You know you're spending too much time on Google Earth when ...

Subject: General Tech | December 14, 2006 - 03:03 PM |
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When you buy a controller specifically to make navigation easier.  ExtremeTech reviews 3Dconnexion's SpaceNavigator, a device perfect for moving around in 3D spaces like Google Earth.  It won't do you much good in X3:The Reunion, but for other, less action packed galaxies, it makes a very interesting controller.

Source: Extremetech

May the luck of the Intel be with you

Subject: General Tech | December 14, 2006 - 09:17 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP has a VERY active thread about the problems people are encountering with the 680i chipset.  They also have a news post that talks about what is known for sure, and what is likely the cause.  Unfortunately, right now it seems to be luck of the draw when it comes to problem free motherboards.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

A new dimension of sound

Subject: General Tech | December 13, 2006 - 11:25 AM |
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7.1 sounds adds up and down to your surround sound, and Auzentech provides it with the new X-Meridian.  With a 120dBA dynamic range, and many, many other features, this commercial level sound card provides professional level options.  Guru of 3D did find some problems with it though, so read on to find out if this is a must have for you.

"It's HERE! We originally heard about the release date for Auzentech's X-Meridian waaay back in June.

Source: Guru of 3D

Why we want Wii

Subject: General Tech | December 13, 2006 - 09:08 AM |
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Over at OCMODSHOP, they've broken a sweat about Zelda: Twilight Princess and it's not just because of the anticipation.  Using the Wiimote gives you a great workout while fishing, fighting and using ranged weapons, and it does it all without missing a beat when you try the special moves.  Read on to find out if this game will convince you to buy a Wii.

Source: OCMODSHOP

Set a fire underneath your tree

Subject: General Tech | December 13, 2006 - 08:54 AM |
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HotHardware gives some advice on how to get a little heat beneath your tree, in the form of 3 Core 2 Duo systems.  Running from the top $4,200 system, a $2,500 and a $1,000 system, even if you don't want to pick up one to the exact specs, you can get some good component ideas.

Source: HotHardware

VIA Announces Comprehensive Support for Microsoft Robotics Studio

Subject: General Tech | December 13, 2006 - 08:30 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 13 December 2006 — VIA Technologies, Inc., a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced full support for Microsoft Robotics Studio, a new Windows-based environment that simplifies the creation of robotics applications, across all VIA processor platforms and the acclaimed range of ultra compact VIA EPIA mainboards.  Whether for academic, hobbyist or commercial robots, the flexible VIA EPIA mainboards powering Microsoft Robotics Studio makes development

Source: VIA Arena

Futuremark comic strip competition

Subject: General Tech | December 12, 2006 - 09:09 AM |
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Get your creative juices flowing, FUTUREMARK is having a competition.  Head over and download the blank template, and get to work creating a comic strip, however you feel like.  You have until the 22nd to submit your comic, and the prize winners will be announced on the 28th.  First prize is an Alienware Area-51 M5750.

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Source: FUTUREMARK

Mouse reviews taken to the next level

Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2006 - 09:23 AM |
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HEXUS links to a site that has invented the first mouse benchmark.  Covering 17 mice, and testing for their ability to perform at high speeds.  His graphs represent perfect performance, some small malfunctions in accuracy and total disappearance of accuracy.  Check this out, this much work deserves some recognition.

"Finally, mouse testing done properly! Sujoy Roy gets out his turntable and performs a newly devised mouse

benchmarking system on seventeen different mice. Gamers take note...

Source: Hexus

Killer NIC for Christmas, or not?

Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2006 - 09:01 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP is trying to put the discussions over whether the BigFoot Killer NIC is worth it.  At a cost comparable with a good video card upgrade (but not a great one), you would expect to see some improvement in your experience.  It turns out that you might well be happy with it, if you play the right games.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Another good week to be a PC Perspective member

Subject: General Tech | December 8, 2006 - 03:53 PM |
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This week on the forums a lot of handy advice was generated from a hard disk that went bad.  Just about every step you can take before finally formatting appears, so check it out.  Another user is having difficulty with getting a network of 34 PCs to stream video from a server.  If you are in the mood for a new Anti-virus program, there is advice on alternatives to AVG.  Grounding and static

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Crysis fly through

Subject: General Tech | December 8, 2006 - 09:07 AM |
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Tanks and chainguns on a tropical island, what more do you need?  Check out HEXUS.tv for a good look at the world of Crysis.

"Following our recent Crysis gameplay and interview videos on HEXUS.tv, we bring you a fly through video of the

game world."

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Source: Hexus

Sony's got the blues

Subject: General Tech | December 8, 2006 - 08:41 AM |
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Blu-Ray isn't doing so well.  Sony's new format seems to have reminded people of previous failed attempts by the company to introduce new formats, and they aren't buying it.  Add to that Microsoft and HP's backing of HD DVD, dual sided/dual format DVDs and a cheaper price, and it isn't looking good for Sony.  Digital Trends has gathered more information into an article.

AMD TO HOLD FINANCIAL ANALYST DAY

Subject: General Tech | December 7, 2006 - 02:04 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Dec. 7, 2006 - AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced that
it will hold its financial analyst meeting at approximately 8:00 a.m. ET
(5:00 a.m. PT) on Thursday, December 14, 2006 in New York. AMD Chairman
and Chief Executive Officer Hector Ruiz and members of AMD's management
team will deliver key presentations regarding AMD's business.

Source: AMD

Music, on a diet

Subject: General Tech | December 7, 2006 - 12:15 PM |
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Coming next year from Panasonic is the worlds smallest speaker.  They shrunk from 2.5mm to 1.5mm, and claim no loss in audio quality.  How much longer before we are buying MP3 pants that play music on their own?  CoolTechZone has some pictures and a bit more information.

Source: CoolTechZone

AMD's Quad-Core revealed?

Subject: General Tech | December 7, 2006 - 09:10 AM |
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The Tech Report has encountered some success in tracking down specs on the new native quad-core chips from AMD.  They boil down the translated source page very well, but you may still want to click to the original to see the translated comments.

Major U.S. Employers Join to Provide Lifelong Personal Health Records for Employees

Subject: General Tech | December 6, 2006 - 10:43 AM |
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WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 6, 2006 -- As
the cost of providing health care continues to rise, Applied Materials,
BP America, Inc., Intel Corporation, Pitney Bowes, Inc. and Wal-Mart
are funding an independent nonprofit institute to develop 'Dossia,' a
Web-based framework through which

What's another Word for hole?

Subject: General Tech | December 6, 2006 - 09:03 AM |
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Keep an eye out for any Word attachments you get until patch Tuesday, unless Microsoft releases an interim update.  MS Word 2000 and up, including Mac versions and even more recent Works versions all suffer from a vulnerability, according to this article on CNET.

Sling Media talks placeshifting

Subject: General Tech | December 5, 2006 - 11:06 AM |
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It sounds fancy, but it really just means streaming media you have stored in one spot to wherever it is that you are currently, over a network or the internet.  Sling Media is currently the tops in doing that, and Digital Trends has an interview with one of the founders.

Time to get Medieval

Subject: General Tech | December 5, 2006 - 09:22 AM |
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The newest in the Total War series takes us back to medieval times, but it isn't just the same game as the first.  Along with significant graphics improvements, there are new gameplay features that expand your experience.  Head to Gamepyre to get a look.

Source: Gamepyre

Another use for your Xbox 360

Subject: General Tech | December 5, 2006 - 09:01 AM |
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TweakTown offers an easy way to get an Xbox 360 to play XVID and DIVX videos, without cracking open the shell.  Just a simple tool called TVersity and a bit of time and you are ready to go.

Source: TweakTown