Out, damn heat; out I say!

Subject: General Tech | September 10, 2008 - 11:55 AM |
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The 48xx series from AMD gives you some serious performance for not too much money;  but it is also turning a lot of PCs into EZ-Bake ovens.  Idling at 80C is uncomfortable for many enthusiasts to begin with, having that 80C bring the temperature up in their case and other components is even worse.  [H]ard|OCP comes to the rescue with a simple tweak that will let you take manual control of the fan in that series of cards so that you can exhaust more of that heat out the back

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Google is gone to swim with the fish

Subject: General Tech | September 9, 2008 - 11:48 AM |
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The next step in Google's benevolent
attempt to take over the world comes in the form of semi-autonomous floating data centres.  Stick some of their 'data centres in a shipping container' on a boat and float it out on the ocean somewhere, presumably in international waters.  Add a Pelamis machine, which converts the energy in the ocean's waves into electricity and don't worry about heat, it is floating on the largest reservoir ever to be included in a watercooling rig.  Drop by The R

Source: The Register

X-Fi Titanium, now available on Vista

Subject: General Tech | September 8, 2008 - 05:18 PM |
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Yes, the Creative X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty  and ALchemy worked perfectly when PureOverclock recently tried them.  No longer can you malign Vista for not supporting the most popular addon cards for audio.  This card will get you a few more FPS in a game than an onboard chip and it will give you something to do with that empty PCI-e 1x slot.  Testing audio devices really does boi

Big Blue rears it's head

Subject: General Tech | September 8, 2008 - 11:53 AM |
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Since IBM changed the focus of their business toward providing 'solutions' rather than hardware, they have slipped into a quiet role providing data centres with their expertise, while the regular user hears nothing about them.  While that will most likely remain the case, you will probably be seeing a lot more advertising from IBM in the near future.  You can read this article on The Inquirer to learn a bit more about "the Internet of things", silos and the New Enterprise

Source: The Inquirer

Troubles getting started first thing?

Subject: General Tech | September 5, 2008 - 06:20 PM |
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When it is your brain that has trouble starting up in the morning it is usually fairly easy to fix, with a massive influx of caffeine.  When it is the PC that has trouble starting up, things can be a little more complicated, but is usually fixable with a little help from your friends.   While you are fiddling around with your BIOS, and happen to hav

Can't you just do one thing really well anymore

Subject: General Tech | September 5, 2008 - 01:24 PM |
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Computer mice are getting population density that would make one think there was silo full of grain in every PC store.  It seems that every company even slightly related to PCs have to release a mouse, keyboard or high quality mat.  The newest is NZXT with their NZXT Avatar Crafted Series Gaming Mouse.  The stats certain match up with other gaming mice, 6469 FPS, 650-2600 DPI, 5.8 Megapixels/second and up to 1000 USB reports/second, as well as claiming to be ambidextrous.  Check out the rev

Googling the crystal ball

Subject: General Tech | September 5, 2008 - 11:32 AM |
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Google's release of the Chrome browser has sparked a huge amount of prognostication from the tech community, much like Android when it was first announced.  Tie that in with their win in the broadcast spectrum wars, ensuring that they, and other ISPs, have access to the C-block portion of the spectrum.  Things are happening for Larry and Sergei, there is no doubt about that, but what the plan looks like in it's entirety is.  The Tech Lounge has one plausible theory you can re

Show me the way to go Toliman

Subject: General Tech | September 4, 2008 - 11:40 AM |
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Thanks to CHW's sharp eye, or stealthy skills, we have an idea what AMDs processor roadmap for the end of this year looks like.  There aren't any huge surprises but it is nice to have the timings confirmed.  Let's hope the end of this year has them narrowing the performance gap between Intel's and AMD's chips.

 


Source: CHW

Tight pixels

Subject: General Tech | September 3, 2008 - 02:32 PM |
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The ViewSonic VX1962wm 19-inch Widescreen LCD Monitor is perfect for someone without enough desk space to fit a 22" or larger LCD, but want the higher resolution that the larger monitors offer.  With a 1680x1050 resolution and 2ms response time, it looks good on paper, and Think Computers testing proves that it does well in t

55nm and NVIDIA and AMD's Dual Core Phenom

Subject: General Tech | September 3, 2008 - 01:59 PM |
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AMD's graphics division has certainly been on the ball as of late.  The 4000 series of Radeons have catapulted them back into the running, and there are certainly few weaknesses to these parts unlike the 2000 and 3000 series.  AMD has also been quite aggressive in going after 55 nm production, and all of their major parts right now use that process node to great success.  The HD 3000 series started the kickoff, then their integrated graphics parts quickly followed suit, and finally the 4000 series became the culmination of AMD's 55 nm design experience.  NVIDIA has taken a