WiFi on the highway

Subject: General Tech | October 13, 2010 - 12:01 PM |

For the most part, when someone is on the move in a fast moving vehicle they depend on the 3G cell network (or 4G if they're lucky) to provide their data connection.  The problem is one of pricing, as utilizing the cellular network to move any amount of data tends to add up to a noticeable expense over time whereas WiFi tends to be free.  Enter Wiffler, a "prediction based offloading"
program that is intended to allow you to offload at least some of your data transfers onto WiFi.  The program will hopefully allow a WiFi/3G combo neteork while you are driving or otherwise non-s

Source: Slashdot

A Rat is simply a well adjusted mouse

Subject: General Tech | October 12, 2010 - 05:20 PM |

If you haven't encountered a review of the Cyborg Rat 7 gaming mouse, then dropping by The Tech Report is probably a good idea if you are into high performance gaming mice.  At $80 it is certainly priced for the high end and that entry fee gets you a mouse that can be adjusted to be a prefect fit for just about any hand ...

The 6800 leak is more confusing than exciting

Subject: General Tech | October 12, 2010 - 01:02 PM |

On the internet you can find some benchmark results that may well show the current performance levels of the HD6850 and HD6870, ones that are not terribly encouraging.  The results were purportedly generated from tests of using 3DMark Vantage and 3DMark 2006 and both cards seem to have scored lower than the HD5800 cards that preceded them.  If the leak is valid it raises some interesting questions about the drivers, benchmark integration and performance of the cards in games. 

Source: bit-tech

XFX gives up on nVIDIA

Subject: General Tech | October 11, 2010 - 04:43 PM |

The rumours about XFX seem to be true, especially after a chat Kitguru had with XFX seems to confirm all the other evidence that XFX will be focusing solely on AMD cards in the future.  This move does seem to have inspired their creativity a little bit, as evidenced by some of their new packaging.  The troubles between nVIDIA, who have yet to comment on the situation and XFX predate the decision by nVIDIA to undercut the middle man by selling their own cards a

Source: Kitguru

Turkey Day, eh? Even if you aren't Canadian the bird is still the word

Subject: General Tech | October 8, 2010 - 06:16 PM |

One thing we are good at here at PC Perspective is producing a complicated answer to a simple question.  That is the nature of the beast as it were, where a simple question about the maximum number of connections a wireless router can handle generates a rather informative post on how much it can handle in theory versus how many it can handle in reality, if you can understand the rather technical reply.  That is not the only thing we are good at however, the tricky part is finding a way to explain the techni

If you can't beat 'em, buy 'em. Microsoft is eyeing Adobe

Subject: General Tech | October 8, 2010 - 01:04 PM |

Microsoft has a bit of a problem when it comes to mobile products, historically that was not a big issue but as more and more people are looking for serious mobile power and they are finding it offered by other companies, Apple for instance.  The mobile war is going poorly, the Zune did not really catch on and had a very limited release and we are still awaiting for a phone or tablet running Microsoft's new mobile OS. 

Source: Ars Technica

Confusion in the server room as Xeon model names get more obscure

Subject: General Tech | October 7, 2010 - 11:37 AM |

Intel has always had a fondness for making Xeon processor model numbers a little hard to interpret, something they have now shared with the average user with the Core series of desktop CPUs.  With Sandy Bridge around the corner it is time for them to rename everything once again and SemiAccurate has the list of the server parts.  Many will be unsurprised to see three family lines, the E3, the E5 and the E7
but it is the four numbers or more after the dash that really tell you about the processor.  The first digit indicates how many CPUs it will be able to work in tandem with on

Source: SemiAccurate

If you don't know what it takes to play Civ V yet ...

Subject: General Tech | October 6, 2010 - 08:44 PM |

Tech Spot would be happy to show you just how over a dozen video cards perform as well as , the loads experienced by dual, quad and hexa core processors.  One of their last tests focused on the performance scaling of a Core i7 that was clocked initially at 2.0GHz and then ramped up in 200MHz steps all the way to 4.0 GHz which displays just how GPU dependent Sid's newest creation is.

Source: Tech Spot

It's nVIDIA rumour day

Subject: General Tech | October 6, 2010 - 12:30 PM |

The rumours and facts about nVIDIA are just flying today and [H]ard|OCP can start you out with the biggest.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Kingston Digital Announces SSD Destructo Challenge

Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2010 - 12:12 PM |

Up to $3,000 Awarded for Best Ideas to Destroy Kingston’s Ultra-tough Drives

Fountain Valley, CA -- October 5, 2010 -- Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced the SSD Destructo Challenge. Kingston® wants contestants to submit ideas on how to destroy one of its solid-state drives.

