When Keyboards Meet Mr. Potato Head

Subject: General Tech | October 14, 2005 - 08:42 AM |
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The Ergodex DX1 is a very unique input device.  It is basically a square, upon which you can place keys, where ever you want.  Then you use the bundled software to assign the commands to the keys you've placed.  If WASD is getting you down, head to PimpRig and read all about it.

""To place a key, first you peel off the protective cover off of the adhesive, then press it down firmly on the DX1 pad. To remove the key, simply twist it off.

Source: PimpRig

Intel Donates $1 Million In Support Of South Asia Earthquake Relief Efforts

Subject: General Tech | October 13, 2005 - 01:44 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 13, 2005 — Intel Corporation's philanthropic arm, the Intel Foundation, will donate $1 million for disaster and humanitarian relief efforts related to the South Asia earthquake. The Foundation will also match dollar-for-dollar employee contributions in support of the relief effort through November.

iPod Video discussion ... via Podcast of course!

Subject: General Tech | October 13, 2005 - 11:51 AM |
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Designtechnica presents both a talk back article and a podcast of some predicitons and impressions about the iPod video.  See what they have to say, and listen to the podcast to see if they are right on the money, or out in left field.

"Based on the expectations set for the video iPod, today's announcement was disappointing given it didn't really provide the same kind of user experience with video as the original iPod did with audio.

You can teach an old webcam new tricks

Subject: General Tech | October 13, 2005 - 11:40 AM |
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Hardware Zone takes a look at the Creative WebCam Live! Motion.  Not only is it a decent webcam in terms of quality and looks, but it's motorized.  You can even set it in smart mode, and see the camera follow your movements, just like that old horror cliche, with eyeballs in a creepy portrait.

"The Creative WebCam Live! Motion promises to change your expectations of a web camera, equipped with a silent motor and ultra-wide angle lens.

Itsy Bitsy, Teeny Weenie, Micro MP3's are keenie

Subject: General Tech | October 12, 2005 - 10:45 AM |
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The MobiBLU DAH-1500i is a tiny square MP3 player, designed to hang off your neck liek a locket, while you are listening to it.  10 hours of battery life, either 512MB or !Gb storage, and good playback quality, with an iPod-like interface.  See what CoolTechZone makes of it here.

"We've all had it with standard sized MP3 players; after all, what's so special about them anymore? The same old features and audio quality are the norm these days.

Source: CoolTechZone

Driven to frustration in 64 bits?

Subject: General Tech | October 12, 2005 - 08:47 AM |
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Did you turn in your 32bit WinXP for the 64bit version when Microsoft first offered the trade in, and are now starting to regret the decision?  Think Computers wants you to know that you aren't alone.


'Well, Windows Xp 64 has been out for quite a while now, I for one have already upgraded and there is a noticeable difference, better in some respects, while not better in other. The 'not better' part is driver support.

A new PSU so good it's a Sin(Tek)

Subject: General Tech | October 11, 2005 - 11:09 AM |
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BigBruin does a full review of SinTek's new 500W PSU.  It's got modular connectors, as in you only plug in however many wires are needed.  It has a 120mm LED fan, and you can overvolt your memory and PCIx by 5%, right on the PSU.  To see what else it can do, read the whole review.

"SinTek has a real quality unit on their hands here.

Source: Big Bruin

Ball State University Moves To Head Of The Class In Intel's Ranking Of The Top 50 Most Unwired

Subject: General Tech | October 11, 2005 - 10:04 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 11, 2005 — As the most technology savvy and well-connected generation of college students enters school this fall, Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., is the nation's 'Most Unwired Campus,' according to Intel Corporation's second annual survey on wireless Internet access at U.S. colleges and universities.


Last year many campuses reported limited wireless network capabilities. This year's survey, conducted with the Center for Digital Education, reveals that students are more likely to be enjoying campus life unwired.

Guard your PC with Armor

Subject: General Tech | October 11, 2005 - 09:02 AM |
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You may have never heard of Jackson Backup before, but you may well wish you had.  They are a company that specializes in data loss prevention, and recovery.  Hi-Techreviews has a review of their Armor PCI Card, which is a hardware solution to both data protection and recovery.  It is much like the software suites you are used to, but it takes up less of you HDD space to do the same job.

