The 8 Horsemen of Vista

Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2006 - 11:50 AM |
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engadget is reporting 8 flavours of Windows Vista. It appears Microsoft is sticking with their "Home-Professional-Enterprise" product model. I'm curious to see what the feature difference is for the "Vista Home Premium" and the "Vista Business" boxes. I hear "Vista Ultimate" comes with a posse.

"Wow, ok, Bill, since you're reading this and all, we've got to tell you a little something about product branding.

Source: engadget

7.1 THX speakers to go with your 7.1 soundcard

Subject: General Tech | February 17, 2006 - 05:15 PM |
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Don't let those extra 2 channels got to waste, pick up a 7.1 speaker system, like Creative Labs GigaWorks S750.  Laptop Gamers has posted a review.

"This THX certified speaker system delivers an unbelievable gaming experience when combined with a

7.1 sound card such as the Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS.

Tune into the next Half Life 2 for the exciting conclusion

Subject: General Tech | February 17, 2006 - 02:49 PM |
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Ars Technica reports on a change of plans for Valve.   Half Life 2 may have several sequels, that appear like TV series, and are downloadable via Steam.  While probably not as long as a normal game, hopefully there will be many of them.

"The Half-Life franchise is moving to an episodic release schedule according to comments from

Valve's Doug Lombardi. Lombardi has revealed that Half-Life 2: Aftermath has been renamed to

Half-Life 2: Episode One.

Source: Ars Technica

Media player flaw already exploitable

Subject: General Tech | February 17, 2006 - 02:37 PM |
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The media player flaw that Microsoft patched on Tuesday already has 2 proof of concept attacks according to CNet.  That makes it very likely that exploits are already roaming around in the wild.  Patch 'em if you got 'em.

"The "proof-of-concept" exploits that take advantage of a flaw in the media player were posted on

the Web over the past couple of days.

WolfKing Warrior attacks, WASD trembles

Subject: General Tech | February 16, 2006 - 01:08 PM |
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Can the WolfKing's Warrior, a very round keyboard-like device, with 52 keys and a few extra buttons, add something to your FPS experience?  ExtremeTech has a review of this odd device, and they even seem to like it.  Maybe you can finally abandon your normal keyboard while gaming.

"That was until we came across the Wolf Claw Type II keyboard from a small company in Singapore

last summer. To a normal keyboard, the Wolf Claw added a dedicated WASD-friendly gaming area to

the left.

Source: Extremetech

Will MIT be the one to finally provide us with flying cars

Subject: General Tech | February 16, 2006 - 12:05 PM |
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CNet reports on an MIT project that might soon provide us with a commercially available flying SUV.  The folding wings they propose are not terribly new, the technology has been fully tested on fighter jets.  Even better they are hoping to get a vehicle that get 30 miles a gallon in the air, and about 30-40 miles per gallon on the ground.  It will carry just over 400 pounds, and hit 120 miles per hour in the air.


"Terrafugia, a start-

Wanna bet the InfoCard holds 640K?

Subject: General Tech | February 15, 2006 - 11:53 AM |
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Hopefully the idea of InfoCards in the upcoming Windows Vista replacing passwords won't prove to be as inaccurate as the famous 640K comment, though at least this time, we have Bill Gates on record, whereas the 640K quote may just be hearsay.  Read more about the new InfoCards at CNet.

"Now, with Windows Vista, Gates feels he finally has the right weapons to supplant the password as

a means of verifying who is who on computers and over the Internet.

Can Auzentech's new 7.1 card blow your mind?

Subject: General Tech | February 14, 2006 - 04:00 PM |
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Elite Bastards has posted the first review of the new Auzentech X-Plosion 7.1 PCI card.  It claims to bear the first real DTS Connect logo, and should be able to turn any 2 channel audio into 7.1 surround.  According to thier tests, the card uses 2% of the CPU at a constant rate, which would put it well below the Audigy's peak usage.


"The big addition to the X-Plosion along those same lines is support for DTS' equivalent to Dolby

Digital Live, n

The Walt Disney Company, Cisco Systems and Intel Corporation Invest in MovieBeam, Inc.

Subject: General Tech | February 14, 2006 - 01:15 PM |
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Burbank, Calif., San Jose, Calif. and Santa Clara, Calif., February 14, 2006 — The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS), Cisco Systems and Intel Corporation, through its leading investment arm Intel Capital, today announced they have invested in MovieBeam, Inc., a newly formed digital entertainment venture. The series A financing round, worth a total of $48.5 million, includes additional investment from tier-one venture capital firms the Mayfield Fund, Norwest Venture Partners and VantagePoint Venture Partners.

Intel(R) Core(TM) Duo Delivered to Embedded Market

Subject: General Tech | February 14, 2006 - 01:15 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 14, 2006 — Intel Corporation today provided extended lifecycle support for the Intel® Core™ Duo processor used by developers of embedded solutions, such as industrial control, test and instrumentation, aerospace, defense and medical imaging systems.


