The IceMat Cometh, Second Edition

Subject: General Tech | October 27, 2005 - 03:41 PM |
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It's been about 2 years since the original IceMat was first available, and now the 2nd Edition has arrived.  It is much bigger and come in a wider variety of colours.  XYZ computing took it out for a test drive, see what they had to say about it.

"One of the first high-end mouse pads to make a name for its was the glass Icemat.

Holy Horus in 32 ways, Batman!

Subject: General Tech | October 27, 2005 - 11:50 AM |
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If you haven't heard of AMD's upcoming Horus chip, it is designed to allow Opterons to work in 12, 16 and 32 way systems.  Keep an eye out for the conference, and head over to The Inquirer to read up on what is known about the Horus so far.

"AMD AND NEWISYS are set to demonstrate a 32-way or more Horus system at a Supercomputing event in

Seattle in a couple of week's time.

And the event will have Microsoft's Bill Gates as the keynote speaker, prompting speculation that

the firm might have a bash at showing off a

Source: The Inquirer

AMD64 SETS THE GOLD STANDARD AT LUCASFILM ANIMATION SINGAPORE

Subject: General Tech | October 27, 2005 - 11:23 AM |
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SINGAPORE-Oct. 27, 2005-At a ceremonial opening of Lucasfilm Animation Singapore today, AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced that the digital backbone of the new Lucasfilm Animation Singapore digital animation center is powered by AMD64 processor technology - the gold standard for 64-bit computing.


Lucasfilm Animation Singapore is Lucasfilm Ltd.'s first animation studio in Asia and complements their new Letterman Digital Arts Center combining Industrial Light & Magic and LucasArts at the Presidio in San Francisco.

Source: AMD

AMD, Merrill Lynch to Webcast Server Market Discussion

Subject: General Tech | October 26, 2005 - 06:05 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - October 26, 2005 - AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced that Marty Seyer, corporate vice president/general manager, Commercial Business Unit and Performance Computing, Microprocessor Solutions Sector


(MSS) will discuss the server microprocessor market with special focus on blade servers at 10:30 a.m. PT (1:30 p.m. ET) on Wednesday, November 2, 2005. The webcast discussion will be hosted by Merrill Lynch.


Forward-looking and other material information pertaining to AMD may be discussed during the presentation.

Source: AMD

And you thought your patching was behind

Subject: General Tech | October 26, 2005 - 11:46 AM |
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20% of the DNS servers that form the backbone of the world wide web are seriously behind in their updates. CNET has the story, with all the gory details.

"DNS servers, which translate domain names such as "yoursite.com" into IP addresses, underpin the

workings of the Internet. In its survey, Internet performance company The Measurement Factory

found that the BIND software used for domain-name resolution is out-of-date on a fifth of DNS

servers.

Enhancing video podcasts with WMA

Subject: General Tech | October 25, 2005 - 03:45 PM |
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Jealous of the things people can do to videos with their Macs?  Head over to MediaBlab to see just how much you can add to a plain old Windows Media video file.

"Apple's AAC format allows podcasters to create "enhanced podcasts" complete with embedded photos

at publisher defined points throughout the podcast. These files are only compatible with iTunes

and iPods, leaving a large universe of listeners out of the picture.

Even your wires can be upgraded

Subject: General Tech | October 25, 2005 - 03:22 PM |
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If your stereo system just doesn't sound good enough, consider upgrading the cheap and nasty wiring between your component's and speakers, before going out to buy a whole new system.  While I would not recommend buying cabling that costs $100/ft, The Tech Zone has an article describing why when you spend $0.02/ft on cables, the sound may not quite be "live". 


"The very basic reason why audio cables are important is because they change the signal going

through them.

Say hello to Microsoft's little friend

Subject: General Tech | October 25, 2005 - 12:12 PM |
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Microsoft is finally re-doing it's command line,

the Microsoft Command Shell (MSH), to bring it up to date with it's .NET inititatives.  If you know (or at least know of) Windows Scripting Host (WSH), do not despair.  The new MCS will be mostly Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-ins built on top of the existing MSH and WMI.  Don't take my word for it, get it straight from Ars Technica.

"Also known by its code name Monad, the new Microsoft Command Shell hopes to revolutio

Source: Ars Technica

Intel Invests $650 Million In U.S. Manufacturing Site

Subject: General Tech | October 25, 2005 - 11:40 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 24, 2005 — Intel Corporation today announced plans to invest $650 million in the company's existing manufacturing site in New Mexico. The investment will be used to increase the capacity of the 300mm wafer fabrication facilities in Rio Rancho, N.M., called Fab 11X.


'Today's announcement signals another important addition to one of Intel's pre-eminent U.S. manufacturing sites, and better positions us to meet customer requirements,' said Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini.

Steel Headphones, built to travel

Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2005 - 02:04 PM |
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Adrian's Rojak Pot reviews Steel Sound's 5H-USB Professional Gaming Headset.  This headset has LAN party written all over it, from the stylish lines to the earphones that fully cover your ears from the ineviatable cries of anger from fellow gamers.  It is easy to completely dissasemble, and come with a USB "Soundcard" that allows similar acoustical performance on any system it's plugged into.

"The new Steel Sound 5H-USB professional gaming headset looks just like any other gaming headset.

Source: Tech ARP