Believe it or not, set up a hardware file quickly, cheaply and easily

Subject: General Tech | July 26, 2010 - 12:12 PM |

Setting up a hardware firewall is not quite like it was just a handful of years ago when the appliances were purpose built and rather expensive.  Now with dd-wrt you can flash your routers firmware and change it into a powerful security appliance with far more options than the router had previously. 

Source: Extremetech

Franz Ferdinand ain't just a band you know

Subject: General Tech | July 23, 2010 - 06:18 PM |

While you can get lost in the complexities of the tech world, especially if you listen to the PC Perspective Podcast, but on the forums you will be welcomed be you totally new to the wide weird and wonderful world of PCs or a seasoned old salt.  A basic question about the fundamentals of networking will never bring a demeaning reply, instead at least one of our members will take you through the steps required to fix your problem.  If you have been lurking in the forums

ARM, the little company you didn't know you counted on

Subject: General Tech | July 23, 2010 - 12:28 PM |

The ARM Cortex, especially the more recent models like the A8, are showing up just about everywhere.  HTC, Apple, Samsung and just about any other company producing smart phones depend on ARM for their processing power.  It is estimated that there is around 20 billion ARM processors in use when you count them all, almost putting the x86 and x86-64 architectures to shame.  ASUS was showing off an ARM based tablet running Win7 at Computex so running Windows on an ARM has been done.  Perhaps that is why it is not much of a surprise that Microsoft is now licensing ARM architecture, bringing the two companies three year relationship to a new level.  [H]ard|OCP can fill you in.

"ARM and Microsoft Corp. today announced that they have signed a new licensing agreement for the ARM® architecture. The agreement extends the collaborative relationship between the two companies. Since 1997 Microsoft and ARM have worked together on software and devices across the embedded, consumer and mobile spaces, enabling many companies to deliver user experiences on a broad portfolio of ARM-based products"

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

Too Psyko for the Podcast but not for your ears

Subject: General Tech | July 22, 2010 - 12:30 PM |

We didn't have time to cover a recent review of Steve's on this weeks podcast but

The replacement processors are on their way

Subject: General Tech | July 22, 2010 - 11:41 AM |

The Inquirer touches on the same topic that Josh covered on the podcast and in his article on AMD's second quarter, before the year is out we will have new CPUs.  Unfortunately that is the pinnacle of the good news, though the bad new is not too depressing.  What we will see is most likely Intel's LGA1155 Sandy Bridge which is a 32nm replacement to the currently available 45nm quad core Lynnfields, not a huge change but good to see apart from the socket change.  From AMD it is Llano and the Ontario Fusion chip, lower powered and

Source: The Inquirer

Spore turns to the dark side in a new expansion

Subject: General Tech | July 21, 2010 - 11:57 AM |

Spore is trying to evolve and take out the competition in a bid to become the dominant game on this planet.  We have seen mutations like the online creature builder that have tried to entice gamers into the Spore realm, an iPhone app emulates the beginning stages of the game and there is even a mutation that has spread to the Wii and DS.  Now we will be witness to a new PC/Mac game called DarkSpore which will be online and play very differently than the other games.  Ars Technica had it described to them in terms of playing a mutated beast that wanders around sticking random bod

Source: Ars Technica

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
Subject: General Tech
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.