It's ribbons all the way down

Subject: General Tech | July 13, 2009 - 11:43 AM |
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With the fun and easy to understand changes to the UI of the Microsoft Office Suite in the 2008 version still fresh in the minds of students and office workers everywhere, the release of Office 2010 is being looked at with a bit of trepidation.  Thanks to a bit of an early opening, you can catch screenshots and movies of the office at HEXUS.  Over at The Inquirer is a brief summary of the changes to Office and to Microsoft's business model, as

Source: The Inquirer

Have you hugged your Tesla coil lately?

Subject: General Tech | July 10, 2009 - 06:14 PM |
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The internet is great, bringing you a broad variety of information and entertainment, some of which you want to see and some of which you wish you could bleach out of your brain.  Either way, when the tap runs dry or even just starts to falter a little, it can be a real brain teaser trying to track down the problem

All in one, or all in none?

Subject: General Tech | July 10, 2009 - 02:16 PM |
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The AKAI AISS010 All-In-One Entertainment System claims to be able to handle any input, and the list of acceptable inputs is fairly impressive; MP3/iPod/CD/DVD/Up-sampled DVD/USB/SD Flash cards/FM radio/Karaoke along with a HDMI output for up-sampled DVDs.  Tweaktown put those claims to the test as well as checking on the quality of the sounds.  In the end it was hard for them to determine how well received this system will be, there are some who may find

Source: TweakTown

A Corsair is only as good as his word

Subject: General Tech | July 10, 2009 - 11:37 AM |
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Corsair has been in the news recently for two issues, the first is the hold that has been put on Elpida Hyper-based Dominator GT modules.  The
second is the relabelling of PSUs from 80+Gold to 80+Silver because not all units could reach the 87% efficiency under full load that is required in order to meet a Gold rating.  HEXUS sits down with them to discuss the difference 2% can make as well as alternatives to Elpida to get the Dominator GT modules into production again.

Source: Hexus

7 + 4 = FAST!

Subject: General Tech | July 9, 2009 - 12:21 PM |
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While you are still not going to see a PC capable of an instant on, SSD RAID performance on Windows 7 in quite spectacular.  In their testing of the instant on capability [H]ard|OCP discovered that you are much better off with a single drive to get the fastest boot times.  The converse is true for those looking for the best performance once booted up, the more drives the better.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Deep thoughts, by Vint Cerf

Subject: General Tech | July 9, 2009 - 12:00 PM |
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Vint Cerf, Ray Kurzweil and Ray Merkle all spoke at a recent NASA event dealing with the near future of technology and the way it changes how those who use it interact with the world.  Vint Cerf touches on the future of the internet, social networks and how networks like Twitter, or whatever replaces it, will affect peoples lives.  Ray Kurzweil talks about consciousness and the implications of not being able to define or measure consciousness in any concrete manner.  Ray Merkle delved into the world of microbiological and nanotechnological self assembly, of which he is well acqu

Source: Slashdot

Are you a fan of overclocked video cards?

Subject: General Tech | July 8, 2009 - 06:59 PM |
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The Galaxy GTX 275 OC
that Ryan reviewed back in the beginning of June
, the one with with a 650 MHz core (vs. 633 MHz stock), a 1475 MHz shader (vs. 1404 MHz) and 1200 MHz memory (vs.

Breakin' the law ... breakin' the law!

Subject: General Tech | July 8, 2009 - 04:27 PM |
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If you want a fast, extremely sensitive gaming mouse, then you have to put up with a cord.  That's been the rule, until Razer decided to introduce the Mamba Wireless gaming mouse.  Even though it is wireless, this mouse provides 5,600 dpi of resolution, 1 ms latency and a 1,000 Hz polling rate.  You can even use it while recharging it, as it will function as a wired mouse while connected.  Could Hardware Secrets tell the differen

In GAR, the AI works for you

Subject: General Tech | July 8, 2009 - 12:28 PM |
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If someone was to talk to you about a game learning from the player, you might think back to games which claimed to adjust the difficulty on the fly depending on the players skills.  You might also remember not noticing it having any effect on the game.  In that case, the AI was working against the player, but in Galactic Arms Race, the AI is working with you.  It is a neural net that monitors your usage of weapons and evolves them according to your actions.  All the guns in the game are computer generated, as opposed to having stats coded into the game. 

