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Subject: General Tech | April 13, 2006 - 12:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Suddenly your desktop turns an alarming shade of blue, with white text in your system font, and the adrenaline starts to surge as you desperately try to remember if you have saved recently. The BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) is something you become very familiar with, and PC Stats hopes to make it rarer in your life, and give you more tools to deal with it if it does try to make you miserable.
Subject: General Tech | April 12, 2006 - 12:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica reviews some inexpensive flash based MP3 players, all holding around 512MB. Don't worry about killing a 40GB iPod at the beach, bring one of these fairly easy to replace players for those trips into human friendly environments that have hazards for electronics.
Subject: General Tech | April 12, 2006 - 11:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Time to use that Windows Update shortcut in your tools menu, 10 critical patches came out yesterday, mostly for IE, though others are affected as well. CNet reports no screaming about incompatabilities, so you will be safer getting them installed than leaving it for a while.
Subject: General Tech | April 11, 2006 - 11:54 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While putting together a system for review, ExtremeTech ran into a little problem most of us are familiar with, no POST. Read on for some tips on what to do, and some reassurance that, in fact those things don't just happen to you.
Subject: General Tech | April 10, 2006 - 12:03 PM | Jason Smith
Electro-Smog sounds like the newest graphics feature in a game, or maybe the basis for one of this year's summer disaster movies. The Tech Zone stops using their bluetooth headsets for a moment to wirelessly post a look at how all of the radio frequencies we are bombarded with might affect our health, if at all ... I still don't see how we can live in a dark, futuristic world without electrosmog setting the mood.
Subject: General Tech | April 8, 2006 - 08:22 AM | Ryan Shrout
One of our great sponsors, Monarch Computer, asked me to pass on the news that this weekend they are sweetening the deal on the free Age of Empires deal going around the web! Now, only at MCS, you only need to buy an AMD processor and motherboard combo to get the game for free; you don't need to buy a new video card anymore!
Age of Empires III is a great RTS game and if you haven't tried it yet, this is a great chance to get
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!"
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
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.
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