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

This one goes to 11!

Subject: General Tech | September 30, 2008 - 03:48 PM |
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It looks like SilverStone was not about to let NZXT take over the mouse market unchallenged.  They have launched the Raven RVM01B gaming mouse as a counter to the Avatar.  It's most striking feature is the large scroll wheel on the side of the mouse that bears a passing resemblance to an eyeball glued to it's side, though the OLED screen on the top is also worth mentioning.  Phoronix liked it fairly well, even though all 11 buttons didn't function under Li

Source: Phoronix

PC Perspective wants you to have Galaxy Tech!

Subject: General Tech | September 30, 2008 - 01:11 PM |
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We are giving away three cards from our new sponsor, Galaxy Tech.  A GeForce 9500 GT, a GeForce 9600 GT and a GeForce 9800 GT. You can see our review of the Galaxy GeForce 9800 GT here.

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Post as many times as you like, but keep in mind that only one entry will count.

Changing our tune about integrated audio

Subject: General Tech | September 30, 2008 - 12:54 PM |
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Using Integrated Audio used to be a source of shame for those that had to use it in the not too distant past.  That started to change with nVIDIA's Soundstorm and it has only improved since then.  InsideHW has rounded up a fair number of onboard sound solutions, representing the market as it stands today.  They tested them on multiple uses, including gaming, so that you can see the difference in performance between the various chips as well as how they fare against the Cr

Source: InsideHW

Wi to the Max

Subject: General Tech | September 30, 2008 - 08:39 AM |
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Chicago and the Washington-Baltimore area have been a testing ground for Sprint and Clearwire's new WiMax/ODFM technology, which will hopefully leave the previous failed attempts far behind.  The newest spot you can test this technology out is in Reno, which is where it was tested against 3G wireless.  With throughput of 1.5 - 2.0Mbps down and 275 - 325Kbps up, the speeds are approaching boradband and the 240 mile range is certainly a nice touch.  On the other hand, you can pick up a 3G signal in a lot more places that you can pick up a WiMax, and the reviewer found that they co

Source: Slashdot