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Subject: General Tech | October 28, 2009 - 01:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Now this solution will definitely work better in smaller communities as it could be hard to get the government of a very large municipality to invest the money required to roll out your own ISP, but the effort is worth it. Monticello, Minnesota ended up hiring TDS Telecommunications
to roll out their own fiber to the home
network. Now enjoying 50Mbs for $40/month without having to bundle with other services thanks to a 2007 referendum that the town would roll out its own network. That attempt to build their own network lead to lawsuits filed by TDS, which they lost, so no
Subject: General Tech | October 27, 2009 - 06:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A lot of attention has been paid to the coders that are working hard to ensure the latest and greatest GPUs are supported by Linux, especially when it comes to high definition playback. That is not the only area that is being improved, support for higher end audio cards is also a focus for programmers. The ASUS Xonar series is a popular solution right now so TECHGAGE tried it out on Jaunty Jackalope to see how it worked. If that sounds interesting to you then just follow the li
Subject: General Tech | October 27, 2009 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The 'other' Bridgestone is at it again, this time in 4,096 colors. They have been at the forefront of e-paper, thanks to their electron powder and granular material
they have been able to redraw an entire screen on their previous products in 0.8 seconds, like an incredibly talented Etch A Sketch on amphetamines. Their new, soon to be released 10.7" touchscreen e-paper device handles full colour and even more interesting it is fully flexible. Take a look at this first over at engadget.
Subject: General Tech | October 26, 2009 - 12:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You can be forgiven if you've never heard of Tilera, but you can be guaranteed to hear about them now. They've just announced plans to release a 40nm chip with 100 cores on board, beating Intel's 80 core prototype we saw back in 2007. The chips are built on a mesh topography as opposed to the on-chip bus interconnect
used in multicore x86 processors; the end result of which is more bandwidth thanks to the lack of a bottleneck. Perhaps the most
Subject: General Tech | October 23, 2009 - 07:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is a brand new subforum on the PC Perspective Forums, added today specifically for a huge new contest. The ASUS Xtreme Design Contest forum under General Tech is the place to go to show off how you would use ASUS' new Xtreme Design Technology to build the best killer gaming PC. If your ideas are grand enough, you will be one of 20 people chosen to receive the hardware specified in the contest, an ASUS P7P55D PREMIUM, a GTX
Subject: General Tech | October 23, 2009 - 12:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You've heard of Hackintoshes, a regular PC onto which a Mac OS is installed. Usually this involves quite a bit of tinkering in order to convince the Mac OS that it is OK to be running on hardware unapproved by Apple. Psystar, who has had a long history of thumbing their nose at Apple has released a new product called Rebel EFI. This program will have you up and running in no time at all and with no kernel fiddling required. What makes this even more interesting is that the open source Hackintosh community noticed enough similarity in Psystar's program that they've calle
Subject: General Tech | October 22, 2009 - 03:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
New to Razer's line up is the Naga mouse and the Megasome pad. The Naga is a little more than just another pretty, accurate mouse, it sports a 12 button keypad for you MMO players and inveterate micromanagers. You don't even have to decide on your own setup if you do not want to, Razer has an app to do that for you. The pad is pure white, with a glow in the dark pattern emblazoned on it. Drop by Bjorn3D to see them.
Subject: General Tech | October 22, 2009 - 12:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The OCZ Neural Impulse Actuator
enjoyed a brief spotlight and then mostly disappeared to the periphery, but not before inspiring the imaginations of
several modders. At Hack a Day you can see a project involving an Arduino and Uncle Milton's Force Trainer, which is a nifty little toy consisting of a brain wave monitoring headband and a base station that reacts to those measurements. You can also se
Subject: General Tech | October 21, 2009 - 12:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While you have most likely read a few reviews of Arkham Asylum, none have focused so directly on the impact of PhysX on performance in this game that the review posted at [H]ard|OCP. Even if you have no desire to stare at the back of the Batman for the entire duration of a game, it is worth reading through the article to learn about PhysX. The first lesson comes from a huge hit in performance in a certain outside area that was apparent past a certain resolution.
Subject: General Tech | October 21, 2009 - 12:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As The Inquirer gleefully points out, the chances that Realityserver is the product of 40 years of work for NVIDIA and mental images are fairly low but that doesn't stop the announcement from being interesting. Using the parallel computing ability of Telsa to manage Ray Tracing to handle any light or reflection mapping this new program will allow the sharing of 3d images via a server at very high rates. Instead of taking hours or more to render, they claim performance almost on par with gaming.
