Folding on the PS3

Subject: General Tech | March 27, 2007 - 11:44 AM |
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Drop by hardCOREware for a look at the power consumption of a PS3 while it's running Folding@Home, and also get an idea how fast the Cell processor can fold.  The PS3 makes up 65% of Folding@Home's current TFLOPS, but only 13% of active folders are PS3s.  So go buy a PS3, skip out on the games and just use it to fold with PC Perspective's own Folding Fro

Source: hardCOREware

Intel To Build 300mm Wafer Fabrication Facility In China

Subject: General Tech | March 27, 2007 - 11:03 AM |
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BEIJING, March 26, 2007 — Intel Corporation today announced plans to build a 300-millimeter (mm) wafer fabrication facility (fab) in the coastal Northeast China city of Dalian in Liaoning Province. The $2.5 billion investment for the factory designated Fab 68 will become Intel's first wafer fab in Asia and adds significant investment to Intel's existing operations in China.

Intel-Powered Classmate PCs First To Ship In Volume To Emerging Markets

Subject: General Tech | March 27, 2007 - 11:02 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 22, 2007 — Intel Corporation today announced that Intel-powered classmate PCs are shipping in volume to emerging markets. These affordable yet fully functional PC based on the Intel® Celeron® M processor is the first education-oriented mobile computer to ship in volume to Brazil and Mexico.

A fancy set for your HTPC

Subject: General Tech | March 26, 2007 - 02:30 PM |
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The Microsoft Wireless Entertainment Desktop 7000 gives you a nice way to control your HTPC without resorting to remotes better suited for TV viewing.  Gamehelper reviews this totally flat keyboard and small rechargeable mouse that also holds batteries for back up.  Both are wireless and easy to carry around, as well as hide when they aren't in use,

Source: Gamehelper

A graphic conversation with AMD

Subject: General Tech | March 26, 2007 - 11:40 AM |
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X-bit Labs chats with John Byrne of the AMD Graphics Product Group, as in the old ATI.  They talk about being king of the mid-range graphics cards, and the difficulty they've had overcoming the new nVidia series.  They also discuss the new GPU series soon to hit the market, DX10 and General Purpose GPUs.  Drop by to get to know this new part of AMD a little better.

Source: X-Bit Labs

A picture is worth 1000 words (minus exchange rate)

Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2007 - 06:15 PM |
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Some of our more perceptive members may have noticed avatars springing up in the forums beside the names of our mods, admin and staff.  Every member is invited to join in the fun, just head to your User CP, double check that avatars are turned on under your options, and then go to edit avatar and either link to an online one, or upload one from your own computer.  Keep

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Bioware's Jade Empire

Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2007 - 12:04 PM |
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Gamepyre has been spending some time in the Jade Empire, a game originally for the Xbox that has been ported to PC.  There are several different styles of character to choose from, allowing you the ability to replay the game and still get some enjoyment out of it.  They found it better than your average ported game, so head over and see what you think.

Source: Gamepyre

Dissecting an Apple TV

Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2007 - 11:47 AM |
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AnandTech has cut open a brand new Apple TV with only their fingernails and a Torx bit.  Get a good peek at the hard drive, motherboard, wireless card and other goodies they've hidden under the hood.

Source: AnandTech

Guess who's 14

Subject: General Tech | March 22, 2007 - 12:01 PM |
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Back in the days when Cyrix and Wang were big names, and it was uphill to the store both ways, and snow was up to the tops of street signs, a new chip appeared that made a huge difference.  The original Pentium was a huge step up from the past series, and really pushed a lot of power for it's time.  Of course, the introduction of a math co-processor was both a good and a bad thing.

Source: The Inquirer

Killer NIC's Network Processing Unit Can Now Download Files While You Game

Subject: General Tech | March 22, 2007 - 11:35 AM |
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AUSTIN, Texas — March 14, 2007 — Bigfoot Networks, Inc., a research and development company, today introduced FN Torrent, a hardware offloaded peer-to-peer file sharing application that allows users to download files with zero impact to CPU utilization. With FN Torrent, gamers have the power to download the torrents they want without impacting their online game play.    

Source: BigFoot

Intel Releases Energy Star(R) Implementation Guidelines

Subject: General Tech | March 21, 2007 - 02:18 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 19, 2007 — Intel Corporation announced today that it has released a new implementation guide, developed in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), that helps PC manufacturers and system integrators deliver ENERGY STAR*-qualified PCs based on Intel microprocessors and other system components.

Think Max Payne, only shorter

Subject: General Tech | March 21, 2007 - 12:23 PM |
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You probably haven't heard of Infernal, created by a company called Metropolis Software.  DriverHeaven certainly hadn't before they wrote this review.  It is billed as an HD game, and it's screenshots are certainly good looking.  It fully supports Vista, as well as Ageia PPUs to give you a very interesting gaming experience as you make your way through the story as a fallen angel.  The biggest drawback to the game, apart from it's obscurity, is how short it is.  Hopefully this engine will spawn more game

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Make the first DX10 game

Subject: General Tech | March 21, 2007 - 12:02 PM |
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FPS Creator is an editor that allows you to make your own FPS games, in DX10.  The Inquirer gives you an overview of what The Game Creators have added in this beta DX10 upgrade.  It is likely to favour nVidia cards, as it has been that graphics company working with them, but not ATI/AMD.

Source: The Inquirer

Time for Creative to live up to it's name

Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2007 - 06:09 PM |
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Graphics cards are evolving quickly.  No one company can claim to be king of the hill for long, before a competitor replaces them.  The components and slot interface keeps advancing and the newer cards are capable of things earlier generations couldn't have dreamed of.

The Killer NIC's little brother

Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2007 - 11:46 AM |
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ExtremeTech wasn't terribly impressed with Bigfoot's Killer NIC.  They did notice an improvement over an onboard NIC, but not ~$270 worth.  A new model, the Killer K1 is now available, at about $100 cheaper.  Read the full review and find out if this less expensive model can beat a free NIC.

Source: Extremetech

OCZ gets into mind reading

Subject: General Tech | March 19, 2007 - 02:10 PM |
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At CNET, Madshrimps got a look at the OCZ Actuator, which may be the PC interface of the future.  Put down your mouse and toss out the keyboard, this device reads brainwaves, eye movement and facial movement as well.  Head over to see how you may be gaming in the future.

Source: Madshrimps

5 fixes for "known issues"

Subject: General Tech | March 19, 2007 - 11:20 AM |
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ExtremeTech has scoured the net for fixes to some of the interesting behaviour that Vista produces.  They offer 5 solutions to problems seen in many forums, and all 5 are easy to implement.

Source: Extremetech

Friday forum fun

Subject: General Tech | March 16, 2007 - 02:15 PM |
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A member of our forums has reached an existential crisis, the problems he has had constructing PCs has lead him to wonder if a prebuilt PC is the answer.  Help him out in this thread.  In this year the old Intel vs.

This one is strong in the Force

Subject: General Tech | March 16, 2007 - 11:07 AM |
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Give yourself Wi-Fi ESP with this handy little project that MAKE:Blog has linked to.  With a little work with a micro-controller and PIC you can have a small sensor that provides a heartbeat-like signal that gets faster the better the Wi-Fi signal.

Source: MAKE: Blog