Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2006 - 02:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A True Review examines the first DTS card for PC's, the HDA X-plosion 7.1 DTS. DTS lets you encode any stereo source to 5.1 or 7.1, so even badly ripped MP3s will come out of your speakers in true surround. Dolby Digital's successor has come.
"With DTS becoming nearly as common in home theatre receivers as Dolby Digital, it was only a
matter of time before the DTS equivalent of Dolby Digital Live became available in a sound card.
Well, that card is here.
Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2006 - 12:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SourceForge is having it's first ever Community Choice Awards, giving you a chance to vote for your favorite projects. There are 14 categories you can vote in, so spend a minute to reward the projects you love. Newsforge has all the links and info you will need to get you headed in the right direction.
There are well over 100,000 open source projects on SourceForge.net, a site owned by OSTG, the
same company that owns NewsForge. Now you can vote for your favorites in 14 categories.
Subject: General Tech | March 17, 2006 - 11:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you find your self getting upset at the choices of games you can find on the shelves of your local stores, and wish you could find something different to play, take some advice from MAKE: Blog and check out the IGF. Almost all of the games that will be there are downloadable from Fileplanet or Gamespy, and range from child-safe games, to well ...
Subject: General Tech | March 17, 2006 - 11:47 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It has taken a while for Microsoft to challenge Google head on, but it seems like it is coming soon. Along with their new search engine, The Inquirer reports on their purchase of a satellite imaging company, Vexel. There are few details as of yet, but Vexel seems to bring some interesting 3D imagery to the deal.
Subject: General Tech | March 16, 2006 - 03:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica is playing with a very odd PC device, the AlphaGrip AG-5 handheld keyboard and mouse. It combines both a keyboard and mouse in a device that is shaped sort of like a console gamepad. While it takes a while to learn, they find it is actually usable, check it out.
"Although the peculiar shape and seemingly incomprehensible button placement make the device look
like a haphazard amalgamation of keyboard and gaming hardware, the layout feels relatively
natural right from the start and aft
Subject: General Tech | March 15, 2006 - 01:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 14, 2006 — Intel Corporation today awarded Shannon Babb of Highland, Utah top honors and a $100,000 scholarship in the Intel Science Talent Search.
Subject: General Tech | March 14, 2006 - 05:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have ever been stuck trying to figure out the plethora of A/V cables that are commonly in use today, you are not alone. eCoustics comes to the rescue, with a handy guide describing all the common connectors you are liekly to come across, so keep it as a handy bookmark.
"Got the Home Theater system connection blues? It's always a bit frustrating to newcomers and
seasoned audio-video enthusiasts alike when you're faced with that array of input and output
Subject: General Tech | March 14, 2006 - 11:39 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
R & B Mods only had a day to pack in everything they could about CeBIT. There are 9 pages of photos that cover almost every area of the show, and give you a great tour. A warning, if you are still using dial-up, it may take you a day to see their whole tour as well.
"Everyone that has some type of computer interest knows that Cebit is one of the worlds biggest
exhibitions. I had the pleasure to go down to Hannover Germany this year to take a part of this
Subject: General Tech | March 13, 2006 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sure we have all streamed video over the net using TCP/IP, but webTV with the same technology has never seemed to catch on. The newest incarnation is IPTV, and Ars Technica can explain how it is supposed to work, and just why the Telco's are interested in broadcasting it.
"IPTV describes a system capable of receiving and displaying a video stream encoded as a series of
Internet Protocol packets. If you've ever watched a video clip on your computer, you've used an
IPTV system in its broadest sense.
Subject: General Tech | March 10, 2006 - 12:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It has probably been a while since you last played Quake 3, but there are still people who are. Maybe you aren't impressed that they can only get around 15 fps, and have to turn off some of the lighting effects to get it that high, but what if they were doing it on 24 monitors? The Inquirer links to pics of that, and a Warcraft 2 setup which shows the entire game map.
"A Bunch of techies at www.plastk.net have been playing around with a 24 monitor display wall and
managed to get a game of Quake Three runn