"Things have changed over the course of the last five years when it comes to using the Inte

Wireless Industry Leaders Promote Next-Generation Wi-Fi Technology to Accelerate IEEE Standards Deve

Subject: General Tech | October 11, 2005 - 08:36 AM |
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SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 10, 2005 — Twenty six Wi-Fi* industry leaders today announced a coalition formed to accelerate the IEEE* 802.11n standard development process and promote a technology specification for next-generation wireless local area networking (WLAN) products. By introducing a specification with widespread industry support, the Enhanced Wireless Consortium (EWC) hopes to speed ratification of an 802.11n standard, while enabling an ecosystem of high-performance WLAN products built to a common set of guidelines.

Intel Ships Multi-Core Server Platforms

Subject: General Tech | October 11, 2005 - 08:34 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 10, 2005 — Intel Corporation today announced the availability of its first dual-core, hyper-threaded Intel® Xeon® processor for dual processor servers.

Affordable High Performance Mouse

Subject: General Tech | October 10, 2005 - 12:00 PM |
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Have you been hearing about mice with extremely high DPI or precision, but haven't been curious enough to spend $60 to $80 or more, just to finf out if it's worth it?   A True Review has found a solution for you, in the form of the Sunbeam X-1300 Gaming mouse.

"Every hobbyist and gamer is looking for a mouse that helps them improve in their computing world. Although, a $60 gaming mouse like the Razer Diamondback, is not in their budget.

Vista glimpsed through open Windows

Subject: General Tech | October 10, 2005 - 11:44 AM |
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CoolTechZone has a huge write up on the changes you will see from Vista Beta 1 to Vista Beta 2.  If you want to know what to expect, or to see how the OS changes during Beta testing, then they've got your answers.

"At the recent PDC, Microsoft started a new way of launching software, and we aren't complaining.

Source: CoolTechZone

SUPERMICRO ACTIVATES CHANNEL WITH AMD64 TECHNOLOGY-BASED SERVER, MOTHERBOARD SOLUTIONS

Subject: General Tech | October 10, 2005 - 10:45 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF.-Oct. 10, 2005-AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced general availability of a broad range of AMD64 technology-based server and motherboard solutions from Supermicro Computer, Inc., through three leading distributors, offering Supermicro solution providers and technology buyers greater choice in the x86 server market.

Source: AMD

WA And NJ Schools Named Top Winners At Intel And Scholastic Schools Of Distinction Award

Subject: General Tech | October 7, 2005 - 12:07 PM |
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Full release available in the Intel Press Room.

WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 6, 2005 — John Stanford International School in Seattle and Academy of Allied Health and Science High School in Neptune, N.J. have been named the 'Best of the Best' winners in the 2005 Intel and Scholastic Schools of Distinction Awards. Both earned honors in the 'Collaboration' category for their innovative use of local, national and international partnerships to promote student achievement.

A virus by any other name ...

Subject: General Tech | October 7, 2005 - 09:57 AM |
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El Reg reports on the attempt by the CME to provide all viruses with common names.  If you have ever suffered mental trauma trying to figure out just which virus it is that has infected you, because Norton, Symantec and all of the others give different names to the same virus, these guys may be able to help.

"A group dedicated to curing virus-naming confusion enjoyed its official launch on Wednesday.

Source: The Register

Music to your ears

Subject: General Tech | October 7, 2005 - 08:50 AM |
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Dan, from Dan's Data, has found a pair of high quality headphones from HeadRoom, and seems amazed at their quality, see what you think about his mental state after reading about them.

HeadRoom's Micro Amp and Micro DAC cost a mere $US600 between them. They provide supposedly superb headphone sound from various analogue and digital sources (including computers, via USB). They're the gateway drug for the heavier HeadRoom electronics. I was expecting them to sound very much the same as the cheaper headphone amps I've reviewed.

Source: Dan's Data

International Control Of Internet Discussed

Subject: General Tech | October 6, 2005 - 03:25 PM |
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ZDnet has an interview with Houlin Zhao, director of the ITU's Telecommunication Standardisation Bureau.  He discusses why he feels that an international body should be in charge of the internet, and what possible changes could come of diong so.

"The International Telecommunication Union is one of the most venerable of bureaucracies. Created in 1865 to facilitate telegraph transmissions, its mandate has expanded to include radio and telephone communications.

Source: ZDNet

PS2 Modchips Legal in Australia

Subject: General Tech | October 6, 2005 - 10:19 AM |
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The Australian court has ruled that the PS2 modchip is legal in that country. Seems this is just another page in the continuing story of Sony going after the consumer to stop them from doing unintended things to their hardware (re: PSP hack firmware). However, this ruling is not the end of the road as the recent Australia vs.