High points in computational history; "On Computable Numbers" turns 74

Subject: General Tech | May 28, 2010 - 06:43 PM |
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It has been said before and it will be said again, but there is a good reason why the advice given in the PC Perspective Forums to those suffering from random reboots and failed POSTs is to remove everything, including the motherboard from the case and attempting to boot it.  It will save you a lot of headaches though it does help your testing when you have one of the best PSUs out there to help you determine what is at fault.

Computex: MSI Partner with Futuremark to provide the first public demonstration of 3DMark11

Subject: General Tech | May 28, 2010 - 06:00 PM |
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City of Industry, CA. - May 28, 2010 – Micro-Star International (MSI), a leading manufacturer of motherboards, graphics cards and consumer electronic devices today proudly announces its partnering with Futuremark, the world leader in 3D, mobile and PC benchmarking, to officially introduce 3DMark 11, the upcoming version of the world’s most popular benchmark for measuring 3D graphics performance of DirectX 11 gaming PCs.

Source: MSI

The iPad is fun for kids of all ages

Subject: General Tech | May 28, 2010 - 11:40 AM |
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Here at PC Perspective we really haven't jumped into the iPad frenzy, apart from a little speculation on who made the chip that powers it and some thoughts on Flash support.  Jon did find an interesting and brave use for his review model, letting his young children play with it. 

Powercolor's new HD5770 goes networking and grows extra heads

Subject: General Tech | May 27, 2010 - 12:11 PM |
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Powercolor is showing off two hybrid HD5770's that add extra and unexpected functionality to their offerings at Computex.  The first is the HD5770 Sniper which has a network processing unit onboard; think Killer NIC, though a different solution.  The second card is another HD5770, the Evolution, has a little present from LucidLogix on it called Hydra.  This is the form that the second release of Hydra is taking, originally planned as a discreet card they seem t

Source: The Inquirer

What kind of hardware does Sam Fisher need?

Subject: General Tech | May 26, 2010 - 12:50 PM |
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If you want to enjoy the latest installation of the Splinter Cell series
it helps to know just what hardware will give you the best experience.  That is [H]ard|OCP's goal in their article comparing the quality and performance of Splinter Cell: Conviction, as opposed to explaining what "Mark and Execute" is and how to use it in game.  Instead they will let you see the difference in performance between AMD and nVIDIA's latest cards when displaying the heavily updat

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Zonealarm Free finally catches up to the 64-bit world

Subject: General Tech | May 26, 2010 - 12:00 PM |
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When XP first appeared as a 64-bit OS, many peoples free firewall program of choice, ZoneAlarm, suddenly disappeared as an option.  As they came along, Vista and Win7, when installed as a 64-bit OS also could not use ZoneAlarm and people sought out different choices of free firewalls like Ghostwall or even resorted to the built in Windows firewall.

Source: Extremetech

Large bass sound from a small 2.1 speaker set

Subject: General Tech | May 25, 2010 - 01:23 PM |
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Eagle Tech has released a 2.1 speaker system called the Arion ET-AR506-BK, it is not very portable but they are appropriate for many setups.  The orange and black colour scheme might not work for everyone but the quality is certainly good enough for small rooms.  The two satellites have dual 3" midrange drivers and single 1" tweeter with 12.5W of power and the subwoofer has a nice 5" driver with 25W of power and claim a frequency

Source: Bjorn3D

Keep your eye on the tab, it may go phishing when your back is turned

Subject: General Tech | May 25, 2010 - 11:57 AM |
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With a good set of eyes and a familiarity with the websites you visit most redirects are fairly obvious and enough to rouse your suspicions enough to double check the URL; but what if the switch happens after that tab loses focus?  A new phishing technique waits until you switch tabs and reloads one of your background tabs with a nice login page of one of the sites you often log into, courtesy of the CSS history vulnerability.  When you click back to that page it will have a proper title, favicon and quite possibly an URL that matches as well. 

Source: Slashdot

The Momentus XT is a little bit platter, a little bit SSD

Subject: General Tech | May 24, 2010 - 02:56 PM |
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Seagate is trying to meet mobile users in the middle with the Momentus XT.  Their idea is to try to get the size and value per gigabyte of a platter based HDD with a performance boost to make it perform more like an SSD.  To do this they have mated a HDD, currently in 250GB, 320GB and 500GB as the most expensive with an MSRP of $156, and 4GB of MLC Flash storage, plus controller.  The flash is intended to hold the most frequently used files, thanks to an algorithm that
ensures faster response the more frequently a file is used.  AnandTech's testing did bear out this in pr

Source: AnandTech

Your PST file wants to be free

Subject: General Tech | May 24, 2010 - 02:36 PM |
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One of the biggest and most convincing arguments against Microsoft's Outlook email is that the PST files which it uses as a store for all information pertaining to an email account, not just the emails.  That PST file is almost impossible to get at without the credentials of the account which created it.  This makes moving your own email from Outlook to any other email program annoying but makes it almost impossible to switch an entire organization.  Microsoft has recently released some tool using Apache License 2.0.

