You've come a long way Mac

Subject: General Tech | January 13, 2009 - 01:12 PM |
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In only three short years the mouse attached to Apple computers has undergone a complete revolution.  Back in 2005, the first two button mouse for the Mac appeared on the market, offering an alternative to the single button mouse that has been used since the Mac's inception.  Now Razer has released a gaming mouse for the Mac, from it's DeathAdder line.  Five buttons and an 1800 dpi sensor are now available with this new mouse and

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You too can Buy a Nano!

Subject: Processors | January 13, 2009 - 12:18 PM |
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For the past several podcasts (thanks to those folks for listening) we have lamented the fact that we have seen so few VIA Nano based products on the market.  The CPU has been out for 9+ months now, and the promise and potential of these products was nearly unlimited considering how netbooks and low power/inexpensive PCs are some of the fastest growing markets in the PC industry.  While a few manufacturers have adopted the VIA Nano, it has been pretty unspectacular when considering uptake and media coverage.

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Filling in the blanks

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 13, 2009 - 12:11 PM |
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Reporting 'live, as it happens', especially at an electronics trade show, does have some drawbacks.  You benefit from the feeling of being there and capturing the moment and get to see a lot of cool new kit for the first time without waiting for a full write up.  That quickness does tend to make the reporting a little more shallow since there simply isn't time to full cover all the details.  Ars Technica has revisited a lot of what they covered at CES in a more indepth fashion, which you can see h

Source: Ars Technica

Unplanned obsolescence

Subject: General Tech | January 13, 2009 - 11:36 AM |
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Owners of the new Seagate 7200.11 drives, particularly those with the terabyte model, have something to worry about.  There is a new firmware update to
fix the problem before it occurs, but because of the thoroughness of affected drives death, you cannot update the firmware after the fact.  Also, it looks like many customers are seeing high failure rates due to other issues with the disk that have nothing to do with the 'self-bricking' feature.  Read more at The In

Source: The Inquirer

A little competition never hurt anyone

Subject: Processors | January 12, 2009 - 06:59 PM |
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The competition between AMD and Intel has heated up thanks to the new Phenom II, though perhaps not in exactly the way people wanted.  The performance crown still rests firmly on Intel's head, the Phenom II just can't reach that high.  The value crown is pretty much glued to AMD's head, as it has been for a while now.  It's just that the increased performance of the Phenom II coupled with the limited price increase compared to previous models has settled it even more firmly on AMD. 

Source: InsideHW

Video: NVIDIA 3D Vision Review in case you missed it

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 12, 2009 - 04:12 PM |
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I know that during the first few days of the review being online, the video we provided to accompanying the NVIDIA GeForce 3D Vision review had some issues for some people.  For those of you that missed it, or even watch it again, I have provided a streaming Viddler version in the review and posted here as well.

Let me know what you think of the new format!

DDR3 that wins a budget award?

Subject: Memory | January 12, 2009 - 03:35 PM |
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If you are setting up an i7 system, the Patriot Viper PC3-12800 6GB Triple Channel kit should appear on your wish list.  The timings are 9-9-9-24 @ 1600MHz and the kit will set you back about $250, offering a good value for performance when you consider the price tag DDR3 can come with.  Virtual Hideout can give yo

Take the hybrid for the win

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 12, 2009 - 01:42 PM |
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AMD did get there with their new generation of cards first, it has taken nVIDIA a long time to come out with a dual GPU card like the HD4870 X2.  Now that they have, it seems that the wait was worth it as their hybridized GTX 295 is incredibly powerful.  Tech Spot shows this card beating a pair of 260's in SLI across the board and leaving the 4870 X2 in the dust.  Right now, only $

Source: Tech Spot

Feel that gadget lust

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 12, 2009 - 12:02 PM |
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If the videos that Ryan posted over the weekend still haven't satisfied your desire to see everything that was on display at CES 2009, follow the links below and you can pretty much be guaranteed to have caught as much coverage as is humanly possible.  You can start off by taking a look at the current tablet for the OLPC project as captured by The Tech Report.  It isn't a powerful gaming laptop by any means, it's a fairly simple Atom based tablet with a 60GB hard drive that only weighs 2.8lbs, perfect for a child

Stay on target

Subject: General Tech | January 12, 2009 - 11:37 AM |
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Ars Technica gets up close and personal with the current build of Windows 7.  It shares a lot in common with Vista, the hardware requirements are not any lower and the UI is very much the same as Vistas overall look.  Other components have undergone changes, such as UAC and the way Windows 7 will organize your media files.  UAC is now bright enough to determine whether a program was activated by the user or via software, reducing the annoyance of telling Vista that you do inded want to run th

