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Subject: General Tech | October 25, 2007 - 12:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Remember hearing about the various patent infringements, anti-trust violations and price-fixing schemes that many big memory manufacturers were found guilty of? Did you hope that these decisions might end with you having a bit of money back in your pocket? AnandTech takes a look at the more recent rulings, and covers why there is a good chance you don't even qualify to be involved in the class action suit.
Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2007 - 12:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP rounds up the usual graphics subjects and pits them against the Megatextures and foliage smoothing in Quake Wars. As it turns out, even with the graphics settings maxed out, the 8800GTS 320MB card has little problems delivering a smooth experience, and it just gets better from there.
Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2007 - 12:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Now we finally know the name of what we are all waiting for, Toliman the 3 core processor. There aren't really much more details than that, but DigiTimes managed to at least let us know that.
You can also see how the new benchmarking suite from Futuremark works, and how well some of the newer hardware fares when tested in Ryan's review.
Subject: General Tech | October 23, 2007 - 02:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Going by it's name the Fanatec Headshot mouse and pad combo should be putting you straight to the top of the scoreboard in UT3. Not ones to let a claim like that going unchallenged, techPowerUp! put this combo to the test. Find out how well it did.
Subject: General Tech | October 23, 2007 - 11:46 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When Vista pegs it as completely new hardware. Slashdot has a link to a story on how Vista's activation scheme can suddenly deactivate your PC and give you a nasty surprise. We are all aware that enough changes to your hardware will deactivate your Windows install, and that you will have to call Microsoft to get it reinitialized, but in this case an update to the Intel Matrix Storage Manager was registered as a hardware change. On the good side, Microsoft did help him track down the cause of his pro
Subject: General Tech | October 22, 2007 - 11:48 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica carries on in their look at the history of Amiga, this time focusing on the time surrounding the birth of the hugely popular Commodore 64. The story at that point was more than just the hardware, or even the debacle that was the Commodore Amiga Operating System. Some of the people that were involved in Commodore and the recently purchased Amiga team were rather interesting individuals.
Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2007 - 05:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
This week saw the birth of a new forum, the Hardware Leaderboard forum. Strangely enough, it focuses on discussions about the components that Ryan puts into the 4 systems on the PCPerspective Hardware Leaderboard. You can make alternate suggestions, debate why certain pieces should be included or removed, or even make suggestions on purpose built rigs, like a web server or a super cruncher for BOINC projects to give the Uncle B's a run for
Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2007 - 02:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Overclocker's Club has reviewed a miniscule 1GB flash based MP3 player from Super Talent, the SmartClip. They made it very easy to load songs onto it, just drag n' drop in explorer, but it turned out to be much slower than the competition. If it is small that you want, then this is probably as small as you can find right now.
Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2007 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Microsoft has been very quiet about Windows 7, but thanks to a speech to university students we know a little more about it's kernel. Head over to The Inquirer for a link to video of the presentation and a unique windows logo.
Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2007 - 05:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Razer has just released two new cloth mousepads, the Mantis Control for slower paced users and the Mantis Speed for those that like to keep their twitch reflexes sharp. Tweaknews, not usually a fan of cloth mats, found both of these mousepads to be stel
Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2007 - 03:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The next generation of Zune's are upon us, although many didn't even notice the first. Microsoft is hoping to change that by offering 3 models at different prices, as opposed to having a single model. You can expect to see 4GB, 8GB and 80GB models, and you can fill them with DRM free music from their Marketplace. The Tech Zone renders the verdict on the new Zune in their full review.
Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2007 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
So, it would appear that UT3 has adopted a rather odd approach to attract Linux gamers. Their theory seems to be selling them a disk that only work under Windows and a promise that they will get right on the Linux client thing. While they do say that the Linux port will use the same disk, I am not sure how many people are going to run out and buy a disk they can't use. The fact that the editor uses wxWidgets does offer some hope to those waiting for the Linux binary to be complete, but still doesn't take the sting out of the snub.
Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2007 - 11:40 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is trouble afoot for emailing in general, according to the newest results 95% of all email is spam. If you feel like you get a lot of spam hitting your inbox, consider just how bad it could be. The filters that we and our ISPs use to prevent some of the spam from getting through are obviously improving along with the volume of spam, but one wonders what will happen when 99.99999 of all emails are spam. Follow the links at Slashdot for all the gory details.
Subject: General Tech | October 16, 2007 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you don't have an extra $10 billion lying around, it is almost impossible to keep up with the newest versions of Photoshop. There are 2 alternatives, find an employer you can convince to pay for it, or start learning how to use the GIMP. OS Weekly has found a way to make that transition easier on the Photoshop addict, GIMPShop has had it's interface tweaked to look a bit more like what you are used to.
Subject: General Tech | October 15, 2007 - 12:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The X38 chipset may not be around for long, as it's successor, the X48 will be available in the next 3-6 months. For the first mainstream DDR3 board, this is probably bad news, even if the retailers try to brand the X48 as the new high end. Catch up with this news at DigiTimes.
Subject: General Tech | October 12, 2007 - 06:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When good computers go bad, everyone suffers, even the routers.
Subject: General Tech | October 12, 2007 - 12:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ASUS has shown some rather odd math and spelling skills in relation to their new ultra-low cost notebook, the Eee. It turns out that what they meant when they claimed it would sell for no more than $199 is that it won't be sold for less than $200. While the change in price is rather frustrating, it will still be the cheapest way to get your hands on a laptop. More at DigiTimes.
Subject: General Tech | October 11, 2007 - 01:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have been busily collecting Fatal1ty brand parts, you will need to get your hands on the Creative Sound Blaster X-FI Xtreme Gamer Fatal1ty Pro. From the results of the review that OCC finished, you may want to get it anyways. It is easy to set up to listen to what you want, but there is also a control panel that will allow you some serious ways
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