Good work if you can get it

Subject: General Tech | May 5, 2009 - 02:49 PM |
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Bandwidth caps are a big issue for anyone spending a goodly amount of time on the Internet, especially if they are a fan of streaming media or open source projects.  ISPs have long maintained that it is necessary in order to provide good service to all customers and that it is just plain expensive to provide; not that this has stopped a slow increase in caps as the ISPs try to attract customers from other providers.  Ars Technica looked into the profit marg

Source: Ars Technica

Samsung's touchy new MP3 player

Subject: General Tech | May 4, 2009 - 01:41 PM |
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Samsung has a different take on the MP3 player, which is exemplified in the YP-P3 player.  It comes with absolutely no software, like a USB headset all required software is on the MP3 player its self.  It also supports drag and drop file transfers, there are no importing procedures necessary when you are adding music to the player.  The device is used with its touchscreen interface, no buttons or toggles to play with.  Find out how it sounds at CCE Reviews

Source: CCE Reviews

The net needs a deworming

Subject: General Tech | May 4, 2009 - 12:20 PM |
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The Sinowal Trojan, or Torpig or Mebroot, or whatever other name you would like to give the thing has been thriving on PCs around the world for almost 3 years now.  That is not because no anti-virus or anti-malware program can remove it, it is because of the apathy of users and network admins who will get around to that patch or update next Monday.  That is of course assuming that they are even aware of the updates and patches or if they are simply wait for their nephew who knows computers to visit at Christmas and clean up the PC.  The net needs people to either act as or creat

Source: Slashdot

Dance around the virtual Maypole

Subject: General Tech | May 1, 2009 - 06:08 PM |
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There is little more annoying than a PC that is convinced everything is fine, even though it isn't working properly.  Imagine if you will a nice little network connection icon in the task bar which reports a successful connection at 100mbs, but yet for some reason refuses to connect to the Net.  Wouldn't that just make your day?

Take a load off Fanny ...

Subject: General Tech | May 1, 2009 - 12:03 PM |
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Offloading is the new merger for today's electronic manufacturers and it is TSMC that is reaping the benefit.  They already handle AMD's 40nm process chips, at least until Global Foundries finds its stride, as well as working with Intel on developing a 'System on a Chip', which will be a smaller, less power hungry Atom.  Now it is Fujitsu's turn, as they are passing at least some, but quite possibly all, of their chip manufacturing to TSMC.  As well They are selling off their HDD business to Toshiba, a merger mimicking
IBM's glomming onto Hitachi. 

Source: The Register

There has to be a catch

Subject: General Tech | April 30, 2009 - 11:39 AM |
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As it stands right now, the Windows 7 RC1 will be active into 2010 making it a viable OS for the next year.  Right now you need to be a TechNet or MSDN subscriber, but that will change on the 5th of May when it becomes available to everyone.  That Release Candidate will likely be one of the more expensive flavours of Windows 7, not some  emasculated Home-lite version, which may have you hooked on the equivalent of Ultimate Edition for when you do have to purchase it in June of 2010.  You can

Source: Slashdot

You can't be a true addict without it

Subject: General Tech | April 29, 2009 - 05:43 PM |
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Just because you stood in line for a week for the release of Wrath of the Lich King, and gathered a lot of stares and comments about how waiting that long was completely unnecessary; someone with a WoW moded case, mouse and mousepad set is going to beat you when it comes to fanaticism.  Take heart from SteelSeries, for they will provide a factory made version so that you don't need to mod one all by yourself.  The SteelSeries WOW Mouse and Mat set will put you over the top of the rest if the fans at LAN parties, so

Source: Arm3D

So you want to be a maquisard

Subject: General Tech | April 29, 2009 - 12:12 PM |
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HEXUS has some information to share about a WW2 shoot 'em up with a bit of a twist.  Instead of being a solo member of one of the large armies involved in the conflict, you work in occupied France with members of the French Resistance and Allied forces to sabotage the Nazis who occupy France.  It sounds like a mix of stealth and action, along with big explosions and vehicles to hijack for added mayhem.  Check the preview for some game information, but not the release date, which has yet to be annou

Source: Hexus

Traffic jam at the LN tank

Subject: General Tech | April 29, 2009 - 11:48 AM |
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The Gigabyte Open Overclocking Championship really hit it's stride in 2009, with a lot more press coverage at wider number of sites compared to previous years, including PC Perspective.  Our own Steve Grever headed to LA with camera in hand to capture stills and videos of the best overclockers strutting their stuff.  LN tended to be the cooler of choice, but there were a wide variety of rigging, extra fans and insulation, including one competitor who went with full mineral oil submersion.  Check out the

PhysX from NVIDIA is coming soon to a game near you

Subject: General Tech | April 28, 2009 - 04:02 PM |
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Underwater Hunters in U-Wars Take Aim at NVIDIA PhysX Technology

