Subject: General Tech | July 29, 2008 - 11:31 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
This story at The Inquirer sheds some light on the strangely high sales of Vista that Microsoft has reported. HP has said that any of the PCs and laptops they have sold recently with XP installed had a Vista license attached to them, even though they did not run Vista. Any and all sales of these XP machines have been counted as a Vista sale, and will continue to be reported as such until Microsoft finally pulls the plug on XP, which they have been threatening to do for
Subject: General Tech | July 28, 2008 - 12:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It turns out that nVIDIA's odd stance that only certain models of HP laptops would suffer from the G48 and 86 problems is about as believable as most words that come out of a salesman's mouth. The magical ability to heal the wounded chips ascribed to all manufacturers but HP doesn't seem to be working very well at Dell either, with ten models getting a BIOS update. The Inquirer still feels that the true story is that all the chips are bad, and while that may or may not
Subject: General Tech | July 25, 2008 - 11:36 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
nVIDIA is really having a lousy month, with anti-trust suits going badly and the ever persistent rumour that something is horribly wrong with their G84 and G86's. nVIDIA's position is that the problem can only occur in specific laptop configurations, but really haven't clarified the exact nature of the problem and why it will not apply to graphics cards. DigiTimes has heard that as a result, many vendors are demanding a recall of all theoretically affected graphics cards.
Subject: General Tech | July 24, 2008 - 06:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Higher quality MP3 players, like the recently release X-Fi Xen can't really show off the quality they are capable of with a pair of $10 earphones. The best quality comes from cans, but not everyone wants to wear something that big, or try to transport them around. Phillips has introduced two new audiophile quality earbud style headphones, which you can see at Hardware Zone. The display it's self is rather impressive as well.
Subject: General Tech | July 24, 2008 - 01:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 24, 2008 - As Internet access continues to be added to all kinds of computers and devices, Intel executives outlined a plan to use its chip design expertise, factory capacity, advanced manufacturing techniques and the economics of Moore's Law to usher in a new category of highly integrated, purpose-built and Web-savvy System on Chip (SoC) designs and products.
Subject: General Tech | July 24, 2008 - 11:26 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Strap yourself in, the accelerated releases we have been seeing in 2008 are not slowing down anytime soon. Next is Nehalem and the new X58 chipset, both of whom we will be seeing in September and not just before Christmas according to DigiTimes. The socket is changing, so don't worry about investing in a top of the line LGA775 board, though AMD fans will be safe with the AM3, whenever it arrives. Let us all hope that these truncated development times reflect the opinions of the engineers more tha
Subject: General Tech | July 23, 2008 - 12:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
More information about the upcoming Bethesda release of Fallout 3 has appeared; this time from Wired. While there is not that much information on the VATS system that will be used to incorporate real time and turn based combat into one seamless system, we at least hear that it incorporated canned movies, making one think of the latter games in the Final Fantasy series. Read on to hear about Wired's take on the dialogue, one of the biggest fears of old time
Subject: General Tech | July 23, 2008 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As most were well aware they would, Microsoft took the opportunity that Gamefest offered them to announce DirectX 11. They talked about the CPU becoming a general purpose GPU, sort of like AMD and nVIDIA have been touting for years now. The Inquirer even heard them bring up that paradigm word. About the only thing new that came out of the announcement was a promise to make DX11 run on DX10 equipment, so that you won't have to buy new hardware. Of course, if you
Subject: General Tech | July 22, 2008 - 01:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
3D Connexion have released a higher end 3D controller called the SpaceExplorer, which sports some interesting improvements over the SpaceNavigator PE. You won't really use it for gaming or even normal desktop apps, but CAD designers and Google Earth addicts are not going to want to miss Mektu's review of this nifty little device.