Informal and informative Friday in the forums

Subject: General Tech | June 8, 2007 - 05:26 PM |
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The introduction of Vista has not come without growing pains.  One unforeseen problem effects flashing your BIOS with WinFlash.  Don't despair if that is your preferred method, there are a few suggestions here that will get you on your way.  You can also cheer on a member's first build in this thread, and maybe make give him some constructive criticism on the room in which it lives.

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Clearing the air with Company of Heroes

Subject: General Tech | June 8, 2007 - 01:20 PM |
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With the new patch for Company of Heroes, we get to see DX10 in all of it's glory.  Neither AMD nor nVIDIA have come out with claims about driver optimization or other programming cheats ... yet.  So as it stands the benchmarks that Legit Reviews has for CoH represents the true performance of these companies cards.  Take a look at the nice screen shot, and see just what the current 2900XT can do.

5th time's the charm?

Subject: General Tech | June 8, 2007 - 11:50 AM |
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If you want to be on the cutting edge of web browsing, you can pick up the 5th public alpha of Firefox 3.  You can check out all the new features, and new bugs, with your very own eyes.  For those less adventurous souls, or those who just want to know what they will be getting into, you can read Ars Technica's review.

Source: Ars Technica

Dissecting Vista's functions

Subject: General Tech | June 7, 2007 - 11:46 AM |
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Ars Technica continues their look at the Vista, in this review focusing on security.  They cover the usual suspects, like UAC and Protected Mode for IE, but also look into some features you might not be aware of.  For instance, when a non-administrator is logged in and a program tries to write to Program Files or the registry, it actually writes to that users profile, while convincing the program that it has placed the file where the program wanted it.  This makes it much easier to use the PC as a non-admin

Source: Ars Technica

The wild and wacky world of ... mice?

Subject: General Tech | June 6, 2007 - 05:19 PM |
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Ladybugs, racing cars, cheetah prints and snow globes; who would've thought that computer mice were supposed to be cute?  If you are sick of buying sleek monochrome mice, and don't care if you have a billion dots per inch accuracy, then what do you look for in a mouse?  As ExtremeTech will show you in this review/slideshow, the world of mice encompasses far more than you might imagine.

Source: Extremetech

The cost of onboard sound

Subject: General Tech | June 6, 2007 - 01:31 PM |
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With so many new chipsets including digital 5.1 sound support, buying a sound card is something that price conscious users are skipping out on.  The Inquirer sat dow to figure out how much of an effect doing do would have on gaming, not so much the sound quality as the CPU usage.  As it turns out even with the CPU technology of today, there is a significant impact.  They also point out that leaving onboard sound off of the motherboard will free up more space, something that is quickly becoming a problem.

Source: The Inquirer

Vista or drivers, who is to blame?

Subject: General Tech | June 6, 2007 - 11:41 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP's comparison of the frame rates that Vista provides versus XP has had some criticism recently.  What is being mentioned is that they only test nVIDIA cards, and not a single ATI card.  Today they rectify that, adding a ATI X1950XTX into the mix, and revisiting some of the nVIDIA scores as well.  The tests provide some interesting evidence as to where the fault of performance gap lies.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

New Intel Products Simplify and Speed Software Development for Multi-Core Processors

Subject: General Tech | June 5, 2007 - 02:45 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 5, 2007 - Intel Corporation today announced the availability of two software products that help developers efficiently create more reliable, high-performing applications that speed up a computer's responsiveness.

Source: InsaneTek

First they tried Vista, then Linux, now it's OSX's turn

Subject: General Tech | June 5, 2007 - 12:33 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP is getting a very broad view of OSes this year.  They've tried the new Microsoft OS, and Ubuntu 7.04, and now they give OSX a try.  They give the OS a full workout, to see if the security benefits that regular users tout are really there, how productivity software work, the windows emulator and even go looking for freeware to install on it.  If you've ever wondered what using a Mac was like, but were afraid your PC loving friends would laugh at you, now you can find out.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

AMD LIVE! Home Cinema Brings Home Stunning Digital Entertainment

Subject: General Tech | June 5, 2007 - 11:31 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - June 5, 2007 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced availability of the AMD LIVE! Home Cinema, a state-of-the-art home entertainment system with built-in audio amplification that leverages the performance of a PC. The AMD LIVE!

