Wanna try some untested medicine?

Subject: General Tech | July 9, 2007 - 10:52 AM |
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In the next few weeks, Vista users may be approached by mysterious men in shirts with little blue M's, asking them to volunteer to see what side effects they suffer when trying out a new patch.  The beta version of service pack 1 for Vista should be out soon, although the testing will probably not be as public as the pre-release versions of Vista were.  The Inquirer points out that the actual service pack is still not due until 2008, which is a long wait for corporate customers that have no plans to switch OSs until

Source: The Inquirer

VIA and Mecer Join Forces on New Education PC for South Africa

Subject: General Tech | July 9, 2007 - 10:31 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 9 July 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, and Mecer, one of South Africa's leading PC manufacturers, today announced the new Mecer Education PC powered by the 1.5GHz VIA C7-D desktop processor.

Beat the summer heat, stay inside and surf the forums

Subject: General Tech | July 6, 2007 - 04:39 PM |
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It's getting harder to keep track of everything that can go wrong with a PC, especially considering just how many extra features are on the motherboard.  Sometimes we can spend so much time focussed on the arcane problems that can appear, we can all manage to forget some of the simpler ones, or that a simple solution can solve some of the more bizarre problems.

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AMD has digested ATI, now hungry again

Subject: General Tech | July 6, 2007 - 12:45 PM |
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AMD has invested a sizable chunk in Transmeta, who once manufactured semiconductors like the Crusoe and now focuses more on intellectual property and design.  They helped AMD with the HyperTransport Bus as well as their move to 64 bit architecture.  The Inquirer has more on this interesting development for AMD.

Source: The Inquirer

Light on keys, heavy on usage

Subject: General Tech | July 5, 2007 - 02:19 PM |
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Pro-Clockers had a look at a very unique keyboard, the Art.Lebedev Optimus Mini Three Keyboard.  As the name suggest, there are only 3 keys on this little USB keyboard, but each of those keys is a 20mm x 20mm backlit OLED screens that can display either a static image or animation at 3 frames per second.  Plus you can use those buttons as hotkeys!   Take a look at this nifty little device.

Crack your iPhone, sort of

Subject: General Tech | July 5, 2007 - 11:50 AM |
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Before the iPhone's first week on sale is over, it has already been molested in several ways.  2 accounts have been found, and now a way has been discovered to activate your iPhone without using AT&T.  You won't be making any cell calls though, that part still requires the intervention off AT&T.  It comes as no surprise to The Inquirer that the man who hacked the iPhone, the infamous DVD Jon, is still working on that problem.

"Hacker doyen DVD Jon has worked out a way of cracking an unactivate

Source: The Inquirer

Starting a Sci-Fi RPG game from a blank slate

Subject: General Tech | July 4, 2007 - 12:11 PM |
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The upcoming RPG, Tabula Rasa, skips out on orcs, ogres and elves in preference to aliens.  While the screenshots certainly evoke memories of the Elder Scrolls series, this is not a fantasy based game. With mention of multiple worlds to visit, and a storyline that includes the fall of Earth, the sneak peek at HEXUS is worth a read.

Source: Hexus

Shuttle's future launches

Subject: General Tech | July 4, 2007 - 11:53 AM |
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TweakTown took a tour through Shuttle's Taipei headquarters, and had a good look at their upcoming products.  Owners of XPC series cases have something to look forward to, with 2 upcoming XPC compatible X38 based motherboards, with Dual PCI-Express slots.  They will also be releasing Speed-Link, a driverless USB based network interface, and a fingerprint reader based login.  There are a lot more features being included in their next generation of cases, check them out.

Source: TweakTown

Moving beyond add on speakers

Subject: General Tech | July 3, 2007 - 04:06 PM |
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Altec Lansing has been making peripherals for the iPod almost since it came out.  There newest is the iMV712, a 8.5" widescreen LCD display with a pair of 3" full range speakers and a subwoofer built in.  As well, it is able to handle input from other sources than just the iPod, which is icing on the cake as far as Think Computers is concerned.

Apple's iPhone - now with FUD

Subject: General Tech | July 3, 2007 - 02:32 PM |
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The newly released iPhone has been hacked, sort of.  Using a restore image, it has been determined that there are 2 accounts on every iPhone, with the same default passwords.  Of course, since there is no console or terminal access to the iPhone there is nothing you can do with these accounts.  Slashdot has more on this, as well as some speculation about possible motives for the existence of these users.

