Of Peace, Love, Rockets and the Gaylord

Subject: General Tech | August 14, 2009 - 06:46 PM |
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The most interesting topic in the forums this weekend is, and will continue to be, Ryan, Josh and Steve representing PC Perspective at QuakeCon 2009.  Ryan already has some shots up from John Carmack's keynote speech and a look around of the first full day of QuakeCon.  Even more popular is Ryan's post in the forums about the PC Perspective Hardware Workshop, with a list of the prizes he his giving out.  The list is a little short,

Drop us a hint, will ya?

Subject: General Tech | August 14, 2009 - 11:51 AM |
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nVIDIA's chipset business may not be doing as badly as we thought.  They are still providing chipsets for Apple's products and it seems that Jobs' crew is quite happy with what nVIDIA has provided as they are going to be picking up two new ones.  Three MCPs are expected, a pair for Intel based systems including those Apples and a single solution for AMD systems.  The information is pretty sparse, DigiTimes has the parts of the story we know.

Source: Digitimes

LIVE at QuakeCon 2009 - opening presentation and John Carmack Keynote

Subject: General Tech | August 13, 2009 - 05:06 PM |
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UPDATE: The live event is over, of course, but you can see the saved videos on UStream.  There is a span

Delayed Loadable Content

Subject: General Tech | August 12, 2009 - 02:32 PM |
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Console users have already had a chance to explore the other areas available in the Fallout 3 expansions, but for PC users DLC means something a little different.  If you have not tired of the Capitol Wasteland and are looking for a chance to get away from it all; why not try an alien abduction?  DriverHeaven takes a look at Mothership Zeta, the newest extension to Bethesda's take on the post apocalyptic world.  Probe the add on for yourself.

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They're back ...

Subject: General Tech | August 12, 2009 - 02:28 PM |
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As you may have noticed from Allyn's post, Intel has fixed that little BIOS password problem.  If you already have one of the 2nd generation X25-M drives, you can flash it yourselves.  For the rest of us who patiently await the arrival of these disks back in the channel again, hearing the official word from Intel via The Inquirer is a good thing.

Source: The Inquirer

Does this sound negative to you?

Subject: General Tech | August 11, 2009 - 06:08 PM |
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There are many times when a PC just does not need that beautiful 7.1 speaker system plugged into it, and many people who are not terribly enamoured of headphones; which is why we still have 2.0 speaker systems around.  Many are absolute garbage, especially if the are made by a company you have never heard of and are handed out free with the purchase of anything.  Others, like the Eagletech ET-AR302-BK 2.0 soundstage speakers
are a pleasant surprise.  For only $20 you get a pair of desktop speakers that Elite Bastards describe as 'acceptable quality for office or decidedly causa

A mouse this big might be a rat

Subject: General Tech | August 11, 2009 - 03:45 PM |
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If you are looking for a new game mouse, or are perhaps wondering if you should try one, the $25 OCZ Behemoth might just be the answer you seek.  It sports 5 buttons, two lasers, removable weights, on the fly DPI switching from 800 to 3200 with an LED that tells you which DPI you are on as well as a bit of memory so that you can have different profiles for different games.  Mouse reviews are very subjective, but

Source: Guru of 3D

It had to be a matrix called Neo

Subject: General Tech | August 11, 2009 - 11:44 AM |
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The newest kids on the street from AMD have arrived and promptly embedded themselves in the Atom's market.  They use a ball grid array design which gives away the fact that they are designed to be embedded.  The 18W power draw hints at the small size of the products you are likely to see powered by the Turion Neo X2 L625 and Athlon Neo X2 L325 and the 3W demanded by the matching M690T
and M690E
chipsets back that hint up.  They will both support dual channel ECC-enabled U-DIMM DDR2-667, sport 64KB L1 cache and 512KB L2 cache and have one 16-bit link supporting up to 800MHzHype

Source: AMD

Shocking news

Subject: General Tech | August 10, 2009 - 12:04 PM |
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Some rather bright German researchers have been perfecting the printable battery and figure to be on course for a 2010 release.  Using a silk screening process they impregnate paper with many hair thin layers of zinc to form an anode and manganese for the cathode.

Source: Slashdot

Windows 7 is out the door today, assuming you have access to volume licensing

Subject: General Tech | August 7, 2009 - 06:56 PM |
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The PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard, which you should keep an eye on for updates in the near future, is a great way to look at what parts are out there that can assemble a great PC at several price levels.  Some enthusiasts need a bit more detail, like which southbridge can handle which flavour of RAID; others need a bit more guidance to welcome them into the world of the DIY PC.