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Free Telstra Mobile Data Tomorrow (10 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 13-February-2016  17:28:23 (GMT +10) - by Agg

If you're a Telstra customer you probably know this already, but if not, Telstra are offering free mobile data tomorrow, by way of apology for the recent major outage. To show how sorry we are for the inconvenience this caused, we’re giving our Telstra mobile customers free mobile data within Australia this Sunday. Free mobile data is available from midnight to midnight in your local Australian time zone on Sunday 14 February 2016. I assume the "within Australia" refers to where your device is, not that it only applies to websites hosted within Australia. :)

Scheduled Outages (3 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 13-February-2016  09:39:43 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Around midnight tonight and at about 10am tomorrow there'll be a couple of forum outages for maintenance and upgrades. The plan is to upgrade a few things including the forum software, which will hopefully help us narrow down some other issues. Thanks for your patience.

Misc Pics (20 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 12-February-2016  14:23:15 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to mpot and OneArmedMan this week!

and now here's a quick timewaster: search for "atari breakout" in Google then go to the images page. Enjoy!

Thursday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 11-February-2016  07:53:36 (GMT +10) - by booj

Motherboards & CPUs:
AMD Carrizo on Anandtech.
ASUS Z170 Maximus VIII Extreme Assembly on Guru3D.

PNY CS1311 SSD Review (120GB/480GB) on The SSD Review.
Samsung PM863 240 Gigabyte SSD on ocaholic.
ASUSTOR AS5002T 2-Bay Intel Bay Trail NAS on Missing Remote.

Fractal Design Core 500 SFF Chassis on Madshrimps.
NZXT Manta on ThinkComputers.
Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ITX on PC Perspective.

Input etc:
SteelSeries Apex M800 Illuminated Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Techgage.
Cooler Master Storm QuickFire XT (Cherry MX Green/Blue) Mechanical Keyboard on APH Networks.
Tt eSPORTS Poseidon Z RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on NikKTech.
Ozone Neon Precision Laser Mouse on Neoseeker.
Cougar 450M Ambidextrous Optical Gaming Mouse on TweakTown.
ASUS Cerberus Gaming Peripherals on eTeknix.
Hot Keys Project Artisan Keycaps on LanOC Reviews.

Portables & Prebuilt:
Dell Precision 15 5510 Mobile Workstation on Hot Hardware.
Intel Compute Stick "2" STK1AW32SC 2GB Windows 10 on TweakTown.

EVGA 750W GQ Power Supply on PC Perspective.
Swiftech H220 X2 Prestige CPU Cooler on Techpowerup.
GAMDIAS EROS ELITE EQ Headset on Benchmark Reviews.
Stanley FatMax LEDLISL Lithium-Ion LED Flashlight on ModSynergy.

Lexar Jumpdrive M20i Flash Drive (5 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 10-February-2016  23:46:00 (GMT +10) - by Agg

It's not very often that we look at Apple-specific products, so I had to outsource this review to a friend in the Mac camp. So, what does HE think of the Lexar Jumpdrive M20i? Well...

click for the review!

Wednesday Lunchtime (6 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 10-February-2016  12:46:24 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Today is apparently Safer Internet Day 2016. A couple of people pointed out that Google are encouraging people to review their security settings, by offering 2GB of Google Drive for free. To get the extra Drive space, all you have to do is sign into your Google account and review your security settings, including factors like two-step verification, authorized devices, account verification settings, and a couple more. The process takes just a few minutes, and once you complete the check-up, you'll be awarded the extra 2GB of permanent Drive space for free.

Amazon have a new free game development service called Lumberyard. Amazon Lumberyard is a free, cross-platform, 3D game engine for developers to create the highest-quality games, connect their games to the vast compute and storage of the AWS Cloud, and engage fans on Twitch. This game engine helps developers build beautiful worlds, make realistic characters, and create stunning real-time effects. Discussion here.

