Frag with a little style

Subject: General Tech | February 3, 2009 - 11:32 AM |
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Sometimes it is important to show off a little, and a nice monitor and mouse only go so far if you are using a nasty off-white keyboard.  The Razer Lycosa Mirror will help solve that problem, it's shiny finish and backlighting will look at home paired with any gaming mouse and widescreen LCD.  If you are the type that likes things to look good as well as sport a few extras

What to do after you've killed the NIC

Subject: General Tech | February 3, 2009 - 09:03 AM |
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Bigfoot Networks was big news about a year ago with the release of their 2 Killer NIC cards, designed to provide superior online gaming by eliminating lag, as well as some other specific settings and options.  While there was at least some benefit to using the cards, it was hard to justify spending $150 or so to see a tiny improvement to the NIC built into your motherboard.  They have been busy, trying to get their cards into boutique system builds, like Alienware, but we haven't seen anything new from them.  Th

Windows 7: Security in Question

Subject: General Tech | February 2, 2009 - 09:06 AM |
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While I first saw this information posted on Leo Laporte's blog last week, Dailytech has a good write up on the issue and a response from Microsoft on a possible issue that leaves UAC in state that is less secure than some people would like.  The person who details the attack issue even claims that this should vindicate the security in Windows Vista.

Source: Daily Tech

Richard Skrenta and Elk Cloner, an anniversary we could do without

Subject: General Tech | January 30, 2009 - 01:31 PM |
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Usually when you are looking for recommendations on security software like anti-virus, you ask those in the know to tell you their favourites.  You can also gain a lot by asking them which are the worst anti-virus programs, to build a list of software to avoid, just like in this thread27 years after the inception, the problem just keeps going like some sort of infected Energizer Bunny.

Intel seems to be getting bored

Subject: General Tech | January 30, 2009 - 08:40 AM |
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AMD hasn't been holding up their end of the fight recently, and as they can't manage to pick up nVIDIA, Intel has decided to take on any comers.  The recent battleground has been to make the smallest possible system, a special niche that was the exclusive territory of VIA.  That hasn't stopped Intel's Atom smashing into the market and making the netbook popular.  Now they are setting their sights on Microsoft and the Linux community by developing Moblin, their own mobile OS. 

Source: The Inquirer

Losing a little polish

Subject: General Tech | January 29, 2009 - 09:23 AM |
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That popular new kid on the browser block, Google Chrome, has had a little of it's shine knocked off thanks to a clickjacking vulnerability recently discovered.  Following the link [H]ard|OCP will bring you to the Bugtraq page and a proof of concept for the vulnerability.  Unfortunately, the link does not lead to a solution or workaround, Google is still working on that.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

I feel them scratching inside my mind

Subject: General Tech | January 28, 2009 - 09:17 AM |
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The Tryanid are already here!  If you bought the Dawn of War: Soul Storm expansion you could have played yesterday, everyone else can pick up the multiplayer demo via Steam today.  bit-tech did pick up the multiplayer demo early enough to test it, and give you some insights into the Humans, Orcs, Eldar and Tyranid.  The learning curve is steep, as the designers have broken away from the major base building focus of most previous RTS games, as well as keeping the pseudo-RPG elemen

Source: bit-tech

A new course for AMD's R&D?

Subject: General Tech | January 28, 2009 - 08:51 AM |
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Virage has been a fair sized name in Intellectual Property in the semiconductor business, a gripping and exciting business for lawyers and accountants, but not really the target of much attention for enthusiasts.  A deal between Virage and AMD may be worth more than a glimpse, as it could change the face of the market a bit by introducing a new player.  Virage has a solid ability in R&D, but no physical product for sale and no experienced infrastructure get products into the channel.  AMD has a large channel, but R&D can be slow, especially developing both CPUs and GPUs.

Source: The Inquirer

Galaxy Expands Retail Business with Partnership with Best Buy

Subject: General Tech | January 27, 2009 - 10:04 AM |
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Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong January 27, 2009 - Galaxy Microsystems Ltd a leading global manufacturer of graphics accelerators, today announced that it has shipped product to Best Buy. Galaxy graphic accelerators will be available in top-selling stores immediately.

"Galaxy has private labeled for years for many of the US graphics companies and now they are excited to offer their superior quality, great service, and aggressive prices under their own name.

On die cooling to prevent heat death

Subject: General Tech | January 27, 2009 - 09:01 AM |
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The biggest problem about multi-core processors is the high amount of heat that can be produced in small areas, like the interconnects; as evidenced by the 2lb slabs of copper and model helicopter rotors we strap to them to keep them cool.  Intel in cooperation with several other research groups have discovered a way to incorporate TECs inside the actual chip packaging.  The idea is to target the hot spots on processors, as opposed to housing the entire chip on a TEC, which may keep costs down as well as energy consumption.

