Not yet ready for Prime Time?

Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2007 - 12:36 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP spent a month on the Vista, and never ended up hospitalized once ... but it did send an editor into an XP relapse.  After 30 days of using Vista, and trying out all the new features as well as the basic functions, [H] has put together a pretty definitive look at the Vista experience.  They really tried to make the relationship work, but it turned out to be Vista, not them, find out why.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

His future's so bright ... he's gotta ray trace shade

Subject: General Tech | April 3, 2007 - 02:21 PM |
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You may remember a front page story back in December, about Ray Tracing and how it works.  Daniel Pohl, who was finishing up a project to get Ray Tracing to work on Quake 3 & 4.  As you saw in the article, Ray Tracing adds depth to surfaces by properly displaying shadows, and takes water reflection to a whole new level. 

Source: The Inquirer

How many processes can a processor process if a processor processed with 80 cores?

Subject: General Tech | April 3, 2007 - 12:56 PM |
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Back in February, Intel revealed the details of it's experimental 80 core processor.  Ars Technica chats with Thom Sawicki, technology strategist for the Intel Communications Technology Labs about the ongoing work into terascale processors.  Don't think of a machine built around an 80 core CPU as sitting in the same box as your PC now, with a chipset and RAM.  Much like external clocks, math co-processors and L2 cache, with 80 cores and teraf

Source: Ars Technica

Very accomodating keyboard

Subject: General Tech | April 2, 2007 - 04:02 PM |
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OCIA gets busy with RevolTec's lineup of mice, keyboards and pads.  They try out the FightBoard Advanced Keyboard, the FightMouse Advanced gaming mouse and 3 pads; the Gamepad Precision Basic,

Source: OCIA

Stranger than fiction

Subject: General Tech | April 2, 2007 - 12:55 PM |
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Reality has trumped Google's April Fools joke.  If you missed Google's free broadband TiSP, you can find it here.  It turns out that some rather inventive venture capitalists have laid fiber through sewage lines in the past.  Slashdot links to the story, but there is no mention of whether a wrong turn by Bugs Bunny would cause service disruptions to user of CityNet Telecom.

"Yesterday, Google's annual April Fools' joke featured Google TiSP, a free home wireless broadband service that connected via a 'commode-based router' and runs fiber cabling through the sewer system. This is actually not without precedent. Back in the dot-com boom, delivering broadband through sewers was the focus of CityNet Telecom, which raised $375 million in funding from major VC and private equity firms in 2000 and 2001. The company used remote-controlled robots to lay fiber through sewer lines and actually created sewer-based networks in Albuquerque and Indianapolis before merging with Universal Access in 2003."

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If you squint, you can see the weekend from here

Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2007 - 06:22 PM |
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Spyware, and it's removal is quickly becoming an interruption to PC gaming and productivity.  It keeps growing in population and becoming more intelligent, making it not only harder and more time consuming to remove, but also taking more time just to do simple prevention.  The Networking & Associated Security Forum is a great tool to help you, and it's full of

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Cinegames must mean they are longer, right?

Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2007 - 11:41 AM |
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Several of the game designers from Remedy have left to start their own game development studio, named Recoil.  They will be announcing an original game sometime this year, and it will be a cinegame, essentially trying to capture the feel of a movie in a game. With Max Payne already under their belts, it seems likely that they will produce some interesting and original games.  Read on at Wired.

Source: Wired News

ReadyBoost tested

Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2007 - 11:25 AM |
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ExtremeMhz plugged a USB drive into a Vista machine, to find out what speed increase you get when using ReadyBoost.  As it turns out, the only time you will feel it is on startup and when loading programs.  As only managed to shave a few seconds off of the longest tasks, you may not even notice it then.  It is very possible that a larger drive that they used would give you more benefit, so stick with larger than 512MB.

Source: ExtremeMhz

New from Joo Janta

Subject: General Tech | March 29, 2007 - 11:30 AM |
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These new prototype glasses change colour at the turn of a tiny knob in about 2 seconds.  A step up from UV sensitive glasses, which can be fooled into darkening and lightening at inappropriate times by oddly angled UV rays or by being behind UV blocking glass, these change shade when you choose.  A gel of organic oxides is sandwiched between two layers of electrochromic material.  It uses a watch battery to apply voltage to change the transparency.  The tint will stay without power for about 30 days, and you can expect 1000's of transitions before you need a new battery.&n

Source: Slashdot

Penryn and Nehalem, new from Intel

Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2007 - 06:20 PM |
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The Tech Report has plenty of info on the new core from Intel, Penryn.  Far more than just a shrinkage, and still on target for release later this year, you can get a sneak peek here.