Before there was cake

Subject: General Tech | September 24, 2008 - 11:56 AM |
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Portal fans have something to look forward to, apart from importing the portal gun into Half Life 2 and getting stuck in places you were never meant to go.  There is a mod coming out called Portal: Prelude which is set in the Aperture Science labs before the rise of GlaDOS, strangely enough.  Due for release on the first birthday of the Orange Box, October 10th, you can expect 8 chapters, 19 test chambers, 48 challenges, 6 advanced maps, a brand new storyline and more than 400 lines of speech. 

The perfect LAN party keyboard

Subject: General Tech | September 23, 2008 - 02:35 PM |
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Thermaltake's Soprano Aluminum Keyboard offers a feature that wasn't really touched on in Think Computers review, as it is made of aluminium it should be sturdy enough to physically discourage spawn campers at LAN parties.  That certainly isn't it's only feature, it has sturdy keys that will hold up to punishment.  It's shortcut keys are tiny; neither taking up huge amounts of room nor sitting in a place where you will accidentall

T-Mobile and Google announce first Android phone: the G1

Subject: General Tech | September 23, 2008 - 12:15 PM |
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I know as well as anyone that new phones are all the rage in recent months (years) since the release of the first iPhone last summer.  Now that the iPhone 3G is out, Blackberry's touchscreen phone is coming next month and with today's T-Mobile G1 Android announcement, the market is going to get more and more interesting.

Source: engadget

Put the PDF down and back away slowly

Subject: General Tech | September 23, 2008 - 11:44 AM |
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PDFs are everywhere, from game manuals to technical papers on the web to documents sent between businesses.  They are also becoming a very popular attack vector for malware distributors.  You can read more about the types of attacks at Slashdot, and some of the other oftware that is being targeted with similar attacks, but the prevention is fairly easy ... patch early and patch often and use a different PDF viewer that doesn't auto execute scripts.

Source: Slashdot

Good news for small time netbooks

Subject: General Tech | September 22, 2008 - 02:03 PM |
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Intel's Atom has sprouted a new core and the boards that were designed for them to run on only need a BIOS update according to the news on DigiTimes.  That won't turn them into Core 2 Duos, but it will certainly help to extend the uses netbooks can be put to.

Source: Digitimes

Gigabyte Open Overclocking Competition 2008

Subject: General Tech | September 22, 2008 - 01:49 PM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, September 19, 2008 - GIGABYTE's first annual overclocking competition, the GIGABYTE Open Overclocking Championship (GO OC 2008) is set to begin. A total of 50 of the world's top overclockers will fly to Taiwan to join the competition and fight for the title of GIGABYTE GO OC Overclocking Champion.

The GIGABYTE Open Overclocking Championship (GO OC 2008) will be held on September 25th, 2008, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Taipei, Taiwan. Can't join the event here in Taiwan?

Source: Email

Androids and Apples, just $200

Subject: General Tech | September 19, 2008 - 11:47 AM |
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Google's new Android phone will be competing directly with the 8GB iPhone 3G, they are the exact same price.  The iPhone requires a two year contract with AT&T to get that price; we don't yet know what kind of contract T-Mobile will require for the Android, we should now before the end of the year, but the details are still sparse right now.  Read on at The Tech Report.

Source: The Inquirer

NVIDIA rumored to cut 6.5% of work force

Subject: General Tech | September 18, 2008 - 04:53 PM |
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According to this news post over at bit-tech, it looks like NVIDIA will be cutting as much as 6.5%, or 360 employees, from their work force in the coming months before the end of their 3rd fiscal quarter.  With new pressure coming from Intel on the discrete graphics front, problems with manufacturering of their current generations of mobile GPUs and the revived AMD graphics department, this move isn't much of a surprise.

Source: bit-tech

How many channels can you keep track of

Subject: General Tech | September 18, 2008 - 04:16 PM |
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At a loss when it comes to lossless codecs and 8 channel sound and how they relate to HDMI and HDCP?  You are not alone, especially when you get into the protection on HD movies and their sound, or trying to figure out if it is your video card or your soundcard that has the most impact on your experience.  AnandTech will take you on a quick journey through the ins and outs of high definition, multi channel audio.

Source: AnandTech

Every end is a new beginning

Subject: General Tech | September 18, 2008 - 11:35 AM |
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In the first and second quarter of 2009 Intel will discontinue twenty processors, ranging from Core 2 Extremes to Celerons.  You can also expect a price drop in October on five different CPUs as well as the release of new models during the next few months and into January.  As usual, Intel has no comments on this news, but DigiTimes track record for this kind of news is very good.  Look forward to Core i7 CPUs and X58 chipsets in November, in addition to the new Duos and Quads.

Source: Digitimes