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Subject: General Tech | July 28, 2010 - 12:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It has become usual for the release of a PC game to disappoint anyone who tries to grab it on the first day, as brick and mortar stores can't be bothered to carry enough physical copies and the publishers download service collapses under what should have been an expected demand, but many people are now happily playing. Many of those are probably finding that their actions per minute aren't quite as impressive as they were a decade ago but the nostalgia combined with the new experience is a formidable pair.
Subject: General Tech | July 28, 2010 - 12:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The big news from Intel yesterday was the announcement of photonic signalling to transfer data at an incredible 50Gbs and that is just to start. Using four non-interfering wavelengths of light in the form of silicon lasers, Intel has found a way to combine the four wavelengths each capable of 12.5Gbs into a single signal which can be passed across to a receiver that can then split the signal into the original four beams. They are talking of scaling up to 40 beams or 1Tbs which sounds a lot more interesting than TBS reruns.
Subject: General Tech | July 27, 2010 - 12:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
DigiTimes has some news on AMD's release plans for the near future. We should see an integrated USB 3.0 controller on the upcoming Hudson D1 southbridge chipsets that will be arriving before the end of the year. Along with that release a number of processors including the Phenom II X6 1045T; dual-core X2 560; a pair of quad-core Athlon II X4s and triple-quad Athlon II X3's and even a single-core Sempron 150. Hopefully those releases will keep AMD's CPU business going until the release of Llano ear
Subject: General Tech | July 26, 2010 - 12:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Setting up a hardware firewall is not quite like it was just a handful of years ago when the appliances were purpose built and rather expensive. Now with dd-wrt you can flash your routers firmware and change it into a powerful security appliance with far more options than the router had previously.
Subject: General Tech | July 23, 2010 - 06:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While you can get lost in the complexities of the tech world, especially if you listen to the PC Perspective Podcast, but on the forums you will be welcomed be you totally new to the wide weird and wonderful world of PCs or a seasoned old salt. A basic question about the fundamentals of networking will never bring a demeaning reply, instead at least one of our members will take you through the steps required to fix your problem. If you have been lurking in the forums
Subject: General Tech | July 23, 2010 - 12:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ARM Cortex, especially the more recent models like the A8, are showing up just about everywhere. HTC, Apple, Samsung and just about any other company producing smart phones depend on ARM for their processing power. It is estimated that there is around 20 billion ARM processors in use when you count them all, almost putting the x86 and x86-64 architectures to shame. ASUS was showing off an ARM based tablet running Win7 at Computex so running Windows on an ARM has been done. Perhaps that is why it is not much of a surprise that Microsoft is now licensing ARM architecture, bringing the two companies three year relationship to a new level. [H]ard|OCP can fill you in.
"ARM and Microsoft Corp. today announced that they have signed a new licensing agreement for the ARM® architecture. The agreement extends the collaborative relationship between the two companies. Since 1997 Microsoft and ARM have worked together on software and devices across the embedded, consumer and mobile spaces, enabling many companies to deliver user experiences on a broad portfolio of ARM-based products"
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Sony's Blue-Violet Laser the Future Blu-ray? @ Slashdot
- FreeTrack, an open source head-tracking program @ Make:Blog
- Internet will soon be running on IPv4 address fumes @ Ars Technica
- Apple iPad 2: What the Next Generation iPad Should Be @ Digital Trends
- VBulletin 3.8.6 Forum Vulnerability Discovered @ PCSTATS
- Which Is Faster: Debian Linux or FreeBSD? @ Phoronix
- $35 tablet from India looks to be worth every paisa @ Engadget
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 Facebook Fan Page Sweepstakes @ Legit Reviews
Subject: General Tech | July 22, 2010 - 11:41 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Inquirer touches on the same topic that Josh covered on the podcast and in his article on AMD's second quarter, before the year is out we will have new CPUs. Unfortunately that is the pinnacle of the good news, though the bad new is not too depressing. What we will see is most likely Intel's LGA1155 Sandy Bridge which is a 32nm replacement to the currently available 45nm quad core Lynnfields, not a huge change but good to see apart from the socket change. From AMD it is Llano and the Ontario Fusion chip, lower powered and
Subject: General Tech | July 21, 2010 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Spore is trying to evolve and take out the competition in a bid to become the dominant game on this planet. We have seen mutations like the online creature builder that have tried to entice gamers into the Spore realm, an iPhone app emulates the beginning stages of the game and there is even a mutation that has spread to the Wii and DS. Now we will be witness to a new PC/Mac game called DarkSpore which will be online and play very differently than the other games. Ars Technica had it described to them in terms of playing a mutated beast that wanders around sticking random bod
Subject: General Tech | July 21, 2010 - 11:29 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Why waste time waiting for a random user to infect your server with malware when Dell will ship you a board that comes pre-infected. The PowerEdge R410 Rack server comes with spyware built into its system management software which is embedded on the hardware. Security experts have been warning about this sort of hardware infection, though it is not clear if the spyware is truly embedded in hardware. According to The Register, a small number of boards were affected and they have been
Subject: General Tech | July 20, 2010 - 01:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fountain Valley, CA -- July 19, 2010 -- Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced it is holding a "How Can a Kingston SSDNow Drive Change Your Life?" video contest. The contest (for U.S. residents only) asks entrants to come up with the most creative way to demonstrate how using a solid-state drive can change one’s daily life. Entries will be judged on creativity in presenting an idea or story in a video format.
