It's only wrong if it's not your computer

Subject: General Tech | October 6, 2008 - 02:57 PM |
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Keylogging is bad ... unless you are doing it to your own PC to find out exactly how your screen gets flipped and random icons are deleted from your desktop by a mysterious someone.  It is the perfect way to find out just who is doing what to your PC if it is in an area where a roommate, pet or child can get at.  Unfortunately, from what happened during R&B Mod's testing, you might not be the only one with access to the keystroke record.  Be warned.

Counterfeiting worth going after

Subject: General Tech | October 6, 2008 - 11:55 AM |
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The current scourge of humanity, if the RIAA, MPAA, MicroSoft and others are to be believed is counterfeiting and piracy.  Every copied movie or Windows disk is a threat to the very existence of the free world and it's economy.  That may well be true on some level, but there are far worse examples to prosecute, like the fake mil-spec chips that are becoming very common purchases for a cash strapped US Armed Forces.  Imaging how upset you would be if a CPU you purcahsed for your home PC turned out not to be what it claimed to be.  Now imagine that the fake chip is powering a

Source: The Inquirer

Todays tip - avoid tigers

Subject: General Tech | October 3, 2008 - 05:34 PM |
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You know it is going to be a bad day when all of your folders start going on walkabout, and don't seem to plan on coming back.  Drop by and see if there are any gems of wisdom you can offer, or that you might be able to use for yourself and save the sensitive ears of poor unfortunate woodland critters.  On the other hand, if you are in the mood for something a little more uplifting, check out the overclock on this Phenom X4

Wring that last bit of performance out of Windows

Subject: General Tech | October 3, 2008 - 11:31 AM |
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Tweak Guides has just finished updating their Windows Tweaking Companion.  Available in both Vista and XP flavoured versions, the guide is a compilation of just about every single tweak and optimization that can be found out there on the net.  As always, bear in mind that like any other type of tweaking, there is a chance that things can go horribly, horribly wrong.  Make sure you have backups and an idea what it is that you are changing.

Source: Tweak Guides

Unleash your beast

Subject: General Tech | October 2, 2008 - 04:05 PM |
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North America certainly does not have a monopoly on high end system builders.  Check out Beast Computers based in the UK for an example of that.  CPU3D just finished reviewing their Aphros Reality Gaming PC, with custom watercooling that is good enough to allow a Intel QX9770 to hit 4136 MHz and keep a pair of 4870X2s from cooking themselves.  Check out the heavily modified Lian Li PC-P80 B that the entire system is housed in.

Source: CPU3D

Coming soon to a server room near you

Subject: General Tech | October 2, 2008 - 11:42 AM |
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As we discussed on the podcast, AMD's first 45nm parts will be aimed at the server market and they will be arriving soon.  According to DigiTimes, the first nine processors should be appearing within the next couple of months.  They won't even be that slow, with some models well above 2GHz.  If you want the high performance versions, you will have to wait until February.

Source: Digitimes

Stalker 1.5

Subject: General Tech | October 1, 2008 - 12:07 PM |
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S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky is a prequel to Shadows of Chernobyl using an updated X-Ray Engine, the same engine that powered the first game.  The updated engine offers some new features; God rays, volumetric lighting, depth of field blurring, and screen space ambient occlusion (SSAO) lighting.  It also offers two features only available under DX10, wet surfaces and volumetric smoke.  [H]ard|OCP fired it up and tested it against the GTX 280 and 260 as well as the HD4870 and HD4870 X2.  See what kind of horsepower you need to be able to turn up these new options i

Source: [H]ard|OCP

The sky is falling again?!?

Subject: General Tech | October 1, 2008 - 11:44 AM |
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FUD will be hitting the fan in the near future over this article at Slashdot.  In the podcast that they link to, it is claimed that a new DoS attack has been discovered that can circumvent any protection you have and take down any device with a TCP/IP stack.  Even better, that machine will stay down even after the attack is halted.  Browsing through the comments does reveal a bit more information, it apparently uses forged SYN cookies to attack the system, but the details are scarce.  In th

Source: Slashdot

This one goes to 11!

Subject: General Tech | September 30, 2008 - 06:48 PM |
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It looks like SilverStone was not about to let NZXT take over the mouse market unchallenged.  They have launched the Raven RVM01B gaming mouse as a counter to the Avatar.  It's most striking feature is the large scroll wheel on the side of the mouse that bears a passing resemblance to an eyeball glued to it's side, though the OLED screen on the top is also worth mentioning.  Phoronix liked it fairly well, even though all 11 buttons didn't function under Li

Source: Phoronix

PC Perspective wants you to have Galaxy Tech!

Subject: General Tech | September 30, 2008 - 04:11 PM |
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We are giving away three cards from our new sponsor, Galaxy Tech.  A GeForce 9500 GT, a GeForce 9600 GT and a GeForce 9800 GT. You can see our review of the Galaxy GeForce 9800 GT here.

The rules are quite strict ...

