How memory hungry is Vista

Subject: General Tech | October 13, 2006 - 01:14 PM |
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BCC Hardware sets out to reveal that by benchmarking many games in a system.  They benchmark the system with 2GB of RAM and and with 4GB.  Drop by to see what effect it had on the FPS.

Source: BCCHardware

New features revealed in Windows Vista

Subject: General Tech | October 13, 2006 - 12:09 PM |
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These new features, according to a link on Slashdot, will really help you out when you are using your computer.  The home versions won't let you install via virtual machines, the migration policies are even tighter than XP's and an equivalent to WGA comes pre-installed.  Read the full article to get a better idea what this will mean, apart from higher sales of Ultimate Edition.

Source: Slashdot

AMD'S PROPOSED ACQUISITION OF ATI RECEIVES APPROVAL UNDER INVESTMENT CANADA ACT

Subject: General Tech | October 13, 2006 - 11:36 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. and MARKHAM, ONTARIO - Oct. 13, 2006 - Advanced Micro
Devices, Inc. (NYSE: AMD) and ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX: ATY, NASDAQ:
ATYT) today announced that the proposed acquisition of ATI by AMD has
been approved by the Minister of Industry under the Investment Canada
Act, satisfying one of the conditions to the closing of the acquisition.
"We are confident that our plans for the combination of AMD and ATI will
deliver world-class customer-centric solutions and will benefit Canada
and its future role in the technology industry," said AMD Chairman and
CEO Hector Ruiz.

Source: AMD

The new, even more improved PC Perspective Forums

Subject: General Tech | October 12, 2006 - 06:38 PM |
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Ryan has a brand new 1U server from Tyan with dual AMD Opteron 275 dual cores.  Follow the link to find out what else is in it that has made browsing the forums better recently.

Intel Ships its Next-Generation Wimax Chip with Support for Mobile Networks

Subject: General Tech | October 11, 2006 - 02:08 PM |
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WIMAX WORLD, Boston, Oct. 11, 2006
— Accelerating the availability of broadband wireless access, Intel
Corporation today announced the availability of the Intel® WiMAX
Connection 2250
, the company's next-generation system-on-chip and its
first designed to support mobile networks in addition to fixed networks.

Call it a GTA clone and it will knock you off

Subject: General Tech | October 11, 2006 - 12:20 PM |
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Saint's Row does look very GTA-ish at first glance.  [H]ard|OCP would like to dispel that myth, as they found the game to be better executed that any of the other clones, and feel that calling it an improved sequel to GTA3 might have been a better idea. 

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Google office appears

Subject: General Tech | October 11, 2006 - 12:12 PM |
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Slashdot has a link to the new incarnation of Writely, as a Google product.  The new Google Docs and Spreadsheets allows you to create documents and spreadsheet, which you probably figured out, but it also allows you to upload various formats, including Excel, Word and Open Office.  It also makes it very easy to get at those documents from anywhere you can log into your Google account.

Source: Slashdot

Intel Enables Rapid Delivery Of WiMAX Networks with New AdvancedMC-Compliant Baseband Card

Subject: General Tech | October 11, 2006 - 11:44 AM |
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WIMAX WORLD, Boston, Oct. 11, 2006
Intel Corporation today unveiled a new baseband card that helps speed
the creation of WiMAX base stations
. The Intel NetStructure® WiMAX
Baseband Card is Intel's first integrated hardware and software
platform for transport, control and baseband processing in a
standards-based Advanced Mezzanine Card (AdvancedMC)* form factor.

The World's Best Headphones?

Subject: General Tech | October 10, 2006 - 06:32 PM |
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Sporting such features as Ethiopian Sheep leather earcups and headband, S-Logic support, 30 ohm impedance and electromagnetic emissions reduced by up to 98%, the Ultrasone PROline 750 Professional Headphones seem to have a lot of feature.  Digital Trends has a pair for review, so find out if you love any of these features enough to pay the $400 price tag.

