Putting a value on your entertainment

Subject: General Tech | July 12, 2010 - 12:13 PM |

At a recent trip to the movies, it occurred to The Tech Report that something was amiss in the value they received for their money at the theatre.  The movie in question was the new 3D version of Toy Story 3, which they hoped would be a great chance for Pixar to show off the evolution of 3D in the theatre.  Unfortunately while the extra dimension did not detract from the experience it also did not add much either.  As they dropped $30 for a pair of tickets and just over an hour of entertainment, TR couldn't help

Consider your self a bit of a musician? Get some tips for your production machine.

Subject: General Tech | July 8, 2010 - 03:49 PM |

In the first part of ExtremeTech's series on making a Home Music Production machine they covered some of the basics for set up; suggesting an OS and hard drive were two of the main points.  In this second part they assume the machine is built and running but the job is not yet finished as there are several OS tweaks to consider.  The article focuses on Win7 64bit edition and there are several services to turn of as well as some suggestions on where to get your audio drivers from.  If you are considering using a PC to enhance the music and content you create

Source: Extremetech

The only possible excuse for miming the use of a mouse

Subject: General Tech | July 8, 2010 - 03:21 PM |

The aptly named Mouseless is a way to use a mouse without the need for a physical lump o' plastic cupped in your hands.  It consists of an infrared laser beam and an infrared camera which are installed on the computer you will be using.  The beam projects over the surface your hand will be on while the camera keeps track of the motion of your hand and fingers as the way that they break the plane of the beam changes.  MAKE:Blog didn't find any open source plans for th

Source: MAKE: Blog

Something a little different in the form of Puzzle Agent

Subject: General Tech | July 7, 2010 - 04:47 PM |

At just $10, Nelson Tethers: Puzzle Agent isn't much of an investment and it is guaranteed to bring a smile to the face of anyone who likes point and click puzzle games.  The hook is the storyline that you follow and the characters that you will be clicking on, this type of game really allows dialogue to come through in a way unique to this genre.  From the reaction Ars Technica had to the game it might not be perfectly appropriate to play with young offspring it will at least kee

Source: 3DCenter

If you absotively posilutely have to have Flash on your iPad

Subject: General Tech | July 7, 2010 - 04:31 PM |

If you can't give up your Flash apps Engadget can tell you about the Frash app, available to install on jailbroken iPads.  Once you've unlocked the iPad and have installed software able to communicate between your machine and iPad and installed Frash then you will get an 'F' icon on embedded Flash elements and clicking that will enable playback.  The app is still very young and the Flash playback is a little less smooth than you might want but at least you won't be

Source: engadget

A brief history of the second most used processor architecture

Subject: General Tech | July 6, 2010 - 04:58 PM |

ARM thinks small but has grown larger than you might realize, there are an estimated 20 billion of the tiny processors in use.  Growing from a small co-processor that would happily work with several existing processors already available on the market to it's current status of comprehensive System on a Chip.  Strangely on of the biggest secrets of their success, the incredibly low power required to run these chips was not even a consideration in the original design of the chip but they have since realized and capitalized on that to ensure dominance in the embedded chip market.&nbsp

Source: The Inquirer

PC Perspective: Long Weekend Gaming Edition

Subject: General Tech | July 3, 2010 - 09:01 AM |

Another E3 has come and gone, while a lot of attention was given to Kinect, Move, and the 3DS, it also turns out to have been a good show for PC games as well. Let's start off some E3 related news first.

Portal 2 E3 Videos

While we knew that Portal 2 was coming from Valve, their big announcement was that it was also going to get release on the PS3. I admit to have never played the original Portal, and I all those times I laughed at your Portal jokes, I was just faking it.

Source: General

2010 is halfway gone and still no Monolith or flying cars!

Subject: General Tech | July 2, 2010 - 06:19 PM |

It's Friday again and for those of us still working the traditional days, it is the reward for surviving one of those weeks ...

Good news everybody, you can get rid of all of your A/V connectors

Subject: General Tech | July 2, 2010 - 12:02 PM |

It might seem a little frustrating for whose who have invested hundreds of dollars in HDMI and other cabling but it looks like you will need to find another use for the random A/V wires around the house.  It looks like several major manufacturers will be switching to CAT5e/6 as a standard for A/V cabling.  This offers some serious benefits, for instance RJ-45 ends tend to be significantly more robust that s-video.  As well the distance you are able to send a signal, in this case 328' is mu

Source: Daily Tech

Intel's planned releases and price breaks

Subject: General Tech | July 1, 2010 - 03:01 PM |

DigiTimes got the low down on what new desktop processors we are going to see from Intel over the coming months as well as what those releases should do to the prices of existing CPUs.  Check out that Core-i7 950 price drop!

