Linux on the run

Subject: General Tech | May 29, 2007 - 08:26 AM |
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Over at XYZ Computing they are trying to extend the battery life of a Fujitsu P7230, which with its 1.2GHz Intel Core Solo U1400 has an advantage.  What is at issue is the OS, Vista.  On a desktop C2D system, the resource demands of Vista are a minor annoyance but on a laptop system they are a real drain.

Get on your feet

Subject: General Tech | May 28, 2007 - 10:42 AM |
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GWSystems Fragpedal Classic isn't exactly like any other foot pedal I've seen.  As opposed to it acting like a normal pedal, it has a pair of pads with 2 buttons each.  These buttons can be programmed in a number of ways, up to an including making one a shift pedal, so you can bind 2 operations each to the remaining 3 buttons.  If you find yourself confused, read the full review at OCC and you'll get a better idea.

Fallen in love with Google's calendar?

Subject: General Tech | May 28, 2007 - 08:50 AM |
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Google has put a lot of effort into it's online offerings with documents, spreadsheets and a calendar.  According to Ars Technica, now you can bring Google's calendar everywhere, as they will offer it in a form compatible with your cell phone.  You can sync it to your online account's calendar and never miss an appointment again.  It should tie in well with the

Source: Ars Technica

PC Perspective offers you a smorgas-Board

Subject: General Tech | May 25, 2007 - 01:50 PM |
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Our motherboard forums were the original starting point of what has now grown into PC Perspective, and are still one of the best places to go for support on the web.  Even if you are using a less popular manufacturer, you will find knowledgeable members ready to help you out.  Everything from inexpensive AM-2 boards from ASRock, or Biostar's T-Force series, or a Chaintech board that has some re-occuring p

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The CUDA cometh

Subject: General Tech | May 25, 2007 - 08:44 AM |
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The first software to enable a GPU to be used for general purposes will come from nVIDIA, and be released in June according to this story on The Inquirer.  It has been in beta for a little while, but this will be an official release.  As well, nVIDIA mentioned their new series of GPGPUs will be the 9800, and will feature double-precision floating point arithmetic, a must in scientific calculations, and handy for the gamer too.

Source: The Inquirer

An unpretentious media player

Subject: General Tech | May 24, 2007 - 11:05 AM |
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Democracy Player has 2 things going for it, the first is it's integration with online video streaming from places like YouTube, and it's attitude which is very relaxed.  Instead of trying to take over all your media by default, as well as launching at boot time, you can set it to the behaviour you prefer right from the install.  It treats streaming media differently as well, downloading all of the video before letting you watch it, and then deleting it about 5 days later to save on space.  Read on

Source: PC Mechanic

Incredible shrinking RAM

Subject: General Tech | May 24, 2007 - 08:37 AM |
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Hynix is leading the way; along with IMEC and 4 other CMOS producing companies in the never ending quest to shrink the manufacturing process.  This incarnation will be 32nm, although it may take some time before we see that process in memory chips, let alone CPUs. We are right on the technological edge of how tightly focused the UV beam can be when using it to etch memory, even using EUV lithography.  DigiTimes has a bit more, here.

Source: Digitimes

When aliens attack

Subject: General Tech | May 23, 2007 - 09:04 AM |
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The UFO franchise has been trying to recapture the feel of the original X:Com UFO Defense in the early 90's.  While the graphics have evolved, and many different approaches have been tried, it just hasn't been same as in the good old days.  Strategy Informer reviews the latest, UFO:Extraterrestrials, which is set on a new planet called Esperanza not Earth.

Looking for a fall guy?

Subject: General Tech | May 23, 2007 - 08:43 AM |
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There is a help wanted sign in the window at 3D Realms, and if you get the job you could become one of the most loved, or one of the most hated game programmers of all time.  If you think you can drop the Forever from Duke Nukem Forever, follow the link from The Inquirer to apply, or just get a peek at a new screenshot.

Source: The Inquirer