Monday morning pop quiz

Subject: General Tech | April 14, 2008 - 12:00 PM |
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Ars Technica has two questions you should try to answer in your own mind before heading to read their full article on the supposed exaflood that should be choking the internet soon.  The story that everyone should panic because the net won't be able to handle the flood of data is not new, the only thing that changes is the app that will supposedly cause it's downfall.  Currently the predicted murder is video transfers over P2P software.  There is straw involved with P2P, but is it th

Source: Ars Technica

If you stare into the circuit diagram long enough ...

Subject: General Tech | April 11, 2008 - 06:01 PM |
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Technology is bad for your mind; would you ever run into this hanging out with non-technical minds?  Can you even begin to explain why it's so funny to someone who didn't get it right away?  Is there any enthusiast that you know off that isn't able to explain their favorite processor to use when dabbling in the dark arts of overclocking, up to and including the difference between non-Black and Black Editions of Athlons, and who is

"We're going to open a can of whoop ass"

Subject: General Tech | April 11, 2008 - 11:56 AM |
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nVIDIA's CEO Jen-sun Huang came out gunning after Intel yesterday in an impassioned speech aimed at Intel's claims that rasterization is not scalable and that nVIDIA's future products will not be able to complete with Larrabee.  That isn't all that was announced by nVIDIA, they have plans for a system on a chip as well as partnering with VIA to create a sub $45 platform to take on Intel's Atom processor.  You can read a lot about what Jen-sun said at AnandTech and hear even more about it and our take on

Source: AnandTech

No macro too long

Subject: General Tech | April 10, 2008 - 06:28 PM |
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It's a keypad, joystick, mouse and gamepad all in one, with a huge ability to handle macros.  You might not be able to program in an entire round of TF2 into the Saitek Cyborg you can have an ungodly amount of pre-programmed macros.  Just trying to figure out how many were possible came close to breaking the reviewer at TECHGAGE.  If funky input devices with glowing lights are your thing, check it out.

Source: TECHGAGE

The cause of all this racket

Subject: General Tech | April 10, 2008 - 12:18 PM |
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ASUS and Creative just can't get along nicely right now, and need to spend some time in the corner thinking about what they've done.  Creative's new tactic of attacking anyone that even looks at one of their cards a little funny started about the time people started using Vista and it's new audio processing stack.&nbsp

Can you guess who they will blame any crashes on?

Subject: General Tech | April 10, 2008 - 11:58 AM |
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Clearflow is a new online service at Live.com that is supposed to help you avoid traffic jams.  Right now they cover 72 US cities, including the side streets.  The improvement that brings is that instead of blindly switching your route to side streets, and hoping the traffic isn't as bad, Clearflow will know.  That may lead to some routes that keep you on heavily backed up main streets, while others are trapped unmoving in a side street packed with those who bailed from the highway.  Read on

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I still don't see it

Subject: General Tech | April 9, 2008 - 12:21 PM |
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Much like William Black in a certain Kevin Smith movie, I just can't see the DX10 sailboat, even if I squint.  Sure, if you take hundreds of screenshots and go over them with a light meter and pantone pallet, you might find some lighting differences.  You won't notice it in a crisis, while aliens are trying to eat you and freeze your planet.  You will notice the frame rate hit easily, especially on AMD's cards.  Don't believe it?  Read what [H]ard|OCP found when testin

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Games for Windows closes print mag, moves online only

Subject: General Tech | April 8, 2008 - 06:38 PM |
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In a move that should probably surprise no one, but will still disappoint most, one of the better PC gaming magazines is shutting down its doors to the print department and moving everyone online to the 1UP.com website to cover PC games there.  I was never a subscriber, but love listening to their podcast, and hope that it continues as well.  This is yet another indicator that gaming on the PC is in some odd state of downward motion though

Source: Shacknews

Behind every pink slip is a silver lining?

Subject: General Tech | April 8, 2008 - 12:02 PM |
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Dirk Meyer has told the remaining employees at AMD that there is a brighter future waiting for them.  If only that meant something, because AMD is in a pretty dark place right now, although they've had a few glimpses of light recently.  Over at The Inquirer you can read what was said to AMD's employees.

