An unpretentious media player

Subject: General Tech | May 24, 2007 - 02:05 PM |
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Democracy Player has 2 things going for it, the first is it's integration with online video streaming from places like YouTube, and it's attitude which is very relaxed.  Instead of trying to take over all your media by default, as well as launching at boot time, you can set it to the behaviour you prefer right from the install.  It treats streaming media differently as well, downloading all of the video before letting you watch it, and then deleting it about 5 days later to save on space.  Read on

Source: PC Mechanic

Incredible shrinking RAM

Subject: General Tech | May 24, 2007 - 11:37 AM |
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Hynix is leading the way; along with IMEC and 4 other CMOS producing companies in the never ending quest to shrink the manufacturing process.  This incarnation will be 32nm, although it may take some time before we see that process in memory chips, let alone CPUs. We are right on the technological edge of how tightly focused the UV beam can be when using it to etch memory, even using EUV lithography.  DigiTimes has a bit more, here.

Source: Digitimes

When aliens attack

Subject: General Tech | May 23, 2007 - 12:04 PM |
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The UFO franchise has been trying to recapture the feel of the original X:Com UFO Defense in the early 90's.  While the graphics have evolved, and many different approaches have been tried, it just hasn't been same as in the good old days.  Strategy Informer reviews the latest, UFO:Extraterrestrials, which is set on a new planet called Esperanza not Earth.

Looking for a fall guy?

Subject: General Tech | May 23, 2007 - 11:43 AM |
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There is a help wanted sign in the window at 3D Realms, and if you get the job you could become one of the most loved, or one of the most hated game programmers of all time.  If you think you can drop the Forever from Duke Nukem Forever, follow the link from The Inquirer to apply, or just get a peek at a new screenshot.

Source: The Inquirer

A first for OpenOffice

Subject: General Tech | May 22, 2007 - 02:30 PM |
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Thankfully it has never been used for an exploit, but researchers have found a vulnerability in OpenOffice.  Using the built in StarBasic scripting language, this virus can infect Windows, Mac or Linux boxes, and show a picture of a man in a bunny suit ... er ... being naughty.  The Inquirer has more on this vulnerability, that should hopefully be fixed soon.

Source: The Inquirer

The newest in gaming accessories

Subject: General Tech | May 21, 2007 - 04:00 PM |
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Bjorn3D has had a good look at Listan's upcoming products for this year.  A very high resolution mouse, a backlit keyboard and a pair of mousepads are their feature products right now. If you are in the search for a better way to frag your friends, drop by for a look at what they have to offer.

Source: Bjorn3D

Garbage Mining

Subject: General Tech | May 21, 2007 - 02:54 PM |
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You may remember in a previous PC Perspective podcast, Jon bringing the topic of e-waste up.  Slashdot has a link to a story that follows up that topic with a look at why it is done.  The actual people in the electronic waste dump get contaminated water and a couple of bucks a day, to harvest waste in which the density of precious metals recovered is higher than in ore mining.  Read on for a very interesting slide show.

Source: Slashdot

It's been a busy week on the forums

Subject: General Tech | May 18, 2007 - 06:28 PM |
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Home networking has certain grown in the past few years, both in popularity and in complexity.  This thread over in the Networking & Associated Security forum gives you a good tip on how to arrange a network so that you can easily keep track of what is connected, and how it is protected as will as helping you understand how a popular security program, IPCop, works.  You can also get some great tips on troubleshooting a problematic wireless connection.&nbs

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When Griffins and Pumas attack

Subject: General Tech | May 18, 2007 - 01:11 PM |
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The stats for the new mobility processor and chipset from AMD have finally slipped out.  We won't get too much information until later on today, but we do know a few details.  The chip is going to have HyperTransport 3 and some new power saving features, like the ability to turn off an entire core if it isn't being utilized.  The RS780 chipset has a few new tricks as well, including support for discrete and integrated graphics, and the ability to display in any number of formats.  Start by look

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Mobile gaming just took a big leap forward

Subject: General Tech | May 18, 2007 - 11:49 AM |
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After having great success yesterday playing WoW on their new OQO, VIA Arena is pulling out old games to see what else they can play.  Today it is StarCraft, and it plays just fine.  The screen is small, but certainly on par with a PSP or other gaming devices.  The big thing is that you aren't playing console games, this little device runs a full version of Windows, and therefore these are full versions of PC games. 

