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Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2009 - 04:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
We here at PC Perspective are nothing if not topical, for instance those of you living far enough from the equator that water occasionally turns solid and falls from the sky in a strange white power can certainly benefit from Jon's latest contribution to the front page. If you don't end up stuck in a snowbank because you stayed at home, there are still things you can do to increase your comfort and productivity. It is not just about personal improvement,
Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2009 - 02:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new Mionix gaming mouse is called the Saiph 1800, strangely it is indeed an 1800DPI mouse, with 7 buttons and oversized Teflon feet. It is fairly large, about the same size as the Razer Death Adder
and the 2m cord should allow you free movement while gaming. Hi-Tech Reviews took it out for a spin and were impressed with the mouse its self, but were a little unhappy at the lack of a dead tree manual or a driver on optical media in the box with the
Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2009 - 12:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It has been said before and it will be said many times again, while AMD has some incredible graphics cards out there, it is almost impossible to get your hands on a 40nm process 5000 series card. If you can find one in stock though, you will not be disappointed. The HIS Radeon 5850 will set you back about $315 and offers 2 dual-link DVI, one HDMI and one DisplayPort
on the back, sending 1080p signals
Subject: General Tech | December 10, 2009 - 01:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are a regular viewer of the PC Perspective you know that Colleen is not the biggest fan of optical media; she goes as far as to ensure none of her boxen have an optical drive unless absolutely necessary. One might wonder how she goes about installing Windows, or even Linux, without a DVD drive. The answer is very simple, a bootalbe USB drive can do everything the original DVD can and more. Ars Technica offers two different ways in which to set up a bootable USB drive tha
Subject: General Tech | December 9, 2009 - 12:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With the advent of DX11 and affordable cards that can handle the new features comes a whole new language of features to explore. High Definition Ambient Occlusion, High Dynamic Range in 64-bit and even updates to shadow mappings. [H]ard|OCP takes you on a visual trip through the differences between DX9 and DX11 using the only game out there that currently takes advantage of the new instruction sets, DiRT 2.
Subject: General Tech | December 9, 2009 - 12:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
MAKE:Blog calls upon you to modernize your power outlets with a nice USB device recharging plug. Why keep a variety of adaptors that plug into a plain old wall wart when you can either order or build USB plugs directly into a power outlet? Drop by for a link to the company that will soon be selling them or head to the Instructable on how to build your own. Be careful; make sure you don't end up extra crispy.
Subject: General Tech | December 8, 2009 - 01:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sound cards have quickly gone from an absolute necessity to an afterthought for most PC enthusiasts thanks to the huge jump in quality from onboard sound. Some of the motherboards today come with HD 7.1 sound built in, an numerous ways of outputting that signal. This means sound cards have also had to grow, offering more than just the benefit of offloading the processing from the CPU. The Creative X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Profe
Subject: General Tech | December 7, 2009 - 12:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes at ISPs for them to be able to deliver the internet to you. From bandwidth monitoring to quality assurance; the list is quite long but the current focus of Google has narrowed to DNS resolution. If you are unfamiliar with domain name resolution, a simple way to describe it is that it is the service that changes Google.com to 18.104.22.168, or whichever IP address of the server you are trying to hit currently resolves to. The speeds of that translation can vary significantly from ISP to ISP, so Google has created a public DNS that
Subject: General Tech | December 4, 2009 - 12:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica links to an analyst's blog about the mythical status of the bandwidth hog. Benoit Felten proposes that most ISPs simply measure the total amount of data downloaded per user and then list the top 5 percent as bandwidth hogs, not even checking if the traffic might not have been torrents or if the activity only took place during low usage times. There seems no reason to be polite about your downloading, it is simply the sum total you download that
Subject: General Tech | December 3, 2009 - 02:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Roccat Kova mouse has a lot going for it on paper, it is ambidextrous, requires no software and all of the various effects and resolutions are managed by combinations of button pushes on the mouse, including LED breathing. If you are wondering what that is, R&B Mods has a video showing the mouse in action. They loved the mouse, so if you are looking for a mouse with no software that fits either hand perfectly you really should read the full review.
