Get yourself a Second Life

Subject: General Tech | April 20, 2007 - 08:52 AM |
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Second Life is a very different kind of MMO game, not involving raids and dungeon crawls instead relying on interaction as the key.  There are no levels to go up or rare items to find, you make them yourself or trade with someone who does.  Another big difference is the fact that it is free.

It has attracted millions, and a much higher percentage of women than WoW or Everquest.  OCMODSHOP takes a look at second life, and the changing demographics of gamers.

Source: OCMODSHOP

I think we all knew that already

Subject: General Tech | April 20, 2007 - 08:34 AM |
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In direct contradiction to Steve Ballmer's statement that no service pack is forthcoming for Vista, Paul Otellini let slip a target date for the release of an upcoming service pack for Vista.  It is likely that at least some of that update will deal with the soon to be released Longhorn server OS, and Otellini seems to hope it will also make Vista more attractive to corporate customers.

Source: The Inquirer

EPP is out, SLI-Ready is the new hotness

Subject: Memory | April 19, 2007 - 02:45 PM |
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Over at Techware Labs, OCZ's PC2 7200 SLI-Ready 2Gb kit is on the test bench.  This RAM may be fast out of the package, but they couldn't say they'd fully tested it without a good overclock, and in this case 1200MHz @ 5-5-5-18 timings by bumping the voltage to 2.4 was the best they could get.  Add some active cooling and you may even go beyond.

AMD Reports First Quarter Results

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 19, 2007 - 02:16 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- April 19, 2007 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today reported financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 20071. AMD reported first quarter 2007 revenue of $1.233 billion, an operating loss of $504 million, and a net loss of $611 million, or $1.11 per share. These results include ATI acquisition-related and integration charges of $113 million, or $0.21 per share, and employee stock-based compensation expense of $28 million, or $0.05 per share.

Source: AMD

A Terrabyte in RAID 0

Subject: Storage | April 19, 2007 - 11:49 AM |
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AnandTech re-reviews the Hitachi DeskStar 7K1000, this time with a pair set up in RAID 0.  They find very little difference between the real application performance of this drive in single or RAID 0, nor can it keep up with the Raptors.  However, if you are looking for nice looking benchmark scores, you definitely want the RAID.

Source: AnandTech

Logitechs new, and affordable, 5.1 speakers

Subject: General Tech | April 19, 2007 - 10:36 AM |
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Logitech's new 5.1 system, the X-540 features a high cone excursion sub to give you better bass response than you might expect, as well as Frequency Directed Dual Driver technology, which is meant to 'even' out the sound.  It is very affordable and has a frequency response of 40 Hz - 20 kHz, so don't expect studio quality sound, however it sounds good enough that Tweaknews has no problem recomm

Source: Tweaknews

Drowning in decibels

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 19, 2007 - 08:58 AM |
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Is your PC is starting to sound a bit like a vacuum cleaner, maybe because summer approaches or that  video card you just bought?  Does the thought of switching to watercooling seems to be a bit much, and there is no way you are underclocking components so that passive cooling will work?  R&B Mods has posted a review of something you may not have thought of, but could really help.  Read on to see if SFM-1000 Case Fan Vibration Absorbers are the solution to your problems, or just a gimmick.

It's all about the size

Subject: General Tech | April 19, 2007 - 08:42 AM |
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The Hardware Zone takes a look at the news out of Beijing, and the IDF.  From Hafnium based logic gates allowing the shrink to 45nm for mainstream CPUs, to basic, but functional systems-on-a-chip, called Tolapai.  Read on to get a better idea what they saw, and don't forget to have a look at Ryan's article.

A preview of the new Pico-ITX standard

Subject: Motherboards | April 19, 2007 - 08:08 AM |
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The Pico-ITX platform is just 3.9 x 2.8 inches or 100 x 72 mm. That's half the size of Nano-ITX and that's half the size of Mini-ITX. My wireless router is bigger. My portable CD folder is larger. Video cards are longer and wider. A DVD cover is close to being twice as large. It's really quite incredible that so much functionality can fit on such a small PCB.

