Her Majesty's Operating System

Subject: General Tech | February 26, 2007 - 12:37 PM |
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The British Royal Navy is switching to Windows (for Warships) based on Win2K.  Now, before you start making BSOD jokes, consider what the navy has been working with.  The hardware was a pair of 24-bit, 1MHz machines with 25KB of RAM and took 4 people to take care of it, as the current software has a disturbing tendency to crash.  Plus the fact that you are entering code like "PE L5414.10N L00335.67E R6000 TMDA [INJECT]", pop up windows don't really sound so bad. 

Source: The Register

Friday night on the PCPer forums

Subject: General Tech | February 23, 2007 - 06:26 PM |
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Friday is here again, and as well as heralding the weekend, it brings our forums into the spotlight as well.  In the Tech Talk forum is a thread that covers almost all the basic questions and warnings that apply to building a Core 2 Duo system.  Once you've managed to build your system, unless you are a huge fan of spaghetti and stale air, you should consider the possibilities available for cable management.  Check out this huge thread that starts with spli

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The sweet sound of 1s and 0s

Subject: General Tech | February 23, 2007 - 03:16 PM |
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Digital Audio has had a rough start.  Not many care what it is, or what it means and many speakers make bizarre claims about what signal they receive and how it is processed.  The Tech Report looks at Abits' iDome speakers, a set that includes 2 dual channel desktop speakers and a subwoofer.  These are true digital speakers, nothing in the chain is analog until the actual broadcasting of sound from the cones.  Read on to get a better idea of what is meant by Digital audio and a look at some impressiv

Digital convergence in dire straits?

Subject: Systems | February 23, 2007 - 02:31 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP takes a long hard look at the troubled life of HTPCs.  While a computer junkie will have no trouble assembling their own HTPC, either Linux or Windows based, they are not a mainstream product.  With PVRs and STBs making an appearance on store shelves, HTPCs already have competition.  Add to that DRM and HDCP, which make HTPCs not manufactured by a content provider difficult to work with.  Plus, you also need to make it HD compatible, and with enormous amounts of storage to be able

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Something old is new again

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 23, 2007 - 12:22 PM |
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Multiplayer Wing Commander!!!

If you aren't excited by that, then just move on, otherwise take a peek at the screenshots on HEXUS ... I need an Xbox 360.

Source: Hexus

Vista gone wild ... naughty kernel shots now availble

Subject: General Tech | February 23, 2007 - 12:08 PM |
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Over at Slashdot is a link to an article done by a guy that managed to convince Vista to take his bead necklace and remove some clothing.  This is the second part of his 3 part look at the insides of Vista.  If you missed the first installment (memory management and more), you can follow the link at the start of the article.  Otherwise continue on to read about the various new "Ready-something or other" components new to Vista.

Source: Slashdot

Sequels work better with motherboards than they do with movies

Subject: Motherboards | February 22, 2007 - 06:21 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has the new incarnation of the P5N32, utilizing the nForce 6 chipset.  The newest and most interesting feature of this board is that whiel it is a 650i chipset, it functions as a 680i chipset. You get x16 SLI mode, SLI memory support, GPU Ex support, and LinkBoost.  Check out this stellar performer, and maybe even pick one up instead of the EVGA 680i board.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Dude, that Dell you're getting sure does cost a lot

Subject: Systems | February 22, 2007 - 03:31 PM |
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In all fairness, the parts list of the Dell XPS 710 H2C is impressive, without question, but not as impressive as the over $5000 price tag.  However, if you are looking to buy an incredibly powerful gaming machine, without any hassle setting it up, and having tech support with it, then this may be perfect.  Head over to HotHardware to see how this box won Editor's Choice.

Source: HotHardware

Small size, big fan, low cost ...

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 22, 2007 - 02:34 PM |
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The most noticeable feature of the NorthQ Giant Reactor 1kw ATX PSU is the 135mm fan which takes up the entire bottom of the PSU.  That lends credence to it's claims of silence, and the pair of 12V rails with 35A each make it seem powerful.  Join Overclock3d in their full review, and a reminder why buying a power supply from a little known company might not be your best move.

