The good, the bad and the WTF?

Subject: General Tech | December 4, 2008 - 08:52 AM |
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Ars Technica is already feeling nostalgic for 2008, so they have started the awards season off early with their 2008 Ovatio awards.  (That's a parade for a victorious general, by the way) The best and worst of 2008 are polished up and presented for you, covering the technologies, personalities and decisions that defined 2008 for the tech world.  Check it out and see if you agree and be reminded of things you have purposefully forgotten.

Source: Ars Technica

AMD Updates Fourth Quarter Outlook

Subject: General Tech | December 4, 2008 - 08:22 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Dec. 04, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that it expects revenue from continuing operations for the fourth quarter ended December 27, 2008 to be approximately 25 percent lower than third quarter 2008 revenue of $1.585 billion, not including process technology license revenue. The decrease is due to weaker than expected demand across all geographies and businesses, particularly in the consumer market.

AMD will report fourth quarter 2008 results after market close on January 22, 2009.

Source: AMD

The third gift from our new sponsor

Subject: General Tech | December 3, 2008 - 12:44 PM |
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PC Perspective's new sponsor, Galaxy Tech, has gone all out in providing us with some gifts for you, our members.  We've already given out a GeForce 9500 GT and a GeForce 9600 GT.  We're wrapping up the contest with the biggest prize, a 9800 GT, the winner of which will be announced Monday Dec 8th.  You don't have much time left so stop procrastinating! 

It's what everyone is talking about

Subject: General Tech | December 3, 2008 - 12:34 PM |
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Certainly there have been quite a few SSD reviews over the past few months, but as the technology is quickly maturing, it is worth keeping a very close eye on.  As they improve, the read and write speeds keep climbing, leaving platter based storage in the dust.  For another look at just how far ahead these drives are, check out the review of the top three models at X-bit Labs.

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Manufacturer: Belkin
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We needed this years ago

KVMs aren't usually a topic of conversation in these parts, but when a product makes me nearly weep with joy, I can't help but share it with the world. The new dual-link capable Belkin SOHO KVM is the answer to many user's PC habits!

For the little psychotic kid in all of us

Subject: General Tech | December 3, 2008 - 09:16 AM |
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GTA IV has arrived for the PC, allowing all those PC users who haven't picked up a console to see what all the fuss is about.  Eurogamer really enjoyed several features such as the music but what really impressed them was the 32 person multiplayer support.  Doubling the maximum amount of participants can totally change the multiplayer experience and a lot of console fans may pick the PC version up for that reason.  Read the other features that put a smile on their faces here

Source: Eurogamer

A real reason to head to the MSDN

Subject: General Tech | December 3, 2008 - 08:45 AM |
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It's official, there will be a Windows 7 Beta disk for those attending the MSDN.  Follow the links from [H]ard|OCP to read the official story, as the DVD won't actually be in the bag.  According to one source, the DVD won't quite be ready in time, but Microsoft promises to ship to attendees it as soon as it is ready.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Was there something wrong with the Atom?

Subject: General Tech | December 2, 2008 - 09:03 AM |
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There will be a new Eee Box from ASUS available, using a Celeron 220 CPU as opposed to an Atom CPU.  The main drive behind this seems to be increasing sales by knocking $50 off the price of the Eee Box.  That may not sound like a huge deal, unless you are trying to put together a system on the cheap, in which case the difference between $240 and $290 is a little more important.  According to the story on DigiTimes, tossing in an extra $110 will net you a 19" monitor to go with your Eee Box.

Source: Digitimes

It'll be a busy first quarter for AMD

Subject: General Tech | December 1, 2008 - 09:04 AM |
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Thanks to DigiTimes, Phenom fans will know when to plan their shopping trips.  January 8th is the first big date, then February follows with six processors.  The semi-lobotomized quad and triple core Athlons, missing the L3 cache won't be around until the spring and the dual cores won't appear until June.

Source: Digitimes