RAID 5 is dead? Oh noes!!!

Subject: General Tech | October 22, 2008 - 12:14 PM |
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If you are some insane masochistic systems admin who loves rebuilding RAID 5 arrays from the ground up every time HDD sizes increase, pay attention; by 2009 you could have a 7 disk RAID5 array built of 2TB drives.  If you connect that 12TB to plain old SATA connections on a discount RAID card and never back-up the drives to any other medium, when one disk on the RAID fails there is a very good chance that a disk read error will travel up the chain of drives and take the whole RAID out.

Source: Slashdot

Is Microsoft on track?

Subject: General Tech | October 21, 2008 - 12:48 PM |
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BlueTrack is the new tracking technology on their
Explorer Mouse and Explorer Mini Mouse; not to be confused with their IntelliMouse Explorer line.  The new way to track movement should be able to handle wood, marble, granite, carpet and other such surfaces that tend to cause problems for mice.  ExtremeTech tested it out on a variety of surfaces, and while it doesn't have the precision of high DPI gaming mice on normal mousing surfaces, it completely shames those gaming mice on the non-standard surfaces. 

Source: Extremetech

Own the galaxy, for free!

Subject: General Tech | October 20, 2008 - 06:25 PM |
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That's right you can own the entire Galaxy9600GT for the cost of a single post.  Just head to this thread and post something out of this world* and you can call yourself the ruler of the Galaxy9600GT

As PC Perspective is absolutely enormous, we can afford to give away three entire galaxies, this being the second contest in the series.  Head over and post or you may find someone else in possession of the galaxy you had your eyes on.

Low profile, high performance

Subject: General Tech | October 20, 2008 - 01:33 PM |
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Thermalright's new T-Rad2 is a really nice step in the right direction for users looking to use 3rd party cooling and have a dual card setup.  It is thin enough that even with a fan attached Crossfire or SLI is still easily possible, whether you choose a pair of 92mm fans or a single 120mm fan.  When Hardware Canucks attached this cooler to an HD4870, the temps dropped by a mere 30C under full load and by a smidgen more when it was overclocked. 

Preventative pound packing procedure

Subject: General Tech | October 20, 2008 - 12:10 PM |
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In a desperate bid to make SanDisk too big to pick up, Toshiba is buying 30% of SanDisk's current equipment.  They hope this will make SanDisk too expensive for Samsung to take over; either willingly or as a hostile bid. 
Toshiba isn't looking to good right now either, they are being pinched by the same price drop in memory, which is probably why they are ensuring SanDisk will purchase at least some of that equipment back from Toshiba.  Read more about their financial

Source: The Inquirer

NEW NVIDIA MOTHERBOARD GPUS PACK BIG PUNCH IN A SMALL PACKAGE

Subject: General Tech | October 20, 2008 - 11:30 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, CA - OCTOBER 20, 2008 - NVIDIA's engineering team was given a challenge: deliver a desktop GPU which integrates full system I/O and discrete-level performance in half the size of previous integrated graphics solutions.

Source: NVIDIA

Intel Demonstrates World's First Working 'Moorestown' Platform

Subject: General Tech | October 20, 2008 - 11:20 AM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, Taipei, Taiwan, Oct.

You want form, or function?

Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2008 - 12:12 PM |
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The Altec Lansing Soundbar is a little box with two active speakers and a passive one in the middle to sort of act as a subwoofer.  The idea behind the Soundbar is to offer a way for even the most crowded desk to cram a sound system in.  It's price is in line with a midranged 2.1 system, and Think Computers thought the sound was certainly on par as well.  The passive driver does manage to provide enough bass that the overall sound is not too anaemic.  Check them out if you are low on spac

Source: t-break

Coffee and obfuscation for your morning

Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2008 - 11:53 AM |
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The Tech Report has had a long conversation with nVIDIA about those small little problems that were popping up in certain Dell laptops.  It would be naive to expect nVIDIA to come completely clean with the public about the exact nature of the problems as well as their cause(s).  On the one hand it can honestly be difficult to pin down the root of the failures and on the other ...

Side effects may include ...

Subject: General Tech | October 16, 2008 - 02:18 PM |
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A Das Keyboard Ultimate is a letterless keyboard that offered some serious geek credit if you could actually type that way, but it also had a rather high price.  The price hasn't changed for the Das Keyboard Professional, but at least the keys are actually lablelled.  It retains the basic shape of the classic IBM keyboard, with some changes that make it much more unique and solid, the keyboard weighs almost 3lbs.  There does seem to be some changes that occur in users of this keyboard, of which you can see an example