You know you're spending too much time on Google Earth when ...

Subject: General Tech | December 14, 2006 - 06:03 PM |
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When you buy a controller specifically to make navigation easier.  ExtremeTech reviews 3Dconnexion's SpaceNavigator, a device perfect for moving around in 3D spaces like Google Earth.  It won't do you much good in X3:The Reunion, but for other, less action packed galaxies, it makes a very interesting controller.

Source: Extremetech

May the luck of the Intel be with you

Subject: General Tech | December 14, 2006 - 12:17 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has a VERY active thread about the problems people are encountering with the 680i chipset.  They also have a news post that talks about what is known for sure, and what is likely the cause.  Unfortunately, right now it seems to be luck of the draw when it comes to problem free motherboards.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

A new dimension of sound

Subject: General Tech | December 13, 2006 - 02:25 PM |
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7.1 sounds adds up and down to your surround sound, and Auzentech provides it with the new X-Meridian.  With a 120dBA dynamic range, and many, many other features, this commercial level sound card provides professional level options.  Guru of 3D did find some problems with it though, so read on to find out if this is a must have for you.

"It's HERE! We originally heard about the release date for Auzentech's X-Meridian waaay back in June.

Source: Guru of 3D

Why we want Wii

Subject: General Tech | December 13, 2006 - 12:08 PM |
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Over at OCMODSHOP, they've broken a sweat about Zelda: Twilight Princess and it's not just because of the anticipation.  Using the Wiimote gives you a great workout while fishing, fighting and using ranged weapons, and it does it all without missing a beat when you try the special moves.  Read on to find out if this game will convince you to buy a Wii.

Source: OCMODSHOP

Set a fire underneath your tree

Subject: General Tech | December 13, 2006 - 11:54 AM |
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HotHardware gives some advice on how to get a little heat beneath your tree, in the form of 3 Core 2 Duo systems.  Running from the top $4,200 system, a $2,500 and a $1,000 system, even if you don't want to pick up one to the exact specs, you can get some good component ideas.

Source: HotHardware

VIA Announces Comprehensive Support for Microsoft Robotics Studio

Subject: General Tech | December 13, 2006 - 11:30 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 13 December 2006 — VIA Technologies, Inc., a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced full support for Microsoft Robotics Studio, a new Windows-based environment that simplifies the creation of robotics applications, across all VIA processor platforms and the acclaimed range of ultra compact VIA EPIA mainboards.  Whether for academic, hobbyist or commercial robots, the flexible VIA EPIA mainboards powering Microsoft Robotics Studio makes development

Source: VIA Arena

Futuremark comic strip competition

Subject: General Tech | December 12, 2006 - 12:09 PM |
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Get your creative juices flowing, FUTUREMARK is having a competition.  Head over and download the blank template, and get to work creating a comic strip, however you feel like.  You have until the 22nd to submit your comic, and the prize winners will be announced on the 28th.  First prize is an Alienware Area-51 M5750.

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Source: FUTUREMARK

Mouse reviews taken to the next level

Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2006 - 12:23 PM |
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HEXUS links to a site that has invented the first mouse benchmark.  Covering 17 mice, and testing for their ability to perform at high speeds.  His graphs represent perfect performance, some small malfunctions in accuracy and total disappearance of accuracy.  Check this out, this much work deserves some recognition.

"Finally, mouse testing done properly! Sujoy Roy gets out his turntable and performs a newly devised mouse

benchmarking system on seventeen different mice. Gamers take note...

Source: Hexus

Killer NIC for Christmas, or not?

Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2006 - 12:01 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP is trying to put the discussions over whether the BigFoot Killer NIC is worth it.  At a cost comparable with a good video card upgrade (but not a great one), you would expect to see some improvement in your experience.  It turns out that you might well be happy with it, if you play the right games.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Another good week to be a PC Perspective member

Subject: General Tech | December 8, 2006 - 06:53 PM |
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This week on the forums a lot of handy advice was generated from a hard disk that went bad.  Just about every step you can take before finally formatting appears, so check it out.  Another user is having difficulty with getting a network of 34 PCs to stream video from a server.  If you are in the mood for a new Anti-virus program, there is advice on alternatives to AVG.  Grounding and static

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