Subject: General Tech | December 30, 2008 - 11:45 AM | Ryan Shrout
Powerline networking is still getting a lot of attention in various segments of the market and even I have been smitten by the idea of no-new-wires communication that is more reliable and than traditional Wi-Fi. However, my previous experiences with the latest powerline networking technology from Cisco/Linksys were pretty disappointing and I would be hesitant to actually recommend it to anyone.
Subject: General Tech | December 29, 2008 - 01:36 PM | Ryan Shrout
As if there was any other way this would pan out... Microsoft gave out copies of an early build of Windows 7 to developers and media this month and now, *gasp*, copies of the OS have found their way online at torrent sites, etc. What? No way?
Subject: General Tech | December 26, 2008 - 05:35 PM | Josh Walrath
With the Holiday Season winding down, the word on the street is that sales were far lower than even the some of the worst estimates. Luckily we are all still afloat, and what is about to happen could benefit a lot of us. Already prices on computer parts have taken a small dive, and we can expect them to go even lower as retailers look to get rid of excess stock before the typically slow Q1 and Q2 quarters.
Subject: General Tech | December 23, 2008 - 11:56 PM | Ryan Shrout
You have to love statistics when they are put into a frame like this: by reaching 11.5 million registered users, World of Warcraft has now surpassed the population of the state of Ohio. Maybe now Azeroth will get the duly deserved Electoral Votes to help move this country forward.
Subject: General Tech | December 18, 2008 - 12:40 AM | Ryan Shrout
Good news for anyone with a SlingBox and a Blackberry - a public beta of the SlingPlayer Mobile will be available for download on December 30th. Since CES in January of 2008, SlingMedia has promised a SlingPlayer for the Blackberry "this year"; looks like they will JUST BARELY be making that deadline!
Subject: General Tech | December 17, 2008 - 04:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Neither AMD nor nVIDIA can claim favouritism
when it comes to graphical performance in GTA IV, neither card does as well as it should. For a DX9 game that lacks antialiasing and anisotropic filtering the performance you will get from a top of the line card may disappoint you. You can see the performance and some of the differences in graphical settings at [H]ard|OCP, not that the quality will matter too much in a high speed pursuit.
Subject: General Tech | December 17, 2008 - 03:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Regardless of whether you are into Internet Explorer or Firefox, you have some patching to do today. Microsoft has just pushed out an emergency patch to deal with the recent highly publicized
flaw that IE7 suffers from instead of waiting until January. As Trend Micro has identified over 10,000 sites that are actively exploiting that flaw, you might want to apply it right now.
Subject: General Tech | December 16, 2008 - 05:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A lot of gamers are perfectly happy with the dominant style of gaming mice available, at least those with a fair sized right hand. Lefties with smaller hands have been left out in the cold, forced to use mice without on the fly DPI changes or a half dozen programmable buttons. Now thanks to the NZXT Avatar you will suffer no longer! Think Computers is quite
Subject: General Tech | December 16, 2008 - 03:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There are now two choices for those who want to transcode video, be it for back up purposes or so that you can watch a favourite DVD on your iPod. nVIDIA's Badaboom can be purchased for $29.99 and with the help of a Geforce graphics card you can encode to your heart's delight. AMD's Stream comes for free with the new 8.12 Catalyst. Once you begin to compare the quality of the two encoding processes, the obvious choice by price proves not to be the obvious choice for watchability. Take a look at
Subject: General Tech | December 12, 2008 - 06:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you've ever wondered why it is a bad idea to forward a email claiming to be for good Samaritan purposes or to disclose some dire health threat that nobody knows about,