Why talk about Win8 when you can hear about Windows Server 2012

Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2012 - 12:37 PM |
Tagged: HyperV, microsoft, windows server, WS2012, vmware, virtualization

Today is launch day for WS2012, the first new Microsoft server OS many years and it brings with it a host of changes.  While advertisers talk about 'the Cloud', server admins are into virtualization and that is a big part of the update to WS2012, with Hyper-V arriving an integral feature of the new server OS and highlights Microsoft's next target.  They've demonstrated the robustness of their virtualization implementation by running Bing and TechNet on Hyper-V, something very important for a relatively new piece of enterprise software to accomplish.  The specifications are impressive, from the amount of CPUs and addressable memory which can be granted to a VM, to the virtual Level-2 switches which can be created. Of course it is not all virtuality, a new ReFS disk format and built in file deduplication make this a much more impressive upgrade than the previous Server 2003 to Server 2008.  Read more and catch some movies at The Register.

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"In 1985, Commodore held the UK launch of the Amiga 1000 at the World of Commodore Show at the Novotel in Hammersmith. Twenty-seven years later, Microsoft used the same venue to host the Technical Launch of Windows Server 2012."

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Source: The Register

Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs Trailer Released

Subject: General Tech | November 1, 2012 - 08:21 PM |
Tagged: Amnesia

Indie developers like their pork chops.

The sequel to the acclaimed Amnesia: The Dark Descent has been in development by The Chinese Room in lieu of the original developers, Frictional Games. The Chinese Room is an independent game studio with close ties to the University of Portsmouth. Their first project, Dear Esther, was more of an interactive art venture than a game per se -- but exploring dim corners of an art medium is obviously something to admire.

While the original developers are still shrouding their new project, A Machine For Pigs has just received a trailer in time for Halloween.

The developers make their intentions known: they want to make you scream. They are requesting for users to send in WAVs, OGGs, or MP3s of their freaking out to piggies@thechineseroom.co.uk presumably as audio samples for the game itself.

Given that the setting is centered on late-Victorian era slaughterhouses I can let my mind wander about where the voices will be used specifically -- but I would rather not.

The game was originally set to be already released just this past October but the release date was bumped up into early 2013 for last-minute polishing. It is done when it is done, right?

Source: PC Gamer

Cooler Master's stormy trio of mousing domination

Subject: General Tech | November 1, 2012 - 07:28 PM |
Tagged: SpeedRXL, Skorpion, input, gaming mouse, cooler master, CMStorm Recon

While it might not instantly make you a better gamer, these three products from Cooler Master probably won't hurt your performance.  The CMStorm Recon is an ambidextrous gaming mouse with DPI ranging from 800 to 4000 and sports integrated memory allowing you up to 5 profiles and 36 macros; you also get colour changing LEDs.  The Speed RXL is a felt mouse mat of 45 x 35cm (17.8 x 13.7") and 5mm thick so you will get a lot of mousing space as long as your desk is big enough.  Last is the Skorpion which is perfect for anyone who has lost a deathmatch because their mouse tail got in the way.  It's tripod like shape and arching tail should keep that mouse cord from interfering with your fragging ... assuming that is actually a thing.  Check out Neoseeker for more on all three Storm products.

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"Today we're bringing you a review of three CMSTORM gaming products for PC gamers. The centerpiece of our trio is the CMSTORM Recon mouse featuring grip-coated body that fits both left- and right-handers, a high-performance Avago sensor, onboard memory and customizable LEDs for the (relatively) low price of $40. Complementing the performance mouse is the Speed RXL performance mouse pad made of felt, and the Skorpion mouse bungee designed to help keep that mouse cord clutter under control. Plus, it looks like an abstract representation of a scorpion. Our review focuses on the performance of the CMSTORM Recon, but we do use all three products together to see what sort of experience Cooler Master hopes to deliver for gamers looking to upgrade their mice."

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Podcast #225 - Intel's New Low Priced 240GB SSD, Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 Convertible Ultrabook, AMD ARM processors, and more!

