Conspicuously wealthy

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 6, 2009 - 01:18 PM |
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If there is one place on this planet that absolutely screams wealth, it is Dubai and it's architecture.  Why not show off your own style with the Lian Li PC-888 which looks almost exactly like one of the most famous hotels in Dubai.  It will even hold a full sized system and cool it as well.  You can see the pictures of this case at bit-tech.

Source: bit-tech

AMD is thinking bigger that just an atom

Subject: General Tech | January 6, 2009 - 12:17 PM |
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AMD isn't interested in competing directly with the Atom, instead they seem to want to marginalize it.  Atom has taken a bit of a beating due to it's lack of support for high quality video, though on tiny screens it could be argued that high definition is not a real possibility.  Their new low power processor will be the Neo and according to the specs you can see on The Inquirer, an HDMI output handling 1080p is within the Neo's power.  It should also be significantly faster

Source: The Inquirer

NVIDIA GT212 details hint at 384 SPs

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 5, 2009 - 03:51 PM |
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A post over at Expreview is indicating they have source spilling some proverbial beans about the upcoming NVIDIA GT212 GPU update due in mid-2009.  Here's the table of interest:

Source: Expreview

XFX cards with ATI Radeon inside start to show up

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 5, 2009 - 03:40 PM |
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XFX sent out a PR email blast letting the whole world know that the XFX Radeon HD 4000 series of graphics are official and should be available any day now.  The company has its Radeon products website up and running at has quite a few new cards on the table including:

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New Verbatim drives will offer four connection options

Subject: Storage | January 4, 2009 - 01:58 PM |
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I have always been a fan of options, especially when it comes to computers and computing in general.  We were big fans of the X58 chipset because it now allows us to CHOOSE between SLI and CrossFire on the same motherboard.  I really liked some OCZ SSD hard drives as they had both SATA connections and USB connections allowing you to use them internally or as external drives.  This new Verbatim hard drive takes it another step further by offering FOUR connectio

Source: engadget

NVIDIA 9-series rebranding gets more specific

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 4, 2009 - 01:50 PM |
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AudioFreak39 points out in a thread in our forums that the pending GeForce 9-series rebranding process has now been unearthed as the GeForce Gx00 series:

GeForce G110 (rebranded 9400GT):

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GeForce G120 (rebranded 9500GT):

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Washing machine that twitters when its time to switch loads

Subject: General Tech | January 4, 2009 - 01:44 PM |
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As absolutely nerdy as this sounds, I actually WANT THIS in my next washer / dryer combo.  An enterprising hacker has taken an old wash machine and added twitter support - it actually will twitter when its done with a load of laundry so you can get off your lazy ass and move it to the dryer and continue on with your chores. 

Source: engadget

Please don't curse at your hard drives, they don't like it

Subject: Storage | January 4, 2009 - 01:40 PM |
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If you are anything like me, you've very often wanted to yell at, kick and smash your computer when it starts to act up on you.  Maybe it won't POST, maybe it has some nasty spyware or maybe it is just locking and freezing - either way we now have PROOF that yelling at your PC won't do any good.  And in fact, we have PROOF that yelling at it actually slows it down. 

Source: engadget

Some weekend Core i7 overclocking

Subject: Processors | January 4, 2009 - 01:35 PM |
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While perusing the always fun and impressive PC Perspective Forums, I found an interesting thread looking at some overclocking fun with the new Intel Core i7-920 processor. 

BlackDragon24 is the guy doing the overclocking - jump into the discussion and see whats going on and if maybe the Core i7-920 should be your next purchase. 

NVIDIA Beta 185.20 drivers add "ambient occlusion"

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 2, 2009 - 12:22 PM |
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A very interesting discussion has started in the graphics card forum about some leaked NVIDIA drivers (revision 185.20) that adds a new feature called "ambient occlusion".  This enhancement apparently is adding some nice visual lighting effects but causes a lot of stress on gaming hardware; HonestJohn saw his Far Cry 2 performance go from about 60 FPS to 45 FPS with the option enabled.  There are screen shots included in the thread as well.

Could we see XFX ATI video cards at CES?

