What's new with the iPod Nano

Subject: General Tech | May 17, 2010 - 01:10 PM |

The iPod Nano has entered its 5th generation recently and Think Computers tested one out to see what is new.  Still worth over $100 for 8GB of storage, it has a 2.2", 240 x 376 resolution screen that has the ability to flip from portrait to landscape when the Nano is turned on its side.  There are more features like an FM radio and even a pedometer that can be synced with Nike's app. 

Any looking forward to EyeFinity is not going to like the LCD shortage

Subject: General Tech | May 17, 2010 - 11:53 AM |

When the second largest producer of LCDs in Taiwan and supplier to companies such as Dell and Sony starts talking about panel shortages the consumer should pay attention, even if the topic is a little dry.  Au Optronics
is seeing a big supply problem for all types of LCDs, desktops and TVs through to notebooks for the next few months at the least.  This will have an effect on pricing especially on those products new to the market like 3D panels and e-paper.  The good news is that Au Optronics, along with their competitors like LG Display are looking to expand their production

Source: The Inquirer

SkyLab first headed to the heavens 37 years ago

Subject: General Tech | May 14, 2010 - 06:39 PM |

Networking can be a lot of fun when it is successful but a huge frustration when you are trying to figure out why PC#1 cannot see PC#12.  It really helps to have a clear understanding of both what you have and what you want to do with it.  For instance, if you are unclear as to the name of the setup you are trying to create, you can run into many problems when you try to get help, unless you head straight for our Forums.  Networking isn't the only way that you can run into problems with chaining togeth

Oh, look the Killer NIC found its way back

Subject: General Tech | May 13, 2010 - 11:57 AM |

Before you do anything else, go Google "gane Game Network Efficiency test".  Notice something, like the fact that the only positive returns are from sites that are talking about the Killer NIC in some way?  Now, it is not that the PC industry, specifically the gaming portion, has ever had controversy about driver optimization and benchmark tweaking now have they? 

Source: Boot Daily
Subject: General Tech
Manufacturer: AMD

Falling and Rising...

AMD today has shifted "Vision" into high gear by announcing 130+ laptop design wins using two new platforms based on 45 nm processors and the 880G graphics chipset. AMD has also made huge strides as a company to get into a position to be profitable and have meaningful and competitive products in the face of a strong Intel.

NVIDIA Chief Scientist Bill Dally Receives Computer Architecture’s Highest Honor

Subject: General Tech | May 12, 2010 - 12:51 PM |

SANTA CLARA, Calif.—May 12, 2010—Two leading computing organizations today honored NVIDIA chief scientist Bill Dally with the Eckert-Mauchly Award, which is considered the world’s most prestigious prize for computer architecture.

In awarding the prize, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the IEEE Computer Society (IEEE) called Dally a “visionary” for advancing the state of computing using parallel processors.

Source: NVIDIA

Bungie is Reaching for another dorm room hit

Subject: General Tech | May 12, 2010 - 12:22 PM |

HALO:Reach is in beta and Ars Technica had a chance to try it out and have reported on what they found.  New armour and weapons like the Designated Marksman Rifle have been added and the Elite now offers a completely different experience from playing a Spartan.  There are also new game types for multiplayer to try out the new toys on.  There is even a nice gameplay movie featuring some nice ninja moves.

Source: Ars Technica

AMD's stream of mobile releases

Subject: General Tech | May 12, 2010 - 11:51 AM |

AMD's new mobile platforms, Danube and de Nile, have finally become clear enough to let us see to the bottom of them.  Revealed is a new chipset, the M880G with a DX10.1 Radeon HD 4200 onboard, DDR3 support.  The CPU will be 45nm process Neo chips for the ultra-mobile Nile platform and a mix of Phenom II, Turion II and Athlon II chips for the mobile Danube platform. There will be a lot of choice as AMD has 135 Danube and Nile based laptops in the pipeline.  Read on at The Tech Report.

Why didn't I think of that - nylon tubing standoffs edition

Subject: General Tech | May 11, 2010 - 11:39 AM |

When you see it done you suddenly wonder why it is you haven't thought of it before.  A rig you are working on has random crashes that seem to possibly be caused by electrical shortages, as it is stable out of the case but not inside.  You see that it uses metal standoffs and spend a while fighting with washers between the standoffs and the PCB, try using less than what you consider a safe amount and even try scavenging plastic standoffs from other systems.  All this time

Source: MAKE: Blog