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Subject: General Tech | April 9, 2009 - 11:32 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Conficker worm has finally managed to something more than make people snicker at it's name; it's using P2P to transfer encrypted files. The chances are very good that it is doing so to update its self via the bot net it created. As far as the infection goes, if you somehow managed to catch it and not get rid of it, then you have a keylogger or something similar on your system. After May 3rd, the worm will go dormant and stop spreading, but infected machines will remain a problem.
Subject: General Tech | April 8, 2009 - 12:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Battlefield Bad Company has been around on the console for a little while, causing a bit of frustration from the PC gamers who have supported EA's Battlefield franchise since 1942. It's sequel will soon be arriving for the PC, this time happening on the Russian border, which is perfect to show off the new Frostbite engine. Full deformable
terrain will also be around, hopefully in a meaningful way and not simply as decoration. Check out a preview of the single player game at GamingHeaven
Subject: General Tech | April 8, 2009 - 11:47 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Over the next two weeks you will likely see a big pile o' FUD appear because of the imminent end of free support for Windows XP and Office 2003. First off, that applies only to the residential/consumer level, business support is to remain the same, although if your company runs Server 2003 it had better be upgraded to SP2.
The second thing to remember is that this applies to direct support from Microsoft, such as bug reports and their incident reporting program, Windows Update will still be bringing you critical security patches until 2014.
Subject: General Tech | April 7, 2009 - 02:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASUS Xonar Essence STX comes with a lot of features for a stereo sound card. By stereo, they mean dolby 2, not 2.1, 5 or any other number, there are a total of 2 channels which is perfect for headphones. You can buy headphones that emulate 5.1 sound, but the tend not to be up to the quality that an audiophile demands. If you are the type that picks up headphones worth hundreds of dollars and are looking to plug them into a
Subject: General Tech | April 7, 2009 - 01:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Firefox 3.5 hasn't officially made it out the door, but 3.6 is already in the works. Ars Technica delves into the features and improvements you can expect from the Firefox after next in this article. If Ubiquity-based photo-editing, themes you can switch without restarting Firefox and a look at the new tab setup sounds interesting then head on over.
Subject: General Tech | April 6, 2009 - 02:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Looking for a way to bring cheer to those who use PCs on a regular basis and who really aren't impressed by your 3200 dpi dual laser gaming mouse? Why not pick up a frog mouse for them, applicable for most ages and cute as a mouse could possibly be. R&B Mods does not suggest using it for gaming, especially with the accompanying mat; but that's not really what it is for.
Subject: General Tech | April 6, 2009 - 12:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new Ubuntu is out and about, this time as a Jaunty Jackelope (aka 9.04 beta). As far as new features go, you can expect to see Gnome 2.26, X.Org Server 1.6, better boot performance, Ext4 support and the new 2.6.28 kernel. ExtremeTech tried the beta out and came away with two significant realizations. On the one hand, the boot performance in particular and the system in general really didn't show any huge improvements, on the other hand they had absolutely no problems or issues when ins
Subject: General Tech | April 3, 2009 - 06:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Before heading off into the forums, give your self a bit of piece of mind and see if you managed to be one of the few who caught Conficker. The test is very easy to interpret.
To keep up with all the other threats that are out there, this thread in the Networking Forum is your friend. Of course, you need to build a PC befo
Subject: General Tech | April 2, 2009 - 12:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In an effort to make the new netbooks less expensive and to run a little tighter, HP and Asus both seem to be considering Google's Linux based Android OS as an alternative to Windows. Not only would a successful implementation drive the price down, it could also make your netbook compatible with your cellphone at level we haven't seen before. Digital Trends thinks this could lead to an OS war, though in this particular case it isn't a new OS trying to make a name f
Subject: General Tech | April 1, 2009 - 01:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Whatever your musical tastes run toward, if you don't like being without your favourite melodies filling the air then streaming audio is probably familiar to you, as is the Logitech Squeezebox. The newest model is the Boom, aptly named as it bears a resemblance to an old style boom box. Along with streaming your favourite audio wirelessly, you can also use the Boom as an alarm clock to start your day with music. It will ha
Subject: General Tech | April 1, 2009 - 12:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
RPG fans have been waiting for Drakensang for quite a while now, with teasers making the wait seem even longer. Now that it is available, the feedback has been quite good from those who have tried it. The graphics may make it look more like an Elder Scrolls type game but it is much more like Baldurs Gate. Along with the increase in graphics quality comes a rather intricate leveling system. Get the details at Gamepyre.
