A Wii was harmed in the making of this review

Subject: General Tech | February 7, 2007 - 12:42 PM |
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Still aren't sure if the Wii is a groundbreaking gaming system from a farsighted company, or just a silly excuse to 'accidentally' whack your friends in the head with the nunchaku?  [H]ard|OCP has published a full review covering their thoughts about this new console and a few issues they ran into.  They discovered it isn't possible use a projector to game without buying additional equipment and they also figured out how to kill a Wii.  At least the TV survived intact.

"Nintendo is back with a vengeance and is going toe to toe with the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360. Can the Wiimote nunchaku continue to successfully fend off the competition or is it just a whole lot of flailing?"

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

You already knew it was true, here comes the proof

Subject: General Tech | February 7, 2007 - 12:16 PM |
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Video games are good for you!

FPSes and other visually complex games are good for your eyes, says this story on CNET.  Thanks to the speed of the game and the number of things you have to keep track of, you push the part of your brain governing image processing to it's limits, and this exercise carries over into the other parts of your life.  I don't think it will be a good enough excuse to get you out of eating your carrots.

There's somethign about BitLocker

Subject: General Tech | February 6, 2007 - 12:05 PM |
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New with Vista is an encryption program called BitLocker.  Before you go hiding all of your secrets and guilty pleasures in a BitLocker protected folder, you might want to take a careful read of this story at The Register.  It turns out 2 of the 3 protection schemes won't even work, as there are not really any motherboards currently for sale with a TPM compatible BIOS.  XP's encryption never managed to stop anyone determined to get at the data, and neither will Vista.  That isn't all bad news th

Source: The Register

A breath of fresh audio

Subject: General Tech | February 5, 2007 - 03:27 PM |
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Creative has a competitor, the C-Media Oxygen HD chip, aka CMI8788.  The Tech Report has published a huge review of the chip focusing on 2 cards, Auzentech's X-Meridian and Sondigo's Inferno.  Everything is covered in the review, not only the performance of positional audio in games, the CPU utilization is compared to the X-Fi as well as some serious work with Rightmark's Audio Analyser.

Internet killed the magazine star

Subject: General Tech | February 5, 2007 - 12:25 PM |
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E-books are having a hard time catching on.  Many dedicated readers miss the visceral experience of holding a book, and the ease of use.  You can't really take your monitor to the beach or into the bath, and PDAs don't let you see a full page at one time. 

Magazines, on the other hand are disappearing quickly, as the web quickly trumped them as a way of getting target information quickly.  Take a look at [H]ard|OCPs article examining that change.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

AMD Appoints Douglas Grose to Lead Worldwide Technology Development and Manufacturing Operations

Subject: General Tech | February 5, 2007 - 11:53 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - Feb. 5, 2007 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that Douglas Grose has been appointed to the role of senior vice president of technology development, manufacturing and supply chain at AMD.  In this role, Grose will have global responsibility for AMD's global manufacturing and process technology operations as well as overall supply chain management.  Manufacturing responsibilities include AMD-owned facilities as well as all current foundry relationships.

Source: AMD

Use our forums as your pregame show

Subject: General Tech | February 2, 2007 - 07:04 PM |
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First off, we at the PC Perspective forums want to make sure you have a safe SuperBowl weekend, so don't go getting a Trojan.

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Look at the pretty pictures!

Subject: General Tech | February 2, 2007 - 12:51 PM |
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HEXUS.tv has something to show you, the new Crysis trailer, using DX10.  Compression kills, but you get the idea of just what this game will look like.  With their proprietary physics engine, you won't need an Aegia card, but as they suggest at the end of the preview, it might be a good idea to get your hands on an 8800.

Source: Hexus

Not your father's Superbowl

Subject: General Tech | February 2, 2007 - 12:19 PM |
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Join AnandTech in a look at the technology behind a little known game that will be taking place on Sunday.  Did you realize there needs to be a laser map the entire field and a programmed palette to limit the colours that can be painted on, just to project an accurate First Down line on the grass and not the players?  Many have noticed the wires that the cameras run along to bring the brilliant angles we have become used to, but did you know they ran on RTLinux?  Make sure you check out the stats behind Eyevi

Source: AnandTech

Codec Talk

Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2007 - 02:59 PM |
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Don't know your Ogg Vorbis from your FLAC?  Confused about what lossless compression is, and if you could even tell the difference?  Head to Big Bruin where they give you an overview of 5 of the most popular codecs, what they are and who uses them for what.  Get over there and get in the know.

Source: Big Bruin