Linux gone wild

Subject: General Tech | April 20, 2007 - 02:38 PM |
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With the release of Feisty Fawn, CentOS 5 and
Debian Etch, our Linux forums are very active right now. They are feeling their oats, and even taking shots at Windows, and converting users to their preferred OS.

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Get yourself a Second Life

Subject: General Tech | April 20, 2007 - 08:52 AM |
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Second Life is a very different kind of MMO game, not involving raids and dungeon crawls instead relying on interaction as the key.  There are no levels to go up or rare items to find, you make them yourself or trade with someone who does.  Another big difference is the fact that it is free.

It has attracted millions, and a much higher percentage of women than WoW or Everquest.  OCMODSHOP takes a look at second life, and the changing demographics of gamers.

Source: OCMODSHOP

I think we all knew that already

Subject: General Tech | April 20, 2007 - 08:34 AM |
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In direct contradiction to Steve Ballmer's statement that no service pack is forthcoming for Vista, Paul Otellini let slip a target date for the release of an upcoming service pack for Vista.  It is likely that at least some of that update will deal with the soon to be released Longhorn server OS, and Otellini seems to hope it will also make Vista more attractive to corporate customers.

Source: The Inquirer

Logitechs new, and affordable, 5.1 speakers

Subject: General Tech | April 19, 2007 - 10:36 AM |
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Logitech's new 5.1 system, the X-540 features a high cone excursion sub to give you better bass response than you might expect, as well as Frequency Directed Dual Driver technology, which is meant to 'even' out the sound.  It is very affordable and has a frequency response of 40 Hz - 20 kHz, so don't expect studio quality sound, however it sounds good enough that Tweaknews has no problem recomm

Source: Tweaknews

It's all about the size

Subject: General Tech | April 19, 2007 - 08:42 AM |
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The Hardware Zone takes a look at the news out of Beijing, and the IDF.  From Hafnium based logic gates allowing the shrink to 45nm for mainstream CPUs, to basic, but functional systems-on-a-chip, called Tolapai.  Read on to get a better idea what they saw, and don't forget to have a look at Ryan's article.

Intel Chairman Begins New Projects To Help Revitalize Lebanon

Subject: General Tech | April 18, 2007 - 02:11 PM |
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BEIRUT, Lebanon, April 18, 2007 — Following the announcement of a collaborative effort with other corporations to help revitalize Lebanon, Intel Chairman Craig Barrett today dedicated new projects to improve education, healthcare and computer access to the Internet for its citizens.

Break out the steering wheels, you're going for a test drive

Subject: General Tech | April 18, 2007 - 08:59 AM |
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Gaming Heaven reviews a port from the Xbox360 to the PC, Test Drive Unlimited.   Offering beautiful car models, both interior and exterior as well as a painstakingly detailed recreation of Oahu for you to drive in, this game has a lot going for fans of driving sims.  On the other hand, it offers the worst of the problems with ports from a console, and the bugs take away from the pure enjoyment.  If you love to drive, then check out the review and decide if you want to play it or not.

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A brief look at Sugar

Subject: General Tech | April 18, 2007 - 08:41 AM |
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Phoronix managed to get a quick look at a beta of the Linux based OS, Sugar,  that will be on the $100 laptops the OLPC plans to distribute.  There wasn't enough for them to do a full review, but the screenshots give you an idea what this ... rather unique ... distro might look like.

Source: Phoronix

Intel System-On-A-Chip Media Processor Powers New Generation Of Consumer Electronics Devices

Subject: General Tech | April 17, 2007 - 02:23 PM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, Beijing, April 17, 2007 — Intel Corporation today unveiled a highly integrated media processor for the consumer electronics (CE) market segment that will power a new generation of devices, such as digital set top boxes and networked media players, and bring consumers advanced in-home information and entertainment services.

Intel Provides Details On New Products

Subject: General Tech | April 17, 2007 - 02:22 PM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, Beijing, April 17, 2007 -- Intel Corporation executives today detailed more than 20 new products, technology innovations and industry initiatives -- many of them industry firsts -- aimed at making the World Wide Web, computers and consumer electronics devices much more responsive, friendlier and secure.