Subject: General Tech | December 3, 2009 - 12:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Intel has stated that that $1.25 billion payout to AMD to bring an end to the legal battle between the two processor companies is not going to have an effect on their research budget. Of course they also state that their business practices "have and will continue to be fair, lawful and pro-competitive", an assertion that seems a little odd considering the legal battles Intel has lost recently because of their so called lawful business practices. The DigiTimes story also touches on the topic of conditional a
Subject: General Tech | December 2, 2009 - 12:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You thought you had heard the last, at least until an open source mod is made, but you were wrong. Duke Nukem has raised his aged head once more, this time on Facebook with a grand total of one screen shot. Perhaps that is all you need to raise the hopes of Duke junkies, especially those whose main gaming system is an Xbox or PlayStation. If you want to witness the continuing slow motion train wreck that this franchise has become, or if you are a true believer, then follow the link from HEXUS fo
Subject: General Tech | December 2, 2009 - 11:49 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Perhaps the yields from TSMC's 40nm process have been very low and supplies of many of AMD's latest and greatest video cards are very low because of that and maybe GlobalFoundries is working on a 32nm process that AMD is not yet finished developing cards for; but that doesn't mean they are looking for a third supplier. Rick Bergman, senior vice president and general manager of AMD's Graphics Products Group stated that they are not looking for a new partner when he was asked directly.
Subject: General Tech | December 2, 2009 - 11:37 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The brother of the Blue Screen of Death has been visiting hapless PC users for a long time, but it seems that it is becoming more common. The Black Screen of Death leaves you with nothing but a black screen and possibly an Explorer window, your desktop, taskbar and those familiar icons disappear. This particular run of BSODs has been triggered by a recent Windows Update, though not all systems have been affected, and the victims include every windows from NT on to Win7.
Subject: General Tech | December 1, 2009 - 11:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced today that the Games for Windows Live Edition of DiRT 2 is now shipping and marks the first racing game developed from the ground up to take advantage of advanced graphics features available with Microsoft DirectX 11 and the incredible new ATI Eyefinity multi-display technology for the most engaging gaming experience yet.
Subject: General Tech | November 30, 2009 - 12:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Loosing a netbook will not have a huge monetary impact; replacing it will only cost about $300. That is not the full scope of the problem you are about to have because of that lost netbook; especially if you have no password on your main account. Think how many websites have your username and password set to automatically log on. Maybe even MSN, ICQ, AIM or whatever your IM client of choice is also happens to be set to log in at boot.
Subject: General Tech | November 27, 2009 - 05:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Our Tech Talk Forum is a great place to get help for all of those random little problems that make PCs so much fun. Ranging from Windows installation issues, to a bit of strangeness during boot to the best way to integrate a Blu-Ray player into an HTPC. We
Subject: General Tech | November 27, 2009 - 11:53 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Forums dedicated to PC Gamers of a similar mindset reach a certain fevered pitch when a beloved game just isn't what they had expected; even worse are the flame wars that erupt in the weeks leading up to a release or the weeks after a delay of release. The vitriolic ALL CAPS POSTS, members starting up threads faster than mods can lock them down, it is perhaps a great way to vent but it is not constructive in any manner whatsoever.
Subject: General Tech | November 26, 2009 - 12:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Register has spotted an interesting product that OCZ is working on, an external SSD with a USB 3.0 connection. From the picture in the article you can tell that this will resemble a 2.5" drive far more than it will a thumbdrive and with the recent release of their 1TB Colossus SSD it makes sense that they chose to go with the larger form factor. The Colossus uses SATA II and manages 260MB/sec, the USB 3.0 standard can go as high as 400MB/sec, so it offers a higher possible bandwidth than SATA II