Talking with the asset part of 'Asset Smart'

Subject: General Tech | April 14, 2009 - 11:39 AM |
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X-bit Labs had a chance to sit down and talk with Tom Sonderman, Vice President, Manufacturing Systems and Technology at Globalfoundries.  As comes naturally to a VP at a relatively new company, there is a bit of market speak and spiel in the interview, but it also touches on the 32nm process that the Fab in Dresden is currently producing.  Read what else they touched on in the full interview.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Peeking at the new Lenovo mobile products

Subject: General Tech | April 13, 2009 - 03:43 PM |
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Hardware Zone got a peek at Intel's new notebooks and desktop system at CES.  The two Ideapads will use C2D processors and DDR3, with the larger Y650 using the Intel GMA X4500MHD GPU to power its 16" screen, the smaller 14" Y450 uses both a GeForce GT series GPU and an integrated Intel GMA X4500 GPU.  Also on display was the IdeaCentre A600 All-In-One Desktop PC, which will house a C2D T6600 and up to 4GB of DDR3 in a 21.5-inch "frameless" screen/casing.  It will also sport a BluRay pl

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Subject: General Tech
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Enjoying the Fruits of My Labor

When I first received my 30" Dell 3007WFP-HC, I was ecstatic about the image quality that this monitor produces. When it stopped working 5 days after I received it, I was not nearly so ecstatic about the support I have received about fixing my problem.

Is it OK to stop panicking now?

Subject: General Tech | April 9, 2009 - 11:32 AM |
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The Conficker worm has finally managed to something more than make people snicker at it's name; it's using P2P to transfer encrypted files.  The  chances are very good that it is doing so to update its self via the bot net it created.  As far as the infection goes, if you somehow managed to catch it and not get rid of it, then you have a keylogger or something similar on your system.  After May 3rd, the worm will go dormant and stop spreading, but infected machines will remain a problem. 

Source: The Inquirer

Get your console fix without the dirty feeling

Subject: General Tech | April 8, 2009 - 12:18 PM |
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Battlefield Bad Company has been around on the console for a little while, causing a bit of frustration from the PC gamers who have supported EA's Battlefield franchise since 1942.  It's sequel will soon be arriving for the PC, this time happening on the Russian border, which is perfect to show off the new Frostbite engine.  Full deformable
terrain will also be around, hopefully in a meaningful way and not simply as decoration.  Check out a preview of the single player game at GamingHeaven

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Yes, Windows Update will still work for you

Subject: General Tech | April 8, 2009 - 11:47 AM |
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Over the next two weeks you will likely see a big pile o' FUD appear because of the imminent end of free support for Windows XP and Office 2003.  First off, that applies only to the residential/consumer level, business support is to remain the same, although if your company runs Server 2003 it had better be upgraded to SP2. 
The second thing to remember is that this applies to direct support from Microsoft, such as bug reports and their incident reporting program, Windows Update will still be bringing you critical security patches until 2014. 

Source: The Register

ASUS provides quality over quantity with their new Xonar

Subject: General Tech | April 7, 2009 - 02:41 PM |
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The ASUS Xonar Essence STX comes with a lot of features for a stereo sound card.  By stereo, they mean dolby 2, not 2.1, 5 or any other number, there are a total of 2 channels which is perfect for headphones.  You can buy headphones that emulate 5.1 sound, but the tend not to be up to the quality that an audiophile demands.  If you are the type that picks up headphones worth hundreds of dollars and are looking to plug them into a

Source: TECHGAGE

Thinking ahead

Subject: General Tech | April 7, 2009 - 01:04 PM |
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Firefox 3.5 hasn't officially made it out the door, but 3.6 is already in the works.  Ars Technica delves into the features and improvements you can expect from the Firefox after next in this article.  If Ubiquity-based photo-editing, themes you can switch without restarting Firefox and a look at the new tab setup sounds interesting then head on over.

Source: Ars Technica

Ribbit

Subject: General Tech | April 6, 2009 - 02:17 PM |
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Looking for a way to bring cheer to those who use PCs on a regular basis and who really aren't impressed by your 3200 dpi dual laser gaming mouse?  Why not pick up a frog mouse for them, applicable for most ages and cute as a mouse could possibly be.  R&B Mods does not suggest using it for gaming, especially with the accompanying mat; but that's not really what it is for.

Promise never to let it near a basset hound

Subject: General Tech | April 6, 2009 - 12:02 PM |
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The new Ubuntu is out and about, this time as a Jaunty Jackelope (aka 9.04 beta).  As far as new features go, you can expect to see Gnome 2.26, X.Org Server 1.6, better boot performance, Ext4 support and the new 2.6.28 kernel.  ExtremeTech tried the beta out and came away with two significant realizations.  On the one hand, the boot performance in particular and the system in general really didn't show any huge improvements, on the other hand they had absolutely no problems or issues when ins

Source: Extremetech