LIVE at QuakeCon 2009 - opening presentation and John Carmack Keynote

Subject: General Tech | August 13, 2009 - 05:06 PM |
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UPDATE: The live event is over, of course, but you can see the saved videos on UStream.  There is a span

Delayed Loadable Content

Subject: General Tech | August 12, 2009 - 02:32 PM |
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Console users have already had a chance to explore the other areas available in the Fallout 3 expansions, but for PC users DLC means something a little different.  If you have not tired of the Capitol Wasteland and are looking for a chance to get away from it all; why not try an alien abduction?  DriverHeaven takes a look at Mothership Zeta, the newest extension to Bethesda's take on the post apocalyptic world.  Probe the add on for yourself.

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They're back ...

Subject: General Tech | August 12, 2009 - 02:28 PM |
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As you may have noticed from Allyn's post, Intel has fixed that little BIOS password problem.  If you already have one of the 2nd generation X25-M drives, you can flash it yourselves.  For the rest of us who patiently await the arrival of these disks back in the channel again, hearing the official word from Intel via The Inquirer is a good thing.

Source: The Inquirer

Does this sound negative to you?

Subject: General Tech | August 11, 2009 - 06:08 PM |
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There are many times when a PC just does not need that beautiful 7.1 speaker system plugged into it, and many people who are not terribly enamoured of headphones; which is why we still have 2.0 speaker systems around.  Many are absolute garbage, especially if the are made by a company you have never heard of and are handed out free with the purchase of anything.  Others, like the Eagletech ET-AR302-BK 2.0 soundstage speakers
are a pleasant surprise.  For only $20 you get a pair of desktop speakers that Elite Bastards describe as 'acceptable quality for office or decidedly causa

A mouse this big might be a rat

Subject: General Tech | August 11, 2009 - 03:45 PM |
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If you are looking for a new game mouse, or are perhaps wondering if you should try one, the $25 OCZ Behemoth might just be the answer you seek.  It sports 5 buttons, two lasers, removable weights, on the fly DPI switching from 800 to 3200 with an LED that tells you which DPI you are on as well as a bit of memory so that you can have different profiles for different games.  Mouse reviews are very subjective, but

Source: Guru of 3D

It had to be a matrix called Neo

Subject: General Tech | August 11, 2009 - 11:44 AM |
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The newest kids on the street from AMD have arrived and promptly embedded themselves in the Atom's market.  They use a ball grid array design which gives away the fact that they are designed to be embedded.  The 18W power draw hints at the small size of the products you are likely to see powered by the Turion Neo X2 L625 and Athlon Neo X2 L325 and the 3W demanded by the matching M690T
and M690E
chipsets back that hint up.  They will both support dual channel ECC-enabled U-DIMM DDR2-667, sport 64KB L1 cache and 512KB L2 cache and have one 16-bit link supporting up to 800MHzHype

Source: AMD

Shocking news

Subject: General Tech | August 10, 2009 - 12:04 PM |
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Some rather bright German researchers have been perfecting the printable battery and figure to be on course for a 2010 release.  Using a silk screening process they impregnate paper with many hair thin layers of zinc to form an anode and manganese for the cathode.

Source: Slashdot

Windows 7 is out the door today, assuming you have access to volume licensing

Subject: General Tech | August 7, 2009 - 06:56 PM |
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The PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard, which you should keep an eye on for updates in the near future, is a great way to look at what parts are out there that can assemble a great PC at several price levels.  Some enthusiasts need a bit more detail, like which southbridge can handle which flavour of RAID; others need a bit more guidance to welcome them into the world of the DIY PC.

Down with the RC

Subject: General Tech | August 7, 2009 - 12:11 PM |
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The version of Windows 7 available via TechNet or MSDN subscription is now missing the Release Candidate part of its name, the final code has been spit and polished and sent out the door to make its way in the world.  As well, today is the day that volume licensed customers get their hands on Windows 7.  They are the first to get their hands on the official version of the software and the first valid keys.  Of course, those customers never tend to see a disk, so we still can't see the box art in the flesh, if you are into that type of thing. 

