Subject: General Tech | November 25, 2009 - 01:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ExtremeTech has taken Microsoft's claims that Windows 7 is the most secure ever as a challenge and put the new features under the microscope. There are 5 different sections, detailing UAC, the firewall and networking as well as the new Filtering Platform, all of the new features and the new implementations of familiar features are all covered. Check it out and see if Win7 passes the grade.
Subject: General Tech | November 24, 2009 - 12:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has compiled all the information they have gathered about nVIDIA's upcoming new architecture that we have all been hearing so much about. Not just a graphics solution and not quite a full GPGPU, the Fermi can be a little hard to wrap your head around. They take you through all of the terminology you will need to understand the architectural changes to the G80 processor, the GF100 and then move onto the actual meat of how the processor will work. Stick through to the end and you can see some e
Subject: General Tech | November 23, 2009 - 06:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The unfortunately named Zowie Gear Hammer e-Sports Headset has a rather rugged, almost military feel to its design. It looks like you could swing them around above your head by their cord and lay down the hammer on whichever ex-friend of yours just based camped your team, without the headset suffering any damage. The headset that Overclockers Cafe reviewed used a pair of 3.5mm jacks as opposed to a
Subject: General Tech | November 23, 2009 - 11:55 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The difficulties at TSMC with their 40nm process are very familiar to anyone who watches the industry or has tried to by an HD5xxx series or 4770 graphics card. The volume is tiny which has also had the effect of bringing prices up. The same issues have occurred in their 32nm process, though with less song and dance as there are no retail cards with a 32nm process GPU. According to SemiAccurate, TSMC has made the decision to stop work on their 32nm process and head s
Subject: General Tech | November 20, 2009 - 07:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Building computers is, in a way a matter of knowing the rules and following them. On a basic level it is plugging the right connector into the right plug, be it a ZIFF socket or a 12V power connector. Beyond that come secondary rules, like not mixing RAM and ensuring that temperatures remain reasonable. Others are more complex, like overclocking in small increments to find the perfect settings instead of instantly trying for your megahertz goal. There are other unwritten rules to follow that are no less important, rules vary greatly from those stating that
Subject: General Tech | November 20, 2009 - 01:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It has long been a mantra in the business world that you must always continue to grow your business or you will die. Most have taken that to heart and began diversifying their businesses, getting into industries they never tried before and moving away from one strong product line into many varied product lines. Now this is all well and good, many companies have found success in new lines of business and consumer have benefited. This still does not explain the sudden surge in PC enclosure makers broaching the computer mouse market. The latest entrant is Cooler Master and
Subject: General Tech | November 20, 2009 - 12:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Thinking of Google's new Chrome OS as a competitor to Windows or Linux is not really getting the point of what Google is trying to do. The OS has some very significant restrictions on how it runs, only flash can be used for storage, there will be a custom firmware layer which is non-optional, and a only Google-approved system and peripheral devices will be recognized by Chrome OS. This is not designed for open box systems, think very proprietary on the hardware and software level. The OS its self treats everything as a window in a browser, so no installation need ever occur,
Subject: General Tech | November 19, 2009 - 12:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: General Tech | November 18, 2009 - 10:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
May 1, 2009, marked AMD’s 40th anniversary. Formed by Jerry Sanders and seven co-founders in 1969, AMD is a company with a rich and colorful history. AMD's 40th anniversary is a testimonial to our longevity, our employees, our customers and our unique business approach. AMD takes great pride in our role of igniting next-generation technology solutions, as well as our ability to see where customer and end-user needs are headed next and then collaborate with the industry accordingly.
Subject: General Tech | November 18, 2009 - 12:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You may remember back in the days when we were all eagerly awaiting an OS named Longhorn, mention of a project called MinWin. The idea was to put the Windows kernel on a serious weight loss program after its original NT kernel bloated itself while transforming into Win2K and WinXP. We had hoped to see the MinWin kernel, as well as a new file system with Vista but that just didn't happen. The MinWin project its self is alive and well, focusing on minimizing and compartmentalizing server code along with possible applications in mobile devices.