Heck no, we're no SCO

Subject: General Tech | August 15, 2007 - 11:55 AM |
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Novel has no plans to sue anyone over UNIX.  With that announcement and the court ruling, it looks like UNIX is essentially a FOSS (Free/Open Source Software) operating system.  SCO, the distributor that wanted to make sure UNIX remained their property exclusively has been told, in no uncertain terms, that they don't own UNIX and therefore cannot expect to hold copyright on it. 

Source: Ars Technica

Get out of my face

Subject: General Tech | August 14, 2007 - 02:48 PM |
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Hybrid microphone and headphone setups tend to suffer from an annoying flaw, the placement of the microphone.  If you swing it down out of the way then nobody can hear you, and if you bring it up close to your mouth it gets in the way of your beverage of choice.  Put it up too high and everyone will call you a nose breather.  OCC reviews the

Penguin friendly hardware

Subject: General Tech | August 14, 2007 - 12:00 PM |
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At Linux.com you can find a post detailing every single website that they could find that list hardware Linux compatibility.  From peripherals like printers and digital cameras to graphics cards and laptops.  Not every type of component is covered as well as others, but they all will help you part out a future Linux PC.

Source: Linux.com

Test drive SkyDrive

Subject: General Tech | August 13, 2007 - 12:01 PM |
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With the addition of the label Windows Live to all their online services, like Hotmail, Microsoft is offering several new services.   TechReviewSource reviews the beta of Windows Live SkyDrive, 500MB of free online storage that will eventually be offered to all Windows Live members.  Sneak a peek at it, and volunteer to try out the beta by following the link at the end of the review.

Things to do instead of going to the beach

Subject: General Tech | August 10, 2007 - 05:24 PM |
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It is a good idea to restart your PC every once and a while if you are running Windows, it will fix a surprising number of different problems ...

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ATI's driver can crack your kernel

Subject: General Tech | August 10, 2007 - 12:12 PM |
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Beware of Vista drivers bearing a purple pill, says this story on [H]ard|OCP.  AMD/ATI's drivers open up a vulnerability in Vista which could allow unsigned programs to be installed silently if they are piggybacked into the installation program.  The creator of the tool that allows this posted it to his site for just over an hour, under the assumption that the vulnerability had been patched.  When he discovered it wasn't, he pulled it.

"Apparently an unpatched flaw in an ATI driver al

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Feel the indifference

Subject: General Tech | August 9, 2007 - 11:44 AM |
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It looks like the only big thing to come out of the upcoming DX10.1 release that will be available in Vista SP1, is the sound.  As Ryan mentioned in last weeks podcast, DX10.1 should fix the problems created in Vista when Microsoft changed the way Direct Sound worked, which negatively effects any DSP or surround effects created via EAX.

Source: The Inquirer

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Prices $1.5 Billion of 5.75% Convertible Senior Notes due 2012

Subject: General Tech | August 9, 2007 - 11:15 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - August 9, 2007 --Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:
AMD) today announced the pricing of $1.5 billion aggregate principal
amount of 5.75% Convertible Senior Notes due 2012 in a private placement
to qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule 144A under the
Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

Source: AMD

Tiny, but not tinny

Subject: General Tech | August 8, 2007 - 01:49 PM |
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Samsung's K5 4GB MP3 player comes with a few surprises, something that is not easy to do when everyone and their company mascot has an MP3 player to sell you.  A touchscreen and OLED display add expected functionality to this MP3 player, and the FM radio is a nice touch as well.  What really caught BCCHardware's attention was the built in speaker.

"In

Source: BCCHardware

Bring on the Vikings!!!

Subject: General Tech | August 8, 2007 - 12:31 PM |
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New StarCraft 2 screenshots are up at Think Gaming.



Seriously, what are you doing?  Go look at them ... look at them again if you've seen them already.

Source: Think Gaming

Pay a premium for professional ping performance?