Subject: General Tech | October 20, 2009 - 04:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You most likely know that Windows 7 is on its way, unless you are in the UK, and it is time for an upgrade. In order to familiarize yourself with what is known about the new OS, or just to help you remember Tech Spot has put together an overview of the new OS from Microsoft. From upgrade paths to the choice between 32bit and 64bit, anything you need answered will be addressed from their many links.
Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2009 - 04:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The original Zune met with a lot of resistance from the market, its one unique feature of being able to share your music with other Zune users was not terribly well received. The second incarnation has found a crowd of followers, the new HD version of the Zune provides great quality. As well the design has changed, slimming down what was a rather chunky MP3 player. If you haven't acquainted yourself with the new Zune, drop by ExtremeMhz to see it in action.
Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2009 - 02:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Heat may finally prove useful in computing applications, a big turn around considering it has been the archenemy of designers and builders until this research came to light. A one way thermal diode takes waste heat on a one way trip away from the heat source, a great boon to heatsink makers everywhere. That is not the most impressive application, follow the link from Engadget and you will learn about the possible applications of this new technology, such as thermal
Subject: General Tech | October 16, 2009 - 06:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Upgrading your PC, especially when it is an entirely new system is wonderful experience. The assembly is certainly a big part of the fun but it has a hard time comparing to that feeling when everything is running perfectly. What happens though, when everything is running but it just lacks that fast new computer feeling? You head to our Overclocking Forum, that's what!
Subject: General Tech | October 16, 2009 - 12:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Google is launching its own ebook service called Google Editions in what can only be a shot at Amazon's market share. The ebook behemoth is already watching its back for signs that Walmart is heading their way and now they have a different competitor shouldering their way in. Google says that their books will be readable on 'smartphones, netbooks and personal computers and laptops', a big difference from Amazon's Kindle. Expect to see a lot of the same legal wrangling that accompanied the creation of Google Books,
Subject: General Tech | October 15, 2009 - 02:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Graphics companies making supercomputers, CPU companies focusing on graphics, it is a mad market and one of the more popular areas to branch into is input devices. The latest company would be Revoltec as they bring you the FightMouse Pro. 3600 DPI, 1ms response time, six buttons, modifiable weight and enough memory to keep track of a few profiles help place it in the high end of gaming mice. TestSeek Labs was also very happy with its flexibility
Subject: General Tech | October 15, 2009 - 11:47 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Click over to AnandTech and take a very close look at the first picture in this article. You might not notice the one pad on the first picture until you look at the second one where the damage is much more obvious. Through extreme overclocking, headed towards the 5GHz mark and over, they have damaged several boards and processors. You probably won't see this on air cooling as the power draw required for those kind of overclocks tends to involve liquids that are more usually gases. It is worth
Subject: General Tech | October 14, 2009 - 12:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Aion The Tower of Infinity is a new MMORPG with a few interesting twists, the most noticeable is that just about everyone is a flying supermodel. The graphics are impressive for an online game and Aion takes advantage of that when you create the face of your character. They do not skimp on the scenery and atmosphere either, all of which are much more detailed and interesting than others in this genre. The levelling system allows you to avoid grinding, crafting will also help you gain experience to help you reach level 25, when you sprout wings and can start PvP play.
Subject: General Tech | October 14, 2009 - 12:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ryan spotted a bit of news yesterday which places Tegra in the upcoming Nintendo hand held, currently called Nintendo TS. There is more good news for nVIDIA spotted by SemiAccurate, the new Mobinnova
3G Smartbook, named the Beam, will sport a Tegra 650 SoC and run Windows CE. It will be interesting to see if the battery life is indeed as long as they claim; any system that can provide a full days work without a recharge is going to be very popular
Subject: General Tech | October 13, 2009 - 12:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It is very important not to lose your sense of play as you work and somehow the tech community has no problems doing so, as evidenced by the amount of easter eggs that have accompanied our hardware and software. Software easter eggs are most often found in games, but there have been a few office applications that either have them in obvious spots or hidden away in the code. Hack a Day wants to gather all of the best hardware hacks, messages on tracings on PCBs or inside cases, but somewhere you wouldn't notice unless you were actually working with the hardware.