Razer joins the Roman army

Subject: General Tech | January 12, 2010 - 02:21 PM |
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Razer's new Imperator mouse eschews the fancy bat wings and LCD screens we have seen on mice recently, opting for a clean look.  That doesn't mean there are no features included, for instance the thumb buttons have the ability to slide backwards and forwards to place it in exactly the right spot.  The included software allows for programming the 7 buttons as well as the scroll wheel as well as vary the DPI from 100 to 5600 and even lets you program

Source: MetkuMods

Remember when we described RAM in terms of megabytes?

Subject: General Tech | January 12, 2010 - 12:17 PM |
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Not so long ago, just before 64bit OSes hit the mainstream market, there was many a flame war fought between proponents of different RAM amounts for systems.  The majority focused on the differences between 1GB and 2GB as well as the number of DIMMs used to reach those amounts.  Today you can drop in on Bjorn3D as they compare the relative merits of 6GB versus 12G

Source: Bjorn3D

A matter of stability and compatiblity

Subject: General Tech | January 12, 2010 - 12:01 PM |
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The Firefox 3.6 Release Candidate arrived on Friday, with many users considering it a minor upgrade and screams from some add-on developers.  The improvements come in the way of improved javascript performance, support for the WOFF font format, HTML 5, CSS, DOM web technologies, full screen open and native video and poster frames as well as one stability upgrade that has a few people up in arms. 

Source: The Register

Your own personal theatre

Subject: General Tech | January 11, 2010 - 02:13 PM |
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Picking up a 100W+ 5.1 surround sound system is guaranteed to make your ears happy and likely to occasionally make the ears of those around you upset.  Of course, just because your neighbours are unhappy is no reason to abandon positional audio in either gaming or while watching movies.  That is why products like the ROCCAT Kave 5.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset are popular.  PC Shop Talk takes a listen to these gaming headsets, which even feature a switch to tog

Source: PCShopTalk

It is a bit like a swine flu mask for your server

Subject: General Tech | January 11, 2010 - 11:50 AM |
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Secure Socket Layer is obsolete, so if you still refer to SSL connections it is time you meet Transport Layer Security, aka TLS or SSL/TLS.  TLS is a must in e-commerce, or any site that wants to ensure that any traffic between the server and a remote computer is encrypted so that it is much harder to intercept or change.  VPNs can be unwieldy for someone who simply wants to set up a server to share family movies or other media and getting a proper certificate from a certificate authority tends to cost money. 

Source: Ars Technica

Did you know PC Perspective is 10 years old?

Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2010 - 07:00 PM |
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A new year means new projects for the average computer geek, nerd or enthusiast; often utilizing parts that were wrapped in paper and living under a tree just a few short weeks ago.   Of course, not everyone gets a smooth ride, nor does everyone have instant inspiration as to what system to build.  Others have been slaving away trying to make PC Pe

Ryan on TWiT Live @ CES 2010 - right now!

Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2010 - 04:19 PM |
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Update: 4:45pm ET. It's all over now. The guys will be back on the show sometime soon. Still 2 more days of CES.

Ryan is on TWiT Live at CES 2010.

Hit this link:http://live.twit.tv/

The newly kindled lust for electronic ink

Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2010 - 11:51 AM |
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Call it mobile computing or ubiquitous computing, the fact is that people want smart devices which can connect to the internet, carry around huge amounts of data and don't weigh much.  One of the last analog holdouts is the book, but thanks to significant changes in technology the e-book is now here to stay.  They have been around in various configurations previously but never caught on; Amazon changed all of that a few short years ago.  Ars Technica postulates that 2010 will be the year of the e-book and from the examples we have been seeing this week at CES and from press rele

Source: Ars Technica

Razer Announces new XBOX 360 Peripherals - More Evidence of PC Gaming Decay?

Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2010 - 11:10 AM |
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Razer, the company best known for their PC peripherals for gamers, has announced two new products for the XBOX 360: the Onza gamepad, and the Chimera headset. The Onza is particularly interesting as it is a wired controller and does away with the D-Pad in favour of a 4-way button set. Being a USB peripheral, I wonder if it will work successfully on Windows?


