34 years ago Compuserve helped spammers realize their dream

Subject: General Tech | September 24, 2010 - 06:01 PM |
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Ah, the thrill and excitement of owning a PC.  It isn't just about pushing for an overclock, fragging your friends and laughing at the mangled grammar on spam emails you know, the real way to get your blood rushing through your body is to boot up your PC and see "BIOS ROM checksum error".  If you have never experienced that before you can live vicariously through this thread in the forums.  For something a little less extreme you

Why should laptop users be the only ones who get a touchpad?

Subject: General Tech | September 24, 2010 - 03:13 PM |
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The Rosewill RK-V1TP is a multimedia keyboard and a touchpad combined into one extra deep package.  The keyboard has all the keys you would expect on a standard 88 key board and the touchpad can handle seven different gestures.  The unfortunate result of the multi-gesture interpretation is that the touchpad can not act like a normal touchpad which Bjorn3D found to be a drawback.  Chec

Source: Bjorn3D

20 Antivirus programs against 0.9 million malware scripts

Subject: General Tech | September 24, 2010 - 12:03 PM |
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The Inquirer has linked to a pdf that displays the results of AV Comparatives tests on 20 different antivirus programs, both paid and free.  They did a serious amount of attacking with various forms of malware to see how effective these programs were at properly defending a system from being compromised.  They did not limit the testing to simple protection, several antivirus programs received lower scores from the high amount of false positives generated.  Check out the results a

Source: The Inquirer

BioStar takes on AMD's latest chipset

Subject: General Tech | September 23, 2010 - 03:22 PM |
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As [H]ard|OCP points out, BioStar is not exactly a top of mind mention for enthusiasts when they think of motherboard makers, whereas the chipsets they use, the 890FX and SB850 are the top of the line for AMD. The end result is a mixed bag, while one reviewer saw a 19 hour, ridiculously hot torture test of Prime95 go without a problem another couldn't manage more than a few minutes before problems cropped up.  [H] was not amused.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Just what is the Genaudio AstoundSound Audio Expander

Subject: General Tech | September 23, 2010 - 01:46 PM |
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Legit Reviews is taking on a rather odd piece of software called the Genaudio Astoundsound Audio Expander.  It is a competitor to another piece of software whose name might be vaguely familiar to those of you who have seen a lot of PC speakers over the years, the SRS Labs HD Audio Lab.  While the Genaudio products features are trimmed down compared to SRS Labs product, as far as Legit Reviews could tell that only made the program easier to use.  The quality was every bit as good to their ears.

TSMC will be making Kepler and Maxwell

Subject: General Tech | September 23, 2010 - 01:02 PM |
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The byline might lead you to believe that nVIDIA's upcoming chips will be made on a 20nm process but to be more specific the information DigiTimes received tells them that Kepler will be 28nm and Maxwell 22nm.  This shrinking of the process plays right into nVIDIA's main focus during the GTC which is efficiency.  The charts we have seen are specifically displaying GFLOPs per watt and not a raw performance increase, something that requires shrinking the die.

Source: Digitimes

Just one more turn ... Version the Fifth

Subject: General Tech | September 22, 2010 - 12:59 PM |
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The long running Civilization series from Sid Meier has hit number five and there are a lot of excited gamers out there.  It has been 20 years since the inception of the game and there has been quite a bit of change over that time. 

Source: Ars Technica

nVIDIA has a right to be proud of this years GTC

Subject: General Tech | September 22, 2010 - 12:26 PM |
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The highest profile news out of the GPU Technology Conference is Jen-Hsun Huang's announcement of nVIDIA's next two GPUs, Kepler and Maxwell and the rather lofty goals for increasing efficiency.  AnandTech examines the information we have received about the plans for these two new GPUs as well as using nVIDIA's past to project likely features that will exist on the new chips.  Some of those features may leave gamers scratching their

Source: AnandTech

3D Comes to StarCraft II

Subject: General Tech | September 22, 2010 - 11:37 AM |
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StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty patch 1.1.0 is now live! This patch features adjustments to protoss, terran, and zerg balance, notable StarCraft II Editor improvements, and several bug fixes. Be sure to check out the full patch notes below to learn all about the latest changes.

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Source: NVIDIA

Is someone using a new exploit to root around your x64 Linux OS

Subject: General Tech | September 20, 2010 - 02:48 PM |
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A new exploit allowing people to root your 64 bit Linux server is running rampant currently.  While not all vendors have released a specific fix there is one that is available that should work for most if not all.  There is also a tool available to detect whether you have already been compromised.  Slashdot points out that this is very important as a backdoor will remain even after you have patched a compromised system, which you need to repair as we

Source: Slashdot

Thermopylae; you've seen the movie and now you know the date

Subject: General Tech | September 17, 2010 - 06:34 PM |
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When a PC goes bad sometimes it is not terribly obvious what happened and you end up investigating in odd ways.  Often your ears clue you in, as you hear a fan die or a head crash on a HDD.  Other times

Light Peak may eclipse USB 3.0's future

Subject: General Tech | September 17, 2010 - 12:01 PM |
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Intel's plans for 2010 and likely even 2011 do not seem to include any plans to support USB 3.0 at the chipset level.  There may be boards released over the coming months with an add on USB 3.0 controller chip but it will not be made by Intel.  Many are a little upset and confused over this choice and those that are OK with it tend to be those who are waiting to see Light Peak arrive.  They may not have to wait long according to AnandTech who have just seen what the current state of Light Peak is. 

