Pimp your mouse

Subject: General Tech | July 3, 2009 - 04:46 PM |

Although it is at its heart a Gigabyte GM-M7800, the Gigabyte Elegant Vogue Wireless Mouse
is much more than that.  18 karat gold highlights and Swarovski crystals
set off the two tone leather covering of this stylish mouse.  Make sure to grab yours quickly as there are only 10,000 being made and Hardware Zone has already grabbed one.

$130 could also get you an HD4770

Subject: General Tech | July 3, 2009 - 03:44 PM |

Probably the biggest improvement of Bigfoot Networks since the release of the original Killer NIC is the drop in price of its new generation of network accelerators; the Killer Xeno Prois only $130.  It is based around a 400MHz PowerPC processor with 128MB of RAM and like the original it will bypass the Windows TCP/IP stack and handle networking by its self, thus freeing up your CPU to do other tasks. 

Source: AnandTech

You wouldn't keep a stock heatsink

Subject: General Tech | July 2, 2009 - 03:35 PM |

Ditch the bundled headphones that came with your iPhone in favour of the Radius Atomic Bass Earphones for iPhone; your ears will love you.  This in-ear headphones can be yours for under $40 and will provide a much better sound quality than the stock headphones though perhaps not as good as $400 sets.  One of the big differences between them would be the quality of the microphone, which Think Computers found

If you build it, they will come?

Subject: General Tech | July 2, 2009 - 02:38 PM |

The rumours of Ion 2 are growing, and with the nature of the industry they will become fact sooner rather than later.  As Jon Peddie put it to The Inquirer, we all are trapped in the mantra of Moore's law
If you don't build faster and better chips, you get left behind.  Most rumours agree that nVIDIA will double the shaders to 32, while simultaneously shrinking the die to keep the TDP relatively unchanged.  Having that many shaders might help general graphics performa

Source: The Inquirer

Busting ghosts, not GPUs

Subject: General Tech | July 1, 2009 - 03:44 PM |

Ghostbusters is a game with a message, and that message is that you don't need Quad-SLI to run a 30" LCD all of the time.  In a way that is really good, as Ghostbusters does not seem to support multiple GPUs very well; that may be because it just isn't demanding enough to need them very much.  [H]ard|OCP had a 1GB HD4870 and a GTX260 running the game @ 2560x1600, with every option on its highest setting and were still averaging 40fps.  That is not to imply that this is a bad

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Hulu pulps Joost

Subject: General Tech | July 1, 2009 - 03:10 PM |

Relative newcomer to the streaming content business Hulu has displaced Joost in the hearts of internet users as the favourite way to grab
online TV series and movies.  The original concept of Joost might have been a bit too broad, using bittorrent to distribute the content was certainly a great idea, but their concept of content was so broad they never managed to find a core group of users to depend upon to spread the good word.  Switching to a browser model put them in direct competition with Hulu, a content provider that does have a huge amount of users preaching the gospel of Hu

Source: Ars Technica

I wonder what the PageRanks of these sites are

Subject: General Tech | June 30, 2009 - 12:26 PM |

Drop by Wired for a look at some interesting search sites that are neither Google nor that new one from Microsoft.  Some are simply a different twist, such as Good Search which donates money every time you search to ChaCha which is much faster than Google on a mobile device.  Others are more specific, like IceRocket, OneRiot, Scoopler
and Collecta all of which search Twitter, blog posts and news stories.  For the traveller there is Voyij and for the commuter Parkingspots.com will probably be a favourite. 

Source: Wired News

Blame the hardware; not the program

Subject: General Tech | June 29, 2009 - 05:57 PM |

Tom Clancy's HAWX seems to be showing up in a lot of bundles, from graphics cards to joysticks.  Perhaps they are hinting that with better hardware you will enjoy the game more.  Think Computers, not usually into flight sims, decided that that bundleware would be the perfect way to test out the Thrustmaster T.16000M joystick.  For the price of a usual game, you get a joystick with some serious stats as well as the game its self,

This side up

Subject: General Tech | June 29, 2009 - 12:32 PM |
Tagged: surface

We have been seeing demos of Microsoft Surface at most trade shows for the past while.  Microsoft is rightly proud of this new multi-touch interface; they've come up with a complete replacement for the mouse and keyboard.  This does present a lot of challenges when designing a GUI for the Surface if you intend to do more than just offer a virtual keyboard and mouse.  Ars Technica has an interview with a design team that is using Surface and goes over some of the obstacles

