Thinking thin

Subject: General Tech | July 28, 2009 - 12:02 PM |
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Asustek and Acer are focusing their attentions on the thin end of the mobile market, choosing to not launch any netbooks, instead it is ultra-thin notebooks or CULVs whatever label you wish to give them.  The Eee line will expand with 12", 13.3" and 15" models along with 12" and 14" variants that will not have an optical drive.  Acer already has 13.3", 14.1" and 15.6" models, it will work on including discreet graphics cards and optical drives in those models and are abandoning the dual boot Windows XP/Android
netbook for the foreseeable future. 

Source: Digitimes

For mobile pack rats

Subject: General Tech | July 27, 2009 - 12:00 PM |
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One terabyte drives are fairly common now, but they come in 3.5" which is rather unfriendly for mobile users.  Western Digital is introducing 1TB 2.5" drives at a premium price.  Roughly double the cost of their larger brethren, there still many who will be clamouring for a chance to store 500GB of old unread email on their laptop so that they can complain the mail store runs slowly on their laptop as well as their desktop.  Others will be happy to store HD content for playback, without having to use an optical drive and drain their batteries even more quickly. 

Source: The Inquirer

Happy Birthday Marvin the Martian, you barely look 61!

Subject: General Tech | July 24, 2009 - 07:05 PM |
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Putting together a PC on the cheap is not a hard thing to do in this market, as long as you are not looking to break 3DMark records.  For a simple HTPC, there are a $50 graphics cards which will give you enough power to pump out HD content to a TV or monitor.  Size really isn't an issue either, though some will spend a little extra for that special box.  Once you are up and running, even on an HTPC, as long as you can connect

ASUS' HTPC slimming program

Subject: General Tech | July 24, 2009 - 03:43 PM |
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For a true audiophile, an onboard sound solution just won't cut it, nor will it get the most out of high end speakers.  The ASUS Xonar HDAV1.3 Slim can help, thanks to a pair of HDMI ports, Dolby Digital TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio surround sound formats are both fully supported.  The card also drops CPU usage to almost zero for sound processing, a great advantage if you are running a low powe

GLOBALFOUNDRIES Breaks Ground at Luther Forest Technology Campus

Subject: General Tech | July 24, 2009 - 01:14 PM |
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(Saratoga Springs, NY) - Luther Forest Technology Campus Economic Development Corporation (LFTC) today welcomed GLOBALFOUNDRIES as they held their official groundbreaking in Malta, NY for the construction of an approximately $4.2 billion microchip fabrication plant, called Fab 2. This marks the beginning for the construction of the most advanced chip fabrication plant in the world.

How much do you trust your iPhone 3GS

Subject: General Tech | July 24, 2009 - 11:32 AM |
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If you are using the shiny new iPhone to conduct your business, there is something you ought to know.  Purple Ra1n and Red Sn0w are two readily available programs that, along with a quick kernel customization installed on the iPhone, allows you to transfer an entire image of the phone to a PC in under an hour, or you can use them to grab live data with about 2 minutes work.  That remote kill feature?  Pop out the SIM card and the iPhone won't receive the signal to turn off.  

Source: The Inquirer

7600.16385 marks the spot

Subject: General Tech | July 23, 2009 - 12:02 PM |
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Windows 7 is on its way to manufacturers as Microsoft has finally signed off on it.  October 22 is still the release date when you can actually get your hands on the disk you pre-ordered a few months back.  OEMs get to play with the English version July 24 and the remaining languages on July 28 and various other groups receiving advanced copies.  One group that will not be receiving a present from Microsoft are the beta testers.  Unlike Vista, testers who actively participated in the public beta will not be receiving a copy of Windows 7 Ultimate Edition. 

Source: The Register

Play with the penguin

Subject: General Tech | July 22, 2009 - 12:04 PM |
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Setting up a Linux box doesn't mean you are limited to the few games that have been released to run on Linux, there are other alternatives.  One of the most familiar is WINE, which sets up a translation layer allowing you to run Windows programs, successfully most of the time even.  There are choices specifically designed to get you gaming on Linux and of course there is always the multiple OS solution.  Check out Linux.com to see how to become less productive

Source: Linux.com

AMD Continues 40th Anniversary Celebration with Shipment of 500 Millionth x86 Processor

Subject: General Tech | July 22, 2009 - 11:40 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the shipment of its 500 millionth x86 processor, a milestone enabled by the company's 40 years of innovation.

