So that's what the second core is for

Subject: General Tech | January 30, 2007 - 12:27 PM |
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Digital Trends presents an interesting theory, that is also a little worrying.   The big PC and laptop retailers may have been behind the push to move to dual core in order to let their proprietary software run.  Almost any PC and laptop from a major manufacturer has any number of programs that constantly run and take up CPU cycles.  What would it mean if that load was pushed onto the second core, leaving the first core for the user

Got Vista?

Subject: General Tech | January 30, 2007 - 12:16 PM |
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Today is the day that Vista hits retail stores everywhere, though it does not seem to have had the same effect on people as, say, Burning Crusade.  With the FUD surrounding this new OS from Microsoft, many are double thinking the switch from XP to Vista.  In that crowd is [H]ard|OCP, and Kyle, an admitted Microsoft fan, is sharing his thoughts on his satisfaction with XP versus his desire to have the new shiny.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

AMD and Microsoft Collaboration Enables World-class Windows Vista Experience

Subject: General Tech | January 29, 2007 - 06:33 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Jan. 29, 2007 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today detailed the
hardware and supporting software technologies to deliver the highest
levels of performance, stability and application compatibility for
Microsoft Windows Vista(tm) users.

Source: AMD

Apple versus LG versus Ruckus

Subject: General Tech | January 29, 2007 - 03:26 PM |
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Digital Trends compares the LG Prada phone to the Apple iPhone.  While both have touch screens and are 2.5G GSM GPRS EDGE phones, the LG will be out sooner, and does not tie you into a contract with Cingular.  That may give it an edge in your mind, or not.  They follow up with a look at Ruckus, which is going about online music subscriptions in a very different way than iTunes, and will work with the Prada, and just about anything else.  They finish with some screen grabs, and a hypothesis that Apple may have been

Tools for the game designer in you

Subject: General Tech | January 29, 2007 - 03:07 PM |
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Gamebryo Element is a game development program from Emergent that, like the Unreal Engine, supports not only PCs, but consoles as well.  With Metrics Elements and Metrics Automation, it provides a way to create games with full support for vertex and pixel shaders, skeletal bases fro characters and more.  If you have thought of making a game, and want it a little more polished than some of the free engines that are out there, take a look at this review from Beyond3D.

Source: Beyond3D

Everything you wanted to know about Novel-Microsoft ...

Subject: General Tech | January 29, 2007 - 12:17 PM |
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Ars Technica takes a quick, and humorous look at the Novel-Microsoft deal, with visual aids.  From their initial infatuation, when it looked like Windows and Linux were going to be swapping code with each other, to the eventual souring of the relationship.  It has now spiraled into a nasty domestic disturbance, with Linux's multiple personalities, SuSE, Red Hat and Ubuntu all making an appearance.

Source: Ars Technica

Hurry, you're missing it all!

Subject: General Tech | January 26, 2007 - 05:34 PM |
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We offer advice on a new diagnostic skill this week on PC Perspective ...

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LOTR online details released

Subject: General Tech | January 26, 2007 - 03:32 PM |
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HEXUS has quite a bit of information On LOTR Online: Shadows of Angma.  There are some unique bonuses to getting in on a pre-order, or The Founder's Program as they refer to it. If you have any interest in Middle Earth, and love MMORPGs, head to the European or American pre-order sites before the release date of April 24th. 

Source: Hexus

I'll bet you didn't expect that

Subject: General Tech | January 26, 2007 - 12:04 PM |
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Who could have imagined it?  The Inquirer has located a computer store that stays open until midnight, and not just on nights when a new MMORPG expansion is released!  Think of all those times you had to give up and go to bed because you destroyed a keyboard, and didn't have a back up.  If this catches on, you'll never have to worry about that happening again!

Oh, and it has an iMac running Vista Ultimate Edition too.

Source: The Inquirer

But how will you ever find it once you put it down?

