What's been hiding in the hawthorne

Subject: General Tech | May 16, 2008 - 01:30 PM |
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Virtual-Hideout got a look at some of the serious Intel hardware being shown off at the Hawthorn Farm Campus.  Skulltrail and Bonetrail 2, and a really impressive looking cooler are just some of what they saw.  Check out all their pictures.

... with frickin' laser beams

Subject: General Tech | May 15, 2008 - 11:59 PM |
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That standard of science fiction and precursor to useful fiber optics, properly known as the "Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation" was first fired off today.  If you haven't seen it yet, Google has honoured Theodore Maiman's ground breaking research in optics (or Gordon Gould's), some of the most important work in information technology since Babbage or Hopper.

Still no word on shark compatible platforms.

Scaling the quad

Subject: General Tech | May 15, 2008 - 01:56 PM |
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The Guru of 3D has decided to find out just what you get from gaming on a quad core processor.  The games they use do cross a gamut of styles, and not all of them utilize the same parts of the PC as others, but you do see a pattern develop.  While there is a clear verdict, it is not perfectly cut and dry.

Source: Guru of 3D

Some computer company launched a chip with lots of gibblehertz

Subject: General Tech | May 15, 2008 - 08:44 AM |
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In other news, Hanna Montana thinks computers should all be mauve and smell nice.

Tech news may be changing for a lot of people, as CNET just got bought by CBS.  There is probably a small chance that CNET might still cover at least some IT related news, but Slashdot's cynics probably have this one right.  CNET may not have been the best source of news for techies, but it did do a good job of aggregating a lot of disparate stories for the time-challenged geek.

Source: Slashdot

Every keyboard should have a shotgun key

Subject: General Tech | May 14, 2008 - 02:22 PM |
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The Cyber Snipa Warboard is not quite as cool looking as the box implies, but it still has some serious style to it.  It has so many buttons it may feel overwhelming to first pick up, but Pro-Clockers ended up in love with it.  There are even removable keys and a baggie of various non-standard keys you can put on the board, if you are so inclined. 

You will anti-alias and you will like it!

Subject: General Tech | May 14, 2008 - 09:17 AM |
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Unreal Engine 3 has taken a lot of flak, especially for it's inability to handle anti-aliasing and lack of any DX10 support.  In Rainbow Six Vegas 2, a way has been found to allow anti-aliasing with Unreal Engine 3, adding a nice look to the game.  [H]ard|OCP tried the game out with a mix of AMD and nVIDIA cards to see what gives you the best performance.  It turns out to have a similar outcome to UT3, where almost any newer card can handle the full settings.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

The evils of 'desk bounce'

Subject: General Tech | May 13, 2008 - 11:33 AM |
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The Razer/THX Mako 2.1-Channel Speaker System has nothing to do with a performance gaming mouse, which may seem strange in a Razer product.  The speakers are a rather odd orb shape, and they connect via Cat-5 cable.  TECHGAGE gave this 2.1 system a thorough testing, which upholds the quality associated with Razer's products.

Source: TECHGAGE

Fab light; full speed ahead

Subject: General Tech | May 13, 2008 - 08:47 AM |
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AMD's purchase of TSMC while AMD didn't exactly have much spare cash lying around spawned quite a bit of discussion about their plans.  The agreed upon answer was that this was AMDs 'fab light' strategy in action and that TSMC would take over the production of GPUs and CPUs for AMD.  The GPU line did indeed start up quickly, but the Phenom was build in AMD facilities, not TSMC's.  According to DigiTimes, TSMC is indeed doing test runs for CPU dies, so we may see more of Hector

Source: Digitimes

Was a hit put out on DX10.1?

Subject: General Tech | May 12, 2008 - 08:56 AM |
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Assassin's Creed has generated it's own little soap opera, involving AMD, nVIDIA and their 'The Way It's Meant To Be Played' marketing tool.  The rabble has been roused by early tests on Assassin's Creed showing that with DX10.1 the AMD graphics cards were showing some remarkable performance.  Come the release date, Ubisoft, a partner with nVIDIA's marketspeak TWIMTBP disabled DX10.1 due to a bugRead the full script of this drama over at The Tech Report.

For when you need professional help

Subject: General Tech | May 8, 2008 - 10:41 AM |
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Razer's Destructor Professional Gaming Mat claims some rather impressive improvements in mouse movement when you use it.  Think Computers concurs, they found that when they used to mat, they actually had to reduce their mouse's sensitivity.  Check out the pad it's self, it's carrying case, and ponder over their warning; "excessive rubbing of the mousepad will result in numbing in the fingers."