Silverlight - the new web hotness or just a flash in the pan?

Subject: General Tech | May 1, 2007 - 08:40 AM |
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Ars Technica shares what they know about Silverlight, Microsoft's new Flash killer.  Based around XML, and now integrated with .NET commands it features a new 'Dynamic Language Runtime' layer, designed to allow more programming interfaces, like Python.  With no Linux support, and Microsoft's habit of not following existing web standards, read on to to see if they have a chance at unseating Flash as a web app.

"Yesterday, Microsoft revealed the latest alpha rele

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Solid storage for laptops

Subject: Storage | April 30, 2007 - 02:33 PM |
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TweakTown managed to get their hands on a pre-production solid state drive from Team.  At 16GB and a 2.5" profile, this is designed to be a rugged hard drive for a laptop.  With no moving parts, the noise and heat that most HDD create are completely absent.  Unfortunately, the large speed benefits that SSDs were hoped to have is also absent, but don't sneer at a cool, quiet and nearly indestructible (under normal usage) HDD.

Source: TweakTown

Whisper quiet speed demon

Subject: Memory | April 30, 2007 - 11:51 AM |
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OCZ's 2GB PC2-9200 Reaper HPC kit is designed for speed and quiet at the same time.  The DIMMs are totally covered in a black heatspreader that has a heat pipe running along the top, and extends to another heatspreader located above the DIMM, attached only by the heatpipe.  It is timed @ 5-5-5-18 out of the box, and is capable of 642MHz at those timings.

Source: TECHGAGE

An energy conscious peltier

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 30, 2007 - 10:22 AM |
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The Ultra ChillTec Thermoelectric CPU Cooler is designed in such a way that the TEC part does not begin to draw power until a certain temperature is reached allowing you a bit of savings in electricity.  It also comes with an LCD panel to display current temperatures, fan speed and the load that the TEC is under.  Since it is a TEC, the cooling capability is quite impressive allowing you respectable overclocking potential, as Le

Form over function?

Subject: General Tech | April 30, 2007 - 08:56 AM |
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The Saitek Obsidian Wireless Rechargeable mouse has a very sleek look to it, to the point where scroll wheel has even been removed.  In it's place is a touchpad that acts as the scroll wheel, as well as being able to perform a few more tricks as well.  Head to ExtremeTech for the full review, and find out if this mouse has been designed more for style than usability.

Source: Extremetech

[H]ard|OCP jumps on the soapbox

Subject: General Tech | April 30, 2007 - 08:38 AM |
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After a long hiatus, [H]ard|OCP presents a new State of the Silicon Union address.  There is a lot to talk about, with AMD/ATI losing ground with their aging architectures, both CPU and GPU.  nVIDIA also causes him to wonder, as many companies have managed to start partnerships but nVIDIA is still going it alone.  Head over and read the full editorial

Source: [H]ard|OCP

CORSAIR INTRODUCES FLASH SURVIVOR WORLD'S MOST RUGGED USB 2.0 FLASH DRIVE

Subject: Storage | April 30, 2007 - 08:10 AM |
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Fremont, CA (April 30, 2007) — Corsair®, a worldwide leader in high performance computer and flash memory products, today unveiled the new Flash Survivor™ family of USB drives. Designed and engineered to be the industry's toughest USB drive, the Flash Survivor is a water-resistant, aluminum encased, shock-proof way to store user's information and files. Offering unique features and the highest price/performance solution in the market - the Flash Survivor is immediately available in two variations:

    * Flash Survivor GT 8GB — MSRP $129.99 USD

We've got the answers, all you have to do is supply the question

Subject: General Tech | April 27, 2007 - 02:39 PM |
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For those of you who like a little challenge and want their PC to be secure, IPCop is a great program.

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The fact that it is a paper launch isn't the most disappointing thing

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 27, 2007 - 11:20 AM |
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Thanks to The Inquirer, we now have the stats on the 8800 Ultra, it's GPU runs at 612MHz, the 128 scalar units runs at 1.5GHz and the memory is 2.16GHz.  That also puts the theoretical memory bandwidth below the upcoming Radeon HD 2900XT; the Radeon will be 105.60GB/s to the Ultra's 103.68GB/s.  Looks like you are better off with a volt mod.

