Subject: General Tech | January 31, 2008 - 12:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With a few new driver revisions and a brand new chipset, the 780i, Elite Bastards has revisited SLI performance, this time with a pair of GeForce 8800 GT 512MB cards. When SLI first started to be introduced, there were many cases where you needed to squint pretty hard to spot a performance between single and dual card rigs. Now, they are happy to report that the numbers speak for themselves.
Subject: General Tech | January 31, 2008 - 12:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are one of the few, the brave, the masochistic ... the Vista user; then next week you will need to make a decision. TechARP has heard that Vista Service Pack 1 will be released next week. Should you install it right away, or wait until the moon is right, and your dominant star is in the cool part of the sky, and you have sacrificed a few XP disks and EULAs to the great Gates?
Only you can decide.
Subject: General Tech | January 31, 2008 - 11:37 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
3DMark Vantage is coming ... sometime. Over at Futuremark is a teaser page with 3 screenshots from one of the tests you will see in the new version of 3DMark, which is following in the naming scheme we saw back in October, PCMark Vantage. There really isn't much information, apart from 3 screenshots and a link to the Game-O-Meter to test to see if your system can handle the benchmark without melting.
Strangely, it seems the spare GeForce3 Ti 200 I stuck in my PC at work still doesn't qualify it for even the minimum requirements.
Subject: General Tech | January 30, 2008 - 12:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AnandTech has cornered Futuremark on a topic many of us having been waiting to hear about, Futuremark Games Studio. Anyone who has sat watching the 3DMark benchmarks has probably wondered just why Futuremark is so vicious as to give us 60 seconds or so of what looks to be an incredible game, and then wanders off into pixel tests. The details are still sketchy, but we now know that something is in the works.
Subject: General Tech | January 30, 2008 - 11:55 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A plan by German police to hire hackers to break the encryption that Skype uses for it's VoIP communications has prompted an interesting article at The Register. They cover the 'poison movie' exploit, which has been fixed, as well as concerns that the current animated ads that play over Skype may provide another vector in which the same kind of exploit could be launched. They also link to a talk that took place during the Black Hat Europe 2006 conference, in which two participants voiced concerns th
Subject: General Tech | January 29, 2008 - 03:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you've seen flexible keyboards for sale, you might have thought it was a great idea, but the price is a bit much, and it might not have a layout that you like. Hack a Day comes to your rescue, with steps on how to make your own flexible keyboard, simply by disemboweling a normal USB keyboard and taping letters onto the membrane.
Subject: General Tech | January 29, 2008 - 12:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Wicked Lasers (the guys who did the Green and Blu-ray Lasers) have introduced The Torch, a record holding 4100 lumen flashlight that can set things on fire! If you follow the links from Slashdot, you can see the flashlight setting a pile of paper on fire. Sure, the battery will only last for 15 minutes, but that's plenty of time to cook an egg in the dark.
Subject: General Tech | January 29, 2008 - 11:29 AM | Ryan Shrout
In some interesting news from the gang at Shacknews, PC games are only making up about 14% of gaming sales when compile with the current console gaming market. The one caveat: digital download sales weren't included in the research.
Subject: General Tech | January 28, 2008 - 12:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For anyone who went into shock over the rumours that Windows 7 might be released next year, it is safe to come out now. The Inquirer looked into it and found some very convincing evidence that we won't see Windows 7 until some time after the end of the Mayan Calender. Any correlation between those two dates are just speculation at this time.
Subject: General Tech | January 25, 2008 - 05:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
One of my favourite installation errors has to be when an optical drive decides not to be recognized, as inevitably, at some point in the process Windows will request that you place a driver disk in your CD-ROM drive, so that it can install drivers. In the past at that point, I have the overwhelming urge to insert something that is not a CD into somewhere on the PC that is not the CD drive. If you wish to take the high road, and actually fix the problem, check out this thread in Tech Talk for some hints