Subject: General Tech | May 25, 2007 - 08:44 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | May 24, 2007 - 11:05 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: General Tech | May 24, 2007 - 08:37 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | May 23, 2007 - 09:04 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | May 23, 2007 - 08:43 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | May 22, 2007 - 11:30 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Thankfully it has never been used for an exploit, but researchers have found a vulnerability in OpenOffice. Using the built in StarBasic scripting language, this virus can infect Windows, Mac or Linux boxes, and show a picture of a man in a bunny suit ... er ... being naughty. The Inquirer has more on this vulnerability, that should hopefully be fixed soon.
Subject: General Tech | May 21, 2007 - 01:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Bjorn3D has had a good look at Listan's upcoming products for this year. A very high resolution mouse, a backlit keyboard and a pair of mousepads are their feature products right now. If you are in the search for a better way to frag your friends, drop by for a look at what they have to offer.
Subject: General Tech | May 21, 2007 - 11:54 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You may remember in a previous PC Perspective podcast, Jon bringing the topic of e-waste up. Slashdot has a link to a story that follows up that topic with a look at why it is done. The actual people in the electronic waste dump get contaminated water and a couple of bucks a day, to harvest waste in which the density of precious metals recovered is higher than in ore mining. Read on for a very interesting slide show.
Subject: General Tech | May 18, 2007 - 03:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Home networking has certain grown in the past few years, both in popularity and in complexity. This thread over in the Networking & Associated Security forum gives you a good tip on how to arrange a network so that you can easily keep track of what is connected, and how it is protected as will as helping you understand how a popular security program, IPCop, works. You can also get some great tips on troubleshooting a problematic wireless connection.&nbs
Subject: General Tech | May 18, 2007 - 10:11 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The stats for the new mobility processor and chipset from AMD have finally slipped out. We won't get too much information until later on today, but we do know a few details. The chip is going to have HyperTransport 3 and some new power saving features, like the ability to turn off an entire core if it isn't being utilized. The RS780 chipset has a few new tricks as well, including support for discrete and integrated graphics, and the ability to display in any number of formats. Start by look
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