Only if you have 10 thumbs

Subject: General Tech | April 27, 2009 - 12:16 PM |
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Handmade cabling or factory made?  It is a question that can bring up technical terms that sound more at home on the Enterprise than they do in a server room, such as standing harmonic waves, and the loudest proponents of factory cabling are likely to have cut their teeth on coaxial thicknet ethernet cables.  Slashdot is having it out here; the EEs and cabling guys are not getting along too well which makes for a more lively conversation.  Jump in if you have an opinion, otherwise keep cutting

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Live on TWiT.TV

Subject: General Tech | April 24, 2009 - 06:48 PM |
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Be afraid, be very afraid.  Where once you were safe listening to our podcasts in audio forum only, our websites mad mastermind has decided to get together with TWiT.TV to provide a video accompaniment to the 'cast.  This also means the podcast is now recorded live, which can always add depth to performance.  You will need to wait until next Wednesday to see Josh, Al, Ryan and the wonderful Colleen, and even longer to see myself, but until the

1.00 = 1.47, for today at least

Subject: General Tech | April 24, 2009 - 11:42 AM |
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HEXUS has pegged the MSRP for the upcoming OCZ Z-Drive, that array of SSDs in a PCI-E 4x slot.  The 250GB version will be 950BP, say $1400USD, for ony $2150 you can double that storage, but of you want the big 1TbB model, you'd better have over $3300 kicking around.  To full enjoy the extra bandwidth, you should also pick up a regular SSD for your OS drive.  Not only will that help the transfer rates on your swap file and OS, there are not too many motherboards out there with a boot from PCI-E option.

Source: Hexus

This better not be one long escort mission

Subject: General Tech | April 23, 2009 - 05:29 PM |
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If you haven't played BioShock yet, then stop reading, go pick it up, play it through to the end and then come back.

OK, finshed?

Source: Wired News

AMD's plans for tomorrow

Subject: General Tech | April 23, 2009 - 01:14 PM |
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A new naming scheme and a new bunch of cores will be hitting in the beginning of 2010, such as the Magny-Cours which will sport a dozen cores. You will be waiting until 2011 to see the 32nm Bulldozer core and it's 16 cores or the 32nm Valencia processors with 6-8 cores.  Drop by The Tech Report for a look at the slides AMD has been showing off.

AMD Earnings and Istanbul News

Subject: General Tech | April 21, 2009 - 06:02 PM |
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AMD has announced their Q1 2009 results, and it was not nearly as bad as what the street was expecting.  Analysts expected revenues around $977.8 million, but actual revenues came out at $1.177 billion.  AMD still posted a significant loss for the quarter, but this is not a surprise.  Losses were pegged at around $416 million.  Due to tough economic conditions, and a large volume of inventory that was brought over from the traditionally strong Q4 of last year, AMD took some big hits due to factory under-utilization.  AMD has been working hard internally to decrease spe

Source: AMD

Tell me more about cherries and afterglow

Subject: General Tech | April 20, 2009 - 12:22 PM |
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The Raptor Gaming K1 Keyboard doesn't seem to be for sale at any major online retailers, but it might be worth hunting down if you love keyboards with extras.  In this case it is key locks, which can be used to prevent a key, say the Windows key, from being able to be depressed.  This is a slightly more elegant solution than forcibly removing it with a screwdriver.  It also comes with eight "afterglow" buttons, slightly higher than regular keys and with a glow in the dark top so you can find them if you like gaming in the dark. 

Source: VR-Zone

They are nice guys, really

Subject: General Tech | April 20, 2009 - 12:06 PM |
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Ray Tracing has become a bit of a theme here at PC Perspective, from two years ago.

Houston, we have a problem

Subject: General Tech | April 17, 2009 - 06:41 PM |
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You might think that increasing your network speed with a simple switch of a router is a great thing, but what if that new router is wireless? 

Is the Core i7 too good?

Subject: General Tech | April 17, 2009 - 02:03 PM |
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Josh has been spending a lot of time thinking about the Core i5 and the choice needed to be made by Intel about Penryn and Nehalem.  You can pick up a lot of good info on Nehalem, like how the 16 PCI Express lanes that are integrated into the chip and the proper usage of dual channel memory.  The bad news from his prediction is that we won't be seeing these new parts for longer than was originally thought, in part because the Penryn is just too successful.  Read on at the top of the page to see the rest of his arguments.

Phiaton, take me away

Subject: General Tech | April 16, 2009 - 02:02 PM |
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Sure they cost $300 before tax, but if you are looking to be able to completely ignore the world around you as well as listening to your favourite sounds then the Phiaton PS 300 Noise Cancelling headphones are what you need.  Sure the economy might be suffering from a horrible disease, it won't matter so much if you can't hear the constant bad news.  Head on over to ExtremeTech to see how these headphones became their favourites.

