That's just teasing

Subject: General Tech | January 31, 2008 - 11:37 AM |
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3DMark Vantage is coming ... sometime.   Over at Futuremark is a teaser page with 3 screenshots from one of the tests you will see in the new version of 3DMark, which is following in the naming scheme we saw back in October, PCMark Vantage.  There really isn't much information, apart from 3 screenshots and a link to the Game-O-Meter to test to see if your system can handle the benchmark without melting.

Strangely, it seems the spare GeForce3 Ti 200 I stuck in my PC at work still doesn't qualify it for even the minimum requirements.

Source: FUTUREMARK

Does that make Crysis EA's foray into benchmarking?

Subject: General Tech | January 30, 2008 - 12:10 PM |
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AnandTech has cornered Futuremark on a topic many of us having been waiting to hear about, Futuremark Games Studio.  Anyone who has sat watching the 3DMark benchmarks has probably wondered just why Futuremark is so vicious as to give us 60 seconds or so of what looks to be an incredible game, and then wanders off into pixel tests.  The details are still sketchy, but we now know that something is in the works. 

Source: AnandTech

Oh, those crazy Germans

Subject: General Tech | January 30, 2008 - 11:55 AM |
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A plan by German police to hire hackers to break the encryption that Skype uses for it's VoIP communications has prompted an interesting article at The Register.  They cover the 'poison movie' exploit, which has been fixed, as well as concerns that the current animated ads that play over Skype may provide another vector in which the same kind of exploit could be launched.  They also link to a talk that took place during the Black Hat Europe 2006 conference, in which two participants voiced concerns th

Source: The Register

Roll your own keyboard

Subject: General Tech | January 29, 2008 - 03:03 PM |
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If you've seen flexible keyboards for sale, you might have thought it was a great idea, but the price is a bit much, and it might not have a layout that you like.  Hack a Day comes to your rescue, with steps on how to make your own flexible keyboard, simply by disemboweling a normal USB keyboard and taping letters onto the membrane.

Source: Hack a Day

Hot new flashlight

Subject: General Tech | January 29, 2008 - 12:36 PM |
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Wicked Lasers (the guys who did the Green and Blu-ray Lasers) have introduced The Torch, a record holding 4100 lumen flashlight that can set things on fire!  If you follow the links from Slashdot, you can see the flashlight setting a pile of paper on fire.  Sure, the battery will only last for 15 minutes, but that's plenty of time to cook an egg in the dark.

Source: Slashdot

PC Games sales make up only 14% of gaming market

Subject: General Tech | January 29, 2008 - 11:29 AM |
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In some interesting news from the gang at Shacknews, PC games are only making up about 14% of gaming sales when compile with the current console gaming market.  The one caveat: digital download sales weren't included in the research.

Source: Shacknews

Relax, it was just a dream

Subject: General Tech | January 28, 2008 - 12:32 PM |
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For anyone who went into shock over the rumours that Windows 7 might be released next year, it is safe to come out now.  The Inquirer looked into it and found some very convincing evidence that we won't see Windows 7 until some time after the end of the Mayan Calender.  Any correlation between those two dates are just speculation at this time.

Source: The Inquirer

Anyone fancy some haggis?

Subject: General Tech | January 25, 2008 - 05:58 PM |
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One of my favourite installation errors has to be when an optical drive decides not to be recognized, as inevitably, at some point in the process Windows will request that you place a driver disk in your CD-ROM drive, so that it can install drivers.  In the past at that point, I have the overwhelming urge to insert something that is not a CD into somewhere on the PC that is not the CD drive.   If you wish to take the high road, and actually fix the problem, check out this thread in Tech Talk for some hints

Source: 3DCenter

3-D Wii

Subject: General Tech | January 25, 2008 - 12:07 PM |
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Johnny Chung Lee, who you may have heard of from his past work has had another stroke of genius.  By using a Wii bar sensor and an pair of safety glasses, as well as a bit of programming, he has an incredible way to have and actual 3-D view of his demo game on a Wii.  You have to watch the YouTube video to believe it, and you will probably have to wait a while before Nintendo picks up on this and starts making games.  The only real drawback with his method

More sightings of the elusive Phenom

Subject: General Tech | January 25, 2008 - 11:51 AM |
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DigiTimes says this one will come at CeBIT 2008 in March.  We will see how well the TLB bug has been dealt with, and maybe we might even here when they will be for sale.

Source: Digitimes