Subject: General Tech | August 8, 2007 - 12:08 PM |
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The Tech Report has been testing out the controversial Killer NIC from Bigfoot Networks.  Bearing a $250 price tag, this NIC sports a Freescale system-on-a-chip that runs at 400MHz, as well as an embedded version of Linux.  One of the more interesting features on the card is the ability to write software for the card using Bigfoot's Flexible Network Architecture.  This software can be used to interface with the onboard firewall and BitTorrent client, but theoretically the

Wireless and ergonomic

Subject: General Tech | August 7, 2007 - 02:06 PM |
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The Logitech Cordless Desktop Wave gives you a wireless mouse, keyboard and RF adapter; although only the keyboard has anything going for it.  The mouse is a basic ambidextrous design that is equally poor for either hand, and the RF adapter is simply that.  The keyboard offers a slightly split layout, and keys of varying height, designed to match up to the way a hand prefers to sit. 

Testing heatsinks on an almost unlimited budget

Subject: General Tech | August 7, 2007 - 11:55 AM |
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SPCR managed to finagle a tour of Gigabyte's high tech testing chambers, where their new line of cooling products undergoes testing.  They have some impressive cabinets for testing temperatures under precisely controlled environments, and you have to see the audio testing chamber for yourself in the article.

A few things to be found on a trip through our forums

Subject: General Tech | August 3, 2007 - 05:17 PM |
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Back when we were young, it was a huge battle to get a PC in the house, and there was essentially no chance at getting a hand me down.  Times have changed, and the kids of PC enthusiasts are guaranteed to get their own PC after a few upgrades to their parents main rigs.  If you've got kids, how old were they when you built them their first rigs?  Over in the security forum, you can read up on the problems with securing WiFi, and just what kind of attacks ex

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When Vista just won't listen

Subject: General Tech | August 3, 2007 - 04:04 PM |
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If COM surrogate or DLLHost gives you grief when you are trying to play music or video files on Vista, then give this article at OCModShop a good read.  They cover everything from how to get the codecs you are missing that cause the error, to how to improve Media Center's overall stability.

Source: OCMODSHOP

Zero recall

Subject: General Tech | August 2, 2007 - 11:51 AM |
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After news broke yesterday about defective HD2400 & 2600 making it into the resellers channel, AMD has stated that there is no need for a recall.  The defective cards have not been sold to anyone, simply shipped to retailers according to the story they released to DigiTimes.  Unfortunately we are still in the dark as to whether the review models released to PC Perspective and other review sites suffered from this defect.

Source: Digitimes

New Economic Study Finds Intel Extracted Monopoly Profits of $60 Billion Since 1996

Subject: General Tech | August 2, 2007 - 11:30 AM |
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Sunnyvale, Calif. - August 2, 2007 - A new economic study issued today by Dr. Michael A. Williams, Director, ERS Group, found that Intel has extracted monopoly profits from microprocessor sales of more than $60 billion in the period 1996-2006. Dr. Williams' analysis explains why pro-competitive justifications for Intel's monopoly profits are implausible.

Source: AMD

Logitech Announces the G15 Keyboard and G9 Mouse

Subject: General Tech | August 1, 2007 - 03:46 PM |
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FREMONT, Calif. - Aug. 1, 2007 - Logitech (SWX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) today introduced the newest addition to its award-winning line of G-series peripherals for PC gaming.

Source: Logitech

Tasty eye candy, or just molasses?

Subject: General Tech | August 1, 2007 - 12:56 PM |
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Crysis has been beaten to the punch for the first retail DX10 game by Lost Planet: Extreme Conditions.  Now that the final (barring patches) version is available, [H]ard|OCP tries out some of the latest graphics hardware to see if DX10 makes it worth switching to Vista for gaming.  We already know that performance takes a hit under DX10, but the quality should increase.  Take a look at their comparison shots, and see what you think.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

The curse of the HD 2x00 series

Subject: General Tech | August 1, 2007 - 12:31 PM |
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AMD is having incredible luck with their HD2x00 series, all of it bad.  From the lackluster performance of the top end, to the confusion about UVD, and now it turns out that some of the 2400 and 2600s that hit the market are defective, due to an error in the BIOS.  Read more about this latest chapter in the sad story of AMD's new graphics series at DigiTimes.

Source: Digitimes