Subject: General Tech | November 9, 2005 - 11:39 AM |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Nov. 9, 2005 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced key industry acceptance and support of its Open Platform Management Architecture (OPMA) specification that defines a common system interface between the server motherboard and its management subsystem. Leading infrastructure vendors, system builders and solution providers worked with AMD to develop the specification, which was published earlier this year.

Source: AMD

Lupper - Linux-land, left out no longer

Subject: General Tech | November 8, 2005 - 11:32 AM |

Feel like the virus writers mostly ignore Linux, and miss the thrill of trying to harden a box while it's undergoing an attack, or fixing it after the fact?  Well, let me introduce you to the new kid on the block ...

Portable Multimedia Storage

Subject: General Tech | November 7, 2005 - 02:24 PM |

The Novatronn iamm NTD-35 is a little different than the MP3 players you might be used to.  For one thing, it's based on a normal 3.5" HDD, so you can swap in a huge drive, if you feel so inclined.  This may take away from it's portability, as does the power plug, but it will play most movies, pictures and songs, and can hook up to a TV as well as a PC.

Source: 3DVelocity

Careful what you say where people can hear you

Subject: General Tech | November 7, 2005 - 01:05 PM |

Back in 1965, Gordon Moore made an off-handed comment "

that the number of transistors per square inch on an integrated circuit doubles every year to two years".  That comment has now become Moore's Law, and it has proved accurate over the past 40 years.  CNet looks to see if we can expect it to hold true for a few more decades.

"The success of Moore's predictions has created some problems.

Get a shiny new keyboard for that modded box

Subject: General Tech | November 4, 2005 - 04:13 PM |

You put tonnes of $$$ and time into your system, so that it looks as good as it runs.  Then you stick an ugly off white keyboard in the front.  Well, thanks to the people at Clavier, you don't have to.  Club Overclocker has found the Hiper Calvier Aluminum Keyboard, a keyboard that is bound to look good at the front of any system.

"Our very own Average Joe takes a few pecks on the Hiper Calvier Aluminum Keyboard.

Source: Club OC

Logitech's Newest Cordless Gaming Mouse

Subject: General Tech | November 3, 2005 - 01:26 PM |

The G7 Cordless Gaming Mouse has all the buttons and smoothness you would expect from the MX-518 gaming mouse, but without a cord.  They have also moved away from the charging dock, this mouse uses rechargable Li-Ion batteries, and comes with a USB powered charger.  ASE Labs is the place to go to find out more.

"PC games: the primary field of computing that has pushed this so-called "productivity box" faster

and faster over the years.

Source: Aselabs

McAfee Makes Securing Wireless Easy

Subject: General Tech | November 3, 2005 - 11:41 AM |

Are you generally unfamiliar with wireless LAN's, can't seem to successfully secure your own network, or are just having difficulty keeping a friend or family member's LAN safe from bored kids who like to delete things?  McAfee Wireless Home Network Security might be just the peice of software to save you from grief.  The Tech Lounge has the full review, head on over.

"So what if you can't tell WEP from WAP, or WPA from AP?


Subject: General Tech | November 3, 2005 - 11:24 AM |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Nov. 3, 2005 - AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced support for the draft agreement finalized at the Governments/Authorities Meeting on semiconductors (GAMS) in Seoul, Korea that is intended to eliminate duties on multi-chip package integrated circuits beginning on January 1, 2006.

Source: AMD

New Advertising Campaign Showcases Benefits Of Intel Technology For Businesses

Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2005 - 06:28 PM |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 1, 2005 — Intel Corporation this week launched a worldwide advertising and marketing campaign that showcases how Intel's standards-based platforms are a catalyst for success for businesses worldwide.

With a theme of 'When Intel is built in, success is built in,' the campaign shows how Intel technology helps drive success in areas that matter most to businesses of all types and sizes and includes case studies to demonstrate this.

Intel Opens Leading-Edge 65nm, 300mm High-Volume Wafer Manufacturing Facility In Arizona

Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2005 - 01:01 PM |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 2, 2005 — Intel Corporation has re-opened an advanced, high-volume semiconductor manufacturing facility in Chandler, Ariz., converting it to a leading-edge 300mm, 65nm process factory. Called Fab 12, the factory is Intel's second volume-production fab using 65nm process technology produced on the industry's largest wafer size (300mm), which provides the Intel fab with the potential to generate the world's highest microprocessor output at the lowest cost.

73 lbs of pure bassy goodness

Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2005 - 12:13 PM |

At roughly 1ft * 2ft * 2ft, the Behringer Truth is 360 Watts of sub woofer, that might just be what you need to make the ground shake as the artillery starts to fall in a frantic BF2 session.  Tech Connect does all the tests, so you don't have to wonder what this sub can do.

Then come back and read John Hung's review of Creative Labs' Sound Blaster X-Fi.

"Do you feel the noise? DO YOU?

More bulging capacitors, the video card version

Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2005 - 11:54 AM |

I really hope that this is a one time problem that The Inquirer had the bad luck to run into, but checking your video cards capacitors might well be a good idea.

"The symptoms included corrupted graphics, and then repeated rebooting of the GPU, sometimes up to

once a minute, it was really odd. So, if you have problems like this, check the caps on your

cards, and let us know if you see any.

Source: The Inquirer

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.