The second half of Intel's plans for 2009

Subject: General Tech | May 12, 2009 - 03:39 PM |
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For the second half of 2009, Intel will be refreshing their mobile lineup from the top to the bottom.  At the high end are the 14" to 18.4" Calpella notebooks, which will retail at about $1,200.  They will also be introducing ultra thin CULVs, which will be 12" to 13"at retail between $699 to $1,10.  There will also be two Atom based netbooks, an 8.9" N270 and 945GSE for about $256 and the 10" N270 with 945GSE chipset.  If you don't want an Atom powered netbook, there will be a Pineview based CPU + Tiger Point chipset
for somewhere between $399 to $599. 

Source: Digitimes

Big sound, small package

Subject: General Tech | May 11, 2009 - 01:09 PM |
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For gaming, the Sennheiser PC-350 is a great set of headphones, but for music it is not your best choice.  They are designed to be mobile, folding up into a small enough size that they can be tossed in a laptop bag.  DriverHeaven really liked the performance while being shelled in CoD 4 and found that the surround sound was good enough to determine enemy positions by audio cues.  When listening to music, the poor bass performance stands out

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Don't bother coming to get some, we're all out

Subject: General Tech | May 11, 2009 - 12:19 PM |
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From the short video of game play, the long wait for Duke Nukem might have almost been worth it.  Along with a rather impressive use of the Unreal Engine and lighting to create a very nice looking world is some heavy scripting.  A lot of the eulogy contains both enemies and Duke performing some rather intricate scripted movements along with the game play shots.  It is hard to say just how well the game would have worked with jumping pig men, but hopefully someone will get their hands on the code, however unlikely that is. 

Source: Slashdot

64 years of celebrating VE Day

Subject: General Tech | May 8, 2009 - 06:37 PM |
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A while back Ryan experimented with a powerline ethernet adaptor from Linksys, and found it to be quite easy to use and effective, as long as you knew which circuits were which in your house.  Since that time there really hasn't been any forum members who have picked up a kit to try for themselves, though some have expressed an interest.  If anyone has tried this type of network, drop by this forum post to let us know how well it worked for you<

TSMC and UMC continue sales recovery in April

Subject: General Tech | May 8, 2009 - 03:56 PM |
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http://www.ice-corp.com/reportimages/TI/tsmc_logo.JPGThis is definitely good news for the tech industry as a whole - both TSMC and UMC, Taiwan's most prominent fabrication facility for silicon wafers, are both seeing increases in monthly revenue month-to-month and better year-to-year re

Source: Digitimes

Freakin' sweet!

Subject: General Tech | May 8, 2009 - 12:06 PM |
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Over at Hack a Day you will find the coolest thing you will see all day, unless you somehow manage to have an absolutely incredible day and top it.  It is a hand portable coil gun which can fire 42g rounds with about 18 joules or 13.3 foot pounds worth of energy.  An average 9mm round delivers just over 300 foot pounds or about 400 joules and weighs around 9g, so while the sheer energy is much lower, the weight is a good deal more.  As for the lightbulb at the front, it works as a charging resisto

Source: Hack a Day

Best shaggy dog story, ever

Subject: General Tech | May 7, 2009 - 11:44 AM |
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3D Realms have guaranteed themselves a place in the history books for having told a joke so long they died before they could get to the punchline.  It all started just bit over a decade ago, on April 28, 1997, and along the way we have seen many false climaxes, which brought our hopes up that this time they really truly would tell the punchline, but each time we were disappointed.  3D Realms wasn't alone in this titanic effort, they had help from people like Take Two and GoD to give us confidence when our attention started to wane, but alas they were in on it from the beginning; they

Source: Slashdot

You had to rush to save $11,000 for the 21st Century Motors SX 2000

Subject: General Tech | May 6, 2009 - 12:46 PM |
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About 20 years ago, the big hit for the year was Activision's Death Track, featuring three cars and a lot of explosions.  There was the fast Hellcat, an armed Crusher and heavily armoured Pitbull to start the game with and a ton of upgrades for engines, armour, brakes and most importantly heavy ordinance.  Many many hours were spent circling a track and destroying all competition.  For those of us with fond memories of those hours, the hope of a sequel or remake has dwindled over the years, but s

Source: Gamepyre

Global Foundries plan to take on the big guys

Subject: General Tech | May 6, 2009 - 11:59 AM |
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Tom Sonderman, Global Foundries new VP of Manufacturing Systems and Technology talks about Automated Precision Manufacturing over at The Inquirer.  This is the tool that they feel will give Global Foundries an advantage over TSMC and Intel, as TSMC does not have the technology and he feels that Intel makes much less use of it than GF will.  The basic idea behind APM is that it allows the manufacturer to monitor the wafers as they are produced and make tiny changes to allow for b

Source: The Inquirer

Too bad there isn't a prize inside

Subject: General Tech | May 5, 2009 - 06:07 PM |
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If you are looking for a mouse or keyboard, the amount of choice you have shares a lot with the cereal aisle in teh supermarket, with your average gamer being a sugar addicted 8 year old.  Consider a new board on the market, the

Razer Arctosa Gaming Keyboard.  It keeps the standard keyboard layout, something that many other gaming keyboards like to play with, instead focusing on design and macro programming.