Avoid the Direct Access button on your monitor

Subject: General Tech | February 8, 2006 - 11:41 AM |
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NGOHQ has been trying to get a hold of nVIDIA, after running into some problems with the relatively new Direct Access feature, wihout much luck.  The feature is now gone from the newest drivers, and they do have a workaround for those who are having issues.


Also, if you entered the NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GS Giveaway Contest @ ARP

Source: NGOHQ

Make any stereo broadcast in Bluetooth

Subject: General Tech | February 6, 2006 - 05:45 PM |
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The Bluetake BT450Tx Bluetooth Stereo Transmitter is a little device designed to pulg into an iPod, to allow Bluetooth headphones to not only play your music, but to allow some control over the iPod itself.  The neat thing is that anything with a 3.5mm plug-in can broadcast it's current music over Bluetooth.  Read the full story at A True Review.

A short time ago I reviewed the spectacular Bluetake i-PHONO mini Bluetooth Stereo Headphone.

Will Terratec's new device help you claw your way to victory?

Subject: General Tech | February 6, 2006 - 03:39 PM |
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3DXtreme looks at the Terratec Mystify Claw, a customizable gaming device that will let you get rid of the keyboard for gaming.  Can it actually help your performance, or will it suffer the fate of most things that try to challenge the mouse+keyboard combe?

"Today 3DXtreme has the pleasure of reviewing a gaming device for the hardcore in the Mystify

Claw. Everyone is trying to make the gaming experience easier and more ergonomic and that's where

the Mystify Claw comes in.

Source: 3DXtreme

A quick glance at AM2

Subject: General Tech | February 6, 2006 - 11:50 AM |
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AnandTech has put together a 3 page look at the upcoming AM2 AMD processor.  If you don't fully understand what this new processor will be capable of, then give this summary a read to see what it can do beyond simply support DDR2.

"The new AMD technology refresh, now called AM2, will bring DDR2 memory to the Athlon64

on-processor memory controller.

Source: AnandTech

Knoppix to the rescue

Subject: General Tech | February 3, 2006 - 11:45 AM |
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Extremetech has posted a guide on using the boot disk distros of Knoppix to aid in recovering a borked windows install.  Simply download the newest version of Knoppix, burn to a disk, and boot the troublesome PC using it.  The guide covers various ways to rescue yourself from data loss. 

"A bootable CD or DVD with Knoppix can be a lifesaver when your computer goes awry.

Source: Extremetech

Is Crackberry withdrawl inevitable?

Subject: General Tech | February 2, 2006 - 11:58 AM |
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CNET has gathered an FAQ on the Blackberry patent dispute for those trying to figure out if they will wake up one day to find the service dead.  If you have one, then you know the confusion this suit has caused.  If you don't have one, but know people who do ...

Mobile multifunction music maker

Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2006 - 02:11 PM |
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The SonoWave Digital Media player is a WiFi device that will play back music from just about any source you can stream to it.  It's only major drawback is the amount of batteries it eats, just like old ghetto blasters, this guy wants 8 C batteries.  Heaf to 3dGameMan for the full review.

'This is not your standard boombox. Being able to play Internet Radio, MP3 and other audio formats

wirelessly sets it apart from many other devices.

Source: 3dGameMan

Internet Explorer discovers tabbed browsing

Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2006 - 11:59 AM |
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CNET has a story about, and a link to download, the newly released IE7 public beta.  Head straight to the page if you want to see what the new version can do ... the only requirement is that you must have WinXP with SP2 in order to use it, Win2K won't cut it.

"The program, still a work in progress, is available for download from the Internet Explorer

section of Microsoft's corporate Web site, the company said.

Tell us something we didn't know

Subject: General Tech | January 31, 2006 - 11:57 AM |
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It looks like Vista won't be under anyone's Christmas tree this year, from what The Inquirer has learned.  The beta version that will come out this quarter to TechNet members will contain all the features of the planned commercial release, so the extra time before distributing to the public should let them iron out a few more bugs.

"As it stands Vista and Allchin will leave the Redmond Volehill about Christmas. Already that is a

bit late, as Microsoft had been talking about October or November.

Source: The Inquirer

BlueGears Stop Support for HDA X-Mystique and VR-Fidelity

Subject: General Tech | January 30, 2006 - 03:38 PM |
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It appears BlueGears has discontinued support for the HDA X-Mystique and the VR-Fidelity. The same post references a contact at a new company called Auzentech located in San Jose, CA.

