Subject: General Tech | September 17, 2010 - 06:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When a PC goes bad sometimes it is not terribly obvious what happened and you end up investigating in odd ways. Often your ears clue you in, as you hear a fan die or a head crash on a HDD. Other times
Subject: General Tech | September 17, 2010 - 12:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Intel's plans for 2010 and likely even 2011 do not seem to include any plans to support USB 3.0 at the chipset level. There may be boards released over the coming months with an add on USB 3.0 controller chip but it will not be made by Intel. Many are a little upset and confused over this choice and those that are OK with it tend to be those who are waiting to see Light Peak arrive. They may not have to wait long according to AnandTech who have just seen what the current state of Light Peak is.
Subject: General Tech | September 16, 2010 - 11:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You can now get a hold of the new IE9 beta to try out what will be the new browser from Microsoft, assuming you've moved on from XP. A lot of sites are impressed by the speed of the new version of the venerable browser. AMD is trying out GPU acceleration of HTML5 and according to The Inquirer there will be an update to Flash player called Square that will enable hardware acceleration with the IE9 Beta as well.&nbs
Subject: General Tech | September 15, 2010 - 12:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The beer and pretzels game of choice has been Halo for a lot of people for quite a long time. Mostly a multiplayer experience, though some enjoy playing through the game multiple times on higher difficulties, it seems that Reach has a lot to make up for as ODST was apparently not very popular. Ars Technica takes you through an overview of the game; perhaps you can read it while standing in line waiting for the release.
Subject: General Tech | September 15, 2010 - 12:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: parade, amd, Intel
Similar to young siblings, AMD and Intel like trying to steal enthusiasts attention the moment the other company does something interesting. This particular time it is AMD showing off its low voltage and high powered Zacate chip while most are focused on IDF. AnandTech have updated their article with everything that they have found out about the chip, including their perceptions of how well the chip could run City of Heros compared to a Core i5-M 520.
Subject: General Tech | September 14, 2010 - 06:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CoolerMaster is now offering an interesting little device for those sick of lousy quality laptop speakers, the Cooler Master Choiix BoomBoom. It is not for everyone, it will set you back $25 and the improvement is very slight. It is an improvement however and with such a small form factor it is easy to carry around if you want to impress friends more interested in volume than esoteric differences in audio quality. Take a look over at Legit Reviews.
Subject: General Tech | September 14, 2010 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Thanks to information shared by Paul Otellini during the IDF about Intel's security plans after the purchase of McAfee, Ars Technica has a new allusion to attempt to describe what they may be doing and oddly it does not involve cars. Instead of trying to describe Palladium and Trusted Platform Management, two terms which describe technology that never caught on and many have not heard of, Ars turns to iTunes and Apple's sales models. Apple can control what software is allowed to run on their mobile hardware to a degree unseen in the PC ecosystem and that control offers a high degre
Subject: General Tech | September 13, 2010 - 01:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Intel Developers Forum is one of the best places to see how Intel plans to affect the near future of computing. Ray Tracing has been one of the hot topics of the past few years and even though Larrabee has run into a brick wall, you can see that Intel has not given up on Ray Tracing in Ryan's coverage. Sandy Bridge is also a big draw as we grow ever closer to its launch we see more and more hints as to its performance and architecture.
Subject: General Tech | September 10, 2010 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica has a bit of information on several projects currently being funded to find a way to improve the basic protocol on which the web works, to allow it to continue to function. The first looks at Named Data Networking (NDN) which plans to move the current model of shifting data from secure store to secure store and instead simply making the data its self secure and ignoring the store upon which it resides. Another called NEBULA tries to make sure that data follows a cryptographically confirmable secure path so that data can be verified as unchanged from its pre-transmitted
Subject: General Tech | September 9, 2010 - 05:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ROCCAT ARVO Compact Gamer Keyboard
makes what seems to be an odd assumption, that shrinking the keyboard will have an effect on your gameplay. They've trimmed off the arrow keys and delete, end, page down, etc ... from between the main keys and the numpad, which makes sense unless you have a game you need the pause/break key for. Madshrimps thought it was an interesting take on a gaming keyboard, perhaps you will too.