If you are more curious about the mobility side, Jon recently posted that list as well, which you can see here.

Source: Digitimes

Call shotgun with a directional microphone

Subject: General Tech | June 30, 2010 - 05:39 PM |

When you get sick of having lousy audio on recordings you make for live broadcast or for prosperity, and start researching good audio solutions one particular style of microphone will come to your attention.  The Audio-Technica ATR 6550
is a good example of a shotgun mic, a style of mic that is a little more directionally accurate than its name might suggest.  As far as a these mics go, the ATR 6550 is very well priced and offers s

Looking for another Carmaggedon or Death Track; Blur ain't it

Subject: General Tech | June 30, 2010 - 05:01 PM |

Blur: Twisted Metal has been making news for a while now as a mix of Need for Speed and Twisted Metal, combining a racing game with a bit of good old destructive mayhem.  Most of the destruction is based off of on track pickups, five different weapons and three car power-ups
are available and none stack so don't bother picking up multiples.  It lacks the realism of many racing games and while the destruction is a little more extreme than Mario Cart, overall Techgage found it lacking in b


YouTube speaks up for Flash

Subject: General Tech | June 30, 2010 - 02:12 PM |

The Flash versus HTML5 debate, started before Jobs or the pr0n industry spurned Flash, rages on.  For the most part we hear about the problems Flash is so good at creating and the benefits that HTML5 offers, but one should wonder why it is that Flash has had such staying power.  YouTube spoke out recently about that, covering the benefits that Flash currently offers over HTML5, though considering the general youth of HTML5 they do not mean to imply that these features can never be incorporated into HTML5, these are the things it cannot do currently. 

Source: Slashdot

Bored with Win7 already; take a peek at Win8

Subject: General Tech | June 28, 2010 - 03:57 PM |

There is a sneak peek over at Engadget of some of the features that will be included in the new version of Windows.  There is little information on what improvements will be made to the kernel or the file system but they do have some goodies to share.  USB 3 and Bluetooth 3 are more integrated, facial recognition will be the norm and new states like logoff and hibernate will appear.  There will even be more leeway for OEMs to customize the version of

Source: engadget

Great Plains Batman! Microsoft's BSG turns 29 today.

Subject: General Tech | June 25, 2010 - 06:54 PM |

As PC Perspective's Forums age, like a fine blue cheese, it is nice to be reminded of past posts that are still solving problems for people today.  There is of course Ned's world famous AHCI post but
recently a newcomer was asking about improving their routers signal strength which revived an old thread that details how to build a directional antenna to extend the range of your WiFi.&

Adobe bumps its critical patch up by two weeks

Subject: General Tech | June 25, 2010 - 12:23 PM |

Earlier this month we learned that quite a few of Adobe's products come bearing an unwelcome gift, no matter which OS you use.  A critical vulnerability that is already being used in attacks.  The vulnerability would allow specially crafted pdfs and flash content to either crash your computer or in some cases allow an attacker to take control of your system.  Adobe has bumped up their patching schedule and will now release a fix for this next Wednesday and have already dealt with the flash vulnerability with the release of the

Source: The Inquirer

In case you thought Apple was the only one with lines today, Microsoft has them too

Subject: General Tech | June 24, 2010 - 03:06 PM |

I know that some people are all excited about the lines wrapping around city blocks for some Apple device that was released today, I wanted to show our unbiased coverage of the tech world with this EXCLUSIVE video of the opening of Microsoft store in San Diego!  There were literally TENS OF PEOPLE on site waiting for the ribbon cutting and the confetti to enter.

Which flavour of Linux do you prefer?

Subject: General Tech | June 24, 2010 - 01:29 PM |

Phoronix has grabbed five of the latest and greatest versions of Linux to see how they compare and which is best at various tasks.  Most of their testing compares the performance of common tasks in Linux, such as compressing and uncompressing as well as taking a look at multimedia performance.  As some of these distros are sepcifically designed with certain task in mind it seems that choosing the distro that fits your desired usage makes more sense than just grabbing the

Source: Phoronix

Rage will rock on either console

Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2010 - 12:45 PM |

id Tech 5 is the name of the engine that will drive Rage and the new instalment of the DOOM franchise and there has been some speculation as to whether that game engine will favour the XBox or the PlayStation.  The specific concern has to do with hitting the magical 60fps and keeping the game at that rate throughout the players experience.  John Carmack has spoken with Beyond3D and has assured them that while the challenges these two consoles differ, there is a solution for both.  The PC version's perfo

Source: Beyond3D