Source: AnandTech

Try the new IE9 beta, I hear even Mikey likes it

Subject: General Tech | September 16, 2010 - 11:50 AM |
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You can now get a hold of the new IE9 beta to try out what will be the new browser from Microsoft, assuming you've moved on from XP.  A lot of sites are impressed by the speed of the new version of the venerable browser.  AMD is trying out GPU acceleration of HTML5 and according to The Inquirer there will be an update to Flash player called Square that will enable hardware acceleration with the IE9 Beta as well.&nbs

Source: The Inquirer

Fratboys reach for the new instalment of Halo

Subject: General Tech | September 15, 2010 - 12:30 PM |
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The beer and pretzels game of choice has been Halo for a lot of people for quite a long time.  Mostly a multiplayer experience, though some enjoy playing through the game multiple times on higher difficulties, it seems that Reach has a lot to make up for as ODST was apparently not very popular.  Ars Technica takes you through an overview of the game; perhaps you can read it while standing in line waiting for the release.

Source: Ars Technica

Raining on each others parade, AMD distracts from IDF with Zacate

Subject: General Tech | September 15, 2010 - 12:11 PM |
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Similar to young siblings, AMD and Intel like trying to steal enthusiasts attention the moment the other company does something interesting.  This particular time it is AMD showing off its low voltage and high powered Zacate chip while most are focused on IDF.  AnandTech have updated their article with everything that they have found out about the chip, including their perceptions of how well the chip could run City of Heros compared to a Core i5-M 520.

Source: AnandTech

A USB powered speaker for your mobile life

Subject: General Tech | September 14, 2010 - 06:36 PM |
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CoolerMaster is now offering an interesting little device for those sick of lousy quality laptop speakers, the Cooler Master Choiix BoomBoom.  It is not for everyone, it will set you back $25 and the improvement is very slight.  It is an improvement however and with such a small form factor it is easy to carry around if you want to impress friends more interested in volume than esoteric differences in audio quality. Take a look over at Legit Reviews.

Intel's Antivirus plans might bear a resemblance to the iTunes store?

Subject: General Tech | September 14, 2010 - 12:03 PM |
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Thanks to information shared by Paul Otellini during the IDF about Intel's security plans after the purchase of McAfee, Ars Technica has a new allusion to attempt to describe what they may be doing and oddly it does not involve cars.  Instead of trying to describe Palladium and Trusted Platform Management, two terms which describe technology that never caught on and many have not heard of, Ars turns to iTunes and Apple's sales models.  Apple can control what software is allowed to run on their mobile hardware to a degree unseen in the PC ecosystem and that control offers a high degre

Source: Ars Technica

It's the IDF again

Subject: General Tech | September 13, 2010 - 01:30 PM |
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The Intel Developers Forum is one of the best places to see how Intel plans to affect the near future of computing.  Ray Tracing has been one of the hot topics of the past few years and even though Larrabee has run into a brick wall, you can see that Intel has not given up on Ray Tracing in Ryan's coverage.  Sandy Bridge is also a big draw as we grow ever closer to its launch we see more and more hints as to its performance and architecture. 

Is the Internet Protocol's time up?

Subject: General Tech | September 10, 2010 - 11:51 AM |
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Ars Technica has a bit of information on several projects currently being funded to find a way to improve the basic protocol on which the web works, to allow it to continue to function.  The first looks at Named Data Networking (NDN) which plans to move the current model of shifting data from secure store to secure store and instead simply making the data its self secure and ignoring the store upon which it resides.  Another called NEBULA tries to make sure that data follows a cryptographically confirmable secure path so that data can be verified as unchanged from its pre-transmitted

Source: Ars Technica

Maybe you game so poorly because your keyboard is too big

Subject: General Tech | September 9, 2010 - 05:04 PM |
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The ROCCAT ARVO Compact Gamer Keyboard
makes what seems to be an odd assumption, that shrinking the keyboard will have an effect on your gameplay.  They've trimmed off the arrow keys and delete, end, page down, etc ... from between the main keys and the numpad, which makes sense unless you have a game you need the pause/break key for.  Madshrimps thought it was an interesting take on a gaming keyboard, perhaps you will too.

Source: Madshrimps