Well, that won't cause controversy

Subject: General Tech | January 24, 2007 - 10:01 AM |
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The Inquirer and Ars Technica have 2 different takes on the news out of Redmond today, that 1 in 5 Windows installs fail a WGA check.  To put it another way, 114 million systems of the 512 million that have installed WGA have failed, and you can add a significant amount of systems that people have never installed WGA on to that total.  Of the 114 million that failed, Microsoft has stated about 20% are not due to piracy, and although they do not say

Source: The Inquirer

Lunch @ Piero's @ CES 2007

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 24, 2007 - 09:39 AM |
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VIA Arena represented VIA at an Ultra Mobile PC focused event, called Lunch @ Piero's.  From the extremely portable  to designs made to fit in your car, the UMPC has come a long way in the past year.  There are quite a few shots of the products, which help you get an idea of what the UMPCs released this year will look like.

Source: VIA Arena

Cooler Master and Smooth Creations Presents: CSX

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 24, 2007 - 09:24 AM |
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Imagine your dream machine.

A machine so unique, so stylish, you will be the envy of all your friends.

Up until now, Custom Painted PC gaming systems have always been pre-built.  If you wanted a Custom Painted PC — you have one of two choices:  buy a pre-built system which might not have all the components you want or build your own and find someone who's skilled enough to bring your visions to reality.

AMD Continues to Give Embedded Designers More Choice

Subject: Processors | January 24, 2007 - 09:16 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Jan.

Source: AMD

VIA News: VIA Announces PCI Express Chipset for Vista-Ready Mobility

Subject: Chipsets | January 24, 2007 - 09:12 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 24 January 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the launch of the VIA VN896 digital media mobile IGP chipset for the VIA C7®-M processor, certified Vista Basic-ready by Microsoft and designed to provide users with unsurpassed visual clarity for notebooks and the new breed of ultra mobile devices.

So long Intellipoint, Microsoft and Razer join forces

Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2007 - 03:06 PM |
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The Habu gaming mouse is the product of a joint venture between Microsoft and Razer.  It has all that you would expect, like on the fly DPI adjustments and multiple buttons.  It also has some extras like the ability to move the buttons, and it swings both ways so lefties can use it.  If you like your mouse to glow, the side rails and mouse wheel will attract you, as it did in ExtremeTech's case.

Source: Extremetech

AMD Reports Fourth Quarter and Annual Results

Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2007 - 02:53 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif.— Jan. 23, 2007 — AMD (NYSE: AMD) today reported financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2006.  As a result of AMD's acquisition of ATI, fourth quarter financial results include the results of the former ATI operations[1] beginning October 25, 2006.

Source: AMD

Gigabyte revises their 965P board

Subject: Motherboards | January 23, 2007 - 12:13 PM |
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Over at Tech Spot, you will find a review of the Gigabyte 965P-DS3P, Rev 2.  With more reliable capacitors, and a few more improvements, this board gives a much better experience than the original revision.  Even more impressive, it's overclocking potential is much better, as well as easier to set up.

Source: Tech Spot

New Intel Wireless Product for Laptops Extends Networking Speed and Range

Subject: Mobile | January 23, 2007 - 10:28 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 23, 2007 — Intel Corporation today introduced the Intel® Next-Gen Wireless-N network connection, an upgrade to the wireless component found inside Intel® Centrino® Duo mobile technology and other Intel-based laptops that helps consumers better connect to wireless networks.

A little known Digital Media Players

Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2007 - 10:25 AM |
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The Tech Lounge would like you to know about Cowon.  They are a little known company with some good offerings.  Their D2 is a 2/4 GB flash-based MP3 player with a 2.5' 24 bit TFT LCD screen for video playback, and space for 52 hours of music.  It supports MP3, WMA, OGG, WAV and FLAC, as well has having TV out, a voice recorder, and photo viewing.  The FM tuner and support for Microsoft's DRM10 is the icing on the cake.

