Tired of Benchmarks? Here's the Dirt!
Industry Dirt will be exploring some of the more suspect rumors and happenings around our beloved technology firms. Today I take a look at some of the latest from AMD and Intel, and while Intel certainly is still controlling the industry, AMD looks like it could be in for a surprise quarter. Plus I explore the ramifications of Intel's latest "K" series of unlocked CPUs.
Subject: General Tech | June 16, 2010 - 01:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Wired has assembled 10 trailers for the games generating the most buzz at the E3 conference for your viewing pleasure. Most of the trailers are a little light on the gameplay video and we haven't seen much in the way of that so far from E3 but the trailers are definitely heavy on the tease. Drop by to see the games most likely to be absorbing all of your free time in the near future.
Subject: General Tech | June 16, 2010 - 12:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
MAKE:Blog has a rather useful suggestion to help you get an old piece of tech out of the closet and make it useful again. Using the wonderful tool of DD-WRT they have instructions on how to turn your old wireless router into a repeater. DD-WRT, if you have not run into it before is a tool used to replace the firmware on a router with a Linux based alternative. This means that the old interface on your router is replaced with a different interface that offers more fun
Subject: General Tech | June 15, 2010 - 05:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are in the market for some high(ish) end cup style earphones that stick with reproducing quality sound and do not venture into microphones or beat on your head to music then you should look into Audio-Technica's ATH-AD700 headphones. [H]ard|OCP recently reviewed this $90 headset and were i
Subject: General Tech | June 15, 2010 - 03:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are wanting a non-standard input device and cannot wait for Project Natal or Kinect or whatever name the motion sensing device Microsoft is working on bears when it hits the market then just maybe Thrustmaster can help you out. They have on offer the T-Freestyle NW, a skateboard control for the Wii. The number of games that you will be able to successfully use device with are limited, but
Subject: General Tech | June 15, 2010 - 12:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Microsoft is showing off their own take on a 3D display and it is one that people may find preferable to alternatives that require you to wear glasses. By varying the thickness of the display and uses tracking cameras to steer the LED light to your eyes directly. The processing power prohibited this type of 3D display until recently when newer generations of processors arrived that could handle the load. It is also a very small solution, no bulky projectors needed as this will fit in a normal TV/display from factor. The viewing angle is a little thin right now, but
Subject: General Tech | June 14, 2010 - 12:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As Google's Chrome arrived on the scene many installed it and tried it out to see how it compared to their browser of choice and many seem to have acknowledged its existence and then gone straight back to their usual web browser. Their reasons vary but there are two main causes for people to stick with their original choice, the lack of extensions and that persnickety
little requirement in the tech world; a killer app.
Subject: General Tech | June 11, 2010 - 06:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Visiting the PC Perspective forums for help is always a good idea, even if your question is not technically about a PC, since at least one of our fine members will know at least a little about what you need more information on. For instance this thread will put you in the know for picking an inexpensive drawing pad to doodle on. Of course if you do have a question involving PCs and their components you will get more people answering
Subject: General Tech | June 11, 2010 - 01:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fresh out of Denmark is the Danamics LMX Superleggera,
a heatsink which uses liquid metal and an electromagnetic pump to move heat around as opposed to the more common wicked heatpipes that we see. This is their second try at this type of cooler, the first one was prohibitively expensive and did not give an impressive performance.
Subject: General Tech | June 11, 2010 - 12:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A Google researcher has released to the world an exploit that uses the Help Center in Windows XP to take remote control of your system. Some security experts and most of Microsoft are rather upset about this as they only received notification of this vulnerability on June 5th, giving them 5 days to work on a fix. The Google researcher has pointed out that without an actual exploit in the wild, Microsoft is not going to move quickly to stop a rather nasty exploit and instead will just add it to the list. The researcher has also provided enough information on how exactly the ex