A magical mouse with momentum

Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2009 - 09:25 AM |
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Chances are you have heard that Apple has redesigned their mouse again.  It took over a decade to stick on a second button so it seems that their innovation for input devices is accelerating.  The new Magic Mouse doesn't have a scroll wheel; instead about 75% of its surface will register finger scrolling and with the momentum feature turned on it will even recognize how fast your fingers are scrolling.  For those used to large gaming mice, the look of the mouse is going to be a bit of a shock, it more closely resembles an iPhone than a traditional mouse. 

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Of AMD's price drops, EOLs and newbies

Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2009 - 09:07 AM |
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DigiTimes provides a good look into the coming 6 to 12 months of AMDs plans for their CPUs.  AMD has recently dropped prices on some of their Phenom II and Athlon II silicon and you may want to grab some soon as the release of the new members of the 900 series will see the previous Phenom II line reduced to the X4 955, X4 820, X3 740 and X2 550. 
The first quarter of 2010 will be very busy, with no less than 5 processors due to be release; three Phenom IIs and a pair of Athlon IIs. 

Source: Digitimes

Futuremark P55 GIGABYTE OverclocKing Announces First Ever 10K 3DMark Challenge

Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2009 - 08:41 AM |
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SARATOGA, Calif.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Futuremark Corporation today announced a new challenge for PC overclockers everywhere. Utilizing INTEL and GIGABYTE P55 hardware, contestants worldwide will compete in two segments for the overall "OverclocKing" title within multiple prize award categories.

"This is the second annual worldwide OverclocKing competition with over 16,000 entries last year. We’re delighted to be partnering with Futuremark to support GIGABYTE overclockers everywhere with this community building competition"

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Subject: General Tech
Manufacturer: Asus
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A Changing Audio Landscape

The thirst for High Definition content has now spread to audio on the PC. Asus is hoping to capitalize on this push by releasing a series of soundcards designed to be HDMI passthrough devices able to bitstream HD audio codecs such as TrueHD and DTS-HD. The HDAV 1.3 Slim is designed to be used in HTPCs of any size, and to be as transparent as possible to the user. Now... can Asus succeed there?

Watch out for bored ex-Multics admins up to mischief tonight

Subject: General Tech | October 30, 2009 - 03:32 PM |
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If you are reading the Friday Afternoon Forum Follies, chances are you are a regular at the PC Perspective Forums.  If that is the case, drop by Tech Talk where one of our members has a few invites to Google Wave for frequent posters.  It is a kind favour and there is a
limited amount of invites, so no getting upset if you don't get one!  Also popular in that forum is the Lynnfield system giveaway; it is only active until the en

Oops, TSMC did it again

Subject: General Tech | October 30, 2009 - 09:00 AM |
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It looks like those who have been holding their breath in the hopes that the HD5890 or 5870X2 would be arriving soon, or that the current HD5xxx cards will drop in price may be waiting a bit longer.  The 40nm process at TMSC is having problems again, the same issue that pretty much killed the HD4770 at birth.  For a while it looked as if the problems had finally been solved but the news from DigiTimes is that yields are once again dropping

Source: Digitimes

Print yourself a circuit, stick LEDs on your Coors

Subject: General Tech | October 29, 2009 - 09:05 AM |
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Plastics, film, and textiles are all viable substrates for Xerox's new Silver Bullet, a conductive silver ink that at 140 degrees Celsius. 
This makes all sorts of interesting tricks possible that are not feasible with ink that melts at about 1,000 Celsius or by printing and etching a regular circuit board.  Think RFIDs on cloth, LEDs built into anything, wearable WiFi and bendy plastic tech.  Hack a Day is already impatient to get their hands on some.

Source: Hack a Day

Be smug with your smog mouse

Subject: General Tech | October 28, 2009 - 03:46 PM |
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The Ozone Smog gaming mouse is a bit odd looking and sport software that claims to boost the 3200DPI maximum to 5040DPI.  The removable weight tray sits in the middle of the mouse body as opposed to the bottom and the mouses feet are ceramic.  Add the odd look, especially the rear end of the mouse and you have a gaming mouse that seems a little different from the rest.  Drop by TestSeek Labs for a look.

A fresh autumn Eve

Subject: General Tech | October 28, 2009 - 11:16 AM |
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Eve Apocrypha is the new version of Eve Online, though since we are talking about an interstellar MMORPG, it isn't an additional area as you expect in WoW.  Eve, if you have never experienced it is a little different from most RPGs.  NPCs are interacted with via in game email and combat is a little different than you might expect.  Before dropping money on this new version of Eve, drop by Bjorn3D for an overview.  Some will absolutely hate the game but enough love it that it is still around years later.

Source: Bjorn3D

Cable bills too high, internet too slow. Light up your own!

Subject: General Tech | October 28, 2009 - 10:56 AM |
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Now this solution will definitely work better in smaller communities as it could be hard to get the government of a very large municipality to invest the money required to roll out your own ISP, but the effort is worth it.  Monticello, Minnesota ended up hiring TDS Telecommunications
to roll out their own fiber to the home
network.  Now enjoying 50Mbs for $40/month without having to bundle with other services thanks to a 2007 referendum that the town would roll out its own network.  That attempt to build their own network lead to lawsuits filed by TDS, which they lost, so no

Source: Ars Technica