One Telstra tech had a bad day yesterday, apparently single-handedly causing a nationwide outage. In his defence, there probably shouldn't be a situation where one misconfiguration can take the whole network down for hours. Telstra chief operations officer Kate McKenzie said that there are 10 signalling nodes distributed around the country and one was taken down around lunchtime. “Unfortunately, the individual did not follow the correct procedures and restarted the malfunctioning node before he transferred the customers off to the other nodes,” she said. “That then caused sever congestion across the remaining nodes and prevented people from being able to register a signal.”

Apparently Google will serve up bogus search results to would-be Jihadis, thanks aftahours. Jihadi sympathisers who type extremism-related words into Google will be shown anti-radicalisation links instead, under a pilot scheme announced by the internet giant. The new technology means people at risk of radicalisation will be presented with internet links which are the exact opposite of what they were searching for. I'm ok with this specific instance, but somehow this seems a slightly worrying precedent.

The popular media player VLC turns 15. Technically the project is almost 5 years older but this is the anniversary of VLC being licensed to the GPL license, which happened on the 1st of February 2001. Under the GPL license, it is now worked on by many contributors across the world but prior to that it was being developed by students at Ecole Centrale Paris.

Congrats Bullus! (9 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 9-February-2016  15:46:28 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Congratulations to OCAU member Bullus! I'll let him tell the story: Thanks to your news post on Friday regarding the Nvidia event I was able to register and attend the event (which was a blast, got to talk to all the vendors PR people) and won final prize of the first session, a MSI GeForce GTX 970 OC 4GB :). Here is an image of my new MSI dragon teaching my WoW whelplings about the increase of framerates we will get in Nvidia 3D vision while playing WoW in stereoscopic 3D. Nice!

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Tuesday Afternoon Reviews (2 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 9-February-2016  14:41:12 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Portable & Prebuilt:
Dell XPS 13 (Late 2015) Windows laptop on TechSpot.
iBuyPower Paladin Z860 Custom Gaming PC on OCInside.

Motherboard & CPU:
SuperMicro C7Z170-OCE (LGA1151) on eTeknix.

AMD's Wraith CPU cooler on TechReport.
Scythe Ninja 4 SCNH-4000 Heatsink on FrostyTech.

Input Etc:
Patriot Viper V760 Keyboard on Modders-Inc.
SteelSeries Nimbus MFi Wireless iOS Controller on eTeknix.

Audio Visual:
Beelink MX64 TV Box on PCReview.
Amkov AMK5000S WiFi HD Action Camera on ModSynergy.
BoomCloud 360’s BoomStick speaker on TechnologyX.
Jabra ROX Wireless In-Ear Stereo Earbuds on NikKTech.

Kingston HyperX Savage 128GB USB 3.1 Gen 1 Flash Drive on NikKTech.
Lexar Professional 2000x 128GB SDXC UHS-II/U3 on LegitReviews.
QNAP TS-453A 4-bay QTS-Ubuntu Combo NAS on MadShrimps.

Jonsbo UMX1 Plus Windowed on OCAholic.
Phanteks Eclipse P400 on APHNetworks.

Rise Of The Tomb Raider PC Game Benchmarks on LegitReviews.
Rise of the Tomb Raider PC Graphics and CPU Performance on TechSpot.

Holy Stone F181 Universe Explorer Quadcopter Drone on ModSynergy.
NVIDIA GeForce GT 710: NVIDIA's Newest Sub-$50 GPU On Linux on Phoronix.
G.Skill Trident Z DDR4-3400 16GB Memory on OCClub.
TP-LINK Archer C2600 MU-MIMO Wireless Dual-Band Router on Tweaktown.

Monday Afternoon (15 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 8-February-2016  13:35:46 (GMT +10) - by Agg

AMD have some new CPUs and a new stock cooler, called the Wraith, which they claim offers better cooling with less noise. Coverage on PC Perspective, HotHardware, LanOC, TechARP and Techgage.

People are reporting an issue with a new software update which seems to disable iPhones that have been fixed by unauthorised repairers. The issue appears to affect handsets where the home button, which has touch ID fingerprint recognition built-in, has been repaired by a “non-official” company or individual. It has also reportedly affected customers whose phone has been damaged but who have been able to carry on using it without the need for a repair.

