with an isolation layer between it and the OS preventing any opportunity the program might have to damage the OS. AnandTech can
Subject: General Tech | February 22, 2008 - 05:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Comcast has picked up a bad rep recently, due to their nice habit of package inspection and throttling back Bittorrent traffic ... on the other hand, look at the speeds you can get from their connections! If you are a Folder then drop by this thread, one of our members has done a lot of research on how to get the most out of his machine.
Subject: General Tech | February 22, 2008 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tritton Technologies TRITTON AX51 5.1 headphones came very close to deafening a reviewer at Motherboards.org. The sound they produce is proper 5.1 surround, assuming you plug it into a sound card that can send the proper signal, and there is no problem with the sound being weak or of bad quality. If you like watching movies, playing games or listening to music, and have someone around that doesn't always appreciate your preferred