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Subject: General Tech | January 31, 2008 - 12:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are one of the few, the brave, the masochistic ... the Vista user; then next week you will need to make a decision. TechARP has heard that Vista Service Pack 1 will be released next week. Should you install it right away, or wait until the moon is right, and your dominant star is in the cool part of the sky, and you have sacrificed a few XP disks and EULAs to the great Gates?
Only you can decide.
Subject: General Tech | January 31, 2008 - 11:37 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
3DMark Vantage is coming ... sometime. Over at Futuremark is a teaser page with 3 screenshots from one of the tests you will see in the new version of 3DMark, which is following in the naming scheme we saw back in October, PCMark Vantage. There really isn't much information, apart from 3 screenshots and a link to the Game-O-Meter to test to see if your system can handle the benchmark without melting.
Strangely, it seems the spare GeForce3 Ti 200 I stuck in my PC at work still doesn't qualify it for even the minimum requirements.
Subject: General Tech | January 30, 2008 - 12:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AnandTech has cornered Futuremark on a topic many of us having been waiting to hear about, Futuremark Games Studio. Anyone who has sat watching the 3DMark benchmarks has probably wondered just why Futuremark is so vicious as to give us 60 seconds or so of what looks to be an incredible game, and then wanders off into pixel tests. The details are still sketchy, but we now know that something is in the works.
Subject: General Tech | January 30, 2008 - 11:55 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A plan by German police to hire hackers to break the encryption that Skype uses for it's VoIP communications has prompted an interesting article at The Register. They cover the 'poison movie' exploit, which has been fixed, as well as concerns that the current animated ads that play over Skype may provide another vector in which the same kind of exploit could be launched. They also link to a talk that took place during the Black Hat Europe 2006 conference, in which two participants voiced concerns th
Subject: General Tech | January 29, 2008 - 03:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you've seen flexible keyboards for sale, you might have thought it was a great idea, but the price is a bit much, and it might not have a layout that you like. Hack a Day comes to your rescue, with steps on how to make your own flexible keyboard, simply by disemboweling a normal USB keyboard and taping letters onto the membrane.
Subject: General Tech | January 29, 2008 - 12:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Wicked Lasers (the guys who did the Green and Blu-ray Lasers) have introduced The Torch, a record holding 4100 lumen flashlight that can set things on fire! If you follow the links from Slashdot, you can see the flashlight setting a pile of paper on fire. Sure, the battery will only last for 15 minutes, but that's plenty of time to cook an egg in the dark.
Subject: General Tech | January 29, 2008 - 11:29 AM | Ryan Shrout
In some interesting news from the gang at Shacknews, PC games are only making up about 14% of gaming sales when compile with the current console gaming market. The one caveat: digital download sales weren't included in the research.
Subject: General Tech | January 28, 2008 - 12:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For anyone who went into shock over the rumours that Windows 7 might be released next year, it is safe to come out now. The Inquirer looked into it and found some very convincing evidence that we won't see Windows 7 until some time after the end of the Mayan Calender. Any correlation between those two dates are just speculation at this time.
Subject: General Tech | January 25, 2008 - 05:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
One of my favourite installation errors has to be when an optical drive decides not to be recognized, as inevitably, at some point in the process Windows will request that you place a driver disk in your CD-ROM drive, so that it can install drivers. In the past at that point, I have the overwhelming urge to insert something that is not a CD into somewhere on the PC that is not the CD drive. If you wish to take the high road, and actually fix the problem, check out this thread in Tech Talk for some hints
Subject: General Tech | January 25, 2008 - 12:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Johnny Chung Lee, who you may have heard of from his past work has had another stroke of genius. By using a Wii bar sensor and an pair of safety glasses, as well as a bit of programming, he has an incredible way to have and actual 3-D view of his demo game on a Wii. You have to watch the YouTube video to believe it, and you will probably have to wait a while before Nintendo picks up on this and starts making games. The only real drawback with his method
Subject: General Tech | January 25, 2008 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
DigiTimes says this one will come at CeBIT 2008 in March. We will see how well the TLB bug has been dealt with, and maybe we might even here when they will be for sale.
Subject: General Tech | January 24, 2008 - 01:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
We have seen fans in controllers before, on several different styles of mouse, and they all shared 2 common factors. The fans were loud and annoying, and they didn't do squat when it came to cooling off your hand. While I will admit that after several hours, my mousing hand is a little damp, I always thought that the best fix for that was to wrap my hand around a fresh beer for a few seconds. Logitech, who really should know better by now, has just released the
Subject: General Tech | January 24, 2008 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Who woulda thunk it? Those people offering free phishing kits for download have actually included backdoors in their software, so that they get the same information that the script kiddies get. No phonour amongst phtheives? Next someone will tell me that politicians only look out for themselves and banks are only in business to make money.
Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2008 - 12:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
EA, and the Battlefield franchise have gone a bit strange in the head. With models that look a bit like Team Fortress, the newly announced Battlefield Heroes will be a free game from EA; with a catch. It will add advertisements. Unlike previous games with ads, these won't actually be in game, but will be on the website, and the 'front-end' of the game. I figure that means every time you start the game, there will be an ad in with the nVIDIA, Intel (etc) screens at the beginning, and maybe one playing in the background of the server browser and probably one to watch whil
Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2008 - 11:37 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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Subject: General Tech | January 22, 2008 - 01:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ExtremeTech tried out the iTunes Movie Rental service, and wants you to know how their experience with it went. One of the first things that struck them was a negative, for some reason HD movies cost almost twice as much as a non-HD movie. The experience did improve from there, they found the service easy to use and the quality was good, as you would expect. On the other hand, the movie studios did get to slap some restrictions on just how long you have to watch the video.
Subject: General Tech | January 22, 2008 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
After the stunning release of Vista (at least Microsoft was stunned), there obviously seems to be a need for something to follow it up with. The home adoption of Vista has not been anywhere near as bad as corporate adoption, as many home users either ended up using Vista because it was bundled with the machine they bought, or the occasional gamer buying it to try out DX10. In the world of big business Vista adoption is incredibly slow; although larger companies are always slow to change, Vista simply doesn't seem to attract them at all.
Subject: General Tech | January 22, 2008 - 12:14 AM | Ryan Shrout
We need your help! We have some hardware that needs to be destroyed in a creative yet decisive way, but we can't quite figure out HOW to do it. That's where you come in: drop by the forums and tell me how YOU would like to destroy some PC hardware.
Let's just say we have some frustrations to vent...so get in there and help me!!!
Subject: General Tech | January 21, 2008 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hope you like IE7, because it may be making an appearance on your desktop, whether you like it or not. Through the use of Windows Server Update Services, they will be rolling out an update this Friday. Standalone PC's probably won't see this, it is the corporate world of domain servers that will be receiving the forced update and spreading it to it's client PCs. The update is easily avoided, as WSUS has to be set to auto-approve Update Rollup packages to automatically install and push out the update, and it's default setting is to not auto-approve. If you haven't fully
Subject: General Tech | January 18, 2008 - 06:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are thinking of setting up an HTPC, you can always take UB's advice, or you can go it your own. If you do, you will need a case, and you had better find out what is new in the world of TV Tuner cards and as we've mentioned before, don't go out and buy the $100 a foot cables; ple