Browsing at full speed

Subject: General Tech | March 13, 2009 - 11:31 AM |
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In these days of sound bites, highlights and just generally shortened attention spans it can be very frustrating waiting for your browser to load so you can get at your media of choice.  To solve that problem and let you get your your entertainment as fast as possible, Legit Reviews held a race between 11 different browsers, including Opera, IE7 & 8, Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Seamonkey.  If getting heavily scripted pages up quickly is a must for you, then check out the full review.

Try launching this product with a straight face

Subject: General Tech | March 12, 2009 - 11:37 AM |
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GlacialLight, who are indeed related to GlacialTech, have released a new flashlight that also happens to be a very old joke.  The DynaSolar LED torch is indeed a solar powered flashlight.   Luckily it also comes with a hand crank for back up ...

Source: The Inquirer

New VIA VX855 Media System Processor Brings Power-Efficiency to 1080p HD Video Playback

Subject: General Tech | March 12, 2009 - 11:03 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 12 March 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA VX855 Media System Processor (MSP) - an ultra power efficient, all-in-one chipset that addresses the key performance and entertainment requirements of today's small form factor and mobile PC systems.

Increasingly, content is being filmed in high-definition (HD), with movies, TV shows and sporting events taking advantage of the smooth playback, extraordinary picture clarity, and brilliant colors that HD video offers.

Get as much bass as you want

Subject: General Tech | March 11, 2009 - 03:31 PM |
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Subwoofers can be easy to buy if you have an indiscriminate ear, as long as the wattage is high enough to shatter windows you will be happy.  For those looking for a specific LFE crossover and a good range are a little more hard to satisfy.  MektuMods has a suggestion; why not make your own subwoofer?  Their particular choices may not be available in your area, or might not have exactly the stats that you are looking for, but for the most part the physical construction will remain similar for

Source: MetkuMods

Obsessed with arm chair politicizing?

Subject: General Tech | March 11, 2009 - 12:04 PM |
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If you find yourself compelled to watch CSPAN, CNN and are still desperate for more political action then Gamepyre has the perfect game for you.  If you are more into using force and skill at arms to build an empire you may be better off with the Civilizations or Total War series, but if you love minutiae
and the thought of 11 different areas of government to keep track of leaves you all aquiver then Geo-Political Simulator 2009 might be far more interesting than the title suggests.  Don't expect t

Source: Gamepyre

Evolve or die

Subject: General Tech | March 11, 2009 - 11:18 AM |
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The Windows 7 public beta is enjoying a much warmer reception than Vista met and not only because there are more than a half dozen working drivers.  Microsoft has been talking with various new sources about what lessons they learned from Vista and how they managed to utilize that knowledge into making Windows 7 better.  They delve into the changes in the development process like the participation of third parties and the goal of making the beta as stable as an RC is expected to be and to make the RC as good as the final retail version.  That may never stop the mantra of 'wait fo

Source: Slashdot

It's an open 'book

Subject: General Tech | March 10, 2009 - 01:53 PM |
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Getting Linux to run on just about any platform around is no longer a challenge, the true fanatics are still trying to get that dead badger booting, but laptops are no longer interesting.  It is so common place that you can go to System76 and pick up a notebook pre-configured with Linux; currently Ubuntu 8.10 (x86_64) with the Linux 2.6.27 kernel, GNOME 2.24.1, X Server 1.5.2, GCC 4.3.2, and a proprietary NVIDIA driver.  The Serval Professional notebook that landed in Phoronix's lap was a 15.4" WSXGA+ display, with a C2D P8600 @ 2.40GHz, ICH9M, 4GB of DDR3 1066, a 32GB Intel X25-E Ex

Source: Phoronix

Enermax's alternate graphic

Subject: General Tech | March 10, 2009 - 11:59 AM |
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Don't ask why Enermax is now making keyboards, nor why they would make a laptop style model, with keys only a few millimetres tall, before you head to The Tech Report and see how well designed it is.  If you like a lot of extra buttons on your keyboard you may be disappointed, if you prefer a minimum of buttons and are happy with a pair of audio plugs and a pair of USB 2.0 plugs then you might just love the

Apple flavoured beta

Subject: General Tech | March 10, 2009 - 11:41 AM |
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The short and sweet outcome to Ars Technica's experiment is that you should stick with 32-bit if you plan on installing the Windows 7 Beta to your MacBook.  The 64-bit version will leave you with little to no driver support and a very crash happy Mac.  The 32-bit version will be up and running with only a minimum of extra work and Ars ended with a Windows Experience Score of 4.4, to give you an idea how well it finally ran.

