800 in 1

Subject: General Tech | May 27, 2009 - 11:43 AM |
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Users of some versions of Windows Vista and Server 2008 can grab Service Pack 2 from TechNet or Windows update if they are so inclined.  It is not an automatic update, so you won't have to worry about it sneaking onto your system if you would like to wait to see how stable the update is, but expect to see it there on June 30th.  About 800 fixes are rolled up into this service pack, from virtualization
improvements, to networking changes to native Blu-Ray recording, there is a lot to look forward to. 

Source: Ars Technica

Fast SSDs for under $200?

Subject: General Tech | May 26, 2009 - 12:59 PM |
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JMicron might just become the most beloved storage controller company on the planet if Daily Tech is right.  This may seem a little odd as the rushed out JMF602 and JMF602B have been destroying the random write performance of cheaper SSDs.  Some companies figured out a fix, SSDs like OCZ's Apex and G.Skill's Titan
depend on two controllers and a RAID chip to deal with the performance problems without raising prices into the land of the Intel X25-M.  The next generation of SSD will use a new type o

Source: Daily Tech

Tesla gets a friend

Subject: General Tech | May 26, 2009 - 11:43 AM |
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nVIDIA's Tesla card hasn't been in the news lately, once the initial buzz from its release wore off it faded into the background.  Transtec may reverse that with their CUDA supercomputers, built off of the Tesla cards.  One model offers 4 teraflops of computing power for all your mainframe level needs.  This is a big score for nVIDIA, as up until now there have been few companies willing to build using the new GPU based machines and the power that nVIDIA bragged about was only being used for their own PR. 

Source: Digitimes

Max specs on Windows 7 Starter Edition decide industry direction

Subject: General Tech | May 22, 2009 - 11:22 PM |
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Windows licensing has always been a complicated topic, but never more so than with the new "netbook" market of PCs.  Once Microsoft finally got the hint and offered a version of Windows XP for netbooks (cleverly known as Windows XP for Ultra Low Cost PCs - ULCPC) they decided they needed to put some hardware restrictions on this license so OEMs wouldn't take the low-cost software to higher cost PCs.  My guess is that most of you didn't even know that such an arrangement existed at all; not something they really advertise.

Source: engadget

17 years since Johnny was here

Subject: General Tech | May 22, 2009 - 06:49 PM |
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Buying a pre-built system can be wonderful for someone who wants something to work out of the box, and that comes with a magic 'make it work again' disk.  The parts are all tested and confirmed to work together, the BIOS and driver setup are done for you and it means you can get to use your new PC within minutes, not hours of purchase.  On the flop side, when you outgrow the system and want a better one, you have to either buy an entire new PC or jump through quite a bit of hoops to figure out how to upgrade a box that was designed to prevent upgrades.

It's going to be a busy autumn

Subject: General Tech | May 22, 2009 - 11:37 AM |
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Sometime in Q3 2009 we will start to see 45nm parts rolling out for AMD desktop lineup to compliment the Phenom II server series.  You don't have to wait until fall to get excited though, before the trees start to shed their leaves there will be the better part of 20 chips arriving.  A good half of those are low power Phenom IIs and and Athlon, the remainder are spread between dual, triple and quad core Phenom IIs and a similar spread of Athlons.  DigiTimes also mentions that three quad-core Lynnfield CP

Source: Digitimes

Everybody's doing it!

Subject: General Tech | May 21, 2009 - 12:23 PM |
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RAM companies building PSUs, motherboard companies making coolers, CPU makers building graphics cards, storage companies making mice and now Gigabyte has thrown themselves into the keyboard market.  They have quite a selection to their name; the one Bjorn3D chose to focus on was the GK-K6800 Luxury

Multimedia Keyboard.  The glossy finish, stylish lines and extra media buttons are all present as you would expect on a high en

Source: Bjorn3D

It's a lot like those X-Ray glasses you ordered from the back of old comics

Subject: General Tech | May 21, 2009 - 12:07 PM |
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Bigfoot Networks is back with the second incarnation of the Killer NIC, this time calling its self the Killer Xeno Pro and selling for ~$140.  It's a PCIe card sporting a 400MHz processor and has 128MB of RAM, all improvements over the original; meanwhile its main competitor, the onboard NIC, hasn't changed that much and is still essentially free.  ExtremeTech put it up against the onboard NIC on an ASUS Rampage

Source: Extremetech

VIA Offers Customized Security Solution Service to Embedded Customers

Subject: General Tech | May 21, 2009 - 11:10 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, May 21, 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced that it will be showing examples of its customized security solution service at Computex 2009, helping customers to employ a comprehensive and effective security infrastructure in all segments.

VIA Nano, VIA C7 and VIA Eden processor platforms are the only processors that currently offer a built-in Advanced Cryptographic Engine.

Dysfunctional underwater family

Subject: General Tech | May 20, 2009 - 12:44 PM |
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If you haven't spotted it yet, there is a 9 minute preview of BioShock 2 at IGN.  Watching it confirms that you do indeed play a Big Daddy, the original prototype that could use plasmids.  Your relationship with the Little Sisters has some similarity with the first game, but with a rather interesting twist apart from the basic binary decision.  Splicers aren't quite the challenge they were in the first game, but don't worry; there is a Big Sister out there i

Source: IGN