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Subject: General Tech | April 7, 2006 - 12:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Oblivion, the fourth in the Elder Scrolls series, is here to preempt every responsibility and hobby you have. Don't beleive me? Just read the review at Elite Bastards ... then again, if you value life outside the house, you might want to skip it.
Subject: General Tech | April 7, 2006 - 12:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CNET just discovered the newest thing about Google Earth. Google has joined with Discovery Communications to bring historical information to 10 U.S. landmarks. It won't be too much longer until their database grows, and others start to add their own content. Where was this when I was in high school?
Subject: General Tech | April 6, 2006 - 06:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
GruntvillE has reviewed 2 mats from Corepad, one which is a large high quality mousepad, The Victory, and a 3 foot wide one called the Deskpad XXXL. These will help you get that last bit of inaccuracy out of your mousing, or raise mediocre performance to new heights.
Subject: General Tech | April 6, 2006 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Adrian's Rojak Pot points out the importance and simplicity of securing your wireless network. You may have setup the network to share a net connection, but isn't it better to know who you are sharing with?
"Many of us are hooked onto WiFi these days. But just how secure are our wireless networks?
Join jwsk as he discusses why we should beef up the security of our wireless networks and how we
can do it quickly and easily!"
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Subject: General Tech | April 5, 2006 - 03:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TECHGAGE reviews an interesting product from Logitech, called the Wireless Music System. For around $130, you get a broadcaster and reciever, that integrate with any PC and stereo system, allowing you to broadcast music from a PC or MP3 player right to your stereo.
Subject: General Tech | April 5, 2006 - 11:53 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CNet has posted a story on an MIT project that has designed a device to read minds. While it may not give away exactly what someone is thinking, it will tell their mood with surprising accuracy. Read about it so that you can recognize if someone is using it the next time you sit down to play poker.
Subject: General Tech | April 5, 2006 - 10:08 AM | Jonathan Hung
In what can be their biggest strategic maneuver since switching to Intel CPUs, Apple Computer has just announced it will allow users of their Macintosh computers using Intel chips run Windows XP software.
The software is called "Bootcamp" and is availble for download now as a trial. Bootcamp will also be available in Mac OS 10.5 "Leopard" (I'm waiting for "Puma" myself...).
Those of us who have been keeping an eye on Mactels this announcement is not a big surprise as videos of Windows XP running on these computers have been available for some time already.
Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2006 - 04:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Overclockers Online reviewed the ECS K1A MVP before it was available, and were not impressed with the overclocking potential. Now that the board has been through a few BIOS revisions, they revisit the board to see what effect a more mature BIOS will have.
Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2006 - 02:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
LINUXWORLD, Boston, April 4, 2006 —
Intel Corporation and Red Hat (NASDAQ: RHAT), the world's leading
provider of open source to the enterprise, today announced the creation
of a global program to help customers plan for, accelerate and optimize
their deployments of Linux solutions. The program will be the first of
its kind for Linux solutions development, initially focused on
developing and disseminating tools for virtualization of enterprise
Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2006 - 02:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 4, 2006 —
Intel Corporation is the first to sample NOR multi-level cell flash
memory chips at 1-gigabit density using its advanced 65-nanometer (nm)
process technology. Intel's NOR Flash memory chips are used in devices
such as cell phones to manage critical phone operations, handle
Personal Information Management data and to store photos, music and
Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2006 - 12:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Steve Balmer and Mark Hurd met with AMD after the results of an AMD survey revealed a growing concern with power hungry servers and PCs. Head to The Inquirer to find out more about the survey and the event.
Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2006 - 11:45 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
LAKE FOREST, Calif. Apr. 4, 2006 Addressing a growing enterprise market for high capacity, highly reliable storage, Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) today announced it is now shipping its WD RE2 (RAID Edition) 500 GB SATA hard drives. With 3.0 Gb/s data transfer rate, WD RE2 hard drives feature Native Command Queuing (NCQ) and 16 MB cache for improved performance in multi-user, random I/O environments.
Subject: General Tech | April 3, 2006 - 04:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
LONDON, April 3, 2006 — Intel Capital, Intel's venture capital investment organization, and PIPEX Communications PLC, a major United Kingdom-based telecommunications provider, announced today that they have jointly formed PIPEX Wireless, a wireless operator which will provide broadband services in major metropolitan areas.
Subject: General Tech | April 3, 2006 - 12:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
... the kids these days have no idea how easy they have it. The Tech Zone explores the history of portable data, from the floppies that you were amazed could fit 1.44 Mbs of data to the USB flash and HDD based drives of today. Read through it and some of the jokes old sysadmins crack might start making more sense.
"History of secondary storage is quiet interesting, as it has seen the use of papers to silicon
to optical medium.
Subject: General Tech | April 3, 2006 - 11:45 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 30, 2006 — Intel Corporation today announced the 'Discover the PC' initiative to make the benefits of PC technology more broadly available to people in developing nations. The initiative focuses on delivering products and technologies that are specifically designed to meet the unique needs of people in developing countries.
Subject: General Tech | March 31, 2006 - 12:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ExtremeTech stuck around the GDC 2006 until the very end, to tell you about all the really cool things they saw, and you missed becuase you couldn't take a week off to go game in San Fran. Prepare to be jealous, as there were quite a lot revealed there.
"This year's Game Developers Conference had its share of controversy, terrific sessions,
competing parties and chance interactions.
Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2006 - 06:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TECHGAGE has let the games get to their head. After spending way too much time in the simulated cockpit of a Lear jet, they purchase the new NaturalPoint TrackIR 4:PRO, and started looking out the side windows while flying to Hawaii. The TrackIR tracks your head movements and translates it to the computer screen. You get to change the direction you are looking, without changing your mouse aim, and while it isn't CounterStrike compatible yet, be assured there are many people working on making it so.
Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2006 - 03:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You have probably seen the term Digital Signal Processing before, but you may not know what it is. To add to the confusion, it is an often misused term, but Digital Grabber will set you straight on this process of making analog sound better on digital setups.
"It happens that many people have no idea what Digital Signal Processing means, although they
hear more and more often these words, today.
Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2006 - 11:44 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Cray is working on the first computer to break the petaflop boundary, and what they are putting together to do that is just amazing. Read more about the stats of this machine at The Inquirer.
"IT LOOKS LIKE Cray is starting to come back a bit, this time with a box made from 24,000 quad
core 2.6GHz Opterons.
That said, it is aiming at 187 or 400TB of memory, claimed to be cost related, but I think it
gets a volume discount after 100TB. It is also putting 11 petabytes of disk space on the beast.
Subject: General Tech | March 29, 2006 - 11:54 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CoolTechZone spotted a concept wrist computer from Eurotech. At 200 grams, and sporting a 72x55 mm TFT screen, it certainly won't be mistaken for an oversized watch, but is it something you want to wear on your wrist?
'Remember the cartoon Futurama, and how Leela always sported a wrist computer/sensor device? Now,
would you believe me if I told you such a machine was in the works? Well, believe it or not, it
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