Pulling 100 cores out of a hat

Subject: General Tech | October 26, 2009 - 12:12 PM |
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You can be forgiven if you've never heard of Tilera, but you can be guaranteed to hear about them now.  They've just announced plans to release a 40nm chip with 100 cores on board, beating Intel's 80 core prototype we saw back in 2007.  The chips are built on a mesh topography as opposed to the on-chip bus interconnect
used in multicore x86 processors; the end result of which is more bandwidth thanks to the lack of a bottleneck.  Perhaps the most

Source: Wired News

Brand new contest to the Xtreme!

Subject: General Tech | October 23, 2009 - 07:03 PM |
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There is a brand new subforum on the PC Perspective Forums, added today specifically for a huge new contest.  The ASUS Xtreme Design Contest forum under General Tech is the place to go to show off how you would use ASUS' new Xtreme Design Technology to build the best killer gaming PC.  If your ideas are grand enough, you will be one of 20 people chosen to receive the hardware specified in the contest, an ASUS P7P55D PREMIUM, a GTX

Slap together a Hackintosh over the weekend

Subject: General Tech | October 23, 2009 - 12:53 PM |
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You've heard of Hackintoshes, a regular PC onto which a Mac OS is installed.  Usually this involves quite a bit of tinkering in order to convince the Mac OS that it is OK to be running on hardware unapproved by Apple.  Psystar, who has had a long history of thumbing their nose at Apple has released a new product called Rebel EFI.  This program will have you up and running in no time at all and with no kernel fiddling required.  What makes this even more interesting is that the open source Hackintosh community noticed enough similarity in Psystar's program that they've calle

Source: Hack a Day

Razer's new mouse is a real snake

Subject: General Tech | October 22, 2009 - 03:46 PM |
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New to Razer's line up is the Naga mouse and the Megasome pad.  The Naga is a little more than just another pretty, accurate mouse, it sports a 12 button keypad for you MMO players and inveterate micromanagers.  You don't even have to decide on your own setup if you do not want to, Razer has an app to do that for you.  The pad is pure white, with a glow in the dark pattern emblazoned on it.  Drop by Bjorn3D to see them.

Source: Bjorn3D

Build your own Force tricks

Subject: General Tech | October 22, 2009 - 12:07 PM |
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The OCZ Neural Impulse Actuator

enjoyed a brief spotlight and then mostly disappeared to the periphery, but not before inspiring the imaginations of
several modders.  At Hack a Day you can see a project involving an Arduino and Uncle Milton's Force Trainer, which is a nifty little toy consisting of a brain wave monitoring headband and a base station that reacts to those measurements.  You can also se

Source: Hack a Day

A study on Bat PhysX

Subject: General Tech | October 21, 2009 - 12:49 PM |
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While you have most likely read a few reviews of Arkham Asylum, none have focused so directly on the impact of PhysX on performance in this game that the review posted at [H]ard|OCP.  Even if you have no desire to stare at the back of the Batman for the entire duration of a game, it is worth reading through the article to learn about PhysX.  The first lesson comes from a huge hit in performance in a certain outside area that was apparent past a certain resolution. 

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Tesla finds a job and invents time travel

Subject: General Tech | October 21, 2009 - 12:19 PM |
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As The Inquirer gleefully points out, the chances that Realityserver is the product of 40 years of work for NVIDIA and mental images are fairly low but that doesn't stop the announcement from being interesting.  Using the parallel computing ability of Telsa to manage Ray Tracing to handle any light or reflection mapping this new program will allow the sharing of 3d images via a server at very high rates.  Instead of taking hours or more to render, they claim performance almost on par with gaming. 

Source: The Inquirer

Unless you have been hiding under a rock ...

Subject: General Tech | October 20, 2009 - 04:07 PM |
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You most likely know that Windows 7 is on its way, unless you are in the UK, and it is time for an upgrade.  In order to familiarize yourself with what is known about the new OS, or just to help you remember Tech Spot has put together an overview of the new OS from Microsoft.  From upgrade paths to the choice between 32bit and 64bit, anything you need answered will be addressed from their many links.

Source: Tech Spot

Second time is the charm for Microsoft's mobile music player

Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2009 - 04:22 PM |
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The original Zune met with a lot of resistance from the market, its one unique feature of being able to share your music with other Zune users was not terribly well received.  The second incarnation has found a crowd of followers, the new HD version of the Zune provides great quality.  As well the design has changed, slimming down what was a rather chunky MP3 player.  If you haven't acquainted yourself with the new Zune, drop by ExtremeMhz to see it in action.

Source: ExtremeMhz

... and me with this terrible heat in all the diodes down my left side. ...

Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2009 - 02:27 PM |
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Heat may finally prove useful in computing applications, a big turn around considering it has been the archenemy of designers and builders until this research came to light.  A one way thermal diode takes waste heat on a one way trip away from the heat source, a great boon to heatsink makers everywhere.  That is not the most impressive application, follow the link from Engadget and you will learn about the possible applications of this new technology, such as thermal

Source: engadget