A first for OpenOffice

Subject: General Tech | May 22, 2007 - 02:30 PM |
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Thankfully it has never been used for an exploit, but researchers have found a vulnerability in OpenOffice.  Using the built in StarBasic scripting language, this virus can infect Windows, Mac or Linux boxes, and show a picture of a man in a bunny suit ... er ... being naughty.  The Inquirer has more on this vulnerability, that should hopefully be fixed soon.

Source: The Inquirer

Sony updates their VAIO

Subject: Mobile | May 21, 2007 - 04:30 PM |
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Sony has never been considered the makers of the best laptops around, but their VAIO series is the most portable laptop, without crossing the line into a UMPC.  This incarnation, the Sony VAIO TZ weighs in at 2.62lbs, and comes with a 1.06GHz C2D, Windows Vista Professional, 1GB of DDR2, an 80GB ATA HDD, a multipurpose DVD RW/R and integrated Intel graphics.  The display is 11.1" with a resolution of 1,366x768, which should be enough to let you see without a magnifying glass.  As Coo

Source: CoolTechZone

The newest in gaming accessories

Subject: General Tech | May 21, 2007 - 04:00 PM |
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Bjorn3D has had a good look at Listan's upcoming products for this year.  A very high resolution mouse, a backlit keyboard and a pair of mousepads are their feature products right now. If you are in the search for a better way to frag your friends, drop by for a look at what they have to offer.

Source: Bjorn3D

2900XT 975X versus the P35

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 21, 2007 - 03:17 PM |
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AnandTech has taken advantage of the release of Intel's P35 to revisit the performance of AMD's 2900XT in Crossfire.   The old P965 had some serious issues with Crossfire when it first appeared, something that Intel has dodged with their release of the P35, as Crossfire does work.  Take a look at the benchmarks to see just how well they have managed to do this time.

Source: AnandTech

The P35 has come

Subject: Motherboards | May 21, 2007 - 03:04 PM |
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While we have seen hints of what Intel's new chipset can do, until today we have not seen enough to really judge.  Now that the NDA has expired, you can get a lot more information.  Start off at [H]ard|OCP and get information on both the P35 that is targeted more for gamers, and the G33 with it's integrated graphics. 

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Garbage Mining

Subject: General Tech | May 21, 2007 - 02:54 PM |
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You may remember in a previous PC Perspective podcast, Jon bringing the topic of e-waste up.  Slashdot has a link to a story that follows up that topic with a look at why it is done.  The actual people in the electronic waste dump get contaminated water and a couple of bucks a day, to harvest waste in which the density of precious metals recovered is higher than in ore mining.  Read on for a very interesting slide show.

Source: Slashdot

Western Digital Announces 250GB Scorpio 2.5" HDD

Subject: Storage | May 21, 2007 - 10:05 AM |
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Today Western Digital is taking the covers off a brande new 2.5" hard drive: the Scorpio 250GB.  The drive features a 5400 RPM spin rate, 8MB of cache and a 12ms seek time making it one of the fastest mobile hard drives on the market.  It also uses WD "WhisperDrive" technology to allow the disk to run quieter than competing products, a benefit to notebook users everywhere.


The Scorpio 250GB does use perpendicular recording technolgy and is now about to fit 125GB on each platter of the

Interview with Moderator AMDAthlonguy

Subject: Editorial | May 19, 2007 - 11:00 AM |
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OK, by now you know the drill:
Hi there. Let me take a minute to introduce myself. I'm Uncle Bob, a Mod here at PC Perspective. We will be running a series of articles within the forum that will be called Mod Interviews. I ask revealing, embarrassing, stupid, probing questions of Mods and hopefully you get to laugh with us at ourselves and in the process get to know some of us better.

It's been a busy week on the forums

Subject: General Tech | May 18, 2007 - 06:28 PM |
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Home networking has certain grown in the past few years, both in popularity and in complexity.  This thread over in the Networking & Associated Security forum gives you a good tip on how to arrange a network so that you can easily keep track of what is connected, and how it is protected as will as helping you understand how a popular security program, IPCop, works.  You can also get some great tips on troubleshooting a problematic wireless connection.&nbs

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AMD Details Next-Generation Platform for Notebook PCs

Subject: Mobile | May 18, 2007 - 02:32 PM |
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Tokyo, Japan -- May 18, 2007 -- At a press conference in Tokyo, Japan, AMD (NYSE: AMD) today officially disclosed more details of its next-generation open platform for notebook computing. Codenamed "Puma," the platform is designed to deliver battery life, graphics and video processing enhancements and improved overall system performance for an enhanced visual experience.