Source: Extremetech

GLOBALFOUNDRIES Officially Discloses Plans for 28nm Technology

Subject: General Tech | April 16, 2009 - 11:12 AM |
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EAST FISHKILL, NY - 16 April 2009: In a move that signals a firm and ongoing commitment to advanced semiconductor technology leadership, IBM, Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Ltd., GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Infineon Technologies, Samsung Electronics, Co. Ltd., and STMicroelectronics have defined and are jointly developing a 28-nanometer (nm), high-k metal gate (HKMG), low-power bulk complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) process technology.

It would be a Twinkie thirty-five feet long, weighing approximately six hundred pounds

Subject: General Tech | April 15, 2009 - 12:15 PM |
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If you are looking for a little ghost busting action you have only a few more months to wait.  DriverHeaven tried the current version of the game, which has most of the code finished and it looks like it is on track for a June release.  The original actors and writers were involved in the long, drawn out and sluggish production of this game, which rivals Duke Nukem for development length and convoluted history.  Fans of the movies will love the nostalgia from the franchise while newcomers wi

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Tick, tock, thunk

Subject: General Tech | April 15, 2009 - 11:44 AM |
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Intel's profits have plummeted by about 1/2 in value, but did manage to beat market expectations by a wide margin.  Experts predicted a $0.03 per share in earnings, Intel managed to hit $0.11 per share.  That number might be awful in a normal year, but at this particular time it places them very highly in the market.  The Atom processor that was heralded as the savour of Intel had sales drop by about 1/4, so it seems that it may not be enough to pull Intel through the downturn unscathed. 

Source: Ars Technica

A little bundle of joy

Subject: General Tech | April 14, 2009 - 01:51 PM |
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For just $60 you can get your hands on Tom Clancy's new HAWX as well as a Thrustmaster T-Flight Hotas X.  Flight sims are on the decline, so the joystick market has changed a bit.  What was once a diverse market with a huge amount of choice and price ranges has evolved into a market with really nasty low end joysticks or expensive metallic works of art that can run you hundreds of dollars.  The middle ground is very sparse. 

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Talking with the asset part of 'Asset Smart'

Subject: General Tech | April 14, 2009 - 11:39 AM |
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X-bit Labs had a chance to sit down and talk with Tom Sonderman, Vice President, Manufacturing Systems and Technology at Globalfoundries.  As comes naturally to a VP at a relatively new company, there is a bit of market speak and spiel in the interview, but it also touches on the 32nm process that the Fab in Dresden is currently producing.  Read what else they touched on in the full interview.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Peeking at the new Lenovo mobile products

Subject: General Tech | April 13, 2009 - 03:43 PM |
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Hardware Zone got a peek at Intel's new notebooks and desktop system at CES.  The two Ideapads will use C2D processors and DDR3, with the larger Y650 using the Intel GMA X4500MHD GPU to power its 16" screen, the smaller 14" Y450 uses both a GeForce GT series GPU and an integrated Intel GMA X4500 GPU.  Also on display was the IdeaCentre A600 All-In-One Desktop PC, which will house a C2D T6600 and up to 4GB of DDR3 in a 21.5-inch "frameless" screen/casing.  It will also sport a BluRay pl

Is it OK to stop panicking now?

Subject: General Tech | April 9, 2009 - 11:32 AM |
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The Conficker worm has finally managed to something more than make people snicker at it's name; it's using P2P to transfer encrypted files.  The  chances are very good that it is doing so to update its self via the bot net it created.  As far as the infection goes, if you somehow managed to catch it and not get rid of it, then you have a keylogger or something similar on your system.  After May 3rd, the worm will go dormant and stop spreading, but infected machines will remain a problem. 

Source: The Inquirer

Get your console fix without the dirty feeling

Subject: General Tech | April 8, 2009 - 12:18 PM |
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Battlefield Bad Company has been around on the console for a little while, causing a bit of frustration from the PC gamers who have supported EA's Battlefield franchise since 1942.  It's sequel will soon be arriving for the PC, this time happening on the Russian border, which is perfect to show off the new Frostbite engine.  Full deformable
terrain will also be around, hopefully in a meaningful way and not simply as decoration.  Check out a preview of the single player game at GamingHeaven

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Yes, Windows Update will still work for you

Subject: General Tech | April 8, 2009 - 11:47 AM |
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Over the next two weeks you will likely see a big pile o' FUD appear because of the imminent end of free support for Windows XP and Office 2003.  First off, that applies only to the residential/consumer level, business support is to remain the same, although if your company runs Server 2003 it had better be upgraded to SP2. 
The second thing to remember is that this applies to direct support from Microsoft, such as bug reports and their incident reporting program, Windows Update will still be bringing you critical security patches until 2014. 

Source: The Register