The sound of Linux

Subject: General Tech | June 21, 2007 - 02:57 PM |
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Amarok is a popular and useful media player for Linux, but it also has some secrets you may not know about.  TECHGAGE takes you through some of these features, like streaming music and integrating the player with last.fm.  If you use Linux, or are even just considering it, take a look at what you can do with this program.

Source: TECHGAGE

Royalties killed the internet radio star?

Subject: General Tech | June 21, 2007 - 11:36 AM |
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In protest to the rise in both the minimum royalty payment, and the price per listener per hour, webcasters are planning a day of silence on Tuesday, June 26th.  The royalties do not come into effect until July 15th, so the participants still have some time to attempt to get it changed.  [H]ard|OCP can supply you with the tools you need to get the whole story.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

The return of Pipboy

Subject: General Tech | June 20, 2007 - 11:58 AM |
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Fallout 3 is definitely more than just a few ink spots on a designers wall, although it will still be locked away in a vault for a year before we get our hands on it.  The trailer was really just a tease, but The Tech Report has spotted a bit more info, and what looks like gameplay screens.  Bethesda has been being very quiet about this game, but as details emerge it looks to be something special, as long as they didn't make a bloody mess, in which case they're dogmeat.

Asset Light

Subject: General Tech | June 20, 2007 - 11:45 AM |
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The Inquirer has a link with a bit of interesting news about AMD.  It would seem that they are looking for a partner to help them set up a new fab in Saratoga County, in upper NY State.  Also in the article, although denied by the AMD rep, is a question about the future of one of the two AMD Dresden fabs.

Source: The Inquirer

So, ya wanna be in IT?

Subject: General Tech | June 19, 2007 - 11:50 AM |
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More than that though, you want to work at a place you like.  To that end, Slashdot has linked to an annual survey done by Computerworld on the best I.T. departments in the USA to work at.  Check it out to see if there's one would apply at.  Be forewarned though, the workers that completed this survey may have done so under the vengeful eye of a representative from the H.R. department.

Source: Slashdot

Better for your neck than your image

Subject: General Tech | June 18, 2007 - 11:20 AM |
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Video iPods and similar devices have made long trips a little more bearable, allowing you your own entertainment choices and freedom from depending on scenery or inflight movies.  At the same time, how many of us are vigorously rubbing the back of our necks trying to get the kinks out after having it bent for hours at a time?  Ars Technica reviews a pair of wearable video displays that sit over your eyes to display videos, so you don't have to crane your neck.  No guarantees that they make you look stylish.

Source: Ars Technica

AGEIA's PhysX Brings New Physical Realism to Ubisoft's Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter

Subject: General Tech | June 15, 2007 - 03:55 PM |
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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - June 15, 2007 - AGEIATechnologies, Inc. the pioneer in hardware-accelerated physics for PC and console games, today announced that AGEIA PhysX will be helping to provide a new level of realism in Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 (GRAW 2) from Ubisoft. Leading-edge video game developer GRIN has leveraged PhysX to extend the visually rich and complex GRAW 2 to an entirely new level of game realism and interactivity, with dynamic gameplay physics, impactful environmental effects and persistent destruction and debris throughout.

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Scaled Mousepads

Subject: General Tech | June 15, 2007 - 02:39 PM |
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BestFeel has a line of mousepads, whose names sound a bit like some sort of musical scale, the VisRa PS, VisLa PS, and VisFa.  The La and Ra signify handedness, as these pads are shaped to make them more comfortable for your forearm, where as the Fa is a very large square.  The VisLa and Ra also come in two flavours, a PS which is very smooth and reflective as well as the MS which has a matte surface and a rougher texture.  ThinkComputers has tried them all out, so take a look.

The name game

Subject: General Tech | June 15, 2007 - 11:41 AM |
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As you have heard Ryan mention on this weeks podcast, AMD is changing their processor naming scheme again.  Now everyone is going to want a GP-7900, which would be a 65W+ Phenom quad-core, with a clock speed higher than the GP-7800, not that you can tell how much faster by the name.  Time to start making decoder rings!  DigiTimes has a bit more info here.

