Dirk the Daring

Subject: General Tech | July 18, 2008 - 11:27 AM |
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In a somewhat surprising and very big move for AMD, Hector Ruiz has stepped down as CEO and Dirk Meyer, former president and COO has stepped in to fill that role.  The Inquirer got a chance to listen in on his first conference call, and you can read what they learned about the short term future of AMD and a bit on what his focus will be on.

Source: The Inquirer

AMD Board of Directors Elects Dirk Meyer President and CEO

Subject: General Tech | July 17, 2008 - 05:36 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - July 17, 2008 - AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced that its board of directors elected President and COO Dirk Meyer as the company's chief executive officer. Meyer succeeds Hector Ruiz, who will become executive chairman of AMD and chair of the board of directors.

Source: AMD

AMD's new sandwich

Subject: General Tech | July 17, 2008 - 11:51 AM |
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After maligning Intel for not creating a true quad core processor, but simply mashing two dual cores in some unholy Reese's Peanut Butter Cup like process, AMD has decided it's not such a bad idea after all.  According to The Inquirer the upcoming Sao Paolo processor sounds a lot like a pair of quad cores who have undergone a reverse Siamese twin separation operation and are now joined at the hip.  Unfortunately, it will be a while before we start to see the results of this e

Mega mobile drive roundup

Subject: General Tech | July 16, 2008 - 02:22 PM |
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Gifted with an overabundance of energy, The Tech Report rounded up 7 mobile drives.   There are three SSDs; OCZ's 64GB SATA II, the Samsung FlashSSD 64GB and Super Talent's MasterDrive MX 60GB, plus four platter based drives, the 250GB Seagate Momentus 5400.4 and 320GB versions of the Seagate Momentus 7200.3 and Western Digital's Scorpio Blue and Caviar Scorpio Black 320GB.  See which drives will give you the best mobile experience in their full review.

On the trail of Fallout 3

Subject: General Tech | July 16, 2008 - 12:22 PM |
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The official E3 trailer for Fallout 3 is available for your viewing pleasure, boingboing was nice enough to embed it here.  Watching it doesn't really explain the mutant blend of turn based and real time that Bethesda claims will be it's main mode of play, but it does give you a very quick glance at the action.  It also looks like Bloody Mess will be a very popular trait.

Source: boingboing

Tough day to be nVIDIA

Subject: General Tech | July 16, 2008 - 11:47 AM |
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Ars Technica spoke with nVIDIA about the rumours surrounding the problems with their next generation of G84 and G86's.  nVIDIA believes that the increased rate of failure is limited to notebooks only, and a limited number of those.  Not only is the problem very limited, but it will only occur in specific configurations and they have already released a software update that will increase the speed of the fans that cool the effected chips; problem solved.  On t

Source: Ars Technica

Creative takes the X-Fi on the road

Subject: General Tech | July 15, 2008 - 03:10 PM |
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Creative has expanded their Zen MP3 player line to include the X-Fi series which offers some of the same digital audio enhancement that the X-Fi audio cards possess.  Add to that support for Wi-Fi on the 16GB and 32GB models, and you have one serious MP3 player.  Hardware Zone can give you the specifications here.

Sounding the retreat

Subject: General Tech | July 15, 2008 - 11:51 AM |
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You won't be seeing that little blue square with the white arrow very often anymore, SoundMax is being discontinued by Analog Devices, leaving Realtek as the only major dedicated onboard audio chip provider.  Intel and AMD have the ability to create serious onboard audio solutions, but have preferred to use third party chips and codecs in the past, but now they have only one to choose from.  The Tech Report can tell you more about this move.

Calling all pilots

Subject: General Tech | July 14, 2008 - 02:58 PM |
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If you are looking to beat the rest of the gang when piloting a helicopter, jet or any other flying vehicle, you need to get a joystick.  Saitek has been making joysticks for quite a while now, and they have come out with the new Aviator (AV8R) Flight Stick.  Just like mice and keyboards have evolved some rather interesting new tricks, this joystick also has some features you might not have seen before. 

