Gone fishin'

Subject: General Tech | August 16, 2007 - 05:33 PM |
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My weekend may coming early, but that's no excuse for everyone to miss out on the happenings in the PC Perspective Forums.  It's not all gaming, there is still plenty of other topics to see, such as the problems you can run into with removing beta software, or any type of software that doesn't want to come off your PC.   Head to the Cases'n'Cooling forum to learn more about heatsink testing methods and ther

Real arcade action

Subject: General Tech | August 16, 2007 - 11:58 AM |
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The X-Arcade Tankstick is a very unique device, though the people who will enjoy it are not so rare.   It looks like the front of an old MAME arcade that has been forcibly removed and had USB and PS/2 ports attached to the back.  Plug it into your PC and get gaming by yourself or with a friend, because there are two joysticks and button sets, as well as a fair number of full arcade games to choose from. 

Source: OCMODSHOP

Long live the x86

Subject: General Tech | August 16, 2007 - 11:40 AM |
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AMD is planning on extending the life of the x86 instruction set, which they claim will make it easier on  programmers planning on switching their code to run optimally on multicore processors. This is a good sign for that part of AMDs development team, they stole the thunder from Intel by being first with a 64-bit instruction set.  Read more about their plans at Slashdot.

Source: Slashdot

Something old, or something new?

Subject: General Tech | August 15, 2007 - 12:17 PM |
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One of the biggest games back in the 80's were the point and click adventure games.  From Kings' Quest to Police Quest to Leisure Suit Larry, just about every possible permutation of the genre was covered.  For whatever reason the 90's became the property of Quake and Hexen, and many gamers haven't looked back.  DriverHeaven reviews The Evil Days of Luckless John, an new PC point and click adventure that looks nothing like the old ones did.

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Heck no, we're no SCO

Subject: General Tech | August 15, 2007 - 11:55 AM |
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Novel has no plans to sue anyone over UNIX.  With that announcement and the court ruling, it looks like UNIX is essentially a FOSS (Free/Open Source Software) operating system.  SCO, the distributor that wanted to make sure UNIX remained their property exclusively has been told, in no uncertain terms, that they don't own UNIX and therefore cannot expect to hold copyright on it. 

Source: Ars Technica

Get out of my face

Subject: General Tech | August 14, 2007 - 02:48 PM |
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Hybrid microphone and headphone setups tend to suffer from an annoying flaw, the placement of the microphone.  If you swing it down out of the way then nobody can hear you, and if you bring it up close to your mouth it gets in the way of your beverage of choice.  Put it up too high and everyone will call you a nose breather.  OCC reviews the

Penguin friendly hardware

Subject: General Tech | August 14, 2007 - 12:00 PM |
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At Linux.com you can find a post detailing every single website that they could find that list hardware Linux compatibility.  From peripherals like printers and digital cameras to graphics cards and laptops.  Not every type of component is covered as well as others, but they all will help you part out a future Linux PC.

Source: Linux.com

Test drive SkyDrive

Subject: General Tech | August 13, 2007 - 12:01 PM |
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With the addition of the label Windows Live to all their online services, like Hotmail, Microsoft is offering several new services.   TechReviewSource reviews the beta of Windows Live SkyDrive, 500MB of free online storage that will eventually be offered to all Windows Live members.  Sneak a peek at it, and volunteer to try out the beta by following the link at the end of the review.

Things to do instead of going to the beach

Subject: General Tech | August 10, 2007 - 05:24 PM |
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It is a good idea to restart your PC every once and a while if you are running Windows, it will fix a surprising number of different problems ...

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ATI's driver can crack your kernel

Subject: General Tech | August 10, 2007 - 12:12 PM |
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Beware of Vista drivers bearing a purple pill, says this story on [H]ard|OCP.  AMD/ATI's drivers open up a vulnerability in Vista which could allow unsigned programs to be installed silently if they are piggybacked into the installation program.  The creator of the tool that allows this posted it to his site for just over an hour, under the assumption that the vulnerability had been patched.  When he discovered it wasn't, he pulled it.

"Apparently an unpatched flaw in an ATI driver al

Source: [H]ard|OCP