Give your cubicle some style

Subject: General Tech | May 15, 2007 - 02:42 PM |
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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.

Source: TECHGAGE

Gimmie that new-time radio

Subject: General Tech | May 15, 2007 - 11:27 AM |
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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.

Source: Extremetech

FlashChat with your fellow PCPers!

Subject: General Tech | May 14, 2007 - 05:26 PM |
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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!

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AMD drops the ON

Subject: General Tech | May 14, 2007 - 02:44 PM |
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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.

Source: AnandTech

AMD talks about it's game plan

Subject: General Tech | May 14, 2007 - 10:59 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP had the chance to attend AMD's CTO Summit and hear what they have planned, directly from Phil Hester; AMDs' CTO.  They answered a few of the questions [H] posed in their State of the Silicon Union address, as well as touching on the unification of the CPU and GPU.  You can also see some pictures of a 45nm wafer and a running Agena FX system.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

If you haven't learned anything new yet today, now's the perfect time

Subject: General Tech | May 11, 2007 - 04:58 PM |
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If you have never used HijackThis, it may seem to be a bit scary, especially with the warnings the program gives you about the damage you can do when removing processes.  In the Network and Security forum we have a few old hands around that are glad to give you a helping hand in getting rid of those nagging trojans.  In order to get to that position, it does help to have a PC that will boot for you.  The new Gigabye 965p DQ6 is giving one member a real problem, they can't even get Memtest to run with a pair of G.Skill

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Make sure you talk the talk with the best

Subject: General Tech | May 11, 2007 - 02:10 PM |
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Gaming headsets are found in much greater variety, now that TeamSpeak or some type of in-game communication is expected with multiplayer titles.  ExtremeTech compares 2 of the top models that allow you to lay the verbal smackdown on your opponent while gibbing them with whatever weapon is close to hand. 

Source: Extremetech

Hot gaming on a cold planet

Subject: General Tech | May 11, 2007 - 12:09 PM |
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HEXUS has heard that the port of Lost Planet: Extreme Condition is actually a total rewrite of the game.  While this may not satisfy those cynics who have played many a console game that has been ported to the PC, only to be terribly disappointed, the screenshots do show improvements to the graphics.  Capcom is planning on releasing a demo, so you will be able to test the game out before committing yourself.
Source: Hexus

OQO Model 2, take 2

Subject: General Tech | May 11, 2007 - 11:52 AM |
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In part 2 of VIA Arena's video review of the OQO Model 2, get the machine started up and then change focus to the abilities of the docking station.  The UMPC boots up into a full version of Windows XP, and the batteries will keep it going for up to 3 hours.  There is an optional super sized battery offering twice the charge, although it is also twice the size.  The docking station gives you HDMI output, so once you get home you can plug the OQO into your HDTV, and the 3 USB ports give you the ability to add a full-sized keyboard and mouse. 

Source: VIA Arena

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


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