Collaborative Spyware

Subject: General Tech | November 1, 2006 - 11:56 AM |
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US Intelligence agencies have a new tool, their own top-secret version of Wikipedia.  Allowing 16 agencies to share information between each other, this could be a major help to investigators.  CNet has some more information on this project, which should be more reliable than it's open submission cousin.

Corsair offering Five Gold Plated DOMINATOR Memory Kits

Subject: General Tech | November 1, 2006 - 11:25 AM |
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Fremont, CA (November 1, 2006) —Corsair®, a worldwide leader in high performance enthusiast computer products, today announced total premium module shipments for calendar year 2006 year-to-date surpassed 1 million units. Corsair premium modules include the award-winning XMS™, XMS PRO™, XMS XPERT™ and the newly released XMS DOMINATOR™ line of products. This explosive growth reinforces Corsair's position as the world's largest performance module maker, and the 8th largest DRAM module manufacturer, according to iSuppli.

It's not just the candy you should be checking tonight

Subject: General Tech | October 31, 2006 - 11:42 AM |
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There is a brand new threat that can disable your Windows Firewall with a malformed packet.  It attacks using ICS, which means you will likely loose your internet connection as well as the firewall.  Slashdot has links to more information.

Source: Slashdot

Making it easy to get your MP3s onto your player

Subject: General Tech | October 30, 2006 - 02:38 PM |
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Best Buy's online music store is similar to iTunes in some ways, but it hasn't received the notice that Apple's site has.  The SanDisk Sansa e280R may change that, as it is to be the iPod for Best Buy's music site.  Drop by I4U to find out more about Best Buy's site, and their MP3 player.

Source: I4U News

A look at AMD-ATI's future

Subject: General Tech | October 30, 2006 - 12:14 PM |
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Overclock3d has posted a bunch of captures from an AMD slide show.  They cover their plans on uniting the GPU and CPU, as well as more info on Torrenza.

Source: Overclock3D

PCPerspective Forums: Feel the heat!

Subject: General Tech | October 27, 2006 - 05:36 PM |
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When you pick up OEM processors, you don't even get the option to use a stock cooler, and have to wade through all the 3rd party choices, which is something our members know about.  It matters even more when you are overclocking a Conroe, or just consulting the Overclocking Bible.  You also want to make sure that the case you use has good airfl

Look Ma! They like me!

Subject: General Tech | October 27, 2006 - 02:46 PM |
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Asustek just broke their record for profit, according to this story on DigiTimes.  The vast majority of the sales were motherboards, as you might suspect, but they have plans to expand their laptop line as well, to make sure they can stay on top.

Source: Digitimes

Steam is building up a head

Subject: General Tech | October 27, 2006 - 12:46 PM |
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Regardless of the initial reaction to Steam, the online game distribution/download service from Valve, it is definitely growing.  Newest is Take-Two interactive, and there have been many game publishers that have joined recently.  Ars Technica takes a look at Steam's success.

Source: Ars Technica

A handy list of ways to pass the day at work

Subject: General Tech | October 27, 2006 - 12:33 PM |
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The Tech Zone has kindly gathered every web video site into a list, to make it easier to spend the entire day watching streaming video.  Everything from viewer created shows to independent films to old TV shows.  It's all out there for you to see.

Gyroscopic mouse

Subject: General Tech | October 26, 2006 - 12:36 PM |
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Well, the motion of your head as you duck and try to peek around corners still doesn't work as a game input, but the e-Dimensional G-Pad Pro being reviewed at Tech ARP may be the next best thing.  For 3rd person shooters and racing/flying games, when you tilt the gamepad, it is translated into movement in the game.  Available for PC and Playstation 2, it ought to be fun try try out a few times.

Source: Tech ARP

That's not a bug, and thanks for the cake

Subject: General Tech | October 26, 2006 - 11:54 AM |
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Mozilla has informed CNET that the 2 issues identified are non-issues.  One has already been patched, and the second didn't include enough code for any exploit to be found.

and according to Slashdot, the IE7 team sent Firefox a cake.

