ASUS is loud and proud

Subject: General Tech | January 19, 2009 - 01:50 PM |
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ASUS has released another Xonar audio card, this time the $200 Essence STX.  Some serious hardware has gone into this card, which goes beyond the quality expected by a gamer and heads more into the realm of the audiophile.  Tweaktown feels this card would be much happier living in an HTPC syst

Source: Tweaknews

AM3 can't come too soon for AMD

Subject: General Tech | January 19, 2009 - 11:45 AM |
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According to The Register, AMD will be cutting 1,100 more workers, as well as reducing the wage of anyone who still finds themselves with a job.  A lot of these jobs will be in the handheld and TV chip portions of the ATI purchase, which AMD is looking to sell to a nice home.  There will also be cutbacks in benefits, such as the companies matching of 401K/RRSP contributions.  The news on Thursday, January 22 does not look to be very positive.

Source: The Register

Would you like your Friday soft or hard?

Subject: General Tech | January 16, 2009 - 05:55 PM |
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Perhaps it is not the best sign for your safety that the Virus Alerts/Security Warnings/Solutions in our networking forum has been very active over the past few weeks, but you can be assured that the advice you find in the thread will keep you from being sorry.  Several dedicated members are continually vigilant for the latest nasties running amok on the net, as well as the best ways to avoid them.  They can't do it alone, there are

Intel is slowly starting to recede

Subject: General Tech | January 16, 2009 - 12:14 PM |
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Ars Technica recently took a look at the slowing economy and how it will effect the IT industry in general and PC sales in particular.  Intel is not immune to that in any way, as you can see in their reported earnings at DigiTimes.  One of the biggest hits was thanks to Clearwire; falling just short of $1 billion in costs.  Atom based netbooks were good news for Intel's

Source: Digitimes

Short term memory loss

Subject: General Tech | January 15, 2009 - 12:11 PM |
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There is something funny going on in the DRAM industry and it is probably not good news for computer users.  Back in September, it was announced that worldwide DRAM production had dropped by 22% and by 55% in Taiwan.  That slowdown was reflected in the price of DDR2 rising by 75% over this past month.  That will really eat into the profit margins of anyone involved in the memory business, as consumers are unlikely to deal well with a price hike to ageing
DDR2 DIMMs.

Source: Digitimes

Obviously it is the superior platform

Subject: General Tech | January 14, 2009 - 02:11 PM |
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bit-tech's review of Mirror's Edge on the PC could be summed up as 'better than the console version', though that wouldn't be fair to the full review.  The game was intended to be a showcase of what PhysX can do, and while the effects are certainly evident, the physics have a lesser impact on the game than games lik eHalf Life 2.  The single player game is relatively short, expect 7-8 hours, with a fair amount of fun to be had before the end.

Source: bit-tech

Sizing up solid state

Subject: General Tech | January 14, 2009 - 11:59 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP took advantage of the chance to speak with Jonathan Schmidt, an Intel employee, about his experiences with the new SSD drives being manufactured by Intel.  The questions cover a lot of ground, from the environmental impact of SSDs to the tendancy of flash memory to degrade over time.  Defragmentation is also discussed, as the storage techniques used in SSDs do not benefit from standard defragmentation.  Take a look at the interview here.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

You've come a long way Mac

Subject: General Tech | January 13, 2009 - 01:12 PM |
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In only three short years the mouse attached to Apple computers has undergone a complete revolution.  Back in 2005, the first two button mouse for the Mac appeared on the market, offering an alternative to the single button mouse that has been used since the Mac's inception.  Now Razer has released a gaming mouse for the Mac, from it's DeathAdder line.  Five buttons and an 1800 dpi sensor are now available with this new mouse and

Source: OCMODSHOP

Unplanned obsolescence

Subject: General Tech | January 13, 2009 - 11:36 AM |
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Owners of the new Seagate 7200.11 drives, particularly those with the terabyte model, have something to worry about.  There is a new firmware update to
fix the problem before it occurs, but because of the thoroughness of affected drives death, you cannot update the firmware after the fact.  Also, it looks like many customers are seeing high failure rates due to other issues with the disk that have nothing to do with the 'self-bricking' feature.  Read more at The In

Source: The Inquirer

Stay on target

Subject: General Tech | January 12, 2009 - 11:37 AM |
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Ars Technica gets up close and personal with the current build of Windows 7.  It shares a lot in common with Vista, the hardware requirements are not any lower and the UI is very much the same as Vistas overall look.  Other components have undergone changes, such as UAC and the way Windows 7 will organize your media files.  UAC is now bright enough to determine whether a program was activated by the user or via software, reducing the annoyance of telling Vista that you do inded want to run th