SilentPCReview have a 4K Gaming PC Build Guide. A 4K (aka UHD) display has a native resolution of 3840x2160, quadruple that of 1080p, for a ridiculous total of 8.3 million pixels. Spread across a large display, this arguably offers a more immersive gaming experience than a triple-monitor configuration with bezels in between, and a more usable workspace for non-gaming activities. It's not a cheap endeavor however as even some high-end GPUs can't deliver suitable frame rates. Given this kind of horsepower, component selection is critical to limit the noise output on such a PC.

Unfortunately Presto say that Australia's internet is too slow for 4K content. The TV-streaming firm will officially launch new phone and tablet apps, Apple TV streaming, and high-definition content for subscribers on Tuesday, but it will postpone offering 4K content until broadband speeds improve in Australia.

Seagate is being sued over hard drive failures. According to details, spotted by Overclock3d.net, Seagate is sued for the high failure rates of their 3TB external and internal hard disk drives as well as the inability to deliver non-defective hard drives that conform to their express and implied warranties. The lawsuit states that this is a breach of consumer protection, unfair competition and false advertising as well as unjust enrichment.

Tweaktown have spent a month with the Thecus N5810 Pro NAS and really like it. I'm quite fond of the one I reviwed recently too. The setup of the Thecus N5810 PRO was super-easy, so much so that I was up and running within minutes. The longest time you'd spend on the setup procedure would be building your RAID array, which can take hours. I'm only using two Seagate HDDs in the N5810 PRO, so it was a quick experience getting things to operational capacity.

Microsoft are working on underwater datacentres. The preliminary results of Project Natick — the testing of a prototype vessel on the ocean floor — have been released after a four-month plan. The Natick mission was to build and operate an underwater data centre. The overall goal of the project is to deploy data centres at scale anywhere in the world from decision to power-on within 90 days.

As hinted at in Misc Pics last week, eagles are being trained to attack drones. In collaboration with raptor training company Guard From Above, Dutch police taught an eagle to recognize a DJI drone. Once in sight, the bird flies toward its mechanical prey, snatches it with its enormous talons and then takes it to safe place. The eagle is one of the two "physical" methods the force are trialling -- the other being a safety net -- but a trained bird of prey gives officers more control over where the offending drone is brought down to earth.

Saturday Night Reviews (1 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 6-February-2016  22:27:02 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Swiftech H320 X2 All-In-One Watercooling Kit on Modders-Inc
Antec Kuhler H20 H1200 Pro & H600 Pro AIO Water Cooler on eTeknix
Noctua NH-D15S CPU Cooler on eTeknix

Ventev 3015+ Battery Pack/Wall Charger combo on Techware Labs
HP Pro Slate 8 on Hot Hardware
EXMobile iCute Plus Smartphone on Rojak Pot

PNY CS2211 SSD on Techware Labs
Micron M600 512GB SSD on NikKTech
OCZ TRION 150 SSD (240GB) on Guru3D
PNY CS1311 SSD Review (480GB) on TechnologyX
CRUCIAL BX200 960 GB SSD on OC Inside
Micron M600 512GB SSD on NikKTech

Zalman ZM-M600R Mouse on Vortez
Logitech G810 Orion Spectrum RGB Mechanical Keyboard on PC Perspective
G.Skill Ripjaws KM780 RGB Mechanical Keyboard on APH Networks

Patriot Viper 4 DDR4 3200MHz 16GB (2x8GB) Dual Channel Memory Kit on eTeknix
Apacer Panther DDR4-2666 16GB Dual-Channel Memory Kit on TweakTown

MSI X99A Godlike Gaming on Ocaholic
Gigabyte Z170X-UD5 on Hot Hardware

G.Skill Ripjaws SR910 Real 7.1 Gaming Headset on Hardware Asylum
AfterShokz Gamez Bone Conducting Gaming Headphones on Legit Reviews
Accessory Power Enhance GX-H2 Gaming Headphones on Technology X

OWC Mercury Pro 16x External USB 3.0 Blu-ray Drive on TweakTown
Zotac NEN SN970 Steam Machine on ThinkComputers.org
EVGA SuperNOVA 1600 T2 PSU on Tech Powerup
Corsair Carbide 400Q Case on Benchmark Reviews

Misc Pics (50 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 5-February-2016  14:46:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again!

