Microsoft is feeling a bit more compliant

Subject: General Tech | March 6, 2008 - 11:34 AM |
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The first public beta of IE8 has appeared, boasting the ability to pass the Acid2 browser test.  In previous flavours of IE, Microsoft took the position of authority claiming that they new better than a bunch of actual web programmers as to what standards should be on the web.  This has led to a lot of broken websites that render OK in IE, and awfully in everything else.  Firefox's popularity may have lead to Microsoft's about face, but for what ever reason, Microsoft's new browser is it's most standard compliant ever. 

Source: Ars Technica

Free FPS

Subject: General Tech | March 5, 2008 - 02:03 PM |
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If you have never heard of Nexuiz, you are not alone, but you are missing out.  The original release was back in 2005, and they are now up to version 2.4 which is much more highly polished than the original.  Phoronix has a bevy of screenshots as well as links to the Alientrap website where you can download the game for Windows, Linux and OSX.

Give it a try, it's free and easy to set up, who knows you might even like it.

Source: Phoronix

A cranky, but effective security guard

Subject: General Tech | March 5, 2008 - 11:53 AM |
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The Yoggie Gatekeeper Pico is a little USB device, about the size of a flash drive, that protects your PC from attacks coming over the network.  With it's software installed it works it's way into Windows' networking stack and convinces it to send all network traffic through the Pico, where it is scanned for anything nasty.  Think Computers did find it to be effective, but there were also some features of the Pico that they took issue with.

Sketchy marketing

Subject: General Tech | March 4, 2008 - 06:16 PM |
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Sound Blaster's new X-Fi Xtreme card is an Audigy in disguise, though it does use the PCI-E bus.  The card isn't a complete waste though, the Guru of 3D found that the new chip does offer some improvements to the Audigys of old, but it is a far cry from a X-Fi.  As a bonus, the card even gives a good reason to upgrade to Vista.

Source: Guru of 3D

A very sad day for gamers everywhere

Subject: General Tech | March 4, 2008 - 04:26 PM |
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Gary Gygax passed away today in his home in Lake Geneva.

Some of you may have never encountered the name before, but Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson are hailed as the Fathers of Roleplaying.  Anything you might have played that had Armour Class, Hit Points, THACO or even just used dice to determine the outcome of a characters actions; all of them are based off of Gary's imagination.

Source: Slashdot

Multitalented Microsoft Mobile Memory Mouse

Subject: General Tech | March 4, 2008 - 03:40 PM |
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It's a Bluetooth mouse, a wireless mouse, a wired mouse and a 1Gb USB drive, all at the same time.  The wired talent is for recharging it for wireless use again, you never end up with a mouse you can't use.  With Bluetooth enabled laptops, you don't even need the dongle.  Check out this handy little mobile sized mouse at the Hardware Zone.

Bad day for removable interfaces

Subject: General Tech | March 4, 2008 - 11:59 AM |
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It looks like an old vulnerability that Microsoft never got around to fixing allows you to unlock Windows PCs with just a Linux box and a Firewire connection.  The story that was picked up on Slashdot links to a tool that is a proof of concept.  The person who discovered the flaw notified Microsoft about it years ago, but since there has been no fix, he has released it publicly.  Hopefully that will convince someone it is worth fixing.

Source: Slashdot

OCZ Enters Mass Production and Imminent Delivery of the Neural Impulse Actuator

Subject: General Tech | March 4, 2008 - 11:15 AM |
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Sunnyvale, Calif. - March 3, 2008—OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and components for enthusiasts and gamers, is pleased to announced the Neural Impulse Actuator (NIA) has begun mass production and launch into channel is imminent.

We can rebundle it

Subject: General Tech | March 3, 2008 - 11:51 AM |
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TweakTown asks a question that has probably occurred to most hardware enthusiasts at some point, what is up with these graphics card bundles?  Sure, getting a game is nice, unless you already have it, or wouldn't play it if you were paid to.  Jut how many DVI-VGA adapters does one human need anyways?  They offer two companies that they feel are offering the right bundles, without adding much to the price.  Read on to see who they are.

Source: TweakTown

February blahs strike the forums, lets start March with a roar

Subject: General Tech | February 29, 2008 - 05:59 PM |
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Upgrading your system piece by piece can be challenging, and I don't necessarily mean to imply it is hard to find the components or install them.  I am more referring to the dilemma of bottlenecking, as in this thread, nothing is more disheartening
than buying a new graphics card and seeing no improvements.  On the other hand, moving from onboard to add on audio can be a bit confusing.  Hard drives are easier, if you want s