Asus Xonar Sound Card to Meet PCI Express

Subject: General Tech | October 8, 2007 - 10:45 AM |
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We have been very impressed with the Xonar sound card from Asus here at PC Perspective, and it looks like a new PCI Express version will be coming out soon.

Asustek announced its Xonar D2 PCI sound card on June 5, but we also spotted a PCI Express version of the card—branded Xonar D2X—at the company's Computex booth on the same day. The firm has now finally launched the Xonar D2X, and the PCIe newcomer is coming out together with another member of the Xonar lineup: the Xonar U1.

Feel secure in our community

Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2007 - 04:31 PM |
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Have you ever thought about working in computer network security, or maybe are already in the industry? 

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Making the most of MP3

Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2007 - 04:03 PM |
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Sure you know what MP3s are, everyone does.  But there is more than one way to make them, and how you choose to do so can have a huge impact on the quality of the and the size as well.  Ars Technica takes you through Fast Fourier Transforms, compression algorithms as well as some of the other formats that offer you alternatives to MP3.  Your music collection may never sound the same again.

Source: Ars Technica

Talking about Intel's clockwork

Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2007 - 03:31 PM |
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TechARP had a chance to sit down with Patrick Gelsinger, SVP and General Manager of Intel's Digital Enterprise Group.  They get some answers about Intel's tick-tock strategy and the new hafnium-based transistors that we are hoping to see soon, along with  as 32nm technology.  You can also find out some interesting tidbits about Nehalem.

Source: Tech ARP

A little something to consider

Subject: General Tech | October 4, 2007 - 09:14 AM |
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Folding@Home has run on about 2 million CPUs, and actively runs on 200,000, not counting PS3s.  The math gets a little fuzzy when you are calculating FLOPS, but it is likely that they really have, at some point, broken the TeraFLOP milestone.

Storm, the wonderful little infection that has been stealthily been having fun romping through the internet, and possibly your computer, has infected between 1 to 50 MILLION PCs!  When the creators figure out what that missing step between Step 1 and Step 3 is, you will likely wish that they were just stealing underpants.

Source: Wired News

ASUS sounds out a new market

Subject: General Tech | October 3, 2007 - 12:14 PM |
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While we have been seeing some nice onboard audio solutions on ASUS motherboards for a while now, we haven't seen an actual discreet soundcard.  This changes with the introduction of the Xonar D2 soundcard, which houses an incredible amount of features and outputs.  Elite Bastards gave the card, and the bundle it came with a try, check out

Thanks to the delay, you can only play Crysis vicariously

Subject: General Tech | October 3, 2007 - 09:15 AM |
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Gamehelper has done fans awaiting the release of Crysis ... demo or full ... a favour and a disservice.  Their nice side has given us some screenshots and some idea of what the mulitplayer game will be like, but I can't help but think they are taunting those of us who couldn't get into the limited beta test.

Source: Gamehelper

Is AMD injecting steroids in Barcelona

Subject: General Tech | October 3, 2007 - 08:40 AM |
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It looks like the disappointment that many felt when the clock speeds of AMD's Barcelona chips may be short lived.   The Inquirer is tracking and verifying rumours that the server line of Barcelona processors will scale up to 2.6 GHz.  Considering that the when the parts were first announced, every single 65nm chip was clocked under 2GHz, this is good news for AMD and enthusiasts.

Source: The Inquirer

Cutting it a little close to Christmas

Subject: General Tech | October 2, 2007 - 08:54 AM |
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The good news is that AMD will be launching a new series of graphics cards in the very near future ... the bad news is that the chip won't go into mass production until November, so it is unlikely we will see the cards using the new chips until 2008.  You can see that the specs that DigiTimes quotes offer some hope for performance improvements, but AMD is sticking with it's usual response to people publishing info on unreleased parts ... silence.

Source: Digitimes

If Dvorak couldn't do it ...

Subject: General Tech | October 1, 2007 - 10:41 AM |
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Then it's unlikely an alphabetized keyboard will either, but then again, you never know.  At Hardware Logic, you can get a look at the New Standard NSK 535R, which may help out with hunt and peck style typing, especially with the inclusion of the numpad as alternate key functions, on both sides of the alphabet.  It is definitely a unique way to set up a keyboard, but you will want to peruse the full review at HardwareLogic before you run out and buy one.

A new PC input type has surfaced

Subject: General Tech | October 1, 2007 - 09:01 AM |
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We know a bit about Coffee Table:Evolved! Star Trek Edition ...

Source: Ars Technica

Give yourself a systemic boost with a little help from our forums

Subject: General Tech | September 28, 2007 - 03:14 PM |
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The quiet release of the AMD 5000 Black Edition has not gone unnoticed on the forums, with a few members wondering if the overclocking potential is going to be as good as AMD implies.   If it is, it may make the choices you have to make when building a system easier, and may mean you can save a bit on the cooling system as well. 

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Intel Joins Bill Clinton's Global Initiative

Subject: General Tech | September 28, 2007 - 11:33 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 27, 2007 - Former President Bill Clinton announced today at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) in New York that Intel Corporation will bring its landmark teacher training program online to help more than 1.5 million teachers in 15 countries learn how to best integrate technology into their lesson plans to help students learn.

Can't get enough of the IDF?

Subject: General Tech | September 28, 2007 - 09:52 AM |
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If reading through Ryan's articles and listening to the podcast just didn't satisfy your need to know more about what happened at the Intel Developers Forum, there is a solution.  The Inquirer has gathered together many links to Intel's Blog and other Intel sites that have almost the entire content from the IDF.  Get your info first hand.

Source: The Inquirer

Sneaky Windows Update update foiling repair installs

Subject: General Tech | September 27, 2007 - 09:53 AM |
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It turns out that the sneaky update to Windows Update that we heard a lot of news about  two weeks ago is starting to cause a little havok.

Source: Slashdot

The sound of Gigabyte

Subject: General Tech | September 26, 2007 - 10:35 AM |
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Gigabyte continues to diversify their product lines, this time with 2.0 and 2.1 speakers.  InsideHW tries these speakers out and finds that while it is a good first try, the established competition does a better job.  Still it is good to see the company is still willing to try new products, and if they choose to produce a second generation they may get all the kinks out.

Source: InsideHW

Quick! Everyone panic and run around in circles!

Subject: General Tech | September 26, 2007 - 08:45 AM |
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You may have run into headlines or random forum posts this morning claiming that the "New Firefox gives all your browsing history to Google".  Many seem to quickly say that it steals all your website information and sells for fun and profit ... but don't even get into what is really happening. 

Source: The Inquirer

That game, with that guy in armour came out early this morning

Subject: General Tech | September 25, 2007 - 09:19 AM |
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Love the series or hate it, you will be seeing a lot of press about the final installment of the game that made the Xbox what it is today.  Halo 3 is out, though you may have trouble finding it on the shelves, as Microsoft's hype machine worked perfectly again, and people lined up for hours to get the game at it's midnight release.  Ars Technica can give you a look at what this new sequel offers to dedicated Halo fans, without giving away the plot or any secrets while they ar

Source: Ars Technica

Send Excel 07 back for remedial math classes

Subject: General Tech | September 25, 2007 - 08:59 AM |
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It looks like the new Excel 2007 has some problems (apart from it's ribbon fetish).  It looks like the number 65,535 causes some interesting behaviour, and it's maths skills take a turn for the bizarre.  Excel has had a history of troubles around that spot, including it's belief that no spreadsheet should ever have more than 65,536 rows.  Read more examples of this issue by following the link on Slashdot.

Source: Slashdot