Subject: General Tech | November 26, 2008 - 12:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If lack of socializing is getting you down, pick up Left 4 Dead, which will have you bonding with 3 other people in a much deeper way than you will on Team Fortress 2. The anti-social loner won't last too long in Valve's new cooperative multiplayer game. Don't worry about not having top of the line hardware either, [H]ard|OCP's testing shows that every new card can support the highest in game options with full anti-aliasing and anisotropic filters at ~40fps at a resolution of 2560x1600. If you are using a lower resolution, even the low end cards should allow you to max out ev
Subject: General Tech | November 26, 2008 - 11:53 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There has an new treatment focus at a European addiction clinic for the last little while; video game addiction. Well, apparently 90% of their patients are not addicted in any way, they just don't get out much, according to people who would truly know. Using video games as an outlet probably isn't anything but a criteria that the clinic has selected for, successful treatments were not focused on treating an addiction so much as improving social skills, using a similar treatment to the ones used
Subject: General Tech | November 25, 2008 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As you may have heard Ryan talk about his experiments with Powerline ethernet on our Podcast, or maybe you watched him on Leo Laporte's TWIT show, but finally we have a full review posted of his results. Installation is about as easy as plugging in a toaster, though there are some benfits to knowing the electrical wiring of your house. If the nodes are on the same circuit, you can expect 62 Mbps or so, just under 8 MB/s. If you go onto another circuit, you still get connectivity, it is simply
No New Wires Networking
Powerline networking promised to bring you the speed and reliability of a hard wired network without having to run new wires throughout your entire home or business. Is this struggling technology finally worth a look for your needs?
Subject: General Tech | November 24, 2008 - 11:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Intel is starting to produce 34nm MLC NAND storage with the help of Micron, well ahead of schedule. They're so far ahead that it looks like about half of their production will be on the 34nm process by the end of the year. Expect to see higher capacity SSDs arriving thanks to this, as well as increased storage in cameras and MP3 players. More at The Inquirer.
Subject: General Tech | November 21, 2008 - 05:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Buying music online is a great way to experience new bands and to keep up with your favourties, but you must be careful of the presence of DRM. If you want to keep the music forever, you have to be aware of how your license works and if there is a chance that sometime down the line the licensing server might be turned off, taking your license to listen to the music with it. Well, that's not a problem for these fellows in the general forum, there is a way to pick up DRM music cheaply and reliably.&nb
Subject: General Tech | November 21, 2008 - 04:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Shopping for an MP3 player that isn't an iPod? Then drop by Digital Trends for a look at ten different MP3 players. They range from small and inexpensive to those with features rich enough to beat the iPod. Even the Sony Walkman has gone through enough changes to appear on the list.
Subject: General Tech | November 21, 2008 - 03:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The little company that never quite made it, Transmeta, has been acquired and is no more. Starting off with the dream of supplanting
Intel and AMD in the mobile world, they never managed the market domination they hoped for. Along the way they brought several innovations to the mobile world. Most recently it was their LongRun technology, which they started licensing after ceasing the production of processors. You can get a little nostalgic about it over at Slashdot.
Subject: General Tech | November 20, 2008 - 03:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The original SideWinder gaming mouse was not well received, most reviewers couldn't wait to finish their testing and toss the mouse into a corner, never to be seen again. Now there's a Sidewinder X5 which futurelooks was brave enough to pick up. It is very similar in design to the original, with a slightly lower profile and different programmable features. In the end, while certainly better than it's predeccesor, futurelooks felt a mix of the two mice would be a huge step in the right d
Subject: General Tech | November 20, 2008 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is a new series of graphics cards from Chrome, it's current flagship model being the 530 GT. They bring a list of new features that most would expect as minimum requirements, like PCI Express 2.0, DX 10.1 and OpenGL 3.0. There are some other more interesting innovations, such as AcceleRAM which will use system memory for image data storage as well as multi-GPU support called MultiChrome, which they describe as being capable of doubling graphics performance. Fin