Much ado about Team Fortress 2

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 29, 2006 - 01:14 PM |
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Gamehelper has got the scoop on TF2 today, in an interview with Doug Lombardi and Kim Swift at Valve HQ.  Covering not only TF2, they also discuss a bit about Portal and Narbacular Drop, as well as Episode 2.

If you are a fan of turn-based 4X games ... you have to download the Space Empires 5 demo, the link is just below.

"GH: What kind of maps can we expect to see? I know 2Fort makes an appearance.

Source: Gamehelper

The need for speed and the trouble with DDR2

Subject: Shows and Expos | September 29, 2006 - 11:54 AM |
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One thing that The Inquirer took away from IDF was a discussion with Corsair about the difficulty of making high speed DDR2 DIMMs.  It turns out that the reason most DDR2 for sale is 667MHz is because it is really hard to make DIMMs that run properly at 800MHz, not to mention the Domiantor series coming out at 1111MHz. 

Source: The Inquirer

Where's my Web 2.0 money!

Subject: General Tech | September 29, 2006 - 11:44 AM |
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Web 2.0 has been promised to give those a chance that missed the first dot-boom a chance to make gobs and gobs of money.  Not too many people, apart from venture capitalists seem to believe it though, and The Tech Zone counts themselves among the skeptics.  They do spend soem time thining about it though, so srop by to see what they think the new 'killer apps' might be.

Kentsfield is still coming, but the previews are here

Subject: Processors | September 28, 2006 - 03:57 PM |
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Join [H]ard|OCP in a preview of the Kensfield Quad core processor.  No one has actually been sent a processor for review, these benchmarks all come from the IDF.  Keep in mind that this is a pre-production chip running on a pre-production board.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Intel Chairman Calls on Employers to Transform Healthcare System

Subject: General Tech | September 28, 2006 - 03:47 PM |
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WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 26, 2006 -
Intel Chairman Craig Barrett, speaking at the eHealth Initiative's
Health Information Technology Summit, urged a dramatic change in the
way the nation administers healthcare
. Barrett called for employers to
exercise their influence as the largest purchasers of healthcare to
drive improvements in care delivery, reducing costs and improving
quality.

Intel(R) Centrino(R) Mobile Technology Gets Multiple New Features, Improvements

Subject: Mobile | September 28, 2006 - 03:46 PM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San
Francisco, Sept. 27, 2006 - Today Intel Corporation disclosed details
of its next-generation Intel® Centrino® Duo mobile technology platform

that will enable laptops to operate faster and with enhanced wireless
communication capabilities. At the heart of the platform, the Intel®
Core™2 Duo processor will deliver greater performance and power saving
capabilities.

A case that towers over the competition

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 28, 2006 - 03:11 PM |
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At 7kg (15lbs), 72cm tall (almost 2.5 ft) and 36cm wide and deep (1.2ft), it is hard to imagine using Thermaltakes Mozart Tx as an HTPC case.  Fitting both full ATX/BTX and mini ATX boards, it is very versatile, but when you are easily able to fit 10 120mm fans into the case, it seems more likely the case will be stuffed with top of the line, heat pumping components.  Legion Hardware loved it, and want you to love it too.

Home Theatre Purchasing Advice

Subject: General Tech | September 28, 2006 - 01:21 PM |
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The Tech Zone will help you buy an awesome Home Theatre, and give you advice on how to get all the components to compliment each other.  They cover everything from the basics for the TV, recievers and speakers to the best A/V connectors  to use.

IDF 2006 - The unexpurgated version

Subject: Shows and Expos | September 28, 2006 - 12:06 PM |
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The Inquirer has taken the hard work of their 3 people on the scene at IDF, and condensed it to one page.  Drop by for a look at IDF, in a way only they would do.

"OUR THREE FRONT LINE hacks have been busy scribing away like there's no tomorrow nor yesterday, and have come up with some fruits from the

high hanging tree that is the Intel Developer Forum."

Here are some more Shows and Expos articles from around the web:

Source: The Inquirer

Open Source goes to Cape Town

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 28, 2006 - 11:55 AM |
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The VIA pc-1 is a client and server set up, running a flavour of Ubuntu Linux which lets youth in Cape Town program Open Source applications, under the tutelage of University students.  The idea is to enable them to produce software that is usable in their lives, as well as giving them a lot of knowledge in the basics of programming.

Source: VIA Arena

Folding@Home on ATI GPU's: a major step forward

Subject: General Tech | September 28, 2006 - 11:14 AM |
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Now in 2006, we are looking forward to another major advance in capabilities. This advance utilizes the new, high performance Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) from ATI to achieve performance previously only possible on supercomputers. With this new technology (as well as new Cell processor in Sony's PlayStation 3), we will likely be able to attain performance on the 100 gigaflop scale per computer. With this new software and hardware, we will be able to push Folding@Home a major step forward.

Source: Email

Intel Makes Storage More Reliable, Manageable With Set Of New, Flexible Storage Processors

Subject: Storage | September 27, 2006 - 09:43 PM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco,
Sept. 27, 2006
- Intel Corporation today introduced a family of storage
processors that serve market segments ranging from small- to
medium-sized businesses.

Intel VP: Intel's Relentless Pursuit Of Moore's Law To Bring CIOs Incredible Performance

Subject: Shows and Expos | September 27, 2006 - 09:42 PM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, Sept. 27, 2006 — During his keynote today at the Intel Developer Forum, Pat Gelsinger, Intel senior vice president and general manager of the Digital Enterprise Group, outlined the next stage of the company's multi-core product roadmap and new industry initiatives that offer developers a design platform for innovation and new capabilities for businesses.

IBM, Intel Propose Innovative Extension to Popular PCI Express Computing Standard

Subject: General Tech | September 27, 2006 - 09:41 PM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco,
Sept. 27, 2006
— IBM and Intel Corporation, with support from dozens of
other companies, have developed a proposal to enhance PCI Express*
technology to address the performance requirements of new usage models,
such as visualization and extensible markup language (XML).

Origen AE X11, an underdog in the HTPC market

Subject: Systems | September 27, 2006 - 05:53 PM |
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HEXUS heard tell of a company called OrigenAE, who had an HTPC case just waiting to be reviewed.  Seeing as how it is a company almost no one has heard of, and that the case seemed to be designed for higher end HTPC systems, they jumped at the chance to review it.  Drop by to find out if this company should be more popular, or if it remain languishing in obscurity.

Source: Hexus

ATI is first to annouce a DX10 card

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 27, 2006 - 03:14 PM |
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That's right, according to an article on The Inquirer, the upcoming RV6X0 family will be full DX 10 cards.  If you listen closely you can hear the engineers chant Bum Shaka Laka.
Source: The Inquirer

99 Nights in about 25 hours

Subject: General Tech | September 27, 2006 - 02:08 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has posted a review of the Xbox360 game, Ninety Nine Nights.  It's an epic game, with more than the usual amount of enemies involved in this good versus evil struggle.  Drop by to find out if they came away with a good feeling from all the button mashing.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

San Fransisco is the place to be ... Fall IDF news

Subject: Shows and Expos | September 27, 2006 - 12:09 PM |
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There is a lot going on in San Fran, from Paul Otellini's speech, to 80 core processors and a firm date for the quad core Kentsfield processor.  [H]ard|OCP is down there keeping an eye on Intel, and trying unsucessfully to scoop Ryan before he can get his news up.

Source: [H]ard|OCP