Nothing to see here, move along

Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2009 - 11:47 AM |
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Any feelings of panic or urge to spread messages of doom prompted by the CPU level exploit vulnerability that Intel's chips are vulnerable to may be a little premature.  The exploit is real and does happen at a level which makes it almost immune to detection but it is about as hard to set up as cooling RAM down so it's data can be read even though it is powered down.  In this case you would need to know exact hardware to be able to exploit the weakness, this may appear in rare targeted attacks, but lacks the flexibility to survive as a popular hacking tool. 

Source: Ars Technica

NVISION Conference likely not going to happen this year

Subject: Storage | March 20, 2009 - 12:07 AM |
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Depending how you view the terms of "delay" and "soon", you can either take NVIDIA at their word that the NVISION show for 2009 is just going to be a bit behind schedule or you can take the logical step to think that with the economy (and NVIDIA's stock) in the position it is now, the event just won't happen.  Here's the quote from the above article:

Source: Ars Technica

Radeon HD 4830: Get 'em while they're hot!

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 19, 2009 - 11:13 PM |
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If the news over at Fudzilla is true, and we believe that it is, then if you have any interest in the Radeon HD 4830 graphics cards, you better get them while they are still available.  The Radeon HD 4830 was original

Source: Fudzilla

Ruggedized laptop/tablet

Subject: Mobile | March 19, 2009 - 05:59 PM |
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The Intel Convertible Classmate PC doesn't really sound all that interesting, but it is definitely worth a look.  It's an Atom powered netbook, with a display that not only swivels but can be reversed and flipped down to make this into a tablet PC.  The carrying handle doesn't do much for the aesthetics, but this is no Macbook Air as the colour scheme should give away.  It is more of a Fisher Price theme, designed to work well and put up with the abuse a young child dishes out everyday.  Drop by The Tech Repor

A small battery would be nice

Subject: Systems | March 19, 2009 - 01:15 PM |
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The ASUS Eee Top is a full PC hidden in a touch screen monitor, weighing in at less than 10lbs and with a carrying handle for easy portability.  There is a drawback that Legit Reviews pointed out which becomes evident for anyone planning on treating the display as a notebook, the lack of a battery means you need to shut down the system if you want to move it to a new room.  If that do

Heavyweight roundup

Subject: Storage | March 19, 2009 - 12:08 PM |
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Platter based storage may be on the way out, but that doesn't mean you should be avoiding them as they have never been bigger nor less expensive.  To show off the latest 1TB drives, X-bit Labs has assembled fourteen drives from four different companies.  Some of the drives may seem familiar, but you might be surprised at what an increase in the revision number can do for the performance of a drive you thought you knew.  At the end, there was a clear winner in speed, read on to see w

Source: X-Bit Labs

Not to be used with Catalyst 9.3

Subject: General Tech | March 19, 2009 - 11:57 AM |
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While AMD's new driver may support Windows 7 except for a few small problems, the about to be released Internet Explorer 8 will not work.  Vista and XP should have no problems with it, and may even see some improvements.  The main drive of this release is security and from the testing we have seen it is likely that Microsoft has succeeded, unfortunately the
majority of added features have existed in the alternative browsers for a while now.  You can get more information v

Source: The Inquirer

New VIA In-Vehicle Platform for Driving Next-Generation Car PCs

Subject: General Tech | March 19, 2009 - 11:17 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, March 19, 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today released the VIA IVP-7500 board, the first in a series of dedicated x86 in-vehicle platforms for developers of car PCs and intelligent transportation devices.

The continued evolution of the PC as a multimedia playback device for audio and video entertainment means that car owners are now demanding access to their digital media library whilst on the ro

The quiet success of NXZT

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 18, 2009 - 02:55 PM |
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NZXT has a talent for making quiet cases with plenty of room, starting with the smaller Hush and now with the larger Whisper.  A full sized ATX case, with four fans, rubber grommets and noise reducing foam keep your components cool without becoming noticeably loud.  You can find out more, including details on exactly how much noise you can expect by

It doesn't have to be deluxe

Subject: Motherboards | March 18, 2009 - 02:17 PM |
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The plain old ASUS P6T is a solid board and a great example of why not everyone needs the deluxe motherboard models.  8+2 phase power, solid state capacitors and a well thought out layout are all present on this board, ASUS didn't sacrifice quality on their lower end X58 motherboard.  If you are just planing on a hefty overclock, say pushing a Corei7 920 to 4GHz and not trying to break overclocking records then there really isn't anything you

