Mice get firmware upgrades too

Subject: General Tech | November 15, 2005 - 03:09 PM |
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CoolTechZone has published a brief article on what Razer has done to their mice to fix a tracking problem found in their mice, and Logitech's response to the same issue.

"If you've read our interview with Logitech, you'll realize that Razer remedied much of the

surface tracking problems by issuing a firmware upgrade, which is currently not possible with

Logitech mice due to quality assurance issues, according to Logitech.

Source: CoolTechZone

AMD in supercomputing

Subject: General Tech | November 15, 2005 - 02:53 PM |
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As you know, this is a big week for High Performance Computing and Supercomputers.  With the release yesterday of the most recent list of TOP500 Supercomputer Sites, Bill Gates' keynote this morning at SC|05, and a host of companies making announcements from the show, I'd like to provide you with some interesting points that concern AMD in Supercomputing




    • Sun and AMD announced today a major supercomputing win
Source: AMD

Intel Establishes $50 Million Venture Fund For Middle East And Turkey

Subject: General Tech | November 15, 2005 - 02:52 PM |
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RIYADH, Nov. 15, 2005 — Intel Corporation today announced the establishment of a US$50 million venture capital fund to invest in technology companies developing innovative hardware, software and services in the region covering the Middle East and Turkey.

AMD INTRODUCES 'EMERALD' CLUSTERING ENVIRONMENT FOR MULTI-CORE APPLICATION TESTING AND DEVELOPMENT

Subject: General Tech | November 15, 2005 - 11:27 AM |
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Dual-Core AMD Opteron(tm) Processor-based Cluster Broadens AMD Developer Center Resources, Provides Solid Example of Partnering


SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - Nov. 15, 2005-AMD (NYSE: AMD) today unveiled its Emerald cluster installation. The AMD Developer Center's Emerald is its newest and largest system, as well as its first publicly-available cluster based entirely on Dual-Core AMD Opteron(tm) processors with Direct Connect Architecture.

Source: AMD

Sounds good, but can it play Counterstrike

Subject: General Tech | November 14, 2005 - 06:00 PM |
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R&B Mods tests a Creative X-fi Fatal1ty soundcard out.  If you are in the mood for a new soundcard, and are looking for one of the best, you've found the most likely suspect.

"Today we are taking a look at one of the new Creative sound cards from their new X-fi series. We

recieved their Fatal1ty card which is the middle card out of three different price classes.

Source: 3DCenter

How to - Virtual Private Networks

Subject: General Tech | November 14, 2005 - 02:34 PM |
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If you have been having difficulty setting up, or evenjust understanding VPNs, PC Stats has a posted a guide that is sure to help.  They also cover the security aspects of having one running on your network.


"This article is intended to deal with creating Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) to connect a home

network with the outside world.

Source: PCStats

Intel Delivers New Era For Virtualization

Subject: General Tech | November 14, 2005 - 02:09 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov.

CRAY TO BASE NEXT-GENERATION SUPERCOMPUTERS ON AMD OPTERON PROCESSOR PLATFORM

Subject: General Tech | November 14, 2005 - 12:01 PM |
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SEATTLE, WA, November 14, 2005 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) and Cray Inc, (Nasdaq NM: CRAY) today announced that they have signed an agreement that extends their successful relationship through the end of the decade.  Cray will continue to use AMD Opteron(tm) processors for the microprocessor-based supercomputer products Cray develops during this period.  In addition, the two firms will actively collaborate on Cray's mid-2006 proposal for Phase 3 of the federal government's DARPA HPCS  (High Productivity Computing Systems) program.

"After an extensive review of marketplace alternati

Source: AMD

AMD AND THE GRAND OLE OPRY HARMONIZE AT CARNEGIE HALL

Subject: General Tech | November 14, 2005 - 11:52 AM |
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NEW YORK CITY-NOVEMBER 14, 2005-AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced that the Grand Ole Opry, the world's most venerated name in country music, will be capturing live performances tonight at Carnegie Hall using AMD64 processors. The special Carnegie Hall event commemorates the 80th anniversary of live Grand Ole Opry broadcasts and will feature performances by many of today's top musical artists. The performances will provide content for a planned 5.1 surround sound DVD.

Source: AMD

A different kind of Windows install

Subject: General Tech | November 11, 2005 - 04:51 PM |
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Pro-clockers has a guide on how to install a window into your PC.  If you've got the tools and the time, it can really make your case look unique.

"Nowadays, there are countless numbers of computer cases available with panels

that have been pre-fabricated with windows. Two of the most popular methods of

window mounting are gluing and riveting, both of which work quite well but

leave something to be desired aesthetically.

Creative Labs speaks up on the X-Fi and nForce 4 issue

Subject: General Tech | November 10, 2005 - 04:28 PM |
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Since publishing our review of the X-Fi sound card, i've heard about incompatibilities with the X-Fi and certain nForce 4 motherboards.

Intel Announces 25 Percent Cash Dividend Increase And Authorizes $25 Billion In Share Repurchase

Subject: General Tech | November 10, 2005 - 12:43 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 10, 2005 — Intel Corporation today announced that its board of directors has approved a 25 percent increase in the quarterly cash dividend to 10 cents per share beginning with the dividend that will be declared in the first quarter of 2006.

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 ...