Mmmmmm, open sauce

Subject: General Tech | February 14, 2008 - 11:43 AM |
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Looking for a substitute for WinZip, FrontPage or Norton Ghost, either because of the price, or to support the open source community?  Over at WHDb is a list of 50 common programs and an open source alternative, plus a huge amount of comments with suggestions for alternate programs.  Some of the choices on the list may not be the ones you would choose, and it is inconsistent in mentioning if some software is Linux only, but it is a great time sav

Source: WHDb

Another member of the campaign for real benchmarks

Subject: General Tech | February 13, 2008 - 11:58 AM |
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When you are reviewing a game, or more often a video card, there are several methods that present themselves.  The first is to load up a timedemo or a built in benchmark, let it run through a few loops and write down the numbers it gives you.  A bit of math and a bunch of typing and your review is done and ready to be published so that your readers can make informed decisions about their next purchase.  On the other hand, you can sacrifice a day (and probably a night) spending quality time with a PC and a box of beer, playing through the game and saving a specific spots where th

Source: [H]ard|OCP

To boldy go ...

Subject: General Tech | February 13, 2008 - 11:39 AM |
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If you are sick and tired of the internet and your browser working the way you want them to, why not try FireFox3 Beta3?  You do get a sneak peek at the Gecko1.9 rendering engine, and if you run under Windows it will install to a separate directory; leaving your FireFox2 installation alone.  Not so the case on Linux or Mac, it will install overtop of your existing FireFox.  Read what else you can expect over at The Inquirer.

Source: The Inquirer

NVIDIA COMPLETES ACQUISITION OF AGEIA TECHNOLOGIES

Subject: General Tech | February 13, 2008 - 11:08 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 13, 2008 - NVIDIA (Nasdaq: NVDA), the world leader in visual computing technologies and the inventor of the GPU, today announced that it has completed the acquisition of AGEIA Technologies, Inc., the industry leader in gaming physics technology. AGEIA's PhysX® software is widely adopted with more than 140 PhysX-based games shipping or in development on Sony Playstation 3, Microsoft XBOX 360, Nintendo Wii, and gaming PCs. AGEIA physics software is pervasive with over 10,000 registered and active users of the PhysX SDK.

Source: NVIDIA

AMD Sharpens Focus On Latest Multimedia Technologies To Create Immersive Mobile Entertainment Experi

Subject: General Tech | February 12, 2008 - 01:17 PM |
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BARCELONA, SPAIN - Feb. 12, 2008 - Today at the GSMA Mobile World
Congress, AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced an expanded portfolio of products
and technologies to enable such popular, media-rich applications as
mobile TV, 3D games and high-fidelity audio, delivering immersive
entertainment to tomorrow's mobile phones and handheld devices.
AMD has enhanced its established line of innovative, open-standard
handheld device technologies with upcoming AMD Imageon processors,
as well as next-generation 3D and vector graphics cores available for
licensing.

Source: AMD

The kids these days get the best toys

Subject: General Tech | February 12, 2008 - 11:40 AM |
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VIA Arena reports on a very neat use for students, the ALMASpace Ground Station which has an EPIA mainboard at it's heart, letting students video conference with the International Space Station.  It also allows data transfer, to upload data that the students want the ISS cameras to focus on and calculate orbital patterns, as well as letting them download the data once it has been collected.  Check out the specs of this learning aid in the full article.

Source: VIA Arena

Can you hear me now?

Subject: General Tech | February 11, 2008 - 01:35 PM |
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The

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Yahoo plays hard to get; looks for a threesome

Subject: General Tech | February 11, 2008 - 12:01 PM |
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Yahoo has decided that it wants Microsoft to show that it truly loves them, by upping their desired price by $9.00 a share, taking the total price per share to $40.00, all told they want about $58 billion.  The Inquirer has quotes as to exactly how Yahoo announced this to their shareholders.  Microsoft has the option to go directly to the shareholders, to try a buyout that way and to perhaps gain extra leverage to finish the deal.  Just in case they press their suit

Source: The Inquirer

PC Perspective forums can help you beat the February blues

Subject: General Tech | February 8, 2008 - 05:35 PM |
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Wireless connections sound very handy, letting you connect a LAN without running wires all over the floors and ceilings and drilling holes, but they can also be an exercise in frustration.  Take the problems in this post, as well as the inventive and useful suggestions to solve those unreliable and slow connection blues. 