Source: Digitimes

More competition for Creative

Subject: General Tech | June 14, 2007 - 03:01 PM |
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Turtle Beach has been around for a while, but has had difficulty making progress against Creative's domination of that market.   Their newest, the Turtle Beach Montego DDL is a fairly inexpensive 7.1 Dolby Digital Live card with a sound that satisfied OCC's ears.  Their only complaint was that they couldn't turn it up to 11.

High powered PCI Express

Subject: General Tech | June 14, 2007 - 11:32 AM |
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PCIe 2.0 is coming to an AMD motherboard near you, sometime in the third quarter according to this story at The Inquirer.  It will transport 150W of power directly over the bus, which will make cabling from the PSU a little easier, although it also places the more of the responsibility of power management on to the motherboard.  These upcoming boards will also support quad Crossfire, which should provide some interesting performance.

Source: The Inquirer

DX10 and CoH, what difference can a patch make?

Subject: General Tech | June 13, 2007 - 01:42 PM |
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ExtremeTech has posted a review of Company of Heroes upgrade to DX10.  If you have Vista and a DX10 class card (or two), then this is the patch you have been waiting for.  They compare the performance of the 2 versions of this game at the same time they contrast the visual differences.  Read on to see if all you get is extra rocks, shadows and a performance hit, or if it becomes a whole new game.

Source: Extremetech

Heading out on Safari

Subject: General Tech | June 13, 2007 - 11:38 AM |
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Elite Bastards takes you on a tour of the wild world of the internets, Apple style.  There is a new public beta of Safari 3 and the PC version is being compared to IE and Firefox.  If you still aren't particularly interested, then remember that the upcoming iPhone will use Safari, so maybe you should familiarize yourself with it after all.

Slaying the hydra behind your desk

Subject: General Tech | June 12, 2007 - 11:52 AM |
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If you are getting tired of rooting through the snake nest that hides behind your PC, fishing for a dropped microphone or mouse, then drop by The Tech Lounge.  They try several products from CableOrganizer, in the hopes of not only cleaning up their space, but preventing the possibility of stepping on any important cabling.

Informal and informative Friday in the forums

Subject: General Tech | June 8, 2007 - 05:26 PM |
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The introduction of Vista has not come without growing pains.  One unforeseen problem effects flashing your BIOS with WinFlash.  Don't despair if that is your preferred method, there are a few suggestions here that will get you on your way.  You can also cheer on a member's first build in this thread, and maybe make give him some constructive criticism on the room in which it lives.

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Clearing the air with Company of Heroes

Subject: General Tech | June 8, 2007 - 01:20 PM |
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With the new patch for Company of Heroes, we get to see DX10 in all of it's glory.  Neither AMD nor nVIDIA have come out with claims about driver optimization or other programming cheats ... yet.  So as it stands the benchmarks that Legit Reviews has for CoH represents the true performance of these companies cards.  Take a look at the nice screen shot, and see just what the current 2900XT can do.

5th time's the charm?

Subject: General Tech | June 8, 2007 - 11:50 AM |
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If you want to be on the cutting edge of web browsing, you can pick up the 5th public alpha of Firefox 3.  You can check out all the new features, and new bugs, with your very own eyes.  For those less adventurous souls, or those who just want to know what they will be getting into, you can read Ars Technica's review.

Source: Ars Technica

Dissecting Vista's functions

Subject: General Tech | June 7, 2007 - 11:46 AM |
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Ars Technica continues their look at the Vista, in this review focusing on security.  They cover the usual suspects, like UAC and Protected Mode for IE, but also look into some features you might not be aware of.  For instance, when a non-administrator is logged in and a program tries to write to Program Files or the registry, it actually writes to that users profile, while convincing the program that it has placed the file where the program wanted it.  This makes it much easier to use the PC as a non-admin

Source: Ars Technica

The wild and wacky world of ... mice?

Subject: General Tech | June 6, 2007 - 05:19 PM |
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Ladybugs, racing cars, cheetah prints and snow globes; who would've thought that computer mice were supposed to be cute?  If you are sick of buying sleek monochrome mice, and don't care if you have a billion dots per inch accuracy, then what do you look for in a mouse?  As ExtremeTech will show you in this review/slideshow, the world of mice encompasses far more than you might imagine.

Source: Extremetech