Been a while since you commanded a lance of mechs

Subject: General Tech | March 24, 2006 - 12:00 PM |
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Ars Technica and MicroSoft have some good news.  MechCommander 2 has gone Shared Source!  You can get it from MicroSoft by following the link, although some assembly is required.  This should also make modding a possibility for this title.

"According to Vole's site, MechCommander 2 has been released under its Shared Source licence.


The release contains all of the source code and source assets required to build MechCommander 2.

Source: The Inquirer

Something to do while you are waiting for Vista

Subject: General Tech | March 24, 2006 - 11:49 AM |
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Tech Connect Magazine has come up with something interesting for Operating System junkies to play with while they wait for the ever delayed release of MicroSoft Vista.  With their guide in hand, try converting Windows Server 2003 into a home OS.  They talk about the good and improved parts, and those services best skipped for non-server machines.

"It might need a little outside help, but Windows 2003 can actually become a valid choice for

home users, if one takes care to set aside the

Intel Declares Regular Cash Dividend

Subject: General Tech | March 22, 2006 - 07:00 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 22, 2006 — Intel Corporation's board of directors has declared a $0.10 per share quarterly dividend on the company's common stock. The dividend is payable on June 1, 2006 to stockholders of record on May 7, 2006.

More info at Intel.

The only way to fly

Subject: General Tech | March 22, 2006 - 02:02 PM |
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If you are into flight or space sims, then there is a good chance you have an aging joystick somewhere on your desk.  Saitek has designed a new controller, the X52 Flight Control System and OCC has a full review.  Drop by and see if it is worth learning a whole set of new button positions.

"The ability to rotate using the twist grip made for some outright unfair moments where I could

temper the throttle and shamelessly mow down soldier after soldier while maintaining a consistent

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Give your head a shake

Subject: General Tech | March 22, 2006 - 01:56 PM |
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X-bit Labs reviews a pair of headphones that carry on the tradition of the Rumbleseat and force feedback controllers.  The XFX XGear multimedia gaming headset vibrates when appropriate, giving you the feel of ... well let X-bit Labs explain it.

"We decided to try out XFX XGear multimedia gaming headset that has a very special vibration

feature implemented.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Proof of concept flaw in IE 6

Subject: General Tech | March 22, 2006 - 12:06 PM |
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It hasn't been a great week for Microsoft, with announced delays on Vista's release, and a bug that can cause IE 6 to crash.  CNET reports on another flaw reported this week.  While Microsoft has not released the details, the vulnerabililty is in the way HTA files are handled, and could result in the running of code without your say so.  Practice safe computing.

The flaw was reported to the company earlier this month by Jeffrey van der Stad, a 25-year-old

Dutch programmer.

Intel Honors 26 Companies With Preferred Quality Supplier Award

Subject: General Tech | March 21, 2006 - 01:06 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 21, 2006 — Intel Corporation today announced the 26 companies that will receive Intel's Preferred Quality Supplier (PQS) award for outstanding commitment to quality and performance excellence. These suppliers provided products and services deemed essential to Intel's business success in 2005. They excelled at meeting and exceeding high expectations and tough performance goals to distinguish themselves from the thousands of suppliers that work with Intel.

Intel Honors 12 Companies With Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement Award

Subject: General Tech | March 21, 2006 - 01:05 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 21, 2006 — Intel Corporation today announced the 12 winners of the company's most prestigious award for suppliers, the Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement (SCQI) award, which recognizes outstanding commitment to quality and performance excellence.

Saving those VHS memories

Subject: General Tech | March 21, 2006 - 12:13 PM |
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Digital Grabber has posted a thorough guide to saving all those old VHS camcorder movies.  Chances are that they contain memorable moments that you were hopign to treasure forever, with a bit of work they will last a while longer.  At least they will survive the extinction of the VCR.

"The problem is consumer VHS tape isn't be best format to use for long-term storage.

An inside look at the VIA C7-M

Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2006 - 05:40 PM |
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"VIA has taken a novel approach to security that deviates greatly from current DRM-driven industry trends.

Source: VIA Arena