Subject: General Tech | April 19, 2010 - 06:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is something deeply wrong with making the selling point of your mouse the coating of gel it comes with, but yet that is exactly what the Jelfin Gel-covered Mouse sports. Thankfully they did not refer to it as 'organic' gel, as the possibilities are already too nasty. The brave fellows of Think Computers not only received one of these mice, they actually touched it; a terrifying thought when you realize this mouse comes in a sealed can. Follow the link, if you dare.
Subject: General Tech | April 19, 2010 - 12:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ExtremeTech gives a good breakdown of this experimental technology that the tech world has been abuzz about. HP has been working hard on this project that is trying to build the replacement for flash memory, which might be hitting a scaling problem. Trying to reduce the process size of flash memory is taking a long time, we don't expect to 20 or 30nm for about a year which is really impacting storage density. If memristors transition to the Fab smoothly then the density will be attractive as HP has made parts of 3nm in their labs. As if that wasn't enough to put a smile on the faces of those needing high speed, high density storage it turns out that memristors have an interesting and unique trick. Not only can they function as storage, they can perform logic functions as well. The speculations of them being able to learn are perhaps a little exaggerated in the media, but the theory that the speculation comes from is sound.
"Last week, I read a lot about HP's advances with the memristor. This is a new class of tiny switch that could eventually change some of the fundamental ways computing devices are designed, and I am very intrigued. In theory, at least, the new technology could allow for a replacement for NAND Flash memory, maybe for DRAM and hard drives, and maybe even for logic at some point. It's fascinating technology—but of course, the path from theory to commercial product is often longer and more complex that it initially appears."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Making ISPs common carriers: just a simple "error correction" @ Ars Technica
- Cisco Flip SlideHD Review @ Digital Trends
- Samsung builds world’s first 20nm semiconductor chips @ The Inquirer
- Ultrathin Silk-Based Electronics Make Better Brain Implants @ Wired Magazine
- Makerbot clone @ Hack a Day
- Cool Tech For Your Pet: Dog-e-Minder Review @ Legit Reviews
- Opera Mini vs. Safari on the iPhone @ Digital Trends
- Kodak EasyShare Z950 Digital Camera Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Campus Party 2010 in Spain - Day 2 @ Madshrimps
Subject: General Tech | April 16, 2010 - 06:11 PM | Josh Walrath
AMD announced yesterday that they had a record Q1 with revenues of $1.57 billion and a net income of $257 million. The previous quarter saw revenues of $1.65 billion, with a $1.1 billion net income due primarily to the $1.25 billion settlement that Intel paid AMD. Considering the typical weakness of Q1, AMD has done very well. This stronger than usual quarter was not unexpected as Intel also saw a very profitable Q1.
Subject: General Tech | April 16, 2010 - 11:29 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
nVIDIA is rightly proud of it Optimus technology, a rather smooth way to save battery life and still offer graphical performance when needed thanks to a GPU that can disable its self. They also had reason to be proud to be supplying GPUs to Apple for their various systems. But then suddenly Apple releases their new Macbook Pro which features a GPU that can be enabled and disabled on the fly that does not use nVIDIA's Optimus Technology. It would seem that Apple's antipathy towards exclusive relationships with suppliers is still strong.
Subject: General Tech | April 15, 2010 - 11:41 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Xonar HDAV 1.3 Deluxe
that Josh just finished reviewing is a fine soundcard. It can pas through protected HD audio via an HDMI 1.3a cable letting you shatter your ear drums watching the newest Michael Bey movie. It has switchable OPAMPS for the audiophiles to colour their music with. Dig into the control panel and you will find no end of things to tweak, up to and including telling the s
Subject: General Tech | April 14, 2010 - 05:07 PM | Josh Walrath
Intel released their Q1 2010 results yesterday, and the entire industry seemingly breathed a sigh of relief. Intel’s Q1 results were, for lack of a better word, tremendous. Q1 is typically the slowest quarter in a year, coming in right after the very busy Holiday season that is encompassed by Q4. In a complete turnaround from historical results, Intel had a larger profit in Q1 than they did in Q4.
Subject: General Tech | April 14, 2010 - 03:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Logitech has a new gaming mouse out, the G9x Laser Mouse with a resolution that adjusts between 200 to 5700 DPI. It also comes with a shell allowing it to switch from the smaller 'Precision" form to a much larger "XL" version with the shell added to the mouse.
Subject: General Tech | April 14, 2010 - 12:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The creative industry on this ball of mud seems to have gone into a recursive phase, deciding the path of least resistance to riches lies in poaching from the intellectual property of previous generations creative souls. The majority of major releases are sequels, some entertaining, some rather tarnished and worn from the passage of time. In some ways it is rather nice to see these old friends again, but when you realize that the only changes since you last saw them were the addition of some bad habits and sparkly bits of bling, well you kind of wish you could hold onto your old, f
Subject: General Tech | April 14, 2010 - 11:34 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Flashing your BIOS EEPROM chip has gotten a lot easier and safer over the years as we have seen companies develop several strategies to prevent a bad flash from happening and bricking whatever it was you were trying to update. Those who have been bitten several times over the years tend not to trust these features and some components, such as your graphics card may not have features to make flashing easier. For those situations a boot disk with the absolute minimum of TSR programs is the weapon of choice even if the disk has changed from a 3.5" floppy to a thumb drive. If you