A quiet chat with Steve Ballmer

Subject: General Tech | November 17, 2010 - 12:50 PM |

The current CEO of Microsoft might not quite be at the status of Richard Branson but for a tech company he is rather famous, especially when he loses his temper.  While there is no outburst in the interview he completed with Ars Technica there is certainly a lot to draw the attention of anyone interested in the current mindset of Microsoft and the plans they have for the future.  Four pages worth of questions and answers await.

Source: Ars Technica

SSD's getting cheaper at the cost of more expensive HDDs

Subject: General Tech | November 16, 2010 - 12:36 PM |

According to the numbers that DigiTimes is seeing, the drop in costs for SSDs are having an effect on the price of HDDs but don't expect to see the price per gigabyte get all that close.  We've seen price cuts from Intel and Adata is also going that route and you can expect the introduction of 20nm flash chips to also help drop the cost of SSDs over the coming year.  On the flip side it looks like large capacity HDDs are going to go up a little bit while the new flash is being rolled out.

Source: Digitimes

A sneak peek at Sandy Bridge

Subject: General Tech | November 15, 2010 - 12:54 PM |

The Tech Report has some nice pictures of the next generation of motherboards for Intel processors, aka Sandy Bridge or the 6 series.  They've a few examples from ASUS although not the full lineup of 17 motherboards. One of the most unique of the bunch is the Sabertooth P67 which has a Tactical Jacket, a plastic piece covering the entire motherboard except for slots, which is supposed to direct airflow over various onboard components.

"G2" (SandForce-1200) 64GB SSD $99 at Microcenter B&M or $105 shipped

Subject: General Tech | November 15, 2010 - 12:36 PM |

Allyn just had to pass on an amazing deal for an Sandforce based 64GB Micro Center SSD.  Sure you might not recognize the MicroCentre brand, but what really counts is the controller, the same one found in the Vertex 2 and Agility 2 SSD who's specs are in the SSD Decoder Ring.

At $99 plus shipping it is a great deal.

If you haven't noticed our forum restructure yet ...

Subject: General Tech | November 12, 2010 - 06:28 PM |

If you haven't been spending much time browsing through the forums, you might not have noticed that a lot of the smaller sub-forums have been rolled up into large, more active forums.  Whereas once we had segregated Motherboards not only into Intel versus AMD but also they were broken down by manufacturer they are now all together in one monster sized forum.  That means you can benefit from the multitude of eyes that will see your question, as all of our motherboard gurus are on the s

Patriot's new Inferno SSD burns through benchmarks

Subject: General Tech | November 12, 2010 - 01:23 PM |

Patriot's new SF-1222TA3-SBH based Inferno 120GB SSD features
Sandforce's DuraClass technology, meaning that it has a number of features designed to extend the life of the drive as well as prevent dips in speed due to the collection of garbage sectors over time and other neat tricks like real-time loss-less compression.  In Th

Some fun for AMD-centric hardware programmers

Subject: General Tech | November 12, 2010 - 12:09 PM |

If you have fond memories of flashing custom BIOSes that made hidden features accessible for you to tweak with then this story at Slashdot is going to excite you.  It seems a hardware hacker has posted documentation on a way to enable a debug mode in AMD processors.  If you are more into enabling cores via ACC then this might not be your cup of silicon tea but for many the idea of getting up close and personal with AMD's registers makes them a little hot. 

Source: Slashdot

FinalWire Announces AIDA64 v1.20

Subject: General Tech | November 11, 2010 - 07:41 PM |

BUDAPEST, Hungary - November 11, 2010 - FinalWire Ltd.

Source: Email

ARM outs their GPGPU

Subject: General Tech | November 11, 2010 - 02:45 PM |

While most eyes have been on AMD and their first APU, Zacate; ARM has revealed the new Mali T-604 OpenCL GPU.  Their choice of OpenCL over CUDA speaks to ARMs long history of supporting open standards, something that OpenCL is while nVIDIA's solution is at least for now considered proprietary.  They've also chosen a very different route, siting memory bandwidth limitations as a reason for eschewing textures in favour of directly computing screen data. 

Source: The Inquirer

Shush! I can't hear myself type

Subject: General Tech | November 10, 2010 - 02:58 PM |

Mechanical switch keyboards, the most famous being the IBM Model M with buckling spring keys will cause a reaction, for some it is a lovely sound but for most it is an incredible annoyance ... especially if the Model M user is a touch typist.