Just when you thought it was safe to upgrade

Subject: General Tech | October 10, 2006 - 12:03 PM |
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You are never guaranteed that the system you buy today won't be obsolete in the next week, in fact the guarantee works the opposite.  However, with the new platforms that just came out, PCI Express, DDR2 and dual core, it would seem logical that a system should be OK with several partial upgrades over the next year.

Our forums aren't exclusive, but membership has it's (search) privileges

Subject: General Tech | October 6, 2006 - 04:51 PM |
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One of our members, PaulDriver, has decided to scrap all his 3.5" drives, as he has 2 ways to boot to DOS using a USB memory stick or card, his guide is well worth a read.  Several members have also realized that with the plethora of newere AGP cards coming out, they can refresh their systems without having to buy a completely new computer.  If you are looking for a new HDD, tuskenraider has done an infor

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Some help deciding if you are excited or disappointed by BF2142

Subject: General Tech | October 6, 2006 - 12:04 PM |
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Battlefield 2142 is creating a lot of stir, and not all of it is good.  On one hand you have futuristic weapons and vehicles, on the other hand, you get to pay full price for a game that uses the same engine as BF2, which a lot of fans feel should make it a less expensive add-on.  Then they offer the demo only to people with paid accounts on download sites. 

NGOHQ wants to help, that's why they have a direct link to download the demo, no money or membership required.

Source: NGOHQ

Could AMD be making a mistake?

Subject: General Tech | October 6, 2006 - 11:47 AM |
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This HEXUS article could be a conversational hand grenade.  They are wondering if the inroads that AMD has made into corporate servers, and having Dell build systems around AMD processors displays a change in direction from AMD.  Intel's Core 2 Duo is the PC enthusiast's choice, and AMD doesn't seem to be doing much in response.

Source: Hexus

Scotty, could you beam me a foot to the left?

Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2006 - 12:00 PM |
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Sure, teleporting something the size of a single bacterium about 1/2 a meter or so isn't quite what science fiction promised us by the year 2000.  It is a good start though, and you can read a little about it at CNET.

Intel to Purchase NVIDIA Rumors Swirl Again

Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2006 - 12:12 AM |
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Normally I would look past headlines like this without a pause, but with the recent purchase of ATI by AMD, I no longer think these people are completely nuts.  And the AMD/ATI rumor started in a fashion VERY similar to this...remember our post just towards the end of May from a Forbes analyst?

Now that radio can be good, you might want to save some of it

Subject: General Tech | October 4, 2006 - 07:01 PM |
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Gone are the days of listening to your radio late into the night to record your favorite DJs onto a cassette tape.  Thanks to the rise of XM Radio, the first part is coming back, but you can't easily tape the feed.  Digital Trends has a look at Pioneer's Inno, a device deisgned to replace that old tape deck with something a little more modern and satellite radio friendly.

The Skype Mouse Phone

Subject: General Tech | October 4, 2006 - 05:59 PM |
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Just because it's odd, doesn't mean you can't find one for sale.  Sysgration melded a Skype phone and mouse in some sort of bizarre experiment, and now you can buy one of your own.  CoolTechZone seems as confused as I, but someone, somewhere must have a use for this little USB device.

Source: CoolTechZone

World War 2 gaming, Version 429, with a twist

Subject: General Tech | October 4, 2006 - 03:21 PM |
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The twist being that Company of Heroes is a RTS, not a FPS.  From the awesome sounds of mortar fire and the soldiers reactions to it, to the rag doll physics and fully destructable terrain thanks to the Havok engine, you have to agree with Gaming Illustrated ... this game has serious potential.

Intel gets a bigger Imagination

Subject: General Tech | October 4, 2006 - 03:00 PM |
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Imagination Technology Group works on systems on a chip, including graphics and video chips, and are now working closely with Intel.  HotHardware has an article containing thoughts on what this means, in the light of the recent AMD-ATI merger.  It almost looks like nVIDIA has to get into the CPU business by themselves.

Source: HotHardware