Careful out there on the web, someone spiked the Java again

Subject: General Tech | April 12, 2010 - 12:01 PM |

Apparently it took a pair of independent researchers discovering and reporting a fairly nasty and very unpatched flaw in Java for Oracle to even consider breaking their normal patch cycle.  The Register reports on a flaw that can affect Windows and Linux based machines using the commands that Java Web Start will accept.  Not every machine will be vulnerable thankfully, an ActiveX control known as Java Deployment Toolkit and a Firefox plugin known as NPAPI are two ways this flaw can be e

Source: The Register

Celebrate the 99th day of 2010 with the 100th Podcast of PC Perspective!

Subject: General Tech | April 9, 2010 - 06:52 PM |

When your young child approaches you (assuming you knew you had a kid) and complains that their PC is slow, often the solution is as simple as Spybot, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware or rkill but not always.  Sometimes it is a problem that requires a bit of thought to fix.  There might be some things you want to consider to prevent the former problem, if

When Intel's new chipset finally comes ...

Subject: General Tech | April 9, 2010 - 01:42 PM |

We've told you that Intel has no plans to release any new chipsets in 2010 but obviously they are eventually going to.  Now, thanks to DigiTimes we know that some time in the first few months of 2011 we will finally see the 6 series of chipsets arriving.  The details on what these new chipsets will bring is rather sparse though we did get some information on the naming scheme and the fact that Intel sees themselves still producing the i3, i5 and i7 series of chips along with the Core i7 Extreme series.

Source: Digitimes

Don't toss out those speakers, fix them!

Subject: General Tech | April 8, 2010 - 05:44 PM |

If you've owned pets, small children or drunken roommates, then at least you can blame any broken speaker cones on someone other than yourself.  That has limited success as a tactic and you can be guaranteed that asking the aforementioned to fix the damage that they might or might not have caused will not be at all effective.  OCMODSHOP offers a process that will work, step by step instructions to re-edge your speakers something that needs to be done of you are going to replace damaged cones.  It is not as


More storage, same speed and a lesser price, all hail the new VelociRaptor

Subject: General Tech | April 8, 2010 - 05:36 PM |

At the extreme end of density and savings lie the 2TB platter based hard drives and at the extreme end of storage speed you find SSDs.  The middle ground, where the price matters somewhat and performance matters somewhat has been WD's VelociRaptor line up.  Not exactly the cheapest drives and not as fast as the SSDs but for most the series has represented the best of both worlds.  The line up has been getting a little elderly and we finally have a refresh to the line up with two new drives, a 450GB and 600GB.  The speed is still there and the price is even better,

Get serious about recording TV shows

Subject: General Tech | April 8, 2010 - 11:40 AM |

You can get your fill of Digital Video Recorder pr0n at Engadget this morning with SnapStream's rather impressive beast.  Able to record 50 shows all at once and with over 100TB of storage this recorder to end all recorders should be able to grab more TV than you could ever possibly keep up with.  Five separate rack-mounted SnapStream DVRs
are strung together in technically intricate manner and housed in a enclosure that looks a tad larger than your average

Source: engadget

SteelSeries has been in the gaming keyboard business for 7 generations

Subject: General Tech | April 7, 2010 - 06:32 PM |

The SteelSeries 7G Professional Gaming Keyboard is for those with a serious input fetish.  Just like some love enclosures
enough to happily drop $300 on a case there are those who feel good about spending over $140 to buy a keyboard.  PCShopTalk asks the question that is probably at the top of everyone's minds, is it worth it?  They take a look at the keyboard, its features and its performance in their latest

Source: PCShopTalk

Using SLI Fermi without cooking your system

Subject: General Tech | April 7, 2010 - 01:04 PM |

When Legit Reviews noticed their dual monitor GTX 480 setup idling around 90C they felt there was something wrong, most likely with the fan profiles.  Talking with nVIDIA has netted them a new BIOS for the card which they promptly flashed and set about retesting the card.  On a single monitor the new BIOS dropped the temperatures a few degrees and on the multiple monitor setup they saw a drop of 10C, still hot but a big improvement from the original temperatures.  Drop by for a look at exactly what happened

DX 11 in a Russian Metro ... in 2033

Subject: General Tech | April 7, 2010 - 11:49 AM |

It looks like we have a new Crysis, in [H]ard|OCP's graphics review of the new game Metro 2033 it is stated that "the 5970 does not have anywhere the needed GPU power to push Metro 2033 at the native resolution of 3600x1920 that I am using.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Getting more out of your multicore in the future

Subject: General Tech | April 7, 2010 - 11:29 AM |

If you want to design a killer app you won't go wrong is designing ways to easily implement a way for programs to leverage better performance out of multicore systems. 
We have had singe core systems since the beginning so that is predictably where programmers have focused their efforts.  There have always been specialized applications for servers that have more than one physical processor but until very recently there has not been the amount of multicore processors out there and as is usual in the computer world the amount of cores is increasing very quickly.  Enter some rese

Source: Ars Technica

Cutting the GTX 480 in half?