Source: Ars Technica

Five years without DOS support and it is still going strong

Subject: General Tech | June 26, 2009 - 06:53 PM |

To get the most important forum thread out of the way first, PC Perspective is giving away a Smooth Creations system.  You have 7 different ways to enter and Ryan has already disqualified Allyn, Josh and myself so you have no excuses not to enter and win even if you live in Outer Elbonia.  This machine is not just pretty on the outside inside you will find a Phenom X4 955, a pair of HD4890s, 4GB DDR2 on a Foxconn 790FX, and dual VelociRaptors, all

Fatal1ty has competition

Subject: General Tech | June 26, 2009 - 12:22 PM |

Monster Cable has been described in a lot of ways; bizarre, ridiculous, loony and just plain way too freakin' expensive
Perhaps that is why they picked Ludacris
to be their big name at launches.  This particular launch is for the Monster Turbine Headphones, in-ear buds that go for around $150, actually on the low end of the in-ear ma

Lucid has a clear vision for the future

Subject: General Tech | June 26, 2009 - 12:02 PM |

As we brought up on this week's PC Perspective Podcast, LucidLogix Technologies is finally back in the news after a long delay from their first impressive showing almost an entire year ago.  The product that they are showing is not intended to try to displace AMD or nVIDIA, it has the exact opposite goal in mind, to work with them to provide better multi-GPU support.  Whether you use Crossfire or SLI, your multiple board system depends on alternative frame rendering.  Each card

Source: The Inquirer

Windows 7 pricing announced, totally awesome (for a while)

Subject: General Tech | June 25, 2009 - 04:02 PM |

Good news for all those fans of Windows 7, bad news for haters that like to kiss up to Apple.  Microsoft is learning how to impress us recently and this is the latest iteration of it.  It looks like most any user will be able to upgrade to Windows 7 for only $50 - if you get in early.  Preordering the operating system will be able in Home Premium form for $49.99 and in Ultimate form for $99.99.  Nor

Gaming companies have an idEA

Subject: General Tech | June 25, 2009 - 11:59 AM |

Source: Shacknews

Slow day at work?

Subject: General Tech | June 24, 2009 - 12:44 PM |

You can always find a fun web based game to while away the hours stuck in your chair, since doing actual work would just be silly no matter how bored you are.  How about trying a persistent player versus player web based fighting game that goes by the name of Disciple.  It is totally free apart from one small special area and even the quests are based around finding various players to slaughter.  You can hunt NPCs if you wish, but all the quests can also be completed by killing other players.  Ta

Source: Gamepyre

GLOBALFOUNDRIES Announces New Fab 2 Executive Leadership Team

Subject: General Tech | June 24, 2009 - 11:30 AM |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - June 24, 2009 - GLOBALFOUNDRIES today announced the appointment of Norm Armour as vice president and general manager and Eric Choh as vice president of operations to lead an expanding team dedicated to developing Fab 2, the company's next semiconductor fabrication facility, or "fab," at the Luther Forest Technology Campus in Saratoga County, New York.

This power supply looks funny

Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2009 - 02:32 PM |

Following in the spirit of the 2new diversified market in which every company strives to make at least one of every possible product on the planet, Overclockers Online introduces the Enermax Aurora Premium & Aurora Micro Keyboards.  Both are made with brushed aluminium and use a patented SCISSORS switch for their keys.  These are serious keyboards, the Micro weighs almost 2lbs and the Premium almost 3lbs, so they are not about to move

PGI and NVIDIA Team To Deliver CUDA Fortran Compiler

Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2009 - 12:49 PM |

Fortran support for NVIDIA CUDA GPUs to be incorporated into a new version of the PGI Fortran compiler

Hamburg, Germany, June 23, 2009- The Portland Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary of STMicroelectronics and a leading supplier of compilers for high-performance computing (HPC), today announced an agreement with NVIDIA under which the two companies plan to develop new Fortran language support for CUDA GPUs.

Source: NVIDIA

Do you suffer from the heartbreak of CVS?

Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2009 - 12:43 PM |

For those who've never heard of it before they read this review on [H]ard|OCP, Computer Vision Syndrome would be that headache you pick up after a long day of working at a PC followed by an evening of surfing, fragging and other activities.  A company called GUNNAR thought they saw an opportunity and have developed Optiks Digital Performance Eyewear
to relieve you from the suffering caused by staring at millions of little pixels for more than

Source: [H]ard|OCP

It's a crisi-tunity

Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2009 - 12:20 PM |

While the world is dealing with shrinking wallets in what is being quaintly referred to as an economic downturn, Intel and Global Foundries are working on shrinking their chips.  Intel has plans in motion to hit 32nm in the next 2 years and is shopping around for the tools they will use to begin work on their 22nm process.  Global Foundries is already playing with working 32nm parts and is optimizing their processes and their 28nm chips should hit volume production some time in 2010.  Intel, as well as many other fabs are switching to 450mm wafers to increase the number of dies

Source: The Inquirer