Hurrah for the CBC and the Plains of Abraham

Subject: General Tech | September 18, 2009 - 06:53 PM |
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There are those who hold that an easy install is best; put everything together and have the PC build run perfectly from the first time you touch the power button.  While it certainly makes everything smooth, you really aren't going to learn anything from a nice build.  It is the nightmare installations, the bizarre hardware incompatibilities and
the purely unique problems that teach you the tricks it takes to deal with PCs that do everything they can to leave your mind feeling bent, spindled, folded mutil

Microsoft attempts to smite Google ... again

Subject: General Tech | September 18, 2009 - 12:50 PM |
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This time it is their online office solution taking aim at Google Docs and TechReviewSource was one of the few who were gifted with access to the beta version.  As you'd expect, Word, Excel and PowerPoint are available,
along with OneNote all in a scaled down cloudy reflection of their Office Suite counterparts.  The ribbons may have been trimmed, but it is still obviously a beta as there were problems; the an inability to insert pictures into PowerPoint being an example.  Head over for the full

Intel's take on the P55

Subject: General Tech | September 17, 2009 - 02:07 PM |
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We have seen a lot of different P55 boards from a lot of different companies, except for the makers themselves.  The Intel DP55KG Extreme Series is their $209 flagship motherboard, sporting quite a few features, though perhaps not as many as other competitors.  6 phase power and some electrolytic capacitors might scare off the hard core enthusiast, but the board is worth taking seriously. 

Can Larrabee's B0 make it to IDF?

Subject: General Tech | September 17, 2009 - 11:59 AM |
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Just like that old favourite song you grew sick of but haven't heard in a while, Larrabee has returned.  The timing is a little tight for IDF but we may get to see a new look to Larrabee as the B0 stepping is in the fabs right now.  If the bugs have been worked out there will be a lot of interesting demos to see, whether it takes a few days or a weeks for them to appear.  Drop by SemiAccurate for information.

Source: SemiAccurate

A mouse in a storm needs a maximum acceleration stat

Subject: General Tech | September 16, 2009 - 03:10 PM |
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Cooler Master loves the Storm theme for a lot of their products with the Cooler Master Storm Sentinel Advance Gaming Mouse
being the newest member.  It is so advanced that this mouse actually houses 64KB of memory to keep track of your profiles and has a locking mechanism to make it very difficult to steal.  Think Computers has heard it will be for sale very soon at ~$60 and seeing how much they loved it you should really check it out.

It's Darkest of Days, the half a game

Subject: General Tech | September 16, 2009 - 12:51 PM |
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At the start of the review that Bjorn3D wrote about Darkest of Days, a new time travelling FPS with some interesting twists, the game sounds like a lot of fun.  Bayonets are almost as fun as a chain saw, and when was the last time you waited as your character slowly works at his muzzle loading gun instead of just slapping in a new clip?  In most cases you will be using period weaponry, but the trailers does show an attack of Roman Legionnaires being repelled by machine gun fire.  Everything was fun and games until their Radeon powered test machine died at the Pompeii level.&nbsp

Source: Bjorn3D

Intel's mobile division is under ARMs

Subject: General Tech | September 16, 2009 - 12:23 PM |
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IDF is all about 32nm and according to Intel, 32nm is all about mobile usage.  Ars Technica delves into the minds of Intel's mobile division in an attempt to divine when we might see x86 based System on a Chip based smart phones.  Their belief is that we shall see two separate families of 32nm processors, a fast but electrically leaky version and a significantly slower version that will not leak.  It is not hard to determine which version will be

Source: Ars Technica

“Beat Me If You Dare” competition offers a total cash purse of US$9000 and cutting-edge hardware

Subject: General Tech | September 15, 2009 - 01:44 PM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 11th September, 2009 - GIGABYTE, a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today announces the launch of a global Graphics Card overclocking competition, Beat Me If You Dare. This event coincides with the recent announcement of GIGABYTE’s latest family of Graphics Cards, the Super Overclock Series. Contestants around the world are invited to compete against the top scores set by GIGABYTE’s in-house overclocking team to win cash and prizes.

The champion of each round will receive USD1,500 cash.

A peek at the new Zune

Subject: General Tech | September 15, 2009 - 01:32 PM |
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Ars Technica just got their hands on the new Zune and posted a preview of its features.  Some things are nice to see, like the availability of apps for those who picked one up when they first went on sale, the obvious lack of support for third party apps is perhaps not so nice.  The 480 by 272 OLED screen
was a definite winner.   Drop by for the preview, they promise a full review soon.

Source: Ars Technica

IDF takes a look at Westmere

Subject: General Tech | September 14, 2009 - 12:36 PM |
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Sept. 14 in San Francisco is the beginning of this years Intel Developer Conference and it is shaping up to be a great one.  This will that be the introduction to Intel's 32nm processor family with Clarkdale on the desktop, and Arrandale for the mobile side, and we are expecting a lot.  As well there will be information on new transistor technology and news on Intel's System on a Chip projects.  Head to ExtremeTech for a preview of what is to come.

