Tune into the next Half Life 2 for the exciting conclusion

Subject: General Tech | February 17, 2006 - 02:49 PM |
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Ars Technica reports on a change of plans for Valve.   Half Life 2 may have several sequels, that appear like TV series, and are downloadable via Steam.  While probably not as long as a normal game, hopefully there will be many of them.

"The Half-Life franchise is moving to an episodic release schedule according to comments from

Valve's Doug Lombardi. Lombardi has revealed that Half-Life 2: Aftermath has been renamed to

Half-Life 2: Episode One.

Source: Ars Technica

Media player flaw already exploitable

Subject: General Tech | February 17, 2006 - 02:37 PM |
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The media player flaw that Microsoft patched on Tuesday already has 2 proof of concept attacks according to CNet.  That makes it very likely that exploits are already roaming around in the wild.  Patch 'em if you got 'em.

"The "proof-of-concept" exploits that take advantage of a flaw in the media player were posted on

the Web over the past couple of days.

WolfKing Warrior attacks, WASD trembles

Subject: General Tech | February 16, 2006 - 01:08 PM |
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Can the WolfKing's Warrior, a very round keyboard-like device, with 52 keys and a few extra buttons, add something to your FPS experience?  ExtremeTech has a review of this odd device, and they even seem to like it.  Maybe you can finally abandon your normal keyboard while gaming.

"That was until we came across the Wolf Claw Type II keyboard from a small company in Singapore

last summer. To a normal keyboard, the Wolf Claw added a dedicated WASD-friendly gaming area to

the left.

Source: Extremetech

Will MIT be the one to finally provide us with flying cars

Subject: General Tech | February 16, 2006 - 12:05 PM |
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CNet reports on an MIT project that might soon provide us with a commercially available flying SUV.  The folding wings they propose are not terribly new, the technology has been fully tested on fighter jets.  Even better they are hoping to get a vehicle that get 30 miles a gallon in the air, and about 30-40 miles per gallon on the ground.  It will carry just over 400 pounds, and hit 120 miles per hour in the air.


"Terrafugia, a start-

Wanna bet the InfoCard holds 640K?

Subject: General Tech | February 15, 2006 - 11:53 AM |
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Hopefully the idea of InfoCards in the upcoming Windows Vista replacing passwords won't prove to be as inaccurate as the famous 640K comment, though at least this time, we have Bill Gates on record, whereas the 640K quote may just be hearsay.  Read more about the new InfoCards at CNet.

"Now, with Windows Vista, Gates feels he finally has the right weapons to supplant the password as

a means of verifying who is who on computers and over the Internet.

Can Auzentech's new 7.1 card blow your mind?

Subject: General Tech | February 14, 2006 - 04:00 PM |
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Elite Bastards has posted the first review of the new Auzentech X-Plosion 7.1 PCI card.  It claims to bear the first real DTS Connect logo, and should be able to turn any 2 channel audio into 7.1 surround.  According to thier tests, the card uses 2% of the CPU at a constant rate, which would put it well below the Audigy's peak usage.


"The big addition to the X-Plosion along those same lines is support for DTS' equivalent to Dolby

Digital Live, n

The Walt Disney Company, Cisco Systems and Intel Corporation Invest in MovieBeam, Inc.

Subject: General Tech | February 14, 2006 - 01:15 PM |
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Burbank, Calif., San Jose, Calif. and Santa Clara, Calif., February 14, 2006 — The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS), Cisco Systems and Intel Corporation, through its leading investment arm Intel Capital, today announced they have invested in MovieBeam, Inc., a newly formed digital entertainment venture. The series A financing round, worth a total of $48.5 million, includes additional investment from tier-one venture capital firms the Mayfield Fund, Norwest Venture Partners and VantagePoint Venture Partners.

Intel(R) Core(TM) Duo Delivered to Embedded Market

Subject: General Tech | February 14, 2006 - 01:15 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 14, 2006 — Intel Corporation today provided extended lifecycle support for the Intel® Core™ Duo processor used by developers of embedded solutions, such as industrial control, test and instrumentation, aerospace, defense and medical imaging systems.


Embedded system designers increasingly wrestle with two challenges: balancing performance with power efficiency and supporting general purpose and special purpose functionality in embedded applications.

FreeGeek.com, recycling and reusing old PCs

Subject: General Tech | February 14, 2006 - 12:30 PM |
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If you have a bunch of old PC components around, and you have come to the realization that you really aren't going to be rebuilding that K6-2 system, or find a use for that old Matrox PCI video card, get in touch with FreeGeek, and they will rebuild or properly recycle it.  Read more info about them at Designtechnica.

"Free Geek, a nonprofit company in Portland, Oregon takes unwanted computers and gizmos, rebuilds

them and gives them away or breaks them down for proper recyclying."


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I am so jealous, Transformers never did that when I was a kid!

Subject: General Tech | February 13, 2006 - 12:00 PM |
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Kids these days get the best toys.  Take this working transformer that goes from functional model car to walking robot and back that MAKE: Blog has linked to.  Probably not too long before that is the basis for the next perfect holiday gift for your kids.

"This little robot car from Nakamura-san at Himeji Soft Works in Japan drives around then it

transforms into a real robot and walks around."


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