WolfKing Warrior attacks, WASD trembles

Subject: General Tech | February 16, 2006 - 01:08 PM |
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Can the WolfKing's Warrior, a very round keyboard-like device, with 52 keys and a few extra buttons, add something to your FPS experience?  ExtremeTech has a review of this odd device, and they even seem to like it.  Maybe you can finally abandon your normal keyboard while gaming.

"That was until we came across the Wolf Claw Type II keyboard from a small company in Singapore

last summer. To a normal keyboard, the Wolf Claw added a dedicated WASD-friendly gaming area to

the left.

Source: Extremetech

Will MIT be the one to finally provide us with flying cars

Subject: General Tech | February 16, 2006 - 12:05 PM |
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CNet reports on an MIT project that might soon provide us with a commercially available flying SUV.  The folding wings they propose are not terribly new, the technology has been fully tested on fighter jets.  Even better they are hoping to get a vehicle that get 30 miles a gallon in the air, and about 30-40 miles per gallon on the ground.  It will carry just over 400 pounds, and hit 120 miles per hour in the air.


"Terrafugia, a start-

Give your air cooling some style

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 15, 2006 - 06:29 PM |
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Think Computer has posted a review of AC Ryan's new BlackFire fans.  They are very bright and colourful, and have LEDs, on seperate power leads, so adding the fans to a fan controller won't necessarily mean that the LEDs dim when you slow the fan down.  They could well be one of the easiest ways to get into modding your box.

'If you know modding, chances are you know AC Ryan. They make a lot of cool modder related

supplies, but it's not all just for modders.

New and improved, or just new

Subject: Motherboards | February 15, 2006 - 04:49 PM |
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t-break wanted to know what improvements came about when nVIDIA switched from it's original SLI to SLI X16.  They tested 4 games, and several benchmarking tools with a pair of 7800GTX's, and have came to a pretty solid conclusion.

"We initially started out by conducting tests at only 0X and 4X AA however we really didnt see any

difference at all. We contacted nVidia about this and they suggested doing tests using 8X and 16X

AA and thus we went back and benched all four games using that setting as well.

Source: t-break

All is not lost

Subject: Storage | February 15, 2006 - 02:03 PM |
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The TechZone walks you through steps that can rescue a failing hard drive in an article posted today.  They also go over the ways that a hard drive can go bad, maybe even helping you to prevent the problem in the first place.

"Hard drives are extremely fragile and can suffer failures in many different ways, leading to a

loss of data. The five most common types of drive failures are: logical errors, mechanical

failure, electronic failure, firmware corruption, and bad sectors, or any combination these.

ATI's Avivo learns new tricks

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 15, 2006 - 12:06 PM |
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With the newer, more powerful X1000 series, and newer drivers, ATI has been able to increase the scope of Avivo.  With better transcoding abilites, native High Definition output, better support for dual-DVI, this updated guide from Beyond3D is worth reading.  You may even find things you weren't aware you could already do.

In the initial part of the Avivo article we took a look at an overview of many of the technologies

that ATI's video and display engine technology encompasses.

Source: Beyond3D

Wanna bet the InfoCard holds 640K?

Subject: General Tech | February 15, 2006 - 11:53 AM |
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Hopefully the idea of InfoCards in the upcoming Windows Vista replacing passwords won't prove to be as inaccurate as the famous 640K comment, though at least this time, we have Bill Gates on record, whereas the 640K quote may just be hearsay.  Read more about the new InfoCards at CNet.

"Now, with Windows Vista, Gates feels he finally has the right weapons to supplant the password as

a means of verifying who is who on computers and over the Internet.

T-break offers some small advice

Subject: Systems | February 14, 2006 - 06:26 PM |
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T-break will help you build one of those itty-bitty HTPC's by offering a guide on the best things to put inside it.  Assuming you've already found a nice barebones enclosure, follow their advice, and your home theatre system should be impressing people in no time. 

"In fact, for non-gamers we would recommend an Intel CPU + chipset combo. While we havent had a

chance to look at any VIIV platform from Intel yet, we're guessing that it would be an ideal

choice for an HTPC.

Source: t-break

Can Auzentech's new 7.1 card blow your mind?

Subject: General Tech | February 14, 2006 - 04:00 PM |
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Elite Bastards has posted the first review of the new Auzentech X-Plosion 7.1 PCI card.  It claims to bear the first real DTS Connect logo, and should be able to turn any 2 channel audio into 7.1 surround.  According to thier tests, the card uses 2% of the CPU at a constant rate, which would put it well below the Audigy's peak usage.


"The big addition to the X-Plosion along those same lines is support for DTS' equivalent to Dolby

Digital Live, n

Powerful memory without the usual drawbacks

Subject: Memory | February 14, 2006 - 03:13 PM |
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Overclockers Online put the new OCZ EL DDR PC-4000 Gold GX XTC 2GB through it's paces.  Not only do you get the benefit from the already tight timings of 3-4-3-8, these modules are not particularly hot, nor will you need to overcolt them.  The overclocking potential is not huge, but the DIMM's give a respectable showing right out of the box.

