Be safe out there

Subject: General Tech | May 28, 2008 - 11:36 AM |
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Slow day on the computer, and maybe it seems like a good idea to kill some time with some random flash game?  Be very careful where you click today; there is a brand new flash vulnerability out there and it is spreading.  Slashdot offers some advice on avoiding the issue, some of it actually useful, and provides a link to more info on the vulnerability.

Source: Slashdot

They really are full of magic smoke though

Subject: General Tech | May 27, 2008 - 03:38 PM |
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There are a lot of myths about hard drives that many have come to believe are facts.  Have you ever heard someone say that to use a hard drive vertically, you have to format it in the vertical position?  Those are just some of the myths that TechARP busts in their new article.

Source: Tech ARP

Cutting back a bit

Subject: General Tech | May 27, 2008 - 12:00 PM |
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If the rumours at DigiTimes are true, the P45 models will be the last time you see Universal abit motherboards.  This does raise the question of what abit will be selling if they do discontinue their motherboard line.  Is it possible they will go back to making graphics cards, or is something else on the horizon for them?

Source: Digitimes

The future of TV remotes is now

Subject: General Tech | May 26, 2008 - 05:57 PM |
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You knew it would happen sooner or later.   Having a half dozen universal remotes, each with 50 plus buttons just isn't enough to control a real multi-media system anymore.  Every component will find some way to make you use their remote, all they need to do is ensure one function doesn't have a button.  LogiTech has the answer, a full keyboard in a clamshell case.  Check out this remote to end all others at Overclockers Club.

Last day for the Memorial Day System Giveaway Contest

Subject: General Tech | May 26, 2008 - 01:02 PM |
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We are pleased to announce the beginning of a new contest here at PC Perspective that combines two things we are passionate about here: computers and our country.  :)  With that in mind we bring you a contest that should end just about all contests - our Memorial Day System Giveaway!!

Not very balanced, but well positioned

Subject: General Tech | May 26, 2008 - 01:01 PM |
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SteelSeries' 5H v2 USB Headset is more than just a headphone/microphone combo, it also has it's own built in sound card.  The sound card lets you adjust the virtual 7.1 surround sound that the headphones offer, as well as individual volumes and balances.  OCIA were not impressed when they tried using it to listen to music, but when they tried gaming, their opinion

Source: OCIA

The inq is barely dry on this story

Subject: General Tech | May 26, 2008 - 11:40 AM |
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nVIDIA failed to capture The Inquirer with an NDA about their recent editors day, leaving them free to spill the beans on nVIDIA's plans for their CPU lines.  Check out the little bit that we know about this answer to Intel's Atom for now, and expect lots of updates as Computex grows closer.

Source: The Inquirer

Raiders of the lost forum

Subject: General Tech | May 23, 2008 - 06:43 PM |
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If you want to talk tech, at least as how it pertains to some sort of gaming standard, drop by this thread talking about the AMD GAME!

Montevina gets a little more expensive

Subject: General Tech | May 23, 2008 - 11:34 AM |
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According to DigiTimes, Intel is going to include solid state drives in it's next Centrino platform, giving users a chance to use the new technology without having to install it in a notebook themselves.  It will mean lighter laptops, with longer battery life and may even increase the speed at which the new Centrinos will operate.  Even more interesting is the 1.8" drive that they are planning to introduce; it will be interesting to see if the new drive size catches on.

Source: Digitimes

Hardware torture

Subject: General Tech | May 22, 2008 - 11:58 AM |
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Watching hardware in distress is always great fun; when it's someone else's. 
Feed your voyeuristic tendencies with this live stream at VIA Arena, where you can see a VIA EPIA board running full out, while naked.  That's right, the poor thing has had it's heatsink stripped off, and it is still running.  Not only is there a live stream of the system, there is a contest to guess when it will die, and VIA Arena has vowed that it will die.

Source: VIA Arena

It's the story of two men, and their love ...

Subject: General Tech | May 21, 2008 - 12:13 PM |
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... for gaming.  But trouble is a brewing, as one likes PnP and tabletop gaming while the other prefers Poke-cards, and has no idea where WarCraft came from.  Or maybe it's really the struggle of coming to terms with Deep Crows and Fruitfu ... err the gaming store guy. 

Source: Shacknews

HA HA!

Subject: General Tech | May 21, 2008 - 11:56 AM |
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He may be proud to have a card certifying him as one of the only sane lawyers in the state of Florida, but I don't think Jack Thompson is too proud of the 27 counts of misconduct that he was just found guilty of.  [H]ard|OCP has the link to more info on this feel good story for every gamer out there.

Any bets that he will claim to have been affected by his work on violent video games and that they were to blame for his misconduct?

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Mmmmm ... audio

Subject: General Tech | May 20, 2008 - 12:58 PM |
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M-Audio may seem like a no-name brand to many PC gamers, but anyone who has done anything related to the audio trade will recognize the name right off the bat.  These M-Audio Studiophile AV 40 speakers will give you a sound that goes a bit beyond what you might expect with a desktop speaker system, as they have a rather impressive response.  Check out the full spec

Source: ModSynergy

Remote hardware molestation

Subject: General Tech | May 20, 2008 - 12:30 PM |
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A new type of attack has been theoretically identified, dubbed a Permanent Denial of Service (PDOS). By taking advantage of remote firmware updates, an attacker could theoretically kill hardware using a tampered BIOS flash file.  If the hardware is set to automatically update it's firmware, which is the default setting in most cases, your server could be taken down until the hardware is replaced.  You can get more info by following the link at Slashdot.

Source: Slashdot

AMD's got game?

Subject: General Tech | May 19, 2008 - 03:54 PM |
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AMD is working at redesigning
the way people buy games with their AMD GAME! program.  The basic idea is that games will come with a logo, either AMD GAME! Ultra or AMD GAME!, the AMD GAME! Ultra should be playable at 1600 x 1200, default settings at above 30 fps, the non-Ultra at 1280 x 1024, as long as your system matches their defined requirements.  Anandtech takes a look at this initiative, and shows some of the promo slides.

Source: AnandTech

Give early, give often

Subject: General Tech | May 16, 2008 - 05:29 PM |
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One of our members has found some information about the upcoming nVIDIA GT200 graphics family.  Drop by the thread to see what people think of their decision to go with a 512 bit bus, and take a peek at what the new nVIDIA drivers have fixed in this oneOver in the audio forum, help investigate an odd hum emanating from
a Vista system using the onboa

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What's been hiding in the hawthorne

Subject: General Tech | May 16, 2008 - 04:30 PM |
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Virtual-Hideout got a look at some of the serious Intel hardware being shown off at the Hawthorn Farm Campus.  Skulltrail and Bonetrail 2, and a really impressive looking cooler are just some of what they saw.  Check out all their pictures.

... with frickin' laser beams

Subject: General Tech | May 16, 2008 - 02:59 AM |
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That standard of science fiction and precursor to useful fiber optics, properly known as the "Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation" was first fired off today.  If you haven't seen it yet, Google has honoured Theodore Maiman's ground breaking research in optics (or Gordon Gould's), some of the most important work in information technology since Babbage or Hopper.

Still no word on shark compatible platforms.

Scaling the quad

Subject: General Tech | May 15, 2008 - 04:56 PM |
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The Guru of 3D has decided to find out just what you get from gaming on a quad core processor.  The games they use do cross a gamut of styles, and not all of them utilize the same parts of the PC as others, but you do see a pattern develop.  While there is a clear verdict, it is not perfectly cut and dry.

Source: Guru of 3D