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Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2007 - 05:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Razer has just released two new cloth mousepads, the Mantis Control for slower paced users and the Mantis Speed for those that like to keep their twitch reflexes sharp. Tweaknews, not usually a fan of cloth mats, found both of these mousepads to be stel
Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2007 - 03:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The next generation of Zune's are upon us, although many didn't even notice the first. Microsoft is hoping to change that by offering 3 models at different prices, as opposed to having a single model. You can expect to see 4GB, 8GB and 80GB models, and you can fill them with DRM free music from their Marketplace. The Tech Zone renders the verdict on the new Zune in their full review.
Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2007 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
So, it would appear that UT3 has adopted a rather odd approach to attract Linux gamers. Their theory seems to be selling them a disk that only work under Windows and a promise that they will get right on the Linux client thing. While they do say that the Linux port will use the same disk, I am not sure how many people are going to run out and buy a disk they can't use. The fact that the editor uses wxWidgets does offer some hope to those waiting for the Linux binary to be complete, but still doesn't take the sting out of the snub.
Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2007 - 11:40 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is trouble afoot for emailing in general, according to the newest results 95% of all email is spam. If you feel like you get a lot of spam hitting your inbox, consider just how bad it could be. The filters that we and our ISPs use to prevent some of the spam from getting through are obviously improving along with the volume of spam, but one wonders what will happen when 99.99999 of all emails are spam. Follow the links at Slashdot for all the gory details.
Subject: General Tech | October 16, 2007 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you don't have an extra $10 billion lying around, it is almost impossible to keep up with the newest versions of Photoshop. There are 2 alternatives, find an employer you can convince to pay for it, or start learning how to use the GIMP. OS Weekly has found a way to make that transition easier on the Photoshop addict, GIMPShop has had it's interface tweaked to look a bit more like what you are used to.
Subject: General Tech | October 15, 2007 - 12:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The X38 chipset may not be around for long, as it's successor, the X48 will be available in the next 3-6 months. For the first mainstream DDR3 board, this is probably bad news, even if the retailers try to brand the X48 as the new high end. Catch up with this news at DigiTimes.
Subject: General Tech | October 12, 2007 - 06:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When good computers go bad, everyone suffers, even the routers.
Subject: General Tech | October 12, 2007 - 12:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ASUS has shown some rather odd math and spelling skills in relation to their new ultra-low cost notebook, the Eee. It turns out that what they meant when they claimed it would sell for no more than $199 is that it won't be sold for less than $200. While the change in price is rather frustrating, it will still be the cheapest way to get your hands on a laptop. More at DigiTimes.
Subject: General Tech | October 11, 2007 - 01:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have been busily collecting Fatal1ty brand parts, you will need to get your hands on the Creative Sound Blaster X-FI Xtreme Gamer Fatal1ty Pro. From the results of the review that OCC finished, you may want to get it anyways. It is easy to set up to listen to what you want, but there is also a control panel that will allow you some serious ways
Subject: General Tech | October 11, 2007 - 12:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Anyone living in Toronto now has something to cheer about, a new ISP Co-op that is attempting to make the whole city a hotspot. If you subscribe to their Internet service (about 3-5Mbs @ $37 a month), you are also sent a wireless router running OpenWRT, and the subscribers use Chillispot to throttle the bandwidth used by outside wireless connections so the person paying for the service still has good line speed. Read all about the service, and the 2 guys behind i
Subject: General Tech | October 10, 2007 - 12:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP takes a quick and dirty look at the performance you can expect to see from Episode 2, when the Orange Box finally becomes available. Not only do you get an idea how this game will play on AMD and nVIDIA, but there are a few screenshots you haven't seen yet, of an interesting environment.
Subject: General Tech | October 10, 2007 - 12:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Some will call the new roadmap good news, others will consider it bad, and in some cases they will be using the same models to argue both points. Either way you look at it, the fact that AMD is at least giving us a much better idea about what to expect from them is a good thing. Take a look at the new road map by following the links from The Inquirer.
Subject: General Tech | October 9, 2007 - 05:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Bearing the name of one of the Fates (and a certain type of pit viper) is the new mouse from Razer, the Lachesis, and does it ever have a lot on on it, up to and including onboard memory. The response time is tiny, the maximum DPI is huge and 9 programmable buttons will have you staring at the key mappings of your favorite games for hours trying to figure out the perfect setup. OCModShop has more info on the current pinnacle of gaming mice.
Subject: General Tech | October 9, 2007 - 01:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD's processor pricing is in a free fall, with most of their line being reduced in price, including the newly released Black Edition. DigiTimes published the list of bulk prices, which will be very attractive to anyone looking to build an inexpensive PC. Here's hoping that we have new processors soon, as these prices have to be hurting AMD's bottom line.
Subject: General Tech | October 8, 2007 - 01:45 PM | Ryan Shrout
We have been very impressed with the Xonar sound card from Asus here at PC Perspective, and it looks like a new PCI Express version will be coming out soon.
Asustek announced its Xonar D2 PCI sound card on June 5, but we also spotted a PCI Express version of the card—branded Xonar D2X—at the company's Computex booth on the same day. The firm has now finally launched the Xonar D2X, and the PCIe newcomer is coming out together with another member of the Xonar lineup: the Xonar U1.
Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2007 - 07:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sure you know what MP3s are, everyone does. But there is more than one way to make them, and how you choose to do so can have a huge impact on the quality of the and the size as well. Ars Technica takes you through Fast Fourier Transforms, compression algorithms as well as some of the other formats that offer you alternatives to MP3. Your music collection may never sound the same again.
Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2007 - 06:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TechARP had a chance to sit down with Patrick Gelsinger, SVP and General Manager of Intel's Digital Enterprise Group. They get some answers about Intel's tick-tock strategy and the new hafnium-based transistors that we are hoping to see soon, along with as 32nm technology. You can also find out some interesting tidbits about Nehalem.
Subject: General Tech | October 4, 2007 - 12:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Folding@Home has run on about 2 million CPUs, and actively runs on 200,000, not counting PS3s. The math gets a little fuzzy when you are calculating FLOPS, but it is likely that they really have, at some point, broken the TeraFLOP milestone.
Storm, the wonderful little infection that has been stealthily been having fun romping through the internet, and possibly your computer, has infected between 1 to 50 MILLION PCs! When the creators figure out what that missing step between Step 1 and Step 3 is, you will likely wish that they were just stealing underpants.
Subject: General Tech | October 3, 2007 - 03:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While we have been seeing some nice onboard audio solutions on ASUS motherboards for a while now, we haven't seen an actual discreet soundcard. This changes with the introduction of the Xonar D2 soundcard, which houses an incredible amount of features and outputs. Elite Bastards gave the card, and the bundle it came with a try, check out