You and HDMI

Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2008 - 08:54 AM |
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The new Auzen HDMI 1.3 board looks mighty impressive, offering significantly more options than other cards on the market currently.  One of the biggest steps is the inclusion of more than just SPDIF for output, which helps out anyone who owns newer equipment and wants to get off of that antiquated interface.  Head to Hardware Canucks for more details on what this card can do for your ears.

Who needs a booth babe

Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2008 - 11:45 AM |
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When you've got this!


Master Boot Record pwnage

Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2008 - 09:03 AM |
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Slashdot has linked to an article that covers an MBR rootkit that was found in the wild at the end of '07.  Sporting such wonderful features as the ability to be undeleteable, short of repairing your MBR; as well as undetectable through your registry or file system, this could be a bad time to be a hard drive.  Unless the MBR moves to a more secure mode this vulnerability cannot be fixed, and who knows what effect having a protected MBR would have on the formatting process.

Source: Slashdot

Dells new beast

Subject: General Tech | January 7, 2008 - 11:40 AM |
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Ryan spotted Dell's new gaming notebook on the floor at CES, hidden inside is a Intel 9 series CPU and g92 GPU.  Check out the shots of the ZPS M1730 below.




Source: Dell

The rumours of VIA's desktop demise ...

Subject: General Tech | January 7, 2008 - 08:54 AM |
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mean nothing to VIA Arena.  Just because the company has announced that their chipset business is being rolled up into the processor division doesn't mean there will be a lack of support for enthusiasts that still have classic VIA chipsets.  VIA Arena has finished creating their brand new forums, which you can sign into for the first time, or simply change your password if you already have a user there.

Source: VIA Arena

A new year in the PC Perspective forums

Subject: General Tech | January 4, 2008 - 02:32 PM |
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It is the first Friday of 2008, which leads to the first forum post of 2008 as well as the first PC Perspective Podcast for 2008.  If you haven't already listened to Josh and Ryan in Podcast #19, then start streaming or you will be missing out on some great info from CES, news from around the web and indepth looks at some of our recent reviews.

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A peek under nVIDIA's covers

Subject: General Tech | January 4, 2008 - 08:47 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP has a look at nVIDIA's upcoming year, which seems to be on hold until mid-year.  The whole 9800 series represent a die shrink to 65nm, not a jump in technology, so don't curse your 8800 series too much just yet.  If you are looking to go Tri-SLI, then you should have your wish in March.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

A good year to be a gamer

Subject: General Tech | January 3, 2008 - 02:31 PM |
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Ars Technica looks back at 2007 and the games that made this a great year.  Some of the hits we saw were a little challenged, as some companies had issues while others took their already good reputations to new heights.  See what else they loved and hated about the past year, or just go play Rock Band some more, it's up to you.

Source: Ars Technica

We now return you to your regularly scheduled news program

Subject: General Tech | January 3, 2008 - 08:59 AM |
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I have successfully returned from Montreal, where 2.5 feet of snow is an inconvenience, not an emergency, and the parties don't start until midnight.  I hope everyone else has had as good a time as I, except for Ryan and Josh who have been slaving away keeping the front page of PC Perspective updated with the newest in tech news.  Thanks guys!

Source: Slashdot

Vista and 802.11n

Subject: General Tech | December 31, 2007 - 10:38 AM |
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Some weeks back D-Link sent me their latest DIR-655 Gigabit/802.11n router for testing, and during Christmas I had the chance to actually start working with the wireless functionality.  The DIR-655 is a nice router by itself, but the main selling point is the 802.11n (Draft 2.0) performance.  This wireless standard offers a max of around 250 Mbit/sec, which is well beyond the standard 100 Mbit/sec wired specification which comprises the standard ethernet connection.  More often than not though, the average wireless throughput should be around 70 to 80 Mbit/sec.  Still, this