Calling all pilots

Subject: General Tech | July 14, 2008 - 11:58 AM |
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If you are looking to beat the rest of the gang when piloting a helicopter, jet or any other flying vehicle, you need to get a joystick.  Saitek has been making joysticks for quite a while now, and they have come out with the new Aviator (AV8R) Flight Stick.  Just like mice and keyboards have evolved some rather interesting new tricks, this joystick also has some features you might not have seen before. 

Source: OCMODSHOP

Letting you in on a little secret

Subject: General Tech | July 14, 2008 - 08:48 AM |
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Have you ever been baffled as to how some forum members can tell you, at a glimpse, which processes are unnecessary
and just sucking up resources.  One tool that you may have used is HijackThis, which when paired with their online analyzer can pinpoint nasty processes, but not the innocuous but greed programs.  If you want to understand more about what is running on your system, you will need to spend some time with Process Explorer which can give you a lot more information on what is running on your system than Task Manager can. 

Much ado about the GPU

Subject: General Tech | July 11, 2008 - 02:21 PM |
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Thanks to the incredibly hot graphics card market right now, the graphics forum is hopping.  A lot of the

Ooops!

Subject: General Tech | July 11, 2008 - 08:53 AM |
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In a move very similar to the release of Firefox 3, the Apple activation servers have gone down.  After waiting in line with all the other iPhone fans, it looks like you will be sent home with an unactivated iPhone and can try to activate it later through iTunes.  Keep an eye on Engadget for updates.

Source: engadget

High low tech

Subject: General Tech | July 10, 2008 - 10:43 AM |
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The Symphonic Designs Tube Amplifier has a classic steampunk look to it, with the sound quality that anyone who has heard tube amps before would expect.  Combine that with Bluetooth and an iPod dock in addition to RCA and banana plugs have you have nice meld of old and new.  The sound won't be terribly loud; it is rated at 18W, but that amount of power satisfied Techware Labs.

Peeling an Apple

Subject: General Tech | July 10, 2008 - 08:50 AM |
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Surprisingly, the first site to have stripped a 3G iPhone to it's bare circuits seems to be having a little traffic trouble.  The direct link doesn't always connect before timing out, but there is a prominent link on iFixit's front page as well.  Drop by for a look at some nekkid fruit.

"It's July 11th somewhere in the world, that means ... iPhone 3G teardown."

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

Source: iFixit

There's gold in them thar hills

Subject: General Tech | July 9, 2008 - 09:05 AM |
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Battlefield: Bad Company is an attempt to bring the Battlefield series to the console as a single player experience.  Gamepyre did have some fun playing through it and discovering rare collectible weapons, but they also felt very disappointed by the multiplayer experience. 
There is only one multiplayer mode, and it is not Conquest, not is there any way to play the single player campaign co-operatively.

Source: Gamepyre

Coming soon to an overclocker near you

Subject: General Tech | July 8, 2008 - 08:36 AM |
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The Inquirer stumbled upon some screenshots of an unreleased 45nm chip from Intel.  The current chip with the closest specs is the E2200, which retails for about $80.  This new chip, being a little faster should run about $100.  If these screens are to be trusted; the chip is capable of hitting 4GHz with a FSB of 1280MH.

Source: The Inquirer

Power assisted packing

Subject: General Tech | July 7, 2008 - 08:42 AM |
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If you have a spare $1400, why not splurge on some powered luggage.  The LiveLuggage PA is a hard shelled suitcase with the ability to help push it's self along when it is pulled by it's handle, therefore destroying the most attractive feature for many, you can't ride it and you can send it chasing after people.  With only 2 hours of power it won't help you on a road trip, but if you like carting around 70lbs of gadgets whenever you travel, you take a look at it on Digital Tr

Das CLICKY CLICKY

Subject: General Tech | July 3, 2008 - 02:57 PM |
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If you miss the old IBM Model Ms, that gave you a nice juicy click every time you pressed a key and every time you release the key, then try the Das Keyboard Professional.  Not only does it have the right feel to it, it is sturdy enough to defend your cubicle when co-workers come over to try to take it, and it's sound effects away.  If you have any idea what I mean, drop by ExtremeTech, otherwise invest in some earplugs.

