A picture is worth 1000 words (minus exchange rate)

Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2007 - 06:15 PM |
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Some of our more perceptive members may have noticed avatars springing up in the forums beside the names of our mods, admin and staff.  Every member is invited to join in the fun, just head to your User CP, double check that avatars are turned on under your options, and then go to edit avatar and either link to an online one, or upload one from your own computer.  Keep

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Bioware's Jade Empire

Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2007 - 12:04 PM |
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Gamepyre has been spending some time in the Jade Empire, a game originally for the Xbox that has been ported to PC.  There are several different styles of character to choose from, allowing you the ability to replay the game and still get some enjoyment out of it.  They found it better than your average ported game, so head over and see what you think.

Source: Gamepyre

Dissecting an Apple TV

Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2007 - 11:47 AM |
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AnandTech has cut open a brand new Apple TV with only their fingernails and a Torx bit.  Get a good peek at the hard drive, motherboard, wireless card and other goodies they've hidden under the hood.

Source: AnandTech

Guess who's 14

Subject: General Tech | March 22, 2007 - 12:01 PM |
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Back in the days when Cyrix and Wang were big names, and it was uphill to the store both ways, and snow was up to the tops of street signs, a new chip appeared that made a huge difference.  The original Pentium was a huge step up from the past series, and really pushed a lot of power for it's time.  Of course, the introduction of a math co-processor was both a good and a bad thing.

Source: The Inquirer

Killer NIC's Network Processing Unit Can Now Download Files While You Game

Subject: General Tech | March 22, 2007 - 11:35 AM |
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AUSTIN, Texas — March 14, 2007 — Bigfoot Networks, Inc., a research and development company, today introduced FN Torrent, a hardware offloaded peer-to-peer file sharing application that allows users to download files with zero impact to CPU utilization. With FN Torrent, gamers have the power to download the torrents they want without impacting their online game play.    

Source: BigFoot

Intel Releases Energy Star(R) Implementation Guidelines

Subject: General Tech | March 21, 2007 - 02:18 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 19, 2007 — Intel Corporation announced today that it has released a new implementation guide, developed in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), that helps PC manufacturers and system integrators deliver ENERGY STAR*-qualified PCs based on Intel microprocessors and other system components.

Think Max Payne, only shorter

Subject: General Tech | March 21, 2007 - 12:23 PM |
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You probably haven't heard of Infernal, created by a company called Metropolis Software.  DriverHeaven certainly hadn't before they wrote this review.  It is billed as an HD game, and it's screenshots are certainly good looking.  It fully supports Vista, as well as Ageia PPUs to give you a very interesting gaming experience as you make your way through the story as a fallen angel.  The biggest drawback to the game, apart from it's obscurity, is how short it is.  Hopefully this engine will spawn more game

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Make the first DX10 game

Subject: General Tech | March 21, 2007 - 12:02 PM |
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FPS Creator is an editor that allows you to make your own FPS games, in DX10.  The Inquirer gives you an overview of what The Game Creators have added in this beta DX10 upgrade.  It is likely to favour nVidia cards, as it has been that graphics company working with them, but not ATI/AMD.

Source: The Inquirer

Time for Creative to live up to it's name

Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2007 - 06:09 PM |
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Graphics cards are evolving quickly.  No one company can claim to be king of the hill for long, before a competitor replaces them.  The components and slot interface keeps advancing and the newer cards are capable of things earlier generations couldn't have dreamed of.

The Killer NIC's little brother

Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2007 - 11:46 AM |
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ExtremeTech wasn't terribly impressed with Bigfoot's Killer NIC.  They did notice an improvement over an onboard NIC, but not ~$270 worth.  A new model, the Killer K1 is now available, at about $100 cheaper.  Read the full review and find out if this less expensive model can beat a free NIC.

Source: Extremetech

OCZ gets into mind reading

Subject: General Tech | March 19, 2007 - 02:10 PM |
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At CNET, Madshrimps got a look at the OCZ Actuator, which may be the PC interface of the future.  Put down your mouse and toss out the keyboard, this device reads brainwaves, eye movement and facial movement as well.  Head over to see how you may be gaming in the future.

Source: Madshrimps

5 fixes for "known issues"

Subject: General Tech | March 19, 2007 - 11:20 AM |
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ExtremeTech has scoured the net for fixes to some of the interesting behaviour that Vista produces.  They offer 5 solutions to problems seen in many forums, and all 5 are easy to implement.

Source: Extremetech

Friday forum fun

Subject: General Tech | March 16, 2007 - 02:15 PM |
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A member of our forums has reached an existential crisis, the problems he has had constructing PCs has lead him to wonder if a prebuilt PC is the answer.  Help him out in this thread.  In this year the old Intel vs.

This one is strong in the Force

Subject: General Tech | March 16, 2007 - 11:07 AM |
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Give yourself Wi-Fi ESP with this handy little project that MAKE:Blog has linked to.  With a little work with a micro-controller and PIC you can have a small sensor that provides a heartbeat-like signal that gets faster the better the Wi-Fi signal.

Source: MAKE: Blog

A peek behind the curatins at CeBIT

Subject: General Tech | March 15, 2007 - 11:05 AM |
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CeBit Hannover hasn't started yet, but that hasn't stopped a few sites from sneaking a quick peek at what is going to be happening.  VR-Zone got a good look Abit, ASUS and a peek at Bearlake.  They didn't stop there though, they also got a good look at what some major memory manufacturers are up to as well.

Source: VR-Zone

Your platform for revenge

Subject: General Tech | March 14, 2007 - 02:42 PM |
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According to this story on The Inquirer, Xbox Live is being opened up to be reachable by PCs.  Halo 2 will be the initial test of this, and if it works you will have a chance to pit yourself against console only gamers.

Source: The Inquirer

Intel Science Talent Search Winners Announced

Subject: General Tech | March 14, 2007 - 02:32 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 13, 2007 — Innovation was the word of the day as Intel announced the winners of the Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS). The top award, a $100,000 scholarship from the Intel Foundation, went to Mary Masterman, 17, who built an accurate spectrograph that identifies the specific characteristics — or "fingerprints" — of different kinds of molecules. Spectrographs have wide applications in research and industry and can cost as much as $100,000.

Well dressed for the GDC

Subject: General Tech | March 14, 2007 - 01:11 PM |
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The Tech Report has been hard at ... err work ... at the Games Development Conference.  Drop by to see what kind of impression a guy in slacks and a shirt makes with the gamers.

Newegg Offers Exclusive External HD-DVD Drive

Subject: General Tech | March 14, 2007 - 12:00 AM |
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An interesting email hit my inbox this afternoon from some friends at Newegg.com: Toshiba is now offering an external HD-DVD drive, model PA35, for a modest price of $369.99.


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