Source: AMD

Flying to the Moon on a hole punch

Subject: General Tech | July 21, 2009 - 12:01 PM |
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80 column punch cards were used to store programs back in the days before 1TB HDDs were common, and that is exactly what took Apollo 11 to the Moon.  The majority of the ground based programming done previous to launch was in Fortran and compiled on an IBM 360 with an huge 1MB of memory, up from the 64K IBM7904 used in Apollo 1.  Once in the air and sporting what is essentially hard coded software, there was no way to change the programs; the only control the ground had was to change the order in which they ran, allowing for adjustments in the flight path. 

Source: Linux.com

As heard on Batman

Subject: General Tech | July 20, 2009 - 03:43 PM |
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Tweaktown received an odd package containing the Zowie IO1.1 Professional Gaming bundle, a $90 set including a repainted Intellimouse, a large mousepad, extra feet for the mouse and a PS/2 adaptor.  Can an optical mouse and a pad that is described as uncomfortable meet with your expectations, or are you just going to end up chafed?  Here i

Source: TweakTown

Avoid those :headscratch: moments

Subject: General Tech | July 20, 2009 - 12:35 PM |
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You are digging through your old tech closet and you come across a cable that seems vaguely familiar but you can't place it.  Worse, someone hands you an old PC from a system builder that has long gone extinct with some sort of bizarre looking PCI slot that has a very important and very dead expansion card in it.  Thanks to MAKE:Blog you can access the handy Computer Hardware Poster that will show what the cast majority of slots, sockets and assorted other hardware looks like.&nb

Source: MAKE: Blog

To the moon Alice!

Subject: General Tech | July 17, 2009 - 07:03 PM |
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PC users have entered a new state of power consciousness, something that is probably a good idea as some high end PCs probably use more energy than the sum of the rest of the appliances in the house in which it is situated.  Mind you, with the cost of a pair of dual GPU cards and an i7 965, the only appliances in said house may well be a beer fridge and a coffee maker. 

Everyone needs a $2000 hard drive

Subject: General Tech | July 17, 2009 - 12:10 PM |
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Starting next Tuesday, 320GB, 160GB and 80GB Intel SSDs will be on the market for those that can afford them.  They will be using 34nm NAND chips
which will mean several things, the most obvious of which is the large capacities.  These larger drives will also have better performance that drives with older process flash memory and may reduce the price.  As Intel 160GB drives currently sell for just over $4/GB or $650 so a doubling of price, plus a premium for the large size would present a prohibitive cost to most enthusiasts. 

Source: The Inquirer

As seen on TWiT.tv

Subject: General Tech | July 16, 2009 - 12:15 PM |
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Those of you who have seen last nights live podcast will have heard of the hardware and software problems with the Marvell chip implementation of 6.0Gbs SATA.  ASUS, Gigabyte and MSI are all either delaying boards or removing the chips and support for the new SATA standard altogether.  We heard from Marvell during the podcast and Ryan read their statement live.  You can see the text version here, discussing the issue and what legacy support of PATA might or might not have to do with the problems.

This Syren has a nice pair

Subject: General Tech | July 15, 2009 - 06:13 PM |
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MSI, feeling discontented with only having motherboards, laptops and mice has expanded their product line up to include speakers.  The MSI SyrenSpeaker Mini
2.0 are an awfully cute 50x50x50mm box shape and weigh in at only 170g, so they are perfect for a mobile system or your desk at work.  They won't stand up to a 7.1 surround sound system, but at a 1/10th of the cost, they really are not designed to.  Check them out at Verdis Reviews.

Petite PC accessory

Subject: General Tech | July 15, 2009 - 04:37 PM |
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The body of the EnerMax Aurora Micro Aluminum Keyboard is one solid piece of aluminium with matte black plastic keys with what Enermax claims to be 'Everlasting key top printing', in a compact form factor. 
This means that while it does keep the solidity of the design, anyone who finds that one-size-fits-all gloves do anything but fit are going to have troubles with the some of the tiny keys.  If you do have hands on the small

Dibs on the Marauder

Subject: General Tech | July 15, 2009 - 12:52 PM |
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FASA has released its MechWarrior IP and one of the original creators of the PC games, Jordan Weisman has started a new company called 42 Entertainment which will be reviving the franchise as a multiplayer game.  His plan is to have a CoD4 like perpetual world with an upgradeable skill set to ensure that those who spend a lot of time in a favourite Mech will be rewarded.  There are also hints that the skills will apply to weapons as well.  You can check out the teaser video and get some

Source: Offworld