Subject: General Tech | May 8, 2009 - 12:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Over at Hack a Day you will find the coolest thing you will see all day, unless you somehow manage to have an absolutely incredible day and top it. It is a hand portable coil gun which can fire 42g rounds with about 18 joules or 13.3 foot pounds worth of energy. An average 9mm round delivers just over 300 foot pounds or about 400 joules and weighs around 9g, so while the sheer energy is much lower, the weight is a good deal more. As for the lightbulb at the front, it works as a charging resisto
Subject: General Tech | May 7, 2009 - 11:44 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
3D Realms have guaranteed themselves a place in the history books for having told a joke so long they died before they could get to the punchline. It all started just bit over a decade ago, on April 28, 1997, and along the way we have seen many false climaxes, which brought our hopes up that this time they really truly would tell the punchline, but each time we were disappointed. 3D Realms wasn't alone in this titanic effort, they had help from people like Take Two and GoD to give us confidence when our attention started to wane, but alas they were in on it from the beginning; they
Subject: General Tech | May 6, 2009 - 12:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
About 20 years ago, the big hit for the year was Activision's Death Track, featuring three cars and a lot of explosions. There was the fast Hellcat, an armed Crusher and heavily armoured Pitbull to start the game with and a ton of upgrades for engines, armour, brakes and most importantly heavy ordinance. Many many hours were spent circling a track and destroying all competition. For those of us with fond memories of those hours, the hope of a sequel or remake has dwindled over the years, but s
Subject: General Tech | May 6, 2009 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tom Sonderman, Global Foundries new VP of Manufacturing Systems and Technology talks about Automated Precision Manufacturing over at The Inquirer. This is the tool that they feel will give Global Foundries an advantage over TSMC and Intel, as TSMC does not have the technology and he feels that Intel makes much less use of it than GF will. The basic idea behind APM is that it allows the manufacturer to monitor the wafers as they are produced and make tiny changes to allow for b
Subject: General Tech | May 5, 2009 - 06:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are looking for a mouse or keyboard, the amount of choice you have shares a lot with the cereal aisle in teh supermarket, with your average gamer being a sugar addicted 8 year old. Consider a new board on the market, the
Razer Arctosa Gaming Keyboard. It keeps the standard keyboard layout, something that many other gaming keyboards like to play with, instead focusing on design and macro programming.
Subject: General Tech | May 5, 2009 - 02:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Bandwidth caps are a big issue for anyone spending a goodly amount of time on the Internet, especially if they are a fan of streaming media or open source projects. ISPs have long maintained that it is necessary in order to provide good service to all customers and that it is just plain expensive to provide; not that this has stopped a slow increase in caps as the ISPs try to attract customers from other providers. Ars Technica looked into the profit marg
Subject: General Tech | May 4, 2009 - 01:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Samsung has a different take on the MP3 player, which is exemplified in the YP-P3 player. It comes with absolutely no software, like a USB headset all required software is on the MP3 player its self. It also supports drag and drop file transfers, there are no importing procedures necessary when you are adding music to the player. The device is used with its touchscreen interface, no buttons or toggles to play with. Find out how it sounds at CCE Reviews
Subject: General Tech | May 4, 2009 - 12:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Sinowal Trojan, or Torpig or Mebroot, or whatever other name you would like to give the thing has been thriving on PCs around the world for almost 3 years now. That is not because no anti-virus or anti-malware program can remove it, it is because of the apathy of users and network admins who will get around to that patch or update next Monday. That is of course assuming that they are even aware of the updates and patches or if they are simply wait for their nephew who knows computers to visit at Christmas and clean up the PC. The net needs people to either act as or creat
Subject: General Tech | May 1, 2009 - 06:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is little more annoying than a PC that is convinced everything is fine, even though it isn't working properly. Imagine if you will a nice little network connection icon in the task bar which reports a successful connection at 100mbs, but yet for some reason refuses to connect to the Net. Wouldn't that just make your day?
Subject: General Tech | May 1, 2009 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Offloading is the new merger for today's electronic manufacturers and it is TSMC that is reaping the benefit. They already handle AMD's 40nm process chips, at least until Global Foundries finds its stride, as well as working with Intel on developing a 'System on a Chip', which will be a smaller, less power hungry Atom. Now it is Fujitsu's turn, as they are passing at least some, but quite possibly all, of their chip manufacturing to TSMC. As well They are selling off their HDD business to Toshiba, a merger mimicking
IBM's glomming onto Hitachi.