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.

Intel Honors 10 Companies With Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement Award

Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2007 - 06:10 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 27, 2007 -- Intel Corporation today announced the 10 winners of the company's most prestigious award for suppliers, the Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement (SCQI) award. The award, for outstanding commitment to quality and performance excellence in 2006, recognizes companies that provided products and services deemed essential to Intel's business success. This select group will be honored at a ceremony tonight in Burlingame, Calif.

Intel Honors 44 Companies With Preferred Quality Supplier Award

Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2007 - 06:09 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 27, 2007 -- Intel Corporation today announced the 44 companies receiving Intel's Preferred Quality Supplier (PQS) award for outstanding commitment to quality and performance excellence. These suppliers provided products and services deemed essential to Intel's business success in 2006. They excelled at meeting and exceeding high expectations and tough performance goals to distinguish themselves from the thousands of suppliers that work with Intel.

THE WINDOWS VISTA ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE (Chance to win schwag!)

Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2007 - 04:13 PM |
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Event Date & Time:March 30th, 2007, 1:30 p.m. PST
Duration:60 minutes
      
Sign up today for a chance to win prizes during the webcast! (must be present to win)
1 Winner will receive an Intel Quad-core 6600 CPU     

2 Winners will receive a copy of Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate

REQUIREMENTS:
 To attend this Web conference event you will need:
• A computer with access to the Internet to view the visual portion of the event.

Source: newegg

The sound of ASUS

Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2007 - 03:07 PM |
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VR-Zone has some information on the ASUS Xonar D2X, the soundcard announced at CeBIT.  It is a PCIe card, that can handle 192K/24-bit with 118dB SNR for playback, and 115dB SNR for recording.  They have captures from the slide show that give you a lot of information on what this card will do.

Source: VR-Zone

Break out the Geiger counters, we're headed for Chernobyl

Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2007 - 11:53 AM |
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GamingHeaven has published a review of the finally finished S.T.A.L.K.E.R., which is no longer in the running for "Most Time Spent in Development".  The aptly named current leader in that contest is still holding out on us.

While it has suffered graphically because of the long development time, it still manages to look good.  It has been awaited for it's storyline and A.I., which the reviewers did find quite addictive, as well as the bullet model.

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Trade your piece for a PC

Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2007 - 11:41 AM |
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Police in Mexico City have started a new program that they hope will reduce certain areas reputation for violence.  If you bring in a gun, the police will trade you for a new PC, as well as food or money.  The idea seems like it could be attractive to hoodlums wanting to get their GTA fix; unless as The Inquirer points out, a bright one realizes that there is a different kind of trade that could be made.

Source: The Inquirer

Folding on the PS3

Subject: General Tech | March 27, 2007 - 11:44 AM |
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Drop by hardCOREware for a look at the power consumption of a PS3 while it's running Folding@Home, and also get an idea how fast the Cell processor can fold.  The PS3 makes up 65% of Folding@Home's current TFLOPS, but only 13% of active folders are PS3s.  So go buy a PS3, skip out on the games and just use it to fold with PC Perspective's own Folding Fro

Source: hardCOREware