What's the packet loss to Mars like today?

Subject: General Tech | February 22, 2007 - 09:32 AM |
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Vint Cerf wants to make sure you can get email from the red planet.  We have gone from the 1970's data uplink of 16 kbps to 2004's uplink of 256 kbs.  Although we can't get rid of the 20 minute delay, having a more reliable connection will help any future Mars Rover type missions.

No word on when the Barsoomian 419 scams will start coming
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Source: Slashdot

NewEgg joins forces with PCPerspective to give you more.

Subject: General Tech | February 22, 2007 - 09:09 AM |
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You might want to take notice of a new forum member ... Newegg Deals.  If you keep your eye on this thread here, you will see some very nice deals appearing.  For example right now you can get an Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz 4M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor for $314.00 + Free Shipping.

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Rock and Roll never dies

Subject: General Tech | February 21, 2007 - 03:14 PM |
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Join Digital Trends for a look back at some of the musicians and formats they grew up with and loved, and a serious problem that is infecting the musical universe.  Compression kills dynamic range.  In order to get music to listeners in what is essentially a LoFi format, one of the most powerful ways to evoke emotion is being removed.  Ask your self when the last time you listened to an MP3 at a full 192bps.

General Purpose verus the specialist

Subject: General Tech | February 21, 2007 - 09:17 AM |
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Ars Techncia has assembled an article on what certain analysts believe to be the most likely Google killer.  The idea is to have specialized search engines, not try to compete with Google's mastery over generalized searches.  Some will focus on providing information on local products or services, although Google Maps may well win in that category.  There are also vertical searches which focus on a specific topic and search in a specific set of database

Source: Ars Technica

Intel Technology Allows Nurses to Spend More Time with Patients

Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2007 - 03:20 PM |
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SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 20, 2007 - Intel Corporation today announced the mobile clinical assistant (MCA) is ready to enable nurses to spend more time with patients, do their jobs on the move while remaining connected, and manage the administration of medications. Motion Computing's C5 is the first product based on Intel's MCA platform and has earned support from clinicians and nurses participating in pilot studies around the world.

What happens in Vegas ...

Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2007 - 02:48 PM |
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Join [H]ard|OCP on a tour of the underside of Los Vegas in the new Rainbow Six Vegas on XBox360, PS3 and PSP.  They found a texture problem similar to the one discovered in Gears of War, where some textures would take upwards of 30 seconds to be drawn in when first loading a level, but the gameplay more than made up for the inconvenience.  This seems to be a worthy addition to any Rainbow 6 fan's collection.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

When is a mouse not a mouse?

Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2007 - 11:32 AM |
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When it's a Trackbar Emotion.  ExtremeTech reviews this device designed to reduce RSI and carpal.  It sits on the bottom of your keyboard, much like a wrist rest, with the trackbar, and below the track bar is four buttons, and a clickable scroll wheel.  This won't help your gaming performance directly, but if you spend all day working at a computer and then go home to play, this little device may help your wrists feel better at 6pm when you are getting to the important stuff.

And you thought Blackberry users were dangerous

Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2007 - 09:44 AM |
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The Inquirer has linked to a story on some new VR glasses, or in this case a visor.  They don't look to have a way to let you see through the projection to what is going on around you, both a good and a bad thing.

"Icuiti's VR920, which won the 2007 CES "innovations award", creates a feeling of watching a 62-inch screen from nine feet away.

The picture displays in 640x480 and it comes with a built in microphone and head tracker."

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

Source: The Inquirer

PC Perspective & Newegg want you to win a Wii

Subject: General Tech | February 19, 2007 - 12:12 PM |
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Head right here and enter to win a Wii! 

Here's the legalize to translate ...

Mommy, where do hard drives go when they die?

Subject: General Tech | February 19, 2007 - 09:17 AM |
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The Tech Report has linked to a .pdf article on the failure rate of hard drives.  Not many independent studies have been done, so it is hard to say how accurate manufacturers MTBF stats are.  Google ought to know as they use an enormous amount of HDDs and they are constantly running, and they are the ones who did the research.