Subject: General Tech | January 25, 2007 - 12:32 PM |
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The storage density record was destroyed by a joint group from Caltech and UCLA.  While you are not likely to see this for sale anytime soon, that circuit seems to be well ahead of Moore's Law and proves we have a while to go before we hit any sort of limit to the complexity of circuits.

Source: Slashdot

AMD Announces Strategic Partnership with TCL Computer

Subject: General Tech | January 25, 2007 - 12:08 PM |
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BEIJING - Jan. 25, 2007 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that TCL Computer Tech. Co.

Source: AMD

Absolutely fabulous, or total flop?

Subject: General Tech | January 24, 2007 - 02:17 PM |
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Slashdot links to a game currently in development, called The Crossing.  It is based around the idea of having the enemies controlled by other humans.  In the single player, story mode, you have missions to accomplish, and occasionally skirmishes to fight in.  In the mission mode, you will likely be on your own, but with a chance another human may take over one of the AI characters, a la 'Agent Smith'.  In the skirmish mode, those playing single player games take the roles of Elites, and the purely muli

Source: Slashdot

Well, that won't cause controversy

Subject: General Tech | January 24, 2007 - 01:01 PM |
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The Inquirer and Ars Technica have 2 different takes on the news out of Redmond today, that 1 in 5 Windows installs fail a WGA check.  To put it another way, 114 million systems of the 512 million that have installed WGA have failed, and you can add a significant amount of systems that people have never installed WGA on to that total.  Of the 114 million that failed, Microsoft has stated about 20% are not due to piracy, and although they do not say

Source: The Inquirer

So long Intellipoint, Microsoft and Razer join forces

Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2007 - 06:06 PM |
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The Habu gaming mouse is the product of a joint venture between Microsoft and Razer.  It has all that you would expect, like on the fly DPI adjustments and multiple buttons.  It also has some extras like the ability to move the buttons, and it swings both ways so lefties can use it.  If you like your mouse to glow, the side rails and mouse wheel will attract you, as it did in ExtremeTech's case.

Source: Extremetech

AMD Reports Fourth Quarter and Annual Results

Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2007 - 05:53 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif.— Jan. 23, 2007 — AMD (NYSE: AMD) today reported financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2006.  As a result of AMD's acquisition of ATI, fourth quarter financial results include the results of the former ATI operations[1] beginning October 25, 2006.

Source: AMD

A little known Digital Media Players

Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2007 - 01:25 PM |
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The Tech Lounge would like you to know about Cowon.  They are a little known company with some good offerings.  Their D2 is a 2/4 GB flash-based MP3 player with a 2.5' 24 bit TFT LCD screen for video playback, and space for 52 hours of music.  It supports MP3, WMA, OGG, WAV and FLAC, as well has having TV out, a voice recorder, and photo viewing.  The FM tuner and support for Microsoft's DRM10 is the icing on the cake.

Storm Warning

Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2007 - 12:20 PM |
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Storm Worm made an appearance this weekend, and it's botnet is growing quickly.  With multiple versions released in a very short time, and with the ability to upgrade itself after it has infected PCs make this one look to be around for a while.  CNET has more info on this Trojan that we are likely to be removing from relatives computers quite frequently in the next while.

Vista Home Premium For Sale Today - Update for All of them!

Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2007 - 01:47 AM |
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Newegg sent along word that they have the Windows Vista Home Premium OEM DVD for sale and showing IN STOCK TODAY for $119.99.  You can be the first on the block to start testing out the new Vista features with this full version OS; not an upgrade!

Update: Newegg now has just about all of the Vista versions ready and for sale today!

Sun and Intel Announce Landmark Agreement

Subject: General Tech | January 22, 2007 - 04:12 PM |
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SAN FRANCISCO , Jan. 22, 2007 — Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) and Intel Corporation today announced a broad strategic alliance centered on Intel's endorsement of the Solaris™ Operating System (OS) and Sun's commitment to deliver a comprehensive family of enterprise and telecommunications servers and workstations based on Intel® Xeon® processors. The scope of the agreement spans Solaris, Java™ and NetBeans™ software and Intel Xeon microprocessors, as well as other Intel and Sun enterprise-class technologies.