Get out of my face

Subject: General Tech | August 14, 2007 - 02:48 PM |
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Hybrid microphone and headphone setups tend to suffer from an annoying flaw, the placement of the microphone.  If you swing it down out of the way then nobody can hear you, and if you bring it up close to your mouth it gets in the way of your beverage of choice.  Put it up too high and everyone will call you a nose breather.  OCC reviews the

Penguin friendly hardware

Subject: General Tech | August 14, 2007 - 12:00 PM |
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At Linux.com you can find a post detailing every single website that they could find that list hardware Linux compatibility.  From peripherals like printers and digital cameras to graphics cards and laptops.  Not every type of component is covered as well as others, but they all will help you part out a future Linux PC.

Source: Linux.com

Test drive SkyDrive

Subject: General Tech | August 13, 2007 - 12:01 PM |
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With the addition of the label Windows Live to all their online services, like Hotmail, Microsoft is offering several new services.   TechReviewSource reviews the beta of Windows Live SkyDrive, 500MB of free online storage that will eventually be offered to all Windows Live members.  Sneak a peek at it, and volunteer to try out the beta by following the link at the end of the review.

Things to do instead of going to the beach

Subject: General Tech | August 10, 2007 - 05:24 PM |
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It is a good idea to restart your PC every once and a while if you are running Windows, it will fix a surprising number of different problems ...

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ATI's driver can crack your kernel

Subject: General Tech | August 10, 2007 - 12:12 PM |
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Beware of Vista drivers bearing a purple pill, says this story on [H]ard|OCP.  AMD/ATI's drivers open up a vulnerability in Vista which could allow unsigned programs to be installed silently if they are piggybacked into the installation program.  The creator of the tool that allows this posted it to his site for just over an hour, under the assumption that the vulnerability had been patched.  When he discovered it wasn't, he pulled it.

"Apparently an unpatched flaw in an ATI driver al

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Feel the indifference

Subject: General Tech | August 9, 2007 - 11:44 AM |
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It looks like the only big thing to come out of the upcoming DX10.1 release that will be available in Vista SP1, is the sound.  As Ryan mentioned in last weeks podcast, DX10.1 should fix the problems created in Vista when Microsoft changed the way Direct Sound worked, which negatively effects any DSP or surround effects created via EAX.

Source: The Inquirer

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Prices $1.5 Billion of 5.75% Convertible Senior Notes due 2012

Subject: General Tech | August 9, 2007 - 11:15 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - August 9, 2007 --Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:
AMD) today announced the pricing of $1.5 billion aggregate principal
amount of 5.75% Convertible Senior Notes due 2012 in a private placement
to qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule 144A under the
Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

Source: AMD

Tiny, but not tinny

Subject: General Tech | August 8, 2007 - 01:49 PM |
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Samsung's K5 4GB MP3 player comes with a few surprises, something that is not easy to do when everyone and their company mascot has an MP3 player to sell you.  A touchscreen and OLED display add expected functionality to this MP3 player, and the FM radio is a nice touch as well.  What really caught BCCHardware's attention was the built in speaker.

"In

Source: BCCHardware

Bring on the Vikings!!!

Subject: General Tech | August 8, 2007 - 12:31 PM |
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New StarCraft 2 screenshots are up at Think Gaming.



Seriously, what are you doing?  Go look at them ... look at them again if you've seen them already.

Source: Think Gaming

Pay a premium for professional ping performance?

Subject: General Tech | August 8, 2007 - 12:08 PM |
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The Tech Report has been testing out the controversial Killer NIC from Bigfoot Networks.  Bearing a $250 price tag, this NIC sports a Freescale system-on-a-chip that runs at 400MHz, as well as an embedded version of Linux.  One of the more interesting features on the card is the ability to write software for the card using Bigfoot's Flexible Network Architecture.  This software can be used to interface with the onboard firewall and BitTorrent client, but theoretically the