There's a reason you don't have a Skype toolbar anymore

Subject: General Tech | January 21, 2011 - 11:59 AM |
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It might not be a record they wanted to set though you have to be impressed, the Skype toolbar single-handedly crashed 33,000 Firefox instances.  Even worse, the way it detected phone numbers was having a large detrimental effect on performance in general.  According to Ars Technica, for two weeks Mozilla tried to get someone at Skype to repair the problem for before opting to disable the add-on.  It is not uninstalled, just disabled

Source: Ars Technica

Jumping on the Sandwagon? ... BandyBridge? ... more P67 boards

Subject: General Tech | January 20, 2011 - 06:29 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has reviewed one of Gigabyte's new P67 boards, the descriptively named Gigabyte P67A-UD7.  It costs less than most X58 boards did while offering as many, or more features as most.  When they tried overclocking they ran into a big pile of fail with the Easy Tune 6 software, but since most successful overclocking is hardware, they did not hold that against the board as they had no problems overclocking manually.  The biggest draw wa

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Making music with Linux

Subject: General Tech | January 20, 2011 - 11:43 AM |
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Ars Technica has put together a guide for those who like to make their own music and don't have a trust fund to depend on to buy them mixers and the other equipment required to properly lay down tracks.  There are several choices of software offered to those willing to take the plunge into the world of Linux powerful enough to let you craft your music properly.  The learning curve is steep, much like that of the professional level equipment; the plus is that the qualit

Source: Ars Technica

Year of the ... tiny mobile PC thingy

Subject: General Tech | January 20, 2011 - 11:16 AM |
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At some point the marketers will figure out that it has been the Year of the Tablet for over 12 months now and pick a new moniker, but probably one that is quite similar as the focus on tiny form factors for PCs is still at the forefront.  Intel lead their newest chip family with the mid-range and lower powered models and AMD is all about Brazos and their G-series of chips.  That indicates that a lot of small sized, lower powered netbooks, tablets and likely complete systems built into other things, like the classic PC hidden in a touchscreen monitor.

Source: Digitimes

We actually have to stop picking on Duke come the spring

Subject: General Tech | January 19, 2011 - 11:56 AM |
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It is hard to believe that a game which has won so many awards already might have a release date.  After so long at the top of the vapourware charts, we might get to see Duke Nukem again before the heat death of the universe.  Techdirt spotted a release date for the Xbox 360 version of the game on Amazon, for May 31st.  It will most likely be a disappointment, a game which has killed studios and seen the coming and going of num

Source: techdirt

AMDs APU arrives on the embedded scene

Subject: General Tech | January 19, 2011 - 11:23 AM |
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AMD's Bobcat based G series of APUs have arrived and it seems that AMD has it's eyes on fulfilling the needs of embedded system clients.  Point of sale, casino attractions and thin clients that will benefit from the low power draw of the new APUs and can benefit from DX11 support along with OpenGL and OpenCL compatibility will be where we first see Fusion chips.  The Inquirer has heard nothing from the usual suspects as far as mini-ATX based boards for the rest of us but

Source: The Inquirer

Thermaltake's USB keyboard with n-key rollover

Subject: General Tech | January 18, 2011 - 12:24 PM |
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Josh and I had a preview of Thermaltakes eSports lineup in their suite at CES 2011 but it seems that Benchmark Reviews was sent the new MEKA G1 KB-MEG005US mechanical gaming keyboard for review.  The interesting trick that Thermaltake pulled off with this keyboard is n-key rollover.  For those elderly members of the PC Perspective audience that remember PS/2 keyboards probably remember that you could push down as many keys as you wanted and the signal would be sent, as opposed to USB based boards that top out around 6 simultaneous

Ogle some Orochi wafer shots

Subject: General Tech | January 18, 2011 - 11:47 AM |
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You might have to squint a bit to see around the many SemiAccurate watermarks on the pictures in order to see your silicon pr0n; they have posted shots of AMDs soon to be released Orochi wafers.  Head over to see the Global Foundries 32nm Bulldozer wafer, unfortunately no information is forthcoming at this time.

Source: SemiAccurate

DDRdrive tries to win friends and influence people

Subject: General Tech | January 17, 2011 - 11:31 AM |
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If you've don't think you've heard of a company called DDRdrive then you must have forgotten a review written by Allyn back in May 2009.  It compared favourably to the ioDrive and is one of the few products out there that can beat a high quality SSD at transfer speeds but it also brings along the disadvantages of a DDR based PCIe drive, it is not bootable.  Along with that rather large issue is the maximum storage capacity of 4GB which makes SSDs look huge in comparison as well as a price

Source: The Register

12 years ago Torontonians shocked to discover it occasionally snows during Canadian winters

Subject: General Tech | January 14, 2011 - 06:11 PM |
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Our Tech Talk Forum is a breeding ground for odd problems and inventive solutions, being the forum you post in when you just aren't sure exactly what the problem is in the first place.  That nature does lend its self to generally stated problems which can confound even the most knowledgeable of members.  If you do have a real headscratcher, the best idea is to start off describing the problem and anything that might be involved in as much detail as possible.  For instance this question may look long and ra

