Is your ISP sabotaging your Internet connection? There's now a simple way to find out
By John Brandon
Posted 08.08.2008 at 3:26 pm 4 Comments
The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a rights advocacy group based in San Francisco, released a software program last week that lets you track whether your Internet Service Provider (ISP) is purposefully making your connection run slower. Called Switzerland, the software monitors packet forgery, a technique by which ISPs add overhead to your broadband line.
With a DIY audio streamer, you can send your favorite tunes wirelessly from your computer to other rooms
By Dave Prochnow
Posted 07.14.2008 at 11:45 am 19 Comments
Here’s the scenario: You have a thousand MP3 music files sitting on your home computer—which is great when you’re actually sitting at your computer but a lot less useful when you’re in the kitchen or living room. What you need is a dedicated device in another room that can pull songs wirelessly from your PC’s music library and play them through its own speakers. Several off-the-shelf products can handle this task, such as Logitech’s Squeezebox; unfortunately, they start at around $300.
Natural impurities in silicon could lead the way to the fastest computers ever imagined
By Stuart Fox
Posted 06.30.2008 at 2:16 pm 9 Comments
Much like cold fusion, nano-computing always seems ten years off. The years go by, technology advances, but the goal doesn’t seem to get any closer. Last week, however, a team of Purdue University scientists reported overcoming a major hurdle in the path to creating a functional quantum computer.
By Adam Pash
Posted 05.23.2008 at 12:00 pm 6 Comments
So you finally finished writing your novel and then somehow accidentally dumped it? It happens. Luckily, when you delete a file from your computer’s trash bin, it’s actually just marked for deletion. That means it can be overwritten on your hard drive by other data, but there’s a good chance it’s still intact—for a while, anyway.
Video processors do more to boost speed than main processors, says nVidia
By Sean Captain
Posted 04.10.2008 at 12:09 pm 4 Comments
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OK, they are not the most objective source, but graphics processor manufacturer nVidia does make a pretty convincing argument for spending more money on a computers graphics card and less on the main processor—in certain conditions.
Next-generation laptops won’t have hard drives. Instead, they’ll use flash memory—the same found in camera memory cards and iPhones. Flash-based drives are thinner, faster and nearly indestructible
By Lauren Aaronson
Posted 03.13.2008 at 4:53 pm 7 Comments
Like a traditional hard drive, a flash-based drive stores information in the computer-readable language of 0s and 1s. But instead of writing data by flipping magnetic poles on a spinning disk, flash memory just shuttles electrons around on a stamp-size microchip.
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Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.