Pump up the volume of your laptop without adding to the weight

Subject: General Tech | August 3, 2010 - 12:14 PM |
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If you are looking to boost the audio on your laptop by carrying around some extra speakers you run the risk of an encumbrance penalty, as the speakers large enough to sound good are bulky and the tiny ones tend to sound no better than the ones built into the laptop.  The Choiix Boom Boom
compromises and comes in a form reminiscent of an iPhone (12mm x 160mm x 90mm), though in reality it is a clamshell which opens to reveal the grill covering the 4 speakers inside.  Powered by USB and connected via a 3.5mm RCA jack so there will be a pair of wires connecting the speaker. 

It's not patch Tuesday but you should hit Windows Update

Subject: General Tech | August 3, 2010 - 11:35 AM |
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Earlier in July a rather nasty Windows flaw that takes advantage of the way that Windows displays Control Panel shortcuts to install a rootkit on your system appeared.  Simply displaying the icon, via explorer for instance, would give the attacker control and that control was targeted at a rather specific and unpleasant task, the disruption of programs used to control and monitor large manufacturing plants.  As [H]ard|OCP

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Mr. Hoffa, I presume?

Subject: General Tech | July 30, 2010 - 06:26 PM |
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There are a wide variety of questions in the Tech Talk Forum, especially now that the Webmastering forum has been merged into it.  You can find questions and recommendations on system builds, printer choices and choice software but a request for viruses is always goi

Llano and Ontario make an early appearance on BOINC

Subject: General Tech | July 30, 2010 - 11:39 AM |
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It looks like AMD was trying to get an idea of how their new chips will work by running a little bit of distributed computing and someone noticed.  BOINC does only measure two types of performance in their benchmark, floating point and integer speeds but that is still enough to tell us about the performance of the chips.  The Ontario core hit 1,300+ million ops/s on with its floating point performance and just over 3,000 million ops/s in integer speeds, which puts it above the Atom at 871 million ops/sec for floating point and 2,249 integer. 

Source: SemiAccurate

Another peek at Intel's coming year

Subject: General Tech | July 29, 2010 - 11:33 AM |
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As is usual, Intel declined to comment on the information that DigiTimes has uncovered about the plans Intel has for 2011 but don't let that shake your confidence that DigiTimes is probably right on the money.  The upcoming Waimea Bay platform will consist of a Sandy Bridge E-based processor in conjunction with the Patsburg chipset and will handle the upcoming generation of DDR3 as it will support RAM speeding up to 2666, though it may be a while before we see that RAM.  Bromolow will be giving some love

Source: Digitimes

That game that came out yesterday

Subject: General Tech | July 28, 2010 - 12:18 PM |
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It has become usual for the release of a PC game to disappoint anyone who tries to grab it on the first day, as brick and mortar stores can't be bothered to carry enough physical copies and the publishers download service collapses under what should have been an expected demand, but many people are now happily playing.  Many of those are probably finding that their actions per minute aren't quite as impressive as they were a decade ago but the nostalgia combined with the new experience is a formidable pair. 

Intel's illuminating new transfer technology

Subject: General Tech | July 28, 2010 - 12:00 PM |
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The big news from Intel yesterday was the announcement of photonic signalling to transfer data at an incredible 50Gbs and that is just to start.  Using four non-interfering wavelengths of light in the form of silicon lasers, Intel has found a way to combine the four wavelengths each capable of 12.5Gbs into a single signal which can be passed across to a receiver that can then split the signal into the original four beams.  They are talking of scaling up to 40 beams or 1Tbs which sounds a lot more interesting than TBS reruns.

More news about AMDs upcoming chips

Subject: General Tech | July 27, 2010 - 12:29 PM |
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DigiTimes has some news on AMD's release plans for the near future.  We should see an integrated USB 3.0 controller on the upcoming Hudson D1 southbridge chipsets that will be arriving before the end of the year.  Along with that release a number of processors including the Phenom II X6 1045T; dual-core X2 560; a pair of quad-core Athlon II X4s and triple-quad Athlon II X3's and even a single-core Sempron 150.  Hopefully those releases will keep AMD's CPU business going until the release of Llano ear

Source: Digitimes

Believe it or not, set up a hardware file quickly, cheaply and easily

Subject: General Tech | July 26, 2010 - 12:12 PM |
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Setting up a hardware firewall is not quite like it was just a handful of years ago when the appliances were purpose built and rather expensive.  Now with dd-wrt you can flash your routers firmware and change it into a powerful security appliance with far more options than the router had previously. 

Source: Extremetech

Franz Ferdinand ain't just a band you know

Subject: General Tech | July 23, 2010 - 06:18 PM |
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While you can get lost in the complexities of the tech world, especially if you listen to the PC Perspective Podcast, but on the forums you will be welcomed be you totally new to the wide weird and wonderful world of PCs or a seasoned old salt.  A basic question about the fundamentals of networking will never bring a demeaning reply, instead at least one of our members will take you through the steps required to fix your problem.  If you have been lurking in the forums