Green Bay plays better in January

Subject: General Tech | January 15, 2010 - 06:18 PM |
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To start off the second week of 2010 at the PC Perspective forums is some rather good news.  One of our members, Tim Shadler pulled of second place in the ASUS Xtreme Design Contest with his Eight-Tuner-Ruiner custom build.  His thread now has a demonstration video along with some rather creative unboxing videos of the various components that went into his build.  Please drop by his build thread to offer your congratulations and

ASUS is bringing USB 3.0 to AMD systems

Subject: General Tech | January 15, 2010 - 12:13 PM |
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The name is still a mystery, but the pictures at Elite Bastards tell a story of ASUS' new board.  The AM3 socket is obvious and the connectors include HDMI, DVI and VGA connectors so you can also be confident that there is onboard graphics, though it is hard to say that it will be a 785G board.  The big news that ASUS gave out along with the pictures is that the board will support SATA6 and USB 3.0, features that are very rare right now.

Upgrading graphics - So easy, a monkey can do it!

Subject: General Tech | January 14, 2010 - 02:49 PM |
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It's been a hot season for PC gamers, with the recent releases of games
like DiRT 2, Modern Warfare 2, and Dragon Age: Origins. To get the most
out of these games - to play at the best frame rates, at higher
resolutions, and with the most eye candy turned on - a graphics upgrade
might be in order, and, for some of your readers, that prospect may be a
bit daunting.

Source: AMD

Battle of the eBook readers: No guts; no glory

Subject: General Tech | January 14, 2010 - 11:58 AM |
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It has been a long time since the days when AMD and Intel had cage matches with sideshows involving Motorola, Texas Instruments and Cyrix.  The surviving competitors are aged and a bit tired, now content for occasional one-upmanship as opposed to major battles.  Now the only real conflict is between their lawyers on the courtroom floor; there is nothing along the lines of the race for 1GHz or the bizarre non-sequiturs like the 686 processor.

Source: Ars Technica

The Crysis suit did make you feel a bit like an Elemental

Subject: General Tech | January 13, 2010 - 02:32 PM |
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MechWarrior: Living Legends is a total conversion mod for Crysis which turns the game into a multiplayer BattleTech Arena battleground.  It is in open beta right now, letting you try out the almost completely finished game for your own.  The game rewards you for kills so that you can build credits to buy heavier mechs, as you first start you can only afford light mechs, ground vehicles
and aerospace fighters; similar to CounterStrike but with vehicles not weapons.  Currently

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Waiting for the first Windows 7 service pack?

Subject: General Tech | January 13, 2010 - 02:14 PM |
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If you are waiting for Win7 SP1, then Slashdot has some good news for you as they have some information on what it will be, if not when.  The Service Pack for Windows 7 has not been demanded with the same fervour as the Service Pack for Vista, partially due to the fact that a strong argument exists that Win7's identity was changed from being a complete change to Windows, with the MinWin kernel and a new file system into being a quick and dirty replacement for Vista.  Whether

Source: Slashdot

Razer joins the Roman army

Subject: General Tech | January 12, 2010 - 02:21 PM |
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Razer's new Imperator mouse eschews the fancy bat wings and LCD screens we have seen on mice recently, opting for a clean look.  That doesn't mean there are no features included, for instance the thumb buttons have the ability to slide backwards and forwards to place it in exactly the right spot.  The included software allows for programming the 7 buttons as well as the scroll wheel as well as vary the DPI from 100 to 5600 and even lets you program

Source: MetkuMods

Remember when we described RAM in terms of megabytes?

Subject: General Tech | January 12, 2010 - 12:17 PM |
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Not so long ago, just before 64bit OSes hit the mainstream market, there was many a flame war fought between proponents of different RAM amounts for systems.  The majority focused on the differences between 1GB and 2GB as well as the number of DIMMs used to reach those amounts.  Today you can drop in on Bjorn3D as they compare the relative merits of 6GB versus 12G

Source: Bjorn3D

A matter of stability and compatiblity

Subject: General Tech | January 12, 2010 - 12:01 PM |
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The Firefox 3.6 Release Candidate arrived on Friday, with many users considering it a minor upgrade and screams from some add-on developers.  The improvements come in the way of improved javascript performance, support for the WOFF font format, HTML 5, CSS, DOM web technologies, full screen open and native video and poster frames as well as one stability upgrade that has a few people up in arms. 

