Subject: General Tech | October 30, 2009 - 12:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It looks like those who have been holding their breath in the hopes that the HD5890 or 5870X2 would be arriving soon, or that the current HD5xxx cards will drop in price may be waiting a bit longer. The 40nm process at TMSC is having problems again, the same issue that pretty much killed the HD4770 at birth. For a while it looked as if the problems had finally been solved but the news from DigiTimes is that yields are once again dropping.
Subject: General Tech | October 29, 2009 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Plastics, film, and textiles are all viable substrates for Xerox's new Silver Bullet, a conductive silver ink that at 140 degrees Celsius.
This makes all sorts of interesting tricks possible that are not feasible with ink that melts at about 1,000 Celsius or by printing and etching a regular circuit board. Think RFIDs on cloth, LEDs built into anything, wearable WiFi and bendy plastic tech. Hack a Day is already impatient to get their hands on some.
Subject: General Tech | October 28, 2009 - 06:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Ozone Smog gaming mouse is a bit odd looking and sport software that claims to boost the 3200DPI maximum to 5040DPI. The removable weight tray sits in the middle of the mouse body as opposed to the bottom and the mouses feet are ceramic. Add the odd look, especially the rear end of the mouse and you have a gaming mouse that seems a little different from the rest. Drop by TestSeek Labs for a look.
Subject: General Tech | October 28, 2009 - 02:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Eve Apocrypha is the new version of Eve Online, though since we are talking about an interstellar MMORPG, it isn't an additional area as you expect in WoW. Eve, if you have never experienced it is a little different from most RPGs. NPCs are interacted with via in game email and combat is a little different than you might expect. Before dropping money on this new version of Eve, drop by Bjorn3D for an overview. Some will absolutely hate the game but enough love it that it is still around years later.
Subject: General Tech | October 28, 2009 - 01:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Now this solution will definitely work better in smaller communities as it could be hard to get the government of a very large municipality to invest the money required to roll out your own ISP, but the effort is worth it. Monticello, Minnesota ended up hiring TDS Telecommunications
to roll out their own fiber to the home
network. Now enjoying 50Mbs for $40/month without having to bundle with other services thanks to a 2007 referendum that the town would roll out its own network. That attempt to build their own network lead to lawsuits filed by TDS, which they lost, so no
Subject: General Tech | October 27, 2009 - 06:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A lot of attention has been paid to the coders that are working hard to ensure the latest and greatest GPUs are supported by Linux, especially when it comes to high definition playback. That is not the only area that is being improved, support for higher end audio cards is also a focus for programmers. The ASUS Xonar series is a popular solution right now so TECHGAGE tried it out on Jaunty Jackalope to see how it worked. If that sounds interesting to you then just follow the li
Subject: General Tech | October 27, 2009 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The 'other' Bridgestone is at it again, this time in 4,096 colors. They have been at the forefront of e-paper, thanks to their electron powder and granular material
they have been able to redraw an entire screen on their previous products in 0.8 seconds, like an incredibly talented Etch A Sketch on amphetamines. Their new, soon to be released 10.7" touchscreen e-paper device handles full colour and even more interesting it is fully flexible. Take a look at this first over at engadget.
Subject: General Tech | October 26, 2009 - 12:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You can be forgiven if you've never heard of Tilera, but you can be guaranteed to hear about them now. They've just announced plans to release a 40nm chip with 100 cores on board, beating Intel's 80 core prototype we saw back in 2007. The chips are built on a mesh topography as opposed to the on-chip bus interconnect
used in multicore x86 processors; the end result of which is more bandwidth thanks to the lack of a bottleneck. Perhaps the most
Subject: General Tech | October 23, 2009 - 07:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is a brand new subforum on the PC Perspective Forums, added today specifically for a huge new contest. The ASUS Xtreme Design Contest forum under General Tech is the place to go to show off how you would use ASUS' new Xtreme Design Technology to build the best killer gaming PC. If your ideas are grand enough, you will be one of 20 people chosen to receive the hardware specified in the contest, an ASUS P7P55D PREMIUM, a GTX
Subject: General Tech | October 23, 2009 - 12:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You've heard of Hackintoshes, a regular PC onto which a Mac OS is installed. Usually this involves quite a bit of tinkering in order to convince the Mac OS that it is OK to be running on hardware unapproved by Apple. Psystar, who has had a long history of thumbing their nose at Apple has released a new product called Rebel EFI. This program will have you up and running in no time at all and with no kernel fiddling required. What makes this even more interesting is that the open source Hackintosh community noticed enough similarity in Psystar's program that they've calle