Subject: General Tech | November 1, 2012 - 03:04 PM |
Tagged: z77a-gd80, yoga 13, thunderbolt, podcast, pcper, msi, Lenovo, intel ssd, intel 335, Intel, Ideapad, asus, arm, amd

PC Perspective Podcast #225 - 11/01/2012

Join us this week as we talk about Intel's New Low Priced 240GB SSD, Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 Convertible Ultrabook, AMD ARM processors, and more!

You can subscribe to us through iTunes and you can still access it directly through the RSS page HERE.

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Hosts:Ryan Shrout, Jeremy Hellstrom, Allyn Malventano, and Chris Barbere

This Podcast is brought to you by MSI!

Program length: 1:10:09

Podcast topics of discussion:

  1. Week in Reviews:
    1. 0:01:40 The Windows You Love is Gone
    2. 0:07:30 Intel SSD 335 Series 240GB Full Review - Intel's first 20nm SSD
    3. 0:15:30 MSI Z77A-GD80 with Thunderbolt Motherboard Review
    4. 0:20:20 Video Perspective: Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 Windows 8 Ultrabook Preview
  2. 0:29:22 This Podcast is brought to you by MSI!
  3. News items of interest:
    1. 0:30:35 Corsair Announces new products
      1. Corsair Announces Vengeance MM200 and MM400 gaming mouse mats
      2. Corsair Announces Updated Hydro Series H60 and New Hydro Series H55
    2. 0:36:10 ASUS Launches Line of VivoBook Laptops Running Windows 8
      1. Asus Zenbook Refresh Introduces Several New Ultrabooks
    3. 0:42:05 How to Build a PC with Windows 8 - PC Perspective Live!
    4. 0:43:50 Microsoft Giving Away Free Media Center Keys For Windows 8
    5. 0:46:30 ASRock Launches Extreme6/TB4 Motherboard With Two Thunderbolt Ports
    6. 0:47:30 AMD Announces It Will Build 64-bit ARM Processors for Server Markets
    7. 0:53:15 Intel Wants To See 48-Core Processors In Future Smartphones
    8. 0:56:30 NZXT Unleashes the Kraken -- World's first all-in-one 140mm & 280mm liquid-cooler
  4. Closing:
    1. 1:00:20 Hardware / Software Pick of the Week
      1. Ryan: Symphony on Steam - Free Keys to Give Away!!
      2. Jeremy: Grab media centre, even if you don't plan on getting Win 8 yet
      3. Allyn: Start8 - for you Windows 8 users
      4. Chris: MechWarrior Online
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Deals for November 1st - Seagate External 1.5TB HDD for $113

Subject: General Tech | November 1, 2012 - 01:53 PM |
Tagged: deals

Top deal

Seagate Expansion STAX1500100 1.5TB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive for $113 with free shipping (normally $160 - Use coupon code 2012SCARYSAVINGS).

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Laptops

15.6" Dell Inspiron 15z Core i5 Ivy Bridge Ultrabook for $749.99 with free shipping @ Dell (normally $799.99). (normally $938.99).

Desktops

Dell XPS 8500 Core i7 "Ivy Bridge" Desktop for $799.99 with Free Shipping @ Dell (normally $949.99 – use coupon code V48PR?HP99J3D?).

Tablet

Pre-order: Dell Latitude 10 64GB Windows 8 Pro Tablet for $649.00 with Free Shipping @ Dell

Computer Components

Netgear Push2TV HD Wireless Display PC to TV Adapter (PTV3000) for $59.99 with free shipping @ Dell (normally $100).

27" Dell S2740L 1080p LED-backlit LCD Monitor for $314.99 with free shipping @ Dell (normally $400 - Use coupon code 3?80G7X43Q23LC).

Seagate Expansion 1TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive for $77 with free shipping (normally $xx - Use coupon code 2012SCARYSAVINGS).

OCZ Agility 3 240GB 2.5" SATA 6Gb/s SSD for $175 with free shipping (normally $200).

AMD FX-8150 3.60GHz Eight Core Unlocked Retail CPU for $170 with shipping (normally $190 - Use coupon code SIR75358).

HDTVs

52" Sharp LC-52LE640U 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV for $919.99 with free shipping (normally $1,100).

Accessories

Samsung HT-E5500W Smart 3D Bluray Home Theater System for $369.99 with free shipping (normally $500).

