A commanding view of spirited simians

Subject: General Tech | October 18, 2007 - 11:51 AM |
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There are two brand new bits of news out today, one for Windows users and one for fans of Ubuntu.

Source: TECHGAGE

High tech cloth

Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2007 - 05:56 PM |
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Razer has just released two new cloth mousepads, the Mantis Control for slower paced users and the Mantis Speed for those that like to keep their twitch reflexes sharp.  Tweaknews, not usually a fan of cloth mats, found both of these mousepads to be stel

Source: Tweaknews

Zune two

Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2007 - 03:05 PM |
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The next generation of Zune's are upon us, although many didn't even notice the first.  Microsoft is hoping to change that by offering 3 models at different prices, as opposed to having a single model.  You can expect to see 4GB, 8GB and 80GB models, and you can fill them with DRM free music from their Marketplace.  The Tech Zone renders the verdict on the new Zune in their full review.

An interesting sales model

Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2007 - 11:57 AM |
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So, it would appear that UT3 has adopted a rather odd approach to attract Linux gamers.  Their theory seems to be selling them a disk that only work under Windows and a promise that they will get right on the Linux client thing.  While they do say that the Linux port will use the same disk, I am not sure how many people are going to run out and buy a disk they can't use.  The fact that the editor uses wxWidgets does offer some hope to those waiting for the Linux binary to be complete, but still doesn't take the sting out of the snub. 

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, Baked Beans, Egg, Spam, Spam and Spam

Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2007 - 11:40 AM |
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There is trouble afoot for emailing in general, according to the newest results 95% of all email is spam.  If you feel like you get a lot of spam hitting your inbox, consider just how bad it could be.  The filters that we and our ISPs use to prevent some of the spam from getting through are obviously improving along with the volume of spam, but one wonders what will happen when 99.99999 of all emails are spam.  Follow the links at Slashdot for all the gory details.

Source: Slashdot

The GIMP gets Photoshopped

Subject: General Tech | October 16, 2007 - 12:05 PM |
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If you don't have an extra $10 billion lying around, it is almost impossible to keep up with the newest versions of Photoshop.  There are 2 alternatives, find an employer you can convince to pay for it, or start learning how to use the GIMP.  OS Weekly has found a way to make that transition easier on the Photoshop addict, GIMPShop has had it's interface tweaked to look a bit more like what you are used to.

Source: OS Weekly

Intel's fratricidal chipset

Subject: General Tech | October 15, 2007 - 12:14 PM |
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The X38 chipset may not be around for long, as it's successor, the X48 will  be available in the next 3-6 months.  For the first mainstream DDR3 board, this is probably bad news, even if the retailers try to brand the X48 as the new high end.  Catch up with this news at DigiTimes.

Source: Digitimes

Things you might have missed on the forums this week

Subject: General Tech | October 12, 2007 - 06:23 PM |
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When good computers go bad, everyone suffers, even the routers. 

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Not exactly $199, now is it?

Subject: General Tech | October 12, 2007 - 12:18 PM |
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ASUS has shown some rather odd math and spelling skills in relation to their new ultra-low cost notebook, the Eee.  It turns out that what they meant when they claimed it would sell for no more than $199 is that it won't be sold for less than $200.  While the change in price is rather frustrating, it will still be the cheapest way to get your hands on a laptop.  More at DigiTimes.

Source: Digitimes

Collect the whole set

Subject: General Tech | October 11, 2007 - 01:04 PM |
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If you have been busily collecting Fatal1ty brand parts, you will need to get your hands on the Creative Sound Blaster X-FI Xtreme Gamer Fatal1ty ProFrom the results of the review that OCC finished, you may want to get it anyways.  It is easy to set up to listen to what you want, but there is also a control panel that will allow you some serious ways