Subject: General Tech | December 9, 2009 - 12:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With the advent of DX11 and affordable cards that can handle the new features comes a whole new language of features to explore. High Definition Ambient Occlusion, High Dynamic Range in 64-bit and even updates to shadow mappings. [H]ard|OCP takes you on a visual trip through the differences between DX9 and DX11 using the only game out there that currently takes advantage of the new instruction sets, DiRT 2.
Subject: General Tech | December 9, 2009 - 12:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
MAKE:Blog calls upon you to modernize your power outlets with a nice USB device recharging plug. Why keep a variety of adaptors that plug into a plain old wall wart when you can either order or build USB plugs directly into a power outlet? Drop by for a link to the company that will soon be selling them or head to the Instructable on how to build your own. Be careful; make sure you don't end up extra crispy.
Subject: General Tech | December 8, 2009 - 01:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sound cards have quickly gone from an absolute necessity to an afterthought for most PC enthusiasts thanks to the huge jump in quality from onboard sound. Some of the motherboards today come with HD 7.1 sound built in, an numerous ways of outputting that signal. This means sound cards have also had to grow, offering more than just the benefit of offloading the processing from the CPU. The Creative X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Profe
Subject: General Tech | December 7, 2009 - 12:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes at ISPs for them to be able to deliver the internet to you. From bandwidth monitoring to quality assurance; the list is quite long but the current focus of Google has narrowed to DNS resolution. If you are unfamiliar with domain name resolution, a simple way to describe it is that it is the service that changes Google.com to 18.104.22.168, or whichever IP address of the server you are trying to hit currently resolves to. The speeds of that translation can vary significantly from ISP to ISP, so Google has created a public DNS that
Subject: General Tech | December 4, 2009 - 12:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica links to an analyst's blog about the mythical status of the bandwidth hog. Benoit Felten proposes that most ISPs simply measure the total amount of data downloaded per user and then list the top 5 percent as bandwidth hogs, not even checking if the traffic might not have been torrents or if the activity only took place during low usage times. There seems no reason to be polite about your downloading, it is simply the sum total you download that
Subject: General Tech | December 3, 2009 - 02:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Roccat Kova mouse has a lot going for it on paper, it is ambidextrous, requires no software and all of the various effects and resolutions are managed by combinations of button pushes on the mouse, including LED breathing. If you are wondering what that is, R&B Mods has a video showing the mouse in action. They loved the mouse, so if you are looking for a mouse with no software that fits either hand perfectly you really should read the full review.
Subject: General Tech | December 3, 2009 - 12:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Intel has stated that that $1.25 billion payout to AMD to bring an end to the legal battle between the two processor companies is not going to have an effect on their research budget. Of course they also state that their business practices "have and will continue to be fair, lawful and pro-competitive", an assertion that seems a little odd considering the legal battles Intel has lost recently because of their so called lawful business practices. The DigiTimes story also touches on the topic of conditional a
Subject: General Tech | December 2, 2009 - 12:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You thought you had heard the last, at least until an open source mod is made, but you were wrong. Duke Nukem has raised his aged head once more, this time on Facebook with a grand total of one screen shot. Perhaps that is all you need to raise the hopes of Duke junkies, especially those whose main gaming system is an Xbox or PlayStation. If you want to witness the continuing slow motion train wreck that this franchise has become, or if you are a true believer, then follow the link from HEXUS fo
Subject: General Tech | December 2, 2009 - 11:49 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Perhaps the yields from TSMC's 40nm process have been very low and supplies of many of AMD's latest and greatest video cards are very low because of that and maybe GlobalFoundries is working on a 32nm process that AMD is not yet finished developing cards for; but that doesn't mean they are looking for a third supplier. Rick Bergman, senior vice president and general manager of AMD's Graphics Products Group stated that they are not looking for a new partner when he was asked directly.
Subject: General Tech | December 2, 2009 - 11:37 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The brother of the Blue Screen of Death has been visiting hapless PC users for a long time, but it seems that it is becoming more common. The Black Screen of Death leaves you with nothing but a black screen and possibly an Explorer window, your desktop, taskbar and those familiar icons disappear. This particular run of BSODs has been triggered by a recent Windows Update, though not all systems have been affected, and the victims include every windows from NT on to Win7.