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Subject: General Tech | June 7, 2007 - 11:46 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica continues their look at the Vista, in this review focusing on security. They cover the usual suspects, like UAC and Protected Mode for IE, but also look into some features you might not be aware of. For instance, when a non-administrator is logged in and a program tries to write to Program Files or the registry, it actually writes to that users profile, while convincing the program that it has placed the file where the program wanted it. This makes it much easier to use the PC as a non-admin
Subject: General Tech | June 6, 2007 - 05:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ladybugs, racing cars, cheetah prints and snow globes; who would've thought that computer mice were supposed to be cute? If you are sick of buying sleek monochrome mice, and don't care if you have a billion dots per inch accuracy, then what do you look for in a mouse? As ExtremeTech will show you in this review/slideshow, the world of mice encompasses far more than you might imagine.
Subject: General Tech | June 6, 2007 - 01:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With so many new chipsets including digital 5.1 sound support, buying a sound card is something that price conscious users are skipping out on. The Inquirer sat dow to figure out how much of an effect doing do would have on gaming, not so much the sound quality as the CPU usage. As it turns out even with the CPU technology of today, there is a significant impact. They also point out that leaving onboard sound off of the motherboard will free up more space, something that is quickly becoming a problem.
Subject: General Tech | June 6, 2007 - 11:41 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP's comparison of the frame rates that Vista provides versus XP has had some criticism recently. What is being mentioned is that they only test nVIDIA cards, and not a single ATI card. Today they rectify that, adding a ATI X1950XTX into the mix, and revisiting some of the nVIDIA scores as well. The tests provide some interesting evidence as to where the fault of performance gap lies.
Subject: General Tech | June 5, 2007 - 02:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 5, 2007 - Intel Corporation today announced the availability of two software products that help developers efficiently create more reliable, high-performing applications that speed up a computer's responsiveness.
Subject: General Tech | June 5, 2007 - 12:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP is getting a very broad view of OSes this year. They've tried the new Microsoft OS, and Ubuntu 7.04, and now they give OSX a try. They give the OS a full workout, to see if the security benefits that regular users tout are really there, how productivity software work, the windows emulator and even go looking for freeware to install on it. If you've ever wondered what using a Mac was like, but were afraid your PC loving friends would laugh at you, now you can find out.
Subject: General Tech | June 5, 2007 - 11:31 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - June 5, 2007 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced availability of the AMD LIVE! Home Cinema, a state-of-the-art home entertainment system with built-in audio amplification that leverages the performance of a PC. The AMD LIVE!
Subject: General Tech | June 1, 2007 - 06:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
This week has seen an update to Firefox, as well as some warnings about vulnerabilities that exist when you update certain extensions. Do you have faith in the security of Firefox, or does the list of vulnerabilities have you worried?
Subject: General Tech | June 1, 2007 - 12:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
From the same minds that brought you System Shock 1 & 2, comes BioShock. Not a sequel or prequel, but still having the same type of atmosphere as the first two, this time you find yourself trapped in a bathysphere that was supposedly uninhabited. Watch the streaming video on Wired for a look at what you will find living beneath the waters.
Subject: General Tech | June 1, 2007 - 11:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Microsoft's Milan is a powerful PC running Vista, with a monitor bearing several IR cameras and a good motion tracking system. It is claimed to be quite durable, so hopefully the screen doesn't need to be replaced often from too many fingers poking at it. Read on at PC Mechanic about this new way to interface with your PC, that you may soon see in a lot of businesses.
Subject: General Tech | May 31, 2007 - 11:43 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP has posted a warning to Firefox users about a vulnerability that can be exploited using a number of add-ons. The problem stems from the extension updates being hosted on a third party server, and being sent unencrypted, as opposed to being over HTTPS. This could allow an attacker to intercept the update, and replace it with their own code.
"According to Chris Soghoian, the Indiana University doctoral candidate who discovered the weakness, the vulnerability
exists for some
Subject: General Tech | May 30, 2007 - 05:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. May 30, 2007 AMD (NYSE AMD) today announced the appointment of Frank Clegg, corporate director and chairman of Navantis Inc. and former president of Microsoft Canada, to its board of directors. Mr. Clegg was elected by AMD's board of directors effective May 24, 2007.
"We are honored to add Frank Clegg to the talented group of world-class directors who serve on AMD's Board," said Hector Ruiz, AMD chairman and CEO. "His breadth and depth of experience in corporate strategy and management are tremendous assets for AMD as we strengthen our strategic relationships globally.
Subject: General Tech | May 30, 2007 - 02:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ABIT has branched out recently, creating a set of wireless speakers and music access point, dubbed the iDome and AirPace. HotHardware decided to give a full set a test, and see if you have to sacrifice sound quality for the lack of wires running all over the place. Wires have become a problem with a 5.1 or 7.1 setup, which makes ABIT's choice to set up a wireless 2.1 system a bit strange, thou
Subject: General Tech | May 30, 2007 - 02:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 29, 2007 Intel Corporation today unveiled its first Digital TV dual channel demodulators for the consumer electronics (CE) market segment that is housed on a single piece of silicon.
Subject: General Tech | May 30, 2007 - 02:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 30, 2007 Intel Corporation today honored six U.S. schools with a 2007 Intel Schools of Distinction Award. The annual awards recognize schools for implementing innovative math and science programs. The Intel Foundation and sponsoring companies distribute $1 million in grants and awards to winning schools.
Subject: General Tech | May 30, 2007 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fans of the Unreal Tournament series having been waiting a long while for the next installment, due out Christmas-ish. The newest incarnation will take advantage of multiple cores in order to maximize the amount of extras that can be on screen, as well as providing PhysX support. In order to get all the benefits that are offered, you are looking at an upgrade to a Quad Core, and a videocard that is at least in nVIDIA's 7000 series or a X1000 series. The only disappointment for The Inquirer is UT2K7's lack o
Subject: General Tech | May 30, 2007 - 11:46 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you don't want to get a proper Linux install up and running on a router, so that you can use it as a hardware firewall, then you might be interested in the Yoggie Pico. According to Slashdot, this is essentially a mini computer on a USB drive, that takes the load of running the firewall off of your CPU. A previous version of their product used RJ45 ports, and sat on the actual connection, whereas this new product is designed to be smaller and so it is relegated to a USB port.
Subject: General Tech | May 29, 2007 - 11:26 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Over at XYZ Computing they are trying to extend the battery life of a Fujitsu P7230, which with its 1.2GHz Intel Core Solo U1400 has an advantage. What is at issue is the OS, Vista. On a desktop C2D system, the resource demands of Vista are a minor annoyance but on a laptop system they are a real drain.
Subject: General Tech | May 28, 2007 - 01:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
GWSystems Fragpedal Classic isn't exactly like any other foot pedal I've seen. As opposed to it acting like a normal pedal, it has a pair of pads with 2 buttons each. These buttons can be programmed in a number of ways, up to an including making one a shift pedal, so you can bind 2 operations each to the remaining 3 buttons. If you find yourself confused, read the full review at OCC and you'll get a better idea.
Subject: General Tech | May 28, 2007 - 11:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Google has put a lot of effort into it's online offerings with documents, spreadsheets and a calendar. According to Ars Technica, now you can bring Google's calendar everywhere, as they will offer it in a form compatible with your cell phone. You can sync it to your online account's calendar and never miss an appointment again. It should tie in well with the