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Subject: General Tech | February 27, 2009 - 04:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
How can charging money for free content not be the most brilliant idea since the BLINK tag? Cablevision Systems Corp has recently bought Newsday and has announced it will begin to charge for access to the online version of the newspaper. They seem to have some bizarre idea that
by changing the site into a "a locally focused cable service" people will be falling over themselves to get a hold of content that is most likely free on any other newspaper's online site. Let's all watch how well that works out for them.
Subject: Mobile | February 27, 2009 - 04:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, 27 February 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced that Samsung has adopted the VIA Nano processor in the new Samsung NC20 mini-notebook.
Combining the power efficient 1.3+GHz VIA Nano processor with the highly-integrated VIA VX800 system media processor, the Samsung NC20 also features a stunning 1280x800 12.1" display, ensuring an outstanding video experience and enabling a full-size 12" notebook keyboard with optimiz
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 26, 2009 - 11:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Thinking big for your next install? Maybe a dozen mixed drives or so, an enormous heatsink and a couple of pairs of graphics cards? The NZXT Zero 2 has the space for all of that and the 10 fans that can be installed should keep the temperatures reasonable. Perhaps one of the nicest features on the case are the holes drilled through the casing that are perfectly aligned with the screw holes for expansion cards, which makes attaching them
Subject: Storage | February 26, 2009 - 08:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Not everyone uses a single OS, some collect them like trading cards and switch between them constantly. Usually this entails a certain install order and the use of something like LILO or a changed config file. ExtremeTech has an interesting and simply little project that will allow you to use a physical switch to choose the SATA HDD you boot off of. It is not an on the fly solution, the PC does need to be turned off to switch between the drives, but it can certainly simplify the boot proce
Subject: Mobile | February 26, 2009 - 06:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The laptop has become a prominent feature of many people's lives, and being more than a few feet from it can cause some to feel lost or uncomfortable. The netbook has yet to catch on to the same degree, a lot of users are not yet willing to sacrifice the performance of their laptop for a device that is about the same size and weight as a hardcover book. At The Tech Report, one of the reviewers is undergoing that transformation thanks to the Eee PC 1000H. Inside lies an Atom N280 1.66GHz
and 1GB DDR2-667, gi
Subject: Motherboards | February 26, 2009 - 05:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
FREMONT, CALIFORNIA (Feb 25th, 2009)- ASUS, the world's leading motherboard manufacturer today released the X58-based ROG (Republic of Gamers) Rampage II GENE in response to increased demand for a micro ATX gaming and enthusiast motherboard. Hailing from ASUS' world record-breaking Rampage II lineage, the Rampage II GENE boasts premium features such as MemOK!
Subject: General Tech | February 26, 2009 - 05:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Paul Otellini took the stage at a recent conference to discuss how he sees the world and the electronics industry. Perhaps one of the most interesting comments pertained to the Atom processor; saying "You'll be underwhelmed" with the performance of netbooks using Windows 7. He is not implying that the Atom is going to become useless; he is simply confident that while the netbook is useful in many circumstances, it will never replace desktops or full laptops. Drop by The Inquirer for other interesting phrases,
Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2009 - 10:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Elite Bastards is still a little traumatized from the poor performance that the Auzentech X-Fi Prelude showed during their review back in 2007, but they overcame their anguish to review the
Subject: Memory | February 25, 2009 - 07:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Low latency, low voltage DDR3 is what Core i7 owners are looking for, and Kingston has delivered with their HyperX DDR3-1866 3GB kit. At 1866MHz and 9-9-9-27, and keeping in the safe 1.65V, the kit's specs match most gamers desires and with heatspreaders standing twice the height of a DIMM heat shouldn't be a problem. Unfortunately, once X-bit Labs tried to push the memory's frequency it turns out that those extra tall heatspreaders only cause difficulty for large CPU heatsink us
Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2009 - 05:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP has tested the new F.E.A.R. 2 release on a number of video cards ranging from an HD4850 to a GTX285 to an HD4870 X2. Even with the slowest HD4850, they could turn all effects to maximum at 2560x1600 with AA and AF and still average about 40fps. Users with faster cards can turn the antialaising up as high as it can possibly go and still stay above 60fps.
Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2009 - 04:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you get an email with an attachments that claims to be the world's funniest spreadsheet, give yourself a shake and reconsider just how funny an Excel file could possibly be. Even if it looks legitimate, if you receive an Excel attachment from a stranger you should probably not open it. According to this story on Slashdot there is an exploit out there that will affect any Excel from 2000 up to 2007 SP1. Microsoft's next scheduled patch is due to come out March 9th, hopefully there will be a
Subject: Processors | February 25, 2009 - 04:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sunnyvale, Calif. - Feb. 25, 2009 - Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE: AMD) today announced it recently completed live public demonstrations of its upcoming six-core 45nm AMD Opteron processor, codenamed "Istanbul." Scheduled to launch in the second half of this year, "Istanbul" is expected to be the only x86 six-core processor available for two- and four-socket systems and higher.
The demonstration featured a live, seamless upgrade of a system based on 45nm Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors to "Istanbul" processors.
Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2009 - 04:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, 25 February 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the launch of VIA's first embedded box computer; the VIA AMOS-3000.
Subject: General Tech | February 24, 2009 - 10:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you were to ask Paccus Interfaces what is missing in the world of PC gaming, they would tell you it is proper force feedback from joysticks. To that end they have started development of a new joystick whose force feedback comes from hydraulics. This new way of approaching haptics
will allow joysticks to have sensitivity matching gaming mice, somewhere in the neighbourhood of 2000DPI. X-bit Labs has an interview as well as pictures of the prototype that ma
Subject: Displays | February 24, 2009 - 07:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ASUS may have been focusing on small things recently with the continuing development of the Eee lineup, but that doesn't preclude them from thinking big as well. The new ASUS VW266H is a 25.5" TN LCD with a 1920x1200 resolution and a 2ms grey to grey response time. Techgage couldn't resist trying it out and loved it while gaming as the high resolution and quick r
Subject: Motherboards | February 24, 2009 - 06:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You can currently pick up ASRock's new X58 based SuperComputer motherboard on NewEgg for $294.99, making it the cheapest way to build a Core i7 system using the X58 chipset*. On paper, the motherboard looks like any other X58 board, it can handle four PCIe cards in CrossfireX or HybridSLI, it has 7.1 audio outputs, handles DDR3 up to 2000 MHz, dual LAN ports with teaming and it can even support ECC RAM i
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 24, 2009 - 05:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Unless you are from across the pond, this will probably be the first time you have heard of the company called XSPC. They have made a solid name for themselves in Europe and are now selling products, like the Delta V3 CPU waterblock, in North America. Bjorn3D tried this newcomer against Swiftech's longstanding champion, the Apogee GTZ. It would seem that XSPC deserves recognition from enthusiasts, though the company might want to consider adding some of the extras that it's competition provides here.
Subject: General Tech | February 24, 2009 - 04:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Owners of a Phenom 2 X3 processor with a motherboards that supports Advanced Clock configuration might want to check this little tip at Fudzilla. It has been confirmed by motherboard manufacturers according to VR-Zone; by using ACC to trick the processor, you can indeed 'unlock' that fourth core and turn your X3 into an X4, if it came from the 0
Subject: Storage | February 23, 2009 - 10:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are a digital packrat with several gigabytes worth of data that you absolutely have to drag around with you and currently use more than one flash drive to do it, or even worse, carry around a full size HDD, then check out the Patriot Xporter Magnum. At 64Gb you will probably only need one to hold your dearest data; if you need more than that you may want to consider slimming down a bit. With an average read speed of 33MB/s