Source: VIA Arena

PC Self Defense Course

Subject: General Tech | May 18, 2007 - 11:33 AM |
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In Part 5 & 6 of TechARPs continuing Boot Camp series they will show you tricks on keeping yourself safe from the virtual nasties on the internet.  By just sticking with simple tips to achieve security, they are creating a guide that anyone can understand and follow, so send it on to those who have difficult understanding just how their PC ended up full of spyware or worse.

Source: Tech ARP

Save me Barcelona, you're my only hope

Subject: General Tech | May 17, 2007 - 11:31 AM |
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Without much hard information about AMD's new chip, the speculation runs wild.  With the release of the 2900XT, we saw a card that may be poised to take a share of the mid-range graphics market away from nVIDIA, but not the high end range.

Source: Ars Technica

They fell off the back of the truck

Subject: General Tech | May 16, 2007 - 04:55 PM |
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GamePyre risks their money buying a Kirsch speaker set out of the back of a truck, just to see what they got for their money.  The set consisted of a subwoofer, 4 stand up speakers and 1 front speaker, plus assorted wires and a remote.   The setup was easy, and everything did work, although perhaps not perfectly.  Find out if you want to lay down the full $2500 to buy this set straight from Kirsch.

Source: Gamepyre

New DirectX, old accusations

Subject: General Tech | May 16, 2007 - 11:52 AM |
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With the release of the demo version of Lost Planet:Extreme Conditions, those who have Vista and bought one of nVIDIA's new generation of cards, or managed to get their hands on a 2900XT, will finally see DX10 for themselves.  It has also resurrected an issue that became huge during the release of 3DMark05, driver optimization.  It seems that nVIDIA has been working very closely with the developers of this console port, to make sure DX10 runs perfectly, and AMD hasn't had the same opportunity.  [H]a

Source: [H]ard|OCP

The visible PCB

Subject: General Tech | May 16, 2007 - 11:40 AM |
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Hopefully this doesn't catch on as the newest procedure that must be completed before you are allowed to RMA a motherboard, because I don't think my dentist would let me use hers.  MAKE:Blog has linked to an animated X-Ray of a PCB, allowing you to see right inside the world below the tracings on the surface.  It really gives you an idea how 3 dimensional the circuitry is.

Source: MAKE: Blog

Give your cubicle some style

Subject: General Tech | May 15, 2007 - 02:42 PM |
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The Razer Pro|Click and Pro|Type are both very white and would look at home in any office environment.  The inclusion of 10 programmable macro keys on the keyboard is a nice touch, but it is very large and will take up a lot of your desk space.  The mouse is a Razer Diamondback in disguise, so if you have the chance to do a little illicit gaming, you won't be hampered by a mouse with a lousy response rate.  Read on at TECHGAGE to see if your cubicle could use an upgrade.

Source: TECHGAGE

Gimmie that new-time radio

Subject: General Tech | May 15, 2007 - 11:27 AM |
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Ultrawideband radio could be the most important thing you probably haven't heard of.  While WiFi and Bluetooth are the current stars of wireless data transmission, doing a much better job that a cell phone can, this may all change.  Right now the companies that are working on UWB claim speeds between 480Mbps to 1Gbps, and the technology is still fairly young. ExtremeTech has a very thorough look at UWB and what it could do to the way we transmit data.

Source: Extremetech

FlashChat with your fellow PCPers!

Subject: General Tech | May 14, 2007 - 05:26 PM |
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Our ever industrious site admin, The Wise One, has implemented a new feature on the forums.  It is called FlashChat, and is a Flash based chat program allowing you to chat with any other members that are currently on, without leaving the forums or installing anything.  Give it a shot and see who's on right now.

Make sure you give him feedback and kudos too!

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AMD drops the ON

Subject: General Tech | May 14, 2007 - 02:44 PM |
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AMD has finally named Barcelona, as Phenom, breaking years of tradition by not ending the name in "on".  AnandTech has a close look at the layout of these new processors, and the 4 tiers that AMD will be launching.  There are no benchmarks as of yet, but there is a look at AMD's roadmap over the next few years, including Shanghai which is likely the core to support DDR3.

Source: AnandTech

AMD talks about it's game plan

Subject: General Tech | May 14, 2007 - 10:59 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP had the chance to attend AMD's CTO Summit and hear what they have planned, directly from Phil Hester; AMDs' CTO.  They answered a few of the questions [H] posed in their State of the Silicon Union address, as well as touching on the unification of the CPU and GPU.  You can also see some pictures of a 45nm wafer and a running Agena FX system.

Source: [H]ard|OCP