It's just going to die on you

Subject: General Tech | November 17, 2009 - 01:03 PM |
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Gizmodo has compiled information on the reliability of various laptop brands and as past users of HP products already knew, HP does not fare well.  ASUS and Toshiba both did well, both with less than a 16% failure rate over 3 years where as cheap netbooks reached 6% failure rates within the first year.  Fully 1/4 of HP laptops suffer failures within 3 years, followed closely by Acer, Lenovo and Gateway.  Check out the rest before you pick up your next netbook or not

Source: Gizmodo

Lose the wire but pick up some random signals

Subject: General Tech | November 16, 2009 - 01:34 PM |
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Logitech is trying something new with their ClearChat headset; they have gone against conventional wisdom and made it wireless.  It the advantages of most USB headsets, plugging in the USB transmitter is all that is required, there are no drivers to install, simply plug in and you are broadcasting at 2.4 GHz.  Without wires, the controls need to be moved, the mute notification LED now sits on the microphone boom its self and the volume and mute button

A besmirched reputation

Subject: General Tech | November 16, 2009 - 12:15 PM |
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As you have heard from listening to the PCPer Podcast, no one is happy with the delay of the Lucid chip bearing MSI Big Bang motherboard that has been delayed.  Ryan has since managed to get his hands on a test bed, but we have yet to see any retail models.  Certain fingers have been pointed at a company who's colours are often equated with jealousy and who have had a bit of a questionable history of sharing nicely; not to imply that particular trait is uncommon in the electronics industry.  The Tech Report had a chance to speak with an MSI rep, who has disavowed the rumours of nvIDIA's involvement, instead placing the blame on the development of the software.  Perhaps it is best to wait until most of the bugs are ironed out, but that still doesn't make it easy.

"Recently, we've heard rumors that Nvidia might be involved in the delay of motherboards based on Lucid Hydra chip, which promise to usher in a brave new world of vendor-agnostic multi-GPU support. After a little prodding, Nvidia and MSI have both given us statements denying any shady reasons for the postponement. More importantly, Nvidia has vowed not to block Lucid's path with driver restrictions and the like."

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Kalashnikov's baby turns 62

Subject: General Tech | November 13, 2009 - 06:55 PM |
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Building PCs isn't all fun and games you know, some people do it for a living.  One of the hardest and perhaps most rewarding ways to do that is running your own boutique shop.  One forum member is looking for inspiration, reselling HP equipment isn't really the most exciting way to do business; do you have any suggestions on how to entice people into buying the good hardware, or hints on what pulls you away from the mass produced crap and into the cream of custom built systems.  While we're on the top

A web protocol the network guys have never heard of

Subject: General Tech | November 13, 2009 - 11:50 AM |
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It seems that in their spare time between reinventing the browser, mobile phone and book storage, the guys at Google are also looking at changing web protocols as well.  spdy:// is their proposed replacement to http://, a protocol designed to speed up transfers of large web pages with a lot of content.  They argue the current protocol generates a request of a kilobyte or more, slowing down connections while their usage of SSL encryption and gzip compression trims that down and gives up to a 50% speed increase.  The downside is the pressure put on the web server at the other end

Source: Ars Technica

A tablet at 20% of the price?

Subject: General Tech | November 12, 2009 - 06:59 PM |
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A basic Wacom tablet will set you back over $350, so can a $70 tablet actually be of any use to anyone?  That is exactly what OCMODSHOP decided to find out when they picked up the Adesso CyberTablet 6400.  You get a a scroll mouse and a 6" x 4" work space along with a wireless pen that boasts 512 different pressure levels and even sports two mouse buttons so you don't need to switch back and forth between peripherals.  The only real drawback they found throughout was the necessity of batteries, somethin

Source: OCMODSHOP

Forget Vista, how does it measure up to XP

Subject: General Tech | November 12, 2009 - 04:01 PM |
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ExtremeTech recently published a performance comparison between Vista and Windows 7, comparing the advantages and disadvantages of switching to the new OS.  That made a number of users pipe up; there are many who took one look at Vista and turned their noses up, continuing to
happily stick with XP.  They've now complied with those users requests and have compared Windows 7 to that old OS stand by.  How do they stack up?  Read on and find out.

Source: Extremetech

An end to the legal wrangling

Subject: General Tech | November 12, 2009 - 12:45 PM |
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The decision is in from the AMD versus Intel is in, the Delaware court did not get a chance to rule as AMD and Intel have worked out a settlement themselves worth $1.25 billion.  This agreement puts an end to every current legal dispute between the two processor companies across the globe.  The exact terms of the agreement were not disclosed, what we do know is that there will be a 5 year cross license agreement between the two companies.  This is perhaps

Need for Speed patch races to [H]

Subject: General Tech | November 11, 2009 - 04:03 PM |
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AMD GPU owners who happen to be fans of racing sims had a nasty surprise waiting for them with the arrival of Need for Speed SHIFT.  They took a big performance hit compared to similar nVIDIA GPUs, enough that the attention of both AMD and EA's attention.  Thus the pending release of the second patch, specifically designed to improve the performance of AMD cards along with a beta of Catalyst 9.12, tantalizingly labelled Hemlock, arrived on [H]ard|OCP's door.  Check ou

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Finally some numbers from Lucid

Subject: General Tech | November 11, 2009 - 03:52 PM |
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There were many who felt quite disappointed by MSI's failure to deliver on their Oct.