USB Gaming Console Controllers coming to a PC near you

Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2005 - 12:00 PM |
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If you are jealous of all the console systems cool controllers, then this review from Think Computers will make your day.  They look at the USB Nyko Airflo EX, a programable game controller that will let you play just about any PC Game, but still get the feeling of a controller.

'Nyko was founded in 1995 and is based out of Los Angeles, California In that short ten years,

they have proven themselves as qualified developers, manufacturers and marketers of innovative

peripherals to enhance

Do not just Snort at this vulnerability

Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2005 - 11:38 AM |
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Snort is an open-source tool that tries to detect and prevent attacks on systems and has also been included in up to 45 retail firewall products, plus many more open-source software.  CNET has an article which describes a buffer overflow flaw in it, which hasn't been exploited ...

How does "no wires" sound?

Subject: General Tech | October 18, 2005 - 05:59 PM |
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hardCOREware has a review of Logitech's Z-5450 Wireless Surround Speaker System.  If you have a wireless LAN, mouse, keyboard and phone, why do are you still forced to have wires for your surround sound system? 


"If you've used the Z-680, Z-5500, or any good surround PC speaker system, you might have been

annoyed by the rear speakers.

Source: hardCOREware

Video Quality Examined - The Eyes Have It

Subject: General Tech | October 18, 2005 - 04:30 PM |
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The Firing Squad takes a close look at video quality, and how it applies to HDTV, and to video processors.  Any questions you might have had about what to expect in quality, or even how people write reviews that include quality, will be answered here.

"Alan challenges one of the recently published "third party studies" comparing ATI and NVIDIA

video technology and shows you just how deep the rabbit hole goes... unless you'd rather go on

believing what you want to believe.

Source: Firing Squad

Is VOIP really free?

Subject: General Tech | October 18, 2005 - 03:44 PM |
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Red & Blackness Mods examines this new thing called VOIP ... and tries to answer the real question ... is it truely free?

"We all hear about Voip here and Voip there but what does it really stand for? Voip stands for 'Voice over Internet control' which basically means the phone over the internet. We have seen Skype, MSN, etc… come onto the market with the marketing slogan, 'call free over the internet.' But is it really free?"

Computing Faster Than Light

Subject: General Tech | October 18, 2005 - 11:31 AM |
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If you aren't familiar with quantum computing, you really should read this morning's article at The Tech Zone.  One of the most interesting ideas is instantaneous data transfer, not to mention incredible processing power.

"Imagine a computer whose memory is exponentially larger than its apparent physical size; a computer that can manipulate an exponential set of inputs simultaneously; a computer that computes in the twilight zone of space. You would be thinking of a quantum computer.

But the flamethrower makes it cool

Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2005 - 03:17 PM |
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Robosapien is kinda neat, but it's functionality is limited.  MAKE: Blog has found someone who thought a little improvement is in order, and what could improve the Robosapien more than a flamethrower?


"Filed under the "don't try this a home" Maker project.
Source: MAKE: Blog

Coming Soon, to an AMD based system near you

Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2005 - 12:02 PM |
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The Tech Report takes a look at what is known in the way of plans from AMD this year, and into the future.  If you are curious, or just looking to confirm any rumours you might have heard, then give the article a good look.

"AMD HAS BEEN rather tight-lipped about its future plans recently, as we've noted. Its public CPU roadmap was last revised in March and doesn't extend beyond the end of this year, with no major product changes slated between now and then.

HOW TO: FTP server on your home PC

Subject: General Tech | October 14, 2005 - 04:01 PM |
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When a USB thumbdrive or harddrive isn't enough to take it all with you, consider a home FTP site.  Then you can transfer whatever you need to where ever you might be at the time.  MAKE:Blog will send you to a site that can show you how.

"A home FTP server is useful to anyone who wants to save and retrieve files on their computer from anywhere. Ever forget a Word document on your home desktop that you really need at work?

Source: MAKE: Blog

AMD OPENS NEW 300MM FAB 36 IN DRESDEN, GERMANY

Subject: General Tech | October 14, 2005 - 11:44 AM |
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-New Facility Will Help AMD Nearly Double its Output in the Next Three Years, Meet Growing Demand for AMD64 Processors and Achieve Aggressive Growth Objectives-


DRESDEN, Germany-Oct.

Source: AMD

When Keyboards Meet Mr. Potato Head

Subject: General Tech | October 14, 2005 - 11:42 AM |
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The Ergodex DX1 is a very unique input device.  It is basically a square, upon which you can place keys, where ever you want.  Then you use the bundled software to assign the commands to the keys you've placed.  If WASD is getting you down, head to PimpRig and read all about it.

