It wasn't Whale and Dolphin, it was Pig and Cow!!!

Subject: General Tech | August 6, 2010 - 06:47 PM |

There are more than a few decades of cumulative knowledge available to our members in the PC Perspective Forums, so if you have a general question, such as a query about the quality of a certain brand of GPU reseller, the chances are very good you will have a few replies to let you know how well they do their jobs.  More specific questions might take a while but be patient, your chances are good that someone knows.

Apple stays with AMD, skips on Fermi

Subject: General Tech | August 6, 2010 - 11:46 AM |

According to The Inquirer it is official, the next breed of Apple iMacs and Mac Pros will be using the AMD instead of switching to an nVIDIA Fermi based GPU.  For the Mac Pro the standard will be the HD5770 with an optional upgrade to the HD5870 for those looking for more rendering power.  The iMacs will feature an HD5750 for the largest 27" model with the smaller versions using the HD5670 or HD4670 in some 22" models.  Looks like Apple still hasn't forgiven nVIDIA for B

Source: The Register

Acer makes it easy to meet the Chrome OS

Subject: General Tech | August 5, 2010 - 12:36 PM |

Acer is going to release a $375 dual boot laptop sometime in the near future, though they have not yet specified when.  The first OS is the familiar and aged WinXP and the second is the very young and unfamiliar Chrome OS from Google.  This should give you a chance to get to know Chrome and its capabilities while still being able to switch to a more familiar OS.  The Atom N450 processor and 1GB of RAM offer enough processing power for simple tasks, it sports a 10.1-inch screen and has a 160GB hard drive, so don't expect performance miracles but do expect it to be light. 

Source: The Inquirer

Cooler Master extends their mouse family line with the Inferno

Subject: General Tech | August 4, 2010 - 05:39 PM |

New around the pad is the CM Storm Inferno Laser Gaming Mouse a debatably
scaled down version of their Sentinel mouse.  Its buttons go all the way to 11, though they are in a rather unique configuration that should be viewed before you rush out to buy this mouth.  It sports CM's 4000 DPI Storm Tactical Laser Sensor
with five different customizable sensitivities and the buttons can be customized in a rather impressive variety of ways.  Head on over to Benc

What the web thinks about StarCraft II

Subject: General Tech | August 4, 2010 - 12:35 PM |

Here at PC Perspective, as well as at other sites like TechSpot, the focus was on performance.  The amount of change in hardware over the past decade means a lot to this new StarCraft, as the original did not have to worry about leveraging multiple cores on single CPUs or 3D effects using multiple GPUs.  Many will find the results an interesting look at a game that has been in development as long as a certain FPS but has actually stuck with a tec

A big platter based drive to go with your SSD

Subject: General Tech | August 4, 2010 - 11:56 AM |

When the Western Digital EcoGreen F4EG drive arrives in September it is going to be rather popular.  A new larger platter means that the 1.5TB and 2TB flavours will sport 3 platters instead of two which will bring power consumption down.  It does still remain a 5400rpm drive, though that will not matter so much if your OS and active programs reside on an SSD and the WD drive is used for large term storage as the 32MB cache and SATA 3 interface should give you enough bandwidth for that purpose. 

Source: The Register

Pump up the volume of your laptop without adding to the weight

Subject: General Tech | August 3, 2010 - 12:14 PM |

If you are looking to boost the audio on your laptop by carrying around some extra speakers you run the risk of an encumbrance penalty, as the speakers large enough to sound good are bulky and the tiny ones tend to sound no better than the ones built into the laptop.  The Choiix Boom Boom
compromises and comes in a form reminiscent of an iPhone (12mm x 160mm x 90mm), though in reality it is a clamshell which opens to reveal the grill covering the 4 speakers inside.  Powered by USB and connected via a 3.5mm RCA jack so there will be a pair of wires connecting the speaker. 

It's not patch Tuesday but you should hit Windows Update

Subject: General Tech | August 3, 2010 - 11:35 AM |

Earlier in July a rather nasty Windows flaw that takes advantage of the way that Windows displays Control Panel shortcuts to install a rootkit on your system appeared.  Simply displaying the icon, via explorer for instance, would give the attacker control and that control was targeted at a rather specific and unpleasant task, the disruption of programs used to control and monitor large manufacturing plants.  As [H]ard|OCP

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Mr. Hoffa, I presume?

Subject: General Tech | July 30, 2010 - 06:26 PM |

There are a wide variety of questions in the Tech Talk Forum, especially now that the Webmastering forum has been merged into it.  You can find questions and recommendations on system builds, printer choices and choice software but a request for viruses is always goi

Llano and Ontario make an early appearance on BOINC

Subject: General Tech | July 30, 2010 - 11:39 AM |

It looks like AMD was trying to get an idea of how their new chips will work by running a little bit of distributed computing and someone noticed.  BOINC does only measure two types of performance in their benchmark, floating point and integer speeds but that is still enough to tell us about the performance of the chips.  The Ontario core hit 1,300+ million ops/s on with its floating point performance and just over 3,000 million ops/s in integer speeds, which puts it above the Atom at 871 million ops/sec for floating point and 2,249 integer. 

