Joysticks on a mouse?

Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2008 - 02:45 PM |
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The next step in the eternal search for the perfect input device comes to us from Sandio, with their 3D O2 Gaming Mouse.  It promises keyboard free gaming, as well as better control over 3D programs like Google Earth and Sketchup.  BCCHardware was brave enough to try it out, even risking their reputation with some online gaming. 

Source: BCCHardware

Soyo and Honeywell join in a display of force

Subject: Displays | February 25, 2008 - 02:30 PM |
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Soyo used to be a major motherboard manufacturer, although they have moved on many have fond memories of their Dragon series.  Now, in a venture with Honeywell, they have released the Soyo Topaz S 24" LCD, a 1920x1200 TFT display with a 6ms refresh.   ASE Labs tried it out and found it to have no problems gaming or playing DVDs, or with Linux as the used Ubuntu to test it.

Source: Aselabs

Good looking, and talented too

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 25, 2008 - 12:18 PM |
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The Lian Li PC-A17 and the B model (which is black), is the new case from this popular manufacturer, and OCIA has only one thing bad to say about it, no tool-less construction.  Fortunately, not all of the luxury features have been removed; there is a removable motherboard tray and plugs for watercooling setups.  The case itself carries on the look of the previous model<

Source: OCIA

Xbox 360 HD-DVD Drive canned - but you can buy it cheap!

Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2008 - 12:07 PM |
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I guess it had to happen; Microsoft officially announced the end of the Xbox 360 HD-DVD drive.  Too bad we found it to be the best and most practical HD content drive during the entire format war; you could even use it on your PC for HD playback if you wanted.  Well, if you still want one, apparently places like Amazon and Best Buy are just giving them away.  Just be sure you realize the format is, well, DEAD.

Virtually unknown

Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2008 - 11:56 AM |
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If you are not familiar with application virtualization,
you are not alone.  As with many IT solutions that are offered by multiple vendors, the definition changes depending on who you are talking to.  At it's very core, the idea is to be able to distribute complete programs in such a way that they are self contained and need no installation, as well as ensuring the program runs with an isolation layer between it and the OS preventing any opportunity the program might have to damage the OS.  AnandTech can

Source: AnandTech

Former AMD CTO Promises 4x the memory for you

Subject: Memory | February 25, 2008 - 11:53 AM |
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If you were curious what Fred Weber is up to these days, as the former CTO of AMD, look no further than to a company called MetaRam that is promising 4x the current capacity of memory modules with little to no price hike or performance penalty.  According to this engadget post, MetaRam "uses a specialized "MetaSDRAM" chipset that effectively bonds and
addresses four cheap 1Gb DRAM chips as one, tricking any machine's
memory controller into using it as a 4x capacity DIMM."

Source: engadget

Intel Hexa-core Processors coming soon

Subject: Processors | February 25, 2008 - 11:40 AM |
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Information has hit the web courtesy of some clumsy IT at Sun Microsystems that shows Intel's plans for a 6-core (or Hexa-core) processors based on the existing Penryn core.  Codenamed the "Dunnington", perhaps in a nod to what they are hoping AMD will be after its release (get it, "done"-ington?), the CPU will feature three seperate dies each with their own dual-core setup and each with their own 3MB of L2 cache.  All six cores will then share in a 16MB portion of L3 cache, setting up a cache hierarchy much like that of AMD's Barcelona CPUs. 

Source: Daily Tech

TGIF - Thready goodness in forums

Subject: General Tech | February 22, 2008 - 05:39 PM |
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Comcast has picked up a bad rep recently, due to their nice habit of package inspection and throttling back Bittorrent traffic ... on the other hand, look at the speeds you can get from their connections!  If you are a Folder then drop by this thread, one of our members has done a lot of research on how to get the most out of his machine. 

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Double trouble for your G94

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 22, 2008 - 04:05 PM |
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MVKTECH.NET has two ways for you to make or break your brand new 9600GT.  The first, and possibly slightly less dangerous is the new version of the nVIDIA BIOS Editor, which will let you tweak any possible setting.  The second tool is nVIDIA's nvFlash, which will let you update firmware, as well as backing up your current BIOS, just in case your tweaking goes a bit too far.

