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Subject: General Tech | February 2, 2007 - 12:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HEXUS.tv has something to show you, the new Crysis trailer, using DX10. Compression kills, but you get the idea of just what this game will look like. With their proprietary physics engine, you won't need an Aegia card, but as they suggest at the end of the preview, it might be a good idea to get your hands on an 8800.
Subject: General Tech | February 2, 2007 - 12:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Join AnandTech in a look at the technology behind a little known game that will be taking place on Sunday. Did you realize there needs to be a laser map the entire field and a programmed palette to limit the colours that can be painted on, just to project an accurate First Down line on the grass and not the players? Many have noticed the wires that the cameras run along to bring the brilliant angles we have become used to, but did you know they ran on RTLinux? Make sure you check out the stats behind Eyevi
Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2007 - 02:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Don't know your Ogg Vorbis from your FLAC? Confused about what lossless compression is, and if you could even tell the difference? Head to Big Bruin where they give you an overview of 5 of the most popular codecs, what they are and who uses them for what. Get over there and get in the know.
Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2007 - 12:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CNET reports on a flaw that can cause smart phones running Windows Mobile 2003 and Windows Mobile 5.0 to crash. The good news is that this vulnerability was discover by researchers at Trend Micro, it was not discovered in the wild.
Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2007 - 12:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
So you ran out and spent $1800 on a pair of overclocked 8800GTX's and then bought a copy of Vista Ultimate Edition. Now you are sitting in front of the computer foaming at the mouth because they won't play nicely together. As Ryan has pointed out and linked to, the 100.59 drivers add ... beta support anyways, but ...
Subject: General Tech | January 31, 2007 - 04:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 31, 2007 — Forty high school seniors today were named finalists for the Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS) 2007. The competition is America's oldest and most prestigious high school science competition; six former finalists have won the Nobel Prize and others have been awarded the Fields Medal, the National Medal of Science and MacArthur Foundation fellowships.
Subject: General Tech | January 31, 2007 - 03:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Back in the '80s, Rampage was a big arcade game, putting you in control of George, who was very King Kong-like, Lizzie the Godzilla lookalike, or Ralph who was a giant werewolf. You fought the military and each other in a huge monster free for all. The Wii has it's reincarnation already, Rampage: Total Destruction, but now there is a new game in the same genre.
Subject: General Tech | January 31, 2007 - 01:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Razer DeathAdder is a relatively small mouse when compared to some of the other gaming mice on the market. It is shaped much like the new Habu, as well as having LED lighting similar to it. Considering the Habu is a joint effort between Microsoft and Razer, this is not really a huge surprise. The software that comes with it has the features you would expect, with programmable buttons, tweakable on-the-fly DPI changes and as an added benefit, you can change the lighting as well. Head to techPowerUp to get
Subject: General Tech | January 31, 2007 - 12:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
OCMODSHOP examines Vista's history and it's release. They look back a few years to Longhorn, and the expectations that were created during the development process and beta testing, then follow Vista forward into release. Looking not only at Aero and the newly updated games, they delve into what has changed about the core technology behind Windows the difference between the versions and details about the security.
Subject: General Tech | January 30, 2007 - 12:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Digital Trends presents an interesting theory, that is also a little worrying. The big PC and laptop retailers may have been behind the push to move to dual core in order to let their proprietary software run. Almost any PC and laptop from a major manufacturer has any number of programs that constantly run and take up CPU cycles. What would it mean if that load was pushed onto the second core, leaving the first core for the user?
Subject: General Tech | January 30, 2007 - 12:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Today is the day that Vista hits retail stores everywhere, though it does not seem to have had the same effect on people as, say, Burning Crusade. With the FUD surrounding this new OS from Microsoft, many are double thinking the switch from XP to Vista. In that crowd is [H]ard|OCP, and Kyle, an admitted Microsoft fan, is sharing his thoughts on his satisfaction with XP versus his desire to have the new shiny.
Subject: General Tech | January 29, 2007 - 06:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Jan. 29, 2007 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today detailed the
hardware and supporting software technologies to deliver the highest
levels of performance, stability and application compatibility for
Microsoft Windows Vista(tm) users.
Subject: General Tech | January 29, 2007 - 03:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Digital Trends compares the LG Prada phone to the Apple iPhone. While both have touch screens and are 2.5G GSM GPRS EDGE phones, the LG will be out sooner, and does not tie you into a contract with Cingular. That may give it an edge in your mind, or not. They follow up with a look at Ruckus, which is going about online music subscriptions in a very different way than iTunes, and will work with the Prada, and just about anything else. They finish with some screen grabs, and a hypothesis that Apple may have been
Subject: General Tech | January 29, 2007 - 03:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Gamebryo Element is a game development program from Emergent that, like the Unreal Engine, supports not only PCs, but consoles as well. With Metrics Elements and Metrics Automation, it provides a way to create games with full support for vertex and pixel shaders, skeletal bases fro characters and more. If you have thought of making a game, and want it a little more polished than some of the free engines that are out there, take a look at this review from Beyond3D.
Subject: General Tech | January 29, 2007 - 12:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica takes a quick, and humorous look at the Novel-Microsoft deal, with visual aids. From their initial infatuation, when it looked like Windows and Linux were going to be swapping code with each other, to the eventual souring of the relationship. It has now spiraled into a nasty domestic disturbance, with Linux's multiple personalities, SuSE, Red Hat and Ubuntu all making an appearance.
Subject: General Tech | January 26, 2007 - 03:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HEXUS has quite a bit of information On LOTR Online: Shadows of Angma. There are some unique bonuses to getting in on a pre-order, or The Founder's Program as they refer to it. If you have any interest in Middle Earth, and love MMORPGs, head to the European or American pre-order sites before the release date of April 24th.
Subject: General Tech | January 26, 2007 - 12:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Who could have imagined it? The Inquirer has located a computer store that stays open until midnight, and not just on nights when a new MMORPG expansion is released! Think of all those times you had to give up and go to bed because you destroyed a keyboard, and didn't have a back up. If this catches on, you'll never have to worry about that happening again!
Oh, and it has an iMac running Vista Ultimate Edition too.
Subject: General Tech | January 25, 2007 - 12:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The storage density record was destroyed by a joint group from Caltech and UCLA. While you are not likely to see this for sale anytime soon, that circuit seems to be well ahead of Moore's Law and proves we have a while to go before we hit any sort of limit to the complexity of circuits.