Do NOT "Click here to fix your PC"!!!

Subject: General Tech | April 16, 2007 - 08:58 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP has a 2 warnings on their front page this morning.   The first has to do with the new Storm Worm that managed over 20,000 infections in 1 day.  This variant appeared last week and is triggered by clicking on on of those pop up/banner ads that tell you to "Click here to fix your PC".  So please don't click there ... don't ever click there!  Pass it on to family and friends now, or you will be spending some time with them later.

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PC Perspective forums, 100% granfalloon free

Subject: General Tech | April 13, 2007 - 11:51 AM |
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Friday afternoon again, and there is plenty of stuff going on in our forums.  A member has had an unpleasant experience with Sapphire's RMA process, and has been billed what looks suspiciously like a restocking fee.  There are good tips to be found on troubleshooting laptop problems in our General forum.  One of the common problems we find is a high end machine with a low end PSU, and you just cannot

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Keeping it to yourself

Subject: General Tech | April 13, 2007 - 10:35 AM |
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Surround sound headphones have come a long way recently, and now some offer a really engaging aural experience.  techPowerUp! reviews Saitek's GH50 Surround Sound Headset, which uses SRS to give you surround sound experience and great bass.  Read the review to see what they thought of it's ability to handle music and gaming.

Source: techPowerUp!

Save the hair metal bands

Subject: General Tech | April 13, 2007 - 09:01 AM |
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OCIA reviews a product that reminds me of the old days when I played Adventure until the cassette tape got eaten.  The BTO Plus Deck 2c is a tape deck for your PC, so that you can get all of the music off of the dozens (or hundreds) of old cassette tapes you have, and convert it to MP3 on your PC.  If you've never owned a tape in your life, you can give this a miss, but if you want to save all those old mix tapes then check out the review.

"The Plus Deck 2c has the necessary controls for a tape deck...

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A laptop that offers a little more

Subject: General Tech | April 12, 2007 - 11:02 AM |
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Laptop overclocking has never been easy, if you didn't get one with a desktop CPU in the first place.  From the first step of figuring out how to disassemble the laptop, to getting under the cooling solution to the CPU to swap it with a desktop model to assembling the whole back together can be time consuming and frustrating.  Newer mobile CPUs offer useful features not found in desktop purposed chips, which you will lose when swapping it out for a desktop processor, but at least you can overclock now.

Source: Extremetech

The keyboard is done, time to try mice

Subject: General Tech | April 12, 2007 - 09:05 AM |
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Ideazon has had great success with their Zboard, especially with RTS gamers.  Now they are going to take the mouse and try to improve it with the Reaper.  They have added rubber to the buttons, made it longer than most mice and on the fly DPI changes.  Head to R&B Mods to see of they think it compares to the competition.

Intel's take on the GPU

Subject: General Tech | April 12, 2007 - 08:34 AM |
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Beyond3D has captured slides from an Intel presentation about the future of the CPU and GPU.  The slides give you a very good idea of Intel's plans to retaliate against AMDs current move towards a GPU, and Beyond3D highlights out some very interesting points.

Source: Beyond3D

If you make it, they will come

Subject: General Tech | April 11, 2007 - 08:58 AM |
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It's not quite a Star Trek replicator, but the Fab@Home project will let you make 3D objects for ~$2,500.  It can handle many types of material, from silicone to chocolate, letting you build lego bricks or chocolate forms.  Ars Technica has more on this first venture into affordable fabrication at home.

"Malone's goal was to build something cheap and reliable, something that hobbyists could use to kickstart a "home fabbing

revolution" that would have analogues to the personal computer revolution that h

Source: Ars Technica

Halo 3 Beta coming May 16 - only lasts 21 days

Subject: General Tech | April 10, 2007 - 11:58 AM |
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If you are like me and bought a copy of Crackdown on the Xbox 360 purely for the entry into the Halo 3 beta, you'll want to hear this news.  This post at Microsoft confirms the beta will only run from May 16th until June 6th -- after that you are S.O.L.

REDMOND, Wash.

Apple's iPhone Sporting only 40 minutes of talk time!

Subject: General Tech | April 6, 2007 - 01:35 PM |
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According to some inside source, The Inq is reporting that current iPhone models are only getting about 40 minutes of talk time!  The iPhone is scheduled to be released in early June.

