Open source nVIDIA

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 4, 2007 - 12:28 PM |
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You can get a lot of information about the Nouveau project and the team that is trying to bring open source 3D graphics to Linux, over at Linux.com.  Some veterans of the R300 project, which did the same thing for ATI/AMD drivers, are taking their success onto the next major graphics card manufacturer.  They also mention ways in which Linux users can help out, either getting involved in the development, or just doing end-user testing.

Source: Linux.com

Just how many passwords can you memorize

Subject: General Tech | September 4, 2007 - 12:07 PM |
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So you changed your password just before you went on holiday, or picked on so complex it will never be guessed; even by you.  Maybe you just had a brain fart.  Whatever the cause, your XP machine will not boot for you because you've forgotten the password.  Don't panic, there is help for you in the form of a guide from PC Stats.  Reading through it might also give you enough time to remember the password on your own, which is a much easier route.

Source: PCStats

Packard Bell Makes It Easier To Stay Connected with its New 950-gram Notebook

Subject: Mobile | September 4, 2007 - 11:25 AM |
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Packard Bell, one of the leading consumer electronics brands in Europe, today announced the launch of its new EasyNote XS, a 7-inch notebook which combines advanced portability with a full featured PC running Windows XP Home Edition. Designed to be your everyday mobile companion, it's the perfect choice for mobile users that find full-sized notebooks too big and PDAs too limited.

Apple to Release a New Series of iPods on Sept 5th

Subject: General Tech | September 3, 2007 - 09:57 PM |
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It looks like all the rumors of Apple's announcements for this coming September 5th are converging on more than a single product.  First and foremost, a new iPod Touch and iPod Nano are thought to be coming and would be a welcome update to a line up that has been aged in terms of technology products.  The latter is in a "leaked" photo below:



The iPod Touch would probably be very similar to the new iPhone with a flip-style browsing feature. 

Sorting your needs from your wants with the help of our forums

Subject: General Tech | August 31, 2007 - 02:43 PM |
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Upgrade fever has hit just about every component on the PC lately, it's getting to the point where even buying a mouse can be a major decision, along with the rest of the PC.  Then you have to tweak the OS, assuming you can decide which one to use, to make sure you are getting everything out of your internet connection.

Externalizing your power

Subject: Mobile | August 31, 2007 - 01:41 PM |
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AC Ryan has released a universal notebook external battery, called MobiliT.  It weighs about 1.5lbs, and provides 6600 mAH (105WH), and lives up to it's universal claim by coming with 8 output tips and input connectors.  DV Hardware found adding 2 hours or more of power on the go was well worth the price.

Source: DV Hardware

Feeding the beast

Subject: Memory | August 31, 2007 - 01:15 PM |
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PC Stats tries to find the sweet spot for RAM on Vista.  Trying 512MB, 1, 2 and 4GB they see just what you can get away with, and if the 4GB helps you out.  Gaming and productivity software will start to respond a lot better if you can keep Vista happy.

Source: PCStats

Your choice of cooling styles

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 31, 2007 - 12:35 PM |
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X-bit Labs looks a two very different coolers, the Zalman CNPS8700 LED and the Thermaltake V1.  The Zalman is aimed at those without the room in their case for a huge cooler, and the V1 is a unique looking cooler with a special fan that fits in between it's fins.  Take a look and see which one would fit your needs best.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Simple rules for better security

Subject: General Tech | August 31, 2007 - 12:18 PM |
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PC Mechanic looks at some very simple ways to keep yourself and your private data secure when browsing the web.  Some of the tips may seem very simplistic, but there are those who don't follow them .. . and will probably be calling you to fix their PC soon, if they haven't called already.


You can also catch the 11th PC Perspective Podcast at the top of the page, if you haven't given it a listen already.

Source: PC Mechanic

OCZ Technology Unveils the Extremely Efficient yet Compact Vanquisher CPU Cooler

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 31, 2007 - 11:42 AM |
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Sunnyvale, CA - August 30, 2007 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc. a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and computer components, today announced the OCZ Vanquisher CPU cooler, a much-anticipated expansion of their cooling product line. Using a highly efficient and compact design, the Vanquisher is an enthusiast-grade thermal solution for the latest high performance processors. Catering to the needs of gamers and enthusiasts, the Vanquisher will become an integral addition to any extreme-performance gaming rig.

