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Subject: General Tech | February 21, 2007 - 06:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Join Digital Trends for a look back at some of the musicians and formats they grew up with and loved, and a serious problem that is infecting the musical universe. Compression kills dynamic range. In order to get music to listeners in what is essentially a LoFi format, one of the most powerful ways to evoke emotion is being removed. Ask your self when the last time you listened to an MP3 at a full 192bps.
Subject: General Tech | February 21, 2007 - 12:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Techncia has assembled an article on what certain analysts believe to be the most likely Google killer. The idea is to have specialized search engines, not try to compete with Google's mastery over generalized searches. Some will focus on providing information on local products or services, although Google Maps may well win in that category. There are also vertical searches which focus on a specific topic and search in a specific set of database
Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2007 - 06:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 20, 2007 - Intel Corporation today announced the mobile clinical assistant (MCA) is ready to enable nurses to spend more time with patients, do their jobs on the move while remaining connected, and manage the administration of medications. Motion Computing's C5 is the first product based on Intel's MCA platform and has earned support from clinicians and nurses participating in pilot studies around the world.
Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2007 - 05:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Join [H]ard|OCP on a tour of the underside of Los Vegas in the new Rainbow Six Vegas on XBox360, PS3 and PSP. They found a texture problem similar to the one discovered in Gears of War, where some textures would take upwards of 30 seconds to be drawn in when first loading a level, but the gameplay more than made up for the inconvenience. This seems to be a worthy addition to any Rainbow 6 fan's collection.
Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2007 - 02:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When it's a Trackbar Emotion. ExtremeTech reviews this device designed to reduce RSI and carpal. It sits on the bottom of your keyboard, much like a wrist rest, with the trackbar, and below the track bar is four buttons, and a clickable scroll wheel. This won't help your gaming performance directly, but if you spend all day working at a computer and then go home to play, this little device may help your wrists feel better at 6pm when you are getting to the important stuff.
Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2007 - 12:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Inquirer has linked to a story on some new VR glasses, or in this case a visor. They don't look to have a way to let you see through the projection to what is going on around you, both a good and a bad thing.
"Icuiti's VR920, which won the 2007 CES "innovations award", creates a feeling of watching a 62-inch screen from nine feet away.
The picture displays in 640x480 and it comes with a built in microphone and head tracker."
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Subject: General Tech | February 19, 2007 - 12:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has linked to a .pdf article on the failure rate of hard drives. Not many independent studies have been done, so it is hard to say how accurate manufacturers MTBF stats are. Google ought to know as they use an enormous amount of HDDs and they are constantly running, and they are the ones who did the research.
Subject: General Tech | February 16, 2007 - 06:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are still looking for info on Vista one of our members has compiled a list of links that should cover almost any question you might come up with, so go visit Ezzo's Vista thread, and don't forget to thank him. That doesn't mean we have given up on older OSes and we won't, because we know so many tips and tricks we would hate to see them disappear (well except for ME). If you have troubles getting a CD ROM to work under Win2K, then read through here.&nbs
Subject: General Tech | February 16, 2007 - 01:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
According to this article on HEXUS, Gears of War may make it to the PC ... when enough people have the hardware to run it. Of course, they neglect to mention what kind of system will be needed to play Gears on the PC, but somehow the idea that a 3GHz machine with 4GBs of RAM and dual 8800GTXs can't match the performance of a console seems unlikely.
Subject: General Tech | February 16, 2007 - 12:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When VIA first introduced the EPIA they ran a little slower than most desktops, but not to the point of being crippled. It's hard to know if they realized the response they would get from the modding community, but it has been huge! If you aren't fully aware of what people are doing, just check out VIA Arena's current mod contest.
Subject: General Tech | February 15, 2007 - 05:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Drop by Digital Trends for a look at the high end of Logitech keyboards, the DiNovo Edge. Made of a Plexiglass composite and 11mm thick, it will stand up to a lot of abuse without needing to be built like a tank, or needing a cord since it uses Bluetooth. The trackpad is certainly an interesting addition, and as it only needs to be recharged once a month you won't find yourself constantly stuck without a keyboard.
Subject: General Tech | February 15, 2007 - 12:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
What you are about to read may or may not be true, but it's juicy so you'll read it anyways. Thanks to some friends and a little translation, TweakTown has found some information about the replacement for the 8800 series. The 8950GX2 will be, like it's predecessor, a dual GPU card and the 8900GTX will have 128 pipelines, and GDDR4 running at 2200MHz DDR. It also marks the switch to 80nm cores. Find out more by following the link, or wait to see if the specs get co
Subject: General Tech | February 15, 2007 - 11:36 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: General Tech | February 14, 2007 - 06:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The XMod from Creative is essentially a driverless external USB soundcard. It has 2 modes, Crystalizer and CMSS-3D, the first of which attempts to fix the horrible things that happen when you compress audio and the second takes a basic 2 channel signal in interpolates a full surround signal. If you have an ear that can tell what level compression was used in making an MP3, drop by t-break for a look at this little device.
Subject: General Tech | February 14, 2007 - 04:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new OCZ Equalizer Laser Mouse is sure to excite today's demanding gamers with its unique features, high performance engine, and competitive edge.
Subject: General Tech | February 14, 2007 - 03:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, CALIF. -- February 14, 2007 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced its No. 2 ranking on the '100 Best Corporate Citizens' list for 2007 by CRO magazine. The '100 Best Corporate Citizens' list identifies companies that excel at combining strong financial performance with responsible practices on environmental and social issues. This is the second consecutive year AMD has been recognized in the top five on the list for its corporate and social responsibility practices.
Subject: General Tech | February 14, 2007 - 12:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Think Computers got their hands on 10 screens from the upcoming EA game, Battlefield 2142: Northern Strike. As the previous BF expansions have done, there will be new vehicles including a nasty looking tracked vehicle. Check them out, or try to live with the suspense.
Subject: General Tech | February 14, 2007 - 12:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The last thing you need on Valentine's Day is a virus, and of course their are plenty of opportunities to get one. Ned Slider warns about one that may try to get you via a Valentine's e-card claiming to be from American Greetings, so if you don't want to spend the evening running virus scans, be careful.
... and is some of you don't want to spend the evening in the dog house, take the advice at the end of the post too!
Subject: General Tech | February 13, 2007 - 03:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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