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Subject: General Tech | November 14, 2006 - 11:41 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMPA, Fla. - NOVEMBER 14, 2006 - To expand industry adoption of the AMD Torrenza initiative and an open-standards approach to innovation, AMD (NYSE:AMD) announced today at Supercomputing 2006 it will be the inaugural sponsor for OpenFPGA. OpenFPGA is a non-profit consortium focused on accelerating the adoption and incorporation of reconfigurable computing solutions in high-performance and enterprise computing.
Subject: Storage | November 13, 2006 - 05:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
MAKE:Blog linked to a quick fix that ought to get a HDD with a broken pin running long enough to get the data off of it. Read down into the comments section for additional tips and tricks, and some stories about playing with older HDDs.
"Here's a low-tech way of fixing a broken pin on a hard drive using some tin foil and a sewing pin."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 13, 2006 - 05:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
850W of power, 6 smeggin' 12V rails and a 135mm exhaust fan, the Coolermaster Real Power Pro 850W means business. HEXUS does a full review of this powersupply, which might be very important if you are trying to set up a quad-GPU system.
Subject: Mobile | November 13, 2006 - 04:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new Thinkpad is no slouch with a 1920x1200 LCD panel and an ATI FireGL V5200, powered by a Core 2 Duo and up to 4 gigs of RAM. Add to that the reliability of the Thinkpad series and the limited amount of extra software installed, HotHardware may have found the best Lenovo laptop yet.
'In 2005 IBM sold the Thinkpad line to Chinese computer maker, Lenovo making it the 3rd largest computer vendor in the
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 13, 2006 - 04:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Get a little more with the ThermalTake TMG AT2, reviewed by techPowerUp!. While the performance gains may not be huge, dropping the fan noise from 65 to 51 dbA may be music to your ears.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 13, 2006 - 04:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Don't just rely on spyware checks, to really figure out why your computer is acting like it's on Valium you need to be able to recognize some of the common processes, both good and bad. Futurelooks steps up to the challenge, drop by to get a quick lesson.
Subject: General Tech | November 13, 2006 - 03:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fremont, CA (November 13, 2006) — Elitegroup Computer Systems, Inc. (ECSÂ®), the world's leading motherboard, notebook and desktop PC manufacturer, today announced the new PN2 SLI2+ Extreme motherboard based on the latest NVIDIAÂ® nForceÂ® 680i SLI™ media and communication processor (MCP).
Subject: Editorial | November 12, 2006 - 10:27 PM | Ryan Shrout
Sorry for the long gap between writings -- I won't bother giving any excuses and just get right to the meat. In the world of PC hardware, a lot has happened since IDF in September, including the introdution of quad core processors, a new unified architecture DX10 GPU from NVIDIA and an impressive notebook from Alienware using both SLI and RAID.
At IDF we were introdu
Subject: General Tech | November 10, 2006 - 04:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Google Earth is a fun program to work with, but have
Subject: Motherboards | November 10, 2006 - 03:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
On one side, the ASUS M2R32-MVP and on the other, the ECS KA3 MVP. Both use the same chipset, and the basic performance is essentially the same. HotHardware takes on the challenge of determining which board's feature set will decide victory.
'Looking at the two boards for overall value, the first place to start is price. Using various price search engines, we
found the ASUS M2R32-MVP being offered for anywhere from $144 - 159.
Subject: Systems | November 10, 2006 - 03:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ABS, one of [H]ard|OCP's favorite vendors has designed a very powerful gaming system. The performance is something to behold, both gaming and encoding, but as it was a pre-release system, there were a few troubles.
Subject: General Tech | November 10, 2006 - 03:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Slashdot links to a prognostic article which talks about the next generation of consoles. Not an easy thing to predict when not all of the current generation have been released yet.
Subject: General Tech | November 10, 2006 - 03:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Inquirer links to a bizarre parody site featuring MSFireFox Professional Edition. It's designed very well and even includes a commercial, so head over to put a little smile on your face.
"A CHEEKY web designer has unleashed a site showing what life might be like if Microsoft took over Firefox.
The mystery developer bought the web address www.msfirefox.com/ and seems to have let his or her imagination run riot
with a pseudo-Vole web page.
Subject: General Tech | November 10, 2006 - 02:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam, Nov.
10, 2006 — Intel Corporation announced today that it will increase the
size of the assembly and test facility it is building in Vietnam from
150,000 square feet to 500,000 square feet and raise its investment
from the USD$300 million announced in February to USD$1 billion.
HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam, Nov.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 9, 2006 - 03:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taking a page directly from Apple, Microsoft's Zune player will have a huge assortment of accessories you can buy for it. You can even see a list of them over at CoolTechZone. The only problem I can see is that you can't buy a Zune yet, so why shop for accessories?
Subject: General Tech | November 9, 2006 - 03:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ExtremeTech reviews the new diNovo Edge, a keyboard designed with many functions. With a body designed out of Plexiglas with an aluminum frame around the outside the keyboard is nicely designed, and sturdy as well. Check the full review to get an idea what extra features were incorporated.
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 9, 2006 - 02:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ATI released a new revision of the X1900GT, something they have done for a lot of past cards as well. In this particular case, they lowered the core speed, while raising the memory's. Legion Hardware puts the 2 cards head to head, and shows what you can expect to see because of this change.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 9, 2006 - 02:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP reviews Koolance's new take on a watercooled case. While many features were updated, it seems that the CPU waterblock hasn't changed in 4 years. It does do well at giving you the ability to balance noise and cooling easily, so all is not lost.
Subject: General Tech | November 9, 2006 - 02:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Head to Wired News for a quick preview of Skype 3, then follow their link to download it. The majority of the improvements are focused around conferencing and IRC like public chatting.
"Windows-based VoIP users rejoice! An open Beta of Skype 3 began today, and you can download and install the client freely
at the address below. Features new to the revised client include public chatrooms, click-to-call and Skypecasts."
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Subject: Motherboards | November 9, 2006 - 02:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fremont, CA (November 8, 2006) — Elitegroup Computer Systems, Inc. (ECSÂ®), the world's leading motherboard, notebook and desktop PC manufacturer, today announced it has been named NVIDIA's authorized board partner. To be recognized by NVIDIA and invited to join the program, it means ECS Elitegroup has designed and manufactured a substantial number of NVIDIA based motherboards over the years.