Subject: General Tech | June 7, 2007 - 11:46 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica continues their look at the Vista, in this review focusing on security. They cover the usual suspects, like UAC and Protected Mode for IE, but also look into some features you might not be aware of. For instance, when a non-administrator is logged in and a program tries to write to Program Files or the registry, it actually writes to that users profile, while convincing the program that it has placed the file where the program wanted it. This makes it much easier to use the PC as a non-admin
Subject: General Tech | June 6, 2007 - 05:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ladybugs, racing cars, cheetah prints and snow globes; who would've thought that computer mice were supposed to be cute? If you are sick of buying sleek monochrome mice, and don't care if you have a billion dots per inch accuracy, then what do you look for in a mouse? As ExtremeTech will show you in this review/slideshow, the world of mice encompasses far more than you might imagine.
Subject: General Tech | June 6, 2007 - 01:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With so many new chipsets including digital 5.1 sound support, buying a sound card is something that price conscious users are skipping out on. The Inquirer sat dow to figure out how much of an effect doing do would have on gaming, not so much the sound quality as the CPU usage. As it turns out even with the CPU technology of today, there is a significant impact. They also point out that leaving onboard sound off of the motherboard will free up more space, something that is quickly becoming a problem.
Subject: General Tech | June 6, 2007 - 11:41 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP's comparison of the frame rates that Vista provides versus XP has had some criticism recently. What is being mentioned is that they only test nVIDIA cards, and not a single ATI card. Today they rectify that, adding a ATI X1950XTX into the mix, and revisiting some of the nVIDIA scores as well. The tests provide some interesting evidence as to where the fault of performance gap lies.
Subject: General Tech | June 5, 2007 - 02:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 5, 2007 - Intel Corporation today announced the availability of two software products that help developers efficiently create more reliable, high-performing applications that speed up a computer's responsiveness.
Subject: General Tech | June 5, 2007 - 12:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP is getting a very broad view of OSes this year. They've tried the new Microsoft OS, and Ubuntu 7.04, and now they give OSX a try. They give the OS a full workout, to see if the security benefits that regular users tout are really there, how productivity software work, the windows emulator and even go looking for freeware to install on it. If you've ever wondered what using a Mac was like, but were afraid your PC loving friends would laugh at you, now you can find out.
Subject: General Tech | June 5, 2007 - 11:31 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - June 5, 2007 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced availability of the AMD LIVE! Home Cinema, a state-of-the-art home entertainment system with built-in audio amplification that leverages the performance of a PC. The AMD LIVE!
Subject: General Tech | June 1, 2007 - 06:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
This week has seen an update to Firefox, as well as some warnings about vulnerabilities that exist when you update certain extensions. Do you have faith in the security of Firefox, or does the list of vulnerabilities have you worried?
Subject: General Tech | June 1, 2007 - 12:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
From the same minds that brought you System Shock 1 & 2, comes BioShock. Not a sequel or prequel, but still having the same type of atmosphere as the first two, this time you find yourself trapped in a bathysphere that was supposedly uninhabited. Watch the streaming video on Wired for a look at what you will find living beneath the waters.
Subject: General Tech | June 1, 2007 - 11:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Microsoft's Milan is a powerful PC running Vista, with a monitor bearing several IR cameras and a good motion tracking system. It is claimed to be quite durable, so hopefully the screen doesn't need to be replaced often from too many fingers poking at it. Read on at PC Mechanic about this new way to interface with your PC, that you may soon see in a lot of businesses.