You and HDMI

Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2008 - 11:54 AM |
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The new Auzen HDMI 1.3 board looks mighty impressive, offering significantly more options than other cards on the market currently.  One of the biggest steps is the inclusion of more than just SPDIF for output, which helps out anyone who owns newer equipment and wants to get off of that antiquated interface.  Head to Hardware Canucks for more details on what this card can do for your ears.

Who needs a booth babe

Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2008 - 02:45 PM |
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When you've got this!


Master Boot Record pwnage

Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2008 - 12:03 PM |
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Slashdot has linked to an article that covers an MBR rootkit that was found in the wild at the end of '07.  Sporting such wonderful features as the ability to be undeleteable, short of repairing your MBR; as well as undetectable through your registry or file system, this could be a bad time to be a hard drive.  Unless the MBR moves to a more secure mode this vulnerability cannot be fixed, and who knows what effect having a protected MBR would have on the formatting process.

Source: Slashdot

Dells new beast

Subject: General Tech | January 7, 2008 - 02:40 PM |
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Ryan spotted Dell's new gaming notebook on the floor at CES, hidden inside is a Intel 9 series CPU and g92 GPU.  Check out the shots of the ZPS M1730 below.




Source: Dell

The rumours of VIA's desktop demise ...

Subject: General Tech | January 7, 2008 - 11:54 AM |
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mean nothing to VIA Arena.  Just because the company has announced that their chipset business is being rolled up into the processor division doesn't mean there will be a lack of support for enthusiasts that still have classic VIA chipsets.  VIA Arena has finished creating their brand new forums, which you can sign into for the first time, or simply change your password if you already have a user there.

Source: VIA Arena

A new year in the PC Perspective forums

Subject: General Tech | January 4, 2008 - 05:32 PM |
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It is the first Friday of 2008, which leads to the first forum post of 2008 as well as the first PC Perspective Podcast for 2008.  If you haven't already listened to Josh and Ryan in Podcast #19, then start streaming or you will be missing out on some great info from CES, news from around the web and indepth looks at some of our recent reviews.

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A peek under nVIDIA's covers

Subject: General Tech | January 4, 2008 - 11:47 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP has a look at nVIDIA's upcoming year, which seems to be on hold until mid-year.  The whole 9800 series represent a die shrink to 65nm, not a jump in technology, so don't curse your 8800 series too much just yet.  If you are looking to go Tri-SLI, then you should have your wish in March.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

A good year to be a gamer

Subject: General Tech | January 3, 2008 - 05:31 PM |
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Ars Technica looks back at 2007 and the games that made this a great year.  Some of the hits we saw were a little challenged, as some companies had issues while others took their already good reputations to new heights.  See what else they loved and hated about the past year, or just go play Rock Band some more, it's up to you.

Source: Ars Technica

We now return you to your regularly scheduled news program

Subject: General Tech | January 3, 2008 - 11:59 AM |
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I have successfully returned from Montreal, where 2.5 feet of snow is an inconvenience, not an emergency, and the parties don't start until midnight.  I hope everyone else has had as good a time as I, except for Ryan and Josh who have been slaving away keeping the front page of PC Perspective updated with the newest in tech news.  Thanks guys!

Source: Slashdot

Vista and 802.11n

Subject: General Tech | December 31, 2007 - 01:38 PM |
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Some weeks back D-Link sent me their latest DIR-655 Gigabit/802.11n router for testing, and during Christmas I had the chance to actually start working with the wireless functionality.  The DIR-655 is a nice router by itself, but the main selling point is the 802.11n (Draft 2.0) performance.  This wireless standard offers a max of around 250 Mbit/sec, which is well beyond the standard 100 Mbit/sec wired specification which comprises the standard ethernet connection.  More often than not though, the average wireless throughput should be around 70 to 80 Mbit/sec.  Still, this

TSA bans batteries on planes

Subject: General Tech | December 31, 2007 - 01:29 AM |
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Not exactly, but more or less.  This is why big stupid governments are well, stupid.  

Any person who tries this is going to have a lot of time to recover from
singed pride in a maximum security jail. So, the idea is to stop fires, fair
enough.

