NVIDIA G80 Information Hitting the Web

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 26, 2006 - 01:52 PM |
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With the imminent arrival of NVIDIA's new G80 graphics cards, it is no secret that information has been leaking left and right about it.  For the most part, I can't verify or deny anything that you read because of NDA's, but check back here about a weeks time to find all the official answers.  I still can point to various rumors though!  :)


This first story from the Inquirer seems to think that NVIDIA is going to modeling a Playboy Playmate model to show off their new hardware.  Wou

Source: The Inquirer

Gyroscopic mouse

Subject: General Tech | October 26, 2006 - 12:36 PM |
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Well, the motion of your head as you duck and try to peek around corners still doesn't work as a game input, but the e-Dimensional G-Pad Pro being reviewed at Tech ARP may be the next best thing.  For 3rd person shooters and racing/flying games, when you tilt the gamepad, it is translated into movement in the game.  Available for PC and Playstation 2, it ought to be fun try try out a few times.

Source: Tech ARP

That's not a bug, and thanks for the cake

Subject: General Tech | October 26, 2006 - 11:54 AM |
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Mozilla has informed CNET that the 2 issues identified are non-issues.  One has already been patched, and the second didn't include enough code for any exploit to be found.

and according to Slashdot, the IE7 team sent Firefox a cake.

VIA and Everex Launch World's Most Energy Efficient Notebook

Subject: Mobile | October 26, 2006 - 11:32 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 26 October 2006 — VIA Technologies, Inc., a leading
innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform
solutions, and Everex Systems, Inc., a world leader in the design and
production of personal computers, today unveiled the StepNote NC1500
notebook: the first Everex notebook to make use of the advanced VIA
C7®-M processor.

Oracle and Intel to Collaborate on Enterprise Computing

Subject: General Tech | October 26, 2006 - 11:19 AM |
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ORACLE OPENWORLD, SAN FRANCISCO,
Oct. 25, 2006 - Oracle and Intel Corporation today announced a joint
effort
to help accelerate deployment of solutions based on Oracle and
Intel technology. This effort builds on a longstanding enterprise
computing relationship and is expected to deliver a new level of
performance and reliability to customers using Oracle solutions running
on industry-leading Intel® Core® microarchitecture-based Linux servers.

What's cool about Vista & Office 2007; a newegg webcast

Subject: General Tech | October 25, 2006 - 06:47 PM |
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Find out what the next generation Microsoft Windows and Office 2007 can do for you. Learn about
the newest features and understand how you can safely and easily complete everyday tasks; enjoy
the latest in entertainment using the seamless media integration of Media Center, Media Player 11,
and Windows DVD Maker with your photos, video, television and music; check out the latest
Internet Explorer 7; and much more.

Source: newegg

and that's what G80's are made of

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 25, 2006 - 06:33 PM |
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The Inquirer has pretty much summed up all we know about the new generation of nVIDIA cards.  From what we don't know, like the number of pipelines, to what we do know, like the new SLI and the fact that reviews will be appearing quite soon, so check it out.

Source: The Inquirer

nForce 590 up for examination

Subject: Motherboards | October 25, 2006 - 03:48 PM |
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Three different AMD nForce 590 motherboards are getting the complete work over at HotHardware.  If you are not thinking about jumping to Intel's Core 2 Duo, these are the top contenders for AMD based platforms.  Find out which boards top out their list.

Source: HotHardware

Gigabyte's second Aurora

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 25, 2006 - 03:06 PM |
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It's a big sturdy aluminum case, with built in features to make it easier to setup watercooling.  The Guru of 3D is quiet impressed by the Aurora 570, since they like the extra space.  It makes it easier to install the parts, and you can fit more parts in, though the USB ports could use a better location.

Source: Guru of 3D

Bully: all talk, or a tough guy?

Subject: General Tech | October 25, 2006 - 12:44 PM |
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Not since a certain movie involving high flying reptiles, has anything generated such a buzz as Rockstar Games Bully.  It's worst enemy has ended up being it's biggest advertiser, and given people something to talk about while guessing at what the game will be like.  Ars Technica heads to the playground to find out what it's like to be a Bully.

