Waiting until Q4 for AMD's 6000 series

Subject: General Tech | August 12, 2010 - 11:28 AM |

DigiTimes picked up some information today that might make a few people holding off on an upgrade a little sadder.  The rumours we'd heard placed the availability of HD6000 cards in the fall but it seems that we will be waiting until November before we get to purchase AMD's next generation of GPUs.  The story, if true is a little convoluted; originally codenamed North Islands, these cards were to be built on a 32nm process by TSMC until TSMC decided to skip 32nm and go from 40nm straight to 28nm.  AMD didn't feel confident about jumping into the new process and Global Foundries

Source: Digitimes

Razer keeps pumping out the mice and pads

Subject: General Tech | August 11, 2010 - 01:05 PM |

Sold separately and reviewed together by Bjorn3D, the Razer Imperator mouse and Vespula
dual sided mouse mat
do seem a good pairing.  The mouse keeps with Razer's tradition of sensitive sensors, 5600DPI this time, and the mat not only provides a smooth surface it also comes with a gel wrist rest.  Apart from the

Source: Bjorn3D

Just ... one more ... turn ... I promise

Subject: General Tech | August 11, 2010 - 12:06 PM |

Civilization is coming back, so if some of your acquaintances
suddenly disappear Sept.

Source: Extremetech

Wireless tire sensors a little too convenient

Subject: General Tech | August 11, 2010 - 11:34 AM |

Having your car tell you when your tire pressure is low is a rather handy little feature and saves you from having to bend over slightly on the odd occasion to do a visual inspection.  That convenience needs to be balanced with security, as tends to be necessary.  It seems that the wireless signal that the tires send to the car's processor every 60-90 seconds can be used to hack into the electronic control units of various systems on the car ranging from the windshield wipers to the brakes.  Some of the hacks can be simply annoying, turning on a variety of warning lights or star

Source: Ars Technica

Mobile nastiness for Android and Apple

Subject: General Tech | August 10, 2010 - 11:45 AM |

While not exactly the first virus to hit Android phones as Vodaphone did ship some HTC Magic handsets with one preinstalled, the first trojan targeting Androids
has been spotted in the wild.  It is disguised as an innocuous looking media player in .APK format but it is no media player, it is a nasty little Trojan that will start making rather expensive calls using your phone, raising your bill and probably ruining your day ...

Source: The Inquirer

Razer develops product line around new TRON remake

Subject: General Tech | August 9, 2010 - 01:06 PM |

Courtesy of Razer

Courtesy of Razer

Source: General

Patching kernels is a modern game of whack-a-mole

Subject: General Tech | August 9, 2010 - 12:02 PM |

Having just patched a vulnerability tied to how Windows handles Control Panel icons and a day before a rather heavy Patch Tuesday arrives we have a new and nasty kernel vulnerability that affects all Windows versions.  This one seems a little odd but is no less threatening because of its target.  It would seem that pasting a large number of colour values, more than 256 specifically, into an improperly allocated buffer could allow one of those nasty net denizens to sneak in something malicious that will get to run its self with kernel level privileges. 

Source: The Register

It wasn't Whale and Dolphin, it was Pig and Cow!!!

Subject: General Tech | August 6, 2010 - 06:47 PM |

There are more than a few decades of cumulative knowledge available to our members in the PC Perspective Forums, so if you have a general question, such as a query about the quality of a certain brand of GPU reseller, the chances are very good you will have a few replies to let you know how well they do their jobs.  More specific questions might take a while but be patient, your chances are good that someone knows.

Apple stays with AMD, skips on Fermi

Subject: General Tech | August 6, 2010 - 11:46 AM |

According to The Inquirer it is official, the next breed of Apple iMacs and Mac Pros will be using the AMD instead of switching to an nVIDIA Fermi based GPU.  For the Mac Pro the standard will be the HD5770 with an optional upgrade to the HD5870 for those looking for more rendering power.  The iMacs will feature an HD5750 for the largest 27" model with the smaller versions using the HD5670 or HD4670 in some 22" models.  Looks like Apple still hasn't forgiven nVIDIA for B

Source: The Register