The birth of a new forum (and a mod too)

Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2007 - 02:35 PM |
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This week saw the birth of a new forum, the Hardware Leaderboard forum.  Strangely enough,  it focuses on discussions about the components that Ryan puts into the 4 systems on the PCPerspective Hardware Leaderboard.  You can make alternate suggestions, debate why certain pieces should be included or removed, or even make suggestions on purpose built rigs, like a web server or a super cruncher for BOINC projects to give the Uncle B's a run for

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Some competition for the nano

Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2007 - 11:36 AM |
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Overclocker's Club has reviewed a miniscule 1GB flash based MP3 player from Super Talent, the SmartClip.  They made it very easy to load songs onto it, just drag n' drop in explorer, but it turned out to be much slower than the competition.  If it is small that you want, then this is probably as small as you can find right now.

Windows 7 to undergo liposuction?

Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2007 - 08:57 AM |
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Microsoft has been very quiet about Windows 7, but thanks to a speech to university students we know a little more about it's kernel.  Head over to The Inquirer for a link to video of the presentation and a unique windows logo.

Source: The Inquirer

AMD Reports Third Quarter Results

Subject: General Tech | October 18, 2007 - 02:17 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Oct.

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A commanding view of spirited simians

Subject: General Tech | October 18, 2007 - 08:51 AM |
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There are two brand new bits of news out today, one for Windows users and one for fans of Ubuntu.

Source: TECHGAGE

High tech cloth

Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2007 - 02:56 PM |
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Razer has just released two new cloth mousepads, the Mantis Control for slower paced users and the Mantis Speed for those that like to keep their twitch reflexes sharp.  Tweaknews, not usually a fan of cloth mats, found both of these mousepads to be stel

Source: Tweaknews

Zune two

Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2007 - 12:05 PM |
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The next generation of Zune's are upon us, although many didn't even notice the first.  Microsoft is hoping to change that by offering 3 models at different prices, as opposed to having a single model.  You can expect to see 4GB, 8GB and 80GB models, and you can fill them with DRM free music from their Marketplace.  The Tech Zone renders the verdict on the new Zune in their full review.

An interesting sales model

Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2007 - 08:57 AM |
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So, it would appear that UT3 has adopted a rather odd approach to attract Linux gamers.  Their theory seems to be selling them a disk that only work under Windows and a promise that they will get right on the Linux client thing.  While they do say that the Linux port will use the same disk, I am not sure how many people are going to run out and buy a disk they can't use.  The fact that the editor uses wxWidgets does offer some hope to those waiting for the Linux binary to be complete, but still doesn't take the sting out of the snub. 

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, Baked Beans, Egg, Spam, Spam and Spam

Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2007 - 08:40 AM |
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There is trouble afoot for emailing in general, according to the newest results 95% of all email is spam.  If you feel like you get a lot of spam hitting your inbox, consider just how bad it could be.  The filters that we and our ISPs use to prevent some of the spam from getting through are obviously improving along with the volume of spam, but one wonders what will happen when 99.99999 of all emails are spam.  Follow the links at Slashdot for all the gory details.

Source: Slashdot

The GIMP gets Photoshopped

Subject: General Tech | October 16, 2007 - 09:05 AM |
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If you don't have an extra $10 billion lying around, it is almost impossible to keep up with the newest versions of Photoshop.  There are 2 alternatives, find an employer you can convince to pay for it, or start learning how to use the GIMP.  OS Weekly has found a way to make that transition easier on the Photoshop addict, GIMPShop has had it's interface tweaked to look a bit more like what you are used to.

Source: OS Weekly

Intel's fratricidal chipset

Subject: General Tech | October 15, 2007 - 09:14 AM |
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The X38 chipset may not be around for long, as it's successor, the X48 will  be available in the next 3-6 months.  For the first mainstream DDR3 board, this is probably bad news, even if the retailers try to brand the X48 as the new high end.  Catch up with this news at DigiTimes.

Source: Digitimes

Things you might have missed on the forums this week

Subject: General Tech | October 12, 2007 - 03:23 PM |
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When good computers go bad, everyone suffers, even the routers. 

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Not exactly $199, now is it?

Subject: General Tech | October 12, 2007 - 09:18 AM |
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ASUS has shown some rather odd math and spelling skills in relation to their new ultra-low cost notebook, the Eee.  It turns out that what they meant when they claimed it would sell for no more than $199 is that it won't be sold for less than $200.  While the change in price is rather frustrating, it will still be the cheapest way to get your hands on a laptop.  More at DigiTimes.

Source: Digitimes

Collect the whole set

Subject: General Tech | October 11, 2007 - 10:04 AM |
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If you have been busily collecting Fatal1ty brand parts, you will need to get your hands on the Creative Sound Blaster X-FI Xtreme Gamer Fatal1ty ProFrom the results of the review that OCC finished, you may want to get it anyways.  It is easy to set up to listen to what you want, but there is also a control panel that will allow you some serious ways

Share your bandwidth or we cut you off

Subject: General Tech | October 11, 2007 - 09:38 AM |
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Anyone living in Toronto now has something to cheer about, a new ISP Co-op that is attempting to make the whole city a hotspot.  If you subscribe to their Internet service (about 3-5Mbs @ $37 a month), you are also sent a wireless router running OpenWRT, and the subscribers use Chillispot to throttle the bandwidth used by outside wireless connections so the person paying for the service still has good line speed.  Read all about the service, and the 2 guys behind i

Source: Ars Technica

A quick peek inside the Orange Box

Subject: General Tech | October 10, 2007 - 09:44 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP takes a quick and dirty look at the performance you can expect to see from Episode 2, when the Orange Box finally becomes available.  Not only do you get an idea how this game will play on AMD and nVIDIA, but there are a few screenshots you haven't seen yet, of an interesting environment.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

News from AMD

Subject: General Tech | October 10, 2007 - 09:21 AM |
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Some will call the new roadmap good news, others will consider it bad, and in some cases they will be using the same models to argue both points.  Either way you look at it, the fact that AMD is at least giving us a much better idea about what to expect from them is a good thing.  Take a look at the new road map by following the links from The Inquirer.

Source: The Inquirer

The mouse of destiny

Subject: General Tech | October 9, 2007 - 02:03 PM |
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Bearing the name of one of the Fates (and a certain type of pit viper) is the new mouse from Razer, the Lachesis, and does it ever have a lot on on it, up to and including onboard memory.  The response time is tiny, the maximum DPI is huge and 9 programmable buttons will have you staring at the key mappings of your favorite games for hours trying to figure out the perfect setup.  OCModShop has more info on the current pinnacle of gaming mice.

Source: OCMODSHOP

Free fallin'

Subject: General Tech | October 9, 2007 - 10:32 AM |
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AMD's processor pricing is in a free fall, with most of their line being reduced in price, including the newly released Black Edition.  DigiTimes published the list of bulk prices,  which will be very attractive to anyone looking to build an inexpensive PC.  Here's hoping that we have new processors soon, as these prices have to be hurting AMD's bottom line.

Asus Xonar Sound Card to Meet PCI Express

Subject: General Tech | October 8, 2007 - 10:45 AM |
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We have been very impressed with the Xonar sound card from Asus here at PC Perspective, and it looks like a new PCI Express version will be coming out soon.

Asustek announced its Xonar D2 PCI sound card on June 5, but we also spotted a PCI Express version of the card—branded Xonar D2X—at the company's Computex booth on the same day. The firm has now finally launched the Xonar D2X, and the PCIe newcomer is coming out together with another member of the Xonar lineup: the Xonar U1.