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While 16 bit computers are a wee bit out of date, for learning the basics of the architecture that modern CPUs use it is a perfect starting point.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

Just what is the Genaudio AstoundSound Audio Expander

Subject: General Tech | September 23, 2010 - 01:46 PM |

Legit Reviews is taking on a rather odd piece of software called the Genaudio Astoundsound Audio Expander.  It is a competitor to another piece of software whose name might be vaguely familiar to those of you who have seen a lot of PC speakers over the years, the SRS Labs HD Audio Lab.  While the Genaudio products features are trimmed down compared to SRS Labs product, as far as Legit Reviews could tell that only made the program easier to use.  The quality was every bit as good to their ears.

TSMC will be making Kepler and Maxwell

Subject: General Tech | September 23, 2010 - 01:02 PM |

The byline might lead you to believe that nVIDIA's upcoming chips will be made on a 20nm process but to be more specific the information DigiTimes received tells them that Kepler will be 28nm and Maxwell 22nm.  This shrinking of the process plays right into nVIDIA's main focus during the GTC which is efficiency.  The charts we have seen are specifically displaying GFLOPs per watt and not a raw performance increase, something that requires shrinking the die.

Source: Digitimes