Embedded system designers increasingly wrestle with two challenges: balancing performance with power efficiency and supporting general purpose and special purpose functionality in embedded applications.

FreeGeek.com, recycling and reusing old PCs

Subject: General Tech | February 14, 2006 - 12:30 PM |
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If you have a bunch of old PC components around, and you have come to the realization that you really aren't going to be rebuilding that K6-2 system, or find a use for that old Matrox PCI video card, get in touch with FreeGeek, and they will rebuild or properly recycle it.  Read more info about them at Designtechnica.

"Free Geek, a nonprofit company in Portland, Oregon takes unwanted computers and gizmos, rebuilds

them and gives them away or breaks them down for proper recyclying."


Here is some more

I am so jealous, Transformers never did that when I was a kid!

Subject: General Tech | February 13, 2006 - 12:00 PM |
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Kids these days get the best toys.  Take this working transformer that goes from functional model car to walking robot and back that MAKE: Blog has linked to.  Probably not too long before that is the basis for the next perfect holiday gift for your kids.

"This little robot car from Nakamura-san at Himeji Soft Works in Japan drives around then it

transforms into a real robot and walks around."


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Source: MAKE: Blog

Reinventing the mouse

Subject: General Tech | February 10, 2006 - 04:03 PM |
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The Evoluent VerticalMouse 2 reviewed at Extremetech is exactly what it sounds like.  A mouse that sits on it's side, so that while you use it, your hand is in the "handshake" position.  Find out how well it worked, and if it will help with that Carpal Tunnel Syndrome you managed to get after the 7 day LAN party.

"Unfortunately, Evoluent's VerticalMouse 2, which we review today, doesn't win any crazy and kooky

awards.

Source: Extremetech

So ya wanna be famous?

Subject: General Tech | February 10, 2006 - 11:50 AM |
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See your name in lights with The Movies, the newest sim game.  Pamper your starlets, keep your leading men interested, and remember, the only bad publicity is no publicity.  Check out the full review at GamePyre.

"Overall, the movies game was one of the first games to have me looking at the time in shock —

it's been a while.

Source: Gamepyre

Where's the heat?

Subject: General Tech | February 10, 2006 - 11:39 AM |
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The ThermoHawk 200 Infrared Thermometer is a $60 dollar tool that you may never get bored of playing with.  Sure, it is handy for figuring out which capacitor or chip is running really hot and needs a heatsink, or where the hot air gathers in your case.  But think, now you will never need to sip a beer to figure out if it is cold, or if the water in the lake is warm enough for a swim, or just how hot your coffee is.  Check it out at Think Computers.

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Practice your web-based self defense

Subject: General Tech | February 9, 2006 - 11:36 AM |
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Tech Connect Magazine has posted an article called "Under Attack", a primer on defending against the various wild nasties currently roaming the virtual world.  If you aren't up to speed on what kind of threats are out there, this is a read that could save you a lot of time and money.


"Viruses, Trojan horses, spyware and Hanson lyrics - the internet is a veritable jungle that only

a few can come out of unscathed.

Avoid the Direct Access button on your monitor

Subject: General Tech | February 8, 2006 - 11:41 AM |
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NGOHQ has been trying to get a hold of nVIDIA, after running into some problems with the relatively new Direct Access feature, wihout much luck.  The feature is now gone from the newest drivers, and they do have a workaround for those who are having issues.


Also, if you entered the NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GS Giveaway Contest @ ARP

Source: NGOHQ

Make any stereo broadcast in Bluetooth

Subject: General Tech | February 6, 2006 - 05:45 PM |
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The Bluetake BT450Tx Bluetooth Stereo Transmitter is a little device designed to pulg into an iPod, to allow Bluetooth headphones to not only play your music, but to allow some control over the iPod itself.  The neat thing is that anything with a 3.5mm plug-in can broadcast it's current music over Bluetooth.  Read the full story at A True Review.

A short time ago I reviewed the spectacular Bluetake i-PHONO mini Bluetooth Stereo Headphone.

Will Terratec's new device help you claw your way to victory?

Subject: General Tech | February 6, 2006 - 03:39 PM |
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3DXtreme looks at the Terratec Mystify Claw, a customizable gaming device that will let you get rid of the keyboard for gaming.  Can it actually help your performance, or will it suffer the fate of most things that try to challenge the mouse+keyboard combe?

"Today 3DXtreme has the pleasure of reviewing a gaming device for the hardcore in the Mystify

Claw. Everyone is trying to make the gaming experience easier and more ergonomic and that's where

the Mystify Claw comes in.

Source: 3DXtreme

A quick glance at AM2

Subject: General Tech | February 6, 2006 - 11:50 AM |
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AnandTech has put together a 3 page look at the upcoming AM2 AMD processor.  If you don't fully understand what this new processor will be capable of, then give this summary a read to see what it can do beyond simply support DDR2.

"The new AMD technology refresh, now called AM2, will bring DDR2 memory to the Athlon64

on-processor memory controller.

Source: AnandTech