Gone to Gondor

Subject: General Tech | May 2, 2007 - 12:03 PM |
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HEXUS has just published a review of LOTR Online: Shadows of Angmar.  If you can spare the time from WoW, you can start a new online career as a hobbit, elf, dwarf or man.  With Tolkien's entire world replicated, there are a lot of sites you can enjoy checking out and plenty of orcs to slay and quests to complete.  It would also be a great way to first experience an MMORPG, as the reviewer has been playing for quite a long time and still hasn't died once.

Source: Hexus

DDR3 is on it's way

Subject: General Tech | May 2, 2007 - 11:48 AM |
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With Bearlake's release date bumped up from May 27th to May 9th, DDR3 is about to become a hot topic.  Of course, DDR2 has had quite a lot of benefit from being on the market, with very tight timings now becoming common, and that may make DDR3 systems slow in comparison.  The Inquirer shares a bit more here.

Source: The Inquirer

Soft mod your iPod

Subject: General Tech | May 1, 2007 - 05:51 PM |
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Overclocker's Club has posted a review of some add-on software for iTunes from Avanquest called TransferMy Music.  Designed to fit right into iTunes, it offers a user friendly way to music from iTunes to your iPod and back again.  It also lets you make text notes and other interesting customizations to your iPod.  The warning messages might scare you a little, but there were no problems durin

Silverlight - the new web hotness or just a flash in the pan?

Subject: General Tech | May 1, 2007 - 11:40 AM |
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Ars Technica shares what they know about Silverlight, Microsoft's new Flash killer.  Based around XML, and now integrated with .NET commands it features a new 'Dynamic Language Runtime' layer, designed to allow more programming interfaces, like Python.  With no Linux support, and Microsoft's habit of not following existing web standards, read on to to see if they have a chance at unseating Flash as a web app.

"Yesterday, Microsoft revealed the latest alpha rele

Source: Ars Technica

Form over function?

Subject: General Tech | April 30, 2007 - 11:56 AM |
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The Saitek Obsidian Wireless Rechargeable mouse has a very sleek look to it, to the point where scroll wheel has even been removed.  In it's place is a touchpad that acts as the scroll wheel, as well as being able to perform a few more tricks as well.  Head to ExtremeTech for the full review, and find out if this mouse has been designed more for style than usability.

Source: Extremetech

[H]ard|OCP jumps on the soapbox

Subject: General Tech | April 30, 2007 - 11:38 AM |
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After a long hiatus, [H]ard|OCP presents a new State of the Silicon Union address.  There is a lot to talk about, with AMD/ATI losing ground with their aging architectures, both CPU and GPU.  nVIDIA also causes him to wonder, as many companies have managed to start partnerships but nVIDIA is still going it alone.  Head over and read the full editorial

Source: [H]ard|OCP

We've got the answers, all you have to do is supply the question

Subject: General Tech | April 27, 2007 - 05:39 PM |
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For those of you who like a little challenge and want their PC to be secure, IPCop is a great program.

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When is a WW2 RTS not an RTS?

Subject: General Tech | April 27, 2007 - 12:04 PM |
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TweakTown reviews Theatre of War, a new World War 2 RTS with a bit of a twist.  This game is not based around starting a base from scratch and climbing troop tiers, or on the fly research.  You are forced to use strategy and terrain, not simply reflexes in order to win the battles.  The army you battle with in a campaign is slightly modifiable, but once you take the field you aren't going to get to build more troops.  If you are aching for an RTS that relies more on careful planning th

Source: TweakTown

The low down on Larrabee

Subject: General Tech | April 27, 2007 - 11:33 AM |
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Ars Technica has put some effort into finding out more about Larrabee that what was revealed in the PR from Intel.  One of the first things they try to do is kill the rumour that Larrabee has anything to do with the Terrascale project ... they are not related.  Read on to see what they did manage to find out.

Source: Ars Technica

AMD To Webcast Annual Meeting Of Stockholders

Subject: General Tech | April 26, 2007 - 06:08 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - April 26, 2007 -AMD (NYSE:AMD) will hold its Annual Meeting of Stockholders at 9:00 a.m. PDT (12:00 p.m. EDT) on Thursday, May 3, 2007 at The Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, California.

