Megapixel madness

Subject: General Tech | July 17, 2006 - 12:08 PM |
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If you are finding yourself at a loss trying to explain digital cameras, megapixels and sensor sizes, Dan's Data can straighten you out.  Drop by to find out why buying a camera just based on the fact that it has a bazillion megapixels might not take pictures any better than a 2 year old model.

Source: Dan's Data

Careful with those funny .ppt emails

Subject: General Tech | July 14, 2006 - 12:28 PM |
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Close on the heels of Excel vulnerabilities patched this week, a flaw in PowerPoint could lead to remote code execution.  Be very cautious in opening any .ppt attachments you get, and read the full story at CNET

Saitek's Pro Gamer thingamajigger

Subject: General Tech | July 13, 2006 - 06:14 PM |
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Is it a keypad, a game pad or something else altogether?  Think Computers can tell you all about the Saitek Pro Gamer Command Unit, and what it can do for you in FPS and RTS games.

A PVR for your PSP

Subject: General Tech | July 13, 2006 - 04:06 PM |
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The Neuros MPEG-4 Recorder 2 is essentially a VCR with a twist.  Hook it up to your cable, exactly like you would a VCR.  It will record MPEG-4s of whatever channel you are on, giving you a choice of 4 resolutions.  Once you've recorded, either plug into a PC for transfer to an iPOD, or a memory stick for PSP.  XYZ Computing can tell you all about it.

Intel Declares Regular Cash Dividend

Subject: General Tech | July 13, 2006 - 02:22 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 13, 2006 — Intel Corporation's board of directors has declared a $0.10 per share quarterly dividend on the company's common stock. The dividend will be payable on September 1, 2006 to stockholders of record on August 7, 2006.

Sneak your favorite shows away from home

Subject: General Tech | July 13, 2006 - 11:59 AM |
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It certainly sounds easy enough to use.  Just plug the USB TV Tuner into your home PC, and then plug your cable into the USB tuner.  Once you are at another PC (at work, for example), just start a Skype video call with your home computer and you are watching TV.  Drop by The Inquirer for more on this handy device.

Source: The Inquirer

Putting bacteria to good use

Subject: General Tech | July 12, 2006 - 12:06 PM |
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The Inquirer has linked to the research of Prof. Renugopalakrishnan, who is doing some very interesting work with bacteria.  If you can handle the idea of literal bugs in your data, these disks will store a lot.  I wonder if as a side benefit, they will eat the crumbs and lint that always seem to end up in jewel cases.

Source: The Inquirer

Get your beta on

Subject: General Tech | July 11, 2006 - 11:54 AM |
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FireFox 2.0 Public Beta is here.  Drop by Ars Technica for a link to get it for yourself.  Although your extensions will not be very likely to work, some of the more popular extensions have been incorporated into the main program.

Source: Ars Technica

An illuminating typing experience

Subject: General Tech | July 10, 2006 - 12:10 PM |
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The Revoltec Lightboard advanced has a lot going for it.  It has fairly well thought out key placement, and overall attractive look, and it glows at the touch of a button.  The lights use barely any power, so the only connector is the USB cable you would expect to see.  Drop by Hi-Tech Reviews for a closer look.

It's a game about a game about a designer ...

Subject: General Tech | July 7, 2006 - 12:16 PM |
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Drop by Think Computers for a very odd concept in gaming ... it's Game Tycoon!  Instead of taking time off your gaming schedule to work on Quake X, travel back to the heady days of the early 80's, when coders were real coders, and cassettes and 51/4" diskettes ruled the earth.

Why read your news, when you can listen to someone do it for you?

Subject: General Tech | July 7, 2006 - 11:51 AM |
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If you have yet to listen to one of Digital Trends podcasts, today is a good day to try it out.  Always covering many different topics, this go around touches on Apple, Dell and Microsoft, as well as other odd topics.  Give it a listen, there's a good chance it will put a smile on your face.

What's in a sticker anyway?

Subject: General Tech | July 6, 2006 - 12:06 PM |
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3 of the systems that [H]ard|OCP reviewed over the past while bear a 'Windows Vista Capable' sticker somewhere on thier case.  Armed with a Vista Beta 2 disk, they decide to find out if that is true.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Clearwire Secures $900m In Financing With Intel Capital, Announces The Sale Of NextNet To Motorola

Subject: General Tech | July 6, 2006 - 11:35 AM |
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KIRKLAND, Wash., SANTA CLARA, Calif., and SCHAUMBURG, Ill., July 5, 2006 — Clearwire Corporation, a high-speed wireless broadband services provider founded by Craig McCaw, today announced a series of transactions with Intel Capital, the venture capital investment arm of Intel Corporation, Motorola and Motorola Ventures to accelerate the development and deployment of portable and mobile WiMAX networks based on the IEEE 802.16e-2005 standard.

Stand in the place where you are

Subject: General Tech | July 5, 2006 - 11:50 AM |
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With the NOVOGO V30 voice command SatNav system, you have a "You are here" dot everywhere you go.  Visit UK Gamer for a look at this GPS system.

"The V30 is the most basic of the four "V" series range which comprises of the V30, V50, V70 and V90.

The main unit remains the same throughout the range with the differences being down to the inclusion

of a TMC traffic report function and a remote controller on some models."

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Source: UK Gamer

The next big thing in mousing

Subject: General Tech | July 4, 2006 - 05:57 PM |
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So you've bought the highest DPI mouse you can find, and a high quality mousing surface for it to run around on, but you still want more?  Drop by XYZ computer for a look at the next step in gaming dominance, the Razer Armadillo cable management system.

Home theatre in a small box

Subject: General Tech | July 4, 2006 - 04:22 PM |
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A True Review looks at the new Soundmatters FULLstageHD Audio System, which is composed of a reciever and a subwoofer.  It claims to provide High Definition 2.1 sound with  only that subwoofer needed.  Read on to find out if they managed to do it.

"Some time ago, I reviewed an impressive single piece audio system — the MAINstage from Soundmatters.

Have a blast on Independance Day

Subject: General Tech | July 4, 2006 - 12:39 PM |
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MAKE:Blog has several links on how to have a bit o' fun making or photographing fireworks.  Drop by and see if any of their tips can make your holiday brighter, and maybe safer too!

"Spark it up for the Fourth with your own home brewed sparklers! United Nuclear has the goods you'll

need & Wired has a geek fireworks guide, from detonators to taking photos"

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Source: MAKE: Blog

Some thoughts on a distant view

Subject: General Tech | June 30, 2006 - 04:32 PM |
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Drop by [H]ard|OCP for a well thought out look at Windows Vista.  Not exactly a review, but more an overview of what could be the main reasons to upgrade when it is available.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Yes, you still have to brush them

Subject: General Tech | June 29, 2006 - 12:17 PM |
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Over at Slashdot, there is an article about some very Sci-Fi testing that has completed at the University of Alberta.  Using ultrasound and an implanted wireless device, they have regrown diseased and damaged teeth to perfect health.  Eventually they figure to be able to use it on any bone in the body.

Source: Slashdot