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Subject: General Tech | July 2, 2009 - 02:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The rumours of Ion 2 are growing, and with the nature of the industry they will become fact sooner rather than later. As Jon Peddie put it to The Inquirer, we all are trapped in the mantra of Moore's law.
If you don't build faster and better chips, you get left behind. Most rumours agree that nVIDIA will double the shaders to 32, while simultaneously shrinking the die to keep the TDP relatively unchanged. Having that many shaders might help general graphics performa
Subject: General Tech | July 1, 2009 - 03:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ghostbusters is a game with a message, and that message is that you don't need Quad-SLI to run a 30" LCD all of the time. In a way that is really good, as Ghostbusters does not seem to support multiple GPUs very well; that may be because it just isn't demanding enough to need them very much. [H]ard|OCP had a 1GB HD4870 and a GTX260 running the game @ 2560x1600, with every option on its highest setting and were still averaging 40fps. That is not to imply that this is a bad
Subject: General Tech | July 1, 2009 - 03:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Relative newcomer to the streaming content business Hulu has displaced Joost in the hearts of internet users as the favourite way to grab
online TV series and movies. The original concept of Joost might have been a bit too broad, using bittorrent to distribute the content was certainly a great idea, but their concept of content was so broad they never managed to find a core group of users to depend upon to spread the good word. Switching to a browser model put them in direct competition with Hulu, a content provider that does have a huge amount of users preaching the gospel of Hu
Subject: General Tech | June 30, 2009 - 12:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Drop by Wired for a look at some interesting search sites that are neither Google nor that new one from Microsoft. Some are simply a different twist, such as Good Search which donates money every time you search to ChaCha which is much faster than Google on a mobile device. Others are more specific, like IceRocket, OneRiot, Scoopler
and Collecta all of which search Twitter, blog posts and news stories. For the traveller there is Voyij and for the commuter Parkingspots.com will probably be a favourite.
Subject: General Tech | June 29, 2009 - 05:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tom Clancy's HAWX seems to be showing up in a lot of bundles, from graphics cards to joysticks. Perhaps they are hinting that with better hardware you will enjoy the game more. Think Computers, not usually into flight sims, decided that that bundleware would be the perfect way to test out the Thrustmaster T.16000M joystick. For the price of a usual game, you get a joystick with some serious stats as well as the game its self,
Subject: General Tech | June 29, 2009 - 12:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
We have been seeing demos of Microsoft Surface at most trade shows for the past while. Microsoft is rightly proud of this new multi-touch interface; they've come up with a complete replacement for the mouse and keyboard. This does present a lot of challenges when designing a GUI for the Surface if you intend to do more than just offer a virtual keyboard and mouse. Ars Technica has an interview with a design team that is using Surface and goes over some of the obstacles
Subject: General Tech | June 26, 2009 - 06:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
To get the most important forum thread out of the way first, PC Perspective is giving away a Smooth Creations system. You have 7 different ways to enter and Ryan has already disqualified Allyn, Josh and myself so you have no excuses not to enter and win even if you live in Outer Elbonia. This machine is not just pretty on the outside inside you will find a Phenom X4 955, a pair of HD4890s, 4GB DDR2 on a Foxconn 790FX, and dual VelociRaptors, all
Subject: General Tech | June 26, 2009 - 12:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Monster Cable has been described in a lot of ways; bizarre, ridiculous, loony and just plain way too freakin' expensive.
