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Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2009 - 09:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A new monitor can make a huge difference in your PC experience, in some cases bigger that a jump in processor generation or a new graphics card. Of course the decision can't be easy, once you decide on a size, there are still many variables, including technology that is used to form the LCD matrix. If you listened to our latest podcast, we gave you a tool to use that should help determine what specs are real and which are simply PR speak. Give our 49th
Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2009 - 06:16 PM | Ryan Shrout
If you missed my weekly show on TWiT Live (http://live.twit.tv/) with Leo Laporte yesterday, we have the entirety of the show now available for you here. In this episode we discussed the ASUS VW266H monitor, the Intel/AMD x86 legal battle, Windows 7 drivers, HD 4890 leaks, a couple of Super Talent USB drives and more!
Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2009 - 03:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Any feelings of panic or urge to spread messages of doom prompted by the CPU level exploit vulnerability that Intel's chips are vulnerable to may be a little premature. The exploit is real and does happen at a level which makes it almost immune to detection but it is about as hard to set up as cooling RAM down so it's data can be read even though it is powered down. In this case you would need to know exact hardware to be able to exploit the weakness, this may appear in rare targeted attacks, but lacks the flexibility to survive as a popular hacking tool.
Subject: General Tech | March 19, 2009 - 04:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 19, 2009 - Intel Corporation today announced that John J. Donahoe, president and CEO of eBay Inc., and Frank D. Yeary, vice chancellor of the University of California Berkeley (UC Berkeley), have been elected to serve on Intel's board of directors. The company also announced that Carol A. Bartz, CEO of Yahoo!
Subject: General Tech | March 19, 2009 - 03:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While AMD's new driver may support Windows 7 except for a few small problems, the about to be released Internet Explorer 8 will not work. Vista and XP should have no problems with it, and may even see some improvements. The main drive of this release is security and from the testing we have seen it is likely that Microsoft has succeeded, unfortunately the
majority of added features have existed in the alternative browsers for a while now. You can get more information v
Subject: General Tech | March 19, 2009 - 03:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, March 19, 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today released the VIA IVP-7500 board, the first in a series of dedicated x86 in-vehicle platforms for developers of car PCs and intelligent transportation devices.
The continued evolution of the PC as a multimedia playback device for audio and video entertainment means that car owners are now demanding access to their digital media library whilst on the ro
Subject: General Tech | March 18, 2009 - 04:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The newest Total War is also the most modern, with the game taking place in the 18th century and it includes the Americas as something significantly more than an optional discovery. Along with this more modern era comes gunpowder troops a little more reliable than arquebusiers
and cannons that have improved from bombards. There is also greatly expanded naval control, you will be able to fight naval battles just like land battles instead of relying on the auto resolve. Perhaps the most interesting development is the possibility of multiplayer campaigns, which we may see suppo
Subject: General Tech | March 18, 2009 - 04:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In the beginning was the iPhone, but it's connectivity was not good. Then the iPhone 3G arrived and there was joy ... for a while. Now the shine has worn off, the screen is a little scratched and the people are crying for more. Ready yourself for the next incarnation, the iPhone is getting a new OS and both programmers and users are excited about the new features and abilities. See what the buzz is about at Slashdot.
Subject: General Tech | March 17, 2009 - 04:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Guru of 3D managed to get a hold of an engineering sample from ASUS, their new Xonar Essence ST, not to be confused with the already available STX model. At a glance, the card looks very similar to the STX, the differences are in the ICs on the board its self and the DAC card that was bundled with the audio card sample. It is hard to get a handle on the performance of an audio card without hearing it for yourself, but from the praise given the ST in the preview, there is a goo
Subject: General Tech | March 17, 2009 - 03:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you haven't already memorized your DNS server, you might want to make it a goal, or at least write it down. There is a new nasty out there called Trojan.Flush.M, which can be dangerous to anything connected to a network. It only needs one vulnerable machine on a LAN or WAN, which it infects and sets up a rouge DNS server which then starts sending you off on phishing trips
whenever you try to browse. For right now, if it is practical, you may want to enter your DNS manually, which will prevent you from being misdirected by an infected LAN, and you can also blacklist 64.86
Subject: General Tech | March 16, 2009 - 03:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The saga of Larrabee and ray traced graphics has been a topic on PC Perspective for quite a while now, not only in discussions on the board and podcasts, but even Ryan's chat with John Carmack. On Friday he posted some new information about Larrabee's architecture, specifically the name of the new vector instruction set, aptly called 'Larrabee new instructions'. If you missed out on Friday due to other interests, take a look now.
