Could AMD be making a mistake?

Subject: General Tech | October 6, 2006 - 08:47 AM |
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This HEXUS article could be a conversational hand grenade.  They are wondering if the inroads that AMD has made into corporate servers, and having Dell build systems around AMD processors displays a change in direction from AMD.  Intel's Core 2 Duo is the PC enthusiast's choice, and AMD doesn't seem to be doing much in response.

Source: Hexus

Scotty, could you beam me a foot to the left?

Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2006 - 09:00 AM |
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Sure, teleporting something the size of a single bacterium about 1/2 a meter or so isn't quite what science fiction promised us by the year 2000.  It is a good start though, and you can read a little about it at CNET.

Intel to Purchase NVIDIA Rumors Swirl Again

Subject: General Tech | October 4, 2006 - 09:12 PM |
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Normally I would look past headlines like this without a pause, but with the recent purchase of ATI by AMD, I no longer think these people are completely nuts.  And the AMD/ATI rumor started in a fashion VERY similar to this...remember our post just towards the end of May from a Forbes analyst?

Now that radio can be good, you might want to save some of it

Subject: General Tech | October 4, 2006 - 04:01 PM |
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Gone are the days of listening to your radio late into the night to record your favorite DJs onto a cassette tape.  Thanks to the rise of XM Radio, the first part is coming back, but you can't easily tape the feed.  Digital Trends has a look at Pioneer's Inno, a device deisgned to replace that old tape deck with something a little more modern and satellite radio friendly.

The Skype Mouse Phone

Subject: General Tech | October 4, 2006 - 02:59 PM |
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Just because it's odd, doesn't mean you can't find one for sale.  Sysgration melded a Skype phone and mouse in some sort of bizarre experiment, and now you can buy one of your own.  CoolTechZone seems as confused as I, but someone, somewhere must have a use for this little USB device.

Source: CoolTechZone

World War 2 gaming, Version 429, with a twist

Subject: General Tech | October 4, 2006 - 12:21 PM |
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The twist being that Company of Heroes is a RTS, not a FPS.  From the awesome sounds of mortar fire and the soldiers reactions to it, to the rag doll physics and fully destructable terrain thanks to the Havok engine, you have to agree with Gaming Illustrated ... this game has serious potential.

Intel gets a bigger Imagination

Subject: General Tech | October 4, 2006 - 12:00 PM |
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Imagination Technology Group works on systems on a chip, including graphics and video chips, and are now working closely with Intel.  HotHardware has an article containing thoughts on what this means, in the light of the recent AMD-ATI merger.  It almost looks like nVIDIA has to get into the CPU business by themselves.

Source: HotHardware

So much for Firefox beinga "complete mess"

Subject: General Tech | October 3, 2006 - 08:53 AM |
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It seems that the reports of Firefox's vulnerability have been greatly exaggerated.  The javascript vulnerability is an old flaw, that is well known, and nobody as yet has managed to use it to successfully run code.  Ars Technica has more on information on the story.

"Mozilla has been able to reproduce a DoS issue based on the information, according to a new post on the Mozilla Developer Center.

Source: Ars Technica

NBC Universal and Intel to Deliver Series Premieres on Intel Viiv and Intel Centrino Platforms

Subject: General Tech | October 2, 2006 - 10:40 AM |
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NBC VIP Access to provide Viiv™ and Intel® Centrino® users with a broad range of on-demand entertainment and sports content, including access to the two new shows, 'Heroes' and 'Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip'


They might be exaggerating a bit, but be careful around Java

Subject: General Tech | October 2, 2006 - 09:20 AM |
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The Inquirer links to a story on ZDNet, which claim that the Java flaw discovered in Firefox makes the entire browser irreparably insecure.  Firefox's Window Snyder beleives that that reaction is FUD, and that a patch can remove the Java vulnerability.  Either way, I'd suggest avoiding strange Java for a bit.

Source: The Inquirer

A perspective on current events in our forums

Subject: General Tech | September 29, 2006 - 02:36 PM |
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Having once been AMDMB, a lot of the members of PC Perspective feel a little protective of AMD, which has lead to speculation on what AMDs response to the Core 2 Duo.  In the mean time, Meridian is trying to even out the score by showing everyone "nauseating detail over the overclocking of my new AM2 rig".  Ryan and members of the forum are very exitied about ASUS' new Crosshair board, even if it is 2

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ATI helps cure Alzheimer's, makes commitment to Stream Computing

Subject: General Tech | September 29, 2006 - 10:57 AM |
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ATI is commited to the Folding@Home on a GPU that they officially launched at the IDF.  Three press releases have come out, giving details on what they did do design this, and how.

ATI pioneers new Stream Computing technology

Stanford University's Folding@home uses ATI stream computing to squeeze three years worth of disease research into just one month

Source: ATI

NBC Universal and Intel to Deliver Series Premieres on Intel(R) VIIV(TM) and Centrino(R) Platforms

Subject: General Tech | September 29, 2006 - 10:53 AM |
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New York and Santa Clara, Calif. Sept. 28, 2006 - NBC Universal and Intel Corporation today announced the launch of the NBC VIP Access online service that will provide on-demand broadband-delivered entertainment content for free to consumers with Intel® Viiv™technology-based PCs and Centrino® mobile technology-based laptops.

Where's my Web 2.0 money!

Subject: General Tech | September 29, 2006 - 08:44 AM |
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Web 2.0 has been promised to give those a chance that missed the first dot-boom a chance to make gobs and gobs of money.  Not too many people, apart from venture capitalists seem to believe it though, and The Tech Zone counts themselves among the skeptics.  They do spend soem time thining about it though, so srop by to see what they think the new 'killer apps' might be.

Intel Chairman Calls on Employers to Transform Healthcare System

Subject: General Tech | September 28, 2006 - 12:47 PM |
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WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 26, 2006 -
Intel Chairman Craig Barrett, speaking at the eHealth Initiative's
Health Information Technology Summit, urged a dramatic change in the
way the nation administers healthcare
. Barrett called for employers to
exercise their influence as the largest purchasers of healthcare to
drive improvements in care delivery, reducing costs and improving
quality.

Home Theatre Purchasing Advice

Subject: General Tech | September 28, 2006 - 10:21 AM |
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The Tech Zone will help you buy an awesome Home Theatre, and give you advice on how to get all the components to compliment each other.  They cover everything from the basics for the TV, recievers and speakers to the best A/V connectors  to use.

Folding@Home on ATI GPU's: a major step forward

Subject: General Tech | September 28, 2006 - 08:14 AM |
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Now in 2006, we are looking forward to another major advance in capabilities. This advance utilizes the new, high performance Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) from ATI to achieve performance previously only possible on supercomputers. With this new technology (as well as new Cell processor in Sony's PlayStation 3), we will likely be able to attain performance on the 100 gigaflop scale per computer. With this new software and hardware, we will be able to push Folding@Home a major step forward.

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IBM, Intel Propose Innovative Extension to Popular PCI Express Computing Standard

Subject: General Tech | September 27, 2006 - 06:41 PM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco,
Sept. 27, 2006
— IBM and Intel Corporation, with support from dozens of
other companies, have developed a proposal to enhance PCI Express*
technology to address the performance requirements of new usage models,
such as visualization and extensible markup language (XML).