Linux on the run

Subject: General Tech | May 29, 2007 - 08:26 AM |
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Over at XYZ Computing they are trying to extend the battery life of a Fujitsu P7230, which with its 1.2GHz Intel Core Solo U1400 has an advantage.  What is at issue is the OS, Vista.  On a desktop C2D system, the resource demands of Vista are a minor annoyance but on a laptop system they are a real drain.

CounterStrike: Shrunk

Subject: Mobile | May 28, 2007 - 02:13 PM |
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If you've ever been on the road and are desperate to frag something, look no further than the OQO model 02 that VIA Arena has been testing.  We've seen WoW and Starcraft from Blizzard, but now it's Valve's turn.  Follow the link to see Half Life and Counterstrike, in all their miniature glory.

Source: VIA Arena

22" display for under $400?

Subject: Displays | May 28, 2007 - 11:22 AM |
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XYZ Computers pick up the 'elegantly styled' Viewsonic VX2235WM 22" LCD.  With 5ms response and a maximum resolution of 1680x1050 it has the stats for a good gaming monitor, and the included speaker will help those missing a good sound system.  However they found the layout of the screen to be a bit odd, almost bottom heavy, and there were some problems with a sticker. 

Get on your feet

Subject: General Tech | May 28, 2007 - 10:42 AM |
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GWSystems Fragpedal Classic isn't exactly like any other foot pedal I've seen.  As opposed to it acting like a normal pedal, it has a pair of pads with 2 buttons each.  These buttons can be programmed in a number of ways, up to an including making one a shift pedal, so you can bind 2 operations each to the remaining 3 buttons.  If you find yourself confused, read the full review at OCC and you'll get a better idea.

Now that's a blowhole

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 28, 2007 - 09:05 AM |
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The Antec 900 Advanced Gaming Case is up for review at HotHardware.  With a 200mm blowhole on the top, you will want to keep your caffeinated beverage of choice far away from it, but it is great for getting rid of hot air.  It also means that the PSU is located at the bottom, giving you a more stable case, if you are in the habit of trying to knock your PC over.  Read on to see w

Source: HotHardware

Fallen in love with Google's calendar?

Subject: General Tech | May 28, 2007 - 08:50 AM |
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Google has put a lot of effort into it's online offerings with documents, spreadsheets and a calendar.  According to Ars Technica, now you can bring Google's calendar everywhere, as they will offer it in a form compatible with your cell phone.  You can sync it to your online account's calendar and never miss an appointment again.  It should tie in well with the

Source: Ars Technica

PC Power & Cooling Joins the OCZ Technology Group!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 25, 2007 - 02:33 PM |
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PC Power & Cooling, THE name in high quality PSUs, has been bought by OCZ!  Their website and products will still be sold, but the company itself is now part of OZC.   They have certainly come a long way from simply selling RAM.

PC Perspective offers you a smorgas-Board

Subject: General Tech | May 25, 2007 - 01:50 PM |
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Our motherboard forums were the original starting point of what has now grown into PC Perspective, and are still one of the best places to go for support on the web.  Even if you are using a less popular manufacturer, you will find knowledgeable members ready to help you out.  Everything from inexpensive AM-2 boards from ASRock, or Biostar's T-Force series, or a Chaintech board that has some re-occuring p

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UVD or not UVD

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 25, 2007 - 12:31 PM |
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AMD's UVD is an on-chip decoder for Blu-ray and HD DVD, offering 40MBits of bandwidth, their answer to nVIDIA's PureVideo HD.  As The Tech Report discovered, it is missing from the new HD 2900 XT, even though AMD's presentation seemed to imply that it was on that card.  Read the full article to find out why so many sites thought the 2900 did have UVD, and what that means to someone buying this card to display HD, especially from a Blu-ray or HD-DVD source.

Linux is burning

Subject: Storage | May 25, 2007 - 11:02 AM |
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TECHGAGE has posted a review of NeroLinux 3, the long awaited update to the popular burning software for Linux.  It adds support for Bluray and HD DVD, but also faces a lot of competition from existing Linux burning tools like k3b, especially as it took 2 years for Nero to update it.  If you are into Linux, but are missing the GUI of Nero, you might want to consider it.

