Dell server board pre-infected for your convenience

Subject: General Tech | July 21, 2010 - 11:29 AM |

Why waste time waiting for a random user to infect your server with malware when Dell will ship you a board that comes pre-infected.  The PowerEdge R410 Rack server comes with spyware built into its system management software which is embedded on the hardware.  Security experts have been warning about this sort of hardware infection, though it is not clear if the spyware is truly embedded in hardware.  According to The Register, a small number of boards were affected and they have been

Source: The Register

"How Can a Kingston SSDNow Drive Change Your Life?" Challenge Offers $16,000 in Cash Prize

Subject: General Tech | July 20, 2010 - 01:39 PM |

Fountain Valley, CA -- July 19, 2010 -- Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced it is holding a "How Can a Kingston SSDNow Drive Change Your Life?" video contest. The contest (for U.S. residents only) asks entrants to come up with the most creative way to demonstrate how using a solid-state drive can change one’s daily life. Entries will be judged on creativity in presenting an idea or story in a video format.

Intel expands their roster of CULVs

Subject: General Tech | July 20, 2010 - 11:38 AM |

While MSI's 3D notebook is rather interesting for those who want to game and watch movies, there are many who are looking for a notebook with a little difference focus.  Intel has been trying to fill that niche with their CULV platform and they have recently refreshed their offerings in hopes of tempting a few more consumers.  SemiAccurate has a breakdown of the various Arrandale powered CULVs, ranging from a rather small, Celeron U3400 powered CULV up to larger Core i7 powered models. 

Source: SemiAccurate
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Manufacturer: General

Introduction and Specifications

Psyko AudioLabs is bridging the gap between the benefits of a stand-alone 5.1 surround sound setup and standard gaming headphones with their Psyko 5.1 headphones. These $300 headphones were previewed at last year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and were even recognized with a 2009 CES Innovation Award. We will see if these high-end cans give us an edge in our favorite FPS games.

Not just a mouse, it's a keyboard and joystick as well

Subject: General Tech | July 19, 2010 - 01:04 PM |

The $79 WarMouse Meta
is not just a mouse with a high DPI, it sports a joystick and 19 buttons.  The familiar two buttons that are present on any modern mouse have been replaced by 9 buttons on each side offering some serious button power for those willing to learn to use it.  Each and every button can be programmed as a mouse button itself, a key stroke or a held keypress, a macro, a combo or a special command.  Drop by ExtremeTech to find out exactly what all that means.

Source: Extremetech

A shortcut to taking over your system

Subject: General Tech | July 19, 2010 - 12:49 PM |

The attack takes a little doing to complete successfully but it is very effective.  A malformed shortcut, usually present on a USB drive can install a rootkit on your PC, simply by displaying the shortcut icon.  The exploit lies in the way that Windows handles shortcuts to Control Panel icons and is helped by the fact that part of the malware payload it installs masquerades its self as signed drivers from Realtek, though that particular identifier has now been revoked.  To make matters worse Ars Technica reports, there is a specific target, Siemens' SIMATIC WinCC software whi

Source: Ars Technica

This week all of PC Perspective is in HD, not just half

Subject: General Tech | July 16, 2010 - 06:41 PM |

One of the more active forums this week has been the Storage Forum, with a variety of questions and observations appearing over the past few days.  Obviously there is talk about SSDs, and a forum member recently picked up a rather nice drive and wanted to share their joy but there is also someone who is a little disappointed.  It seems that the our

That neglected old router might just make your life miserable soon

Subject: General Tech | July 16, 2010 - 11:53 AM |

Basic routers are not the most sexy of tech and once you have bought one you will probably use it until it dies, or the new wireless spec finally arrives.  It really isn't a piece of kit you think about much, let alone research new models coming out so you can upgrade to the newest model.  As you might have heard on this weeks podcast (#113), even Ryan has an old outdated router.  You just might want to consider upgrading or

Source: Slashdot

Acer Claims Second Place in Global PC Shipments. Asus and Lenovo Closing In.

Subject: General Tech | July 16, 2010 - 10:02 AM |

Acer has really come around in recent years terms of build quality and pricing. With that combination, Acer has officially claimed second place in global PC shipments according to research performed by Gartner, displacing the former king Dell, and now an arm's length from HP, the current leader.

Source: General

Cut physical part out of your PCIe connection

Subject: General Tech | July 15, 2010 - 11:32 AM |

We have seen external GPU solutions for laptops, like the MSI GUS, that allow laptops to have the graphical power to play Blu-ray at full definition with no choppiness and even give a boost to your gaming experience.  We've also recently seen what Jon called WiDi from Intel, a technology allowing you to stream video and audio from a PC to a TV wirelessly, though there are a few bug to work out there still.  Now, Th