Source: Slashdot

Entry level SLI

Subject: General Tech | January 26, 2009 - 10:26 AM |
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It certainly seems counterintuitive, but there is now such a thing as an entry level SLI machine.  The ASRock N7AD-SLI Socket 775 nForce 740 SLI Motherboard can give you the base of the system, and a pair of 9800 or 8800 cards can give you some nice performance.  On the other hand you may have a better experience with a single higher end card, but that wouldn't give you much in the way of bragging rights. 

Gaming on a beta

Subject: General Tech | January 26, 2009 - 09:09 AM |
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ExtremeTech sacrificed the last week playing a through a long list of games on the Windows 7 beta.  A lot of the features, like Game Explorer will be familiar to Vista users.  One big difference is that just about every game they tested work perfectly, or with a minimum of problems.  They even go fairly far back into the past, resurrecting games you may not have thought about in years, which you can still play on Windows 7.

Source: Extremetech

All the news that's fit to type

Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2009 - 03:10 PM |
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It seems amazing that the memory of one bad occurrence
can stick in the memory and be pulled out years later to refute current fact.  You still run into claims that VIA chipsets are horribly unstable and inefficient and that ATI drivers are bad.  In the Processor forum, an old video of Tom's has reared it's head in a thread talking about how AMD chips have a higher failure rate than Intel.  Thankfully, the fellows here on the forums set the record straight. 

Intel Chairman Craig Barrett to Retire in May

Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2009 - 10:40 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 23, 2009 - Intel Corporation today announced that Craig Barrett intends to retire from active management and his role as chairman and member of the board of directors in May at the company's annual stockholders' meeting.

Barrett joined Intel in 1974 and has served in many capacities including CEO from 1998 through 2005. In recent years, Barrett has been active in Intel's World Ahead Program bringing information technology to emerging economies and has been active in issues as far ranging as education, health care and U.S. competitiveness.

Free yourself from the leash

Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2009 - 10:37 AM |
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Sleek-Audio has released a new W1 Wireless Kit, consisting of a pair of earbud headphones and a receiver at one end and a small transmitter to plug into a portable music device, like an MP3 player or music phone.  It is broadcast using proprietary technology, not Bluetooth and has a throughput of approximately 2.4 Mbps, enough to ensure no degradation in audio quality.  If that interests you at all, check out the full review at techPowerUp!

Source: techPowerUp!

Vista's last hope before 7

Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2009 - 08:57 AM |
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TechARP is all about Vista Service Pack 2; first by reporting on the likely release dates, and now on the features that SP2 will add.  You will see support for 64-bit CPUs from VIA, more Wi-Fi features, even improvements to DirectX.  If Windows 7 releases according to schedule, Vista is in for a very short run; hopefully SP2 will help people remember it in the future with a little less loathing.

Source: Tech ARP

AMD Reports Fourth Quarter and Annual Results

Subject: General Tech | January 22, 2009 - 02:17 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Jan. 22, 2009 - AMD (NYSE:AMD) today reported fourth quarter 2008 revenue from continuing operations of $1.162 billion. Fourth quarter 2008 revenue decreased 35 percent compared to the third quarter of 2008 and 33 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2007. Fourth quarter 2008 revenue was down 28 percent sequentially, excluding third quarter 2008 process technology license revenue of $191 million.

In the fourth quarter of 2008, AMD reported a net loss of $1.424 billion, or $2.34 per share.

Source: AMD

Not so pretty in pink

Subject: General Tech | January 22, 2009 - 08:51 AM |
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The bumpy ride downhill for the IT industry has picked up a little more speed today.  Slashdot has linked to three very similar stories of woe for three major tech players.  Microsoft is going to spend the next 18 months laying off up to 5,000 employees, with no specifics on where these jobs will be lost. 
As we saw yesterday afternoon, Intel is shutting down two elderly U.S.

Source: Slashdot

Intel to Consolidate Manufacturing Operations; Company to Halt Production at Five Older Factories

Subject: General Tech | January 21, 2009 - 02:44 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 21, 2009 - Intel Corporation today disclosed plans to restructure some of its manufacturing operations and align its manufacturing capacity to current market conditions. The company will consolidate and streamline some older capacity without impacting the deployment of new, leading-edge 45-nanometer and 32-nanometer manufacturing capacity.

The company plans to close two existing assembly test facilities in Penang, Malaysia and one in Cavite, Philippines, and will halt production at Fab 20, an older 200mm wafer fabrication facility in Hillsboro, Ore.

Wacom's middle tablet

Subject: General Tech | January 21, 2009 - 10:34 AM |
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If you are a graphics professional, you have probably had your eyes on the Wacom Cintiq, and if you have just started in on the idea of tablets, you are more likely to be looking at the Graphire.  For those who have graduated from the Graphire, but aren't ready to invest in a Cintiq, there is the Intuos.  MaximumCPU tried out the tablet, pen and mouse, so drop by for a look.

Source: Maximum CPU