Subject: General Tech
Manufacturer: Creative Labs


The Sound Blaster X-Fi is marketed as a sound card for the future, but does that mean you should buy one now? We go beyond frame rates to give you a different perspective on Creative Lab's latest sound card.

Update Nov 3rd, 2005: NF4 and X-Fi seem to have some compatibility issues.

Intel Launches Next Wave Of Multi-Core Server Platforms

Subject: General Tech | November 1, 2005 - 12:57 PM |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 1, 2005 — Originally planned for early 2006, Intel Corporation's first dual-core, hyper-threaded processors for servers with four or more processors started shipping today. The processors deliver record levels of performance2 and are optimal for multi-threaded applications such as database, supply chain management and financial services software.

'With a current installed base of over 30 million, Intel Xeon processor-based servers are the proven platform of choice,' said Kirk Skaugen, general manager of Intel's Server Platforms Group.

Beware! Poison .bats ahead!

Subject: General Tech | November 1, 2005 - 11:49 AM |

CNet reports on a vunerablility affecting many popular Anti-Virus programs.  They describe a "magic bit" that could be added to a .bat file, that will make your scanner completely ignore the file instead of scanning it.

"By adding some data to a file, an attacker could trick virus scanners into letting a malicious

executable file pass through, security researcher Andrey Bayora wrote in an advisory last week.

When 1600 DPI just isn't enough

Subject: General Tech | October 31, 2005 - 06:46 PM |

... you get the Razer Copperhead 2000 DPI Laser Mouse.  Big Bruin gives you the full run down on all it's bells and whistles.

"Razer has packed a lot of features into a mouse with great looks.

Source: Big Bruin

MP3 Player Madness - Just which one do I want?

Subject: General Tech | October 31, 2005 - 02:31 PM |

R&B Mods offers some advice to those who are finding the MP3 Player market a little confusing.  With the dozens of main brands, each having dozens of models, finding the right player to put under the tree might not be as easy as you first though.

"I have worked at an Mp3 company before, (not to mention any names) and I have somewhat of an idea

of what to look for when it comes to an mp3 player. I worked as support crew which gives me an

idea what people are looking for in general.

Intel lets the Cats out of the bag

Subject: General Tech | October 28, 2005 - 06:28 PM |

Intel has devised 2 new benchmarking tools, the Gaming Capabilities Assessment Tool (G-CAT), and the Digital Home Capabilities Assessment Tool (DH-CAT). Silent PC Review will give you the full run down on what they test, and why you should be interested.

"They're benchmarks, designed to test a PC's gaming or "Digital Home" capabilities. It's probably

the first time that a processor company is trying to create benchmarks for a whole PC rather than

specific components.

50 years up time, 0 reboots!

Subject: General Tech | October 28, 2005 - 11:43 AM |

"CHIEF SOFTWARE Architect Bill Gayes is 50 today.

He was born under the sign of Windows and Uranus is on the cusp.

Source: The Inquirer

Motorola and Intel Team to Promote Adoption of Mobile WiMAX Technology

Subject: General Tech | October 28, 2005 - 11:29 AM |

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. and SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 27, 2005 — Motorola* Inc.

Intel Simplifies Storage

Subject: General Tech | October 28, 2005 - 11:27 AM |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 27, 2005 — Intel Corporation announced today a new storage platform designed to make it easier and more affordable for small- and medium-sized businesses to deploy storage solutions that help ensure prompt disaster recovery and extend backup capabilities.

Businesses today are inundated with an increasing volume of data due to greater use of digital information, such as business reports, employee records, photos and videos.

A High Definition Vista

Subject: General Tech | October 27, 2005 - 07:07 PM |

PC Stats has a long hard look at how Vista's HDCP (High Definition Copy Protection) will affect you and your PC viewing habits. 

"Part of the feature set of Microsoft's upcoming Windows Vista operating system is support for

High-Definition content, either through television signals, HD or Blu-Ray DVDs, or Internet video.

Along with this support though, is a new set of restrictions designed to ensure the sanctity of HD

content and protect it from copying.

Source: PCStats