Games Convention 2007

Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2007 - 11:31 AM |
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HEXUS is at the 2007 Games Convention, and boy do they have a scoop.  Crysis will play on a single core machine with dual 6600's.  That means that you should be able to get a nicely playable experience out of a dual core and a single 8800.

"Over at the EA booth here at Games Convention 2007, an EA rep has let slip that Crysis, the hugely anticipated

shooter from the Crytek boys, doesn't need high spec kit to run.

The slip came about when we asked about the specs EA were showcasing Crysis on, which i

Source: Hexus

Graphics coming back to the CPU?

Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2007 - 09:12 AM |
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Not necessarily in a CPGPU format either!  The Inquirer caught a Ray Tracing demo from Intel, that used the 45nm quad-core Yorkfeild exclusively, never utilizing the graphics card in the system at all.  Not only that, but this performance will apparently scale almost perfectly, for every extra core, you get a 99% increase in performance.  If you put one core as the baseline, then two cores will almost double the speed, whereas if you want twice the speed of the quad core, you need an eight-core chip.  It certainly seem

Source: The Inquirer

Cooler Master is proud to present the 2007 Case Mod Contest

Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2007 - 09:00 AM |
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  1. This is a worldwide contest open to everyone. You must first register to the Cooler Master Forum to enter if you are not already a member.
  2. Your case must include 5 different Cooler Master products. Case counts as 2.
  3. You must pick a category that you will be working towards. The two categories are: Most Extreme Case - meaning a computer case so modified that it no longer looks like a case; and Most Artistic - meaning the case includes customized paint, air-brushed, artsy in any way.
  4. The Contest will launch on September 1st and run until October 15th.

VIA Introduces New pc3500 Mainboard

Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2007 - 08:40 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday 21st August 2007 - Further strengthening its
leadership in providing the world's most energy-efficient computing
platforms, VIA Technologies, Inc. today announced the VIA pc3500
Mainboard, a low power, feature-rich platform that enables OEMs and
System Integrators to build Windows Vista desktop PCs that draw less
than 24 watts in Idle State – less than half the requirement of the
U.S. EPA's latest Energy Star Program Requirement for Computers:
Version 4.0
.

Very unique hardware

Subject: General Tech | August 21, 2007 - 02:07 PM |
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Dan of Dan's Data is absolutely shocked by the performance of Unique's Hardware NF01 and NF02 USB speakers.  They are about the size of a deck of cards, but weigh in at 200 grams, giving them a huge advantage over other small speakers.  Read on to find out what other tricks were used to make these tiny, but talented speakers.

Source: Dan's Data

Intel to Move NOR Flash Memory Products for Embedded to 65nm Process Technology

Subject: General Tech | August 21, 2007 - 11:33 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 21, 2007 - To support its embedded technology customers, Intel Corporation announced today plans to extend its embedded NOR flash products to the 65-nanometer (nm) generation. According to the company, the move to 65nm process technology will provide price/performance balance and ensure support for extended product life cycles, both important factors to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) designing for embedded market segments.

New embedded 64-bit processors

Subject: General Tech | August 21, 2007 - 08:51 AM |
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The TILE64 processor is a 64-bit mesh/grid architecture processor for the embedded market, and it's not from any of the big chipmakers.  It is the flagship product of Tilera, a company started by Dr.

Source: Ars Technica

Synchronized sinking

Subject: General Tech | August 20, 2007 - 09:00 AM |
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According to the Skype blog, the outage many are still experiencing came about because of Microsoft's Patch Tuesday.  The details are still a little sketchy as to exactly what happened, and why this particular patch had more effect on the Skype network than previous Patch Tuesdays.  Keep an eye on Ars Technica's article for updates.

Source: Ars Technica

Gone fishin'

Subject: General Tech | August 16, 2007 - 02:33 PM |
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My weekend may coming early, but that's no excuse for everyone to miss out on the happenings in the PC Perspective Forums.  It's not all gaming, there is still plenty of other topics to see, such as the problems you can run into with removing beta software, or any type of software that doesn't want to come off your PC.   Head to the Cases'n'Cooling forum to learn more about heatsink testing methods and ther

Real arcade action

Subject: General Tech | August 16, 2007 - 08:58 AM |
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The X-Arcade Tankstick is a very unique device, though the people who will enjoy it are not so rare.   It looks like the front of an old MAME arcade that has been forcibly removed and had USB and PS/2 ports attached to the back.  Plug it into your PC and get gaming by yourself or with a friend, because there are two joysticks and button sets, as well as a fair number of full arcade games to choose from. 

