Some thoughts on a distant view

Subject: General Tech | June 30, 2006 - 04:32 PM |
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Drop by [H]ard|OCP for a well thought out look at Windows Vista.  Not exactly a review, but more an overview of what could be the main reasons to upgrade when it is available.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Yes, you still have to brush them

Subject: General Tech | June 29, 2006 - 12:17 PM |
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Over at Slashdot, there is an article about some very Sci-Fi testing that has completed at the University of Alberta.  Using ultrasound and an implanted wireless device, they have regrown diseased and damaged teeth to perfect health.  Eventually they figure to be able to use it on any bone in the body.

Source: Slashdot

Antibacterial keyboard

Subject: General Tech | June 28, 2006 - 03:03 PM |
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The Fellowes Split Design Keyboard that XYZ Computing tested looks like many split design keyboards, but with an extra feature.  It has "Microban coating is designed to prevent microbe growth in order to stop
the growth of the bacteria which can ultimately cause stains, odors,
and hurt the life of the product
".  This may keep it clean and smelling fresh(?), but they also warn that it is NOT designed to "p

Hexus presents their Computex Best of Show picks

Subject: General Tech | June 28, 2006 - 11:57 AM |
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Drop by for a look at the winners in 10 different categories, and even more pictures of the show, and the winning products of course.

Source: Hexus

Has Creative managed to wound Apple?

Subject: General Tech | June 27, 2006 - 12:10 PM |
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The Hardware Zone has written a review of the brand new Creative Zen 5.  There are 2 main varieties, the Zen and the Zen Plus, with the difference being the Plus' ability to recieve FM radio.  Available in 1, 2 and 4 GB models, this could certainly be an alternative to the iPod Video.

"Creative has launched the latest ZEN V PLUS - an extremely small and hardy audio player that features

video playback on a rich 1.5-inch OLED screen."

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Getting a look behind the scenes of DX10 development

Subject: General Tech | June 27, 2006 - 11:48 AM |
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ExtremeTech sits down with Chris Donahue and David Blythe to talk about Vista's new Direct X.  Take a peek at the power behind Shader Model 4, which will be used in DX10, the graphics pipeline model, and more.

Source: Extremetech

Sneaking out of Computex to see ECS' factory

Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2006 - 12:23 PM |
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The Tech Report snuck out of Computex to get some real work done.  Take a look at the pictures of the ECS factory and what they learned while looking at the process of making motherboards.

Take to the skies

Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2006 - 12:04 PM |
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Jump into the cockpit, and get ready for some high-flyin' XBox360 action.  Blazing Angels is the pretty much the only flight sim game for the XBox and [H] thinks they did a fair job on it ... if your thumbs are itching to fly, grab a copy.

"Fly up to 38 planes in single-player and multiplayer missions. Jump right into air combat action in

planes such as the famous P-51 Mustang and the British Spitfire. Grow from an innocent rookie to a

battle-scarred ace as you and your wingmen fight World War II's most legendary air battles.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Intel Opens Third High-Volume 65nm Manufacturing Facility

Subject: General Tech | June 22, 2006 - 02:36 PM |
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LEIXLIP, Ireland, June 22, 2006 — Extending its leadership in chip making technology, Intel Corporation today opened an advanced, high-volume semiconductor manufacturing facility in Leixlip, Ireland.

Getting to know services.msc

Subject: General Tech | June 22, 2006 - 12:08 PM |
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Windows XP has a lot of services the run by default, many with names you may not recognize, or understand what they do.  While disabling svchost is not the best of ideas, maybe you don't need UPnP running in the background.  Drop by PC Stats, they've just published a guide on understanding and tweaking the services WinXP runs.

Source: PCStats

Intel Helps Expand Use Of Technology In Turkey Through Intel's World Ahead Program

Subject: General Tech | June 21, 2006 - 06:03 PM |
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ISTANBUL, Turkey, June 21, 2006 — Intel Corporation President and CEO Paul Otellini today announced that Intel will increase efforts in Turkey to drive greater technology accessibility, Internet connectivity and enhanced education to advance knowledge and skill development, job growth and quality of life.

Through its World Ahead Program, Intel, together with several local technology companies, will make available a new type of low-cost, fully featured desktop PC to first-time computer users, and the company will significantly increase its work with educators to improve teaching and le

Intel And VMware Launch Virtualize ASAP To Accelerate And Fuel Virtualization Into Data Centers

Subject: General Tech | June 21, 2006 - 05:17 PM |
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PALO Alto, Calif., June 21, 2006 — Intel
Corporation and VMware*, Inc. announced the launch of the Intel-VMware
Virtualize ASAP*, a global program to further accelerate IT customer
deployment of applications in virtual environments using VMware
Infrastructure on Intel® Xeon® processor-based platforms. The program
also strengthens the collaboration between Intel and VMware around
optimizing Intel platform support for virtualization.

Get a Gremlin in your ear

Subject: General Tech | June 21, 2006 - 02:09 PM |
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Digital Trends looks at a new music service called Gremlin and the MP3 player that goes with it.   By using WI-Fi, you aren't tied to a PC to change the music on the player, by paying the monthly subscription fee, you can connect to their database of songs from anywhere the player can get a wireless signal.

Fahrenheit 451

Subject: General Tech | June 20, 2006 - 12:23 PM |
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Imagine having someone give you an experimental chip, and telling you to overclock it as far as it will go, no matter what it takes.   The chip runs at 350GHz, but by reducing the temperature to 8 degrees above absolute zero, it was run at 500GHz.  Drop by CNET for more info.

Use your modding powers for good

Subject: General Tech | June 19, 2006 - 12:17 PM |
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ExtremeTech is hosting a modding contest with weekly prizes as well a very impressive grand prize.  The rules are very simple, although the contest is only open to US residents.

Source: Extremetech

Memoirs of a Computex survivor

Subject: General Tech | June 16, 2006 - 12:01 PM |
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It took almost a full week for The Tech Report to recover from their sensory overload at Computex.  As part of their therapy to re-adjust them to this limited world of post-release technologies, they were told to share their experiences with the world.  A warning, you will be jealous by the time you finish reading their article.

Mouse disection online

Subject: General Tech | June 15, 2006 - 06:54 PM |
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OCMODSHOP disects the XTrac Ripper XXL, to see what makes it tick.  Drop by for some graphic shots of the guts of a mouse.

Source: OCMODSHOP

DirectX 10, now only for Vista

Subject: General Tech | June 15, 2006 - 12:30 PM |
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It looks like on of the biggest reasons to get Vista when it comes out is to be able to use Direct X 10.  The Inquirer even found out why.


Plus, check out the Video cards and motherboards that Ryan spotted at Computex.

"WE FINALLY got the official word that Direct X 10 won't find its way to Windows XP.

So anyone who plans to buy Direct X 10 hardware and plans to use its full potential will have to buy

Vista as well.

Source: The Inquirer

Cheap and Compact: The new DS Lite

Subject: General Tech | June 14, 2006 - 01:15 PM |
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Digital Trends managed to put down their new DS Lite long enough to give a review.  Take a look at what they think of it, but don't bug them too much ... they are exercising their thumbs.

Ease to install home security

Subject: General Tech | June 13, 2006 - 11:52 AM |
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Easy to install, and little or no configuration, the AlphaSheild Pro is perfect for anyone who doesn't have a router, or isn't sure if they have properly configured it.  Drop by 3dGameMan for a look at this hardware firewall.

Source: 3dGameMan