Joysticks on a mouse?

Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2008 - 02:45 PM |
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The next step in the eternal search for the perfect input device comes to us from Sandio, with their 3D O2 Gaming Mouse.  It promises keyboard free gaming, as well as better control over 3D programs like Google Earth and Sketchup.  BCCHardware was brave enough to try it out, even risking their reputation with some online gaming. 

Source: BCCHardware

Xbox 360 HD-DVD Drive canned - but you can buy it cheap!

Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2008 - 12:07 PM |
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I guess it had to happen; Microsoft officially announced the end of the Xbox 360 HD-DVD drive.  Too bad we found it to be the best and most practical HD content drive during the entire format war; you could even use it on your PC for HD playback if you wanted.  Well, if you still want one, apparently places like Amazon and Best Buy are just giving them away.  Just be sure you realize the format is, well, DEAD.

Virtually unknown

Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2008 - 11:56 AM |
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If you are not familiar with application virtualization,
you are not alone.  As with many IT solutions that are offered by multiple vendors, the definition changes depending on who you are talking to.  At it's very core, the idea is to be able to distribute complete programs in such a way that they are self contained and need no installation, as well as ensuring the program runs with an isolation layer between it and the OS preventing any opportunity the program might have to damage the OS.  AnandTech can

Source: AnandTech

TGIF - Thready goodness in forums

Subject: General Tech | February 22, 2008 - 05:39 PM |
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Comcast has picked up a bad rep recently, due to their nice habit of package inspection and throttling back Bittorrent traffic ... on the other hand, look at the speeds you can get from their connections!  If you are a Folder then drop by this thread, one of our members has done a lot of research on how to get the most out of his machine. 

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Surrounded by sound

Subject: General Tech | February 22, 2008 - 12:03 PM |
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Tritton Technologies TRITTON AX51 5.1 headphones came very close to deafening a reviewer at Motherboards.org.  The sound they produce is proper 5.1 surround, assuming you plug it into a sound card that can send the proper signal, and there is no problem with the sound being weak or of bad quality.  If you like watching movies, playing games or listening to music, and have someone around that doesn't always appreciate your preferred

Not as forgetful as you might think

Subject: General Tech | February 22, 2008 - 11:52 AM |
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boingboing linked to a story about an interesting property of DRAM, and what it means for your security.  With some ingenuity and quick reflexes it is possible to beat disk encryption, and not just on Windows.  There are several links to videos and papers covering this attack process.

Source: boingboing

Playing with OS X Leopard on the PC

Subject: General Tech | February 21, 2008 - 01:51 PM |
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I have been toying with running a copy of Mac OS X Leopard on the PC recently and I have to say that after getting over the initial installation issues, it seems to have worked pretty well.  The disc basic tricks the OS into thinking it is running on Apple hardware, so while its not exactly 100% legal, it's fun to play around with.


Eeet's only a rumour

Subject: General Tech | February 21, 2008 - 11:46 AM |
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Digitimes has heard from an unspecified source that ASUS has placed a large order of Sempron chips from AMD, possibly as many as one million chips.  This rumour has started a large ball rolling, spawning speculation that the ASUS Eee will not continue to be an Intel only platform, in the future it is possible we may see some Eee's with AMD inside.  Others think that is unlikely, as Intel has a long history of threatening to stop supplying chips to manufacturers for a variety of reasons, up to and inclu

Source: Digitimes

Three's company too?

Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2008 - 12:42 PM |
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These raw stats are probably the most telling.  Crysis on high quality @ 1920*1200 with a pair of 8800 Ultras is 34.5 fps, with the third in it goes all the way up to 35.0fps.  The story for very high quality and 4XAA @ 1920*1200 is 19.0fps to 27.0fps, which is almost playable.  Check out The Tech Report for a full look at how games play on a PC with over $2000 of graphics power.

You've got to be kidding!

Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2008 - 12:05 PM |
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If you can tell a lot about what someone thinks of you by the gifts they give you, then what do these tell you about what Microsoft thinks of PC users?  Seriously, follow the link at Slashdot!  Find out what these sub-par Lego people (minifigs) consider their favourite foods and music. 

Do you feel more appreciated now?

