Steve's video shack

Subject: General Tech | January 22, 2008 - 01:32 PM |
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ExtremeTech tried out the iTunes Movie Rental service, and wants you to know how their experience with it went.  One of the first things that struck them was a negative, for some reason HD movies cost almost twice as much as a non-HD movie.  The experience did improve from there, they found the service easy to use and the quality was good, as you would expect.  On the other hand, the movie studios did get to slap some restrictions on just how long you have to watch the video.

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Pass the salt, I need a grain

Subject: General Tech | January 22, 2008 - 11:59 AM |
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After the stunning release of Vista (at least Microsoft was stunned), there obviously seems to be a need for something to follow it up with.  The home adoption of Vista has not been anywhere near as bad as corporate adoption, as many home users either ended up using Vista because it was bundled with the machine they bought, or the occasional gamer buying it to try out DX10.  In the world of big business Vista adoption is incredibly slow; although larger companies are always slow to change, Vista simply doesn't seem to attract them at all. 

Source: Slashdot

Creative PC Hardware Destruction Methods

Subject: General Tech | January 22, 2008 - 12:14 AM |
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We need your help!  We have some hardware that needs to be destroyed in a creative yet decisive way, but we can't quite figure out HOW to do it.  That's where you come in: drop by the forums and tell me how YOU would like to destroy some PC hardware.

Let's just say we have some frustrations to vent...so get in there and help me!!!

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Time for your force feeding

Subject: General Tech | January 21, 2008 - 11:51 AM |
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Hope you like IE7, because it may be making an appearance on your desktop, whether you like it or not.  Through the use of Windows Server Update Services, they will be rolling out an update this Friday.  Standalone PC's probably won't see this, it is the corporate world of domain servers that will be receiving the forced update and spreading it to it's client PCs.  The update is easily avoided, as WSUS has to be set to auto-approve Update Rollup packages to automatically install and push out the update, and it's default setting is to not auto-approve.  If you haven't fully

Source: Slashdot

Serving up meda, PC Perspective style

Subject: General Tech | January 18, 2008 - 06:33 PM |
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If you are thinking of setting up an HTPC, you can always take UB's advice, or you can go it your own.  If you do, you will need a case, and you had better find out what is new in the world of TV Tuner cards and as we've mentioned before, don't go out and buy the $100 a foot cables; ple

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As heard about on the podcast

Subject: General Tech | January 18, 2008 - 12:01 PM |
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OCZ's headband, aka the Neural Impulse Actuator, may be the most embarrassing piece of tech to wear that is currently available on the planet.  On the other hand, it lets you control your PC with your mind ...

Take Vista's stick away and hide it

Subject: General Tech | January 18, 2008 - 11:41 AM |
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Have you ever played fetch with a really lazy dog who just can't be bothered to bring the stick back, leaving you to do most of the exercise and provide all the entertainment?  Well, as OCModShop reports, the SuperFetch feature in Vista is roughly analogous. 
SuperFetch loads frequently used applications and pages into a memory cache, in fact it tries to use up as much available memory as possible with this cache.  So if you are running a 64bit flavoured OS and have more than 4GB of RAM then that isn't a problem, and the fraction of a second that Photoshop saves in loading up

Source: OCMODSHOP

Apple's special treatment

Subject: General Tech | January 17, 2008 - 05:31 PM |
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Back when the Steve-anator tried releasing Apple TV, and it turned out that there was a unique Intel chip inside, made specifically for Apple?  Well, it turns out that even with the failure of Apple TV, Intel was more than happy to custom make a C2D processor that is 60% smaller than any other.  See what it looks like over at AnandTech.

Source: AnandTech

AMD Reports Fourth Quarter and Annual Results

Subject: General Tech | January 17, 2008 - 05:09 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Jan. 17, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today reported fourth quarter 2007 revenue of $1.770 billion, an 8 percent increase compared to the third quarter of 2007 and flat compared to the fourth quarter of 2006.  In the fourth quarter of 2007, AMD reported a net loss of $1.772 billion, or $3.06 per share, and an operating loss of $1.678 billion.  Fourth quarter net loss included charges of $1.675 billion, or $2.89 per share, of which $1.669 billion were operating charges.  The non-cash portion of the fourth quarter charges was $1.606 billion.

Source: AMD

The router of all evil

Subject: General Tech | January 17, 2008 - 12:00 PM |
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It is taken as a fact that there are thousands of miles of dark fiber in the ground, and that the only time the wiring needs to be updated is the last 10 feet to the house.  There is another problem though, as the dark fiber gets turned on, the data passing through the aging routers expands beyond what they were designed to cope with.  Ars Technica looks at the current problems; from Moore's Law as it relates to the price of routers, the speed of RAM, and the solution proposed long

Source: Ars Technica