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Party like it's 1699

Subject: General Tech | March 18, 2009 - 12:53 PM |
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The newest Total War is also the most modern, with the game taking place in the 18th century and it includes the Americas as something significantly more than an optional discovery.  Along with this more modern era comes gunpowder troops a little more reliable than arquebusiers
and cannons that have improved from bombards.  There is also greatly expanded naval control, you will be able to fight naval battles just like land battles instead of relying on the auto resolve.  Perhaps the most interesting development is the possibility of multiplayer campaigns, which we may see suppo

Source: Gamepyre

The third coming

Subject: General Tech | March 18, 2009 - 12:13 PM |
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In the beginning was the iPhone, but it's connectivity was not good.  Then the iPhone 3G arrived and there was joy ... for a while.  Now the shine has worn off, the screen is a little scratched and the people are crying for more.  Ready yourself for the next incarnation, the iPhone is getting a new OS and both programmers and users are excited about the new features and abilities.  See what the buzz is about at Slashdot.

Source: Slashdot

AMD Supports Microsoft Windows 7 in ATI Catalyst 9.3

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 18, 2009 - 11:22 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - March 18, 2009 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today released Windows 7 driver support as part of the latest ATI Catalyst 9.3 unified graphics driver. ATI Catalyst 9.3 represents the industry's first unified driver installation package to incorporate Windows 7 support, including Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) 1.1 compliance, bringing with it a host of benefits for developers currently testing and updating applications using the widely available Windows 7 beta release.

Source: AMD

Diminishing returns strikes again

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 17, 2009 - 05:39 PM |
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Picking up one EVGA GTX 280 will run you almost $500, in order to replicate motherboard.org's review you would need to spend $1500, plus the 1200W PSU needed to power your system.  Seeing as how performance is provided in bulk, you might hope buying a three pack of GTX 280's would result in a diminished cost but that is not the case.  Even leaving aside the fact that not every program can handle multiple graphics cards, the scalablity really make

Paper just too old school for you?

Subject: Mobile | March 17, 2009 - 03:01 PM |
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The original Kindle failed to light up the hearts of most users and now they have released a successor, the Kindle 2.  For $360 you can have a 6" piece of electronic paper, at a resolution of 800x600 and with 16 stunning shades of grey.  There is enough storage onboard for about 1500 books, and a memory card slot will allow you to expand it.  Probably the biggest feature is it's WiFi connection, which allows you to subscribe to various perio

Western Digital tries out the home theatre

Subject: Systems | March 17, 2009 - 01:13 PM |
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Western Digital has made a foray into HTPCs with their WD TV HD Media Player.  Strangely for a storage company there is no onboard storage to capture your favourite TV shows, though that decision has allowed them to make the entire box half as tall as a DVD caseand just over twice as thick.  On the back you can see plugs for USB, HDMI 1.2, TOSLINK and Composite video out.  What seems to be missing is a network connector, but as far as the video playback quality, The Tech Report was quite happy.  Perhaps so

All ears for ASUS' upcoming release

Subject: General Tech | March 17, 2009 - 12:05 PM |
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The Guru of 3D managed to get a hold of an engineering sample from ASUS, their new Xonar Essence ST, not to be confused with the already available STX model.  At a glance, the card looks very similar to the STX, the differences are in the ICs on the board its self and the DAC card that was bundled with the audio card sample.  It is hard to get a handle on the performance of an audio card without hearing it for yourself, but from the praise given the ST in the preview, there is a goo

Source: Guru of 3D

Attacking the weakest link

Subject: General Tech | March 17, 2009 - 11:46 AM |
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If you haven't already memorized your DNS server, you might want to make it a goal, or at least write it down.  There is a new nasty out there called Trojan.Flush.M, which can be dangerous to anything connected to a network.  It only needs one vulnerable machine on a LAN or WAN, which it infects and sets up a rouge DNS server which then starts sending you off on phishing trips
whenever you try to browse.  For right now, if it is practical, you may want to enter your DNS manually, which will prevent you from being misdirected by an infected LAN, and you can also blacklist 64.86

Source: The Register

Power supplies should be seen, not heard

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 16, 2009 - 05:21 PM |
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As SPCR rightly points out, a 430W PSU isn't really a low power PSU.  Most PCs run without CrossfireX, HybridSLI or a dozen case fans, and those are the only ones that require 1000W PSUs, or even 800W PSUs.  AMD and Intel are both on power savings pushes, RAM voltage isn't that much nor is the power to most platter based HDDs and all SSDs.  If you aren't putting in one of the new high end dual GPU cards, then picking up a 800W+ PSU is a choice, not a requirement.  One bonus to using a PSU that doesn't require extra amperage from your mains is the noise.