Sneaky Windows Update update foiling repair installs

Subject: General Tech | September 27, 2007 - 12:53 PM |
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It turns out that the sneaky update to Windows Update that we heard a lot of news about  two weeks ago is starting to cause a little havok.

Source: Slashdot

The sound of Gigabyte

Subject: General Tech | September 26, 2007 - 01:35 PM |
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Gigabyte continues to diversify their product lines, this time with 2.0 and 2.1 speakers.  InsideHW tries these speakers out and finds that while it is a good first try, the established competition does a better job.  Still it is good to see the company is still willing to try new products, and if they choose to produce a second generation they may get all the kinks out.

Source: InsideHW

Quick! Everyone panic and run around in circles!

Subject: General Tech | September 26, 2007 - 11:45 AM |
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You may have run into headlines or random forum posts this morning claiming that the "New Firefox gives all your browsing history to Google".  Many seem to quickly say that it steals all your website information and sells for fun and profit ... but don't even get into what is really happening. 

Source: The Inquirer

That game, with that guy in armour came out early this morning

Subject: General Tech | September 25, 2007 - 12:19 PM |
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Love the series or hate it, you will be seeing a lot of press about the final installment of the game that made the Xbox what it is today.  Halo 3 is out, though you may have trouble finding it on the shelves, as Microsoft's hype machine worked perfectly again, and people lined up for hours to get the game at it's midnight release.  Ars Technica can give you a look at what this new sequel offers to dedicated Halo fans, without giving away the plot or any secrets while they ar

Source: Ars Technica

Send Excel 07 back for remedial math classes

Subject: General Tech | September 25, 2007 - 11:59 AM |
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It looks like the new Excel 2007 has some problems (apart from it's ribbon fetish).  It looks like the number 65,535 causes some interesting behaviour, and it's maths skills take a turn for the bizarre.  Excel has had a history of troubles around that spot, including it's belief that no spreadsheet should ever have more than 65,536 rows.  Read more examples of this issue by following the link on Slashdot.

Source: Slashdot

Logitech's G series spreads to keyboards

Subject: General Tech | September 24, 2007 - 05:06 PM |
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The G15 from Logitech is a gaming keyboard with a lot of multipurpose buttons and even a display.  Instead of trimming down the features like Ideazon and others, Logitech opted to add features to a full sized keyboard.  From the blue LED, to disabling the Windows key while gaming, there is a lot of nice touches.  The most powerful feature is it's ability to record macros on the fly and program the LCD screen to display a wide variety of information.  Read on at motherboards.org to see this ke

Distro decision

Subject: General Tech | September 24, 2007 - 01:27 PM |
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When first taking the plunge into Linux, the sheer amount of distros available can be overwhelming.  Instead of backing off and postponing the leap again, check out PC Mechanic.  The author picked a distro after trying out several, and you can learn from his steps ... if you are looking for the same things in Linux that he was.

Source: PC Mechanic

Akella Announces PT boats: Knights of the Sea DX10 benchmark

Subject: General Tech | September 24, 2007 - 12:05 PM |
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Akella presents the DX10 tech demo-benchmark of the upcoming naval action sim PT Boats: Knights of the Sea.

The final game will support both DX10 and DX9, but this demo is a demonstration of what the final game will look like in DirectX 10. The demo features all the visual effects and some of the highly detailed models that will be available in the game.

The main DX10 graphics features of PT boats: Knights of the Sea tech demo-benchmark:

Source: Email

Weekend projects from the forums

Subject: General Tech | September 21, 2007 - 05:52 PM |
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Think that you know it all when it comes to protecting your PC and keeping your browser secure?  Test your knowledge through the link in this thread, and see how your score stacks up against other PCPer members.  If you are more interested in the hardware side of things, then weigh in on what you think about AMD's 3-core plans, or your opinion on quad core processors, and if they are worth the premium

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More on Intel's exhibitionist display

Subject: General Tech | September 20, 2007 - 12:47 PM |
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With the keynote speech over, a lot of the pomp and circumstance surrounding the IDF has faded, but that doesn't mean the news is over.  AnandTech has a chance for a close-up look at a robot car, new laptops and WiMAX as well as wireless power.  You can also get more details on yesterdays Silverthorne and Menlow news.

