This week all of PC Perspective is in HD, not just half

Subject: General Tech | July 16, 2010 - 06:41 PM |
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One of the more active forums this week has been the Storage Forum, with a variety of questions and observations appearing over the past few days.  Obviously there is talk about SSDs, and a forum member recently picked up a rather nice drive and wanted to share their joy but there is also someone who is a little disappointed.  It seems that the our

That neglected old router might just make your life miserable soon

Subject: General Tech | July 16, 2010 - 11:53 AM |
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Basic routers are not the most sexy of tech and once you have bought one you will probably use it until it dies, or the new wireless spec finally arrives.  It really isn't a piece of kit you think about much, let alone research new models coming out so you can upgrade to the newest model.  As you might have heard on this weeks podcast (#113), even Ryan has an old outdated router.  You just might want to consider upgrading or

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Acer Claims Second Place in Global PC Shipments. Asus and Lenovo Closing In.

Subject: General Tech | July 16, 2010 - 10:02 AM |
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Acer has really come around in recent years terms of build quality and pricing. With that combination, Acer has officially claimed second place in global PC shipments according to research performed by Gartner, displacing the former king Dell, and now an arm's length from HP, the current leader.

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Cut physical part out of your PCIe connection

Subject: General Tech | July 15, 2010 - 11:32 AM |
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We have seen external GPU solutions for laptops, like the MSI GUS, that allow laptops to have the graphical power to play Blu-ray at full definition with no choppiness and even give a boost to your gaming experience.  We've also recently seen what Jon called WiDi from Intel, a technology allowing you to stream video and audio from a PC to a TV wirelessly, though there are a few bug to work out there still.  Now, Th

Battery powered tailgate party sound system

Subject: General Tech | July 14, 2010 - 01:01 PM |
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Measuring 12.5" x 9.5" x 14" the ION Tailgater is a 20 pound all in one audio solution, speakers and inputs included.  There are three completely separate inputs, two mic inputs, one of which can handle an instrument and a third input for component audio in, all with their own volume controls.  An iPhone/iPad dock allows you not only to use that device as an audio source, it can also recharge it as well.  On the back is a plug that will allow you to string multiple Tailgaters together with the correct plug. 

Miss those old games that truly hated you as a player

Subject: General Tech | July 14, 2010 - 12:46 PM |
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Nowadays, in order to make a platform game difficult the programmers give your opponents ridiculously good aim, or have inconvenient
respawn points, bosses you have to kill multiple times and many other things that feel more like an AI cheat than pure unbridled hatred.  The original Ninjagaiden was evil, it did not want you to win and would go out of its way to try to get you to launch your controller at the TV.  If you miss those days then Demon's Souls might be right up your alley.  Just about everything can kill you in a maximum of two hits and death is a bad thing.  N

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The Sandy Bridge is closer than it appeared

Subject: General Tech | July 14, 2010 - 12:09 PM |
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You might think that after Intel brought in a total revenue of $10.8 billion
and a net income of $2.9 billion
, that they might take a break and relax for a bit.  If so, you don't know Intel very well as when they see a chance to capitalize on an opportunity, they do it.  In this case we are seeing a bump in the arrival time for Sandy Bridge.  The Inq

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Building a better algorithm to ascertain alien activity

Subject: General Tech | July 13, 2010 - 12:16 PM |
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SETI@Home, the grandfather of the distributed computing programs like Folding@Home has benefited greatly from the continual increase of computational power and is perhaps one of the best reasons to own a multicore processor.  At its heart it has not changed, the search algorithms that are used have not changed and they continue to search the same wavelengths as they have for over a decade.  There is plenty of sky left to search on those wavelengths but there are of course many others to be searched, if only there was a solid algorithm to sort through the noise to find any signal.&nbs

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Putting a value on your entertainment

Subject: General Tech | July 12, 2010 - 12:13 PM |
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At a recent trip to the movies, it occurred to The Tech Report that something was amiss in the value they received for their money at the theatre.  The movie in question was the new 3D version of Toy Story 3, which they hoped would be a great chance for Pixar to show off the evolution of 3D in the theatre.  Unfortunately while the extra dimension did not detract from the experience it also did not add much either.  As they dropped $30 for a pair of tickets and just over an hour of entertainment, TR couldn't help

Consider your self a bit of a musician? Get some tips for your production machine.

Subject: General Tech | July 8, 2010 - 03:49 PM |
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In the first part of ExtremeTech's series on making a Home Music Production machine they covered some of the basics for set up; suggesting an OS and hard drive were two of the main points.  In this second part they assume the machine is built and running but the job is not yet finished as there are several OS tweaks to consider.  The article focuses on Win7 64bit edition and there are several services to turn of as well as some suggestions on where to get your audio drivers from.  If you are considering using a PC to enhance the music and content you create

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