When is a mouse not a mouse?

Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2007 - 02:32 PM |
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When it's a Trackbar Emotion.  ExtremeTech reviews this device designed to reduce RSI and carpal.  It sits on the bottom of your keyboard, much like a wrist rest, with the trackbar, and below the track bar is four buttons, and a clickable scroll wheel.  This won't help your gaming performance directly, but if you spend all day working at a computer and then go home to play, this little device may help your wrists feel better at 6pm when you are getting to the important stuff.

And you thought Blackberry users were dangerous

Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2007 - 12:44 PM |
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The Inquirer has linked to a story on some new VR glasses, or in this case a visor.  They don't look to have a way to let you see through the projection to what is going on around you, both a good and a bad thing.

"Icuiti's VR920, which won the 2007 CES "innovations award", creates a feeling of watching a 62-inch screen from nine feet away.

The picture displays in 640x480 and it comes with a built in microphone and head tracker."

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

Source: The Inquirer

PC Perspective & Newegg want you to win a Wii

Subject: General Tech | February 19, 2007 - 03:12 PM |
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Head right here and enter to win a Wii! 

Here's the legalize to translate ...

Mommy, where do hard drives go when they die?

Subject: General Tech | February 19, 2007 - 12:17 PM |
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The Tech Report has linked to a .pdf article on the failure rate of hard drives.  Not many independent studies have been done, so it is hard to say how accurate manufacturers MTBF stats are.  Google ought to know as they use an enormous amount of HDDs and they are constantly running, and they are the ones who did the research.

The front page is nice, but the forums are so much better

Subject: General Tech | February 16, 2007 - 06:09 PM |
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If you are still looking for info on Vista one of our members has compiled a list of links that should cover almost any question you might come up with, so go visit Ezzo's Vista thread, and don't forget to thank him.  That doesn't mean we have given up on older OSes and we won't, because we know so many tips and tricks we would hate to see them disappear (well except for ME).  If you have troubles getting a CD ROM to work under Win2K, then read through here.&nbs

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Gears of War on the PC

Subject: General Tech | February 16, 2007 - 01:10 PM |
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According to this article on HEXUS, Gears of War may make it to the PC ... when enough people have the hardware to run it.  Of course, they neglect to mention what kind of system will be needed to play Gears on the PC, but somehow the idea that a 3GHz machine with 4GBs of RAM and dual 8800GTXs can't match the performance of a console seems unlikely.

Source: Hexus

EPIA turns 5

Subject: General Tech | February 16, 2007 - 12:43 PM |
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When VIA first introduced the EPIA they ran a little slower than most desktops, but not to the point of being crippled.  It's hard to know if they realized the response they would get from the modding community, but it has been huge!  If you aren't fully aware of what people are doing, just check out VIA Arena's current mod contest.

Source: VIA Arena

This keyboard goes to 11

Subject: General Tech | February 15, 2007 - 05:35 PM |
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Drop by Digital Trends for a look at the high end of Logitech keyboards, the DiNovo Edge.  Made of a Plexiglass composite and 11mm thick, it will stand up to a lot of abuse without needing to be built like a tank, or needing a cord since it uses Bluetooth.  The trackpad is certainly an interesting addition, and as it only needs to be recharged once a month you won't find yourself constantly stuck without a keyboard.

Psst ... did ya hear the one about the new G80's?

Subject: General Tech | February 15, 2007 - 12:16 PM |
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What you are about to read may or may not be true, but it's juicy so you'll read it anyways.  Thanks to some friends and a little translation, TweakTown has found some information about the replacement for the 8800 series.  The 8950GX2 will be, like it's predecessor, a dual GPU card and the 8900GTX will have 128 pipelines, and GDDR4 running at 2200MHz DDR.  It also marks the switch to 80nm cores.  Find out more by following the link, or wait to see if the specs get co

Source: TweakTown