Finally, contact lenses that provide a HUD

Subject: General Tech | January 14, 2011 - 11:24 AM |
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Two of the more popular types of exhibits at CES 2011 dealt with either 3D TV, especially the glasses free kind and augmented reality,
involving a mobile device with a camera to overlay information on a real time view of your surroundings.  ExtremeTech is reporting on something that might well be able to combine the two applications and do it in a way that does not interfere with your interaction with non-virtual reality.  Scientists are working on contact lenses that sport LEDs allowing the dis

Source: Extremetech

Corsair sounds out a new market with a 2.1 surround sound system

Subject: General Tech | January 13, 2011 - 02:03 PM |
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Continuing in the tradition of every company making as diverse a product line as possible, Corsair has branched into speakers with their

Source: [H]ard|OCP

nVIDIA and TSMC hit a bit of a benchmark

Subject: General Tech | January 13, 2011 - 11:33 AM |
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The partnership between nVIDIA and TSMC (well, between TSMC and any of their customers) has not been without it's strained periods but they have remained together for a little over a decade now.  They have just hit a rather large benchmark, the shipping of the one billionth processor designed by nVIDA and fabbed by TSMC.  There is no breakdown at DigiTimes to tell us what percentage each of nVIDIA's chip families make up this billion but you can bet the G92 makes up a goodly portion of the overall sum.&nb

Source: Digitimes

The Millennium Falcon is iPhone compatible

Subject: General Tech | January 12, 2011 - 01:25 PM |
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Getting sick of Angry Birds and looking for something else to amuse your fingers on your mobile phone?  How about taking control of one of the quad laser turrets on the Millennium Falcon?  The Star Wars Arcade:Falcon Gunner lets you do just that.  You get to trade shots with the Empire with all the sounds from the franchise and use the gyroscope to full effect.  Check it out at t-break.

Source: t-break

AMD playing follow up with ARM architecture support

Subject: General Tech | January 12, 2011 - 11:14 AM |
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As you may have seen on the live broadcast of TWITCH from CES 2011 and from the editorial that Josh published of nVIDIA's Tegra 2 and Project Denver, nVIDIA's Tegra 2 supports ARM architecture at a high level.  Boot time is quickened and the performance is a large step above previous generations.  Unfortunately the same cannot be said about AMD, as their adoption pace is nowhere near the speed of nVIDIAs.   DigiTimes reports that many notebook makers feel AMD is really dragging their heels when it comes to making processors to support the existing ARM architecture.  That could spell trouble for AMD in the ultraportable market and is perhaps a contributing factor to the dismissal of Dirk Meyer from the top spot of AMD.

"AMD starting to develop display processors to support ARM architectures is correct in terms of marketability and market potential, but its pace is too slow compared with Nvidia's success with Tegra 2, according to Taiwan-based notebook makers."

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Source: Digitimes

Secure your peripherals with NZXT's Bunker

Subject: General Tech | January 11, 2011 - 03:17 PM |
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The NZXT Bunker looks similar to a fan controller in that it is installed into a 5.25" bay, though the function is rather different.  On the faceplate are 4 USB 2.0 connections and behind the scenes the Bunker attaches to an internal USB port on your motherboard.  The purpose of this device is to secure your wired USB peripherals and it does so with a locking mesh door that covers the connections, with enough space on the bottom for a cord to come through without being pinched, but not enough room for the actual USB connector to be removed and slid out.  

A quick way to boost your browsers performance in Linux

Subject: General Tech | January 11, 2011 - 11:28 AM |
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The main attraction of Linux for many of its users is the high degree of customization that can be achieved with a little study and a bit of work.  That also happens to be the main reason many have no desire to try to learn Linux and the tricks needed to get it to run perfectly.  Hack a Day has posted a rather handy and easy to implement tweak today involving the use of a RAMDisk to speed your internet browsers cache.  The article might be targeted towards speeding up your browser but yo

Source: Hack a Day

Take a moment to think before running Java apps

Subject: General Tech | January 10, 2011 - 12:24 PM |
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It is understandable that after a while we become desensitized to the pop up window asking to download a Java app to play an online game or to access a bandwidth test but you should keep in mind that is also a common vector for infection.  According to Slashdot several security firms are pointing to a rise in infections via a malicious program installed via that pop up window, especially now that social networking sites are including Java.  Make sure to

Source: Slashdot

CES 2011: What was missing? Intel Light Peak

Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2011 - 04:44 PM |
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We might be home from CES, but the coverage doesn't stop with that.  While watching some NFL playoffs we began to think that there was something missing from the show this year...oh yah, remember Intel Light Peak? 


Get a diverse view of CES 2011

Subject: General Tech | January 6, 2011 - 01:34 PM |
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The PC Perspective gang is hard at work bringing you all the news from CES 2011, battling our way through hordes of other media to bring you the best of the newest products.  You can catch all of our coverage by visiting our CES page.