Fahrenheit 451

Subject: General Tech | June 20, 2006 - 12:23 PM |
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Imagine having someone give you an experimental chip, and telling you to overclock it as far as it will go, no matter what it takes.   The chip runs at 350GHz, but by reducing the temperature to 8 degrees above absolute zero, it was run at 500GHz.  Drop by CNET for more info.

Use your modding powers for good

Subject: General Tech | June 19, 2006 - 12:17 PM |
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ExtremeTech is hosting a modding contest with weekly prizes as well a very impressive grand prize.  The rules are very simple, although the contest is only open to US residents.

Source: Extremetech

Memoirs of a Computex survivor

Subject: General Tech | June 16, 2006 - 12:01 PM |
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It took almost a full week for The Tech Report to recover from their sensory overload at Computex.  As part of their therapy to re-adjust them to this limited world of post-release technologies, they were told to share their experiences with the world.  A warning, you will be jealous by the time you finish reading their article.

Mouse disection online

Subject: General Tech | June 15, 2006 - 06:54 PM |
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OCMODSHOP disects the XTrac Ripper XXL, to see what makes it tick.  Drop by for some graphic shots of the guts of a mouse.

Source: OCMODSHOP

DirectX 10, now only for Vista

Subject: General Tech | June 15, 2006 - 12:30 PM |
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It looks like on of the biggest reasons to get Vista when it comes out is to be able to use Direct X 10.  The Inquirer even found out why.


Plus, check out the Video cards and motherboards that Ryan spotted at Computex.

"WE FINALLY got the official word that Direct X 10 won't find its way to Windows XP.

So anyone who plans to buy Direct X 10 hardware and plans to use its full potential will have to buy

Vista as well.

Source: The Inquirer

Cheap and Compact: The new DS Lite

Subject: General Tech | June 14, 2006 - 01:15 PM |
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Digital Trends managed to put down their new DS Lite long enough to give a review.  Take a look at what they think of it, but don't bug them too much ... they are exercising their thumbs.

Ease to install home security

Subject: General Tech | June 13, 2006 - 11:52 AM |
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Easy to install, and little or no configuration, the AlphaSheild Pro is perfect for anyone who doesn't have a router, or isn't sure if they have properly configured it.  Drop by 3dGameMan for a look at this hardware firewall.

Source: 3dGameMan

Recordable XM to go

Subject: General Tech | June 12, 2006 - 03:16 PM |
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XYZ Reviews the newest in XM radio, the Helix XM2go YX-M1Z.  It has MP3 capabilities, in that you can record radio show for later listening as well as being able to perform as an MP3 player.  Check it out.

"Portable audio has quickly become one of the most innovative segments in today's electronics

industry. The rapid growth of digital music and the tremendous potential of satellite radio has made

this segment particularly interesting and the advances have been rapid.

Abandoned again, this time for good

Subject: General Tech | June 12, 2006 - 12:21 PM |
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Well, it looks like Microsoft has well and truly abandoned Win98 and ME, as they have been threatening to do for about 4 years according to CNET.  Guess it's finally time to upgrade to Win2K, eh?

Tune in next week for the exiting continuation of ...

Subject: General Tech | June 9, 2006 - 12:16 PM |
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Steam has revived an old radio show and T.V. technique, episodic content.  With Episode One finally available over Steam, Elite Bastards ran through it so that they can tell you all about it.  Read on to find out if they will revive another old technique, the cliff-hanger.

"It is thankful therefore, that the advent of their Steam distribution system has helped to persuade Valve to move away from producing major new games every half dozen years or so, and rather to make use of their existing (and ever improving Source engine) to work on episodic content, which can be released as small chunks of gameplay (typically five or six hours or so) as and when it is ready."

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Tech Talk

Is it a bug if it's tough to exploit?

Subject: General Tech | June 9, 2006 - 12:02 PM |
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There is a java exploit recently discovered; reported by CNET.  It is very difficult to exploit, in order to get at your files, a malicious webpage has to trick you into typing in the full path of the file it wants to try to upload.  On the other hand, this flaw affects Firefox, Mozilla SeaMonkey, Mozilla Suite, Netscape and Microsoft Internet Explorer, so it could be a problem for anyone.

Intel Sales Chief Readies Industry With New Products, Technologies Ahead Of Widely Anticipated Proce

Subject: General Tech | June 8, 2006 - 03:13 PM |
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TAIPEI, Taiwan, June 6, 2006 — During a speech at Computex today, Intel Corporation executive Anand Chandrasekher introduced products and technologies that will surround the company's upcoming family of powerful and more energy-efficient Intel® Core™2 Duo processors, telling attendees that all of this innovation will redefine how PCs are used today and attract more buyers around the world.

VIA's Press Release on CEO's keynote today

Subject: General Tech | June 7, 2006 - 11:46 AM |
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Centered around the key theme of how
miniaturization and integration on the PC platform is accelerating the
extension of the PC platform into new form factors, new usage models
and new markets, thereby prompting the proliferation of digital
intelligence, Mr Chen outlined VIA's comprehensive strategy covering
silicon, platform and system level innovation in driving the transition
of the PC to devices with consumer electronics appeal.

Source: VIA Arena

Intel Expands Commitment To Multi-Billion Dollar NOR Flash Embedded Market Segments

Subject: General Tech | June 7, 2006 - 11:38 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 6, 2006 — Intel Corporation today disclosed that it will expand its portfolio of NOR flash memory products for the growing multi-billion dollar embedded market segments. The company outlined plans to introduce a 3-volt (3V) version of its Intel StrataFlash® Embedded Memory architecture.

Leading Health & Tech Companies Form Alliance To Improve Personal Health Through Connected Devices

Subject: General Tech | June 6, 2006 - 06:04 PM |
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SAN FRANCISCO, June 6, 2006 — Given the rise of chronic conditions and the rapid aging of the population, the methods of managing health will need to shift from traditional institutional settings to peoples' everyday environments, including the home.

Who needs 87 buttons to play an RTS

Subject: General Tech | June 5, 2006 - 05:57 PM |
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TECHGAGE reviews Razer's newest mouse, the Krait.  With a nifty orage glow, and only 3 buttons, it is perfect for late night empire building, if it doesn't require a 10 button mouse.  They keep the 2000dps accuracy, and the on the fly sensitivity switching, but dropped the price.

Source: TECHGAGE

Where to get your movie fix

Subject: General Tech | June 5, 2006 - 12:43 PM |
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Ars Technica felt like staying home a watching a movie, so they headed off to a local brick and mortar video rental store ... but it didn't turn out so well.  Join them as they try out the various new ways you can rent or buy videos, without ending up filling your house with DVDs.

Source: Ars Technica

It's the PC Show, with special guests, The Hardware Zone

Subject: General Tech | June 2, 2006 - 11:58 AM |
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HardwareZone has snapped a picture of just about every single booth and display at the 2006 PC Show.  Drop by and see what they have spotted, some of it you may have heard of, and some which you might never have imagnined ... a 9-in-1 printer?

The pre-view from up here

Subject: General Tech | June 1, 2006 - 11:57 AM |
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Ars Technica takes a comprehensive look at the second beta for Vista.  Covering everything from the new IE and Media Player to Aero and Windows flip.  Take a look at what Microsoft has in store for it's next OS.

Source: Ars Technica