""To place a key, first you peel off the protective cover off of the adhesive, then press it down firmly on the DX1 pad. To remove the key, simply twist it off.

Source: PimpRig

Intel Donates $1 Million In Support Of South Asia Earthquake Relief Efforts

Subject: General Tech | October 13, 2005 - 04:44 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 13, 2005 — Intel Corporation's philanthropic arm, the Intel Foundation, will donate $1 million for disaster and humanitarian relief efforts related to the South Asia earthquake. The Foundation will also match dollar-for-dollar employee contributions in support of the relief effort through November.

iPod Video discussion ... via Podcast of course!

Subject: General Tech | October 13, 2005 - 02:51 PM |
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Designtechnica presents both a talk back article and a podcast of some predicitons and impressions about the iPod video.  See what they have to say, and listen to the podcast to see if they are right on the money, or out in left field.

"Based on the expectations set for the video iPod, today's announcement was disappointing given it didn't really provide the same kind of user experience with video as the original iPod did with audio.

You can teach an old webcam new tricks

Subject: General Tech | October 13, 2005 - 02:40 PM |
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Hardware Zone takes a look at the Creative WebCam Live! Motion.  Not only is it a decent webcam in terms of quality and looks, but it's motorized.  You can even set it in smart mode, and see the camera follow your movements, just like that old horror cliche, with eyeballs in a creepy portrait.

"The Creative WebCam Live! Motion promises to change your expectations of a web camera, equipped with a silent motor and ultra-wide angle lens.

Itsy Bitsy, Teeny Weenie, Micro MP3's are keenie

Subject: General Tech | October 12, 2005 - 01:45 PM |
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The MobiBLU DAH-1500i is a tiny square MP3 player, designed to hang off your neck liek a locket, while you are listening to it.  10 hours of battery life, either 512MB or !Gb storage, and good playback quality, with an iPod-like interface.  See what CoolTechZone makes of it here.

"We've all had it with standard sized MP3 players; after all, what's so special about them anymore? The same old features and audio quality are the norm these days.

Source: CoolTechZone

Driven to frustration in 64 bits?

Subject: General Tech | October 12, 2005 - 11:47 AM |
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Did you turn in your 32bit WinXP for the 64bit version when Microsoft first offered the trade in, and are now starting to regret the decision?  Think Computers wants you to know that you aren't alone.


'Well, Windows Xp 64 has been out for quite a while now, I for one have already upgraded and there is a noticeable difference, better in some respects, while not better in other. The 'not better' part is driver support.

A new PSU so good it's a Sin(Tek)

Subject: General Tech | October 11, 2005 - 02:09 PM |
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BigBruin does a full review of SinTek's new 500W PSU.  It's got modular connectors, as in you only plug in however many wires are needed.  It has a 120mm LED fan, and you can overvolt your memory and PCIx by 5%, right on the PSU.  To see what else it can do, read the whole review.

"SinTek has a real quality unit on their hands here.

Source: Big Bruin

Ball State University Moves To Head Of The Class In Intel's Ranking Of The Top 50 Most Unwired

Subject: General Tech | October 11, 2005 - 01:04 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 11, 2005 — As the most technology savvy and well-connected generation of college students enters school this fall, Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., is the nation's 'Most Unwired Campus,' according to Intel Corporation's second annual survey on wireless Internet access at U.S. colleges and universities.


Last year many campuses reported limited wireless network capabilities. This year's survey, conducted with the Center for Digital Education, reveals that students are more likely to be enjoying campus life unwired.

Guard your PC with Armor

Subject: General Tech | October 11, 2005 - 12:02 PM |
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You may have never heard of Jackson Backup before, but you may well wish you had.  They are a company that specializes in data loss prevention, and recovery.  Hi-Techreviews has a review of their Armor PCI Card, which is a hardware solution to both data protection and recovery.  It is much like the software suites you are used to, but it takes up less of you HDD space to do the same job.

"Things have changed over the course of the last five years when it comes to using the Inte

Wireless Industry Leaders Promote Next-Generation Wi-Fi Technology to Accelerate IEEE Standards Deve

Subject: General Tech | October 11, 2005 - 11:36 AM |
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SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 10, 2005 — Twenty six Wi-Fi* industry leaders today announced a coalition formed to accelerate the IEEE* 802.11n standard development process and promote a technology specification for next-generation wireless local area networking (WLAN) products. By introducing a specification with widespread industry support, the Enhanced Wireless Consortium (EWC) hopes to speed ratification of an 802.11n standard, while enabling an ecosystem of high-performance WLAN products built to a common set of guidelines.