Hey! That's no virus

Subject: General Tech | November 11, 2008 - 02:47 PM |
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If you are running AVG anti-virus software on one or more of your PCs, do not believe it when it identifies user32.dll as a virus.  You really, really want to keep that file.  Seeing "Illegal system DLL relocation" will really spoil your day.  Slashdot has a lot of conversation about this, as does the AVG forums, and a fix should be quickly forthcoming.  In the meantime, if you have allowed it to and your system is no longer functioning, you can

Source: Slashdot

Finding the perfect mate

Subject: General Tech | November 10, 2008 - 01:39 PM |
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Once these Nehalem chips can finally be purchased, finding the perfect RAM to go with it may be more difficult than with previous chips.  You need to make sure the voltage is low enough that the Core i7 CPU can handle it, as well as ensuring you can get the most out of your triple channel DDR3.  TECHGAGE, seeing as how they have an Intel Core i7 Extreme 965 already, were nice enough to test out five different memory configurations.  See what differences they saw here.

Source: TECHGAGE

Back up that nostalgia

Subject: General Tech | November 10, 2008 - 12:13 PM |
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When Douglas Adams' Starship Titanic first came out, the requirement of 160 MB available hard disk space was incredibly huge.  Windows 2K or 98SE plus Unreal and a few other programs didn't leave 160MB free on a HDD that was under 1GB total storage.  Fast forward to a more recent machine, and a fully updated, modded and map packed Unreal Tournament 3 installation broke the 10GB mark.  Hard drives have changed a lot in a short amount of time, and

Now that's Vista Ready

Subject: General Tech | November 10, 2008 - 11:43 AM |
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nVIDIA's new Quadro card, the FX 5800, will sport 4GB of RAM though we don't know exactly how fast the RAM will be.  Chances are very good that the specs will be very close to the GTX280, as nVIDIA does tend to reuse the same boards and processors, as proven by the Quadro soft mods that exist.  The 4GB of RAM will probably be unique, they may try it in a gaming card, but the amount of people trying to game on a 60" monitor is probably rather small.  Engadg

Source: engadget

Keeping the 'U' in Forum

Subject: General Tech | November 7, 2008 - 06:09 PM |
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The current unpleasant economic conditions across the globe right now are cutting into a lot of peoples spending money.  Enthusiasts shouldn't be too badly off, we are all used to our hardware investments dropping significantly in value over a very short amount of time, stock market investors on the other hand are not as used to it.  Since any money you invest may well lose money and provide very little fun, you should seriously consider investing in more parts for your PC, as you will have a lot more fun while their value plummets.  To help out, you should always check the

Sounds like Christmas is coming

Subject: General Tech | November 7, 2008 - 03:47 PM |
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Hoping for a new stereo system this year?  Maybe to go with a nice HTPC setup, or perhaps just to replace an ageing current system?  Drop by Digital Trends as they walk you through a long list of systems that are available.  There are also suggestions for the audiophile that has it all.  You will also be happy to know there is not a single Monster cryo-magically massaged
uber cable on the list.

It's about time

Subject: General Tech | November 7, 2008 - 11:48 AM |
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After all the ridiculousness that Creative has been displaying, they are finally showing some sense.  With the troubles that Vista caused their X-Fi driver team, which inconvenienced a lot of users, they totally dropped the ball on the Linux drivers.  It has been just over a year since the initial release and there has not been a properly working driver in all of that time.  Finally Creative has open sourced the driver, which means no one will be sued for making it work properly, unlike a certain Windows driver. 

Source: Phoronix

The second round of cuts

Subject: General Tech | November 6, 2008 - 11:40 AM |
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AMD announced in April that they would be reducing their workforce by 10%, or 1650 jobs.  Yesterday saw the second round of job cuts, with 500 people being let go from all but AMD's brand new 'The Foundry Company' in Dubai.  The Foundry Company's 3000 employees are supposedly safe, as they represent the fruition of the Asset Light program of AMDs.  One engineer will apparently missing being picked on by The Inquirer.

Source: The Inquirer

It's not just for gaming and databases

Subject: General Tech | November 5, 2008 - 06:30 PM |
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One of the biggest growth opportunities for PCs has been the recent surge of HTPCs and DVRs, which make TV and movies much more enjoyable thanks to time shifting and proper HD support.  Unfortunately, the extra features on these machines make them a little harder to control with a remote.  That's why products like the Vidabox Premium Wireless Keyboard are becoming a lot easier to get a hold of.  techPowerUp tried out this little wireless keyboard and it's trackball, so you don't have to buy it wi

Source: techPowerUp!

