Subject: General Tech | January 13, 2009 - 11:36 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Owners of the new Seagate 7200.11 drives, particularly those with the terabyte model, have something to worry about. There is a new firmware update to
fix the problem before it occurs, but because of the thoroughness of affected drives death, you cannot update the firmware after the fact. Also, it looks like many customers are seeing high failure rates due to other issues with the disk that have nothing to do with the 'self-bricking' feature. Read more at The In
Subject: General Tech | January 12, 2009 - 11:37 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica gets up close and personal with the current build of Windows 7. It shares a lot in common with Vista, the hardware requirements are not any lower and the UI is very much the same as Vistas overall look. Other components have undergone changes, such as UAC and the way Windows 7 will organize your media files. UAC is now bright enough to determine whether a program was activated by the user or via software, reducing the annoyance of telling Vista that you do inded want to run th
Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2009 - 06:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While the members of our BOINC team have been enjoying the holidays and relaxing, their PCs have been working overtime. The team has been participating in the Formula BOINC Challenge, a friendly competition between the users of all the various BOINC projects to see who can get the most work done. The hard work by Big Red and all the gang propelled the PC Perspective team into 6th place by the end, a very healthy showing. Drop by the BOINC forum to congratulate them and maybe join in on a few projects
Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2009 - 03:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tecon Model "55" is a modernized tube amp, handling not only regular analog audio signals but also sporting a USB connection for use with your PC and a new DAC. The open construction does mean this amp will require a little care when you are around it, though the flair that it adds is undisputable. Madshrimps sounds off on a device that is sure to grace the desks of audiophiles everywhere.
Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2009 - 12:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sick of shovelling snow yet? Wish someone else would do it for you for a change? Check out Hack a Day and the iShovel. Your very own robotic snow shovelling robot can be yours after they finish testing the prototype, or you could build one yourself ... with a bit more weight and bigger tires.
Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2009 - 03:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
LAS VEGAS (2009 International CES) - Jan. 8, 2009 - Today at CES, AMD (NYSE: AMD) President and Chief Executive Officer Dirk Meyer delivered an Industry Insider Series keynote demonstrating how AMD collaborates with leading industry innovators to help create unsurpassed visual computing experiences featuring richer content, greater interactivity and expanded accessibility using cloud computing.
"In today's economy, computer users increasingly want technology that goes beyond 'bigger' or 'faster' and delivers greater value, interactivity and access.
Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2009 - 03:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
LAS VEGAS (2009 International CES) - January 8, 2009 - Today at CES, AMD (NYSE: AMD) President and Chief Executive Officer Dirk Meyer and OTOY Chief Executive Officer Jules Urbach unveiled a plan to revolutionize the deployment, development and delivery of HD content through the "AMD Fusion Render Cloud", a massively-parallel supercomputer.
Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2009 - 11:54 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Creative is branching out into the system on a chip market with their soon to be announced Zii. The Zen is their current MP3 player, with support for video and even wireless on some models, not exactly a full system but certainly a good media player. From what VR-Zone has figured out that you will be seeing this chip in an iPhone competitor and possibly a teraflop computer with the footprint of an piece of A4 paper. Could this help Creative expand fr
Subject: General Tech | January 7, 2009 - 12:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
bit-tech has posted a collection of the games to look out for in 2009 for both consoles and the PC. On first glance, there is quite a bit to be excited about, with a totally reinvented Dawn of War II, Halo 3 ODST and FEAR 2 : Origins just to name a few. If you look at it in a different way, most of the big franchises 'must have' games are sequels or add-ons to existing series, which can be disappointing to those looking for a new gaming experience. For the accountants, it is excit
Subject: General Tech | January 6, 2009 - 12:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD isn't interested in competing directly with the Atom, instead they seem to want to marginalize it. Atom has taken a bit of a beating due to it's lack of support for high quality video, though on tiny screens it could be argued that high definition is not a real possibility. Their new low power processor will be the Neo and according to the specs you can see on The Inquirer, an HDMI output handling 1080p is within the Neo's power. It should also be significantly faster