AMD sneaks in a new process

Subject: General Tech | April 19, 2006 - 12:35 PM |
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Drop by The Inquirer to find out how AMD has managed to get Fab 30 to produce a lot more wafers than originally expected, in a very creative way.  Hope we will see price cuts on some of the chips.

Source: The Inquirer

Nearly new is nearly as good, at least

Subject: General Tech | April 18, 2006 - 06:24 PM |
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While reviewing Logitech's X-530 5.1 speaker system, Think Computers reminds us of a good way to get deals ...  never forget about refurbished items.  If you can find a reputable seller, then the item will be nearly new, if not indistinguishable from brand new.

That's why we have a Hot Deals Forum and a Trading Post.

Free the spreadsheets

Subject: General Tech | April 18, 2006 - 12:48 PM |
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The Tech Zone reviews ajaxXLS 0.5, a web based spreadsheet program.  Without even installing anything, you can view any .xls file.  They are currently working on an editor that will let you edit and save changes too.

Time to improve bannination

Subject: General Tech | April 14, 2006 - 04:46 PM |
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Tech Connect Magazine links to the SBS, a shared ban system for Steam based games.  If you are losing your cool to cheaters, give the system a shot, hopefully it will make blasting away opponents even more fun.

Get info on your running processes with a click

Subject: General Tech | April 14, 2006 - 04:39 PM |
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The Moditory wants you to know about Process Library and Quick Access.  Run their free program in the background and when you bring up task manager, every process will have a link to their database to tell you what it is.

Source: The Moditory

Sometimes simple fixes are the best

Subject: General Tech | April 13, 2006 - 03:13 PM |
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Sick of cords all over your desktop, and don't want to give up your favourite mouse for a wireless one, plus all the batteries you have to keep in the desk drawer?  PC Modding Malaysia reviews an incredibly simple solution ... the XTracPads Mouse Bungee.

Like an old friend, but one you are never happy to see

Subject: General Tech | April 13, 2006 - 12:07 PM |
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Suddenly your desktop turns an alarming shade of blue, with white text in your system font, and the adrenaline starts to surge as you desperately try to remember if you have saved recently.  The BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) is something you become very familiar with, and PC Stats hopes to make it rarer in your life, and give you more tools to deal with it if it does try to make you miserable.

Source: PCStats

It's almost like MP3 playing tupperware

Subject: General Tech | April 12, 2006 - 12:20 PM |
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Ars Technica reviews some inexpensive flash based MP3 players, all holding around 512MB.  Don't worry about killing a 40GB iPod at the beach, bring one of these fairly easy to replace players for those trips into human friendly environments that have hazards for electronics.

Source: Ars Technica

Get your patches while they're hot

Subject: General Tech | April 12, 2006 - 11:56 AM |
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Time to use that Windows Update shortcut in your tools menu, 10 critical patches came out yesterday, mostly for IE, though  others are affected as well.  CNet reports no screaming about incompatabilities, so you will be safer getting them installed than leaving it for a while.

Enjoy someone else's installation pain

Subject: General Tech | April 11, 2006 - 11:54 AM |
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While putting together a system for review, ExtremeTech ran into a little problem most of us are familiar with, no POST.  Read on for some tips on what to do, and some reassurance that, in fact those things don't just happen to you.

Source: Extremetech