Source: Extremetech

Now that's timing

Subject: General Tech | July 3, 2008 - 08:44 AM |
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nVIDIA is really having a lousy summer.  Their attempt to distract from AMD's launch pf the HD4800 series with the 9800GTX+ was all but ignored by reviewers; those few who did review it tended to lean towards AMD's cheaper offerings.  Now it comes out that their notebook chipsets and graphics have serious problems, problems that may extend to their add-on cards as well.  AMD now has an opportunity to lay the boots in, as their dual GPU HD4870 X2 should be out in a month. 

Source: The Inquirer

Alone with your iPhone

Subject: General Tech | July 2, 2008 - 11:47 AM |
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iMetal's iP-HS2 Isolation Headset will work on anything that can use headphones, though it is branded as an iPhone accessory.  You feel a little odd having a microphone attached your MP3 player, but the advanatages of isolating in-the-ear headsets may make you want it anyways. Drop by I4U and get a look at these neodymium driven ear buds.

Source: I4U News

Diablo turns 11, makes gamers feel old

Subject: General Tech | July 2, 2008 - 09:27 AM |
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Blizzard is one company that gets a big break from gamers.  StarCraft came out a long time ago, but there are no running gags about StarCraft 2's release, even after a year of screenshots and teasers.  The same goes for Diablo, which has been close to a decade since it's last update and is finally getting updated.  Ars Technica can tell you more about Blizzard's announcement of Diablo 3, as well as links to the official site and several of the ne

Source: Ars Technica

Come back zinc, Come Back!!

Subject: General Tech | July 2, 2008 - 09:07 AM |
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The dire warning we heard on The Simpsons may soon come true, if the story on Slashdot is correct.  For some strange reasons the rare earth elements used in many processes today are in short supply.  You may not have heard much about hafnium, gallium or indium but they are present in trace amounts in almost all of your electronics, and they are necessary for current technology.  If there are no replacements, substitutes or large undiscovered deposits that can be reached, peak oil may be the le

Source: Slashdot

Visible war

Subject: General Tech | June 30, 2008 - 08:39 AM |
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AMD's HD4870 and HD4850 finally deliver on what many enthusiasts have been waiting for these past few generations of GPUs; some competition.  nVIDIA has been far and away the better choice for performance and often for price as well.  These two new cards from AMD have worried nVIDIA enough that HEXUS thinks we should see some significant changes to nVIDIA's next generation of chips.  We all expect performance increases, but nVIDIA may have to tighten up their bottom line and sell the next generati

Source: Hexus

Summer heat is good for the user; not so much for the hardware

Subject: General Tech | June 27, 2008 - 03:22 PM |
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Psychiatrists are currently arguing about codifying Internet addiction into the next update to the DSM as a mental disorder, but they are ignoring a far, far worse condition; hardware upgrade addiction.  Help a forum member avoid the social stigma of this horrible disease by offering advice on the components most likely to provide enough performance to delay his next upgrade as long as po

A torrent of FUD

Subject: General Tech | June 27, 2008 - 08:50 AM |
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As shocking as it may seem, Bell may not have been completely honest about the effect P2P has had on network congestion.  As many were probably already aware, since packets really don't care what route they take, the 2-5% of their network that supposedly suffered from P2P related congestion was simply Bell being too lazy to re-route the traffic.  This is good news even if Bell isn't your ISP; you are using their copper and fibre, which your ISP has leased and suffering from the throttling.  Get more info, and a link to the inevitable 'data isn't a Chevy' analogy

Source: The Inquirer

A handy way to share what you play

Subject: General Tech | June 26, 2008 - 03:48 PM |
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If you are looking for an easy way to play your iPod in your car or anywhere else you are having difficulty connecting it, try the Belkin TuneCast Auto.  It is an FM transmitter that will broadcast whatever your iPod is playing to an FM channel that you pick, it is as easy as that.  circuitREMIX were a little dissapointed with the Clearscan feature, but didn

Source: circuitREMIX

Those minor inconveniences

Subject: General Tech | June 26, 2008 - 08:35 AM |
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Users of NoScript are accustomed to seeing a message telling them that they need to install Flash player to view a web page properly, and since they specifically installed that add on for that purpose it doesn't bother them.  Users of 64-bit OSes on the other hand are not quite so happy, seeing as how Adobe has yet to create a 64-bit version.  [OC]ModShop can offer some help to those who haven't found a work around that they like.

Source: OCMODSHOP