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Subject: General Tech | May 19, 2009 - 12:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Global Foundries is one of the biggest stories in tech right now and not just because of the licensing lawsuit. This new fab company that Ryan visited in northern New York state has a jump on the next process transition and a lot of contracts coming in. Josh fleshed out the overview late last week with his in depth article here. He explains just why this new company has received such a
warm welcome in what is usually a very tight knit industry. They have the backing of one of the richest plac
Subject: General Tech | May 15, 2009 - 05:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A Net connection has become a necessity
for a lot of people, even if it is a basic feed via a cell phone. There are many threads in the PC Perspective forums that deal with dodgy network cable, broken NICs, both driver and software issues all in an attempt to ensure that our forum members can keep their Net connection healthy. One piece of hardware has been neglected in comparison; how do you go about fixing the actual modem?&
Subject: General Tech | May 15, 2009 - 04:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Nothing makes hardware fetishists madly speculate about new technology than a fuzzy picture like this one. As we discussed on this weeks PCPer Podcast, there appears to be appears to be 32 cores paired with 32 vector processing units although it is hard to be exact. That the picture isn't clear is not the only problem, new architecture can bring significant changes to the structures on the die and the only tools we have are to compare them to previous generations, like the P2 tha
Subject: General Tech | May 14, 2009 - 11:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Much speculation has been made about how AMD's recently spun off manufacturing capability can manage to compete with such long standing and very large manufacturers like TSMC. We've speculated that innovations like Advanced Process Management as well as process shrinkage, but it looks like they have other shoes in the fire. They've poached a senior director from TSMC and a past VP from one of their major clients, Altera. DigiTimes also feels they have
Subject: General Tech | May 13, 2009 - 12:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When Dawn of War II first came out, we heard all about the new take on RTS that it provided, along with the inclusion of Boss battles. We saw a lot of performance data on the game, with most of the cards that were current at the time being tested. Since then, both AMD and nVIDIA have been churning out cards at an incredible pace, with a new generation of cards having never seen a benchmark of DoW II performance.
Subject: General Tech | May 13, 2009 - 12:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Against all advice, be it legal, political or otherwise, France has decided to implement it's 3-strikes law against copyright infringers.
Call it "Creation et Internet," or "Loi Olivennes" or HADOPI, this law makes it punishable to not 'secure your internet connection', for public WiFi operators to allow access only to a "white list" of acceptable sites and don't even mention file sharing. The third strike, after an email and registered letter is the disconnection of your ISP account for 3 months to a year, to let you have time to think about how horrible you have been.
Subject: General Tech | May 13, 2009 - 11:27 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 13, 2009 - Paul Otellini, Intel Corporation president and CEO today issued the following statement regarding the European Commission decision on Intel's business practices:
"Intel takes strong exception to this decision. We believe the decision is wrong and ignores the reality of a highly competitive microprocessor marketplace – characterized by constant innovation, improved product performance and lower prices. There has been absolutely zero harm to consumers. Intel will appeal."
Subject: General Tech | May 12, 2009 - 06:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Picking up a high end gaming mouse for your office PC might be amusing, but it really isn't necessary. Likewise, picking up an incredibly fancy wireless keyboard to run your HTPC is not ideal either. I-ROCKS RF-6572A 2.4GHz wireless keyboard and mouse are a much wiser choice. Solid wireless performance with enough channels to ensure you encounter no interference and a nice neat design are this combos qualities. The mouse has five buttons, you won't be forced to give
Subject: General Tech | May 12, 2009 - 03:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For the second half of 2009, Intel will be refreshing their mobile lineup from the top to the bottom. At the high end are the 14" to 18.4" Calpella notebooks, which will retail at about $1,200. They will also be introducing ultra thin CULVs, which will be 12" to 13"at retail between $699 to $1,10. There will also be two Atom based netbooks, an 8.9" N270 and 945GSE for about $256 and the 10" N270 with 945GSE chipset. If you don't want an Atom powered netbook, there will be a Pineview based CPU + Tiger Point chipset
for somewhere between $399 to $599.