Source: The Inquirer

Your audio files are driving you away from music

Subject: General Tech | December 30, 2007 - 11:58 PM |
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It would appear that maybe MP3s ARE the reason for lower music sales, just not in the way you think...  Are your compressed audio files driving you away from music???

Source: Slashdot

Far Cry still worth $5

Subject: General Tech | December 30, 2007 - 11:50 PM |
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An interesting discussion in our forums: is buying Far Cry today worth that $5 you found in your jeans pocket?  Stop in our forums to see everyone's thoughts on the issue...

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ASUS Xonar Returns Hardware Accelerated Audio to Windows Vista

Subject: General Tech | December 18, 2007 - 03:18 PM |
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ASUS Xonar Returns Hardware Accelerated Audio to Windows Vista

-- Latest Xonar D2 Drivers Revive EAX Functionality and Eliminate Microphone echo --

FREMONT, CALIFORNIA (December 18, 2007) – To satisfy demand for high-fidelity audio while gaming in Windows Vista®, ASUS®, worldwide leader in notebooks, consumer electronics and PC components, today released DirectSound® 3D Game Extensions (DS3D GX) and Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC) technologies in the latest Vista drivers.

(Available at http://support.asus.com/download/ )

32 nm by Committee

Subject: General Tech | December 18, 2007 - 01:19 PM |
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One of the primary movers and shakers of advanced process technologies is none other than Intel.  The company spends more money then most of the other companies out there combined.  Even the mighty IBM does not push as much cash towards advanced process nodes, nor do they have as much fab space as Intel.  It used to be that most semiconductor companies that ran fabs would develop their own process, or license one from another manufacturer.  But as the nodes have shrunk, the financial burden of pursuing these advanced processes have proven to be too much for most companies.&

Announcing TR Tech Share 2007

Subject: General Tech | December 14, 2007 - 05:16 PM |
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Those of you who have been around for a while will recall our Christmas
giveways of yore, when we handed out some killer prize packages of top-notch
PC components in the spirit of the season. Those past attempts have been
good, but this year's prize haul blows 'em all away. We have well over five
grand worth of PC hardware on ready to spring on unsuspecting TR readers.
Not only that, but we've teamed up with our sponsors to support a very good
cause at the same time.

What is AMD thinking

Subject: General Tech | December 14, 2007 - 11:52 AM |
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Reviewers had a chance to meet with AMD at the 2007 Analyst Day.  They did discuss more than just the problems they have had with their recent releases and look to the upcoming year and what we can expect to see.  Check out The Tech Reports take on this media event, and find out if they discussed Ruiz's raise.

Mega Patch Thursday?

Subject: General Tech | December 13, 2007 - 11:57 AM |
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Today will be a busy day for anyone running Windows who likes to test out beta updates or make sure they keep their systems totally up to date.  The first update is the one the vast majority of people will want to try, but is also the hardest to get.  If you are a Microsoft TechNet Plus subscriber (as in you've given Microsoft money for a subscription) then you can get your hands on Windows XP Service Pack 3.  Unfortunately, if you only have a regular TechNet subs

Source: Microsoft

The new latin craze

Subject: General Tech | December 12, 2007 - 12:26 PM |
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One MMO that has received a lot of attention, and had many waiting impatiently, is Tabula Rasa.  While DriverHeaven doesn't think it lived up to the high bar that it set for it's self as a totally fresh start, the Sci-Fi aspects and incorporation of Logos (a type of magic) can be quite enthralling.  They also found that the group combat is a more friendly affair, and helping out some poor sap who's bitten off more than they can chew will offer you an experience reward.

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A warning of YouTube content to come

Subject: General Tech | December 12, 2007 - 11:49 AM |
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Over at Dan's Data, your mother's advice about ears and noses is being ignored, as Dan tests out the ETime Home Endoscope, aka the Digital Pen Camera.  While exploring your earwax for signs of civilization, proving the existence of that last hair on your head or spelunking through your sinuses for the piece of Lego you lost long ago are fine activities to perform on your own, there is something you must remember. 

Source: Dan's Data