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Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2006 - 02:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Before you scoff, it's made by Behringer who have a good reputation in the audio industry. They aren't the best of the best, but they are affordable. The FCA202 allows you to get good quality audio out of a laptop, although it does use the rare 6 pin Firewire to connect. DriverHeaven gives you some background in audio terminology before moving on to review this external soundcard.
Subject: Storage | October 24, 2006 - 01:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Kanguru 32GB Flash Max Drive is USB 2.0, 17 grams, and not that much larger than a normal thumbdrive. Other than that it's resemblance ends, it holds 32Gbs, but I do find myself siding with CoolTechZone, who is going to pay that much for a flash drive?
Subject: Mobile | October 24, 2006 - 12:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At [H]ard|OCP, the newest system to undergo their thorough system evaluation is Velocity Micro's L80, with a T7200 (2 GHz) and a Go 7600. Head over and find out how well this $2300 laptop performed.
Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2006 - 11:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tweaknews grabbed the 'early' release of Firefox 2.0, and has already published a tweak guide. Mozilla's response to the early release can be found here, they are asking people to refrain from downloading directly from the ftp site, as it could cause voluntary mirror sites to be not so willing to participate in the future.
So for now, read the Tweak Guide, it's only a few hours 'till the release.
Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2006 - 11:26 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. and DRESDEN-Oct. 24, 2006-Today in Dresden, Germany,
AMD (NYSE: AMD) commemorated the 10-year anniversary of its
Dresden-based operations with a ceremony attended by German Chancellor
Dr. Angela Merkel and an employee celebration. Joining the Chancellor
was Governor of Saxony, Professor Georg Milbradt, AMD Chairman and CEO,
Hector Ruiz and General Manager of AMD Dresden, Hans Deppe.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 23, 2006 - 03:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASUS Silent Square CPU Cooler is fairly large (140mm*115mm*100mm, and 656g) in order to accomodate a 92mm fan and 5 heatpipes. X-bit Labs pits it against their current favourite, the Thermaltake Big Typhoon, on both AMD and Intel systems.
Subject: Motherboards | October 23, 2006 - 02:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report is pinching themselves, just to make sure they really do see a 590 SLI for Conroe. The previous nForce, the 570 SLI was not really anything to get excited about, it was essentially an nForce4 board. Now they have their hands on ASUS' P5N32-SLI, so drop by to see how this implementation worked.
Subject: General Tech | October 23, 2006 - 02:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 23, 2006 —
Intel Corporation today announced the formation of the IntelÂ® Software
Partner Program, a membership-based program for independent software
vendors (ISVs). The program is open to any software company developing
commercial products or services for Intel technologies, such as IntelÂ®
Core™ 2 Duo, IntelÂ® XeonÂ® and IntelÂ® ItaniumÂ® processors.
Subject: General Tech | October 23, 2006 - 01:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SAN FRANCISCOâ€”OCT. 23, 2006â€”At OracleÂ® OpenWorld today, AMD (NYSE: AMD) Chairman and CEO Hector Ruiz delivered the opening day keynote address, discussing how the IT industry has entered a new era of choice, and the impacts that will result from this industry phenomenon.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 23, 2006 - 12:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The newest release of RivaTuner should be able to cope with all the new video cards that have come out since the last releas. Also covered is nVIDIA drivers up to 95.97, ATI up to 6.10, and even experimental 32 bit Vista support. Get over to the Guru of 3D to restore your overclock.
Subject: General Tech | October 23, 2006 - 12:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
FireFox 2.0 is supposed to be released tomorrow, but the sharp eyes at [H]ard|OCP have spotted what looks like an early release. Nothing on the main firefox page mentions it, but if you can't wait for a non-RC FireFox any longer you can try out the download.
Subject: General Tech | October 21, 2006 - 08:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Recently Firefox has made two release candidates of the upcoming Firefox 2 browser. If you are wondering what they do, and what isn't quite supported yet, drop by Tech Talk where a few members have been trying it out. The Asrock 939DUAL-VSTA seems to have some issues, but nothing we can't help out with. Flashing your BIOS can be stressful especially when it fails, but it isn't the end of the w
Subject: Displays | October 20, 2006 - 06:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
... which is something you are likely to develop watching the Optoma Bigvizion HDBV3100. Digital Trends reviews this expensive wall mounted DLP TV. This display is compatible with just about every format on the planet, including 480i, 480p, 576i, 576p, 720i, 720p, 1080i, 1080p and as far as inputs go, it has VGA, S-Video, Composite, 3 HDMI inputs, HDMI to and from receiver, HDMI to display, Component YPbPrand a lot more.
"A 100-inch TV is not for everybody.
Subject: Systems | October 20, 2006 - 02:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP published a review of the Voodoo Hexx, just before HP purchased Voodoo, so their review may not be representative of the experience one will have with HP. That said, this $3000 SFF gaming machine has the stats to perform on paper, but [H] found the real machine a little lacking.
Subject: Processors | October 20, 2006 - 01:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HotHardware had the chance to talk with AMD about the upcoming 4x4 processors, and crack a few Pacino jokes while they're doing it. Get a glimpse of the 7x series that we hope will give strong competition to Intels Core 2 Duo.
Subject: General Tech | October 20, 2006 - 12:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Postal III is coming, and censors and the easily offended had better hide. If you haven't played Postal II you missed out, so scour the bargain bins and eBay for copies of them. If ever there was a game that deserved an R rating, this is it. Hexus has a bit of info on the game, including mention of motion captured stars that will appear in the game.
Subject: General Tech | October 20, 2006 - 11:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Wired News has an article on the sort of-invisibility cloak that has just recently been created. While being invisible to microwaves may not seem to impressive, I want to find out what would happen if you wrapped a fork in the cloak and then microwaved it.
Subject: Systems | October 19, 2006 - 05:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It's the Shuttle SD37P2 SFF XPC, built for Core 2 Duo and Crossfire. [H]ard|OCP was given one to try out and they found that while it's performance certainly stood out amongst other SFF systems, there were some irregularities with the power that caused some concerns.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 19, 2006 - 03:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new set of nVIDIA dirvers (91.47) allow Transparency AA on GeForce6's, which was exculsive to the GeForce7's previously. Elite Bastards explains what exactly this type of AA does, and it's effects on gaming.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 19, 2006 - 02:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Zippy is a new player in the PSU game, and their newest 850W PSU, the Emacs PSL-68509(G1) gets put to the test at Bjorn3D. This 8lb beast never dips below a .96 power factor, and the fan stays below 50db. It's only weakness might be it's single 12V rail, but at 66A ~ 90A it is still able to deal with SLI setups.