Backyard Fusion

Subject: General Tech | October 8, 2008 - 08:50 AM |
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ExtremeTech was able to get their hands on a beta utility that represents the first incarnation of AMD's Fusion.  It's not the finally version of what is supposed to be a marriage of CPU and GPU, it is a software utility that helps make your gaming experience better.  One of it's tricks is to hold profiles for overclocking, so you can use Overdrive and and AutoTune to automatically find your PC's sweet spot and save the speeds.  It can also disable certain Windows services while you are gamin

Source: Extremetech

AMD and Advanced Technology Investment Company of Abu Dhabi to Create New Leading-Edge Semiconductor

Subject: General Tech | October 7, 2008 - 08:15 AM |
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NEW YORK - October 7, 2008 - AMD and the Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC) of Abu Dhabi today announced the creation of a U.S.-headquartered, leading-edge semiconductor manufacturing company to address growing demand for independent, leading-edge foundry production capabilities.

Source: AMD

It's only wrong if it's not your computer

Subject: General Tech | October 6, 2008 - 11:57 AM |
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Keylogging is bad ... unless you are doing it to your own PC to find out exactly how your screen gets flipped and random icons are deleted from your desktop by a mysterious someone.  It is the perfect way to find out just who is doing what to your PC if it is in an area where a roommate, pet or child can get at.  Unfortunately, from what happened during R&B Mod's testing, you might not be the only one with access to the keystroke record.  Be warned.

Counterfeiting worth going after

Subject: General Tech | October 6, 2008 - 08:55 AM |
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The current scourge of humanity, if the RIAA, MPAA, MicroSoft and others are to be believed is counterfeiting and piracy.  Every copied movie or Windows disk is a threat to the very existence of the free world and it's economy.  That may well be true on some level, but there are far worse examples to prosecute, like the fake mil-spec chips that are becoming very common purchases for a cash strapped US Armed Forces.  Imaging how upset you would be if a CPU you purcahsed for your home PC turned out not to be what it claimed to be.  Now imagine that the fake chip is powering a

Source: The Inquirer

Todays tip - avoid tigers

Subject: General Tech | October 3, 2008 - 02:34 PM |
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You know it is going to be a bad day when all of your folders start going on walkabout, and don't seem to plan on coming back.  Drop by and see if there are any gems of wisdom you can offer, or that you might be able to use for yourself and save the sensitive ears of poor unfortunate woodland critters.  On the other hand, if you are in the mood for something a little more uplifting, check out the overclock on this Phenom X4

Wring that last bit of performance out of Windows

Subject: General Tech | October 3, 2008 - 08:31 AM |
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Tweak Guides has just finished updating their Windows Tweaking Companion.  Available in both Vista and XP flavoured versions, the guide is a compilation of just about every single tweak and optimization that can be found out there on the net.  As always, bear in mind that like any other type of tweaking, there is a chance that things can go horribly, horribly wrong.  Make sure you have backups and an idea what it is that you are changing.

Source: Tweak Guides

Unleash your beast

Subject: General Tech | October 2, 2008 - 01:05 PM |
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North America certainly does not have a monopoly on high end system builders.  Check out Beast Computers based in the UK for an example of that.  CPU3D just finished reviewing their Aphros Reality Gaming PC, with custom watercooling that is good enough to allow a Intel QX9770 to hit 4136 MHz and keep a pair of 4870X2s from cooking themselves.  Check out the heavily modified Lian Li PC-P80 B that the entire system is housed in.

Source: CPU3D

Coming soon to a server room near you

Subject: General Tech | October 2, 2008 - 08:42 AM |
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As we discussed on the podcast, AMD's first 45nm parts will be aimed at the server market and they will be arriving soon.  According to DigiTimes, the first nine processors should be appearing within the next couple of months.  They won't even be that slow, with some models well above 2GHz.  If you want the high performance versions, you will have to wait until February.

Source: Digitimes

Stalker 1.5

Subject: General Tech | October 1, 2008 - 09:07 AM |
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S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky is a prequel to Shadows of Chernobyl using an updated X-Ray Engine, the same engine that powered the first game.  The updated engine offers some new features; God rays, volumetric lighting, depth of field blurring, and screen space ambient occlusion (SSAO) lighting.  It also offers two features only available under DX10, wet surfaces and volumetric smoke.  [H]ard|OCP fired it up and tested it against the GTX 280 and 260 as well as the HD4870 and HD4870 X2.  See what kind of horsepower you need to be able to turn up these new options i

Source: [H]ard|OCP

The sky is falling again?!?

Subject: General Tech | October 1, 2008 - 08:44 AM |
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FUD will be hitting the fan in the near future over this article at Slashdot.  In the podcast that they link to, it is claimed that a new DoS attack has been discovered that can circumvent any protection you have and take down any device with a TCP/IP stack.  Even better, that machine will stay down even after the attack is halted.  Browsing through the comments does reveal a bit more information, it apparently uses forged SYN cookies to attack the system, but the details are scarce.  In th

Source: Slashdot