Not to be confused with idiotophile

Subject: General Tech | June 16, 2008 - 06:59 PM |
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An idiotophile being a close relative of the audiophile who believes $1000 a foot cable and magic rocks make stereos sound noticeably better, and get upset when people point out that they don't.

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Enhancing your online purchasing decisions

Subject: General Tech | June 16, 2008 - 12:14 PM |
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Quick, head over to Newegg and take a peek at the prices for the 9800 GTX and click on that unfamiliar "See price in cart" button.  Nifty, eh?  Doesn't that just totally make it easier for you to decide which card you want to pick up?  To make it even better, try the 9800 GX2; notice how the same thing d

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Good luck, bad luck; it's still a Friday

Subject: General Tech | June 13, 2008 - 05:49 PM |
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Ultra mobile PCs are the next big thing ...

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It worked well the first time

Subject: General Tech | June 13, 2008 - 12:02 PM |
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Intel's Q6600 found it's way into the systems of a lot of gamers when it arrived.  While not their top performing part by a long shot, it was a quad core with some overclocking potential and a dirt cheap price.  They will be doing it again with the Q8200 according to DigiTimes.  The exclusion of VT and TXT is amusing, just how many gamers want the re-reincarnation of Palladium in their PCs to begin with?

Source: Digitimes

Download Day

Subject: General Tech | June 12, 2008 - 12:19 PM |
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Firefox 3, which we have heard a lot about, is to be available next Tuesday.  No point in lining up early, even if you did decide to participate in the promise to download it the first day it becomes available.  The mozdev site is holding up to todays Slashdotting, but how will it handle serving up the full Firefox 3 download?

Source: Slashdot

More mind readers

Subject: General Tech | June 11, 2008 - 05:36 PM |
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LostCircuits are the next to try out OCZ's Neural Impulse Actuator, and they liked it!  As we have heard, the headband of doom takes a little getting used to, but after that you begin to get the hang of it.  It sounds like UT3 is a great game to try this thing out on, but at what price will it come?

Source: LOSTCIRCUITS

Intel 'Show and Tell' Highlights 70 Projects, Offers Glimpse of Computing Fu

Subject: General Tech | June 11, 2008 - 03:41 PM |
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RESEARCH@INTEL DAY, Mountain View, Calif, June 11, 2008 – At the Computer History Museum today, Intel Corporation unveiled more than 70 futuristic projects and concepts underway in its labs in the areas of the environment, healthcare, visual computing, wireless mobility and more, reflecting areas where the company is investing some of its annual $6 billion in research.

The Wrath of Crom

Subject: General Tech | June 11, 2008 - 12:24 PM |
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Drop in for a quick visit to Hyboria with [H]ard|OCP.  Armed with 6 graphic cards, they decided to see which would give you the best way to experience your inner barbarian.  Drop by to find out, and for a good look at what to expect from this game.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Phenoms benched!

Subject: General Tech | June 11, 2008 - 12:02 PM |
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If you were waiting with baited breath for the two dual core Kuma CPUs from AMD, you are going to be waiting for a while yet.  It's not all bad news over at DigiTimes for you; when they do arrive they will be 45nm processors.

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

Tech Talk

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ASUS Announces First-Ever Republic of Gamers Convention

Subject: General Tech | June 11, 2008 - 11:40 AM |
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FREMONT, CA (June 10, 2008) - ASUS, a worldwide leader in Open Architecture Product and notebook design and manufacturing, today officially unveiled its first-ever gaming event in North America. Named after its successful line of gaming-focused products, the Republic of Gamers, the Republic of Gamers Convention (ROGCon) will bring gaming sizzle to Dallas, Texas this July. The ROGCon is the first joint gaming initiative by ASUS and Intel in North America.

The goal of ROGCon is to bring classic LAN gaming back, and to honor the gaming enthusiasts who help fuel technology advancements.

