Down with the RC

Subject: General Tech | August 7, 2009 - 12:11 PM |
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The version of Windows 7 available via TechNet or MSDN subscription is now missing the Release Candidate part of its name, the final code has been spit and polished and sent out the door to make its way in the world.  As well, today is the day that volume licensed customers get their hands on Windows 7.  They are the first to get their hands on the official version of the software and the first valid keys.  Of course, those customers never tend to see a disk, so we still can't see the box art in the flesh, if you are into that type of thing. 

Source: The Inquirer

Windows 7 upgrade paths revealed in easy-to-read chart form

Subject: General Tech | August 6, 2009 - 10:57 PM |
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Okay, so it's not really easy to read, but it is a chart.  And actually it gives users looking to break into the world of Windows 7 right away a good idea of what to expect.  Basically, if you want to know what TYPE of installation you will be allowed to do with your new copy of Windows 7 based on the version of Windows Vista you have, this is for you:

It's like a gateway drug

Subject: General Tech | August 6, 2009 - 12:36 PM |
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The pricing on the new Intel Core i5 has slipped out and hit the news over at The Inquirer.  At $232 or $244 on release date, it sits below the i7 920 by a nice $30 and you can expect that price to drop.  The LGA1156 motherboards are expected to be a little less expensive than their LGA1366 sisters, which may lead the value conscious AMD fan astray with promises of higher performance.  The trouble is that while we do know the price of the Core i5's, we still have no official id

Source: The Inquirer

Don't count your chickens

Subject: General Tech | August 5, 2009 - 03:20 PM |
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Creative's new offering for mobile entertainment uses their Zii Plaszma OS to power the Creative Zii EGG.  Sporting a touchscreen interface, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth an accelerometer and a potential 64GB storage capacity, half onboard and half in external memory cards, it does a lot more than the Zen ever thought of doing.   Capable not only of HD video playback it can output 1080p video to a suitable display.  Unfortunately, Hardware Zone seems to imply this incarnation is a proof of co

This is not the military sim you are looking for

Subject: General Tech | August 5, 2009 - 12:55 PM |
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Operation Flashpoint ... if you remember it you will either be seeing red and foaming at the mouth with pure hatred, or you will smile and recall those days of no save points; spending 2 hours straight infiltrating an enemy base, destroying convoys and stealing compact cars with which to run people over.

Source: Gamepyre

Everybody's onboard the OpenCL train

Subject: General Tech | August 5, 2009 - 12:38 PM |
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The Tech Report has linked to the first official version of OpenCL, the programming API that promises to run on just about any modern processor, be it CPU, GPU or DSPs.  It is open source and royalty-free and with AMD already fully on board and nVIDIA designing CUDA to play nicely with OpenCL you are likely to see a lot of new programs utilizing it.  The GPGPU may become much more of a reality once this standard spreads to those programming for AMD and nVIDIA GPUs.  Get on board before the discussion leaves you beh

Won't someone please think of the packets!

Subject: General Tech | August 4, 2009 - 01:00 PM |
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ISPs across the globe are working to provide bandwidth to their customers in a way that does not let a small number of heavy users degrade the internet experience of
the remaining users.  For the most part, this is done by filtering packets at the application level, occasionally via deep packet inspection, but for the most part at the application level.  For instance, Skype and bittorrent clients are often targeted, but you can be sure that HD quality YouTube videos and other media will also start to experience Homer's usual way of disciplining Bart.  
The ISP may or ma

Source: Ars Technica

Wondering if your smart phone is bright enough to protect its self?

Subject: General Tech | August 3, 2009 - 02:00 PM |
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Now that everything is on the web, from your refrigerator connecting via uPnP and printers that can order your ink, it is time for a change in vectors of attack.  VoIP phone systems will certainly come up soon, but it is the juicy cellphone with all its open ports that is the current target.  Black Hat took a sniff at smart phones, as with what is already out there in the wild, communication can be a little scary.  Hack a Day, being the folks that they are,

Source: Hack a Day

Only 147 shopping days left!

Subject: General Tech | July 31, 2009 - 06:45 PM |
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The agitation of the world markets has had an impact on the bottom line of PC component makers as well as boutique shops.  Going by

Paying for long distance calls again? Inconceivable!

Subject: General Tech | July 31, 2009 - 11:52 AM |
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Skype has over 480 million accounts and carries roughly 8% of all international communications, but is not a money maker and now has an uncertain future.  eBay paid $2.6 billion back in 1995 for most of Skype's technology and has put it down on their books as being worth $1.7 billion, still a hefty sum but also about a $1 billion loss.  That is not the worst however, the key lies in their purchase of almost all of the technology that Skype uses, they did not get it all and have been paying a licensing fee to the Skype creators for the usage of that critical piece of technology.

Source: Slashdot