Saitek's new Pro Gamer

Subject: General Tech | March 6, 2007 - 02:20 PM |
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Saitek has released a new input device for the gamer in you, the Pro Gamer Command Unit.  Offering 20 buttons, plus a shift button, as well as a tiny joystick under your thumb.  Head to techPowerUp to get the full review, but be careful ... they liked this device so much they've tossed away the keyboards on their gaming machines.

Source: techPowerUp!

Duke Nukem ... Arena?!?

Subject: General Tech | March 6, 2007 - 12:47 PM |
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No, pigs haven't sprouted wings, nor has the permafrost extended that far down ... it's not DN4ever.  The Inquirer has seen a port of Duke Nukem 3D onto portable phones, allowing to you lay the mighty foot down old skool style.  If you have a BREW compatible phone, this is worth checking out, and the port of Prey as well.

Source: The Inquirer

30 days of Linux

Subject: General Tech | March 6, 2007 - 12:22 PM |
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A great experiment has taken place at [H]ard|OCP.  A member has just spent 30 days using the 32- and 64-bit versions of Ubuntu on 2 different computers on fairly new and one a year old.  Everything from the installation to normal everyday use like email, IM and DVD burning, as well as a foray into getting a graphics editor like Photoshop to work, and even a little gaming.  Take a look, you might be tempted to switch, yourself.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

PCI-X lives

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 5, 2007 - 06:04 PM |
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PCI Express is the defacto choice for graphics cards and other high speed components, like physics processing.  It caught on for mainstream consumers, while PCI-X has been relegated to business applications like SCSI cards, and Gigabit LAN cards in servers. 

Source: PCStats

Interview with Moderator Afterburner

Subject: Editorial | March 5, 2007 - 04:14 PM |
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Well, I spent the weekend in bed taking meds for a sinus infection and dreading going to work today, but I made it. I am getting 'better', but to some folk, that's debateable!


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.

Intel And AmberWave Systems Corporation Announce Settlement

Subject: Processors | March 5, 2007 - 04:05 PM |
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SALEM, New Hampshire and SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 5, 2007 — Intel Corporation and AmberWave Systems Corporation have settled all patent infringement suits pending between them related to AmberWave Systems strained silicon patent portfolio. Under the agreement, Intel has received a license to all AmberWave patents and patent applications either existing today or filed during the agreement's ten-year term. The companies also have agreed to continuing discussions and evaluation of AmberWave's ongoing technology research and development efforts.

New goodies in the Leaderboard

Subject: Systems | March 5, 2007 - 03:54 PM |
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Ryan has been busily updating the PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard.  Every system has been tweaked, and in some cases the performance increased and the price decreased.

The new superclocked 8800's appear in both the Dream System and the High End System.  The Mid Range and Budget systems have new motherboards that offer good features. 

Check them out!

ATIs "new" graphics card

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 5, 2007 - 03:14 PM |
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HotHardware has a review of the X1950 GT 256MB.  By dropping the Pro part of the name, reducing the clock speed and the price, this card is good choice for those not looking for the fastest card.  It's performance is still nothing to sneer at, it is capable of over 100fps with 4x FSAA and 4x anisotropic filtering enabled in Half Life Episode One.

Source: HotHardware

5 Quad core systems showing off their stuff

Subject: Systems | March 5, 2007 - 01:59 PM |
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The Tech Report has revamped some of their testing methods, and revisit some quad-core desktops that they've reviewed previously.  Among the many changes, they switched to Vista Ultimate 64 bit edition, so drop by and see what effect that has had on these systems performance.

Intel's second annual game demo contest

Subject: General Tech | March 5, 2007 - 01:39 PM |
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Win great exposure and your share of over $95,000 worth of Prizes, including:      

Quiet cooling, with optional noisemaker

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 5, 2007 - 12:30 PM |
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The Thermalright Ultra 120 is an immense heatsink that is designed to cool without needing a fan.  It even manages to out perform the stock Intel cooler, while generating no noise.  The interesting trick with this heatsink is that you can easily attach a 120mm fan, and get incredible cooling power.  Head to AnandTech for a look at the performance of this powerful cooler.