Source: Ars Technica

Josh's semi-conducting crystal ball

Subject: General Tech | March 9, 2009 - 12:12 PM |
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Josh spent his weekend pondering what we know about the upcoming RV790 architecture that will take the Radeon series into it's next iteration.  The big question is whether it shall be simply a speed optimized RV770 chip, or if it will truly be a change from it's predecessor like the RV770 is a huge improvement from the R600 even though it is very similarly constructed.  Read his full article for a look at AMD/ATI's past and it's possible contributions in the near future.

One hour of your weekend is being revoked

Subject: General Tech | March 6, 2009 - 05:58 PM |
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Overclocking is a tried and true past time for members of the PC Perspective Forums and the reason that the overclocking forum exists and is so popular.  For some it is the challenge of

Check out these huge cans

Subject: General Tech | March 6, 2009 - 02:13 PM |
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If you want good bass from a pair of headphones you might want to look at Sony's MDR-XB700 headset.  They are very large, thanks to the 50mm driver in the headphones which supply the bass.  On the other hand, from the testing at Hardware Zone, the drivers they used might not have been of the best quality for they found significant distortion at high volumes. 

Alone in the darknet

Subject: General Tech | March 6, 2009 - 12:17 PM |
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File sharing is sitting in the limelight right now, with the spectrial in Sweden, Lars downloading his own songs and the RIAA are all in the headlines.  There is also talk about darknets, though not so much in the mainstream media.  If you haven't been keeping up with the protean world of torrents and filesharing, you can

Source: Ars Technica

Grab a mouse with a Swedish accent

Subject: General Tech | March 5, 2009 - 03:06 PM |
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Mionix is a newcomer to the enthusiast market and they are leading with a gaming mouse and a mousing surface.  The Saiph 3200 mouse has a nice black finish and a curved shape that will be familiar to anyone who has seen a gaming mouse.  It also sports multiple buttons including the essential on-the-fly DPI changing and also ships with a set of small weights to allow you to reach the perfect weight for your mouse.  The Alioth 400 is a mousepad that measures 400mm x 335mm, and sports a nice rubber backing to keep the pad in place. 

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Window Steam blog?

Subject: General Tech | March 5, 2009 - 11:47 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP has posted a link to where you can get the new Vista/Server 2008 SP2 release candidate.  The first and most important step to take is to remove the beta version of SP2 if you have installed it, skipping that step may well ruin your day.  The stand alone package is about 300MB for x86 and 500MB for the x64 version.  There are numerous compatibility issues fixed ranging from POP3 support for ZoneAlarm to support for VIA 64bit processors.  If you do try it out, bookm

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Integrated graphics chip market to disappear by 2012 according to Jon Peddie Research

Subject: General Tech | March 4, 2009 - 02:44 PM |
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TIBURON, CA - March 4, 2009 - Jon Peddie Research (JPR), the industry's research and consulting firm for graphics and multimedia, today announced a new study that indicates the end of the market for the popular integrated graphics processor chipset, known as the IGP.

After fifteen years of stellar growth the IGP, will cease to exist, replaced by graphics embedded in the processor.

Now that is the way it was meant to be played

Subject: General Tech | March 4, 2009 - 01:38 PM |
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It's free, there are crazy mutants in red robes that can make the car you are driving in go flying while it is smashing up zombies and there are no bloody impenetrable fences to stop you from seeing what is over the next hill.  It is the originally conceived S.T.A.L.K.E.R., or Oblivion Lost as it was once known, and you can download the entire game in all it's glorious buggyness via Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN.  Check out the movie recording of a flyover, t

Gentlemen, start your lawyers

Subject: General Tech | March 4, 2009 - 01:20 PM |
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In one corner looking good in green and black is a plucky graphics company that doesn't feel a need for friends and certainly doesn't care whose business they might impinge on.  In the other corner is a 9.5 billion (GB)Pound leviathan in silver and blue that already has a bone to pick about the Ion platform and who is probably feeling more than a little irate at the contenders announced plans

Source: The Inquirer

Absolutely Fabulous

Subject: General Tech | March 4, 2009 - 12:46 PM |
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Source: AMD

Last time to see?

Subject: General Tech | March 3, 2009 - 12:03 PM |
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The Microsoft Research Techfest may be in for a troubled future, but for 2009 it is going strong.  One of Bill Gates' favourite projects in the company he started was Microsoft Research, in which highly paid PhDs
were able to experiment and develop to their hearts content.  Much good has come out of those projects, but in the current economic trend it is a little too expensive to gamble on spending a lot of money in an investment with a small chance at a big return; especially when you consider who is going to be able to buy a totally new product.  With Bill gone, a lot of tho

Source: Ars Technica