Subject: General Tech | February 22, 2007 - 12:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Vint Cerf wants to make sure you can get email from the red planet. We have gone from the 1970's data uplink of 16 kbps to 2004's uplink of 256 kbs. Although we can't get rid of the 20 minute delay, having a more reliable connection will help any future Mars Rover type missions.
No word on when the Barsoomian 419 scams will start coming.
Subject: General Tech | February 22, 2007 - 12:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You might want to take notice of a new forum member ... Newegg Deals. If you keep your eye on this thread here, you will see some very nice deals appearing. For example right now you can get an Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz 4M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor for $314.00 + Free Shipping.
Subject: General Tech | February 21, 2007 - 06:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Join Digital Trends for a look back at some of the musicians and formats they grew up with and loved, and a serious problem that is infecting the musical universe. Compression kills dynamic range. In order to get music to listeners in what is essentially a LoFi format, one of the most powerful ways to evoke emotion is being removed. Ask your self when the last time you listened to an MP3 at a full 192bps.
Subject: General Tech | February 21, 2007 - 12:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Techncia has assembled an article on what certain analysts believe to be the most likely Google killer. The idea is to have specialized search engines, not try to compete with Google's mastery over generalized searches. Some will focus on providing information on local products or services, although Google Maps may well win in that category. There are also vertical searches which focus on a specific topic and search in a specific set of database
Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2007 - 06:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 20, 2007 - Intel Corporation today announced the mobile clinical assistant (MCA) is ready to enable nurses to spend more time with patients, do their jobs on the move while remaining connected, and manage the administration of medications. Motion Computing's C5 is the first product based on Intel's MCA platform and has earned support from clinicians and nurses participating in pilot studies around the world.
Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2007 - 05:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Join [H]ard|OCP on a tour of the underside of Los Vegas in the new Rainbow Six Vegas on XBox360, PS3 and PSP. They found a texture problem similar to the one discovered in Gears of War, where some textures would take upwards of 30 seconds to be drawn in when first loading a level, but the gameplay more than made up for the inconvenience. This seems to be a worthy addition to any Rainbow 6 fan's collection.
Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2007 - 02:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When it's a Trackbar Emotion. ExtremeTech reviews this device designed to reduce RSI and carpal. It sits on the bottom of your keyboard, much like a wrist rest, with the trackbar, and below the track bar is four buttons, and a clickable scroll wheel. This won't help your gaming performance directly, but if you spend all day working at a computer and then go home to play, this little device may help your wrists feel better at 6pm when you are getting to the important stuff.
Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2007 - 12:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Inquirer has linked to a story on some new VR glasses, or in this case a visor. They don't look to have a way to let you see through the projection to what is going on around you, both a good and a bad thing.
"Icuiti's VR920, which won the 2007 CES "innovations award", creates a feeling of watching a 62-inch screen from nine feet away.
The picture displays in 640x480 and it comes with a built in microphone and head tracker."
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Subject: General Tech | February 19, 2007 - 12:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has linked to a .pdf article on the failure rate of hard drives. Not many independent studies have been done, so it is hard to say how accurate manufacturers MTBF stats are. Google ought to know as they use an enormous amount of HDDs and they are constantly running, and they are the ones who did the research.
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