Battle of the eBook readers: No guts; no glory

Subject: General Tech | January 14, 2010 - 11:58 AM |
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It has been a long time since the days when AMD and Intel had cage matches with sideshows involving Motorola, Texas Instruments and Cyrix.  The surviving competitors are aged and a bit tired, now content for occasional one-upmanship as opposed to major battles.  Now the only real conflict is between their lawyers on the courtroom floor; there is nothing along the lines of the race for 1GHz or the bizarre non-sequiturs like the 686 processor.

Source: Ars Technica

The Crysis suit did make you feel a bit like an Elemental

Subject: General Tech | January 13, 2010 - 02:32 PM |
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MechWarrior: Living Legends is a total conversion mod for Crysis which turns the game into a multiplayer BattleTech Arena battleground.  It is in open beta right now, letting you try out the almost completely finished game for your own.  The game rewards you for kills so that you can build credits to buy heavier mechs, as you first start you can only afford light mechs, ground vehicles
and aerospace fighters; similar to CounterStrike but with vehicles not weapons.  Currently

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Waiting for the first Windows 7 service pack?

Subject: General Tech | January 13, 2010 - 02:14 PM |
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If you are waiting for Win7 SP1, then Slashdot has some good news for you as they have some information on what it will be, if not when.  The Service Pack for Windows 7 has not been demanded with the same fervour as the Service Pack for Vista, partially due to the fact that a strong argument exists that Win7's identity was changed from being a complete change to Windows, with the MinWin kernel and a new file system into being a quick and dirty replacement for Vista.  Whether

Source: Slashdot

Razer joins the Roman army

Subject: General Tech | January 12, 2010 - 02:21 PM |
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Razer's new Imperator mouse eschews the fancy bat wings and LCD screens we have seen on mice recently, opting for a clean look.  That doesn't mean there are no features included, for instance the thumb buttons have the ability to slide backwards and forwards to place it in exactly the right spot.  The included software allows for programming the 7 buttons as well as the scroll wheel as well as vary the DPI from 100 to 5600 and even lets you program

Source: MetkuMods

Remember when we described RAM in terms of megabytes?

Subject: General Tech | January 12, 2010 - 12:17 PM |
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Not so long ago, just before 64bit OSes hit the mainstream market, there was many a flame war fought between proponents of different RAM amounts for systems.  The majority focused on the differences between 1GB and 2GB as well as the number of DIMMs used to reach those amounts.  Today you can drop in on Bjorn3D as they compare the relative merits of 6GB versus 12G

Source: Bjorn3D

A matter of stability and compatiblity

Subject: General Tech | January 12, 2010 - 12:01 PM |
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The Firefox 3.6 Release Candidate arrived on Friday, with many users considering it a minor upgrade and screams from some add-on developers.  The improvements come in the way of improved javascript performance, support for the WOFF font format, HTML 5, CSS, DOM web technologies, full screen open and native video and poster frames as well as one stability upgrade that has a few people up in arms. 

Source: The Register

Your own personal theatre

Subject: General Tech | January 11, 2010 - 02:13 PM |
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Picking up a 100W+ 5.1 surround sound system is guaranteed to make your ears happy and likely to occasionally make the ears of those around you upset.  Of course, just because your neighbours are unhappy is no reason to abandon positional audio in either gaming or while watching movies.  That is why products like the ROCCAT Kave 5.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset are popular.  PC Shop Talk takes a listen to these gaming headsets, which even feature a switch to tog

Source: PCShopTalk

It is a bit like a swine flu mask for your server

Subject: General Tech | January 11, 2010 - 11:50 AM |
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Secure Socket Layer is obsolete, so if you still refer to SSL connections it is time you meet Transport Layer Security, aka TLS or SSL/TLS.  TLS is a must in e-commerce, or any site that wants to ensure that any traffic between the server and a remote computer is encrypted so that it is much harder to intercept or change.  VPNs can be unwieldy for someone who simply wants to set up a server to share family movies or other media and getting a proper certificate from a certificate authority tends to cost money. 

Source: Ars Technica

Did you know PC Perspective is 10 years old?

Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2010 - 07:00 PM |
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A new year means new projects for the average computer geek, nerd or enthusiast; often utilizing parts that were wrapped in paper and living under a tree just a few short weeks ago.   Of course, not everyone gets a smooth ride, nor does everyone have instant inspiration as to what system to build.  Others have been slaving away trying to make PC Pe