Source: Slashdot

WORLDWIDE TECHNOLOGY LEADERS LAUNCH INDUSTRY CONSORTIUM

Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2008 - 11:47 AM |
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I share Ars Technica's concerns about this group.  Made up of hardware manufacturers and resellers with two huge, borg like gaming companies and Microsoft, who treats their gaming division as a hobby; praising Walmart and Best Buy for their contributions to PC gaming.

Does anyone besides me remember the locally owned gaming store, or play games from more obscure companies that don't get shelf space in the electronics chain stores?

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Creation of the the PC Gaming Alliance leaves questions

Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2008 - 11:03 AM |
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If you are curious about this new "PC Gaming Alliance" that was announced at GDC as a partnership between Microsoft, Intel, NVIDIA, Epic, AMD, Acer, Activision, Razer, and Dell.  What is it going to DO exactly?  They are looking to give the PC its single-voice champion to communicate to the gamer, to help in communicating requirements and also....well we aren't quite sure.  And Ben at Ars Technica seems to have the same inquisitive reaction.

Source: Ars Technica

It's only 2 days away

Subject: General Tech | February 19, 2008 - 11:56 AM |
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In the mood to pick up a mid-range nVIDIA card?  Well, don't!  At least not until the 21st, when we see the debut of the 9600GT, and a drop in the price of the 8600GTS.  Unless the rumoured delays we heard about yesterday turn out to be true.  Wen it does arrive, a 64 pipe 500MHz GPU with 512MB of 2000MHz RAM for under $200 seems to be a challenge to AMD's lower priced cards.

Source: Digitimes

Signal taps: HD-DVD is out!

Subject: General Tech | February 19, 2008 - 10:34 AM |
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If could embed the song here, I would...

Source: Daily Tech

Schrodinger's format

Subject: General Tech | February 18, 2008 - 12:15 PM |
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As you may have heard during our 22nd PC Perspective podcast, there is a lot of speculation as to what the fate of HD DVD will be.  We are not the only ones who differ on what is going on, I would bet that Vivid was the deal breaker when they decided to go with Blu-ray back in January.

Source: Ars Technica

Look out for crisi-tunities

Subject: General Tech | February 15, 2008 - 06:03 PM |
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The most innocuous looking things on the internet can be the most deadly, take this thread here for instance.  While researching dog breeds a popup window appeared before one of our members, along with an ActiveX warning for a movie, and with just a single click of the mouse a trojan made it's self at home.   It's not like he is the only one, either. 

How far is too far?

Subject: General Tech | February 15, 2008 - 02:07 PM |
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It seems there is no such thing as a 2 button mouse anymore.  They now sport somewhere between three and a dozen buttons and wheels.  Response rates have gone up, as has the accuracy of the laser, or in some cases lasers, funky Teflon feet have become normal and you can even get ones with adjustable weights inside.  Now Razer has gone and made a collectors edition, and I4U went and got one so they could see the specs.  What's next, a ground effect mouse?

Source: I4U News

Roll your own SMT hot air pencil

Subject: General Tech | February 15, 2008 - 11:59 AM |
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Trying to replace a dead capacitor on a motherboard, or playing with advanced tweaks and repairs to add on cards is incredibly difficult to do successfully without a hot air pencil to help you get the solder off.  All to often you will get the component off, and bake the area around where it used to be.  MAKE:Blog has a project for all you modders out there, with an inexpensive hot air pencil you make yourself.

Source: MAKE: Blog

Regaining CPU cycles on the cheap

Subject: General Tech | February 14, 2008 - 05:37 PM |
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Diamond Xtreme Sound 5.1 offers you away to get 5.1 (or 2.1) sound out of your PC without relying on the onboard sound, which frees up CPU cycles ...

Source: Gamepyre

Mmmmmm, open sauce

Subject: General Tech | February 14, 2008 - 11:43 AM |
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Looking for a substitute for WinZip, FrontPage or Norton Ghost, either because of the price, or to support the open source community?  Over at WHDb is a list of 50 common programs and an open source alternative, plus a huge amount of comments with suggestions for alternate programs.  Some of the choices on the list may not be the ones you would choose, and it is inconsistent in mentioning if some software is Linux only, but it is a great time sav

Source: WHDb