Subject: General Tech | July 2, 2008 - 04:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The dire warning we heard on The Simpsons may soon come true, if the story on Slashdot is correct. For some strange reasons the rare earth elements used in many processes today are in short supply. You may not have heard much about hafnium, gallium or indium but they are present in trace amounts in almost all of your electronics, and they are necessary for current technology. If there are no replacements, substitutes or large undiscovered deposits that can be reached, peak oil may be the le
Subject: General Tech | June 30, 2008 - 03:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD's HD4870 and HD4850 finally deliver on what many enthusiasts have been waiting for these past few generations of GPUs; some competition. nVIDIA has been far and away the better choice for performance and often for price as well. These two new cards from AMD have worried nVIDIA enough that HEXUS thinks we should see some significant changes to nVIDIA's next generation of chips. We all expect performance increases, but nVIDIA may have to tighten up their bottom line and sell the next generati
Subject: General Tech | June 27, 2008 - 10:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Psychiatrists are currently arguing about codifying Internet addiction into the next update to the DSM as a mental disorder, but they are ignoring a far, far worse condition; hardware upgrade addiction. Help a forum member avoid the social stigma of this horrible disease by offering advice on the components most likely to provide enough performance to delay his next upgrade as long as po
Subject: General Tech | June 27, 2008 - 03:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As shocking as it may seem, Bell may not have been completely honest about the effect P2P has had on network congestion. As many were probably already aware, since packets really don't care what route they take, the 2-5% of their network that supposedly suffered from P2P related congestion was simply Bell being too lazy to re-route the traffic. This is good news even if Bell isn't your ISP; you are using their copper and fibre, which your ISP has leased and suffering from the throttling. Get more info, and a link to the inevitable 'data isn't a Chevy' analogy
Subject: General Tech | June 26, 2008 - 10:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are looking for an easy way to play your iPod in your car or anywhere else you are having difficulty connecting it, try the Belkin TuneCast Auto. It is an FM transmitter that will broadcast whatever your iPod is playing to an FM channel that you pick, it is as easy as that. circuitREMIX were a little dissapointed with the Clearscan feature, but didn
Subject: General Tech | June 26, 2008 - 03:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Users of NoScript are accustomed to seeing a message telling them that they need to install Flash player to view a web page properly, and since they specifically installed that add on for that purpose it doesn't bother them. Users of 64-bit OSes on the other hand are not quite so happy, seeing as how Adobe has yet to create a 64-bit version. [OC]ModShop can offer some help to those who haven't found a work around that they like.
Subject: General Tech | June 25, 2008 - 04:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Alone in the Dark is back and HEXUS spent some quality time with it. Being fans of the original series, they were not disappointed with the story line and they thought the new graphics were superb. Unfortunately they also found a serious flaw with the controls; as they put it, "You don’t so much move Carnby as drive him about like a human shaped remote control car".
Subject: General Tech | June 25, 2008 - 03:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The last copies of XP, as well as the last new licenses will be shipped June 30, after that it is a two year (or so) wait until 7. This may seem like bad news to the gamer and home user who don't want to switch to Vista for a variety of reasons. Put that aside for a minute and think of the poor IT worker, who will find it increasingly difficult to get their hands on a replacement machine that doesn't have Vista on it.
Subject: General Tech | June 24, 2008 - 09:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Bjorn3D recently reviewed the Razer Lycosa Gaming Keyboard and found that they liked it a lot. With glowing WASD keys, auto-disabling of the Windows key, full programmable macro keys and more there is a lot to like about the keyboard. As you read through the review, you do start to get the feeling that maybe they are just a little too excited by the keyboard?
Subject: General Tech | June 24, 2008 - 03:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Drop by Ars Technica for an overview, and link to, a paper on using ferroelectric nanocapacitors as a storage medium. The papers claim of one Tb/inch2 is a bit of an exaggeration for their current process, but as lithography progresses, the terabyte may be in reach. If they can advance it quickly enough, we may see a whole new type of solid state storage.