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

A peek behind the curatins at CeBIT

Subject: General Tech | March 15, 2007 - 11:05 AM |
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CeBit Hannover hasn't started yet, but that hasn't stopped a few sites from sneaking a quick peek at what is going to be happening.  VR-Zone got a good look Abit, ASUS and a peek at Bearlake.  They didn't stop there though, they also got a good look at what some major memory manufacturers are up to as well.

Source: VR-Zone

Your platform for revenge

Subject: General Tech | March 14, 2007 - 02:42 PM |
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According to this story on The Inquirer, Xbox Live is being opened up to be reachable by PCs.  Halo 2 will be the initial test of this, and if it works you will have a chance to pit yourself against console only gamers.

Source: The Inquirer

Intel Science Talent Search Winners Announced

Subject: General Tech | March 14, 2007 - 02:32 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 13, 2007 — Innovation was the word of the day as Intel announced the winners of the Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS). The top award, a $100,000 scholarship from the Intel Foundation, went to Mary Masterman, 17, who built an accurate spectrograph that identifies the specific characteristics — or "fingerprints" — of different kinds of molecules. Spectrographs have wide applications in research and industry and can cost as much as $100,000.

Well dressed for the GDC

Subject: General Tech | March 14, 2007 - 01:11 PM |
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The Tech Report has been hard at ... err work ... at the Games Development Conference.  Drop by to see what kind of impression a guy in slacks and a shirt makes with the gamers.

Newegg Offers Exclusive External HD-DVD Drive

Subject: General Tech | March 14, 2007 - 12:00 AM |
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An interesting email hit my inbox this afternoon from some friends at Newegg.com: Toshiba is now offering an external HD-DVD drive, model PA35, for a modest price of $369.99.


Here are the specs of the unit:











Model

A new sound in PCs

Subject: General Tech | March 13, 2007 - 02:05 PM |
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It's a coprocessor conspiracy

Subject: General Tech | March 13, 2007 - 11:05 AM |
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What if Ageia wasn't really trying to make things clow up prettier, but instead had a plot to create high-performance computing with off the shelf parts ... namely their physics card.  At the GDC, a company called Codeplay talked about their new auto-parallelizing compiler.  It's called Sieve and it is target to run on three different platforms, multicore x86, Ageia's PhysX, and IBM's Cell.  Read on to hear the rest of the secrets Ars Technica has discovered, before someone silences them.

Source: Ars Technica

VIA Shows How Clean Computing Can Halve Power Use at the Green California Exposition @ VIA Technolog

Subject: General Tech | March 13, 2007 - 10:45 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, March 12, 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, will showcase a range of highly power efficient partner products for enterprise at the Green California Summit and Exposition taking place in Sacramento, California from 13-14 March 2007, booth 1030.

Wii've got a Winner

Subject: General Tech | March 12, 2007 - 02:22 PM |
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We at PC Perspective would like to congratulate Jimmy N. from Texas! He is the winner in the PCPerspective and Newegg Win a Wii contest.

Thanks to everyone that participated, and keep your eye out for more contests, like the NCAA Tournament.

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March Madness @ PC Perspective

Subject: General Tech | March 12, 2007 - 01:50 PM |
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All you need is a CBS SportsLine.com free membership, and a few picks!  Join up here, if you don't already have a membership, for a chance at bragging rights and a prize of undisclosed nature. 

Join the tournament here, and use this thread for your trash talk.

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A little lube for your mouse

Subject: General Tech | March 12, 2007 - 01:00 PM |
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BurnOutPC reviews 3 mouse enhancement products from XTracPads, MouseGrips, MouseDotz and Instaglide.  The Grips adhere to the top of the mouse, to increase the friction between the mouse and your hand, and the Dotz are Teflon and replace the old beat up pads on the bottom of your mouse.  As for the Instaglide, think ski wax.

Source: BurnOutPC

Waiting to get in the game

Subject: General Tech | March 12, 2007 - 11:15 AM |
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ExtremeTech has wrapped up their GDC 2007 coverage with a big slideshow, covering some interesting new peripherals and systems, as well as a long writeup on the presentations they saw.  Get a look at what is coming up for 2007/8.

Source: Extremetech

What's up with PC Perspectiveers

Subject: General Tech | March 9, 2007 - 06:52 PM |
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Some congratulations are in order for our 2 new forum mods, Scruff35 in our BOINC forum and Harryc  os modding in our LINUX forum.  Drop by and cheer them on, and look for their interviews with UncleBob on the front page.  As well, a certain simian member has convinced our Wise admin to make it possible to embed video on the forums.

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AMD and Architecture for Humanity Announce World's Largest Architecture Prize at TED 2007

Subject: General Tech | March 9, 2007 - 06:25 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Mar. 9, 2007 - Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:
AMD) and Cameron Sinclair, winner of last year's TED Prize and founder
of Architecture for Humanity, today announced the first ever Open
Architecture Prize at the annual TED Conference. The $250,000 Open
Architecture Prize is the largest prize in the field of architecture and
is designed to be a multi-year program that will draw competition from
design teams around the world.

Each year, a winning design will be selected from a field of low-cost,
sustainable design projects and built in a selected community.

Source: AMD

Taking a peek at the GDC

Subject: General Tech | March 9, 2007 - 01:03 PM |
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ExtremeTech is hanging out at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.  They've collected all that they have seen and heard onto this page, covering keynote addresses, vendor presentations and pictures. Check out what's coming up in the world of play.

"Our ace tech analysts are at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco snooping up all the tasty morsels, product

releases, and hot news stories."

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

Source: Extremetech

When 4,294,967,296 just isn't enough

Subject: General Tech | March 8, 2007 - 12:10 PM |
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If you haven't really heard anything about IPv6, the new improved TCP/IP protocol, apart from the fact that it exists and Vista can use it, Ars Technica can help you out.  The reason for the switch is due to the growth of things with IP addresses, it's not just computers anymore; fridges, phones and coffeemakers all want them too.  According to the article, the total addresses possible number 4,294,967,296 with over 500,000,000 unusable, there are 3,700,000,000 usable addresses.  About 2,400,000,000 are in use right n

Source: Ars Technica

The Walkman never stops

Subject: General Tech | March 7, 2007 - 01:17 PM |
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Hardware Zone had a chance to see the new Sony Walkmans that are to be released soon.  The NW-A800 series comes in 3 flavours; 2, 4 and 8 GB, with a sleek design and 2.0-inch LCD.  The NW-E010 series comes with the same 3 varieties, but sacrifices the LCD for it's tiny size.  This little player is 3.3" by 0.9" by 0.6" and weighs about one ounce (29g).