Source: General

Keeping up with the nVIDIAns

Subject: General Tech | January 7, 2010 - 05:00 PM |
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If you want to keep up with all of the latest updates from CES 2010 that pertain to nVIDIA then there are some great ways to do so.  The best way is to keep your eyes on the front page of PC Perspective as we have several members on site providing live blogging as well as news posts.

Source: NVIDIA

Who ever would have guessed developers put shortcuts in for themselves?

Subject: General Tech | January 7, 2010 - 11:54 AM |
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If you are annoyed by the moniker 'God Mode' when it comes to the string that you can add to a folder name to create a super charged control panel then you may have forgotten your gaming history.  So called 'Cheat Codes' exist because developers have always allowed themselves back doors and shortcuts in order to test their programs.  It was hard to see how a level looked overall without no-clipping and looking for textures that don't match can be hard without God Mode enabled.

Futuremark Sells Mobile Division to Focus on PC Performance Software and Games

Subject: General Tech | January 7, 2010 - 11:39 AM |
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HELSINKI--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Futuremark today announced that it has sold its Mobile and Embedded business unit to Rightware, a new spin off company set up to accelerate the development and marketing of Futuremark’s benchmarks for the mobile and embedded industries.

Source: FUTUREMARK

GLOBALFOUNDRIES Gets a New, Big Partner

Subject: General Tech | January 7, 2010 - 12:32 AM |
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Since being able to successfully split from AMD, we have not heard a whole lot from GF these days.  While their process tech looks to be the most advanced out of all the other contract Fabs, their list of partners have been small...

Better than downloadable content

Subject: General Tech | January 6, 2010 - 01:42 PM |
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Whilst playing through Dragon Age Origins a quest appears which seems to be offered by a beggar.  While having your own keep is cool, the quest is not unlockable until you leave the game and shell over a few more bucks to Microsoft.  If you don't bother to buy those Microsoft points then the fellow just follows around your entourage and offers disparaging looks.  There are more paid downloadable quests planned, such as the Return to Ostagar.

Source: Joystiq

Google designs a mobile replicant

Subject: General Tech | January 6, 2010 - 12:05 PM |
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While probably not quite as powerful as Roy, Zhora or Pris at least we won't have to hire Decker to hunt down rogue Nexus phones.  We could have used him to kill some of the hype that Google's phone created in the lead up to the release.  Engadget has posted the most complete preview of this phone so far, which you can find here.  It is a tiny HTC-like phone with a 480 x 800 capacitive touchscreen and is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon QSD 8250 processor theoretically offering better speed than the i

Source: engadget

CES 2010: CES Unveiled Press Event

Subject: General Tech | January 6, 2010 - 12:57 AM |
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Media, analysts, and bloggers got a preview of some of the product debuts and CES Innovations Design and Engineering Showcase honorees at this year's CES Unveiled event. Vendors from more than 50 companies were on hand showcasing their latest gear and gadgets that will hit the streets in 2010.

 

A rush towards 1MB+ upload speeds

Subject: General Tech | January 5, 2010 - 01:25 PM |
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Skype is delving into HD video for it's VoIP calls, with the introduction of a 720p stream.  Now the technical specifications for the system needed to run the new beta HD Skype are not too onerous; most laptops sport the hardware that is required.  The kicker is the bandwidth needed to send 720p video, which is at least 1MB.  Most ISPs offer download speeds well above that, but thanks to the popularity of asynchronous
DSL the upload speeds offered are usually under 1MB, even on the highest speed plans available.

Source: The Inquirer

Play your PS3 on the go...in your house

Subject: General Tech | December 30, 2009 - 05:21 PM |
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Do you ever have the need to play your Playstation 3 while walking around your house?  Perhaps you need to take a bio break during a heated match of Modern Warfare 2: what's a dedicated gamer to do?  The answer of course is to get one of these things: a remote display and control for the Playstation 3.

Source: General

Tech News Bento Box, Post Christmas Edition - Dec. 29, 2009

Subject: General Tech | December 29, 2009 - 10:25 PM |
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The tech news is slowing down as the industry slowly recovers from a massive Egg Nog hangover... or is this the calm before the CES 2010 storm?

Christmas aftermath - It's always interesting to hear what readers of PC Per got for Christmas. If you got something really cool you'd like to share, drop me a line at jon@pcper.com and tell me about it.