Gentlemen, start your engines

Subject: General Tech | February 27, 2007 - 01:40 PM |
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There are hundreds of joysticks, thousands of keyboards, and umpteen billion mice to choose from, but the racing fan has been left out of this input device madness.  New steering wheels for the racing game fan are few and far between.  Logitech steps up with the G25 Racing Wheel, an incredibly attractive device.  The wheel itself is 11 inches, with 900 degrees of motion from lock to lock.  It is rimmed with leather and the spokes and the 2 hand paddles ar

Source: TECHGAGE

Cellphone junkies

Subject: General Tech | February 27, 2007 - 12:53 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has listed several new tricks and toys we will be seeing in cell phones.  From using BlueTooth enabled phones to let you pay for things, by hooking the cell up to your bank to the BlackJack which merges a PDA and a cellphone in a much more useful package than we have seen yet.  Head over to get a look at what your phone will let you do in the not too distant future.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Her Majesty's Operating System

Subject: General Tech | February 26, 2007 - 12:37 PM |
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The British Royal Navy is switching to Windows (for Warships) based on Win2K.  Now, before you start making BSOD jokes, consider what the navy has been working with.  The hardware was a pair of 24-bit, 1MHz machines with 25KB of RAM and took 4 people to take care of it, as the current software has a disturbing tendency to crash.  Plus the fact that you are entering code like "PE L5414.10N L00335.67E R6000 TMDA [INJECT]", pop up windows don't really sound so bad. 

Source: The Register

Friday night on the PCPer forums

Subject: General Tech | February 23, 2007 - 06:26 PM |
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Friday is here again, and as well as heralding the weekend, it brings our forums into the spotlight as well.  In the Tech Talk forum is a thread that covers almost all the basic questions and warnings that apply to building a Core 2 Duo system.  Once you've managed to build your system, unless you are a huge fan of spaghetti and stale air, you should consider the possibilities available for cable management.  Check out this huge thread that starts with spli

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The sweet sound of 1s and 0s

Subject: General Tech | February 23, 2007 - 03:16 PM |
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Digital Audio has had a rough start.  Not many care what it is, or what it means and many speakers make bizarre claims about what signal they receive and how it is processed.  The Tech Report looks at Abits' iDome speakers, a set that includes 2 dual channel desktop speakers and a subwoofer.  These are true digital speakers, nothing in the chain is analog until the actual broadcasting of sound from the cones.  Read on to get a better idea of what is meant by Digital audio and a look at some impressiv

Vista gone wild ... naughty kernel shots now availble

Subject: General Tech | February 23, 2007 - 12:08 PM |
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Over at Slashdot is a link to an article done by a guy that managed to convince Vista to take his bead necklace and remove some clothing.  This is the second part of his 3 part look at the insides of Vista.  If you missed the first installment (memory management and more), you can follow the link at the start of the article.  Otherwise continue on to read about the various new "Ready-something or other" components new to Vista.

Source: Slashdot

What's the packet loss to Mars like today?

Subject: General Tech | February 22, 2007 - 12:32 PM |
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Vint Cerf wants to make sure you can get email from the red planet.  We have gone from the 1970's data uplink of 16 kbps to 2004's uplink of 256 kbs.  Although we can't get rid of the 20 minute delay, having a more reliable connection will help any future Mars Rover type missions.

No word on when the Barsoomian 419 scams will start coming
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Source: Slashdot

NewEgg joins forces with PCPerspective to give you more.

Subject: General Tech | February 22, 2007 - 12:09 PM |
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You might want to take notice of a new forum member ... Newegg Deals.  If you keep your eye on this thread here, you will see some very nice deals appearing.  For example right now you can get an Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz 4M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor for $314.00 + Free Shipping.

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Rock and Roll never dies

Subject: General Tech | February 21, 2007 - 06:14 PM |
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Join Digital Trends for a look back at some of the musicians and formats they grew up with and loved, and a serious problem that is infecting the musical universe.  Compression kills dynamic range.  In order to get music to listeners in what is essentially a LoFi format, one of the most powerful ways to evoke emotion is being removed.  Ask your self when the last time you listened to an MP3 at a full 192bps.

