The answer to life's little annoyances

Subject: General Tech | September 1, 2006 - 04:50 PM |
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Sporadic network troubles can drive a person nuts, which is why our Networking forum has been busy this week.  Some members think IE7beta3 may give Firefox some stiff competition, but others disagree, much like this Intel vs.

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Integral speakers in an MP3 player?

Subject: General Tech | September 1, 2006 - 04:15 PM |
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CNet reports on a Samsung MP3 player, that will contain speakers so you can listen to your music without headphones.  That's not the only thing going for it, as is should be compatible with Urge, Yahoo Music, Rhapsody and Napster.

"At first look, the K5 Digital Audio Player, which is slated to be released Sept. 10, doesn't look too different from other portable audio players.

Team Fortress 2 is coming

Subject: General Tech | September 1, 2006 - 03:13 PM |
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Go to TECHGAGE, watch the movie, and then wait patiently for TF2 to be released.

"We've just posted the latest trailer from Valve. This time it's of the upcoming Team Fortress 2, and it weighs in at 218MB (WMV HD)."

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Does Vista have game?

Subject: General Tech | September 1, 2006 - 03:05 PM |
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Digital Trends looks at the most obvious reason people will want to upgrade to Vista, the gaming improvements.  New and improved minsweeper, not to mention chess games all come with Vista too.

Secure browsing, without installing anything

Subject: General Tech | August 31, 2006 - 11:30 AM |
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The next time you find yourself browsing on a pubic terminal, the creator of Browsar hopes you will use his program to keep your surfing secret.  A tiny download that overlays IE, and deletes any cookies, passwords or autocomplete information you may have left behind.  The Inquirer has a link to this little program, perhaps a way to avoid identity theft.

Source: The Inquirer

She just keeps going and going and going ...

Subject: General Tech | August 30, 2006 - 11:45 AM |
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In the 7th installment of Tomb Raider, Lara Croft makes her appearance on the Xbox360.  [H]ard|OCP takes on the onerous task of playing through the game to make sure the animation and ...er physics standards are up to par.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Waiting for the new wireless standard

Subject: General Tech | August 30, 2006 - 11:35 AM |
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The new WiFi standard, 802.11n is having some troubles.  While you can buy "Draft n" routers, they don't work at nearly the speeds they should, as AnandTech found out.  Add to that the fact that there is no guarantee that these draft models will be compliant with the 802.11n standard, once the IEEE gets it hammered out.

Source: AnandTech

I think this might count as masochism

Subject: General Tech | August 29, 2006 - 12:01 PM |
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Vista RC-1 can be yours, if you are one of the first 100,000 people to downlaod it from Microsoft.  Get yours today, and you can be beta-testing Microsoft's newest in no time.  The Inquirer has the link on this page.

Source: The Inquirer

Let's hope they stay lazy and pick the easy targets

Subject: General Tech | August 28, 2006 - 11:50 AM |
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There hasn't been a virus that attacks anything but the OS since the Chernobyl worm, almost a decade ago.  According to this story at the Inquirer, there's a proof of concept virus that could directly target AMD processors.  It seems Symantec is busy this past month, first targeting Microsoft and Vista's insecurities, and now AMD.

Source: The Inquirer

World's greatest mouse?

Subject: General Tech | August 24, 2006 - 05:46 PM |
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Extremetech tests Logitech's claim of releasing the World's Greatest Mouse, the MX.  Are things like a wheel that can scroll line by line, or be set to free wheel and SmartShift technology the best thing since the 2nd button, or just another way to do waht most mice of today already do?

Source: Extremetech

Blame it on the chipset

Subject: General Tech | August 24, 2006 - 01:25 PM |
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The problems with Creative's X-Fi cards are no longer being blamed on DDR Dual Channel setups.  From what NGOHQ found out, Creative is now pointing the finger specifically on long PCI hold-offs that are supposedly unique to nForce4 boards.

Source: NGOHQ

Folding on a console

Subject: General Tech | August 24, 2006 - 11:32 AM |
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BOINC is assimilating more and more devices to increase it's power.  As The Inquirer talks about here, the Cure@PS3 project will allow people to Fold on their PS3.  There is also a project in the works to allow you to run Folding on ATI GPUs.

Source: The Inquirer

A remake of an old classic

Subject: General Tech | August 23, 2006 - 02:06 PM |
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Thanks to Strategy Informer, there is a link to the full remake of King's Quest 3.  Everything is new again in this remake, graphics have been updated, a new music score and no more typing.

"Infamous Adventures is proud to present a Remake of Roberta William's classic 1986 hit, King's Quest

III. This is version 2.0."

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Get rid of those wires you've taped to the floors and walls

Subject: General Tech | August 23, 2006 - 11:41 AM |
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MAKE:Blog has linked to a guide on how to wire your home for internet, putting the Cat 5(e) or 6 into inobtrusive places.  Perfect if your home didn't come with conduit runs and junction boxes to help you.

Source: MAKE: Blog

A keyboard for actual work

Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2006 - 06:28 PM |
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Microsoft's Natural Ergonomic Keyboards do not tend to make perfect gaming keyboards, there are Bear Claws and such for that.  What they have always done well is a working keyboard, when you are stuck bashing all the keys for 8 hours a day, not just WASD.  Drop by Hi-Tech Reviews for a look at the newest incarnation of their Natural series.

16 Schools Named Winners of the 2006 Intel and Scholastic Schools of Distinction Awards

Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2006 - 06:07 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 22, 2006 — Sixteen elementary and secondary schools across the United States were honored today as recipients of the 2006 Intel and Scholastic Schools of Distinction Awards.

Didn't expect to hear this, now did you?

Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2006 - 11:57 AM |
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Microsoft wants to get coders in to help get Firefox and Thunderbird working on Vista.   As in actually inviting them into their offices, and helping them work with the new Vista kernel and API. 

Source: The Inquirer

What do you call a router that is far more than just a router?

Subject: General Tech | August 21, 2006 - 11:44 AM |
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TweakTown reviews a wireless router from ASUS, that does a lot more than just connect your network.  For instance, it comes with a 160 Gb IDE harddrive inside, which can be setup up in a RAID if you so wish.  Read the full reivew to find out how much more it can do for you.

Source: TweakTown

Sneaking a look at the Zune interface

Subject: General Tech | August 18, 2006 - 04:19 PM |
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Microsoft's iPod killer, Zune, still has to make an appearance in the plastic, but some have seen at least the interface.  Head to Slashdot for a look at the Zune, and what to expect.

Source: Slashdot

Free F.E.A.R. Free-for-all

Subject: General Tech | August 18, 2006 - 11:51 AM |
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Hexus has links to the newly announced F.E.A.R. multi-player addon.  Even better, it is a free download!

Source: Hexus