NervousNerd writes "Nvidia's first DirectX 11 offerings ran hot and offered a negligible performance difference compared to ATI's Radeon HD 5800 series for the cost. Also missing was the $200 mid-range part. But that stopped when Nvidia released the GTX 460 based on a modified version of their infamous Fermi architecture. The GTX 460 offers incredible performance for the price and soundly beats ATI's $200 offering the HD 5830." Link to Original Source top
Stephen writes "I paid to be on the SkyOS beta team several years ago. Development has been "suspended" and the lead developer has not answered any emails that I've sent him. From what I've heard, a good portion of the SkyOS code is actually just lifted GPL stuff. Does any other Slashdotter know what's up with SkyOS?" top
A look at Internet connections in the past 9 years
Nervous Nerd writes "It was 9 years ago this month that freewwweb, the largest and most popular free dial-up ISP shutdown. What's happened since then? Anything truly innovative? Cheaper and far more widespread broadband? These days, if anything, we've taken a step back, with the introduction of caps in the form of Comcast's 250GB cap and Time Warner's wanting to introduce a 40GB cap. So, has anything innovative really happened with Internet connections within the last 9 years?" top
NervousNerd writes "Ars Technica writes that users in the US, UK, and Canada can get a TechNet subscription for free (it usually goes for $399 to $599). Is this a technical error or is this something far more sinister?
TechNet Plus subscription is aimed at IT Professionals who want full-version Microsoft software, beta software, professional support incidents, managed newsgroup support, a technical information library, Microsoft eLearning courses, online concierge chat, the TechNet Magazine, and many other resources for evaluating, deploying, and maintaining Microsoft software. The subscription normally goes for $349 (download-only) or for $599 (download and DVD shipments). You want it free though, right?
After hearing about and reading about Microsoft's "Morro" anti-virus, now called "Microsoft Security Essentials", I've decided to download and install it. If you want to download it, just search Google (or look at the Wikipedia page for it).
The install was rather quick and painless on my XP machine. Just "verify" my "genuine windows", let the anti-virus update and do a quick scan. Boom, done. It was rather fast and doesn't bog down the system like other anti-virus apps do. If it was cheap it'd be a good anti-virus app. For free, though? It's great.
NervousNerd writes | more than 4 years ago
A relative of mine is having major problems with his computer (malware infection), and is contemplating getting a new computer while giving me his old one. The problem though, is that his new computer most certainly will have Vista on it. I'm still on XP, which means that I'd have to run a Vista VM if he was to ask me for help. Should I get the free machine and deal with Vista or get no machine and re-install XP on it. (NOTE: He's one of those run IE6 and don't update Windows types).
NervousNerd writes | more than 6 years ago
My keyboard breaks today, uh just between me and you I was chowing down a tasty snack, so I go out to non other than Wal*Mart to purchase a new keyboard. I grab the cheapest one they have, wait in line for a half hour, and go back home. I open the box, actually tearing it into multiple pieces, ripping off the plastic covering the keyboard, and I stare at it. I know it was only $9.99, but unreadable letters? Damn, they've gotten cheaper than cheap. The keyboard in this Commodore 64 I own still has readable letters, and its over 20 years old!