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Subject: Mobile | March 2, 2007 - 02:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
MAKE:Blog has posted a link to a new How To. In this case it's a step by step set of instructions on how to refill a laptop batteries. It can also be used to mod your battery, by using more powerful cells, you can get a battery that last longer than the original did. Make sure you read all the warnings, otherwise you or your laptop may end up quite sad.
Subject: General Tech | March 2, 2007 - 12:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Why has it taken this long to get a Conan game; not that 2008 is exactly close yet. Finally you can stalk the wilderness as everyones favorite Cimmerian hacking off heads and bathing in blood. In fact, you should really head over to Strategy Informer to take a look at the 24 screenshots they've posted to get an idea just how much blood there will be in this game.
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 2, 2007 - 12:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Wi-Fi is a very handy way to set up a network without spreading cables all through your house or business, and it is much easier and cheaper to set up than just a few years ago. It also opens you up to a few vulnerabilities that are not always understood. CNET reports on some of the most common, from packet sniffers, to the fact that when your PC starts up, it broadcasts a list of the wireless networks it has connected to in the past.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 1, 2007 - 06:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The newest cooler from Scythe has one of the oddest names going ... the Andy Samurai Master. You can read about this heatsink at Silent PC Review, where they put it up against the older Scythe Ninja, as well as the Ultra 120. They also try on a few different fans to see what effect that has on it's noise, and it's performance.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 1, 2007 - 04:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When the driver is available, the driver Release Notes will include a full list of bugs fixed, known driver issues, products supported, and operating system and application limitations.
Subject: General Tech | March 1, 2007 - 04:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Feb. 28, 2007 - Members of a special United Nations group met today with Silicon Valley leaders to explore how the technology industry, government and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) can come together to bolster development around the world.
Subject: Motherboards | March 1, 2007 - 03:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Today we get more looks at the soon to be released AMD 690 chipset, starting off with Legit Reviews. They find the reference boards they reviewed perfect for HTPC applications as it is the only chipset that supports simultaneous independent outputs of DVI and HDMI. The gamers are not going to be impressed by the performance of the IGP but it certainly outperforms the old NVIDIA 430 chipset.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 1, 2007 - 02:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
320 MB is perfect for users under 1920x1200, is the finding from [H]ard|OCP. If you can limit yourself to that resolution, this card will handle just about every graphical bell and whistle you can throw at it. EVGA's 320MB Superclocked card has a 76 MHz advantage over the reference core of 500 MHz and it's stream processor is 150 MHz faster.
Subject: Processors | March 1, 2007 - 01:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AnandTech has put together an 11 page article, bringing together all that is known about Barcelona. They take you through the chip, from what native quad core means, to the doubling of the stack used for indirect branch predictions.
There have been a lot of changes to the old K7 core, so take a few minutes and read through this article.
Subject: General Tech | March 1, 2007 - 12:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Visit the Hardware Zone for a look at Behringer's Podcaststudio. It consists of an analog mixer that supports XLR and RCA connections, a Firewire audio interface for your PC, a studio condenser microphone and a pair of high-quality headphones. This will give you far better quality than a homebrew solution, unless you happen to have a background in sound engineering.
Subject: General Tech | March 1, 2007 - 12:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Koroush Ghazi at Tweak Guides has finished creating his Tweaking Companion for Windows Vista. The free version is available for download, along with the older XP guide. If you find it helpful, you can support him by purchasing the Deluxe version. Whichever route you choose, check out the tips before you stop running Vista.
Subject: Systems | March 1, 2007 - 12:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
San Francisco - Feb.
OK, by now you know the drill:
Hi there. Let me take a minute to introduce myself. I'm Uncle Bob, a Mod here at PC Perspective.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 28, 2007 - 06:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The AzenX X-Cruzer Flexible 70mm fan is a unique product. It resembles a small personal fan on a bendy straw, with 3M sticky pads, 3 magnets and a molex power connector. It is designed to be stuck inside a case, anywhere you are having airflow problems ... as long as you don't try attaching the magnets to the motherboard.
Drop by OCC to find out if this is a good idea, or just a flashy gimmick.
Subject: General Tech | February 28, 2007 - 06:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Feb. 28, 2007 - AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced that
AMD Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer Hector de J. Ruiz
will present at the Morgan Stanley Technology Conference at 10:30 a.m.
PT (1:30 p.m.
Subject: Memory | February 28, 2007 - 03:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Corsair's DOMINATOR Twin2X2048-8888C4DF runs at 1111 MHz with timings of 4-4-4-12. They have Corsair's newly designed heatspreaders, and the DOMINATOR Airflow fan bracket is optional. Thanks to this efficient cooling scheme, 1244 MHz at 4-4-4-12 is reachable, if the voltage is bumped to 2.5V. Be prepared to pay for this performance though, these modules will set you back more than $700. Re
Subject: Mobile | February 28, 2007 - 02:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fremont, CA: February 28, 2007 — Beginning in late February, ASUS notebooks will be available for purchase at more than 150 Best Buy retail stores nationwide. The decision by the two companies marks the beginning of cooperation between one of the world's largest notebook manufacturers and North America's number one specialty retailer of consumer electronics, personal computers, entertainment software, and appliances.
Subject: Motherboards | February 28, 2007 - 01:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Join The Tech Report in a look at a new board based on the new 690G chipset from AMD, MSI's K9AGM2. These new boards won't be for sale for a few weeks yet, but you can get a good look at what to expect. Among the features you will see are 24 PCIe lanes, although 4 are dedicated to the chipset interconnect. As well, the integrated graphics take a big jump, they use the X1250 graphics core, based on the Radeon X700.
Subject: General Tech | February 28, 2007 - 12:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
FASA Studio Manager,
Mitch Gitelman sits down for an interview at SI, and talks a bit about their upcoming multiplayer release of Shadowrun. If you haven't heard about this game before, it is based on a pen and paper game from FASA that was published back in 1989. It is a futuristic world where magic suddenly returns, along with a spreading mutation that suddenly changes some normal humans into orcs, trolls, elves and more. Add some corporate intrigue and you have a game that could really stand out; if
Subject: General Tech | February 28, 2007 - 12:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
So you figure you've got Google down, eh? Mastered the advanced search page, joined a few groups via your Gmail account, and used Boolean operators in your searches, and now you know all you need to know?