Source: Overclock3D

Sapphire is first to get out the Radeon X1950 GT

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 22, 2007 - 12:46 PM |
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For ~$150, the Sapphire Radeon X1950 GT has some pretty good power behind it. With 6 pixel shaders, 12 ROPs, and 8 vertex shaders, a 500MHz GPU and a memory clock of 1.2 GHz (GDDR3).  What you lose in theis model, compared to the Pro, is AVIVO support.  [H]ard|OCP puts the screws to this card and a 7900 GS as well, to see who cracks first.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

What's the packet loss to Mars like today?

Subject: General Tech | February 22, 2007 - 12:32 PM |
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Vint Cerf wants to make sure you can get email from the red planet.  We have gone from the 1970's data uplink of 16 kbps to 2004's uplink of 256 kbs.  Although we can't get rid of the 20 minute delay, having a more reliable connection will help any future Mars Rover type missions.

No word on when the Barsoomian 419 scams will start coming
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Source: Slashdot

OCZ Unveils the PC2-8500 Reaper HPC Series with New Passive Cooling Solution

Subject: Memory | February 22, 2007 - 12:18 PM |
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Sunnyvale, CA—February 21, 2007—OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today unveiled the OCZ PC2-8500 Reaper HPC Series. This 2GB dual channel kit features the proprietary OCZ Reaper HPC (Heat Pipe Conduit) heatspreader, engineered to deliver superior silent heat dissipation over traditional heatspreaders.

NewEgg joins forces with PCPerspective to give you more.

Subject: General Tech | February 22, 2007 - 12:09 PM |
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You might want to take notice of a new forum member ... Newegg Deals.  If you keep your eye on this thread here, you will see some very nice deals appearing.  For example right now you can get an Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz 4M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor for $314.00 + Free Shipping.

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Interview with Moderator zetachi

Subject: Editorial | February 21, 2007 - 07:12 PM |
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OK, by now you know the drill:
Hi there. Uncle Bob here again, 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.

Give you external storage a big boost of speed

Subject: Storage | February 21, 2007 - 06:23 PM |
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USB 2.0: 1.5GB/sec, SATA: 3 GB/sec ... which speed would you prefer?  The Kingwin JET external HDD casing offers both, giving those with e-SATA a huge speed benefit while still remaining useful to anyone.  The included 80mm fan helps keep the drive alive, drop by Virtual-Hideout and get the full story.

Rock and Roll never dies

Subject: General Tech | February 21, 2007 - 06:14 PM |
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Join Digital Trends for a look back at some of the musicians and formats they grew up with and loved, and a serious problem that is infecting the musical universe.  Compression kills dynamic range.  In order to get music to listeners in what is essentially a LoFi format, one of the most powerful ways to evoke emotion is being removed.  Ask your self when the last time you listened to an MP3 at a full 192bps.

Look over there ... it's Ultra Bay!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 21, 2007 - 05:03 PM |
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The Soundgraph UltraBay is a multifunctional display that takes up two 5 1/4" bays, and offers an amazing variety of display options.  Head over to techPowerUp for the full review, you can't really grasp what this display can do without seeing it in action.

Source: techPowerUp!

The 3GHz solution

Subject: Processors | February 21, 2007 - 12:33 PM |
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The Tech Report puts the brand new X2 6000+ in direct competition with the E6700.  They spend some time focusing on the memory bandwidth, which lets the X2 show up Intel's chip ... for a while.  Read on to see how the pure speed of the 6000+ compares to the more modern architecture of the Core 2 Duo chip.

General Purpose verus the specialist

Subject: General Tech | February 21, 2007 - 12:17 PM |
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Ars Techncia has assembled an article on what certain analysts believe to be the most likely Google killer.  The idea is to have specialized search engines, not try to compete with Google's mastery over generalized searches.  Some will focus on providing information on local products or services, although Google Maps may well win in that category.  There are also vertical searches which focus on a specific topic and search in a specific set of database

Source: Ars Technica

Corsair Enhances SD Family with New 4GB SDHC Card

Subject: Storage | February 21, 2007 - 11:40 AM |
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Fremont, CA (February 20, 2007) — Corsair®, a worldwide leader in high performance computer products, today expanded its Secure Digital (SDTM) card family with the new 4GB SD High Capacity (SDHCTM) cards. Based on the SD Association 2.0 specification and tested to be fully compliant with SDHC host devices, each Corsair 4GB SDHC card blends Class 2 performance and high capacity to offer expanded storage for rich digital media.