A weighty mouse

Subject: General Tech | May 10, 2007 - 05:25 PM |
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Revoltec has jumped into the gaming mouse bandwagon with the Fightmouse.  With up to 2400dpi resolution and 5 buttons it has all the feature that gamers are now used to.  It also has a nice added bonus, 3 weights that can be added to the mouse to adjust it exactly to your preference, 10, 15 and 20g.  The back of the mouse also looks more rounded than most, which may be good news to many.

Source: BurnOutPC

Conference, just in time

Subject: General Tech | May 10, 2007 - 11:45 AM |
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In case you hadn't heard, the JavaOne conference is happening right now in San Francisco.  While it certainly doesn't get the attention that E3 or the IDF does, it is the place to be for those who work with Java.  Phoronix is there, and they have caught Oracle's slideshow and posted pictures up to the web.

Source: Phoronix

The anticipation grows

Subject: General Tech | May 9, 2007 - 12:04 PM |
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The Inquirer has heard that at least one of the voices in Fallout 3 will be done well, as it will be Liam Neeson.  There is no word on any other voice actors participating, nor on what the game will look like (or if it will be SPECIAL).  Follow their link for some nice mood music and 2 strange pictures.  For a look at a very dedicated fan base, click on the picture and head to the Fallout 3 forums ... and wear a flameproof suit.

Source: The Inquirer

Delaying an extinction event

Subject: General Tech | May 9, 2007 - 11:48 AM |
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The Register has a story on RapidMind, a startup that claims to be able to allow coders who have always programed for single core processors to be able to take advantage of multiple core speed advantages without needing to relearn their trade.  If their promise holds true, it may significantly reduce the delay between Cell processors and GPGPU becoming commonly available and the arrival of software optimized to use them.

Source: The Register

An almost disposable MP3 player

Subject: General Tech | May 8, 2007 - 01:38 PM |
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Hardware Zone reviews the new Creative Zen Stone.  At only 1GB, you won't be putting your entire music collection on it, but that really isn't what it is for.  It weighs only 18.5 ounces and is about the size of a Zippo lighter so it will go anywhere.  At an MSRP of less than $50 dollars, it certainly seems to put the iPod Nano in second place.

UMPC goes Pro

Subject: General Tech | May 8, 2007 - 11:46 AM |
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VIA Arena just received an OQO UMPC, that looks smaller than the manual it comes with.  The keyboard slides out from underneath the unit, making it one solid piece that looks about the size of a PSP and the docking station comes with a DVD burner and is a very sleek reflective black.  Check out the video and keep your eyes open for more about this tiny little PC.

Source: VIA Arena

Competition in an open source world

Subject: General Tech | May 7, 2007 - 12:19 PM |
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Mad Penguin takes on a hard task, trying to determine the benefits and drawbacks to opening your code.  Starting from a popular premise, that by opening up your source code to the public you create your own competition, they attempt to disprove it.  Competition in the open source world certainly exists, but as they try to point out in their article it is different from that found in the closed source world.

Source: Mad Penguin

Lend us your ears

Subject: General Tech | May 4, 2007 - 02:47 PM |
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We are trying a little experiment here at PC Perspective ... Ryan, Lee and I have put together our first podcast, and we would love to hear what you think.  We cover a bit of the Tech happenings from this past week, and a bit from PC Perspective, like Wise's interview.  Keep your ears open, this is the first in a series, and we hope to include highlights from the forums as well so you may even find yourself a topic of discussion.

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Get up and game

Subject: General Tech | May 4, 2007 - 11:56 AM |
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Can't afford several hundred dollars to invest in protection gear and paintball guns?  Sick of AirSoft and people pretending that you didn't just hit them several times?  Check out what Techware Labs has discovered, a game called Hard Knocks.  Sort of like Laser Tag in that there are no projectiles, but instead using an infrared light that can go significantly further than the laser can.  The guns look great, and they offer various scenarios reminiscent of CounterStrike and Team Fortress.  Plus

Maybe we will get a wire free office

Subject: General Tech | May 4, 2007 - 11:42 AM |
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In an effort to make recharging you gadgets easy and unobtrusive, researches have found a way to make a small sheet of special material into a charger that uses electromagnetic induction.  The sheet is made of copper and pentacene, and is tiny, but any device placed on it with a special receiving circuit starts getting charged.  Slashdot has a link to the original story.