Source: AMD

Pump up your posts per day stat

Subject: General Tech | June 1, 2007 - 06:27 PM |
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This week has seen an update to Firefox, as well as some warnings about vulnerabilities that exist when you update certain extensions.  Do you have faith in the security of Firefox, or does the list of vulnerabilities have you worried

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A glimpse into the world of BioShock

Subject: General Tech | June 1, 2007 - 12:13 PM |
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From the same minds that brought you System Shock 1 & 2, comes BioShock.  Not a sequel or prequel, but still having the same type of atmosphere as the first two, this time you find yourself trapped in a bathysphere that was supposedly uninhabited.  Watch the streaming video on Wired for a look at what you will find living beneath the waters.

Source: Wired News

The microsoft touch

Subject: General Tech | June 1, 2007 - 11:52 AM |
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Microsoft's Milan is a powerful PC running Vista, with a monitor bearing several IR cameras and a good motion tracking system.  It is claimed to be quite durable, so hopefully the screen doesn't need to be replaced often from too many fingers poking at it.  Read on at PC Mechanic about this new way to interface with your PC, that you may soon see in a lot of businesses.

Source: PC Mechanic

Beware extensions bearing vulnerabilites

Subject: General Tech | May 31, 2007 - 11:43 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP has posted a warning to Firefox users about a vulnerability that can be exploited using a number of add-ons.  The problem stems from the extension updates being hosted on a third party server, and being sent unencrypted, as opposed to being over HTTPS.  This could allow an attacker to intercept the update, and replace it with their own code.

"According to Chris Soghoian, the Indiana University doctoral candidate who discovered the weakness, the vulnerability

exists for some

Source: [H]ard|OCP

AMD Appoints Frank Clegg, Corporate Chairman and Director of Navantis, Inc., to Board of Directors

Subject: General Tech | May 30, 2007 - 05:53 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. May 30, 2007 AMD (NYSE AMD) today announced the appointment of Frank Clegg, corporate director and chairman of Navantis Inc. and former president of Microsoft Canada, to its board of directors. Mr. Clegg was elected by AMD's board of directors effective May 24, 2007.

"We are honored to add Frank Clegg to the talented group of world-class directors who serve on AMD's Board," said Hector Ruiz, AMD chairman and CEO. "His breadth and depth of experience in corporate strategy and management are tremendous assets for AMD as we strengthen our strategic relationships globally.

Source: AMD

The highs and lows of wireless speakers

Subject: General Tech | May 30, 2007 - 02:55 PM |
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ABIT has branched out recently, creating a set of wireless speakers and music access point, dubbed the iDome and AirPaceHotHardware decided to give a full set a test, and see if you have to sacrifice sound quality for the lack of wires running all over the place.  Wires have become a problem with a 5.1 or 7.1 setup, which makes ABIT's choice to set up a wireless 2.1 system a bit strange, thou

Source: HotHardware

Intel Delivers First Dual Channel Enhanced Demodulators For Consumer Electronics Devices

Subject: General Tech | May 30, 2007 - 02:25 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 29, 2007 Intel Corporation today unveiled its first Digital TV dual channel demodulators for the consumer electronics (CE) market segment that is housed on a single piece of silicon.

Elementary, Middle and High Schools Awarded for Math and Science Excellence

Subject: General Tech | May 30, 2007 - 02:23 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 30, 2007 Intel Corporation today honored six U.S. schools with a 2007 Intel Schools of Distinction Award. The annual awards recognize schools for implementing innovative math and science programs. The Intel Foundation and sponsoring companies distribute $1 million in grants and awards to winning schools.

UT2K7: DX10 and PhysX

Subject: General Tech | May 30, 2007 - 11:59 AM |
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Fans of the Unreal Tournament series having been waiting a long while for the next installment, due out Christmas-ish.  The newest incarnation will take advantage of multiple cores in order to maximize the amount of extras that can be on screen, as well as providing PhysX support.  In order to get all the benefits that are offered, you are looking at an upgrade to a Quad Core, and a videocard that is at least in nVIDIA's 7000 series or a X1000 series.   The only disappointment for The Inquirer is UT2K7's lack o

Source: The Inquirer

Security in an easy to swallow package

Subject: General Tech | May 30, 2007 - 11:46 AM |
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If you don't want to get a proper Linux install up and running on a router, so that you can use it as a hardware firewall, then you might be interested in the Yoggie Pico.  According to Slashdot, this is essentially a mini computer on a USB drive, that takes the load of running the firewall off of your CPU.  A previous version of their product used RJ45 ports, and sat on the actual connection, whereas this new product is designed to be smaller and so it is relegated to a USB port.

Source: Slashdot