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Subject: General Tech | June 1, 2009 - 12:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The 3 application limit that has been a part of Starter versions of Windows has been confirmed to have been dropped for Windows 7, as we expected from last weeks rumour. Even more interesting is the fact that you will actually see netbooks running the Starter Edition as Microsoft plans on releasing it to the world at large as opposed to just certain markets. It won't be a perfectly replacement for the full version however, many features like DVD Playback are not enabled.
Subject: General Tech | June 1, 2009 - 11:24 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Lake Forest, IL - (June 1, 2009) - BFG Technologies, Inc., the leading North American and European supplier of advanced NVIDIA-based 3D graphics cards, power supplies, and the Phobos High-Performance Gaming/Home Theater System, announced today the BFG 100 Day Power Supply Trade Up Program. The program is designed to give BFG customers a one time opportunity to exchange their current BFG power supply within 100 days of the original date of purchase for an upgraded model and only pay the difference in price, plus applicable shipping and taxes.
Subject: General Tech | May 29, 2009 - 06:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP may have started this particular trend but it takes a PC Perspective Forum member to test CPUs to destruction to determine what other common household items work best.
Subject: General Tech | May 29, 2009 - 12:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Available in yellow, red or white gold with white or black trim and with 59 diamonds in either a flower pattern or a scattered pattern, this Swiss made mouse is really something else. So what if it only has an 800dpi resolution and a total of three buttons, at over $20,000 it's the most expensive mouse on the planet!
Subject: General Tech | May 29, 2009 - 11:42 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HDMI cables are getting even more fun to identify with the advent of the 1.4 revision. Five different types will now exist for various applications, for instance the High Speed version will support up to 3840x2160 @ 24Hz/25Hz/30Hz or 4096x2160 @ 24Hz and will support 3D applications. Another interesting version has the ability to pass data over a network connection at up to 100MB making transfers of data or browsing much easier. For more information head straight to the source, HDMI.org.
Subject: General Tech | May 28, 2009 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
We have all heard great things about in ear headphones, and how the sound quality and noise isolation are worth every penny it costs you to get a hold of them. Of course, they work better if the rubber nub that heads into your ear canal is custom fitted, and being able to pick your own colours and styles is nice as well. The drawback is that it will cost you several hundred dollars to try them out. techPowerUp has a review of some less expensive in-ear headphones which might make trying out t
Subject: General Tech | May 27, 2009 - 01:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The brilliant white finish on this Sparkle GTX260 isn't the most unique thing on this card, it is the 216 shader processors, 24 more than a standard GTX260 that stands out. The heat management isn't anything to laugh at, PC Stats hit a rather impressive overclock, reaching 682MHz core and 1221MHz memory. It doesn't qui
Subject: General Tech | May 27, 2009 - 11:43 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Users of some versions of Windows Vista and Server 2008 can grab Service Pack 2 from TechNet or Windows update if they are so inclined. It is not an automatic update, so you won't have to worry about it sneaking onto your system if you would like to wait to see how stable the update is, but expect to see it there on June 30th. About 800 fixes are rolled up into this service pack, from virtualization
improvements, to networking changes to native Blu-Ray recording, there is a lot to look forward to.
Subject: General Tech | May 26, 2009 - 12:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
JMicron might just become the most beloved storage controller company on the planet if Daily Tech is right. This may seem a little odd as the rushed out JMF602 and JMF602B have been destroying the random write performance of cheaper SSDs. Some companies figured out a fix, SSDs like OCZ's Apex and G.Skill's Titan
depend on two controllers and a RAID chip to deal with the performance problems without raising prices into the land of the Intel X25-M. The next generation of SSD will use a new type o
Subject: General Tech | May 26, 2009 - 11:43 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
nVIDIA's Tesla card hasn't been in the news lately, once the initial buzz from its release wore off it faded into the background. Transtec may reverse that with their CUDA supercomputers, built off of the Tesla cards. One model offers 4 teraflops of computing power for all your mainframe level needs. This is a big score for nVIDIA, as up until now there have been few companies willing to build using the new GPU based machines and the power that nVIDIA bragged about was only being used for their own PR.
