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Subject: General Tech | August 7, 2009 - 12:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The version of Windows 7 available via TechNet or MSDN subscription is now missing the Release Candidate part of its name, the final code has been spit and polished and sent out the door to make its way in the world. As well, today is the day that volume licensed customers get their hands on Windows 7. They are the first to get their hands on the official version of the software and the first valid keys. Of course, those customers never tend to see a disk, so we still can't see the box art in the flesh, if you are into that type of thing.
Subject: General Tech | August 6, 2009 - 10:57 PM | Ryan Shrout
Okay, so it's not really easy to read, but it is a chart. And actually it gives users looking to break into the world of Windows 7 right away a good idea of what to expect. Basically, if you want to know what TYPE of installation you will be allowed to do with your new copy of Windows 7 based on the version of Windows Vista you have, this is for you:
Subject: General Tech | August 6, 2009 - 12:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The pricing on the new Intel Core i5 has slipped out and hit the news over at The Inquirer. At $232 or $244 on release date, it sits below the i7 920 by a nice $30 and you can expect that price to drop. The LGA1156 motherboards are expected to be a little less expensive than their LGA1366 sisters, which may lead the value conscious AMD fan astray with promises of higher performance. The trouble is that while we do know the price of the Core i5's, we still have no official id
Subject: General Tech | August 5, 2009 - 03:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Creative's new offering for mobile entertainment uses their Zii Plaszma OS to power the Creative Zii EGG. Sporting a touchscreen interface, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth an accelerometer and a potential 64GB storage capacity, half onboard and half in external memory cards, it does a lot more than the Zen ever thought of doing. Capable not only of HD video playback it can output 1080p video to a suitable display. Unfortunately, Hardware Zone seems to imply this incarnation is a proof of co
Subject: General Tech | August 5, 2009 - 12:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Operation Flashpoint ... if you remember it you will either be seeing red and foaming at the mouth with pure hatred, or you will smile and recall those days of no save points; spending 2 hours straight infiltrating an enemy base, destroying convoys and stealing compact cars with which to run people over.
Subject: General Tech | August 5, 2009 - 12:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has linked to the first official version of OpenCL, the programming API that promises to run on just about any modern processor, be it CPU, GPU or DSPs. It is open source and royalty-free and with AMD already fully on board and nVIDIA designing CUDA to play nicely with OpenCL you are likely to see a lot of new programs utilizing it. The GPGPU may become much more of a reality once this standard spreads to those programming for AMD and nVIDIA GPUs. Get on board before the discussion leaves you beh
Subject: General Tech | August 4, 2009 - 01:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ISPs across the globe are working to provide bandwidth to their customers in a way that does not let a small number of heavy users degrade the internet experience of
the remaining users. For the most part, this is done by filtering packets at the application level, occasionally via deep packet inspection, but for the most part at the application level. For instance, Skype and bittorrent clients are often targeted, but you can be sure that HD quality YouTube videos and other media will also start to experience Homer's usual way of disciplining Bart.
The ISP may or ma
Subject: General Tech | August 3, 2009 - 02:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Now that everything is on the web, from your refrigerator connecting via uPnP and printers that can order your ink, it is time for a change in vectors of attack. VoIP phone systems will certainly come up soon, but it is the juicy cellphone with all its open ports that is the current target. Black Hat took a sniff at smart phones, as with what is already out there in the wild, communication can be a little scary. Hack a Day, being the folks that they are,
Subject: General Tech | July 31, 2009 - 11:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Skype has over 480 million accounts and carries roughly 8% of all international communications, but is not a money maker and now has an uncertain future. eBay paid $2.6 billion back in 1995 for most of Skype's technology and has put it down on their books as being worth $1.7 billion, still a hefty sum but also about a $1 billion loss. That is not the worst however, the key lies in their purchase of almost all of the technology that Skype uses, they did not get it all and have been paying a licensing fee to the Skype creators for the usage of that critical piece of technology.