Source: VIA Arena

TV on the go

Subject: Mobile | April 18, 2007 - 02:23 PM |
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Get HD broadcasts and analog cable TV on you laptop with the help of this little USB device from Hauppauge, called the WinTV-HVR-950.  On one end is a USB 2.0 plug, and on the other is a familiar looking Coax cable connector on the other.  [H]ard|OCP tried it out on a handy C2D laptop and found that the PVR function was perhaps the most impressive feature, and found the only disappointment was

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Intel Chairman Begins New Projects To Help Revitalize Lebanon

Subject: General Tech | April 18, 2007 - 02:11 PM |
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BEIRUT, Lebanon, April 18, 2007 — Following the announcement of a collaborative effort with other corporations to help revitalize Lebanon, Intel Chairman Craig Barrett today dedicated new projects to improve education, healthcare and computer access to the Internet for its citizens.

OCZ Technology Announces Ultra-High Speed 1200MHz Flex XLC DDR2 Solution

Subject: Memory | April 18, 2007 - 12:03 PM |
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Sunnyvale, CA-April 17, 2007-OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in
innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today
announced the PC2-9600 Flex XLC series. The latest edition to OCZ's esteemed
enthusiast lineup implements the proprietary Flex XLC design and is
engineered to produce extreme speeds with rock-solid stability. The PC2-9600
Flex modules are guaranteed to run at 1200MHz with ease thanks to the
supreme component screening and thermal management of "Flex."

Intel Keeps Mobile Engine Humming, Fueled By Silicon Technology Advances

Subject: Mobile | April 18, 2007 - 11:40 AM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, Beijing, April 18, 2007 — Describing the latest trends in mobile computing at the Intel Developer Forum today, Intel Corporation executives said that personalization and content are key drivers behind increased demand for notebook PCs and mobile Internet devices (MIDs).

Aim for high mid range, or low top range?

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 18, 2007 - 11:37 AM |
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The Tech Report puts the 8600 GT and GTS through the paces on a Vista system.  These DX10 cards can certainly hold their own and push well past the 7950, that used to be the top of nVIDIA's mid range line, and trump ATI's offerings as well.  However they point out a fact that cannot be avoided ... by shopping around you can pick up a GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB for about $80 more.

Talking silicon at the IDF

Subject: Processors | April 18, 2007 - 10:05 AM |
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The Tech Report has boiled down the major chip news out of IDF 2007 into this article.  From the new and impressive Penryn chip that is soon to arrive, to System-on-a-Chip to their answer to AMD's 4x4 with Skulltrail, allowing two quad-core processors and four PCI Express graphics slots to work together.  Get on over and see what other surprises were revealed.

Break out the steering wheels, you're going for a test drive

Subject: General Tech | April 18, 2007 - 08:59 AM |
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Gaming Heaven reviews a port from the Xbox360 to the PC, Test Drive Unlimited.   Offering beautiful car models, both interior and exterior as well as a painstakingly detailed recreation of Oahu for you to drive in, this game has a lot going for fans of driving sims.  On the other hand, it offers the worst of the problems with ports from a console, and the bugs take away from the pure enjoyment.  If you love to drive, then check out the review and decide if you want to play it or not.

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A brief look at Sugar

Subject: General Tech | April 18, 2007 - 08:41 AM |
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Phoronix managed to get a quick look at a beta of the Linux based OS, Sugar,  that will be on the $100 laptops the OLPC plans to distribute.  There wasn't enough for them to do a full review, but the screenshots give you an idea what this ... rather unique ... distro might look like.

Source: Phoronix

Mediagate keeps HTPC simple

Subject: Systems | April 17, 2007 - 02:33 PM |
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MediaGate has designed the MG-350HD, a stripped down media PC, with wired and wireless networking and support for most A/V systems, high def or not ... but no hard drive.  Without the hard drive, it is still able to stream media from a PC, but with a hard drive it can play directly from it.  ExtremeTech tried one out, and you can see what they thought in their article.

Source: Extremetech

Intel System-On-A-Chip Media Processor Powers New Generation Of Consumer Electronics Devices

Subject: General Tech | April 17, 2007 - 02:23 PM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, Beijing, April 17, 2007 — Intel Corporation today unveiled a highly integrated media processor for the consumer electronics (CE) market segment that will power a new generation of devices, such as digital set top boxes and networked media players, and bring consumers advanced in-home information and entertainment services.

Intel Provides Details On New Products

Subject: General Tech | April 17, 2007 - 02:22 PM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, Beijing, April 17, 2007 -- Intel Corporation executives today detailed more than 20 new products, technology innovations and industry initiatives -- many of them industry firsts -- aimed at making the World Wide Web, computers and consumer electronics devices much more responsive, friendlier and secure.