The only way to fly

Subject: General Tech | March 22, 2006 - 02:02 PM |
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If you are into flight or space sims, then there is a good chance you have an aging joystick somewhere on your desk.  Saitek has designed a new controller, the X52 Flight Control System and OCC has a full review.  Drop by and see if it is worth learning a whole set of new button positions.

"The ability to rotate using the twist grip made for some outright unfair moments where I could

temper the throttle and shamelessly mow down soldier after soldier while maintaining a consistent

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Give your head a shake

Subject: General Tech | March 22, 2006 - 01:56 PM |
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X-bit Labs reviews a pair of headphones that carry on the tradition of the Rumbleseat and force feedback controllers.  The XFX XGear multimedia gaming headset vibrates when appropriate, giving you the feel of ... well let X-bit Labs explain it.

"We decided to try out XFX XGear multimedia gaming headset that has a very special vibration

feature implemented.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Let's get physical

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 22, 2006 - 12:19 PM |
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First we had no physics cards, and now we have a battle royal between nVIDIA and Ageia to get their physics acceleration to the market first.   The Inquirer feels that there is already a clear winner, and are quite happy to tell you who.


Ryan has also gathered a bit of information on Ageia's plans, and can even tell you how to get your hands on the cards first!


"So, the SLI physics engine can make water fall, ripples move, and rocks from the exploding cliff

wall bo

Source: The Inquirer

Proof of concept flaw in IE 6

Subject: General Tech | March 22, 2006 - 12:06 PM |
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It hasn't been a great week for Microsoft, with announced delays on Vista's release, and a bug that can cause IE 6 to crash.  CNET reports on another flaw reported this week.  While Microsoft has not released the details, the vulnerabililty is in the way HTA files are handled, and could result in the running of code without your say so.  Practice safe computing.

The flaw was reported to the company earlier this month by Jeffrey van der Stad, a 25-year-old

Dutch programmer.

The reasons to spend more on an HTPC case

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 21, 2006 - 06:46 PM |
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PCApex demonstrates the benefits of choosing a purpose built HTPC enclosure instead of just using a small case.  The investment will cost you more up front, but read the article and see if they can convince you the Cooler Master Media 260 is worth it.


If you like the idea, but not the case, read Bob's review of the SilverStone SG-01 Evolution.


"The idea behind a home theater PC is to make it as inconspicuous as possible while able t
Source: PCApex

A universal heatsink

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 21, 2006 - 05:28 PM |
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The NorthQ 3310BL UFO may not keep your cpu as cold as outer space, but according to the review at DriverHeaven, it is universal.  It won't win awards for silence or efficiency, but there are certainly some redeeming qualities to this heatsink.


Make sure you read Lee's review of the Cooler Master Praetorian 730 Mid Tower before you go buying any cases, too!


"The 3310BL UFO cooler has a great advantage over many other coolers.
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Not just mobile, it's ultra mobile

Subject: Mobile | March 21, 2006 - 04:39 PM |
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The new portable computer will be tiny, at least if Intel and Microsoft are right about the Ultra Moblile PC (UMPC).  While it may bear a resemblance to a supersized PSP, it knows a few more tricks, and XYZ Computing can tell you about them.

"Simply put, the ultramobile PC (UMPC) is a tablet computer which will run a modified version of

Windows XP Tablet edition and is powered by an Intel processor.

Dual Core, SLI, and what to expect while gaming

Subject: Processors | March 21, 2006 - 03:43 PM |
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Neoseeker has found a great excuse to spend a lot of quality gaming time.  They are testing the efffects of dual core on SLI and non-SLI systems, to discover the real effects of dual core on a system who's CPU is the bottleneck, and in systems where it is not really keeping anything back.  Of course, once games become multi-threaded, they will have to play them all over again.

"Remember that with a single card, plunking down a second core into the system did absolutely

nothing.

Source: Neoseeker

ABIT rises from the ashes

Subject: Motherboards | March 21, 2006 - 03:25 PM |
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USI President C. Y. WEI stated that with the new partnership, the ABIT brand would receive USI's full resource backing and support. In addition, USI will not only assist ABIT with world-class manufacturing, but will also help accelerate ABIT's product diversification, improving ABIT's competitiveness in the marketplace. At the same time, channel and end-customers can also benefit greatly with ABIT being able to leverage USI's global service network, greatly improving overall customer satisfaction.

