Subject: General Tech | November 15, 2010 - 12:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has some nice pictures of the next generation of motherboards for Intel processors, aka Sandy Bridge or the 6 series. They've a few examples from ASUS although not the full lineup of 17 motherboards. One of the most unique of the bunch is the Sabertooth P67 which has a Tactical Jacket, a plastic piece covering the entire motherboard except for slots, which is supposed to direct airflow over various onboard components.
Subject: General Tech | November 15, 2010 - 12:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Allyn just had to pass on an amazing deal for an Sandforce based 64GB Micro Center SSD. Sure you might not recognize the MicroCentre brand, but what really counts is the controller, the same one found in the Vertex 2 and Agility 2 SSD who's specs are in the SSD Decoder Ring.
Subject: General Tech | November 12, 2010 - 06:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you haven't been spending much time browsing through the forums, you might not have noticed that a lot of the smaller sub-forums have been rolled up into large, more active forums. Whereas once we had segregated Motherboards not only into Intel versus AMD but also they were broken down by manufacturer they are now all together in one monster sized forum. That means you can benefit from the multitude of eyes that will see your question, as all of our motherboard gurus are on the s
Subject: General Tech | November 12, 2010 - 01:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Patriot's new SF-1222TA3-SBH based Inferno 120GB SSD features
Sandforce's DuraClass technology, meaning that it has a number of features designed to extend the life of the drive as well as prevent dips in speed due to the collection of garbage sectors over time and other neat tricks like real-time loss-less compression. In Th
Subject: General Tech | November 12, 2010 - 12:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have fond memories of flashing custom BIOSes that made hidden features accessible for you to tweak with then this story at Slashdot is going to excite you. It seems a hardware hacker has posted documentation on a way to enable a debug mode in AMD processors. If you are more into enabling cores via ACC then this might not be your cup of silicon tea but for many the idea of getting up close and personal with AMD's registers makes them a little hot.
Subject: General Tech | November 11, 2010 - 02:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While most eyes have been on AMD and their first APU, Zacate; ARM has revealed the new Mali T-604 OpenCL GPU. Their choice of OpenCL over CUDA speaks to ARMs long history of supporting open standards, something that OpenCL is while nVIDIA's solution is at least for now considered proprietary. They've also chosen a very different route, siting memory bandwidth limitations as a reason for eschewing textures in favour of directly computing screen data.
Subject: General Tech | November 10, 2010 - 02:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Mechanical switch keyboards, the most famous being the IBM Model M with buckling spring keys will cause a reaction, for some it is a lovely sound but for most it is an incredible annoyance ... especially if the Model M user is a touch typist.
Subject: General Tech | November 10, 2010 - 02:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
EA is expanding their Battlefield series again, with a free to play mashed up game with BF2 maps and BF Bad Company 2 classes. We will see it hit the web next spring expect for those who are signed up and will be accepted to the closed beta. This is not the first free Battlefield game, though the implication is that this will be a more serious game than Battlefield Heros. It may also bring back some old players of the Battlefield series upset with the release of BF: Vietnam, BF2 and BF2142 in such quick succession.
Subject: General Tech | November 10, 2010 - 02:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A researcher at Sophos has come up with a very simple answer to basic security on free wireless connections such as the ones you would find at coffee shops. It is so simple that you might wonder why no one has thought of it before. By simply applying the password 'free' to all WiFi hotspots, so that everyone already knows what the password is, you will enable the encryption available through WPA2. That will mostly protect you from nastiness from programs like Firesheep and possibly even WireShark.