There's a reason you don't have a Skype toolbar anymore

Subject: General Tech | January 21, 2011 - 11:59 AM |
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It might not be a record they wanted to set though you have to be impressed, the Skype toolbar single-handedly crashed 33,000 Firefox instances.  Even worse, the way it detected phone numbers was having a large detrimental effect on performance in general.  According to Ars Technica, for two weeks Mozilla tried to get someone at Skype to repair the problem for before opting to disable the add-on.  It is not uninstalled, just disabled

Source: Ars Technica

Jumping on the Sandwagon? ... BandyBridge? ... more P67 boards

Subject: General Tech | January 20, 2011 - 06:29 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has reviewed one of Gigabyte's new P67 boards, the descriptively named Gigabyte P67A-UD7.  It costs less than most X58 boards did while offering as many, or more features as most.  When they tried overclocking they ran into a big pile of fail with the Easy Tune 6 software, but since most successful overclocking is hardware, they did not hold that against the board as they had no problems overclocking manually.  The biggest draw wa

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Making music with Linux

Subject: General Tech | January 20, 2011 - 11:43 AM |
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Ars Technica has put together a guide for those who like to make their own music and don't have a trust fund to depend on to buy them mixers and the other equipment required to properly lay down tracks.  There are several choices of software offered to those willing to take the plunge into the world of Linux powerful enough to let you craft your music properly.  The learning curve is steep, much like that of the professional level equipment; the plus is that the qualit

Source: Ars Technica

Year of the ... tiny mobile PC thingy

Subject: General Tech | January 20, 2011 - 11:16 AM |
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At some point the marketers will figure out that it has been the Year of the Tablet for over 12 months now and pick a new moniker, but probably one that is quite similar as the focus on tiny form factors for PCs is still at the forefront.  Intel lead their newest chip family with the mid-range and lower powered models and AMD is all about Brazos and their G-series of chips.  That indicates that a lot of small sized, lower powered netbooks, tablets and likely complete systems built into other things, like the classic PC hidden in a touchscreen monitor.

Source: Digitimes

We actually have to stop picking on Duke come the spring

Subject: General Tech | January 19, 2011 - 11:56 AM |
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It is hard to believe that a game which has won so many awards already might have a release date.  After so long at the top of the vapourware charts, we might get to see Duke Nukem again before the heat death of the universe.  Techdirt spotted a release date for the Xbox 360 version of the game on Amazon, for May 31st.  It will most likely be a disappointment, a game which has killed studios and seen the coming and going of num

Source: techdirt

AMDs APU arrives on the embedded scene

Subject: General Tech | January 19, 2011 - 11:23 AM |
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AMD's Bobcat based G series of APUs have arrived and it seems that AMD has it's eyes on fulfilling the needs of embedded system clients.  Point of sale, casino attractions and thin clients that will benefit from the low power draw of the new APUs and can benefit from DX11 support along with OpenGL and OpenCL compatibility will be where we first see Fusion chips.  The Inquirer has heard nothing from the usual suspects as far as mini-ATX based boards for the rest of us but

Source: The Inquirer

Thermaltake's USB keyboard with n-key rollover

Subject: General Tech | January 18, 2011 - 12:24 PM |
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Josh and I had a preview of Thermaltakes eSports lineup in their suite at CES 2011 but it seems that Benchmark Reviews was sent the new MEKA G1 KB-MEG005US mechanical gaming keyboard for review.  The interesting trick that Thermaltake pulled off with this keyboard is n-key rollover.  For those elderly members of the PC Perspective audience that remember PS/2 keyboards probably remember that you could push down as many keys as you wanted and the signal would be sent, as opposed to USB based boards that top out around 6 simultaneous

Ogle some Orochi wafer shots

Subject: General Tech | January 18, 2011 - 11:47 AM |
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You might have to squint a bit to see around the many SemiAccurate watermarks on the pictures in order to see your silicon pr0n; they have posted shots of AMDs soon to be released Orochi wafers.  Head over to see the Global Foundries 32nm Bulldozer wafer, unfortunately no information is forthcoming at this time.

Source: SemiAccurate

DDRdrive tries to win friends and influence people

Subject: General Tech | January 17, 2011 - 11:31 AM |
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If you've don't think you've heard of a company called DDRdrive then you must have forgotten a review written by Allyn back in May 2009.  It compared favourably to the ioDrive and is one of the few products out there that can beat a high quality SSD at transfer speeds but it also brings along the disadvantages of a DDR based PCIe drive, it is not bootable.  Along with that rather large issue is the maximum storage capacity of 4GB which makes SSDs look huge in comparison as well as a price

Source: The Register

12 years ago Torontonians shocked to discover it occasionally snows during Canadian winters

Subject: General Tech | January 14, 2011 - 06:11 PM |
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Our Tech Talk Forum is a breeding ground for odd problems and inventive solutions, being the forum you post in when you just aren't sure exactly what the problem is in the first place.  That nature does lend its self to generally stated problems which can confound even the most knowledgeable of members.  If you do have a real headscratcher, the best idea is to start off describing the problem and anything that might be involved in as much detail as possible.  For instance this question may look long and ra