Subject: General Tech | April 6, 2010 - 11:54 AM |

SemiAccurate has confirmed that nVIDIA did tape out the GF104 a few months ago, a mid ranged or lower end part based on the new Fermi architecture.   He has heard that the GF104 will be at many levels a GTX 480 that has been halved, with half the number of cores, ROPs and shaders.  In theory that will drop costs and more importantly reduce the heat that has caused the GTX 480 so much grief.  The information is only partial, but if you are curious about the near future of nVIDIA y

Source: SemiAccurate

iPad Guts

Subject: General Tech | April 5, 2010 - 04:03 PM |

For most people the buzz about the iPad is about skin deep.  They care about its form factor and the apps that are available and maybe a bit about the quality of the screen.  At PC Perspective most members interest doesn't get tweaked until the plastic comes off and we can get a peek inside.  Thankfully AnandTech has given us a way to do that without having to buy one and disassemble it.  It seems that the submission to the FCC wasn't done by someone with a ful

Source: AnandTech

The fairy tale that was Topeka

Subject: General Tech | April 2, 2010 - 06:41 PM |

The PC Perspective Contest thread is seeing a lot of action, over 600 posts indicate that your chances might be slim but remember that there are still 3 other ways to get extra chances so make sure you take advantage of that!  If you do win, or have a system that needs a little tweaking it is nice to know exactly how well you did at enhancing your performance.  Benchmarks are the tool to

A groundbreaking trip to up-state New York; Global Foundries new Fab

Subject: General Tech | April 2, 2010 - 02:37 PM |

It will be years before the construction is finished on Fab 8 and Saratoga county becomes a hotbed of technical innovation but once Global Foundries starts up the lines you can expect 35,000 300mm diameter silicon wafers per month.  As this is a brand new Fab, the design can incorporate new technology such as better air circulation and water systems instead of trying to retrofit an older building.  ExtremeTech had a chance to visit the site and talk with those building the Fab, which you can read abou

Source: Extremetech

AMD, Updated AHCI Drivers, OpenGL 4.0, and Gigabyte Pulls a Fast One

Subject: General Tech | March 31, 2010 - 02:23 PM |

The past several weeks have been a busy one for AMD.  The release of the 890GX was perhaps the highlight, and being able to claim the first native SATA 6G implementation (well ahead of Intel) is a big feather in AMD's cap.  The release drivers for AMD's latest southbridge AHCI functionality were dated back from an October/Novermber 2009 timeframe, so they were not exactly up to date considering the new hardware that was brought to the table with the SB850 southbrdige.  In terms of IOPS performance, the new SB850 southie performs on par with what we are seeing from Intel these da

Source: AMD

Teasing the StarCraft fans

Subject: General Tech | March 31, 2010 - 01:14 PM |

Not many got a StarCraft 2 beta key, but some of those that did are putting together overviews of how the game has changed and what is new and what has stayed the same.  While not quite as strange as some Zerg videos, the Escapist Magazine has assembled a look at the Zerg.  If you have yet to encounter the changed Zerg Queen you definitely have to check this video out.

Source: The Escapist

Psst, hey buddy! Wanna free PC?

Subject: General Tech | March 31, 2010 - 01:04 PM |

If you think the following specs sound better than sliced bread ...

More information about KB971033 - Windows 7 anti-hacking update

Subject: General Tech | March 31, 2010 - 12:59 PM |

KB971033 already has a bad name, we knew that it was the evolution of Windows Genuine Advantage and that it phoned home to Redmond to report on the status of your Windows license.  However, have you heard of the anti-terrorism file scan that it does?  According to information from TechARP, this update initiates a heuristic-based scan  for potential "terrorism-related" materials and if they are found
then a lot of personal information about your PC will be headed off to Redmond and presumably Washing

Source: Tech ARP

Going to paint your Bluetooth green

Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2010 - 05:55 PM |

It might only be useful for contacting your fair weather friends but it will certainly save you on batteries.  The Scosche solCHAT II is a solar powered Bluetooth speakerphone, specifically designed for hands free conversation while driving there are plenty of applications for a Bluetooth speaker with a DSP microphone.  If you can think of a use, be it driving or otherwise, check out Futurelooks for an in depth look.

Source: futurelooks