Think Max Payne, only shorter

Subject: General Tech | March 21, 2007 - 12:23 PM |
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You probably haven't heard of Infernal, created by a company called Metropolis Software.  DriverHeaven certainly hadn't before they wrote this review.  It is billed as an HD game, and it's screenshots are certainly good looking.  It fully supports Vista, as well as Ageia PPUs to give you a very interesting gaming experience as you make your way through the story as a fallen angel.  The biggest drawback to the game, apart from it's obscurity, is how short it is.  Hopefully this engine will spawn more game

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Make the first DX10 game

Subject: General Tech | March 21, 2007 - 12:02 PM |
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FPS Creator is an editor that allows you to make your own FPS games, in DX10.  The Inquirer gives you an overview of what The Game Creators have added in this beta DX10 upgrade.  It is likely to favour nVidia cards, as it has been that graphics company working with them, but not ATI/AMD.

Source: The Inquirer

Time for Creative to live up to it's name

Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2007 - 06:09 PM |
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Graphics cards are evolving quickly.  No one company can claim to be king of the hill for long, before a competitor replaces them.  The components and slot interface keeps advancing and the newer cards are capable of things earlier generations couldn't have dreamed of.

The Killer NIC's little brother

Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2007 - 11:46 AM |
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ExtremeTech wasn't terribly impressed with Bigfoot's Killer NIC.  They did notice an improvement over an onboard NIC, but not ~$270 worth.  A new model, the Killer K1 is now available, at about $100 cheaper.  Read the full review and find out if this less expensive model can beat a free NIC.

Source: Extremetech

OCZ gets into mind reading

Subject: General Tech | March 19, 2007 - 02:10 PM |
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At CNET, Madshrimps got a look at the OCZ Actuator, which may be the PC interface of the future.  Put down your mouse and toss out the keyboard, this device reads brainwaves, eye movement and facial movement as well.  Head over to see how you may be gaming in the future.

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5 fixes for "known issues"

Subject: General Tech | March 19, 2007 - 11:20 AM |
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ExtremeTech has scoured the net for fixes to some of the interesting behaviour that Vista produces.  They offer 5 solutions to problems seen in many forums, and all 5 are easy to implement.

Source: Extremetech

Friday forum fun

Subject: General Tech | March 16, 2007 - 02:15 PM |
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A member of our forums has reached an existential crisis, the problems he has had constructing PCs has lead him to wonder if a prebuilt PC is the answer.  Help him out in this thread.  In this year the old Intel vs.

This one is strong in the Force

Subject: General Tech | March 16, 2007 - 11:07 AM |
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Give yourself Wi-Fi ESP with this handy little project that MAKE:Blog has linked to.  With a little work with a micro-controller and PIC you can have a small sensor that provides a heartbeat-like signal that gets faster the better the Wi-Fi signal.

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A peek behind the curatins at CeBIT

Subject: General Tech | March 15, 2007 - 11:05 AM |
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CeBit Hannover hasn't started yet, but that hasn't stopped a few sites from sneaking a quick peek at what is going to be happening.  VR-Zone got a good look Abit, ASUS and a peek at Bearlake.  They didn't stop there though, they also got a good look at what some major memory manufacturers are up to as well.

Source: VR-Zone

Your platform for revenge

Subject: General Tech | March 14, 2007 - 02:42 PM |
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According to this story on The Inquirer, Xbox Live is being opened up to be reachable by PCs.  Halo 2 will be the initial test of this, and if it works you will have a chance to pit yourself against console only gamers.

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Intel Science Talent Search Winners Announced

Subject: General Tech | March 14, 2007 - 02:32 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 13, 2007 — Innovation was the word of the day as Intel announced the winners of the Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS). The top award, a $100,000 scholarship from the Intel Foundation, went to Mary Masterman, 17, who built an accurate spectrograph that identifies the specific characteristics — or "fingerprints" — of different kinds of molecules. Spectrographs have wide applications in research and industry and can cost as much as $100,000.

Well dressed for the GDC

Subject: General Tech | March 14, 2007 - 01:11 PM |
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The Tech Report has been hard at ... err work ... at the Games Development Conference.  Drop by to see what kind of impression a guy in slacks and a shirt makes with the gamers.

Newegg Offers Exclusive External HD-DVD Drive

Subject: General Tech | March 14, 2007 - 12:00 AM |
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An interesting email hit my inbox this afternoon from some friends at Newegg.com: Toshiba is now offering an external HD-DVD drive, model PA35, for a modest price of $369.99.


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A new sound in PCs

Subject: General Tech | March 13, 2007 - 02:05 PM |
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It's a coprocessor conspiracy

Subject: General Tech | March 13, 2007 - 11:05 AM |
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What if Ageia wasn't really trying to make things clow up prettier, but instead had a plot to create high-performance computing with off the shelf parts ... namely their physics card.  At the GDC, a company called Codeplay talked about their new auto-parallelizing compiler.  It's called Sieve and it is target to run on three different platforms, multicore x86, Ageia's PhysX, and IBM's Cell.  Read on to hear the rest of the secrets Ars Technica has discovered, before someone silences them.

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VIA Shows How Clean Computing Can Halve Power Use at the Green California Exposition @ VIA Technolog

Subject: General Tech | March 13, 2007 - 10:45 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, March 12, 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, will showcase a range of highly power efficient partner products for enterprise at the Green California Summit and Exposition taking place in Sacramento, California from 13-14 March 2007, booth 1030.

Wii've got a Winner

Subject: General Tech | March 12, 2007 - 02:22 PM |
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We at PC Perspective would like to congratulate Jimmy N. from Texas! He is the winner in the PCPerspective and Newegg Win a Wii contest.

Thanks to everyone that participated, and keep your eye out for more contests, like the NCAA Tournament.

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March Madness @ PC Perspective

Subject: General Tech | March 12, 2007 - 01:50 PM |
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All you need is a CBS SportsLine.com free membership, and a few picks!  Join up here, if you don't already have a membership, for a chance at bragging rights and a prize of undisclosed nature. 

Join the tournament here, and use this thread for your trash talk.

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A little lube for your mouse

Subject: General Tech | March 12, 2007 - 01:00 PM |
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BurnOutPC reviews 3 mouse enhancement products from XTracPads, MouseGrips, MouseDotz and Instaglide.  The Grips adhere to the top of the mouse, to increase the friction between the mouse and your hand, and the Dotz are Teflon and replace the old beat up pads on the bottom of your mouse.  As for the Instaglide, think ski wax.

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Waiting to get in the game

Subject: General Tech | March 12, 2007 - 11:15 AM |
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ExtremeTech has wrapped up their GDC 2007 coverage with a big slideshow, covering some interesting new peripherals and systems, as well as a long writeup on the presentations they saw.  Get a look at what is coming up for 2007/8.

Source: Extremetech