Source: Ars Technica

Minor oops on the AMDing the ATI website

Subject: General Tech | October 25, 2006 - 12:08 PM |
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The Inquirer caught an odd error on the newly greened ATI website ... 3 of 4 special computer deals have Core 2 Duo inside them.  While you are checking that out take a look at the newly redesigned ATI website, they've done a good job at not moving the Driver section and other often visited areas.

Source: The Inquirer

AMD COMPLETES ATI ACQUISITION AND CREATES PROCESSING POWERHOUSE

Subject: General Tech | October 25, 2006 - 11:57 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - Oct. 25, 2006 - AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced the
completion of its approximately $5.4 billion acquisition of ATI
Technologies Inc
. Combining the complementary strengths of the two
technology leaders, the new AMD opens for business as a processing
powerhouse committed to driving innovation, choice and growth in the
technology industry.

Source: AMD

ATX12V 2.01, Eight ways to ultimate power

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 24, 2006 - 05:57 PM |
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Various PSUs from NZXT, Thermaltake, Antec, Cooler Master and Silverstone are undergoing testing at R&B Mods.  All have dual 12V rails, although only 4 have the 8-pin EPS12V adapter some dual core systems want. 

If pure overkill is your preference, Lee's review of the Enermax Galaxy 1kW PSU may be what you want.

Intel Encourages Hi-Tech Industry to Meet New EPA Energy Star(R) Specification

Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2006 - 03:12 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 24, 2006
— Highlighting its leadership and long history of delivering innovative
energy-saving technologies and products, Intel Corporation today
announced its support for the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA)
newly announced ENERGY STAR computer specifications
.

HP, Intel and Oracle to Modernize Applications for Legacy Mainframe Customers

Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2006 - 03:02 PM |
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SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 24, 2006 — HP,
Intel Corp. and Oracle* today announced a joint initiative to help
customers increase business agility and performance
, reduce operational
cost, and mitigate risk when moving applications from mainframe systems
to open standards-based server environments.

External Firewire Soundcard?

Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2006 - 02:15 PM |
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Before you scoff, it's made by Behringer who have a good reputation in the audio industry.  They aren't the best of the best, but they are affordable.  The FCA202 allows you to get good quality audio out of a laptop, although it does use the rare 6 pin Firewire to connect.  DriverHeaven gives you some background in audio terminology before moving on to review this external soundcard.

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So much for 50 cents a gigabyte

Subject: Storage | October 24, 2006 - 01:22 PM |
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The Kanguru 32GB Flash Max Drive is USB 2.0, 17 grams, and not that much larger than a normal thumbdrive.  Other than that it's resemblance ends, it holds 32Gbs, but I do find myself siding with CoolTechZone, who is going to pay that much for a flash drive?

Source: CoolTechZone

Velocity Micro's Core 2 Duo laptop

Subject: Mobile | October 24, 2006 - 12:07 PM |
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At [H]ard|OCP, the newest system to undergo their thorough system evaluation is Velocity Micro's L80, with a T7200 (2 GHz) and a Go 7600.  Head over and find out how well this $2300 laptop performed.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Firefox 2 this afternoon, tweak guide this morning

Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2006 - 11:56 AM |
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Tweaknews grabbed the 'early' release of Firefox 2.0, and has already published a tweak guideMozilla's response to the early release can be found here, they are asking people to refrain from downloading directly from the ftp site, as it could cause voluntary mirror sites to be not so willing to participate in the future.

So for now, read the Tweak Guide, it's only a few hours 'till the release.

Source: Tweaknews

AMD CELEBRATES 10 YEARS OF INNOVATION IN DRESDEN

Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2006 - 11:26 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. and DRESDEN-Oct. 24, 2006-Today in Dresden, Germany,
AMD (NYSE: AMD) commemorated the 10-year anniversary of its
Dresden-based operations
with a ceremony attended by German Chancellor
Dr. Angela Merkel and an employee celebration. Joining the Chancellor
was Governor of Saxony, Professor Georg Milbradt, AMD Chairman and CEO,
Hector Ruiz and General Manager of AMD Dresden, Hans Deppe.

Source: AMD