CeBIT in a day

Subject: General Tech | March 14, 2006 - 11:39 AM |
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R & B Mods only had a day to pack in everything they could about CeBIT.  There are 9 pages of photos that cover almost every area of the show, and give you a great tour.  A warning, if you are still using dial-up, it may take you a day to see their whole tour as well.

"Everyone that has some type of computer interest knows that Cebit is one of the worlds biggest

exhibitions. I had the pleasure to go down to Hannover Germany this year to take a part of this

huge event.

IPTV, coming to the small screen near you

Subject: General Tech | March 13, 2006 - 11:57 AM |
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Sure we have all streamed video over the net using TCP/IP, but webTV with the same technology has never seemed to catch on.  The newest incarnation is IPTV, and Ars Technica can explain how it is supposed to work, and just why the Telco's are interested in broadcasting it.

"IPTV describes a system capable of receiving and displaying a video stream encoded as a series of

Internet Protocol packets. If you've ever watched a video clip on your computer, you've used an

IPTV system in its broadest sense.

Source: Ars Technica

Giving an old game a new look

Subject: General Tech | March 10, 2006 - 12:11 PM |
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It has probably been a while since you last played Quake 3, but there are still people who are.  Maybe you aren't impressed that they can only get around 15 fps, and have to turn off some of the lighting effects to get it that high, but what if they were doing it on 24 monitors?  The Inquirer links to pics of that, and a Warcraft 2 setup which shows the entire game map.


"A Bunch of techies at www.plastk.net have been playing around with a 24 monitor display wall and

managed to get a game of Quake Three runn

Source: The Inquirer

Intel has plans of domination for 2006

Subject: General Tech | March 10, 2006 - 11:58 AM |
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While AMD has held the performance crown for a while now, Intel has never been out of the game.  At the IDF they revealed the core architectures they hope will regain the speed title for them.  Designtechnica has posted their views on the IDF, and what it is that they took away from it, drop by and see what you missed.

"Clearly, Intel has been in a funk lately. AMD has been hitting them so regularly that the old

Intel Bunny Men are looking more like punching bags than mascots.

Meet America's Brightest Young Scientists at the Intel Science Talent Search

Subject: General Tech | March 9, 2006 - 12:48 PM |
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The Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS) is the nation's oldest and most prestigious science competition. Take a glimpse into the future of science in America as 40 of the brightest young scientists assemble in Washington, D.C. to showcase research that examines human audio processing, which can be applied to speech recognition technology and cochlear implants; a study of mosquito-borne equine illnesses; development and optimization of a remotely piloted Micro Air Vehicle; and a new method for determining the age and mass of brown dwarf stars.

If you don't buy it, it won't come

Subject: General Tech | March 9, 2006 - 12:00 PM |
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In an editorial on Malware, PC Mechanic hits on the real solution to spam and adware.  Those pop-ups appear because someone is hoping to make money, and if everyone stops buying from spammers and pop-up ads, they just wouldn't exist.

" "My computer is running really slowly and I'm getting tons of pop-ups." It probably wouldn't be

hyperbole to say that this is the most commonly uttered computer-related comment.

Source: PC Mechanic

Coming Sooner Than You Think: Intel NextGeneration Enterprise Platforms

Subject: General Tech | March 8, 2006 - 11:26 AM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, March 7, 2006 — Pat Gelsinger, Intel senior vice president and general manager of the Digital Enterprise Group, today showed how Intel will deliver superior computing performance and energy efficiency this year while reducing the total cost of IT ownership.

Intel & Microsoft Outline Plans for Advancing Benefits of New Management and Virtualization

Subject: General Tech | March 8, 2006 - 11:24 AM |
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NTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, March 7, 2006 — Intel Corporation and Microsoft Corporation today outlined plans to connect computer network management technologies and also to work together to advance promising virtualization technology that will bring businesses new capabilities and cost savings.


In a move to bring unique management benefits to the broad number of users of Microsoft® Systems Management Server 2003 (SMS) for the first time, Intel plans to connect its new Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel®

Intel and Vmware Expand Collaboration to Accelerate Adoption of Virtualization

Subject: General Tech | March 8, 2006 - 11:19 AM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, March 7, 2006 — Intel Corporation and VMware, Inc. today announced a broad collaboration to bring the benefits of virtualization to enterprises and new market segments. In a keynote at the Intel Developer Forum, Intel Senior Vice President Pat Gelsinger and VMware President Diane Greene announced expanded product support and a global joint marketing campaign to increase awareness and adoption of the technology.

S1 and AM2 and F, Sockets galore from AMD

Subject: General Tech | March 7, 2006 - 11:52 AM |
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If you have no clue what the title means, the quick and dirty is, S1 (754 pins) is aimed at notebooks, AM2 (940 pins) is the new desktop socket and F (1207 pins) will be targeted at server applications.  Read a lot more about them at AnandTech.

