Archive for the 'Tech' Category

18 Nov / 11:00 am

Left4Dead Released On Steam

As of midnight EST, the PC version of Left 4 Dead, Valve’s zombie thriller, is now available via Steam to gamers around the globe. The title will be available for the PC and Xbox 360 at retail stores on Tuesday, November 18 in North America, and worldwide on Friday, November 21.

15 Nov / 9:02 pm

Site News! New Faster Web Server

For the past two years the Digital Jedi site has lived on a bluehost server, but as it has gotten more popular the demands have outgrown the shared hosting solution. This has contributed to the lack of posts due to the fact that every time I would try to write a post or really do anything inside of wordpress we would hit a magic CPU quota and then get locked out for 15 minutes. The new hosting is much much faster and makes the site a pleasure to deal with.

The number of posts has also dropped since I took a new job on October 6th, but now that I have gotten into the swing of things expect more posts on a regular basis. Thank you for all the readers who enjoy this site, if you have anything you’d like to see feel free to drop me an e-mail.

06 Feb / 7:30 pm

Crazy moops razer review

I am no stranger to Razer products being the proud owner of a Boomslang in the glory days of quakeworld teamfortress. But in fairness that baby took getting used to, but it was very nice. But now with me being active again, I had to get a microphone, so I rolled into Best Buy to see a selection of creepy headsets that I can talk to the foreign friends I don’t have via skype, or I could fire up stickam and talk to some other strangers I don’t know. But nothing they had would help out gaming adventure, until I turned around and saw a bunch of Razer products. Being like a long lost friend I ran across the aisle and embraced my former friend only to realize that his life has changed, more accurate, better feel, and doesn’t have that weird boomslang feel that took getting used to. So the Razer Death Adder jumped into my hands, and I didn’t even go to the store for a mouse, but in all seriousness, fuck that Microsoft Explorer intellisense with bonus moop sucks features that were not labeled on the box. Anyway back to the matter at hand, I also saw a Razer Piranha on sale for $60, and figured why the fuck not Razer makes great products.

Got my new toys back home and cracked them open. Everything worked with no effort, with the sole exception of when I wired the microphone jack to the motherboard I did not wire it to the front port, so I spent twenty minutes yelling “Bingo Bongo” to Lunk on Ventrilo before he convinced me to switch it, I rated his support a 4.59 out of 5 stars. The headphones are great, amazing sound, and the mic works well. I did see some reviews were people were complaining that they had to yell to get it to work on Vent, but I had no problems. I did enable the Microphone Boost option or whatever it is called, and it is perfect. As for the Razer Death Adder, I don’t know how I lived with out one. In fact it is so sensitive that it takes getting used to, compared to the stupid Explorer that I had. Both of these guys get two moops up, just wish I was good enough to get these guys for free, but I don’t think Razer even gives them out to the good people, I think its just the good people use them. And even bums like myself can have a hot ass mouse/headphone combo. Seriously people, the Death Adder is money.

Razer PiranhaDeath Adder
28 Jan / 2:45 pm

Antec 900 Review

I have been keeping track of some overclocking adventures on personal blog and just wanted to share some of the results that I was able to get with the addition of the Antec 900 gaming case.

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Over the weekend I rebuilt my computer into the Antec 900 case. The parts arrived on Tuesday but with work and TF2 matches I couldn’t risk being down during the middle of the week. This case is a definite improvement in cooling over the Sonata III that I originally purchased for my system.

When I initially was putting this system together I didn’t expect to do any overclocking. The hardware was already pretty fast and would play any games out now and rocked my primary concern of Team Fortress 2 without breaking a sweat. Then I tried overclocking just to see what performance gain I could achieve and was pleasantly surprised that I could take the processor to 3.6GHZ on stock cooling.

Sorry for the cross post, but copy & paste is too easy and I really think other gamers can benefit from this case.

09 Dec / 10:13 am

3D Graphics Performance in Team Fortress 2

While trying to find a new video card, i came across this article about TF2 and benchmarking. Decent read: LINK

Valve uses the power of modern graphics cards to produce a smooth, cartoonish look in TF2 that doesn’t make its sophistication immediately obvious. To learn more about how the developers used a combination of art direction and technology to serve the gameplay, check out this Illustrative Rendering video at gamevideos.com.

P.S. I think i’m going to go with the Radeon 3850 for $179. It gives performance slightly less than the Nvidia 8800GTS (~$279) for $100 cheaper. =)