Searching for a ship of the desert

Subject: General Tech | November 5, 2008 - 12:22 PM |
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The new Prince of Persia will differ significantly from the previous Dagger of Time.  Not only is there no Dagger of Time, the Prince has a very different cell shaded look to him, and he is searching for his donkey as opposed to a princess, father or other such standard plot conveniences.  At least the driving reason behind his search for Farah is that the donkey happens to be where he keeps all his loot.  Check out the preview at bit-tech.

Source: bit-tech

Quit your worrying already!

Subject: General Tech | November 5, 2008 - 12:05 PM |
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One of the favourite rumours for fear mongers to spread has been the discontinuation of either Win2K or XP.  That's made all the more easy to do thanks to Microsoft's continuing cycle of claiming to be discontinuing licensing and support, and then changing their mind and continuing to support the ageing OSes.  As The Inquirer reports, they have finally discontinued support a licensing for one of their legacy OSes ...

Source: The Inquirer

AMD's unofficial return shot

Subject: General Tech | November 4, 2008 - 11:45 AM |
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The day after Nehalem was set free from reviewers benches, a leak of information on Shanghai somehow made it into the hands of a Polish website and then onto the net where everyone could see it.  Of course, AMD is refraining from commenting on this leak and the products it talks about.  The timing seems a little suspicious, not that it matters to the enthusiast who is anxiously awaiting news of AMD's new parts.  The model numbers are higher, the feature list is long, so head to DigiTimes and dig in.

Source: Ars Technica

Give your passive speakers some energy

Subject: General Tech | November 3, 2008 - 02:12 PM |
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Scythe's new Kama Bay amplifier is not for every system, but not everyone is going to drop hundreds of dollars on a sound system for their PC.  The Kama Bay will give unpowered, or even lower end powered speakers an ni

Source: techPowerUp!

Need to look even more geeky when gaming?

Subject: General Tech | November 3, 2008 - 12:01 PM |
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The innovators at Gunnar Optiks have designed the Shedder, a pair of glasses that you wear while using the computer.  In their defence, I4U did find that they noticed a difference in eyestrain after extended use of their PC, and there doesn't seem to be a wide neckstrap attached to the basic model.   On the other hand, having special glasses you wear at a LAN party may cause other strains in your life.

Source: I4U News

Get your bonfires built, it's Samhain tomorrow

Subject: General Tech | October 31, 2008 - 06:27 PM |
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Does your home resemble an Italian kitchen?  Are there spaghetti-like wires travelling everywhere you use your computer?  Is the reason that you haven't gone wireless based on a feeling of insecurity?  Fear not, a lot of what you may be worrying about may be unfounded, though not all.  The wireless connectivity may come in very handy if you find yourself needing to build a clandestine Folding@Home machine!

Pumpkin procrastination

Subject: General Tech | October 31, 2008 - 11:38 AM |
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Stuck staring at an orange spherical gourd without a clue as to where to stick the knife?  Drop by Wired for some inspirational works, ranging from extremely geeky and easy to much more l33t 'kin carving.  In fact, you could completely dump the knife all together and go with power tools.  Much quicker to do and far more fun, if you can find one, is

Source: Wired News

The first they've heard of it

Subject: General Tech | October 30, 2008 - 11:59 AM |
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Rumours about various manufacturers have been flying around lately, the newest rumour being Foxconns' imminent cessation of making branded motherboards.  DigiTimes has spotted several things that peaked their curiosity, and seem to think that while Foxconn may continue to make motherboards or at least components, but they would not be sold under the Foxconn brand.  Of course, Foxconn says that they had never heard of any of this.

Source: Digitimes

Call of demo

Subject: General Tech | October 29, 2008 - 12:38 PM |
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All you fans of squad based FPS mulitplayer games in general and CoD in particular will be glad to know the demo of Call of Duty: World at War is now availalbe to everyone.  The Tech Report has the link to a demo that features three maps, all you need is to download it and grab a beta key by signing up at the CoD website.  Otherwise you will have to wait until November 11th.

New hotfix driver available for Far Cry 2 and Stalker Clear Sky

Subject: General Tech | October 29, 2008 - 12:16 PM |
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If you are having performance troubles with Radeon cards and FarCry 2 or S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky, AMD has a hot fix out for you.  It is a beta driver and is unsupported by AMD, so you may find it causes other problems for you.  Be warned before you try.

This hotfix

  • Improves performance for the DirectX 9 version of Far Cry 2 on CrossFire compatible systems
Source: AMD

IDF or TFE? IDK.

Subject: General Tech | October 29, 2008 - 12:09 PM |
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AMD finally has a relatively public Developers Forum to call their very own, the Technical Forum and Exposition.  Though in it's 4th year, this is likely the first you have heard of it, it has been a very quiet and exclusive event.  Seeing as how The Inquirer made it into the TFE this year, the standards for attendance have been significantly lowered.  The event differs from the IDF in it's philosophy and purpose, read on to see what AMD thinks is the proper way to get developer

Source: The Inquirer