Very unique hardware

Subject: General Tech | August 21, 2007 - 05:07 PM |
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Dan of Dan's Data is absolutely shocked by the performance of Unique's Hardware NF01 and NF02 USB speakers.  They are about the size of a deck of cards, but weigh in at 200 grams, giving them a huge advantage over other small speakers.  Read on to find out what other tricks were used to make these tiny, but talented speakers.

Source: Dan's Data

Intel to Move NOR Flash Memory Products for Embedded to 65nm Process Technology

Subject: General Tech | August 21, 2007 - 02:33 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 21, 2007 - To support its embedded technology customers, Intel Corporation announced today plans to extend its embedded NOR flash products to the 65-nanometer (nm) generation. According to the company, the move to 65nm process technology will provide price/performance balance and ensure support for extended product life cycles, both important factors to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) designing for embedded market segments.

New embedded 64-bit processors

Subject: General Tech | August 21, 2007 - 11:51 AM |
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The TILE64 processor is a 64-bit mesh/grid architecture processor for the embedded market, and it's not from any of the big chipmakers.  It is the flagship product of Tilera, a company started by Dr.

Source: Ars Technica

Synchronized sinking

Subject: General Tech | August 20, 2007 - 12:00 PM |
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According to the Skype blog, the outage many are still experiencing came about because of Microsoft's Patch Tuesday.  The details are still a little sketchy as to exactly what happened, and why this particular patch had more effect on the Skype network than previous Patch Tuesdays.  Keep an eye on Ars Technica's article for updates.

Source: Ars Technica

Gone fishin'

Subject: General Tech | August 16, 2007 - 05:33 PM |
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My weekend may coming early, but that's no excuse for everyone to miss out on the happenings in the PC Perspective Forums.  It's not all gaming, there is still plenty of other topics to see, such as the problems you can run into with removing beta software, or any type of software that doesn't want to come off your PC.   Head to the Cases'n'Cooling forum to learn more about heatsink testing methods and ther

Real arcade action

Subject: General Tech | August 16, 2007 - 11:58 AM |
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The X-Arcade Tankstick is a very unique device, though the people who will enjoy it are not so rare.   It looks like the front of an old MAME arcade that has been forcibly removed and had USB and PS/2 ports attached to the back.  Plug it into your PC and get gaming by yourself or with a friend, because there are two joysticks and button sets, as well as a fair number of full arcade games to choose from. 

Source: OCMODSHOP

Long live the x86

Subject: General Tech | August 16, 2007 - 11:40 AM |
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AMD is planning on extending the life of the x86 instruction set, which they claim will make it easier on  programmers planning on switching their code to run optimally on multicore processors. This is a good sign for that part of AMDs development team, they stole the thunder from Intel by being first with a 64-bit instruction set.  Read more about their plans at Slashdot.

Source: Slashdot

Something old, or something new?

Subject: General Tech | August 15, 2007 - 12:17 PM |
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One of the biggest games back in the 80's were the point and click adventure games.  From Kings' Quest to Police Quest to Leisure Suit Larry, just about every possible permutation of the genre was covered.  For whatever reason the 90's became the property of Quake and Hexen, and many gamers haven't looked back.  DriverHeaven reviews The Evil Days of Luckless John, an new PC point and click adventure that looks nothing like the old ones did.

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Heck no, we're no SCO

Subject: General Tech | August 15, 2007 - 11:55 AM |
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Novel has no plans to sue anyone over UNIX.  With that announcement and the court ruling, it looks like UNIX is essentially a FOSS (Free/Open Source Software) operating system.  SCO, the distributor that wanted to make sure UNIX remained their property exclusively has been told, in no uncertain terms, that they don't own UNIX and therefore cannot expect to hold copyright on it. 

Source: Ars Technica

Get out of my face

Subject: General Tech | August 14, 2007 - 02:48 PM |
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Hybrid microphone and headphone setups tend to suffer from an annoying flaw, the placement of the microphone.  If you swing it down out of the way then nobody can hear you, and if you bring it up close to your mouth it gets in the way of your beverage of choice.  Put it up too high and everyone will call you a nose breather.  OCC reviews the