Is Electro-Smog really a worry

Subject: General Tech | April 10, 2006 - 09:03 AM |
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Electro-Smog sounds like the newest graphics feature in a game, or maybe the basis for one of this year's summer disaster movies.  The Tech Zone stops using their bluetooth headsets for a moment to wirelessly post a look at how all of the radio frequencies we are bombarded with might affect our health, if at all ... I still don't see how we can live in a dark, futuristic world without electrosmog setting the mood.

Buy a Motherboard and Processor, get Age of Empires 3 Free!

Subject: General Tech | April 8, 2006 - 05:22 AM |
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One of our great sponsors, Monarch Computer, asked me to pass on the news that this weekend they are sweetening the deal on the free Age of Empires deal going around the web!  Now, only at MCS, you only need to buy an AMD processor and motherboard combo to get the game for free; you don't need to buy a new video card anymore! 


Age of Empires III is a great RTS game and if you haven't tried it yet, this is a great chance to get

Source: General

Become oblivious to the world

Subject: General Tech | April 7, 2006 - 09:29 AM |
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Oblivion, the fourth in the Elder Scrolls series, is here to preempt every responsibility and hobby you have.  Don't beleive me?  Just read the review at Elite Bastards ... then again, if you value life outside the house, you might want to skip it.

Google Earth just got more learnin'

Subject: General Tech | April 7, 2006 - 09:11 AM |
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CNET just discovered the newest thing about Google Earth.  Google has joined with Discovery Communications to bring historical information to 10 U.S. landmarks.  It won't be too much longer until their database grows, and others start to add their own content.  Where was this when I was in high school?

Victory is within your grasp

Subject: General Tech | April 6, 2006 - 03:23 PM |
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GruntvillE has reviewed 2 mats from Corepad, one which is a large high quality mousepad, The Victory, and a 3 foot wide one called the Deskpad XXXL.  These will help you get that last bit of inaccuracy out of your mousing, or raise mediocre performance to new heights.

Source: GruntvillE

Securing Wireless, Easy and Very Important

Subject: General Tech | April 6, 2006 - 09:03 AM |
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Adrian's Rojak Pot points out the importance and simplicity of securing your wireless network.  You may have setup the network to share a net connection, but isn't it better to know who you are sharing with?

"Many of us are hooked onto WiFi these days. But just how secure are our wireless networks?

Join jwsk as he discusses why we should beef up the security of our wireless networks and how we

can do it quickly and easily!"

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

Source: Tech ARP

Get wireless audio without selling blood

Subject: General Tech | April 5, 2006 - 12:27 PM |
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TECHGAGE reviews an interesting product from Logitech, called the Wireless Music System.  For around $130, you get a broadcaster and reciever, that integrate with any PC and stereo system, allowing you to broadcast music from a PC or MP3 player right to your stereo.

Source: TECHGAGE

Get your shiny new ESP machine

Subject: General Tech | April 5, 2006 - 08:53 AM |
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CNet has posted a story on an MIT project that has designed a device to read minds.  While it may not give away exactly what someone is thinking, it will tell their mood with surprising accuracy.  Read about it so that you can recognize if someone is using it the next time you sit down to play poker.

Apple to Let Windows XP Applications Run on Mac OS

Subject: General Tech | April 5, 2006 - 07:08 AM |
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In what can be their biggest strategic maneuver since switching to Intel CPUs, Apple Computer has just announced it will allow users of their Macintosh computers using Intel chips run Windows XP software.

The software is called "Bootcamp" and is availble for download now as a trial. Bootcamp will also be available in Mac OS 10.5 "Leopard" (I'm waiting for "Puma" myself...).

Those of us who have been keeping an eye on Mactels this announcement is not a big surprise as videos of Windows XP running on these computers have been available for some time already.

The difference a BIOS can make

Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2006 - 01:17 PM |
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Overclockers Online reviewed the ECS K1A MVP before it was available, and were not impressed with the overclocking potential.  Now that the board has been through a few BIOS revisions, they revisit the board to see what effect a more mature BIOS will have.

