TSMC will put out for anyone

Subject: General Tech | March 2, 2009 - 09:12 AM |
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TSMC has a voracious appetite for company.  It is currently partnered with AMD in helping the graphics portion of that company develop GPUs after they purchase ATI.  The strong reputation and proven track record of TSMC has also attracted nVIDIA when the major GPU producer was looking for someone to share the load.  Now we are expecting them to pay a call to Intel later today, though TSMC is being very demure and not saying what is planned for this nooner.  DigiTimes and other industry sources don't

Source: Digitimes

Ryanair can be bad for your bladder

Subject: General Tech | February 27, 2009 - 03:23 PM |
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You might be surprise just how much information piles up on your PC over time, from your browsing history and passwords straight through to credit card information for you online shoppers.  One of our members is constructing a series of articles to increase your knowledge of networking, and to help you protect your vital information.  Give the article a read and let Slayerhawk know what you think.

Computer Shopper uploads its self

Subject: General Tech | February 27, 2009 - 11:06 AM |
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It looks like Computer Shopper Magazine will soon only be available online, according to our sources.

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Announcing new user fees

Subject: General Tech | February 27, 2009 - 08:45 AM |
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How can charging money for free content not be the most brilliant idea since the BLINK tag?  Cablevision Systems Corp has recently bought Newsday and has announced it will begin to charge for access to the online version of the newspaper.  They seem to have some bizarre idea that
by changing the site into a "a locally focused cable service" people will be falling over themselves to get a hold of content that is most likely free on any other newspaper's online site.  Let's all watch how well that works out for them. 

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Don't over estimate the power of the Atom

Subject: General Tech | February 26, 2009 - 09:02 AM |
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Paul Otellini took the stage at a recent conference to discuss how he sees the world and the electronics industry.  Perhaps one of the most interesting comments pertained to the Atom processor; saying "You'll be underwhelmed" with the performance of netbooks using Windows 7.  He is not implying that the Atom is going to become useless; he is simply confident that while the netbook is useful in many circumstances, it will never replace desktops or full laptops.  Drop by The Inquirer for other interesting phrases,

Source: The Inquirer

Auzentech grows stronger

Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2009 - 02:40 PM |
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Elite Bastards is still a little traumatized from the poor performance that the Auzentech X-Fi Prelude showed during their review back in 2007, but they overcame their anguish to review the

Afraid of steep requirements?

Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2009 - 09:19 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP has tested the new F.E.A.R. 2 release on a number of video cards ranging from an HD4850 to a GTX285 to an HD4870 X2.  Even with the slowest HD4850, they could turn all effects to maximum at 2560x1600 with AA and AF and still average about 40fps.  Users with faster cards can turn the antialaising up as high as it can possibly go and still stay above 60fps. 

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Stay away from the humorous spreadsheets

Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2009 - 08:58 AM |
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If you get an email with an attachments that claims to be the world's funniest spreadsheet, give yourself a shake and reconsider just how funny an Excel file could possibly be.  Even if it looks legitimate, if you receive an Excel attachment from a stranger you should probably not open it.  According to this story on Slashdot there is an exploit out there that will affect any Excel from 2000 up to 2007 SP1.  Microsoft's next scheduled patch is due to come out March 9th, hopefully there will be a

Source: Slashdot

The VIA AMOS-3000: The Strong, Silent Type of Industrial PC

Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2009 - 08:28 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 25 February 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the launch of VIA's first embedded box computer; the VIA AMOS-3000.

A disturbance in the force

Subject: General Tech | February 24, 2009 - 02:28 PM |
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If you were to ask Paccus Interfaces what is missing in the world of PC gaming, they would tell you it is proper force feedback from joysticks.  To that end they have started development of a new joystick whose force feedback comes from hydraulics.  This new way of approaching haptics
will allow joysticks to have sensitivity matching gaming mice, somewhere in the neighbourhood of 2000DPI.  X-bit Labs has an interview as well as pictures of the prototype that ma

Source: Guru of 3D