A surprise from Microsoft

Subject: General Tech | September 5, 2007 - 12:10 PM |
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Silverlight 1.0 will run on Linux, a move likely prompted by the lead Mono developer creating a working version of Moonlight, an open-source version of Silverlight.  It looks like .NET will be a choice for Linux users after all.  Get more on this story and if it signals a change for Microsoft at Ars Technica.

Source: Ars Technica

Just how many passwords can you memorize

Subject: General Tech | September 4, 2007 - 12:07 PM |
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So you changed your password just before you went on holiday, or picked on so complex it will never be guessed; even by you.  Maybe you just had a brain fart.  Whatever the cause, your XP machine will not boot for you because you've forgotten the password.  Don't panic, there is help for you in the form of a guide from PC Stats.  Reading through it might also give you enough time to remember the password on your own, which is a much easier route.

Source: PCStats

Apple to Release a New Series of iPods on Sept 5th

Subject: General Tech | September 3, 2007 - 09:57 PM |
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It looks like all the rumors of Apple's announcements for this coming September 5th are converging on more than a single product.  First and foremost, a new iPod Touch and iPod Nano are thought to be coming and would be a welcome update to a line up that has been aged in terms of technology products.  The latter is in a "leaked" photo below:



The iPod Touch would probably be very similar to the new iPhone with a flip-style browsing feature. 

Sorting your needs from your wants with the help of our forums

Subject: General Tech | August 31, 2007 - 02:43 PM |
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Upgrade fever has hit just about every component on the PC lately, it's getting to the point where even buying a mouse can be a major decision, along with the rest of the PC.  Then you have to tweak the OS, assuming you can decide which one to use, to make sure you are getting everything out of your internet connection.

Simple rules for better security

Subject: General Tech | August 31, 2007 - 12:18 PM |
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PC Mechanic looks at some very simple ways to keep yourself and your private data secure when browsing the web.  Some of the tips may seem very simplistic, but there are those who don't follow them .. . and will probably be calling you to fix their PC soon, if they haven't called already.


You can also catch the 11th PC Perspective Podcast at the top of the page, if you haven't given it a listen already.

Source: PC Mechanic

AVG and BioShock don't play well together

Subject: General Tech | August 30, 2007 - 11:45 AM |
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Users of AVG anti-virus were in for a nasty shock this morning; if they were planning on calling in sick today and tomorrow to start the Labour Day weekend early.  Something, probably a patch from 2K, AVG or SecuROM, has changed.  AVG now prevents BioShock from launching because it is tagged as a virus. 

Do not attempt to heal the file, back up your save games and follow the instructions provided at Boot Daily to get yourself back up and running.

Source: Boot Daily

Has Logitech gone overboard

Subject: General Tech | August 29, 2007 - 05:24 PM |
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The Logitech G9 gaming mouse does offer a lot of features, from adjustable weights, a dual mode scroll-wheel and on the fly DPI changes.   The price is certainly a drawback, but TECHGAGE soldiered on  with a full review, so you can find out if it is worth it, or not.

Source: TECHGAGE

Cooler Master Opens MyCOSMOS Contest

Subject: General Tech | August 29, 2007 - 05:14 PM |
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Since the introduction of the COSMOS PC Chassis from Cooler Master, people have begun to experience the refinement and performance of a truly revolutionary PC case. To celebrate its release, Cooler Master is pleased to open the MyCOSMOS Contest to Cooler Master fans worldwide. From September 3rd to 28th, COSMOS owners around the world can enter the MyCOSMOS contest simply by creating a written or video review of their COSMOS experiences and filing in the entry from on the MyCOSMOS contest site.

DX10 must be good for something

Subject: General Tech | August 29, 2007 - 12:22 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP continues the quest to find something useful about DX10, this time examining the performance and image quality of Call of Juarez.  There is good news for AMD, the the 2900XT can keep up with the 8800 GTS for the first time in a series of benchmarks.  There is also good news on the quality side, there are very striking differences between DX10 and DX9, for the first time you don't even have to give the game the benefit of the doubt, you can see the differences easily.  It makes th

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Targeting the iPhone, or the $100 laptop?

Subject: General Tech | August 29, 2007 - 11:50 AM |
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The Gphone is coming, and we should know what it's all about in September.  Running Linux and projected to be very cheap, it will be interesting to see what the phone is capable of, and if Google has plans to emulate Apple's locked service.  According to what the Inquirer learned, Google seems to hope to make money from ads (Ad Words?) piped directly to the phone.

