High points in computational history; "On Computable Numbers" turns 74

Subject: General Tech | May 28, 2010 - 06:43 PM |

It has been said before and it will be said again, but there is a good reason why the advice given in the PC Perspective Forums to those suffering from random reboots and failed POSTs is to remove everything, including the motherboard from the case and attempting to boot it.  It will save you a lot of headaches though it does help your testing when you have one of the best PSUs out there to help you determine what is at fault.

Computex: MSI Partner with Futuremark to provide the first public demonstration of 3DMark11

Subject: General Tech | May 28, 2010 - 06:00 PM |

City of Industry, CA. - May 28, 2010 – Micro-Star International (MSI), a leading manufacturer of motherboards, graphics cards and consumer electronic devices today proudly announces its partnering with Futuremark, the world leader in 3D, mobile and PC benchmarking, to officially introduce 3DMark 11, the upcoming version of the world’s most popular benchmark for measuring 3D graphics performance of DirectX 11 gaming PCs.

Source: MSI

The iPad is fun for kids of all ages

Subject: General Tech | May 28, 2010 - 11:40 AM |

Here at PC Perspective we really haven't jumped into the iPad frenzy, apart from a little speculation on who made the chip that powers it and some thoughts on Flash support.  Jon did find an interesting and brave use for his review model, letting his young children play with it. 

Powercolor's new HD5770 goes networking and grows extra heads

Subject: General Tech | May 27, 2010 - 12:11 PM |

Powercolor is showing off two hybrid HD5770's that add extra and unexpected functionality to their offerings at Computex.  The first is the HD5770 Sniper which has a network processing unit onboard; think Killer NIC, though a different solution.  The second card is another HD5770, the Evolution, has a little present from LucidLogix on it called Hydra.  This is the form that the second release of Hydra is taking, originally planned as a discreet card they seem t

Source: The Inquirer

What kind of hardware does Sam Fisher need?

Subject: General Tech | May 26, 2010 - 12:50 PM |

If you want to enjoy the latest installation of the Splinter Cell series
it helps to know just what hardware will give you the best experience.  That is [H]ard|OCP's goal in their article comparing the quality and performance of Splinter Cell: Conviction, as opposed to explaining what "Mark and Execute" is and how to use it in game.  Instead they will let you see the difference in performance between AMD and nVIDIA's latest cards when displaying the heavily updat

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Zonealarm Free finally catches up to the 64-bit world

Subject: General Tech | May 26, 2010 - 12:00 PM |

When XP first appeared as a 64-bit OS, many peoples free firewall program of choice, ZoneAlarm, suddenly disappeared as an option.  As they came along, Vista and Win7, when installed as a 64-bit OS also could not use ZoneAlarm and people sought out different choices of free firewalls like Ghostwall or even resorted to the built in Windows firewall.

Source: Extremetech

Large bass sound from a small 2.1 speaker set

Subject: General Tech | May 25, 2010 - 01:23 PM |

Eagle Tech has released a 2.1 speaker system called the Arion ET-AR506-BK, it is not very portable but they are appropriate for many setups.  The orange and black colour scheme might not work for everyone but the quality is certainly good enough for small rooms.  The two satellites have dual 3" midrange drivers and single 1" tweeter with 12.5W of power and the subwoofer has a nice 5" driver with 25W of power and claim a frequency

Source: Bjorn3D

Keep your eye on the tab, it may go phishing when your back is turned

Subject: General Tech | May 25, 2010 - 11:57 AM |

With a good set of eyes and a familiarity with the websites you visit most redirects are fairly obvious and enough to rouse your suspicions enough to double check the URL; but what if the switch happens after that tab loses focus?  A new phishing technique waits until you switch tabs and reloads one of your background tabs with a nice login page of one of the sites you often log into, courtesy of the CSS history vulnerability.  When you click back to that page it will have a proper title, favicon and quite possibly an URL that matches as well. 

Source: Slashdot

The Momentus XT is a little bit platter, a little bit SSD

Subject: General Tech | May 24, 2010 - 02:56 PM |

Seagate is trying to meet mobile users in the middle with the Momentus XT.  Their idea is to try to get the size and value per gigabyte of a platter based HDD with a performance boost to make it perform more like an SSD.  To do this they have mated a HDD, currently in 250GB, 320GB and 500GB as the most expensive with an MSRP of $156, and 4GB of MLC Flash storage, plus controller.  The flash is intended to hold the most frequently used files, thanks to an algorithm that
ensures faster response the more frequently a file is used.  AnandTech's testing did bear out this in pr

Source: AnandTech