The kids these days get the best toys

Subject: General Tech | February 12, 2008 - 11:40 AM |
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VIA Arena reports on a very neat use for students, the ALMASpace Ground Station which has an EPIA mainboard at it's heart, letting students video conference with the International Space Station.  It also allows data transfer, to upload data that the students want the ISS cameras to focus on and calculate orbital patterns, as well as letting them download the data once it has been collected.  Check out the specs of this learning aid in the full article.

Source: VIA Arena

Can you hear me now?

Subject: General Tech | February 11, 2008 - 01:35 PM |
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Source: BCCHardware

Yahoo plays hard to get; looks for a threesome

Subject: General Tech | February 11, 2008 - 12:01 PM |
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Yahoo has decided that it wants Microsoft to show that it truly loves them, by upping their desired price by $9.00 a share, taking the total price per share to $40.00, all told they want about $58 billion.  The Inquirer has quotes as to exactly how Yahoo announced this to their shareholders.  Microsoft has the option to go directly to the shareholders, to try a buyout that way and to perhaps gain extra leverage to finish the deal.  Just in case they press their suit

Source: The Inquirer

PC Perspective forums can help you beat the February blues

Subject: General Tech | February 8, 2008 - 05:35 PM |
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Wireless connections sound very handy, letting you connect a LAN without running wires all over the floors and ceilings and drilling holes, but they can also be an exercise in frustration.  Take the problems in this post, as well as the inventive and useful suggestions to solve those unreliable and slow connection blues. 

Bend it, shape it, anyway you want it

Subject: General Tech | February 8, 2008 - 01:50 PM |
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At last we have something new in the way of input devices.  The mouse may have become more accurate, faster to respond and sprouted various fans and lights, but it is still basically mouse shaped.  Over at MAKE:Blog they have a link to a red dot design award winning concept mouse that is moldable.  Made witha  centre of lightweight modelling clay and covered with nylon and polyurethane blend fabric, this mouse can take almost any shape you want.  Wrists of the world rejoice!.
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Source: MAKE: Blog

Pull the other one, it's got bells on!

Subject: General Tech | February 8, 2008 - 11:58 AM |
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Could the end be nigh?  Is the apocalypse
just around the corner?  Is the bacon soaring high above my plate? 

Could this be the year?

I wonder if they are giving odds in Vegas?

Source: Hexus

Welcome to the club nVIDIA fans

Subject: General Tech | February 8, 2008 - 11:45 AM |
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It's official, 780i is going the same way as the X38.  The Inquirer expects to start seeing 790i boards appearing very soon now, leaving early adopters out in the cold just as Intel's were.  The 790i offers more improvements than the 780i did, but that will be of little comfort to anyone who picked up a 780i board recently.  There will be a lot of sleepless nights for Ryan benchmarking with this almost simultaneous chipset refresh.

Source: The Inquirer

The rumour mill is running at 7

Subject: General Tech | February 7, 2008 - 11:54 AM |
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I don't know if it's disappointment
in Vista or just sheer boredom, but rumours associated with Windows 7 are just flying around.  First we heard it should be out in about a year, even after Microsoft had made several announcements about difficulties with the kernel.  Then we hear that MinWin might or might not be the kernel for Windows 7.  If that wasn't enough, there was a version of Windows 7 posted to a BitTorrent site, and who could have guessed that it wasn't actually true.

Source: The Inquirer

Intel, STMicroelectronics Deliver Industry's First Phase Change Memory Prototypes

Subject: General Tech | February 7, 2008 - 11:41 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif and GENEVA, Feb. 6, 2008 - Intel Corporation and STMicroelectronics reached a key industry milestone today as they began shipping prototype samples of a future product using a new, innovative memory technology called Phase Change Memory (PCM). The prototypes are the first functional silicon to be delivered to customers for evaluation, bringing the technology one step closer to adoption.

Busy weekend for Intel

Subject: General Tech | February 5, 2008 - 11:51 AM |
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While most of us had only one thing on our minds this weekend, Intel was hard at work giving news about some interesting new technologies they are going to introduce.  Tukwila is going to be literally huge, not simply because Itanium is due for an update, but also because it will have 2 billion transistors on a 65nm process chip.  Hexus looks at that news, as well as the upcoming mobile Silverthorne processor.

Source: Hexus