Canon imageCLASS MF4570dw Wireless Laser Printer for $199.95 plus free shipping(normally $299.99).

Canon A3400 Red 16MP Digital Camera for $114 with free shipping (normally $160 - Use coupon code ABESAVES5).

Source: LogicBuy

Intel's Crystal Forest, coming to a network appliance near you

Subject: General Tech | November 1, 2012 - 01:50 PM |
Tagged: Intel, crystal forest, networking

Intel's new Crystal Forest chipset includes an undisclosed embedded CPU, an 89XX-series chipset and their Data Plane Development Kit which is the SDK they've created for designing fast path network processing.  This is not a competitor to AMD's Freedom Fabric which is designed for communication within a large series of processing nodes, instead you will see Crystal Forest powering high end routers and web appliances.  Intel has designed this new chipset to increase the performance of cryptography and compression on network packets and claims it will increase speed as well as security, along with the benefits of support coming directly from Intel.  The Inquirer reports a long list of vendors who have signed on, including Dell, Wind River Systems and Emerson Network Power.

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"CHIPMAKER Intel has launched its Crystal Forest chipset for network infrastructure.

Intel might be best known for its X86 desktop, laptop and server chips but the firm does a pretty good trade in embedded chips and has announced that a number of large vendors have pledged their support for its new Crystal Forest chipset. The firm said its Crystal Forest chipset will enable networking equipment vendors to shift and control more data using its chips."

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What does it take to be a Warfighter

Subject: General Tech | October 31, 2012 - 05:12 PM |
Tagged: gaming, medal of honor, warfighter

Warfighter uses DICE's Frostbite 2 engine, the same as BF3, and on the PC they recommend having a 3GHz quad-core processor and at least a GTX 560 or HD 6950 to play.  TechSpot tried out 29 graphics cards paired with a Core i7-3960X to see if this is true as well as if the top end cards can handle Ultra quality settings.  At the moment it is the AMD cards which top their charts, though only by a slim margin, which could change as the game receives updates along with the graphics drivers.  Even though this game has been released on numerous platforms it seems that MoH remembered its roots and delivered a much better experience to PC gamers.

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"Medal of Honor: Warfighter calls for no less than a 3GHz quad-core processor paired with a GeForce GTX 560 or Radeon HD 6950. Given those upper-end requirements, we expect the title to be fairly demanding with its visuals maxed out, and we'll be putting a ton of past and present-gen cards through their paces.

It's worth noting that unlike 2010's Medal of Honor which used separate engines for single player and multiplayer, Warfighter uses DICE's Frostbite 2 engine -- the same software that powers Battlefield 3.

We'll be testing 29 DirectX 11 graphics card configurations from AMD and Nvidia across all price ranges with their respective latest beta drivers that claim to improve performance."

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There's more than one way to make money from Jelly Beans

Subject: General Tech | October 31, 2012 - 04:28 PM |
Tagged: asus, google, nexus 7, andriod, jelly bean

While many PC and component manufacturers are having a rough time in 2012, ASUS is not one.  Thanks to their wholehearted adoption of Android devices like the Nexus 7 they have seen their income from mobile devices jump from 7% of their revenue to 16%.  That total revenue also had significant growth, their profits are 43% higher than this quarter a year ago.  That growth rate is very impressive in the current economy and seems to refute many analyst's predictions that we are moving into a post PC market.  ASUS also has to thank their Transformer series as the paired tablet and keyboard device is proving quite popular and will be one of the main competitors to Microsoft's new Surface devices.  ASUS told The Register they plan to become the second largest seller of tablets and the largest retailer of touch devices.

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"Asus to you and me - has pulled a surprise jump in profit out of the bag as its tablets make up for slow PC sales.

The Taiwanese firm reported its largest quarterly profit in more than four years, spurred by its partnership with Google on the Nexus 7 and the enduring popularity of its own-brand snap-on keyboard fondletops."

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Source: The Register

Deals for October 31st - Netgear Push2TV Wireless Adapter for $59

Subject: General Tech | October 31, 2012 - 01:02 PM |
Tagged: deals

Top deal

Netgear Push2TV HD Wireless Display PC to TV Adapter (PTV3000) for $59.99 with free shipping @ Dell (normally $100).

