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Rahul Sood has posted some benchmarks in his blog of an Intel powered Apple iMac running Windows XP.  There were some graphical anomalies, and overall Rahul characterized performance as being similar to a "mid-range notebook".  Not earth shattering performance by any means, but interesting info nonetheless."We finally benchmarked the Apple PC in Windows successfully, thanks to the latest video driver release. It seems to struggle a bit in games with the level of detail increased, but it's certainly not terrible, it's about as good as a mid range notebook system. We also noticed artifacts in certain games at higher resolutions. It could be related to heat or a driver issue,... Read more...
REDMOND, Wash., March 21 -- Microsoft Corp. today confirmed that Windows Vista(TM), the next generation of the Windows(R) client operating system, is on target to go into broad consumer beta to approximately 2 million users in the second quarter of 2006. Microsoft is on track to complete the product this year, with business availability in November 2006 and broad consumer availability in January 2007. Windows Vista will deliver great value to businesses by seamlessly connecting people to information, enabling increased mobile and remote productivity, significantly reducing deployment and support costs, and providing a more secure and compliant desktop platform. For consumers, Windows Vista will... Read more...
Vista is coming, which means your current monitor might be going. Whether your for or against DRM, you'll have to put up with it if you're looking for the best quality video. Today FiringSquad has rounded up 12 different monitors, capable of HDCP support, and ready for Windows Vista."HDCP stands for High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection and it's an Intel-initiated program that was developed with Silicon Image. Manufacturers participating in the program must pay an annual fee of $15,000 and a device fee of $0.005. This is a content protection system as opposed to a copy protection system. Essentially, this protocol ensures that high-definition content such as HD-DVD, Blu-Ray, and copy protected... Read more...
Today Adrian's Rojak Pot reports about a little known feature in Windows XP, the Task Killer app. It goes a bit further than the "standard ctrl+alt+del", then "End Process" routine, and allows you to create batch files to get the job done. "Unknown to most users, there is a task killer lurking in Windows XP. Join us on this mini-guide as Dashken tells you all about this hidden killer and why it can be a very powerful tool for those who know its secrets!"... Read more...
While many of you probably haven't been able to get your hands on an X-box 360, that doesn't mean you can't get your hands on one of their controllers. The crew over at Techgage report on using the X-box 360's controller with windows."Have you ever wished that you could use your consoles controller on your PC? Usually, they are designed much better than anything PC makers can release so it seems to only make sense. Finally, Microsoft has stepped up to the plate and made their Xbox 360 controller available for Windows"What? No wireless? Come on!... Read more...
If you have a 64-bit CPU, you might be itching to try a 64-bit OS. While software support has grown from Windows XP x64 Edition, you'll probably still want to keep Windows XP 32-bit on your hard disk as a backup. PCSTATS has written a short but sweet guide on installing multiple versions of Windows, which shows you just how easy it is. "To most people, the logical answer is to install Windows XP x64 Edition while still keeping XP 32-bit intact on the system. This allows you to mix and match the two operating systems, avoiding software failure and discovering which is best for each application and game. While this is a bit of a drain on hard... Read more...
Want a good way to slow down your boot times? Have all your programs load at once. Even though you may think you have clean startup, there are still a few Windows programs that insist on starting up, ones you might not even need. If your looking to purge some unnecessary startup files, The Tech Zone might be able to help."Some of the kinder and well written programs are configurable and allow you to change the settings that starts them up. If this option is available, then this is the best approach. There are, however, many programs that do not give you the choice and no matter how many times you remove them, they return. Two that I find really annoying are the "Windows Messenger" and the "Quicktime... Read more...
After hearing much criticism over Anti-Piracy techniques, Sony has decided to release a patch that will reveal hidden files that certain music CDs are now installing. As many of you know, Sony's recent attempt at stopping piracy involves the installation of Anti-Piracy software that comes with a growing number of music CDs. The problem with the software, is various(and valid) security concerns. More on the story here, and click here for information on the patch. Goodnight all! Beginners Guides: Cloning WindowsXP @ PCSTATS "If you upgrade your operating system hard disk, chances are the new one will be both faster and larger than your original disk. Since you can have multiple drives in your... Read more...
Beware the bug that bricks your DS. That didn't take long. Thinking back to the days of the original GameBoy, I never thought I would see worms crawling into hand held game systems. Actually, back then, the only "worm" I knew about where the ones you go fishing with. Anyway, enjoy the news! Windows Vista Build 5219 Review @ CoolTechZone.com "At the recent PDC, Microsoft started a new way of launching software, and we aren't complaining. The deal is that it'll showcase a monthly update to Vista, which would show progress from the last month in terms of added functionality, features, and graphics in addition to additional functionality. This is an excellent method as it allows Microsoft... Read more...
Hey folks, the news has been pretty slow this weekend, but there's enough for a post. I can hardly keep my eyes open... struggling to move these fingers. Goodnight all, enjoy the news! Windows Keyboard Shortcuts @ Big Bruin "Windows keyboard shortcuts are all intended to provide some sort of convenient alternative to common tasks, and whether specific combinations do so is up to the individual to decide. Some are simple time-saving motions, while others are complex maneuvers in finger gymnastics. There are dozens of other common Windows shortcuts (and even more related to specific software titles), and memorizing just a few of the more basic ones may be worth the time-savings they can afford... Read more...
Hey folks, just dropping off tonight's latest headlines. Earlier today, Valve's head honcho Gabe Newell shared his opinion on next-gen consoles, commenting on a different range of subjects from marketing strategies to game development. It's a decent read so make sure to check it out. Goodnight all. Overclocking and WindowsXP x64 Edition @ PCstats "PCStats thought it would be interesting to see how overclocking is affected on the WindowsXP x64 Edition platform by illustrating both 32-bit and 64-bit benchmarks for an AMD Athlon64 4000+ based system. Would the test platform be stable enough to overclock successfully? Would WindowsXP x64 Edition require a more stable processor than its 32-bit... Read more...
The Radeon X800XL 512MB reviews are out! I'm sure many of you are wondering how a 512MB Radeon card will perform with Doom 3's Ultra Quality mode. The reviews listed below should help answer that question. Stay tuned for HotHardware's report on the X800XL 512MB! ATI's Radeon(R) X800 XL 512 MB Graphics Card Delivers Better Performance and Image Quality For Top Games MARKHAM, ON – May 4, 2005 – ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX: ATY, NASDAQ: ATYT) today launched its powerful new Radeon(R) X800 XL 512 MB graphics card, allowing gamers to run today's top games at the highest image quality settings possible, at very high speeds, delivering an amazing gaming experience. Further, the introduction... Read more...
  asetek's ChillControl Windows beta An exclusive look at asetek's latest efforts Written by: Robert Maloney October 12, 2003 A first look at asetek's Windows-based ChillControl The best just got better As we alluded to in our review on the Vapochill XE Cooling Unit review, asetek has been working on a Windows-based version of their ChillControl software.  In the past, making modifications to the cooling system required connecting a cable from the ChillControl unit to an available COM port, and then booting from diskette into a DOS-based version of the software.  While not elegant, it still was an easy enough process to change the settings, although it required restarting the system... Read more...
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