Source: OCMODSHOP

Letting you in on a little secret

Subject: General Tech | July 14, 2008 - 11:48 AM |
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Have you ever been baffled as to how some forum members can tell you, at a glimpse, which processes are unnecessary
and just sucking up resources.  One tool that you may have used is HijackThis, which when paired with their online analyzer can pinpoint nasty processes, but not the innocuous but greed programs.  If you want to understand more about what is running on your system, you will need to spend some time with Process Explorer which can give you a lot more information on what is running on your system than Task Manager can. 

Much ado about the GPU

Subject: General Tech | July 11, 2008 - 05:21 PM |
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Thanks to the incredibly hot graphics card market right now, the graphics forum is hopping.  A lot of the

Ooops!

Subject: General Tech | July 11, 2008 - 11:53 AM |
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In a move very similar to the release of Firefox 3, the Apple activation servers have gone down.  After waiting in line with all the other iPhone fans, it looks like you will be sent home with an unactivated iPhone and can try to activate it later through iTunes.  Keep an eye on Engadget for updates.

Source: engadget

High low tech

Subject: General Tech | July 10, 2008 - 01:43 PM |
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The Symphonic Designs Tube Amplifier has a classic steampunk look to it, with the sound quality that anyone who has heard tube amps before would expect.  Combine that with Bluetooth and an iPod dock in addition to RCA and banana plugs have you have nice meld of old and new.  The sound won't be terribly loud; it is rated at 18W, but that amount of power satisfied Techware Labs.

Peeling an Apple

Subject: General Tech | July 10, 2008 - 11:50 AM |
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Surprisingly, the first site to have stripped a 3G iPhone to it's bare circuits seems to be having a little traffic trouble.  The direct link doesn't always connect before timing out, but there is a prominent link on iFixit's front page as well.  Drop by for a look at some nekkid fruit.

"It's July 11th somewhere in the world, that means ... iPhone 3G teardown."

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Source: iFixit

There's gold in them thar hills

Subject: General Tech | July 9, 2008 - 12:05 PM |
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Battlefield: Bad Company is an attempt to bring the Battlefield series to the console as a single player experience.  Gamepyre did have some fun playing through it and discovering rare collectible weapons, but they also felt very disappointed by the multiplayer experience. 
There is only one multiplayer mode, and it is not Conquest, not is there any way to play the single player campaign co-operatively.

Source: Gamepyre

Coming soon to an overclocker near you

Subject: General Tech | July 8, 2008 - 11:36 AM |
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The Inquirer stumbled upon some screenshots of an unreleased 45nm chip from Intel.  The current chip with the closest specs is the E2200, which retails for about $80.  This new chip, being a little faster should run about $100.  If these screens are to be trusted; the chip is capable of hitting 4GHz with a FSB of 1280MH.

Source: The Inquirer

Power assisted packing

Subject: General Tech | July 7, 2008 - 11:42 AM |
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If you have a spare $1400, why not splurge on some powered luggage.  The LiveLuggage PA is a hard shelled suitcase with the ability to help push it's self along when it is pulled by it's handle, therefore destroying the most attractive feature for many, you can't ride it and you can send it chasing after people.  With only 2 hours of power it won't help you on a road trip, but if you like carting around 70lbs of gadgets whenever you travel, you take a look at it on Digital Tr

Das CLICKY CLICKY

Subject: General Tech | July 3, 2008 - 05:57 PM |
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If you miss the old IBM Model Ms, that gave you a nice juicy click every time you pressed a key and every time you release the key, then try the Das Keyboard Professional.  Not only does it have the right feel to it, it is sturdy enough to defend your cubicle when co-workers come over to try to take it, and it's sound effects away.  If you have any idea what I mean, drop by ExtremeTech, otherwise invest in some earplugs.

Source: Extremetech

Now that's timing

Subject: General Tech | July 3, 2008 - 11:44 AM |
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nVIDIA is really having a lousy summer.  Their attempt to distract from AMD's launch pf the HD4800 series with the 9800GTX+ was all but ignored by reviewers; those few who did review it tended to lean towards AMD's cheaper offerings.  Now it comes out that their notebook chipsets and graphics have serious problems, problems that may extend to their add-on cards as well.  AMD now has an opportunity to lay the boots in, as their dual GPU HD4870 X2 should be out in a month. 

Source: The Inquirer