Subject: General Tech | October 28, 2009 - 05:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Now this solution will definitely work better in smaller communities as it could be hard to get the government of a very large municipality to invest the money required to roll out your own ISP, but the effort is worth it. Monticello, Minnesota ended up hiring TDS Telecommunications
to roll out their own fiber to the home
network. Now enjoying 50Mbs for $40/month without having to bundle with other services thanks to a 2007 referendum that the town would roll out its own network. That attempt to build their own network lead to lawsuits filed by TDS, which they lost, so no
Subject: General Tech | October 27, 2009 - 10:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A lot of attention has been paid to the coders that are working hard to ensure the latest and greatest GPUs are supported by Linux, especially when it comes to high definition playback. That is not the only area that is being improved, support for higher end audio cards is also a focus for programmers. The ASUS Xonar series is a popular solution right now so TECHGAGE tried it out on Jaunty Jackalope to see how it worked. If that sounds interesting to you then just follow the li
Subject: General Tech | October 27, 2009 - 03:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The 'other' Bridgestone is at it again, this time in 4,096 colors. They have been at the forefront of e-paper, thanks to their electron powder and granular material
they have been able to redraw an entire screen on their previous products in 0.8 seconds, like an incredibly talented Etch A Sketch on amphetamines. Their new, soon to be released 10.7" touchscreen e-paper device handles full colour and even more interesting it is fully flexible. Take a look at this first over at engadget.
Subject: General Tech | October 26, 2009 - 04:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You can be forgiven if you've never heard of Tilera, but you can be guaranteed to hear about them now. They've just announced plans to release a 40nm chip with 100 cores on board, beating Intel's 80 core prototype we saw back in 2007. The chips are built on a mesh topography as opposed to the on-chip bus interconnect
used in multicore x86 processors; the end result of which is more bandwidth thanks to the lack of a bottleneck. Perhaps the most
Subject: General Tech | October 23, 2009 - 11:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is a brand new subforum on the PC Perspective Forums, added today specifically for a huge new contest. The ASUS Xtreme Design Contest forum under General Tech is the place to go to show off how you would use ASUS' new Xtreme Design Technology to build the best killer gaming PC. If your ideas are grand enough, you will be one of 20 people chosen to receive the hardware specified in the contest, an ASUS P7P55D PREMIUM, a GTX
Subject: General Tech | October 23, 2009 - 04:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You've heard of Hackintoshes, a regular PC onto which a Mac OS is installed. Usually this involves quite a bit of tinkering in order to convince the Mac OS that it is OK to be running on hardware unapproved by Apple. Psystar, who has had a long history of thumbing their nose at Apple has released a new product called Rebel EFI. This program will have you up and running in no time at all and with no kernel fiddling required. What makes this even more interesting is that the open source Hackintosh community noticed enough similarity in Psystar's program that they've calle
Subject: General Tech | October 22, 2009 - 07:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
New to Razer's line up is the Naga mouse and the Megasome pad. The Naga is a little more than just another pretty, accurate mouse, it sports a 12 button keypad for you MMO players and inveterate micromanagers. You don't even have to decide on your own setup if you do not want to, Razer has an app to do that for you. The pad is pure white, with a glow in the dark pattern emblazoned on it. Drop by Bjorn3D to see them.
Subject: General Tech | October 22, 2009 - 04:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The OCZ Neural Impulse Actuator
enjoyed a brief spotlight and then mostly disappeared to the periphery, but not before inspiring the imaginations of
several modders. At Hack a Day you can see a project involving an Arduino and Uncle Milton's Force Trainer, which is a nifty little toy consisting of a brain wave monitoring headband and a base station that reacts to those measurements. You can also se
Subject: General Tech | October 21, 2009 - 04:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While you have most likely read a few reviews of Arkham Asylum, none have focused so directly on the impact of PhysX on performance in this game that the review posted at [H]ard|OCP. Even if you have no desire to stare at the back of the Batman for the entire duration of a game, it is worth reading through the article to learn about PhysX. The first lesson comes from a huge hit in performance in a certain outside area that was apparent past a certain resolution.
Subject: General Tech | October 21, 2009 - 04:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As The Inquirer gleefully points out, the chances that Realityserver is the product of 40 years of work for NVIDIA and mental images are fairly low but that doesn't stop the announcement from being interesting. Using the parallel computing ability of Telsa to manage Ray Tracing to handle any light or reflection mapping this new program will allow the sharing of 3d images via a server at very high rates. Instead of taking hours or more to render, they claim performance almost on par with gaming.