Perhaps that is why they picked Ludacris
to be their big name at launches. This particular launch is for the Monster Turbine Headphones, in-ear buds that go for around $150, actually on the low end of the in-ear ma
Subject: General Tech | June 26, 2009 - 12:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As we brought up on this week's PC Perspective Podcast, LucidLogix Technologies is finally back in the news after a long delay from their first impressive showing almost an entire year ago. The product that they are showing is not intended to try to displace AMD or nVIDIA, it has the exact opposite goal in mind, to work with them to provide better multi-GPU support. Whether you use Crossfire or SLI, your multiple board system depends on alternative frame rendering. Each card
Subject: General Tech | June 25, 2009 - 04:02 PM | Ryan Shrout
Good news for all those fans of Windows 7, bad news for haters that like to kiss up to Apple. Microsoft is learning how to impress us recently and this is the latest iteration of it. It looks like most any user will be able to upgrade to Windows 7 for only $50 - if you get in early. Preordering the operating system will be able in Home Premium form for $49.99 and in Ultimate form for $99.99. Nor
Subject: General Tech | June 24, 2009 - 12:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You can always find a fun web based game to while away the hours stuck in your chair, since doing actual work would just be silly no matter how bored you are. How about trying a persistent player versus player web based fighting game that goes by the name of Disciple. It is totally free apart from one small special area and even the quests are based around finding various players to slaughter. You can hunt NPCs if you wish, but all the quests can also be completed by killing other players. Ta
Subject: General Tech | June 24, 2009 - 11:30 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - June 24, 2009 - GLOBALFOUNDRIES today announced the appointment of Norm Armour as vice president and general manager and Eric Choh as vice president of operations to lead an expanding team dedicated to developing Fab 2, the company's next semiconductor fabrication facility, or "fab," at the Luther Forest Technology Campus in Saratoga County, New York.
Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2009 - 02:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Following in the spirit of the 2new diversified market in which every company strives to make at least one of every possible product on the planet, Overclockers Online introduces the Enermax Aurora Premium & Aurora Micro Keyboards. Both are made with brushed aluminium and use a patented SCISSORS switch for their keys. These are serious keyboards, the Micro weighs almost 2lbs and the Premium almost 3lbs, so they are not about to move
Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2009 - 12:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hamburg, Germany, June 23, 2009- The Portland Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary of STMicroelectronics and a leading supplier of compilers for high-performance computing (HPC), today announced an agreement with NVIDIA under which the two companies plan to develop new Fortran language support for CUDA GPUs.
Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2009 - 12:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For those who've never heard of it before they read this review on [H]ard|OCP, Computer Vision Syndrome would be that headache you pick up after a long day of working at a PC followed by an evening of surfing, fragging and other activities. A company called GUNNAR thought they saw an opportunity and have developed Optiks Digital Performance Eyewear
to relieve you from the suffering caused by staring at millions of little pixels for more than
Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2009 - 12:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While the world is dealing with shrinking wallets in what is being quaintly referred to as an economic downturn, Intel and Global Foundries are working on shrinking their chips. Intel has plans in motion to hit 32nm in the next 2 years and is shopping around for the tools they will use to begin work on their 22nm process. Global Foundries is already playing with working 32nm parts and is optimizing their processes and their 28nm chips should hit volume production some time in 2010. Intel, as well as many other fabs are switching to 450mm wafers to increase the number of dies
Subject: General Tech | June 22, 2009 - 03:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are a burgeoning audiophile, or just shopping around for audio equipment for your stereo or PC, it is worth dropping by Tweaktown for their latest audio roundup. From headphones and headsets, both wired and wireless to sound cards and speaker systems, they've got it covered and you can see it right here.
Subject: General Tech | June 22, 2009 - 01:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Shutting a server down can be enough of a chore as those you work with scream and bellow that they cannot access network resources, even after a week of constant reminders to them that there will be maintenance happening at a specific time. Upgrading or reinstalling an OS and putting data back can ruin an entire weekend. AMD is attempting to make it possible to do a simple upgrade, theoretically going from a Shanghai core CPU to a 6-core Instanbul should be a quick and easy upgrade. Just shut down your server, remove the cooling, swap CPUs and put the heatsink(s) back on and
Subject: General Tech | June 19, 2009 - 07:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When you are looking for a deal, it is really hard to beat AMD's newest Black Edition chip, the X2 550, not only is it $102 to pick up, with some luck or a nearby store with a friendly return policy you will end up with 4 working cores, even if it won't