The saga of the Northern Islands

Subject: General Tech | October 1, 2010 - 01:06 PM |

DigiTimes has successfully caused quite a bit of confusion with their latest news about AMD's upcoming release of the HD6xxx series.  Today we found out that AMD plans to announce the chips during the AMD Technical Forum and Exhibition this month.  Of course, we all know this family of GPUs exist and are slated to be released next month and there was even a leak of what may well be the exact specifications of the new GPUs.  Announcing the GPUs at this point seems a little confusing, along the lines of announcing that the sun is indeed going to rise tomorrow. 

Source: Digitimes

The sky is not the limit with IPv4

Subject: General Tech | September 30, 2010 - 11:43 AM |

Just a few short years ago any home user that wanted more that 32 bits of addressable memory would have been laughed at as there were no applications outside of a server room that would ever want that much memory.  How wrong we were, now 6GB kits of DDR3 are quite common and sometimes even reasonably priced. 

Source: Ars Technica

Play Minecraft and learn about CPU architecture at the same time

Subject: General Tech | September 29, 2010 - 12:45 PM |

While 16 bit computers are a wee bit out of date, for learning the basics of the architecture that modern CPUs use it is a perfect starting point.  There are still quite a few parts to the entire unit and a part of that is the arithmetic logic unit, where arithmetic and logical operations are carried out. 

Source: Hack a Day

My how the GPU has grown; more on GTC 2010

Subject: General Tech | September 29, 2010 - 12:11 PM |

This was one of the more interesting GPU Technology Conferences, as the the GPU is not just about gaming anymore.  Fans of distributed computing projects like Folding@Home are now familiar with the idea of using a GPU client and have been very pleased with the results.  With the introduction of Fermi we saw nVIDIA GPUs that came on cards without a single graphical output port on them as they were specifically intended for scientific applications.  This year nVIDIA has continued to focus on the utility of their architecture for non-graphics usage as is evidenced by their emphasis

Launch delays and price cuts, the GPU market is changing

Subject: General Tech | September 28, 2010 - 11:49 AM |

To get the bad news out of the way, all those rumours of an October release of at least one member of the Radeon 6xxx series of graphics cards were more than likely simply rumours.  While AMD declined comment, when DigiTimes posts that the cards will not be seen until November, you are probably best off believing them.  What they say about the performance expectations also puts a damper on enthusiast's spirits.

Source: Digitimes

ARM goes for mobile graphics overkill

Subject: General Tech | September 27, 2010 - 11:44 AM |

A smartphone with the theoretical graphical power of a PS3 is on the horizon thanks to Marvell's new ARMADA 628.  This is not the ARM9 Cortex that we have been hearing about from ARM, Marvell is licensed to modify ARM architecture and this is what they have come up with for the GPU component on their new chip.  Pushing 80% of the total triangles a PS3's GPU can manage on a screen the size that a smartphone posses may seem like overkill and with the power of the other components it seems likely Marvell is looking to tablets for its next target. 

Source: Ars Technica

34 years ago Compuserve helped spammers realize their dream

Subject: General Tech | September 24, 2010 - 06:01 PM |

Ah, the thrill and excitement of owning a PC.  It isn't just about pushing for an overclock, fragging your friends and laughing at the mangled grammar on spam emails you know, the real way to get your blood rushing through your body is to boot up your PC and see "BIOS ROM checksum error".  If you have never experienced that before you can live vicariously through this thread in the forums.  For something a little less extreme you

Why should laptop users be the only ones who get a touchpad?

Subject: General Tech | September 24, 2010 - 03:13 PM |

The Rosewill RK-V1TP is a multimedia keyboard and a touchpad combined into one extra deep package.  The keyboard has all the keys you would expect on a standard 88 key board and the touchpad can handle seven different gestures.  The unfortunate result of the multi-gesture interpretation is that the touchpad can not act like a normal touchpad which Bjorn3D found to be a drawback.  Chec

Source: Bjorn3D

20 Antivirus programs against 0.9 million malware scripts

Subject: General Tech | September 24, 2010 - 12:03 PM |

The Inquirer has linked to a pdf that displays the results of AV Comparatives tests on 20 different antivirus programs, both paid and free.  They did a serious amount of attacking with various forms of malware to see how effective these programs were at properly defending a system from being compromised.  They did not limit the testing to simple protection, several antivirus programs received lower scores from the high amount of false positives generated.  Check out the results a

Source: The Inquirer

BioStar takes on AMD's latest chipset

Subject: General Tech | September 23, 2010 - 03:22 PM |

As [H]ard|OCP points out, BioStar is not exactly a top of mind mention for enthusiasts when they think of motherboard makers, whereas the chipsets they use, the 890FX and SB850 are the top of the line for AMD. The end result is a mixed bag, while one reviewer saw a 19 hour, ridiculously hot torture test of Prime95 go without a problem another couldn't manage more than a few minutes before problems cropped up.  [H] was not amused.

Source: [H]ard|OCP