BattleField2 & BSD serve up a game

Subject: General Tech | December 2, 2005 - 12:08 PM |
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Why use Linux or Windows when you can setup a BF2 server on FreeBSD?  If you know the OS, and want to start rising in EA's ranks, NewsForge can run you through the setup.

"Many players of Electronic Arts' multiplayer online game Battlefield 2 run Battlefield 2 game

servers, either at home or as a hosted solution. Most use Windows or Linux as their server

operating system. Few people know that you can use FreeBSD as well.

Source: Newsforge

BioWare is looking for a few good game writers

Subject: General Tech | December 2, 2005 - 11:57 AM |
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Think you've got what it takes to make the next Baldur's Gate or KOTOR?  BioWare is having a contest, to have people submit, in writing, the outline for a game.  Even if you don't get hired, there's a good chance you could win a prize.  The Inquirer can give you more info, and a link to the contest details.


I've also heard rumours that FutureLooks and The Tech Zone are running a similar ECS contest, if you are really hoping to put a Pentium D under the tree.


"It is officially titled, "The
Source: The Inquirer

Tube Tied

Subject: General Tech | December 1, 2005 - 05:52 PM |
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It may look like a something you'd find in a game of Fallout, but the Coolermaster Musketeer 3 is a tube based sound conditioner.  If you are baffled as to what exactly that is, head to the Guru of 3D for a full explanation.


"Did somebody at CoolerMaster loose his mind ? I mean, there's a reason that vacuum tubes were

left in history back in the 50's: they kinda suck. However, they might have lost their minds, but

they ain't crazy. Tubes have been making a bit of a renaissance comeback lately in audio.

Source: Guru of 3D

Intel To Extend Manufacturing Leadership With Second 45nm 300mm Wafer Factory

Subject: General Tech | December 1, 2005 - 12:50 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 1, 2005 — Intel Corporation today announced plans to build a new 300-millimeter (mm) wafer fabrication facility at its site in Kiryat Gat, Israel. The new factory, designated Fab 28, will extend Intel's manufacturing leadership by producing leading-edge microprocessors in the second half of 2008 on 45 nanometer (nm) process technology.

Join the war on spam

Subject: General Tech | December 1, 2005 - 11:50 AM |
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Can the war on spam be won by everyone ignoring the spammers?  Read this article from The TechZone, and spread the word. If nobody clicks, nobody will spam.

"Everybody hates spam! I am sure spammers hate getting spam too, but they still continue to dish

it out. Why? Because it is still effective. Believe it or not, many of us still click on the links

or follow-up with the spam message. As long as we continue to do this, spam will exist.

AMD Helps Meet Increased Demand for Basic Needs Assistance in Austin

Subject: General Tech | December 1, 2005 - 11:41 AM |
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November 30, 2005 - Austin, TX. - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that it has donated $100,000 to the Basic Needs Coalition of Central Texas (BNC) for the Best Single Source (BSS) project, an alliance of non-profit agencies pooling resources and information to provide a comprehensive solution to meet the basic needs of individual clients.

Source: AMD

There's good news, and there's bad news

Subject: General Tech | November 30, 2005 - 11:48 AM |
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First, the bad news.  CNet is reporting on a flaw in PERL which could lead to an attacker getting control over a server.  Not only that, but Java has been patched, and so has OS-X.  On the other hand, chances are that all 3 vulnerabilities won't be affecting you, and also Mozilla 1.5 is out!

"Dyad Security on Tuesday warned of a so-called "format string vulnerability" in Webmin, a

Web-based administration utility

Still stickin' to the old school controllers?

Subject: General Tech | November 29, 2005 - 04:03 PM |
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With all the Gaming mice and keyboards coming out, the old gamer's standby has fallen by the wayside.  Think Computers picked up the slack, and they have a review of the Saitek ST90 Joystick.  If you have the urge to pick up a flight or space sim, this review is for you.

'Saitek makes some great products, not long ago I reviewed the Cyborg Evo Force joystick. The

Cyborg would be considered high-end. Today I have what some would consider low end, not cheap but

lower priced.

The sweet sound of silence

Subject: General Tech | November 29, 2005 - 12:01 PM |
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If you are wondering what exactly these noise cancelling headphones that everyone is on about, Bona Fide Reviews can answer your questions.  First up would be the difference between reduction and cancelling, and from there they move onto the applications you can use them in.


"Noise-cancelling headphones use tiny microphones that identify the noise or sounds outside the

headphones and then work to cancel out the sounds.

Slay those start up annoyances

Subject: General Tech | November 29, 2005 - 11:54 AM |
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If you are annoyed by some of the programs that start at the same time windows does, and can't find the option to turn them off, then The Tech Zone can help.  They've posted an article about a handy tool which will let you control the programs that lauch startup, without you having to manaully edit .ini's or find Microsoft's msconfig, if you are running Win2K.

"Some of the kinder and well written programs are configurable and allow you to change the

settings that starts them up.

