All Hallows Weekend

Subject: General Tech | October 29, 2010 - 05:49 PM |

Blue Screens of Death are a fact of life with unmodded Windows installations, sooner or later you will see one flash by, perhaps even giving you enough time to see an IRQ less than or equal to or even an accusation that a recently installed piece of hardware and not Windows is to blame.  For the most part you won't even have a chance to see that much and if you have not turned on the built in dump file function of Windows the chances of tracking down exactly what happened are slim.  If you do have occasional reboots,

Adobe comes close to the perfect vulnerability

Subject: General Tech | October 29, 2010 - 11:25 AM |

To paraphrase how The Inquirer succinctly sums it up, if you are running any version of Adobe Flash, Reader or Acrobat released in the past few years and have an operating system you are vulnerable to crashes and potentially having someone take over your box.  It seems almost like showing off that they managed to leave a hole that affects almost every modern OS in use but that is what they have managed to do.  The fix for Flash will be available on the 9th and the rema

Source: The Inquirer

Seven wireless routers fight it out

Subject: General Tech | October 28, 2010 - 12:12 PM |

Gizmodo hit up seven of the major router manufacturers for the routers that those companies felt represented the best they had to offer consumers.  The

Source: Gizmodo

New Category 6A Cords Extend Reach of Network Channels

Subject: General Tech | October 28, 2010 - 11:34 AM |

October 28, 2010, WATERTOWN, CT – Siemon today introduces innovative category 6A Z-MAX solid cords terminated to 23-22 AWG copper conductors for use in high-performance consolidation points and cross connects as an equipment cord.

Available in both 10Gb/s category 6A shielded and UTP configurations, these new solid cords feature the patented Z-MAX 6A RJ-45 Smart-Plug design that integrates a precisely tuned printed circuit board (PCB) into every plug.

Source: Siemon

The SteelSeries Shift, a keyboard that switches from top to bottom

Subject: General Tech | October 27, 2010 - 06:19 PM |

The SteelSeries Shift keyboard can do a few tricks no other keyboard would dare, the most impressive of which is its ability to move the arrow keys and numpad as one unit, from the right side to the left side.  It doesn't stop there, there are other movable sections, three profile buttons for quick changes to keymappings and even a record button if you need to capture a keystroke pattern as a macro. 

Diablo Diablo Diablo

Subject: General Tech | October 27, 2010 - 12:43 PM |

With Blizzcon a very recent memory many gamers are still drooling over the Demon Hunter and the various screenshots and demo movies that have arrived.  HEXUS takes a different approach and sat down with a few Blizzard reps to talk about what we will see in the game.  Read their interview here but fear not as the movies and screens can be found just below the fold.

Source: Hexus

Discussing untapped market segments for the Atom processor

Subject: General Tech | October 27, 2010 - 11:33 AM |

If the purchase of McAfee by Intel and the ensuing discussion of what it meant for the company specifically and the PC market in general had you excited then this article at DigiTimes will be right up your alley.  Michael Chen the Managing director of the Embedded Sales and Ultra Mobility Group at Intel in Asia sat down with DigiTimes to go over Intel's plans for the Atom processor.  Intel is focusing considerable attention on Point of Sales and other f

Source: Digitimes

Sound Blaster redefines HD audio on the PC, again

Subject: General Tech | October 26, 2010 - 12:40 PM |

The Sound Blaster X-FI Titanium HDwill set you back almost $200, so this is definitely a card with a certain target market in mind and it is not casual gamers.  The features that [H]ard|OCP listed in their review is quite impressive, the card is capable of impressive performance when you use the dedicated headphone amp, someth

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Microsoft attempts to limit Acer and Asustek's choice of OS with royalties

Subject: General Tech | October 26, 2010 - 11:42 AM |

According to DigiTimes Taiwanese based vendors Acer and ASUStek have left themselves vulnerable to a royalty fee from Microsoft based upon several patents that Microsoft holds and are used in netbooks or tablets.  This is reported to have stemmed from worries on Microsoft's part that those companies would adopt Google's OS in preference to Windows.  That royalty would hit the companies rather hard if they decide to go with Android or Chrome and had to charge at least an additional $10-$15 per unit. 

Source: Digitimes

Expensive storage hits the market with the new IBIS from OCZ

Subject: General Tech | October 25, 2010 - 12:24 PM |

Allyn got his hands on OCZ's new storage solution and proprietary connector just a little while ago, but it was not one that was picked up from a retail outfit.  Funky Kit did pick up an OCZ IBIS 160Gb SSD with the new HSDL
interface and while they don't mention a specific price they do mention it is in the region of $600.00, or ~$3.75/GB.  On the plus side, their review shows this drive is every bit as

Source: Funky Kit