Too Psyko for the Podcast but not for your ears

Subject: General Tech | July 22, 2010 - 12:30 PM |
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We didn't have time to cover a recent review of Steve's on this weeks podcast but

The replacement processors are on their way

Subject: General Tech | July 22, 2010 - 11:41 AM |
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The Inquirer touches on the same topic that Josh covered on the podcast and in his article on AMD's second quarter, before the year is out we will have new CPUs.  Unfortunately that is the pinnacle of the good news, though the bad new is not too depressing.  What we will see is most likely Intel's LGA1155 Sandy Bridge which is a 32nm replacement to the currently available 45nm quad core Lynnfields, not a huge change but good to see apart from the socket change.  From AMD it is Llano and the Ontario Fusion chip, lower powered and

Source: The Inquirer

Spore turns to the dark side in a new expansion

Subject: General Tech | July 21, 2010 - 11:57 AM |
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Spore is trying to evolve and take out the competition in a bid to become the dominant game on this planet.  We have seen mutations like the online creature builder that have tried to entice gamers into the Spore realm, an iPhone app emulates the beginning stages of the game and there is even a mutation that has spread to the Wii and DS.  Now we will be witness to a new PC/Mac game called DarkSpore which will be online and play very differently than the other games.  Ars Technica had it described to them in terms of playing a mutated beast that wanders around sticking random bod

Source: Ars Technica

Dell server board pre-infected for your convenience

Subject: General Tech | July 21, 2010 - 11:29 AM |
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Why waste time waiting for a random user to infect your server with malware when Dell will ship you a board that comes pre-infected.  The PowerEdge R410 Rack server comes with spyware built into its system management software which is embedded on the hardware.  Security experts have been warning about this sort of hardware infection, though it is not clear if the spyware is truly embedded in hardware.  According to The Register, a small number of boards were affected and they have been

Source: The Register

"How Can a Kingston SSDNow Drive Change Your Life?" Challenge Offers $16,000 in Cash Prize

Subject: General Tech | July 20, 2010 - 01:39 PM |
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Fountain Valley, CA -- July 19, 2010 -- Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced it is holding a "How Can a Kingston SSDNow Drive Change Your Life?" video contest. The contest (for U.S. residents only) asks entrants to come up with the most creative way to demonstrate how using a solid-state drive can change one’s daily life. Entries will be judged on creativity in presenting an idea or story in a video format.

Intel expands their roster of CULVs

Subject: General Tech | July 20, 2010 - 11:38 AM |
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While MSI's 3D notebook is rather interesting for those who want to game and watch movies, there are many who are looking for a notebook with a little difference focus.  Intel has been trying to fill that niche with their CULV platform and they have recently refreshed their offerings in hopes of tempting a few more consumers.  SemiAccurate has a breakdown of the various Arrandale powered CULVs, ranging from a rather small, Celeron U3400 powered CULV up to larger Core i7 powered models. 

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Introduction and Specifications

Psyko AudioLabs is bridging the gap between the benefits of a stand-alone 5.1 surround sound setup and standard gaming headphones with their Psyko 5.1 headphones. These $300 headphones were previewed at last year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and were even recognized with a 2009 CES Innovation Award. We will see if these high-end cans give us an edge in our favorite FPS games.

Not just a mouse, it's a keyboard and joystick as well

Subject: General Tech | July 19, 2010 - 01:04 PM |
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The $79 WarMouse Meta
is not just a mouse with a high DPI, it sports a joystick and 19 buttons.  The familiar two buttons that are present on any modern mouse have been replaced by 9 buttons on each side offering some serious button power for those willing to learn to use it.  Each and every button can be programmed as a mouse button itself, a key stroke or a held keypress, a macro, a combo or a special command.  Drop by ExtremeTech to find out exactly what all that means.

Source: Extremetech

A shortcut to taking over your system

Subject: General Tech | July 19, 2010 - 12:49 PM |
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The attack takes a little doing to complete successfully but it is very effective.  A malformed shortcut, usually present on a USB drive can install a rootkit on your PC, simply by displaying the shortcut icon.  The exploit lies in the way that Windows handles shortcuts to Control Panel icons and is helped by the fact that part of the malware payload it installs masquerades its self as signed drivers from Realtek, though that particular identifier has now been revoked.  To make matters worse Ars Technica reports, there is a specific target, Siemens' SIMATIC WinCC software whi

Source: Ars Technica

This week all of PC Perspective is in HD, not just half

Subject: General Tech | July 16, 2010 - 06:41 PM |
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One of the more active forums this week has been the Storage Forum, with a variety of questions and observations appearing over the past few days.  Obviously there is talk about SSDs, and a forum member recently picked up a rather nice drive and wanted to share their joy but there is also someone who is a little disappointed.  It seems that the our