Source: The Inquirer

Mobile multimedia on the cheap

Subject: General Tech | August 28, 2007 - 05:12 PM |
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Transcend's T.Sonic 820 has some good points, and some bad points.  While it is able to show photos and video on it's 1.5" colour OLED, it only has 2GB of storage.  The good news is that it's price is well under $100.  If you are looking to get a small cheap portable music and video player then check out Pro-Clockers review.

Trusted Computing finally makes an appearance

Subject: General Tech | August 28, 2007 - 12:01 PM |
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It has been quite a while since Intel first introduced the idea of a Trusted Computing Platform, which was originally named Palladium.  The new vPro platform is a less ambitious project, and one which will see the light of day.  Ars Technica takes the time to explain exactly what this platform will do for you, in terms of security benefits and recovery and how TXT + VT-x and VT-d equals DRM, sort of.

"Today's launch of the latest version of Inte

Source: Ars Technica

AMD's giving us the quiet treatment

Subject: General Tech | August 27, 2007 - 11:44 AM |
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After the non-launch of Athlon 64 X2 Black Edition CPU, AMD held a quiet press event in Singapore.  The speculation ran from Phenom information to Bobcat and Fusion.  TechARP can tell you just how bizarre this conference ended up being.

Source: Tech ARP

Taking it to the limits

Subject: General Tech | August 24, 2007 - 05:34 PM |
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A great way for PC enthusiasts to get extra bang for their buck is by purchasing a slower, and cheaper CPU, and then overclocking it to the point where the PC would make a great EZ-Bake oven.  It's not always easy, but there

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Is it worth losing 20fps?

Subject: General Tech | August 24, 2007 - 12:26 PM |
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ExtremeTech spent some time comparing the eye candy present in the DX9 and DX10 versions of BioShock.  They have 5 side-by-side comparison shots, showing off the different effects that DX10 is supposed to bring.  As it turns out, it is about as disappointing as the news that physics in UT3 will only be available in a mod.

Source: Extremetech

Inspect their gadgets

Subject: General Tech | August 24, 2007 - 12:12 PM |
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Comex 2007, the gadget lovers favourite trade show, has been invaded by Hardware Zone.  They have a huge preview of all the new toys and tools we will be seeing released in the near future, from projectors to crystal encrusted monitors to a Draft N wireless NIC with 3 antenna. 

Why go for a keypad when you can have the whole board

Subject: General Tech | August 23, 2007 - 06:15 PM |
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A drawback to some of the gaming keypads, llike the Wolfking Warrior is that they take up extra space on an already packed desk.  The Timberwolf addresses that issue by attaching an FPS keypad directly to the left side of a QWERTY keyboard, and removing the numpad usually found on the right.  Find out what it did to OCC's game, and their opponents.

AMD, nVIDIA and TSMC in a three way

Subject: General Tech | August 23, 2007 - 11:53 AM |
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It seems that the influx of cash and partnerships from AMD and nVIDIA are helping TSMC move their chips faster than they can make them.  Currently both AMD and nVIDIA use TSMC produced chips on their graphics cards and both are seeing a decline in the amount available.   DigiTimes spoke with both companies to see what plans the two graphics manufacturers have.  It's good to hear the HD 2x00 series is selling units, especially with the departure of their Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Henri Richard.

Games Convention 2007

Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2007 - 02:31 PM |
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HEXUS is at the 2007 Games Convention, and boy do they have a scoop.  Crysis will play on a single core machine with dual 6600's.  That means that you should be able to get a nicely playable experience out of a dual core and a single 8800.

"Over at the EA booth here at Games Convention 2007, an EA rep has let slip that Crysis, the hugely anticipated

shooter from the Crytek boys, doesn't need high spec kit to run.

The slip came about when we asked about the specs EA were showcasing Crysis on, which i

Source: Hexus

Graphics coming back to the CPU?

Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2007 - 12:12 PM |
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Not necessarily in a CPGPU format either!  The Inquirer caught a Ray Tracing demo from Intel, that used the 45nm quad-core Yorkfeild exclusively, never utilizing the graphics card in the system at all.  Not only that, but this performance will apparently scale almost perfectly, for every extra core, you get a 99% increase in performance.  If you put one core as the baseline, then two cores will almost double the speed, whereas if you want twice the speed of the quad core, you need an eight-core chip.  It certainly seem

Source: The Inquirer