Intel, Red Hat Launch Global Solution Acceleration Program

Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2006 - 11:49 AM |
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LINUXWORLD, Boston, April 4, 2006 —
Intel Corporation and Red Hat (NASDAQ: RHAT), the world's leading
provider of open source to the enterprise, today announced the creation
of a global program to help customers plan for, accelerate and optimize
their deployments of Linux solutions. The program will be the first of
its kind for Linux solutions development, initially focused on
developing and disseminating tools for virtualization of enterprise
computing.

Intel First With 65nm NOR Flash Memory Chips

Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2006 - 11:47 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 4, 2006 —
Intel Corporation is the first to sample NOR multi-level cell flash
memory chips at 1-gigabit density using its advanced 65-nanometer (nm)
process technology. Intel's NOR Flash memory chips are used in devices
such as cell phones to manage critical phone operations, handle
Personal Information Management data and to store photos, music and
videos.

Microsoft and AMD, conspiring together?

Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2006 - 09:04 AM |
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Steve Balmer and Mark Hurd met with AMD after the results of an AMD survey revealed a growing concern with power hungry servers and PCs.  Head to The Inquirer to find out more about the survey and the event.

Source: The Inquirer

WD Ships Highest Capacity, Highest Reliability Enterprise-class SATA Hard Drive

Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2006 - 08:45 AM |
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LAKE FOREST, Calif. Apr. 4, 2006 Addressing a growing enterprise market for high capacity, highly reliable storage, Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) today announced it is now shipping its WD RE2 (RAID Edition) 500 GB SATA hard drives. With 3.0 Gb/s data transfer rate, WD RE2 hard drives feature Native Command Queuing (NCQ) and 16 MB cache for improved performance in multi-user, random I/O environments.

Intel Capital, PIPEX Create Broadband Wireless Company In The UK

Subject: General Tech | April 3, 2006 - 01:58 PM |
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LONDON, April 3, 2006 — Intel Capital, Intel's venture capital investment organization, and PIPEX Communications PLC, a major United Kingdom-based telecommunications provider, announced today that they have jointly formed PIPEX Wireless, a wireless operator which will provide broadband services in major metropolitan areas.

We used to call a 12 inch IBM 729 reel portable ...

Subject: General Tech | April 3, 2006 - 09:01 AM |
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...  the kids these days have no idea how easy they have it.  The Tech Zone explores the history of portable data, from the floppies that you were amazed could fit 1.44 Mbs of data to the USB flash and HDD based drives of today.  Read through it and some of the jokes old sysadmins crack might start making more sense.

"History of secondary storage is quiet interesting, as it has seen the use of papers to silicon

to optical medium.

Intel Launches 'Discover The PC' Initiative

Subject: General Tech | April 3, 2006 - 08:45 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 30, 2006 — Intel Corporation today announced the 'Discover the PC' initiative to make the benefits of PC technology more broadly available to people in developing nations. The initiative focuses on delivering products and technologies that are specifically designed to meet the unique needs of people in developing countries.

Game Developers Conference - End movie and final credits

Subject: General Tech | March 31, 2006 - 09:09 AM |
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ExtremeTech stuck around the GDC 2006 until the very end, to tell you about all the really cool things they saw, and you missed becuase you couldn't take a week off to go game in San Fran.  Prepare to be jealous, as there were quite a lot revealed there.

"This year's Game Developers Conference had its share of controversy, terrific sessions,

competing parties and chance interactions.

Source: Extremetech

When gaming goes to your head

Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2006 - 03:28 PM |
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TECHGAGE has let the games get to their head.  After spending way too much time in the simulated cockpit of a Lear jet, they purchase the new NaturalPoint TrackIR 4:PRO, and started looking out the side windows while flying to Hawaii.  The TrackIR tracks your head movements and translates it to the computer screen.  You get to change the direction you are looking, without changing your mouse aim, and while it isn't CounterStrike compatible yet, be assured there are many people working on making it so.

"The

Source: TECHGAGE

Find out what DSP really does

Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2006 - 12:13 PM |
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You have probably seen the term Digital Signal Processing before, but you may not know what it is.  To add to the confusion, it is an often misused term, but Digital Grabber will set you straight on this process of making analog sound better on digital setups.

"It happens that many people have no idea what Digital Signal Processing means, although they

hear more and more often these words, today.