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Subject: General Tech | May 25, 2007 - 11:44 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The first software to enable a GPU to be used for general purposes will come from nVIDIA, and be released in June according to this story on The Inquirer. It has been in beta for a little while, but this will be an official release. As well, nVIDIA mentioned their new series of GPGPUs will be the 9800, and will feature double-precision floating point arithmetic, a must in scientific calculations, and handy for the gamer too.
Subject: General Tech | May 24, 2007 - 02:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Democracy Player has 2 things going for it, the first is it's integration with online video streaming from places like YouTube, and it's attitude which is very relaxed. Instead of trying to take over all your media by default, as well as launching at boot time, you can set it to the behaviour you prefer right from the install. It treats streaming media differently as well, downloading all of the video before letting you watch it, and then deleting it about 5 days later to save on space. Read on
Subject: General Tech | May 24, 2007 - 11:37 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hynix is leading the way; along with IMEC and 4 other CMOS producing companies in the never ending quest to shrink the manufacturing process. This incarnation will be 32nm, although it may take some time before we see that process in memory chips, let alone CPUs. We are right on the technological edge of how tightly focused the UV beam can be when using it to etch memory, even using EUV lithography. DigiTimes has a bit more, here.
Subject: General Tech | May 23, 2007 - 12:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The UFO franchise has been trying to recapture the feel of the original X:Com UFO Defense in the early 90's. While the graphics have evolved, and many different approaches have been tried, it just hasn't been same as in the good old days. Strategy Informer reviews the latest, UFO:Extraterrestrials, which is set on a new planet called Esperanza not Earth.
Subject: General Tech | May 23, 2007 - 11:43 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is a help wanted sign in the window at 3D Realms, and if you get the job you could become one of the most loved, or one of the most hated game programmers of all time. If you think you can drop the Forever from Duke Nukem Forever, follow the link from The Inquirer to apply, or just get a peek at a new screenshot.
Subject: General Tech | May 22, 2007 - 02:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Thankfully it has never been used for an exploit, but researchers have found a vulnerability in OpenOffice. Using the built in StarBasic scripting language, this virus can infect Windows, Mac or Linux boxes, and show a picture of a man in a bunny suit ... er ... being naughty. The Inquirer has more on this vulnerability, that should hopefully be fixed soon.
Subject: General Tech | May 21, 2007 - 04:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Bjorn3D has had a good look at Listan's upcoming products for this year. A very high resolution mouse, a backlit keyboard and a pair of mousepads are their feature products right now. If you are in the search for a better way to frag your friends, drop by for a look at what they have to offer.
Subject: General Tech | May 21, 2007 - 02:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You may remember in a previous PC Perspective podcast, Jon bringing the topic of e-waste up. Slashdot has a link to a story that follows up that topic with a look at why it is done. The actual people in the electronic waste dump get contaminated water and a couple of bucks a day, to harvest waste in which the density of precious metals recovered is higher than in ore mining. Read on for a very interesting slide show.
Subject: General Tech | May 18, 2007 - 06:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Home networking has certain grown in the past few years, both in popularity and in complexity. This thread over in the Networking & Associated Security forum gives you a good tip on how to arrange a network so that you can easily keep track of what is connected, and how it is protected as will as helping you understand how a popular security program, IPCop, works. You can also get some great tips on troubleshooting a problematic wireless connection.&nbs
Subject: General Tech | May 18, 2007 - 01:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The stats for the new mobility processor and chipset from AMD have finally slipped out. We won't get too much information until later on today, but we do know a few details. The chip is going to have HyperTransport 3 and some new power saving features, like the ability to turn off an entire core if it isn't being utilized. The RS780 chipset has a few new tricks as well, including support for discrete and integrated graphics, and the ability to display in any number of formats. Start by look
Subject: General Tech | May 18, 2007 - 11:49 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
After having great success yesterday playing WoW on their new OQO, VIA Arena is pulling out old games to see what else they can play. Today it is StarCraft, and it plays just fine. The screen is small, but certainly on par with a PSP or other gaming devices. The big thing is that you aren't playing console games, this little device runs a full version of Windows, and therefore these are full versions of PC games.
Subject: General Tech | May 18, 2007 - 11:33 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In Part 5 & 6 of TechARPs continuing Boot Camp series they will show you tricks on keeping yourself safe from the virtual nasties on the internet. By just sticking with simple tips to achieve security, they are creating a guide that anyone can understand and follow, so send it on to those who have difficult understanding just how their PC ended up full of spyware or worse.
Subject: General Tech | May 17, 2007 - 11:31 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Without much hard information about AMD's new chip, the speculation runs wild. With the release of the 2900XT, we saw a card that may be poised to take a share of the mid-range graphics market away from nVIDIA, but not the high end range.
Subject: General Tech | May 16, 2007 - 04:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
GamePyre risks their money buying a Kirsch speaker set out of the back of a truck, just to see what they got for their money. The set consisted of a subwoofer, 4 stand up speakers and 1 front speaker, plus assorted wires and a remote. The setup was easy, and everything did work, although perhaps not perfectly. Find out if you want to lay down the full $2500 to buy this set straight from Kirsch.
Subject: General Tech | May 16, 2007 - 11:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With the release of the demo version of Lost Planet:Extreme Conditions, those who have Vista and bought one of nVIDIA's new generation of cards, or managed to get their hands on a 2900XT, will finally see DX10 for themselves. It has also resurrected an issue that became huge during the release of 3DMark05, driver optimization. It seems that nVIDIA has been working very closely with the developers of this console port, to make sure DX10 runs perfectly, and AMD hasn't had the same opportunity. [H]a
Subject: General Tech | May 16, 2007 - 11:40 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hopefully this doesn't catch on as the newest procedure that must be completed before you are allowed to RMA a motherboard, because I don't think my dentist would let me use hers. MAKE:Blog has linked to an animated X-Ray of a PCB, allowing you to see right inside the world below the tracings on the surface. It really gives you an idea how 3 dimensional the circuitry is.
Subject: General Tech | May 15, 2007 - 02:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Razer Pro|Click and Pro|Type are both very white and would look at home in any office environment. The inclusion of 10 programmable macro keys on the keyboard is a nice touch, but it is very large and will take up a lot of your desk space. The mouse is a Razer Diamondback in disguise, so if you have the chance to do a little illicit gaming, you won't be hampered by a mouse with a lousy response rate. Read on at TECHGAGE to see if your cubicle could use an upgrade.
Subject: General Tech | May 15, 2007 - 11:27 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ultrawideband radio could be the most important thing you probably haven't heard of. While WiFi and Bluetooth are the current stars of wireless data transmission, doing a much better job that a cell phone can, this may all change. Right now the companies that are working on UWB claim speeds between 480Mbps to 1Gbps, and the technology is still fairly young. ExtremeTech has a very thorough look at UWB and what it could do to the way we transmit data.
Subject: General Tech | May 14, 2007 - 05:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Our ever industrious site admin, The Wise One, has implemented a new feature on the forums. It is called FlashChat, and is a Flash based chat program allowing you to chat with any other members that are currently on, without leaving the forums or installing anything. Give it a shot and see who's on right now.
Make sure you give him feedback and kudos too!
Subject: General Tech | May 14, 2007 - 02:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD has finally named Barcelona, as Phenom, breaking years of tradition by not ending the name in "on". AnandTech has a close look at the layout of these new processors, and the 4 tiers that AMD will be launching. There are no benchmarks as of yet, but there is a look at AMD's roadmap over the next few years, including Shanghai which is likely the core to support DDR3.
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