Everybody's mousing now; Arctic Cooling joins the game

Subject: General Tech | October 4, 2010 - 03:35 PM |

It will probably come as no surprise that Arctic Cooling is following the likes of Coolermaster in producing their own series of mice.  Currently they have two models, the Arctic M551 and Arctic M571 of which the M551 is up for review at ThinkComputers.  It has three sensitivity settings, 800, 1600 and 2400DPI and a pair of thumb buttons to give you some extra abilities.  Along with those features you expect from a gaming mouse it also has a nice braided cord and a readt for your pinkie finger. 

Meet the new Flash

Subject: General Tech | October 4, 2010 - 11:34 AM |

JEDEC (the Joint Electron Devices Engineering Council if you were wondering) has spent the last three years hammering out a Universal Flash Standard which they are preparing to release on the world.  SemiAccirate is hoping for more specific details at the Flash Storage Summit in San Jose which starts today but they did find out some facts to share.  The new standard will apply to both CF cards and to solid state storage applications so you might see UFS compliant flash

Source: SemiAccurate

Happy Birthday to the late David Arneson

Subject: General Tech | October 1, 2010 - 06:01 PM |

Of all of the most popular subforums on the PC Perspective Forums, the Distributed Computing forum, the BOINC forum and the Folding@Home forum are arguably the most popular and populous.  Right now the Folding forum are celebrating an anniversary, it has been 10 years now since the incept

The sound of Corsair's newest product

Subject: General Tech | October 1, 2010 - 05:26 PM |

The new Corsair HS1 is a USB gaming headset with soft ear cups and a stiff microphone.  Able to produce 5.1 sound, it is perfect for utilizing the audio cues in games to pinpoint your competition.  The Tech Report was quite impressed with the quality of the audio produced, especially when watching movies but they did feel the microphone could have been of a higher quality.

The saga of the Northern Islands

Subject: General Tech | October 1, 2010 - 01:06 PM |

DigiTimes has successfully caused quite a bit of confusion with their latest news about AMD's upcoming release of the HD6xxx series.  Today we found out that AMD plans to announce the chips during the AMD Technical Forum and Exhibition this month.  Of course, we all know this family of GPUs exist and are slated to be released next month and there was even a leak of what may well be the exact specifications of the new GPUs.  Announcing the GPUs at this point seems a little confusing, along the lines of announcing that the sun is indeed going to rise tomorrow. 

Source: Digitimes

The sky is not the limit with IPv4

Subject: General Tech | September 30, 2010 - 11:43 AM |

Just a few short years ago any home user that wanted more that 32 bits of addressable memory would have been laughed at as there were no applications outside of a server room that would ever want that much memory.  How wrong we were, now 6GB kits of DDR3 are quite common and sometimes even reasonably priced. 

Source: Ars Technica

Play Minecraft and learn about CPU architecture at the same time

Subject: General Tech | September 29, 2010 - 12:45 PM |

While 16 bit computers are a wee bit out of date, for learning the basics of the architecture that modern CPUs use it is a perfect starting point.  There are still quite a few parts to the entire unit and a part of that is the arithmetic logic unit, where arithmetic and logical operations are carried out. 

Source: Hack a Day

My how the GPU has grown; more on GTC 2010

Subject: General Tech | September 29, 2010 - 12:11 PM |

This was one of the more interesting GPU Technology Conferences, as the the GPU is not just about gaming anymore.  Fans of distributed computing projects like Folding@Home are now familiar with the idea of using a GPU client and have been very pleased with the results.  With the introduction of Fermi we saw nVIDIA GPUs that came on cards without a single graphical output port on them as they were specifically intended for scientific applications.  This year nVIDIA has continued to focus on the utility of their architecture for non-graphics usage as is evidenced by their emphasis

Launch delays and price cuts, the GPU market is changing

Subject: General Tech | September 28, 2010 - 11:49 AM |

To get the bad news out of the way, all those rumours of an October release of at least one member of the Radeon 6xxx series of graphics cards were more than likely simply rumours.  While AMD declined comment, when DigiTimes posts that the cards will not be seen until November, you are probably best off believing them.  What they say about the performance expectations also puts a damper on enthusiast's spirits.

Source: Digitimes

ARM goes for mobile graphics overkill

Subject: General Tech | September 27, 2010 - 11:44 AM |

A smartphone with the theoretical graphical power of a PS3 is on the horizon thanks to Marvell's new ARMADA 628.  This is not the ARM9 Cortex that we have been hearing about from ARM, Marvell is licensed to modify ARM architecture and this is what they have come up with for the GPU component on their new chip.  Pushing 80% of the total triangles a PS3's GPU can manage on a screen the size that a smartphone posses may seem like overkill and with the power of the other components it seems likely Marvell is looking to tablets for its next target. 

Source: Ars Technica