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Subject: General Tech | February 6, 2006 - 03:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
3DXtreme looks at the Terratec Mystify Claw, a customizable gaming device that will let you get rid of the keyboard for gaming. Can it actually help your performance, or will it suffer the fate of most things that try to challenge the mouse+keyboard combe?
"Today 3DXtreme has the pleasure of reviewing a gaming device for the hardcore in the Mystify
Claw. Everyone is trying to make the gaming experience easier and more ergonomic and that's where
the Mystify Claw comes in.
Subject: General Tech | February 6, 2006 - 11:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AnandTech has put together a 3 page look at the upcoming AM2 AMD processor. If you don't fully understand what this new processor will be capable of, then give this summary a read to see what it can do beyond simply support DDR2.
"The new AMD technology refresh, now called AM2, will bring DDR2 memory to the Athlon64
on-processor memory controller.
Subject: General Tech | February 3, 2006 - 11:45 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Extremetech has posted a guide on using the boot disk distros of Knoppix to aid in recovering a borked windows install. Simply download the newest version of Knoppix, burn to a disk, and boot the troublesome PC using it. The guide covers various ways to rescue yourself from data loss.
"A bootable CD or DVD with Knoppix can be a lifesaver when your computer goes awry.
Subject: General Tech | February 2, 2006 - 11:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CNET has gathered an FAQ on the Blackberry patent dispute for those trying to figure out if they will wake up one day to find the service dead. If you have one, then you know the confusion this suit has caused. If you don't have one, but know people who do ...
Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2006 - 02:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The SonoWave Digital Media player is a WiFi device that will play back music from just about any source you can stream to it. It's only major drawback is the amount of batteries it eats, just like old ghetto blasters, this guy wants 8 C batteries. Heaf to 3dGameMan for the full review.
'This is not your standard boombox. Being able to play Internet Radio, MP3 and other audio formats
wirelessly sets it apart from many other devices.
Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2006 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CNET has a story about, and a link to download, the newly released IE7 public beta. Head straight to the page if you want to see what the new version can do ... the only requirement is that you must have WinXP with SP2 in order to use it, Win2K won't cut it.
"The program, still a work in progress, is available for download from the Internet Explorer
section of Microsoft's corporate Web site, the company said.
Subject: General Tech | January 31, 2006 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It looks like Vista won't be under anyone's Christmas tree this year, from what The Inquirer has learned. The beta version that will come out this quarter to TechNet members will contain all the features of the planned commercial release, so the extra time before distributing to the public should let them iron out a few more bugs.
"As it stands Vista and Allchin will leave the Redmond Volehill about Christmas. Already that is a
bit late, as Microsoft had been talking about October or November.
Subject: General Tech | January 30, 2006 - 03:38 PM | Jonathan Hung
It appears BlueGears has discontinued support for the HDA X-Mystique and the VR-Fidelity. The same post references a contact at a new company called Auzentech located in San Jose, CA.
Subject: General Tech | January 30, 2006 - 11:53 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Jan. 30, 2006 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) and HP (NYSE: HPQ) (Nasdaq: HPQ) today announced that they have generated more than $2 million to support the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF) through sales of the HP Special Edition L2000 Notebook PC, powered by AMD Turion(tm) 64 mobile technology. Thanks to the tremendous success of this initiative, availability of this one-of-a-kind notebook will be extended through June 2006.
Subject: General Tech | January 27, 2006 - 01:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Abit is hosting a survey on their website, and if you participate, you are entered to win some really good prizes. Depending on how far you go in the survey, you can end up with more than just one chance to win, as well as letting you in on even bigger prizes. There are daily draws, and the grand prize winners are announced on Feb 10th.
Subject: General Tech | January 27, 2006 - 11:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Well, maybe not quite that powerful, but the Spyder Series Portable lasers that MVKTECH has linked to are something else. While they are quite expensive, you can do useful things with them, like burn holes in black garbage bags or melt plastic ... or use it as a pointer, I suppose.
"Wicked Lasers is proud to introduce the most unique and innovative portable lasers available in
Subject: General Tech | January 26, 2006 - 01:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HotHardware, has posted a reveiw of the Squeezebox Wireless Media Player by Sean Pelletier (aka Pelly). The audio box seems like the perfect way to get the songs on your PC to play anywhere in your house, without adding to your already existing cable spaghetti, plus it comes with a "MP3 is not a crime" sticker. Give it a read.
"We've just posted a new article at HotHardware.Com where we evaluate Slim Device's sleek
Squeezebox Wireless Media Player.
Subject: General Tech | January 25, 2006 - 05:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 25, 2006 — Forty teens are nearing their quest to be named America's most promising young scientist, as Intel Corporation today named finalists in the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS). Competing for more than $530,000 in scholarships and prizes, these students hail from 19 states, a record number in the competition's 65—year history.
Intel invests more than $100 million annually to improve education around the world and inspire and celebrate student success.
Subject: General Tech | January 25, 2006 - 05:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 25, 2006 — Intel Corporation today announced it has become the first company to reach an important milestone in the development of 45 nanometer (nm) logic technology. Intel has produced what are believed to be the first fully functional SRAM (Static Random Access Memory) chips using 45nm process technology, its next— generation, high—volume semiconductor manufacturing process.
Subject: General Tech | January 25, 2006 - 02:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The 2 contenders are Logitech's G5 and Razer's Copperhead. Head to Techspot to see which gaming mouse can claim to be the mightiest!
"In our last gaming mice showdown, the Logitech MX518 came on top of both the Razer Diamondback
and Razer Viper. Since then however, new products have been released by both companies, and we are
glad to inform you we have had several weeks to test them and report back to you.
Subject: General Tech | January 25, 2006 - 11:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD and Innovative Technology are trying to increase the density of memory, specifically in the L2 cache on high end AMD chips. The article on Processor Blog is pretty technical, and it hints at some of the advantages that could come about.
Plus, the members have spoken, see who they chose as the best of 2005 in the PC Perspective 2005 Readers Choice Awards.
"L2 cache continues to increase as time moves on and fabrication processes
Subject: General Tech | January 24, 2006 - 12:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CHICAGO, Jan. 24, 2006 — Four Intel Computer Clubhouses, which are unique after—school learning centers for children ages 10 to 18, are opening in the Chicago area in the next two weeks. These clubhouses will be located in existing community service agencies around the city — specifically the ABJ Community Services, Austin YMCA, Howard Area Community Center and WYTEC.
Subject: General Tech | January 24, 2006 - 12:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Adobe will release Acrobat 3D next monday, according to this story on CNET. While it certainly won't be cheap, it will likely be cheaper, easier to use and much more portable than a full CAD program.
"On Monday, the company is releasing Acrobat 3D, which allows a person to create a PDF (Portable
Document Format) file with embedded images from computer-aided design (CAD) applications.
Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2006 - 01:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Laptop Gamers grabs a set of Logitech's Z-5450 Wireless speakers, a 5.1 Dolby Digital system. Check it out to see if the wireless setup has any negative effects on the sound quality.
"Leave it to Logitech to once again raise the bar for computer speaker systems. The Logitech
Z-5450 provides high performance sound with the innovation of wireless rear surround satellite
Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2006 - 11:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
I don't mean to cast aspersions or alarm anyone, but it seems that the new owner of Zone Alarm is a little curious about what the people who use Zone Alarm are doing. The Inquirer has posted an article about it, as well as a way to disable the "phone home" in the retail version. If that and the various vulnerabilities get you down, check out the History of BASIC, it may put a smile back on your face.
"Now, the handsomely-named Mr Cringely has revealed that a colleague of his at Infoworld noticed
that Zone Alarm