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Laptops

13.3" Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 Convertible Ultrabook Tablet Laptop w/ Windows 8 for $999.00 with free shipping @ Lenovo (normally $1,099.00 – use coupon code YOGADEAL).

15.6" Dell Vostro 3560 15.6" Core i7 Ivy Bridge Quad-core 1080p Laptop for $889.00 with free shipping @ Dell (normally $1,309.00 – use coupon code GRNT3S4KF7Q6VQ).

Microsoft Surface Windows RT Tablet for $499.00 with free shipping @Microsoft Store

Desktops

Dell Inspiron 660 Core i5 Mini Tower w/ 8GB RAM, 1TB Hard Drive for $564.99 with Free Shipping @ Dell (normally $667.99 – use coupon code Q7ZK$?L?JWTS3$).

Computer Components

Samsung 830 Series 256GB SATA 6Gb/s 2.5" SSD w/ Upgrade Laptop Kit for $180 with free shipping (normally $220 - Use coupon code EMCYTZT2451).

OCZ Agility 4 256GB SATA 6Gb/s 2.5" SSD for $130 plus shipping (normally $190 - Use this form).

Hanns-G 21.5" 5ms LED-Backlight Monitor for $120 with free shipping (normally $160).

D-Link DIR-506L SharePort Go Mobile Companion Portable Wireless Router for $60 with free shipping (normally $130 - Use coupon code EMCJNGN69).

SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W Modular Power Supply for $100 with free shipping (normally $190 - Use coupon code EMCYTZT2455).

HDTVs

47" LG 47CM565 1080p 3D LCD HDTV for $629.99 with Free Shipping (normally $849).

Accessories

High Performance Racing Sled for $84.99(normally $99.99– use coupon codeENT2010).

Sharper Image Hypnotic Light Cube for $114.99(normally $129.99– use coupon code ENT2010).

Source: LogicBuy

Deals for October 30th - Halo 4 with $20 Gift Card for $59

Subject: General Tech | October 30, 2012 - 01:13 PM |
Tagged: deals

Top deal

Pre-order Halo 4 (Xbox 360) + Free $20 eGift Card for $59.99 with free shipping @ Dell (normally $80).

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Laptops

11.6" Asus UX21E-ESL4 Core i5 Zenbook Laptop w/ 128GB SSD for $799.99 with free shipping @ Microsoft Store (normally $999.00).

Desktops

Dell Optiplex 3010 Dual-core Mini Tower + Free $100 Gift Card for $379.00 with Free Shipping @ Dell (normally $667.99).

Computer Components

27" Dell U2713HM UltraSharp 2560 x 1440 LED-backlit LCD Monitor for $719.10 with free shipping @ Dell (normally $800 – use coupon code 3?80G7X43Q23LC).

24" Dell S2440L 1080p LED-backlit LCD Monitor for $130 with free shipping @ Dell (normally $300 – use coupon code 3?80G7X43Q23LC).

23" Dell S2340L 1080p LED-backlit LCD Monitor for $179.99 plus shipping @ Dell (normally $250 – use coupon code 3?80G7X43Q23LC).

22" Dell S2240M 1080p LED-backlit LCD Monitor for $179.99 with free shipping @ Dell (normally $200 – use coupon code 3?80G7X43Q23LC).

Buffalo WCR-GN Wireless-N Router for $20 plus shipping @ TigerDirect (normally $40).

OCZ Agility 4 256GB SATA 6Gb/s 2.5" SSD for $130 plus shipping @ TigerDirect (normally $190 - Use this form).

OCZ Vertex 2 240GB 2.5" SSD for $130 with free shipping @ NewEgg (normally $200 - Use this form).

HDTVs

42" Vizio E420VSE 1080p LED HDTV for $468.00 with Free Shipping @ Dell (normally $520).

Video Games

Pre-order Xbox 360 Limited Edition Halo 4 320GB Console for $349.99 (normally $400).

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (PS3) + Free $20 eGift Card for $59.99 (normally $80).

Source: LogicBuy