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Subject: General Tech | November 25, 2008 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As you may have heard Ryan talk about his experiments with Powerline ethernet on our Podcast, or maybe you watched him on Leo Laporte's TWIT show, but finally we have a full review posted of his results. Installation is about as easy as plugging in a toaster, though there are some benfits to knowing the electrical wiring of your house. If the nodes are on the same circuit, you can expect 62 Mbps or so, just under 8 MB/s. If you go onto another circuit, you still get connectivity, it is simply
Subject: General Tech | November 24, 2008 - 11:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Intel is starting to produce 34nm MLC NAND storage with the help of Micron, well ahead of schedule. They're so far ahead that it looks like about half of their production will be on the 34nm process by the end of the year. Expect to see higher capacity SSDs arriving thanks to this, as well as increased storage in cameras and MP3 players. More at The Inquirer.
Subject: General Tech | November 21, 2008 - 05:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Buying music online is a great way to experience new bands and to keep up with your favourties, but you must be careful of the presence of DRM. If you want to keep the music forever, you have to be aware of how your license works and if there is a chance that sometime down the line the licensing server might be turned off, taking your license to listen to the music with it. Well, that's not a problem for these fellows in the general forum, there is a way to pick up DRM music cheaply and reliably.&nb
Subject: General Tech | November 21, 2008 - 04:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Shopping for an MP3 player that isn't an iPod? Then drop by Digital Trends for a look at ten different MP3 players. They range from small and inexpensive to those with features rich enough to beat the iPod. Even the Sony Walkman has gone through enough changes to appear on the list.
Subject: General Tech | November 21, 2008 - 03:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The little company that never quite made it, Transmeta, has been acquired and is no more. Starting off with the dream of supplanting
Intel and AMD in the mobile world, they never managed the market domination they hoped for. Along the way they brought several innovations to the mobile world. Most recently it was their LongRun technology, which they started licensing after ceasing the production of processors. You can get a little nostalgic about it over at Slashdot.
Subject: General Tech | November 20, 2008 - 03:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The original SideWinder gaming mouse was not well received, most reviewers couldn't wait to finish their testing and toss the mouse into a corner, never to be seen again. Now there's a Sidewinder X5 which futurelooks was brave enough to pick up. It is very similar in design to the original, with a slightly lower profile and different programmable features. In the end, while certainly better than it's predeccesor, futurelooks felt a mix of the two mice would be a huge step in the right d
Subject: General Tech | November 20, 2008 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is a new series of graphics cards from Chrome, it's current flagship model being the 530 GT. They bring a list of new features that most would expect as minimum requirements, like PCI Express 2.0, DX 10.1 and OpenGL 3.0. There are some other more interesting innovations, such as AcceleRAM which will use system memory for image data storage as well as multi-GPU support called MultiChrome, which they describe as being capable of doubling graphics performance. Fin
Subject: General Tech | November 19, 2008 - 02:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The only similarity between Left 4 Dead and Rock Band is that it is a lot more fun to play with 3 friends. Ars Technica has spent a lot of time playing and absolutely love it; this is not just another zombie game. From the atmosphere to the inclusion of a rather sadistic 'Director' Left 4 Dead is going to grab your attention and not let go. Each time you play one of the 20 maps, you will find something different, no spawn points are fixed; where you found a pile of ammo in the last game you may just find a big boss zombie.
Subject: General Tech | November 19, 2008 - 01:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, CA - NOVEMBER 19, 2008 - In the award-winning videogame Mirror's Edge, DICE, an Electronic Arts Inc. studio, introduces players to a new heroine named Faith. Faith belongs to a network of couriers called 'runners' who use acrobatic moves to transport confidential information across the cityscape of rooftops and aerial skyways to avoid being detected. To deliver this never-before-seen sense of movement and perspective, DICE has turned to NVIDIA PhysX technology to give gamers an eye-popping experience on the PC.
Subject: General Tech | November 18, 2008 - 02:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Today's announcement by NVIDIA is creating a new segment of the PC market dubbed the "personal super computer". What actually constitutes a PSC? Why, lots and lots of GPUs of course! NVIDIA hopes to make the PSC a common purchase for high performance computing areas like research and education.
