Intel, UC Santa Barbara Develop World's First Hybrid Silicon Laser

Subject: General Tech | September 18, 2006 - 03:53 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 18,
2006 — Researchers from Intel Corporation and the University of
California, Santa Barbara
(UCSB) have built the world's first
electrically powered Hybrid Silicon Laser using standard silicon
manufacturing processes. This breakthrough addresses one of the last
major barriers to producing low-cost, high-bandwidth silicon photonics
devices for use inside and around future computers and data centers.

Digital Leaders Forum To Focus On Digital Inclusion Policy, Opportunities

Subject: General Tech | September 18, 2006 - 03:52 PM |
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CARTAGENA, Colombia, Sept. 18,
2006 — Intel Corporation
hosted the first meeting in Latin America to
unite leaders representing 16 countries to set a new technology
direction to support the region's social and economic growth.

AOL, Intel Deliver On-Demand Video Entertainment to Intel® Viiv(TM) Technology-Based PCs

Subject: General Tech | September 18, 2006 - 03:51 PM |
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DULLES, Va. and SANTA CLARA, Calif. -
September 18, 2006
- Combining the powerful capabilities of the PC with
the familiar face of TV, AOL and Intel Corporation today launched the
AOL Video service for Intel® Viiv™ technology-based PCs with a goal to
create the ultimate on-demand entertainment experience.

Make external HDD connections a snap

Subject: Storage | September 18, 2006 - 02:53 PM |
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Sick and tired of having to reboot to connect a back-up harddrive, and don't want to buy a $100 USB2.0 harddrive case?  OCMODSHOP reviews Vantec's $15 IDE to USB adaptor.  It handles 2.5 and 3.5 HDDs with ease, go check it out.

Source: OCMODSHOP

Prettty up your PSU

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 18, 2006 - 02:00 PM |
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Real men learn how to braid too ... as long as it's the cabling from a PSU.  (Female techies, laugh at them if you already know how to do this!)   VIA Arena shows you how to clean up the cabling in your PC once and for all.

Source: VIA Arena

Get some PureVideo from nVIDIA

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 18, 2006 - 12:18 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP asks Scott Vouri, the Multimedia GM at nVIDIA 10 questions about HDMI/HDCP and PureVideo.  Then they follow up with their own experimentations with NVIDIA PureVideo HD, an HDMI/HDCP equipped video card, and a HD-DVD player and different types of displays.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Time to update your webcam?

Subject: General Tech | September 18, 2006 - 12:04 PM |
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Webcams are an ever more popular way to embarrass yourself on the web, and occasionally get your 15 minutes of fame. Well, it isn't going to happen if you are using a 7 year old webcam that is on it's last legs.  The Tech Zone will help you buy a new one by highlighting the important features available now.

PCPer forums upgrade!!!

Subject: Editorial | September 17, 2006 - 06:51 PM |
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Thats right! The time to upgrade the PCPer.com forums has finally arrived. After more than a year of develpment, we are finally ready to go forward with our upgrade. With this upgrade comes a brand new server that will serve the forums to you. You can expect an editorial from Ryan at some point detailing the new server, the hardware and software being used, etc... so be on the lookout for that!


Quoted from our forum announcement:


As most of you know...we have been hinting at upgrading the pcper forums for quite some time.

Got questions? We've got answers to spare!

Subject: General Tech | September 15, 2006 - 06:49 PM |
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Troubles with WoW looking a bit odd and running slow?  Maybe we can help.

NForce and Core 2 Duo

Subject: Motherboards | September 15, 2006 - 03:38 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has a review of ASUS' P5NSLI.  It offers some good performance out of the box, but [H] discovered it is not a great overclocker, and both the north and south bridges run quite hot.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Forum Downtime

Subject: Editorial | September 15, 2006 - 03:22 PM |
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Just a heads up, the PC Perspective forums are going down here in about 15 minutes; though they should only be down for 15 minutes or so total, I thought I'd put a notice on the front page for anyone that find the forums dead!  Sorry for the inconvenience!


Click here to see if they are back up and resume your discussions!


Update: all better now!


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Coming soon, as in now

Subject: General Tech | September 15, 2006 - 01:25 PM |
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Engadget has all sorts of pretty pictures of the just released Zune from Microsoft.  More than half of the Zune is taken up by the screen and it comes in black and white versions; as well as brown?

Source: engadget

Gamin' in the USA ... for money

Subject: General Tech | September 15, 2006 - 11:58 AM |
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Wired News will give you some advice on how to get into professional gaming without moving to Asia.  Tech companies like AMD, nVIDIA and Intel are all offering sponsorships for teams, and there is serious money to be won, if you are good enough.

Source: Wired News

Good bionics getting closer

Subject: General Tech | September 15, 2006 - 11:49 AM |
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MAKE:Blog has info and a few links about Jesse Sullivan, who has 2 bionic arms controlled by nervous signals.  You also get a glimpse at a few of the other interesting medical inventions recently created.

Source: Slashdot

Intel Announces Serial Flash Memory Availability

Subject: Storage | September 14, 2006 - 03:09 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 14,
2006 - Intel Corporation
today announced that Intel® Serial Flash
Memory (S33) products are shipping to meet the memory requirements of a
range of applications, including digital TVs, DVDs, PCs, modems and
printers. Intel's serial flash is based on an industry-standard
package, pin-out and command set to simplify board design and save
board space.

Blue light special on turbines

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 14, 2006 - 01:34 PM |
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Gideontech reviews the Aerocool Turbine 2000 120mm LED Fan, which happens to have 16 blades.  It claims to provide about 37CFM at just under 20dBA.  Head over to check out this fan, and it's blue LEDs.

Source: Gideon Tech

HTPC or LAN party box ... you decide

Subject: Systems | September 14, 2006 - 11:59 AM |
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Is a 5.5lb SFF case designed to fit dual video cards, 4 drives, a full power supply, and 4 fans designed for HTPC use, or as a mobile box to take on the road?  Either way SPCR takes a long look at the QMicra from PC Design Lab, to figure out what niche this case best fits in.

7950GT is here, performance for about $300

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 14, 2006 - 11:51 AM |
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HotHardware is a perfect starting point to get an idea of how XFXs 7950GT will perform.  For a card that falls just below the performance of a 7950GTX, it is impressive to see a passive cooling solution.

Make sure to make your way back here, Ryan has reviewed the XFX passively cooled version, but we also managed to get a hold of BFG's actively cooled card.

Source: HotHardware

Free antivirus from AVG

Subject: General Tech | September 14, 2006 - 11:35 AM |
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If you have never heard of Grisoft or Free AVG, you really should check out this Tweaknews review.  Then I would suggest downloading it and giving it a try.  If you really like the free version, there is a version you can purchase for fairly cheap which gives you more options to get support from Grisoft.

Source: Tweaknews