Subject: General Tech | November 12, 2009 - 06:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A basic Wacom tablet will set you back over $350, so can a $70 tablet actually be of any use to anyone? That is exactly what OCMODSHOP decided to find out when they picked up the Adesso CyberTablet 6400. You get a a scroll mouse and a 6" x 4" work space along with a wireless pen that boasts 512 different pressure levels and even sports two mouse buttons so you don't need to switch back and forth between peripherals. The only real drawback they found throughout was the necessity of batteries, somethin
Subject: General Tech | November 12, 2009 - 04:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ExtremeTech recently published a performance comparison between Vista and Windows 7, comparing the advantages and disadvantages of switching to the new OS. That made a number of users pipe up; there are many who took one look at Vista and turned their noses up, continuing to
happily stick with XP. They've now complied with those users requests and have compared Windows 7 to that old OS stand by. How do they stack up? Read on and find out.
Subject: General Tech | November 12, 2009 - 12:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The decision is in from the AMD versus Intel is in, the Delaware court did not get a chance to rule as AMD and Intel have worked out a settlement themselves worth $1.25 billion. This agreement puts an end to every current legal dispute between the two processor companies across the globe. The exact terms of the agreement were not disclosed, what we do know is that there will be a 5 year cross license agreement between the two companies. This is perhaps
Subject: General Tech | November 11, 2009 - 04:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD GPU owners who happen to be fans of racing sims had a nasty surprise waiting for them with the arrival of Need for Speed SHIFT. They took a big performance hit compared to similar nVIDIA GPUs, enough that the attention of both AMD and EA's attention. Thus the pending release of the second patch, specifically designed to improve the performance of AMD cards along with a beta of Catalyst 9.12, tantalizingly labelled Hemlock, arrived on [H]ard|OCP's door. Check ou
Subject: General Tech | November 10, 2009 - 02:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have yet to click on the link at the top of the page then you are missing out on some serious geek pr0n and some information about the future of the industry. Ryan flew to Germany for a visit with Global Foundries. There are a few snaps of the automation system and the clean rooms in which AMD and others have their chips made. He also got some information on how their lineup will change and when we will start to see the new processes start up. It is a must see.
A GlobalFoundries Update
We spent some time recently with the team at GlobalFoundries to get an update on its status as an independent foundry company, its first and second customers, how the move to 32nm and 28nm is progressing and to speculate on what it means for the rest of the industry.
Subject: General Tech | November 9, 2009 - 04:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you want to look unique at the next LANParty you hit, or maybe you are just THAT into Medal of Honor and want to add to the experience, pick up Gameskulls' GS-1 Tactical Gaming Helmet. It is made to resemble the Army's PASGT Ground Troops helmet or the USMC Light Weight Helmet and hides inside a pair of earcups with 50mm drivers and a boom microphone. USB, PS3 and XBox 360
connectors all come in the package, there is no installation software. OCIA did find that ambient noise bounced aroun
Subject: General Tech | November 9, 2009 - 02:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Cloud computing is either the new Web 2.0 or it is at least how that magical new Web will manage to perform all of the miracles that most CIOs dream of happening ... soon. For the geeks in the trenches it is becoming a nightmare; which is really too bad. The blame for this falls squarely on the shoulders of management so upper that it has it's head in the cloud already.
Subject: General Tech | November 6, 2009 - 12:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tessellation is the killer app of DX11, making the jump from DX10 much more impressive than the jump from DX9 to DX10. There is a bit of bad news for HD5xxx owners out there which is the performance hit that comes from the breaking up of large triangles into dozens of tiny ones. In [H]ard|OCP's testing of the Unigine Heaven benchmark they saw a drop of about 40% when they enabled tessellation, but the visual impact is much greater. Check out the screenshots and pay particular attention to how the wire frames change. That huge increase in the amount of polygons is