Does playability outweigh prettification?

Subject: General Tech | February 24, 2006 - 11:42 AM |
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The Moditory has published a review of Darwinia, a very unconventional game.  While the RTS and tech tree basis of the game will be familiar, and the graphics will take you back about 10 years, the game play is king in this game.  There is much to explore in how they have set this game up, and you can get it very easily if you use Steam.

"Gameplay is sometimes overlooked in the gaming industry. Today a lot of stress is put on graphics

and now sound.

Source: The Moditory

Quantum Weirdness for your computer

Subject: General Tech | February 24, 2006 - 11:29 AM |
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Quantum Computing seems to get weirder the more is learned about it.  While the idea that a quantum computer could go arrive at an answer without hitting the intermediate steps needed for normal processing, the idea that it can answer a question not even asked is definately new.   Try Boing Boing's quick run down, and if you want to know more, there are links everywhere.

"Utilizing two coupled optical interferometers, nested within a third, Kwiat's team succeeded in

counterfactually

Source: boingboing

Win a Centurion 532 from CoolerMaster & PC Perspective - 3 days left to enter

Subject: General Tech | February 24, 2006 - 08:02 AM |
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Here's the hard part:



  1. Be a member of the PC Perspective Forums - join if you are not already!

  2. Send an email to cmcontest@pcper.com with your name, address, phone number and forum account name

  3. Post a reply in this thread that you have sent in an email (Important, only those users who BOTH send an email and reply at least once in this thread will be ent

In honour of Turin, put your mouse on Skatez

Subject: General Tech | February 23, 2006 - 02:19 PM |
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Corepad Mouse Skatez are replacment pads for the bottom of your mouse.  Some are made specifically for the MX series of mice, and others are simply teflon strips to be applied overtop of the existing pads on other mice.  Read the review at Think Computers.

'Mice are becoming more and more expensive, and with lots more features packed into them. One

thing I noticed is that the standard feet of these so-called professional gaming mice or high-end

mice are a bit lacking.

The dangers of using your clipboard as short term memory

Subject: General Tech | February 23, 2006 - 11:56 AM |
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The Inquirer has posted a combined clipboard and Internet Explorer vulnerablilty, and they have also posted a way to avoid the problem.  The contents of your clipboard can be grabbed, via scripting, and displayed on the web.  This little trick will only work in IE, not Firefox, and if you visit the link from the Inquirer that shows the problem, there is at least one pop-up window to greet you.

"A WARNING RECEIVED highlights what appears to be a real Explorer danger that text copied onto the

clipboar

Source: The Inquirer

X-Mystique is an upgradable audio card

Subject: General Tech | February 22, 2006 - 03:15 PM |
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PenStar Systems has posted a how and why on upgrading the OPAMPS on the new X-Mystique audio card.  If you do go ahead and mod it, you may be very impressed by the quality of sound you can get from the analog outputs.

"The X-Mystique's primary claim to fame is that it is the first add-in soundcard that can encode a

Dolby Digital 5.1 signal.

Finally, the plans for my hoverboard have arrived

Subject: General Tech | February 22, 2006 - 12:05 PM |
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So, you are tired of hearing about the fact that you never go outside, and never do anything more physical than cart a laptop to a LAN party?  Well, thanks to the watchful members of MAKE:Blog, there is something outswide worth doing!   A link has appeared with a shopping list and instructions on how to build your own hoverboard.  Sorry, the leafblower is not included.

"If you watched this week's show, you'll have seen that Jason succeeded in building a fully

working Hove

Source: MAKE: Blog

VIA Announces VIA Vinyl(TM) VT1708 High Definition Audio Codec, Delivering Premium Performance Audio

Subject: General Tech | February 22, 2006 - 11:11 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 22 February 2006 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the VIA Vinyl VT1708 High Definition (HD) Audio Codec with premium quality and features for expanding PC audio requirements.<?xml:namespace prefix = o />


Someone has to go first to disprove the rumours

Subject: General Tech | February 21, 2006 - 12:01 PM |
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PC Mechanic has posted a top 4 list of common PC Myths and Misconceptions.  They are quite funny and, believe it or not, quite common.  If you have fallen prey to any of them, take heart, because somebody had to lead the way, and discover if SATA worked or not.  That's life on the bleeding edge, more often than not.

"The internet is a great medium for getting information and help on all sorts of subjects.

Source: PC Mechanic

The 8 Horsemen of Vista

Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2006 - 11:50 AM |
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engadget is reporting 8 flavours of Windows Vista. It appears Microsoft is sticking with their "Home-Professional-Enterprise" product model. I'm curious to see what the feature difference is for the "Vista Home Premium" and the "Vista Business" boxes. I hear "Vista Ultimate" comes with a posse.

"Wow, ok, Bill, since you're reading this and all, we've got to tell you a little something about product branding.

Source: engadget