The first 'cast of summer

Subject: General Tech | June 20, 2008 - 06:32 PM |
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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

It's always the calm, quiet ones

Subject: General Tech | June 20, 2008 - 11:51 AM |
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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.

Make your coffee break a little more relaxing

Subject: General Tech | June 19, 2008 - 11:59 AM |
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As we are all feeling a little worried about

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Come sail away ...

Subject: General Tech | June 18, 2008 - 05:32 PM |
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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.

If you are a fan of Metal Gear ...

Subject: General Tech | June 18, 2008 - 12:51 PM |
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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.

Source: Ars Technica

Not the coffee!!! Anything but the coffee!!!

Subject: General Tech | June 18, 2008 - 12:24 PM |
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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

Source: Slashdot

World's Fastest Supercomputers Employ AMD Opteron Processors

Subject: General Tech | June 18, 2008 - 11:16 AM |
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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.

Source: AMD

NEW NVIDIA TESLA DOUBLES THE PERFORMANCE FOR THOUSANDS OF CUDA DEVELOPERS WORLDWIDE

Subject: General Tech | June 17, 2008 - 01:22 PM |
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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.

Source: NVIDIA

Let the ping times grow

Subject: General Tech | June 17, 2008 - 01:00 PM |
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Whether you are trying to help get them into the Guinness Book of World records, because you simply can't wait to get your hands on the AwsomeBar, or even if you are just hoping that you get to see Mozilla's servers crash under the load, today is the day.

Firefox 3 is here.

Keeping a low profile

Subject: General Tech | June 17, 2008 - 12:16 PM |
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AMD is really working hard to promote their low powered, green solutions for PCs.  According to DigiTimes, we should be seeing a pair of triple core Phenoms as well as a quad core well before the end of the year.  They also mention that the end of life for the X4 9100e is coming up very soon; with plenty of new parts to replace it soon.

Source: Digitimes

Intel Launches Online Community to Connect Caregivers

Subject: General Tech | June 17, 2008 - 11:36 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 17, 2008 - With a goal to connect and assist the more than 50 million caregivers in the United States, Intel Corporation today unveiled ConnectingForCare.com, the first online community of its kind for family caregivers, nurses, social workers and others to share information and provide emotional support, filling a void in today's healthcare system.

AMD Demonstrates the Cinema 2.0 Experience

Subject: General Tech | June 17, 2008 - 11:34 AM |
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SAN FRANCISCO - June 17, 2008 - At a press conference June 16, 2008, in San Francisco, AMD (NYSE:AMD) demonstrated a milestone achievement in ultra-realistic and interactive visual computing through the processing power of its forthcoming teraFLOPS (trillion floating point operations per second) graphics chip, codenamed "RV770".

Until today, content developers had to choose between cinematic realism rendered offline and absent the rewarding sensory experience of interactivity, or an interactive experience without full ultra-rea

Source: AMD

Not to be confused with idiotophile

Subject: General Tech | June 16, 2008 - 06:59 PM |
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An idiotophile being a close relative of the audiophile who believes $1000 a foot cable and magic rocks make stereos sound noticeably better, and get upset when people point out that they don't.

Source: Madshrimps

Enhancing your online purchasing decisions

Subject: General Tech | June 16, 2008 - 12:14 PM |
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Quick, head over to Newegg and take a peek at the prices for the 9800 GTX and click on that unfamiliar "See price in cart" button.  Nifty, eh?  Doesn't that just totally make it easier for you to decide which card you want to pick up?  To make it even better, try the 9800 GX2; notice how the same thing d

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Good luck, bad luck; it's still a Friday

Subject: General Tech | June 13, 2008 - 05:49 PM |
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Ultra mobile PCs are the next big thing ...

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It worked well the first time

Subject: General Tech | June 13, 2008 - 12:02 PM |
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Intel's Q6600 found it's way into the systems of a lot of gamers when it arrived.  While not their top performing part by a long shot, it was a quad core with some overclocking potential and a dirt cheap price.  They will be doing it again with the Q8200 according to DigiTimes.  The exclusion of VT and TXT is amusing, just how many gamers want the re-reincarnation of Palladium in their PCs to begin with?

Source: Digitimes

Download Day

Subject: General Tech | June 12, 2008 - 12:19 PM |
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Firefox 3, which we have heard a lot about, is to be available next Tuesday.  No point in lining up early, even if you did decide to participate in the promise to download it the first day it becomes available.  The mozdev site is holding up to todays Slashdotting, but how will it handle serving up the full Firefox 3 download?

Source: Slashdot

More mind readers

Subject: General Tech | June 11, 2008 - 05:36 PM |
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LostCircuits are the next to try out OCZ's Neural Impulse Actuator, and they liked it!  As we have heard, the headband of doom takes a little getting used to, but after that you begin to get the hang of it.  It sounds like UT3 is a great game to try this thing out on, but at what price will it come?

Source: LOSTCIRCUITS

Intel 'Show and Tell' Highlights 70 Projects, Offers Glimpse of Computing Fu

Subject: General Tech | June 11, 2008 - 03:41 PM |
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RESEARCH@INTEL DAY, Mountain View, Calif, June 11, 2008 – At the Computer History Museum today, Intel Corporation unveiled more than 70 futuristic projects and concepts underway in its labs in the areas of the environment, healthcare, visual computing, wireless mobility and more, reflecting areas where the company is investing some of its annual $6 billion in research.

The Wrath of Crom

Subject: General Tech | June 11, 2008 - 12:24 PM |
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Drop in for a quick visit to Hyboria with [H]ard|OCP.  Armed with 6 graphic cards, they decided to see which would give you the best way to experience your inner barbarian.  Drop by to find out, and for a good look at what to expect from this game.

Source: [H]ard|OCP