Subject: General Tech | December 3, 2009 - 12:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: General Tech | December 2, 2009 - 12:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: General Tech | December 2, 2009 - 11:49 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | December 2, 2009 - 11:37 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | December 1, 2009 - 11:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | November 30, 2009 - 12:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | November 27, 2009 - 05:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Our Tech Talk Forum is a great place to get help for all of those random little problems that make PCs so much fun. Ranging from Windows installation issues, to a bit of strangeness during boot to the best way to integrate a Blu-Ray player into an HTPC. We
Subject: General Tech | November 27, 2009 - 11:53 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Forums dedicated to PC Gamers of a similar mindset reach a certain fevered pitch when a beloved game just isn't what they had expected; even worse are the flame wars that erupt in the weeks leading up to a release or the weeks after a delay of release. The vitriolic ALL CAPS POSTS, members starting up threads faster than mods can lock them down, it is perhaps a great way to vent but it is not constructive in any manner whatsoever.
Subject: General Tech | November 26, 2009 - 12:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Register has spotted an interesting product that OCZ is working on, an external SSD with a USB 3.0 connection. From the picture in the article you can tell that this will resemble a 2.5" drive far more than it will a thumbdrive and with the recent release of their 1TB Colossus SSD it makes sense that they chose to go with the larger form factor. The Colossus uses SATA II and manages 260MB/sec, the USB 3.0 standard can go as high as 400MB/sec, so it offers a higher possible bandwidth than SATA II
Subject: General Tech | November 25, 2009 - 02:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica delves into the world of 15th Century Italy and reviews the sequel to Assassin's Creed, bearing a very similar name to the original, as they've simply added a 2. It takes place about 300 years after the first game and is perfectly playable for those who missed the first game. It is the Renaissance, so expect some interesting gadgets to appear during your travels to supplement your trusty blade.