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

Occlusion and obstruction obfuscation

Subject: General Tech | July 31, 2007 - 04:35 PM |
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The Tech Report has been try to get a hold of Realtek to discuss some missing EAX features for quite a while now.  The original inquiry was back in November, and they revisited it in May with the 1.66 driver.  There was no change in the driver's EAX implementation in that version either.  Today they try the 1.71 driver, so you can find out if Realtek has addressed their concerns.

Battlefield Extraction-Assist Robot powered by VIA

Subject: General Tech | July 31, 2007 - 11:59 AM |
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The BEAR from Vecna Robotics is a 6 foot tall tracked robot that is designed to retrieve casualties from areas too dangerous for medics to enter.  It is currently powered by a VIA EPIA M10000G with a C3 processor, and there are plans to make this robot semi-autonomous.  Currently it is remotely piloted by a human, as we are still much better at decision making, but it may well be that the first Terminator ends up being a combat medic.  Read more about it at the repository of all things VIA, VIA Arena.<

Source: VIA Arena

Intel Endorses Industry Specification to Simplify Blade Server Design

Subject: General Tech | July 30, 2007 - 02:39 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 30, 2007 - Intel Corporation joined more than 40 server technology providers
today in support of the new Server Systems Infrastructure (SSI)
industry specification for modular server platforms. The Modular Server
Specifications simplify and lower the cost of product development by
providing design guidance that enables server builders to develop
compliant and interoperable building blocks at the blade, chassis and
manageability software level.

Speed up your Vista installs

Subject: General Tech | July 30, 2007 - 11:48 AM |
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Vista has added an interesting feature to the installation progress, similar to loading a RAID driver but with much more flexibility.  You will be able to choose more than just one driver to load, and you are not stuck using floppies to keep the files on.  Read through the warning that ExtremeMHz provides at the end of the article to save yourself some frustration.

Source: ExtremeMhz

Summertime at the PC Perspective Forums

Subject: General Tech | July 27, 2007 - 06:11 PM |
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Media seems to be a topic on everyones minds lately, this week it is Betamax versus VHS round 2, aka HD DVD versus Blu-Ray.  Do you have a preference?  Let us know what it is and why you feel that way.  If arguments aren't your thing, you can find a statement that can't be argued with in this thread, and maybe you can share a shocking story or two yourself. 

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AMD lifts the veil

Subject: General Tech | July 27, 2007 - 11:53 AM |
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A lot of news about AMDs plans for the near future were revealed by their executives at the Technology Analysts Day.  Catch [H]ard|OCP's coverage of their plans for multipurpose processors, new core structures, including a  mysterious Bulldozer core that is touted to be able to share the work of a single thread amongst it's cores ... something no AMD or Intel Dual or Quad core can currently manage.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

European Commission Charges Intel with Antitrust Violations

Subject: General Tech | July 27, 2007 - 11:31 AM |
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BRUSSELS/SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - July 27, 2007 -The European Commission (EC) today confirmed that it has charged Intel with violating EU competition laws by abusing its dominant position in the global microprocessor market. The Commission said in a press briefing today that "in the short, medium and long-term, we think that the actions of Intel are bad news for competition and consumers." http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/ebs/schedule.cfm.


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AMD Executive Presentation

Subject: General Tech | July 27, 2007 - 11:15 AM |
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During executive presentations today, AMD unveiled details about new
platform and product initiatives, future processor design philosophies
and insights into its manufacturing model. Highlights below include:

Source: AMD

Oh goody, another security hole

Subject: General Tech | July 26, 2007 - 11:54 AM |
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This one comes to FireFox users in much the same way as the vulnerability that was patched last week, through the way Uniform Resource Identifiers are handled.  Last week's flaw involved URI's passed from IE, this week it has to do with the way FireFox, Netscape 9 and Mozilla handle them directly.  A patch is currently in the works, which you can read about on The Register.  This type of vulnerability will keep appearing when new URI's are added, which is going to keep happening with the growth of it's

Source: The Register

The curse of the movie game

Subject: General Tech | July 25, 2007 - 11:53 AM |
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GamePyre picked up Transformers: The Game, with high hopes.  After fighting dodgy controls and the lousy interface, they did see some new Transformers, but unfortunately it was not enough to save the game in the end.  The only good news they had was that it would be a good deal if you found it in the bargain bin.

Source: Gamepyre

Open source party

Subject: General Tech | July 25, 2007 - 11:40 AM |
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The first ever Ubuntu Live conference is happening, and Phoronix got an invite.  You can drop by for a look at the Ubuntu roadmap, as well as many of the new Dell Linux systems.  This is a sort of precursor to the bigger Open Source Con, being held during the latter part of this week.

Source: Phoronix

New VIA Nano-ITX Mainboard for Healthcare, Retail and Industrial Applications

Subject: General Tech | July 25, 2007 - 11:26 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 24 July 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the VIA EPIA NR Nano-ITX mainboard, powered by a fanless 1.0GHz VIA C7 processor and VIA CX700 system media processor for ultra compact, quiet and durable embedded systems.

At least one new gadget for Christmas

Subject: General Tech | July 23, 2007 - 03:48 PM |
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While rumours of the iPhone Version 2 are circulating all over, and many fans debate the possibility of something being released by Apple for the Christmas season, Microsoft has announced Zune 2.0.  Slashdot has coverage of this release, which Microsoft hopes will revitalize interest in their portable music player.  Zune has just hit 1 million units sold this week, and they need something to make the player more attractive.  Details are relatively sketchy, but there will be new styles and price points for those loo

Source: Slashdot