Arr, I be a boycotter

Subject: General Tech | November 27, 2009 - 11:53 AM |

Forums dedicated to PC Gamers of a similar mindset reach a certain fevered pitch when a beloved game just isn't what they had expected; even worse are the flame wars that erupt in the weeks leading up to a release or the weeks after a delay of release.  The vitriolic ALL CAPS POSTS, members starting up threads faster than mods can lock them down, it is perhaps a great way to vent but it is not constructive in any manner whatsoever.

Source: Ars Technica

OCZ faces a tough choice

Subject: General Tech | November 26, 2009 - 12:22 PM |

The Register has spotted an interesting product that OCZ is working on, an external SSD with a USB 3.0 connection.  From the picture in the article you can tell that this will resemble a 2.5" drive far more than it will a thumbdrive and with the recent release of their 1TB Colossus SSD it makes sense that they chose to go with the larger form factor.  The Colossus uses SATA II and manages 260MB/sec, the USB 3.0 standard can go as high as 400MB/sec, so it offers a higher possible bandwidth than SATA II

Source: The Register

Come to the Renaissance, meet interesting people and assassinate them

Subject: General Tech | November 25, 2009 - 02:37 PM |

Ars Technica delves into the world of 15th Century Italy and reviews the sequel to Assassin's Creed, bearing a very similar name to the original, as they've simply added a 2.  It takes place about 300 years after the first game and is perfectly playable for those who missed the first game.  It is the Renaissance, so expect some interesting gadgets to appear during your travels to supplement your trusty blade. 

Source: Ars Technica

Cancel or allow?

Subject: General Tech | November 25, 2009 - 01:49 PM |

ExtremeTech has taken Microsoft's claims that Windows 7 is the most secure ever as a challenge and put the new features under the microscope.  There are 5 different sections, detailing UAC, the firewall and networking as well as the new Filtering Platform, all of the new features and the new implementations of familiar features are all covered.  Check it out and see if Win7 passes the grade.

Source: Extremetech

Firming up your expectations for Fermi

Subject: General Tech | November 24, 2009 - 12:51 PM |

The Tech Report has compiled all the information they have gathered about nVIDIA's upcoming new architecture that we have all been hearing so much about.  Not just a graphics solution and not quite a full GPGPU, the Fermi can be a little hard to wrap your head around.  They take you through all of the terminology you will need to understand the architectural changes to the G80 processor, the GF100 and then move onto the actual meat of how the processor will work.  Stick through to the end and you can see some e

For those that play e-Sports

Subject: General Tech | November 23, 2009 - 06:32 PM |

The unfortunately named Zowie Gear Hammer e-Sports Headset has a rather rugged, almost military feel to its design.  It looks like you could swing them around above your head by their cord and lay down the hammer on whichever ex-friend of yours just based camped your team, without the headset suffering any damage.  The headset that Overclockers Cafe reviewed used a pair of 3.5mm jacks as opposed to a

Play starts on the 40, fumble on 32 ... recovery on the 28?

Subject: General Tech | November 23, 2009 - 11:55 AM |

The difficulties at TSMC with their 40nm process are very familiar to anyone who watches the industry or has tried to by an HD5xxx series or 4770 graphics card.  The volume is tiny which has also had the effect of bringing prices up.  The same issues have occurred in their 32nm process, though with less song and dance as there are no retail cards with a 32nm process GPU.  According to SemiAccurate, TSMC has made the decision to stop work on their 32nm process and head s

Source: SemiAccurate

Happy Birthday SETI, you don't even look 25!

Subject: General Tech | November 20, 2009 - 07:34 PM |

Building computers is, in a way a matter of knowing the rules and following them.  On a basic level it is plugging the right connector into the right plug, be it a ZIFF socket or a 12V power connector.  Beyond that come secondary rules, like not mixing RAM and ensuring that temperatures remain reasonable.  Others are more complex, like overclocking in small increments to find the perfect settings instead of instantly trying for your megahertz goal.  There are other unwritten rules to follow that are no less important, rules vary greatly from those stating that

Diverse diversification diversified

Subject: General Tech | November 20, 2009 - 01:40 PM |

It has long been a mantra in the business world that you must always continue to grow your business or you will die.  Most have taken that to heart and began diversifying their businesses, getting into industries they never tried before and moving away from one strong product line into many varied product lines.  Now this is all well and good, many companies have found success in new lines of business and consumer have benefited.  This still does not explain the sudden surge in PC enclosure makers broaching the computer mouse market.  The latest entrant is Cooler Master and

Remember to eat your Chrom-eos

Subject: General Tech | November 20, 2009 - 12:51 PM |

Thinking of Google's new Chrome OS as a competitor to Windows or Linux is not really getting the point of what Google is trying to do.  The OS has some very significant restrictions on how it runs, only flash can be used for storage, there will be a custom firmware layer which is non-optional, and a only Google-approved system and peripheral devices will be recognized by Chrome OS.  This is not designed for open box systems, think very proprietary on the hardware and software level.  The OS its self treats everything as a window in a browser, so no installation need ever occur,

Source: Ars Technica