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Subject: General Tech | May 6, 2009 - 12:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
About 20 years ago, the big hit for the year was Activision's Death Track, featuring three cars and a lot of explosions. There was the fast Hellcat, an armed Crusher and heavily armoured Pitbull to start the game with and a ton of upgrades for engines, armour, brakes and most importantly heavy ordinance. Many many hours were spent circling a track and destroying all competition. For those of us with fond memories of those hours, the hope of a sequel or remake has dwindled over the years, but s
Subject: General Tech | May 6, 2009 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tom Sonderman, Global Foundries new VP of Manufacturing Systems and Technology talks about Automated Precision Manufacturing over at The Inquirer. This is the tool that they feel will give Global Foundries an advantage over TSMC and Intel, as TSMC does not have the technology and he feels that Intel makes much less use of it than GF will. The basic idea behind APM is that it allows the manufacturer to monitor the wafers as they are produced and make tiny changes to allow for b
Subject: General Tech | May 5, 2009 - 06:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are looking for a mouse or keyboard, the amount of choice you have shares a lot with the cereal aisle in teh supermarket, with your average gamer being a sugar addicted 8 year old. Consider a new board on the market, the
Razer Arctosa Gaming Keyboard. It keeps the standard keyboard layout, something that many other gaming keyboards like to play with, instead focusing on design and macro programming.
Subject: General Tech | May 5, 2009 - 02:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Bandwidth caps are a big issue for anyone spending a goodly amount of time on the Internet, especially if they are a fan of streaming media or open source projects. ISPs have long maintained that it is necessary in order to provide good service to all customers and that it is just plain expensive to provide; not that this has stopped a slow increase in caps as the ISPs try to attract customers from other providers. Ars Technica looked into the profit marg
Subject: General Tech | May 4, 2009 - 01:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Samsung has a different take on the MP3 player, which is exemplified in the YP-P3 player. It comes with absolutely no software, like a USB headset all required software is on the MP3 player its self. It also supports drag and drop file transfers, there are no importing procedures necessary when you are adding music to the player. The device is used with its touchscreen interface, no buttons or toggles to play with. Find out how it sounds at CCE Reviews
Subject: General Tech | May 4, 2009 - 12:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Sinowal Trojan, or Torpig or Mebroot, or whatever other name you would like to give the thing has been thriving on PCs around the world for almost 3 years now. That is not because no anti-virus or anti-malware program can remove it, it is because of the apathy of users and network admins who will get around to that patch or update next Monday. That is of course assuming that they are even aware of the updates and patches or if they are simply wait for their nephew who knows computers to visit at Christmas and clean up the PC. The net needs people to either act as or creat
Subject: General Tech | May 1, 2009 - 06:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is little more annoying than a PC that is convinced everything is fine, even though it isn't working properly. Imagine if you will a nice little network connection icon in the task bar which reports a successful connection at 100mbs, but yet for some reason refuses to connect to the Net. Wouldn't that just make your day?
Subject: General Tech | May 1, 2009 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Offloading is the new merger for today's electronic manufacturers and it is TSMC that is reaping the benefit. They already handle AMD's 40nm process chips, at least until Global Foundries finds its stride, as well as working with Intel on developing a 'System on a Chip', which will be a smaller, less power hungry Atom. Now it is Fujitsu's turn, as they are passing at least some, but quite possibly all, of their chip manufacturing to TSMC. As well They are selling off their HDD business to Toshiba, a merger mimicking
IBM's glomming onto Hitachi.
