By Grabthar's Hammer... What a Savings

Subject: General Tech | December 26, 2008 - 05:35 PM |
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With the Holiday Season winding down, the word on the street is that sales were far lower than even the some of the worst estimates.  Luckily we are all still afloat, and what is about to happen could benefit a lot of us.  Already prices on computer parts have taken a small dive, and we can expect them to go even lower as retailers look to get rid of excess stock before the typically slow Q1 and Q2 quarters.

World of Warcraft population exceeds that of Ohio

Subject: General Tech | December 23, 2008 - 11:56 PM |
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You have to love statistics when they are put into a frame like this: by reaching 11.5 million registered users, World of Warcraft has now surpassed the population of the state of Ohio.  Maybe now Azeroth will get the duly deserved Electoral Votes to help move this country forward.

Source: General

SlingPlayer Mobile for Blackberry Coming this month!

Subject: General Tech | December 18, 2008 - 12:40 AM |
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Good news for anyone with a SlingBox and a Blackberry - a public beta of the SlingPlayer Mobile will be available for download on December 30th.  Since CES in January of 2008, SlingMedia has promised a SlingPlayer for the Blackberry "this year"; looks like they will JUST BARELY be making that deadline!

No optimization complaints for GTA IV

Subject: General Tech | December 17, 2008 - 04:03 PM |
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Neither AMD nor nVIDIA can claim favouritism
when it comes to graphical performance in GTA IV, neither card does as well as it should.  For a DX9 game that lacks antialiasing and anisotropic filtering the performance you will get from a top of the line card may disappoint you.  You can see the performance and some of the differences in graphical settings at [H]ard|OCP, not that the quality will matter too much in a high speed pursuit.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Patch 'em if you got 'em

Subject: General Tech | December 17, 2008 - 03:30 PM |
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Regardless of whether you are into Internet Explorer or Firefox, you have some patching to do today.  Microsoft has just pushed out an emergency patch to deal with the recent highly publicized
flaw that IE7 suffers from instead of waiting until January.  As Trend Micro has identified over 10,000 sites that are actively exploiting that flaw, you might want to apply it right now.

Source: The Inquirer

Available at the Leftorium

Subject: General Tech | December 16, 2008 - 05:27 PM |
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A lot of gamers are perfectly happy with the dominant style of gaming mice available, at least those with a fair sized right hand.  Lefties with smaller hands have been left out in the cold, forced to use mice without on the fly DPI changes or a half dozen programmable buttons.  Now thanks to the NZXT Avatar you will suffer no longerThink Computers is quite

How much does the thought count for?

Subject: General Tech | December 16, 2008 - 03:01 PM |
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There are now two choices for those who want to transcode video, be it for back up purposes or so that you can watch a favourite DVD on your iPod.  nVIDIA's Badaboom can be purchased for $29.99 and with the help of a Geforce graphics card you can encode to your heart's delight.  AMD's Stream comes for free with the new 8.12 Catalyst.  Once you begin to compare the quality of the two encoding processes, the obvious choice by price proves not to be the obvious choice for watchability.  Take a look at

Source: AnandTech

Your multimedia tech information destination

Subject: General Tech | December 12, 2008 - 06:38 PM |
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If you've ever wondered why it is a bad idea to forward a email claiming to be for good Samaritan purposes or to disclose some dire health threat that nobody knows about,

Buy your favourite games a Christmas present

Subject: General Tech | December 12, 2008 - 02:21 PM |
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Christmas time is time away from work and school, and possibly family, depending on just how dedicated a gamer you are.   There is a huge list of recently released games for the PC, as well as brand new hardware to run them on.  If you have a specific game you can't stop playing, but would perhaps like to see in a higher resolution or with more details you may want to hunt for a specific graphics card.  Ryan has published an article covering several of the popular games that are absorbing immense amounts of time and how the

Powered by Intel?

Subject: General Tech | December 12, 2008 - 11:45 AM |
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Unless you are an insect living in a hive, diversification is preferable to specialization, as long as you don't completely botch projects outside of your original focus.  This is most likely the driving reason behind the ex-chief of Intel, Andy Grove, is recommending that Intel starts widening their focus.  Batteries for electric cars does seem to be a little far fetched, but according to The Inquirer's article, Intel is already investing in battery comp

Source: The Inquirer