Source: Ars Technica

PC Perspective - Weekend Gaming Edition

Subject: General Tech | May 22, 2010 - 08:00 AM |
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Epic Blames Piracy for Shift to Console Development. Follow the money.

Source: General

30 years of TaunTaun and Clyde jokes!

Subject: General Tech | May 21, 2010 - 06:18 PM |
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Over the past week a few visitors to PC Perspective may have received a warning about a suspicious advertisement from your antivirus program and we would just like you to know that the those responsible for that have had awful things happen to them.  You are safe again and thank you for letting us know.

Microsoft is in a beta release mood

Subject: General Tech | May 21, 2010 - 12:32 PM |
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Earlier this month the Office 2010 beta became available to most people if they were interested in seeing what the new Office offers in the way of ribbons.  Then Hotmail underwent an upgrade for many people, in part to allow people to use the new office to edit attachments in the cloud.  Now they are releasing betas for professional IT gurus in the form of the BizTalk Server 2010 and Server AppFabric.  BizTalk Server is an upgrade from the previous version, used to deal with database integration and backups.  AppFabric is new, and is targeted at increasing the efficiency o

Source: Ars Technica

Industry Leaders Announce Open Platform to Bring Web to TV

Subject: General Tech | May 20, 2010 - 02:48 PM |
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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (May 20, 2010) - Today at the Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco, leading industry players announced the development of Google TV-an open platform that adds the power of the web to the television viewing experience, ushering in a new category of devices for the living room.

Get a glimpse of the state of the gaming mouse market

Subject: General Tech | May 20, 2010 - 12:32 PM |
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Tweaktown is herding mice today, with four different gaming class mice up for review.  There is

Source: TweakTown

nVIDIA's open secret, the 'unreleased' GTX465

Subject: General Tech | May 20, 2010 - 11:51 AM |
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For a card that is still supposed to be under NDA we certainly know a lot about the upcoming entry level graphics card from nVIDA.  The GTX465 will have a total of 352 stream processors, 92 less than the GTX270, the 1GB memory will be clocked to 3,206MHz on a 256bit interface, again slower than the the 270.  The core will remain the same as the more expensive card at 607MHz, as will the process used to make the card.  Perhaps the only thing we are not truly sure of is the power draw of t

Source: Hexus

ASUS has updated their Eee nettop lineup

Subject: General Tech | May 19, 2010 - 02:27 PM |
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The Asus EeeBox EB1501 keeps the cute angled stand on the outside but has new insides intended to provide you with the performance for 1080p playback.  You will find an Atom 330 @ 1.6GHz, 2GB of DDR2 RAM, a 250GB hard drive, nVidia ION Integrated video card, a DVD drive and runs Windows 7 Home Premium 64.  On the back you will find an Ethernet port, eSATA port, HDMI and VGA out put and an S/PDIF for feeding 7.1 sound to a receiver. 

Can the hype and deliver some content for a change

Subject: General Tech | May 19, 2010 - 12:15 PM |
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Ars Technica is a little upset at the gaming industry and those attached to it like professional game critics or those who send hatemail to a reviewer that only gave their favourite game eight stars.  They discuss why it is impossible to give an accurate overview of a game from a preview at E3 and other meetings because in most cases the preview does not include any hands on time with the game.  At best you get a heavily scripted presentation and if you are really lucky you might get to spend 5 minutes playing a particular section of a game with the PR rep back seat driving for you.&

Source: Ars Technica

Windows Aero, resource hog and now a security risk too

Subject: General Tech | May 19, 2010 - 11:52 AM |
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The Canonical Display Driver is a little display driver that Windows uses to allow it's graphics device interface (GDI) communicate with DirectX, so if you use later versions of Windows it is on your PC.  It is not a case of AMD Catalyst versus nVIDIA's drivers, it lives further down in the depths of the OS passing data from the kernel level to the user level.  Apparently an exploit has been discovered that could allow an unexpected reboot to occur, which you could probably use to drive someone nuts, but also could result in remote code execution if the attacker found a way around a

Source: The Register