No, the video game version

Subject: General Tech | June 25, 2008 - 12:08 PM |
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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".

Source: Hexus

You think you're upset

Subject: General Tech | June 25, 2008 - 11:43 AM |
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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.

Source: Slashdot

Lycosa psychosis

Subject: General Tech | June 24, 2008 - 05:57 PM |
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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?

Source: Bjorn3D

Tiny capacitor, big capacity

Subject: General Tech | June 24, 2008 - 11:41 AM |
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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.

Source: Ars Technica

Need a new security robot?

Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2008 - 01:14 PM |
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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...

Source: General

Should've remembered the first time

Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2008 - 01:10 PM |
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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."

Source: Tech ARP

Throw it out and start all over again

Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2008 - 11:48 AM |
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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. 

Source: The Inquirer

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

Source: Hack a Day

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