PC Perspective: Long Weekend Gaming Edition

Subject: General Tech | July 3, 2010 - 09:01 AM |
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Another E3 has come and gone, while a lot of attention was given to Kinect, Move, and the 3DS, it also turns out to have been a good show for PC games as well. Let's start off some E3 related news first.

Portal 2 E3 Videos

While we knew that Portal 2 was coming from Valve, their big announcement was that it was also going to get release on the PS3. I admit to have never played the original Portal, and I all those times I laughed at your Portal jokes, I was just faking it.

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2010 is halfway gone and still no Monolith or flying cars!

Subject: General Tech | July 2, 2010 - 06:19 PM |
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It's Friday again and for those of us still working the traditional days, it is the reward for surviving one of those weeks ...

Good news everybody, you can get rid of all of your A/V connectors

Subject: General Tech | July 2, 2010 - 12:02 PM |
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It might seem a little frustrating for whose who have invested hundreds of dollars in HDMI and other cabling but it looks like you will need to find another use for the random A/V wires around the house.  It looks like several major manufacturers will be switching to CAT5e/6 as a standard for A/V cabling.  This offers some serious benefits, for instance RJ-45 ends tend to be significantly more robust that s-video.  As well the distance you are able to send a signal, in this case 328' is mu

Source: Daily Tech

Intel's planned releases and price breaks

Subject: General Tech | July 1, 2010 - 03:01 PM |
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DigiTimes got the low down on what new desktop processors we are going to see from Intel over the coming months as well as what those releases should do to the prices of existing CPUs.  Check out that Core-i7 950 price drop!

If you are more curious about the mobility side, Jon recently posted that list as well, which you can see here.

Source: Digitimes

Call shotgun with a directional microphone

Subject: General Tech | June 30, 2010 - 05:39 PM |
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When you get sick of having lousy audio on recordings you make for live broadcast or for prosperity, and start researching good audio solutions one particular style of microphone will come to your attention.  The Audio-Technica ATR 6550
is a good example of a shotgun mic, a style of mic that is a little more directionally accurate than its name might suggest.  As far as a these mics go, the ATR 6550 is very well priced and offers s

Looking for another Carmaggedon or Death Track; Blur ain't it

Subject: General Tech | June 30, 2010 - 05:01 PM |
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Blur: Twisted Metal has been making news for a while now as a mix of Need for Speed and Twisted Metal, combining a racing game with a bit of good old destructive mayhem.  Most of the destruction is based off of on track pickups, five different weapons and three car power-ups
are available and none stack so don't bother picking up multiples.  It lacks the realism of many racing games and while the destruction is a little more extreme than Mario Cart, overall Techgage found it lacking in b

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YouTube speaks up for Flash

Subject: General Tech | June 30, 2010 - 02:12 PM |
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The Flash versus HTML5 debate, started before Jobs or the pr0n industry spurned Flash, rages on.  For the most part we hear about the problems Flash is so good at creating and the benefits that HTML5 offers, but one should wonder why it is that Flash has had such staying power.  YouTube spoke out recently about that, covering the benefits that Flash currently offers over HTML5, though considering the general youth of HTML5 they do not mean to imply that these features can never be incorporated into HTML5, these are the things it cannot do currently. 

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Bored with Win7 already; take a peek at Win8

Subject: General Tech | June 28, 2010 - 03:57 PM |
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There is a sneak peek over at Engadget of some of the features that will be included in the new version of Windows.  There is little information on what improvements will be made to the kernel or the file system but they do have some goodies to share.  USB 3 and Bluetooth 3 are more integrated, facial recognition will be the norm and new states like logoff and hibernate will appear.  There will even be more leeway for OEMs to customize the version of

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Great Plains Batman! Microsoft's BSG turns 29 today.

Subject: General Tech | June 25, 2010 - 06:54 PM |
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As PC Perspective's Forums age, like a fine blue cheese, it is nice to be reminded of past posts that are still solving problems for people today.  There is of course Ned's world famous AHCI post but
recently a newcomer was asking about improving their routers signal strength which revived an old thread that details how to build a directional antenna to extend the range of your WiFi.&

Adobe bumps its critical patch up by two weeks

Subject: General Tech | June 25, 2010 - 12:23 PM |
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Earlier this month we learned that quite a few of Adobe's products come bearing an unwelcome gift, no matter which OS you use.  A critical vulnerability that is already being used in attacks.  The vulnerability would allow specially crafted pdfs and flash content to either crash your computer or in some cases allow an attacker to take control of your system.  Adobe has bumped up their patching schedule and will now release a fix for this next Wednesday and have already dealt with the flash vulnerability with the release of the

Source: The Inquirer