Source: The Inquirer

Wendel's case

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 27, 2007 - 10:33 AM |
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The Fatal1ty brand has expanded into cases, with the release of the Zalman Fatal1ty Champ1onship Series FC-ZE1 Chassis.  Now you can build an entire PC, barring the processor, out of Fatal1ty branded parts and peripherals, although you will probably still lose to him in a CS:S match.  There are some things about the case that disappointed Hi-Tech reviews, but overall they were very impres

When is a WW2 RTS not an RTS?

Subject: General Tech | April 27, 2007 - 09:04 AM |
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TweakTown reviews Theatre of War, a new World War 2 RTS with a bit of a twist.  This game is not based around starting a base from scratch and climbing troop tiers, or on the fly research.  You are forced to use strategy and terrain, not simply reflexes in order to win the battles.  The army you battle with in a campaign is slightly modifiable, but once you take the field you aren't going to get to build more troops.  If you are aching for an RTS that relies more on careful planning th

Source: TweakTown

The low down on Larrabee

Subject: General Tech | April 27, 2007 - 08:33 AM |
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Ars Technica has put some effort into finding out more about Larrabee that what was revealed in the PR from Intel.  One of the first things they try to do is kill the rumour that Larrabee has anything to do with the Terrascale project ... they are not related.  Read on to see what they did manage to find out.

Source: Ars Technica

AMD To Webcast Annual Meeting Of Stockholders

Subject: General Tech | April 26, 2007 - 03:08 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - April 26, 2007 -AMD (NYSE:AMD) will hold its Annual Meeting of Stockholders at 9:00 a.m. PDT (12:00 p.m. EDT) on Thursday, May 3, 2007 at The Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, California.

A real-time audio webcast of the meeting will be available at
http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?p=irol-eventDetails&c=74093&ev
entID=1499479

Source: AMD

A sinister mouse

Subject: General Tech | April 26, 2007 - 01:59 PM |
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Lefties of the world rejoice, Logitech has designed an MX 610 just for you.  It is cordless, and sports 10 programmable buttons and scroll wheel in total, including volume controls and a mute button.  Join in the celebration at Overclockers Club, where the resident lefty is quite satisfied that this isn't just a bad gimmick.

Cheap DX10 card shootout

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 26, 2007 - 11:57 AM |
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The new mid-range cards from nVIDIA are the 8500GT, 8600GT and the 8600GTS, and Pro-clockers have rounded up one of each from Zotac.  The cards they tested do not appear on PriceGrabber, but other manufacturers have priced the 8500GT at about $100, the 8600GT at $160 and the

A pair of C2D motherboards, hold the fixins'

Subject: Motherboards | April 26, 2007 - 11:32 AM |
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Abit's Fatal1ty FP-IN9 SLI and MSI's P6N SLI Platinum are both based on the new 650i nVidia chipset, although the implementation is different.  Abit's board is less expensive, though that comes at the cost of Firewire and eSATA while the MSI gives you those few extras that many people want.  The problem is that MSI's is also one of the most expensive 650i boa

We need more power!!!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 26, 2007 - 09:34 AM |
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The Thermaltake ToughPower 1200W is one impressive PSU.  With four 12V rails, and a combined output of 100A, [H]ard|OCP thought it sounded to good to be true until they loaded the PCI-E with a full 1200W and 100A and the PSU pulled it off easily.  If you are looking for that kind of power, then read on.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Free is not always good

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 26, 2007 - 08:57 AM |
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The next time you use a free WiFi connection to surf, you should probably question who provides it.    Some of those networks could easily be run by someone trying to harvest your personal data, and not just an altruist with bandwidth to spare.  Ars Technica tells you just how easy it is to fall prey to a scheme like that.

Source: Ars Technica

Do you trust this platform?

Subject: Motherboards | April 25, 2007 - 02:41 PM |
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Based around the I965P and ICH8R chipset the ASUS P5B Premium sports all the features you would expect, and it claims to be fully compliant with TPM.  As there really isn't a way to test compliance with TPM yet, [H]ard|OCP couldn't include that test in their review, but they've more than made up for that with a slew of benchmarks.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Intel And Micron Sampling Industry-Leading Multi-Level Cell NAND Flash Memory

Subject: Memory | April 25, 2007 - 12:03 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. and BOISE, Idaho, April 25, 2007 — Intel Corporation and Micron Technology, Inc., today announced they are sampling industry-leading 50 nanometer (nm) multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory manufactured by their NAND flash memory joint venture, IM Flash Technologies.