Source: Slashdot

Feel the rays

Subject: General Tech | July 8, 2009 - 11:56 AM |
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Not that it has ever been mentioned before, but we at PC Perspective are very interested in the future of graphics in general and Ray Tracing in

Big sound from a small card

Subject: General Tech | July 7, 2009 - 03:56 PM |
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It might be stretching the point a bit to say that the Auzentech X-Fi Forte Low Profile
sound card
is the first designed for music, HTPCs and gaming, but it certainly has a talent with small form factor systems.  At barely 2" wide and 6" long, as well as lacking EMI shielding
the card looks minuscule
next to its bigger X-Fi brothers, a good sign for HTPC builders. 

Source: Overclock3D

For those still using ActiveX

Subject: General Tech | July 7, 2009 - 12:14 PM |
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Another ActiveX vulnerability has reared its ugly head on the net, this time a specific exploit targeting Microsoft Video ActiveX Control
which can give the attacker the same rights as the current user of the target PC.   If you are running Windows 7, Vista or Server 2008, you are perfectly safe as both immune as they do not pass data via this particular ActiveX control is protected, users of previous OSes might want to take a look at the workaround.  More information is available t

Source: The Register

Faster than a speeding 6800GT

Subject: General Tech | July 6, 2009 - 12:11 PM |
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The Inquirer has been sniffing around Taiwan trying to track down more information on the upcoming AMD rs880 chipset.  While it is fairly certain that this will herald the arrival of the onboard DX10.1 HD 4200 graphics core, the actual performance numbers are up in the air.  If what they translated is correct, you can expect to see performance about the level of a 6800GT or an ATI X800XL.  On the flip side,

Source: The Inquirer

Get out and enjoy some controlled, highly energetic chemical reactions

Subject: General Tech | July 3, 2009 - 05:57 PM |
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Meridian, one of our forum moderators is

Pimp your mouse

Subject: General Tech | July 3, 2009 - 04:46 PM |
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Although it is at its heart a Gigabyte GM-M7800, the Gigabyte Elegant Vogue Wireless Mouse
is much more than that.  18 karat gold highlights and Swarovski crystals
set off the two tone leather covering of this stylish mouse.  Make sure to grab yours quickly as there are only 10,000 being made and Hardware Zone has already grabbed one.

$130 could also get you an HD4770

Subject: General Tech | July 3, 2009 - 03:44 PM |
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Probably the biggest improvement of Bigfoot Networks since the release of the original Killer NIC is the drop in price of its new generation of network accelerators; the Killer Xeno Prois only $130.  It is based around a 400MHz PowerPC processor with 128MB of RAM and like the original it will bypass the Windows TCP/IP stack and handle networking by its self, thus freeing up your CPU to do other tasks. 

Source: AnandTech

You wouldn't keep a stock heatsink

Subject: General Tech | July 2, 2009 - 03:35 PM |
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Ditch the bundled headphones that came with your iPhone in favour of the Radius Atomic Bass Earphones for iPhone; your ears will love you.  This in-ear headphones can be yours for under $40 and will provide a much better sound quality than the stock headphones though perhaps not as good as $400 sets.  One of the big differences between them would be the quality of the microphone, which Think Computers found

If you build it, they will come?

Subject: General Tech | July 2, 2009 - 02:38 PM |
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The rumours of Ion 2 are growing, and with the nature of the industry they will become fact sooner rather than later.  As Jon Peddie put it to The Inquirer, we all are trapped in the mantra of Moore's law
If you don't build faster and better chips, you get left behind.  Most rumours agree that nVIDIA will double the shaders to 32, while simultaneously shrinking the die to keep the TDP relatively unchanged.  Having that many shaders might help general graphics performa

Source: The Inquirer

Busting ghosts, not GPUs

Subject: General Tech | July 1, 2009 - 03:44 PM |
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Ghostbusters is a game with a message, and that message is that you don't need Quad-SLI to run a 30" LCD all of the time.  In a way that is really good, as Ghostbusters does not seem to support multiple GPUs very well; that may be because it just isn't demanding enough to need them very much.  [H]ard|OCP had a 1GB HD4870 and a GTX260 running the game @ 2560x1600, with every option on its highest setting and were still averaging 40fps.  That is not to imply that this is a bad

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Hulu pulps Joost

Subject: General Tech | July 1, 2009 - 03:10 PM |
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Relative newcomer to the streaming content business Hulu has displaced Joost in the hearts of internet users as the favourite way to grab
online TV series and movies.  The original concept of Joost might have been a bit too broad, using bittorrent to distribute the content was certainly a great idea, but their concept of content was so broad they never managed to find a core group of users to depend upon to spread the good word.  Switching to a browser model put them in direct competition with Hulu, a content provider that does have a huge amount of users preaching the gospel of Hu

Source: Ars Technica