Source: The Inquirer

Ars Technica predicts the future of Windows

Subject: General Tech | April 7, 2008 - 11:37 AM |
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Ars Technica weighs in on what they think modular design will mean for Windows users in the future.  Windows 7 is likely to be released as modules, according to several stories from Microsoft and other tech sites.  As an accountant, the modular sales model would probably make a lot of sense, as you could probably sell a very basic package to a consumer who would never even consider paying $150 for an OS.  As a user who wants everything may end up having to pay a lot more than they expected, and corporate IT structures would have a lot of decisions to make when they look at licen

Source: Ars Technica

EA decides to not release Madden 09 on PC

Subject: General Tech | April 5, 2008 - 01:21 PM |
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Last week it was released that EA was not going to be releasing Madden 09 on the PC - while not a hardcore gamer title it is one of those mainstream titles that would give life to the PC gaming market.  Obviously, not having it and other EA sports games will be a big hit for the PC community, graphics card vendors, etc.   Here's what Peter Moore at EA had to say about it:

Source: The Inquirer

ITunes Overtakes Wal-Mart in Music Sales

Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2008 - 06:22 PM |
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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Apple Inc.'s iTunes online music store vaulted past Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in February to become the top overall music retailer in the U.S., a market research firm said Thursday.

Best Buy Co. was ranked behind Wal-Mart and iTunes, with Amazon.com and Target tied for the fourth spot in January and February, according to consumer surveys conducted by The NPD Group.

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Squint your eyes and you can see Saturday from here

Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2008 - 06:21 PM |
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There is a good chance you are reading this now with the help of Firefox, but is it a beta of FireFox 3?  If not, and you are interested in seeing what improvements you can expect without the fun of running beta software, take a look at what Ned found, and what others have experienced.  There is also a brand new guide that has appeared in the Linux forum thanks to Meridian, if you having been considering getting into Linux for t

Creative customer service

Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2008 - 02:41 PM |
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Creative has been hanging out with the RIAA and crew a little to much recently.  Recently they have attacked Daniel K, the modder who managed to fix the Audigy drivers on Vista.  Now they are upset with ASUS and their DirectSound 3D Game Extension which will offer quality and features comparable with EAX5.0, on a non-Creative based sound card. 

Consistency is not necessarily a virtue

Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2008 - 11:41 AM |
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Waiting for the first service pack to come out has become a popular pastime for Windows users when Microsoft releases a new OS.  Now that Vista has a service pack which, along with all of the included patches, is supposed to bring speed improvements when copying files and other actions.  The Tech Report tested that theory out

Intel and Epic Games Launch '$1 Million Intel Make Something Unreal Contest

Subject: General Tech | April 3, 2008 - 01:13 PM |
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CARY, N.C. - April 3, 2008 - Epic Games, Inc., the award-winning developer of multimillion-selling games and the world's leading game engine, Unreal Engine 3, today announced plans to follow up the original "$1 Million Make Something Unreal Contest" with an all new competition to include esteemed sponsor, Intel Corporation.

One of these chips is not like the others

Subject: General Tech | April 3, 2008 - 12:00 PM |
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TechARP has published am article with all the tips you could need to spot 'fake' Intel OEM processors.  The problem is that an unboxed processor has a much shorter warranty, and should be cheaper.  However, some enterprising stores print up fake Intel boxes, to put the OEM chips into.  That way they can charge full price and pocket the savings that should have been yours.  You have been warned.

Source: Tech ARP

Intel Unveils Second-Generation Intel-Powered Classmate PC -- 'Netbook' for Worldwide Education Mark

Subject: General Tech | April 3, 2008 - 11:27 AM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, Shanghai, April 3, 2008 - Intel Corporation unveiled a new design of the Intel-powered classmate PC today at the Intel Developer Forum in Shanghai. As announced in a keynote by Andrew Chien, Intel vice president, Corporate Technology Group and director of Intel Research, the second-generation Intel-powered classmate PC is an affordable, fully functional, rugged Internet-centric computer platform.

Play a different kind of predator

Subject: General Tech | April 2, 2008 - 12:05 PM |
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The most eye-catching part of Frontlines: Fuel of War advertising has been the remote spy drone, similar to the Predator drone currently being used on battlefields today, but it has a feature you may not have known about.  It can be detonated, ending your spying mission with a big bang.  [OC]ModShop took this new game out for a spin, and you can read their review for yourself.

Source: OCMODSHOP

Intel is thinking small at IDF

Subject: General Tech | April 2, 2008 - 11:53 AM |
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It's all about Atom at the IDF this year, the renamed Silverthorne that will soon be appearing in mobile devices near you.  There are five different tiny, low power processors being shown off, as well as a pair designed for mobile internet devices.  You can see some shots of the dies that show off just how small Atom really is in this article done by Ryan.