Subject: General Tech | April 1, 2009 - 12:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Inquirer feels that while the Nehalem processor is impressive, we haven't really seen what it is capable of. We will need to see some new motherboards to handle the amount of bandwidth available from the processor, especially if you want to use more than one in your system. Of course, those who have tried to set up dual processor systems in the past may have something to say about how feasible this is for a gaming rig, especially if you are planning on overclocking.
Subject: General Tech | March 31, 2009 - 11:39 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
According to DigiTimes, the low price of the Phenom II processor has made the company a lot more popular. So popular that motherboard manufacturers are expecting a big jump in market share, their prediction is 30%. Computex will also bring about some more interest in AMD, with the rumoured release of the 780G+ chipset. They will pair that with the new Athlon II processors in a platform named Pisces, which undoubtedly will be cheaper than a Dragon platform.
Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2009 - 03:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The OCZ Behemoth Large Gaming Mouse is, as the name implies, a rather large mouse you would use for gaming. The size isn't a complete gimmick, the mouse sports two lasers allowing 3200 dpi accuracy and it sports a weight compartment as well; both features require a bit of extra space. Even more attractive is the price of this mouse, at $30, it is one of the least expensive gaming mice around.
Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2009 - 11:49 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Intel is piecing out the portions of information on Larrabee in tiny little tastes, trying to whet the appetite of an already well fed crowd. The Corei7 launch is barely in the past, the Core2 launch is also still fresh in peoples memories and the Phenom II is offering fair competition in certain scenarios on AMD's side. That rich feast of new architecture lies heavy on the belly so Intel has a bit of work ahead of them to get users hungry for more. If you feel you have the space, you can see the newest information on the structu
Subject: General Tech | March 27, 2009 - 06:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
One of the most popular threads in the Cases'n'Cooling forum is the making of an incredible case mod, both in video form and still pictures. The case its self is jaw droppingly amazing for anyone who doesn't feel an instinctual revulsion to anything designed by H.R. Geiger, and the details in the making of may lead you toward some modding ideas of your own. You will also spot some nice finds for those looking for a unique case, without the metal and Styrofoam work.
Subject: General Tech | March 27, 2009 - 11:46 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It is a good time to be an IP lawyer in the semiconductor industry; there is a legal free for all going on. The newest case is Intel versus nVIDIA and nVIDIA versus Intel, as they are both suing
each other over the cross licensing agreement that may or may not be changed. As it stands, Intel is planning on denying nVIDIA access to the necessary licenses to produce chipsets for the Nehalem processor, while nVIDIA feels that Intel's current IGP as well as Larrabee both
utilize nVIDIA patents. Follow
Subject: General Tech | March 26, 2009 - 11:23 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
nVIDIA card owners now have an application that performs a similar task to AMD's Badaboom, which was released not that long ago. It is provided by the same company that created FixMyMovie in days gone by, but promises to be more effective. vReveal harnesses nVIDIA's new CUDA programming environment to offer a magic 2x button, which promises to take your crappy 320x240 phone cam pictures and upscale it to 640x480. Don't expect to be able to use that on pictures with above 576 lines nor make use of SLI while you are upscaling, but it still beats the fuzzy alternative.
Subject: General Tech | March 25, 2009 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Lord of the Rings: Conquest is a Star Wars Battlefield style game, you can play in first person or third and even control others during the game. It has two single player campaigns, one following the familiar story of a hobbit and his ring, the second a parallel evil campaign allowing you to try to succeed where Sauron failed. All the major battles and landmarks are to be covered in the single player campaign and the screenshots and promo movies seem to capture the ambiance of Tolkien's
Middle Earth. There is also a multiplayer aspect, allowing for Conquest, Capture, the Fl
Subject: General Tech | March 25, 2009 - 11:43 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Before you decide to panic over the Psyb0t worm's new ability to go after Linux powered modems and routers, you should read this quick checklist.
- Your device is a mipsel (MIPS running in little-endian mode, this is what the worm is compiled for) device.
- Your device also has telnet, SSH or web-based interfaces available to the WAN, and