Tech News July 2009

A Detailed Guide To Phoronix Test Suite 2.0
Phoronix :: Thursday, July 23, 2009
“In less than two weeks we will be officially releasing Phoronix Test Suite 2.0 “Sandtorg” and this by far is the biggest upgrade ever to our flagship testing and benchmarking software. While the Phoronix Test Suite is most often associated with Linux, this open-source software is also compatible with Mac OS X, OpenSolaris, and BSD operating systems too, all of which offer new improvements with Phoronix Test Suite 2.0. In this article we have detailed some of the major highlights of Phoronix Test Suite 2.0 and how we seek to drive innovation into PC benchmarking and performance profiling.”

Choosing an Office PC
IXBT :: Monday, July 20, 2009
“Unlike gaming PCs, office configurations are chosen with the help of universal benchmarks. In practice, the most adequate tests for office hardware these days are SYSMark 2007 and PCMark Vantage. We compiled the results obtained in these benchmarks with different processors, graphics cards, and memory sizes. Traditionally, there’s an interactive configuration calculator for your convenience.”

Back to School Tech Gift Guide 2009
Tech Review Source :: Monday, July 20, 2009
“It’s that time again…time to start stocking up on school supplies for the upcoming school year. But don’t just think about pens and paper, remember the high-tech stuff that makes the school year a whole lot easier. Our editors have put together a helpful back to school guide to make shopping for high-tech gifts a lot easier. Everything from laptops to MP3 players and desktops to printers are listed to help you find exactly what you need without spending too much money.”

How To Reset CMOS
eTeknix :: Monday, July 20, 2009
Ever played around in the BIOS on your computer and messed up the settings?

Sometimes even the most novice user to the most hardcore overclocker will at some point need to reset CMOS.

The most common way to reset CMOS, is using the JBAT7 jumper, this has been the same procedure for many years.

In this video, we show you the typical ways of resetting CMOS, and also some more advanced ways, depending on your motherboard.

Best Office Furniture & Accessories
Digital Trends :: Sunday, July 12, 2009
“Your new home office has fresh drywall from floor to ceiling, a fragrant new patch of short-nap carpet, and a window that looks out on the backyard garden. Now you just a need a spot to put that computer. And the printer. And all those papers. And the phone. Maybe it’s time for some furniture. But before you make a trip to the local office store and come back with a minivan full of flat-packed particleboard, it’s worth doing a little research and planning. We’ve broken down the key elements to any office, explained some of the key factors you should weight when picking them out, and given a few of our favorites.”

Testing Clear’s WiMax Internet Service
Digital Trends :: Thursday, July 09, 2009
“We’ve huddled under awnings on the sidewalk in the rain to tap weak Wi-Fi signals, slipped into hotels as “guests,” and paid big bucks from cell carriers for a wireless modem, all to get our mobile Internet fix. And every option seems to suck in its own way. Whether you’re being hounded by an impatient barista and force fed soft jazz, or waiting 20 seconds for every page to load from a 3G modem, neither comes close to matching the silky-smooth connection and freedom you have at home. Why can’t you just get broadband speeds everywhere?”

Folding@Home for Stephanie to Beat Cancer Contest. 
Bjorn 3d :: Sunday, July 05, 2009
My daughter is still fighting the battle againts her cancer. NZXT has been nice enough to sponsor a contest on Bjorn3D in Stephanies name involving Folding@Home. You can read more below:
10 Essential Summer Vacation Gadgets
Digital Trends :: Wednesday, July 15, 2009
“The average business traveler already has a solid roundup of tools and technology for the road, but there’s a whole different bag of gear for leaving the office behind, donning a pair of flips flops or a luau skirt, and traveling for pleasure. Smart travelers pack light, finding multi-purpose gadgets that help minimize how much stuff they try to cram into their carry-ons. The ideal schwag bag is filled with electronics that are high-tech, low-weight, and have true staying power (battery power, that is). Who says getting away from it all means you can’t stay connected? Certainly not us. In fact, the 10 products that we deem most essential for summer holiday travel are designed to let you enjoy your time off while staying connected-in the right way.”

LaCie Hard Disk MAX 2TB, Design by Neil Poulton Video Review 
Tech Lobby :: Tuesday, July 14, 2009
External hard drives are definitely getting cheaper as technology progresses to solid state disks at much higher costs. The advantage? You get 2TB of storage space for a lot less now compared to yesteryear. LaCie hard drives are usually quite a popular choice and design is probably one of the main reasons why. How does this rather simple but aesthetically pleasing hard drive perform? Check out the review.

Hovering 4-Channel R/C Jump Jet from ThinkGeek Video Review
Tech Lobby :: Saturday, July 11, 2009 flying lessons 101: Do not crash. – We take a look at a cool RC jump jet available over at They’ve sent us one to sample. R/C toys usually provide fun times if you can learn to control them that is, add to that one that can fly and you’ve got yourself quite a challenge.

Logitech Harmony 1100 Review 
Driver Heaven :: Monday, July 06, 2009
Today we’re going to be looking at the Logitech Harmony 1100, the successor to the popular Harmony 1000. The Harmony 1100 is a universal device allowing you to simplify your entertainment setup by controlling your entire collection of equipment with just one remote. The main feature that sets apart the Harmony 1100 from most universal remotes is the 3.5” LCD touch screen interface.

Quick and Easy Home Theater Enhancements
Digital Trends :: Monday, July 06, 2009
“Spending a lot of money on your home theater and then not getting the most out of it is like eating pizza without tomato sauce. It’s really just a bunch of cheesy bread. To get that special sauce for your room, we recommend making a few simple adjustments and enhancements to let your theater truly shine. From a budget system to a high-end pin-up of a system, the following tips will get you dialed in, quick.”