A capacity for stealth

Subject: General Tech | November 10, 2005 - 11:42 AM |
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According to this article on CNET, not only are we in for another run of bad capacitors on mobos and graphics cards, some of them won't be easy to spot.  Not all bad caps rust, ooze or buldge, some sit there looking perfectly healthy while secretly sabotaging your enjoyment.  They offer a few hints to spot them, without bringing out the ocilliscope.

"Not all broken capacitors will bulge, swell and burst, however.

Das Geeky Keyboard

Subject: General Tech | November 9, 2005 - 07:00 PM |
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Das Keyboard, if you haven't run into a mention of it yet, get over to The Moditory to see what people are talking about.  If you have, but aren't sure if you really want to take your computing to that level, read the review, and see if it makes your mind up one way or the other.

"Looking for a new keyboard to proclaim your status of Geekdom?
The DAS Keyboard is a product invented by Ãœber Geek Daniel Guermeur intended to make a bold

statement to enthusiasts.

Source: The Moditory

AMD to Hold Financial Analyst Day

Subject: General Tech | November 9, 2005 - 05:37 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Nov. 9, 2005 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that it will hold a financial analyst meeting at approximately 8:30 a.m. PT (11:30 a.m. ET) on Tuesday, November 15, 2005 at AMD Headquarters in Sunnyvale, CA.

Source: AMD

Intel-Based Commercial WiMAX Networks Under Way With 24 Carriers Worldwide

Subject: General Tech | November 9, 2005 - 01:09 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 9, 2005 — Thirteen carriers from around the world are now deploying the world's first fixed WiMAX networks based on Intel Corporation WiMAX technologies, delivering high-speed broadband access to businesses and residences from Germany to Guatemala.

Intel, Dell And Schlumberger To Deliver Feature Rich Platforms For The Oil And Gas Industry

Subject: General Tech | November 9, 2005 - 01:06 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 9, 2005 — Intel Corporation today announced it is working with Dell and Schlumberger to deliver a new workstation platform specifically designed to meet the needs of the oil and gas industry.


The three companies will employ their core strengths to develop computing platforms that deliver solutions with superior data throughput, computation performance and 3D graphical performance. Specifically, Schlumberger brings to this collaborative effort an intimate knowledge of exploration and production (E&P) environments and customer needs.

TANSTAAFL, as it applies to Wi-Fi

Subject: General Tech | November 9, 2005 - 12:10 PM |
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That free, unsecured Wi-Fi connection you just logged onto may come back to haunt you one day.  Free internet is fun, but is it worth a stranger capturing every bit of data you send, including passwords?  Read on at The Tech Zone.

"What Is An Evil Twin? They are fake Internet gateways posing as legitimate Wi-Fi hotspots.

Supposing you visit the local Internet cafe who has a paid hotspot.

AMD'S OPEN PLATFORM MANAGEMENT ARCHITECTURE EMBRACED BY INDUSTRY ...

Subject: General Tech | November 9, 2005 - 11:39 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Nov. 9, 2005 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced key industry acceptance and support of its Open Platform Management Architecture (OPMA) specification that defines a common system interface between the server motherboard and its management subsystem. Leading infrastructure vendors, system builders and solution providers worked with AMD to develop the specification, which was published earlier this year.

Source: AMD

Lupper - Linux-land, left out no longer

Subject: General Tech | November 8, 2005 - 11:32 AM |
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Feel like the virus writers mostly ignore Linux, and miss the thrill of trying to harden a box while it's undergoing an attack, or fixing it after the fact?  Well, let me introduce you to the new kid on the block ...

Portable Multimedia Storage

Subject: General Tech | November 7, 2005 - 02:24 PM |
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The Novatronn iamm NTD-35 is a little different than the MP3 players you might be used to.  For one thing, it's based on a normal 3.5" HDD, so you can swap in a huge drive, if you feel so inclined.  This may take away from it's portability, as does the power plug, but it will play most movies, pictures and songs, and can hook up to a TV as well as a PC.

Source: 3DVelocity

Careful what you say where people can hear you

Subject: General Tech | November 7, 2005 - 01:05 PM |
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Back in 1965, Gordon Moore made an off-handed comment "

that the number of transistors per square inch on an integrated circuit doubles every year to two years".  That comment has now become Moore's Law, and it has proved accurate over the past 40 years.  CNet looks to see if we can expect it to hold true for a few more decades.


"The success of Moore's predictions has created some problems.

