Better get a backup wrist strap

Subject: General Tech | November 20, 2006 - 09:19 AM |
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The Wii's controller has killed for the first time, in this case a 60" TV.  If you are playing an active Wii game, you should keep that in mind, before it kills again.

Source: The Inquirer

New this week from the PC Perspective forums

Subject: General Tech | November 17, 2006 - 12:56 PM |
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It might sound odd with nForce and the other high powered, bling-full chipsets on the market, but have you considered a VIA based board lately?  Elsewhere on the forums, a member ponders the difficult of having a dual boot machine and a virus on at least one of the OSs.  In the ASUS forum, there is a thread talking about how to get a troublesome A8V Deluxe to recognize a 4th stick of RAM, and also som

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Thar be a new MMORPG off the port bow

Subject: General Tech | November 17, 2006 - 11:31 AM |
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VIA Arena offers a sneak peek at Pirates of the Burning Sea, an upcoming new online RPG.  Right now it is in beta, and the article contains a link to the beta-tester application form, if you are interested.

Source: VIA Arena

Something to read while you are standing in line

Subject: General Tech | November 17, 2006 - 11:15 AM |
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Ended up standing in the wrong line, or just didn't make it in on time?  OCMODSHOP will tell you all about the PS3, it's games, and how much you should envy anyone who did get one.

Source: OCMODSHOP

Intel Announces 12.5 Percent Increase in Cash Dividend

Subject: General Tech | November 17, 2006 - 10:25 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 16, 2006 -
Intel Corporation today announced that its board of directors has
approved a 12.5 percent increase in the quarterly cash dividend to
11.25 cents per share
beginning with the dividend that will be declared
in the first quarter of 2007.

AMD boring to the core of Apple?

Subject: General Tech | November 16, 2006 - 09:52 AM |
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The Tech Report has noticed that future Apples might just have AMD inside, now that they have switched to x86 architecture.  It also ties in with some comments made by the head of AMD.

Ryan has also noticed something rather interesting about the new HD-DVD drive for the Xbox360.

You call that broadband!

Subject: General Tech | November 15, 2006 - 09:50 PM |
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Sure it's not 14 terabits asec, but it's not over fiber.  Ars Technica reports on a company that managed 100Gb on exisiting 10 Gb cable already laid in the ground!

Source: Ars Technica

Looking for a PS3? Good luck!

Subject: General Tech | November 15, 2006 - 01:57 PM |
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If you were planning on buying a PS3 tomorrow at mdinight or during the day, I wouldn't count on it.  This report says that Sony will only have 150-200k units for the US launch. 

Sony has said that it plans to ship 400,000 units to North America for the PS3's launch day, with between 1-1.2 million shipping by the end of calendar 2006.

Zune Dissected and Torn Apart

Subject: General Tech | November 15, 2006 - 01:49 PM |
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This

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Exclusive Program A Great Deal For Gamers Who Want To Test Drive PhysX Powered Games

Subject: General Tech | November 15, 2006 - 01:30 PM |
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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — November 15, 2006 — Responding to the
growing market demand for PhysX powered games, AGEIA™ Technologies,
Inc., the pioneer in hardware-accelerated physics for games, today
introduced a limited-time 'Fall for PhysX' promotion program via key
e-tailers.

Source: AGEIA

FLY with EVGA'S New NVIDIA 680i SLI Motherboard Contest

Subject: General Tech | November 15, 2006 - 01:19 PM |
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EVGA has brought you products that make your computer fly for years,
but now it's time to make our customers fly as well. EVGA has
partnered with Zero G to bring our customers an amazing weightless
experience. Imagine free falling 10,000 feet, without a parachute!
Zero G makes it possible by flying a plane to approximately 34,000
feet and then going into a nose dive for 10,000 feet before pulling
up. This rollercoaster effect will generate 25-30 seconds of
weightlessness on each drop.

Source: Email

The software behind Zune

Subject: General Tech | November 14, 2006 - 11:43 AM |
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We've all seen what the Zune looks like, and at least a bit about the hardware inside, but TECHGAGE is the first to review the software.  If iTunes helped make the iPod a winner, the Zune interface could make or break Microsoft's player.

"With the Zune being launched shortly, there's no better time than now to take a quick stroll through its native software. It's pretty, but

has a lot of functionality as well."

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

Source: TECHGAGE

Intel Ignites Quad-Core Era

Subject: General Tech | November 14, 2006 - 10:53 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 14, 2006 — Intel Corporation today kicked off the computer industry's multi-core PC era by delivering four computing 'brains' inside a single microprocessor with the introduction of the Quad-Core Intel® Xeon® 5300 and Intel Core™ 2 Extreme quad-core processor families. These products deliver immense speed and responsiveness for general purpose servers and workstations and for digital media creation, high-end gaming and other market segments that crave absolute performance.

But your honour, they needed killing

Subject: General Tech | November 14, 2006 - 09:12 AM |
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If the link to a news story at The Inquirer is correct you can thank just 10 people for all the \/|@GR/\ emails that greet you every morning.  All of the cries that spam will kill email and trusted email signatures and the various other ways people have tried to design to combat the problem seem out of proportion.  All we need to do is find these 10 people and their zombie hordes.

Source: The Inquirer

AMD INTRODUCES WORLD'S FIRST DEDICATED ENTERPRISE STREAM PROCESSOR

Subject: General Tech | November 14, 2006 - 08:42 AM |
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TAMPA, Fla. - NOVEMBER 14, 2006 - At the Supercomputing 2006
show today, AMD (NYSE: AMD) introduced the world's first dedicated
stream processor
designed to meet the specific hardware demands of
high-performance computing (HPC) applications.

Source: AMD

AMD SIGNS ON AS CORNERSTONE SPONSOR OF OPENFPGA

Subject: General Tech | November 14, 2006 - 08:41 AM |
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AMPA, Fla. - NOVEMBER 14, 2006 - To expand industry adoption of the AMD Torrenza initiative and an open-standards approach to innovation, AMD (NYSE:AMD) announced today at Supercomputing 2006 it will be the inaugural sponsor for OpenFPGA. OpenFPGA is a non-profit consortium focused on accelerating the adoption and incorporation of reconfigurable computing solutions in high-performance and enterprise computing.

Source: AMD

ECS Elitegroup Unleashes PN2 SLI2+ Extreme Motherboard for PC Gamers and Overclocking Enthusiasts

Subject: General Tech | November 13, 2006 - 12:51 PM |
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Fremont, CA (November 13, 2006) — Elitegroup Computer Systems, Inc. (ECS®), the world's leading motherboard, notebook and desktop PC manufacturer, today announced the new PN2 SLI2+ Extreme motherboard based on the latest NVIDIA® nForce® 680i SLI™ media and communication processor (MCP).

Source: Elitegroup

Get to the meat of PC Perspective, visit our forums!

Subject: General Tech | November 10, 2006 - 01:32 PM |
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Google Earth is a fun program to work with, but have

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Looking at the next generation of consoles

Subject: General Tech | November 10, 2006 - 12:26 PM |
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Slashdot links to a prognostic article which talks about the next generation of consoles.  Not an easy thing to predict when not all of the current generation have been released yet.

Source: Slashdot