Tech News

  • Nvidia against Kyro II

    Published: Thursday, April 05, 2001 | By: Dennis

    The register reports that Nvidia has been trying to persuade retailers not to stock rival Kyro II based video cards. They say that Buying Kyro 2 is a risk. When cards and PCs get returned it damages your finances and your reputation.

    They have a point, though I suspect they are just trying to secure their holdings on the market.

  • "Sharky" calls it quits

    Published: Tuesday, April 03, 2001 | By: Dennis

    I still remember when "Sharky" and I were chatting on IRC. He was looking for some talented web people to help him with this website he was starting. The site, sharkyextreme, was going to do reviews of new computer hardware and by the looks of it he did quite well for himself. I would have taken him up on the offer but I was still in college at the time and couldn't relocate.

    Looking back, I'm still wondering what would have happened if I'd taken him up on the offer.

  • All your communications belong to Micro$oft

    Published: Monday, April 02, 2001 | By: Dennis

    You know those agreements that you always click though saying you read and understood the information contained within? Well it looks like the Register has decoded the agreement for the Microsoft passport service (Hotmail and MSN Messenger) and look what it has to say.

  • Tech Extreme on Serious Sam

    Published: Monday, April 02, 2001 | By: Dennis

    It looks like I'm not the only one bored that there is no hardware to review. Check out this review of Serious Sam.

  • Serious Sam

    Published: Sunday, April 01, 2001 | By: Dennis

    There hasn't been much happening in the world of hardware lately so I thought I would tell you about this new game I picked up other day.
    Serious Sam, a new game built on a completely new engine from Croteam. In a way it brings back memories of Duke Nukem 3D and the original Quake, just more intense and with better graphics. The game engine was built with the idea that the maps would be large and have countless amounts of opponents to kill. Some of the maps that I played had over 2000 entities with maybe 500 on screen at one time.

    If Doom 3 is anything like Serious Sam it is going to rock!

  • Nvidia GeForce5

    Published: Sunday, April 01, 2001 | By: Dennis

    a Year ahead of schedule the GeForce5 is the fastest Video card on the planet. All due in part to the on-board SLI technology Nvidia bought from 3Dfx.

    Yes it is a spoof site, April Fools :)

  • War Driving?

    Published: Friday, March 30, 2001 | By: Dennis

    I remember back in the day sitting at my ole Tandy 1000SX and running a program called a War Dialer. The idea was to have the computer dial a set of phone numbers and then let you know what ones had computers on the other end. Later that day you could review the logs and have something to do for the next few hours. It was great fun though with the advent of Caller ID, *67, and the mainstream use of the Internet war dialing doesn't have much use anymore.

    This new concept is really quite similar but involves wireless networking.

  • Servelinux Servers

    Published: Thursday, March 29, 2001 | By: Dennis

    Here is some very interesting news. The server that was shown at CeBit is actually produced by an international company called Servelinux. They build a very impressive 1U and 2U linux server complete with Dual Processors, Intergrated RAID 1 and a very specialized Linux server installation.

    The best part is that you can pick up one of these babies for less than $1000 bucks!!
    Here is a PDF that explains more about these unique servers

  • Cyrix will not ever do SMP

    Published: Wednesday, March 28, 2001 | By: Dennis

    VIA hardware has the scoop on the Cyrix dually that was seen at CeBit. It seems that someone made an error when they placed a Cyrix chip on the motherboard we linked to earlier. Any event here is a quote:

    A employee of VIA/Cyrix has confirmed that the Cyrix III will not work in SMP. It is technically not possible for them to work in SMP. There have recently been a few rumors about Cyrix III and SMP due to pictures taken at Cebit showing so.
    The pictures are no doubt real, but the setup was more then likely caused by human error.
    The current line of VIA processors will not work in SMP because of lack of an APIC, however it is still possible the upcoming C5X core may


    So there you have it Cyrix sux again.

  • Gamesurround Fortissimo II

    Published: Wednesday, March 28, 2001 | By: Dennis

    Ever since the buyout of Aureal by Creative I've been looking for an alternative sound card. Don't get me wrong the SB Live that I have works great but I always liked the Digital out option that my Aureal Vortex II had but without Windows2k drivers its pretty much worthless. Though now I think I might have found a replacement. Hercules has released a second-generation sound card that looks quite appealing.