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

Killing off SSDs before they get established?

Subject: General Tech | September 4, 2009 - 11:58 AM |
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Slashdot has lined to an article about Intel's upcoming flash memory add-on that calls its self Braidwood.  The analyst who wrote the article speculates that it will be between 4 to 16GB of NAND memory will appear on motherboards in 2010, only raising the price of those boards by $20.  Seeing as how Braidwood will be a new feature on motherboards that will speed up boot and load times, assuming it works properly of course, Intel is not likely to add it onto high e

Source: Slashdot

eBay Inc. Signs to Sell Skype in Deal Valuing Communications Business at $2.75 Billion

Subject: General Tech | September 3, 2009 - 03:13 PM |
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SAN JOSE, California, eBay Inc. (NASDAQ:EBAY) today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its Skype communications unit in a deal valuing the business at $2.75 billion. The buyer, who will control an approximately 65 percent stake, is an investor group led by Silver Lake and includes Index Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz and the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) Investment Board.

Source: Skype

Streaming without wires

Subject: General Tech | September 2, 2009 - 03:29 PM |
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Audio streaming from a PC to a stereo system is no longer an uncommon practise, especially if your system has HDMI out so that you can display HD video from your PC to your TV.  A side effect of that is the appearance of a PC in close proximity to your TV and/or a profusion of wires running between the two.  A company called Audioengine wants to solve your cable clutter with their AW1 Wireless Audio Sender/Receiver, a handy little USB based broadcaster and receiver.  Check out the various configurations available

Source: ModSynergy

A puzzler with a split personality

Subject: General Tech | September 2, 2009 - 01:08 PM |
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Trine gives you a chance to play three characters at one, a fighter, a thief and a mage that are all trapped in one body.  You switch between them to progress through the game as each have different abilities.  The fighter comes with a large sword suitable for bashing through hostiles and physical objects.  The thief has a bow and arrow which can be used offensively or combined with a rope to give you access to otherwise impossible to reach areas.  The mage has the most interesting ability, he can move objects and summon blocks and bridges. 

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The final results of MSI's MOA

Subject: General Tech | September 2, 2009 - 12:34 PM |
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In what was the 2008 Olympic city
in Bejing the MSI sponsored 2009 Master Overclocking Arena took place.  Tweaktown has reduced the competition to a 32 minute
video of extreme overclocking.  The fastest parts on planet were combined with LN and the experience of the 20 teams that took place in the competition.  Drop by and see what the record overclock is now.

Source: TweakTown

It's going to be a busy fall

Subject: General Tech | September 1, 2009 - 11:58 AM |
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There seems to be a lot on the way in the second half of 2009, with most of the attention on AMD and nVIDIA.  AMD has just announced their 6 core Opteron EE is available and as it is a 40W processor it also counts as a low energy CPU.  6 cores without the power draw or temperature gain is good news for a lot of people, so DigiTimes' story will be music to a lot of ears.

Source: Digitimes

Sure it is young, but how good looking is it

Subject: General Tech | August 31, 2009 - 11:55 AM |
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TechARP has been testing Windows 7 since back in the days when it first put on its beta suit and went out to meet the world.  They have seen it change into a second beta outfit and watched its holes and bugs get washed out and now it has finally been released into the public eye.  They take a look at the new Aero Glass interface to see how attractive it is, as well as it's effect on the system.  Has Microsoft managed to make an OS that looks pretty and doesn't demand you buy it new things?  Read on

Source: Tech ARP

From every mountainside, let freedom ring

Subject: General Tech | August 28, 2009 - 06:28 PM |
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Right now you could say that we are in a golden age for GPUs.  The performance available at the $100 will have you running any modern game at reasonable frame rates with a little tweaking.  You can't turn on the bells and whistles, nor will you be able to set your resolution to 2560x1600, but you can run them.  The days of requiring a serious investment of cash to upgrade your card to bare minimum have gone, though they will return some day.  In the mean time if you are using an 8800 series card,

Make mousing easier

Subject: General Tech | August 28, 2009 - 02:07 PM |
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Killer gaming mice with multiple lasers or sensors, DPI resolution close to 10,000 and various weights to make your fragging perfect are great when you are at the PC.  The second you step away for some reason, those same features make it difficult to use on random surfaces.  The cord can also be a problem, say if your graphics card decides to only send to the TV in the other room and not to the monitor.  The Logitech Performance Mouse MX is your answer to that, being cordless and designed to work on almost any system. 

