Subject: General Tech | June 25, 2008 - 12:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Alone in the Dark is back and HEXUS spent some quality time with it. Being fans of the original series, they were not disappointed with the story line and they thought the new graphics were superb. Unfortunately they also found a serious flaw with the controls; as they put it, "You don’t so much move Carnby as drive him about like a human shaped remote control car".
Subject: General Tech | June 25, 2008 - 11:43 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The last copies of XP, as well as the last new licenses will be shipped June 30, after that it is a two year (or so) wait until 7. This may seem like bad news to the gamer and home user who don't want to switch to Vista for a variety of reasons. Put that aside for a minute and think of the poor IT worker, who will find it increasingly difficult to get their hands on a replacement machine that doesn't have Vista on it.
Subject: General Tech | June 24, 2008 - 05:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Bjorn3D recently reviewed the Razer Lycosa Gaming Keyboard and found that they liked it a lot. With glowing WASD keys, auto-disabling of the Windows key, full programmable macro keys and more there is a lot to like about the keyboard. As you read through the review, you do start to get the feeling that maybe they are just a little too excited by the keyboard?
Subject: General Tech | June 24, 2008 - 11:41 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Drop by Ars Technica for an overview, and link to, a paper on using ferroelectric nanocapacitors as a storage medium. The papers claim of one Tb/inch2 is a bit of an exaggeration for their current process, but as lithography progresses, the terabyte may be in reach. If they can advance it quickly enough, we may see a whole new type of solid state storage.
Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2008 - 01:14 PM | Ryan Shrout
Rememer Dr. Who? What? Are you in need a new device to spy on your friends and/or co-workers? Are they also fans of Dr. Who? If so, this Dalek-toy-turned-spy-device would be right up your alley. ChannelFlip has video preview of a specially designed unit that would fit the bill nicely...
Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2008 - 01:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Among with the other problems that Windows XP SP3 caused, HD audio support was reported as missing thanks to the exclusion of the UUA in SP3. The good news is that those problems only existed in the Release Candidate, the Final has no such problem. Along with that tidbit, TechARP also offers a bit of advice that anyone who is running XP should heed, "install SP3 only if you have a fresh Windows XP SP2 installation."
Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2008 - 11:48 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It almost seems that graphics card companies are out to bite the hand that feeds them. Without hardware reviewers, their sales would look fairly different, and they would not have the chance to sell as many different models as they currently do. That didn't stop AMD from crash launching the HD 4850 and it certainly didn't stop nVIDIA from springing the 9800 GTX+ which lead to a very long Wednesday for hardware reviewers trying to get at least something up for their readers.
Subject: General Tech | June 20, 2008 - 06:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There are plenty of threads in the forums on what pieces of kit should go into a new system, and the hows and whys of whatzit A being better that thingamajig Q, but advice on
Subject: General Tech | June 20, 2008 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD has been very quiet about their GPU SDKs, but don't assume that they do not have one. Close-to-Metal, their first offering was available before nVIDIA's CUDA and they have since added a second SDK called Brook+ which has an interface similar to C. The Tech Report had a chance to talk about these two developers kits, and AMDs future plans for Stream computing and physics, along with the other uses these kits can be applied to.