"The 2GB PC4000 Gold Edition that was developed with gamer's distinctive needs in mind.

Ultra Products X2 full feature PSU

Subject: Systems | February 14, 2006 - 02:53 PM |
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Motherboards.org has posted a review of Ultra Products X2 PSU, with it's 120mm fan, modular flex force cabling and dual PCIe cables.  Even with dual 6800's running through 5 interations of 3DMark05, the power barely flucates.


If you are worried that 550W won't cut it, make sure you read Lee Garbut's review of the BFG 600W PSU, it is a beast.


 


"What impressed me the most was that even while holding down a high powered SLI set

The Walt Disney Company, Cisco Systems and Intel Corporation Invest in MovieBeam, Inc.

Subject: General Tech | February 14, 2006 - 01:15 PM |
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Burbank, Calif., San Jose, Calif. and Santa Clara, Calif., February 14, 2006 — The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS), Cisco Systems and Intel Corporation, through its leading investment arm Intel Capital, today announced they have invested in MovieBeam, Inc., a newly formed digital entertainment venture. The series A financing round, worth a total of $48.5 million, includes additional investment from tier-one venture capital firms the Mayfield Fund, Norwest Venture Partners and VantagePoint Venture Partners.

Intel(R) Core(TM) Duo Delivered to Embedded Market

Subject: General Tech | February 14, 2006 - 01:15 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 14, 2006 — Intel Corporation today provided extended lifecycle support for the Intel® Core™ Duo processor used by developers of embedded solutions, such as industrial control, test and instrumentation, aerospace, defense and medical imaging systems.


Embedded system designers increasingly wrestle with two challenges: balancing performance with power efficiency and supporting general purpose and special purpose functionality in embedded applications.

FreeGeek.com, recycling and reusing old PCs

Subject: General Tech | February 14, 2006 - 12:30 PM |
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If you have a bunch of old PC components around, and you have come to the realization that you really aren't going to be rebuilding that K6-2 system, or find a use for that old Matrox PCI video card, get in touch with FreeGeek, and they will rebuild or properly recycle it.  Read more info about them at Designtechnica.

"Free Geek, a nonprofit company in Portland, Oregon takes unwanted computers and gizmos, rebuilds

them and gives them away or breaks them down for proper recyclying."


Here is some more

Need Dual Cores to Power MS WordPad?

Subject: Editorial | February 13, 2006 - 09:39 PM |
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Well I did!  I recently was forced to manually edit some large Apache log files, one at nearly 2 GB and one around 750 MB in size.  I had to do a global find/replace on a date string, so after downloading the zipped files and opening them both up on my new Athlon X2 4800+ system, this is what I was greeted with:




Yep, that's two WordPad applications s

80 Gbs in a 3 by 5 inch enclosure

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 13, 2006 - 05:47 PM |
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Hardware Zone has posted a review of one of the most mobile external HDD enclosures to date from ExBoot.  It's under 100 grams, less than 6 inches long, and holds 80 Gb.  Since it uses USB2, it's no slacker when it comes to transfer speeds, and with the bundled software, one touch backups become quite possible. 

"The Exboot EXB-0121 is one of the smallest portable HDD enclosures around, making it a perfect

portable solution with data recovery for frequent travelers."


Here are some mo

Good value from an Opteron, the 165

Subject: Processors | February 13, 2006 - 04:12 PM |
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X-bit Labs has found what might be the best value CPU to setup a dual core s939 system.  The Opteron 165 has come from being better for server systems to a good choice for home gaming, especially if you are looking for a great overclock.  The large L2 cache helps in most applications, though it will really shine when the game is able to take advantage of the dual core.

"AMD has been offering Opteron processors for Socket 939 systems for quite a while now.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Widescreen not supported ... I don't think so.

Subject: Displays | February 13, 2006 - 01:57 PM |
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Just becuse a game refuses to accept a proper widescreen resolution, doesn't mean you can't play them that way.  Widescreen Gamer has put together a guide on getting games to play in wide screen, whether they like it or not.  No word on a fix for the HDCP support, a problem highlighted by the first link below (thanks PaternityTest!).

"Now that quality has gone up, and prices have gone down, more and more gamers are buying their

first LCD displays these days.

X1900 - running Crossfire with a x1900XTX

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 13, 2006 - 01:13 PM |
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TweakTown has found a Master x1900, and they immediately slapped it into a system with a X1900XTX, and set them up in Crossfire.   This resulted in fairly impressive benchamrks, and also gives you a rare look into setting up a Crossfire system.

"With the launch of the Radeon X1900XT and X1900XTX last month, CrossFire cards of this new Radeon

series have already popped up at a few places but aren't in full swing as most people would like.

Source: TweakTown

Corsair Launches 667MHz DDR2 SO-DIMM Memory for the New Intel Centrino Mobile Platform

Subject: Memory | February 13, 2006 - 12:50 PM |
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Fremont, CA (February 13, 2006) — Corsair® Memory, Inc., a worldwide leader in high performance memory and watercooling products for enthusiasts and overclockers, today launched ValueSelect™ 667MHz DDR2 SO-DIMM memory to support the latest Intel® mobile technology.