Source: ABIT

Intel Honors 26 Companies With Preferred Quality Supplier Award

Subject: General Tech | March 21, 2006 - 01:06 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 21, 2006 — Intel Corporation today announced the 26 companies that will receive Intel's Preferred Quality Supplier (PQS) award for outstanding commitment to quality and performance excellence. These suppliers provided products and services deemed essential to Intel's business success in 2005. They excelled at meeting and exceeding high expectations and tough performance goals to distinguish themselves from the thousands of suppliers that work with Intel.

Intel Honors 12 Companies With Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement Award

Subject: General Tech | March 21, 2006 - 01:05 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 21, 2006 — Intel Corporation today announced the 12 winners of the company's most prestigious award for suppliers, the Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement (SCQI) award, which recognizes outstanding commitment to quality and performance excellence.

Saving those VHS memories

Subject: General Tech | March 21, 2006 - 12:13 PM |
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Digital Grabber has posted a thorough guide to saving all those old VHS camcorder movies.  Chances are that they contain memorable moments that you were hopign to treasure forever, with a bit of work they will last a while longer.  At least they will survive the extinction of the VCR.

"The problem is consumer VHS tape isn't be best format to use for long-term storage.

Ageia's PhysX SDK v2.4 for PC's and consoles

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 21, 2006 - 11:49 AM |
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Ageia has announced their progress with the PhsyX physics accelerator card, and the Software Development Kit that goes with it.  City of Villains is ready to incorporate the technology into their game as soon as people have the card installed.  They aren't going to stop at PC's either, their card, and the drivers will be supported on consoles as well!


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Overclocked 7900GTX issues - help Ryan to help you

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 20, 2006 - 06:31 PM |
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There have been numerous reports of problems with various vendors overclocked 7900 GTX cards not working correctly.

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A spring breeze goes well with the smell of new components

Subject: Systems | March 20, 2006 - 06:13 PM |
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Springtime, when the flowers bloom, the skies clear and the grass wants to be cut ...

Source: Extremetech

An inside look at the VIA C7-M

Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2006 - 05:40 PM |
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"VIA has taken a novel approach to security that deviates greatly from current DRM-driven industry trends.

Source: VIA Arena

Intel-sponsored game developer contest for best threaded game demo--$80K in prizes...

Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2006 - 05:04 PM |
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Your game demo could earn you serious cash, powerful PCs, software tools, and great exposure.


On March 22, 2006, Intel will launch a contest to find the best game demos that showcase the features and performance of Intel platforms.


Enter in one or both categories:


    * Best Threaded Game
    * Best Game on the Go (Mobile Gaming Technology)



To win your share of over $80,000 in prizes, including top-of-the-line PCs and Intel Software Products!


The contest will be launched officially at the Game Developers Conference

Floppies are dead, long live the USB thumb drive

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 20, 2006 - 03:40 PM |
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PC Stats feels it is official, there is no use for 1.44 floppies anymore.  Now that you can boot from a USB thumb drive, flashing from DOS is no longer a painful evening of trying to find the one working floppy in a huge stack of corrupted ones.  With the larger capacity, it is easy to carry your needed software anywhere, or to set your self up a bootable Linux distro that runs on almost anything.  Read more, and see if USB drives can do more tricks than you think.

"The USB memory key appear

Source: PCStats

DTS comes out of the theater and into your PC

Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2006 - 02:29 PM |
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A True Review examines the first DTS card for PC's, the HDA X-plosion 7.1 DTS.  DTS lets you encode any stereo source to 5.1 or 7.1, so even badly ripped MP3s will come out of your speakers in true surround.  Dolby Digital's successor has come.

"With DTS becoming nearly as common in home theatre receivers as Dolby Digital, it was only a

matter of time before the DTS equivalent of Dolby Digital Live became available in a sound card.

Well, that card is here.

nVidia causes some Havok

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 20, 2006 - 01:59 PM |
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nVIDIA has beat Ageia to the punch by partnering with Havok to create their own Physics Accelerator Card.  By using SLI, they can have one GeForce card working on the graphics, while the second is devoted to physics.  As well, it can be implemented on a single card, with some cycles devoted purely to graphics, and others to the physics calculations.  [H]ard|OCP explains further here.


For even more info, read Ryan's findings on our main

Source: [H]ard|OCP