Low powered computing

Subject: Systems | August 30, 2007 - 05:17 PM |
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VIA Arena shows you just how easy it is to build a PC that consumes less than 60W.  It's not a crippled system either. It doesn't have the power to max out the settings in some intense games, but it handles World of Warcraft perfectly.

Source: VIA Arena

Pushing the quiet button

Subject: Storage | August 30, 2007 - 02:22 PM |
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The Tech Report reviewed Hitachi's Deskstar 7K1000 terabyte HDD earlier this month, and liked the performance, but not the noise when the drive was seeking.  It turns out that they had disabled Hitachi's Automatic Acoustic Management, which is supposed to limit the noise produced.  Head over to find out how well it works, and what performance costs you can expect to see from enabling it.

Two GPUs for you

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 30, 2007 - 01:24 PM |
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GECUBE is back with the Gemini 3, two overclocked HD2600XT cards in one.  It gives you a chance to essentially run 2 cards while taking up one slot and a lot less space.  It will be interesting to see if this board can be run in Crossfire before the new Quad-GPU support of the upcoming AMD 790 chipset.  Get a good look at this board, and what it can do, at TweakTown.

Source: TweakTown

Powerful peace of mind

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 30, 2007 - 11:56 AM |
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Antec's 850 TruePower Quattro has four 18A 12V rails that can handle up to 768W, as well as a nice modular design that makes it very easy to spot the dedicated PCI Express plugs.  Hi-Tech Reviews was worried that the single 80mm fan wouldn't be enough to keep this PSU cool, but it did the job admirably, and Antec offers a 3 year warranty in case anything goes wrong.

AVG and BioShock don't play well together

Subject: General Tech | August 30, 2007 - 11:45 AM |
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Users of AVG anti-virus were in for a nasty shock this morning; if they were planning on calling in sick today and tomorrow to start the Labour Day weekend early.  Something, probably a patch from 2K, AVG or SecuROM, has changed.  AVG now prevents BioShock from launching because it is tagged as a virus. 

Do not attempt to heal the file, back up your save games and follow the instructions provided at Boot Daily to get yourself back up and running.

Source: Boot Daily

Intel to Respond to Request for Additional Information in Creation of New Flash Memory Company

Subject: Storage | August 30, 2007 - 11:16 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 30, 2007 - Intel Corporation today announced it has received a request for additional information from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in connection with the agency's regulatory review of the proposed transaction with STMicroelectronics and certain affiliates of Francisco Partners to form a private, independent semiconductor company that will design, develop and manufacture non-volatile memory products.

Has Logitech gone overboard

Subject: General Tech | August 29, 2007 - 05:24 PM |
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The Logitech G9 gaming mouse does offer a lot of features, from adjustable weights, a dual mode scroll-wheel and on the fly DPI changes.   The price is certainly a drawback, but TECHGAGE soldiered on  with a full review, so you can find out if it is worth it, or not.

Source: TECHGAGE

Cooler Master Opens MyCOSMOS Contest

Subject: General Tech | August 29, 2007 - 05:14 PM |
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Since the introduction of the COSMOS PC Chassis from Cooler Master, people have begun to experience the refinement and performance of a truly revolutionary PC case. To celebrate its release, Cooler Master is pleased to open the MyCOSMOS Contest to Cooler Master fans worldwide. From September 3rd to 28th, COSMOS owners around the world can enter the MyCOSMOS contest simply by creating a written or video review of their COSMOS experiences and filing in the entry from on the MyCOSMOS contest site.

A sneak peek at Gigabyte's new board

Subject: Motherboards | August 29, 2007 - 02:44 PM |
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We still don't know when AMD will announce their upcoming RD790 chipset, but TweakTown managed to get a sneak peak at it at the World Cyber Games.  This is a big step for AMD, as this is the chipset that will run Phenom processors, and add support for PCI Express 2.0.

Source: TweakTown

Quiet, and flexible cooling

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 29, 2007 - 01:44 PM |
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Zaward's Twin Towers have incorporated some nice flexibility into their design.  They are fanless, which means they are a very large and not compatible with all motherboard/case combos, but more so than other huge coolers on the market now.  techPowerUp's testing also proved that you can expect better cooling from this heatsink than the one shipped with retail C2Ds.

Source: techPowerUp!