Subject: General Tech | July 19, 2010 - 01:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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 The familiar two buttons that are present on any modern mouse have been replaced by 9 buttons on each side offering some serious button power for those willing to learn to use it.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.
Subject: General Tech | July 19, 2010 - 12:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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payload it installs masquerades its self as signed drivers from Realtek, though that particular identifier has now been revoked.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
Subject: General Tech | July 16, 2010 - 06:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: General Tech | July 16, 2010 - 11:53 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Basic routers are not the most sexy of tech and once you have bought one you will probably use it until it dies, or the new wireless spec finally arrives. It really isn't a piece of kit you think about much, let alone research new models coming out so you can upgrade to the newest model. As you might have heard on this weeks podcast (#113), even Ryan has an old outdated router. You just might want to consider upgrading or
Subject: General Tech | July 16, 2010 - 10:02 AM | Jonathan Hung
Acer has really come around in recent years terms of build quality and pricing. With that combination, Acer has officially claimed second place in global PC shipments according to research performed by Gartner, displacing the former king Dell, and now an arm's length from HP, the current leader.
Subject: General Tech | July 15, 2010 - 11:32 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
We have seen external GPU solutions for laptops, like the MSI GUS, that allow laptops to have the graphical power to play Blu-ray at full definition with no choppiness and even give a boost to your gaming experience. We've also recently seen what Jon called WiDi from Intel, a technology allowing you to stream video and audio from a PC to a TV wirelessly, though there are a few bug to work out there still. Now, Th
Subject: General Tech | July 14, 2010 - 01:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Measuring 12.5" x 9.5" x 14" the ION Tailgater is a 20 pound all in one audio solution, speakers and inputs included. There are three completely separate inputs, two mic inputs, one of which can handle an instrument and a third input for component audio in, all with their own volume controls. An iPhone/iPad dock allows you not only to use that device as an audio source, it can also recharge it as well. On the back is a plug that will allow you to string multiple Tailgaters together with the correct plug.
Subject: General Tech | July 14, 2010 - 12:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Nowadays, in order to make a platform game difficult the programmers give your opponents ridiculously good aim, or have inconvenient
respawn points, bosses you have to kill multiple times and many other things that feel more like an AI cheat than pure unbridled hatred. The original Ninjagaiden was evil, it did not want you to win and would go out of its way to try to get you to launch your controller at the TV. If you miss those days then Demon's Souls might be right up your alley. Just about everything can kill you in a maximum of two hits and death is a bad thing. N
Subject: General Tech | July 14, 2010 - 12:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You might think that after Intel brought in a total revenue of $10.8 billion
and a net income of $2.9 billion, that they might take a break and relax for a bit. If so, you don't know Intel very well as when they see a chance to capitalize on an opportunity, they do it. In this case we are seeing a bump in the arrival time for Sandy Bridge. The Inq
Subject: General Tech | July 13, 2010 - 12:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SETI@Home, the grandfather of the distributed computing programs like Folding@Home has benefited greatly from the continual increase of computational power and is perhaps one of the best reasons to own a multicore processor. At its heart it has not changed, the search algorithms that are used have not changed and they continue to search the same wavelengths as they have for over a decade. There is plenty of sky left to search on those wavelengths but there are of course many others to be searched, if only there was a solid algorithm to sort through the noise to find any signal.&nbs