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Subject: General Tech | October 31, 2007 - 12:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Start your finger exercises, Guitar Hero 3 is on stage and not worried about Rock Band. Ars Technica has risked embarrassment and finger cramps to bring you this review of a revamped favourite. It isn't just the songs that have changed, you will notice changes in the interface and the way you play. It looks as though you may need to get your friends all in the same room, Ars found the online play to have some difficulties.
Subject: General Tech | October 31, 2007 - 11:48 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Gizmodo has spotted what is probably the most useful SD card on the planet. For just $100 you get a whole 2GB of storage ... and Wi-Fi! There is a completely enclosed Wi-Fi chip that will let you upload pictures directly to your PC, without having to hunt down the wires, or the dock, that were sitting in front of you 5 minutes ago, and have since gone walkabout. The only downside is no HotSpot connectivity.
Subject: General Tech | October 30, 2007 - 11:42 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The newest online gamer target product will be arriving thanks to D-Link, their Draft 802.11n Xtreme N Gaming Router. With an onboard packet processing unit, and full compatibility with X-box and Playstation, it is designed to make the most of your internet connection, presumably with the help of a Killer NIC. Drop by The Inquirer to get a look at this new router and it's MSRP.
Subject: General Tech | October 29, 2007 - 03:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Crysis has certainly lived up to it's promise of redefining the FPS genre ... unfortunately for most gamers, it has redesigned it as a slide show. The difference between high quality and medium quality goes far beyond just the turtles and other wildlife that appear at high, but the speed takes a huge impact as well. Very High textures can only be chosen on a DX10 machine, but unless you are planning to play the game at 800x600, chances are you won't be cranking this game to maximum.
Subject: General Tech | October 29, 2007 - 01:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The 8800GT has finally arrived, and it is probably going to upset people who invested in a 640MB GTS. The Tech Report's testing shows that this ~$200 card can compete with the 8800 GTS at a lower price. This card pretty much obsoletes the 320MB version, and puts a big damper on the 8600 series, as you will get a better deal for your money by saving just a little extra.
Subject: General Tech | October 29, 2007 - 12:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Phoronix has taken a look back at the 12 most recent major kernel changes to Linux and benchmarks them to see how the changes have effected the speed of the OS. They are planning on extending this series to cover more features and additions to the OS that have been added more recently, like virtualization.
Subject: General Tech | October 26, 2007 - 06:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With 500GB drives (and bigger) becoming cheap and easy to obtain, isn't it time you did something about your CD collection? It's dusty, takes up a whole lotta room and their getting scratched, so follow the instructions and make sure you can torment your future offspring with all the music you love. Sometimes CDs can be handy though, like when you have a machine you know is infected, and you need some way to scan it without star
Subject: General Tech | October 26, 2007 - 03:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As the release date gets closer, more info about Crysis has appeared. We now know that the CPU will have a big impact on the overall performance of the game, and that the game will be able to utilize 4GB of RAM or more. Keep your eyes peeled for more on this game as it develops.
Subject: General Tech | October 26, 2007 - 03:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Zalman's new product lacks everything you would expect it to have. No heatpipes, no fans, and certainly no noise reduction. Zalman's ZM-RS6F USB are a set of studio style headphones with a built in sound card, which Driver Heaven really liked. They even try to do 5.1 sound, although it lacks quality with some tweaking.
Subject: General Tech | October 26, 2007 - 01:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
PC gamers will soon be able to play the most advanced video game ever
created. The Crysis demo - available tomorrow from nZone.com - includes
the complete first level of the game, representing about 45 minutes of
- Crysis was developed on NVIDIA GeForce 8 Series graphics
Subject: General Tech | October 26, 2007 - 11:38 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Dragon Steel Mods reviews a hand held, USB or battery powered paper shredder; something you will probably see appearing on many desks, or counterbalancing a sysadmin's other tool on their belt. No longer will paperwork be the bane of your existence and memos will be a thing of the past when you can just destroy the evidence in no time at all. If only they would build one big enou
Subject: General Tech | October 25, 2007 - 05:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sunnyvale, Calif. - October 25, 2007 - OCZ today announced immediate plans to bring Hypersonic PC into the OCZ Technology Group. Known primarily as the worldwide leader in innovative, high-performance computer memory and power supply units, OCZ acquired Hypersonic PC to employ their rich expertise in high-end system building and take the organization and mobile gaming to the next level.
Subject: General Tech | October 25, 2007 - 01:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hades is a brand new name in mice, and their first attempt is the H1 3200dpi Optical Gaming Mouse. The stats look impressive, from the ability change the optical sensor's settings to it's gold plated USB connectors. OCMODSHOP takes a close look at this mouse to see how it compares to the bigger players like Logitech and Razer.
Subject: General Tech | October 25, 2007 - 12:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Remember hearing about the various patent infringements, anti-trust violations and price-fixing schemes that many big memory manufacturers were found guilty of? Did you hope that these decisions might end with you having a bit of money back in your pocket? AnandTech takes a look at the more recent rulings, and covers why there is a good chance you don't even qualify to be involved in the class action suit.
Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2007 - 12:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP rounds up the usual graphics subjects and pits them against the Megatextures and foliage smoothing in Quake Wars. As it turns out, even with the graphics settings maxed out, the 8800GTS 320MB card has little problems delivering a smooth experience, and it just gets better from there.
Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2007 - 12:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Now we finally know the name of what we are all waiting for, Toliman the 3 core processor. There aren't really much more details than that, but DigiTimes managed to at least let us know that.
You can also see how the new benchmarking suite from Futuremark works, and how well some of the newer hardware fares when tested in Ryan's review.
Subject: General Tech | October 23, 2007 - 02:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Going by it's name the Fanatec Headshot mouse and pad combo should be putting you straight to the top of the scoreboard in UT3. Not ones to let a claim like that going unchallenged, techPowerUp! put this combo to the test. Find out how well it did.
Subject: General Tech | October 23, 2007 - 11:46 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When Vista pegs it as completely new hardware. Slashdot has a link to a story on how Vista's activation scheme can suddenly deactivate your PC and give you a nasty surprise. We are all aware that enough changes to your hardware will deactivate your Windows install, and that you will have to call Microsoft to get it reinitialized, but in this case an update to the Intel Matrix Storage Manager was registered as a hardware change. On the good side, Microsoft did help him track down the cause of his pro
Subject: General Tech | October 22, 2007 - 11:48 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica carries on in their look at the history of Amiga, this time focusing on the time surrounding the birth of the hugely popular Commodore 64. The story at that point was more than just the hardware, or even the debacle that was the Commodore Amiga Operating System. Some of the people that were involved in Commodore and the recently purchased Amiga team were rather interesting individuals.
Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2007 - 05:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
This week saw the birth of a new forum, the Hardware Leaderboard forum. Strangely enough, it focuses on discussions about the components that Ryan puts into the 4 systems on the PCPerspective Hardware Leaderboard. You can make alternate suggestions, debate why certain pieces should be included or removed, or even make suggestions on purpose built rigs, like a web server or a super cruncher for BOINC projects to give the Uncle B's a run for