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 2, 2009 - 12:15 PM |
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A post in our graphics card forum is indicating news about a closer-than-expected release time for XFX's own ATI Radeon graphics cards.  It has barely been 3 weeks since we first learned that XFX was going to add a little red to their green but based on the speed of this release the project has been in the works for a while. 

Thanks goes to AudioFreak39 for the tip.

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A-Data SSD RAID Enclosure for all those with too much money

Subject: Storage | January 2, 2009 - 12:10 PM |
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What's that?  You are tired of just having ONE of the Intel X25-M solid state drives in your system and just need to spend that $500 you got for the holidays from grammy?  Good news for you then: engadget is showing off news of an upcoming A-Data product that will allow you to use a pair of SSDs (or any 2.5" HDDs) in a RAID configuration an

Source: engadget

VIA Nano dual-core revision due by 2010

Subject: Processors | December 31, 2008 - 05:55 PM |
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A source at Digitimes is reporting that VIA plans to have upgraded Nano processors ready late in 2009 and in early 2010.  Apparently the Nano 3000 series will be released in Q3 of 2009 and will add support for SSE4 instructions and dual-core Nano 3000-based processors should begin mass production in Q1 2010.  While this is definitely good news, we had really been hoping to dual-core processors from VIA much ealier than that in order to keep Intel's line of products in check. 

Source: Digitimes

HP seems at least partly interested in NVIDIA's Ion

Subject: Mobile | December 31, 2008 - 05:50 PM |
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We have posted a fewnews bits over the past weeks about NVIDIA's Ion platform and the company's attempt to get into the world of netbooks by offering up a new chipset solution for more graphics-savvy mobile computing.  While the technology is compelling, at least a few sources are saying that Intel is preventing NVIDIA from entering the market by forcing OEMs to buy Intel's core logic chipsets as well as the Atom CPU in a bundle. 

Source: Digitimes

New MSI Wind offers both SSD and standard HDD

Subject: Mobile | December 30, 2008 - 05:09 PM |
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Color me confused, but I just don't get all the excitement I am seeing online today for the announcement of the new "hybrid" storage solution Wind U115 netbook.  The system is nice enough:

  • 10" LED back lit LCD
  • 1024x600 resolution
  • Intel Atom Z530 CPU @ 1.6 GHz
Source: Mad Penguin

Intel and Yahoo widgets on TVs this CES

Subject: General Tech | December 30, 2008 - 11:57 AM |
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As CES approaches, more and more companies are going to start "leaking" information about what will be on display at their booths attempting to drum up some enthusiasm.  One such "leak" comes from the gang at Dailytech that is reporting that many TVs will be on display that use the Intel and Yahoo technology first demonstrated back at IDF in September. 

Source: Daily Tech

Panasonic prepares new powerline networking gear

Subject: General Tech | December 30, 2008 - 11:45 AM |
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Powerline networking is still getting a lot of attention in various segments of the market and even I have been smitten by the idea of no-new-wires communication that is more reliable and than traditional Wi-Fi.  However, my previous experiences with the latest powerline networking technology from Cisco/Linksys were pretty disappointing and I would be hesitant to actually recommend it to anyone. 

Source: engadget

VIA accounts for as much as 15% of the netbook market

Subject: Mobile | December 29, 2008 - 02:24 PM |
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An interesting report over at Digitimes, quoting a Chinese tech news source, claims that VIA accounts for as much as 10-15% of the technology shipped in netbooks through 2008.  That's pretty much all there is to the news - but I am personally surprised to see this number so high and yet VIA's profits have continued to fall into the red over the last sevaral quarters. 

Source: Digitimes

Microsoft Windows 7 leaks out

Subject: General Tech | December 29, 2008 - 01:36 PM |
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As if there was any other way this would pan out...  Microsoft gave out copies of an early build of Windows 7 to developers and media this month and now, *gasp*, copies of the OS have found their way online at torrent sites, etc.  What?  No way? 

Source: Daily Tech

By Grabthar's Hammer... What a Savings

Subject: General Tech | December 26, 2008 - 05:35 PM |
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With the Holiday Season winding down, the word on the street is that sales were far lower than even the some of the worst estimates.  Luckily we are all still afloat, and what is about to happen could benefit a lot of us.  Already prices on computer parts have taken a small dive, and we can expect them to go even lower as retailers look to get rid of excess stock before the typically slow Q1 and Q2 quarters.