A matter of stability and compatiblity

Subject: General Tech | January 12, 2010 - 12:01 PM |
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The Firefox 3.6 Release Candidate arrived on Friday, with many users considering it a minor upgrade and screams from some add-on developers.  The improvements come in the way of improved javascript performance, support for the WOFF font format, HTML 5, CSS, DOM web technologies, full screen open and native video and poster frames as well as one stability upgrade that has a few people up in arms. 

Source: The Register

Your own personal theatre

Subject: General Tech | January 11, 2010 - 02:13 PM |
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Picking up a 100W+ 5.1 surround sound system is guaranteed to make your ears happy and likely to occasionally make the ears of those around you upset.  Of course, just because your neighbours are unhappy is no reason to abandon positional audio in either gaming or while watching movies.  That is why products like the ROCCAT Kave 5.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset are popular.  PC Shop Talk takes a listen to these gaming headsets, which even feature a switch to tog

Source: PCShopTalk

Physical graphics and chicken tossing

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 11, 2010 - 12:02 PM |
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Get a stereo view of nVIDIA's new Fermi based GF100 card that was demonstrated at CES 2010.  A system with three of these cards was shown off with the running of a rocket sled.  Mostly a physics demo, but partially a game, the rocket sled demo shows off how physics cards can allow the interaction of an engine as it tears its self to pieces due to extreme G-forces.  Legit Reviews has a close up of the monitor or you can always check out Ryan interviewing the demonstrator

It is a bit like a swine flu mask for your server

Subject: General Tech | January 11, 2010 - 11:50 AM |
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Secure Socket Layer is obsolete, so if you still refer to SSL connections it is time you meet Transport Layer Security, aka TLS or SSL/TLS.  TLS is a must in e-commerce, or any site that wants to ensure that any traffic between the server and a remote computer is encrypted so that it is much harder to intercept or change.  VPNs can be unwieldy for someone who simply wants to set up a server to share family movies or other media and getting a proper certificate from a certificate authority tends to cost money. 

Source: Ars Technica

CES 2010: Consumer Electronics Show Wrap-Up

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 11, 2010 - 01:41 AM |
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Ryan and Allyn spent some time discussing the awesome hardware we saw at CES with Leo Leporte from TWiT.tv. Check out more info on our PC Perspective's weekly podcasts that are hosted on TWit.tv at http://pcper.com/podcast.

CES 2010: ASUS unveils new ROG motherboards, graphics cards

Subject: Motherboards | January 11, 2010 - 12:26 AM |
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The guys at ASUS pulled out all the stops on their massive booth at CES this year and brought with them tons of new netbooks, notebooks, motherboards, graphics cards, and even some conceptual products from their Waveface line.

CES 2010: NVIDIA outlines new Tegra 2 products, next-gen GF100 features

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 10, 2010 - 11:45 PM |
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Our good friends at NVIDIA took us around their booth at the Consumer Electronics Show to show us some new tablets that included their new Tegra 2 CPU as well as give us a demonstration of their next-gen GF100 graphics processor. Ryan and the rest of the PC Perspective team also got a quick overview of D-Link's new Boxie Box and checked out Electronic Art's game called Need for Speed SHIFT using NVIDIA's 3DVision glasses and the GF100 with Fermi architecture.

CES 2010: Pepcom Digital Experience Press Event

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 10, 2010 - 10:38 PM |
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More than 100 companies showcased their latest products and innovations at Pepcom's Digital Experience press event. Hundreds of media members got to preview new products from companies like BlackBerry, Canon, Energizer, Epson, Garmin, Google, HP, Intel, Kodak, Lenovo, Lexmark, LG Electronics, Microsoft, and ViewSonic. We hand picked a few products that were pretty innovative and interesting at the same time. 

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Subject: Shows and Expos | January 10, 2010 - 06:52 PM |
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If you have been following the PC Perspective front page during CES then you have seen a lot.  From the

CES 2010: NVIDIA demos Fermi-based GF100

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 10, 2010 - 04:38 PM |
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Even though the next-generation GF100 GPU is not rumored to be available until March, NVIDIA was showcasing the technology and what it can do.  We have discussed NVIDIA Surround in a basic manner already and we'll have more later but I wanted to show our readers another demonstration that we captured on video from the show floor.  In it you will see a system based around a Fermi GPU do some impressive GPU compute simulations in a game-style settings.

CES 2010: Gigabyte motherboard product line preview

Subject: Motherboards | January 10, 2010 - 03:00 PM |
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UPDATE: We have posted a video walk through of the Gigabyte product lineup hosted by Gigabyte's Tim Handley.

CES 2010: Thermaltake showcases new BlacX Duet USB 3.0, performance cases, heatsinks, and PSUs

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 10, 2010 - 02:40 PM |
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We stopped by Thermaltake's suite this week at the Consumer Electronics Show and saw two test benches on showcases the read/write speeds of their new BlacX Duet dual hard drive docking station that includes USB 3.0 support. They were using Patriot 128GB SSDs and getting phenomenal speeds through USB 3.0 versus USB 2.0.

CES 2010: Lite-On Showcases New LabelTag Technology, External Slim and Blu-Ray Drives

Subject: Storage | January 10, 2010 - 03:06 AM |
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I visited the Lite-On / Plextor booth at the CES Digital Experience on Wednesday.  The booth is run by 'PLDS', the relations company representing both Plextor and Lite-On. 

The PLDS booth at the show floor, sporing all sorts of optical storage goodness.

CES 2010: Plextor Launches SSDs and New 24x External Writer with eSATA Dual Interface

Subject: Storage | January 10, 2010 - 02:36 AM |
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PCPer has gone quite a while without delving into optical storage, and it's high time we start taking a crack at it.  We'll kick it off with Plextor's announcement at CES - SSD's!.  Plextor will be producing drives based on the Marvell chipset.  While we haven't seen production models of this new controller in our lab as of yet, we should have something cooking shortly.  The new Plextor units are expected to start shipping in this quarter (Q1 2010) in capacities of 64 and 128GB.

CES 2010: Antec showcases Dark Fleet PC enclosures, high efficiency power supplies

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 9, 2010 - 11:48 PM |
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Antec introduced the PC Perspective team to their new line of Dark Fleet series PC cases and high efficiency power supplies during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week.

CES 2010: EVGA details latest motherboards, graphics cards

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 9, 2010 - 11:05 PM |
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Our friends at EVGA hosted select members of the media to view their latest line of Classified series motherboards, video cards, and a few unique products that should appeal to overclockers and business-minded consumers.

A Peek at Light Peak @ CES 2010

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 9, 2010 - 06:17 AM |
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We've spent the last few days running all over Vegas gathering up gobs of pics and data to turn around, but earlier today this caught our eye.  We'd seen plenty of press pics of what Light Peak is supposed to look like, such as this one:


Did you know PC Perspective is 10 years old?

Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2010 - 07:00 PM |
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A new year means new projects for the average computer geek, nerd or enthusiast; often utilizing parts that were wrapped in paper and living under a tree just a few short weeks ago.   Of course, not everyone gets a smooth ride, nor does everyone have instant inspiration as to what system to build.  Others have been slaving away trying to make PC Pe