Cooler Master extends their mouse family line with the Inferno

Subject: General Tech | August 4, 2010 - 05:39 PM |

New around the pad is the CM Storm Inferno Laser Gaming Mouse a debatably
scaled down version of their Sentinel mouse.  Its buttons go all the way to 11, though they are in a rather unique configuration that should be viewed before you rush out to buy this mouth.  It sports CM's 4000 DPI Storm Tactical Laser Sensor
with five different customizable sensitivities and the buttons can be customized in a rather impressive variety of ways.  Head on over to Benc

What the web thinks about StarCraft II

Subject: General Tech | August 4, 2010 - 12:35 PM |

Here at PC Perspective, as well as at other sites like TechSpot, the focus was on performance.  The amount of change in hardware over the past decade means a lot to this new StarCraft, as the original did not have to worry about leveraging multiple cores on single CPUs or 3D effects using multiple GPUs.  Many will find the results an interesting look at a game that has been in development as long as a certain FPS but has actually stuck with a tec

A big platter based drive to go with your SSD

Subject: General Tech | August 4, 2010 - 11:56 AM |

When the Western Digital EcoGreen F4EG drive arrives in September it is going to be rather popular.  A new larger platter means that the 1.5TB and 2TB flavours will sport 3 platters instead of two which will bring power consumption down.  It does still remain a 5400rpm drive, though that will not matter so much if your OS and active programs reside on an SSD and the WD drive is used for large term storage as the 32MB cache and SATA 3 interface should give you enough bandwidth for that purpose. 

Source: The Register

Pump up the volume of your laptop without adding to the weight

Subject: General Tech | August 3, 2010 - 12:14 PM |

If you are looking to boost the audio on your laptop by carrying around some extra speakers you run the risk of an encumbrance penalty, as the speakers large enough to sound good are bulky and the tiny ones tend to sound no better than the ones built into the laptop.  The Choiix Boom Boom
compromises and comes in a form reminiscent of an iPhone (12mm x 160mm x 90mm), though in reality it is a clamshell which opens to reveal the grill covering the 4 speakers inside.  Powered by USB and connected via a 3.5mm RCA jack so there will be a pair of wires connecting the speaker. 

It's not patch Tuesday but you should hit Windows Update

Subject: General Tech | August 3, 2010 - 11:35 AM |

Earlier in July a rather nasty Windows flaw that takes advantage of the way that Windows displays Control Panel shortcuts to install a rootkit on your system appeared.  Simply displaying the icon, via explorer for instance, would give the attacker control and that control was targeted at a rather specific and unpleasant task, the disruption of programs used to control and monitor large manufacturing plants.  As [H]ard|OCP

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Mr. Hoffa, I presume?

Subject: General Tech | July 30, 2010 - 06:26 PM |

There are a wide variety of questions in the Tech Talk Forum, especially now that the Webmastering forum has been merged into it.  You can find questions and recommendations on system builds, printer choices and choice software but a request for viruses is always goi

Llano and Ontario make an early appearance on BOINC

Subject: General Tech | July 30, 2010 - 11:39 AM |

It looks like AMD was trying to get an idea of how their new chips will work by running a little bit of distributed computing and someone noticed.  BOINC does only measure two types of performance in their benchmark, floating point and integer speeds but that is still enough to tell us about the performance of the chips.  The Ontario core hit 1,300+ million ops/s on with its floating point performance and just over 3,000 million ops/s in integer speeds, which puts it above the Atom at 871 million ops/sec for floating point and 2,249 integer. 

Source: SemiAccurate

Another peek at Intel's coming year

Subject: General Tech | July 29, 2010 - 11:33 AM |

As is usual, Intel declined to comment on the information that DigiTimes has uncovered about the plans Intel has for 2011 but don't let that shake your confidence that DigiTimes is probably right on the money.  The upcoming Waimea Bay platform will consist of a Sandy Bridge E-based processor in conjunction with the Patsburg chipset and will handle the upcoming generation of DDR3 as it will support RAM speeding up to 2666, though it may be a while before we see that RAM.  Bromolow will be giving some love

Source: Digitimes

That game that came out yesterday

Subject: General Tech | July 28, 2010 - 12:18 PM |

It has become usual for the release of a PC game to disappoint anyone who tries to grab it on the first day, as brick and mortar stores can't be bothered to carry enough physical copies and the publishers download service collapses under what should have been an expected demand, but many people are now happily playing.  Many of those are probably finding that their actions per minute aren't quite as impressive as they were a decade ago but the nostalgia combined with the new experience is a formidable pair. 

Intel's illuminating new transfer technology

Subject: General Tech | July 28, 2010 - 12:00 PM |

The big news from Intel yesterday was the announcement of photonic signalling to transfer data at an incredible 50Gbs and that is just to start.  Using four non-interfering wavelengths of light in the form of silicon lasers, Intel has found a way to combine the four wavelengths each capable of 12.5Gbs into a single signal which can be passed across to a receiver that can then split the signal into the original four beams.  They are talking of scaling up to 40 beams or 1Tbs which sounds a lot more interesting than TBS reruns.