Subject: General Tech | March 11, 2009 - 11:18 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Windows 7 public beta is enjoying a much warmer reception than Vista met and not only because there are more than a half dozen working drivers. Microsoft has been talking with various new sources about what lessons they learned from Vista and how they managed to utilize that knowledge into making Windows 7 better. They delve into the changes in the development process like the participation of third parties and the goal of making the beta as stable as an RC is expected to be and to make the RC as good as the final retail version. That may never stop the mantra of 'wait fo
Subject: General Tech | March 10, 2009 - 01:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Getting Linux to run on just about any platform around is no longer a challenge, the true fanatics are still trying to get that dead badger booting, but laptops are no longer interesting. It is so common place that you can go to System76 and pick up a notebook pre-configured with Linux; currently Ubuntu 8.10 (x86_64) with the Linux 2.6.27 kernel, GNOME 2.24.1, X Server 1.5.2, GCC 4.3.2, and a proprietary NVIDIA driver. The Serval Professional notebook that landed in Phoronix's lap was a 15.4" WSXGA+ display, with a C2D P8600 @ 2.40GHz, ICH9M, 4GB of DDR3 1066, a 32GB Intel X25-E Ex
Subject: General Tech | March 10, 2009 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Don't ask why Enermax is now making keyboards, nor why they would make a laptop style model, with keys only a few millimetres tall, before you head to The Tech Report and see how well designed it is. If you like a lot of extra buttons on your keyboard you may be disappointed, if you prefer a minimum of buttons and are happy with a pair of audio plugs and a pair of USB 2.0 plugs then you might just love the
Subject: General Tech | March 10, 2009 - 11:41 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The short and sweet outcome to Ars Technica's experiment is that you should stick with 32-bit if you plan on installing the Windows 7 Beta to your MacBook. The 64-bit version will leave you with little to no driver support and a very crash happy Mac. The 32-bit version will be up and running with only a minimum of extra work and Ars ended with a Windows Experience Score of 4.4, to give you an idea how well it finally ran.
Subject: General Tech | March 9, 2009 - 12:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Josh spent his weekend pondering what we know about the upcoming RV790 architecture that will take the Radeon series into it's next iteration. The big question is whether it shall be simply a speed optimized RV770 chip, or if it will truly be a change from it's predecessor like the RV770 is a huge improvement from the R600 even though it is very similarly constructed. Read his full article for a look at AMD/ATI's past and it's possible contributions in the near future.
Subject: General Tech | March 6, 2009 - 05:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Overclocking is a tried and true past time for members of the PC Perspective Forums and the reason that the overclocking forum exists and is so popular. For some it is the challenge of
Subject: General Tech | March 6, 2009 - 02:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you want good bass from a pair of headphones you might want to look at Sony's MDR-XB700 headset. They are very large, thanks to the 50mm driver in the headphones which supply the bass. On the other hand, from the testing at Hardware Zone, the drivers they used might not have been of the best quality for they found significant distortion at high volumes.
Subject: General Tech | March 6, 2009 - 12:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
File sharing is sitting in the limelight right now, with the spectrial in Sweden, Lars downloading his own songs and the RIAA are all in the headlines. There is also talk about darknets, though not so much in the mainstream media. If you haven't been keeping up with the protean world of torrents and filesharing, you can
Subject: General Tech | March 5, 2009 - 03:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Mionix is a newcomer to the enthusiast market and they are leading with a gaming mouse and a mousing surface. The Saiph 3200 mouse has a nice black finish and a curved shape that will be familiar to anyone who has seen a gaming mouse. It also sports multiple buttons including the essential on-the-fly DPI changing and also ships with a set of small weights to allow you to reach the perfect weight for your mouse. The Alioth 400 is a mousepad that measures 400mm x 335mm, and sports a nice rubber backing to keep the pad in place.
Subject: General Tech | March 5, 2009 - 11:47 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP has posted a link to where you can get the new Vista/Server 2008 SP2 release candidate. The first and most important step to take is to remove the beta version of SP2 if you have installed it, skipping that step may well ruin your day. The stand alone package is about 300MB for x86 and 500MB for the x64 version. There are numerous compatibility issues fixed ranging from POP3 support for ZoneAlarm to support for VIA 64bit processors. If you do try it out, bookm