Second thoughts about upgrading enterprise servers to SSDs

Subject: General Tech | February 22, 2011 - 11:52 AM |
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Being a techie for a major company can be interesting, in that they are able to purchase kit you would never be able to afford on your own, which you can do 'stability testing' with.  On the other hand you have to comply with various regulations enforced by both your company and your clients.  One of the least enjoyable of those can be the safe destruction of data once a machine is retired, unless you are lucky enough to have an enjoyable way of doing it, as opposed to the tedium of a governm

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Trade in your mouse for an FPS gun?

Subject: General Tech | February 21, 2011 - 04:02 PM |
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The Zalman FG1000 FPS Gun is an attempt to change the world of gaming peripherals and at ~$50 it does not require a huge investment to experiment with.  As you can infer by the name, this will not replace a mouse for casual use, but for shooters it is a way to control your character in a different way.  Check out the full review at eTeknix to see

Source: eTeknix

Redoing SLI math with the 560GTX

Subject: General Tech | February 21, 2011 - 01:13 PM |
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With the release of the relatively inexpensive 460GTX, NVIDIA introduced an interesting choice for those looking for high end graphics, as in many scenarios it was cheaper and more effective to pick up a pair of 460GXTs that pay the price for the 480GTX.  Now that they have trumped that card with the new 560GTX as well as upping the stakes on the new 580GTX it is time to revisit the previous choice.  [H]ard|OCP paired two of MSI's $250

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Intel focusing on US manufacturing

Subject: General Tech | February 21, 2011 - 12:42 PM |
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Back in November Intel announced plans to build a new Fab in Oregon as well as upgrading the four existing Fabs in Oregon and Arizona to their new 22nm fabrication process.  Now they are planning on breaking more ground in Arizona, with a brand new facility called Fab 42 which will be producing a new generation of chips, down to the 14nm level according to DigiTimes.

 

 

Source: Digitimes

L. Ron hasn't had to pay taxes in 57 years!

Subject: General Tech | February 18, 2011 - 06:39 PM |
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Isn't it awful when your PC appears to be playing Freeze Tag with someone who is not you?  Or when you are new to building machines and you can't shake the feeling you've forgotten someone?  In fact the entire Motherboard Forum is still awaiting SandyBridge's return after she stormed off earlier this month and a poor fellow who went

March Madness will actually be a run on P67 and H67 boards

Subject: General Tech | February 18, 2011 - 02:46 PM |
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DigiTimes has more good news for the early adopter, not a week after first hitting the production line, SandyBridge motherboards are headed to the major manufactures.  Some are so confident that they are releasing details on new laptops that will be using these B3 boards, including Toshiba.


Source: Digitimes

SoundBlaster diversifies; heads into the headset market

Subject: General Tech | February 17, 2011 - 05:49 PM |
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The Tactic3D Sigma gaming headset represents Sound Blaster's move into other markets now that they no longer have complete domination of the discreet sound card business.  They have a more hefty look than many others, with large padded earcups and a slender microphone boom.  As well the removable THX USB module that it comes with enables you to turn a headset using SP/DIF into a USB headset, as the module is essentially a self co

Source: [H]ard|OCP

AMD is splitting the Atom's market share

Subject: General Tech | February 17, 2011 - 12:34 PM |
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The Acer Aspire One 522 is a Brazos 10" netbook with a 720p display, a Fusion APU with Radeon graphics, an HDMI output, and Windows 7 for just over $300.  Playback of 1080p and 720p video was flawless, at least until the Tech Report tried streaming 720p YouTube videos with Flash 10.2.  They noticed some dropped frames and when they contacted AMD about that issue, AMD r

Another Zero Day Flaw to worry about

Subject: General Tech | February 17, 2011 - 11:57 AM |
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In pre-Vista versions of 64bit Windows it seems that not only has a vulnerability using BrowserWriteErrorLogEntry() and the mrxsmb.sys driver be discovered, it is already out there in the wild.  As The Register is quick to point out, in this particular case browser refers to how older versions of Windows discovered workgroups, domains, and the computers belonging to them, as opposed to being an IE flaw.

Source: The Register