Source: The Inquirer

Windows 7 upgrade paths revealed in easy-to-read chart form

Subject: General Tech | August 6, 2009 - 10:57 PM |
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Okay, so it's not really easy to read, but it is a chart.  And actually it gives users looking to break into the world of Windows 7 right away a good idea of what to expect.  Basically, if you want to know what TYPE of installation you will be allowed to do with your new copy of Windows 7 based on the version of Windows Vista you have, this is for you:

It's like a gateway drug

Subject: General Tech | August 6, 2009 - 12:36 PM |
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The pricing on the new Intel Core i5 has slipped out and hit the news over at The Inquirer.  At $232 or $244 on release date, it sits below the i7 920 by a nice $30 and you can expect that price to drop.  The LGA1156 motherboards are expected to be a little less expensive than their LGA1366 sisters, which may lead the value conscious AMD fan astray with promises of higher performance.  The trouble is that while we do know the price of the Core i5's, we still have no official id

Source: The Inquirer

Don't count your chickens

Subject: General Tech | August 5, 2009 - 03:20 PM |
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Creative's new offering for mobile entertainment uses their Zii Plaszma OS to power the Creative Zii EGG.  Sporting a touchscreen interface, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth an accelerometer and a potential 64GB storage capacity, half onboard and half in external memory cards, it does a lot more than the Zen ever thought of doing.   Capable not only of HD video playback it can output 1080p video to a suitable display.  Unfortunately, Hardware Zone seems to imply this incarnation is a proof of co

This is not the military sim you are looking for

Subject: General Tech | August 5, 2009 - 12:55 PM |
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Operation Flashpoint ... if you remember it you will either be seeing red and foaming at the mouth with pure hatred, or you will smile and recall those days of no save points; spending 2 hours straight infiltrating an enemy base, destroying convoys and stealing compact cars with which to run people over.

Source: Gamepyre

Everybody's onboard the OpenCL train

Subject: General Tech | August 5, 2009 - 12:38 PM |
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The Tech Report has linked to the first official version of OpenCL, the programming API that promises to run on just about any modern processor, be it CPU, GPU or DSPs.  It is open source and royalty-free and with AMD already fully on board and nVIDIA designing CUDA to play nicely with OpenCL you are likely to see a lot of new programs utilizing it.  The GPGPU may become much more of a reality once this standard spreads to those programming for AMD and nVIDIA GPUs.  Get on board before the discussion leaves you beh

Won't someone please think of the packets!

Subject: General Tech | August 4, 2009 - 01:00 PM |
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ISPs across the globe are working to provide bandwidth to their customers in a way that does not let a small number of heavy users degrade the internet experience of
the remaining users.  For the most part, this is done by filtering packets at the application level, occasionally via deep packet inspection, but for the most part at the application level.  For instance, Skype and bittorrent clients are often targeted, but you can be sure that HD quality YouTube videos and other media will also start to experience Homer's usual way of disciplining Bart.  
The ISP may or ma

Source: Ars Technica

Wondering if your smart phone is bright enough to protect its self?

Subject: General Tech | August 3, 2009 - 02:00 PM |
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Now that everything is on the web, from your refrigerator connecting via uPnP and printers that can order your ink, it is time for a change in vectors of attack.  VoIP phone systems will certainly come up soon, but it is the juicy cellphone with all its open ports that is the current target.  Black Hat took a sniff at smart phones, as with what is already out there in the wild, communication can be a little scary.  Hack a Day, being the folks that they are,

Source: Hack a Day

Only 147 shopping days left!

Subject: General Tech | July 31, 2009 - 06:45 PM |
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The agitation of the world markets has had an impact on the bottom line of PC component makers as well as boutique shops.  Going by

Paying for long distance calls again? Inconceivable!

Subject: General Tech | July 31, 2009 - 11:52 AM |
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Skype has over 480 million accounts and carries roughly 8% of all international communications, but is not a money maker and now has an uncertain future.  eBay paid $2.6 billion back in 1995 for most of Skype's technology and has put it down on their books as being worth $1.7 billion, still a hefty sum but also about a $1 billion loss.  That is not the worst however, the key lies in their purchase of almost all of the technology that Skype uses, they did not get it all and have been paying a licensing fee to the Skype creators for the usage of that critical piece of technology.

Source: Slashdot

No, yer a dip switch!

Subject: General Tech | July 30, 2009 - 02:33 PM |
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The little MSI AMD 785GM-E65 is a micro-ATX board with some nice features and a predicted MSRP of well under $100.  There were a few corners cut to make the board truly affordable as a basis for an HTPC, such as only a 4+1 phase array instead of MSI's Dr.MOS technology and the use of an SB710 southbridge which does not support RAID5.  If you are planning on building an HTPC using RAID5, you are doing it wrong.  Check out Josh's preview to see the old school overclocking dipstick that can be found on a motherboard for the first t

What do you want to do tonight Brain?

Subject: General Tech | July 30, 2009 - 11:56 AM |
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As mentioned earlier this month, the encryption scheme used on the iPhone is about as useful as fishnets for hiding your assets.  That pales in comparison to what is going to be released as a proof of concept attack on Thursday.  Those pesky security researchers have discovered a way to gain complete control over your iPhone, with just a simple series of 256 SMS messages.  Now, when they say complete control, what they mean is that the remote attacker will be able to dial the phone, visit Web sites, turn on the device's camera

Source: [H]ard|OCP