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Subject: General Tech | January 5, 2010 - 01:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Skype is delving into HD video for it's VoIP calls, with the introduction of a 720p stream. Now the technical specifications for the system needed to run the new beta HD Skype are not too onerous; most laptops sport the hardware that is required. The kicker is the bandwidth needed to send 720p video, which is at least 1MB. Most ISPs offer download speeds well above that, but thanks to the popularity of asynchronous
DSL the upload speeds offered are usually under 1MB, even on the highest speed plans available.
Subject: General Tech | December 30, 2009 - 05:21 PM | Ryan Shrout
Do you ever have the need to play your Playstation 3 while walking around your house? Perhaps you need to take a bio break during a heated match of Modern Warfare 2: what's a dedicated gamer to do? The answer of course is to get one of these things: a remote display and control for the Playstation 3.
Subject: General Tech | December 29, 2009 - 10:25 PM | Jonathan Hung
The tech news is slowing down as the industry slowly recovers from a massive Egg Nog hangover... or is this the calm before the CES 2010 storm?
Christmas aftermath - It's always interesting to hear what readers of PC Per got for Christmas. If you got something really cool you'd like to share, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me about it.
Subject: General Tech | December 29, 2009 - 06:03 PM | Ryan Shrout
Just not YOUR school. In this case, some students at Columbia University got to hear from CEO Steve Perlman about OnLive's upcoming game streaming technology. Someone was able to grab some video from the event and shared it with the world so we can all see how the tech works, what the user interface is like and how the iPhone will likely integrate into it.
Subject: General Tech | December 22, 2009 - 04:54 PM | Ryan Shrout
In what must come as an unwelcome stocking gift to CEO Steve Ballmer this holiday, a Federal Circuit Court has upheld a ruling that will prevent the software giant from selling new copies of its Word word processor (ugh) due to a patent infringement. From the engadget posting:
Subject: General Tech | December 21, 2009 - 03:25 PM | Jonathan Hung
After posting the first Bento Box on Thursday, someone asked me what a Bento Box was. A Bento Box is a traditional Japanese lunch where the meal is compartmentalized into different portions. This way you get a variety of distinct flavours in one meal. So with that backgrounder, it's time for another installment of the Tech Bento Box.
Subject: General Tech | December 17, 2009 - 04:22 PM | Jonathan Hung
@ Intel - While most companies prefer calling employees into an office to give them a pink slip, Intel prefers to fire their employees by shooting them from a cannon.
Subject: General Tech | December 15, 2009 - 12:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: General Tech | December 14, 2009 - 12:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Users of Office 2003 that have been avoiding the change to 2007 were in for a nasty surprise over the weekend. If their company uses Microsoft’s Rights Management Service to protect their documents then thanks to an expired security certificate then when a file was accessed, instead of the file opening they were greeted with "Unexpected error occurred.
Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2009 - 04:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
We here at PC Perspective are nothing if not topical, for instance those of you living far enough from the equator that water occasionally turns solid and falls from the sky in a strange white power can certainly benefit from Jon's latest contribution to the front page. If you don't end up stuck in a snowbank because you stayed at home, there are still things you can do to increase your comfort and productivity. It is not just about personal improvement,
Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2009 - 02:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new Mionix gaming mouse is called the Saiph 1800, strangely it is indeed an 1800DPI mouse, with 7 buttons and oversized Teflon feet. It is fairly large, about the same size as the Razer Death Adder
and the 2m cord should allow you free movement while gaming. Hi-Tech Reviews took it out for a spin and were impressed with the mouse its self, but were a little unhappy at the lack of a dead tree manual or a driver on optical media in the box with the
Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2009 - 12:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It has been said before and it will be said many times again, while AMD has some incredible graphics cards out there, it is almost impossible to get your hands on a 40nm process 5000 series card. If you can find one in stock though, you will not be disappointed. The HIS Radeon 5850 will set you back about $315 and offers 2 dual-link DVI, one HDMI and one DisplayPort
on the back, sending 1080p signals
Subject: General Tech | December 10, 2009 - 01:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are a regular viewer of the PC Perspective you know that Colleen is not the biggest fan of optical media; she goes as far as to ensure none of her boxen have an optical drive unless absolutely necessary. One might wonder how she goes about installing Windows, or even Linux, without a DVD drive. The answer is very simple, a bootalbe USB drive can do everything the original DVD can and more. Ars Technica offers two different ways in which to set up a bootable USB drive tha
Subject: General Tech | December 9, 2009 - 12:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With the advent of DX11 and affordable cards that can handle the new features comes a whole new language of features to explore. High Definition Ambient Occlusion, High Dynamic Range in 64-bit and even updates to shadow mappings. [H]ard|OCP takes you on a visual trip through the differences between DX9 and DX11 using the only game out there that currently takes advantage of the new instruction sets, DiRT 2.
Subject: General Tech | December 9, 2009 - 12:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
MAKE:Blog calls upon you to modernize your power outlets with a nice USB device recharging plug. Why keep a variety of adaptors that plug into a plain old wall wart when you can either order or build USB plugs directly into a power outlet? Drop by for a link to the company that will soon be selling them or head to the Instructable on how to build your own. Be careful; make sure you don't end up extra crispy.
Subject: General Tech | December 8, 2009 - 01:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sound cards have quickly gone from an absolute necessity to an afterthought for most PC enthusiasts thanks to the huge jump in quality from onboard sound. Some of the motherboards today come with HD 7.1 sound built in, an numerous ways of outputting that signal. This means sound cards have also had to grow, offering more than just the benefit of offloading the processing from the CPU. The Creative X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Profe
Subject: General Tech | December 7, 2009 - 12:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes at ISPs for them to be able to deliver the internet to you. From bandwidth monitoring to quality assurance; the list is quite long but the current focus of Google has narrowed to DNS resolution. If you are unfamiliar with domain name resolution, a simple way to describe it is that it is the service that changes Google.com to 184.108.40.206, or whichever IP address of the server you are trying to hit currently resolves to. The speeds of that translation can vary significantly from ISP to ISP, so Google has created a public DNS that
Subject: General Tech | December 4, 2009 - 12:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica links to an analyst's blog about the mythical status of the bandwidth hog. Benoit Felten proposes that most ISPs simply measure the total amount of data downloaded per user and then list the top 5 percent as bandwidth hogs, not even checking if the traffic might not have been torrents or if the activity only took place during low usage times. There seems no reason to be polite about your downloading, it is simply the sum total you download that