Get a shiny new keyboard for that modded box

Subject: General Tech | November 4, 2005 - 04:13 PM |
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You put tonnes of $$$ and time into your system, so that it looks as good as it runs.  Then you stick an ugly off white keyboard in the front.  Well, thanks to the people at Clavier, you don't have to.  Club Overclocker has found the Hiper Calvier Aluminum Keyboard, a keyboard that is bound to look good at the front of any system.

"Our very own Average Joe takes a few pecks on the Hiper Calvier Aluminum Keyboard.

Source: Club OC

Logitech's Newest Cordless Gaming Mouse

Subject: General Tech | November 3, 2005 - 01:26 PM |
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The G7 Cordless Gaming Mouse has all the buttons and smoothness you would expect from the MX-518 gaming mouse, but without a cord.  They have also moved away from the charging dock, this mouse uses rechargable Li-Ion batteries, and comes with a USB powered charger.  ASE Labs is the place to go to find out more.

"PC games: the primary field of computing that has pushed this so-called "productivity box" faster

and faster over the years.

Source: Aselabs

McAfee Makes Securing Wireless Easy

Subject: General Tech | November 3, 2005 - 11:41 AM |
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Are you generally unfamiliar with wireless LAN's, can't seem to successfully secure your own network, or are just having difficulty keeping a friend or family member's LAN safe from bored kids who like to delete things?  McAfee Wireless Home Network Security might be just the peice of software to save you from grief.  The Tech Lounge has the full review, head on over.

"So what if you can't tell WEP from WAP, or WPA from AP?

AMD APPLAUDS AGREEMENT TO ELIMINATE DUTIES ON MULTI-CHIP PACKAGE (MCP) SEMICONDUCTORS

Subject: General Tech | November 3, 2005 - 11:24 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Nov. 3, 2005 - AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced support for the draft agreement finalized at the Governments/Authorities Meeting on semiconductors (GAMS) in Seoul, Korea that is intended to eliminate duties on multi-chip package integrated circuits beginning on January 1, 2006.

Source: AMD

New Advertising Campaign Showcases Benefits Of Intel Technology For Businesses

Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2005 - 06:28 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 1, 2005 — Intel Corporation this week launched a worldwide advertising and marketing campaign that showcases how Intel's standards-based platforms are a catalyst for success for businesses worldwide.


With a theme of 'When Intel is built in, success is built in,' the campaign shows how Intel technology helps drive success in areas that matter most to businesses of all types and sizes and includes case studies to demonstrate this.

Intel Opens Leading-Edge 65nm, 300mm High-Volume Wafer Manufacturing Facility In Arizona

Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2005 - 01:01 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 2, 2005 — Intel Corporation has re-opened an advanced, high-volume semiconductor manufacturing facility in Chandler, Ariz., converting it to a leading-edge 300mm, 65nm process factory. Called Fab 12, the factory is Intel's second volume-production fab using 65nm process technology produced on the industry's largest wafer size (300mm), which provides the Intel fab with the potential to generate the world's highest microprocessor output at the lowest cost.

73 lbs of pure bassy goodness

Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2005 - 12:13 PM |
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At roughly 1ft * 2ft * 2ft, the Behringer Truth is 360 Watts of sub woofer, that might just be what you need to make the ground shake as the artillery starts to fall in a frantic BF2 session.  Tech Connect does all the tests, so you don't have to wonder what this sub can do.


Then come back and read John Hung's review of Creative Labs' Sound Blaster X-Fi.


"Do you feel the noise? DO YOU?

More bulging capacitors, the video card version

Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2005 - 11:54 AM |
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I really hope that this is a one time problem that The Inquirer had the bad luck to run into, but checking your video cards capacitors might well be a good idea.

"The symptoms included corrupted graphics, and then repeated rebooting of the GPU, sometimes up to

once a minute, it was really odd. So, if you have problems like this, check the caps on your

cards, and let us know if you see any.

Source: The Inquirer

Intel Launches Next Wave Of Multi-Core Server Platforms

Subject: General Tech | November 1, 2005 - 12:57 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 1, 2005 — Originally planned for early 2006, Intel Corporation's first dual-core, hyper-threaded processors for servers with four or more processors started shipping today. The processors deliver record levels of performance2 and are optimal for multi-threaded applications such as database, supply chain management and financial services software.


'With a current installed base of over 30 million, Intel Xeon processor-based servers are the proven platform of choice,' said Kirk Skaugen, general manager of Intel's Server Platforms Group.