Intel Names Winners Of Million-Dollar PC Design Challenge

Subject: General Tech | April 17, 2007 - 02:21 PM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, Beijing, April 17, 2007 — Intel Corporation today announced the winners of the USD$1 million Intel® Core™ Processor Challenge, a contest designed to spur industry innovation in new, stylish and high-performing PC designs based on the Intel Viiv™ processor technology featuring Intel Core 2 Duo processors.

Microsoft and Razer are at it again

Subject: General Tech | April 17, 2007 - 12:00 PM |
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First it was the Microsoft Habu, a mouse co-designed by the two companies.  Now it is a keyboard that bears the moniker Reclusa.  With USB hubs, a backlight, and customizable keys that can accept macros or commands.  Even better it will support up to 5 profiles for those keys.  Check out the review at techPowerUp!, it's the only way to see the keyboard, as it isn't for sale yet.

Source: techPowerUp!

The hunt for a better Vista

Subject: General Tech | April 17, 2007 - 09:46 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP has done your research for you when it comes to tweaking Vista.  From customization to performance increases, it's all there.  Don't let their hard work go to waste!

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Do NOT "Click here to fix your PC"!!!

Subject: General Tech | April 16, 2007 - 08:58 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP has a 2 warnings on their front page this morning.   The first has to do with the new Storm Worm that managed over 20,000 infections in 1 day.  This variant appeared last week and is triggered by clicking on on of those pop up/banner ads that tell you to "Click here to fix your PC".  So please don't click there ... don't ever click there!  Pass it on to family and friends now, or you will be spending some time with them later.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

PC Perspective forums, 100% granfalloon free

Subject: General Tech | April 13, 2007 - 11:51 AM |
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Friday afternoon again, and there is plenty of stuff going on in our forums.  A member has had an unpleasant experience with Sapphire's RMA process, and has been billed what looks suspiciously like a restocking fee.  There are good tips to be found on troubleshooting laptop problems in our General forum.  One of the common problems we find is a high end machine with a low end PSU, and you just cannot

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Keeping it to yourself

Subject: General Tech | April 13, 2007 - 10:35 AM |
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Surround sound headphones have come a long way recently, and now some offer a really engaging aural experience.  techPowerUp! reviews Saitek's GH50 Surround Sound Headset, which uses SRS to give you surround sound experience and great bass.  Read the review to see what they thought of it's ability to handle music and gaming.

Source: techPowerUp!

Save the hair metal bands

Subject: General Tech | April 13, 2007 - 09:01 AM |
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OCIA reviews a product that reminds me of the old days when I played Adventure until the cassette tape got eaten.  The BTO Plus Deck 2c is a tape deck for your PC, so that you can get all of the music off of the dozens (or hundreds) of old cassette tapes you have, and convert it to MP3 on your PC.  If you've never owned a tape in your life, you can give this a miss, but if you want to save all those old mix tapes then check out the review.

"The Plus Deck 2c has the necessary controls for a tape deck...

Source: OCIA

A laptop that offers a little more

Subject: General Tech | April 12, 2007 - 11:02 AM |
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Laptop overclocking has never been easy, if you didn't get one with a desktop CPU in the first place.  From the first step of figuring out how to disassemble the laptop, to getting under the cooling solution to the CPU to swap it with a desktop model to assembling the whole back together can be time consuming and frustrating.  Newer mobile CPUs offer useful features not found in desktop purposed chips, which you will lose when swapping it out for a desktop processor, but at least you can overclock now.

Source: Extremetech

The keyboard is done, time to try mice

Subject: General Tech | April 12, 2007 - 09:05 AM |
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Ideazon has had great success with their Zboard, especially with RTS gamers.  Now they are going to take the mouse and try to improve it with the Reaper.  They have added rubber to the buttons, made it longer than most mice and on the fly DPI changes.  Head to R&B Mods to see of they think it compares to the competition.