A real-time audio webcast of the meeting will be available at
http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?p=irol-eventDetails&c=74093&ev
entID=1499479

Source: AMD

A sinister mouse

Subject: General Tech | April 26, 2007 - 04:59 PM |
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Lefties of the world rejoice, Logitech has designed an MX 610 just for you.  It is cordless, and sports 10 programmable buttons and scroll wheel in total, including volume controls and a mute button.  Join in the celebration at Overclockers Club, where the resident lefty is quite satisfied that this isn't just a bad gimmick.

Eighteen Schools Named Finalists For Intel Schools Of Distinction Awards

Subject: General Tech | April 25, 2007 - 03:02 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 24, 2007 — Eighteen schools have been named as finalists for the Intel® Schools of Distinction Awards. The annual program honors schools for implementing innovative and replicable math and science programs that produce positive educational results. Schools compete for $1 million in grants and awards from the Intel Foundation and sponsoring companies. The winners are announced in May 2007.

It's not over for Tom Clancy

Subject: General Tech | April 25, 2007 - 12:04 PM |
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Taking his games even further, Tom Clancy is preparing End War for release.  If you have been a fan of GRAW and his other games, this will take you into the field of WWIII and showcase physics and AI that will make full use of the latest hardware.  HEXUS has a bit more, and will certainly be keeping an eye out for new developments.

Source: Hexus

Warning: contains pictures of Clippy

Subject: General Tech | April 25, 2007 - 11:53 AM |
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Wired News takes a look at some of the more (in)famous mascots of the recent, and not so recent history.  Clippy makes an appearance at the top of course, but were you aware each Windows OS received it's own manga style mascot?

Source: Wired News

I'm not dead yet

Subject: General Tech | April 24, 2007 - 12:27 PM |
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At some point in the recent past, Apple's iPod became THE MP3 player to beat.  Many have claimed to have created an iPod killer (including Apple with their iPhone), but so far no one has delivered.  Microsoft's attempt is the Zune, and it has been on the market long enough to mature and get the early kinks out of it's software.&

Easy HD through USB

Subject: General Tech | April 24, 2007 - 12:12 PM |
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The AutumnWave OnAir USB HDTV Creator is a high def TV Tuner that connects via a USB cable, and allows you to watch HD programming on your PC.  It also comes with a nice software suite allowing control over channels, recording times as well as image tweaking.  While HotHardware was reviewing the tuner, they were very impressed by the proper display of the image, but found the

Source: HotHardware

Mousepad madness

Subject: General Tech | April 23, 2007 - 01:55 PM |
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Madshrimps has collected 21 mousepads and tested them every way they could think of.  Not just performance in gaming, but also the usefulness in AutoCAD, Photoshop, browsing and using office apps got rated in a big chart at the end.  If you are toying with the idea of a better mousepad than the cloth one you found lying around, any of the choices you've considered are rated.

Source: Madshrimps

DX10, coming to an OS near you?

Subject: General Tech | April 23, 2007 - 11:51 AM |
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A member spotted a very interesting project over the weekend, and has started quite a buzz in the thread.  The Alky Project is using the DirectX SDK on Windows XP to write DirectX 10 compatibility libraries.  The basic idea is that the DX10 Geometry Shaders could be changed to native machine code on non-Vista machines, allowing your video card to render it, assumedly with a performance hit.  While it seems unlikely that they will get DX10 running on non-DX10 hardware, it will allow DX10 to run on XP if they succeed.

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Linux gone wild

Subject: General Tech | April 20, 2007 - 05:38 PM |
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With the release of Feisty Fawn, CentOS 5 and
Debian Etch, our Linux forums are very active right now. They are feeling their oats, and even taking shots at Windows, and converting users to their preferred OS.

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Get yourself a Second Life

Subject: General Tech | April 20, 2007 - 11:52 AM |
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Second Life is a very different kind of MMO game, not involving raids and dungeon crawls instead relying on interaction as the key.  There are no levels to go up or rare items to find, you make them yourself or trade with someone who does.  Another big difference is the fact that it is free.

It has attracted millions, and a much higher percentage of women than WoW or Everquest.  OCMODSHOP takes a look at second life, and the changing demographics of gamers.

Source: OCMODSHOP