Source: Extremetech

Intel Announces Organizational Changes

Subject: General Tech | September 14, 2009 - 11:23 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., September 14, 2009 - Intel announced a number of important organizational changes today and expansion of some key executive responsibilities.

The changes align the business around the core competencies of Intel Architecture and world class manufacturing, placing operating responsibility for them in three senior executives.

Never let the marketing department name your silicon

Subject: General Tech | September 11, 2009 - 07:03 PM |
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This week has been busy, mostly with the release of Lynnfield finally upon us.  Ryan has done an outstanding job explaining how some Core i7s now fit LGA1156 motherboards while others are on the older LGA1366.  We also delved into the repercussions of losing the third memory channel and
moving the PCIe controller directly onto the processor, along with many other tech topics in this weeks PC Perspective Podcast.  There are still other CPU discussions of interest, f

It shouldn't give you PAX Mouse Pox

Subject: General Tech | September 11, 2009 - 06:03 PM |
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Steel Series was showing off their new mouse, the Xai at the latest hot vacation spot for H1N1, the Penny Arcade eXpo.  While it is a gaming mouse, with 8 buttons and a variable DPI it has two interesting features you might not expect.  It can function without a driver, meaning that all its buttons will work; something that cannot be said of all mice though it is becoming much more common.  The second is that it is an ambidextrous mouse, leftys and rightys
should both find this mouse comfortable and disease free. 

Source: OCMODSHOP

Chances are you won't even notice

Subject: General Tech | September 11, 2009 - 04:38 PM |
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In a move that is being ascribed to poor popularity, third party extensions to Skype, called Skype Extras are being phased out.  They included services like emoticon enhancements, backup services, and music player plug-ins.  No new addons will be certified and existing ones will be phased out
as their certificates expire.  If you work with Skype Extras, take the advice of this Slashdot link; either stop developing your next killer Skype app or find a different source of i

Source: Slashdot

Matrox was so ahead of its time

Subject: General Tech | September 10, 2009 - 04:48 PM |
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Ryan is not the only one impressed by the new multi-display technology AMD was displaying today, may sites had the exact same reaction.  Take The Tech Report's initial thoughts on Eyefinity, for instance.  They watched Dead Space being played on six Dell 30" monitors, @ 2560x1600, or in another way of speaking, more than 24 megapixels of 3D action @ 7680x3200.  No details forthcoming on the GPU or memory yet, but it won't be long before we get to see some sol

Something to kill while you are waiting

Subject: General Tech | September 9, 2009 - 04:08 PM |
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Those anxiously awaiting the announcement of the release date for Diablo III might want to take a look at Torchlight.  At PAX it was announced that the game will ship October 27th, giving dungeon crawlers everywhere a chance to feed their need.  Rock, Paper, Shotgun
are hosting a trailer which you can see right here
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Blast away at your TV

Subject: General Tech | September 7, 2009 - 03:34 PM |
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If you have gone out of your way to set up a nice HTPC system in a case that looks like a high end stereo component, pulling out a wireless mouse and keyboard ruins the illusion.  A device like the Logitech Harmony 1100 which is a high tech remote doesn't quite capture the feeling that some HTPC enthusiasts desire.  Why not pick up a controller that wouldn't look out of place in

YANAS - Yet another Atom smasher

Subject: General Tech | September 7, 2009 - 02:24 PM |
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In what some may see as a twist and others as to obvious to have talked about, the next low power processor to displace some of the Atom's market share will come from Intel.  It is hard to know if this will be a case of Intel competing against its self or will the new SU4100 ULV
represent a different portion of the Atom's market that AMD's Yukon platform is aimed at until it is released.

Source: Ars Technica

ATIC bids to buy Chartered Semiconductor; GlobalFoundries smiles politely

Subject: General Tech | September 6, 2009 - 11:23 PM |
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How is your holiday weekend going?  Would you like to spend it reading about how some companies are spending $3.9 billion?  As being reported on BusinessWire, and discussed earlier in the evening by SemiAccurate, ATIC, the company that owns GlobalFoundries (which used to be the manufacturing arm of AMD), is making a bid to pu

To labour, or to labor? Take Monday off and decide.

Subject: General Tech | September 4, 2009 - 05:30 PM |
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If you head on over to our Tech Talk Forum, you can get some hints on what our forum members consider the must have software for a PC.  Once you have Windows installed, which programs do you have to have?  If you are in the mood for something a little more light hearted, what is the strangest thing you have done to a PC or gadget?  Dropping by the Processor forum will have you embroiled in a storm of AMD speculation and predi