Subject: General Tech | July 20, 2010 - 11:38 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While MSI's 3D notebook is rather interesting for those who want to game and watch movies, there are many who are looking for a notebook with a little difference focus. Intel has been trying to fill that niche with their CULV platform and they have recently refreshed their offerings in hopes of tempting a few more consumers. SemiAccurate has a breakdown of the various Arrandale powered CULVs, ranging from a rather small, Celeron U3400 powered CULV up to larger Core i7 powered models.
Subject: General Tech | July 19, 2010 - 01:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The $79 WarMouse Meta
is not just a mouse with a high DPI, it sports a joystick and 19 buttons. The familiar two buttons that are present on any modern mouse have been replaced by 9 buttons on each side offering some serious button power for those willing to learn to use it. Each and every button can be programmed as a mouse button itself, a key stroke or a held keypress, a macro, a combo or a special command. Drop by ExtremeTech to find out exactly what all that means.
Subject: General Tech | July 19, 2010 - 12:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The attack takes a little doing to complete successfully but it is very effective. A malformed shortcut, usually present on a USB drive can install a rootkit on your PC, simply by displaying the shortcut icon. The exploit lies in the way that Windows handles shortcuts to Control Panel icons and is helped by the fact that part of the malware payload it installs masquerades its self as signed drivers from Realtek, though that particular identifier has now been revoked. To make matters worse Ars Technica reports, there is a specific target, Siemens' SIMATIC WinCC software whi
Subject: General Tech | July 16, 2010 - 06:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
One of the more active forums this week has been the Storage Forum, with a variety of questions and observations appearing over the past few days. Obviously there is talk about SSDs, and a forum member recently picked up a rather nice drive and wanted to share their joy but there is also someone who is a little disappointed. It seems that the our
Subject: General Tech | July 16, 2010 - 11:53 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Basic routers are not the most sexy of tech and once you have bought one you will probably use it until it dies, or the new wireless spec finally arrives. It really isn't a piece of kit you think about much, let alone research new models coming out so you can upgrade to the newest model. As you might have heard on this weeks podcast (#113), even Ryan has an old outdated router. You just might want to consider upgrading or
Subject: General Tech | July 16, 2010 - 10:02 AM | Jonathan Hung
Acer has really come around in recent years terms of build quality and pricing. With that combination, Acer has officially claimed second place in global PC shipments according to research performed by Gartner, displacing the former king Dell, and now an arm's length from HP, the current leader.
Subject: General Tech | July 15, 2010 - 11:32 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
We have seen external GPU solutions for laptops, like the MSI GUS, that allow laptops to have the graphical power to play Blu-ray at full definition with no choppiness and even give a boost to your gaming experience. We've also recently seen what Jon called WiDi from Intel, a technology allowing you to stream video and audio from a PC to a TV wirelessly, though there are a few bug to work out there still. Now, Th
Subject: General Tech | July 14, 2010 - 01:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Measuring 12.5" x 9.5" x 14" the ION Tailgater is a 20 pound all in one audio solution, speakers and inputs included. There are three completely separate inputs, two mic inputs, one of which can handle an instrument and a third input for component audio in, all with their own volume controls. An iPhone/iPad dock allows you not only to use that device as an audio source, it can also recharge it as well. On the back is a plug that will allow you to string multiple Tailgaters together with the correct plug.
Subject: General Tech | July 14, 2010 - 12:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Nowadays, in order to make a platform game difficult the programmers give your opponents ridiculously good aim, or have inconvenient
respawn points, bosses you have to kill multiple times and many other things that feel more like an AI cheat than pure unbridled hatred. The original Ninjagaiden was evil, it did not want you to win and would go out of its way to try to get you to launch your controller at the TV. If you miss those days then Demon's Souls might be right up your alley. Just about everything can kill you in a maximum of two hits and death is a bad thing. N