RIP: The Linux Razer project

Subject: General Tech | February 18, 2010 - 11:41 AM |
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Phoronix posted a bit of sad news for those who want a high DPI mouse on Linux, at least from Razer.  Recently they tested the Razer DeathAdder 1800DPI, a version of the

Source: Phoronix

If you are one of the few who do, don't trust TPM anymore

Subject: General Tech | February 18, 2010 - 11:28 AM |
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Microsoft Palladium, or Trusted Platform Module as it is in its current state is a certification a piece of tech can receive if it follows certain security procedures, mostly to prevent copying.  The main purpose is to enable checking if other components in a particular loop also conform to TPM and to be able change their behaviour based on whether they are or not.  For instance a loop could be motherboard, GPU, audio and display; if all conform to TPM then you get to watch true 1080p content with HD audio.  If on the other hand all components do not conform, then you might be t

Source: The Register

A Xenomorph, a Predator and a Colonial Marine walk into a bar ...

Subject: General Tech | February 17, 2010 - 12:37 PM |
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It is hard to keep track of just how many incarnations of Aliens Versus Predator there has been, from the days of the stand up arcades to the Atari Jaguar version that Gaming Heaven mentions straight through to the more recent PC versions, but most gamers and movie fans still get a chill when they hear the distinctive ping of that motion sensor.  In the latest version, the demo of which is available on Steam, all of your favourite races return; the soft and squishy marine, the vertigo inducing Xenomor

Who wouldn't want a pocket projector?

Subject: General Tech | February 17, 2010 - 11:13 AM |
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The oddly named BenQ Joybee GP1 is a slight larger than a 120mm fan at 136x54x120mm (5.3x2.1x4.7") and can project an 858x600 image up to 2m across.  It uses an LED backlight as opposed to a lamp like you would find in a regular projector which means that the little Joybee does not produce quite as bright an image as would a model with a bulb; it only manages 100 lumen.  This also means that significantly less heat is produced, something of great benefit for a device this small and mobile. 

Source: InsideHW

Web servers, clouds and vapourizing your infrastructure

Subject: General Tech | February 16, 2010 - 11:19 AM |
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Cloud computing has been poised to change the world now for almost as long as Web 2.0 has been.

Source: Ars Technica

It's a handheld XBox, no a Zune ... wait, no a phone ... really?

Subject: General Tech | February 15, 2010 - 11:01 AM |
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The BSoD is coming to a phone near you thanks to the efforts of Microsoft who has made a 90 degree turn from their previous mobile efforts, ditching their mobile OS for Windows 7.  The GUI looks like a ZuneHD (if anyone has actually seen one of those in the wild) as opposed to Windows 7 but there is more to this cellphone than that.  Not only can the Windows Phone 7 do everything a Zune can do, you also get a 'Bing Button' will get you searching on the web, from XBox you get LIVE games, avatars, and profiles all built into the phone, plus social networking integration. 

Source: engadget

The Winter Olympics get a 'warm' reception in Vancouver

Subject: General Tech | February 12, 2010 - 06:02 PM |
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At some point once you have become learned in the ways of the computer you will run into something that makes you have second thoughts about what you know to be trueCase and point is the deal that a forum member spotted on Newegg, which features a DDR2 socket AM3 board with a deal for an AM2+ processor bundled with it and that is not even mentioning the RAM. 

Picking headphones is hard

Subject: General Tech | February 12, 2010 - 12:57 PM |
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If you go out shopping for headphones you may end up flabbergasted at the amount of choice you have.  Before even thinking about a brand you need to decide what type you want.  Are you a fan of the classic earbud style, or do you prefer the newer ear canal type or perhaps you are a purist and prefer the cans.  Once you have decided on your preferred style then there is the small matter of picking out which of the 100s of brands you want.  Digital Trends tries to help out by offerin

Remember the Windows Genuine Advantage debacle?

Subject: General Tech | February 12, 2010 - 11:31 AM |
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Like some sort of bad horror movie villain that keeps coming back from the dead, another phone-home validation program is arriving from Microsoft.  Back in the days of Windows 98 it was the Critical Update Notification Tool that checked for updates but also opened up the possibility of serious security breaches, not to mention that checking every 5 minutes was a little excessive.  With Windows 2000 and XP, we saw the beginning of the Windows Genuine Advantage program, which was intended to keep people honest and drive them to purchase Microsoft's OS instead of pirating it.  Unfo

Source: Slashdot

In house benchmarking tool for AMD's hexacores

Subject: General Tech | February 11, 2010 - 11:25 AM |
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AMD's new server benchmarking tool may not come in handy the next time you are testing a family PC, but if you run servers or clusters of servers then you may be visiting that page quite a bit.  What everyone will like to see is the results AMD has published from these benchmarks detailing the performance of six core processors and soon to be eight core processors.  The benchmarks may or may not be biased, it is hard to tell without the hardware in hand to test ourselves but they certainly are impressive.  It is also quite nice to see dual socket systems included;

Source: The Inquirer