Accept the ribbon, or else!

Subject: General Tech | December 14, 2009 - 12:41 PM |
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Users of Office 2003 that have been avoiding the change to 2007 were in for a nasty surprise over the weekend. If their company uses Microsoft’s Rights Management Service to protect their documents then thanks to an expired security certificate then when a file was accessed, instead of the file opening they were greeted with "Unexpected error occurred.

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Ponzi thought small, the Madoff scheme is superior

Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2009 - 04:24 PM |
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We here at PC Perspective are nothing if not topical, for instance those of you living far enough from the equator that water occasionally turns solid and falls from the sky in a strange white power can certainly benefit from Jon's latest contribution to the front page.  If you don't end up stuck in a snowbank because you stayed at home, there are still things you can do to increase your comfort and productivity.  It is not just about personal improvement,

Who needs a mouse when you can have a 'sword of the giant'

Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2009 - 02:11 PM |
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The new Mionix gaming mouse is called the Saiph 1800, strangely it is indeed an 1800DPI mouse, with 7 buttons and oversized Teflon feet.  It is fairly large, about the same size as the Razer Death Adder
and the 2m cord should allow you free movement while gaming.  Hi-Tech Reviews took it out for a spin and were impressed with the mouse its self, but were a little unhappy at the lack of a dead tree manual or a driver on optical media in the box with the

Nice ... if you can find one

Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2009 - 12:12 PM |
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It has been said before and it will be said many times again, while AMD has some incredible graphics cards out there, it is almost impossible to get your hands on a 40nm process 5000 series card.  If you can find one in stock though, you will not be disappointed.  The HIS Radeon 5850 will set you back about $315 and offers 2 dual-link DVI, one HDMI and one DisplayPort
on the back, sending 1080p signals

Google gets into carbon sinks

Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2009 - 11:52 AM |
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As hard as it might be to believe, Google Earth can be used for more than just spotting flying cars, inter-dimensional portals, Chinese nuclear subs, giant

Source: Ars Technica

Faster and harder to scratch installation media

Subject: General Tech | December 10, 2009 - 01:30 PM |
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If you are a regular viewer of the PC Perspective you know that Colleen is not the biggest fan of optical media; she goes as far as to ensure none of her boxen have an optical drive unless absolutely necessary.  One might wonder how she goes about installing Windows, or even Linux, without a DVD drive.  The answer is very simple, a bootalbe USB drive can do everything the original DVD can and more.  Ars Technica offers two different ways in which to set up a bootable USB drive tha

Source: Ars Technica

Get dirty in high def

Subject: General Tech | December 9, 2009 - 12:39 PM |
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With the advent of DX11 and affordable cards that can handle the new features comes a whole new language of features to explore.  High Definition Ambient Occlusion, High Dynamic Range in 64-bit and even updates to shadow mappings.  [H]ard|OCP takes you on a visual trip through the differences between DX9 and DX11 using the only game out there that currently takes advantage of the new instruction sets, DiRT 2.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Power to the people's USB devices

Subject: General Tech | December 9, 2009 - 12:11 PM |
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MAKE:Blog calls upon you to modernize your power outlets with a nice USB device recharging plug.  Why keep a variety of adaptors that plug into a plain old wall wart when you can either order or build USB plugs directly into a power outlet?  Drop by for a link to the company that will soon be selling them or head to the Instructable on how to build your own.  Be careful; make sure you don't end up extra crispy.

Source: MAKE: Blog

Positioning the lowly sound card

Subject: General Tech | December 8, 2009 - 01:55 PM |
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Sound cards have quickly gone from an absolute necessity to an afterthought for most PC enthusiasts thanks to the huge jump in quality from onboard sound.  Some of the motherboards today come with HD 7.1 sound built in, an numerous ways of outputting that signal.  This means sound cards have also had to grow, offering more than just the benefit of offloading the processing from the CPU.  The Creative X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Profe

Google as an ISP alternative

Subject: General Tech | December 7, 2009 - 12:11 PM |
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There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes at ISPs for them to be able to deliver the internet to you.  From bandwidth monitoring to quality assurance; the list is quite long but the current focus of Google has narrowed to DNS resolution.  If you are unfamiliar with domain name resolution, a simple way to describe it is that it is the service that changes Google.com to 74.125.45.100, or whichever IP address of the server you are trying to hit currently resolves to.  The speeds of that translation can vary significantly from ISP to ISP, so Google has created a public DNS that

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