That ole Google browser

Subject: General Tech | June 14, 2010 - 12:01 PM |

As Google's Chrome arrived on the scene many installed it and tried it out to see how it compared to their browser of choice and many seem to have acknowledged its existence and then gone straight back to their usual web browser.  Their reasons vary but there are two main causes for people to stick with their original choice, the lack of extensions and that persnickety
little requirement in the tech world; a killer app. 

Source: InsideHW

Footballers try to kick between the posts; we get our kicks from trying to POST

Subject: General Tech | June 11, 2010 - 06:05 PM |

Visiting the PC Perspective forums for help is always a good idea, even if your question is not technically about a PC, since at least one of our fine members will know at least a little about what you need more information on.  For instance this thread will put you in the know for picking an inexpensive drawing pad to doodle on.  Of course if you do have a question involving PCs and their components you will get more people answering

Danamics tries their electromagnetically motivated liquid metal cooler again

Subject: General Tech | June 11, 2010 - 01:20 PM |

Fresh out of Denmark is the Danamics LMX Superleggera,
a heatsink which uses liquid metal and an electromagnetic pump to move heat around as opposed to the more common wicked heatpipes that we see.  This is their second try at this type of cooler, the first one was prohibitively expensive and did not give an impressive performance.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Google versus Microsoft - Security and semantics

Subject: General Tech | June 11, 2010 - 12:16 PM |

A Google researcher has released to the world an exploit that uses the Help Center in Windows XP to take remote control of your system.  Some security experts and most of Microsoft are rather upset about this as they only received notification of this vulnerability on June 5th, giving them 5 days to work on a fix.  The Google researcher has pointed out that without an actual exploit in the wild, Microsoft is not going to move quickly to stop a rather nasty exploit and instead will just add it to the list.  The researcher has also provided enough information on how exactly the ex

Source: Slashdot

Help for those looking to set up a home studio

Subject: General Tech | June 10, 2010 - 02:02 PM |

If you are looking to get into audio production for the home then ExtremeTech has something of great value to you.  There is now an alternative to purchasing high end audio recording and mixing equipment for those who cannot afford the steep entry price of the high end components.  All you need is your trusty PC, assuming you have set it up with all of the necessary pieces and programs.  It is worth a bit of research before you start as there are incompatibilities; for instance many of the audio mastering programs are not compatible with 64-bit Windows 7. 

Source: Extremetech

A beta driver brings hopes of 1080p to ION

Subject: General Tech | June 10, 2010 - 12:42 PM |

AnandTech had a chance to try out nVIDIA's beta driver update, version 257.29 which among other things brings the possibility of playing 1080p quality video without dropped frames and choppiness.  The update is not a perfect solution, it dumps the hard work of playing video onto the back of the GPU thus freeing up the GPU which can lead to issues when there is another element overlaying the video, such as controls or a Youtube popup.  Hulu also still suffers

Source: AnandTech

Need a mouse to match your Ferrari branded laptop?

Subject: General Tech | June 9, 2010 - 05:25 PM |

Motormouse 2.4G might not look exactly like a Ferrari but it is much more similar than any other mouse you will find.  It would be easy to mistake this mouse for a child's toy car but there is no question that it is a fully functional wired mouse.  The design is obviously more for show than comfort as the review DigitalTrends mentions that hand fatigue becomes an issue fairly quickly thanks to the high back (or roof) of the mouse.  They did take advantage

Is there a StarCraft schism in the works?

Subject: General Tech | June 9, 2010 - 01:09 PM |

As you should well know the biggest gaming competitions involve an elderly game that goes by the name of StarCraft.  While not quite as big in North America as it is in Asia, that statement aptly describes the population difference as well which is how StarCraft can remain so big while the Western world has moved on for the most part.  These competitive gamers are scary to watch in action as in order to be able to try to compete y

Source: Wired News

MSI's upstart UEFI returns to challenge the elderly BIOS

Subject: General Tech | June 9, 2010 - 12:33 PM |

It has been a long time since we heard word of MSI's BIOS replacement, the Universal Extensible Firmware Interface or UEFI.  We finally have an update which you can read about over at Slashdot about what they have been doing over the past year and a half.  We did see a P45 motherboard from MSI with a click BIOS but we will finally be seeing a true implementation of UEFI on MSI Sandy Bridge motherboards which will be ar

Source: Slashdot

It is zero-day all over again for Adobe

Subject: General Tech | June 8, 2010 - 11:51 AM |

This time they've gone for a triple crown as both Acrobat versions, the full and the Reader as well as Flash are all being attacked and your OS will not save you this time, any machine with the vulnerability can be attacked.  For the most part it will simply cause a crash but in some cases Adobe warns of the potential of escalated privileges.  The list of affected software is a little complex, as older versions of Acrobat and the current Release Candidate of Flash 10.1 are not vulnerable so you'd best follo

Source: The Register