PC Perspective on TWiT Live: Episode 18

Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2009 - 02:16 PM |
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If you missed my weekly show on TWiT Live (http://live.twit.tv/) with Leo Laporte yesterday, we have the entirety of the show now available for you here.  In this episode we discussed the ASUS VW266H monitor, the Intel/AMD x86 legal battle, Windows 7 drivers, HD 4890 leaks, a couple of Super Talent USB drives and more!

Nothing to see here, move along

Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2009 - 11:47 AM |
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Any feelings of panic or urge to spread messages of doom prompted by the CPU level exploit vulnerability that Intel's chips are vulnerable to may be a little premature.  The exploit is real and does happen at a level which makes it almost immune to detection but it is about as hard to set up as cooling RAM down so it's data can be read even though it is powered down.  In this case you would need to know exact hardware to be able to exploit the weakness, this may appear in rare targeted attacks, but lacks the flexibility to survive as a popular hacking tool. 

Source: Ars Technica

Not to be used with Catalyst 9.3

Subject: General Tech | March 19, 2009 - 11:57 AM |
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While AMD's new driver may support Windows 7 except for a few small problems, the about to be released Internet Explorer 8 will not work.  Vista and XP should have no problems with it, and may even see some improvements.  The main drive of this release is security and from the testing we have seen it is likely that Microsoft has succeeded, unfortunately the
majority of added features have existed in the alternative browsers for a while now.  You can get more information v

Source: The Inquirer

New VIA In-Vehicle Platform for Driving Next-Generation Car PCs

Subject: General Tech | March 19, 2009 - 11:17 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, March 19, 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today released the VIA IVP-7500 board, the first in a series of dedicated x86 in-vehicle platforms for developers of car PCs and intelligent transportation devices.

The continued evolution of the PC as a multimedia playback device for audio and video entertainment means that car owners are now demanding access to their digital media library whilst on the ro

Party like it's 1699

Subject: General Tech | March 18, 2009 - 12:53 PM |
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The newest Total War is also the most modern, with the game taking place in the 18th century and it includes the Americas as something significantly more than an optional discovery.  Along with this more modern era comes gunpowder troops a little more reliable than arquebusiers
and cannons that have improved from bombards.  There is also greatly expanded naval control, you will be able to fight naval battles just like land battles instead of relying on the auto resolve.  Perhaps the most interesting development is the possibility of multiplayer campaigns, which we may see suppo

Source: Gamepyre

The third coming

Subject: General Tech | March 18, 2009 - 12:13 PM |
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In the beginning was the iPhone, but it's connectivity was not good.  Then the iPhone 3G arrived and there was joy ... for a while.  Now the shine has worn off, the screen is a little scratched and the people are crying for more.  Ready yourself for the next incarnation, the iPhone is getting a new OS and both programmers and users are excited about the new features and abilities.  See what the buzz is about at Slashdot.

Source: Slashdot

All ears for ASUS' upcoming release

Subject: General Tech | March 17, 2009 - 12:05 PM |
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The Guru of 3D managed to get a hold of an engineering sample from ASUS, their new Xonar Essence ST, not to be confused with the already available STX model.  At a glance, the card looks very similar to the STX, the differences are in the ICs on the board its self and the DAC card that was bundled with the audio card sample.  It is hard to get a handle on the performance of an audio card without hearing it for yourself, but from the praise given the ST in the preview, there is a goo

Source: Guru of 3D

Attacking the weakest link

Subject: General Tech | March 17, 2009 - 11:46 AM |
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If you haven't already memorized your DNS server, you might want to make it a goal, or at least write it down.  There is a new nasty out there called Trojan.Flush.M, which can be dangerous to anything connected to a network.  It only needs one vulnerable machine on a LAN or WAN, which it infects and sets up a rouge DNS server which then starts sending you off on phishing trips
whenever you try to browse.  For right now, if it is practical, you may want to enter your DNS manually, which will prevent you from being misdirected by an infected LAN, and you can also blacklist 64.86

Source: The Register

Let's talk Larrabee

Subject: General Tech | March 16, 2009 - 11:38 AM |
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The saga of Larrabee and ray traced graphics has been a topic on PC Perspective for quite a while now, not only in discussions on the board and podcasts, but even Ryan's chat with John Carmack.  On Friday he posted some new information about Larrabee's architecture, specifically the name of the new vector instruction set, aptly called 'Larrabee new instructions'. If you missed out on Friday due to other interests, take a look now.

