Subject: General Tech | May 26, 2008 - 01:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SteelSeries' 5H v2 USB Headset is more than just a headphone/microphone combo, it also has it's own built in sound card. The sound card lets you adjust the virtual 7.1 surround sound that the headphones offer, as well as individual volumes and balances. OCIA were not impressed when they tried using it to listen to music, but when they tried gaming, their opinion
Subject: General Tech | May 26, 2008 - 11:40 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
nVIDIA failed to capture The Inquirer with an NDA about their recent editors day, leaving them free to spill the beans on nVIDIA's plans for their CPU lines. Check out the little bit that we know about this answer to Intel's Atom for now, and expect lots of updates as Computex grows closer.
Subject: General Tech | May 23, 2008 - 11:34 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
According to DigiTimes, Intel is going to include solid state drives in it's next Centrino platform, giving users a chance to use the new technology without having to install it in a notebook themselves. It will mean lighter laptops, with longer battery life and may even increase the speed at which the new Centrinos will operate. Even more interesting is the 1.8" drive that they are planning to introduce; it will be interesting to see if the new drive size catches on.
Subject: General Tech | May 22, 2008 - 11:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Watching hardware in distress is always great fun; when it's someone else's.
Feed your voyeuristic tendencies with this live stream at VIA Arena, where you can see a VIA EPIA board running full out, while naked. That's right, the poor thing has had it's heatsink stripped off, and it is still running. Not only is there a live stream of the system, there is a contest to guess when it will die, and VIA Arena has vowed that it will die.
Subject: General Tech | May 21, 2008 - 04:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At Driver Heaven they have posted a review of a pair of Razer products. The first is the
Subject: General Tech | May 21, 2008 - 12:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
... for gaming. But trouble is a brewing, as one likes PnP and tabletop gaming while the other prefers Poke-cards, and has no idea where WarCraft came from. Or maybe it's really the struggle of coming to terms with Deep Crows and Fruitfu ... err the gaming store guy.
Subject: General Tech | May 21, 2008 - 11:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
He may be proud to have a card certifying him as one of the only sane lawyers in the state of Florida, but I don't think Jack Thompson is too proud of the 27 counts of misconduct that he was just found guilty of. [H]ard|OCP has the link to more info on this feel good story for every gamer out there.
Any bets that he will claim to have been affected by his work on violent video games and that they were to blame for his misconduct?
Subject: General Tech | May 20, 2008 - 12:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
M-Audio may seem like a no-name brand to many PC gamers, but anyone who has done anything related to the audio trade will recognize the name right off the bat. These M-Audio Studiophile AV 40 speakers will give you a sound that goes a bit beyond what you might expect with a desktop speaker system, as they have a rather impressive response. Check out the full spec
Subject: General Tech | May 20, 2008 - 12:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A new type of attack has been theoretically identified, dubbed a Permanent Denial of Service (PDOS). By taking advantage of remote firmware updates, an attacker could theoretically kill hardware using a tampered BIOS flash file. If the hardware is set to automatically update it's firmware, which is the default setting in most cases, your server could be taken down until the hardware is replaced. You can get more info by following the link at Slashdot.