Intel And BMW Enter Comprehensive Partnership

Subject: General Tech | December 15, 2005 - 03:01 PM |
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MUNICH, Germany, Dec. 15, 2005 — Intel Corporation and the BMW Group today announced a comprehensive partnership that includes technology, co-marketing and Intel's sponsorship of the BMW Sauber F1 Team. As part of this agreement, Intel technology will be deployed throughout the BMW Group and its worldwide dealer network, and Intel will become 'Official Corporate Partner' of the BMW Sauber F1 Team.

Why am I still a button pusher?

Subject: General Tech | December 15, 2005 - 11:51 AM |
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The Tech Zone asks about one of my pet peeves.  Why is the only difference between the input devices I used on my Apple IIe and the ones on my current rig, the number of buttons?  No neat holographic table to interface with, I push more buttons now than I did then.

"So why haven't interfaces changed much in the last 20 years? One possibility is that the desktop

is in some way an optimal representation.

Valve dreams of video cards from the future

Subject: General Tech | December 14, 2005 - 11:51 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP got a tour of Valve, and likely ran into Ryan while they were there.  If you haven't seen the pictures and movies of their proposed implementations of motion blur, colour correction, film grain, depth of feild and more, check it out at [H], and here at PCPer, too.  The only problem is that you will need a video card capable of at least 600 frames per second ...

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Put your mouse where it don't belong

Subject: General Tech | December 13, 2005 - 06:48 PM |
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HardwareXL has come up with an innovative idea for a contest.  Head on over to see just where you'll need to put that mouse to have a chance at a Glidz QPAD.

"…Place your mouse where it does not belong and take a picture of it and post it in here.

Source: HardwareXL

This message will self destruct in 40 seconds ...

Subject: General Tech | December 13, 2005 - 11:35 AM |
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According to CNet, a UK based security company has discovered a way to send sensitive emails, that delete themselves after a certain amount of time.  If, like me, you have a boss who's Exchange mailbox file is over 3 Gigs, I can think of another use for it too!

"Staellium UK said its StealthText service will allow business executives dealing with sensitive

information to send texts that will delete themselves from the recipient's mobile phone soon after

the person has r

Get some late night gaming done, quietly

Subject: General Tech | December 12, 2005 - 01:08 PM |
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Unless you live alone in an isolated area, you have probably had someone yell at you to put on your headphones during an artillery barrage in BF2 or a similar game.  Well, if you've bought a good sound system so that you can feel the bass, and hear the guy sneaking up on your 6, that can be kind of annoying.  The solution is to find a set of headphones that sound as good as your 5.1 speakers, and CoolTechZone may have found a pair that fit that description, the Shure E3g Gaming Earphones

Source: CoolTechZone

Intel Chairman Urges U.S. To Address Healthcare For Aging Society Through Technology Innovation

Subject: General Tech | December 12, 2005 - 12:55 PM |
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WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 12, 2005 — Intel Corporation Chairman Craig Barrett today urged U.S.

It's time to wax nostalgic again

Subject: General Tech | December 12, 2005 - 11:51 AM |
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The Inquirer starts off the "Looking back at 2005" season with an article on Intel's fairly lackluster year.  While AMD has been pumping out dual cores and new pinouts, it feels like Intel didn't do too much in the retail market.  It may not last for long, next year the effects from the sale of Spansion by AMD, and the death of Intel's Itanium could indicate big changes for 2006.

CHIP FIRM Intel began this year as it meant to endian it, in a blizzard of confusing chip numbers

that no-one could make sense of while it trod water and hoped AMD didn't gain too much market

Source: The Inquirer

Great Charity Auction at HardOCP

Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2005 - 10:42 PM |
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HardOCP is setting up to have a hell of a charity auction.  How does a system full of an "unreleased" Athlon 64 FX processor, dual 7800 GTX video cards, 700 GB of storage, 2 GB of Corsair memory and Koolance water cooling system!  Holy heck!  And best of all, it all goes to a good cause -- the Penny Arcade Child's Play auction.

Just to make sure you are not getting "my old junk" when it ships, AMD, BFGTech, and Falcon Northwest have stepp

Source: [H]ard|OCP

If you liked Silent Storm ...

Subject: General Tech | December 9, 2005 - 01:37 PM |
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you will love Nival's newest game, done in concert with CDV.  Hammer and Sickle isn't really a sequel to SS or Sentinels, but the style of play, the character progression and the fact that you can blow a hole through just about anything will be very familiar.  Read the full review at Think Computers to get an idea what to expect.