Source: Ars Technica

Great news from The Pond

Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2009 - 06:33 PM |
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While the members of our BOINC team have been enjoying the holidays and relaxing, their PCs have been working overtime.  The team has been participating in the Formula BOINC Challenge, a friendly competition between the users of all the various BOINC projects to see who can get the most work done.  The hard work by Big Red and all the gang propelled the PC Perspective team into 6th place by the end, a very healthy showing.  Drop by the BOINC forum to congratulate them and maybe join in on a few projects

Vacuum tubes do not suck

Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2009 - 03:04 PM |
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The Tecon Model "55" is a modernized tube amp, handling not only regular analog audio signals but also sporting a USB connection for use with your PC and a new DAC.  The open construction does mean this amp will require a little care when you are around it, though the flair that it adds is undisputable.  Madshrimps sounds off on a device that is sure to grace the desks of audiophiles everywhere.

Source: Madshrimps

Now that's a robot!

Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2009 - 12:32 PM |
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Sick of shovelling snow yet?  Wish someone else would do it for you for a change?  Check out Hack a Day and the iShovel.  Your very own robotic snow shovelling robot can be yours after they finish testing the prototype, or you could build one yourself ... with a bit more weight and bigger tires.

Source: Hack a Day

Visually-Rich Experiences Take Center Stage During AMD's Industry Insider Series Keynote at CES

Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2009 - 03:45 PM |
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LAS VEGAS (2009 International CES) - Jan. 8, 2009 - Today at CES, AMD (NYSE: AMD) President and Chief Executive Officer Dirk Meyer delivered an Industry Insider Series keynote demonstrating how AMD collaborates with leading industry innovators to help create unsurpassed visual computing experiences featuring richer content, greater interactivity and expanded accessibility using cloud computing.

"In today's economy, computer users increasingly want technology that goes beyond 'bigger' or 'faster' and delivers greater value, interactivity and access.

Source: AMD

Supercomputer To Deliver Next-Generation Games and Applications Entirely Through the Cloud

Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2009 - 03:41 PM |
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LAS VEGAS (2009 International CES) - January 8, 2009 - Today at CES, AMD (NYSE: AMD) President and Chief Executive Officer Dirk Meyer and OTOY Chief Executive Officer Jules Urbach unveiled a plan to revolutionize the deployment, development and delivery of HD content through the "AMD Fusion Render Cloud", a massively-parallel supercomputer.

Source: AMD

What's Zii to ya?

Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2009 - 11:54 AM |
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Creative is branching out into the system on a chip market with their soon to be announced Zii.  The Zen is their current MP3 player, with support for video and even wireless on some models, not exactly a full system but certainly a good media player.  From what VR-Zone has figured out that you will be seeing this chip in an iPhone competitor and possibly a teraflop computer with the footprint of an piece of A4 paper.  Could this help Creative expand fr

Source: VR-Zone

Year of the Sequel Part 3 : Revenge of the bean counters

Subject: General Tech | January 7, 2009 - 12:04 PM |
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bit-tech has posted a collection of the games to look out for in 2009 for both consoles and the PC.  On first glance, there is quite a bit to be excited about, with a totally reinvented Dawn of War II, Halo 3 ODST and FEAR 2 : Origins just to name a few.  If you look at it in a different way, most of the big franchises 'must have' games are sequels or add-ons to existing series, which can be disappointing to those looking for a new gaming experience.  For the accountants, it is excit

Source: bit-tech

AMD is thinking bigger that just an atom

Subject: General Tech | January 6, 2009 - 12:17 PM |
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AMD isn't interested in competing directly with the Atom, instead they seem to want to marginalize it.  Atom has taken a bit of a beating due to it's lack of support for high quality video, though on tiny screens it could be argued that high definition is not a real possibility.  Their new low power processor will be the Neo and according to the specs you can see on The Inquirer, an HDMI output handling 1080p is within the Neo's power.  It should also be significantly faster

Source: The Inquirer

Washing machine that twitters when its time to switch loads

Subject: General Tech | January 4, 2009 - 01:44 PM |
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As absolutely nerdy as this sounds, I actually WANT THIS in my next washer / dryer combo.  An enterprising hacker has taken an old wash machine and added twitter support - it actually will twitter when its done with a load of laundry so you can get off your lazy ass and move it to the dryer and continue on with your chores. 

Source: engadget

Intel and Yahoo widgets on TVs this CES

Subject: General Tech | December 30, 2008 - 11:57 AM |
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As CES approaches, more and more companies are going to start "leaking" information about what will be on display at their booths attempting to drum up some enthusiasm.  One such "leak" comes from the gang at Dailytech that is reporting that many TVs will be on display that use the Intel and Yahoo technology first demonstrated back at IDF in September. 

Source: Daily Tech