Hurrah for the CBC and the Plains of Abraham

Subject: General Tech | September 18, 2009 - 06:53 PM |
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There are those who hold that an easy install is best; put everything together and have the PC build run perfectly from the first time you touch the power button.  While it certainly makes everything smooth, you really aren't going to learn anything from a nice build.  It is the nightmare installations, the bizarre hardware incompatibilities and
the purely unique problems that teach you the tricks it takes to deal with PCs that do everything they can to leave your mind feeling bent, spindled, folded mutil

Microsoft attempts to smite Google ... again

Subject: General Tech | September 18, 2009 - 12:50 PM |
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This time it is their online office solution taking aim at Google Docs and TechReviewSource was one of the few who were gifted with access to the beta version.  As you'd expect, Word, Excel and PowerPoint are available,
along with OneNote all in a scaled down cloudy reflection of their Office Suite counterparts.  The ribbons may have been trimmed, but it is still obviously a beta as there were problems; the an inability to insert pictures into PowerPoint being an example.  Head over for the full

Intel's take on the P55

Subject: General Tech | September 17, 2009 - 02:07 PM |
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We have seen a lot of different P55 boards from a lot of different companies, except for the makers themselves.  The Intel DP55KG Extreme Series is their $209 flagship motherboard, sporting quite a few features, though perhaps not as many as other competitors.  6 phase power and some electrolytic capacitors might scare off the hard core enthusiast, but the board is worth taking seriously. 

Can Larrabee's B0 make it to IDF?

Subject: General Tech | September 17, 2009 - 11:59 AM |
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Just like that old favourite song you grew sick of but haven't heard in a while, Larrabee has returned.  The timing is a little tight for IDF but we may get to see a new look to Larrabee as the B0 stepping is in the fabs right now.  If the bugs have been worked out there will be a lot of interesting demos to see, whether it takes a few days or a weeks for them to appear.  Drop by SemiAccurate for information.

Source: SemiAccurate

A mouse in a storm needs a maximum acceleration stat

Subject: General Tech | September 16, 2009 - 03:10 PM |
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Cooler Master loves the Storm theme for a lot of their products with the Cooler Master Storm Sentinel Advance Gaming Mouse
being the newest member.  It is so advanced that this mouse actually houses 64KB of memory to keep track of your profiles and has a locking mechanism to make it very difficult to steal.  Think Computers has heard it will be for sale very soon at ~$60 and seeing how much they loved it you should really check it out.

It's Darkest of Days, the half a game

Subject: General Tech | September 16, 2009 - 12:51 PM |
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At the start of the review that Bjorn3D wrote about Darkest of Days, a new time travelling FPS with some interesting twists, the game sounds like a lot of fun.  Bayonets are almost as fun as a chain saw, and when was the last time you waited as your character slowly works at his muzzle loading gun instead of just slapping in a new clip?  In most cases you will be using period weaponry, but the trailers does show an attack of Roman Legionnaires being repelled by machine gun fire.  Everything was fun and games until their Radeon powered test machine died at the Pompeii level.&nbsp

Source: Bjorn3D

Intel's mobile division is under ARMs

Subject: General Tech | September 16, 2009 - 12:23 PM |
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IDF is all about 32nm and according to Intel, 32nm is all about mobile usage.  Ars Technica delves into the minds of Intel's mobile division in an attempt to divine when we might see x86 based System on a Chip based smart phones.  Their belief is that we shall see two separate families of 32nm processors, a fast but electrically leaky version and a significantly slower version that will not leak.  It is not hard to determine which version will be

Source: Ars Technica

“Beat Me If You Dare” competition offers a total cash purse of US$9000 and cutting-edge hardware

Subject: General Tech | September 15, 2009 - 01:44 PM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 11th September, 2009 - GIGABYTE, a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today announces the launch of a global Graphics Card overclocking competition, Beat Me If You Dare. This event coincides with the recent announcement of GIGABYTE’s latest family of Graphics Cards, the Super Overclock Series. Contestants around the world are invited to compete against the top scores set by GIGABYTE’s in-house overclocking team to win cash and prizes.

The champion of each round will receive USD1,500 cash.

A peek at the new Zune

Subject: General Tech | September 15, 2009 - 01:32 PM |
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Ars Technica just got their hands on the new Zune and posted a preview of its features.  Some things are nice to see, like the availability of apps for those who picked one up when they first went on sale, the obvious lack of support for third party apps is perhaps not so nice.  The 480 by 272 OLED screen
was a definite winner.   Drop by for the preview, they promise a full review soon.

Source: Ars Technica

IDF takes a look at Westmere

Subject: General Tech | September 14, 2009 - 12:36 PM |
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Sept. 14 in San Francisco is the beginning of this years Intel Developer Conference and it is shaping up to be a great one.  This will that be the introduction to Intel's 32nm processor family with Clarkdale on the desktop, and Arrandale for the mobile side, and we are expecting a lot.  As well there will be information on new transistor technology and news on Intel's System on a Chip projects.  Head to ExtremeTech for a preview of what is to come.

Source: Extremetech