Source: AnandTech

A whole lotta folding going on

Subject: General Tech | September 20, 2007 - 12:20 PM |
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Folding@Home has a lot to thank Sony for.  Thanks in part to the PS3 being able to participate, F@H has reached 1 PetaFLOP of computational power.  The entire BOINC project has about half that, at 559.444 TeraFLOPS.  Wired has a bit more on just how much power that represents.

Congratulations to Folders everywhere; especially the ones Folding for PC Perspective.

Source: Wired News

Intel to Combine Wimax and Variety of Mobile Devices to Shape Future Wireless Broadband Internet Wor

Subject: General Tech | September 19, 2007 - 06:40 PM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, Sept. 19, 2007 - Intel Corporation executives today promised that the pending rollout of WiMAX, ongoing innovation to its popular Intel Centrino Duo processor technology for laptop products and a new category of Internet-connected devices will usher in a new era of reliable broadband-connected wireless computing starting next year.

Playing with the phoneless iPhone

Subject: General Tech | September 19, 2007 - 05:25 PM |
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The iPod touch sports all the cool stuff introduced with the iPhone, barring the cellular service.  The Hardware Zone gave it a good tryout and published their results.  It holds 16GB of data, which seems to be the only drawback to the 8mm thickness of the iPod Touch.  See what tricks they managed to get this new iPod to do in the limited time they were allowed to test it.

Crytek creates more questions than answers

Subject: General Tech | September 19, 2007 - 02:36 PM |
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The Inquirer has managed to get Crytek to talk about the differences between the DX9 and 10 versions of Crysis, and they have left more questions than answers in their wake.  Physics will not be supported for DX9 gamers in multiplayer, but we don't know what that will mean for the single player game.  Will there be segregated maps, or will DX10 gamers get advantages over the DX9 people they are playing against?

Source: The Inquirer

Techie Road Trip to China

Subject: General Tech | September 18, 2007 - 11:53 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP had a chance to check out MSI's new production facility in Shanghai.  Get a sneak peek at the new laptops for 2008 and a glance at the production of motherboards and laptops.  This is only day one, so keep an eye out for the rest of the tour.  And stuffy stuff!!!

Source: [H]ard|OCP

AMD Adds Multi-Core Triple Threat to Desktop Roadmap

Subject: General Tech | September 18, 2007 - 11:10 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- September 17, 2007 --Delivering a multi-core triple threat, AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the addition of AMD Phenom triple-core processors to its desktop roadmap. AMD Phenom triple-core processors, expected to be the world's first PC processors to integrate three computational cores on a single die of silicon, can help deliver the visual experience, performance and multitasking capabilities of true multi-core technology to a broader audience.

Source: AMD

Look ma, one hand!

Subject: General Tech | September 17, 2007 - 12:17 PM |
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The Frogpad Bluetooth one-handed keyboard offers a unique way to still have a keyboard when space or weight is an issue, and it comes in both left and right handed models.  Although it could be used for gaming, the purpose built keypads are more efficient, Pro-clockers found it much more useful with a Bluetooth enabled cellphone or a Blackberry.

1.3 terabytes of open driver specs

Subject: General Tech | September 17, 2007 - 12:05 PM |
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That's a serious amount of downloading, but it would appear that when AMD's open specs were posted to X.Org's server it was downloaded over 70,000 times.  This means two things, there are a lot of people working on the associated projects to get ATI's cards working on Linux, and that there will be a lot of Linux geeks phoning in sick today.  Phoronix's story also takes a look at Revenge, a reverse engineering program.

Source: Phoronix

Intel To Acquire Havok

Subject: General Tech | September 17, 2007 - 11:46 AM |
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It looks like Intel has skipped out on graphics cards altogether with the purchase of Havok. They've added a Physics Processing Unit to their lineup, which may pay off serious dividends once the GPGPU starts to hit the market.