It's not over for Tom Clancy

Subject: General Tech | April 25, 2007 - 12:04 PM |
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Taking his games even further, Tom Clancy is preparing End War for release.  If you have been a fan of GRAW and his other games, this will take you into the field of WWIII and showcase physics and AI that will make full use of the latest hardware.  HEXUS has a bit more, and will certainly be keeping an eye out for new developments.

Source: Hexus

Warning: contains pictures of Clippy

Subject: General Tech | April 25, 2007 - 11:53 AM |
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Wired News takes a look at some of the more (in)famous mascots of the recent, and not so recent history.  Clippy makes an appearance at the top of course, but were you aware each Windows OS received it's own manga style mascot?

Source: Wired News

I'm not dead yet

Subject: General Tech | April 24, 2007 - 12:27 PM |
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At some point in the recent past, Apple's iPod became THE MP3 player to beat.  Many have claimed to have created an iPod killer (including Apple with their iPhone), but so far no one has delivered.  Microsoft's attempt is the Zune, and it has been on the market long enough to mature and get the early kinks out of it's software.&

Easy HD through USB

Subject: General Tech | April 24, 2007 - 12:12 PM |
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The AutumnWave OnAir USB HDTV Creator is a high def TV Tuner that connects via a USB cable, and allows you to watch HD programming on your PC.  It also comes with a nice software suite allowing control over channels, recording times as well as image tweaking.  While HotHardware was reviewing the tuner, they were very impressed by the proper display of the image, but found the

Source: HotHardware

Mousepad madness

Subject: General Tech | April 23, 2007 - 01:55 PM |
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Madshrimps has collected 21 mousepads and tested them every way they could think of.  Not just performance in gaming, but also the usefulness in AutoCAD, Photoshop, browsing and using office apps got rated in a big chart at the end.  If you are toying with the idea of a better mousepad than the cloth one you found lying around, any of the choices you've considered are rated.

Source: Madshrimps

DX10, coming to an OS near you?

Subject: General Tech | April 23, 2007 - 11:51 AM |
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A member spotted a very interesting project over the weekend, and has started quite a buzz in the thread.  The Alky Project is using the DirectX SDK on Windows XP to write DirectX 10 compatibility libraries.  The basic idea is that the DX10 Geometry Shaders could be changed to native machine code on non-Vista machines, allowing your video card to render it, assumedly with a performance hit.  While it seems unlikely that they will get DX10 running on non-DX10 hardware, it will allow DX10 to run on XP if they succeed.

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Linux gone wild

Subject: General Tech | April 20, 2007 - 05:38 PM |
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With the release of Feisty Fawn, CentOS 5 and
Debian Etch, our Linux forums are very active right now. They are feeling their oats, and even taking shots at Windows, and converting users to their preferred OS.

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Get yourself a Second Life

Subject: General Tech | April 20, 2007 - 11:52 AM |
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Second Life is a very different kind of MMO game, not involving raids and dungeon crawls instead relying on interaction as the key.  There are no levels to go up or rare items to find, you make them yourself or trade with someone who does.  Another big difference is the fact that it is free.

It has attracted millions, and a much higher percentage of women than WoW or Everquest.  OCMODSHOP takes a look at second life, and the changing demographics of gamers.

Source: OCMODSHOP

I think we all knew that already

Subject: General Tech | April 20, 2007 - 11:34 AM |
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In direct contradiction to Steve Ballmer's statement that no service pack is forthcoming for Vista, Paul Otellini let slip a target date for the release of an upcoming service pack for Vista.  It is likely that at least some of that update will deal with the soon to be released Longhorn server OS, and Otellini seems to hope it will also make Vista more attractive to corporate customers.

Source: The Inquirer

Logitechs new, and affordable, 5.1 speakers

Subject: General Tech | April 19, 2007 - 01:36 PM |
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Logitech's new 5.1 system, the X-540 features a high cone excursion sub to give you better bass response than you might expect, as well as Frequency Directed Dual Driver technology, which is meant to 'even' out the sound.  It is very affordable and has a frequency response of 40 Hz - 20 kHz, so don't expect studio quality sound, however it sounds good enough that Tweaknews has no problem recomm

Source: Tweaknews