Keeping your mobile Radeon up to date

Subject: General Tech | April 25, 2008 - 01:19 PM |
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Driver Heaven has had a tool that lets you keep the graphics drivers on your laptop up to date for a while, but Vista has proved to be a problem until recently.  The new 1.0.0.0 version of their Mobility Modder works with XP and Vista and supports a wide range of mobile Radeon GPUs.  Tired of shouting yourself hoarse trying to get your OEM to update their supported drivers?  Worry no more.

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What if I don't want you to stick mold in my ear

Subject: General Tech | April 25, 2008 - 11:50 AM |
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Perhaps it is because I am hard on earphones, killing them off frequently enough that it is not worth getting a good pair, but the LiveWires T1 Custom In Ear Monitors just don't make sense for my listening habits.  They are about half the price of other custom IEMs, running about $249 plus the cost of your ear molds.  Yes, ear molds.  According to techPowerUp!, it is best to go to an audiologist and pay to get a mold of your ears made, as the "home kits are not nearly as reliable or safe". 

Source: techPowerUp!

The Larrabee team speaks

Subject: General Tech | April 25, 2008 - 11:32 AM |
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... or blogs, anyways.

Source: The Inquirer

Let's benchmark everything again

Subject: General Tech | April 24, 2008 - 12:04 PM |
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It's time for hardware reviewers to panic, there is a new 3DMark coming next week.  Every piece of kit lying around gathering dust because it has been benchmarked dozens of different ways needs to be pulled out and tested again.  This version will be Vista only, so at least there is only one OS to test the hardware on.  Follow the link at The Inquirer for more info.

Source: The Inquirer

Groovy!

Subject: General Tech | April 23, 2008 - 11:59 AM |
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Interplay is finally doing something right.  According to The Inquirer, not only will we see a new Earthworm Jim game, they are talking about reviving both the MDK and Descent series.  Perhaps the Earthworm Jim TV series and movie (stay away, Uwe) are not much to get excited about, but a game in which lawyers are a main opponent, cows fall from the sky and you have to fight villains like Prof. Monkey for a Head to get back Princess What's-Her-Name can't be all bad.

Source: The Inquirer

A dying breed of peripheral

Subject: General Tech | April 22, 2008 - 12:24 PM |
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In the not too distant past, a mouse was pretty much a mouse, as was a  keyboard; the real effort was put into designing joysticks and racing wheels that one upped the competition.  Now you have too look hard just too find one, while keyboards and mice are sporting LCDs and other fancy improvements.  If you are still a fan of the wheel then take a look at Benchmark Reviews take on the Thrustmaster RGT For

Software Shaders?

Subject: General Tech | April 22, 2008 - 12:03 PM |
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SwiftShader 2.0, designed by TransGaming is designed to allow DX9 shader processing on a CPU.  Right now it is only impressive as a future technology, gamers will not be impressed by the performance in benchmarks, even on a quad-core processor.  Once Nehalem arrives on the scene, the processing power might increase to the point where it is usable for more than just tech demos.  Of course dedicated GPUs will continue to increase in power as well, and the software solution will probably lag behind in terms of pure bandwidth. 

Source: Extremetech

New Intel Software Connects Health Networks, Enabling Key Data Sharing in Clinical Settings

Subject: General Tech | April 21, 2008 - 11:51 AM |
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WORLD HEALTH CARE CONGRESS, Washington, D.C., April 21, 2008 - Intel Corporation today announced Intel SOA Expressway for Healthcare, software that provides an efficient way to exchange healthcare information inside hospitals and with health information networks. The product will allow healthcare providers to more easily connect with one another so that each can provide better care while benefiting from reduced integration costs.

They are rich now, hopefully they will be (in)famous soon

Subject: General Tech | April 21, 2008 - 11:48 AM |
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The actual code used to exploit a certain SQL vulnerabilities used by an automated search tool that looks for websites with those vulnerabilities has been spotted at SANS.  The code sets up javascript files with exploits which then infect anyone who browses by.  There is even a call to a script called pay.asp, so this automated tool probably makes a lot of money for someone.  Follow the link at [H]ard|OCP for the full story and links to the patches your webserver should already h

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