HD ThinkPad

Subject: Mobile | September 12, 2007 - 02:59 PM |
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Lenovo's new ThinkPad T61p sports a 15.4" display, which is nothing interesting, but the display goes to 1920x1200, which is.  Driving that is a QuadroFX 570M with 256MB, so you won;t be gaming, but your multimedia will look great.  You should see what other features Digital Trends uncovered in this Santa Rosa based notebook.

"The T61p is a very capable and powerful notebook that should be on any cubicle jockey or road warrior's wish list."

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A little bigger peak at the X38A

Subject: Motherboards | September 12, 2007 - 01:56 PM |
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... but still no benchmarks!   Hardware Zone has a preview of the Foxconn X38A board, with a good look at the board and the features it will sport.  The northbridge cooling solution is rather unique, but it doesn't seem likely that too many people will be suffering from overheating, at least in that particular area.

Strap on your parachute

Subject: General Tech | September 12, 2007 - 12:28 PM |
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The newest Medal of Honor is called Airborne, and Legion Hardware got a pre-release copy.  It departs from the previous games by starting each mission with you jumping out of a plane and picking your own landing spot.  This gives you tremendous flexibility in how you want to approach each mission, instead of placing you on rails.  It shares a lot with Operation Flashpoint and Armed Assault in that regard.

One DDoS to go, and a side order of fries

Subject: General Tech | September 12, 2007 - 12:05 PM |
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It looks like one of the purposes that the ever growing zombie hoards that follow the bidding of the creator of the Storm worm is becoming clear.  Ready to order DDoS attacks.  According to this story on Ars Technica, the current target is SpamNation, but they are not the only ones suffering from attacks.

Source: Ars Technica

A mouse that thinks it's a joystick

Subject: General Tech | September 11, 2007 - 04:56 PM |
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The Sandio 3D Game O' Mouse has an interesting addition to it, as far as mice go.  It has three four-way HAT switches that allow you to bind a lot more functions to it than you would expect from a mouse.  There is a trade off, there is a lot of weight to the mouse, and lefties won't be able to enjoy using it.  You can find out how had it was for The Tech Lounge to get used to the extra buttons in their full review.

Misnamed Memory

Subject: Memory | September 11, 2007 - 02:25 PM |
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I am not sure why Kingston named their new 2GB PC3-8500 DDR3 kit as ValueRam.  For one thing, it costs over $400, and more importantly when Virtual-Hideout was doing their testing it performed incredibly.  It looks like the comparisons between DDR2 and DDR3 are becoming much closer as DDR3 matures and DDR2 hits the ceiling in terms of speed.

Dumping the fake diamonds for fake platinum

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 11, 2007 - 01:35 PM |
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Rhodium, the metal, is very similar to platinum, though not in the way cubic zirconium is to diamond.  It is also Revoltec's newest full tower case.  The pair of 120mm fans helps keep the noise down, and there is plenty of space for a big PSU and heatsink.  The only thing that Bjorn3D held against the design is the hex bolts that keep the front panel on, and make it difficult to get off for installation or cleaning.

Source: Bjorn3D

Antec's TruePower grows

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 11, 2007 - 12:18 PM |
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The new model from Antec adds another 12V line, 200W and racing stripes to the old 650W TruePower Trio.  They have managed to put the performance into the 80+ category, and it offers relatively stable power.  Read the full story at Benchmark Reviews.

The new face of Commodore

Subject: General Tech | September 11, 2007 - 11:52 AM |
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The Commodore 64 offered many people a way to play games, back when the PC was still a pipe dream, and only the Amiga fan-boys didn't desperately want one.  Commodore is coming back as a computer builder, and plan to compete with Dell, HP and the other manufacturers.  They make some very interesting claims, and when [H]ard|OCP tried to contact them about those claims ...

Read the email exchange, and their thoughts about what was revealed.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Take Time Today to Remember

Subject: Editorial | September 11, 2007 - 11:22 AM |
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I know we have lots of tech news abound today, and we will still be bringing it to you throughout the day.  But, I do ask that every takes a bit of time out of their busy schedule to do some reading and remembering of the events that occurred 6-years ago today.  Be proud of where you live, be proud of our society even if you don't agree with it all the time. 

