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Subject: General Tech | September 29, 2006 - 05:36 PM |
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Having once been AMDMB, a lot of the members of PC Perspective feel a little protective of AMD, which has lead to speculation on what AMDs response to the Core 2 Duo.  In the mean time, Meridian is trying to even out the score by showing everyone "nauseating detail over the overclocking of my new AM2 rig".  Ryan and members of the forum are very exitied about ASUS' new Crosshair board, even if it is 2

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ATI helps cure Alzheimer's, makes commitment to Stream Computing

Subject: General Tech | September 29, 2006 - 01:57 PM |
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ATI is commited to the Folding@Home on a GPU that they officially launched at the IDF.  Three press releases have come out, giving details on what they did do design this, and how.

ATI pioneers new Stream Computing technology

Stanford University's Folding@home uses ATI stream computing to squeeze three years worth of disease research into just one month

Source: ATI

NBC Universal and Intel to Deliver Series Premieres on Intel(R) VIIV(TM) and Centrino(R) Platforms

Subject: General Tech | September 29, 2006 - 01:53 PM |
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New York and Santa Clara, Calif. Sept. 28, 2006 - NBC Universal and Intel Corporation today announced the launch of the NBC VIP Access online service that will provide on-demand broadband-delivered entertainment content for free to consumers with Intel® Viiv™technology-based PCs and Centrino® mobile technology-based laptops.

Where's my Web 2.0 money!

Subject: General Tech | September 29, 2006 - 11:44 AM |
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Web 2.0 has been promised to give those a chance that missed the first dot-boom a chance to make gobs and gobs of money.  Not too many people, apart from venture capitalists seem to believe it though, and The Tech Zone counts themselves among the skeptics.  They do spend soem time thining about it though, so srop by to see what they think the new 'killer apps' might be.

Intel Chairman Calls on Employers to Transform Healthcare System

Subject: General Tech | September 28, 2006 - 03:47 PM |
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WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 26, 2006 -
Intel Chairman Craig Barrett, speaking at the eHealth Initiative's
Health Information Technology Summit, urged a dramatic change in the
way the nation administers healthcare
. Barrett called for employers to
exercise their influence as the largest purchasers of healthcare to
drive improvements in care delivery, reducing costs and improving
quality.

Home Theatre Purchasing Advice

Subject: General Tech | September 28, 2006 - 01:21 PM |
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The Tech Zone will help you buy an awesome Home Theatre, and give you advice on how to get all the components to compliment each other.  They cover everything from the basics for the TV, recievers and speakers to the best A/V connectors  to use.

Folding@Home on ATI GPU's: a major step forward

Subject: General Tech | September 28, 2006 - 11:14 AM |
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Now in 2006, we are looking forward to another major advance in capabilities. This advance utilizes the new, high performance Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) from ATI to achieve performance previously only possible on supercomputers. With this new technology (as well as new Cell processor in Sony's PlayStation 3), we will likely be able to attain performance on the 100 gigaflop scale per computer. With this new software and hardware, we will be able to push Folding@Home a major step forward.

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IBM, Intel Propose Innovative Extension to Popular PCI Express Computing Standard

Subject: General Tech | September 27, 2006 - 09:41 PM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco,
Sept. 27, 2006
— IBM and Intel Corporation, with support from dozens of
other companies, have developed a proposal to enhance PCI Express*
technology to address the performance requirements of new usage models,
such as visualization and extensible markup language (XML).

99 Nights in about 25 hours

Subject: General Tech | September 27, 2006 - 02:08 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has posted a review of the Xbox360 game, Ninety Nine Nights.  It's an epic game, with more than the usual amount of enemies involved in this good versus evil struggle.  Drop by to find out if they came away with a good feeling from all the button mashing.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

New Athlon 63 X2s expected

Subject: General Tech | September 27, 2006 - 11:48 AM |
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DigiTimes has posted an updated AMD processor roadmap. AMD is extending the 65nm Brisbanes, which has new processors at 100MHz seperation, instead of the original 200 MHz.  All will have 2*512Kb L2 caches.

Source: Digitimes

Intel To Pay Up To $1 Million Bounty For Sexy, Small, Stylish PCs

Subject: General Tech | September 26, 2006 - 06:55 PM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San
Francisco, Sept. 26, 2006 — Intel Corporation is challenging PC
designers and manufacturers to think sexy, stylish and small as they
design the next generation of home PCs
optimized for multimedia
entertainment and powered by Intel® Core™2 Duo processors.

Intel Extends Embedded Offerings With Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo Processors

Subject: General Tech | September 26, 2006 - 06:54 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 26,
2006 — Intel Corporation today announced expanded life cycle support
for the Intel® Core™2 Duo E6400 and T7400 processors
for embedded
applications, ranging from bank ATMs to point-of-sale cash registers.

Intel Develops Tera-Scale Research Chips

Subject: General Tech | September 26, 2006 - 06:54 PM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San
Francisco, Sept. 26, 2006 — Intel Corporation today described the
significant technical challenges that need to be addressed if
computing
, from personal devices to giant data centers, is to keep up
with increasing demand by consumers and businesses for Internet-based
software, services and media-rich experiences.

Small vulnerability found in OpenSSL

Subject: General Tech | September 26, 2006 - 11:58 AM |
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A very specific vulnerability in OpenSSL has been discovered, and patched recently.  It is only one particular signature, so it is likely to have affected very little, but that's no excuse not to patch.  Slashdot has links to the article.

Source: Slashdot

VIA CX700M -Unified Chipset with HDTV support

Subject: General Tech | September 26, 2006 - 11:43 AM |
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The VIA CX700M integrates premium graphics, audio, memory, storage, and
HDTV support all in a single chip design
. This unified design enables
the creation of smaller form factor designs, reduced power consumption,
and easier cooling, all of which opens the door for an expanded range
of embedded solutions. This is all done in a single chip package
exactly the same size as a North bridge, i.e. 37.5mm x 37.5mm,
representing a saving of over 34% in board real estate.

The death of DVD movies?

Subject: General Tech | September 25, 2006 - 06:05 PM |
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The Tech Zone puts forward some thoughts on the death of DVD movies, in all three flavours.  They cover several points, including the fact that it can be easier and quicker to download from iTunes than to wait for a rental store to have the movie in stock or wait for a mail delivery.