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Subject: General Tech | March 6, 2009 - 05:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
File sharing is sitting in the limelight right now, with the spectrial in Sweden, Lars downloading his own songs and the RIAA are all in the headlines. There is also talk about darknets, though not so much in the mainstream media. If you haven't been keeping up with the protean world of torrents and filesharing, you can
Subject: General Tech | March 5, 2009 - 08:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Mionix is a newcomer to the enthusiast market and they are leading with a gaming mouse and a mousing surface. The Saiph 3200 mouse has a nice black finish and a curved shape that will be familiar to anyone who has seen a gaming mouse. It also sports multiple buttons including the essential on-the-fly DPI changing and also ships with a set of small weights to allow you to reach the perfect weight for your mouse. The Alioth 400 is a mousepad that measures 400mm x 335mm, and sports a nice rubber backing to keep the pad in place.
Subject: General Tech | March 5, 2009 - 04:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP has posted a link to where you can get the new Vista/Server 2008 SP2 release candidate. The first and most important step to take is to remove the beta version of SP2 if you have installed it, skipping that step may well ruin your day. The stand alone package is about 300MB for x86 and 500MB for the x64 version. There are numerous compatibility issues fixed ranging from POP3 support for ZoneAlarm to support for VIA 64bit processors. If you do try it out, bookm
Subject: General Tech | March 4, 2009 - 07:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TIBURON, CA - March 4, 2009 - Jon Peddie Research (JPR), the industry's research and consulting firm for graphics and multimedia, today announced a new study that indicates the end of the market for the popular integrated graphics processor chipset, known as the IGP.
After fifteen years of stellar growth the IGP, will cease to exist, replaced by graphics embedded in the processor.
Subject: General Tech | March 4, 2009 - 06:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It's free, there are crazy mutants in red robes that can make the car you are driving in go flying while it is smashing up zombies and there are no bloody impenetrable fences to stop you from seeing what is over the next hill. It is the originally conceived S.T.A.L.K.E.R., or Oblivion Lost as it was once known, and you can download the entire game in all it's glorious buggyness via Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN. Check out the movie recording of a flyover, t
Subject: General Tech | March 4, 2009 - 06:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In one corner looking good in green and black is a plucky graphics company that doesn't feel a need for friends and certainly doesn't care whose business they might impinge on. In the other corner is a 9.5 billion (GB)Pound leviathan in silver and blue that already has a bone to pick about the Ion platform and who is probably feeling more than a little irate at the contenders announced plans.
Subject: General Tech | March 3, 2009 - 05:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Microsoft Research Techfest may be in for a troubled future, but for 2009 it is going strong. One of Bill Gates' favourite projects in the company he started was Microsoft Research, in which highly paid PhDs
were able to experiment and develop to their hearts content. Much good has come out of those projects, but in the current economic trend it is a little too expensive to gamble on spending a lot of money in an investment with a small chance at a big return; especially when you consider who is going to be able to buy a totally new product. With Bill gone, a lot of tho
Subject: General Tech | March 2, 2009 - 11:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Mar. 2, 2009 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced it has closed its Asset Smart strategic transaction with the Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC) and Mubadala Development Company of Abu Dhabi, setting the stage for the formal launch of the world's only U.S.
Subject: General Tech | March 2, 2009 - 10:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 2, 2009 - Advancing innovation around the Intel Atom processor with a goal to target additional market segments, Intel Corporation today announced four unique versions of processors and two new system controller hub additions to the company's "embedded" business division product line-up.
Subject: General Tech | March 2, 2009 - 07:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
PC Games Hardware has managed to snap some pictures of both Asus' and MSI's P55 motherboards and although neither company seems to be quite ready at this point in time, we have a feeling that Computex could well be the launch time for socket 1160 processors and motherboards.
Asus is showing off two models, the P7U and P7U Pro, with the difference between the two being that the Pro model has a pair of x16 PCIe slots.
Subject: General Tech | March 2, 2009 - 06:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Santa Clara, CA & Hsin-chu, Taiwan, March 2, 2009 - Intel Corporation and TSMC today announced a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to collaborate on addressing technology platform, intellectual property (IP) infrastructure, and System-on-Chip (SoC) solutions. Under the MOU, Intel would port its Atom processor CPU cores to the TSMC technology platform including processes, IP, libraries, and design flows.
Subject: General Tech | March 2, 2009 - 05:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TSMC has a voracious appetite for company. It is currently partnered with AMD in helping the graphics portion of that company develop GPUs after they purchase ATI. The strong reputation and proven track record of TSMC has also attracted nVIDIA when the major GPU producer was looking for someone to share the load. Now we are expecting them to pay a call to Intel later today, though TSMC is being very demure and not saying what is planned for this nooner. DigiTimes and other industry sources don't
Subject: General Tech | February 27, 2009 - 11:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You might be surprise just how much information piles up on your PC over time, from your browsing history and passwords straight through to credit card information for you online shoppers. One of our members is constructing a series of articles to increase your knowledge of networking, and to help you protect your vital information. Give the article a read and let Slayerhawk know what you think.
Subject: General Tech | February 27, 2009 - 04:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
How can charging money for free content not be the most brilliant idea since the BLINK tag? Cablevision Systems Corp has recently bought Newsday and has announced it will begin to charge for access to the online version of the newspaper. They seem to have some bizarre idea that
by changing the site into a "a locally focused cable service" people will be falling over themselves to get a hold of content that is most likely free on any other newspaper's online site. Let's all watch how well that works out for them.
Subject: General Tech | February 26, 2009 - 05:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Paul Otellini took the stage at a recent conference to discuss how he sees the world and the electronics industry. Perhaps one of the most interesting comments pertained to the Atom processor; saying "You'll be underwhelmed" with the performance of netbooks using Windows 7. He is not implying that the Atom is going to become useless; he is simply confident that while the netbook is useful in many circumstances, it will never replace desktops or full laptops. Drop by The Inquirer for other interesting phrases,
Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2009 - 10:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Elite Bastards is still a little traumatized from the poor performance that the Auzentech X-Fi Prelude showed during their review back in 2007, but they overcame their anguish to review the
Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2009 - 05:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP has tested the new F.E.A.R. 2 release on a number of video cards ranging from an HD4850 to a GTX285 to an HD4870 X2. Even with the slowest HD4850, they could turn all effects to maximum at 2560x1600 with AA and AF and still average about 40fps. Users with faster cards can turn the antialaising up as high as it can possibly go and still stay above 60fps.
Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2009 - 04:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you get an email with an attachments that claims to be the world's funniest spreadsheet, give yourself a shake and reconsider just how funny an Excel file could possibly be. Even if it looks legitimate, if you receive an Excel attachment from a stranger you should probably not open it. According to this story on Slashdot there is an exploit out there that will affect any Excel from 2000 up to 2007 SP1. Microsoft's next scheduled patch is due to come out March 9th, hopefully there will be a