Intel Marks 60th Anniversary of the Transistor

Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2007 - 11:35 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 10, 2007 - Intel Corporation on Dec. 16 celebrates the 60th anniversary of the transistor, the building block of today's digital world. Invented by Bell Labs and considered one of the most important inventions of the 20th century, transistors are found in many consumer electronics and are the fundamental component used to build computer chips, or the "brains" of the personal computer (PC).

A different style of keyboard

Subject: General Tech | December 10, 2007 - 01:19 PM |
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Keyboards and mice tend to be cheap and lacking in features or designed with gaming in mind, with a few targeted towards office workers.  This leaves people who have adopted HTPCs stuck with a full sized mosue and keyboard hiding somewhere in their TV room, unless they paid extra for a remote that works with Media Centre.  X-Gene offers you an alternative with their Media Centre Keyboard.  One of the biggest inclusions to this wireless keyboard is a trackball,

Source: Gamepyre

Some confusion for your Monday morning

Subject: General Tech | December 10, 2007 - 11:58 AM |
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If you have heard of Ogg (or Ogg Vorbis, the free substitute MP3 codec), chances are that you have run into it when installing a game, though open source fans may have found it through other methods.   It is popular with gaming companies because there are no licensing fees required to be able to use it.  So how is it that Nokia is under the impression that it is "free" in quotes, not simply free, and why do they seem to think that the use of Ogg may cause patent disputes? 

Source: Ars Technica

VIA Launches ARTiGO Builder Kit for the Pico-ITX

Subject: General Tech | December 7, 2007 - 06:40 PM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 7 December 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of x86 silicon and platform solutions, today launched VIA ARTiGO, a DIY builder kit for enthusiasts wanting to build an ultra compact personal computer. Designed by the creators of the Pico-ITX form factor, the VIA ARTiGO Builder Kit offers consumers a more sophisticated DIY experience.

Find fabulous forum facts fast

Subject: General Tech | December 7, 2007 - 06:38 PM |
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One of the toughest things you can face when it comes to tech is explaining a process to someone who doesn't have your experience.  Sure, it is easier to push the luser aside and do it yourself but that isn't always feasible.  Check out how the guys in the Tech Talk forum handled explaining transferring a bunch of files from one PC to another.  One of the methods mentioned involves mapping a network drive, although that doesn't a

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They're only good cards if you can buy them

Subject: General Tech | December 7, 2007 - 01:22 PM |
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The Tech Report has a new feature on their page, where they check the availability of components on 4 major web sellers.  This is perfectly timed, and at least partly caused by the release of the 8800GT and HD 3870, which are both good cards.  So far it has been almost impossible to find them for sale, and even if you could find one they are priced well above what we were originally told they would cost.  See how well nVIDIA and AMD are doing now.

Will they be bright enough to firewall Skype?

Subject: General Tech | December 7, 2007 - 11:51 AM |
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Your email will soon be following you onto the plane, along with IM and more as other airlines start rolling out internet services.  What wasn't mentioned is whether power will be supplied as well, so you should start stocking up on batteries if you want to take advantage of it.  It also seems to be a good time to start building a very light weight UT3 server with wireless for a little airborne fragging.  More on Slashdot.

Source: Slashdot

AMD to Hold Financial Analyst Day

Subject: General Tech | December 6, 2007 - 05:33 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, CA - Dec 6, 2007 - AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced that it will hold its financial analyst meeting at approximately 8:30 a.m. ET (5:30 a.m. PT) on Thursday, December 13, 2007 in New York.  AMD Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Hector Ruiz and members of AMD's management team will deliver key presentations regarding AMD's businesses.  Forward-looking and other material information may be discussed during the presentations.

Source: AMD

Comparing your chemical assistants

Subject: General Tech | December 6, 2007 - 12:05 PM |
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Gideon Tech has gathered a roundup of caffeinated beverages, not an easy feat considering how many have appeared lately, to see which work and which can actually be swallowed without choking.  The classic cola look makes an appearance, but greens, reds and other colours are also in evidence.  See which one might become your little helper.

Source: Gideon Tech

Time to refresh your system

Subject: General Tech | December 5, 2007 - 05:58 PM |
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Sure, you can argue that there is plenty of new things coming out in the first quarter, so you might want to wait until then to buy a new system.  Of course then you will hear about the new stuff coming out in quarter 2 and 3 ... and so on until you are trapped in one of Zeno's famous paradoxes.