Battlefield Extraction-Assist Robot powered by VIA

Subject: General Tech | July 31, 2007 - 11:59 AM |
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The BEAR from Vecna Robotics is a 6 foot tall tracked robot that is designed to retrieve casualties from areas too dangerous for medics to enter.  It is currently powered by a VIA EPIA M10000G with a C3 processor, and there are plans to make this robot semi-autonomous.  Currently it is remotely piloted by a human, as we are still much better at decision making, but it may well be that the first Terminator ends up being a combat medic.  Read more about it at the repository of all things VIA, VIA Arena.<

Source: VIA Arena

Intel Endorses Industry Specification to Simplify Blade Server Design

Subject: General Tech | July 30, 2007 - 02:39 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 30, 2007 - Intel Corporation joined more than 40 server technology providers
today in support of the new Server Systems Infrastructure (SSI)
industry specification for modular server platforms. The Modular Server
Specifications simplify and lower the cost of product development by
providing design guidance that enables server builders to develop
compliant and interoperable building blocks at the blade, chassis and
manageability software level.

Speed up your Vista installs

Subject: General Tech | July 30, 2007 - 11:48 AM |
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Vista has added an interesting feature to the installation progress, similar to loading a RAID driver but with much more flexibility.  You will be able to choose more than just one driver to load, and you are not stuck using floppies to keep the files on.  Read through the warning that ExtremeMHz provides at the end of the article to save yourself some frustration.

Source: ExtremeMhz

Summertime at the PC Perspective Forums

Subject: General Tech | July 27, 2007 - 06:11 PM |
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Media seems to be a topic on everyones minds lately, this week it is Betamax versus VHS round 2, aka HD DVD versus Blu-Ray.  Do you have a preference?  Let us know what it is and why you feel that way.  If arguments aren't your thing, you can find a statement that can't be argued with in this thread, and maybe you can share a shocking story or two yourself. 

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AMD lifts the veil

Subject: General Tech | July 27, 2007 - 11:53 AM |
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A lot of news about AMDs plans for the near future were revealed by their executives at the Technology Analysts Day.  Catch [H]ard|OCP's coverage of their plans for multipurpose processors, new core structures, including a  mysterious Bulldozer core that is touted to be able to share the work of a single thread amongst it's cores ... something no AMD or Intel Dual or Quad core can currently manage.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

European Commission Charges Intel with Antitrust Violations

Subject: General Tech | July 27, 2007 - 11:31 AM |
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BRUSSELS/SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - July 27, 2007 -The European Commission (EC) today confirmed that it has charged Intel with violating EU competition laws by abusing its dominant position in the global microprocessor market. The Commission said in a press briefing today that "in the short, medium and long-term, we think that the actions of Intel are bad news for competition and consumers." http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/ebs/schedule.cfm.


Source: AMD

AMD Executive Presentation

Subject: General Tech | July 27, 2007 - 11:15 AM |
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During executive presentations today, AMD unveiled details about new
platform and product initiatives, future processor design philosophies
and insights into its manufacturing model. Highlights below include:

Source: AMD

Oh goody, another security hole

Subject: General Tech | July 26, 2007 - 11:54 AM |
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This one comes to FireFox users in much the same way as the vulnerability that was patched last week, through the way Uniform Resource Identifiers are handled.  Last week's flaw involved URI's passed from IE, this week it has to do with the way FireFox, Netscape 9 and Mozilla handle them directly.  A patch is currently in the works, which you can read about on The Register.  This type of vulnerability will keep appearing when new URI's are added, which is going to keep happening with the growth of it's

Source: The Register

The curse of the movie game

Subject: General Tech | July 25, 2007 - 11:53 AM |
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GamePyre picked up Transformers: The Game, with high hopes.  After fighting dodgy controls and the lousy interface, they did see some new Transformers, but unfortunately it was not enough to save the game in the end.  The only good news they had was that it would be a good deal if you found it in the bargain bin.

Source: Gamepyre

Open source party

Subject: General Tech | July 25, 2007 - 11:40 AM |
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The first ever Ubuntu Live conference is happening, and Phoronix got an invite.  You can drop by for a look at the Ubuntu roadmap, as well as many of the new Dell Linux systems.  This is a sort of precursor to the bigger Open Source Con, being held during the latter part of this week.

