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Subject: General Tech | June 1, 2008 - 02:25 AM | Ryan Shrout
Thanks to all who wrote in - yeah the forums are down for a bit of UNscheduled maintenance. But no worries, we have people on the job and they will hopefully be back Sunday sometime.
Subject: General Tech | May 30, 2008 - 06:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While new technology is almost always a good thing, getting rid of old tech is not. The parallel port still has not died, nor the 3.5" floppy or the PS-2 port. There are probably even ISA slot holdouts, I know for a fact that there are still AGP addicts. The newest forced obsolescence is causing a lot of FUD, so to properly understand the new Cable TV standards drop by this thread. It won't help make your grandmother feel better about her old TV no longer receiving a signal, but it can help yo
Subject: General Tech | May 30, 2008 - 11:36 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
bit-tech was shown some interesting little previews by MSI. You can see their planned new X58 chipset based motherboard and the Nehalem that will go into it, all 1366 pins of it. Hard information on this pair of next generation silicon from Intel is still rather rare, but the pictures do tell a lot.
Subject: General Tech | May 29, 2008 - 01:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new Microsoft Zune is 80GB, giving you plenty of space for videos to watch on it's 3.2" screen. The large storage capacity and screen do make the Zune larger than the iCompetition, but not so much as to make it unattractive for many users. The Zune Pass is also a new way to get your music, you are essentially renting it as opposed to buying it outright. Drop by Digital Trends to see how well Microsoft managed with this new generation.
Subject: General Tech | May 28, 2008 - 11:36 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Slow day on the computer, and maybe it seems like a good idea to kill some time with some random flash game? Be very careful where you click today; there is a brand new flash vulnerability out there and it is spreading. Slashdot offers some advice on avoiding the issue, some of it actually useful, and provides a link to more info on the vulnerability.
Subject: General Tech | May 27, 2008 - 03:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There are a lot of myths about hard drives that many have come to believe are facts. Have you ever heard someone say that to use a hard drive vertically, you have to format it in the vertical position? Those are just some of the myths that TechARP busts in their new article.
Subject: General Tech | May 27, 2008 - 12:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If the rumours at DigiTimes are true, the P45 models will be the last time you see Universal abit motherboards. This does raise the question of what abit will be selling if they do discontinue their motherboard line. Is it possible they will go back to making graphics cards, or is something else on the horizon for them?
Subject: General Tech | May 26, 2008 - 05:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You knew it would happen sooner or later. Having a half dozen universal remotes, each with 50 plus buttons just isn't enough to control a real multi-media system anymore. Every component will find some way to make you use their remote, all they need to do is ensure one function doesn't have a button. LogiTech has the answer, a full keyboard in a clamshell case. Check out this remote to end all others at Overclockers Club.
Subject: General Tech | May 26, 2008 - 01:02 PM | Ryan Shrout
We are pleased to announce the beginning of a new contest here at PC Perspective that combines two things we are passionate about here: computers and our country. :) With that in mind we bring you a contest that should end just about all contests - our Memorial Day System Giveaway!!
Subject: General Tech | May 26, 2008 - 01:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SteelSeries' 5H v2 USB Headset is more than just a headphone/microphone combo, it also has it's own built in sound card. The sound card lets you adjust the virtual 7.1 surround sound that the headphones offer, as well as individual volumes and balances. OCIA were not impressed when they tried using it to listen to music, but when they tried gaming, their opinion
Subject: General Tech | May 26, 2008 - 11:40 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
nVIDIA failed to capture The Inquirer with an NDA about their recent editors day, leaving them free to spill the beans on nVIDIA's plans for their CPU lines. Check out the little bit that we know about this answer to Intel's Atom for now, and expect lots of updates as Computex grows closer.
Subject: General Tech | May 23, 2008 - 11:34 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
According to DigiTimes, Intel is going to include solid state drives in it's next Centrino platform, giving users a chance to use the new technology without having to install it in a notebook themselves. It will mean lighter laptops, with longer battery life and may even increase the speed at which the new Centrinos will operate. Even more interesting is the 1.8" drive that they are planning to introduce; it will be interesting to see if the new drive size catches on.
Subject: General Tech | May 22, 2008 - 11:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Watching hardware in distress is always great fun; when it's someone else's.
Feed your voyeuristic tendencies with this live stream at VIA Arena, where you can see a VIA EPIA board running full out, while naked. That's right, the poor thing has had it's heatsink stripped off, and it is still running. Not only is there a live stream of the system, there is a contest to guess when it will die, and VIA Arena has vowed that it will die.
Subject: General Tech | May 21, 2008 - 04:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At Driver Heaven they have posted a review of a pair of Razer products. The first is the
Subject: General Tech | May 21, 2008 - 12:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
... for gaming. But trouble is a brewing, as one likes PnP and tabletop gaming while the other prefers Poke-cards, and has no idea where WarCraft came from. Or maybe it's really the struggle of coming to terms with Deep Crows and Fruitfu ... err the gaming store guy.
Subject: General Tech | May 21, 2008 - 11:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
He may be proud to have a card certifying him as one of the only sane lawyers in the state of Florida, but I don't think Jack Thompson is too proud of the 27 counts of misconduct that he was just found guilty of. [H]ard|OCP has the link to more info on this feel good story for every gamer out there.
Any bets that he will claim to have been affected by his work on violent video games and that they were to blame for his misconduct?
Subject: General Tech | May 20, 2008 - 12:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
M-Audio may seem like a no-name brand to many PC gamers, but anyone who has done anything related to the audio trade will recognize the name right off the bat. These M-Audio Studiophile AV 40 speakers will give you a sound that goes a bit beyond what you might expect with a desktop speaker system, as they have a rather impressive response. Check out the full spec
Subject: General Tech | May 20, 2008 - 12:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A new type of attack has been theoretically identified, dubbed a Permanent Denial of Service (PDOS). By taking advantage of remote firmware updates, an attacker could theoretically kill hardware using a tampered BIOS flash file. If the hardware is set to automatically update it's firmware, which is the default setting in most cases, your server could be taken down until the hardware is replaced. You can get more info by following the link at Slashdot.
Subject: General Tech | May 19, 2008 - 03:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD is working at redesigning
the way people buy games with their AMD GAME! program. The basic idea is that games will come with a logo, either AMD GAME! Ultra or AMD GAME!, the AMD GAME! Ultra should be playable at 1600 x 1200, default settings at above 30 fps, the non-Ultra at 1280 x 1024, as long as your system matches their defined requirements. Anandtech takes a look at this initiative, and shows some of the promo slides.