'Lately, the theme of a lot of games has been World War II. Most of them have been first person

shooters.

FireFlaw discovered

Subject: General Tech | December 9, 2005 - 11:52 AM |
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According to the CNet article here, FireFox 1.5 just had it's first flaw discovered.  The good news is that simply deleting the history.dat will get you back up and running, if you do happen to fall victim.  By the way, you usually find it under Documents and Settings\[username]\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\[profile name].default.


"The latest Firefox flaw exists in the history.dat file, which stores information from Web s

Intel Fourth-Quarter Business Consistent With Expectations

Subject: General Tech | December 8, 2005 - 06:31 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 8, 2005 — Intel Corporation expects revenue for the fourth quarter to be between $10.4 billion and $10.6 billion, as compared to the previous range of $10.2 billion to $10.8 billion.


The fourth-quarter gross margin percentage expectation has been narrowed to 63 percent, plus or minus a point, and is expected to be slightly above the midpoint of the new range. The previous expectation was 63 percent, plus or minus a couple of points.

Give your mouse a new pad

Subject: General Tech | December 8, 2005 - 06:15 PM |
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QPAD is a new company that provides high quality mousepads with gamers needs in mind.  Head to HardwareXL and see if the Lowsense series of pads can provide the perfect surface for your beloved high DPI mouse.

'…QPAD is based in Sweden and probably better know among gamers. My first impression of QPAD is

that its a young and creative company that knows how to cater to every hardcore gamers needs.

Source: HardwareXL

If ya can't win 'em, buy 'em.

Subject: General Tech | December 8, 2005 - 11:54 AM |
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Christmas is a time for giving ...

Source: Firing Squad

Soundcards not by Creative

Subject: General Tech | December 7, 2005 - 04:18 PM |
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Techgauge has posted a review of the Turtle Beach Montego DDL Sound Card.  If you are looking for a high end soundcard, but want to avoid Creative for some reason, check out how this card sounds.

"We all have the desire to have the cleanest sound on our computers, but like everything else,

there are far too many sound cards to choose from. Turtle Beach has been known for their high

quality audio products, so we are taking a look at their top of the line Montego sound card.

Source: TECHGAGE

Turning Turing's work to EVIL!

Subject: General Tech | December 7, 2005 - 11:45 AM |
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It's not very sophisticated ... yet ...

Similar mouse, different tails

Subject: General Tech | December 6, 2005 - 04:16 PM |
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The Logitech G5 and G7 are very similar, the biggest difference is, one is wireless and one isn't.  However there are other differences, like the various weights that the wired G5 comes with.  XYZ Computing has them both, and they can tell you a lot about Logitech's newest gaming mice.

"Though the idea of a laser mouse is not a brand new one, these products have been making a lot of

noise lately.

Your favorite NES game deserves some fine Russian China

Subject: General Tech | December 6, 2005 - 12:10 PM |
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Tetris is twenty! If it seems you have had occaisonal dreams involving falling shapes for most of your life, you are probably right. 


"The simplest games are generally the best. And Pajitnov's idea was a simple adaptation of a board

game called Pentamino. The 29 year-old programmer made the first prototype from a glass and little

blocks to drop inside it, each of which consisted of four cubes.

Source: The Inquirer

AMD to Present at The Lehman Brothers Global Technology Conference

Subject: General Tech | December 5, 2005 - 06:24 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - December 5, 2005 - AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced that Hector Ruiz, AMD Chairman of the Board, President, and Chief Executive Officer, will present at the Lehman Brothers Global Technology Conference at 7:30 a.m. PT (10:30 a.m. ET) on Wednesday, December 7, 2005 in San Francisco, CA. Forward-looking and other material information pertaining to AMD may be discussed during the presentation.

Source: AMD

Yakking about the Xbox 360

Subject: General Tech | December 5, 2005 - 01:51 PM |
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A couple of sites still haven't chimed in about the new Xbox 360, so here you go.  HEXUS starts off with their look, and an article on XBox Live too.

"Now we're allowed to officially write about that creamy white box that's been sitting here for

the last 10 days, Team HEXUS has passed the time reading all about Microsoft's latest console on

pretty much every gaming site on the web.

Source: Hexus