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Subject: General Tech | December 4, 2007 - 12:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you somehow manage to get tird of playing Guitar Hero and Rock Band, as inconceivable as
that might be right now, you could always consider making your own music. ExtremeTech looks at 3 music creation suites, that will let you compose what is in your imagination with your mouse. Not all of these are created equal, and while it might be tempting to jump into this by picking up professional level software, you might find yourself overwhelmed.
Subject: General Tech | December 4, 2007 - 12:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
No longer will anyone be able to complain that WGA ate their Vista install; Microsoft is gong to be removing it in Service Pack 1. I guess we will have to complain about something else in Vista now . Read more about this sudden outbreak of common sense on the Inquirer.
Subject: General Tech | December 3, 2007 - 02:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Razer Lycosa takes gaming keyboards in a slightly different direction than the oversized, extra numpad sporting ones that we have been seeing quite frequently. Instead of adding buttons, they modifed them, topping them with rubber and shortening them to a height more often found on laptops. The WASD keys glow, and the lighted logo also toggles the windows key on and off.
Subject: General Tech | December 3, 2007 - 12:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Vista has turned one, and over it's first year it has had some difficulties. With many of the channels dumping Vista for XP, or at least offering a choice between the two, driver nightmare issues, and the lack of a service back, home user adoption is slow. Not even Crysis and other DX10 games are spurring sales. On the business side it is even more bleak with incredibly low adoption numbers, and now the news that many corporations that were considering a 07-08 change-over have pushed that back to a 08-09 switch.
Subject: General Tech | November 30, 2007 - 06:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When we are doing benchmarking at PC Perspective, an easy way to see how a program responds to additional CPU cores is to disable 1 or more cores and run the benchmarks again. All hardware and speeds stay the same, but with less cores available, making any scaling that occurs easy to spot. As an enthusiast trying to use a new dual/quad core CPU, having a disabled core isn't exactly what you want and it can be quite frustrating when that happens. There is also a thread in that forum that can help out
Subject: General Tech | November 30, 2007 - 12:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Dan, who is incapable of not asking a question once it crosses his mind and then tracking down an answer from somewhere, takes on the mystery of save games. Why is it that some games end up with a save folder larger than the rest of the game combined, while others seem to have tiny saves that barely make a scratch on your HDD, or fit in a tiny bit of flash memory. Why do some games load saves quicker in some areas than others, and others seem to load the same regardless.
Subject: General Tech | November 30, 2007 - 11:49 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Following yesterday's announcement that AMD's triple core processors will be available in February, nVIDIA has announced that the GeForce 9 series will also make it's appearance in the same month. The information DigiTimes has is still pretty vague, nVIDIA is keeping this series close to their chests.
Subject: General Tech | November 29, 2007 - 11:48 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Just in time for SAD, AMD offers another reason to isolate yourself and bathe in the glow of artificial lights, they will be releasing two Tolimans in February. 2.5GHz is a nice step up, and since it was motherboard makers that told DigiTimes the date,
Subject: General Tech | November 29, 2007 - 11:19 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
BANGALORE, India - Nov. 29, 2007 - AMD (NYSE: AMD), a leading global provider of innovative processing solutions in the computing, graphics and consumer electronics markets, today announced the opening of a new silicon design and platform research and development (R&D) facility in Bangalore.
As India's role and importance in AMD's global R&D network increases, the number of employees in Bangalore continues to grow, requiring a new facility that will accommodate the current team while also providing room for future growth.
Subject: General Tech | November 28, 2007 - 11:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
BEAVERTON, Ore., Nov. 28, 2007 - The Universal Serial Bus (USB) 3.0 Promoter Group is looking for additional contributors to its initial draft of the group's proposed specification with a goal to have it completed by the first half of 2008.
Subject: General Tech | November 28, 2007 - 11:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hellgate London is the first MMO designed with DX10 in mind, which gives them some benefits and some problems. While the DX9 demo showed that many cards can reach over 100+ fps in this game, we were missing out on smoke effects, motion blurring and DX10 shaders. As [H]ard|OCP's test show, you can see the differences between the quality of DX10 and DX9, which is rather nice considering how hard you had to squint to see differences in previous titles. On the other hand you
Subject: General Tech | November 28, 2007 - 11:42 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are shopping for a <$250 video card you may have found your plans frustrated. Both the 8800GT and the HD3870 disappeared within hours of their release and there has been no sign of them at all. The Tech Report can comment on why the AMD cards are so rare, although we still don't know what nVIDIA's problem is ... maybe retailers are snubbing them by continuing to sell GTS models? Follow the link to see what has been holding AMD back.
Subject: General Tech | November 27, 2007 - 05:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASUS Xonar D2 not only sports more LEDs than your average modded case, it also handle digital and analog sounds almost totally lossless. The Audio Station U1
will improve the quality of sound comping out of any laptop, but probably won't win the hearts of people using desktop PCs. You can tune into Bjorn3Ds' notes to see if either of these sound like something that resonates with you.
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Subject: General Tech | November 27, 2007 - 02:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
FREMONT, CALIFORNIA (November 27, 2007) - Adding to the success of the company's entry into PC audio, ASUS, worldwide leader in component and notebook design and manufacturing, today extended its product offerings by introducing the world's first PCI-Express (PCI-E) interface audio card Xonar D2X; and the stylish USB based audio station Xonar U1.
Subject: General Tech | November 27, 2007 - 12:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The release of the Spider platform from AMD has generated a lot of reviews and speculation as to AMD's long term quad core plans. We've seen the numbers, heard how lovely Lake Tahoe is and how two out of three ain't bad. There was another side to this launch, which a lot of the sites haven't really expressed, but The Tech Report has broken the silence. AMD made some rather questionable moves in the lead up to this launch, from the obvious that you may have figured out, free tickets to Lake Tahoe, to serio
Subject: General Tech | November 26, 2007 - 02:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hades is a new company that has released a gaming mouse as well as a mouse pad. The specs that they quote sound good, putting it in the realm of Logitech and Microsoft's high quality gaming mice, but at about half the price. BCCHardware tried it out, and it quickly became the second favourite, just behind the G5.
Subject: General Tech | November 26, 2007 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Who needs an official launch date when you can just buy something beforehand? The Inquirer has a link to an Austrian retailer who will sell you an ASUS Striker II Formula. Order early and avoid the rush.
Subject: General Tech | November 23, 2007 - 05:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Part of the lukewarm reception that AMD has received from their introduction of the Phenom processor was the fact that you couldn't buy one. We all know the other reason. The good news is that it is slowly starting to appear, so if you do have an AM2(+) system that needs an upgrade,
Subject: General Tech | November 23, 2007 - 02:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The wait is over, Unreal Tournament 3 servers are being set up and populated as you are reading this. Timed perfectly for the US Turkey day holiday, most gamers seem to be fragging each other with one hand while the other holds a drumstick. The new type of game, Warfare blends Assault and Onslaught very well and the Torlan makes an appearance (in 2 different forms), so don't pine too hard for your favourite Onslaught maps. New vehicles will shock you the first time they land on your head, or chase you with their persistent beam weapons, and the old vehicle have undergone an o
Subject: General Tech | November 23, 2007 - 11:46 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With the introduction of just one trojan into a corporate network, it is possible to record VOIP calls traveling over that network as a wav file using SIPtap, a proof of concept exploit that you can rad about over at The Inquirer. Of course even simple encryption will prevent anyone from using the tool, so don't start shutting down your phone system yet. Even the encryption
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