Your coffee grinder wants net access

Subject: General Tech | November 25, 2008 - 08:57 AM |
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As you may have heard Ryan talk about his experiments with Powerline ethernet on our Podcast, or maybe you watched him on Leo Laporte's TWIT show, but finally we have a full review posted of his results.  Installation is about as easy as plugging in a toaster, though there are some benfits to knowing the electrical wiring of your house.  If the nodes are on the same circuit, you can expect 62 Mbps or so, just under 8 MB/s.  If you go onto another circuit, you still get connectivity, it is simply

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No New Wires Networking

Powerline networking promised to bring you the speed and reliability of a hard wired network without having to run new wires throughout your entire home or business. Is this struggling technology finally worth a look for your needs?

Moving down a step

Subject: General Tech | November 24, 2008 - 08:58 AM |
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Intel is starting to produce 34nm MLC NAND storage with the help of Micron, well ahead of schedule.  They're so far ahead that it looks like about half of their production will be on the 34nm process by the end of the year.  Expect to see higher capacity SSDs arriving thanks to this, as well as increased storage in cameras and MP3 players.  More at The Inquirer.

Source: The Inquirer

Still time for a few practice feasts before the big day

Subject: General Tech | November 21, 2008 - 02:32 PM |
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Buying music online is a great way to experience new bands and to keep up with your favourties, but you must be careful of the presence of DRM.  If you want to keep the music forever, you have to be aware of how your license works and if there is a chance that sometime down the line the licensing server might be turned off, taking your license to listen to the music with it.  Well, that's not a problem for these fellows in the general forum, there is a way to pick up DRM music cheaply and reliably.&nb

Who doesn't want a musical pebble

Subject: General Tech | November 21, 2008 - 01:45 PM |
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Shopping for an MP3 player that isn't an iPod?  Then drop by Digital Trends for a look at ten different MP3 players.  They range from small and inexpensive to those with features rich enough to beat the iPod.  Even the Sony Walkman has gone through enough changes to appear on the list.

LongRun; winding road

Subject: General Tech | November 21, 2008 - 12:27 PM |
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The little company that never quite made it, Transmeta, has been acquired and is no more.  Starting off with the dream of supplanting
Intel and AMD in the mobile world, they never managed the market domination they hoped for. Along the way they brought several innovations to the mobile world.  Most recently it was their LongRun technology, which they started licensing after ceasing the production of processors.   You can get a little nostalgic about it over at Slashdot.

Source: Slashdot

Microsoft takes another shot at the gaming mouse

Subject: General Tech | November 20, 2008 - 12:36 PM |
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The original SideWinder gaming mouse was not well received, most reviewers couldn't wait to finish their testing and toss the mouse into a corner, never to be seen again.  Now there's a Sidewinder X5 which futurelooks was brave enough to pick up.  It is very similar in design to the original, with a slightly lower profile and different programmable features.  In the end, while certainly better than it's predeccesor, futurelooks felt a mix of the two mice would be a huge step in the right d

Source: futurelooks

It's not just Chrome, it's Chromotion

Subject: General Tech | November 20, 2008 - 08:57 AM |
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There is a new series of graphics cards from Chrome, it's current flagship model being the 530 GT.  They bring a list of new features that most would expect as minimum requirements, like PCI Express 2.0, DX 10.1 and OpenGL 3.0.  There are some other more interesting innovations, such as AcceleRAM which will use system memory for image data storage as well as multi-GPU support called MultiChrome, which they describe as being capable of doubling graphics performance.  Fin

Source: The Inquirer

This isn't Rock Band

Subject: General Tech | November 19, 2008 - 11:48 AM |
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The only similarity between Left 4 Dead and Rock Band is that it is a lot more fun to play with 3 friends.  Ars Technica has spent a lot of time playing and absolutely love it; this is not just another zombie game.  From the atmosphere to the inclusion of a rather sadistic 'Director' Left 4 Dead is going to grab your attention and not let go.  Each time you play one of the 20 maps, you will find something different, no spawn points are fixed; where you found a pile of ammo in the last game you may just find a big boss zombie. 

Source: Ars Technica

DICE PUTS FAITH IN NVIDIA PHYSX TECHNOLOGY FOR MIRROR'S EDGE

Subject: General Tech | November 19, 2008 - 10:11 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, CA - NOVEMBER 19, 2008 - In the award-winning videogame Mirror's Edge, DICE, an Electronic Arts Inc. studio, introduces players to a new heroine named Faith. Faith belongs to a network of couriers called 'runners' who use acrobatic moves to transport confidential information across the cityscape of rooftops and aerial skyways to avoid being detected. To deliver this never-before-seen sense of movement and perspective, DICE has turned to NVIDIA PhysX technology to give gamers an eye-popping experience on the PC.

Source: NVIDIA