Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2008 - 04:03 PM | Ryan Shrout
If you are curious about this new "PC Gaming Alliance" that was announced at GDC as a partnership between Microsoft, Intel, NVIDIA, Epic, AMD, Acer, Activision, Razer, and Dell. What is it going to DO exactly? They are looking to give the PC its single-voice champion to communicate to the gamer, to help in communicating requirements and also....well we aren't quite sure. And Ben at Ars Technica seems to have the same inquisitive reaction.
Subject: General Tech | February 19, 2008 - 04:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In the mood to pick up a mid-range nVIDIA card? Well, don't! At least not until the 21st, when we see the debut of the 9600GT, and a drop in the price of the 8600GTS. Unless the rumoured delays we heard about yesterday turn out to be true. Wen it does arrive, a 64 pipe 500MHz GPU with 512MB of 2000MHz RAM for under $200 seems to be a challenge to AMD's lower priced cards.
Subject: General Tech | February 18, 2008 - 05:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As you may have heard during our 22nd PC Perspective podcast, there is a lot of speculation as to what the fate of HD DVD will be. We are not the only ones who differ on what is going on, I would bet that Vivid was the deal breaker when they decided to go with Blu-ray back in January.
Subject: General Tech | February 15, 2008 - 11:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The most innocuous looking things on the internet can be the most deadly, take this thread here for instance. While researching dog breeds a popup window appeared before one of our members, along with an ActiveX warning for a movie, and with just a single click of the mouse a trojan made it's self at home. It's not like he is the only one, either.
Subject: General Tech | February 15, 2008 - 07:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It seems there is no such thing as a 2 button mouse anymore. They now sport somewhere between three and a dozen buttons and wheels. Response rates have gone up, as has the accuracy of the laser, or in some cases lasers, funky Teflon feet have become normal and you can even get ones with adjustable weights inside. Now Razer has gone and made a collectors edition, and I4U went and got one so they could see the specs. What's next, a ground effect mouse?
Subject: General Tech | February 15, 2008 - 04:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Trying to replace a dead capacitor on a motherboard, or playing with advanced tweaks and repairs to add on cards is incredibly difficult to do successfully without a hot air pencil to help you get the solder off. All to often you will get the component off, and bake the area around where it used to be. MAKE:Blog has a project for all you modders out there, with an inexpensive hot air pencil you make yourself.
Subject: General Tech | February 14, 2008 - 04:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Looking for a substitute for WinZip, FrontPage or Norton Ghost, either because of the price, or to support the open source community? Over at WHDb is a list of 50 common programs and an open source alternative, plus a huge amount of comments with suggestions for alternate programs. Some of the choices on the list may not be the ones you would choose, and it is inconsistent in mentioning if some software is Linux only, but it is a great time sav
Subject: General Tech | February 13, 2008 - 04:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When you are reviewing a game, or more often a video card, there are several methods that present themselves. The first is to load up a timedemo or a built in benchmark, let it run through a few loops and write down the numbers it gives you. A bit of math and a bunch of typing and your review is done and ready to be published so that your readers can make informed decisions about their next purchase. On the other hand, you can sacrifice a day (and probably a night) spending quality time with a PC and a box of beer, playing through the game and saving a specific spots where th