Great Plains Batman! Microsoft's BSG turns 29 today.

Subject: General Tech | June 25, 2010 - 06:54 PM |
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As PC Perspective's Forums age, like a fine blue cheese, it is nice to be reminded of past posts that are still solving problems for people today.  There is of course Ned's world famous AHCI post but
recently a newcomer was asking about improving their routers signal strength which revived an old thread that details how to build a directional antenna to extend the range of your WiFi.&

Adobe bumps its critical patch up by two weeks

Subject: General Tech | June 25, 2010 - 12:23 PM |
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Earlier this month we learned that quite a few of Adobe's products come bearing an unwelcome gift, no matter which OS you use.  A critical vulnerability that is already being used in attacks.  The vulnerability would allow specially crafted pdfs and flash content to either crash your computer or in some cases allow an attacker to take control of your system.  Adobe has bumped up their patching schedule and will now release a fix for this next Wednesday and have already dealt with the flash vulnerability with the release of the

Source: The Inquirer

In case you thought Apple was the only one with lines today, Microsoft has them too

Subject: General Tech | June 24, 2010 - 03:06 PM |
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I know that some people are all excited about the lines wrapping around city blocks for some Apple device that was released today, I wanted to show our unbiased coverage of the tech world with this EXCLUSIVE video of the opening of Microsoft store in San Diego!  There were literally TENS OF PEOPLE on site waiting for the ribbon cutting and the confetti to enter.

Which flavour of Linux do you prefer?

Subject: General Tech | June 24, 2010 - 01:29 PM |
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Phoronix has grabbed five of the latest and greatest versions of Linux to see how they compare and which is best at various tasks.  Most of their testing compares the performance of common tasks in Linux, such as compressing and uncompressing as well as taking a look at multimedia performance.  As some of these distros are sepcifically designed with certain task in mind it seems that choosing the distro that fits your desired usage makes more sense than just grabbing the

Source: Phoronix

Rage will rock on either console

Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2010 - 12:45 PM |
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id Tech 5 is the name of the engine that will drive Rage and the new instalment of the DOOM franchise and there has been some speculation as to whether that game engine will favour the XBox or the PlayStation.  The specific concern has to do with hitting the magical 60fps and keeping the game at that rate throughout the players experience.  John Carmack has spoken with Beyond3D and has assured them that while the challenges these two consoles differ, there is a solution for both.  The PC version's perfo

Source: Beyond3D

The new VLC launches with improvements and a beef

Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2010 - 12:15 PM |
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VideoLAN has released a new version of their popular VLC Player, an open source and very flexible media player.  It became popular for its versatility in being able to play just about any media file it came across and has built quite a name for its self on the online community.  This new version brings extends support to Blu-ray MPEG-4 lossless and VP8 and it also incorporated GPU decoding on

Source: Linux.com

Integrated circuits are gaining a new dimension

Subject: General Tech | June 22, 2010 - 12:16 PM |
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A team consisting of Elpida Memory, Powertech Technology and United Microelectronics Corporation are working together to bring a big jump in storage density into integrated circuits.  This brings together a DRAM designer, an IC assembler and a logic company which does build confidence in the success of the project.  The technology used to unite the layers of storage/logic will be called Through Silicon Via (TSV) and apparently there now exists an 8Gb DRAM chip so the theory behind this has been put into practice.  We have been waiting a long time for stacked chips and hopefully

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The new Xbox 360 "Slim" Gets Unwrapped

We picked up one of the new Xbox 360 S / Slim consoles and decided to rip it apart to see what was inside. How does the technological shift in the new system change the properties of the console and how does it affect power consumption, noise and heat? Step in to read, and watch, our results!

LN on a video card

Subject: General Tech | June 21, 2010 - 12:47 PM |
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In and of its self the Gigabyte Radeon HD 5870 Super Overclock is not the best deal out there, effectively you are paying and extra $90 for an overclock of 150MHz GPU and 50MHz on the memory, plus a proprietary cooler.  Overclockers.com thought that while that was a nice bump in speed it needed something more.  In their case that was LN cooling, which involved de-soldering and re-soldering resistors on the PCB as well as voltage tweaks.