For when you need professional help

Subject: General Tech | May 8, 2008 - 01:41 PM |
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Razer's Destructor Professional Gaming Mat claims some rather impressive improvements in mouse movement when you use it.  Think Computers concurs, they found that when they used to mat, they actually had to reduce their mouse's sensitivity.  Check out the pad it's self, it's carrying case, and ponder over their warning; "excessive rubbing of the mousepad will result in numbing in the fingers."

Crossover cables are teh lame

Subject: General Tech | May 8, 2008 - 01:03 PM |
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Crossover cables and the simple bit of networking setup you need to seems to have become too much work.  The USB Fever USB 2.0 Computer Copy Cable makes it much easier.  Drop by OCIA and see if you want to add this $20 doohickey for your mobile repair toolbox.

Source: OCIA

Network speed is anything but academic

Subject: General Tech | May 7, 2008 - 11:52 AM |
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Looking to see what the next generation of the internet's backbone might look like?  Try checking out the Large Hadron Collider, which
"requires large data flows between specific sites - 2-hour periods with 8 gig flow across the network".  Academic and institutional networks have always been at the forefront of speed and the average enthusiast may start to see the benefits of the work they have pioneered.  Read what Ars Technica thinks we could be seeing soon, and just how the universitie

Source: Ars Technica

You can't keep a XFi down

Subject: General Tech | May 6, 2008 - 04:20 PM |
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Even with the controversy surrounding Creative, their products are still popular.  The Auzentech X-Fi Prelude 7.1
is one such product, and it is up for review on TweakTown.  Auzentech has licensed the technology from Creative, so this card is not going to cause the uproar that the ASUS card recently has. 

Source: TweakTown

Even more motherboards

Subject: General Tech | May 6, 2008 - 11:38 AM |
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Well, not so good for those vendors who are stuck with plenty of P35 and X38 boards, Intel will be introducing the 4 series at Computex.  Even worse news is that the Q45 and Q43 will be targeted directly at enterprise level customers, so resellers won't be able to sell them P35 boards as a way to try and recoup loses.  On the other hand, what DigiTimes says is great news for the enthusiast; the PCI Express bug has been fixed and these boards should offer some nice performance.

Source: Digitimes

Harness the power of The Fonz

Subject: General Tech | May 5, 2008 - 11:42 AM |
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Wii style motion sensing may be the next big thing and an Israeli company called Prime Sense may be the ones to help push it out.  The Inquirer looks at the technology behind this, a motion sensor that can sense human motion without the need to attach anything to that human, or having them wave a stick around.  Gaming is certainly one application for this, but the company is also talking about replacing remote controls as well as getting into surveillance and
automotive

Source: The Inquirer

Do not meddle in the affairs of geeks ...

Subject: General Tech | May 2, 2008 - 05:58 PM |
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One of the loudest discussions going on right now in the PC community and in our forums is about Creative.  The volume of posts caused by Creative's reaction to Daniel_K's driver mod that managed to get XiFi cards working in Vista is large, and similar.  The tone is one of indignation and a resolve to not buy Creative products, a decision made easier considering the frustration caused by the XiFi series.

Speak up!

Subject: General Tech | May 1, 2008 - 05:33 PM |
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Five speaker systems are under review at ExtremeTech, Logitech's Z Cinema and G51, the Bose Computer MusicMonitor, Razer's Mako and the Boston Acoustics MM 226.  Only the G51 is a 5.1 system, the others are a set of two, some coming with a subwoofer as well.  None will make an audiophiles short list of speaker systems, but for a PC they cover a wide gamut of possible uses.  Perhaps the most innovative design in the set is the Makos, which use Cat5 cable for their speaker connections.

Source: Extremetech

Mayday! Mayday! This is the S.S. Blockbuster ... we are in trouble!

Subject: General Tech | May 1, 2008 - 11:42 AM |
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The Inquirer has broken the news that at some point today Apple will announce that iTunes will start carrying DVDs on the first day of their release.  If people can grab their favourite movies the day of their release, instead of waiting up to a month, Blockbuster and other stores lose their major advantage over digital distribution sites like iTunes.

Source: The Inquirer