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Subject: Storage | June 4, 2007 - 05:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
So, you didn't bother to keep a good backup regimen, and when you boot up your PC in the morning you are greeted by a blue screen of death. Gripped by panic, you start sweating as you think of all the work you have just lost. Well, all hope is not gone. Drop by Icrontic for a look at several data recovery techniques for just such an occasion. Once you're back up and running, do yourself a favour and start backing up the important stuff.
"Even with the latest hard drive technol
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 4, 2007 - 05:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HEXUS has put together the mother of all LGA775 cooler reviews, with 25 different models and 15 different manufacturers represented. They test them all, and break the winners and runners up apart based on price, so you can pick the best cooler you can afford. Pour yourself a fresh cup of coffee before you start reading, this one will take you a while.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 4, 2007 - 03:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HotHardware managed a sneak peek into Computex before the official start. They have pictures of people hard at work assembling the booths and displays that will dazzle everyone today, as well as some nice external shots.
Subject: Memory | June 4, 2007 - 03:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
COMPUTEX Taipei, Taiwan (June 4, 2007) Corsair, the worldwide leader in high performance computer and flash memory products, today unveiled the world's fastest production DDR3 memory rated at a blazing-fast 1,600MHz (PC3-12,800) and the world preview of the Corsair DOMINATOR memory running at 2,000MHz (PC3-16,000). Live demonstration of the new DOMINATOR memory will be on display in the Corsair VIP suite (#1334) at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. The TWIN3X2048-1600C10D DOMINATOR is the latest addition to the Corsair line of high-performance memory modules.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 4, 2007 - 03:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Computex Taipei, June 5 9 2007 Asetek, the market leader of thermal management solutions for semiconductors will show their Low Cost Liquid Cooling (LCLC) solution inside the new DTX small form factor platform at Computex this week. DTX is an open industry standard specification initiated by AMD to enable the broad adoption of small form factor PCs.
PCs and consumer electronics are facing a variety of challenges as they trend towards smaller form factors and designs. This leaves little room for existing bulky cooling solutions.
Subject: General Tech | June 1, 2007 - 10:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
This week has seen an update to Firefox, as well as some warnings about vulnerabilities that exist when you update certain extensions. Do you have faith in the security of Firefox, or does the list of vulnerabilities have you worried?
Subject: Mobile | June 1, 2007 - 06:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
MobiTV is the new way to get TV on your cell phone, and they offer service in the US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, and the UK. Ars Technica tried out the service on Cingular, and found 43 channels to watch while on the go. As you might expect, changing channels takes a bit of waiting, as it has to find that signal, but there was some onerous waiting times for Ars when they were simply watching a program. Get more info on the service in the full article.
Subject: Motherboards | June 1, 2007 - 05:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is showdown today at HotHardware, between MSI's P965 Platinum and the Asus P5B-E. The ASUS board may be lacking in some features, like CrossFire support, but the BIOS is perfect for tweakers, as there are lots of settings you can adjust to get the syst
Subject: General Tech | June 1, 2007 - 04:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
From the same minds that brought you System Shock 1 & 2, comes BioShock. Not a sequel or prequel, but still having the same type of atmosphere as the first two, this time you find yourself trapped in a bathysphere that was supposedly uninhabited. Watch the streaming video on Wired for a look at what you will find living beneath the waters.
Subject: General Tech | June 1, 2007 - 03:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Microsoft's Milan is a powerful PC running Vista, with a monitor bearing several IR cameras and a good motion tracking system. It is claimed to be quite durable, so hopefully the screen doesn't need to be replaced often from too many fingers poking at it. Read on at PC Mechanic about this new way to interface with your PC, that you may soon see in a lot of businesses.
Subject: Processors | May 31, 2007 - 10:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Intel's Pentium E2140 is a stripped down Conroe with a cut rate price. The L2 cache becomes 1MB, and is shared between the 2 cores, and the FSB is reduced to 800MHz. HotHardware's testing showed it to be about 10% slower than the C2D E6300, and about half the price. They also pushed the 1.6GHz chip up to 2.9GHz with stock cooling.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 31, 2007 - 07:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
OCMODSHOP builds an HTPC running on Vista Home Premium, to see how it does at replacing the Media Center edition. You also get some good recommendations on what hardware to include in an HTPC. Read on to find out why Vista may be your new best friend when it comes to HTPCs.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 31, 2007 - 06:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
BFGTech GeForce 8800 GTS OC2 640 MB has it's memory speed pushed faster than the GTX, at 580MHz, and the clock speed is almost as good at 1.7GHz. [H]ard|OCP tried it out against it's big brother and foudn it to be running in a nice mid ground between a normally clocked GTS and the GTX. Even better, they found this to be the best overclock on a card from BFGTech, putting it in competition with the competitors factory overclocked cards.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 31, 2007 - 04:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Get attention and distract opponents at LAN parties with the help of Techware Labs, and their recently published guide on how to put strobe lights in your PC. Just pick up a strobe kit at your friendly neighbourhood auto store, and with a little bit of soldering people will be raving over your PC.
Subject: General Tech | May 31, 2007 - 03:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP has posted a warning to Firefox users about a vulnerability that can be exploited using a number of add-ons. The problem stems from the extension updates being hosted on a third party server, and being sent unencrypted, as opposed to being over HTTPS. This could allow an attacker to intercept the update, and replace it with their own code.
"According to Chris Soghoian, the Indiana University doctoral candidate who discovered the weakness, the vulnerability
exists for some
Subject: Mobile | May 31, 2007 - 03:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. May 30, 2007 AMD (NYSE AMD) today announced an expansion of its Embedded Solutions offerings to include the new AMD Sempron Processor Model 2100+ and the AMD Geode LX 800 @ 0.9W Processor, which can now support designs to be deployed in harsh temperature environments. The addition of these new features in AMD's broad embedded product portfolio showcases AMD's commitment to delivering processor options that address the expanding and often unique needs of the embedded market.
Subject: General Tech | May 30, 2007 - 09:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. May 30, 2007 AMD (NYSE AMD) today announced the appointment of Frank Clegg, corporate director and chairman of Navantis Inc. and former president of Microsoft Canada, to its board of directors. Mr. Clegg was elected by AMD's board of directors effective May 24, 2007.
"We are honored to add Frank Clegg to the talented group of world-class directors who serve on AMD's Board," said Hector Ruiz, AMD chairman and CEO. "His breadth and depth of experience in corporate strategy and management are tremendous assets for AMD as we strengthen our strategic relationships globally.
Subject: Systems | May 30, 2007 - 09:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Those lucky souls over at the Tech Report got their hands on a V8 system from Intel. An 8 core Xeon X5365 3.0GHz, Intel's S500XVN motherboard, 4GBs of RAM and a whole suite of benchmarks await. As you might expect from a Xeon, you don't see a huge jump in gaming performance (though a 3DMark06 CPU score of
Subject: General Tech | May 30, 2007 - 06:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ABIT has branched out recently, creating a set of wireless speakers and music access point, dubbed the iDome and AirPace. HotHardware decided to give a full set a test, and see if you have to sacrifice sound quality for the lack of wires running all over the place. Wires have become a problem with a 5.1 or 7.1 setup, which makes ABIT's choice to set up a wireless 2.1 system a bit strange, thou
Subject: General Tech | May 30, 2007 - 06:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 29, 2007 Intel Corporation today unveiled its first Digital TV dual channel demodulators for the consumer electronics (CE) market segment that is housed on a single piece of silicon.