Starting a Sci-Fi RPG game from a blank slate

Subject: General Tech | July 4, 2007 - 12:11 PM |
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The upcoming RPG, Tabula Rasa, skips out on orcs, ogres and elves in preference to aliens.  While the screenshots certainly evoke memories of the Elder Scrolls series, this is not a fantasy based game. With mention of multiple worlds to visit, and a storyline that includes the fall of Earth, the sneak peek at HEXUS is worth a read.

Source: Hexus

Shuttle's future launches

Subject: General Tech | July 4, 2007 - 11:53 AM |
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TweakTown took a tour through Shuttle's Taipei headquarters, and had a good look at their upcoming products.  Owners of XPC series cases have something to look forward to, with 2 upcoming XPC compatible X38 based motherboards, with Dual PCI-Express slots.  They will also be releasing Speed-Link, a driverless USB based network interface, and a fingerprint reader based login.  There are a lot more features being included in their next generation of cases, check them out.

Source: TweakTown

Gaming with DDR3

Subject: Memory | July 3, 2007 - 04:15 PM |
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The new kid on the block is DDR3, with high frequencies, but also high timings.  TweakTown tries out a set of 1066 DDR2 and DDR3 DIMMs by overclocking the DDR3 to 1333 and 1500 with the best timings they can manage, and going gaming.  You can get a good idea as to whether the technology is mature enough that you want to switch, or stay with high speed DDR2.

Source: TweakTown

Moving beyond add on speakers

Subject: General Tech | July 3, 2007 - 04:06 PM |
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Altec Lansing has been making peripherals for the iPod almost since it came out.  There newest is the iMV712, a 8.5" widescreen LCD display with a pair of 3" full range speakers and a subwoofer built in.  As well, it is able to handle input from other sources than just the iPod, which is icing on the cake as far as Think Computers is concerned.

Recycle your old mobile storage

Subject: Storage | July 3, 2007 - 03:04 PM |
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Virtual-Hideout reviews the perfect device for anyone with old 2.5" HDDs lying around, ICY DOCK's MB448UR Removable HDD Rack.  Designed to take 2.5" drives, and slide into the external 5.25" bays on your PC, or even into the internal 3.5" ones.  Either way, it makes those old drives useful again, and with USB connectivity they are useful in most places.

Time for a new king of the hill?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 3, 2007 - 02:44 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP put PC Power & Cooling's Turbo-Cool 1KW-SR into their new PSU torture chamber, and came away with some interesting findings.  Until recently, they have always had the most powerful PSUs on the market, but as the power demand from high end PCs has grown, other manufacturers are entering the upper end of wattage.  Read on to see how PC P&C stands up against today's competition.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Apple's iPhone - now with FUD

Subject: General Tech | July 3, 2007 - 02:32 PM |
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The newly released iPhone has been hacked, sort of.  Using a restore image, it has been determined that there are 2 accounts on every iPhone, with the same default passwords.  Of course, since there is no console or terminal access to the iPhone there is nothing you can do with these accounts.  Slashdot has more on this, as well as some speculation about possible motives for the existence of these users.

Source: Slashdot

Not dead yet

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 2, 2007 - 05:35 PM |
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Stuck with an out of date system, that needs a complete overhaul to be brought up to speed?  Can't quite manage an entire system replacement, but you do want to see some of the graphical bells and whistles in todays games?  Drop by Tweaknews to see how well the AGP version of the X1950 Pro performs against the competition.  Maybe all you need is a $200 investment to revitalize your gaming experience.

Source: Tweaknews

Get your own Black Pearl

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 2, 2007 - 05:23 PM |
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In the form of a case from Tagan.  A lot of work has gone into this case, from the exterior looks, to the inclusion of features that make setting up watercooling a breeze.  Bjorn3D thinks there are few improvements that could be made to the A+ Black Pearl, like a removable tray and separate fan controllers, but overall were very impressed.

Source: Bjorn3D

Give your PC a good checkup

Subject: General Tech | July 2, 2007 - 05:07 PM |
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PC Stats has put together a handy checklist of steps to polish up your PCs performance.  Just cleaning up OS doesn't cut it, but it is a good first step.  You need to get in that case and clean up all the dust bunnies and oil those fans.  There is even a reward, you can see the temperature difference for your self!

