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Subject: General Tech | December 15, 2005 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Zone asks about one of my pet peeves. Why is the only difference between the input devices I used on my Apple IIe and the ones on my current rig, the number of buttons? No neat holographic table to interface with, I push more buttons now than I did then.
"So why haven't interfaces changed much in the last 20 years? One possibility is that the desktop
is in some way an optimal representation.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 14, 2005 - 06:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Slim Devices Squeezebox Network Media Player lets you stream audio wirelessly. Simply set up your PC with software, to become the Slim Server and the Squeezebox will play through whatever type of speaker system you hook up. Get the full review at Think Computers.
'Media, over the past few years all different types have been flooding our lives, from music to
video we see it everyday. There are services to download music and video now. We have MP3 players
and media players.
Subject: Displays | December 14, 2005 - 06:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The TechZone examines Samsung's SyncMaster 910MP Multifunction LCD Monitor, a combo monitor/HDTV with an acceptable response rate. Take a gander at this thing, if you are torn between buying a small HDTV, or a new LCD monitor.
"The Samsung SyncMaster 910MP is a multifunction 19" LCD panel. This display combines such
features as a TV Tuner, IR Remote, Secondary Inputs, and HDTV compatibility.
Subject: Mobile | December 14, 2005 - 03:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica reviews the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet, a strange mix of mobile beasties. It's a mix of a laptop and a PDA, with wireless internet and reasonable media player. At about 8 ounces, and more or less pocket sized (5.5in. x 3.1in x 0.7in), you can't get any more mobile, though you trade that mobility for power.
"The Nokia 770 measures 5.5in. x 3.1in x 0.7in and weighs in at a hair over 8 ounces. It also has
a 4.13in. LCD display, and what a display it is: 16-bit color at 800x480.
Subject: Shows and Expos | December 14, 2005 - 12:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Jan. 5-8, 2006; keynote by Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini is 4:30 p.m. Jan. 5. See below for more detail.
Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), Intel booth at Central Hall South, #7153; plus other venues
Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 14, 2005 - 12:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Motherboards.org has posted a review of Swiftech's MC14 BGA Memory Heatsinks, which is a package of 8 copper heatsinks, each 14mm3. While they may not help a card that already has sufficient cooling, it may bring new life to an older card.
"While the initial gain of 8MHz isn't anything special, it still is enough to garner many an
Subject: General Tech | December 14, 2005 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP got a tour of Valve, and likely ran into Ryan while they were there. If you haven't seen the pictures and movies of their proposed implementations of motion blur, colour correction, film grain, depth of feild and more, check it out at [H], and here at PCPer, too. The only problem is that you will need a video card capable of at least 600 frames per second ...
Subject: Chipsets | December 14, 2005 - 10:54 AM | Ryan Shrout
Well, this is certainly going to be a smack in the face to ATI's hopes in the chipset market. NVIDIA is set to take over ULI's chipset business next year and that is nothing but bad news for the big red machine. As most of you know the ATI motherboard south bridge chips have been plagued with issues and ATI's quick fix was to pair the Xpress 200 north bridge with a ULI south bridge, just like we saw on the Asus A8R-MVP motherboard I recently reviewed.&n
Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 13, 2005 - 07:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
OCZ's PC-3200 Gold Voltage eXtreme was built to be overvolted, in fact it loves it. Read the full review at Adrian's Rojak Pot to see if these DIMM's are the holy grail for overclockers.
"Overclockers love playing with voltages, clock speeds and timings to get the maximum out of their
memory modules. The OCZ PC-3200 Gold Voltage eXtreme modules allow them to do just that with its
incredible overclockability and affinity for high voltages.
Subject: General Tech | December 13, 2005 - 06:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HardwareXL has come up with an innovative idea for a contest. Head on over to see just where you'll need to put that mouse to have a chance at a Glidz QPAD.
"â€¦Place your mouse where it does not belong and take a picture of it and post it in here.