Source: Slashdot

PC Perspective Launches a Podcast

Subject: General Tech | May 4, 2007 - 12:09 AM |
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I wanted to drop a quick note here to let as many PC Perspective readers as possible know that we have officially started podcasting today.  Basically, the podcast is an outlet for our editors to talk about their reviews and general tech news in the industry and let you in on the conversation.  You can get all the information by heading over to my weblog here: http://www.pcper.com/weblog.php


You can also subscribe to our RSS feed here: http://www.pcper.com/rss/podcasts.rss


We have a

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AMD to Present at UBS 2007 Leveraged Finance Conference

Subject: General Tech | May 3, 2007 - 06:01 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. — May 3, 2007 — AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced that AMD Chief Financial Officer Robert J. Rivet will present at the UBS 2007 Leveraged Finance Conference at 8:00 a.m. PT (11:00 a.m. ET) on Wednesday, May 9, 2007 in Las Vegas.   

A real-time audio webcast of the presentation will be available at www.amd.com/InvestorRelations.   A replay of the webcast will also be available for 10 days after the event.

Source: AMD

Dropping hints about IE8

Subject: General Tech | May 3, 2007 - 11:40 AM |
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The buzz at Mix'07 is focused on Silverlight, that Microsoft hopes will replace Flash; but there have also been some hints dropped about IE8.  As you might have suspected RSS, CSS, and AJAX support are all high on the list of features.  As well, there will be no interim versions of IE7 ... apart from security patches, the next big jump will be straight to IE8.  Ars Technica has more.

Source: Ars Technica

Gone to Gondor

Subject: General Tech | May 2, 2007 - 12:03 PM |
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HEXUS has just published a review of LOTR Online: Shadows of Angmar.  If you can spare the time from WoW, you can start a new online career as a hobbit, elf, dwarf or man.  With Tolkien's entire world replicated, there are a lot of sites you can enjoy checking out and plenty of orcs to slay and quests to complete.  It would also be a great way to first experience an MMORPG, as the reviewer has been playing for quite a long time and still hasn't died once.

Source: Hexus

DDR3 is on it's way

Subject: General Tech | May 2, 2007 - 11:48 AM |
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With Bearlake's release date bumped up from May 27th to May 9th, DDR3 is about to become a hot topic.  Of course, DDR2 has had quite a lot of benefit from being on the market, with very tight timings now becoming common, and that may make DDR3 systems slow in comparison.  The Inquirer shares a bit more here.

Source: The Inquirer

Soft mod your iPod

Subject: General Tech | May 1, 2007 - 05:51 PM |
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Overclocker's Club has posted a review of some add-on software for iTunes from Avanquest called TransferMy Music.  Designed to fit right into iTunes, it offers a user friendly way to music from iTunes to your iPod and back again.  It also lets you make text notes and other interesting customizations to your iPod.  The warning messages might scare you a little, but there were no problems durin

Silverlight - the new web hotness or just a flash in the pan?

Subject: General Tech | May 1, 2007 - 11:40 AM |
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Ars Technica shares what they know about Silverlight, Microsoft's new Flash killer.  Based around XML, and now integrated with .NET commands it features a new 'Dynamic Language Runtime' layer, designed to allow more programming interfaces, like Python.  With no Linux support, and Microsoft's habit of not following existing web standards, read on to to see if they have a chance at unseating Flash as a web app.

"Yesterday, Microsoft revealed the latest alpha rele

Source: Ars Technica

Form over function?

Subject: General Tech | April 30, 2007 - 11:56 AM |
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The Saitek Obsidian Wireless Rechargeable mouse has a very sleek look to it, to the point where scroll wheel has even been removed.  In it's place is a touchpad that acts as the scroll wheel, as well as being able to perform a few more tricks as well.  Head to ExtremeTech for the full review, and find out if this mouse has been designed more for style than usability.

Source: Extremetech

[H]ard|OCP jumps on the soapbox

Subject: General Tech | April 30, 2007 - 11:38 AM |
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After a long hiatus, [H]ard|OCP presents a new State of the Silicon Union address.  There is a lot to talk about, with AMD/ATI losing ground with their aging architectures, both CPU and GPU.  nVIDIA also causes him to wonder, as many companies have managed to start partnerships but nVIDIA is still going it alone.  Head over and read the full editorial

Source: [H]ard|OCP

We've got the answers, all you have to do is supply the question

Subject: General Tech | April 27, 2007 - 05:39 PM |
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For those of you who like a little challenge and want their PC to be secure, IPCop is a great program.

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