She canna' take much more ...

Subject: General Tech | October 20, 2005 - 11:53 AM |
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It may be being used for armouring tanks, instead of a whale tank, but Transparent Aluminium is here.

"Many of us remember the scene from Star Trek IV where Scotty barters the formula for transparent

aluminum for a small run.

Source: Slashdot

Intel Makes Multimedia Services Faster, Easier And More Affordable

Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2005 - 05:39 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 19, 2005 — Intel Corporation today announced new hardware and software products that will simplify the deployment of multimedia solutions and Internet Protocol (IP) services such as Voice over IP (VoIP) in pure IP and hybrid enterprise networks.


Telecommunications service providers offer multimedia services such as adding video to voice and text applications to help increase revenues, improve end user experiences and more effectively compete around the world.

Intel's Next-Generation Wi-Fi Solution To Support Cisco Compatible Extensions

Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2005 - 01:48 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 19, 2005 — Intel Corporation today announced that it will support the latest version of Cisco* Compatible Extensions in Intel's next-generation Wi-Fi solution, providing enterprises the assurance that Intel-based devices have been designed to interoperate with Cisco Wi-Fi access points.


Intel is the first vendor to achieve Cisco Compatible Extensions 4.0 certification, with the Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection.

Intel Announces Record Revenue Of $9.96 Billion

Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2005 - 12:02 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 18, 2005 — Intel Corporation today announced record revenue of $9.96 billion for the third quarter, up 18 percent year-over-year and up 8 percent sequentially.


Third-quarter operating income was $3.1 billion, up 31 percent year-over-year and up 17 percent sequentially, and includes the impact of a legal settlement discussed below. Net income was $2 billion, up 5 percent year-over-year and down 2 percent sequentially.

USB Gaming Console Controllers coming to a PC near you

Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2005 - 12:00 PM |
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If you are jealous of all the console systems cool controllers, then this review from Think Computers will make your day.  They look at the USB Nyko Airflo EX, a programable game controller that will let you play just about any PC Game, but still get the feeling of a controller.

'Nyko was founded in 1995 and is based out of Los Angeles, California In that short ten years,

they have proven themselves as qualified developers, manufacturers and marketers of innovative

peripherals to enhance

Do not just Snort at this vulnerability

Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2005 - 11:38 AM |
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Snort is an open-source tool that tries to detect and prevent attacks on systems and has also been included in up to 45 retail firewall products, plus many more open-source software.  CNET has an article which describes a buffer overflow flaw in it, which hasn't been exploited ...

How does "no wires" sound?

Subject: General Tech | October 18, 2005 - 05:59 PM |
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hardCOREware has a review of Logitech's Z-5450 Wireless Surround Speaker System.  If you have a wireless LAN, mouse, keyboard and phone, why do are you still forced to have wires for your surround sound system? 


"If you've used the Z-680, Z-5500, or any good surround PC speaker system, you might have been

annoyed by the rear speakers.

Source: hardCOREware

Video Quality Examined - The Eyes Have It

Subject: General Tech | October 18, 2005 - 04:30 PM |
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The Firing Squad takes a close look at video quality, and how it applies to HDTV, and to video processors.  Any questions you might have had about what to expect in quality, or even how people write reviews that include quality, will be answered here.

"Alan challenges one of the recently published "third party studies" comparing ATI and NVIDIA

video technology and shows you just how deep the rabbit hole goes... unless you'd rather go on

believing what you want to believe.

Source: Firing Squad

Is VOIP really free?

Subject: General Tech | October 18, 2005 - 03:44 PM |
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Red & Blackness Mods examines this new thing called VOIP ... and tries to answer the real question ... is it truely free?

"We all hear about Voip here and Voip there but what does it really stand for? Voip stands for 'Voice over Internet control' which basically means the phone over the internet. We have seen Skype, MSN, etc… come onto the market with the marketing slogan, 'call free over the internet.' But is it really free?"

Computing Faster Than Light

Subject: General Tech | October 18, 2005 - 11:31 AM |
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If you aren't familiar with quantum computing, you really should read this morning's article at The Tech Zone.  One of the most interesting ideas is instantaneous data transfer, not to mention incredible processing power.

"Imagine a computer whose memory is exponentially larger than its apparent physical size; a computer that can manipulate an exponential set of inputs simultaneously; a computer that computes in the twilight zone of space. You would be thinking of a quantum computer.