Subject: General Tech | July 16, 2008 - 02:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Gifted with an overabundance of energy, The Tech Report rounded up 7 mobile drives. There are three SSDs; OCZ's 64GB SATA II, the Samsung FlashSSD 64GB and Super Talent's MasterDrive MX 60GB, plus four platter based drives, the 250GB Seagate Momentus 5400.4 and 320GB versions of the Seagate Momentus 7200.3 and Western Digital's Scorpio Blue and Caviar Scorpio Black 320GB. See which drives will give you the best mobile experience in their full review.
Subject: General Tech | July 16, 2008 - 12:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The official E3 trailer for Fallout 3 is available for your viewing pleasure, boingboing was nice enough to embed it here. Watching it doesn't really explain the mutant blend of turn based and real time that Bethesda claims will be it's main mode of play, but it does give you a very quick glance at the action. It also looks like Bloody Mess will be a very popular trait.
Subject: General Tech | July 16, 2008 - 11:47 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica spoke with nVIDIA about the rumours surrounding the problems with their next generation of G84 and G86's. nVIDIA believes that the increased rate of failure is limited to notebooks only, and a limited number of those. Not only is the problem very limited, but it will only occur in specific configurations and they have already released a software update that will increase the speed of the fans that cool the effected chips; problem solved. On t
Subject: General Tech | July 15, 2008 - 03:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Creative has expanded their Zen MP3 player line to include the X-Fi series which offers some of the same digital audio enhancement that the X-Fi audio cards possess. Add to that support for Wi-Fi on the 16GB and 32GB models, and you have one serious MP3 player. Hardware Zone can give you the specifications here.
Subject: General Tech | July 15, 2008 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You won't be seeing that little blue square with the white arrow very often anymore, SoundMax is being discontinued by Analog Devices, leaving Realtek as the only major dedicated onboard audio chip provider. Intel and AMD have the ability to create serious onboard audio solutions, but have preferred to use third party chips and codecs in the past, but now they have only one to choose from. The Tech Report can tell you more about this move.
Subject: General Tech | July 14, 2008 - 02:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are looking to beat the rest of the gang when piloting a helicopter, jet or any other flying vehicle, you need to get a joystick. Saitek has been making joysticks for quite a while now, and they have come out with the new Aviator (AV8R) Flight Stick. Just like mice and keyboards have evolved some rather interesting new tricks, this joystick also has some features you might not have seen before.
Subject: General Tech | July 14, 2008 - 11:48 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Have you ever been baffled as to how some forum members can tell you, at a glimpse, which processes are unnecessary
and just sucking up resources. One tool that you may have used is HijackThis, which when paired with their online analyzer can pinpoint nasty processes, but not the innocuous but greed programs. If you want to understand more about what is running on your system, you will need to spend some time with Process Explorer which can give you a lot more information on what is running on your system than Task Manager can.
Subject: General Tech | July 11, 2008 - 11:53 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In a move very similar to the release of Firefox 3, the Apple activation servers have gone down. After waiting in line with all the other iPhone fans, it looks like you will be sent home with an unactivated iPhone and can try to activate it later through iTunes. Keep an eye on Engadget for updates.
Subject: General Tech | July 10, 2008 - 01:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Symphonic Designs Tube Amplifier has a classic steampunk look to it, with the sound quality that anyone who has heard tube amps before would expect. Combine that with Bluetooth and an iPod dock in addition to RCA and banana plugs have you have nice meld of old and new. The sound won't be terribly loud; it is rated at 18W, but that amount of power satisfied Techware Labs.