XLC and OCZ lead to better OC?

Subject: Memory | January 23, 2007 - 09:34 AM |
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The OCZFlexXLC Edition 1150MHz DDR2 modules run at 5-5-5-18 out of the box and support up to 2.4v.  What this means is TweakTown managed to push them to 1200MHz DDR2 at 5-9-9-24, using both passive cooling and watercooling.  The benefits of having watercooled RAM seem to apply more to the longevity of the DIMMS than it does to extreme overclocking.

Source: TweakTown

Storm Warning

Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2007 - 09:20 AM |
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Storm Worm made an appearance this weekend, and it's botnet is growing quickly.  With multiple versions released in a very short time, and with the ability to upgrade itself after it has infected PCs make this one look to be around for a while.  CNET has more info on this Trojan that we are likely to be removing from relatives computers quite frequently in the next while.

Vista Home Premium For Sale Today - Update for All of them!

Subject: General Tech | January 22, 2007 - 10:47 PM |
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Newegg sent along word that they have the Windows Vista Home Premium OEM DVD for sale and showing IN STOCK TODAY for $119.99.  You can be the first on the block to start testing out the new Vista features with this full version OS; not an upgrade!

Update: Newegg now has just about all of the Vista versions ready and for sale today!

CPU bottlenecking GPU in games

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 22, 2007 - 01:24 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP took 2 BFG 8800GTX's, 2 GB of Corsair RAM and 2 different motherboards.  One is an EVGA NVIDIA nForce 680i with a Core 2 Duo X6800 processor.  The second is an ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe 590 SLI with an Athlon 64 FX-62.

This a straight up head to head on some of the newest and most demanding games.  Any difference seen is an example of the CPU not being able to keep up to the SLI cards. 

Read on for a very interesting article.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Sun and Intel Announce Landmark Agreement

Subject: General Tech | January 22, 2007 - 01:12 PM |
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SAN FRANCISCO , Jan. 22, 2007 — Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) and Intel Corporation today announced a broad strategic alliance centered on Intel's endorsement of the Solaris™ Operating System (OS) and Sun's commitment to deliver a comprehensive family of enterprise and telecommunications servers and workstations based on Intel® Xeon® processors. The scope of the agreement spans Solaris, Java™ and NetBeans™ software and Intel Xeon microprocessors, as well as other Intel and Sun enterprise-class technologies.

HD playback; ATI's AVIVO and NVIDIA's PureVideo

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 22, 2007 - 11:37 AM |
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With the advent of Blu-ray and HD DVD, HD playback is becoming important.  Hardware Zone takes a look at how the 2 major players in the graphics field handle H.264, the main MPEG-4 codec.  Read on to find out about the CPU load you can expect without proper support for HD acceleration, and the difference in frame quality.

ATI's new tricks, the X2300 and R680

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 22, 2007 - 10:20 AM |
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ASUS has just released the A8Jr notebook, based on the Radeon X2300.  It is build to run Intel Core 2 Duo Processors on the 945PM Express Chipset.  It will be powerful enough to handle Vista's Aero interface, if you are planning on switching to Vista, and is indeed the first to utilize the mobile Radeon X2300.

Source: ASUS

New Linux Foundation Launches - Merger of Open Source Development Labs and Free Standards Group

Subject: General Tech | January 22, 2007 - 09:56 AM |
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SAN FRANCISCO, January 22, 2007 — The two leading consortia dedicated to the advancement of Linux® — the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) and the Free Standards Group (FSG) — today announced that they have signed an agreement to merge and form The Linux Foundation. The new organization accelerates the growth of Linux by providing a comprehensive set of services to compete effectively with closed platforms.

How a heatsink gets tested

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 22, 2007 - 09:49 AM |
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SPCR has redone their heatsink test bench, and have published an article describing the new system, and the exact process used to test the heatsinks.  If you have ever been curious how some hardware review sites go about determining the performance of heatsinks, this article will fill you in.