Subject: General Tech | May 30, 2007 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fans of the Unreal Tournament series having been waiting a long while for the next installment, due out Christmas-ish. The newest incarnation will take advantage of multiple cores in order to maximize the amount of extras that can be on screen, as well as providing PhysX support. In order to get all the benefits that are offered, you are looking at an upgrade to a Quad Core, and a videocard that is at least in nVIDIA's 7000 series or a X1000 series. The only disappointment for The Inquirer is UT2K7's lack o
Subject: General Tech | May 30, 2007 - 11:46 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you don't want to get a proper Linux install up and running on a router, so that you can use it as a hardware firewall, then you might be interested in the Yoggie Pico. According to Slashdot, this is essentially a mini computer on a USB drive, that takes the load of running the firewall off of your CPU. A previous version of their product used RJ45 ports, and sat on the actual connection, whereas this new product is designed to be smaller and so it is relegated to a USB port.
Subject: General Tech | May 29, 2007 - 11:26 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Over at XYZ Computing they are trying to extend the battery life of a Fujitsu P7230, which with its 1.2GHz Intel Core Solo U1400 has an advantage. What is at issue is the OS, Vista. On a desktop C2D system, the resource demands of Vista are a minor annoyance but on a laptop system they are a real drain.
Subject: General Tech | May 28, 2007 - 01:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
GWSystems Fragpedal Classic isn't exactly like any other foot pedal I've seen. As opposed to it acting like a normal pedal, it has a pair of pads with 2 buttons each. These buttons can be programmed in a number of ways, up to an including making one a shift pedal, so you can bind 2 operations each to the remaining 3 buttons. If you find yourself confused, read the full review at OCC and you'll get a better idea.
Subject: General Tech | May 28, 2007 - 11:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Google has put a lot of effort into it's online offerings with documents, spreadsheets and a calendar. According to Ars Technica, now you can bring Google's calendar everywhere, as they will offer it in a form compatible with your cell phone. You can sync it to your online account's calendar and never miss an appointment again. It should tie in well with the
Subject: General Tech | May 25, 2007 - 04:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Our motherboard forums were the original starting point of what has now grown into PC Perspective, and are still one of the best places to go for support on the web. Even if you are using a less popular manufacturer, you will find knowledgeable members ready to help you out. Everything from inexpensive AM-2 boards from ASRock, or Biostar's T-Force series, or a Chaintech board that has some re-occuring p
Subject: General Tech | May 25, 2007 - 11:44 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The first software to enable a GPU to be used for general purposes will come from nVIDIA, and be released in June according to this story on The Inquirer. It has been in beta for a little while, but this will be an official release. As well, nVIDIA mentioned their new series of GPGPUs will be the 9800, and will feature double-precision floating point arithmetic, a must in scientific calculations, and handy for the gamer too.
Subject: General Tech | May 24, 2007 - 02:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Democracy Player has 2 things going for it, the first is it's integration with online video streaming from places like YouTube, and it's attitude which is very relaxed. Instead of trying to take over all your media by default, as well as launching at boot time, you can set it to the behaviour you prefer right from the install. It treats streaming media differently as well, downloading all of the video before letting you watch it, and then deleting it about 5 days later to save on space. Read on
Subject: General Tech | May 24, 2007 - 11:37 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hynix is leading the way; along with IMEC and 4 other CMOS producing companies in the never ending quest to shrink the manufacturing process. This incarnation will be 32nm, although it may take some time before we see that process in memory chips, let alone CPUs. We are right on the technological edge of how tightly focused the UV beam can be when using it to etch memory, even using EUV lithography. DigiTimes has a bit more, here.