Send Excel 07 back for remedial math classes

Subject: General Tech | September 25, 2007 - 11:59 AM |
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It looks like the new Excel 2007 has some problems (apart from it's ribbon fetish).  It looks like the number 65,535 causes some interesting behaviour, and it's maths skills take a turn for the bizarre.  Excel has had a history of troubles around that spot, including it's belief that no spreadsheet should ever have more than 65,536 rows.  Read more examples of this issue by following the link on Slashdot.

Source: Slashdot

Logitech's G series spreads to keyboards

Subject: General Tech | September 24, 2007 - 05:06 PM |
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The G15 from Logitech is a gaming keyboard with a lot of multipurpose buttons and even a display.  Instead of trimming down the features like Ideazon and others, Logitech opted to add features to a full sized keyboard.  From the blue LED, to disabling the Windows key while gaming, there is a lot of nice touches.  The most powerful feature is it's ability to record macros on the fly and program the LCD screen to display a wide variety of information.  Read on at motherboards.org to see this ke

Distro decision

Subject: General Tech | September 24, 2007 - 01:27 PM |
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When first taking the plunge into Linux, the sheer amount of distros available can be overwhelming.  Instead of backing off and postponing the leap again, check out PC Mechanic.  The author picked a distro after trying out several, and you can learn from his steps ... if you are looking for the same things in Linux that he was.

Source: PC Mechanic

Akella Announces PT boats: Knights of the Sea DX10 benchmark

Subject: General Tech | September 24, 2007 - 12:05 PM |
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Akella presents the DX10 tech demo-benchmark of the upcoming naval action sim PT Boats: Knights of the Sea.

The final game will support both DX10 and DX9, but this demo is a demonstration of what the final game will look like in DirectX 10. The demo features all the visual effects and some of the highly detailed models that will be available in the game.

The main DX10 graphics features of PT boats: Knights of the Sea tech demo-benchmark:

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Weekend projects from the forums

Subject: General Tech | September 21, 2007 - 05:52 PM |
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Think that you know it all when it comes to protecting your PC and keeping your browser secure?  Test your knowledge through the link in this thread, and see how your score stacks up against other PCPer members.  If you are more interested in the hardware side of things, then weigh in on what you think about AMD's 3-core plans, or your opinion on quad core processors, and if they are worth the premium

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More on Intel's exhibitionist display

Subject: General Tech | September 20, 2007 - 12:47 PM |
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With the keynote speech over, a lot of the pomp and circumstance surrounding the IDF has faded, but that doesn't mean the news is over.  AnandTech has a chance for a close-up look at a robot car, new laptops and WiMAX as well as wireless power.  You can also get more details on yesterdays Silverthorne and Menlow news.

Source: AnandTech

A whole lotta folding going on

Subject: General Tech | September 20, 2007 - 12:20 PM |
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Folding@Home has a lot to thank Sony for.  Thanks in part to the PS3 being able to participate, F@H has reached 1 PetaFLOP of computational power.  The entire BOINC project has about half that, at 559.444 TeraFLOPS.  Wired has a bit more on just how much power that represents.

Congratulations to Folders everywhere; especially the ones Folding for PC Perspective.

Source: Wired News

Intel to Combine Wimax and Variety of Mobile Devices to Shape Future Wireless Broadband Internet Wor

Subject: General Tech | September 19, 2007 - 06:40 PM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, Sept. 19, 2007 - Intel Corporation executives today promised that the pending rollout of WiMAX, ongoing innovation to its popular Intel Centrino Duo processor technology for laptop products and a new category of Internet-connected devices will usher in a new era of reliable broadband-connected wireless computing starting next year.

Playing with the phoneless iPhone

Subject: General Tech | September 19, 2007 - 05:25 PM |
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The iPod touch sports all the cool stuff introduced with the iPhone, barring the cellular service.  The Hardware Zone gave it a good tryout and published their results.  It holds 16GB of data, which seems to be the only drawback to the 8mm thickness of the iPod Touch.  See what tricks they managed to get this new iPod to do in the limited time they were allowed to test it.

Crytek creates more questions than answers

Subject: General Tech | September 19, 2007 - 02:36 PM |
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The Inquirer has managed to get Crytek to talk about the differences between the DX9 and 10 versions of Crysis, and they have left more questions than answers in their wake.  Physics will not be supported for DX9 gamers in multiplayer, but we don't know what that will mean for the single player game.  Will there be segregated maps, or will DX10 gamers get advantages over the DX9 people they are playing against?

Source: The Inquirer