Oracle and Intel to Collaborate on Enterprise Computing

Subject: General Tech | October 26, 2006 - 11:19 AM |
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ORACLE OPENWORLD, SAN FRANCISCO,
Oct. 25, 2006 - Oracle and Intel Corporation today announced a joint
effort
to help accelerate deployment of solutions based on Oracle and
Intel technology. This effort builds on a longstanding enterprise
computing relationship and is expected to deliver a new level of
performance and reliability to customers using Oracle solutions running
on industry-leading Intel® Core® microarchitecture-based Linux servers.

What's cool about Vista & Office 2007; a newegg webcast

Subject: General Tech | October 25, 2006 - 06:47 PM |
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Find out what the next generation Microsoft Windows and Office 2007 can do for you. Learn about
the newest features and understand how you can safely and easily complete everyday tasks; enjoy
the latest in entertainment using the seamless media integration of Media Center, Media Player 11,
and Windows DVD Maker with your photos, video, television and music; check out the latest
Internet Explorer 7; and much more.

Source: newegg

Bully: all talk, or a tough guy?

Subject: General Tech | October 25, 2006 - 12:44 PM |
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Not since a certain movie involving high flying reptiles, has anything generated such a buzz as Rockstar Games Bully.  It's worst enemy has ended up being it's biggest advertiser, and given people something to talk about while guessing at what the game will be like.  Ars Technica heads to the playground to find out what it's like to be a Bully.

Source: Ars Technica

Minor oops on the AMDing the ATI website

Subject: General Tech | October 25, 2006 - 12:08 PM |
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The Inquirer caught an odd error on the newly greened ATI website ... 3 of 4 special computer deals have Core 2 Duo inside them.  While you are checking that out take a look at the newly redesigned ATI website, they've done a good job at not moving the Driver section and other often visited areas.

Source: The Inquirer

AMD COMPLETES ATI ACQUISITION AND CREATES PROCESSING POWERHOUSE

Subject: General Tech | October 25, 2006 - 11:57 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - Oct. 25, 2006 - AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced the
completion of its approximately $5.4 billion acquisition of ATI
Technologies Inc
. Combining the complementary strengths of the two
technology leaders, the new AMD opens for business as a processing
powerhouse committed to driving innovation, choice and growth in the
technology industry.

Source: AMD

Intel Encourages Hi-Tech Industry to Meet New EPA Energy Star(R) Specification

Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2006 - 03:12 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 24, 2006
— Highlighting its leadership and long history of delivering innovative
energy-saving technologies and products, Intel Corporation today
announced its support for the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA)
newly announced ENERGY STAR computer specifications
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HP, Intel and Oracle to Modernize Applications for Legacy Mainframe Customers

Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2006 - 03:02 PM |
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SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 24, 2006 — HP,
Intel Corp. and Oracle* today announced a joint initiative to help
customers increase business agility and performance
, reduce operational
cost, and mitigate risk when moving applications from mainframe systems
to open standards-based server environments.

External Firewire Soundcard?

Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2006 - 02:15 PM |
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Before you scoff, it's made by Behringer who have a good reputation in the audio industry.  They aren't the best of the best, but they are affordable.  The FCA202 allows you to get good quality audio out of a laptop, although it does use the rare 6 pin Firewire to connect.  DriverHeaven gives you some background in audio terminology before moving on to review this external soundcard.

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Firefox 2 this afternoon, tweak guide this morning

Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2006 - 11:56 AM |
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Tweaknews grabbed the 'early' release of Firefox 2.0, and has already published a tweak guideMozilla's response to the early release can be found here, they are asking people to refrain from downloading directly from the ftp site, as it could cause voluntary mirror sites to be not so willing to participate in the future.

So for now, read the Tweak Guide, it's only a few hours 'till the release.

Source: Tweaknews