Source: Ars Technica

Video: Corsair to release a Peltier memory cooler

Subject: Memory | January 10, 2009 - 12:19 AM |
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Corsair was showing off a handful of new products in their suite during CES this week including some new DDR3 memory modules and a Pelletier memory cooler for the stupid-extreme overclocker.  The new DDR3 memory kit will sell as a triple-channel package for Core i7 systems and will be rated at 2000 MHz and a 7ns CAS latency.  You can expect them to be expensive and you expect them to be pretty rare – so rare in fact that Corsair will be selling these kits directly to the end user rather than through the Newegg's and MicroCenter's of the world.  There will be a slightly slower ki

Video: NVIDIA Ion Platform up close and personal

Subject: Mobile | January 9, 2009 - 11:39 PM |
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I am sure you have already read about NVIDIA's Ion platform, the company's attempt to pair their GF9300 chipset with the Intel Atom processor to make a higher performing netbook or low-cost PC design. And while you might have seen images of it seeing the video below should put things in perspective: the entire platform is TINY!  In the video you'll see the chipset and CPU (with the Atom being the smaller chip on the right) with integrated HDMI output, networking support and more.

Video: Thermaltake Xpressar refrigerated cooling

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 9, 2009 - 11:37 PM |
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Thermaltake is one of the few companies in the case/cooling/power industry for the PC that continues to try new things and innovate on a regular basis.  Even with a slightly smaller space at this year's CES show it had a lot of products being shown off; some we have seen before, others we have not.  For example, while we wrote about the Xpressar refridgeration system during Computex in June, Thermaltake also had a new version that was more flexible and fit inside four (yes 4!) 5.25-in drive bays to work with a larger selection of system configurations.  Another new low cost chas

Video: BFG shows off Phobos at CES 2009

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 9, 2009 - 11:34 PM |
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If you have been following our news page over the last couple of weeks you have likely seen news that one of favorite NVIDIA graphics card partners is moving into the system builder business with a new product called Phobos.

Great news from The Pond

Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2009 - 06:33 PM |
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While the members of our BOINC team have been enjoying the holidays and relaxing, their PCs have been working overtime.  The team has been participating in the Formula BOINC Challenge, a friendly competition between the users of all the various BOINC projects to see who can get the most work done.  The hard work by Big Red and all the gang propelled the PC Perspective team into 6th place by the end, a very healthy showing.  Drop by the BOINC forum to congratulate them and maybe join in on a few projects

Vacuum tubes do not suck

Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2009 - 03:04 PM |
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The Tecon Model "55" is a modernized tube amp, handling not only regular analog audio signals but also sporting a USB connection for use with your PC and a new DAC.  The open construction does mean this amp will require a little care when you are around it, though the flair that it adds is undisputable.  Madshrimps sounds off on a device that is sure to grace the desks of audiophiles everywhere.

Source: Madshrimps

NZXT continues in their well established tradition

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 9, 2009 - 01:53 PM |
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For those looking for high end cases, with incredible amounts of extras and features, dropping several hundred dollars on a case is the standard.  Not everyone is looking for a case that resembles a tower in Dubai, some simply want a workhorse enclosure that does what it needs to, and perhaps a little more and costs somewhere in the neighbourhood of $100.  NZXT's lineup has offered exactly that, and their new Tempest continues that tradition, perhaps even bringing it to new heights.  5 fans and a nice windo

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Showing off high tech in a low economy

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 9, 2009 - 12:45 PM |
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One of the biggest headaches for tech innovation right now has to be the economic downturn.  Not just because their own jobs may be in danger but also because buying new luxury items really isn't at the top of most people lists.  The gang at CES 2009 is soldiering on regardless, bringing all the newest toys, gadgets and tools to show off.  Many displays are toned down compared to last year; but there is still a wide variety to see.  Check out AnandTech's highlights here.

Source: AnandTech

Now that's a robot!

Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2009 - 12:32 PM |
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Sick of shovelling snow yet?  Wish someone else would do it for you for a change?  Check out Hack a Day and the iShovel.  Your very own robotic snow shovelling robot can be yours after they finish testing the prototype, or you could build one yourself ... with a bit more weight and bigger tires.

Source: Hack a Day

Visually-Rich Experiences Take Center Stage During AMD's Industry Insider Series Keynote at CES

Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2009 - 03:45 PM |
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LAS VEGAS (2009 International CES) - Jan. 8, 2009 - Today at CES, AMD (NYSE: AMD) President and Chief Executive Officer Dirk Meyer delivered an Industry Insider Series keynote demonstrating how AMD collaborates with leading industry innovators to help create unsurpassed visual computing experiences featuring richer content, greater interactivity and expanded accessibility using cloud computing.

"In today's economy, computer users increasingly want technology that goes beyond 'bigger' or 'faster' and delivers greater value, interactivity and access.

Source: AMD