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Subject: General Tech | August 1, 2008 - 03:53 PM |
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Turn up the stereo

Subject: General Tech | July 30, 2008 - 02:50 PM |
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The S/PDIF plug is always thought of by many as a useful plug, even with all the uses that it can be put to.  In case the neglect is caused by being unaware of the potential in this little plug, Hardware Secrets devoted an article to the tricks and adaptors that can be used to extend the usefulness of your X-Fi card significantly. 
They also break down the various models of cards that Creative has produced and which are capable of which outputs.

Jump button! We don't need no stinkin' jump button!

Subject: General Tech | July 30, 2008 - 11:52 AM |
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48 colours, 5 grays and a 64 sprite maximum were good enough for a hit video game once; and we only needed the 2 buttons.  Take a peek at some gaming history at OCMODSHOP as they review Capcom's 1988 classic, Bionic Commando.  You can even watch some gameplay and be amazed at the sound track and flashing screen.  Try to imagine what the re-make and sequel will look like, both will be arriving to this generation of gamers soon and we can see how they grapple with a game in which you cannot jump.

Source: OCMODSHOP

Open source barbarians at the Express Gate

Subject: General Tech | July 30, 2008 - 11:17 AM |
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SplashTop Linux, the tiny little distro found on new ASUS boards and used for their Express Gate instant on has been hacked.  At Phoronix they have seen in set up on a USB disk to start non-ASUS boards, running custom applications and starting it as a virtual machine.  SplashTop has been talking about releasing an SDK for those interested in working with their kernel, but it looks like they are a little late to the game.

Source: Phoronix

Now it makes more sense

Subject: General Tech | July 29, 2008 - 11:31 AM |
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This story at The Inquirer sheds some light on the strangely high sales of Vista that Microsoft has reported.  HP has said that any of the PCs and laptops they have sold recently with XP installed had a Vista license attached to them, even though they did not run Vista.  Any and all sales of these XP machines have been counted as a Vista sale, and will continue to be reported as such until Microsoft finally pulls the plug on XP, which they have been threatening to do for

Source: The Inquirer

Didn't see that coming

Subject: General Tech | July 28, 2008 - 12:01 PM |
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It turns out that nVIDIA's odd stance that only certain models of HP laptops would suffer from the G48 and 86 problems is about as believable as most words that come out of a salesman's mouth.  The magical ability to heal the wounded chips ascribed to all manufacturers but HP doesn't seem to be working very well at Dell either, with ten models getting a BIOS update.  The Inquirer still feels that the true story is that all the chips are bad, and while that may or may not

Source: The Inquirer

Can't we all just get along

Subject: General Tech | July 25, 2008 - 06:04 PM |
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Some days it can be downright frustrating to work with PCs, from external

The rumour mill strikes again!

Subject: General Tech | July 25, 2008 - 11:36 AM |
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nVIDIA is really having a lousy month, with anti-trust suits going badly and the ever persistent rumour that something is horribly wrong with their G84 and G86's.  nVIDIA's position is that the problem can only occur in specific laptop configurations, but really haven't clarified the exact nature of the problem and why it will not apply to graphics cards.  DigiTimes has heard that as a result, many vendors are demanding a recall of all theoretically affected graphics cards.

Source: Digitimes

Get more from your MP3 player

Subject: General Tech | July 24, 2008 - 06:07 PM |
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Higher quality MP3 players, like the recently release X-Fi Xen can't really show off the quality they are capable of with a pair of $10 earphones.  The best quality comes from cans, but not everyone wants to wear something that big, or try to transport them around.  Phillips has introduced two new audiophile quality earbud style headphones, which you can see at Hardware Zone.  The display it's self is rather impressive as well.

Intel Outlines Plans for New Category of Smarter, Purpose-Built 'System on Chip' Designs, Products

Subject: General Tech | July 24, 2008 - 01:00 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 24, 2008 - As Internet access continues to be added to all kinds of computers and devices, Intel executives outlined a plan to use its chip design expertise, factory capacity, advanced manufacturing techniques and the economics of Moore's Law to usher in a new category of highly integrated, purpose-built and Web-savvy System on Chip (SoC) designs and products.