Subject: General Tech | April 30, 2009 - 11:39 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As it stands right now, the Windows 7 RC1 will be active into 2010 making it a viable OS for the next year. Right now you need to be a TechNet or MSDN subscriber, but that will change on the 5th of May when it becomes available to everyone. That Release Candidate will likely be one of the more expensive flavours of Windows 7, not some emasculated Home-lite version, which may have you hooked on the equivalent of Ultimate Edition for when you do have to purchase it in June of 2010. You can
Subject: General Tech | April 29, 2009 - 05:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Just because you stood in line for a week for the release of Wrath of the Lich King, and gathered a lot of stares and comments about how waiting that long was completely unnecessary; someone with a WoW moded case, mouse and mousepad set is going to beat you when it comes to fanaticism. Take heart from SteelSeries, for they will provide a factory made version so that you don't need to mod one all by yourself. The SteelSeries WOW Mouse and Mat set will put you over the top of the rest if the fans at LAN parties, so
Subject: General Tech | April 29, 2009 - 12:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HEXUS has some information to share about a WW2 shoot 'em up with a bit of a twist. Instead of being a solo member of one of the large armies involved in the conflict, you work in occupied France with members of the French Resistance and Allied forces to sabotage the Nazis who occupy France. It sounds like a mix of stealth and action, along with big explosions and vehicles to hijack for added mayhem. Check the preview for some game information, but not the release date, which has yet to be annou
Subject: General Tech | April 29, 2009 - 11:48 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Gigabyte Open Overclocking Championship really hit it's stride in 2009, with a lot more press coverage at wider number of sites compared to previous years, including PC Perspective. Our own Steve Grever headed to LA with camera in hand to capture stills and videos of the best overclockers strutting their stuff. LN tended to be the cooler of choice, but there were a wide variety of rigging, extra fans and insulation, including one competitor who went with full mineral oil submersion. Check out the
Subject: General Tech | April 28, 2009 - 04:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Underwater Hunters in U-Wars Take Aim at NVIDIA PhysX Technology
Subject: General Tech | April 28, 2009 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have an iPhone that hasn't been sprung from jail, you have an AT&T contract as they have the exclusive rights to provide service. It looks like they are going to have to share the bed with a new party, Verizon. A rumoured smaller iPhone could possibly have Verizon as a service provider. There is also a rumoured Kindle-like device that Apple might have in development which will be smaller overall, but with a larger touch screen. Ars
Subject: General Tech | April 27, 2009 - 02:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you ever wished for a boot to the head when you are gaming, you have to spend the $40 it will cost to pick up the Audio2 FX2 Force Feedback Gaming Headset. It uses old style dual RCA jacks as opposed to a USB connection, as well as batteries and a USB port to provide power. OCMODSHOP was impressed with the sound quality, both playback and recording, and they did get a kick out of the force feedback.&nbs
Subject: General Tech | April 27, 2009 - 12:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Handmade cabling or factory made? It is a question that can bring up technical terms that sound more at home on the Enterprise than they do in a server room, such as standing harmonic waves, and the loudest proponents of factory cabling are likely to have cut their teeth on coaxial thicknet ethernet cables. Slashdot is having it out here; the EEs and cabling guys are not getting along too well which makes for a more lively conversation. Jump in if you have an opinion, otherwise keep cutting
Subject: General Tech | April 24, 2009 - 06:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Be afraid, be very afraid. Where once you were safe listening to our podcasts in audio forum only, our websites mad mastermind has decided to get together with TWiT.TV to provide a video accompaniment to the 'cast. This also means the podcast is now recorded live, which can always add depth to performance. You will need to wait until next Wednesday to see Josh, Al, Ryan and the wonderful Colleen, and even longer to see myself, but until the
Subject: General Tech | April 24, 2009 - 11:42 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HEXUS has pegged the MSRP for the upcoming OCZ Z-Drive, that array of SSDs in a PCI-E 4x slot. The 250GB version will be 950BP, say $1400USD, for ony $2150 you can double that storage, but of you want the big 1TbB model, you'd better have over $3300 kicking around. To full enjoy the extra bandwidth, you should also pick up a regular SSD for your OS drive. Not only will that help the transfer rates on your swap file and OS, there are not too many motherboards out there with a boot from PCI-E option.
Subject: General Tech | April 23, 2009 - 01:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A new naming scheme and a new bunch of cores will be hitting in the beginning of 2010, such as the Magny-Cours which will sport a dozen cores. You will be waiting until 2011 to see the 32nm Bulldozer core and it's 16 cores or the 32nm Valencia processors with 6-8 cores. Drop by The Tech Report for a look at the slides AMD has been showing off.