Subject: General Tech | May 19, 2010 - 12:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica is a little upset at the gaming industry and those attached to it like professional game critics or those who send hatemail to a reviewer that only gave their favourite game eight stars. They discuss why it is impossible to give an accurate overview of a game from a preview at E3 and other meetings because in most cases the preview does not include any hands on time with the game. At best you get a heavily scripted presentation and if you are really lucky you might get to spend 5 minutes playing a particular section of a game with the PR rep back seat driving for you.&
Subject: General Tech | May 19, 2010 - 11:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Canonical Display Driver is a little display driver that Windows uses to allow it's graphics device interface (GDI) communicate with DirectX, so if you use later versions of Windows it is on your PC. It is not a case of AMD Catalyst versus nVIDIA's drivers, it lives further down in the depths of the OS passing data from the kernel level to the user level. Apparently an exploit has been discovered that could allow an unexpected reboot to occur, which you could probably use to drive someone nuts, but also could result in remote code execution if the attacker found a way around a
Subject: General Tech | May 19, 2010 - 10:02 AM | Jonathan Hung
Perhaps the oddest tech news you'll hear today, HP CEO Mark Hurd stated during the quarter's earning conference call that HP expects "to leverage WebOS into a variety of form factors, including slates and Web-connected printers".
Subject: General Tech | May 18, 2010 - 12:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you will forgive them the use of Silverlight, there is a video on MSDN that The Tech Report linked to this morning in which the Principal Engine Architect for HALO, Corrinne Yu, is interviewed by Channel9. It is Part 1 as the entire interview is over 1 hour and this part takes a hair over 30 minutes to complete. Corrinne is very passionate about what she does and starts off talking about her experiences loading machine code into an Apple's memory space to see what she could accomplish. She also dis
Subject: General Tech | May 17, 2010 - 01:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The iPod Nano has entered its 5th generation recently and Think Computers tested one out to see what is new. Still worth over $100 for 8GB of storage, it has a 2.2", 240 x 376 resolution screen that has the ability to flip from portrait to landscape when the Nano is turned on its side. There are more features like an FM radio and even a pedometer that can be synced with Nike's app.
Subject: General Tech | May 17, 2010 - 11:53 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When the second largest producer of LCDs in Taiwan and supplier to companies such as Dell and Sony starts talking about panel shortages the consumer should pay attention, even if the topic is a little dry. Au Optronics
is seeing a big supply problem for all types of LCDs, desktops and TVs through to notebooks for the next few months at the least. This will have an effect on pricing especially on those products new to the market like 3D panels and e-paper. The good news is that Au Optronics, along with their competitors like LG Display are looking to expand their production
Subject: General Tech | May 14, 2010 - 06:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Networking can be a lot of fun when it is successful but a huge frustration when you are trying to figure out why PC#1 cannot see PC#12. It really helps to have a clear understanding of both what you have and what you want to do with it. For instance, if you are unclear as to the name of the setup you are trying to create, you can run into many problems when you try to get help, unless you head straight for our Forums. Networking isn't the only way that you can run into problems with chaining togeth
Subject: General Tech | May 14, 2010 - 01:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: General Tech | May 13, 2010 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Before you do anything else, go Google "gane Game Network Efficiency test". Notice something, like the fact that the only positive returns are from sites that are talking about the Killer NIC in some way? Now, it is not that the PC industry, specifically the gaming portion, has ever had controversy about driver optimization and benchmark tweaking now have they?
Falling and Rising...
AMD today has shifted "Vision" into high gear by announcing 130+ laptop design wins using two new platforms based on 45 nm processors and the 880G graphics chipset. AMD has also made huge strides as a company to get into a position to be profitable and have meaningful and competitive products in the face of a strong Intel.