AMD To Present At A.G. Edwards' Computer/Microprocessor Technology Conference

Subject: General Tech | November 29, 2005 - 11:39 AM |
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 SUNNYVALE, Calif. - November 28, 2005 -AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced that Marty Seyer, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Commercial Business Unit and Performance Computing, Microprocessor Solutions Sector, will present at the A.G. Edwards' Computer/Microprocessor Technology Conference at 9:10 a.m. ET (6:10 a.m. PT) on Thursday, December 1, 2005 in New York City.   Forward-looking and other material information pertaining to AMD may be discussed during the presentation.

Source: AMD

Logitech has a flash of inspiration

Subject: General Tech | November 28, 2005 - 06:45 PM |
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According to CoolTechZone, Logitech has reversed their previous stand on the tracking problems in their G5 and G7 mice.  If you are having problems with your G5, head on over to read the article, and get the update.

"There's finally some good news from Logitech in regards to laser technology in its G5 and G7

laser mice, and the surface tracking issues they were prone to. On November 24th, Logitech issued

a firmware upgrade for G5, the wired counterpart to the cordless G7.

Source: CoolTechZone

Tech Style Goes Tactile

Subject: General Tech | November 28, 2005 - 12:40 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., and NEW YORK, Nov. 28, 2005 — The laptop PC is finally ready for its close-up. Previously confined to a world of monotone grays and blacks, touchable laptop PCs are now poised to break into the fashion spotlight.


Intel Corporation and Toray Ultrasuede (America), Inc., innovative leaders in technology and fashion, today unveiled 'ultrafashionable' concept laptop PCs.

Duel of the Dual-Cores

Subject: General Tech | November 28, 2005 - 11:59 AM |
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The Inquirer reports on a showdown hosted by News.com between AMD's and Intel's dual core CPUs.  The results were a little one sided.

"News.com pitted AMD versus Intel dual core CPUs and tested areas including day to day computing,

gaming, multitasking, photo editing, MP3 encoding, video encoding and bangs per buck, or price

performance as others call it. That's seven rounds of the "prizefight".


According to this, out of a total points of 100, AMD got 100 and Intel got zero.

Source: The Inquirer

Friday Game Roundup

Subject: General Tech | November 25, 2005 - 02:23 PM |
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"I bought the retail version of NFS:MW today and finally got the chance to update my Need for

Speed: Most Wanted Tweak Guide. If you haven't read it yet, I definitely think you should give it

a try.

Source: Tweak Guides

Play your Xbox for more than 360 seconds

Subject: General Tech | November 25, 2005 - 11:36 AM |
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A simple workaround to the crashes on the Xbox360 has been discovered, and The Inquirer is there to tell you about it.  The power is once again a problem, though hopefully not to the extent of the original release.


"Dan, from Duluth, or 'goldeneyemaster' as he is known, told the game spot forum here that he

thinks the main reason that the xBox 360 freezes is because the power supply overheats.

Source: The Inquirer

MP3 Sunglasses 2: The Return

Subject: General Tech | November 24, 2005 - 12:58 PM |
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Oakley has just put out the Thump2, the followup to the original MP3 player in a pair of shades.  If you completely missed the first release, The Tech Lounge takes the time to compare the originals to the new edition.  Love 'em or hate 'em, you should probably at least be able to recognize them.

"From California -- Lil' John's Thump sunglasses have been combined with Arnold Schwartzenegars

Terminator shades in Oakley's sequel of their original smash hit of MP3 playing eyeware in Thump

2, Revenge of the

ATI announces another uncoming chipset

Subject: General Tech | November 24, 2005 - 12:04 PM |
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The Inquirer caught ATI talking about a new chipset that might be ready to launch in the first quarter of 2006, called the RS485.  It will be made to handle the upcoming M2 AMD processors, though it will not support Crossfire, it will support DDR2.

"The chipset is called the RS485 and it supports one single graphic slot only. It's designed over

a new reference motherboard as it has to accommodate new AMD DDR 2 CPUs. Those CPUs will bring a

lot of memory and socket changes but they won't surface before sometime in Q2 next year.

Source: The Inquirer

When good mice go bad

Subject: General Tech | November 23, 2005 - 05:47 PM |
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Try high accuracy mice on a variety of surfaces and you may smell a rat.  The manufacturers are not trying to weasel you out of your money, they are trying to find a solution, so try not to be too shrewish, and constantly badger them with complaints.  In fact, you otter head to CoolTechZone, to read up on their findings from 2 compaines, Logitech and Razer, to see just what is up.

"In a brief commentary, Razer confirmed that the current variant of laser technology does indeed

Source: CoolTechZone

Physics 101 for PCs, starts in February

Subject: General Tech | November 23, 2005 - 11:47 AM |
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The ASUS Ageia PhysX card should be available in February, according to this article by CoolTechZone.  Still no word on the bus it will use, or an actual date though.

"We are all aware of AGEIA and its desire to bring a PhysX processor for physics processing in

order to make games look and feel more realistic. We all want the characters to move and act

realistically, and that's exactly what AGEIA's PhysX will accomplish once it debuts.

Source: CoolTechZone