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Subject: General Tech | May 12, 2010 - 12:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HALO:Reach is in beta and Ars Technica had a chance to try it out and have reported on what they found. New armour and weapons like the Designated Marksman Rifle have been added and the Elite now offers a completely different experience from playing a Spartan. There are also new game types for multiplayer to try out the new toys on. There is even a nice gameplay movie featuring some nice ninja moves.
Subject: General Tech | May 12, 2010 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD's new mobile platforms, Danube and de Nile, have finally become clear enough to let us see to the bottom of them. Revealed is a new chipset, the M880G with a DX10.1 Radeon HD 4200 onboard, DDR3 support. The CPU will be 45nm process Neo chips for the ultra-mobile Nile platform and a mix of Phenom II, Turion II and Athlon II chips for the mobile Danube platform. There will be a lot of choice as AMD has 135 Danube and Nile based laptops in the pipeline. Read on at The Tech Report.
Subject: General Tech | May 11, 2010 - 11:39 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When you see it done you suddenly wonder why it is you haven't thought of it before. A rig you are working on has random crashes that seem to possibly be caused by electrical shortages, as it is stable out of the case but not inside. You see that it uses metal standoffs and spend a while fighting with washers between the standoffs and the PCB, try using less than what you consider a safe amount and even try scavenging plastic standoffs from other systems. All this time
Subject: General Tech | May 10, 2010 - 05:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Having a nicely tooled wooden veneer or even making components completely out of wood adds a bit of style, especially if you prefer wood grain to plastic smoothness. However, making in-ear headhones out of wood seems a little unnecessary as the majority of the earphones are in your ear, as the name implies. That hasn't stopped Mee Electronics from releasing their R1 Wooden In ear Headphones. Is there perhaps more than just aesthetics driving their choice of materials?
Subject: General Tech | May 10, 2010 - 11:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The good news is that to use this exploit your PC already has to be comprised pretty badly. The attacker must already have to the ability to run binaries on your system as there is a significant amount of code that needs to be loaded in order to run this particular exploit. Unfortunately once they do have that control, they can thoroughly disable your anti-virus, even if you are running without administrative privileges.
Consider it the second part of a two step attack with the first attack coming through an ActiveX or Acrobat (etc) drive by exploit. The attack goes s
Subject: General Tech | May 7, 2010 - 06:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have read Ryan's recent editorial on the iPad, you should know that there is an active forum thread where you can talk about your reactions to his statements and maybe chime in on any other tablet related comments, or about Apple's apparent business model for the iPad and iPhone. If you aren't so interested in laboured fruit, perhaps you might find a discussion on spyware scanners
Subject: General Tech | May 7, 2010 - 11:47 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Samsung's new 8 Gigabit OneNAND won't be speeding up SSDs soon but it may well be bringing more performance to small devices with embedded flash memory. The name tells it all, this is about bits not bytes; speed not size. Traditional NAND hits 17Mb/s and Samsung claims their new NAND hits 70Mb/s which might not be a true Gb/s but certainly ramps up the speed. Read on at SemiAccurate to see how fast it could do the Kessel Run.
Subject: General Tech | May 6, 2010 - 03:42 PM | Ryan Shrout
Yes, you hear me rant and rave about how awesome USB 3.0 is - and I still think that is the case. No doubt we should be trying as much as possible to move away from legacy USB 2.0 crap and move into the world of USB 3.0 that is about 10x faster. But at PC Perspective we are always looking ahead (except when we are looking behind us for that guy with the knife) and the light at the end of the connectivity tunnel might just be Light Peak.
Subject: General Tech | May 6, 2010 - 03:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you heard about the 1U servers that utilize nVIDIA's new Tesla cards and were wondering just how they managed that without creating a fire hazard, The Inquirer will let you in on a well known secret. What happened was an 18% cut in clock speed and trimming 64 stream processors and the card are still pulling 10% more than they were originally billed as pulling. It will be interesting to see what this does to nVIDIA's attempted break into high performance computing.