Source: AnandTech

Short and simple security

Subject: General Tech | March 5, 2007 - 12:16 PM |
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Take a run through Tech ARP's Security Boot Camp.  There are some very handy tips for detecting, removing and preventing malware, and it is done in a very easy to understand method.  See if there is anything there the will give you a few tips, and save yourself some time cleaning your computer later.

"If you are always worrying about the security of your computer but do not know what to do about it, then this is the boot camp

for you."

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

Source: Tech ARP

BFG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES OC2 SERIES OF THE GEFORCE 8800 GTX & GTS

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 5, 2007 - 11:47 AM |
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Lake Forest, IL — (March 5, 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 BFG NVIDIA® GeForce® 8800 OC2™ series of graphics cards.


BFG NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX OC2 768MB:

  • Core Clock: 626MHz vs. standard 575MHz.
  • Shader Clock: 1450MHz vs. standard 1350MHz.
  • Memory Clock: 2000MHz vs. standard 1800MHz.


BFG NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS OC2 640MB:

PCPerspective forums - informative & informal

Subject: General Tech | March 2, 2007 - 06:15 PM |
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Another Friday is here, and it's time to take a peek at the forums. A KVM switch can be a very handy device if you are running a Distributed Computing farm, or just have more PCs than you do monitors.

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Free online storage

Subject: Storage | March 2, 2007 - 03:17 PM |
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box.net,
DropBoks, eSnips, MediaMax, OmniDrive and openomy are all under review at ExtremeTech
.  These 6 sites offer online storage, that you can get for free.  4 provide you up to 1GB free storage, with eSnips offering 5GB and MediaMax 25GB.  They also offer different max files sizes and transfer bandwidth, as well as offering premium services, so read on to see which best fits you.

Source: Extremetech

It keeps going and gong and going ...

Subject: Mobile | March 2, 2007 - 02:10 PM |
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MAKE:Blog has posted a link to a new How To.  In this case it's a step by step set of instructions on how to refill a laptop batteries.  It can also be used to mod your battery, by using more powerful cells, you can get a battery that last longer than the original did.  Make sure you read all the warnings, otherwise you or your laptop may end up quite sad.

Source: MAKE: Blog

Took them long enough to figure that out

Subject: General Tech | March 2, 2007 - 12:43 PM |
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Why has it taken this long to get a Conan game; not that 2008 is exactly close yet.  Finally you can stalk the wilderness as everyones favorite Cimmerian hacking off heads and bathing in blood.  In fact, you should really head over to Strategy Informer to take a look at the 24 screenshots they've posted to get an idea just how much blood there will be in this game.

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

Ferret sniffs your packets

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 2, 2007 - 12:21 PM |
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Wi-Fi is a very handy way to set up a network without spreading cables all through your house or business, and it is much easier and cheaper to set up than just a few years ago.  It also opens you up to a few vulnerabilities that are not always understood.  CNET reports on some of the most common, from packet sniffers, to the fact that when your PC starts up, it broadcasts a list of the wireless networks it has connected to in the past.

How handy is Andy?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 1, 2007 - 06:44 PM |
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The newest cooler from Scythe has one of the oddest names going ... the Andy Samurai Master.  You can read about this heatsink at Silent PC Review, where they put it up against the older Scythe Ninja, as well as the Ultra 120.  They also try on a few different fans to see what effect that has on it's noise, and it's performance.

New Windows Vista Beta driver from NVIDIA ... now

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 1, 2007 - 04:24 PM |
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Update: The new driver version 101.41 appears to be available for Vista 32-bit and Vista 64-bit.  Not sure, but I think this is for GF7 series and below only for now.


When the driver is available, the driver Release Notes will include a full list of bugs fixed, known driver issues, products supported, and operating system and application limitations.

Source: NVIDIA