Saitek's new Pro Gamer

Subject: General Tech | March 6, 2007 - 02:20 PM |
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Saitek has released a new input device for the gamer in you, the Pro Gamer Command Unit.  Offering 20 buttons, plus a shift button, as well as a tiny joystick under your thumb.  Head to techPowerUp to get the full review, but be careful ... they liked this device so much they've tossed away the keyboards on their gaming machines.

Source: techPowerUp!

Duke Nukem ... Arena?!?

Subject: General Tech | March 6, 2007 - 12:47 PM |
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No, pigs haven't sprouted wings, nor has the permafrost extended that far down ... it's not DN4ever.  The Inquirer has seen a port of Duke Nukem 3D onto portable phones, allowing to you lay the mighty foot down old skool style.  If you have a BREW compatible phone, this is worth checking out, and the port of Prey as well.

Source: The Inquirer

30 days of Linux

Subject: General Tech | March 6, 2007 - 12:22 PM |
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A great experiment has taken place at [H]ard|OCP.  A member has just spent 30 days using the 32- and 64-bit versions of Ubuntu on 2 different computers on fairly new and one a year old.  Everything from the installation to normal everyday use like email, IM and DVD burning, as well as a foray into getting a graphics editor like Photoshop to work, and even a little gaming.  Take a look, you might be tempted to switch, yourself.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Intel's second annual game demo contest

Subject: General Tech | March 5, 2007 - 01:39 PM |
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Win great exposure and your share of over $95,000 worth of Prizes, including:      

Short and simple security

Subject: General Tech | March 5, 2007 - 12:16 PM |
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Take a run through Tech ARP's Security Boot Camp.  There are some very handy tips for detecting, removing and preventing malware, and it is done in a very easy to understand method.  See if there is anything there the will give you a few tips, and save yourself some time cleaning your computer later.

"If you are always worrying about the security of your computer but do not know what to do about it, then this is the boot camp

for you."

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Source: Tech ARP

PCPerspective forums - informative & informal

Subject: General Tech | March 2, 2007 - 06:15 PM |
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Another Friday is here, and it's time to take a peek at the forums. A KVM switch can be a very handy device if you are running a Distributed Computing farm, or just have more PCs than you do monitors.

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Took them long enough to figure that out

Subject: General Tech | March 2, 2007 - 12:43 PM |
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Why has it taken this long to get a Conan game; not that 2008 is exactly close yet.  Finally you can stalk the wilderness as everyones favorite Cimmerian hacking off heads and bathing in blood.  In fact, you should really head over to Strategy Informer to take a look at the 24 screenshots they've posted to get an idea just how much blood there will be in this game.

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So you wanna be a podcaster?

Subject: General Tech | March 1, 2007 - 12:34 PM |
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Visit the Hardware Zone for a look at Behringer's Podcaststudio.  It consists of an analog mixer that supports XLR and RCA connections, a Firewire audio interface for your PC, a studio condenser microphone and a pair of high-quality headphones.  This will give you far better quality than a homebrew solution, unless you happen to have a background in sound engineering.

For those who haven't removed Vista yet

Subject: General Tech | March 1, 2007 - 12:15 PM |
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Koroush Ghazi at Tweak Guides has finished creating his Tweaking Companion for Windows Vista.  The free version is available for download, along with the older XP guide.  If you find it helpful, you can support him by purchasing the Deluxe version.  Whichever route you choose, check out the tips before you stop running Vista.

Source: Tweak Guides

AMD to Present at Morgan Stanley Technology Conference

Subject: General Tech | February 28, 2007 - 06:04 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Feb. 28, 2007 - AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced that
AMD Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer Hector de J. Ruiz
will present at the Morgan Stanley Technology Conference at 10:30 a.m.
PT (1:30 p.m.

Source: AMD

Call me Mr. Johnson.