Subject: General Tech | November 18, 2008 - 11:48 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
nVIDIA is trying to bring the supercomputer back to the desktop with their Tesla, a system boasting four Tesla C1060 cards with a quad-core CPU and 16 GB of RAM plus a few 960 graphics cores. All told, including the Tesla C1060 cards the system should push around 900 GFLOPS in the proposed configuration. Starting at around $10,000 you won't see to many of these at LAN parties, but you may spot one at a university lab party. Get all the electrifying details at The I
Subject: General Tech | November 14, 2008 - 04:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As you might assume, the recent AMD announcements and Intel's Core i7 almost here, the Processor Forum is busy with comparisons between the two new processor lines.
The folks in the Overclocking forum are also excited, it's been a while since the last new overclocking challenge appeared. Any overclocking will require a good heatsink, the topic in the Cas
Subject: General Tech | November 14, 2008 - 04:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hardware Canucks got their mitts on an ASUS Xonar Essence STX Engineering Sample, their upcoming audio card release. The list of options will daunt all but the devoted audiophile, ASUS is definitely aiming at the high end of the market with this card. They have yet to put the card through their full battery of tests, so you shall have to content yourself with pictures and feature discriptions for the moment.
Subject: General Tech | November 14, 2008 - 03:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Instead of having to sit through all eight hours of the presentation, AnandTech offers you a short cut into the news that broke from AMD yesterday. There are plenty of pictures to capture the important slides from the conference covering new chips as well as information on their new Foundry Company. Click on over and see what the fuss was about.
Subject: General Tech | November 13, 2008 - 03:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Nov. 13, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today hosted its 2008 Financial Analyst Day at its headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif. Senior executives, including President and Chief Executive Officer Dirk Meyer, reported on the company's progress toward sustainable profitability by sharing information on AMD's product, marketing, manufacturing and operational initiatives.
As a part of today's event, AMD also launched its 45nm
Quad-Core AMD Opteron™ processors.
Subject: General Tech | November 13, 2008 - 11:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It seems that until recently it was frowned upon for someone to stand outside of a party screaming about how much that party sucks and how much cooler they are than anyone else. That is exactly what has been happening any time a CPU or GPU manufacturer announces a new product. Today it is the AMD Financial Analyst day, with a lot of news from AMD being announced, including the first Shanghai reviews. Of course, somehow timed to break at the exact same time is a story on DigiTimes about Nehalem chips becoming available soon. The chips range from ten Xeon5500 models to se
Subject: General Tech | November 12, 2008 - 12:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sure, Fallout, Far Cry, CoD and Gears of War may have all been great games, but how many sequels can you make before you hit the quality level of the Police Academy series? Are we doomed to see games reduced to several family lines that dominate, with a small selection of independent games done on the cheap? Story line replayability and conversion mods can keep an older game alive, so you could always just replay it with a completely different outcome or with a completely different take on the game entirely.
Subject: General Tech | November 12, 2008 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD's invited me to its annual Financial Analyst Day in Sunnyvale on Thursday, where I expect the company's executives to announce its netbook processor strategy.
The company is bringing out all of its heavy hitters to try and impress the financial community and bolster its faltering stock price. AMD's CEO, COO, CMO and several other execs will give presentations and have lunch with analysts and members of the media.
Subject: General Tech | November 12, 2008 - 11:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you pick up an AMD Phenom before the end of the year, you should get a nice surprise along with it. The Inquirer has heard of a deal with Serif to provide either their photo editing software or their movie editing software for free with the purchase of a Phenom. If you are thinking about setting up a PC that will be doing either of those tasks, or even just want to upgrade your processor by a bit, you are looking at a great deal, perfectly timed to help you save yo
Subject: General Tech | November 11, 2008 - 03:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
After a few revisions and a drop to a more reasonable price, OCZ's Neural Impulse Actuator is still around, but not many people have picked one up. Legit Reviews decide it was time to flex their mental muscles to see if the NIA had changed much and to give them an excuse to make faces at their computer. They came away with the feeling that while some may excel at using the NIA fo