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Subject: General Tech | December 10, 2007 - 11:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have heard of Ogg (or Ogg Vorbis, the free substitute MP3 codec), chances are that you have run into it when installing a game, though open source fans may have found it through other methods. It is popular with gaming companies because there are no licensing fees required to be able to use it. So how is it that Nokia is under the impression that it is "free" in quotes, not simply free, and why do they seem to think that the use of Ogg may cause patent disputes?
Subject: General Tech | December 7, 2007 - 06:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, 7 December 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of x86 silicon and platform solutions, today launched VIA ARTiGO, a DIY builder kit for enthusiasts wanting to build an ultra compact personal computer. Designed by the creators of the Pico-ITX form factor, the VIA ARTiGO Builder Kit offers consumers a more sophisticated DIY experience.
Subject: General Tech | December 7, 2007 - 06:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
One of the toughest things you can face when it comes to tech is explaining a process to someone who doesn't have your experience. Sure, it is easier to push the luser aside and do it yourself but that isn't always feasible. Check out how the guys in the Tech Talk forum handled explaining transferring a bunch of files from one PC to another. One of the methods mentioned involves mapping a network drive, although that doesn't a
Subject: General Tech | December 7, 2007 - 01:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has a new feature on their page, where they check the availability of components on 4 major web sellers. This is perfectly timed, and at least partly caused by the release of the 8800GT and HD 3870, which are both good cards. So far it has been almost impossible to find them for sale, and even if you could find one they are priced well above what we were originally told they would cost. See how well nVIDIA and AMD are doing now.
Subject: General Tech | December 7, 2007 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Your email will soon be following you onto the plane, along with IM and more as other airlines start rolling out internet services. What wasn't mentioned is whether power will be supplied as well, so you should start stocking up on batteries if you want to take advantage of it. It also seems to be a good time to start building a very light weight UT3 server with wireless for a little airborne fragging. More on Slashdot.
Subject: General Tech | December 6, 2007 - 05:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, CA - Dec 6, 2007 - AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced that it will hold its financial analyst meeting at approximately 8:30 a.m. ET (5:30 a.m. PT) on Thursday, December 13, 2007 in New York. AMD Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Hector Ruiz and members of AMD's management team will deliver key presentations regarding AMD's businesses. Forward-looking and other material information may be discussed during the presentations.
Subject: General Tech | December 6, 2007 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Gideon Tech has gathered a roundup of caffeinated beverages, not an easy feat considering how many have appeared lately, to see which work and which can actually be swallowed without choking. The classic cola look makes an appearance, but greens, reds and other colours are also in evidence. See which one might become your little helper.
Subject: General Tech | December 5, 2007 - 05:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sure, you can argue that there is plenty of new things coming out in the first quarter, so you might want to wait until then to buy a new system. Of course then you will hear about the new stuff coming out in quarter 2 and 3 ... and so on until you are trapped in one of Zeno's famous paradoxes.
Subject: General Tech | December 5, 2007 - 11:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Inquirer reports on a development with nVIDIA that may distract from the various issues AMD is suffering through, like their errata problems killing Quad FX and slowing down the Phenom. While AMD has demonstrated (but not let anyone test) 4 way CrossFire, the 780i chipset is having difficulties getting that third card to work with SLI.
Subject: General Tech | December 4, 2007 - 12:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you somehow manage to get tird of playing Guitar Hero and Rock Band, as inconceivable as
that might be right now, you could always consider making your own music. ExtremeTech looks at 3 music creation suites, that will let you compose what is in your imagination with your mouse. Not all of these are created equal, and while it might be tempting to jump into this by picking up professional level software, you might find yourself overwhelmed.
Subject: General Tech | December 4, 2007 - 12:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
No longer will anyone be able to complain that WGA ate their Vista install; Microsoft is gong to be removing it in Service Pack 1. I guess we will have to complain about something else in Vista now . Read more about this sudden outbreak of common sense on the Inquirer.
Subject: General Tech | December 3, 2007 - 02:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Razer Lycosa takes gaming keyboards in a slightly different direction than the oversized, extra numpad sporting ones that we have been seeing quite frequently. Instead of adding buttons, they modifed them, topping them with rubber and shortening them to a height more often found on laptops. The WASD keys glow, and the lighted logo also toggles the windows key on and off.
Subject: General Tech | December 3, 2007 - 12:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Vista has turned one, and over it's first year it has had some difficulties. With many of the channels dumping Vista for XP, or at least offering a choice between the two, driver nightmare issues, and the lack of a service back, home user adoption is slow. Not even Crysis and other DX10 games are spurring sales. On the business side it is even more bleak with incredibly low adoption numbers, and now the news that many corporations that were considering a 07-08 change-over have pushed that back to a 08-09 switch.
Subject: General Tech | November 30, 2007 - 06:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When we are doing benchmarking at PC Perspective, an easy way to see how a program responds to additional CPU cores is to disable 1 or more cores and run the benchmarks again. All hardware and speeds stay the same, but with less cores available, making any scaling that occurs easy to spot. As an enthusiast trying to use a new dual/quad core CPU, having a disabled core isn't exactly what you want and it can be quite frustrating when that happens. There is also a thread in that forum that can help out
Subject: General Tech | November 30, 2007 - 12:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Dan, who is incapable of not asking a question once it crosses his mind and then tracking down an answer from somewhere, takes on the mystery of save games. Why is it that some games end up with a save folder larger than the rest of the game combined, while others seem to have tiny saves that barely make a scratch on your HDD, or fit in a tiny bit of flash memory. Why do some games load saves quicker in some areas than others, and others seem to load the same regardless.
Subject: General Tech | November 30, 2007 - 11:49 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Following yesterday's announcement that AMD's triple core processors will be available in February, nVIDIA has announced that the GeForce 9 series will also make it's appearance in the same month. The information DigiTimes has is still pretty vague, nVIDIA is keeping this series close to their chests.
Subject: General Tech | November 29, 2007 - 11:48 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Just in time for SAD, AMD offers another reason to isolate yourself and bathe in the glow of artificial lights, they will be releasing two Tolimans in February. 2.5GHz is a nice step up, and since it was motherboard makers that told DigiTimes the date,
Subject: General Tech | November 29, 2007 - 11:19 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
BANGALORE, India - Nov. 29, 2007 - AMD (NYSE: AMD), a leading global provider of innovative processing solutions in the computing, graphics and consumer electronics markets, today announced the opening of a new silicon design and platform research and development (R&D) facility in Bangalore.
As India's role and importance in AMD's global R&D network increases, the number of employees in Bangalore continues to grow, requiring a new facility that will accommodate the current team while also providing room for future growth.
Subject: General Tech | November 28, 2007 - 11:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
BEAVERTON, Ore., Nov. 28, 2007 - The Universal Serial Bus (USB) 3.0 Promoter Group is looking for additional contributors to its initial draft of the group's proposed specification with a goal to have it completed by the first half of 2008.