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Subject: General Tech | January 22, 2008 - 01:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ExtremeTech tried out the iTunes Movie Rental service, and wants you to know how their experience with it went. One of the first things that struck them was a negative, for some reason HD movies cost almost twice as much as a non-HD movie. The experience did improve from there, they found the service easy to use and the quality was good, as you would expect. On the other hand, the movie studios did get to slap some restrictions on just how long you have to watch the video.
Subject: General Tech | January 22, 2008 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
After the stunning release of Vista (at least Microsoft was stunned), there obviously seems to be a need for something to follow it up with. The home adoption of Vista has not been anywhere near as bad as corporate adoption, as many home users either ended up using Vista because it was bundled with the machine they bought, or the occasional gamer buying it to try out DX10. In the world of big business Vista adoption is incredibly slow; although larger companies are always slow to change, Vista simply doesn't seem to attract them at all.
Subject: General Tech | January 22, 2008 - 12:14 AM | Ryan Shrout
We need your help! We have some hardware that needs to be destroyed in a creative yet decisive way, but we can't quite figure out HOW to do it. That's where you come in: drop by the forums and tell me how YOU would like to destroy some PC hardware.
Let's just say we have some frustrations to vent...so get in there and help me!!!
Subject: General Tech | January 21, 2008 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hope you like IE7, because it may be making an appearance on your desktop, whether you like it or not. Through the use of Windows Server Update Services, they will be rolling out an update this Friday. Standalone PC's probably won't see this, it is the corporate world of domain servers that will be receiving the forced update and spreading it to it's client PCs. The update is easily avoided, as WSUS has to be set to auto-approve Update Rollup packages to automatically install and push out the update, and it's default setting is to not auto-approve. If you haven't fully
Subject: General Tech | January 18, 2008 - 06:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are thinking of setting up an HTPC, you can always take UB's advice, or you can go it your own. If you do, you will need a case, and you had better find out what is new in the world of TV Tuner cards and as we've mentioned before, don't go out and buy the $100 a foot cables; ple
Subject: General Tech | January 18, 2008 - 12:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
OCZ's headband, aka the Neural Impulse Actuator, may be the most embarrassing piece of tech to wear that is currently available on the planet. On the other hand, it lets you control your PC with your mind ...
Subject: General Tech | January 18, 2008 - 11:41 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Have you ever played fetch with a really lazy dog who just can't be bothered to bring the stick back, leaving you to do most of the exercise and provide all the entertainment? Well, as OCModShop reports, the SuperFetch feature in Vista is roughly analogous.
SuperFetch loads frequently used applications and pages into a memory cache, in fact it tries to use up as much available memory as possible with this cache. So if you are running a 64bit flavoured OS and have more than 4GB of RAM then that isn't a problem, and the fraction of a second that Photoshop saves in loading up
Subject: General Tech | January 17, 2008 - 05:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Back when the Steve-anator tried releasing Apple TV, and it turned out that there was a unique Intel chip inside, made specifically for Apple? Well, it turns out that even with the failure of Apple TV, Intel was more than happy to custom make a C2D processor that is 60% smaller than any other. See what it looks like over at AnandTech.
Subject: General Tech | January 17, 2008 - 05:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Jan. 17, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today reported fourth quarter 2007 revenue of $1.770 billion, an 8 percent increase compared to the third quarter of 2007 and flat compared to the fourth quarter of 2006. In the fourth quarter of 2007, AMD reported a net loss of $1.772 billion, or $3.06 per share, and an operating loss of $1.678 billion. Fourth quarter net loss included charges of $1.675 billion, or $2.89 per share, of which $1.669 billion were operating charges. The non-cash portion of the fourth quarter charges was $1.606 billion.
Subject: General Tech | January 17, 2008 - 12:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It is taken as a fact that there are thousands of miles of dark fiber in the ground, and that the only time the wiring needs to be updated is the last 10 feet to the house. There is another problem though, as the dark fiber gets turned on, the data passing through the aging routers expands beyond what they were designed to cope with. Ars Technica looks at the current problems; from Moore's Law as it relates to the price of routers, the speed of RAM, and the solution proposed long
Subject: General Tech | January 16, 2008 - 01:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tech Spot tried out the new 1.1 patch for Crysis, with the hope that the performance improvements for SLI/Crossfire rigs would blow them away. As it turns out they barely felt a soft breeze. Check out the benchmarks in their full review.
Subject: General Tech | January 16, 2008 - 11:41 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Yesterday Ryan posted a link to movie of a projector in a very unique and talented casing and whose remote control was no less recognizable. Today, Tech Knowledge follows that clip up with the detailed specs, including
USB ports, a card reader, ports for PS3 and a 3G+ compatible iPod dock, with support to project the video onto a nearby surface in 1024x768 XGA. It also sports 5.1 HC Dolby Digital and a host of other inputs and output formats!
Subject: General Tech | January 15, 2008 - 05:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
* Fourth-Quarter Revenue $10.7 Billion, up 10.5 Percent Year-over-Year
* Gross Margin 58 Percent, up 8.5 Points Year-over-Year
* Operating Income $3 Billion, up 105 Percent Year-over-Year
* Record Microprocessor and Chipset Units and Revenue
* Net Income $2.3 Billion; EPS 38 Cents
Subject: General Tech | January 15, 2008 - 01:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Got a Vista machine,a good set of ears, and a free PCIe x1 slot? If so, the new ASUS Xonar D2X is for you, otherwise go with Auzentech's X-Fi Prelude, which fits in the tried and true PCI slot. Either way, you can avoid the hardware acceleration issues with Direct Sound caused by Vista's Universal Audio Architecture. The two cards ha
Subject: General Tech | January 15, 2008 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The acceleration of certain tech companies is getting a little silly, especially this last few months. nVIDIA kicked it off by obsoleting some of their own cards, I suppose because AMD/ATI didn't look like they would be offering competition. The new and improved 8800 GTS as well as the 8800 GT have annoyed more than a few people who bought one of the 640MB versions, as well as vendors. The owners have seen their stock of original GTS's sit on their shelves because only the un
Subject: General Tech | January 15, 2008 - 11:37 AM | Ryan Shrout
This is something you really have to see: an R2-D2 HD projector with matching Millenium Falcon remote control. No, seriously. A new site from some people we know, tkArena, has the beef:
Subject: General Tech | January 11, 2008 - 05:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Earlier this week, a way to infect a PC using the Master Boot Record was reported on, which has got a few of our members wondering if there is a way to prevent that from happening, along with easy to follow instructions on how to fix it after you have been infected. Any ideas out there on preventative measures?
Subject: General Tech | January 11, 2008 - 02:19 PM | Ryan Shrout
One of the rumors circulating in the post-CES discussion is about Microsoft looking at purchasing peripheral maker Logitech. At one point these two companies were #1 and #2 in the world for keyboards and mice and the combination of the two could make for some interesting innovations.
Subject: General Tech | January 11, 2008 - 01:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Already dropped $10,000 on a maxed out Alienware gaming rig, and have several 30" monitors set up as multiple displays? Having trouble figuring out what the next purchase should be to ensure your bragging rights? Check out the Optimus Maximus keyboard, at around $1,500 you be almost guaranteed to be the only one who has one in your neighbourhood once it becomes available in about a month. Just why is it so expensive? Chec