Hot Threads at PCperspective

Subject: General Tech | March 13, 2009 - 05:59 PM |
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It is a stellar time to be an HTPC enthusiast, or to consider becoming one, thanks to AMD's new business model.  They've really opened up the bottom end of pricing in the market, you get to choose between multiple CPU architectures with prices well under $100 and with a list of features that wouldn't have been available on the top end CPUs in the recent past.  You can pick up one of

Browsing at full speed

Subject: General Tech | March 13, 2009 - 11:31 AM |
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In these days of sound bites, highlights and just generally shortened attention spans it can be very frustrating waiting for your browser to load so you can get at your media of choice.  To solve that problem and let you get your your entertainment as fast as possible, Legit Reviews held a race between 11 different browsers, including Opera, IE7 & 8, Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Seamonkey.  If getting heavily scripted pages up quickly is a must for you, then check out the full review.

Try launching this product with a straight face

Subject: General Tech | March 12, 2009 - 11:37 AM |
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GlacialLight, who are indeed related to GlacialTech, have released a new flashlight that also happens to be a very old joke.  The DynaSolar LED torch is indeed a solar powered flashlight.   Luckily it also comes with a hand crank for back up ...

Source: The Inquirer

New VIA VX855 Media System Processor Brings Power-Efficiency to 1080p HD Video Playback

Subject: General Tech | March 12, 2009 - 11:03 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 12 March 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA VX855 Media System Processor (MSP) - an ultra power efficient, all-in-one chipset that addresses the key performance and entertainment requirements of today's small form factor and mobile PC systems.

Increasingly, content is being filmed in high-definition (HD), with movies, TV shows and sporting events taking advantage of the smooth playback, extraordinary picture clarity, and brilliant colors that HD video offers.

Get as much bass as you want

Subject: General Tech | March 11, 2009 - 03:31 PM |
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Subwoofers can be easy to buy if you have an indiscriminate ear, as long as the wattage is high enough to shatter windows you will be happy.  For those looking for a specific LFE crossover and a good range are a little more hard to satisfy.  MektuMods has a suggestion; why not make your own subwoofer?  Their particular choices may not be available in your area, or might not have exactly the stats that you are looking for, but for the most part the physical construction will remain similar for

Source: MetkuMods

Obsessed with arm chair politicizing?

Subject: General Tech | March 11, 2009 - 12:04 PM |
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If you find yourself compelled to watch CSPAN, CNN and are still desperate for more political action then Gamepyre has the perfect game for you.  If you are more into using force and skill at arms to build an empire you may be better off with the Civilizations or Total War series, but if you love minutiae
and the thought of 11 different areas of government to keep track of leaves you all aquiver then Geo-Political Simulator 2009 might be far more interesting than the title suggests.  Don't expect t

Source: Gamepyre

Evolve or die

Subject: General Tech | March 11, 2009 - 11:18 AM |
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The Windows 7 public beta is enjoying a much warmer reception than Vista met and not only because there are more than a half dozen working drivers.  Microsoft has been talking with various new sources about what lessons they learned from Vista and how they managed to utilize that knowledge into making Windows 7 better.  They delve into the changes in the development process like the participation of third parties and the goal of making the beta as stable as an RC is expected to be and to make the RC as good as the final retail version.  That may never stop the mantra of 'wait fo

Source: Slashdot

It's an open 'book

Subject: General Tech | March 10, 2009 - 01:53 PM |
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Getting Linux to run on just about any platform around is no longer a challenge, the true fanatics are still trying to get that dead badger booting, but laptops are no longer interesting.  It is so common place that you can go to System76 and pick up a notebook pre-configured with Linux; currently Ubuntu 8.10 (x86_64) with the Linux 2.6.27 kernel, GNOME 2.24.1, X Server 1.5.2, GCC 4.3.2, and a proprietary NVIDIA driver.  The Serval Professional notebook that landed in Phoronix's lap was a 15.4" WSXGA+ display, with a C2D P8600 @ 2.40GHz, ICH9M, 4GB of DDR3 1066, a 32GB Intel X25-E Ex

Source: Phoronix

Enermax's alternate graphic

Subject: General Tech | March 10, 2009 - 11:59 AM |
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Don't ask why Enermax is now making keyboards, nor why they would make a laptop style model, with keys only a few millimetres tall, before you head to The Tech Report and see how well designed it is.  If you like a lot of extra buttons on your keyboard you may be disappointed, if you prefer a minimum of buttons and are happy with a pair of audio plugs and a pair of USB 2.0 plugs then you might just love the

Apple flavoured beta

Subject: General Tech | March 10, 2009 - 11:41 AM |
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The short and sweet outcome to Ars Technica's experiment is that you should stick with 32-bit if you plan on installing the Windows 7 Beta to your MacBook.  The 64-bit version will leave you with little to no driver support and a very crash happy Mac.  The 32-bit version will be up and running with only a minimum of extra work and Ars ended with a Windows Experience Score of 4.4, to give you an idea how well it finally ran.

Source: Ars Technica