Steve Jobs Quits

By: zapionics<alt>
August 24th, 2011
6:00 pm

Steve Jobs Quits

Tech industry legend and one of the finest creative minds of a generation has resigned as CEO from Apple.
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.NET Framework "1935 Error" Cripples Some Users' Office, IE9 Installs

By: ctal
August 22nd, 2011
6:24 pm

.NET Framework "1935 Error" Cripples Some Users' Office, IE9 Installs

A small number of users are unable to install Microsoft Office due to a persistent .NET Framework 4 corruption issue in Windows 7. It is unclear exactly how many users are affected.... Microsoft has known about this problem for over a year and has thus far been unable to fix it.... The only solution at this point is a clean install of Windows. In some cases repair installations and other tricks will not solve the underlying problem.... The problem makes users unable to install Internet Explorer 9 and Microsoft Office.... The problem affects users with a variety of hardware configurations (HP, Dell, Apple, etc.) and a variety of operating system versions (from Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit to my own Windows 7 Professional 64-bit).
http://www.dailytech.com/NET+Framewo...ticle22503.htm

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Roundup: Eight Mini-ITX Mainboards for LGA1155 Processors

By: ctal
August 8th, 2011
5:23 pm

Roundup: Eight Mini-ITX Mainboards for LGA1155 Processors

Miniaturization of computer systems is a very popular tendency. It is now settling in the desktop segment, where Mini-ITX platforms become more and more popular. We decided to check out all Intel H67 Express based Mini-ITX mainboards available in today’s market for Sandy Bridge processors.... Mini-ITX form-factor is no longer associated with limited functionality or low performance. All platforms we have just discussed in our roundup are good choices for a performance system. They all support contemporary high-speed Sandy Bridge processors, fully-functional graphics cards and popular interfaces.

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/mai...5-roundup.html

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Huge Speed Gains for New Mac Mini

By: ctal
July 25th, 2011
11:42 am

Huge Speed Gains for New Mac Mini

The new Mac mini models provide a great leap in processor performance over the previous generation.... Graphics test results were a bit surprising, however. The 2.3GHz Core i5 Mac mini, with its integrated Intel HD Graphics 3000, wasn’t as fast as the older 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo Mac mini and its integrated GeForce 320M graphics. The older mini was able to display 42 percent more frames per second in Call of Duty and 7.5 percent more frames per second in Cinebench OpenGL test. The 2.5GHz Core i5 Mac mini, with its discrete AMD Radeon HD 6630 graphics, showed a vast improvement; compared to the old 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo Mac mini, it was able to display nearly twice as many frames per second in Cinebench’s OpenGL test, and 53 percent more frames per second in our Call of Duty tests.

http://www.macworld.com/article/1613...tml?lsrc=top_3

Among many other applications, the Mac Mini has been extremely popular for use as a music server, in high quality audio systems.

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Overclocking AMD’s A8-3850 Llano APU

By: ctal
July 12th, 2011
6:22 pm

Overclocking AMD’s A8-3850 Llano APU

Overclocking takes an already strong integrated graphics platform and makes it even better. The gains are very real and palpable.... It clocked farther and gained more benchmark and gaming performance than expected, which is always a good thing.

http://www.overclockers.com/overcloc...mds-llano-apu/

And some user comments on this AMD Fusion Accelerated Processing Unit (APU), combining a quad-core CPU and integrated GPU (click the "feedback" tab):

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...42&Tpk=a8-3850

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Intel Pentium G850, Pentium G840 and Pentium G620 Review

By: ctal
June 26th, 2011
5:05 pm

Intel Pentium G850, Pentium G840 and Pentium G620 Review

Intel is now offering dual-core Sandy Bridge processors under Pentium brand. They lower the price for the “LGA1155 Club” membership quite noticeably, because they are selling for less than $100 a piece. Does it mean that the new Pentium processors may become a new perfect combination of performance and price? Let’s find out!
Review here

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Breakthrough toward a new breed of computing

By: zapionics<alt>
June 23rd, 2011
4:51 am

Breakthrough toward a new breed of computing

Physicists at the University of Arizona have achieved a breakthrough toward the development of a new breed of computing devices that can process data using less power...

"Spintronics has the potential to overcome several shortcomings of conventional, charge-based computing"...

Current microprocessors digitize information into bits, or "zeroes" and "ones," determined by the absence or presence of electric charges.... In spintronics, only the orientation of an electron's magnetic spin determines whether it counts as a zero or a one...

Story here

Amazing stuff happening!

Spintronics could be a stepping stone for quantum computing, in which an electron not only encodes zero or one, but many intermediate states simultaneously

Say what?? wow! Seriously.

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US funds secret 'internet in a suitcase'

By: zapionics<alt>
June 12th, 2011
6:53 pm

US funds secret 'internet in a suitcase'

The Obama administration is leading a global effort to deploy "shadow" internet and mobile phone systems that dissidents can use to undermine repressive governments ...
The U.S. effort, revealed in dozens of interviews, planning documents and classified diplomatic cables obtained by The New York Times, ranges in scale, cost and sophistication...
It has brought together an improbable alliance of diplomats and military engineers, young programmers and dissidents from at least a dozen countries...

Story here

Wow, and I remember when the Internet was just for fun...

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The 2011 Mid-Range SSD Roundup

By: ctal
June 7th, 2011
12:06 pm

The 2011 Mid-Range SSD Roundup

Seeing a bunch of scores for 240GB+ drives is frustrating to all involved. At these capacities you're almost always looking at two die per NAND device, which has significant performance benefits due to interleaving. Not only are 240GB+ drives the best case performance you'd see from a particular SSD, they are also very expensive. At around $2/GB you're looking at over $500 for a high end 240GB+ SSD. I've spent the past few weeks gathering modern SSDs with 128GB of NAND on-board to provide a look at a more balanced point in the price/capacity spectrum.
AnandTech - The 2011 Mid-Range SSD Roundup: 120GB Agility 3, Intel 510 and More Compared

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AMD FX-Series Top-of-the-Range Microprocessor to Cost $320 - Report

By: ctal
May 23rd, 2011
4:19 pm

AMD FX-Series Top-of-the-Range Microprocessor to Cost $320 - Report

Even though Advanced Micro Devices' next-generation FX-series microprocessors code-named Zambezi and powered by Bulldozer micro-architecture are projected to bring the company back onto the market of high-performance desktop microprocessors, the new chips will be relatively affordable. For example, the highest-performing model will cost $320, according to a media report.
AMD FX-Series Top-of-the-Range Microprocessor to Cost $320 - Report

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