MSI's upstart UEFI returns to challenge the elderly BIOS

Subject: General Tech | June 9, 2010 - 12:33 PM |
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It has been a long time since we heard word of MSI's BIOS replacement, the Universal Extensible Firmware Interface or UEFI.  We finally have an update which you can read about over at Slashdot about what they have been doing over the past year and a half.  We did see a P45 motherboard from MSI with a click BIOS but we will finally be seeing a true implementation of UEFI on MSI Sandy Bridge motherboards which will be ar

Source: Slashdot

It is zero-day all over again for Adobe

Subject: General Tech | June 8, 2010 - 11:51 AM |
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This time they've gone for a triple crown as both Acrobat versions, the full and the Reader as well as Flash are all being attacked and your OS will not save you this time, any machine with the vulnerability can be attacked.  For the most part it will simply cause a crash but in some cases Adobe warns of the potential of escalated privileges.  The list of affected software is a little complex, as older versions of Acrobat and the current Release Candidate of Flash 10.1 are not vulnerable so you'd best follo

Source: The Register

If you were waiting for the Service Pack then you can grab Win7 in July

Subject: General Tech | June 7, 2010 - 01:34 PM |
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For over a decade the release of a new Windows OS has been met with demands to know when the first Service Pack will arrive, or in some cases Service Pack 2.  They have helped corporate adoption in the past thanks to it having all of the dozens of critical security updates bundled together and tested to see that they play together nicely, thus ensuring far less in the way of repeat testing by their IT departments before it is rolled out.  For the home user it is similar, having the bugs worked out and the extra testing of compatibility is nice when you really don't want to deal with

Source: The Inquirer

Asus' new Xonar makes Xense

Subject: General Tech | June 3, 2010 - 05:05 PM |
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ASUS has partnered with Sennheiser to create a new discreet audio card solution called the Xonar Xense HD.  Inside you will see the usual suspects, an AV100 audio processor along with Texas Instruments and Cirrus Logic
to handle the digital to audio conversion, though this card's frequency response is a little more impressive than most in the Xonar series.  The package also contains a pair Sennheiser PC350 headphones, fairly high quality and designed with this card in mind.  If you are shopping around for high quality discreet audio then

Source: TweakTown

Make your own 3D videos

Subject: General Tech | June 3, 2010 - 11:46 AM |
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Using a nice and easy technique called Structured Light 3D Scanning, all you need is a projector, a camera and a bit of software to record 3D images.   By projecting a known pattern onto an object or scene and utilizing imaging software to interpret the geometry of the objects the pattern is projected on.  As you watch the video on MAKE:Blog you can see that this is a work in progress but as the source code is also available from them you might be able to help make this

Source: MAKE: Blog

More EyeFinity eye candy

Subject: General Tech | June 2, 2010 - 01:19 PM |
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If you already have invested in three or six monitors and a new AMD graphics card then you already know just how impressive EyeFinity can be.  If you haven't been able to do so then you can drop by Techgage for a nice teaser, comparing many modern games on a single display @ 1920x1080, on three displays @ 5760x1080 and on six displays @ 5760x2160.   As there are more than a dozen games of a wide variety of types you really can get an idea just why multiple monitors are so popular, es

Source: TECHGAGE

Something fun to do with Intel's new unlocked CPUs

Subject: General Tech | June 2, 2010 - 12:04 PM |
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Overclockers HQ recently received a package from Intel containing a Core i7 875K, an Intel DP55SB, 8GB Patriot Viper II Sector 5 PC3-19200 DDR3 and a challenge.  They spend some time with the parts, assembling and overclocking them and do it in a video so you can follow along and see for yourself how overclocking one of these new unlocked processors is.  You should also keep an eye out for a contest that will be evolving from their experiments.

Computex: Thermaltake shows mechancial keyboards with fans

Subject: General Tech | June 2, 2010 - 05:30 AM |
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Thermaltake is well known for their high-end enthusiast chassis (like the Level 10), power supplies and coolers but it would seem the company isn't content with that and is making a move into the world of keyboards.  They will have two distinct lines of keyboards, one aimed at a lower price for the mainstream user and another higher-end option that is aimed at those of us that remember the days of mechanical keyboards. 

Google looks at company wide defenestration

Subject: General Tech | June 1, 2010 - 12:12 PM |
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Windows is out at Google as the company cites security concerns and offers its employees the choice of either Mac or Linux for their main computer.  This move is prompted by security concerns as they hope to avoid the many viruses and other nasties targeted at the much more popular Microsoft platform by moving to ones where the malware is less common; a different kind of security through obscurity.   Of course one has to wonder if Google's adoption of these platforms will not inspire those who originally make the viruses to start going after the other two platforms.  Even a

Source: Daily Tech

A peek at the road ahead for Intel

Subject: General Tech | May 31, 2010 - 11:57 AM |
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The Inquirer have managed to find a slide that was posted to the net covering the next 12 months of Intel's mobile chips.  Six new processors will arrive by the end of the year to keep you occupied until Huron River comes out in the beginning of 2011, if all stays on track.  Not too much new technology has been associated with this chip refresh though Zero Power ODD and the incorporation of on-die Intel HD graphics is generating interest.

Source: The Inquirer