Source: TECHGAGE

The CUDA cometh

Subject: General Tech | May 25, 2007 - 08:44 AM |
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The first software to enable a GPU to be used for general purposes will come from nVIDIA, and be released in June according to this story on The Inquirer.  It has been in beta for a little while, but this will be an official release.  As well, nVIDIA mentioned their new series of GPGPUs will be the 9800, and will feature double-precision floating point arithmetic, a must in scientific calculations, and handy for the gamer too.

Source: The Inquirer

About this DDR3 thing

Subject: Memory | May 24, 2007 - 01:56 PM |
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If you are curious as to what the difference between DDR2 and DDR3 is, OCModShop has published the perfect article for you.  The increase in maximum speed is the real difference, but if you are looking to find out how that is achieved, and why DDR2 can't just keep be pushed faster then dig into the article

Source: OCMODSHOP

An unpretentious media player

Subject: General Tech | May 24, 2007 - 11:05 AM |
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Democracy Player has 2 things going for it, the first is it's integration with online video streaming from places like YouTube, and it's attitude which is very relaxed.  Instead of trying to take over all your media by default, as well as launching at boot time, you can set it to the behaviour you prefer right from the install.  It treats streaming media differently as well, downloading all of the video before letting you watch it, and then deleting it about 5 days later to save on space.  Read on

Source: PC Mechanic

More fans of silence

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 24, 2007 - 10:22 AM |
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In their 4th 120mm fan roundup, SPCR tests 8 different fans.  All of the fans tested did move a fair amount of air at a reasonable noise level, but only one can come out on top.  Read on to find out which fan could manage 34CFM at only 22dBa and still moved 19CFM @ 19dBa when reduced to 7V.

XLR8 GEFORCE 8800 ULTRA OVERCLOCKED & 8800 ULTRA STANDARD UNVEILED

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 24, 2007 - 08:55 AM |
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PARSIPPANY, N.J. - May 24, 2007 - PNY Technologies, Inc. today announced
the addition of two, new XLR8(TM) graphics cards based on the NVIDIA
GeForceR 8 Series of GPUs. The XLR8 GeForce 8800 Ultra and 8800 Ultra OC
(Overclocked) round out PNY's graphics card line up, so gamers have more
choices to select a high-end card based on their particular needs and
budget.

Other features that come with all of PNY's GeForce 8 series of graphics cards include:

Source: PNY

MSI's manageable mid-range motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | May 24, 2007 - 08:50 AM |
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MSI's P6N-SLI Platinum is based on the nForce 650i SLI MCP, and also sports Realtek ALC888HD audio.  While the BIOS doesn't sport many features and limits your chance to overclock, it is more the job of it's big brother the 680i to satisfy users with those needs.  [H]ard|OCP found it to be a solid board for those looking at price and basic functions, not overclocking and a dozen USB p

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Incredible shrinking RAM

Subject: General Tech | May 24, 2007 - 08:37 AM |
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Hynix is leading the way; along with IMEC and 4 other CMOS producing companies in the never ending quest to shrink the manufacturing process.  This incarnation will be 32nm, although it may take some time before we see that process in memory chips, let alone CPUs. We are right on the technological edge of how tightly focused the UV beam can be when using it to etch memory, even using EUV lithography.  DigiTimes has a bit more, here.

Source: Digitimes

nVIDIA 8 round up, the affordable versions

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 23, 2007 - 03:26 PM |
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Over at HotHardware, you can catch a review of MSI's 8600GT, a silently cooled 8600GTS from Gigabyte and MSI's NX8500GT, all of which are under $200.  These are all contrasted against AMD's 1950 Pro which is worth about the same to buy, but is only capable of DX9.  As the benchmarks show, unless you are desperate to try DX10, the older 1950 Pro will give you more bang for your buck.

Source: HotHardware

Cutting corners on laptops

Subject: Mobile | May 23, 2007 - 12:00 PM |
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The LCDs on laptops really can't hold a candle to the desktop versions.  It isn't a size thing, so much as brightness, response rate and clarity.  Rather than depend on eyeballing to judge the difference, AnandTech tests 4 laptops against a Gateway desktop LCD.  The results are rather enlightening.

Source: AnandTech