Max specs on Windows 7 Starter Edition decide industry direction

Subject: General Tech | May 22, 2009 - 11:22 PM |
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Windows licensing has always been a complicated topic, but never more so than with the new "netbook" market of PCs.  Once Microsoft finally got the hint and offered a version of Windows XP for netbooks (cleverly known as Windows XP for Ultra Low Cost PCs - ULCPC) they decided they needed to put some hardware restrictions on this license so OEMs wouldn't take the low-cost software to higher cost PCs.  My guess is that most of you didn't even know that such an arrangement existed at all; not something they really advertise.

Source: engadget

17 years since Johnny was here

Subject: General Tech | May 22, 2009 - 06:49 PM |
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Buying a pre-built system can be wonderful for someone who wants something to work out of the box, and that comes with a magic 'make it work again' disk.  The parts are all tested and confirmed to work together, the BIOS and driver setup are done for you and it means you can get to use your new PC within minutes, not hours of purchase.  On the flop side, when you outgrow the system and want a better one, you have to either buy an entire new PC or jump through quite a bit of hoops to figure out how to upgrade a box that was designed to prevent upgrades.

It's going to be a busy autumn

Subject: General Tech | May 22, 2009 - 11:37 AM |
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Sometime in Q3 2009 we will start to see 45nm parts rolling out for AMD desktop lineup to compliment the Phenom II server series.  You don't have to wait until fall to get excited though, before the trees start to shed their leaves there will be the better part of 20 chips arriving.  A good half of those are low power Phenom IIs and and Athlon, the remainder are spread between dual, triple and quad core Phenom IIs and a similar spread of Athlons.  DigiTimes also mentions that three quad-core Lynnfield CP

Source: Digitimes

Everybody's doing it!

Subject: General Tech | May 21, 2009 - 12:23 PM |
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RAM companies building PSUs, motherboard companies making coolers, CPU makers building graphics cards, storage companies making mice and now Gigabyte has thrown themselves into the keyboard market.  They have quite a selection to their name; the one Bjorn3D chose to focus on was the GK-K6800 Luxury

Multimedia Keyboard.  The glossy finish, stylish lines and extra media buttons are all present as you would expect on a high en

Source: Bjorn3D

It's a lot like those X-Ray glasses you ordered from the back of old comics

Subject: General Tech | May 21, 2009 - 12:07 PM |
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Bigfoot Networks is back with the second incarnation of the Killer NIC, this time calling its self the Killer Xeno Pro and selling for ~$140.  It's a PCIe card sporting a 400MHz processor and has 128MB of RAM, all improvements over the original; meanwhile its main competitor, the onboard NIC, hasn't changed that much and is still essentially free.  ExtremeTech put it up against the onboard NIC on an ASUS Rampage

Source: Extremetech

VIA Offers Customized Security Solution Service to Embedded Customers

Subject: General Tech | May 21, 2009 - 11:10 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, May 21, 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced that it will be showing examples of its customized security solution service at Computex 2009, helping customers to employ a comprehensive and effective security infrastructure in all segments.

VIA Nano, VIA C7 and VIA Eden processor platforms are the only processors that currently offer a built-in Advanced Cryptographic Engine.

Dysfunctional underwater family

Subject: General Tech | May 20, 2009 - 12:44 PM |
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If you haven't spotted it yet, there is a 9 minute preview of BioShock 2 at IGN.  Watching it confirms that you do indeed play a Big Daddy, the original prototype that could use plasmids.  Your relationship with the Little Sisters has some similarity with the first game, but with a rather interesting twist apart from the basic binary decision.  Splicers aren't quite the challenge they were in the first game, but don't worry; there is a Big Sister out there i

Source: IGN

A quick look at the new DFI

Subject: General Tech | May 20, 2009 - 12:05 PM |
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TweakTown had a peek at engineering samples of DFI's UT P55-T3eH8 and DK P55-T3eH6 boards, both running off of the Intel P55 Express chipset.  These boards will support the soon to be released LGA-1156 Core i5 quad-core Lynnfield processors, as well as the Havendale family which will have an on-die GPU.  Don't hold your breath for the Havendale processors, according to this article they will be delayed until the beginning of 2010 because Intel is shifting them to 32nm. 

Source: TweakTown

For those whose USB doesn't sound very good

Subject: General Tech | May 19, 2009 - 02:52 PM |
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When you pick up a higher end headset and mic combo, it tends to be based on a USB connection.  Not only is it handy to have one single plug to find, the USB connection usually allows the use of that headset without having to install any drivers.  Unfortunately some rigs have problems with audio over USB, and an older style TRS plugs are the way to go.  While the Saitek GH30 Vibration Headset doesn't have a high end microphone, it will give you s

GF and T-Ram talk collaboration

Subject: General Tech | May 19, 2009 - 12:22 PM |
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Global Foundries is one of the biggest stories in tech right now and not just because of the licensing lawsuit.  This new fab company that Ryan visited in northern New York state has a jump on the next process transition and a lot of contracts coming in.  Josh fleshed out the overview late last week with his in depth article here.  He explains just why this new company has received such a
warm welcome in what is usually a very tight knit industry.  They have the backing of one of the richest plac

Source: The Inquirer