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Subject: General Tech | January 3, 2008 - 05:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica looks back at 2007 and the games that made this a great year. Some of the hits we saw were a little challenged, as some companies had issues while others took their already good reputations to new heights. See what else they loved and hated about the past year, or just go play Rock Band some more, it's up to you.
Subject: General Tech | January 3, 2008 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
I have successfully returned from Montreal, where 2.5 feet of snow is an inconvenience, not an emergency, and the parties don't start until midnight. I hope everyone else has had as good a time as I, except for Ryan and Josh who have been slaving away keeping the front page of PC Perspective updated with the newest in tech news. Thanks guys!
Subject: General Tech | December 31, 2007 - 01:38 PM | Josh Walrath
Some weeks back D-Link sent me their latest DIR-655 Gigabit/802.11n router for testing, and during Christmas I had the chance to actually start working with the wireless functionality. The DIR-655 is a nice router by itself, but the main selling point is the 802.11n (Draft 2.0) performance. This wireless standard offers a max of around 250 Mbit/sec, which is well beyond the standard 100 Mbit/sec wired specification which comprises the standard ethernet connection. More often than not though, the average wireless throughput should be around 70 to 80 Mbit/sec. Still, this
Subject: General Tech | December 31, 2007 - 01:29 AM | Ryan Shrout
Not exactly, but more or less. This is why big stupid governments are well, stupid.
Any person who tries this is going to have a lot of time to recover from
singed pride in a maximum security jail. So, the idea is to stop fires, fair
Subject: General Tech | December 30, 2007 - 11:58 PM | Ryan Shrout
It would appear that maybe MP3s ARE the reason for lower music sales, just not in the way you think... Are your compressed audio files driving you away from music???
Subject: General Tech | December 18, 2007 - 03:18 PM | Ryan Shrout
ASUS Xonar Returns Hardware Accelerated Audio to Windows Vista
-- Latest Xonar D2 Drivers Revive EAX Functionality and Eliminate Microphone echo --
FREMONT, CALIFORNIA (December 18, 2007) – To satisfy demand for high-fidelity audio while gaming in Windows Vista®, ASUS®, worldwide leader in notebooks, consumer electronics and PC components, today released DirectSound® 3D Game Extensions (DS3D GX) and Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC) technologies in the latest Vista drivers.
(Available at http://support.asus.com/download/ )
Subject: General Tech | December 18, 2007 - 01:19 PM | Josh Walrath
One of the primary movers and shakers of advanced process technologies is none other than Intel. The company spends more money then most of the other companies out there combined. Even the mighty IBM does not push as much cash towards advanced process nodes, nor do they have as much fab space as Intel. It used to be that most semiconductor companies that ran fabs would develop their own process, or license one from another manufacturer. But as the nodes have shrunk, the financial burden of pursuing these advanced processes have proven to be too much for most companies.&
Subject: General Tech | December 14, 2007 - 05:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Those of you who have been around for a while will recall our Christmas
giveways of yore, when we handed out some killer prize packages of top-notch
PC components in the spirit of the season. Those past attempts have been
good, but this year's prize haul blows 'em all away. We have well over five
grand worth of PC hardware on ready to spring on unsuspecting TR readers.
Not only that, but we've teamed up with our sponsors to support a very good
cause at the same time.
Subject: General Tech | December 14, 2007 - 11:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Reviewers had a chance to meet with AMD at the 2007 Analyst Day. They did discuss more than just the problems they have had with their recent releases and look to the upcoming year and what we can expect to see. Check out The Tech Reports take on this media event, and find out if they discussed Ruiz's raise.
Subject: General Tech | December 13, 2007 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Today will be a busy day for anyone running Windows who likes to test out beta updates or make sure they keep their systems totally up to date. The first update is the one the vast majority of people will want to try, but is also the hardest to get. If you are a Microsoft TechNet Plus subscriber (as in you've given Microsoft money for a subscription) then you can get your hands on Windows XP Service Pack 3. Unfortunately, if you only have a regular TechNet subs
Subject: General Tech | December 12, 2007 - 12:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
One MMO that has received a lot of attention, and had many waiting impatiently, is Tabula Rasa. While DriverHeaven doesn't think it lived up to the high bar that it set for it's self as a totally fresh start, the Sci-Fi aspects and incorporation of Logos (a type of magic) can be quite enthralling. They also found that the group combat is a more friendly affair, and helping out some poor sap who's bitten off more than they can chew will offer you an experience reward.
Subject: General Tech | December 12, 2007 - 11:49 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Over at Dan's Data, your mother's advice about ears and noses is being ignored, as Dan tests out the ETime Home Endoscope, aka the Digital Pen Camera. While exploring your earwax for signs of civilization, proving the existence of that last hair on your head or spelunking through your sinuses for the piece of Lego you lost long ago are fine activities to perform on your own, there is something you must remember.
Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2007 - 03:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
OCMODSHOP has investigated the ways that you can take XM's satellite feed and record it using Media Centre so that you can catch all your favourite shows when you have the time. Seeing as how you can hear hockey, basketball or whatever sport you prefer, on top of regularly scheduled radio shows, you never have to miss them again just because you had to do some work.
Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2007 - 12:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2007 - 11:35 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 10, 2007 - Intel Corporation on Dec. 16 celebrates the 60th anniversary of the transistor, the building block of today's digital world. Invented by Bell Labs and considered one of the most important inventions of the 20th century, transistors are found in many consumer electronics and are the fundamental component used to build computer chips, or the "brains" of the personal computer (PC).
Subject: General Tech | December 10, 2007 - 01:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Keyboards and mice tend to be cheap and lacking in features or designed with gaming in mind, with a few targeted towards office workers. This leaves people who have adopted HTPCs stuck with a full sized mosue and keyboard hiding somewhere in their TV room, unless they paid extra for a remote that works with Media Centre. X-Gene offers you an alternative with their Media Centre Keyboard. One of the biggest inclusions to this wireless keyboard is a trackball,
Subject: General Tech | December 10, 2007 - 11:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have heard of Ogg (or Ogg Vorbis, the free substitute MP3 codec), chances are that you have run into it when installing a game, though open source fans may have found it through other methods. It is popular with gaming companies because there are no licensing fees required to be able to use it. So how is it that Nokia is under the impression that it is "free" in quotes, not simply free, and why do they seem to think that the use of Ogg may cause patent disputes?
Subject: General Tech | December 7, 2007 - 06:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, 7 December 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of x86 silicon and platform solutions, today launched VIA ARTiGO, a DIY builder kit for enthusiasts wanting to build an ultra compact personal computer. Designed by the creators of the Pico-ITX form factor, the VIA ARTiGO Builder Kit offers consumers a more sophisticated DIY experience.
Subject: General Tech | December 7, 2007 - 06:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
One of the toughest things you can face when it comes to tech is explaining a process to someone who doesn't have your experience. Sure, it is easier to push the luser aside and do it yourself but that isn't always feasible. Check out how the guys in the Tech Talk forum handled explaining transferring a bunch of files from one PC to another. One of the methods mentioned involves mapping a network drive, although that doesn't a