Subject: General Tech | November 25, 2010 - 12:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There has been a lovely little piece of code discovered that leverages a flaw in a portion of the Windows kernel, namely win32k.sys and the inability for the NtGdiEnableEUDC
API to properly vet its input, allowing access to memory addresses in a privileged
area. All this means that you will have yet another way for malware to attack you and not even UAC will help you defend against it. Drop by The Register for the gritty details.
Subject: General Tech | November 24, 2010 - 01:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If the name John Carmack doesn't immediately ring a bell, then stop typing in l33t, do a bit of research and maybe send a thank you letter.
Now that they're gone, at QuakeCon we saw the first peek at a new idea in gaming, creating HD quality FPS games for devices like the iPad and iPhone, in the form of the id tech 5 engine based Rage HD. Ken had a chance to try it out on his iPhone 4 and you can see the video of it that he uploaded right here.
Subject: General Tech | November 24, 2010 - 12:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The story of Llano has not been smooth, but as it is also a story with many firsts it is going fairly well. Llano is not just the first time AMD has integrated a GPU onto a CPU, it is their first SOI based GPU, then consider that for Global Foundries, this is the first newly scratch designed process, including the first time they have gone under 40nm and the first HKMG process they've run as well. All that adds up to a rather hard job of accurately predicting just when when Llano will be delivered.
Introduction and Specifications
Corsair has reinvigorated its product line in 2010 by adding several new components including new solid state drives, power supplies, PC enclosures, and now their first 7.1 USB gaming headset dubbed the HS1. The HS1 is a combination of style, comfort, and immersive Dolby 7.1 surround sound technology that should give other popular gaming headsets on the market this holiday season a run for their money.
Subject: General Tech | November 23, 2010 - 06:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Antec has something new to offer those in need of new PC speakers, the Soundscience Rockus 3D 2.1 Speaker Kit. A pair of aluminium satellites that resemble small spotlights and a subwoofer, and nothing resembling a case or PSU. Thanks to something they call 3Dsst technology, this small system claims to be able to produce some serious sound reproduction.
Introduction, Features, Technical Specifications
Lamptron has quietly created many quality PC gaming and modding products that expand how users monitor and track a variety of system functions. Their latest fan controller is dubbed the FC6 and combines a colorful temperature monitor and fan controller system into one 5.25" bay device. Users can monitor the CPU, hard drive, graphics card, overall case temperatures, and case fan speeds easily through a configurable LCD display that can be changed to match seven different color schemes.
Subject: General Tech | November 23, 2010 - 01:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new Atom series, called the E600C adds an Alteea field-programmable gate array
to an E600 Atom, allowing the processor to essentially be completely reprogrammed after it has been made. Usually, even via a BIOS flash there is no way to change the basic abilities of a chip, whereas an FPGA is designed with that exact feature in mind. This news will not have much of an effect on most enthusiasts, unless they are also into chip prototyping; those who are interested can visit DigiTimes for more details.
Subject: General Tech | November 22, 2010 - 11:40 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
NGOHQ scored 12 pictures from someone who was at an AMD presentation describing the features and architecture of the soon to arrive HD6900 GPU family. There are some big changes, including dual graphics engines which will allow the card to process 2 primitive polygons per clock; the tessellation
engines are also doubled and dual rasterizers will offer up to 32 pixels per clock. You can also see Josh's prediction vindicated, there is a slide showing off 4 stream processing uni
Subject: General Tech | November 19, 2010 - 06:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
One of the benefits of merging the motherboard forums together is that the knowledge available has hit a critical mass where almost any chipset/motherboard question will receive an answer quickly and often it will even be right! For instance, if you need a Chaintech manual, this thread will have it winging its way to you no matter where you are, or a Soltek manual if you swing that way. It's not just the new boards that are supp
Subject: General Tech | November 19, 2010 - 12:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You might remember seeing an odd looking one handed keyboard from Belkin a few years back, called the SpeedPad. It seemed like a good idea but never really caught on, but perhaps if one of the major peripheral makers were to try it might meet with more success. Enter the Razer Nostromo, a new one handed keypad that Gizmodo is reporting on here. No word if it comes with a self destruct sequence.