Source: The Register

Your own personal theatre

Subject: General Tech | January 11, 2010 - 02:13 PM |
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Picking up a 100W+ 5.1 surround sound system is guaranteed to make your ears happy and likely to occasionally make the ears of those around you upset.  Of course, just because your neighbours are unhappy is no reason to abandon positional audio in either gaming or while watching movies.  That is why products like the ROCCAT Kave 5.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset are popular.  PC Shop Talk takes a listen to these gaming headsets, which even feature a switch to tog

Source: PCShopTalk

It is a bit like a swine flu mask for your server

Subject: General Tech | January 11, 2010 - 11:50 AM |
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Secure Socket Layer is obsolete, so if you still refer to SSL connections it is time you meet Transport Layer Security, aka TLS or SSL/TLS.  TLS is a must in e-commerce, or any site that wants to ensure that any traffic between the server and a remote computer is encrypted so that it is much harder to intercept or change.  VPNs can be unwieldy for someone who simply wants to set up a server to share family movies or other media and getting a proper certificate from a certificate authority tends to cost money. 

Source: Ars Technica

Did you know PC Perspective is 10 years old?

Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2010 - 07:00 PM |
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A new year means new projects for the average computer geek, nerd or enthusiast; often utilizing parts that were wrapped in paper and living under a tree just a few short weeks ago.   Of course, not everyone gets a smooth ride, nor does everyone have instant inspiration as to what system to build.  Others have been slaving away trying to make PC Pe

Ryan on TWiT Live @ CES 2010 - right now!

Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2010 - 04:19 PM |
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Update: 4:45pm ET. It's all over now. The guys will be back on the show sometime soon. Still 2 more days of CES.

Ryan is on TWiT Live at CES 2010.

Hit this link:http://live.twit.tv/

The newly kindled lust for electronic ink

Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2010 - 11:51 AM |
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Call it mobile computing or ubiquitous computing, the fact is that people want smart devices which can connect to the internet, carry around huge amounts of data and don't weigh much.  One of the last analog holdouts is the book, but thanks to significant changes in technology the e-book is now here to stay.  They have been around in various configurations previously but never caught on; Amazon changed all of that a few short years ago.  Ars Technica postulates that 2010 will be the year of the e-book and from the examples we have been seeing this week at CES and from press rele

Source: Ars Technica

Razer Announces new XBOX 360 Peripherals - More Evidence of PC Gaming Decay?

Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2010 - 11:10 AM |
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Razer, the company best known for their PC peripherals for gamers, has announced two new products for the XBOX 360: the Onza gamepad, and the Chimera headset. The Onza is particularly interesting as it is a wired controller and does away with the D-Pad in favour of a 4-way button set. Being a USB peripheral, I wonder if it will work successfully on Windows?


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Keeping up with the nVIDIAns

Subject: General Tech | January 7, 2010 - 05:00 PM |
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If you want to keep up with all of the latest updates from CES 2010 that pertain to nVIDIA then there are some great ways to do so.  The best way is to keep your eyes on the front page of PC Perspective as we have several members on site providing live blogging as well as news posts.

Source: NVIDIA

Who ever would have guessed developers put shortcuts in for themselves?

Subject: General Tech | January 7, 2010 - 11:54 AM |
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If you are annoyed by the moniker 'God Mode' when it comes to the string that you can add to a folder name to create a super charged control panel then you may have forgotten your gaming history.  So called 'Cheat Codes' exist because developers have always allowed themselves back doors and shortcuts in order to test their programs.  It was hard to see how a level looked overall without no-clipping and looking for textures that don't match can be hard without God Mode enabled.

Futuremark Sells Mobile Division to Focus on PC Performance Software and Games

Subject: General Tech | January 7, 2010 - 11:39 AM |
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HELSINKI--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Futuremark today announced that it has sold its Mobile and Embedded business unit to Rightware, a new spin off company set up to accelerate the development and marketing of Futuremark’s benchmarks for the mobile and embedded industries.

Source: FUTUREMARK

GLOBALFOUNDRIES Gets a New, Big Partner

Subject: General Tech | January 7, 2010 - 12:32 AM |
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Since being able to successfully split from AMD, we have not heard a whole lot from GF these days.  While their process tech looks to be the most advanced out of all the other contract Fabs, their list of partners have been small...