Subject: General Tech | July 17, 2009 - 07:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
PC users have entered a new state of power consciousness, something that is probably a good idea as some high end PCs probably use more energy than the sum of the rest of the appliances in the house in which it is situated. Mind you, with the cost of a pair of dual GPU cards and an i7 965, the only appliances in said house may well be a beer fridge and a coffee maker.
Subject: General Tech | July 17, 2009 - 12:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Starting next Tuesday, 320GB, 160GB and 80GB Intel SSDs will be on the market for those that can afford them. They will be using 34nm NAND chips
which will mean several things, the most obvious of which is the large capacities. These larger drives will also have better performance that drives with older process flash memory and may reduce the price. As Intel 160GB drives currently sell for just over $4/GB or $650 so a doubling of price, plus a premium for the large size would present a prohibitive cost to most enthusiasts.
Subject: General Tech | July 16, 2009 - 12:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Those of you who have seen last nights live podcast will have heard of the hardware and software problems with the Marvell chip implementation of 6.0Gbs SATA. ASUS, Gigabyte and MSI are all either delaying boards or removing the chips and support for the new SATA standard altogether. We heard from Marvell during the podcast and Ryan read their statement live. You can see the text version here, discussing the issue and what legacy support of PATA might or might not have to do with the problems.
Subject: General Tech | July 15, 2009 - 06:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
MSI, feeling discontented with only having motherboards, laptops and mice has expanded their product line up to include speakers. The MSI SyrenSpeaker Mini
2.0 are an awfully cute 50x50x50mm box shape and weigh in at only 170g, so they are perfect for a mobile system or your desk at work. They won't stand up to a 7.1 surround sound system, but at a 1/10th of the cost, they really are not designed to. Check them out at Verdis Reviews.
Subject: General Tech | July 15, 2009 - 04:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The body of the EnerMax Aurora Micro Aluminum Keyboard is one solid piece of aluminium with matte black plastic keys with what Enermax claims to be 'Everlasting key top printing', in a compact form factor.
This means that while it does keep the solidity of the design, anyone who finds that one-size-fits-all gloves do anything but fit are going to have troubles with the some of the tiny keys. If you do have hands on the small
Subject: General Tech | July 15, 2009 - 12:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
FASA has released its MechWarrior IP and one of the original creators of the PC games, Jordan Weisman has started a new company called 42 Entertainment which will be reviving the franchise as a multiplayer game. His plan is to have a CoD4 like perpetual world with an upgradeable skill set to ensure that those who spend a lot of time in a favourite Mech will be rewarded. There are also hints that the skills will apply to weapons as well. You can check out the teaser video and get some
Subject: General Tech | July 14, 2009 - 11:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Pick up your tinfoil hats and keep a careful eye on anyone carrying around this book, because humans are getting much better at hacking the mind. Simple things, like the defacing of the epilepsy support websites with flashing colours to trigger epileptic fits is nothing new; a chemical that seems to be able to produce permanent memory loss in rats is not. Neural engineers have developed wireless interfaces allowing usage of computer and wheelchairs via direct brain control, though those devices are not conduciv
Subject: General Tech | July 13, 2009 - 11:43 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With the fun and easy to understand changes to the UI of the Microsoft Office Suite in the 2008 version still fresh in the minds of students and office workers everywhere, the release of Office 2010 is being looked at with a bit of trepidation. Thanks to a bit of an early opening, you can catch screenshots and movies of the office at HEXUS. Over at The Inquirer is a brief summary of the changes to Office and to Microsoft's business model, as
Subject: General Tech | July 10, 2009 - 06:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The internet is great, bringing you a broad variety of information and entertainment, some of which you want to see and some of which you wish you could bleach out of your brain. Either way, when the tap runs dry or even just starts to falter a little, it can be a real brain teaser trying to track down the problem.