Subject: General Tech | April 8, 2009 - 11:47 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Over the next two weeks you will likely see a big pile o' FUD appear because of the imminent end of free support for Windows XP and Office 2003. First off, that applies only to the residential/consumer level, business support is to remain the same, although if your company runs Server 2003 it had better be upgraded to SP2.
The second thing to remember is that this applies to direct support from Microsoft, such as bug reports and their incident reporting program, Windows Update will still be bringing you critical security patches until 2014.
Subject: General Tech | April 7, 2009 - 02:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASUS Xonar Essence STX comes with a lot of features for a stereo sound card. By stereo, they mean dolby 2, not 2.1, 5 or any other number, there are a total of 2 channels which is perfect for headphones. You can buy headphones that emulate 5.1 sound, but the tend not to be up to the quality that an audiophile demands. If you are the type that picks up headphones worth hundreds of dollars and are looking to plug them into a
Subject: General Tech | April 7, 2009 - 01:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Firefox 3.5 hasn't officially made it out the door, but 3.6 is already in the works. Ars Technica delves into the features and improvements you can expect from the Firefox after next in this article. If Ubiquity-based photo-editing, themes you can switch without restarting Firefox and a look at the new tab setup sounds interesting then head on over.
Subject: General Tech | April 6, 2009 - 02:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Looking for a way to bring cheer to those who use PCs on a regular basis and who really aren't impressed by your 3200 dpi dual laser gaming mouse? Why not pick up a frog mouse for them, applicable for most ages and cute as a mouse could possibly be. R&B Mods does not suggest using it for gaming, especially with the accompanying mat; but that's not really what it is for.
Subject: General Tech | April 6, 2009 - 12:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new Ubuntu is out and about, this time as a Jaunty Jackelope (aka 9.04 beta). As far as new features go, you can expect to see Gnome 2.26, X.Org Server 1.6, better boot performance, Ext4 support and the new 2.6.28 kernel. ExtremeTech tried the beta out and came away with two significant realizations. On the one hand, the boot performance in particular and the system in general really didn't show any huge improvements, on the other hand they had absolutely no problems or issues when ins
Subject: General Tech | April 3, 2009 - 06:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Before heading off into the forums, give your self a bit of piece of mind and see if you managed to be one of the few who caught Conficker. The test is very easy to interpret.
To keep up with all the other threats that are out there, this thread in the Networking Forum is your friend. Of course, you need to build a PC befo
Subject: General Tech | April 2, 2009 - 12:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In an effort to make the new netbooks less expensive and to run a little tighter, HP and Asus both seem to be considering Google's Linux based Android OS as an alternative to Windows. Not only would a successful implementation drive the price down, it could also make your netbook compatible with your cellphone at level we haven't seen before. Digital Trends thinks this could lead to an OS war, though in this particular case it isn't a new OS trying to make a name f
Subject: General Tech | April 1, 2009 - 01:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Whatever your musical tastes run toward, if you don't like being without your favourite melodies filling the air then streaming audio is probably familiar to you, as is the Logitech Squeezebox. The newest model is the Boom, aptly named as it bears a resemblance to an old style boom box. Along with streaming your favourite audio wirelessly, you can also use the Boom as an alarm clock to start your day with music. It will ha
Subject: General Tech | April 1, 2009 - 12:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
RPG fans have been waiting for Drakensang for quite a while now, with teasers making the wait seem even longer. Now that it is available, the feedback has been quite good from those who have tried it. The graphics may make it look more like an Elder Scrolls type game but it is much more like Baldurs Gate. Along with the increase in graphics quality comes a rather intricate leveling system. Get the details at Gamepyre.
Subject: General Tech | April 1, 2009 - 12:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Inquirer feels that while the Nehalem processor is impressive, we haven't really seen what it is capable of. We will need to see some new motherboards to handle the amount of bandwidth available from the processor, especially if you want to use more than one in your system. Of course, those who have tried to set up dual processor systems in the past may have something to say about how feasible this is for a gaming rig, especially if you are planning on overclocking.