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Subject: General Tech | September 11, 2007 - 04:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Sandio 3D Game O' Mouse has an interesting addition to it, as far as mice go. It has three four-way HAT switches that allow you to bind a lot more functions to it than you would expect from a mouse. There is a trade off, there is a lot of weight to the mouse, and lefties won't be able to enjoy using it. You can find out how had it was for The Tech Lounge to get used to the extra buttons in their full review.
Subject: General Tech | September 11, 2007 - 11:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Commodore 64 offered many people a way to play games, back when the PC was still a pipe dream, and only the Amiga fan-boys didn't desperately want one. Commodore is coming back as a computer builder, and plan to compete with Dell, HP and the other manufacturers. They make some very interesting claims, and when [H]ard|OCP tried to contact them about those claims ...
Read the email exchange, and their thoughts about what was revealed.
Subject: General Tech | September 11, 2007 - 11:15 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
San Francisco, Calif. - September 10, 2007 - At the launch of the
new Quad Core AMD Opteron(tm) processor at Lucasfilm Ltd.'s Letterman
Digital Arts Center (LDAC) today, AMD (NYSE: AMD) and Lucasfilm announced an
expansion of the companies' relationship focused on building the world's
most advanced and energy-efficient datacenters for producing digital arts
Subject: General Tech | September 10, 2007 - 02:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 10, 2007 - RadiSys Corporation and Intel Corporation today announced that they have signed a definitive agreement for Intel to sell certain assets of its modular communications platforms business to RadiSys. The acquisition will further RadiSys' global leadership position in ATCA platforms and solutions for telecommunication equipment manufacturers worldwide and is expected to close in September, subject to normal closing conditions.
Subject: General Tech | September 10, 2007 - 12:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
DigiTimes has a story on two new graphics chips that AMD is working on, though AMD has no comment on them, as is usual. If the information is correct, the die will be shrunk to 55nm, and it will be DX10.1 and PCI Express 2.0 compliant. The odd thing about this news is that there is no talk of a new high end graphics card to compete with nVIDIA's 8800GTX and Ultras, and we are starting to hear rumours about nVIDIA's new series already.
Subject: General Tech | September 10, 2007 - 11:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 10, 2007 - As a result of stronger than expected worldwide demand for its computing products, Intel Corporation now expects revenue for the third quarter to be between $9.4 billion and $9.8 billion as compared to the previous range of $9.0 billion to $9.6 billion.
The gross margin percentage for the third quarter is expected to be in the upper half of the previous range of 52 percent plus or minus a couple of points. All other expectations are unchanged.
Subject: General Tech | September 7, 2007 - 06:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When members of PC Perspective need some portable computing power on the go, do they prefer a BlackBerry, or a PDA. Let us know which, and why ... and also what you would do if you can access all of the internet, except for the one particular page you want to visit.
Subject: General Tech | September 7, 2007 - 02:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Get your reflexes and team spirit ready, the Quake Wars demo comes out on Monday. We don't know exactly what you will be missing graphics-wise, but apparently it should be perfectly playable on a 9800 or equivalent graphics card. Check out The Tech Report for the links you will want to bookmark.
Subject: General Tech | September 7, 2007 - 11:42 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Storm Worm that has been driving security folks up the wall recently has reached a point where it is much more powerful than any supercomputer out there. It has become the largest zombified PC grid in history, which offers the creator an incredible amount of raw power to do whatever.. It looks like they are playing with it now, so they may well have an idea what it is they want to do. Check out more about this story at Slashdot.
Subject: General Tech | September 6, 2007 - 05:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The SteelSeries Steelkeys 6G Professional Gaming Keyboard is very similar to a basic Danish keyboard, as opposed to being a total workover of a US style one. With 18K gold plated key switches, each rated for 60 million clicks, this keyboard will not fail you when trying to manage your bases and armies in a RTS game, and the ability to process 8 simultaneous clicks offers an interesting advantage.
Subject: General Tech | September 6, 2007 - 03:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD has just started a site devoted to gamers everywhere. It covers all the latest games, as well as some older ones, and it has everything from links on where to buy them to the latest tips and tricks to help you master them. There is a community that lets you chat with other gamers and join or create your own clans. They have lists of LAN Parties and Tournaments, so you can find events near you, or if you are trying to organize one for yourself.
Subject: General Tech | September 6, 2007 - 12:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you don't turn your PC off at night, and you don't actually have it doing anything during that time, PC Mechanic has some suggestions for you. They range from basic automated maintenance tasks to setting up downloads and rendering machines.
Subject: General Tech | September 5, 2007 - 02:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Auzentech X-Fi Prelude 7.1 PCI Audio Card offers you a way to get creative with your sound card sources. This is a modified X-Fi with all the connectors on the card, they are RCA jacks, with an adapter to change them to optical. Hardware Canucks loved this card and could only fault it in one area, the lack of proper digital surround sound.
Subject: General Tech | September 5, 2007 - 02:37 PM | Ryan Shrout
Okay, I am so angry right now, that I'm going to leave this as short as possible lest I end up getting PCPer put on any corporate filters.
So, Apple announced some new iPods and then...dropped the price of $599 iPhone to $399. Just 2 months after I spent 50% more on it. Apple has officially lost all credibility for me and the new iMac I recently bought will be going back.
Subject: General Tech | September 5, 2007 - 12:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Based on the Unreal Engine 3, Fury combines the speed of a FPS with a MMO game, or as the creator puts it, "Unreal Tournament with swords and auctions". OCMODSHOP took a look at this game, and the various unique features that it offers, up to and including it's fee structure. If you like the online play of Guild Wars and WoW, but need a little excitement, or just want to try a team based fighting game, this might be right up your alley.
Subject: General Tech | September 5, 2007 - 12:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Silverlight 1.0 will run on Linux, a move likely prompted by the lead Mono developer creating a working version of Moonlight, an open-source version of Silverlight. It looks like .NET will be a choice for Linux users after all. Get more on this story and if it signals a change for Microsoft at Ars Technica.
Subject: General Tech | September 4, 2007 - 12:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
So you changed your password just before you went on holiday, or picked on so complex it will never be guessed; even by you. Maybe you just had a brain fart. Whatever the cause, your XP machine will not boot for you because you've forgotten the password. Don't panic, there is help for you in the form of a guide from PC Stats. Reading through it might also give you enough time to remember the password on your own, which is a much easier route.
Subject: General Tech | September 3, 2007 - 09:57 PM | Ryan Shrout
It looks like all the rumors of Apple's announcements for this coming September 5th are converging on more than a single product. First and foremost, a new iPod Touch and iPod Nano are thought to be coming and would be a welcome update to a line up that has been aged in terms of technology products. The latter is in a "leaked" photo below:
The iPod Touch would probably be very similar to the new iPhone with a flip-style browsing feature.
Subject: General Tech | August 31, 2007 - 02:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Upgrade fever has hit just about every component on the PC lately, it's getting to the point where even buying a mouse can be a major decision, along with the rest of the PC. Then you have to tweak the OS, assuming you can decide which one to use, to make sure you are getting everything out of your internet connection.