Subject: General Tech | May 22, 2009 - 11:22 PM | Ryan Shrout
Windows licensing has always been a complicated topic, but never more so than with the new "netbook" market of PCs. Once Microsoft finally got the hint and offered a version of Windows XP for netbooks (cleverly known as Windows XP for Ultra Low Cost PCs - ULCPC) they decided they needed to put some hardware restrictions on this license so OEMs wouldn't take the low-cost software to higher cost PCs. My guess is that most of you didn't even know that such an arrangement existed at all; not something they really advertise.
Subject: General Tech | May 22, 2009 - 06:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Buying a pre-built system can be wonderful for someone who wants something to work out of the box, and that comes with a magic 'make it work again' disk. The parts are all tested and confirmed to work together, the BIOS and driver setup are done for you and it means you can get to use your new PC within minutes, not hours of purchase. On the flop side, when you outgrow the system and want a better one, you have to either buy an entire new PC or jump through quite a bit of hoops to figure out how to upgrade a box that was designed to prevent upgrades.
Subject: General Tech | May 22, 2009 - 11:37 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sometime in Q3 2009 we will start to see 45nm parts rolling out for AMD desktop lineup to compliment the Phenom II server series. You don't have to wait until fall to get excited though, before the trees start to shed their leaves there will be the better part of 20 chips arriving. A good half of those are low power Phenom IIs and and Athlon, the remainder are spread between dual, triple and quad core Phenom IIs and a similar spread of Athlons. DigiTimes also mentions that three quad-core Lynnfield CP
Subject: General Tech | May 21, 2009 - 12:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
RAM companies building PSUs, motherboard companies making coolers, CPU makers building graphics cards, storage companies making mice and now Gigabyte has thrown themselves into the keyboard market. They have quite a selection to their name; the one Bjorn3D chose to focus on was the GK-K6800 Luxury
Multimedia Keyboard. The glossy finish, stylish lines and extra media buttons are all present as you would expect on a high en
Subject: General Tech | May 21, 2009 - 12:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Bigfoot Networks is back with the second incarnation of the Killer NIC, this time calling its self the Killer Xeno Pro and selling for ~$140. It's a PCIe card sporting a 400MHz processor and has 128MB of RAM, all improvements over the original; meanwhile its main competitor, the onboard NIC, hasn't changed that much and is still essentially free. ExtremeTech put it up against the onboard NIC on an ASUS Rampage
Subject: General Tech | May 21, 2009 - 11:10 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, May 21, 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced that it will be showing examples of its customized security solution service at Computex 2009, helping customers to employ a comprehensive and effective security infrastructure in all segments.
VIA Nano, VIA C7 and VIA Eden processor platforms are the only processors that currently offer a built-in Advanced Cryptographic Engine.
Subject: General Tech | May 20, 2009 - 12:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you haven't spotted it yet, there is a 9 minute preview of BioShock 2 at IGN. Watching it confirms that you do indeed play a Big Daddy, the original prototype that could use plasmids. Your relationship with the Little Sisters has some similarity with the first game, but with a rather interesting twist apart from the basic binary decision. Splicers aren't quite the challenge they were in the first game, but don't worry; there is a Big Sister out there i
Subject: General Tech | May 20, 2009 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TweakTown had a peek at engineering samples of DFI's UT P55-T3eH8 and DK P55-T3eH6 boards, both running off of the Intel P55 Express chipset. These boards will support the soon to be released LGA-1156 Core i5 quad-core Lynnfield processors, as well as the Havendale family which will have an on-die GPU. Don't hold your breath for the Havendale processors, according to this article they will be delayed until the beginning of 2010 because Intel is shifting them to 32nm.
Subject: General Tech | May 19, 2009 - 02:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When you pick up a higher end headset and mic combo, it tends to be based on a USB connection. Not only is it handy to have one single plug to find, the USB connection usually allows the use of that headset without having to install any drivers. Unfortunately some rigs have problems with audio over USB, and an older style TRS plugs are the way to go. While the Saitek GH30 Vibration Headset doesn't have a high end microphone, it will give you s