Source: AMD

More play for less power

Subject: Motherboards | May 18, 2007 - 02:28 PM |
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The ASUS M2A-VM HDMI offers a nice drop in power consumption and a more than adequate onboard graphics card, for those not looking to build the next greatest gaming rig.  For it's price it offers a nice selection of extras, though don't expect to be able to place a second graphics card in it, that is not the aim of this board.  HotHardware likes it as a step up from an nForce board in speed and a step d

Source: HotHardware

When Griffins and Pumas attack

Subject: General Tech | May 18, 2007 - 01:11 PM |
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The stats for the new mobility processor and chipset from AMD have finally slipped out.  We won't get too much information until later on today, but we do know a few details.  The chip is going to have HyperTransport 3 and some new power saving features, like the ability to turn off an entire core if it isn't being utilized.  The RS780 chipset has a few new tricks as well, including support for discrete and integrated graphics, and the ability to display in any number of formats.  Start by look

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Mobile gaming just took a big leap forward

Subject: General Tech | May 18, 2007 - 11:49 AM |
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After having great success yesterday playing WoW on their new OQO, VIA Arena is pulling out old games to see what else they can play.  Today it is StarCraft, and it plays just fine.  The screen is small, but certainly on par with a PSP or other gaming devices.  The big thing is that you aren't playing console games, this little device runs a full version of Windows, and therefore these are full versions of PC games. 

Source: VIA Arena

PC Self Defense Course

Subject: General Tech | May 18, 2007 - 11:33 AM |
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In Part 5 & 6 of TechARPs continuing Boot Camp series they will show you tricks on keeping yourself safe from the virtual nasties on the internet.  By just sticking with simple tips to achieve security, they are creating a guide that anyone can understand and follow, so send it on to those who have difficult understanding just how their PC ended up full of spyware or worse.

Source: Tech ARP

Powerful cooling that won't deafen you

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 17, 2007 - 05:48 PM |
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Up for review at TechPowerUp! is the Noctua NH-U12F, a large (640g) cooler with 120mm fan and a few neat tricks.  It will fit on any current processor socket and has a rather innovative screw design that will keep you from over tightening them when attaching it and cracking your core.  The cooling performance is quite impressive at 27dB and the included adapter to slow down the fan makes it much quieter, albeit with reduced cooling capacity.

Source: techPowerUp!

SATA heads off on the road

Subject: Storage | May 17, 2007 - 02:31 PM |
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Now that SATA has started saturating the market, both for hard drives and optical drives, a way to take them on the road is becoming important.  R&B Mods has a review of a device that lets you do exactly that, the Eksitdata EasyCombo USB 2.0 to IDE and SATA converter.  It will handle 2.5" and 3.5" IDE as well as SATA, making it a very versatile device and it won't take up too much space in your laptop bag.

Is a generic brand LCD worth the investment?

Subject: Displays | May 17, 2007 - 02:21 PM |
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At first glance, a 19" widescreen LCD with 8ms response time, 285 mm pixel pitch and 1440 x 900 max resolution for $170 sounds like a great deal.  Investigating a bit deeper, you start to notice things like a total lack of a native resolution, a base without a height adjustment and poor built in speakers.  Big Bruin was impressed overall, the image quality was very good for an LCD without a DVI input and the price really can't be beat.

Source: Big Bruin

Podcast the Third

Subject: Editorial | May 17, 2007 - 12:45 PM |
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Tune into the newest PC Perspective podcast, where we talk about the newly released AMD Radeon HD 2900 XT graphics card, a new 1000 watt (!!) power supply from Ultra, AMD's Phenom processor brand, more upcoming Intel price cuts, DirectX 10 benchmarking issues and much more!

There are several ways you can listen to it, just head to Ryan's blog for the links and show notes, and let us know what you think on the forums.

AMD's unquenchable fire

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 17, 2007 - 11:56 AM |
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NordicHardware, being who they are, couldn't resist a little fun with a 2900XT and some LN.  They have a screenshot of the core @ 1211MHz, and the memory @ 999MHz running a calculated 777 GFlops.  That was the best they managed because the card got too hot!  That's right, not even LN cooling can push this card to it's maximum frequency.  It will be interesting to see more OCing results with more traditional cooling methods, this card has a lot of overhead for those who can cool it.

Save me Barcelona, you're my only hope

Subject: General Tech | May 17, 2007 - 11:31 AM |
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Without much hard information about AMD's new chip, the speculation runs wild.  With the release of the 2900XT, we saw a card that may be poised to take a share of the mid-range graphics market away from nVIDIA, but not the high end range.

Source: Ars Technica