Subject: General Tech | July 30, 2009 - 02:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The little MSI AMD 785GM-E65 is a micro-ATX board with some nice features and a predicted MSRP of well under $100. There were a few corners cut to make the board truly affordable as a basis for an HTPC, such as only a 4+1 phase array instead of MSI's Dr.MOS technology and the use of an SB710 southbridge which does not support RAID5. If you are planning on building an HTPC using RAID5, you are doing it wrong. Check out Josh's preview to see the old school overclocking dipstick that can be found on a motherboard for the first t
Subject: General Tech | July 30, 2009 - 11:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As mentioned earlier this month, the encryption scheme used on the iPhone is about as useful as fishnets for hiding your assets. That pales in comparison to what is going to be released as a proof of concept attack on Thursday. Those pesky security researchers have discovered a way to gain complete control over your iPhone, with just a simple series of 256 SMS messages. Now, when they say complete control, what they mean is that the remote attacker will be able to dial the phone, visit Web sites, turn on the device's camera
Subject: General Tech | July 29, 2009 - 01:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At $50, when you can locate it, the Eagle Arion ET-AR504LR-BK 2.1 Soundstage
is a rather sweet deal. You get a pair of satellites each with dual 3" midrange and 1" tweeters and a 5.25" subwoofer with a peak power of 70W.
These speakers are not going to tax a high end 7.1 sound card, but they are also an order of magnitude cheaper. Overclockers Club gave them a try and strangely rated it lower than the 5.1 receiver and speakers that they usually used, which were most certainly not $50.
Subject: General Tech | July 29, 2009 - 12:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
BALDWIN PARK, CA (July 24, 2009) - CyberPower, Inc. www.cyberpowerpc.com is celebrating the PC-platform release of the highly anticipated fighting game, Street Fighter IV, with a knock out gaming bundle. CyberPower will throw in a free copy of Street Fighter IV for customers purchasing a CyberPower gaming system with Nvidia 200 series graphics cards.
The most storied franchise among arcade fighting games is finally available on PC. Street Fighter IV combines some of the classic elements from previous Street Fighters with realistic 3D backgrounds for a stunning visual experience.
Subject: General Tech | July 29, 2009 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Microsoft and Yahoo have finally stopped anxiously batting eyelashes and brushing against each other when they pass each other in the halls. Unfortunately for the paparazzi, the relationship has not started with a bang, but rather a Bing. Yahoo will now use Bing to provide its search results, but in order to preserve its unsullied status has refused payment from Microsoft for any services rendered. Instead they would like to simply split the bills and write nasty letters to that noisy neighbour upstairs, Google.
Subject: General Tech | July 29, 2009 - 04:00 AM | Josh Walrath
While the current (and only) client of GLOBALFOUNDRIES is AMD, they have finally officially announced their first 3rd party partner for production. STMicroelectronics is choosing GF to be a partner for 40 nm low power devices, which can possibly power future cell phones. This is an exciting development for GF, as many around the industry were not entirely certain they could pull off being a successful foundry. Well, certainly one new client will not bring in billions of dollars of revenue, but it is a beginning. And an important one, considering that GF is still nowhere
Subject: General Tech | July 28, 2009 - 12:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Asustek and Acer are focusing their attentions on the thin end of the mobile market, choosing to not launch any netbooks, instead it is ultra-thin notebooks or CULVs whatever label you wish to give them. The Eee line will expand with 12", 13.3" and 15" models along with 12" and 14" variants that will not have an optical drive. Acer already has 13.3", 14.1" and 15.6" models, it will work on including discreet graphics cards and optical drives in those models and are abandoning the dual boot Windows XP/Android
netbook for the foreseeable future.
Subject: General Tech | July 27, 2009 - 03:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: General Tech | July 27, 2009 - 12:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
One terabyte drives are fairly common now, but they come in 3.5" which is rather unfriendly for mobile users. Western Digital is introducing 1TB 2.5" drives at a premium price. Roughly double the cost of their larger brethren, there still many who will be clamouring for a chance to store 500GB of old unread email on their laptop so that they can complain the mail store runs slowly on their laptop as well as their desktop. Others will be happy to store HD content for playback, without having to use an optical drive and drain their batteries even more quickly.
Subject: General Tech | July 24, 2009 - 07:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Putting together a PC on the cheap is not a hard thing to do in this market, as long as you are not looking to break 3DMark records. For a simple HTPC, there are a $50 graphics cards which will give you enough power to pump out HD content to a TV or monitor. Size really isn't an issue either, though some will spend a little extra for that special box. Once you are up and running, even on an HTPC, as long as you can connect