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Subject: General Tech | August 20, 2007 - 12:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
According to the Skype blog, the outage many are still experiencing came about because of Microsoft's Patch Tuesday. The details are still a little sketchy as to exactly what happened, and why this particular patch had more effect on the Skype network than previous Patch Tuesdays. Keep an eye on Ars Technica's article for updates.
Subject: General Tech | August 16, 2007 - 05:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
My weekend may coming early, but that's no excuse for everyone to miss out on the happenings in the PC Perspective Forums. It's not all gaming, there is still plenty of other topics to see, such as the problems you can run into with removing beta software, or any type of software that doesn't want to come off your PC. Head to the Cases'n'Cooling forum to learn more about heatsink testing methods and ther
Subject: General Tech | August 16, 2007 - 11:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The X-Arcade Tankstick is a very unique device, though the people who will enjoy it are not so rare. It looks like the front of an old MAME arcade that has been forcibly removed and had USB and PS/2 ports attached to the back. Plug it into your PC and get gaming by yourself or with a friend, because there are two joysticks and button sets, as well as a fair number of full arcade games to choose from.
Subject: General Tech | August 16, 2007 - 11:40 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD is planning on extending the life of the x86 instruction set, which they claim will make it easier on programmers planning on switching their code to run optimally on multicore processors. This is a good sign for that part of AMDs development team, they stole the thunder from Intel by being first with a 64-bit instruction set. Read more about their plans at Slashdot.
Subject: General Tech | August 15, 2007 - 12:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
One of the biggest games back in the 80's were the point and click adventure games. From Kings' Quest to Police Quest to Leisure Suit Larry, just about every possible permutation of the genre was covered. For whatever reason the 90's became the property of Quake and Hexen, and many gamers haven't looked back. DriverHeaven reviews The Evil Days of Luckless John, an new PC point and click adventure that looks nothing like the old ones did.
Subject: General Tech | August 15, 2007 - 11:55 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Novel has no plans to sue anyone over UNIX. With that announcement and the court ruling, it looks like UNIX is essentially a FOSS (Free/Open Source Software) operating system. SCO, the distributor that wanted to make sure UNIX remained their property exclusively has been told, in no uncertain terms, that they don't own UNIX and therefore cannot expect to hold copyright on it.
Subject: General Tech | August 14, 2007 - 02:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hybrid microphone and headphone setups tend to suffer from an annoying flaw, the placement of the microphone. If you swing it down out of the way then nobody can hear you, and if you bring it up close to your mouth it gets in the way of your beverage of choice. Put it up too high and everyone will call you a nose breather. OCC reviews the
Subject: General Tech | August 14, 2007 - 12:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At Linux.com you can find a post detailing every single website that they could find that list hardware Linux compatibility. From peripherals like printers and digital cameras to graphics cards and laptops. Not every type of component is covered as well as others, but they all will help you part out a future Linux PC.
Subject: General Tech | August 13, 2007 - 12:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With the addition of the label Windows Live to all their online services, like Hotmail, Microsoft is offering several new services. TechReviewSource reviews the beta of Windows Live SkyDrive, 500MB of free online storage that will eventually be offered to all Windows Live members. Sneak a peek at it, and volunteer to try out the beta by following the link at the end of the review.
Subject: General Tech | August 10, 2007 - 12:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Beware of Vista drivers bearing a purple pill, says this story on [H]ard|OCP. AMD/ATI's drivers open up a vulnerability in Vista which could allow unsigned programs to be installed silently if they are piggybacked into the installation program. The creator of the tool that allows this posted it to his site for just over an hour, under the assumption that the vulnerability had been patched. When he discovered it wasn't, he pulled it.
"Apparently an unpatched flaw in an ATI driver al
Subject: General Tech | August 9, 2007 - 11:44 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It looks like the only big thing to come out of the upcoming DX10.1 release that will be available in Vista SP1, is the sound. As Ryan mentioned in last weeks podcast, DX10.1 should fix the problems created in Vista when Microsoft changed the way Direct Sound worked, which negatively effects any DSP or surround effects created via EAX.
Subject: General Tech | August 9, 2007 - 11:15 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - August 9, 2007 --Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:
AMD) today announced the pricing of $1.5 billion aggregate principal
amount of 5.75% Convertible Senior Notes due 2012 in a private placement
to qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule 144A under the
Securities Act of 1933, as amended.
Subject: General Tech | August 8, 2007 - 01:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Samsung's K5 4GB MP3 player comes with a few surprises, something that is not easy to do when everyone and their company mascot has an MP3 player to sell you. A touchscreen and OLED display add expected functionality to this MP3 player, and the FM radio is a nice touch as well. What really caught BCCHardware's attention was the built in speaker.
Subject: General Tech | August 8, 2007 - 12:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
New StarCraft 2 screenshots are up at Think Gaming.
Seriously, what are you doing? Go look at them ... look at them again if you've seen them already.
Subject: General Tech | August 8, 2007 - 12:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has been testing out the controversial Killer NIC from Bigfoot Networks. Bearing a $250 price tag, this NIC sports a Freescale system-on-a-chip that runs at 400MHz, as well as an embedded version of Linux. One of the more interesting features on the card is the ability to write software for the card using Bigfoot's Flexible Network Architecture. This software can be used to interface with the onboard firewall and BitTorrent client, but theoretically the
Subject: General Tech | August 7, 2007 - 02:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Logitech Cordless Desktop Wave gives you a wireless mouse, keyboard and RF adapter; although only the keyboard has anything going for it. The mouse is a basic ambidextrous design that is equally poor for either hand, and the RF adapter is simply that. The keyboard offers a slightly split layout, and keys of varying height, designed to match up to the way a hand prefers to sit.
Subject: General Tech | August 7, 2007 - 11:55 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SPCR managed to finagle a tour of Gigabyte's high tech testing chambers, where their new line of cooling products undergoes testing. They have some impressive cabinets for testing temperatures under precisely controlled environments, and you have to see the audio testing chamber for yourself in the article.
Subject: General Tech | August 3, 2007 - 05:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Back when we were young, it was a huge battle to get a PC in the house, and there was essentially no chance at getting a hand me down. Times have changed, and the kids of PC enthusiasts are guaranteed to get their own PC after a few upgrades to their parents main rigs. If you've got kids, how old were they when you built them their first rigs? Over in the security forum, you can read up on the problems with securing WiFi, and just what kind of attacks ex
Subject: General Tech | August 3, 2007 - 04:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If COM surrogate or DLLHost gives you grief when you are trying to play music or video files on Vista, then give this article at OCModShop a good read. They cover everything from how to get the codecs you are missing that cause the error, to how to improve Media Center's overall stability.