Subject: General Tech | April 25, 2007 - 11:53 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Wired News takes a look at some of the more (in)famous mascots of the recent, and not so recent history. Clippy makes an appearance at the top of course, but were you aware each Windows OS received it's own manga style mascot?
Subject: General Tech | April 24, 2007 - 12:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At some point in the recent past, Apple's iPod became THE MP3 player to beat. Many have claimed to have created an iPod killer (including Apple with their iPhone), but so far no one has delivered. Microsoft's attempt is the Zune, and it has been on the market long enough to mature and get the early kinks out of it's software.&
Subject: General Tech | April 24, 2007 - 12:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The AutumnWave OnAir USB HDTV Creator is a high def TV Tuner that connects via a USB cable, and allows you to watch HD programming on your PC. It also comes with a nice software suite allowing control over channels, recording times as well as image tweaking. While HotHardware was reviewing the tuner, they were very impressed by the proper display of the image, but found the
Subject: General Tech | April 23, 2007 - 01:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Madshrimps has collected 21 mousepads and tested them every way they could think of. Not just performance in gaming, but also the usefulness in AutoCAD, Photoshop, browsing and using office apps got rated in a big chart at the end. If you are toying with the idea of a better mousepad than the cloth one you found lying around, any of the choices you've considered are rated.
Subject: General Tech | April 23, 2007 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A member spotted a very interesting project over the weekend, and has started quite a buzz in the thread. The Alky Project is using the DirectX SDK on Windows XP to write DirectX 10 compatibility libraries. The basic idea is that the DX10 Geometry Shaders could be changed to native machine code on non-Vista machines, allowing your video card to render it, assumedly with a performance hit. While it seems unlikely that they will get DX10 running on non-DX10 hardware, it will allow DX10 to run on XP if they succeed.
Subject: General Tech | April 20, 2007 - 05:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With the release of Feisty Fawn, CentOS 5 and
Debian Etch, our Linux forums are very active right now. They are feeling their oats, and even taking shots at Windows, and converting users to their preferred OS.
Subject: General Tech | April 20, 2007 - 11:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Second Life is a very different kind of MMO game, not involving raids and dungeon crawls instead relying on interaction as the key. There are no levels to go up or rare items to find, you make them yourself or trade with someone who does. Another big difference is the fact that it is free.
It has attracted millions, and a much higher percentage of women than WoW or Everquest. OCMODSHOP takes a look at second life, and the changing demographics of gamers.
Subject: General Tech | April 20, 2007 - 11:34 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In direct contradiction to Steve Ballmer's statement that no service pack is forthcoming for Vista, Paul Otellini let slip a target date for the release of an upcoming service pack for Vista. It is likely that at least some of that update will deal with the soon to be released Longhorn server OS, and Otellini seems to hope it will also make Vista more attractive to corporate customers.
Subject: General Tech | April 19, 2007 - 01:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Logitech's new 5.1 system, the X-540 features a high cone excursion sub to give you better bass response than you might expect, as well as Frequency Directed Dual Driver technology, which is meant to 'even' out the sound. It is very affordable and has a frequency response of 40 Hz - 20 kHz, so don't expect studio quality sound, however it sounds good enough that Tweaknews has no problem recomm
Subject: General Tech | April 19, 2007 - 11:42 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Hardware Zone takes a look at the news out of Beijing, and the IDF. From Hafnium based logic gates allowing the shrink to 45nm for mainstream CPUs, to basic, but functional systems-on-a-chip, called Tolapai. Read on to get a better idea what they saw, and don't forget to have a look at Ryan's article.