Source: PCStats

BFG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF THE THERMOINTELLIGENCE SERIES

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 2, 2007 - 04:53 PM |
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Lake Forest, IL - (July 2, 2007) - BFG Technologies, Inc., the leading North American and European NVIDIA supplier of advanced 3D graphics cards, motherboards, power supplies and other PC enthusiast products, announced today the launch of the ThermoIntelligence series of cooling solutions featured on the new air-cooled, single slot BFG NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GTS OC2 graphics card.

"Ever since the inception of BFG Tech back in 2002, we have been at the forefront of high performance custom cooling" said Dean Brady, Sr. Director of Marketing.

PC Perspective Forums, visit early, visit often!

Subject: General Tech | June 29, 2007 - 04:13 PM |
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If you are ever looking to expand your wireless network, either for range, to separate the ways people connect up or even just to get a few more ports free, you need another wireless access point.  One solution is to add a second router to your network, which is not that hardNeither is switching to a quad core CPU

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Processor Price/Performance points

Subject: Processors | June 29, 2007 - 02:26 PM |
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Join the Tech Report for a look a processors from a money conscious perspective.  Getting the latest and greatest CPU is certainly an easy answer to the question of what processor to buy, but what if you are asking that question with a twist.  What if you want to get the most processing power per dollar?  16 processors are tested, and a final five are chosen.  Find out which ones.

MSI is tweaking Santa Rosa

Subject: Mobile | June 29, 2007 - 02:04 PM |
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The MSI PR200 is based on the Santa Rosa design, which has replaced the aging Centrino design.  One of the more interesting things about this laptop is it's 3DMark score.  Even though this is more of a productivity laptop than a gaming machine, it manages to beat the Santa Rosa reference by about 17% on 3DMark06.  With it's 210 minute battery life, you might even have time to get a little gaming in between presentations.  Get the full story at the Hardware Zone.

NotePal Series - NotePal Infinite

Subject: Mobile | June 29, 2007 - 12:22 PM |
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As the world's leading brand in thermal management, Cooler Master has devoted itself to notebook product development for several years, constantly pioneering new solutions through its NotePal series. Cooler Master is very excited to introduce its latest achievement in the NotePal series, the NotePal Infinite, designed with a truly innovative cooling principle, which promises to offer a more stable and comfortable environment for your mobile work and entertainment.

All this begins from the desire to resolve the increasing hassles from multiple heat sources in today’s notebooks.

Unfurl the sails and hoist the Jolly Roger!

Subject: General Tech | June 29, 2007 - 12:02 PM |
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There is a standalone expansion to The Guild 2, allowing you to start your own pirate empire.  The Guild series is a very complex strategy game, requiring you to build business to make you money, and to cause the economy of that town to flourish, so that you can make even more money and expand.  It's also important to get a family started, to help you run your businesses and to make sure your dynasty flourishes.  Not for those who flinch at the word micro-management, it offers great rewar

Brilliance or BS?

Subject: General Tech | June 29, 2007 - 11:40 AM |
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There is a link on Slashdot leading to PC Magazines list of 5 ideas that they feel will revolutionize computing as we know it.  Movie theatre quality home projection systems, beanbag mice, and several other advancements are discussed.  See what is soon coming of the big labs like Bell Labs, IBM Research, Microsoft Research, and PARC, and decide for yourself if they hit the big ones, or if they missed out on your favourite emerging tech.

Source: Slashdot

AMD to Ship Industry's First Native x86 Quad-Core Processors In August

Subject: Processors | June 29, 2007 - 11:09 AM |
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Sunnyvale, Calif. - June 29, 2007 - Continuing to lead the shift of mainstream enterprise computing to energy-efficient processors, AMD (NYSE:AMD) announced today that Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors, code-named "Barcelona", are planned for shipment in both standard and low power versions at launch later this summer.

Source: AMD

P35 Smorgasbord

Subject: Motherboards | June 28, 2007 - 05:20 PM |
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Check out this look at five P35 boards featuring

Source: 3DCenter

One twisted mouse

Subject: General Tech | June 28, 2007 - 02:39 PM |
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If you are looking for a change of mice, consider the Evoluent VerticalMouse 3, your wrists may love you.  It is designed on an angle, so your hand is in more of a handshake position that a hiding your poker hand position.  It also has adjustable DPI up to 2600, and 5 programmable buttons, which can have different uses in different apps. 

Source: CoolTechZone