The cost of onboard sound

Subject: General Tech | June 6, 2007 - 10:31 AM |
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With so many new chipsets including digital 5.1 sound support, buying a sound card is something that price conscious users are skipping out on.  The Inquirer sat dow to figure out how much of an effect doing do would have on gaming, not so much the sound quality as the CPU usage.  As it turns out even with the CPU technology of today, there is a significant impact.  They also point out that leaving onboard sound off of the motherboard will free up more space, something that is quickly becoming a problem.

Source: The Inquirer

Vista or drivers, who is to blame?

Subject: General Tech | June 6, 2007 - 08:41 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP's comparison of the frame rates that Vista provides versus XP has had some criticism recently.  What is being mentioned is that they only test nVIDIA cards, and not a single ATI card.  Today they rectify that, adding a ATI X1950XTX into the mix, and revisiting some of the nVIDIA scores as well.  The tests provide some interesting evidence as to where the fault of performance gap lies.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

New Intel Products Simplify and Speed Software Development for Multi-Core Processors

Subject: General Tech | June 5, 2007 - 11:45 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 5, 2007 - Intel Corporation today announced the availability of two software products that help developers efficiently create more reliable, high-performing applications that speed up a computer's responsiveness.

Source: InsaneTek

First they tried Vista, then Linux, now it's OSX's turn

Subject: General Tech | June 5, 2007 - 09:33 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP is getting a very broad view of OSes this year.  They've tried the new Microsoft OS, and Ubuntu 7.04, and now they give OSX a try.  They give the OS a full workout, to see if the security benefits that regular users tout are really there, how productivity software work, the windows emulator and even go looking for freeware to install on it.  If you've ever wondered what using a Mac was like, but were afraid your PC loving friends would laugh at you, now you can find out.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

AMD LIVE! Home Cinema Brings Home Stunning Digital Entertainment

Subject: General Tech | June 5, 2007 - 08:31 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - June 5, 2007 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced availability of the AMD LIVE! Home Cinema, a state-of-the-art home entertainment system with built-in audio amplification that leverages the performance of a PC. The AMD LIVE!

Source: AMD

Pump up your posts per day stat

Subject: General Tech | June 1, 2007 - 03:27 PM |
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This week has seen an update to Firefox, as well as some warnings about vulnerabilities that exist when you update certain extensions.  Do you have faith in the security of Firefox, or does the list of vulnerabilities have you worried

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A glimpse into the world of BioShock

Subject: General Tech | June 1, 2007 - 09:13 AM |
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From the same minds that brought you System Shock 1 & 2, comes BioShock.  Not a sequel or prequel, but still having the same type of atmosphere as the first two, this time you find yourself trapped in a bathysphere that was supposedly uninhabited.  Watch the streaming video on Wired for a look at what you will find living beneath the waters.

Source: Wired News

The microsoft touch

Subject: General Tech | June 1, 2007 - 08:52 AM |
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Microsoft's Milan is a powerful PC running Vista, with a monitor bearing several IR cameras and a good motion tracking system.  It is claimed to be quite durable, so hopefully the screen doesn't need to be replaced often from too many fingers poking at it.  Read on at PC Mechanic about this new way to interface with your PC, that you may soon see in a lot of businesses.

Source: PC Mechanic

Beware extensions bearing vulnerabilites

Subject: General Tech | May 31, 2007 - 08:43 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP has posted a warning to Firefox users about a vulnerability that can be exploited using a number of add-ons.  The problem stems from the extension updates being hosted on a third party server, and being sent unencrypted, as opposed to being over HTTPS.  This could allow an attacker to intercept the update, and replace it with their own code.

"According to Chris Soghoian, the Indiana University doctoral candidate who discovered the weakness, the vulnerability

exists for some

Source: [H]ard|OCP

AMD Appoints Frank Clegg, Corporate Chairman and Director of Navantis, Inc., to Board of Directors

Subject: General Tech | May 30, 2007 - 02:53 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. May 30, 2007 AMD (NYSE AMD) today announced the appointment of Frank Clegg, corporate director and chairman of Navantis Inc. and former president of Microsoft Canada, to its board of directors. Mr. Clegg was elected by AMD's board of directors effective May 24, 2007.

"We are honored to add Frank Clegg to the talented group of world-class directors who serve on AMD's Board," said Hector Ruiz, AMD chairman and CEO. "His breadth and depth of experience in corporate strategy and management are tremendous assets for AMD as we strengthen our strategic relationships globally.

Source: AMD