So long Intellipoint, Microsoft and Razer join forces

Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2007 - 03:06 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 - 02:53 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 - 10:25 AM |
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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 - 09:20 AM |
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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 22, 2007 - 10:47 PM |
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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 - 01:12 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.

New Linux Foundation Launches - Merger of Open Source Development Labs and Free Standards Group

Subject: General Tech | January 22, 2007 - 09:56 AM |
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SAN FRANCISCO, January 22, 2007 — The two leading consortia dedicated to the advancement of Linux® — the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) and the Free Standards Group (FSG) — today announced that they have signed an agreement to merge and form The Linux Foundation. The new organization accelerates the growth of Linux by providing a comprehensive set of services to compete effectively with closed platforms.

Price drops from AMD

Subject: General Tech | January 22, 2007 - 09:14 AM |
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Digitimes has a full list of the processors from AMD, and the expected price changes.  The top of the line FX series are unchanged, but dual core processors have dropped in price.  Semprons have dropped below $50, for those looking for inexpensive PCs.

Source: Digitimes

You can never get bored hanging out on our boards

Subject: General Tech | January 19, 2007 - 02:06 PM |
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Ever thought about trying open office, for yourself or maybe for a small company?  Read on to get an idea of experiences forum members have had.  Need some advice on setting up an FTP server?  No problems!  You can even stream for yourself, from your PC to an XBox360.  64 bit OSs are getting more mature, but what is the best Anti

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Get in touch with your inner child

Subject: General Tech | January 19, 2007 - 09:12 AM |
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OCMODSHOP picked up the new Wii title, "Wario Ware: Smooth Moves", without any expectations of enjoying it.   As it turns out, this huge assortment of mini-games provided them with a lot of fun.  Read the review, and you might just agree with them, this could actually be a lot of fun.

"I have to admit that I was skeptical of Wario Ware: Smooth Moves. The demo looked stupid, the box looked stupid, and the art

looked stupid too.

Source: OCMODSHOP

Something rotten in the wind

Subject: General Tech | January 19, 2007 - 08:47 AM |
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Don't open any emails titled "230 dead as storm batters Europe.", or you will find yourself the recipient of a Trojan-bearing attachment.  CNET reports on a virus that has just appeared, trying to take advantage of people's curiosity.  Since the storms only hit Europe on Friday, this is a very quickly appearing virus.

Intel Science Talent Search Semifinalists Announced

Subject: General Tech | January 18, 2007 - 10:21 AM |
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Santa Clara, Calif., Jan. 17, 2007 — Three hundred high school seniors today were named as semifinalists of the Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS) 2007. The STS, America's oldest and most prestigious science competition, is often called the "Junior Nobel Prize." Each of the 300 Intel STS semifinalists receives $1,000 with an additional $1,000 going to their respective schools, resulting in $600,000 in total awards.

802.11N, who needs steenking N?

Subject: General Tech | January 18, 2007 - 09:19 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP links to a story on some amazingly fast wireless.  6 gigbits a second isn't quite the wired record of 14 terabits, but it certainly beats current standards.

"CSIRO researchers have announced that they have achieved a six gigabits per second over a point to point wireless connection.

That is fast enough to download almost 10 DVDs a minute. Wow."

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Burning Crusade launch party, from the other side

Subject: General Tech | January 17, 2007 - 10:22 AM |
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If you dream of living the good life working at a game store, you should read this cautionary tale from OCMODSHOP.  One of their members was working on the night WoW: Burning Crusade was released.  See what the night was like, from the other side of the counter.

Source: OCMODSHOP

The news from Intel

Subject: General Tech | January 17, 2007 - 09:33 AM |
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Ars Technica has gathered news of Intel into an article you can find here.  AMDs profit was hit by the price wars of 2006, and Intel did not get off any easier.  On a more positive note, there were samples of the 45nm cores and new of some sell offs.

Source: Ars Technica

Get behind the wheel

Subject: General Tech | January 16, 2007 - 02:24 PM |
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The Microsoft Wireless Racing Wheel for the XBox360 is definitely aimed at enthusiasts.  The wheel itself, and the foot pedals that come with it are scaled to almost life-size, so you don't end up feeling like you are driving a mini-kart when racing in Project Gotham or other hit titles, and the paddle shifters and normal Xbox buttons are within easy reach.  Of course, the $150 price tag may limit the number of interested parties.  [H]ard|OCP has the full review if you are interested in putting the peda

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Dell/Futuremark performance competition!

Subject: General Tech | January 16, 2007 - 01:03 PM |
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The spoils go to the fastest.  In this case, be a US resident, and get the best 3DMark06 score with Futuremark approved drivers and win a Dell 30" Ultrasharp widescreen flat panel monitor.  Follow this link for all the details.

Source: Dell

The Venice Project gets a new name Joost in time

Subject: General Tech | January 16, 2007 - 09:21 AM |
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KaZaA and Skype co-founders have some together to provide free TV content to the masses.  The only catch is that there will be commercials, which are quite familiar to most people who watch TV in the first place.  The Tech Report has more on Joost and it's competitors on their front page.

Intel, Eros Take On-Demand 'Bollywood' Entertainment Worldwide

Subject: General Tech | January 15, 2007 - 12:48 PM |
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LONDON and SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 15, 2007 — Accelerating the availability of on-demand, broadband- delivered entertainment to PCs connected to TVs, Intel Corporation and Eros International, today announced the debut of Eros' premium Bollywood service on Intel® Viiv™ technology-based PCs. Eros International is a London AIM-listed leading studio and distribution house within the Indian film industry known as "Bollywood."

While Ryan is at CES, the forums are still here

Subject: General Tech | January 12, 2007 - 01:59 PM |
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A member recently moved to the country, and was forced to use dial-up ...