What kind of hardware does Sam Fisher need?

Subject: General Tech | May 26, 2010 - 12:50 PM |
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If you want to enjoy the latest installation of the Splinter Cell series
it helps to know just what hardware will give you the best experience.  That is [H]ard|OCP's goal in their article comparing the quality and performance of Splinter Cell: Conviction, as opposed to explaining what "Mark and Execute" is and how to use it in game.  Instead they will let you see the difference in performance between AMD and nVIDIA's latest cards when displaying the heavily updat

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Zonealarm Free finally catches up to the 64-bit world

Subject: General Tech | May 26, 2010 - 12:00 PM |
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When XP first appeared as a 64-bit OS, many peoples free firewall program of choice, ZoneAlarm, suddenly disappeared as an option.  As they came along, Vista and Win7, when installed as a 64-bit OS also could not use ZoneAlarm and people sought out different choices of free firewalls like Ghostwall or even resorted to the built in Windows firewall.

Source: Extremetech

Large bass sound from a small 2.1 speaker set

Subject: General Tech | May 25, 2010 - 01:23 PM |
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Eagle Tech has released a 2.1 speaker system called the Arion ET-AR506-BK, it is not very portable but they are appropriate for many setups.  The orange and black colour scheme might not work for everyone but the quality is certainly good enough for small rooms.  The two satellites have dual 3" midrange drivers and single 1" tweeter with 12.5W of power and the subwoofer has a nice 5" driver with 25W of power and claim a frequency

Source: Bjorn3D

Keep your eye on the tab, it may go phishing when your back is turned

Subject: General Tech | May 25, 2010 - 11:57 AM |
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With a good set of eyes and a familiarity with the websites you visit most redirects are fairly obvious and enough to rouse your suspicions enough to double check the URL; but what if the switch happens after that tab loses focus?  A new phishing technique waits until you switch tabs and reloads one of your background tabs with a nice login page of one of the sites you often log into, courtesy of the CSS history vulnerability.  When you click back to that page it will have a proper title, favicon and quite possibly an URL that matches as well. 

Source: Slashdot

The Momentus XT is a little bit platter, a little bit SSD

Subject: General Tech | May 24, 2010 - 02:56 PM |
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Seagate is trying to meet mobile users in the middle with the Momentus XT.  Their idea is to try to get the size and value per gigabyte of a platter based HDD with a performance boost to make it perform more like an SSD.  To do this they have mated a HDD, currently in 250GB, 320GB and 500GB as the most expensive with an MSRP of $156, and 4GB of MLC Flash storage, plus controller.  The flash is intended to hold the most frequently used files, thanks to an algorithm that
ensures faster response the more frequently a file is used.  AnandTech's testing did bear out this in pr

Source: AnandTech

Your PST file wants to be free

Subject: General Tech | May 24, 2010 - 02:36 PM |
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One of the biggest and most convincing arguments against Microsoft's Outlook email is that the PST files which it uses as a store for all information pertaining to an email account, not just the emails.  That PST file is almost impossible to get at without the credentials of the account which created it.  This makes moving your own email from Outlook to any other email program annoying but makes it almost impossible to switch an entire organization.  Microsoft has recently released some tool using Apache License 2.0.

Source: Ars Technica

PC Perspective - Weekend Gaming Edition

Subject: General Tech | May 22, 2010 - 08:00 AM |
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Epic Blames Piracy for Shift to Console Development. Follow the money.

Source: General

30 years of TaunTaun and Clyde jokes!

Subject: General Tech | May 21, 2010 - 06:18 PM |
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Over the past week a few visitors to PC Perspective may have received a warning about a suspicious advertisement from your antivirus program and we would just like you to know that the those responsible for that have had awful things happen to them.  You are safe again and thank you for letting us know.

Microsoft is in a beta release mood

Subject: General Tech | May 21, 2010 - 12:32 PM |
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Earlier this month the Office 2010 beta became available to most people if they were interested in seeing what the new Office offers in the way of ribbons.  Then Hotmail underwent an upgrade for many people, in part to allow people to use the new office to edit attachments in the cloud.  Now they are releasing betas for professional IT gurus in the form of the BizTalk Server 2010 and Server AppFabric.  BizTalk Server is an upgrade from the previous version, used to deal with database integration and backups.  AppFabric is new, and is targeted at increasing the efficiency o

Source: Ars Technica