Source: I4U News

Another blow struck to wireless security

Subject: General Tech | August 28, 2009 - 12:23 PM |
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Wireless networking is really handy, no wires to drag or holes to drill and it is nice to be able to work where you want, as long as you are in range of your router.  The problem is security.  It has been over 2 years since the death of WEP as a useful tool to keep your packets safe.  Now it would seem that WPA has taken a bit of a beating.  The good news is that there are limits to this attack, you can gain the ability to read or change short packets, but you can neither read or chan

Source: Ars Technica

Field Programmable Gate Arrays, you're my only hope

Subject: General Tech | August 27, 2009 - 12:24 PM |
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The holographic slideshow is a reality, unfortunately they were aiming for a moving picture.  Current technology can render a nice holographic image by using all the processing power available, the problem being that there is nothing left to apply shading, or lighting and shadows.  A prototype card called the HORN-6 looks to be a huge step forward in the quest to bring animated holography to the big and small screen.  If you slap 4 of them in a system, you can get a nice holographic image that can be refreshed at a speed of 1 frame per second, sort of like Crysis on an IGP.&nbsp

Source: Ars Technica

How can I improve my B.J.?

Subject: General Tech | August 26, 2009 - 12:21 PM |
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If you are even peripherally aware of who BJ Blazkowicz
is or played the atrocity that was Enemy Territory then you have read at least one review of Wolfenstein.  What you may not have seen is a guide to making your game look better, though you may be familiar with the impact the Veil has on your werewolf's victims frames per second.  Tech Spot would like to fix that lack with a look into what kind of performance that you can expect from your GPU

Source: Tech Spot

Forget the i5, look what ACC can do now

Subject: General Tech | August 26, 2009 - 11:56 AM |
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If there is one particular BIOS option that AMD fans are all talking about, it would be Advanced Clock Configuration.  ACC can turn single core Semprons into a dual core Athlon X2.   Originally it was the Phenom II series, where 4 core parts were being having one or more core disabled and sold as lower priced chips having those cores unlocked via ACC.  Now we are heari

Not just earbuds, it's a mobile gaming communicator

Subject: General Tech | August 25, 2009 - 06:54 PM |
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Earbuds are handy when you are on the go or if you really don't like full earcups and the associated headgear, with in-ear being the most popular style currently.  Of the in-ear buds, the Razer Moray In-Ear Headphones are near the top of most people's lists and they have just been improved upon.  The Razer Moray+ Mobile Gaming Communicator
takes that design and adds an in-line microphone to the mix. 

Source: OCIA

Core i5 reveals its hot side

Subject: General Tech | August 25, 2009 - 12:12 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has revealed the overclocking potential of the Core i5 on their front page.  You won't see any performance benchmarks in their sneak peek, those are still a loosely kept secret.  What you will see is an impressive overclocking tool in action, and that is not a comment about the reviewer, it is about the i5 One Button OCing
tool.  With a simple push of a button

Source: [H]ard|OCP

A keyboard with a highlight reel

Subject: General Tech | August 24, 2009 - 03:17 PM |
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At $185 the Logitech G19 keyboard is a serious investment.  For that investment you get a keyboard with a 320x240 LCD that can display customizable system or game information.  It can even display video if you so desire.  There is also an even dozen programmable keys on the outside to let you customize your board to your own specifications.  There is a lot more to see on this board, so

Source: InsideHW

Racing for the bottom

Subject: General Tech | August 24, 2009 - 01:24 PM |
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The phrase racing for the bottom may have negative connotations for some, but when you are talking about delivering components for the lowest possible price then peoples eyes start to brighten.  Enthusiasts are all familiar with the cost of going to an X58 based system, so any way to have a lower priced Intel system will become very popular and we have a suspect.  The P55 that will be paired with the new Core i5 CPU has been previewed across the web over the past 2 weeks and one of the big attractions has been the price point. 

Source: AnandTech

Time to celebrate the other William S. Burroughs

Subject: General Tech | August 21, 2009 - 06:59 PM |
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Partial upgrades can be great fun, OS installation can give you thrills, heatsink installation can be fun, but the best way to give yourself a big adrenaline rush is to flash your BIOS.  It has been mentioned before in the forums once or twice, but it is worth repeating here on the front page ...

Ah ... backwards compatibility, my old nemesis

Subject: General Tech | August 21, 2009 - 11:49 AM |
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From the information in this Slashdot article, it is now a sure bet that the new graphics cards coming from AMD and nVIDIA will not be PCIe 3.0 cards.  The planned upgrade of the PCIe bus specifications and the associated hardware was due before years end and is now scheduled to appear sometime in Spring of 2010.  Once the new hardware arrives, the bandwidth available to the bus should jump from 5 gigatransfers per second to 8GT/s and because of a change in the encoding,

Source: Slashdot