Source: SemiAccurate

Another peek at Intel's coming year

Subject: General Tech | July 29, 2010 - 11:33 AM |

As is usual, Intel declined to comment on the information that DigiTimes has uncovered about the plans Intel has for 2011 but don't let that shake your confidence that DigiTimes is probably right on the money.  The upcoming Waimea Bay platform will consist of a Sandy Bridge E-based processor in conjunction with the Patsburg chipset and will handle the upcoming generation of DDR3 as it will support RAM speeding up to 2666, though it may be a while before we see that RAM.  Bromolow will be giving some love

Source: Digitimes

That game that came out yesterday

Subject: General Tech | July 28, 2010 - 12:18 PM |

It has become usual for the release of a PC game to disappoint anyone who tries to grab it on the first day, as brick and mortar stores can't be bothered to carry enough physical copies and the publishers download service collapses under what should have been an expected demand, but many people are now happily playing.  Many of those are probably finding that their actions per minute aren't quite as impressive as they were a decade ago but the nostalgia combined with the new experience is a formidable pair. 

Intel's illuminating new transfer technology

Subject: General Tech | July 28, 2010 - 12:00 PM |

The big news from Intel yesterday was the announcement of photonic signalling to transfer data at an incredible 50Gbs and that is just to start.  Using four non-interfering wavelengths of light in the form of silicon lasers, Intel has found a way to combine the four wavelengths each capable of 12.5Gbs into a single signal which can be passed across to a receiver that can then split the signal into the original four beams.  They are talking of scaling up to 40 beams or 1Tbs which sounds a lot more interesting than TBS reruns.

More news about AMDs upcoming chips

Subject: General Tech | July 27, 2010 - 12:29 PM |

DigiTimes has some news on AMD's release plans for the near future.  We should see an integrated USB 3.0 controller on the upcoming Hudson D1 southbridge chipsets that will be arriving before the end of the year.  Along with that release a number of processors including the Phenom II X6 1045T; dual-core X2 560; a pair of quad-core Athlon II X4s and triple-quad Athlon II X3's and even a single-core Sempron 150.  Hopefully those releases will keep AMD's CPU business going until the release of Llano ear

Source: Digitimes

Believe it or not, set up a hardware file quickly, cheaply and easily

Subject: General Tech | July 26, 2010 - 12:12 PM |

Setting up a hardware firewall is not quite like it was just a handful of years ago when the appliances were purpose built and rather expensive.  Now with dd-wrt you can flash your routers firmware and change it into a powerful security appliance with far more options than the router had previously. 

Source: Extremetech

Franz Ferdinand ain't just a band you know

Subject: General Tech | July 23, 2010 - 06:18 PM |

While you can get lost in the complexities of the tech world, especially if you listen to the PC Perspective Podcast, but on the forums you will be welcomed be you totally new to the wide weird and wonderful world of PCs or a seasoned old salt.  A basic question about the fundamentals of networking will never bring a demeaning reply, instead at least one of our members will take you through the steps required to fix your problem.  If you have been lurking in the forums

ARM, the little company you didn't know you counted on

Subject: General Tech | July 23, 2010 - 12:28 PM |

The ARM Cortex, especially the more recent models like the A8, are showing up just about everywhere.  HTC, Apple, Samsung and just about any other company producing smart phones depend on ARM for their processing power.  It is estimated that there is around 20 billion ARM processors in use when you count them all, almost putting the x86 and x86-64 architectures to shame.  ASUS was showing off an ARM based tablet running Win7 at Computex so running Windows on an ARM has been done.  Perhaps that is why it is not much of a surprise that Microsoft is now licensing ARM architecture, bringing the two companies three year relationship to a new level.  [H]ard|OCP can fill you in.

"ARM and Microsoft Corp. today announced that they have signed a new licensing agreement for the ARM® architecture. The agreement extends the collaborative relationship between the two companies. Since 1997 Microsoft and ARM have worked together on software and devices across the embedded, consumer and mobile spaces, enabling many companies to deliver user experiences on a broad portfolio of ARM-based products"

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Too Psyko for the Podcast but not for your ears

Subject: General Tech | July 22, 2010 - 12:30 PM |

We didn't have time to cover a recent review of Steve's on this weeks podcast but

The replacement processors are on their way

Subject: General Tech | July 22, 2010 - 11:41 AM |

The Inquirer touches on the same topic that Josh covered on the podcast and in his article on AMD's second quarter, before the year is out we will have new CPUs.  Unfortunately that is the pinnacle of the good news, though the bad new is not too depressing.  What we will see is most likely Intel's LGA1155 Sandy Bridge which is a 32nm replacement to the currently available 45nm quad core Lynnfields, not a huge change but good to see apart from the socket change.  From AMD it is Llano and the Ontario Fusion chip, lower powered and

Source: The Inquirer

Spore turns to the dark side in a new expansion

Subject: General Tech | July 21, 2010 - 11:57 AM |

Spore is trying to evolve and take out the competition in a bid to become the dominant game on this planet.  We have seen mutations like the online creature builder that have tried to entice gamers into the Spore realm, an iPhone app emulates the beginning stages of the game and there is even a mutation that has spread to the Wii and DS.  Now we will be witness to a new PC/Mac game called DarkSpore which will be online and play very differently than the other games.  Ars Technica had it described to them in terms of playing a mutated beast that wanders around sticking random bod

Source: Ars Technica