Meet the new Flash

Subject: General Tech | October 4, 2010 - 11:34 AM |
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JEDEC (the Joint Electron Devices Engineering Council if you were wondering) has spent the last three years hammering out a Universal Flash Standard which they are preparing to release on the world.  SemiAccirate is hoping for more specific details at the Flash Storage Summit in San Jose which starts today but they did find out some facts to share.  The new standard will apply to both CF cards and to solid state storage applications so you might see UFS compliant flash

Source: SemiAccurate

Happy Birthday to the late David Arneson

Subject: General Tech | October 1, 2010 - 06:01 PM |
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Of all of the most popular subforums on the PC Perspective Forums, the Distributed Computing forum, the BOINC forum and the Folding@Home forum are arguably the most popular and populous.  Right now the Folding forum are celebrating an anniversary, it has been 10 years now since the incept

The sound of Corsair's newest product

Subject: General Tech | October 1, 2010 - 05:26 PM |
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The new Corsair HS1 is a USB gaming headset with soft ear cups and a stiff microphone.  Able to produce 5.1 sound, it is perfect for utilizing the audio cues in games to pinpoint your competition.  The Tech Report was quite impressed with the quality of the audio produced, especially when watching movies but they did feel the microphone could have been of a higher quality.

The saga of the Northern Islands

Subject: General Tech | October 1, 2010 - 01:06 PM |
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DigiTimes has successfully caused quite a bit of confusion with their latest news about AMD's upcoming release of the HD6xxx series.  Today we found out that AMD plans to announce the chips during the AMD Technical Forum and Exhibition this month.  Of course, we all know this family of GPUs exist and are slated to be released next month and there was even a leak of what may well be the exact specifications of the new GPUs.  Announcing the GPUs at this point seems a little confusing, along the lines of announcing that the sun is indeed going to rise tomorrow. 

Source: Digitimes

The sky is not the limit with IPv4

Subject: General Tech | September 30, 2010 - 11:43 AM |
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Just a few short years ago any home user that wanted more that 32 bits of addressable memory would have been laughed at as there were no applications outside of a server room that would ever want that much memory.  How wrong we were, now 6GB kits of DDR3 are quite common and sometimes even reasonably priced. 

Source: Ars Technica

Play Minecraft and learn about CPU architecture at the same time

Subject: General Tech | September 29, 2010 - 12:45 PM |
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While 16 bit computers are a wee bit out of date, for learning the basics of the architecture that modern CPUs use it is a perfect starting point.  There are still quite a few parts to the entire unit and a part of that is the arithmetic logic unit, where arithmetic and logical operations are carried out. 

Source: Hack a Day

My how the GPU has grown; more on GTC 2010

Subject: General Tech | September 29, 2010 - 12:11 PM |
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This was one of the more interesting GPU Technology Conferences, as the the GPU is not just about gaming anymore.  Fans of distributed computing projects like Folding@Home are now familiar with the idea of using a GPU client and have been very pleased with the results.  With the introduction of Fermi we saw nVIDIA GPUs that came on cards without a single graphical output port on them as they were specifically intended for scientific applications.  This year nVIDIA has continued to focus on the utility of their architecture for non-graphics usage as is evidenced by their emphasis

Launch delays and price cuts, the GPU market is changing

Subject: General Tech | September 28, 2010 - 11:49 AM |
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To get the bad news out of the way, all those rumours of an October release of at least one member of the Radeon 6xxx series of graphics cards were more than likely simply rumours.  While AMD declined comment, when DigiTimes posts that the cards will not be seen until November, you are probably best off believing them.  What they say about the performance expectations also puts a damper on enthusiast's spirits.

Source: Digitimes

ARM goes for mobile graphics overkill

Subject: General Tech | September 27, 2010 - 11:44 AM |
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A smartphone with the theoretical graphical power of a PS3 is on the horizon thanks to Marvell's new ARMADA 628.  This is not the ARM9 Cortex that we have been hearing about from ARM, Marvell is licensed to modify ARM architecture and this is what they have come up with for the GPU component on their new chip.  Pushing 80% of the total triangles a PS3's GPU can manage on a screen the size that a smartphone posses may seem like overkill and with the power of the other components it seems likely Marvell is looking to tablets for its next target. 

Source: Ars Technica

34 years ago Compuserve helped spammers realize their dream

Subject: General Tech | September 24, 2010 - 06:01 PM |
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Ah, the thrill and excitement of owning a PC.  It isn't just about pushing for an overclock, fragging your friends and laughing at the mangled grammar on spam emails you know, the real way to get your blood rushing through your body is to boot up your PC and see "BIOS ROM checksum error".  If you have never experienced that before you can live vicariously through this thread in the forums.  For something a little less extreme you