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Post as many times as you like, but keep in mind that only one entry will count.

Changing our tune about integrated audio

Subject: General Tech | September 30, 2008 - 03:54 PM |
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Using Integrated Audio used to be a source of shame for those that had to use it in the not too distant past.  That started to change with nVIDIA's Soundstorm and it has only improved since then.  InsideHW has rounded up a fair number of onboard sound solutions, representing the market as it stands today.  They tested them on multiple uses, including gaming, so that you can see the difference in performance between the various chips as well as how they fare against the Cr

Source: InsideHW

Wi to the Max

Subject: General Tech | September 30, 2008 - 11:39 AM |
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Chicago and the Washington-Baltimore area have been a testing ground for Sprint and Clearwire's new WiMax/ODFM technology, which will hopefully leave the previous failed attempts far behind.  The newest spot you can test this technology out is in Reno, which is where it was tested against 3G wireless.  With throughput of 1.5 - 2.0Mbps down and 275 - 325Kbps up, the speeds are approaching boradband and the 240 mile range is certainly a nice touch.  On the other hand, you can pick up a 3G signal in a lot more places that you can pick up a WiMax, and the reviewer found that they co

Source: Slashdot

Nice schwag from the PDC

Subject: General Tech | September 29, 2008 - 11:42 AM |
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Head to the Intel Professional Developer Conference in Los Angeles this October and you will walk out with a 160GB HDD with a pile of programs on it, including an alpha of Windows 7.  The rest of us still have to wait until sometime in 2009; though Ballmer would prefer you would buy a couple of copies of Vista in the mean time.  Ars Technica gives a run down of what we know about Windows 7 along with the information on the 'pre-beta'.

Source: Ars Technica

And there was great rejoicing

Subject: General Tech | September 25, 2008 - 05:05 PM |
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Jack Thompson will have to torment game makers and players as a regular citizen now, he's gotten to the point where even lawyers don't want to be associated with him.  Drop by [H]ard|OCP for a look at how the disbarment happened, as well as Jack's response.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

NVIDIA Forms Strategic Partnership With MotionDSP

Subject: General Tech | September 25, 2008 - 04:58 PM |
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MotionDSP has taken the same multi-frame video technology that powers FixMyMovie.com and ported it to NVIDIA's CUDA architecture, with stunning results, (as demonstrated at last month's NVISION '08 show). Now, MotionDSP is creating a version that will run on your home PC -- out in early Q1 '09 and tastily running in real-time on NVIDIA graphic cards, as well as standard CPUs (albeit much slower).

MotionDSP's new software product, codenamed 'Carmel', is one of the first mass-market consumer applications to use NVIDIA's CUDA architecture, which makes this all possible in real-time.

Source: NVIDIA

Before there was cake

Subject: General Tech | September 24, 2008 - 11:56 AM |
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Portal fans have something to look forward to, apart from importing the portal gun into Half Life 2 and getting stuck in places you were never meant to go.  There is a mod coming out called Portal: Prelude which is set in the Aperture Science labs before the rise of GlaDOS, strangely enough.  Due for release on the first birthday of the Orange Box, October 10th, you can expect 8 chapters, 19 test chambers, 48 challenges, 6 advanced maps, a brand new storyline and more than 400 lines of speech. 

The perfect LAN party keyboard

Subject: General Tech | September 23, 2008 - 02:35 PM |
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Thermaltake's Soprano Aluminum Keyboard offers a feature that wasn't really touched on in Think Computers review, as it is made of aluminium it should be sturdy enough to physically discourage spawn campers at LAN parties.  That certainly isn't it's only feature, it has sturdy keys that will hold up to punishment.  It's shortcut keys are tiny; neither taking up huge amounts of room nor sitting in a place where you will accidentall

T-Mobile and Google announce first Android phone: the G1

Subject: General Tech | September 23, 2008 - 12:15 PM |
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I know as well as anyone that new phones are all the rage in recent months (years) since the release of the first iPhone last summer.  Now that the iPhone 3G is out, Blackberry's touchscreen phone is coming next month and with today's T-Mobile G1 Android announcement, the market is going to get more and more interesting.

Source: engadget

Put the PDF down and back away slowly

Subject: General Tech | September 23, 2008 - 11:44 AM |
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PDFs are everywhere, from game manuals to technical papers on the web to documents sent between businesses.  They are also becoming a very popular attack vector for malware distributors.  You can read more about the types of attacks at Slashdot, and some of the other oftware that is being targeted with similar attacks, but the prevention is fairly easy ... patch early and patch often and use a different PDF viewer that doesn't auto execute scripts.

Source: Slashdot

Good news for small time netbooks

Subject: General Tech | September 22, 2008 - 02:03 PM |
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Intel's Atom has sprouted a new core and the boards that were designed for them to run on only need a BIOS update according to the news on DigiTimes.  That won't turn them into Core 2 Duos, but it will certainly help to extend the uses netbooks can be put to.

Source: Digitimes