Perhaps they heard about someone wielding a cluebat

Subject: General Tech | August 2, 2006 - 05:21 PM |
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EMI, Vivendi and BMG have recently started experimenting with the new fangled internets in a way to make money by selling customers what they want.  Drop by eCoustics to see what they are trying, and some good places to go to buy albums and songs.

Source: eCoustics

Hard drive with serious theft deterrent built in

Subject: General Tech | August 2, 2006 - 02:43 PM |
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In the old days, if we dropped a hard drive we didn't worry about us killing it ... we worried about it killing us ... kids these days and their 2.5" harddrives.

"What is 340MB, weighs 85lbs and cost almost $18,000 when it was new? Here's a few pictures from [H]

reader extraordinaire, JLangejans, to help you figure it out."

Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Smile at a Mac user

Subject: General Tech | August 2, 2006 - 12:27 PM |
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On this day of the 286, CNet reports 26 Mac OS flaws have just been fixed, including remote code execution vulnerabilites.  Add to that the Macbook Pro issues [H] links to, and it's not a good day to be a Mac fanatic.

Stop laughing! It IS a real mouse

Subject: General Tech | August 1, 2006 - 04:23 PM |
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In the search for a better mouse, many odd shapes and designs have been considered, in the hopes of banishing RSS and carpal back to the tennis courts and assembly lines, where they belong.  Extremetech will not give up until they find the newest mouse, in this case the "Zero Tension Mouse" which looks like ...
well ... umm....
Go look for yourself, I'm not going to say it.

Source: Extremetech

Intel Announces NOR Flash Memory Products for Emerging Low-Cost Handset Segment

Subject: General Tech | August 1, 2006 - 02:07 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 1, 2006 —
Intel Corporation
today introduced its first NOR flash memory products
aimed at the emerging low-cost cell phone segment. The new products
have a new pin sharing package to minimize pin count and are configured
to work with low-cost, single-chip baseband and RF solutions from
leading chipset suppliers.

A super way to re-encode your day

Subject: General Tech | August 1, 2006 - 12:23 PM |
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To Linux users, ffmpeg is probably a program you have heard of, but not if you are a Windows user only.  That is all about to change, The Inquirer has spotted Super, a FOSS video converter able to change files from any one codec to another.  Check this out before you go nuts from re-encoding files 8 times before getting it in the format you want.

Source: The Inquirer

Previous Versions could save you, or catch you

Subject: General Tech | July 31, 2006 - 12:13 PM |
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Ars Technica looks at the new incarnation of Sahdow Copy that will likely ship with Vista.  Having 5 previous versions of files can be very handy, if you've mistakenly changed and saved a file, but it can also making getting rid of files difficult.  You will also have to be careful the backups don't bloat your hard drive to death.

Source: Ars Technica

Microsoft Flight Simulator X gets a little more real

Subject: General Tech | July 28, 2006 - 12:12 PM |
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Microsoft has partnered with Aero-News, a world wide real-time news service for aviation and aerospace.  Flight Sim X will be gorgeous already, but this partnership raises the possiblity of real time weather and other new and unique features.

The Quadfather gives a press conference

Subject: General Tech | July 28, 2006 - 11:51 AM |
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An ATI VP gave a ten minute presentation on what the ATI-AMD merger will mean to consumers.  Head to [H]ard|OCP to find out what was said.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

ATI CrossFire(TM) and Intel® CoreT 2 Extreme platforms now available

Subject: General Tech | July 27, 2006 - 05:09 PM |
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MARKHAM, CANADA - July 27, 2006 - 'Boundless gaming' comes home today as ATI
Technologies (TSX:ATY, NASDAQ:ATYT) announced that leading system
integrators and OEMs from around the world are bringing to market the
powerful combination of ATI's RadeonR X1900 CrossFireT multi-GPU graphics
and the IntelR CoreT 2 Extreme processor.

Source: Email

NVIDIA® SLI(TM) SELECTED BY GLOBAL PC BUILDERS FOR INTEL® CORE(TM) 2 DUO LAUNCH

Subject: General Tech | July 27, 2006 - 05:05 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, CA—JULY 27, 2006—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, today announced that many of the world's leading system builders have elected to launch new enthusiast gaming Intel Core 2 Duo-based systems exclusively with NVIDIA SLI technology.

Source: NVIDIA

But who will take care of the tubes?

Subject: General Tech | July 27, 2006 - 12:20 PM |
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The Register was a fly on the wall at a meeting at ICANN where the USA has more or less given up control of that body in favour of more international control.  It will still be an almost exclusively English-speaking commitee, and it is yet to be seen if the decision will have any real impact on most peoples use of the internet.

Source: The Register

Having trouble holding onto your mouse

Subject: General Tech | July 26, 2006 - 03:05 PM |
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After gaming for 12 hours straight, do you find the mouse slipping out of your grasp, and getting you killed?  If you don't want to buy the weird mouse with the fan in it, take a look at what Think Computers found, Mouse Grips V2.0.

A warning for those a little slow on the patching

Subject: General Tech | July 26, 2006 - 12:23 PM |
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With patch tuesday now immediately followed by explot wednesday, getting those Windows updates has become a little more pressing.  CNET has some info on the 2 newest proof of concept vulnerabilities, so patch before they find their way into the wild.

The sweet sound of ... neodymium?

Subject: General Tech | July 25, 2006 - 03:23 PM |
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Think Computers gave a listen to Altec Lansing's VS2321 Powered Audio System.  It is a 2.1 system that really doesn't take much space even less money, which sounds and looks good.

Kate 3.0b shows off Linux with a mission

Subject: General Tech | July 25, 2006 - 12:00 PM |
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TECHGAGE looks at a new beta for a distro of Linux release by a team of Polish programmers, called Kate.  Very colourful and running Xfce4 to display the desktop.  Although a lightweight distro, it comes with Open Office, The Gimp, Super Tux and more.  The attention getter is updateos, a very easy way to upadte the entire system.

Source: TECHGAGE

Taking control of Vista's image based install

Subject: General Tech | July 24, 2006 - 12:16 PM |
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Slashdot has linked to an article examining Vista's new way of installation.  Instead of many .cab files and other compressed data, the Vista disk is an image of a fully functional OS install.  Read on to find out what tweaks you might expect to be able to ad to it.

Source: Slashdot

AMD and ATI Acquisition

Subject: General Tech | July 24, 2006 - 11:36 AM |
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Today, in a $5.4 billion deal, AMD and ATI announced their plans to combine forces to become an industry processing powerhouse. AMD's leadership in CPUs, combined with ATI's leadership in graphics and digital media processing technologies, will enable significant new product innovations, resulting in more integrated, open standards-based solutions to address customers' needs. AMD aspires to re-invent the industry as the customer-centric technology leader and partner of choice.

Source: AMD

iPods of the future

Subject: General Tech | July 21, 2006 - 01:45 PM |
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Join Elite Bastards as they talk about the next generation of iPods.  From the features that will definately be included, to a wish list of things that should be.

Itty bitty mice for your laptop

Subject: General Tech | July 21, 2006 - 12:31 PM |
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Get frustrated by the touchpad on your notebook?  Even worse, you have a mouse with no middle button?  ExtremeTech reviews 2 mice for laptops that migth just have what you need.

Source: Extremetech