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Subject: General Tech | February 7, 2007 - 12:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Video games are good for you!
FPSes and other visually complex games are good for your eyes, says this story on CNET. Thanks to the speed of the game and the number of things you have to keep track of, you push the part of your brain governing image processing to it's limits, and this exercise carries over into the other parts of your life. I don't think it will be a good enough excuse to get you out of eating your carrots.
Subject: General Tech | February 6, 2007 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
New with Vista is an encryption program called BitLocker. Before you go hiding all of your secrets and guilty pleasures in a BitLocker protected folder, you might want to take a careful read of this story at The Register. It turns out 2 of the 3 protection schemes won't even work, as there are not really any motherboards currently for sale with a TPM compatible BIOS. XP's encryption never managed to stop anyone determined to get at the data, and neither will Vista. That isn't all bad news th
Subject: General Tech | February 5, 2007 - 03:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Creative has a competitor, the C-Media Oxygen HD chip, aka CMI8788. The Tech Report has published a huge review of the chip focusing on 2 cards, Auzentech's X-Meridian and Sondigo's Inferno. Everything is covered in the review, not only the performance of positional audio in games, the CPU utilization is compared to the X-Fi as well as some serious work with Rightmark's Audio Analyser.
Subject: General Tech | February 5, 2007 - 12:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
E-books are having a hard time catching on. Many dedicated readers miss the visceral experience of holding a book, and the ease of use. You can't really take your monitor to the beach or into the bath, and PDAs don't let you see a full page at one time.
Magazines, on the other hand are disappearing quickly, as the web quickly trumped them as a way of getting target information quickly. Take a look at [H]ard|OCPs article examining that change.
Subject: General Tech | February 5, 2007 - 11:53 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - Feb. 5, 2007 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that Douglas Grose has been appointed to the role of senior vice president of technology development, manufacturing and supply chain at AMD. In this role, Grose will have global responsibility for AMD's global manufacturing and process technology operations as well as overall supply chain management. Manufacturing responsibilities include AMD-owned facilities as well as all current foundry relationships.
Subject: General Tech | February 2, 2007 - 12:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HEXUS.tv has something to show you, the new Crysis trailer, using DX10. Compression kills, but you get the idea of just what this game will look like. With their proprietary physics engine, you won't need an Aegia card, but as they suggest at the end of the preview, it might be a good idea to get your hands on an 8800.
Subject: General Tech | February 2, 2007 - 12:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Join AnandTech in a look at the technology behind a little known game that will be taking place on Sunday. Did you realize there needs to be a laser map the entire field and a programmed palette to limit the colours that can be painted on, just to project an accurate First Down line on the grass and not the players? Many have noticed the wires that the cameras run along to bring the brilliant angles we have become used to, but did you know they ran on RTLinux? Make sure you check out the stats behind Eyevi
Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2007 - 02:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Don't know your Ogg Vorbis from your FLAC? Confused about what lossless compression is, and if you could even tell the difference? Head to Big Bruin where they give you an overview of 5 of the most popular codecs, what they are and who uses them for what. Get over there and get in the know.
Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2007 - 12:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CNET reports on a flaw that can cause smart phones running Windows Mobile 2003 and Windows Mobile 5.0 to crash. The good news is that this vulnerability was discover by researchers at Trend Micro, it was not discovered in the wild.
Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2007 - 12:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
So you ran out and spent $1800 on a pair of overclocked 8800GTX's and then bought a copy of Vista Ultimate Edition. Now you are sitting in front of the computer foaming at the mouth because they won't play nicely together. As Ryan has pointed out and linked to, the 100.59 drivers add ... beta support anyways, but ...
Subject: General Tech | January 31, 2007 - 04:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 31, 2007 — Forty high school seniors today were named finalists for the Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS) 2007. The competition is America's oldest and most prestigious high school science competition; six former finalists have won the Nobel Prize and others have been awarded the Fields Medal, the National Medal of Science and MacArthur Foundation fellowships.
Subject: General Tech | January 31, 2007 - 03:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Back in the '80s, Rampage was a big arcade game, putting you in control of George, who was very King Kong-like, Lizzie the Godzilla lookalike, or Ralph who was a giant werewolf. You fought the military and each other in a huge monster free for all. The Wii has it's reincarnation already, Rampage: Total Destruction, but now there is a new game in the same genre.
Subject: General Tech | January 31, 2007 - 01:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Razer DeathAdder is a relatively small mouse when compared to some of the other gaming mice on the market. It is shaped much like the new Habu, as well as having LED lighting similar to it. Considering the Habu is a joint effort between Microsoft and Razer, this is not really a huge surprise. The software that comes with it has the features you would expect, with programmable buttons, tweakable on-the-fly DPI changes and as an added benefit, you can change the lighting as well. Head to techPowerUp to get
Subject: General Tech | January 31, 2007 - 12:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
OCMODSHOP examines Vista's history and it's release. They look back a few years to Longhorn, and the expectations that were created during the development process and beta testing, then follow Vista forward into release. Looking not only at Aero and the newly updated games, they delve into what has changed about the core technology behind Windows the difference between the versions and details about the security.
Subject: General Tech | January 30, 2007 - 12:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Digital Trends presents an interesting theory, that is also a little worrying. The big PC and laptop retailers may have been behind the push to move to dual core in order to let their proprietary software run. Almost any PC and laptop from a major manufacturer has any number of programs that constantly run and take up CPU cycles. What would it mean if that load was pushed onto the second core, leaving the first core for the user?
Subject: General Tech | January 30, 2007 - 12:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Today is the day that Vista hits retail stores everywhere, though it does not seem to have had the same effect on people as, say, Burning Crusade. With the FUD surrounding this new OS from Microsoft, many are double thinking the switch from XP to Vista. In that crowd is [H]ard|OCP, and Kyle, an admitted Microsoft fan, is sharing his thoughts on his satisfaction with XP versus his desire to have the new shiny.
Subject: General Tech | January 29, 2007 - 06:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Jan. 29, 2007 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today detailed the
hardware and supporting software technologies to deliver the highest
levels of performance, stability and application compatibility for
Microsoft Windows Vista(tm) users.
Subject: General Tech | January 29, 2007 - 03:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Digital Trends compares the LG Prada phone to the Apple iPhone. While both have touch screens and are 2.5G GSM GPRS EDGE phones, the LG will be out sooner, and does not tie you into a contract with Cingular. That may give it an edge in your mind, or not. They follow up with a look at Ruckus, which is going about online music subscriptions in a very different way than iTunes, and will work with the Prada, and just about anything else. They finish with some screen grabs, and a hypothesis that Apple may have been
Subject: General Tech | January 29, 2007 - 03:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Gamebryo Element is a game development program from Emergent that, like the Unreal Engine, supports not only PCs, but consoles as well. With Metrics Elements and Metrics Automation, it provides a way to create games with full support for vertex and pixel shaders, skeletal bases fro characters and more. If you have thought of making a game, and want it a little more polished than some of the free engines that are out there, take a look at this review from Beyond3D.