Source: Slashdot

Give your PC a good checkup

Subject: General Tech | July 2, 2007 - 05:07 PM |
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PC Stats has put together a handy checklist of steps to polish up your PCs performance.  Just cleaning up OS doesn't cut it, but it is a good first step.  You need to get in that case and clean up all the dust bunnies and oil those fans.  There is even a reward, you can see the temperature difference for your self!

Source: PCStats

PC Perspective Forums, visit early, visit often!

Subject: General Tech | June 29, 2007 - 04:13 PM |
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If you are ever looking to expand your wireless network, either for range, to separate the ways people connect up or even just to get a few more ports free, you need another wireless access point.  One solution is to add a second router to your network, which is not that hardNeither is switching to a quad core CPU

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Unfurl the sails and hoist the Jolly Roger!

Subject: General Tech | June 29, 2007 - 12:02 PM |
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There is a standalone expansion to The Guild 2, allowing you to start your own pirate empire.  The Guild series is a very complex strategy game, requiring you to build business to make you money, and to cause the economy of that town to flourish, so that you can make even more money and expand.  It's also important to get a family started, to help you run your businesses and to make sure your dynasty flourishes.  Not for those who flinch at the word micro-management, it offers great rewar

Brilliance or BS?

Subject: General Tech | June 29, 2007 - 11:40 AM |
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There is a link on Slashdot leading to PC Magazines list of 5 ideas that they feel will revolutionize computing as we know it.  Movie theatre quality home projection systems, beanbag mice, and several other advancements are discussed.  See what is soon coming of the big labs like Bell Labs, IBM Research, Microsoft Research, and PARC, and decide for yourself if they hit the big ones, or if they missed out on your favourite emerging tech.

Source: Slashdot

One twisted mouse

Subject: General Tech | June 28, 2007 - 02:39 PM |
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If you are looking for a change of mice, consider the Evoluent VerticalMouse 3, your wrists may love you.  It is designed on an angle, so your hand is in more of a handshake position that a hiding your poker hand position.  It also has adjustable DPI up to 2600, and 5 programmable buttons, which can have different uses in different apps. 

Source: CoolTechZone

When errata attacks

Subject: General Tech | June 28, 2007 - 11:45 AM |
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Yesterday Intel released a patch to it's C2D processor line, or rather snuck it out.  Today on Slashdot is information on what exactly was patched and why you should be worried about it.  The issues range from buffer overflow-like vulnerabilities to floating point instruction non-coherencies, and memory corruptions.  Even better is the fact that some of these bugs do not seem possible to be fixed via software.

Source: Slashdot

The new military simulator

Subject: General Tech | June 27, 2007 - 11:57 AM |
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Armed Assault:Combat Operations is not exactly the sequel to Operation Flashpoint, but it is it's descendant.  If you missed out on Operation Flashpoint, it was far more than a FPS like the Battlefield or Call of Duty series, more like a simulator.  You didn't get to save during missions, but you could take advantage of the entire world to get your job done, including taking control of any vehicle and later in the game, ordering your squad around ...

Source: Gamepyre

The price of being cool

Subject: General Tech | June 27, 2007 - 11:31 AM |
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Pricing on the iPhone, and the plans from AT&T have hit the streets, shortly before the June 29th release date.  The hype surrounding this device has been everywhere, but we have been short on some details, which are being dribbled out as the date goes closer.  Read more about the service plan you can expect to get on CoolTechZone.

Source: CoolTechZone

Intel Accelerates High Performance Computing Clusters

Subject: General Tech | June 27, 2007 - 11:18 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. and DRESDEN, Germany, June 27, 2007 - Intel Corporation today announced new technologies that will advance and accelerate growth of high-performance computing (HPC) - from deskside supercomputers to high-end petaflop-sized clusters. Intel Cluster Ready and Intel Connects Cables help simplify cluster use and deployment as high-performance computing use expands from academic and scientific realms to more mainstream use in data centers.

ntel Introduces Worldwide Software Training Curriculum to Spur Multi-Core Computing Software Design

Subject: General Tech | June 26, 2007 - 03:03 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 26, 2007 - Intel Corporation unveiled today a global training curriculum for software developers to speed and expand software development for multi-core processors. The Intel Software Training Program offers classroom courses and hands-on lab work to better train software developers in multi-threaded application design.