Source: NVIDIA

Apple, AT&T and Verizon

Subject: General Tech | April 28, 2009 - 12:05 PM |
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If you have an iPhone that hasn't been sprung from jail, you have an AT&T contract as they have the exclusive rights to provide service.  It looks like they are going to have to share the bed with a new party, Verizon.  A rumoured smaller iPhone could possibly have Verizon as a service provider.  There is also a rumoured Kindle-like device that Apple might have in development which will be smaller overall, but with a larger touch screen.  Ars

Source: Ars Technica

Some people enjoy a good headache

Subject: General Tech | April 27, 2009 - 02:39 PM |
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If you ever wished for a boot to the head when you are gaming, you have to spend the $40 it will cost to pick up the Audio2 FX2 Force Feedback Gaming Headset.  It uses old style dual RCA jacks as opposed to a USB connection, as well as batteries and a USB port to provide power.  OCMODSHOP was impressed with the sound quality, both playback and recording, and they did get a kick out of the force feedback.&nbs

Source: OCMODSHOP

Only if you have 10 thumbs

Subject: General Tech | April 27, 2009 - 12:16 PM |
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Handmade cabling or factory made?  It is a question that can bring up technical terms that sound more at home on the Enterprise than they do in a server room, such as standing harmonic waves, and the loudest proponents of factory cabling are likely to have cut their teeth on coaxial thicknet ethernet cables.  Slashdot is having it out here; the EEs and cabling guys are not getting along too well which makes for a more lively conversation.  Jump in if you have an opinion, otherwise keep cutting

Source: Slashdot

Live on TWiT.TV

Subject: General Tech | April 24, 2009 - 06:48 PM |
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Be afraid, be very afraid.  Where once you were safe listening to our podcasts in audio forum only, our websites mad mastermind has decided to get together with TWiT.TV to provide a video accompaniment to the 'cast.  This also means the podcast is now recorded live, which can always add depth to performance.  You will need to wait until next Wednesday to see Josh, Al, Ryan and the wonderful Colleen, and even longer to see myself, but until the

1.00 = 1.47, for today at least

Subject: General Tech | April 24, 2009 - 11:42 AM |
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HEXUS has pegged the MSRP for the upcoming OCZ Z-Drive, that array of SSDs in a PCI-E 4x slot.  The 250GB version will be 950BP, say $1400USD, for ony $2150 you can double that storage, but of you want the big 1TbB model, you'd better have over $3300 kicking around.  To full enjoy the extra bandwidth, you should also pick up a regular SSD for your OS drive.  Not only will that help the transfer rates on your swap file and OS, there are not too many motherboards out there with a boot from PCI-E option.

Source: Hexus

This better not be one long escort mission

Subject: General Tech | April 23, 2009 - 05:29 PM |
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If you haven't played BioShock yet, then stop reading, go pick it up, play it through to the end and then come back.

OK, finshed?

Source: Wired News

AMD's plans for tomorrow

Subject: General Tech | April 23, 2009 - 01:14 PM |
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A new naming scheme and a new bunch of cores will be hitting in the beginning of 2010, such as the Magny-Cours which will sport a dozen cores. You will be waiting until 2011 to see the 32nm Bulldozer core and it's 16 cores or the 32nm Valencia processors with 6-8 cores.  Drop by The Tech Report for a look at the slides AMD has been showing off.

AMD Earnings and Istanbul News

Subject: General Tech | April 21, 2009 - 06:02 PM |
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AMD has announced their Q1 2009 results, and it was not nearly as bad as what the street was expecting.  Analysts expected revenues around $977.8 million, but actual revenues came out at $1.177 billion.  AMD still posted a significant loss for the quarter, but this is not a surprise.  Losses were pegged at around $416 million.  Due to tough economic conditions, and a large volume of inventory that was brought over from the traditionally strong Q4 of last year, AMD took some big hits due to factory under-utilization.  AMD has been working hard internally to decrease spe

Source: AMD

Tell me more about cherries and afterglow

Subject: General Tech | April 20, 2009 - 12:22 PM |
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The Raptor Gaming K1 Keyboard doesn't seem to be for sale at any major online retailers, but it might be worth hunting down if you love keyboards with extras.  In this case it is key locks, which can be used to prevent a key, say the Windows key, from being able to be depressed.  This is a slightly more elegant solution than forcibly removing it with a screwdriver.  It also comes with eight "afterglow" buttons, slightly higher than regular keys and with a glow in the dark top so you can find them if you like gaming in the dark. 

Source: VR-Zone

They are nice guys, really

Subject: General Tech | April 20, 2009 - 12:06 PM |
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Ray Tracing has become a bit of a theme here at PC Perspective, from two years ago.