Subject: General Tech | July 21, 2010 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Spore is trying to evolve and take out the competition in a bid to become the dominant game on this planet. We have seen mutations like the online creature builder that have tried to entice gamers into the Spore realm, an iPhone app emulates the beginning stages of the game and there is even a mutation that has spread to the Wii and DS. Now we will be witness to a new PC/Mac game called DarkSpore which will be online and play very differently than the other games. Ars Technica had it described to them in terms of playing a mutated beast that wanders around sticking random bod
Subject: General Tech | July 21, 2010 - 11:29 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Why waste time waiting for a random user to infect your server with malware when Dell will ship you a board that comes pre-infected. The PowerEdge R410 Rack server comes with spyware built into its system management software which is embedded on the hardware. Security experts have been warning about this sort of hardware infection, though it is not clear if the spyware is truly embedded in hardware. According to The Register, a small number of boards were affected and they have been
Subject: General Tech | July 20, 2010 - 01:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fountain Valley, CA -- July 19, 2010 -- Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced it is holding a "How Can a Kingston SSDNow Drive Change Your Life?" video contest. The contest (for U.S. residents only) asks entrants to come up with the most creative way to demonstrate how using a solid-state drive can change one’s daily life. Entries will be judged on creativity in presenting an idea or story in a video format.
Subject: General Tech | July 20, 2010 - 11:38 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While MSI's 3D notebook is rather interesting for those who want to game and watch movies, there are many who are looking for a notebook with a little difference focus. Intel has been trying to fill that niche with their CULV platform and they have recently refreshed their offerings in hopes of tempting a few more consumers. SemiAccurate has a breakdown of the various Arrandale powered CULVs, ranging from a rather small, Celeron U3400 powered CULV up to larger Core i7 powered models.
Introduction and Specifications
Psyko AudioLabs is bridging the gap between the benefits of a stand-alone 5.1 surround sound setup and standard gaming headphones with their Psyko 5.1 headphones. These $300 headphones were previewed at last year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and were even recognized with a 2009 CES Innovation Award. We will see if these high-end cans give us an edge in our favorite FPS games.
Subject: General Tech | July 19, 2010 - 01:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The $79 WarMouse Meta
is not just a mouse with a high DPI, it sports a joystick and 19 buttons. The familiar two buttons that are present on any modern mouse have been replaced by 9 buttons on each side offering some serious button power for those willing to learn to use it. Each and every button can be programmed as a mouse button itself, a key stroke or a held keypress, a macro, a combo or a special command. Drop by ExtremeTech to find out exactly what all that means.
Subject: General Tech | July 19, 2010 - 12:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The attack takes a little doing to complete successfully but it is very effective. A malformed shortcut, usually present on a USB drive can install a rootkit on your PC, simply by displaying the shortcut icon. The exploit lies in the way that Windows handles shortcuts to Control Panel icons and is helped by the fact that part of the malware payload it installs masquerades its self as signed drivers from Realtek, though that particular identifier has now been revoked. To make matters worse Ars Technica reports, there is a specific target, Siemens' SIMATIC WinCC software whi
Subject: General Tech | July 16, 2010 - 06:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
One of the more active forums this week has been the Storage Forum, with a variety of questions and observations appearing over the past few days. Obviously there is talk about SSDs, and a forum member recently picked up a rather nice drive and wanted to share their joy but there is also someone who is a little disappointed. It seems that the our
Subject: General Tech | July 16, 2010 - 11:53 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Basic routers are not the most sexy of tech and once you have bought one you will probably use it until it dies, or the new wireless spec finally arrives. It really isn't a piece of kit you think about much, let alone research new models coming out so you can upgrade to the newest model. As you might have heard on this weeks podcast (#113), even Ryan has an old outdated router. You just might want to consider upgrading or
Subject: General Tech | July 16, 2010 - 10:02 AM | Jonathan Hung
Acer has really come around in recent years terms of build quality and pricing. With that combination, Acer has officially claimed second place in global PC shipments according to research performed by Gartner, displacing the former king Dell, and now an arm's length from HP, the current leader.