Source: MVKTECH.NET

Laptop Luge

Subject: Mobile | February 22, 2008 - 02:00 PM |
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When Phoronix spends a day in the snow sledding on the Otterbox 7030, and the ThinkPad R52 that was inside it, and the thing still works in the evening, you know they've got a good product.  Head on over to watch the videos of this protective case in action, and some of you can marvel at the ground being covered in the white stuff.

Source: Phoronix

Surrounded by sound

Subject: General Tech | February 22, 2008 - 12:03 PM |
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Tritton Technologies TRITTON AX51 5.1 headphones came very close to deafening a reviewer at Motherboards.org.  The sound they produce is proper 5.1 surround, assuming you plug it into a sound card that can send the proper signal, and there is no problem with the sound being weak or of bad quality.  If you like watching movies, playing games or listening to music, and have someone around that doesn't always appreciate your preferred

Not as forgetful as you might think

Subject: General Tech | February 22, 2008 - 11:52 AM |
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boingboing linked to a story about an interesting property of DRAM, and what it means for your security.  With some ingenuity and quick reflexes it is possible to beat disk encryption, and not just on Windows.  There are several links to videos and papers covering this attack process.

Source: boingboing

Cooler Master Unleashes the COSMOS S Chassis

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 22, 2008 - 11:16 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan - February 22, 2008 - Since its introduction, Cooler Master's COSMOS PC Chassis has garnering numerous awards and accolades around the world. Today, the best just got better as Cooler Master unleashes the COSMOS S Chassis, featuring a new racing design, a touch-sensitive panel, and a gamut of user-friendly features, the COSMOS S is the evolution of the ultimate PC enclosure.

OCZ Technology Announces New DDR3-1333 Kits in the Award-Winning Reaper HPC Series

Subject: Memory | February 22, 2008 - 11:12 AM |
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Sunnyvale, CA - February 21, 2008 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced two new Reaper HPC solutions for enthusiasts upgrading to next generation of cutting-edge platforms.

Sapphire's Toxic Avenger

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 21, 2008 - 04:17 PM |
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SAPPHIRE Technology has just announced global availability of its exciting new HD 3870 TOXIC edition high performance graphics accelerator.

Source: Sapphire

Asus GeForce EN9600GT - Multimedia options galore

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 21, 2008 - 02:45 PM |
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By now you have surely seen the NVIDIA 9600 GT release today - our review of it is easy to find on the site: right here.  But not to be outdone, Asus has also sent in a new 9600 GT part for us to play with: the Asus EN9600GT. 


EVGA announces the EVGA e-GeForce 9600GT Family GPU's

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 21, 2008 - 02:32 PM |
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Brea, California and Munich, Germany - February 21, 2008 - EVGA, a market leader and premier provider of high-performance graphics solutions and motherboards today announced a new Price/Performance DirectX 10 card, the EVGA e-GeForce 9600 GT Family.

Source: EVGA

$17 a gigabyte, but almost indestructable

Subject: Storage | February 21, 2008 - 02:26 PM |
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The OCZ 64GB SATA 2.5" Solid State Drive runs about $1100, which is about 2/3 the current pricing for SSDs you will see from other manufacturers; even better is the fact that you can actually buy this drive.  As you might expect, the random access times are tiny, running about 0.23ms; not the fastest, but certainly better than platter based HDD. 

Playing with OS X Leopard on the PC

Subject: General Tech | February 21, 2008 - 01:51 PM |
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I have been toying with running a copy of Mac OS X Leopard on the PC recently and I have to say that after getting over the initial installation issues, it seems to have worked pretty well.  The disc basic tricks the OS into thinking it is running on Apple hardware, so while its not exactly 100% legal, it's fun to play around with.


AMD Previews on nVIDIA's day

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 21, 2008 - 12:47 PM |
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Pay attention to the P ... this article at AnandTech is not a review of CrossfireX, it is a very limited preview with restrictions on the platform they were to use to do the testing, as well as the software they were allowed to test.  On the other hand, seeing what two Radeon HD 3870 X2 cards can do is a bit of a treat.  Head over and see what having 3 or 4 GPUs does to gaming performance.

Source: AnandTech