Bend it, shape it, anyway you want it

Subject: General Tech | February 8, 2008 - 01:50 PM |
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At last we have something new in the way of input devices.  The mouse may have become more accurate, faster to respond and sprouted various fans and lights, but it is still basically mouse shaped.  Over at MAKE:Blog they have a link to a red dot design award winning concept mouse that is moldable.  Made witha  centre of lightweight modelling clay and covered with nylon and polyurethane blend fabric, this mouse can take almost any shape you want.  Wrists of the world rejoice!.
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Source: MAKE: Blog

Pull the other one, it's got bells on!

Subject: General Tech | February 8, 2008 - 11:58 AM |
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Could the end be nigh?  Is the apocalypse
just around the corner?  Is the bacon soaring high above my plate? 

Could this be the year?

I wonder if they are giving odds in Vegas?

Source: Hexus

Welcome to the club nVIDIA fans

Subject: General Tech | February 8, 2008 - 11:45 AM |
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It's official, 780i is going the same way as the X38.  The Inquirer expects to start seeing 790i boards appearing very soon now, leaving early adopters out in the cold just as Intel's were.  The 790i offers more improvements than the 780i did, but that will be of little comfort to anyone who picked up a 780i board recently.  There will be a lot of sleepless nights for Ryan benchmarking with this almost simultaneous chipset refresh.

Source: The Inquirer

The rumour mill is running at 7

Subject: General Tech | February 7, 2008 - 11:54 AM |
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I don't know if it's disappointment
in Vista or just sheer boredom, but rumours associated with Windows 7 are just flying around.  First we heard it should be out in about a year, even after Microsoft had made several announcements about difficulties with the kernel.  Then we hear that MinWin might or might not be the kernel for Windows 7.  If that wasn't enough, there was a version of Windows 7 posted to a BitTorrent site, and who could have guessed that it wasn't actually true.

Source: The Inquirer

Intel, STMicroelectronics Deliver Industry's First Phase Change Memory Prototypes

Subject: General Tech | February 7, 2008 - 11:41 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif and GENEVA, Feb. 6, 2008 - Intel Corporation and STMicroelectronics reached a key industry milestone today as they began shipping prototype samples of a future product using a new, innovative memory technology called Phase Change Memory (PCM). The prototypes are the first functional silicon to be delivered to customers for evaluation, bringing the technology one step closer to adoption.

Busy weekend for Intel

Subject: General Tech | February 5, 2008 - 11:51 AM |
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While most of us had only one thing on our minds this weekend, Intel was hard at work giving news about some interesting new technologies they are going to introduce.  Tukwila is going to be literally huge, not simply because Itanium is due for an update, but also because it will have 2 billion transistors on a 65nm process chip.  Hexus looks at that news, as well as the upcoming mobile Silverthorne processor.

Source: Hexus

Fun filled Friday aft forum foray 3

Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2008 - 05:43 PM |
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There is a bunch of action in the Overclocking Forum this week, from troubles playing with HT speeds in an AMD system and voltage testing an Opteron 175 to an Intel E8400 that has raised a few questions for one of our memberst to some Corsair Ballistix RAM that just won't behave

Negotiation! Is! Irrelevant! ... You! Will! Be! Assimilated!

Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2008 - 11:55 AM |
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44.6 billion dollars, or $31 a share ... check

A really good reason to buy ... check

Permission from the US and EU ... not so much ... yet ...

Source: The Inquirer

VIA EPIA EK Powers Next Generation Tranax Transactional Kiosk

Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2008 - 11:28 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 31 January 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of embedded silicon and platform technologies, today announced that the VIA EPIA EK1000G Mini-ITX mainboard had been selected by Tranax for its latest TK1000 non-cash dispensing transactional kiosks.

Microsoft and Yahoo! get official

Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2008 - 09:52 AM |
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Want to know today's big news before your friends?  Its the formal announcement of an acquisition ATTEMPT from Microsoft on Yahoo for $44+ billion dollars.

Source: engadget

A second look at a second graphics card

Subject: General Tech | January 31, 2008 - 12:34 PM |
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With a few new driver revisions and a brand new chipset, the 780i, Elite Bastards has revisited SLI performance, this time with a pair of GeForce 8800 GT 512MB cards.  When SLI first started to be introduced, there were many cases where you needed to squint pretty hard to spot a performance between single and dual card rigs.  Now, they are happy to report that the numbers speak for themselves.