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Project Addison (1 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 26-November-2014  14:51:04 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Slipperyskip has finished another impressive mini-PC, this time based on a 1940's Addison radio:


click for the worklog!



Wednesday Afternoon (4 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 26-November-2014  14:44:14 (GMT +10) - by Agg

There's a new cybercrime reporting website for Australia. Cybercrime victims will be able to report criminals in real time following today’s launch of a revolutionary new online system for all Australians – the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (the ACORN). The ACORN is a national policing initiative that will allow members of the public to easily and instantly report cases of cybercrime.

SilentPCReview have their latest quiet ATX gaming build guide. To help you do just that, we walk you go through the process of planning and building a mid/high-end gaming PC. You can find build guides on countless review sites, but being SPCR, we approach it with a heavy emphasis on noise-reduction.

AirQ pointed out some super spyware called Reign. Regin has been out in the digital wild since at least 2008, operates much like a back-door Trojan, and has been used against governments, internet providers, telecom companies, researchers, businesses, and private individuals, says Symantec. Regin affects Windows-based computers and operates in five stages, giving the attacker a "powerful framework for mass surveillance" and offers flexibility so attackers can customize the packages embedded within the malware. More info from Symantec here and Kaspersky here.

UNSW has made a packet from piracy fines. The University of NSW says it has issued 238 fines - estimated to total about $100,000 - to students illicitly downloading copyright infringing material such as movies and TV shows on its Wi-Fi network since 2008. UNSW told Fairfax Media on Thursday it made "no apology" for taking "strong action to discourage piracy, which is not only unlawful but unethical".

If your rectangular monitor bothers you, mpot noticed a new square one from EIZO. EIZO says that its new monitor is "wide all around". It's 1920 x 1920 pixel square resolution is said to offer 78 per cent more pixels than a traditional Full HD monitor. "The extended vertical space is convenient for displaying large amounts of information in long windows, reducing the need for excess scrolling and providing a more efficient view of data," the firm writes, attempting to persuade us of the square aspect EV2730Q monitor's utility value.

Mike sent in this video explaining the SR-71 linked last week. Veteran Blackbird pilot Richard Graham explains how the cockpit actually works in this fascinating video filmed inside the cockpit. Lots of technical words, but seeing him moving around inside that tight cockpit is really cool.



Wednesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 26-November-2014  00:30:48 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
MSI 970 Gaming motherboard on Guru3D.
Asus Maximus VII Impact on LanOC.
igabyte X99 Gaming G1 WiFi (LGA 2011-3) on eTeknix.

Audio Visual:
ASUS Strix Pro headset on OCaholic.
D-Link DNR-312L Network Video Recorder (NVR) on Tweaktown.
Noontec Zoro 2 HD Headset on HWHeaven.
LUXA2 Groovy Duo Wireless Speaker on BenchmarkReviews.

Cases:
Corsair Obsidian 250D on TechPowerUp.
Fractal Design Define R5 Mid-Tower on BenchmarkReviews.
Fractal Design Define R5 Mid-Tower on eTeknix.
Fractal Design Define R5 Silent Mid-Tower on PCPerspective.
NZXT H440 Razer Edition on ThinkComputers.
Fractal Design Define R5 Mid-Tower on ThinkComputers.
Raidmax Vortex V3 on OCaholic.

Storage:
Samsung M9T 2TB (2.5-inch) & Seagate SSHD 2TB on SilentPCReview.
Silicon Power Armor Series A30 USB 3.0 2TB Portable HDD on MadShrimps.
MX-Technology Secure Encryption USB 3.0 128GB on PureOC.
OWC Thunderbay 4 mini Thunderbolt 2 Enclosure on TheSSDReview.
Synology Diskstation DS115J 1-Bay NAS on eTeknix.
G.SKILL Phoenix Blade 480GB PCIe SSD on LegitReviews.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Lenovo Y70 Touch Laptop on TechSpot.
Gaming on the Grid with Nvidia's Shield Tablet on TechReport.

Cooling:
Antec Kuhler H2O 1250 Closed Loop Water Cooler on APHNetworks.
SilverStone Tundra TD02 AIO Liquid CPU Cooler on NikKTech.

Input Etc:
Corsair Gaming M65 RGB mouse on HWHeaven.
Tesoro Tizona Elite Mechanical Gaming Keyboard & Numberpad on eTeknix.
Func MS-2 Gaming Mouse on MadShrimps.

Video Cards:
Zotac GTX 980 AMP! Extreme Edition on HWHeaven.
EVGA GTX 980 Classified on HWAsylum.



Monday Midday Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 24-November-2014  12:29:26 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Biostar A68N-5000 on LanOC.
ASRock Fatal1ty X99M on OCaholic.
Biostar Hi-Fi Z97WE on TechWareLabs.
ASUS Maximus VII Impact on Vortez.
MSI B85M ECO on PureOC.
MSI X99S MPower on LanOC.
ASUS Z97-Pro Gamer on OCaholic.

Storage:
Crucial MX100 SSD on Vortez.
CalDigit T3 Thunderbolt 2 Triple-Drive RAID Array Storage Unit on Tweaktown.
Plextor M6e 256GB SSD on PCPerspective.

Input Etc:
Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E. M Wireless Mobile & PC Keyboard on eTeknix.
Cougar 700K Gaming Keyboard on OCaholic.
Corsair Gaming M65 RGB Gaming Mouse on LegitReviews.
Corsair Gaming M65 RGB game mouse on Guru3D.
Cooler Master Mizar Gaming Mouse on OCClub.

Networking:
D-Link DCS-2210 Full HD PoE Day/Night IP Network Camera on Tweaktown.
TRENDnet Powerline 500AV2 TPL-408E2K Network Adapter Kit on Tweaktown.
TRENDnet TPL-4052E 4-Port Powerline 500 AV Adapter on ModSynergy.

Audio Visual:
SuperTooth HD VOICE In-Car Speakerphone on NikKTech.
Transcend Drive Pro 200 Wi-Fi Car Video Recorder on Tweaktown.
thinksound On1 Headphones on APHNetworks.
SteelSeries Elite Prism Gaming Headset on Tweaktown.
Kingston HyperX Cloud Pro Gaming Headset on GamingNexus.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Nvidia Shield Tablet Android 5.0 Lollipop on eTeknix.
ECS LIVA White Edition 64GB Mini PC Kit on LegionHW.
ASRock Z97 M8 Barebones PC on TechPowerUp.
Lenovo N20p Touch Screnn Chromebook on HotHardware.

Video Cards:
MSI GTX 980 Gaming 4G on NeoSeeker.
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Edition on Bjorn3D.

Cases:
In Win D Frame Mini Aluminum and Glass Mini-ITX on PCPerspective.
Be Quiet! Silent Base 800 on TechSpot.
Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV on OCClub.
be quiet! Silent Base 800 Mid-Tower on eTeknix.
IN WIN D-FRAME MINI on BenchmarkReviews.

Misc:
GAMDIAS Aegis USB hub, headphone stand and cable organiser on eTeknix.
Far Cry 4 Benchmarked: Graphics & CPU Performance on TechSpot.
Stanley FatMax LEDLISL 10W LED Lithium-Ion Spotlight on ModSynergy.
Finally light bulb's Tesla tech gives LEDs a worthy rival on Tech Report.
XFX XTS Series 1000W PSU on TechPowerUp.
Kingston HyperX Savage DDR3-2400 16GB Memory Kit on ThinkComputers.
Cooler Master Nepton 240M AIO CPU Cooler on LegitReviews.



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