Pirates and Vikings and Knights, oh my!

Subject: General Tech | December 15, 2010 - 01:17 PM |
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If you are looking for a little fun over the holidays but don't want to ruin any possible surprises by buying a new game then consider modding one you already have.  It could be something old like Freelancer or Half Life 1 but you could also mode HalfLife 2 and change your multiplayer experience from gravity guns to swords and attack parrots with the Pirates, Vikings and Knights II mod up for grabs on ModDB.  Read about that and more over at Rock, Paper,. SHOTGUN!

Chrome OS has few friends

Subject: General Tech | December 15, 2010 - 11:58 AM |
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The new prototype CR-48 from Google is not popular among some circles according to this story on The Register.  Richard Stallman has nothing good to say about the idea of storing all of your data on the cloud, as you will never really know where that data is or who is able to get at it. 

Will you join Google in the 'careless computing' movement, or do you have concerns as to the privacy of your personal data like Stallman?

Source: The Moditory

OCZ scores a Tier 1 OEM, most likely Dell

Subject: General Tech | December 14, 2010 - 12:22 PM |
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It might not seem terribly exciting, but OCZ landing a deal with a Tier 1 OEM is a pretty good guarantee that they will be around and successful for a while.  If the prediction made at The Register is correct then we will see OCZ replacing long standing HDD providers for HP and there will be Sandforce based SSDs in the Proliant line of servers.  OCZ is also getting inventive as they will be offering various connections such as fibre channel, PCIe, SAS and SATA as well as a variety of 1.8-in

Source: The Register

Get Starcraft II on the brain and in the palm of your hand with branded peripherals

Subject: General Tech | December 13, 2010 - 01:27 PM |
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If you prefer form over function then perhaps this review of several PC peripherals branded with StarCraft II will be right up your alley.   You can harvest a headset, keyboard and mouse all proudly proclaiming the existence of one of the best selling games to date.  The keyboard and mouse are from Razer and are recognizable as products from that popular input device maker, so you would assume the quality would be high, with perhaps some leeway given to the headset.  As it turns out,

Sandy Bridges don't come cheap

Subject: General Tech | December 13, 2010 - 11:32 AM |
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SemiAccurate has been searching the interwebs for signs of the new P67 and H67 boards and have found a few retailers that have priced them.  With the amazing amount of choice we now have in motherboards, with each manufacturer offering at least a half dozen choices of board for each chipset SemiAccurate did not compile a list of models, simply observed a trend.  You get no points for predicting that the trend is higher prices, that is something we all knew.  What seems to have caught

Source: SemiAccurate

TDK has some new wireless headphones for you

Subject: General Tech | December 10, 2010 - 06:10 PM |
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The wireless TDK WR700 Headphones are a step above some of the previous incarnations of wireless headphones but they still have one of the same weaknesses, they need 4 AAA batteries.   The sound quality is the main requirement for those looking to be able to listen to their music or movies without having an umbilical linking them back to their audio source which is something that t-break felt these headphones did well.  They were also impressed with the noise isolation abilities of the headset. 

Source: t-break

Chatting up VIA about their new USB 3.0 controller

Subject: General Tech | December 10, 2010 - 11:52 AM |
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SemiAccurate had a chance to talk with Terrance Shih, the current project lead on VIA's USB 3.0 team.  They discuss the hurdles that USB 3.0 presents, which were not so much in the development of xHCI but in making the new interface compatible with EHCI and OHCI/UHCI that handle legacy USB 2.0/1.1
devices, something alluded to on PCPer Podcast #133.  They cover a wide range of development choices, such as why they are implementing the controller to utilize only a single PCI3 lane and why VIA believes th

Source: SemiAccurate

3D movies on the cheap(er)

Subject: General Tech | December 9, 2010 - 12:14 PM |
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Plextor has come up with a half way solution for those who have picked up a 3D capable TV or monitor but haven't invested in the rest of the kit necessary to watch media in 3D.  The Plextor PX-B120U won't have you gaming in 3D, it is a Blu-ray player with a USB connection for now, it also has the ability to connect to the as of yet unreleased Plexmedia media centre to act as a stand alone 3D Blu-ray player.  The player is also capable of fudging 3D from a 2D source and upscaling definition, r

Source: The Inquirer

It's Sackenstein3D!

Subject: General Tech | December 8, 2010 - 12:15 PM |
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Somehow, even with the questionable image quality, the construction of the original Wolfenstein3D using Little Big Planet 2 is unbelievably cute.  Shooting Nazis and being shot in return seems more satisfying somehow when LBP2 is involved and even the slow fade to red when you take too many hits just doesn't seem as sad as it did in the original.  Drop by Ars Technica to see what one fan did with the LBP2 demo and just imagine what will be done with the ful

Source: Ars Technica

The DMI fight is over; SLI on P67 guaranteed

Subject: General Tech | December 8, 2010 - 11:40 AM |
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DigiTimes has had confirmation from the major motherboard manufacturers that they have indeed written license agreements with nVIDIA for SLI support on their Sandy Bridge motherboards.  For a quick refresher on just what it was that had nVIDIA attempting to take on Intel you can visit CNET; to try to put it succinctly, the death of the FSB and the rise of QPI and DMI has allowed Intel to take the position that the cross license ag

Source: Digitimes