Subject: General Tech | May 5, 2010 - 05:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Not to be confused with the game popular in college dorms, Halo headphones are simply a pair of discs with drivers enclosed and a cord. They stay on your ears through the use of a headband, either the one enclosed in the packaging or if you have a stash left over from the 80's you could use that ...
Subject: General Tech | May 5, 2010 - 12:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are a fan of a little 3rd person mayhem then Just Cause 2 has probably been on your radar for a bit. A game that shows off the maturity of the DX10 engine with native support for most of nVIDIA and AMD's anti-aliasing
features which comes in handy when you consider that most terrain is deformable. That means that the question in your mind is not whether to pick up the game or not, but which card is your better choice to get the most out of the games visua
Subject: General Tech | May 5, 2010 - 12:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Adobe is not the most popular of companies right now. Apple is calling loudly for the death of Flash and many end users are a little ticked at the ongoing delays in the release of security patches for serious vulnerabilities in their Acrobat suite. Why not follow the advice offered by The Inquirer and switch to Foxit; it won't cost a dime and it will make you more secure. As of the 3.3 release you will be running Foxit in safe mode by default, you won't have to change your
Subject: General Tech | May 4, 2010 - 11:44 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It is confirmed that the Win7 ROM that will be present in for any phones that will be based off of Microsoft's new mobile platform can be jailbroken. In keeping with Microsoft's general image, the unlock gives you access to Mobile Office 2010. That is perhaps not as fun as what you can get a hold of on a jailbroken iPhone but it certainly fits the target audience. There are currently some similarities between the iPhone and a Win7 phone, for instance no multitasking on Win7 based phones similar to all but the new unreleased 4th iteration of Apple's mobile OS.
Subject: General Tech | May 3, 2010 - 12:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is no question that the G.Skill PIS Series DDR3-2400 4GB
kit is among the fastest of DIMMs on the market and as such has a rather high price. At $56/GB, you really need to have a strong desire to have the best speed your system can manage, and this kit will help you do that. Out of the box it runs @ 9-11-9-28 2T and with a little coaxing Think Computers managed to drop the frequency a tad and get much tighter timings but the Intel Core i7 870
on the test rig simply could not go fast enough to determine
Subject: General Tech | May 3, 2010 - 11:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It has been a long road for those hoping for a touchable surface interface; an input device reminiscent of those seen in Star Trek or more recently on Minority Report. Microsoft's Surface has been talked about for a long time and appearing in various places more recently, like cell phone stores and in experimental gaming groups, but it is still a rarity. Sony has seen an opportunity for competition and are releasing the atracTable interactive surface this June. There will
Subject: General Tech | April 30, 2010 - 06:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If it wasn't for spyware, malware, trojans, protean viruses and the rest of the nasties running around on the web today, you would probably actually be able to get your work done on time though there would probably be a lot of out of work techies and PC repair shops. Unfortunately that is not the case and visiting a web page that was secure yesterday doesn't mean you won't be hit with a drive by vulnerability today. If you do end up getting infected and spend time cleaning off the machine you should remember one mantra, "
Subject: General Tech | April 30, 2010 - 12:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ARM is in the news again and this time they have their sites set on the server room. AMD and Intel are both firmly entrenched but this attack on their market share is coming from their flank. The race to lower power consumption is on and ION, Neo and Atom are certainly proof of this. VIA has never made much in the way of inroads into the server market even though their Nano and C7 lines have always had fairly low power consumption so ARM is up against a tough opponent. However, VIA never offered a low power quad core CPU running at 2GHz which is what the ARM A9 is.
Subject: General Tech | April 29, 2010 - 03:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The 890FX chipset is hitting the market in many different forms and from many different manufacturers. Since this is the high end version of their new chipset the prices seem high for an AMD motherboard but consider it against the high end X58 Intel boards and you see that they are still reasonably priced. The MSI 890FXA-GD70is one example of these new boards and it j