During Episode 93 of the spodcast this Week in Tech (TWiT)Dvorak said he received information from "a guy at Cingular who's testing the product." The unnamed, male Cingular employee told Dvorak "there's lots of issues" with the iPhone.

Source: The Inquirer

RSS Feeds Coming

Subject: General Tech | April 5, 2007 - 09:04 PM |
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I know we have been behind on this for a while now, but we are finally rolling out the much-asked-for RSS feeds for you all to add to your daily reading lists.  We are going to have two lists: one for news and one for reviews and articles:


iPod flashing

Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2007 - 12:37 PM |
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Over at MAKE:Blog is a link to a very interesting mod for iPods.  It's not easy, nor is there a full explanation of how it worked, but it is do-able.  If you have the time and skill you can upgrade any iPod to use Compact flash cards.  They go up to 128Gb, and it will remove all the moving parts in the iPod so your battery life will soar.

Source: MAKE: Blog

More of what you want

Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2007 - 10:16 AM |
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The hallmark of the Command & Conquer series is the scads of full motion video throughout the game.  GDI and Nod are still fighting it out, but the arrival of the alien Scrin adds to the variety of the missions you will find in the single player game.  Head to Gamepyre to get a look a several other new surprises in the newest C&C installment.

Source: Gamepyre

Not yet ready for Prime Time?

Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2007 - 09:36 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP spent a month on the Vista, and never ended up hospitalized once ... but it did send an editor into an XP relapse.  After 30 days of using Vista, and trying out all the new features as well as the basic functions, [H] has put together a pretty definitive look at the Vista experience.  They really tried to make the relationship work, but it turned out to be Vista, not them, find out why.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

His future's so bright ... he's gotta ray trace shade

Subject: General Tech | April 3, 2007 - 11:21 AM |
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You may remember a front page story back in December, about Ray Tracing and how it works.  Daniel Pohl, who was finishing up a project to get Ray Tracing to work on Quake 3 & 4.  As you saw in the article, Ray Tracing adds depth to surfaces by properly displaying shadows, and takes water reflection to a whole new level. 

Source: The Inquirer

How many processes can a processor process if a processor processed with 80 cores?

Subject: General Tech | April 3, 2007 - 09:56 AM |
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Back in February, Intel revealed the details of it's experimental 80 core processor.  Ars Technica chats with Thom Sawicki, technology strategist for the Intel Communications Technology Labs about the ongoing work into terascale processors.  Don't think of a machine built around an 80 core CPU as sitting in the same box as your PC now, with a chipset and RAM.  Much like external clocks, math co-processors and L2 cache, with 80 cores and teraf

Source: Ars Technica

Very accomodating keyboard

Subject: General Tech | April 2, 2007 - 01:02 PM |
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OCIA gets busy with RevolTec's lineup of mice, keyboards and pads.  They try out the FightBoard Advanced Keyboard, the FightMouse Advanced gaming mouse and 3 pads; the Gamepad Precision Basic,

Source: OCIA

Stranger than fiction

Subject: General Tech | April 2, 2007 - 09:55 AM |
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Reality has trumped Google's April Fools joke.  If you missed Google's free broadband TiSP, you can find it here.  It turns out that some rather inventive venture capitalists have laid fiber through sewage lines in the past.  Slashdot links to the story, but there is no mention of whether a wrong turn by Bugs Bunny would cause service disruptions to user of CityNet Telecom.

"Yesterday, Google's annual April Fools' joke featured Google TiSP, a free home wireless broadband service that connected via a 'commode-based router' and runs fiber cabling through the sewer system. This is actually not without precedent. Back in the dot-com boom, delivering broadband through sewers was the focus of CityNet Telecom, which raised $375 million in funding from major VC and private equity firms in 2000 and 2001. The company used remote-controlled robots to lay fiber through sewer lines and actually created sewer-based networks in Albuquerque and Indianapolis before merging with Universal Access in 2003."

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If you squint, you can see the weekend from here

Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2007 - 03:22 PM |
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Spyware, and it's removal is quickly becoming an interruption to PC gaming and productivity.  It keeps growing in population and becoming more intelligent, making it not only harder and more time consuming to remove, but also taking more time just to do simple prevention.  The Networking & Associated Security Forum is a great tool to help you, and it's full of

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