The front page is nice, but the forums are so much better

Subject: General Tech | February 16, 2007 - 03:09 PM |
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If you are still looking for info on Vista one of our members has compiled a list of links that should cover almost any question you might come up with, so go visit Ezzo's Vista thread, and don't forget to thank him.  That doesn't mean we have given up on older OSes and we won't, because we know so many tips and tricks we would hate to see them disappear (well except for ME).  If you have troubles getting a CD ROM to work under Win2K, then read through here.&nbs

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Gears of War on the PC

Subject: General Tech | February 16, 2007 - 10:10 AM |
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According to this article on HEXUS, Gears of War may make it to the PC ... when enough people have the hardware to run it.  Of course, they neglect to mention what kind of system will be needed to play Gears on the PC, but somehow the idea that a 3GHz machine with 4GBs of RAM and dual 8800GTXs can't match the performance of a console seems unlikely.

Source: Hexus

EPIA turns 5

Subject: General Tech | February 16, 2007 - 09:43 AM |
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When VIA first introduced the EPIA they ran a little slower than most desktops, but not to the point of being crippled.  It's hard to know if they realized the response they would get from the modding community, but it has been huge!  If you aren't fully aware of what people are doing, just check out VIA Arena's current mod contest.

Source: VIA Arena

This keyboard goes to 11

Subject: General Tech | February 15, 2007 - 02:35 PM |
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Drop by Digital Trends for a look at the high end of Logitech keyboards, the DiNovo Edge.  Made of a Plexiglass composite and 11mm thick, it will stand up to a lot of abuse without needing to be built like a tank, or needing a cord since it uses Bluetooth.  The trackpad is certainly an interesting addition, and as it only needs to be recharged once a month you won't find yourself constantly stuck without a keyboard.

Psst ... did ya hear the one about the new G80's?

Subject: General Tech | February 15, 2007 - 09:16 AM |
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What you are about to read may or may not be true, but it's juicy so you'll read it anyways.  Thanks to some friends and a little translation, TweakTown has found some information about the replacement for the 8800 series.  The 8950GX2 will be, like it's predecessor, a dual GPU card and the 8900GTX will have 128 pipelines, and GDDR4 running at 2200MHz DDR.  It also marks the switch to 80nm cores.  Find out more by following the link, or wait to see if the specs get co

Source: TweakTown

Audiophile enhancement product

Subject: General Tech | February 14, 2007 - 03:05 PM |
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The XMod from Creative is essentially a driverless external USB soundcard.  It has 2 modes, Crystalizer and CMSS-3D, the first of which attempts to fix the horrible things that happen when you compress audio and the second takes a basic 2 channel signal in interpolates a full surround signal.  If you have an ear that can tell what level compression was used in making an MP3, drop by t-break for a look at this little device.

Source: t-break

OCZ Expands into Peripherals with the Equalizer 2500 DPI Laser Gaming Mouse

Subject: General Tech | February 14, 2007 - 01:13 PM |
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The new OCZ Equalizer Laser Mouse is sure to excite today's demanding gamers with its unique features, high performance engine, and competitive edge.

AMD Recognized Among Leading Corporate Citizens

Subject: General Tech | February 14, 2007 - 12:28 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. -- February 14, 2007 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced its No. 2 ranking on the '100 Best Corporate Citizens' list for 2007 by CRO magazine. The '100 Best Corporate Citizens' list identifies companies that excel at combining strong financial performance with responsible practices on environmental and social issues. This is the second consecutive year AMD has been recognized in the top five on the list for its corporate and social responsibility practices.

Source: AMD

Dateline 2142: Intel recieved from Northern Strike

Subject: General Tech | February 14, 2007 - 09:41 AM |
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Think Computers got their hands on 10 screens from the upcoming EA game, Battlefield 2142: Northern Strike.   As the previous BF expansions have done, there will be new vehicles including a nasty looking tracked vehicle.  Check them out, or try to live with the suspense.