HTPC lite?

Subject: General Tech | July 12, 2007 - 09:02 AM |
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The Icy Box IB-MP301 HDD Media Player is being sold as an alternative to a full HTPC.  With support for up to a 500GB drive, an RCA audio jack and both RCA and VGA video outputs, it is certainly slimmed down as is the price, with a MSRP of about $100, but don't expect it to act as a PVR.  If that piques your interest, read to full review at Overclock3D.

Source: Overclock3D

ET at E3

Subject: General Tech | July 12, 2007 - 08:52 AM |
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Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft are putting on a show in Santa Monica to start off E3.  ExtremeTech was there, and caught it all from Microsoft's Peter Moore trying out a game of Rock Band, to Nintendo's Wii Zapper and Sega's upcoming games.

Source: Extremetech

Can headgear ever be cool

Subject: General Tech | July 11, 2007 - 10:37 AM |
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The TrackIR 4 Pro POV Headset is a wonderful idea, the point of view in your game is controlled by the movements of your head.  Unfortunately, it is very hard to look cool while wearing a wire thingy attached to headphones.  Read more at [H]ard|OCP, and see if this is the new thing in gaming, or if it's doomed to obscurity like many POV headsets before it.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Say it ain't so!

Subject: General Tech | July 11, 2007 - 08:56 AM |
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The Tech Report has a very dark secret that they have decided to share with the rest of us.  Console gaming is taking over their lives, to the detriment of their PC gaming habits.  If Unreal Tournament 3 and Crysis don't come out soon, the only thing that they will be using their PCs for is work.  You can read the shocking news and what has caused this disturbing behaviour here.

Firefox having difficulty remembering what comes after Alpha

Subject: General Tech | July 11, 2007 - 08:36 AM |
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Firefox will still be releasing a new testing version, but it will still be considered an Alpha, as opposed to moving to Beta, as was originally planned.   Making a solid browser comes before meeting imposed deadlines, and the big hurdle is the upgrade to the Gecko engine to 1.9 to allow Firefox3 to pass the Acid2 test.  You can see the updated roadmap, and a bit more detail on what is going on at Ar

Source: Ars Technica

Glue with a shocking secret

Subject: General Tech | July 10, 2007 - 08:39 AM |
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The next time you are thinking about a mod, and have some features you can't figure out how to keep attached, try glue.  Instead of paying through the nose for conductive epoxy from a specialist store, make your own with the help of a link on MAKE:Blog.  Paint on circuits, use it as solder, or maybe even redo the old pencil trick mod, permanently.

Source: MAKE: Blog

VMware And Intel Capital Announce Investment

Subject: General Tech | July 9, 2007 - 03:44 PM |
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PALO ALTO, Calif. and SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 9, 2007 - VMware, Inc., the global leader in software for virtualization solutions today announced that Intel Corporation, through its global investment arm, Intel Capital has agreed to become an investor in VMware.  VMware's base virtualization platform virtualizes the Intel architecture.

Wanna try some untested medicine?

Subject: General Tech | July 9, 2007 - 07:52 AM |
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In the next few weeks, Vista users may be approached by mysterious men in shirts with little blue M's, asking them to volunteer to see what side effects they suffer when trying out a new patch.  The beta version of service pack 1 for Vista should be out soon, although the testing will probably not be as public as the pre-release versions of Vista were.  The Inquirer points out that the actual service pack is still not due until 2008, which is a long wait for corporate customers that have no plans to switch OSs until

Source: The Inquirer

VIA and Mecer Join Forces on New Education PC for South Africa

Subject: General Tech | July 9, 2007 - 07:31 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 9 July 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, and Mecer, one of South Africa's leading PC manufacturers, today announced the new Mecer Education PC powered by the 1.5GHz VIA C7-D desktop processor.

Beat the summer heat, stay inside and surf the forums

Subject: General Tech | July 6, 2007 - 01:39 PM |
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It's getting harder to keep track of everything that can go wrong with a PC, especially considering just how many extra features are on the motherboard.  Sometimes we can spend so much time focussed on the arcane problems that can appear, we can all manage to forget some of the simpler ones, or that a simple solution can solve some of the more bizarre problems.

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