Trade in your copy of Vista

Subject: General Tech | February 12, 2009 - 11:48 AM |
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Good news for owners of Vista Home Premium, Business and Ultimate Editions, if you purchased them within the Eligibility Period which is July 1, 2009 through January 31, 2010.  The plan is not to allow everyone to trade in their Vista disks for new Windows 7 disks, but to help OEMs sell PCs during the interim instead of waiting to purchase a new PC until after Win7 is released.  From the looks of the screenshots at TechARP, the upgrade process should be fairly painless.

Source: Tech ARP

Battlefield addicts rejoice

Subject: General Tech | February 11, 2009 - 12:11 PM |
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Slashdot has information on two upcoming Battlefield releases, Bad Company 2 and Battlefield 1943.  Bad Company will be on PS3, Xbox and PC and should follow the same free style combat and unique graphical styling as the original, but with more ...

Source: Slashdot

Fab fight

Subject: General Tech | February 11, 2009 - 11:42 AM |
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AMD's plans to strip down and go fab-less have run into a small snag in the form of a vote which fell short of a quorum.  Only 42% of shareholders showed up to vote yesterday, though 97% of those who voted did vote in favour of the fab spin off to the Foundry Co.  Currently the next vote is scheduled for next Wednesday, Feb.

Source: The Inquirer

Hey big spender

Subject: General Tech | February 10, 2009 - 12:19 PM |
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Intel isn't letting the economy slow them down, having just announced a $7 billion plan to build or upgrade manufacturing facilities within the USA over the next 2 years.  It would seem that the majority of Intel's 32nm chips will be fabbed in the USA, perhaps pushing their overall american manufacturing above the 75% mark.  Drop by The Inquirer for more details on their plan and some pictures of the proposed fab upgrades

Source: The Inquirer

nVIDIA is picking what looks to be a lose - lose battle

Subject: General Tech | February 9, 2009 - 12:14 PM |
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It has been rumoured for a while now that nVIDIA will be developing an x86 processor, backed up by their recent headhunting activities.  PC Authority has gathered a couple of links on the history as well as a theory on how they will try to develop the chip.

Source: PC Authority

The integrated circuit turns 51 today

Subject: General Tech | February 6, 2009 - 06:01 PM |
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The middle child always has it rough and the Corei7 family is no different.  Those who can afford it buy the 965, while every one else chooses the 920.  One member wonders why exactly it is that no one buys the 940.  Even if you know the answer it is worth a drop by to compare your clock speeds to others.  The faster CPU can help out when you are gaming, as it does take a lot to keep a GTX 295 fully fed, which is why a membe

Doing an about face

Subject: General Tech | February 6, 2009 - 12:13 PM |
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When last we heard of Hercules, they were a partner of ATI, building their own take on the 9xxx series.  They've not gone out of business, they merely refocused on other components such as the audio subsystem.  Their Hercules XPS 2.1 50 speakers won't compete with 7.1 systems, but as far as other 2.1 speaker kits go Hercules has done an incredible job.  The look is a far cry from the off white boxes that one would usually think of as

Source: Guru of 3D

Do you think they care?

Subject: General Tech | February 6, 2009 - 11:49 AM |
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The Better Business Bureau has been a longstanding proponent of consumer protection.  Almost everyone has heard of them at one point or another and some people may have even used their complaint process, except perhaps for PC parts.  NGOHQ was idly searching through the BBB website and happened to search for nVIDIA, who as it turns out is rated an "F".  As you might think, the "F" rating implies some rather dirty pool being played on nVIDIA's part.  Amuse yourse

Source: NGOHQ

Turn based combat isn't dead yet

Subject: General Tech | February 4, 2009 - 12:33 PM |
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While Gamepyre may not remember the name Jagged Alliance, the game had enough impact to give a sense of deja vu when confronted with Hired Guns - The Jagged Edge.  For those that are familiar with that ageing series and the successful mods like Urban Chaos, Hired Guns offers an end to a very long wait for Strategy First to work on Jagged Alliance 3.  If you have no idea what these games are, you may not be a fan of turn based tactical squad combat and are probably happy to see Fallout turn into an FPS.  On the other hand, if you enjoy micromanaging a squad or sqauds into taking

Source: Gamepyre

Tecch a new dog old tricks

Subject: General Tech | February 4, 2009 - 12:07 PM |
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There is a handy little trick that Windows 7 beta testers have been using fairly reliably that makes beta testing the new OS a lot more interesting.  If you are installing a driver for a system component and 7 presents you with compatibility errors, simply right click on the .exe file and choose "Troubleshoot Compatibility". 
That brings up a wizard that you can go through to tell 7 to install the driver in Vista compatibility mode
and you are ready to go.  You can see picture

Source: Tech Spot