It's not about building a better mouse trap ...

Subject: General Tech | March 11, 2008 - 01:38 PM |
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If you are Razer it is all about building a better mouse pad.  The Destructor is their newest, and it has "Fractal textured surface".  Find out what that is, and if it works or not, over at Hardware Zone

"Victory lies beneath your mouse when you embrace the Razer Destructor, Razer's newest gaming mouse pad for 'leet'

gamers."

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Vancouver Island is an odd, odd place

Subject: General Tech | March 11, 2008 - 11:59 AM |
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Particularly the City of Nanaimo, which has become the world's most Google-able place.  With a little help from Google Earth you can take a virtual tour of the downtown and harbour, there are listings of the businesses and even some physical information about features in the city.   Find out more about what was done, and how to take a tour, on Slashdot.

... and here some people were upset that Google took a picture of their cat.

Scary if it's true

Subject: General Tech | March 10, 2008 - 12:20 PM |
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If Tim Sweeney's statement that "Now, 60% of PCs on the market don't have a workable graphics processor at all." is true, then higher end PC gaming is indeed in an odd spot.  On the other hand, high end gaming is not the be all end all of PC gaming.  If Intel's integrated graphics can't handle Crysis, they can certainly manage Civilizations 4, and can probably make a good try at WoW.  Intel is also not the integrated chipset to watch right now, that distinction belongs to AMD and the 7-series chipset, which can handle some newer FPS games out of the box, and has no trouble when

Source: TG Daily

Aperture is ready for another close up

Subject: General Tech | March 10, 2008 - 12:05 PM |
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Aperture 2.0 has arrived to win back those who shudder at the memory of Aperture 1.0.  Ars Technica found most of the bugs and the major complaints that they had with previous versions have been fixed in this new version.  They do still have a few reservations, like some issues with metadata and Vaults.  If you've got a Mac and a digital camera, check out what this software can do for you.

Source: Ars Technica

If you pick at a thread it will only get longer

Subject: General Tech | March 7, 2008 - 11:00 PM |
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General PC can be a time consuming project, especially when you like to do everything the hard way, by using the built in tools in Windows.  In the General Forum, there is a thread talking about TuneUp 2008 and other programs designed to make maintenance a little easier. 

Intel is trying to get onboard

Subject: General Tech | March 7, 2008 - 11:54 AM |
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Intel seems worried about the integrated graphics chipset market.  According to this story on DigiTimes, we can expect to see another IGP from Intel, this one being the most powerful.  The 780G chipset from AMD is going to be a serious competitor with it's ability to support CrossfireX, but Intel's GM47 will be clocked faster.

Source: Digitimes

Apple to add enterprise features and SDK to iPhone in June

Subject: General Tech | March 6, 2008 - 02:57 PM |
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A little off topic perhaps, but after sitting through some live blogs of the Apple SDK announcement there are some interesting bits of news coming out.  First up, Apple announced a move toward the enterprise customer by adding in features like native ActiveSync Exchange support, push email, push calendar, push contact, remote device wiping, Cisco VPN, WEP2 support and certificates and identities to name the majority.  There weren't any direct mentions but I assume that push email will be available to users that do not have access to an Exchange server, but since Apple didn't mention

Microsoft is feeling a bit more compliant

Subject: General Tech | March 6, 2008 - 11:34 AM |
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The first public beta of IE8 has appeared, boasting the ability to pass the Acid2 browser test.  In previous flavours of IE, Microsoft took the position of authority claiming that they new better than a bunch of actual web programmers as to what standards should be on the web.  This has led to a lot of broken websites that render OK in IE, and awfully in everything else.  Firefox's popularity may have lead to Microsoft's about face, but for what ever reason, Microsoft's new browser is it's most standard compliant ever. 

Source: Ars Technica

Free FPS

Subject: General Tech | March 5, 2008 - 02:03 PM |
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If you have never heard of Nexuiz, you are not alone, but you are missing out.  The original release was back in 2005, and they are now up to version 2.4 which is much more highly polished than the original.  Phoronix has a bevy of screenshots as well as links to the Alientrap website where you can download the game for Windows, Linux and OSX.

Give it a try, it's free and easy to set up, who knows you might even like it.

Source: Phoronix

A cranky, but effective security guard

Subject: General Tech | March 5, 2008 - 11:53 AM |
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The Yoggie Gatekeeper Pico is a little USB device, about the size of a flash drive, that protects your PC from attacks coming over the network.  With it's software installed it works it's way into Windows' networking stack and convinces it to send all network traffic through the Pico, where it is scanned for anything nasty.  Think Computers did find it to be effective, but there were also some features of the Pico that they took issue with.