"The Intel Developer Forum doesn't officially start until later today, but we hit the ground

running with a handful of meetings shortly after landing in San Francisco.

Source: AnandTech

That's not a subwoofer ... this is a subwoofer!

Subject: General Tech | March 6, 2006 - 06:34 PM |
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There is such a thing as a 5 foot tall subwoofer.  You might want to consider getting it before your neighbour does, or you will lose every stereo fight you get into.  If you haven't seen this monster floating around the web yet, head over to Digital Grabber to get the scoop.

"The 60-inch subwoofer absolutely has the capability to produce SPL levels well above 180 dB.

Nut'n'Honey

Subject: General Tech | March 6, 2006 - 12:04 PM |
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Big Bruin reviews the Stealth Switch Desktop Cloaking Device.  It is a USB device with a kind of enhanced ALT-TAB, which hides that important program you were writing when someone comes snooping by and starts shoulder surfing. (Cause that's the only thing you could possibly be hiding, right?)  Read the full review to see if it can get you in even more trouble than you would be without it.

"Maybe the boss walked by as you were playing Solitaire?

Source: Big Bruin

Half Life 2 - mods, mods and more mods

Subject: General Tech | March 3, 2006 - 12:00 PM |
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If you thought that Valve did a great job on the engine and physics behind Half Life 2, but got the actual game a little wrong, use the SDK and build your own.  Tech Connect Magazine has assembled over 9 of their favorite mods, so drop by and see if you need to cancel your plans for the weekend.


"Whether Half Life 2 was your favourite or most loathed game of 2004/2005, the promise for

user-created content that the Source engine and Software Development Kit deliver cannot be

Batten down your wireless hatches

Subject: General Tech | March 3, 2006 - 11:47 AM |
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Securing your Wireless Network is not very hard, and with this guide from Digital Grabber, it just got even easier.  They take you through all the steps, from encrypting the signal, to changing the routers IP address slightly, to make it harder to find and get into.

"The days of buying a wireless router and just hooking it up without turning on any of the

security features are long gone. Only a fool would leave their network wide open.

What is with the kids these days

Subject: General Tech | March 2, 2006 - 11:57 AM |
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The TV news would have you believe that kids today do nothing but shoot bad guys on the computer, and pirate software and music.  Well at least one 14 year old is working to disprove that theory by finding a critical hole in Gmail, according to this story in The Inquirer.

"He was attempting to mail some javascript code from his yahoo account to my gmail when he came

across this vulnerability.

Source: The Inquirer

Audio Recording on the go

Subject: General Tech | March 1, 2006 - 07:02 PM |
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Futurelooks trys out the Gemini iKey USB audio recorder, a nifty little audio capture device.  It will take any line signal, and store it to another attached device of your choice.  With on the fly encoding, you get several choices of fiel type to capture the audio as, it is definatly worth a look.

"So what exactly is an iKey? The iKey is an Audio Recording Product from Gemini Sound Products

Corporation. The iKey can take any Line Level audio signal and convert it to an MP3 or WAV audio

file.

Source: futurelooks

Huge tracts of mousing land

Subject: General Tech | March 1, 2006 - 02:29 PM |
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Think Computers is thinking big with this review of the Corepad Deskpad XXL.   The thing is huge, about 3 feet by 1.5 feet, with a smooth, even surface.  Make sure your desk can handle this thing, you don't want to be mousing right off the side in the middle of a firefight!

'Are you one of those people that love a big mouse pad? Then BOY have I got something for you to

check out for review today.

Gentoo Lives!

Subject: General Tech | March 1, 2006 - 12:03 PM |
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New for 2006 is the Gentoo LiveCD.   This time the installer is GUI based, although it is still Linux, so easy installation is a relative term.  Read the review at TECHGAGE, and see if you'd like to take this distro for a spin.

"A new version of Gentoo has been released, so I am going to take a quick look at it to see what's

new. Alongside this new release, there is a LiveCD version available in which you can install

Gentoo from within a GNOME desktop.

Source: TECHGAGE

Virtual Spring Cleaning for your PC

Subject: General Tech | February 28, 2006 - 11:43 AM |
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The Tech Zone takes you through an easy process to clean and speed up your PC.  Call it WinRot or senility, as an OS install ages, it begins to develop idiosyncrasies and will slow down in some tasks, follow this guide and it will be running like the day you first got it.

"It seems that the longer you own your computer, the slower it gets! It isn't getting slower just

because it is older.

5.1 surround headphones ... midnight gamers best friend

Subject: General Tech | February 27, 2006 - 02:10 PM |
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I find it hard to believe that headphones can duplicate 6 discrete channels directly into your ears.  However, TECHGAGE reviews the Turtle Beach Ear Force HPA Headset, and they have found that it can be done, within limits.  Along with very comfortable ear peices, the headphones come with a amp/equalizer that lets you switch between channel settings, from regular 2 channel to 5.1.

"Can't set up a 5.1 speaker setup, but want true surround sound?

Source: TECHGAGE