How do games run on Windows 7 Beta 1

Sean Kalinich | Software & Apps | Jan 26, 2009 11:59 AM CST

When Microsoft launched Vista there were complaints of compatibility problems galore. People claimed that everything from their printer to their favorite game did not run right under Vista.

With Windows 7 on the near horizon many people are wondering the same things, will my apps and games work. Extremetech has taken a look at 22 games from old to new and has the scoop on just how much compatibility you can expect from Windows 7 if you are a gamer.

Read more here.

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AMD Phenom II OC'd to 6.5GHz at -230c

Sean Kalinich | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Jan 26, 2009 10:43 AM CST

What do you do if your product line lags behind the competition? Well if you are AMD you get a bunch of crazed overclockers with access to some super cooling and have them push your latest CPU as far as they can.

This group was able to cool a Phenom II down to just above absolute zero (-230 degrees) using a combination of Liquid Nitrogen and Liquid Helium. Once at a good temp they notched the Phenom II up to an amazing 6.5GHz.

They even managed to break the 3dMark05 record.

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Belkin fake reviews common practice

Sean Kalinich | | Jan 26, 2009 10:14 AM CST

After Belkin got caught trumping up good product reviews; Mark Reynoso, President of Belkin was quick to denounce the event and state that it was not in line with company policies.

It seems that Mark might not have been honest either according to two people (one claiming to be a former employee and the other claiming to be currently employed by Belkin) that choose to remain nameless.

These two claim that this is indeed in line with the way Belkin does business. What is more they both go on to state in different terms that Belkin has done much worse than pay people to write bogus evals on Amazon.com. Both point the finger at Mr. Reynoso as the person behind it all and even state "NOTHING at Belkin gets approved or done without his stamp of approval"

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Does AMD need a new CEO?

Sean Kalinich | | Jan 24, 2009 6:58 AM CST

AMD is hurting; there is no doubt about that. Ever since Hector Ruiz took the helm the company has been hemorrhaging cash at a rate that would make most accountants gibber.

But what is the root cause of this problem? It is true that AMD has failed for the last several launches to make a product that can compete head to head with Intel. After going from the days of having a slower clocked yet faster CPU than Intel, AMD is now asking for a Price to Price comparison. Oddly enough their CPUs are the ones that are slower per clock now and there is no end in sight.

Why is all of this happening? Well According to Theo Valich it is due to extremely poor leadership. While we all know that AMD paid far too much for ATi (about twice what ATi was actually worth) and it promised too much wealth to its CEO (Hector) we do know it has some great minds in there that can make fantastic products. But there does not seem to be anyone at the top capable of leading them back to profitability.

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Virus found in pirated version of iWork 09

Sean Kalinich | | Jan 23, 2009 12:57 PM CST

There is another "Virus" in the wild for Apple's OSX. This one comes in the form of a Trojan that has been placed inside a pirated version of the iWork 09 suite.

The "virus" called OSX.Trojan.iServices.A and once installed has root control over the system.

Intego is rating this as a serious threat, as of now the only way to be rid of the "Virus" is to reformat the system. There is also news of a way to inject malicious code into the Resident Memory in OSX.

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Obama Team not Happy with White House IT

Sean Kalinich | | Jan 23, 2009 12:01 PM CST

Ok this is going to be somewhat of a rant so I will apologize for any angry statements...Now that is out of the way let's get down to the meat of the topic.

President Obama's team is upset (much like a teenager would be) over the fact that they can no longer have facebook, myspace, personal e-mail accounts, and web sites accessible from inside the White House. Yes you heard right they would like outside access to some of the most Malware, Virus and Hacker unsecure portions of the Internet; all from inside a place where some of the most Secret Information in the US is talked about and some even maintained there.

Are these people for real? I am starting to get the impression that none of them actually looked at what the job required of them or what the security would need to be like. Also let's not forget this is the same team that Slammed Sarah Palin for using a Personal E-mail account.

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Palit Launches SONIC 216SP First Custom 55nm GTX26

Sean Kalinich | | Jan 23, 2009 9:59 AM CST

Palit has launched what they are calling the first Custom designed 55nm GTX 260. This new beast will be called the Sonic 216SP.

Developed with a dual fan system Palit is making sure the 216SP stays cool under the heaviest loads. Power Management features will allow you to tune the fans for quiet operation. The 216SP will also have a "real" 448-bit memory bus and -0.8ns 896MB of GDDR3 RAM. The memory is clocked at 2.2GHz with a core frequency of 625MHz.

Read the press release here.

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Not all SSL certificates affected by MD5 Exploit

Sean Kalinich | | Jan 23, 2009 7:25 AM CST

Not too long ago I wrote up an article on an exploit found in the MD5 Hash that can be used to compromise the security of certain SSL Certificates.

In that I made the comment that "Security experts have discovered that there is a fairly easy way to mimic the digital ID for CA authority sites" however this is not completely true. It is true for all CAs that use the MD5 has for generating their Digital IDs and certificates.

While MD5 is an older and much weaker cryptographic method many CAs have moved on and no longer allow its use. Additionally most companies that use MD5 also allow for fully automated certificate generation. This means that all you have to do to have your certificate created is respond to an e-mail.

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