Turn up the stereo

Subject: General Tech | July 30, 2008 - 02:50 PM |
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The S/PDIF plug is always thought of by many as a useful plug, even with all the uses that it can be put to.  In case the neglect is caused by being unaware of the potential in this little plug, Hardware Secrets devoted an article to the tricks and adaptors that can be used to extend the usefulness of your X-Fi card significantly. 
They also break down the various models of cards that Creative has produced and which are capable of which outputs.

Jump button! We don't need no stinkin' jump button!

Subject: General Tech | July 30, 2008 - 11:52 AM |
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48 colours, 5 grays and a 64 sprite maximum were good enough for a hit video game once; and we only needed the 2 buttons.  Take a peek at some gaming history at OCMODSHOP as they review Capcom's 1988 classic, Bionic Commando.  You can even watch some gameplay and be amazed at the sound track and flashing screen.  Try to imagine what the re-make and sequel will look like, both will be arriving to this generation of gamers soon and we can see how they grapple with a game in which you cannot jump.

Source: OCMODSHOP

Open source barbarians at the Express Gate

Subject: General Tech | July 30, 2008 - 11:17 AM |
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SplashTop Linux, the tiny little distro found on new ASUS boards and used for their Express Gate instant on has been hacked.  At Phoronix they have seen in set up on a USB disk to start non-ASUS boards, running custom applications and starting it as a virtual machine.  SplashTop has been talking about releasing an SDK for those interested in working with their kernel, but it looks like they are a little late to the game.

Source: Phoronix

Now it makes more sense

Subject: General Tech | July 29, 2008 - 11:31 AM |
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This story at The Inquirer sheds some light on the strangely high sales of Vista that Microsoft has reported.  HP has said that any of the PCs and laptops they have sold recently with XP installed had a Vista license attached to them, even though they did not run Vista.  Any and all sales of these XP machines have been counted as a Vista sale, and will continue to be reported as such until Microsoft finally pulls the plug on XP, which they have been threatening to do for

Source: The Inquirer

Didn't see that coming

Subject: General Tech | July 28, 2008 - 12:01 PM |
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It turns out that nVIDIA's odd stance that only certain models of HP laptops would suffer from the G48 and 86 problems is about as believable as most words that come out of a salesman's mouth.  The magical ability to heal the wounded chips ascribed to all manufacturers but HP doesn't seem to be working very well at Dell either, with ten models getting a BIOS update.  The Inquirer still feels that the true story is that all the chips are bad, and while that may or may not

Source: The Inquirer

Can't we all just get along

Subject: General Tech | July 25, 2008 - 06:04 PM |
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Some days it can be downright frustrating to work with PCs, from external

The rumour mill strikes again!

Subject: General Tech | July 25, 2008 - 11:36 AM |
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nVIDIA is really having a lousy month, with anti-trust suits going badly and the ever persistent rumour that something is horribly wrong with their G84 and G86's.  nVIDIA's position is that the problem can only occur in specific laptop configurations, but really haven't clarified the exact nature of the problem and why it will not apply to graphics cards.  DigiTimes has heard that as a result, many vendors are demanding a recall of all theoretically affected graphics cards.

Source: Digitimes

Get more from your MP3 player

Subject: General Tech | July 24, 2008 - 06:07 PM |
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Higher quality MP3 players, like the recently release X-Fi Xen can't really show off the quality they are capable of with a pair of $10 earphones.  The best quality comes from cans, but not everyone wants to wear something that big, or try to transport them around.  Phillips has introduced two new audiophile quality earbud style headphones, which you can see at Hardware Zone.  The display it's self is rather impressive as well.

Intel Outlines Plans for New Category of Smarter, Purpose-Built 'System on Chip' Designs, Products

Subject: General Tech | July 24, 2008 - 01:00 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 24, 2008 - As Internet access continues to be added to all kinds of computers and devices, Intel executives outlined a plan to use its chip design expertise, factory capacity, advanced manufacturing techniques and the economics of Moore's Law to usher in a new category of highly integrated, purpose-built and Web-savvy System on Chip (SoC) designs and products.

Launch acceleration

Subject: General Tech | July 24, 2008 - 11:26 AM |
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Strap yourself in, the accelerated releases we have been seeing in 2008 are not slowing down anytime soon.  Next is Nehalem and the new X58 chipset, both of whom we will be seeing in September and not just before Christmas according to DigiTimes.  The socket is changing, so don't worry about investing in a top of the line LGA775 board, though AMD fans will be safe with the AM3, whenever it arrives.  Let us all hope that these truncated development times reflect the opinions of the engineers more tha

Source: Digitimes