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Subject: General Tech | March 22, 2007 - 09:01 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Back in the days when Cyrix and Wang were big names, and it was uphill to the store both ways, and snow was up to the tops of street signs, a new chip appeared that made a huge difference. The original Pentium was a huge step up from the past series, and really pushed a lot of power for it's time. Of course, the introduction of a math co-processor was both a good and a bad thing.
Subject: General Tech | March 22, 2007 - 08:35 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AUSTIN, Texas — March 14, 2007 — Bigfoot Networks, Inc., a research and development company, today introduced FN Torrent, a hardware offloaded peer-to-peer file sharing application that allows users to download files with zero impact to CPU utilization. With FN Torrent, gamers have the power to download the torrents they want without impacting their online game play.
Subject: General Tech | March 21, 2007 - 11:18 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 19, 2007 — Intel Corporation announced today that it has released a new implementation guide, developed in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), that helps PC manufacturers and system integrators deliver ENERGY STAR*-qualified PCs based on Intel microprocessors and other system components.
Subject: General Tech | March 21, 2007 - 09:23 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You probably haven't heard of Infernal, created by a company called Metropolis Software. DriverHeaven certainly hadn't before they wrote this review. It is billed as an HD game, and it's screenshots are certainly good looking. It fully supports Vista, as well as Ageia PPUs to give you a very interesting gaming experience as you make your way through the story as a fallen angel. The biggest drawback to the game, apart from it's obscurity, is how short it is. Hopefully this engine will spawn more game
Subject: General Tech | March 21, 2007 - 09:02 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
FPS Creator is an editor that allows you to make your own FPS games, in DX10. The Inquirer gives you an overview of what The Game Creators have added in this beta DX10 upgrade. It is likely to favour nVidia cards, as it has been that graphics company working with them, but not ATI/AMD.
Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2007 - 03:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Graphics cards are evolving quickly. No one company can claim to be king of the hill for long, before a competitor replaces them. The components and slot interface keeps advancing and the newer cards are capable of things earlier generations couldn't have dreamed of.
Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2007 - 08:46 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ExtremeTech wasn't terribly impressed with Bigfoot's Killer NIC. They did notice an improvement over an onboard NIC, but not ~$270 worth. A new model, the Killer K1 is now available, at about $100 cheaper. Read the full review and find out if this less expensive model can beat a free NIC.
Subject: General Tech | March 19, 2007 - 11:10 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At CNET, Madshrimps got a look at the OCZ Actuator, which may be the PC interface of the future. Put down your mouse and toss out the keyboard, this device reads brainwaves, eye movement and facial movement as well. Head over to see how you may be gaming in the future.
Subject: General Tech | March 19, 2007 - 08:20 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ExtremeTech has scoured the net for fixes to some of the interesting behaviour that Vista produces. They offer 5 solutions to problems seen in many forums, and all 5 are easy to implement.
Subject: General Tech | March 16, 2007 - 11:15 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A member of our forums has reached an existential crisis, the problems he has had constructing PCs has lead him to wonder if a prebuilt PC is the answer. Help him out in this thread. In this year the old Intel vs.
Subject: General Tech | March 16, 2007 - 08:07 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Give yourself Wi-Fi ESP with this handy little project that MAKE:Blog has linked to. With a little work with a micro-controller and PIC you can have a small sensor that provides a heartbeat-like signal that gets faster the better the Wi-Fi signal.
Subject: General Tech | March 15, 2007 - 08:05 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CeBit Hannover hasn't started yet, but that hasn't stopped a few sites from sneaking a quick peek at what is going to be happening. VR-Zone got a good look Abit, ASUS and a peek at Bearlake. They didn't stop there though, they also got a good look at what some major memory manufacturers are up to as well.
Subject: General Tech | March 14, 2007 - 11:42 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
According to this story on The Inquirer, Xbox Live is being opened up to be reachable by PCs. Halo 2 will be the initial test of this, and if it works you will have a chance to pit yourself against console only gamers.
Subject: General Tech | March 14, 2007 - 11:32 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 13, 2007 — Innovation was the word of the day as Intel announced the winners of the Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS). The top award, a $100,000 scholarship from the Intel Foundation, went to Mary Masterman, 17, who built an accurate spectrograph that identifies the specific characteristics — or "fingerprints" — of different kinds of molecules. Spectrographs have wide applications in research and industry and can cost as much as $100,000.
Subject: General Tech | March 14, 2007 - 10:11 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has been hard at ... err work ... at the Games Development Conference. Drop by to see what kind of impression a guy in slacks and a shirt makes with the gamers.
Subject: General Tech | March 13, 2007 - 09:00 PM | Ryan Shrout
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Subject: General Tech | March 13, 2007 - 08:05 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
What if Ageia wasn't really trying to make things clow up prettier, but instead had a plot to create high-performance computing with off the shelf parts ... namely their physics card. At the GDC, a company called Codeplay talked about their new auto-parallelizing compiler. It's called Sieve and it is target to run on three different platforms, multicore x86, Ageia's PhysX, and IBM's Cell. Read on to hear the rest of the secrets Ars Technica has discovered, before someone silences them.
VIA Shows How Clean Computing Can Halve Power Use at the Green California Exposition @ VIA Technolog
Subject: General Tech | March 13, 2007 - 07:45 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, March 12, 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, will showcase a range of highly power efficient partner products for enterprise at the Green California Summit and Exposition taking place in Sacramento, California from 13-14 March 2007, booth 1030.
Subject: General Tech | March 12, 2007 - 11:22 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
We at PC Perspective would like to congratulate Jimmy N. from Texas! He is the winner in the PCPerspective and Newegg Win a Wii contest.
Thanks to everyone that participated, and keep your eye out for more contests, like the NCAA Tournament.
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