Launch acceleration

Subject: General Tech | July 24, 2008 - 11:26 AM |
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Strap yourself in, the accelerated releases we have been seeing in 2008 are not slowing down anytime soon.  Next is Nehalem and the new X58 chipset, both of whom we will be seeing in September and not just before Christmas according to DigiTimes.  The socket is changing, so don't worry about investing in a top of the line LGA775 board, though AMD fans will be safe with the AM3, whenever it arrives.  Let us all hope that these truncated development times reflect the opinions of the engineers more tha

Source: Digitimes

Maybe it's best if you don't know what the excitement is about

Subject: General Tech | July 23, 2008 - 12:13 PM |
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More information about the upcoming Bethesda release of Fallout 3 has appeared; this time from Wired.  While there is not that much information on the VATS system that will be used to incorporate real time and turn based combat into one seamless system, we at least hear that it incorporated canned movies, making one think of the latter games in the Final Fantasy series.  Read on to hear about Wired's take on the dialogue, one of the biggest fears of old time

Source: Wired News

Tell us something we didn't know

Subject: General Tech | July 23, 2008 - 11:51 AM |
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As most were well aware they would, Microsoft took the opportunity that Gamefest offered them to announce DirectX 11.  They talked about the CPU becoming a general purpose GPU, sort of like AMD and nVIDIA have been touting for years now.  The Inquirer even heard them bring up that paradigm word.  About the only thing new that came out of the announcement was a promise to make DX11 run on DX10 equipment, so that you won't have to buy new hardware.  Of course, if you

Source: The Inquirer

The controller from spaaaaace

Subject: General Tech | July 22, 2008 - 01:15 PM |
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3D Connexion have released a higher end 3D controller called the SpaceExplorer, which sports some interesting improvements over the SpaceNavigator PE.  You won't really use it for gaming or even normal desktop apps, but CAD designers and Google Earth addicts are not going to want to miss Mektu's review of this nifty little device.

Source: MetkuMods

The reason for all those warnings

Subject: General Tech | July 22, 2008 - 11:29 AM |
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At the beginning of the overclocking portion of a review is usually a disclaimer, not only letting you know that you will be voiding your warranty but also that it is possible for Bad Things to happen.  Hopefully you have never experienced anything awful while overclocking, but it does occasionally happen and when it does it is never pretty.  Take the results of this ill fated memory review over at ExtremeTech for example.

Source: Extremetech

Singing in the shower

Subject: General Tech | July 21, 2008 - 02:17 PM |
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It is easy to figure out what the H2O Waterproof Headphones are for and from [OC]ModShop's testing, they do actually work.  Of course, it is recommended that you purchase a waterproof case for your MP3 player, but the choice is up to you.  Pick up a pair and you can listen to your favourite music, and our Podcast, while swimming, boating or just taking a shower.

Source: OCMODSHOP

PhysiX is all in the software

Subject: General Tech | July 21, 2008 - 11:46 AM |
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nVIDIA is getting one up on AMD, without having to even lift a finger.  NGOHQ has received support from nVIDIA to get PhysX working on AMD graphics cards.  AMD, a little late to the race has now started to also help coders try to get PhysX to run, but The Inquirer makes it sound as if the NGOHQ guys are having great success.  It does make one wonder how specialized Ageia's hardware in the original release of the PhysiX card, if AMD's cards can support it with the help of

Source: The Inquirer

Dirk the Daring

Subject: General Tech | July 18, 2008 - 11:27 AM |
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In a somewhat surprising and very big move for AMD, Hector Ruiz has stepped down as CEO and Dirk Meyer, former president and COO has stepped in to fill that role.  The Inquirer got a chance to listen in on his first conference call, and you can read what they learned about the short term future of AMD and a bit on what his focus will be on.

Source: The Inquirer

AMD Board of Directors Elects Dirk Meyer President and CEO

Subject: General Tech | July 17, 2008 - 05:36 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - July 17, 2008 - AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced that its board of directors elected President and COO Dirk Meyer as the company's chief executive officer. Meyer succeeds Hector Ruiz, who will become executive chairman of AMD and chair of the board of directors.

Source: AMD

AMD's new sandwich

Subject: General Tech | July 17, 2008 - 11:51 AM |
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After maligning Intel for not creating a true quad core processor, but simply mashing two dual cores in some unholy Reese's Peanut Butter Cup like process, AMD has decided it's not such a bad idea after all.  According to The Inquirer the upcoming Sao Paolo processor sounds a lot like a pair of quad cores who have undergone a reverse Siamese twin separation operation and are now joined at the hip.  Unfortunately, it will be a while before we start to see the results of this e