Subject: Editorial | December 13, 2005 - 04:47 PM | Ryan Shrout
This past Sunday was my birthday and I celebrated it by sitting in the freezing cold with my girlfiend and dad at the Cincinnati Bengals game and then coming home to nap and watch football the rest of the evening. Is that what living is about?
I have an odd perspective on birthdays and holidays in that I generally don't get too worked up about them. I am considered a "scrooge" through out most of my family and friends though I don't think I really that bad; just not 'peppy' like the others. I do enjoy many parts of the holidays but much of the commercializatio
Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 13, 2005 - 04:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Anandtech got a hold of a ULi M1697 reference board, and they give us a peek into the new upcoming chipset. If you are torn between the NForce4 and ATI chipsets, see if this can put you on one side or the other.
"As VIA and SiS seem to be declining in the chipset arena, ULi continues an aggressive push to capture a larger share of the chipset market.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 13, 2005 - 04:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Cool and quiet wins out over high powered video cards once again. [H]ard|OCP examines the ASUS' Extreme N6600GT Silencer, a dead silent, GeForce 6600 GT, cooled by a large heatsink, with no fan. While it may not give you much overhead to overclock, it will certainly give good video performance, and as I may have mentioned, quiet down your system.
"Silence is golden. There are just certain situations where silence is a wonderful thing.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 13, 2005 - 11:47 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Dec. 13, 2005 - Austin, Texas - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today submitted its site development plan to the City of Austin for a new campus to be built on 58 acres AMD has agreed to purchase in Southwest Austin. The new campus, known by the project name "AMD Lone Star," will bring together local non-manufacturing operations currently spread across multiple locations in Austin. Spansion(tm), the Flash memory venture of AMD and Fujitsu Limited, will build upon AMD's established roots in East Austin by continuing local manufacturing operations at Fab 25 on East Ben White Boulevard.
Subject: Storage | December 13, 2005 - 11:43 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
PureOverclock provides some much needed help with buying flash drives. With literally dozens of makers providing them now, all at different prices, is there really a difference, or are you just paying for the name and the colourful finish on the body of the drive?
'In this round-up I'll be looking at six USB flash drives, some no frills but with a price worthy
of consideration and others with all the bells and whistles some out there may find essential.
Subject: General Tech | December 13, 2005 - 11:35 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
According to CNet, a UK based security company has discovered a way to send sensitive emails, that delete themselves after a certain amount of time. If, like me, you have a boss who's Exchange mailbox file is over 3 Gigs, I can think of another use for it too!
"Staellium UK said its StealthText service will allow business executives dealing with sensitive
information to send texts that will delete themselves from the recipient's mobile phone soon after
the person has r
Subject: Systems | December 12, 2005 - 07:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Club OC powers through a review of Enermax's Liberty series. As you might expect, Enermax has added all the newest goodies, without going overboard, and does it in style.
"With dozens of Power Supply companies to choose from these days, it's hard to make the right
decision. However, there is still a few companies out there that you can choose by brand name only
and be guaranteed that you made the right choice. One of those companies is Enermax.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 12, 2005 - 03:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CaseModGod has a review of AC Ryan's UV Acryl Panel, a highly UV reactive see through panel of Acrylic to add to just about anything. The bad news is that you should have an acrylic cutting tool, or else you just end up with an oversized side panel, but the good news is that with a tool, you can cut the sheet into any shape. So get some red and green, and get your PC into the Christmas spirit.
"Straight from the box the first thing I could notice was that in a room with standard lighting
the edges really pick
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 12, 2005 - 02:50 PM | Jonathan Hung
Ryan has posted tantalizing coverage on Valve's new Filmic Effects. This new technology attempts to tackle some of graphics most complex problems, notably motion blurring and depth of field. Valve has some interesting approaches to implementing these effects which ultimately means more dramatic games in the near future.
Sadly though, there's no such thing as a free lunch...
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