Subject: General Tech | April 2, 2010 - 06:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The PC Perspective Contest thread is seeing a lot of action, over 600 posts indicate that your chances might be slim but remember that there are still 3 other ways to get extra chances so make sure you take advantage of that! If you do win, or have a system that needs a little tweaking it is nice to know exactly how well you did at enhancing your performance. Benchmarks are the tool to
Subject: General Tech | April 2, 2010 - 02:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It will be years before the construction is finished on Fab 8 and Saratoga county becomes a hotbed of technical innovation but once Global Foundries starts up the lines you can expect 35,000 300mm diameter silicon wafers per month. As this is a brand new Fab, the design can incorporate new technology such as better air circulation and water systems instead of trying to retrofit an older building. ExtremeTech had a chance to visit the site and talk with those building the Fab, which you can read abou
Subject: General Tech | April 1, 2010 - 12:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The philosophy behind Ars' publishing of their system rescue guide is ... "Never ask "should I be paranoid about losing my data?" Ask "just how paranoid should I be about losing my data?"
Subject: General Tech | March 31, 2010 - 02:23 PM | Josh Walrath
The past several weeks have been a busy one for AMD. The release of the 890GX was perhaps the highlight, and being able to claim the first native SATA 6G implementation (well ahead of Intel) is a big feather in AMD's cap. The release drivers for AMD's latest southbridge AHCI functionality were dated back from an October/Novermber 2009 timeframe, so they were not exactly up to date considering the new hardware that was brought to the table with the SB850 southbrdige. In terms of IOPS performance, the new SB850 southie performs on par with what we are seeing from Intel these da
Subject: General Tech | March 31, 2010 - 01:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Not many got a StarCraft 2 beta key, but some of those that did are putting together overviews of how the game has changed and what is new and what has stayed the same. While not quite as strange as some Zerg videos, the Escapist Magazine has assembled a look at the Zerg. If you have yet to encounter the changed Zerg Queen you definitely have to check this video out.
Subject: General Tech | March 31, 2010 - 01:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you think the following specs sound better than sliced bread ...
Subject: General Tech | March 31, 2010 - 12:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
KB971033 already has a bad name, we knew that it was the evolution of Windows Genuine Advantage and that it phoned home to Redmond to report on the status of your Windows license. However, have you heard of the anti-terrorism file scan that it does? According to information from TechARP, this update initiates a heuristic-based scan for potential "terrorism-related" materials and if they are found
then a lot of personal information about your PC will be headed off to Redmond and presumably Washing
Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2010 - 05:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It might only be useful for contacting your fair weather friends but it will certainly save you on batteries. The Scosche solCHAT II is a solar powered Bluetooth speakerphone, specifically designed for hands free conversation while driving there are plenty of applications for a Bluetooth speaker with a DSP microphone. If you can think of a use, be it driving or otherwise, check out Futurelooks for an in depth look.
Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2010 - 12:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With the arrival of Fermi fans of nVIDIA can finally experience multiple monitor resolutions in gaming and general computer usage. The problem is that nobody has really finished a review looking at the performance of the cards in multiple monitor set ups. Partly that is because you need SLI in order to support more than 2 monitors, partly because 3D Vision on multiple monitors might not be ready for prime time yet. In the meantime, EyeFinity is here and has moved up to 6 monitors.
Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2010 - 11:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Back in the beginning of March we heard about a vulnerability in IE6 and IE7 that offered drive by malware infection. Visit a website with a certain bit of code and your browsers inbuilt vulnerability will allow the silent installation of malware of their choice. The Register has heard that this Tuesday Microsoft will be releasing a patch to plug that vulnerability, so if you know anyone that hasn't