Better sound means better FPS?

Subject: General Tech | February 9, 2007 - 01:54 PM |
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The name gives a hint as to the purpose of this particular soundcard, as Razer only does fast.  The Razer Barracuda AC1 Gaming Sound Card claims to increase your framerates by not using any system memory.  OCC proves that claim, although don't expect to see the increase blow your mind.  As well, the audio quality impressed them enough to convince them to toss out their old Diamond Monster MX300.  It also will attract modders, the Razer logo lights up to add a little extra to the inside of your case.

More of Duke Nukem Forever's competition breaks down and releases a game

Subject: General Tech | February 9, 2007 - 12:17 PM |
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S.T.A.L.K.E.R is only 6 years old, compared to DK Forever's 10, but it was in the running for most delayed game ever.  No longer, it would seem; according to this preview at bit-tech.  It is always possible a brand new game engine will appear before the end of March and cause a delay, but it looks like this game is going to make it.

Source: bit-tech

General Purpose GPU

Subject: General Tech | February 9, 2007 - 12:03 PM |
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The Inquirer reports on a project by AMD/ATI to make dedicated server CPUs a thing of the past.  For certain types of calculation, a GPUs particular structure allows it to beat the pants off of a CPU ...

Source: The Inquirer

Bugs for Firefox, something old and something new

Subject: General Tech | February 8, 2007 - 12:28 PM |
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CNET reports on 2 vulnerabilities found in Firefox.  The first is found in Firefox version 1.5.0.9 but fixed by 2.0, it uses a combination of the built in pop-up blocker and XMLHttpRequest to relay info about the system to a remote server.  You can find the full description of the flaw by following the link to SecuriTeam on CNet.

A Wii was harmed in the making of this review

Subject: General Tech | February 7, 2007 - 12:42 PM |
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Still aren't sure if the Wii is a groundbreaking gaming system from a farsighted company, or just a silly excuse to 'accidentally' whack your friends in the head with the nunchaku?  [H]ard|OCP has published a full review covering their thoughts about this new console and a few issues they ran into.  They discovered it isn't possible use a projector to game without buying additional equipment and they also figured out how to kill a Wii.  At least the TV survived intact.

"Nintendo is back with a vengeance and is going toe to toe with the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360. Can the Wiimote nunchaku continue to successfully fend off the competition or is it just a whole lot of flailing?"

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You already knew it was true, here comes the proof

Subject: General Tech | February 7, 2007 - 12:16 PM |
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Video games are good for you!

FPSes and other visually complex games are good for your eyes, says this story on CNET.  Thanks to the speed of the game and the number of things you have to keep track of, you push the part of your brain governing image processing to it's limits, and this exercise carries over into the other parts of your life.  I don't think it will be a good enough excuse to get you out of eating your carrots.

There's somethign about BitLocker

Subject: General Tech | February 6, 2007 - 12:05 PM |
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New with Vista is an encryption program called BitLocker.  Before you go hiding all of your secrets and guilty pleasures in a BitLocker protected folder, you might want to take a careful read of this story at The Register.  It turns out 2 of the 3 protection schemes won't even work, as there are not really any motherboards currently for sale with a TPM compatible BIOS.  XP's encryption never managed to stop anyone determined to get at the data, and neither will Vista.  That isn't all bad news th

Source: The Register

A breath of fresh audio

Subject: General Tech | February 5, 2007 - 03:27 PM |
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Creative has a competitor, the C-Media Oxygen HD chip, aka CMI8788.  The Tech Report has published a huge review of the chip focusing on 2 cards, Auzentech's X-Meridian and Sondigo's Inferno.  Everything is covered in the review, not only the performance of positional audio in games, the CPU utilization is compared to the X-Fi as well as some serious work with Rightmark's Audio Analyser.

Internet killed the magazine star

Subject: General Tech | February 5, 2007 - 12:25 PM |
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E-books are having a hard time catching on.  Many dedicated readers miss the visceral experience of holding a book, and the ease of use.  You can't really take your monitor to the beach or into the bath, and PDAs don't let you see a full page at one time. 

Magazines, on the other hand are disappearing quickly, as the web quickly trumped them as a way of getting target information quickly.  Take a look at [H]ard|OCPs article examining that change.

Source: [H]ard|OCP