OQO First to Ship 1.6GHz VIA C7-M ULV Processor

Subject: Mobile | September 11, 2007 - 11:18 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 10 September 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced that OQO Inc. is the first manufacturer to ship the 1.6GHz VIA C7-M ULV processor in the latest configurations of its award-winning model 02 product line.

The higher-speed processor in this update of the OQO model 02 - the world’s smallest full-featured Windows Vista PC – further increases the device's performance and thus enables mobile professionals to enhance their anytime/anywhere productivity.

Quad-Core AMD OpteronT Processors To Play a Lead Role In Lucasfilm's Datacenter

Subject: General Tech | September 11, 2007 - 11:15 AM |
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San Francisco, Calif. - September 10, 2007 - At the launch of the
new Quad Core AMD Opteron(tm) processor at Lucasfilm Ltd.'s Letterman
Digital Arts Center (LDAC) today, AMD (NYSE: AMD) and Lucasfilm announced an
expansion of the companies' relationship focused on building the world's
most advanced and energy-efficient datacenters for producing digital arts
and entertainment.

Source: AMD

AMD Leaks New Graphics Card Models

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 11, 2007 - 10:59 AM |
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You have to love it when the company itself is responsible for information leak as is the case here.  It appears that AMD put in the names for a few unannounced graphics cards in the driver release files of Catalyst 7.9. 

The latest driver revision, numbered 7.9, includes fixes for all
versions of Windows as well as specific improvements related to Enemy
Territory: Quake Wars, the demo for which is out this week.

Source: The Inquirer

No More Designed by NVIDIA Motherboards?

Subject: Motherboards | September 11, 2007 - 10:53 AM |
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In a rather confusing news post, Digitimes seems to be reporting that NVIDIA's Drew Henry has said the "Designed by NVIDIA" motherboard program is going to come to an end.  I don't know if the reasoning behind this is anger from the Taiwan-based motherboard makers that have taken the time to design their own boards or just a lack of sales with partners like EVGA, XFX and BFG. 

Source: Digitimes

OCZ Technology Group Unveils World's First Intel Extreme Memory Modules

Subject: Memory | September 10, 2007 - 03:48 PM |
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Sunnyvale, Calif. September 10, 2007 - OCZ Technology Group (LSE: OCZ), a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced production of the industry's first Intel Extreme Memory modules, a new memory solution that implements a high-performance specification optimized and predefined for the impending Intel X38 chipset.

RadiSys Enters into Agreement to Acquire Intel's Modular Communications Platforms ATCA, cPCI, &

Subject: General Tech | September 10, 2007 - 02:42 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 10, 2007 - RadiSys Corporation and Intel Corporation today announced that they have signed a definitive agreement for Intel to sell certain assets of its modular communications platforms business to RadiSys. The acquisition will further RadiSys' global leadership position in ATCA platforms and solutions for telecommunication equipment manufacturers worldwide and is expected to close in September, subject to normal closing conditions.

Even more monitors

Subject: Displays | September 10, 2007 - 02:40 PM |
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X-Bit Labs is on a roll. In their latst batch of monitor reviews, number 4 in a long series, they compare 20" 13 LCD monitors, covering widescreen and regular sized, cheap entry level and the more expensive side.  You can see just how important Response Time Compensation is, and differences between VA, TN, S-IPS and the other matrices that LCDs are built with now.

Source: X-Bit Labs

RAID: not just for bugs

Subject: Storage | September 10, 2007 - 01:39 PM |
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The first time you encounter them, RAIDs can seem a bit overwhelming, from having to buy two or more HDDs to figuring out the types 1 or 5 or 0+1, and then people start asking about stripe sizing.   AnandTech can give you some help figuring it all out, and get you started on building your own array, be it for safety, speed, or a bit of both.

Source: AnandTech