Subject: General Tech | May 11, 2009 - 01:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For gaming, the Sennheiser PC-350 is a great set of headphones, but for music it is not your best choice. They are designed to be mobile, folding up into a small enough size that they can be tossed in a laptop bag. DriverHeaven really liked the performance while being shelled in CoD 4 and found that the surround sound was good enough to determine enemy positions by audio cues. When listening to music, the poor bass performance stands out
Subject: General Tech | May 11, 2009 - 12:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
From the short video of game play, the long wait for Duke Nukem might have almost been worth it. Along with a rather impressive use of the Unreal Engine and lighting to create a very nice looking world is some heavy scripting. A lot of the eulogy contains both enemies and Duke performing some rather intricate scripted movements along with the game play shots. It is hard to say just how well the game would have worked with jumping pig men, but hopefully someone will get their hands on the code, however unlikely that is.
Subject: General Tech | May 8, 2009 - 06:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A while back Ryan experimented with a powerline ethernet adaptor from Linksys, and found it to be quite easy to use and effective, as long as you knew which circuits were which in your house. Since that time there really hasn't been any forum members who have picked up a kit to try for themselves, though some have expressed an interest. If anyone has tried this type of network, drop by this forum post to let us know how well it worked for you<
Subject: General Tech | May 8, 2009 - 03:56 PM | Ryan Shrout
This is definitely good news for the tech industry as a whole - both TSMC and UMC, Taiwan's most prominent fabrication facility for silicon wafers, are both seeing increases in monthly revenue month-to-month and better year-to-year re
Subject: General Tech | May 8, 2009 - 12:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Over at Hack a Day you will find the coolest thing you will see all day, unless you somehow manage to have an absolutely incredible day and top it. It is a hand portable coil gun which can fire 42g rounds with about 18 joules or 13.3 foot pounds worth of energy. An average 9mm round delivers just over 300 foot pounds or about 400 joules and weighs around 9g, so while the sheer energy is much lower, the weight is a good deal more. As for the lightbulb at the front, it works as a charging resisto
Subject: General Tech | May 7, 2009 - 11:44 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
3D Realms have guaranteed themselves a place in the history books for having told a joke so long they died before they could get to the punchline. It all started just bit over a decade ago, on April 28, 1997, and along the way we have seen many false climaxes, which brought our hopes up that this time they really truly would tell the punchline, but each time we were disappointed. 3D Realms wasn't alone in this titanic effort, they had help from people like Take Two and GoD to give us confidence when our attention started to wane, but alas they were in on it from the beginning; they
Subject: General Tech | May 6, 2009 - 12:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
About 20 years ago, the big hit for the year was Activision's Death Track, featuring three cars and a lot of explosions. There was the fast Hellcat, an armed Crusher and heavily armoured Pitbull to start the game with and a ton of upgrades for engines, armour, brakes and most importantly heavy ordinance. Many many hours were spent circling a track and destroying all competition. For those of us with fond memories of those hours, the hope of a sequel or remake has dwindled over the years, but s
Subject: General Tech | May 6, 2009 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tom Sonderman, Global Foundries new VP of Manufacturing Systems and Technology talks about Automated Precision Manufacturing over at The Inquirer. This is the tool that they feel will give Global Foundries an advantage over TSMC and Intel, as TSMC does not have the technology and he feels that Intel makes much less use of it than GF will. The basic idea behind APM is that it allows the manufacturer to monitor the wafers as they are produced and make tiny changes to allow for b
Subject: General Tech | May 5, 2009 - 06:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are looking for a mouse or keyboard, the amount of choice you have shares a lot with the cereal aisle in teh supermarket, with your average gamer being a sugar addicted 8 year old. Consider a new board on the market, the
Razer Arctosa Gaming Keyboard. It keeps the standard keyboard layout, something that many other gaming keyboards like to play with, instead focusing on design and macro programming.
Subject: General Tech | May 5, 2009 - 02:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Bandwidth caps are a big issue for anyone spending a goodly amount of time on the Internet, especially if they are a fan of streaming media or open source projects. ISPs have long maintained that it is necessary in order to provide good service to all customers and that it is just plain expensive to provide; not that this has stopped a slow increase in caps as the ISPs try to attract customers from other providers. Ars Technica looked into the profit marg