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Subject: General Tech | September 29, 2010 - 12:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While 16 bit computers are a wee bit out of date, for learning the basics of the architecture that modern CPUs use it is a perfect starting point.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.
Subject: General Tech | September 29, 2010 - 12:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: General Tech | September 28, 2010 - 11:49 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | September 27, 2010 - 11:44 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | September 24, 2010 - 06:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ah, the thrill and excitement of owning a PC. It isn't just about pushing for an overclock, fragging your friends and laughing at the mangled grammar on spam emails you know, the real way to get your blood rushing through your body is to boot up your PC and see "BIOS ROM checksum error". If you have never experienced that before you can live vicariously through this thread in the forums. For something a little less extreme you
Subject: General Tech | September 24, 2010 - 03:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Rosewill RK-V1TP is a multimedia keyboard and a touchpad combined into one extra deep package. The keyboard has all the keys you would expect on a standard 88 key board and the touchpad can handle seven different gestures. The unfortunate result of the multi-gesture interpretation is that the touchpad can not act like a normal touchpad which Bjorn3D found to be a drawback. Chec
Subject: General Tech | September 24, 2010 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Inquirer has linked to a pdf that displays the results of AV Comparatives tests on 20 different antivirus programs, both paid and free. They did a serious amount of attacking with various forms of malware to see how effective these programs were at properly defending a system from being compromised. They did not limit the testing to simple protection, several antivirus programs received lower scores from the high amount of false positives generated. Check out the results a
Subject: General Tech | September 23, 2010 - 03:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As [H]ard|OCP points out, BioStar is not exactly a top of mind mention for enthusiasts when they think of motherboard makers, whereas the chipsets they use, the 890FX and SB850 are the top of the line for AMD. The end result is a mixed bag, while one reviewer saw a 19 hour, ridiculously hot torture test of Prime95 go without a problem another couldn't manage more than a few minutes before problems cropped up. [H] was not amused.
Subject: General Tech | September 23, 2010 - 01:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Legit Reviews is taking on a rather odd piece of software called the Genaudio Astoundsound Audio Expander. It is a competitor to another piece of software whose name might be vaguely familiar to those of you who have seen a lot of PC speakers over the years, the SRS Labs HD Audio Lab. While the Genaudio products features are trimmed down compared to SRS Labs product, as far as Legit Reviews could tell that only made the program easier to use. The quality was every bit as good to their ears.
Subject: General Tech | September 23, 2010 - 01:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The byline might lead you to believe that nVIDIA's upcoming chips will be made on a 20nm process but to be more specific the information DigiTimes received tells them that Kepler will be 28nm and Maxwell 22nm. This shrinking of the process plays right into nVIDIA's main focus during the GTC which is efficiency. The charts we have seen are specifically displaying GFLOPs per watt and not a raw performance increase, something that requires shrinking the die.
Subject: General Tech | September 22, 2010 - 12:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The long running Civilization series from Sid Meier has hit number five and there are a lot of excited gamers out there. It has been 20 years since the inception of the game and there has been quite a bit of change over that time.
Subject: General Tech | September 22, 2010 - 12:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The highest profile news out of the GPU Technology Conference is Jen-Hsun Huang's announcement of nVIDIA's next two GPUs, Kepler and Maxwell and the rather lofty goals for increasing efficiency. AnandTech examines the information we have received about the plans for these two new GPUs as well as using nVIDIA's past to project likely features that will exist on the new chips. Some of those features may leave gamers scratching their
Subject: General Tech | September 22, 2010 - 11:37 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty patch 1.1.0 is now live! This patch features adjustments to protoss, terran, and zerg balance, notable StarCraft II Editor improvements, and several bug fixes. Be sure to check out the full patch notes below to learn all about the latest changes.
Subject: General Tech | September 20, 2010 - 02:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A new exploit allowing people to root your 64 bit Linux server is running rampant currently. While not all vendors have released a specific fix there is one that is available that should work for most if not all. There is also a tool available to detect whether you have already been compromised. Slashdot points out that this is very important as a backdoor will remain even after you have patched a compromised system, which you need to repair as we
Subject: General Tech | September 17, 2010 - 06:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When a PC goes bad sometimes it is not terribly obvious what happened and you end up investigating in odd ways. Often your ears clue you in, as you hear a fan die or a head crash on a HDD. Other times
Subject: General Tech | September 17, 2010 - 12:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Intel's plans for 2010 and likely even 2011 do not seem to include any plans to support USB 3.0 at the chipset level. There may be boards released over the coming months with an add on USB 3.0 controller chip but it will not be made by Intel. Many are a little upset and confused over this choice and those that are OK with it tend to be those who are waiting to see Light Peak arrive. They may not have to wait long according to AnandTech who have just seen what the current state of Light Peak is.
Subject: General Tech | September 16, 2010 - 11:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You can now get a hold of the new IE9 beta to try out what will be the new browser from Microsoft, assuming you've moved on from XP. A lot of sites are impressed by the speed of the new version of the venerable browser. AMD is trying out GPU acceleration of HTML5 and according to The Inquirer there will be an update to Flash player called Square that will enable hardware acceleration with the IE9 Beta as well.&nbs
Subject: General Tech | September 15, 2010 - 12:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The beer and pretzels game of choice has been Halo for a lot of people for quite a long time. Mostly a multiplayer experience, though some enjoy playing through the game multiple times on higher difficulties, it seems that Reach has a lot to make up for as ODST was apparently not very popular. Ars Technica takes you through an overview of the game; perhaps you can read it while standing in line waiting for the release.
Subject: General Tech | September 15, 2010 - 12:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: parade, amd, Intel
Similar to young siblings, AMD and Intel like trying to steal enthusiasts attention the moment the other company does something interesting. This particular time it is AMD showing off its low voltage and high powered Zacate chip while most are focused on IDF. AnandTech have updated their article with everything that they have found out about the chip, including their perceptions of how well the chip could run City of Heros compared to a Core i5-M 520.
Subject: General Tech | September 14, 2010 - 06:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CoolerMaster is now offering an interesting little device for those sick of lousy quality laptop speakers, the Cooler Master Choiix BoomBoom. It is not for everyone, it will set you back $25 and the improvement is very slight. It is an improvement however and with such a small form factor it is easy to carry around if you want to impress friends more interested in volume than esoteric differences in audio quality. Take a look over at Legit Reviews.