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

The cost of onboard sound

Subject: General Tech | June 6, 2007 - 01:31 PM |
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With so many new chipsets including digital 5.1 sound support, buying a sound card is something that price conscious users are skipping out on.  The Inquirer sat dow to figure out how much of an effect doing do would have on gaming, not so much the sound quality as the CPU usage.  As it turns out even with the CPU technology of today, there is a significant impact.  They also point out that leaving onboard sound off of the motherboard will free up more space, something that is quickly becoming a problem.

Source: The Inquirer

Vista or drivers, who is to blame?

Subject: General Tech | June 6, 2007 - 11:41 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP's comparison of the frame rates that Vista provides versus XP has had some criticism recently.  What is being mentioned is that they only test nVIDIA cards, and not a single ATI card.  Today they rectify that, adding a ATI X1950XTX into the mix, and revisiting some of the nVIDIA scores as well.  The tests provide some interesting evidence as to where the fault of performance gap lies.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

New Intel Products Simplify and Speed Software Development for Multi-Core Processors

Subject: General Tech | June 5, 2007 - 02:45 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 5, 2007 - Intel Corporation today announced the availability of two software products that help developers efficiently create more reliable, high-performing applications that speed up a computer's responsiveness.

Source: InsaneTek

First they tried Vista, then Linux, now it's OSX's turn

Subject: General Tech | June 5, 2007 - 12:33 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP is getting a very broad view of OSes this year.  They've tried the new Microsoft OS, and Ubuntu 7.04, and now they give OSX a try.  They give the OS a full workout, to see if the security benefits that regular users tout are really there, how productivity software work, the windows emulator and even go looking for freeware to install on it.  If you've ever wondered what using a Mac was like, but were afraid your PC loving friends would laugh at you, now you can find out.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

AMD LIVE! Home Cinema Brings Home Stunning Digital Entertainment

Subject: General Tech | June 5, 2007 - 11:31 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - June 5, 2007 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced availability of the AMD LIVE! Home Cinema, a state-of-the-art home entertainment system with built-in audio amplification that leverages the performance of a PC. The AMD LIVE!

Source: AMD

Pump up your posts per day stat

Subject: General Tech | June 1, 2007 - 06:27 PM |
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This week has seen an update to Firefox, as well as some warnings about vulnerabilities that exist when you update certain extensions.  Do you have faith in the security of Firefox, or does the list of vulnerabilities have you worried

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A glimpse into the world of BioShock

Subject: General Tech | June 1, 2007 - 12:13 PM |
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From the same minds that brought you System Shock 1 & 2, comes BioShock.  Not a sequel or prequel, but still having the same type of atmosphere as the first two, this time you find yourself trapped in a bathysphere that was supposedly uninhabited.  Watch the streaming video on Wired for a look at what you will find living beneath the waters.

Source: Wired News

The microsoft touch

Subject: General Tech | June 1, 2007 - 11:52 AM |
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Microsoft's Milan is a powerful PC running Vista, with a monitor bearing several IR cameras and a good motion tracking system.  It is claimed to be quite durable, so hopefully the screen doesn't need to be replaced often from too many fingers poking at it.  Read on at PC Mechanic about this new way to interface with your PC, that you may soon see in a lot of businesses.

Source: PC Mechanic