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Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2008 - 04:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
I share Ars Technica's concerns about this group. Made up of hardware manufacturers and resellers with two huge, borg like gaming companies and Microsoft, who treats their gaming division as a hobby; praising Walmart and Best Buy for their contributions to PC gaming.
Does anyone besides me remember the locally owned gaming store, or play games from more obscure companies that don't get shelf space in the electronics chain stores?
Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2008 - 04:03 PM | Ryan Shrout
If you are curious about this new "PC Gaming Alliance" that was announced at GDC as a partnership between Microsoft, Intel, NVIDIA, Epic, AMD, Acer, Activision, Razer, and Dell. What is it going to DO exactly? They are looking to give the PC its single-voice champion to communicate to the gamer, to help in communicating requirements and also....well we aren't quite sure. And Ben at Ars Technica seems to have the same inquisitive reaction.
Subject: General Tech | February 19, 2008 - 04:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In the mood to pick up a mid-range nVIDIA card? Well, don't! At least not until the 21st, when we see the debut of the 9600GT, and a drop in the price of the 8600GTS. Unless the rumoured delays we heard about yesterday turn out to be true. Wen it does arrive, a 64 pipe 500MHz GPU with 512MB of 2000MHz RAM for under $200 seems to be a challenge to AMD's lower priced cards.
Subject: General Tech | February 18, 2008 - 05:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As you may have heard during our 22nd PC Perspective podcast, there is a lot of speculation as to what the fate of HD DVD will be. We are not the only ones who differ on what is going on, I would bet that Vivid was the deal breaker when they decided to go with Blu-ray back in January.
Subject: General Tech | February 15, 2008 - 11:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The most innocuous looking things on the internet can be the most deadly, take this thread here for instance. While researching dog breeds a popup window appeared before one of our members, along with an ActiveX warning for a movie, and with just a single click of the mouse a trojan made it's self at home. It's not like he is the only one, either.
Subject: General Tech | February 15, 2008 - 07:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It seems there is no such thing as a 2 button mouse anymore. They now sport somewhere between three and a dozen buttons and wheels. Response rates have gone up, as has the accuracy of the laser, or in some cases lasers, funky Teflon feet have become normal and you can even get ones with adjustable weights inside. Now Razer has gone and made a collectors edition, and I4U went and got one so they could see the specs. What's next, a ground effect mouse?
Subject: General Tech | February 15, 2008 - 04:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Trying to replace a dead capacitor on a motherboard, or playing with advanced tweaks and repairs to add on cards is incredibly difficult to do successfully without a hot air pencil to help you get the solder off. All to often you will get the component off, and bake the area around where it used to be. MAKE:Blog has a project for all you modders out there, with an inexpensive hot air pencil you make yourself.
Subject: General Tech | February 14, 2008 - 04:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Looking for a substitute for WinZip, FrontPage or Norton Ghost, either because of the price, or to support the open source community? Over at WHDb is a list of 50 common programs and an open source alternative, plus a huge amount of comments with suggestions for alternate programs. Some of the choices on the list may not be the ones you would choose, and it is inconsistent in mentioning if some software is Linux only, but it is a great time sav
Subject: General Tech | February 13, 2008 - 04:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When you are reviewing a game, or more often a video card, there are several methods that present themselves. The first is to load up a timedemo or a built in benchmark, let it run through a few loops and write down the numbers it gives you. A bit of math and a bunch of typing and your review is done and ready to be published so that your readers can make informed decisions about their next purchase. On the other hand, you can sacrifice a day (and probably a night) spending quality time with a PC and a box of beer, playing through the game and saving a specific spots where th
Subject: General Tech | February 13, 2008 - 04:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are sick and tired of the internet and your browser working the way you want them to, why not try FireFox3 Beta3? You do get a sneak peek at the Gecko1.9 rendering engine, and if you run under Windows it will install to a separate directory; leaving your FireFox2 installation alone. Not so the case on Linux or Mac, it will install overtop of your existing FireFox. Read what else you can expect over at The Inquirer.
Subject: General Tech | February 13, 2008 - 04:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 13, 2008 - NVIDIA (Nasdaq: NVDA), the world leader in visual computing technologies and the inventor of the GPU, today announced that it has completed the acquisition of AGEIA Technologies, Inc., the industry leader in gaming physics technology. AGEIA's PhysX® software is widely adopted with more than 140 PhysX-based games shipping or in development on Sony Playstation 3, Microsoft XBOX 360, Nintendo Wii, and gaming PCs. AGEIA physics software is pervasive with over 10,000 registered and active users of the PhysX SDK.
AMD Sharpens Focus On Latest Multimedia Technologies To Create Immersive Mobile Entertainment Experi
Subject: General Tech | February 12, 2008 - 06:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
BARCELONA, SPAIN - Feb. 12, 2008 - Today at the GSMA Mobile World
Congress, AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced an expanded portfolio of products
and technologies to enable such popular, media-rich applications as
mobile TV, 3D games and high-fidelity audio, delivering immersive
entertainment to tomorrow's mobile phones and handheld devices.
AMD has enhanced its established line of innovative, open-standard
handheld device technologies with upcoming AMD Imageon processors,
as well as next-generation 3D and vector graphics cores available for
Subject: General Tech | February 12, 2008 - 04:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
VIA Arena reports on a very neat use for students, the ALMASpace Ground Station which has an EPIA mainboard at it's heart, letting students video conference with the International Space Station. It also allows data transfer, to upload data that the students want the ISS cameras to focus on and calculate orbital patterns, as well as letting them download the data once it has been collected. Check out the specs of this learning aid in the full article.
Subject: General Tech | February 11, 2008 - 05:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Yahoo has decided that it wants Microsoft to show that it truly loves them, by upping their desired price by $9.00 a share, taking the total price per share to $40.00, all told they want about $58 billion. The Inquirer has quotes as to exactly how Yahoo announced this to their shareholders. Microsoft has the option to go directly to the shareholders, to try a buyout that way and to perhaps gain extra leverage to finish the deal. Just in case they press their suit
Subject: General Tech | February 8, 2008 - 10:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Wireless connections sound very handy, letting you connect a LAN without running wires all over the floors and ceilings and drilling holes, but they can also be an exercise in frustration. Take the problems in this post, as well as the inventive and useful suggestions to solve those unreliable and slow connection blues.
Subject: General Tech | February 8, 2008 - 06:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At last we have something new in the way of input devices. The mouse may have become more accurate, faster to respond and sprouted various fans and lights, but it is still basically mouse shaped. Over at MAKE:Blog they have a link to a red dot design award winning concept mouse that is moldable. Made witha centre of lightweight modelling clay and covered with nylon and polyurethane blend fabric, this mouse can take almost any shape you want. Wrists of the world rejoice!.
Subject: General Tech | February 8, 2008 - 04:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Could the end be nigh? Is the apocalypse
just around the corner? Is the bacon soaring high above my plate?
I wonder if they are giving odds in Vegas?