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Subject: General Tech | December 23, 2008 - 11:56 PM | Ryan Shrout
You have to love statistics when they are put into a frame like this: by reaching 11.5 million registered users, World of Warcraft has now surpassed the population of the state of Ohio. Maybe now Azeroth will get the duly deserved Electoral Votes to help move this country forward.
Subject: General Tech | December 18, 2008 - 12:40 AM | Ryan Shrout
Good news for anyone with a SlingBox and a Blackberry - a public beta of the SlingPlayer Mobile will be available for download on December 30th. Since CES in January of 2008, SlingMedia has promised a SlingPlayer for the Blackberry "this year"; looks like they will JUST BARELY be making that deadline!
Subject: General Tech | December 17, 2008 - 04:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Neither AMD nor nVIDIA can claim favouritism
when it comes to graphical performance in GTA IV, neither card does as well as it should. For a DX9 game that lacks antialiasing and anisotropic filtering the performance you will get from a top of the line card may disappoint you. You can see the performance and some of the differences in graphical settings at [H]ard|OCP, not that the quality will matter too much in a high speed pursuit.
Subject: General Tech | December 17, 2008 - 03:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Regardless of whether you are into Internet Explorer or Firefox, you have some patching to do today. Microsoft has just pushed out an emergency patch to deal with the recent highly publicized
flaw that IE7 suffers from instead of waiting until January. As Trend Micro has identified over 10,000 sites that are actively exploiting that flaw, you might want to apply it right now.
Subject: General Tech | December 16, 2008 - 05:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A lot of gamers are perfectly happy with the dominant style of gaming mice available, at least those with a fair sized right hand. Lefties with smaller hands have been left out in the cold, forced to use mice without on the fly DPI changes or a half dozen programmable buttons. Now thanks to the NZXT Avatar you will suffer no longer! Think Computers is quite
Subject: General Tech | December 16, 2008 - 03:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There are now two choices for those who want to transcode video, be it for back up purposes or so that you can watch a favourite DVD on your iPod. nVIDIA's Badaboom can be purchased for $29.99 and with the help of a Geforce graphics card you can encode to your heart's delight. AMD's Stream comes for free with the new 8.12 Catalyst. Once you begin to compare the quality of the two encoding processes, the obvious choice by price proves not to be the obvious choice for watchability. Take a look at
Subject: General Tech | December 12, 2008 - 06:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you've ever wondered why it is a bad idea to forward a email claiming to be for good Samaritan purposes or to disclose some dire health threat that nobody knows about,
Subject: General Tech | December 12, 2008 - 02:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Christmas time is time away from work and school, and possibly family, depending on just how dedicated a gamer you are. There is a huge list of recently released games for the PC, as well as brand new hardware to run them on. If you have a specific game you can't stop playing, but would perhaps like to see in a higher resolution or with more details you may want to hunt for a specific graphics card. Ryan has published an article covering several of the popular games that are absorbing immense amounts of time and how the
Subject: General Tech | December 12, 2008 - 11:45 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Unless you are an insect living in a hive, diversification is preferable to specialization, as long as you don't completely botch projects outside of your original focus. This is most likely the driving reason behind the ex-chief of Intel, Andy Grove, is recommending that Intel starts widening their focus. Batteries for electric cars does seem to be a little far fetched, but according to The Inquirer's article, Intel is already investing in battery comp
Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2008 - 03:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There are a pair of cards appearing on the internets representing nVIDIA's next enthusiast level offerings, following the GTX280. They will be the new top end of their lineup, directly aimed at the 1GB HD4870 and the 4870X2 as opposed to being the first cards we see from a completely new line.
Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2008 - 01:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
GIGABYTE has a new mouse, the GM-M8000 GHOST with all the features you would expect from a high end gaming mouse. It has removable weights, a 4000DPI sensor and on the fly sensitivity changes with an accompanying LED to indicate which setting you are on as well as a colour changing logo that lets you know which of your saved profiles is active. It even comes with a mouse pad. Read the review and see if you agree with Tweaktown.
Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2008 - 11:45 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
WordPad and Internet Explorer are both going to see an increase as vectors for attack. A new exploit, that requires you to have XP SP2 or earlier and to open an attachment should be coming your way soon. Make sure to avoid any files with a .wri extension, as that is a way being used to circumvent Word from opening the file. The exploit is only in a specific function of WordPad.
Subject: General Tech | December 10, 2008 - 12:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
FarCry 2 is a showcase for DX10 and what it can bring to gaming if used properly. From their previous testing, [H]ard|OCP showed that the performance in DX10 does not bog down as it has in previous titles. Now they set off to display the visual differences you will see between ultra high settings in DX9 and ultra high DX10. Lighting effects, shadows and antialiasing all show the biggest differences, and though they may be hard to spot during intense action, they certainly
Subject: General Tech | December 10, 2008 - 12:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With a just a piece of paper and some tape, doctors maybe be able to make a diagnosis for many diseases. While you might not be terribly impressed if House was to pull that trick on prime time TV, it might be more impressive in the middle of a tropical country that doesn't have all those nice modern medical devices, especially if you happen to be visiting there.
There is even a link to the original article in the Slashdot comments if you want to learn more about the processing power of a pie
Subject: General Tech | December 9, 2008 - 05:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are a data pack rat, and can't imagine reducing the size of your absolutely needed data to a mere 64GB so that it will fit on a thumb drive then Seagate has your answer. The
Subject: General Tech | December 9, 2008 - 12:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Digital SLRs have dropped in price over the past few years, but still remain a big investment. The trade off is ability to use a selection of lenses for different pictures, something that is especially attractive to someone who has a large collection of lenses from a non-digital SLR. A company called Micro Four Thirds System might just have a solution that falls in between compact digicams and the SLRs, giving you the size and technology used in the compact cameras and providing you with the ability to swap lenses. Digital Trends tried out their first offering and were quite
Subject: General Tech | December 9, 2008 - 11:17 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SIGGRAPH ASIA, SINGAPORE - Dec. 08, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced its intent to rapidly adopt the OpenCL 1.0 programming standard and integrate a compliant compiler and runtime into the free ATI Stream Software Development Kit (SDK).
OpenCL 1.0 was ratified today by the The Khronos Group, an independent standards body with company-members throughout the computing industry. The OpenCL programming standard and associated technologies are aimed at better enabling developers to write vender-neutral applications that can execute on either the CPU or GPU within a system.
Subject: General Tech | December 8, 2008 - 12:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 8, 2008 - NVIDIA Corporation today announced that
Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) has licensed NVIDIA PhysX technology as a
development platform which will be available for EA's studios worldwide. NVIDIA PhysX
technology is the world's most pervasive development platform for physics acceleration in
"PhysX is a great physics solution for the most popular platforms, and we're happy to make it
available for EA's development teams worldwide," said Tim Wilson, Chief Technology Officer
of EA's Redwood Shores Studio.
Subject: General Tech | December 8, 2008 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Broadcasters have taken such liberties with High Definition that it is no longer a definition, it's more of a suggestion. Cable companies can't agree on a standard and slap the name HD on feeds that barely improve on SD and Blu-ray struggles as most people have no interest in fixing the video feed so that their TV is actually receiving and showing their movie at proper resolution. Now we have YouTube doing the same thing, calling a sligthly higher bit rate and widescreen support HD. While it is nice that our videos of silly human tricks will be higher quality, unless Google i
Subject: General Tech | December 5, 2008 - 06:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In the Tech Talk forum are two related threads that are seeing a fair amount of action. The first asks what sort of mistakes you have seen new users make, which is good for a few chuckles, but is also a great way to help you understand the hurdles that those new to the hardware scene will encounter. The second thread takes a little more courage to post to, as it asks what your own worst mistake(s) were. Together, these two