Source: ASUS

For those who speak in analog

Subject: General Tech | June 10, 2008 - 06:47 PM |
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If you need to change your digital signal into high quality analog, then look no further than the SilverStone Ensemble.  Hardware Canucks found
it to produce very accurately in certain applications, but don't expect EAX support, that's not really what the Ensemble is for.  On the other hand, if you have some old, high quality speakers that only accept analog signals, then the Ensemble may fit right in.

The hardy heron is on the move

Subject: General Tech | June 10, 2008 - 11:35 AM |
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Ubuntu has had a version designed for use in mobile devices, and it has received a significant upgrade thanks to Canonical.  Phoronix took a look at Netbook Remix, you can see pictures of the interface in their article.  It will be a while before we see mobile devices shipping with it, but they will arrive and Phoronix is looking forward to testing at least one Intel Atom-powered device in the near future.

Source: Phoronix

How fast is your favourite flavour

Subject: General Tech | June 9, 2008 - 11:40 AM |
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Phoronix is trying out their brand new test suite on three different Linux distros.  Mandriva, a bit of a different OS, was only tested for nine of the benchmarks, while Ubuntu and Fedora both went through the full battery of 24 tests.  See which tests most closely match your needs, and pick your Linux distro accordingly.

Source: Phoronix

The Geeks of Honour

Subject: General Tech | June 6, 2008 - 05:56 PM |
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With the new Phenoms drawing 125W, making sure your motherboard can support one is a bit more than a BIOS flash.  Multiphase power is becoming necessary, not optional, on many AMD boards and some have experience problems because of that. 

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Intel Statement on U.S. Federal Trade Commission

Subject: General Tech | June 6, 2008 - 01:33 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 6, 2008 - Intel Corporation today issued the following statement in response to the issuance of a subpoena from the United States Federal Trade Commission (U.S. FTC):

A Computex news deluge

Subject: General Tech | June 6, 2008 - 11:58 AM |
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Albatron felt brave enough to show off a monitor and driver that isn't quite ready for prime time, but will be great when it is.  Windows 7 will introduce multi-touch input, a la iTouch and iPhone, allowing much better control over what you are doing on a touch screen.  Albatron's R&D team didn't feel like waiting, so they created a driver that will allow their 22", 1650 x 1080 display to accept multi-touch on Vista.  TweakTown was there with a camera, check

Source: TweakTown

Did you see the pig that just flew past the window?

Subject: General Tech | June 6, 2008 - 11:43 AM |
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The end is nigh!

"Believe it or not, there seems to be some Duke Nukem Forever gameplay video available on the Web.

Jace Hall hosts his own show at Crackle.com, and as a former chief executive at Monolith Studios (No One Lives Forever, F.E.A.R)

it's fair to say that he should at least know what he's doing in the games space.

Source: Extremetech

Free CALL OF DUTY 4 Map Pack on nZone

Subject: General Tech | June 6, 2008 - 11:13 AM |
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Santa Monica, CA - June 5, 2008 - New battle zones are emerging on the Windows PC front and Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) is putting out the call for new recruits starting today as Infinity Ward's Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Variety Map Pack for Windows PC is now available online. Sponsored by NVIDIA, the Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Variety Map Pack is available for download, free of charge.

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Cooling the next generation of chips

Subject: General Tech | June 5, 2008 - 11:59 AM |
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The research being done at IBM into cooling stacked or 3-D chips is focusing on water.  They have managed to pipe water into cooling structures as thin as a human hair (50 microns) between the individual chip layers.  They are getting some impressive results, which you can read about over at [H]ard|OCP.

 

Source: [H]ard|OCP

No mutants allowed!

Subject: General Tech | June 4, 2008 - 01:37 PM |
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FarCry 2 already has two things going for it, no mutants and no aliens.  The game really doesn't have anything to do with FarCry at all, apart from dropping you into a lush sandbox, giving you guns and a mission and then sitting back and letting you do whatever you want to complete the mission.  It is a little early to tell, but the lack of mutants may help make the latter parts of the game actually fun, as opposed to the exercise in frustration that the last few levels of FarCry became.  C

Source: bit-tech