Subject: General Tech | February 19, 2010 - 06:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Onboard sound has really gone up in quality since
the advent of the Soundstorm southbridge on nVIDIA's motherboards; 7.1 HD audio is now common on high end boards. This is convincing a lot of people to stay with the sound chip on their motherboard and skipping the sound card altogether. The $88 ASUS Xonar DX 1 might change your mind though, especially if you play movies from your PC.
Subject: General Tech | February 19, 2010 - 04:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Yesterday you may have seen a link to some research done by the XPNet community which described how Windows 7 is a memory hog and that 86% of Windows 7 machines were using at least 90% of their available RAM. Hopefully being the intelligent PC Perspective regulars you are, you took a second to think before reacting. Maybe you remembered hearing about the SuperFetch feature in Windows 7, maybe you are running a Win7 box and checked your Task Manager to see just what was goi
Subject: General Tech | February 18, 2010 - 04:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Microsoft Palladium, or Trusted Platform Module as it is in its current state is a certification a piece of tech can receive if it follows certain security procedures, mostly to prevent copying. The main purpose is to enable checking if other components in a particular loop also conform to TPM and to be able change their behaviour based on whether they are or not. For instance a loop could be motherboard, GPU, audio and display; if all conform to TPM then you get to watch true 1080p content with HD audio. If on the other hand all components do not conform, then you might be t
Subject: General Tech | February 17, 2010 - 05:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It is hard to keep track of just how many incarnations of Aliens Versus Predator there has been, from the days of the stand up arcades to the Atari Jaguar version that Gaming Heaven mentions straight through to the more recent PC versions, but most gamers and movie fans still get a chill when they hear the distinctive ping of that motion sensor. In the latest version, the demo of which is available on Steam, all of your favourite races return; the soft and squishy marine, the vertigo inducing Xenomor
Subject: General Tech | February 17, 2010 - 04:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The oddly named BenQ Joybee GP1 is a slight larger than a 120mm fan at 136x54x120mm (5.3x2.1x4.7") and can project an 858x600 image up to 2m across. It uses an LED backlight as opposed to a lamp like you would find in a regular projector which means that the little Joybee does not produce quite as bright an image as would a model with a bulb; it only manages 100 lumen. This also means that significantly less heat is produced, something of great benefit for a device this small and mobile.
Subject: General Tech | February 16, 2010 - 04:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Cloud computing has been poised to change the world now for almost as long as Web 2.0 has been.
Subject: General Tech | February 15, 2010 - 04:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The BSoD is coming to a phone near you thanks to the efforts of Microsoft who has made a 90 degree turn from their previous mobile efforts, ditching their mobile OS for Windows 7. The GUI looks like a ZuneHD (if anyone has actually seen one of those in the wild) as opposed to Windows 7 but there is more to this cellphone than that. Not only can the Windows Phone 7 do everything a Zune can do, you also get a 'Bing Button' will get you searching on the web, from XBox you get LIVE games, avatars, and profiles all built into the phone, plus social networking integration.
Subject: General Tech | February 12, 2010 - 11:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At some point once you have become learned in the ways of the computer you will run into something that makes you have second thoughts about what you know to be true. Case and point is the deal that a forum member spotted on Newegg, which features a DDR2 socket AM3 board with a deal for an AM2+ processor bundled with it and that is not even mentioning the RAM.
Subject: General Tech | February 12, 2010 - 05:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you go out shopping for headphones you may end up flabbergasted at the amount of choice you have. Before even thinking about a brand you need to decide what type you want. Are you a fan of the classic earbud style, or do you prefer the newer ear canal type or perhaps you are a purist and prefer the cans. Once you have decided on your preferred style then there is the small matter of picking out which of the 100s of brands you want. Digital Trends tries to help out by offerin