Subject: General Tech | October 23, 2009 - 12:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You've heard of Hackintoshes, a regular PC onto which a Mac OS is installed. Usually this involves quite a bit of tinkering in order to convince the Mac OS that it is OK to be running on hardware unapproved by Apple. Psystar, who has had a long history of thumbing their nose at Apple has released a new product called Rebel EFI. This program will have you up and running in no time at all and with no kernel fiddling required. What makes this even more interesting is that the open source Hackintosh community noticed enough similarity in Psystar's program that they've calle
Subject: General Tech | October 22, 2009 - 03:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
New to Razer's line up is the Naga mouse and the Megasome pad. The Naga is a little more than just another pretty, accurate mouse, it sports a 12 button keypad for you MMO players and inveterate micromanagers. You don't even have to decide on your own setup if you do not want to, Razer has an app to do that for you. The pad is pure white, with a glow in the dark pattern emblazoned on it. Drop by Bjorn3D to see them.
Subject: General Tech | October 22, 2009 - 12:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The OCZ Neural Impulse Actuator
enjoyed a brief spotlight and then mostly disappeared to the periphery, but not before inspiring the imaginations of
several modders. At Hack a Day you can see a project involving an Arduino and Uncle Milton's Force Trainer, which is a nifty little toy consisting of a brain wave monitoring headband and a base station that reacts to those measurements. You can also se
Subject: General Tech | October 21, 2009 - 12:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While you have most likely read a few reviews of Arkham Asylum, none have focused so directly on the impact of PhysX on performance in this game that the review posted at [H]ard|OCP. Even if you have no desire to stare at the back of the Batman for the entire duration of a game, it is worth reading through the article to learn about PhysX. The first lesson comes from a huge hit in performance in a certain outside area that was apparent past a certain resolution.
Subject: General Tech | October 21, 2009 - 12:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As The Inquirer gleefully points out, the chances that Realityserver is the product of 40 years of work for NVIDIA and mental images are fairly low but that doesn't stop the announcement from being interesting. Using the parallel computing ability of Telsa to manage Ray Tracing to handle any light or reflection mapping this new program will allow the sharing of 3d images via a server at very high rates. Instead of taking hours or more to render, they claim performance almost on par with gaming.
Subject: General Tech | October 20, 2009 - 04:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You most likely know that Windows 7 is on its way, unless you are in the UK, and it is time for an upgrade. In order to familiarize yourself with what is known about the new OS, or just to help you remember Tech Spot has put together an overview of the new OS from Microsoft. From upgrade paths to the choice between 32bit and 64bit, anything you need answered will be addressed from their many links.
Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2009 - 04:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The original Zune met with a lot of resistance from the market, its one unique feature of being able to share your music with other Zune users was not terribly well received. The second incarnation has found a crowd of followers, the new HD version of the Zune provides great quality. As well the design has changed, slimming down what was a rather chunky MP3 player. If you haven't acquainted yourself with the new Zune, drop by ExtremeMhz to see it in action.
Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2009 - 02:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Heat may finally prove useful in computing applications, a big turn around considering it has been the archenemy of designers and builders until this research came to light. A one way thermal diode takes waste heat on a one way trip away from the heat source, a great boon to heatsink makers everywhere. That is not the most impressive application, follow the link from Engadget and you will learn about the possible applications of this new technology, such as thermal
Subject: General Tech | October 16, 2009 - 06:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Upgrading your PC, especially when it is an entirely new system is wonderful experience. The assembly is certainly a big part of the fun but it has a hard time comparing to that feeling when everything is running perfectly. What happens though, when everything is running but it just lacks that fast new computer feeling? You head to our Overclocking Forum, that's what!
Subject: General Tech | October 16, 2009 - 12:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Google is launching its own ebook service called Google Editions in what can only be a shot at Amazon's market share. The ebook behemoth is already watching its back for signs that Walmart is heading their way and now they have a different competitor shouldering their way in. Google says that their books will be readable on 'smartphones, netbooks and personal computers and laptops', a big difference from Amazon's Kindle. Expect to see a lot of the same legal wrangling that accompanied the creation of Google Books,