Subject: General Tech | March 13, 2009 - 09:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It is a stellar time to be an HTPC enthusiast, or to consider becoming one, thanks to AMD's new business model. They've really opened up the bottom end of pricing in the market, you get to choose between multiple CPU architectures with prices well under $100 and with a list of features that wouldn't have been available on the top end CPUs in the recent past. You can pick up one of
Subject: General Tech | March 13, 2009 - 03:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In these days of sound bites, highlights and just generally shortened attention spans it can be very frustrating waiting for your browser to load so you can get at your media of choice. To solve that problem and let you get your your entertainment as fast as possible, Legit Reviews held a race between 11 different browsers, including Opera, IE7 & 8, Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Seamonkey. If getting heavily scripted pages up quickly is a must for you, then check out the full review.
Subject: General Tech | March 12, 2009 - 03:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
GlacialLight, who are indeed related to GlacialTech, have released a new flashlight that also happens to be a very old joke. The DynaSolar LED torch is indeed a solar powered flashlight. Luckily it also comes with a hand crank for back up ...
Subject: General Tech | March 12, 2009 - 03:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, 12 March 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA VX855 Media System Processor (MSP) - an ultra power efficient, all-in-one chipset that addresses the key performance and entertainment requirements of today's small form factor and mobile PC systems.
Increasingly, content is being filmed in high-definition (HD), with movies, TV shows and sporting events taking advantage of the smooth playback, extraordinary picture clarity, and brilliant colors that HD video offers.
Subject: General Tech | March 11, 2009 - 07:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subwoofers can be easy to buy if you have an indiscriminate ear, as long as the wattage is high enough to shatter windows you will be happy. For those looking for a specific LFE crossover and a good range are a little more hard to satisfy. MektuMods has a suggestion; why not make your own subwoofer? Their particular choices may not be available in your area, or might not have exactly the stats that you are looking for, but for the most part the physical construction will remain similar for
Subject: General Tech | March 11, 2009 - 04:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you find yourself compelled to watch CSPAN, CNN and are still desperate for more political action then Gamepyre has the perfect game for you. If you are more into using force and skill at arms to build an empire you may be better off with the Civilizations or Total War series, but if you love minutiae
and the thought of 11 different areas of government to keep track of leaves you all aquiver then Geo-Political Simulator 2009 might be far more interesting than the title suggests. Don't expect t
Subject: General Tech | March 11, 2009 - 03:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Windows 7 public beta is enjoying a much warmer reception than Vista met and not only because there are more than a half dozen working drivers. Microsoft has been talking with various new sources about what lessons they learned from Vista and how they managed to utilize that knowledge into making Windows 7 better. They delve into the changes in the development process like the participation of third parties and the goal of making the beta as stable as an RC is expected to be and to make the RC as good as the final retail version. That may never stop the mantra of 'wait fo
Subject: General Tech | March 10, 2009 - 05:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Getting Linux to run on just about any platform around is no longer a challenge, the true fanatics are still trying to get that dead badger booting, but laptops are no longer interesting. It is so common place that you can go to System76 and pick up a notebook pre-configured with Linux; currently Ubuntu 8.10 (x86_64) with the Linux 2.6.27 kernel, GNOME 2.24.1, X Server 1.5.2, GCC 4.3.2, and a proprietary NVIDIA driver. The Serval Professional notebook that landed in Phoronix's lap was a 15.4" WSXGA+ display, with a C2D P8600 @ 2.40GHz, ICH9M, 4GB of DDR3 1066, a 32GB Intel X25-E Ex
Subject: General Tech | March 10, 2009 - 03:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Don't ask why Enermax is now making keyboards, nor why they would make a laptop style model, with keys only a few millimetres tall, before you head to The Tech Report and see how well designed it is. If you like a lot of extra buttons on your keyboard you may be disappointed, if you prefer a minimum of buttons and are happy with a pair of audio plugs and a pair of USB 2.0 plugs then you might just love the