Subject: General Tech | November 12, 2010 - 12:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have fond memories of flashing custom BIOSes that made hidden features accessible for you to tweak with then this story at Slashdot is going to excite you. It seems a hardware hacker has posted documentation on a way to enable a debug mode in AMD processors. If you are more into enabling cores via ACC then this might not be your cup of silicon tea but for many the idea of getting up close and personal with AMD's registers makes them a little hot.
Subject: General Tech | November 11, 2010 - 02:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While most eyes have been on AMD and their first APU, Zacate; ARM has revealed the new Mali T-604 OpenCL GPU. Their choice of OpenCL over CUDA speaks to ARMs long history of supporting open standards, something that OpenCL is while nVIDIA's solution is at least for now considered proprietary. They've also chosen a very different route, siting memory bandwidth limitations as a reason for eschewing textures in favour of directly computing screen data.
Subject: General Tech | November 10, 2010 - 02:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Mechanical switch keyboards, the most famous being the IBM Model M with buckling spring keys will cause a reaction, for some it is a lovely sound but for most it is an incredible annoyance ... especially if the Model M user is a touch typist.
Subject: General Tech | November 10, 2010 - 02:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
EA is expanding their Battlefield series again, with a free to play mashed up game with BF2 maps and BF Bad Company 2 classes. We will see it hit the web next spring expect for those who are signed up and will be accepted to the closed beta. This is not the first free Battlefield game, though the implication is that this will be a more serious game than Battlefield Heros. It may also bring back some old players of the Battlefield series upset with the release of BF: Vietnam, BF2 and BF2142 in such quick succession.
Subject: General Tech | November 10, 2010 - 02:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A researcher at Sophos has come up with a very simple answer to basic security on free wireless connections such as the ones you would find at coffee shops. It is so simple that you might wonder why no one has thought of it before. By simply applying the password 'free' to all WiFi hotspots, so that everyone already knows what the password is, you will enable the encryption available through WPA2. That will mostly protect you from nastiness from programs like Firesheep and possibly even WireShark.
Subject: General Tech | November 8, 2010 - 03:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Picking up the Asus Xonar Xense Premium Gaming Audio Set will get you a Asus Xonar Xense One sound card and a Sennheiser PC 350 headset. As you can tell by the $290 pricetag, this is intended for use as a high end sound solution and not simply a way to improve your sound during gaming. An onboard solution will satisfy all but the most discerning of ears, unless you are intrigued by swappable op-amps and 150
Subject: General Tech | November 8, 2010 - 01:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
DigiTimes reports that Sandy Bridge is set to take a large share of Intel's chips going to market in early 2011. According to unnamed motherboard makers, who should have a decent idea what is come, you will be seeing a huge influx of both Sandy Bridge CPUs and compatible motherboards. At 20% of market share you can expect to see more than just high performance parts arriving. Check it out here.
The love of mechanical keyboards is a secret bond that most “normal” people can’t understand. Indeed, those who find the clickity-clack of mechanical keys to be as relaxing as a gentle spring rain seem to be a special breed of geek who is sometimes misunderstood even by fellow enthusiasts. As a result, some geeks have had to choose between the happiness of their fingertips and the happiness of their family or co-workers. In most cases, the later wins.
Subject: General Tech | November 5, 2010 - 06:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When hardware dies, after the smoke clears and you determine whether