Just a drop in the bucket

Subject: General Tech | December 3, 2009 - 12:31 PM |
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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

Source: Digitimes

One screenshot and the believers are back

Subject: General Tech | December 2, 2009 - 12:18 PM |
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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

Source: Hexus

I find your lack of faith disturbing

Subject: General Tech | December 2, 2009 - 11:49 AM |
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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. 

Source: Digitimes

That's not the right colour of death

Subject: General Tech | December 2, 2009 - 11:37 AM |
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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.

Source: The Register

DiRT 2 Offers Exhilarating DirectX 11 Gaming Experience - Only On ATI Radeon Graphics Cards

Subject: General Tech | December 1, 2009 - 11:56 AM |
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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.

Source: AMD

For when your netbook goes a wandering

Subject: General Tech | November 30, 2009 - 12:27 PM |
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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.

Source: Ars Technica

It's a Black Friday on the PC Per Real-time Pricing Engine

Subject: General Tech | November 27, 2009 - 05:47 PM |
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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

Arr, I be a boycotter

Subject: General Tech | November 27, 2009 - 11:53 AM |
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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.

Source: Ars Technica

OCZ faces a tough choice

Subject: General Tech | November 26, 2009 - 12:22 PM |
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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

Source: The Register

Come to the Renaissance, meet interesting people and assassinate them

Subject: General Tech | November 25, 2009 - 02:37 PM |
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Ars Technica delves into the world of 15th Century Italy and reviews the sequel to Assassin's Creed, bearing a very similar name to the original, as they've simply added a 2.  It takes place about 300 years after the first game and is perfectly playable for those who missed the first game.  It is the Renaissance, so expect some interesting gadgets to appear during your travels to supplement your trusty blade. 

Source: Ars Technica

Cancel or allow?

Subject: General Tech | November 25, 2009 - 01:49 PM |
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ExtremeTech has taken Microsoft's claims that Windows 7 is the most secure ever as a challenge and put the new features under the microscope.  There are 5 different sections, detailing UAC, the firewall and networking as well as the new Filtering Platform, all of the new features and the new implementations of familiar features are all covered.  Check it out and see if Win7 passes the grade.

Source: Extremetech

Firming up your expectations for Fermi

Subject: General Tech | November 24, 2009 - 12:51 PM |
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The Tech Report has compiled all the information they have gathered about nVIDIA's upcoming new architecture that we have all been hearing so much about.  Not just a graphics solution and not quite a full GPGPU, the Fermi can be a little hard to wrap your head around.  They take you through all of the terminology you will need to understand the architectural changes to the G80 processor, the GF100 and then move onto the actual meat of how the processor will work.  Stick through to the end and you can see some e

For those that play e-Sports

Subject: General Tech | November 23, 2009 - 06:32 PM |
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The unfortunately named Zowie Gear Hammer e-Sports Headset has a rather rugged, almost military feel to its design.  It looks like you could swing them around above your head by their cord and lay down the hammer on whichever ex-friend of yours just based camped your team, without the headset suffering any damage.  The headset that Overclockers Cafe reviewed used a pair of 3.5mm jacks as opposed to a

Play starts on the 40, fumble on 32 ... recovery on the 28?

Subject: General Tech | November 23, 2009 - 11:55 AM |
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The difficulties at TSMC with their 40nm process are very familiar to anyone who watches the industry or has tried to by an HD5xxx series or 4770 graphics card.  The volume is tiny which has also had the effect of bringing prices up.  The same issues have occurred in their 32nm process, though with less song and dance as there are no retail cards with a 32nm process GPU.  According to SemiAccurate, TSMC has made the decision to stop work on their 32nm process and head s

Source: SemiAccurate

Happy Birthday SETI, you don't even look 25!

Subject: General Tech | November 20, 2009 - 07:34 PM |
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Building computers is, in a way a matter of knowing the rules and following them.  On a basic level it is plugging the right connector into the right plug, be it a ZIFF socket or a 12V power connector.  Beyond that come secondary rules, like not mixing RAM and ensuring that temperatures remain reasonable.  Others are more complex, like overclocking in small increments to find the perfect settings instead of instantly trying for your megahertz goal.  There are other unwritten rules to follow that are no less important, rules vary greatly from those stating that

Diverse diversification diversified

Subject: General Tech | November 20, 2009 - 01:40 PM |
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It has long been a mantra in the business world that you must always continue to grow your business or you will die.  Most have taken that to heart and began diversifying their businesses, getting into industries they never tried before and moving away from one strong product line into many varied product lines.  Now this is all well and good, many companies have found success in new lines of business and consumer have benefited.  This still does not explain the sudden surge in PC enclosure makers broaching the computer mouse market.  The latest entrant is Cooler Master and

Remember to eat your Chrom-eos

Subject: General Tech | November 20, 2009 - 12:51 PM |
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Thinking of Google's new Chrome OS as a competitor to Windows or Linux is not really getting the point of what Google is trying to do.  The OS has some very significant restrictions on how it runs, only flash can be used for storage, there will be a custom firmware layer which is non-optional, and a only Google-approved system and peripheral devices will be recognized by Chrome OS.  This is not designed for open box systems, think very proprietary on the hardware and software level.  The OS its self treats everything as a window in a browser, so no installation need ever occur,

Source: Ars Technica

Ninth time is the charm

Subject: General Tech | November 19, 2009 - 12:18 PM |
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When there were only a handful of browsers around, one proprietary to the competition and a text only browser or three,  the default winner was Internet Explorer.  Years later there are many browsers out there snatching market share from IE and even the coding standard are moving away from IE's interpretation and now favour the ones who stick to a generally accepted standard.  IE9 is looming on the horizon, which will support CSS 3, but it will also use the new Direct2D and DirectWrite found in Windows 7 only.  Of course, there will also be improvements to Javascript. 

Source: Ars Technica

AMD 40th Anniversary Giveaway - 20 Xbox & Wiis

Subject: General Tech | November 18, 2009 - 10:08 PM |
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May 1, 2009, marked AMD’s 40th anniversary. Formed by Jerry Sanders and seven co-founders in 1969, AMD is a company with a rich and colorful history. AMD's 40th anniversary is a testimonial to our longevity, our employees, our customers and our unique business approach. AMD takes great pride in our role of igniting next-generation technology solutions, as well as our ability to see where customer and end-user needs are headed next and then collaborate with the industry accordingly.

Source: AMD

Taking a hacksaw to a large Persian rug

Subject: General Tech | November 18, 2009 - 12:27 PM |
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You may remember back in the days when we were all eagerly awaiting an OS named Longhorn, mention of a project called MinWin.  The idea was to put the Windows kernel on a serious weight loss program after its original NT kernel bloated itself while transforming into Win2K and WinXP.  We had hoped to see the MinWin kernel, as well as a new file system with Vista but that just didn't happen.  The MinWin project its self is alive and well, focusing on minimizing and compartmentalizing server code along with possible applications in mobile devices. 

Source: Ars Technica