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Subject: General Tech | December 13, 2007 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Today will be a busy day for anyone running Windows who likes to test out beta updates or make sure they keep their systems totally up to date. The first update is the one the vast majority of people will want to try, but is also the hardest to get. If you are a Microsoft TechNet Plus subscriber (as in you've given Microsoft money for a subscription) then you can get your hands on Windows XP Service Pack 3. Unfortunately, if you only have a regular TechNet subs
Subject: General Tech | December 12, 2007 - 12:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
One MMO that has received a lot of attention, and had many waiting impatiently, is Tabula Rasa. While DriverHeaven doesn't think it lived up to the high bar that it set for it's self as a totally fresh start, the Sci-Fi aspects and incorporation of Logos (a type of magic) can be quite enthralling. They also found that the group combat is a more friendly affair, and helping out some poor sap who's bitten off more than they can chew will offer you an experience reward.
Subject: General Tech | December 12, 2007 - 11:49 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Over at Dan's Data, your mother's advice about ears and noses is being ignored, as Dan tests out the ETime Home Endoscope, aka the Digital Pen Camera. While exploring your earwax for signs of civilization, proving the existence of that last hair on your head or spelunking through your sinuses for the piece of Lego you lost long ago are fine activities to perform on your own, there is something you must remember.
Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2007 - 03:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
OCMODSHOP has investigated the ways that you can take XM's satellite feed and record it using Media Centre so that you can catch all your favourite shows when you have the time. Seeing as how you can hear hockey, basketball or whatever sport you prefer, on top of regularly scheduled radio shows, you never have to miss them again just because you had to do some work.
Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2007 - 12:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2007 - 11:35 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 10, 2007 - Intel Corporation on Dec. 16 celebrates the 60th anniversary of the transistor, the building block of today's digital world. Invented by Bell Labs and considered one of the most important inventions of the 20th century, transistors are found in many consumer electronics and are the fundamental component used to build computer chips, or the "brains" of the personal computer (PC).
Subject: General Tech | December 10, 2007 - 01:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Keyboards and mice tend to be cheap and lacking in features or designed with gaming in mind, with a few targeted towards office workers. This leaves people who have adopted HTPCs stuck with a full sized mosue and keyboard hiding somewhere in their TV room, unless they paid extra for a remote that works with Media Centre. X-Gene offers you an alternative with their Media Centre Keyboard. One of the biggest inclusions to this wireless keyboard is a trackball,
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.
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