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

Source: Slashdot

Stop hogging my side of the bandwidth

Subject: General Tech | December 4, 2009 - 12:26 PM |
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Ars Technica links to an analyst's blog about the mythical status of the bandwidth hog.  Benoit Felten proposes that most ISPs simply measure the total amount of data downloaded per user and then list the top 5 percent as bandwidth hogs, not even checking if the traffic might not have been torrents or if the activity only took place during low usage times.  There seems no reason to be polite about your downloading, it is simply the sum total you download that

Source: Ars Technica

It's a self contained input device

Subject: General Tech | December 3, 2009 - 02:15 PM |
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The Roccat Kova mouse has a lot going for it on paper, it is ambidextrous, requires no software and all of the various effects and resolutions are managed by combinations of button pushes on the mouse, including LED breathing.  If you are wondering what that is, R&B Mods has a video showing the mouse in action.  They loved the mouse, so if you are looking for a mouse with no software that fits either hand perfectly you really should read the full review.

Just a drop in the bucket

Subject: General Tech | December 3, 2009 - 12:31 PM |
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Intel has stated that that $1.25 billion payout to AMD to bring an end to the legal battle between the two processor companies is not going to have an effect on their research budget.  Of course they also state that their business practices "have and will continue to be fair, lawful and pro-competitive", an assertion that seems a little odd considering the legal battles Intel has lost recently because of their so called lawful business practices.  The DigiTimes story also touches on the topic of conditional a

Source: Digitimes

One screenshot and the believers are back

Subject: General Tech | December 2, 2009 - 12:18 PM |
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You thought you had heard the last, at least until an open source mod is made, but you were wrong.  Duke Nukem has raised his aged head once more, this time on Facebook with a grand total of one screen shot.  Perhaps that is all you need to raise the hopes of Duke junkies, especially those whose main gaming system is an Xbox or PlayStation.  If you want to witness the continuing slow motion train wreck that this franchise has become, or if you are a true believer, then follow the link from HEXUS fo

Source: Hexus

I find your lack of faith disturbing

Subject: General Tech | December 2, 2009 - 11:49 AM |
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Perhaps the yields from TSMC's 40nm process have been very low and supplies of many of AMD's latest and greatest video cards are very low because of that and maybe GlobalFoundries is working on a 32nm process that AMD is not yet finished developing cards for; but that doesn't mean they are looking for a third supplier.  Rick Bergman, senior vice president and general manager of AMD's Graphics Products Group stated that they are not looking for a new partner when he was asked directly. 

Source: Digitimes

That's not the right colour of death

Subject: General Tech | December 2, 2009 - 11:37 AM |
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The brother of the Blue Screen of Death has been visiting hapless PC users for a long time, but it seems that it is becoming more common.  The Black Screen of Death leaves you with nothing but a black screen and possibly an Explorer window, your desktop, taskbar and those familiar icons disappear.  This particular run of BSODs has been triggered by a recent Windows Update, though not all systems have been affected, and the victims include every windows from NT on to Win7.

Source: The Register

DiRT 2 Offers Exhilarating DirectX 11 Gaming Experience - Only On ATI Radeon Graphics Cards

Subject: General Tech | December 1, 2009 - 11:56 AM |
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AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced today that the Games for Windows Live Edition of DiRT 2 is now shipping and marks the first racing game developed from the ground up to take advantage of advanced graphics features available with Microsoft DirectX 11 and the incredible new ATI Eyefinity multi-display technology for the most engaging gaming experience yet.

Source: AMD

For when your netbook goes a wandering

Subject: General Tech | November 30, 2009 - 12:27 PM |
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Loosing a netbook will not have a huge monetary impact; replacing it will only cost about $300.  That is not the full scope of the problem you are about to have because of that lost netbook; especially if you have no password on your main account.  Think how many websites have your username and password set to automatically log on.  Maybe even MSN, ICQ, AIM or whatever your IM client of choice is also happens to be set to log in at boot.

Source: Ars Technica