Get rid of those wires you've taped to the floors and walls

Subject: General Tech | August 23, 2006 - 11:41 AM |
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MAKE:Blog has linked to a guide on how to wire your home for internet, putting the Cat 5(e) or 6 into inobtrusive places.  Perfect if your home didn't come with conduit runs and junction boxes to help you.

Source: MAKE: Blog

A keyboard for actual work

Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2006 - 06:28 PM |
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Microsoft's Natural Ergonomic Keyboards do not tend to make perfect gaming keyboards, there are Bear Claws and such for that.  What they have always done well is a working keyboard, when you are stuck bashing all the keys for 8 hours a day, not just WASD.  Drop by Hi-Tech Reviews for a look at the newest incarnation of their Natural series.

16 Schools Named Winners of the 2006 Intel and Scholastic Schools of Distinction Awards

Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2006 - 06:07 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 22, 2006 — Sixteen elementary and secondary schools across the United States were honored today as recipients of the 2006 Intel and Scholastic Schools of Distinction Awards.

Didn't expect to hear this, now did you?

Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2006 - 11:57 AM |
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Microsoft wants to get coders in to help get Firefox and Thunderbird working on Vista.   As in actually inviting them into their offices, and helping them work with the new Vista kernel and API. 

Source: The Inquirer

What do you call a router that is far more than just a router?

Subject: General Tech | August 21, 2006 - 11:44 AM |
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TweakTown reviews a wireless router from ASUS, that does a lot more than just connect your network.  For instance, it comes with a 160 Gb IDE harddrive inside, which can be setup up in a RAID if you so wish.  Read the full reivew to find out how much more it can do for you.

Source: TweakTown

Sneaking a look at the Zune interface

Subject: General Tech | August 18, 2006 - 04:19 PM |
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Microsoft's iPod killer, Zune, still has to make an appearance in the plastic, but some have seen at least the interface.  Head to Slashdot for a look at the Zune, and what to expect.

Source: Slashdot

Free F.E.A.R. Free-for-all

Subject: General Tech | August 18, 2006 - 11:51 AM |
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Hexus has links to the newly announced F.E.A.R. multi-player addon.  Even better, it is a free download!

Source: Hexus

Can it clean the dust bunnies out of my case too?

Subject: General Tech | August 18, 2006 - 11:33 AM |
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The Ultimate Troubleshooter undergoes some scrutiny from The Moditory.  With some of the functionality of msconfig, and HijackThis, plus registry info and more, this program puts most of the maintenance you do to your system in one easy interface.  Of course, the programs you use now are probably FOSS, while TuT will cost you about $30, plus yearly subscription fees.

Source: The Moditory

VIA Launches "Get the Girls into the Game" Contest with Free Trip to Sweden

Subject: General Tech | August 18, 2006 - 11:16 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 18th August 2006 - VIA Technologies, Inc.,
leading supplier of high definition PC silicon for the gaming market,
together with VIA Chrome Ambassadors the girlz 0f destruction, today
announced an exciting new contest: "Get the Girls into the Game," with
the winning girl spending a weekend at the Home of Chrome in Sweden
with a friend, learning how to play PC games like a professional while
visiting beautiful Stockholm. 

Intro to virtualization, add Linux to a Windows machine

Subject: General Tech | August 17, 2006 - 11:28 AM |
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XYZ computers has started practicing safer browsing, without having to fully install Linux on their Windows box, or play with dual booting. Thanks to virtualization, they can have the security that comes from browsing on a much less commonly attacked OS.  Check out Player, the free version of VMWare's Workstation.