Source: OCMODSHOP

Long live the x86

Subject: General Tech | August 16, 2007 - 08:40 AM |
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AMD is planning on extending the life of the x86 instruction set, which they claim will make it easier on  programmers planning on switching their code to run optimally on multicore processors. This is a good sign for that part of AMDs development team, they stole the thunder from Intel by being first with a 64-bit instruction set.  Read more about their plans at Slashdot.

Source: Slashdot

Something old, or something new?

Subject: General Tech | August 15, 2007 - 09:17 AM |
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One of the biggest games back in the 80's were the point and click adventure games.  From Kings' Quest to Police Quest to Leisure Suit Larry, just about every possible permutation of the genre was covered.  For whatever reason the 90's became the property of Quake and Hexen, and many gamers haven't looked back.  DriverHeaven reviews The Evil Days of Luckless John, an new PC point and click adventure that looks nothing like the old ones did.

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Heck no, we're no SCO

Subject: General Tech | August 15, 2007 - 08:55 AM |
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Novel has no plans to sue anyone over UNIX.  With that announcement and the court ruling, it looks like UNIX is essentially a FOSS (Free/Open Source Software) operating system.  SCO, the distributor that wanted to make sure UNIX remained their property exclusively has been told, in no uncertain terms, that they don't own UNIX and therefore cannot expect to hold copyright on it. 

Source: Ars Technica

Get out of my face

Subject: General Tech | August 14, 2007 - 11:48 AM |
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Hybrid microphone and headphone setups tend to suffer from an annoying flaw, the placement of the microphone.  If you swing it down out of the way then nobody can hear you, and if you bring it up close to your mouth it gets in the way of your beverage of choice.  Put it up too high and everyone will call you a nose breather.  OCC reviews the

Penguin friendly hardware

Subject: General Tech | August 14, 2007 - 09:00 AM |
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At Linux.com you can find a post detailing every single website that they could find that list hardware Linux compatibility.  From peripherals like printers and digital cameras to graphics cards and laptops.  Not every type of component is covered as well as others, but they all will help you part out a future Linux PC.

Source: Linux.com

Test drive SkyDrive

Subject: General Tech | August 13, 2007 - 09:01 AM |
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With the addition of the label Windows Live to all their online services, like Hotmail, Microsoft is offering several new services.   TechReviewSource reviews the beta of Windows Live SkyDrive, 500MB of free online storage that will eventually be offered to all Windows Live members.  Sneak a peek at it, and volunteer to try out the beta by following the link at the end of the review.

Things to do instead of going to the beach

Subject: General Tech | August 10, 2007 - 02:24 PM |
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It is a good idea to restart your PC every once and a while if you are running Windows, it will fix a surprising number of different problems ...

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ATI's driver can crack your kernel

Subject: General Tech | August 10, 2007 - 09:12 AM |
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Beware of Vista drivers bearing a purple pill, says this story on [H]ard|OCP.  AMD/ATI's drivers open up a vulnerability in Vista which could allow unsigned programs to be installed silently if they are piggybacked into the installation program.  The creator of the tool that allows this posted it to his site for just over an hour, under the assumption that the vulnerability had been patched.  When he discovered it wasn't, he pulled it.

"Apparently an unpatched flaw in an ATI driver al

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Feel the indifference

Subject: General Tech | August 9, 2007 - 08:44 AM |
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It looks like the only big thing to come out of the upcoming DX10.1 release that will be available in Vista SP1, is the sound.  As Ryan mentioned in last weeks podcast, DX10.1 should fix the problems created in Vista when Microsoft changed the way Direct Sound worked, which negatively effects any DSP or surround effects created via EAX.

Source: The Inquirer

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Prices $1.5 Billion of 5.75% Convertible Senior Notes due 2012

Subject: General Tech | August 9, 2007 - 08:15 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - August 9, 2007 --Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:
AMD) today announced the pricing of $1.5 billion aggregate principal
amount of 5.75% Convertible Senior Notes due 2012 in a private placement
to qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule 144A under the
Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

Source: AMD