General Purpose verus the specialist

Subject: General Tech | February 21, 2007 - 12:17 PM |
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Ars Techncia has assembled an article on what certain analysts believe to be the most likely Google killer.  The idea is to have specialized search engines, not try to compete with Google's mastery over generalized searches.  Some will focus on providing information on local products or services, although Google Maps may well win in that category.  There are also vertical searches which focus on a specific topic and search in a specific set of database

Source: Ars Technica

Intel Technology Allows Nurses to Spend More Time with Patients

Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2007 - 06:20 PM |
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SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 20, 2007 - Intel Corporation today announced the mobile clinical assistant (MCA) is ready to enable nurses to spend more time with patients, do their jobs on the move while remaining connected, and manage the administration of medications. Motion Computing's C5 is the first product based on Intel's MCA platform and has earned support from clinicians and nurses participating in pilot studies around the world.

What happens in Vegas ...

Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2007 - 05:48 PM |
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Join [H]ard|OCP on a tour of the underside of Los Vegas in the new Rainbow Six Vegas on XBox360, PS3 and PSP.  They found a texture problem similar to the one discovered in Gears of War, where some textures would take upwards of 30 seconds to be drawn in when first loading a level, but the gameplay more than made up for the inconvenience.  This seems to be a worthy addition to any Rainbow 6 fan's collection.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

When is a mouse not a mouse?

Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2007 - 02:32 PM |
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When it's a Trackbar Emotion.  ExtremeTech reviews this device designed to reduce RSI and carpal.  It sits on the bottom of your keyboard, much like a wrist rest, with the trackbar, and below the track bar is four buttons, and a clickable scroll wheel.  This won't help your gaming performance directly, but if you spend all day working at a computer and then go home to play, this little device may help your wrists feel better at 6pm when you are getting to the important stuff.

And you thought Blackberry users were dangerous

Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2007 - 12:44 PM |
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The Inquirer has linked to a story on some new VR glasses, or in this case a visor.  They don't look to have a way to let you see through the projection to what is going on around you, both a good and a bad thing.

"Icuiti's VR920, which won the 2007 CES "innovations award", creates a feeling of watching a 62-inch screen from nine feet away.

The picture displays in 640x480 and it comes with a built in microphone and head tracker."

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

Source: The Inquirer

PC Perspective & Newegg want you to win a Wii

Subject: General Tech | February 19, 2007 - 03:12 PM |
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Head right here and enter to win a Wii! 

Here's the legalize to translate ...

Mommy, where do hard drives go when they die?

Subject: General Tech | February 19, 2007 - 12:17 PM |
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The Tech Report has linked to a .pdf article on the failure rate of hard drives.  Not many independent studies have been done, so it is hard to say how accurate manufacturers MTBF stats are.  Google ought to know as they use an enormous amount of HDDs and they are constantly running, and they are the ones who did the research.

The front page is nice, but the forums are so much better

Subject: General Tech | February 16, 2007 - 06:09 PM |
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If you are still looking for info on Vista one of our members has compiled a list of links that should cover almost any question you might come up with, so go visit Ezzo's Vista thread, and don't forget to thank him.  That doesn't mean we have given up on older OSes and we won't, because we know so many tips and tricks we would hate to see them disappear (well except for ME).  If you have troubles getting a CD ROM to work under Win2K, then read through here.&nbs

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Gears of War on the PC

Subject: General Tech | February 16, 2007 - 01:10 PM |
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According to this article on HEXUS, Gears of War may make it to the PC ... when enough people have the hardware to run it.  Of course, they neglect to mention what kind of system will be needed to play Gears on the PC, but somehow the idea that a 3GHz machine with 4GBs of RAM and dual 8800GTXs can't match the performance of a console seems unlikely.

Source: Hexus

EPIA turns 5

Subject: General Tech | February 16, 2007 - 12:43 PM |
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When VIA first introduced the EPIA they ran a little slower than most desktops, but not to the point of being crippled.  It's hard to know if they realized the response they would get from the modding community, but it has been huge!  If you aren't fully aware of what people are doing, just check out VIA Arena's current mod contest.

Source: VIA Arena

This keyboard goes to 11

Subject: General Tech | February 15, 2007 - 05:35 PM |
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Drop by Digital Trends for a look at the high end of Logitech keyboards, the DiNovo Edge.  Made of a Plexiglass composite and 11mm thick, it will stand up to a lot of abuse without needing to be built like a tank, or needing a cord since it uses Bluetooth.  The trackpad is certainly an interesting addition, and as it only needs to be recharged once a month you won't find yourself constantly stuck without a keyboard.