Subject: General Tech | April 23, 2007 - 01:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Madshrimps has collected 21 mousepads and tested them every way they could think of. Not just performance in gaming, but also the usefulness in AutoCAD, Photoshop, browsing and using office apps got rated in a big chart at the end. If you are toying with the idea of a better mousepad than the cloth one you found lying around, any of the choices you've considered are rated.
Subject: General Tech | April 23, 2007 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A member spotted a very interesting project over the weekend, and has started quite a buzz in the thread. The Alky Project is using the DirectX SDK on Windows XP to write DirectX 10 compatibility libraries. The basic idea is that the DX10 Geometry Shaders could be changed to native machine code on non-Vista machines, allowing your video card to render it, assumedly with a performance hit. While it seems unlikely that they will get DX10 running on non-DX10 hardware, it will allow DX10 to run on XP if they succeed.
Subject: General Tech | April 20, 2007 - 05:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With the release of Feisty Fawn, CentOS 5 and
Debian Etch, our Linux forums are very active right now. They are feeling their oats, and even taking shots at Windows, and converting users to their preferred OS.
Subject: General Tech | April 20, 2007 - 11:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Second Life is a very different kind of MMO game, not involving raids and dungeon crawls instead relying on interaction as the key. There are no levels to go up or rare items to find, you make them yourself or trade with someone who does. Another big difference is the fact that it is free.
It has attracted millions, and a much higher percentage of women than WoW or Everquest. OCMODSHOP takes a look at second life, and the changing demographics of gamers.
Subject: General Tech | April 20, 2007 - 11:34 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In direct contradiction to Steve Ballmer's statement that no service pack is forthcoming for Vista, Paul Otellini let slip a target date for the release of an upcoming service pack for Vista. It is likely that at least some of that update will deal with the soon to be released Longhorn server OS, and Otellini seems to hope it will also make Vista more attractive to corporate customers.
Subject: General Tech | April 19, 2007 - 01:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Logitech's new 5.1 system, the X-540 features a high cone excursion sub to give you better bass response than you might expect, as well as Frequency Directed Dual Driver technology, which is meant to 'even' out the sound. It is very affordable and has a frequency response of 40 Hz - 20 kHz, so don't expect studio quality sound, however it sounds good enough that Tweaknews has no problem recomm
Subject: General Tech | April 19, 2007 - 11:42 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Hardware Zone takes a look at the news out of Beijing, and the IDF. From Hafnium based logic gates allowing the shrink to 45nm for mainstream CPUs, to basic, but functional systems-on-a-chip, called Tolapai. Read on to get a better idea what they saw, and don't forget to have a look at Ryan's article.
Subject: General Tech | April 18, 2007 - 05:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
BEIRUT, Lebanon, April 18, 2007 — Following the announcement of a collaborative effort with other corporations to help revitalize Lebanon, Intel Chairman Craig Barrett today dedicated new projects to improve education, healthcare and computer access to the Internet for its citizens.
Subject: General Tech | April 18, 2007 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Gaming Heaven reviews a port from the Xbox360 to the PC, Test Drive Unlimited. Offering beautiful car models, both interior and exterior as well as a painstakingly detailed recreation of Oahu for you to drive in, this game has a lot going for fans of driving sims. On the other hand, it offers the worst of the problems with ports from a console, and the bugs take away from the pure enjoyment. If you love to drive, then check out the review and decide if you want to play it or not.
Subject: General Tech | April 18, 2007 - 11:41 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Phoronix managed to get a quick look at a beta of the Linux based OS, Sugar, that will be on the $100 laptops the OLPC plans to distribute. There wasn't enough for them to do a full review, but the screenshots give you an idea what this ... rather unique ... distro might look like.