Source: Phoronix

New VIA Nano-ITX Mainboard for Healthcare, Retail and Industrial Applications

Subject: General Tech | July 25, 2007 - 11:26 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 24 July 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the VIA EPIA NR Nano-ITX mainboard, powered by a fanless 1.0GHz VIA C7 processor and VIA CX700 system media processor for ultra compact, quiet and durable embedded systems.

At least one new gadget for Christmas

Subject: General Tech | July 23, 2007 - 03:48 PM |
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While rumours of the iPhone Version 2 are circulating all over, and many fans debate the possibility of something being released by Apple for the Christmas season, Microsoft has announced Zune 2.0.  Slashdot has coverage of this release, which Microsoft hopes will revitalize interest in their portable music player.  Zune has just hit 1 million units sold this week, and they need something to make the player more attractive.  Details are relatively sketchy, but there will be new styles and price points for those loo

Source: Slashdot

A new computer meme

Subject: General Tech | July 23, 2007 - 11:51 AM |
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We saw a bit of this type of behaviour last week, spurned on by a certain German hurler, and it has spawned a popular new way to interface with your PC.  BCCHardware had some fun working over a few old systems they had lying around, and a BBQ too.  Check out the video on their site


Shoot 'em up indeed.

Source: BCCHardware

PC Perspective IS the new media

Subject: General Tech | July 20, 2007 - 05:15 PM |
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If you are like me, old media formats seem to accumulate faster than dust bunnies.  Old audio tapes, 3.5" disks, even a few 5.25" disks are hiding in corners and flat surfaces everywhere, some that even have data I want to keep.  By far, the media that consumes the most space is old VHS tapes.  If you want to update those old movies you could buy a new version on DVD, or you can copy them onto new media yourself.  Of course, for others, it is the vinyl tha

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Scratching the surface of Microsoft's Milan

Subject: General Tech | July 20, 2007 - 12:06 PM |
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CoolTechZone finds themselves much more impressed with Microsoft's Surface after watching an episode of DL.TV.  The "coffee table" PC has an interface that has been very popular in movies for a while now, but hard to find in reality.  The first time you run into Surface it will likely be in a retail store, possibly T-Mobile, and used as a selling aid.  When you place a

Source: CoolTechZone

The show was phenomenal

Subject: General Tech | July 20, 2007 - 11:44 AM |
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Hot Hardware made it to the AMD Consumer Electronics Event in NYC.  One of the best parts of their experience was getting to see a Phenom in action ...

Source: HotHardware

AMD Reports Second Quarter Results

Subject: General Tech | July 19, 2007 - 05:52 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - July 19, 2007 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today reported financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2007. AMD reported second quarter 2007 revenue of $1.378 billion, an operating loss of $457 million, and a net loss of $600 million, or $1.09 per share.

Source: AMD

A working vacation

Subject: General Tech | July 19, 2007 - 11:36 AM |
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Novel tried holding a Hack Week, and Ars Technica spoke with Novell's chief open-source
strategy officer, Nat Friedmam about it
.  It involves Novel employees temporarily abandoning their current projects in favour of a free form week of writing open source software.  Letting a bunch of programmers creativity loose was intended not only as stress relief, but also a chance to let the programmers work on projects that they would otherwise have difficulty justifying to their bosses.

Source: Ars Technica

CARMACK!!!

Subject: General Tech | July 18, 2007 - 12:06 PM |
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The next Quakecon may be filled with a lot of new people who've never been there before ... console players.  Id Software has decided to switch their focus.  Now they won't be focusing on PC Games, but instead on consoles, to the point where every PC will have gamepads/controllers attached for testing, not the keyboard & mouse combo that defines PC gaming.  Nor will they be pushing the limits of graphics cards anymore.

Source: The Inquirer

Death of a PC

Subject: General Tech | July 18, 2007 - 11:52 AM |
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Many will have heard of the German that not only managed to get his revenge on a computer, but got away with it too!  If you haven't, drop by [H]ard|OCP.

Source: [H]ard|OCP