Subject: General Tech | February 28, 2007 - 12:58 PM |
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FASA Studio Manager,
Mitch Gitelman sits down for an interview at SI, and talks a bit about their upcoming multiplayer release of Shadowrun
.  If you haven't heard about this game before, it is based on a pen and paper game from FASA that was published back in 1989.  It is a futuristic world where magic suddenly returns, along with a spreading mutation that suddenly changes some normal humans into orcs, trolls, elves and more.  Add some corporate intrigue and you have a game that could really stand out; if

Go go gadget Google tricks!

Subject: General Tech | February 28, 2007 - 12:36 PM |
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So you figure you've got Google down, eh?  Mastered the advanced search page, joined a few groups via your Gmail account, and used Boolean operators in your searches, and now you know all you need to know?

Source: OCMODSHOP

Gentlemen, start your engines

Subject: General Tech | February 27, 2007 - 01:40 PM |
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There are hundreds of joysticks, thousands of keyboards, and umpteen billion mice to choose from, but the racing fan has been left out of this input device madness.  New steering wheels for the racing game fan are few and far between.  Logitech steps up with the G25 Racing Wheel, an incredibly attractive device.  The wheel itself is 11 inches, with 900 degrees of motion from lock to lock.  It is rimmed with leather and the spokes and the 2 hand paddles ar

Source: TECHGAGE

Cellphone junkies

Subject: General Tech | February 27, 2007 - 12:53 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has listed several new tricks and toys we will be seeing in cell phones.  From using BlueTooth enabled phones to let you pay for things, by hooking the cell up to your bank to the BlackJack which merges a PDA and a cellphone in a much more useful package than we have seen yet.  Head over to get a look at what your phone will let you do in the not too distant future.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Her Majesty's Operating System

Subject: General Tech | February 26, 2007 - 12:37 PM |
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The British Royal Navy is switching to Windows (for Warships) based on Win2K.  Now, before you start making BSOD jokes, consider what the navy has been working with.  The hardware was a pair of 24-bit, 1MHz machines with 25KB of RAM and took 4 people to take care of it, as the current software has a disturbing tendency to crash.  Plus the fact that you are entering code like "PE L5414.10N L00335.67E R6000 TMDA [INJECT]", pop up windows don't really sound so bad. 

Source: The Register

Friday night on the PCPer forums

Subject: General Tech | February 23, 2007 - 06:26 PM |
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Friday is here again, and as well as heralding the weekend, it brings our forums into the spotlight as well.  In the Tech Talk forum is a thread that covers almost all the basic questions and warnings that apply to building a Core 2 Duo system.  Once you've managed to build your system, unless you are a huge fan of spaghetti and stale air, you should consider the possibilities available for cable management.  Check out this huge thread that starts with spli

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The sweet sound of 1s and 0s

Subject: General Tech | February 23, 2007 - 03:16 PM |
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Digital Audio has had a rough start.  Not many care what it is, or what it means and many speakers make bizarre claims about what signal they receive and how it is processed.  The Tech Report looks at Abits' iDome speakers, a set that includes 2 dual channel desktop speakers and a subwoofer.  These are true digital speakers, nothing in the chain is analog until the actual broadcasting of sound from the cones.  Read on to get a better idea of what is meant by Digital audio and a look at some impressiv

Vista gone wild ... naughty kernel shots now availble

Subject: General Tech | February 23, 2007 - 12:08 PM |
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Over at Slashdot is a link to an article done by a guy that managed to convince Vista to take his bead necklace and remove some clothing.  This is the second part of his 3 part look at the insides of Vista.  If you missed the first installment (memory management and more), you can follow the link at the start of the article.  Otherwise continue on to read about the various new "Ready-something or other" components new to Vista.

Source: Slashdot

What's the packet loss to Mars like today?

Subject: General Tech | February 22, 2007 - 12:32 PM |
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Vint Cerf wants to make sure you can get email from the red planet.  We have gone from the 1970's data uplink of 16 kbps to 2004's uplink of 256 kbs.  Although we can't get rid of the 20 minute delay, having a more reliable connection will help any future Mars Rover type missions.

No word on when the Barsoomian 419 scams will start coming
.

Source: Slashdot