Subject: General Tech | August 4, 2010 - 11:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When the Western Digital EcoGreen F4EG drive arrives in September it is going to be rather popular. A new larger platter means that the 1.5TB and 2TB flavours will sport 3 platters instead of two which will bring power consumption down. It does still remain a 5400rpm drive, though that will not matter so much if your OS and active programs reside on an SSD and the WD drive is used for large term storage as the 32MB cache and SATA 3 interface should give you enough bandwidth for that purpose.
Subject: General Tech | August 3, 2010 - 12:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are looking to boost the audio on your laptop by carrying around some extra speakers you run the risk of an encumbrance penalty, as the speakers large enough to sound good are bulky and the tiny ones tend to sound no better than the ones built into the laptop. The Choiix Boom Boom
compromises and comes in a form reminiscent of an iPhone (12mm x 160mm x 90mm), though in reality it is a clamshell which opens to reveal the grill covering the 4 speakers inside. Powered by USB and connected via a 3.5mm RCA jack so there will be a pair of wires connecting the speaker.
Subject: General Tech | August 3, 2010 - 11:35 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Earlier in July a rather nasty Windows flaw that takes advantage of the way that Windows displays Control Panel shortcuts to install a rootkit on your system appeared. Simply displaying the icon, via explorer for instance, would give the attacker control and that control was targeted at a rather specific and unpleasant task, the disruption of programs used to control and monitor large manufacturing plants. As [H]ard|OCP
Subject: General Tech | July 30, 2010 - 06:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There are a wide variety of questions in the Tech Talk Forum, especially now that the Webmastering forum has been merged into it. You can find questions and recommendations on system builds, printer choices and choice software but a request for viruses is always goi
Subject: General Tech | July 30, 2010 - 11:39 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It looks like AMD was trying to get an idea of how their new chips will work by running a little bit of distributed computing and someone noticed. BOINC does only measure two types of performance in their benchmark, floating point and integer speeds but that is still enough to tell us about the performance of the chips. The Ontario core hit 1,300+ million ops/s on with its floating point performance and just over 3,000 million ops/s in integer speeds, which puts it above the Atom at 871 million ops/sec for floating point and 2,249 integer.
Subject: General Tech | July 29, 2010 - 11:33 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As is usual, Intel declined to comment on the information that DigiTimes has uncovered about the plans Intel has for 2011 but don't let that shake your confidence that DigiTimes is probably right on the money. The upcoming Waimea Bay platform will consist of a Sandy Bridge E-based processor in conjunction with the Patsburg chipset and will handle the upcoming generation of DDR3 as it will support RAM speeding up to 2666, though it may be a while before we see that RAM. Bromolow will be giving some love
Subject: General Tech | July 28, 2010 - 12:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It has become usual for the release of a PC game to disappoint anyone who tries to grab it on the first day, as brick and mortar stores can't be bothered to carry enough physical copies and the publishers download service collapses under what should have been an expected demand, but many people are now happily playing. Many of those are probably finding that their actions per minute aren't quite as impressive as they were a decade ago but the nostalgia combined with the new experience is a formidable pair.
Subject: General Tech | July 28, 2010 - 12:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The big news from Intel yesterday was the announcement of photonic signalling to transfer data at an incredible 50Gbs and that is just to start. Using four non-interfering wavelengths of light in the form of silicon lasers, Intel has found a way to combine the four wavelengths each capable of 12.5Gbs into a single signal which can be passed across to a receiver that can then split the signal into the original four beams. They are talking of scaling up to 40 beams or 1Tbs which sounds a lot more interesting than TBS reruns.
Subject: General Tech | July 27, 2010 - 12:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
DigiTimes has some news on AMD's release plans for the near future. We should see an integrated USB 3.0 controller on the upcoming Hudson D1 southbridge chipsets that will be arriving before the end of the year. Along with that release a number of processors including the Phenom II X6 1045T; dual-core X2 560; a pair of quad-core Athlon II X4s and triple-quad Athlon II X3's and even a single-core Sempron 150. Hopefully those releases will keep AMD's CPU business going until the release of Llano ear
Subject: General Tech | July 26, 2010 - 12:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Setting up a hardware firewall is not quite like it was just a handful of years ago when the appliances were purpose built and rather expensive. Now with dd-wrt you can flash your routers firmware and change it into a powerful security appliance with far more options than the router had previously.