7600.16385 marks the spot

Subject: General Tech | July 23, 2009 - 12:02 PM |
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Windows 7 is on its way to manufacturers as Microsoft has finally signed off on it.  October 22 is still the release date when you can actually get your hands on the disk you pre-ordered a few months back.  OEMs get to play with the English version July 24 and the remaining languages on July 28 and various other groups receiving advanced copies.  One group that will not be receiving a present from Microsoft are the beta testers.  Unlike Vista, testers who actively participated in the public beta will not be receiving a copy of Windows 7 Ultimate Edition. 

Source: The Register

Play with the penguin

Subject: General Tech | July 22, 2009 - 12:04 PM |
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Setting up a Linux box doesn't mean you are limited to the few games that have been released to run on Linux, there are other alternatives.  One of the most familiar is WINE, which sets up a translation layer allowing you to run Windows programs, successfully most of the time even.  There are choices specifically designed to get you gaming on Linux and of course there is always the multiple OS solution.  Check out Linux.com to see how to become less productive

Source: Linux.com

AMD Continues 40th Anniversary Celebration with Shipment of 500 Millionth x86 Processor

Subject: General Tech | July 22, 2009 - 11:40 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the shipment of its 500 millionth x86 processor, a milestone enabled by the company's 40 years of innovation.

Source: AMD

Flying to the Moon on a hole punch

Subject: General Tech | July 21, 2009 - 12:01 PM |
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80 column punch cards were used to store programs back in the days before 1TB HDDs were common, and that is exactly what took Apollo 11 to the Moon.  The majority of the ground based programming done previous to launch was in Fortran and compiled on an IBM 360 with an huge 1MB of memory, up from the 64K IBM7904 used in Apollo 1.  Once in the air and sporting what is essentially hard coded software, there was no way to change the programs; the only control the ground had was to change the order in which they ran, allowing for adjustments in the flight path. 

Source: Linux.com

As heard on Batman

Subject: General Tech | July 20, 2009 - 03:43 PM |
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Tweaktown received an odd package containing the Zowie IO1.1 Professional Gaming bundle, a $90 set including a repainted Intellimouse, a large mousepad, extra feet for the mouse and a PS/2 adaptor.  Can an optical mouse and a pad that is described as uncomfortable meet with your expectations, or are you just going to end up chafed?  Here i

Source: TweakTown

Avoid those :headscratch: moments

Subject: General Tech | July 20, 2009 - 12:35 PM |
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You are digging through your old tech closet and you come across a cable that seems vaguely familiar but you can't place it.  Worse, someone hands you an old PC from a system builder that has long gone extinct with some sort of bizarre looking PCI slot that has a very important and very dead expansion card in it.  Thanks to MAKE:Blog you can access the handy Computer Hardware Poster that will show what the cast majority of slots, sockets and assorted other hardware looks like.&nb

Source: MAKE: Blog

To the moon Alice!

Subject: General Tech | July 17, 2009 - 07:03 PM |
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PC users have entered a new state of power consciousness, something that is probably a good idea as some high end PCs probably use more energy than the sum of the rest of the appliances in the house in which it is situated.  Mind you, with the cost of a pair of dual GPU cards and an i7 965, the only appliances in said house may well be a beer fridge and a coffee maker. 

Everyone needs a $2000 hard drive

Subject: General Tech | July 17, 2009 - 12:10 PM |
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Starting next Tuesday, 320GB, 160GB and 80GB Intel SSDs will be on the market for those that can afford them.  They will be using 34nm NAND chips
which will mean several things, the most obvious of which is the large capacities.  These larger drives will also have better performance that drives with older process flash memory and may reduce the price.  As Intel 160GB drives currently sell for just over $4/GB or $650 so a doubling of price, plus a premium for the large size would present a prohibitive cost to most enthusiasts. 

Source: The Inquirer

As seen on TWiT.tv

Subject: General Tech | July 16, 2009 - 12:15 PM |
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Those of you who have seen last nights live podcast will have heard of the hardware and software problems with the Marvell chip implementation of 6.0Gbs SATA.  ASUS, Gigabyte and MSI are all either delaying boards or removing the chips and support for the new SATA standard altogether.  We heard from Marvell during the podcast and Ryan read their statement live.  You can see the text version here, discussing the issue and what legacy support of PATA might or might not have to do with the problems.