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Subject: General Tech | June 30, 2008 - 11:39 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD's HD4870 and HD4850 finally deliver on what many enthusiasts have been waiting for these past few generations of GPUs; some competition. nVIDIA has been far and away the better choice for performance and often for price as well. These two new cards from AMD have worried nVIDIA enough that HEXUS thinks we should see some significant changes to nVIDIA's next generation of chips. We all expect performance increases, but nVIDIA may have to tighten up their bottom line and sell the next generati
Subject: General Tech | June 27, 2008 - 06:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Psychiatrists are currently arguing about codifying Internet addiction into the next update to the DSM as a mental disorder, but they are ignoring a far, far worse condition; hardware upgrade addiction. Help a forum member avoid the social stigma of this horrible disease by offering advice on the components most likely to provide enough performance to delay his next upgrade as long as po
Subject: General Tech | June 27, 2008 - 11:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As shocking as it may seem, Bell may not have been completely honest about the effect P2P has had on network congestion. As many were probably already aware, since packets really don't care what route they take, the 2-5% of their network that supposedly suffered from P2P related congestion was simply Bell being too lazy to re-route the traffic. This is good news even if Bell isn't your ISP; you are using their copper and fibre, which your ISP has leased and suffering from the throttling. Get more info, and a link to the inevitable 'data isn't a Chevy' analogy
Subject: General Tech | June 26, 2008 - 06:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are looking for an easy way to play your iPod in your car or anywhere else you are having difficulty connecting it, try the Belkin TuneCast Auto. It is an FM transmitter that will broadcast whatever your iPod is playing to an FM channel that you pick, it is as easy as that. circuitREMIX were a little dissapointed with the Clearscan feature, but didn
Subject: General Tech | June 26, 2008 - 11:35 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Users of NoScript are accustomed to seeing a message telling them that they need to install Flash player to view a web page properly, and since they specifically installed that add on for that purpose it doesn't bother them. Users of 64-bit OSes on the other hand are not quite so happy, seeing as how Adobe has yet to create a 64-bit version. [OC]ModShop can offer some help to those who haven't found a work around that they like.
Subject: General Tech | June 25, 2008 - 12:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Alone in the Dark is back and HEXUS spent some quality time with it. Being fans of the original series, they were not disappointed with the story line and they thought the new graphics were superb. Unfortunately they also found a serious flaw with the controls; as they put it, "You don’t so much move Carnby as drive him about like a human shaped remote control car".
Subject: General Tech | June 25, 2008 - 11:43 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The last copies of XP, as well as the last new licenses will be shipped June 30, after that it is a two year (or so) wait until 7. This may seem like bad news to the gamer and home user who don't want to switch to Vista for a variety of reasons. Put that aside for a minute and think of the poor IT worker, who will find it increasingly difficult to get their hands on a replacement machine that doesn't have Vista on it.
Subject: General Tech | June 24, 2008 - 05:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Bjorn3D recently reviewed the Razer Lycosa Gaming Keyboard and found that they liked it a lot. With glowing WASD keys, auto-disabling of the Windows key, full programmable macro keys and more there is a lot to like about the keyboard. As you read through the review, you do start to get the feeling that maybe they are just a little too excited by the keyboard?
Subject: General Tech | June 24, 2008 - 11:41 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Drop by Ars Technica for an overview, and link to, a paper on using ferroelectric nanocapacitors as a storage medium. The papers claim of one Tb/inch2 is a bit of an exaggeration for their current process, but as lithography progresses, the terabyte may be in reach. If they can advance it quickly enough, we may see a whole new type of solid state storage.
Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2008 - 01:14 PM | Ryan Shrout
Rememer Dr. Who? What? Are you in need a new device to spy on your friends and/or co-workers? Are they also fans of Dr. Who? If so, this Dalek-toy-turned-spy-device would be right up your alley. ChannelFlip has video preview of a specially designed unit that would fit the bill nicely...
Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2008 - 01:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Among with the other problems that Windows XP SP3 caused, HD audio support was reported as missing thanks to the exclusion of the UUA in SP3. The good news is that those problems only existed in the Release Candidate, the Final has no such problem. Along with that tidbit, TechARP also offers a bit of advice that anyone who is running XP should heed, "install SP3 only if you have a fresh Windows XP SP2 installation."
Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2008 - 11:48 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It almost seems that graphics card companies are out to bite the hand that feeds them. Without hardware reviewers, their sales would look fairly different, and they would not have the chance to sell as many different models as they currently do. That didn't stop AMD from crash launching the HD 4850 and it certainly didn't stop nVIDIA from springing the 9800 GTX+ which lead to a very long Wednesday for hardware reviewers trying to get at least something up for their readers.
Subject: General Tech | June 20, 2008 - 06:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There are plenty of threads in the forums on what pieces of kit should go into a new system, and the hows and whys of whatzit A being better that thingamajig Q, but advice on
Subject: General Tech | June 20, 2008 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD has been very quiet about their GPU SDKs, but don't assume that they do not have one. Close-to-Metal, their first offering was available before nVIDIA's CUDA and they have since added a second SDK called Brook+ which has an interface similar to C. The Tech Report had a chance to talk about these two developers kits, and AMDs future plans for Stream computing and physics, along with the other uses these kits can be applied to.
Subject: General Tech | June 18, 2008 - 05:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Speed Link Styx
may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think gaming mice, but that may just mean you are North American. On the other side of the pond Speed Link have made a name for themselves; with the Styx's 7 programmable buttons that can be programmed to fire up to 4 times on a single click plus on the fly DPI changing up to 2200, they are fit to compete with Razer and others. Take a peek over at Hi-Tech Reviews.
Subject: General Tech | June 18, 2008 - 12:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Then Metal Gear Solid 4 is probably for you; if you never liked it, or never played it, probably not. The review at Ars Technica does contain a few spoilers, as it was hard for them to discuss how bad they felt the ending played out without mentioning why it was bad. Still, they did find plenty to like about it, including the well done mulitplayer game.
Subject: General Tech | June 18, 2008 - 12:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Spam, phishing and malware are certainly inconvenient, but they are nothing compared to the evil of attacking one's caffeine source. According to the story on Slashdot, some nefarious poltroon has figured out how to compromise a particular brand of coffee makers via it's internet connection, assumedly java enabled, and from there onto the PC that is connected to. Don't worry about why a coffee maker should have an IP address, worry about the possibility of over-caffeinated morning people and IT workers d
Subject: General Tech | June 18, 2008 - 11:16 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
DRESDEN, Germany - June 18, 2008 - At the International Supercomputing Conference, AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that its AMD Opteron processors have helped deliver many of the top performing supercomputers in the world. For the first time ever, AMD technology plays a role in the number one supercomputer in the world and this same processor technology that helps drive the number one supercomputer is also readily available for business and personal computing.
Subject: General Tech | June 17, 2008 - 01:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
DRESDEN, GERMANY - JUNE 17, 2008 - From video encoding to oil and gas exploration and from medical imaging to scientific research, thousands of CUDA developers in the high performance computing (HPC) community are leveraging a revolutionary GPU computing platform that was announced just one year ago.
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