Subject: General Tech | December 2, 2009 - 11:37 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The brother of the Blue Screen of Death has been visiting hapless PC users for a long time, but it seems that it is becoming more common. The Black Screen of Death leaves you with nothing but a black screen and possibly an Explorer window, your desktop, taskbar and those familiar icons disappear. This particular run of BSODs has been triggered by a recent Windows Update, though not all systems have been affected, and the victims include every windows from NT on to Win7.
Subject: General Tech | December 1, 2009 - 11:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced today that the Games for Windows Live Edition of DiRT 2 is now shipping and marks the first racing game developed from the ground up to take advantage of advanced graphics features available with Microsoft DirectX 11 and the incredible new ATI Eyefinity multi-display technology for the most engaging gaming experience yet.
Subject: General Tech | November 30, 2009 - 12:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Loosing a netbook will not have a huge monetary impact; replacing it will only cost about $300. That is not the full scope of the problem you are about to have because of that lost netbook; especially if you have no password on your main account. Think how many websites have your username and password set to automatically log on. Maybe even MSN, ICQ, AIM or whatever your IM client of choice is also happens to be set to log in at boot.
Subject: General Tech | November 27, 2009 - 05:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Our Tech Talk Forum is a great place to get help for all of those random little problems that make PCs so much fun. Ranging from Windows installation issues, to a bit of strangeness during boot to the best way to integrate a Blu-Ray player into an HTPC. We
Subject: General Tech | November 27, 2009 - 11:53 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Forums dedicated to PC Gamers of a similar mindset reach a certain fevered pitch when a beloved game just isn't what they had expected; even worse are the flame wars that erupt in the weeks leading up to a release or the weeks after a delay of release. The vitriolic ALL CAPS POSTS, members starting up threads faster than mods can lock them down, it is perhaps a great way to vent but it is not constructive in any manner whatsoever.
Subject: General Tech | November 26, 2009 - 12:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Register has spotted an interesting product that OCZ is working on, an external SSD with a USB 3.0 connection. From the picture in the article you can tell that this will resemble a 2.5" drive far more than it will a thumbdrive and with the recent release of their 1TB Colossus SSD it makes sense that they chose to go with the larger form factor. The Colossus uses SATA II and manages 260MB/sec, the USB 3.0 standard can go as high as 400MB/sec, so it offers a higher possible bandwidth than SATA II
Subject: General Tech | November 25, 2009 - 02:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica delves into the world of 15th Century Italy and reviews the sequel to Assassin's Creed, bearing a very similar name to the original, as they've simply added a 2. It takes place about 300 years after the first game and is perfectly playable for those who missed the first game. It is the Renaissance, so expect some interesting gadgets to appear during your travels to supplement your trusty blade.
Subject: General Tech | November 25, 2009 - 01:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ExtremeTech has taken Microsoft's claims that Windows 7 is the most secure ever as a challenge and put the new features under the microscope. There are 5 different sections, detailing UAC, the firewall and networking as well as the new Filtering Platform, all of the new features and the new implementations of familiar features are all covered. Check it out and see if Win7 passes the grade.
Subject: General Tech | November 24, 2009 - 12:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has compiled all the information they have gathered about nVIDIA's upcoming new architecture that we have all been hearing so much about. Not just a graphics solution and not quite a full GPGPU, the Fermi can be a little hard to wrap your head around. They take you through all of the terminology you will need to understand the architectural changes to the G80 processor, the GF100 and then move onto the actual meat of how the processor will work. Stick through to the end and you can see some e
Subject: General Tech | November 23, 2009 - 06:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The unfortunately named Zowie Gear Hammer e-Sports Headset has a rather rugged, almost military feel to its design. It looks like you could swing them around above your head by their cord and lay down the hammer on whichever ex-friend of yours just based camped your team, without the headset suffering any damage. The headset that Overclockers Cafe reviewed used a pair of 3.5mm jacks as opposed to a