AMD AND HP GENERATE MORE THAN $2 MILLION FOR THE LANCE ARMSTRONG FOUNDATION

Subject: General Tech | January 30, 2006 - 11:53 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Jan. 30, 2006 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) and HP (NYSE: HPQ) (Nasdaq: HPQ) today announced that they have generated more than $2 million to support the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF) through sales of the HP Special Edition L2000 Notebook PC, powered by AMD Turion(tm) 64 mobile technology. Thanks to the tremendous success of this initiative, availability of this one-of-a-kind notebook will be extended through June 2006.

Source: AMD

ABit will trade info for a chance at great schwag!

Subject: General Tech | January 27, 2006 - 01:53 PM |
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Abit is hosting a survey on their website, and if you participate, you are entered to win some really good prizes.  Depending on how far you go in the survey, you can end up with more than just one chance to win, as well as letting you in on even bigger prizes.  There are daily draws, and the grand prize winners are announced on Feb 10th.

1000mW pointer of light

Subject: General Tech | January 27, 2006 - 11:50 AM |
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Well, maybe not quite that powerful, but the Spyder Series Portable lasers that MVKTECH has linked to are something else.  While they are quite expensive, you can do useful things with them, like burn holes in black garbage bags or melt plastic ... or use it as a pointer, I suppose.

"Wicked Lasers is proud to introduce the most unique and innovative portable lasers available in

the market.

Source: MVKTECH.NET

Wireless streaming audio brought to you by Squeezebox

Subject: General Tech | January 26, 2006 - 01:37 PM |
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HotHardware, has posted a reveiw of the Squeezebox Wireless Media Player by Sean Pelletier (aka Pelly).  The audio box seems like the perfect way to get the songs on your PC to play anywhere in your house, without adding to your already existing cable spaghetti, plus it comes with a "MP3 is not a crime" sticker.  Give it a read.

"We've just posted a new article at HotHardware.Com where we evaluate Slim Device's sleek

Squeezebox Wireless Media Player.

Source: HotHardware

Intel Science Talent Search Finalists Named

Subject: General Tech | January 25, 2006 - 05:08 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 25, 2006 — Forty teens are nearing their quest to be named America's most promising young scientist, as Intel Corporation today named finalists in the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS). Competing for more than $530,000 in scholarships and prizes, these students hail from 19 states, a record number in the competition's 65—year history.


Intel invests more than $100 million annually to improve education around the world and inspire and celebrate student success.

Intel First to Demonstrate Working 45nm Chips

Subject: General Tech | January 25, 2006 - 05:07 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 25, 2006 — Intel Corporation today announced it has become the first company to reach an important milestone in the development of 45 nanometer (nm) logic technology. Intel has produced what are believed to be the first fully functional SRAM (Static Random Access Memory) chips using 45nm process technology, its next— generation, high—volume semiconductor manufacturing process.

Gentlemen, start your imaging engines

Subject: General Tech | January 25, 2006 - 02:29 PM |
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The 2 contenders are Logitech's G5 and Razer's Copperhead.  Head to Techspot to see which gaming mouse can claim to be the mightiest!

"In our last gaming mice showdown, the Logitech MX518 came on top of both the Razer Diamondback

and Razer Viper. Since then however, new products have been released by both companies, and we are

glad to inform you we have had several weeks to test them and report back to you.

Source: Tech Spot

AMD and Innovative Silicon

Subject: General Tech | January 25, 2006 - 11:56 AM |
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AMD and Innovative Technology are trying to increase the density of memory, specifically in the L2 cache on high end AMD chips.  The article on Processor Blog is pretty technical, and it hints at some of the advantages that could come about.


Plus, the members have spoken, see who they chose as the best of 2005 in the PC Perspective 2005 Readers Choice Awards.


"L2 cache continues to increase as time moves on and fabrication processes

Four Intel Computer Clubhouses Open In Chicagoland

Subject: General Tech | January 24, 2006 - 12:57 PM |
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CHICAGO, Jan. 24, 2006 — Four Intel Computer Clubhouses, which are unique after—school learning centers for children ages 10 to 18, are opening in the Chicago area in the next two weeks. These clubhouses will be located in existing community service agencies around the city — specifically the ABJ Community Services, Austin YMCA, Howard Area Community Center and WYTEC.

Adobe adds a new dimension to Acrobat

Subject: General Tech | January 24, 2006 - 12:17 PM |
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Adobe will release Acrobat 3D next monday, according to this story on CNET.  While it certainly won't be cheap, it will likely be cheaper, easier to use and much more portable than a full CAD program.

"On Monday, the company is releasing Acrobat 3D, which allows a person to create a PDF (Portable

Document Format) file with embedded images from computer-aided design (CAD) applications.