Taking the light out of LightPeak

Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2011 - 01:56 PM |
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The only real shocking thing about Thunderbolt is the name change, apart from that we have seen demo models for over a year, even the switch to copper was known in advance.  That reduction in bandwidth has made the initial implementation of Thunderbolt limited to PCI Express based data transfers and DisplayPort high resolution display output, all wrapped up into a single controller and a single cable.


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Manufacturer: Intel
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Out is Light, in is Copper

Yup, you read that right: Intel Light Peak is no more and it has been replaced by the official branding of Intel Thunderbolt Technology. Love it or hate it, that is what we are going to be using for the future and now it's time to get down to the nitty-gritty about what it does and what it can do.

Stick a bluetooth enabled Stone into your ear

Subject: General Tech | February 23, 2011 - 05:26 PM |
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The second iteration of the Jabra Stone is up for review at t-break.  The model they received was covered in leather, not plastic which gives it a very unique look and feel.  It is a little more than a headpiece as it can accept limited voice commands though the volume remains a physical switch.  Drop by to see if this is your next must have accessory for your cellphone.

Source: t-break

Intel looking to launch Light Peak tomorrow; Apple brands "Thunderbolt"

Subject: General Tech | February 23, 2011 - 04:55 PM |
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Earlier this week we got a cryptic note from Intel with only the following information:

On Thursday, Feb. 24, Intel will host a “Views at 10” press briefing to discuss a new technology that is about to appear on the market. We can’t provide you with more details at this time, but we believe this is an event that you won’t want to miss.

Bulletstorm: better on the console apparently

Subject: General Tech | February 23, 2011 - 01:08 PM |
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Ars Technica does not offer praise when examining Bulletstorm on the PC.  From requiring a Games for Windows Live account even for Steam versions, to a lock of 62fps maximum and very limited graphics options, the entire game thumbs it's nose at high end gaming machines.  Even better is the encryption on the .ini files, which are the files that advanced users edit to allow for advanced changes to the games settings.  It is fairly easy to unencrypt them

Source: Ars Technica

Second thoughts about upgrading enterprise servers to SSDs

Subject: General Tech | February 22, 2011 - 11:52 AM |
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Being a techie for a major company can be interesting, in that they are able to purchase kit you would never be able to afford on your own, which you can do 'stability testing' with.  On the other hand you have to comply with various regulations enforced by both your company and your clients.  One of the least enjoyable of those can be the safe destruction of data once a machine is retired, unless you are lucky enough to have an enjoyable way of doing it, as opposed to the tedium of a governm

Source: The Register

Trade in your mouse for an FPS gun?

Subject: General Tech | February 21, 2011 - 04:02 PM |
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The Zalman FG1000 FPS Gun is an attempt to change the world of gaming peripherals and at ~$50 it does not require a huge investment to experiment with.  As you can infer by the name, this will not replace a mouse for casual use, but for shooters it is a way to control your character in a different way.  Check out the full review at eTeknix to see

Source: eTeknix

Redoing SLI math with the 560GTX

Subject: General Tech | February 21, 2011 - 01:13 PM |
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With the release of the relatively inexpensive 460GTX, NVIDIA introduced an interesting choice for those looking for high end graphics, as in many scenarios it was cheaper and more effective to pick up a pair of 460GXTs that pay the price for the 480GTX.  Now that they have trumped that card with the new 560GTX as well as upping the stakes on the new 580GTX it is time to revisit the previous choice.  [H]ard|OCP paired two of MSI's $250

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Intel focusing on US manufacturing

Subject: General Tech | February 21, 2011 - 12:42 PM |
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Back in November Intel announced plans to build a new Fab in Oregon as well as upgrading the four existing Fabs in Oregon and Arizona to their new 22nm fabrication process.  Now they are planning on breaking more ground in Arizona, with a brand new facility called Fab 42 which will be producing a new generation of chips, down to the 14nm level according to DigiTimes.

 

 

Source: Digitimes