Guess how much Battlefield Play4Free costs

Subject: General Tech | November 10, 2010 - 02:44 PM |

EA is expanding their Battlefield series again, with a free to play mashed up game with BF2 maps and BF Bad Company 2 classes.  We will see it hit the web next spring expect for those who are signed up and will be accepted to the closed beta.  This is not the first free Battlefield game, though the implication is that this will be a more serious game than Battlefield Heros.  It may also bring back some old players of the Battlefield series upset with the release of BF: Vietnam, BF2 and BF2142 in such quick succession. 

A smart and simple way to increase 'free' Wi-Fi

Subject: General Tech | November 10, 2010 - 02:10 PM |

A researcher at Sophos has come up with a very simple answer to basic security on free wireless connections such as the ones you would find at coffee shops.  It is so simple that you might wonder why no one has thought of it before.  By simply applying the password 'free' to all WiFi hotspots, so that everyone already knows what the password is, you will enable the encryption available through WPA2.  That will mostly protect you from nastiness from programs like Firesheep and possibly even WireShark. 

Source: Slashdot

The ASUS Xonar sound bundle

Subject: General Tech | November 8, 2010 - 03:18 PM |

Picking up the Asus Xonar Xense Premium Gaming Audio Set will get you a Asus Xonar Xense One sound card and a Sennheiser PC 350 headset.  As you can tell by the $290 pricetag, this is intended for use as a high end sound solution and not simply a way to improve your sound during gaming.  An onboard solution will satisfy all but the most discerning of ears, unless you are intrigued by swappable op-amps and 150

Intel bets big on Sandy Bridge

Subject: General Tech | November 8, 2010 - 01:54 PM |

DigiTimes reports that Sandy Bridge is set to take a large share of Intel's chips going to market in early 2011.  According to unnamed motherboard makers, who should have a decent idea what is come, you will be seeing a huge influx of both Sandy Bridge CPUs and compatible motherboards.  At 20% of market share you can expect to see more than just high performance parts arriving.  Check it out here.

Source: Digitimes

Did you know that Ike Turner, Art Garfunkle and Angela Gossow share a birthday?

Subject: General Tech | November 5, 2010 - 06:15 PM |

When hardware dies, after the smoke clears and you determine whether

PowerColor is first with an overclocked HD6850

Subject: General Tech | November 5, 2010 - 05:09 PM |

Overclocked versions of AMD's new Northern Islands GPUs were inevitable and it seems PowerColor is in the enviable position of being first to market with one, the PowerColor HD 6850 PCS+ 1 GB.  It is pegged at an additional $10 above the base model's price and the clocks are 820MHz to to the base model's 775MHz on the core and effective DDR speeds of 1100MHz, 100MHz beyond the base price.  TechPowerUp!

Source: techPowerUp!

Over volt your head

Subject: General Tech | November 5, 2010 - 01:52 PM |

Humans don't come with a warranty to void, but you still might want to be careful putting what you learn from this Slashdot article to use.  The application of current to specific areas of the brain has been proven to improve or degrade mathematical skills, apparently at least semi-permanently.  Researchers saw that the direction of the current was very important and heading left to right it underclocked math skills and reduced performance.  It isn't a general ove

Source: Slashdot

Axiom speakers will let you bring the noise

Subject: General Tech | November 3, 2010 - 04:57 PM |

High quality headphones with the ability to project 5.1 dolby audio are very common now, almost to the point where the only decision you need to make is which brand name you feel closest to.  There are those who like to make noise in a less personal manner and want high quality speakers to blare out their favourite movies and music.  A good speaker set will set you back more than a headset and mic, but for some there is nothing like the sound of a good high end speaker set. 

A game worth picking up a Playstation for?

Subject: General Tech | November 3, 2010 - 12:26 PM |

As the focus of PC Perspective is obviously not gaming consoles it might seem strange to see a console game on the front page, especially a game for the out of date PS2 but all it takes is a read of this article at Ars Technica to see the draw that Ico possesses.  A very different type of game, lacking health bars and inventories and with a unique mechanism to control the NPC, Ico may draw some who do not normally show the slightest interest in console gaming.  A plus, an updated version for

Source: Ars Technica

Still trying to impress upon people the need for secure http

Subject: General Tech | November 3, 2010 - 12:09 PM |

Last week we saw the Firesheep extension for Firefox make an appearance and make social networking sites like Facebook more than a little nervous.  It moved the idea of account hijacking from a tiny risk that only a few knew how to execute to something anyone could use.  The extension has made the news and is forcing social media sites to acknowledge the risks, though little has been done as of yet.  The Register links to a report card on ho

Source: The Register