Wednesday Night Reviews (2 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 3-February-2016  23:48:11 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Asus ROG Maximus VIII Impact on TechReport.
ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Impact on NeoSeeker.

Reeven Okeanos CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.
SilverStone Tundra TD03-SLIM Closed Loop Water Cooler on APHNetworks.

Lian Li PC-X510 on OCInside.
NZXT Manta Mini-ITX case on Vortez.
NZXT Manta Mini-ITX on eTeknix.
BitFenix Pandora ATX on OCAholic.
Fractal Design Core 500 Mini-ITX Chassis on eTeknix.
Fractal Design Define Nano S mini-ITX on Guru3D.
BitFenix Pandora ATX on OCAholic.

Video Cards:
Gainward GTX 960 Phantom 4GB on LegionHW.
GeForce GTX TitanX vs. Radeon R9 FuryX on OCAholic.
AMD Radeon R9 Fury X vs. NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X @ 11,520 x 2160 on Tweaktown.
Inno3D GeForce GTX 980Ti X3 Ultra DHS on eTeknix.

Portable & Prebuilt:
M-Edge Beast iPhone 6/6S Case on TechnologyX.
Shuttle XPC Slim XS35V5 Pro Barebone on MadShrimps.

PNY CS2211 SSD Review (480GB) on TechnologyX.
Triple M.2 Samsung 950 Pro Z170 PCIe NVMe RAID Tested - Why So Snappy? on PCPerspective.
Synology DS216play Two-Bay Consumer NAS on Tweaktown.
Kingston HyperX Savage 128GB USB 3.1 Gen 1 Flash Drive on Modders-Inc.

Input Etc:
Cooler Master Sentinel III mouse on TechPowerUp.
OZONE Argon Ocelote World Laser Gaming Mouse on NikKTech.
Input Club Infinity ErgoDox Ergonomic Keyboard Kit on LanOC.

Rise of the Tomb Raider: AMD and NVIDIA Performance Results on PCPerspective.
be quiet! Dark Power Pro 11 850W Power Supply on ThinkComputers.
NETGEAR Nighthawk R7300 AC1900 DST Router on Tweaktown.

Forum Projects (1 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 2-February-2016  13:29:47 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's some reviews and projects from the forums:

slipperyskip has a new
Project SkyVue wooden PC

gazza30 checked out the
MSI Z170 SLI PLUS mobo

HMHAMz is building a
mostly printed CNC/3D printer

shane41 tried out a
CPU de-lidding tool

Paulie_AU has a very tidy
FD Define S WC PC

-inVaRed.'s Project TITAN
has had some more updates

Monday Evening (4 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 1-February-2016  20:47:45 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Gigabyte, Team.AU and HWBOT have a new overclocking competition in the forums. For those of you who don't know HWBOT is; hwbot.org is the foremost overclocking website, where individuals and teams compete in overclocking benchmarks against each other from all around the world, pushing hardware to it's silicone limits. Currently our Australia OC HWBot team is ranked 20th in the world out of 3328 and is punching well above it's weight. The team is free to join and new members are welcome.

Apple have issued a global recall for power adapters, due to an electrical shock risk. Apple is recalling some power adapters sold with Mac computers, iPhones, iPads and iPods since 2003. The affected adapters were made between 2003 and 2015, and use a two-prong plug into the power socket, used across Europe, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, New Zealand and South Korea. They were also included in Apple’s World Travel Adapter kit sold in the UK and US.

Tired of updating the Java plugin? I'm not, coz I removed it ages ago. But it seems Oracle are going to kill it off for good soon. Despite these improvements, Oracle is still deprecating the Java plugin when it releases Java 9, and removing it entirely at some point after that date. Both Edge and Chrome have already nuked browser support for Java from orbit; Firefox announced plans to do so late last year. Historically, Oracle has been slow to respond to vulnerabilities in Java, and its sandboxing was never as foolproof as the company advertised.

Google apparently have big plans, for solar-powered drones providing fast internet access. In a secretive project codenamed SkyBender, the technology giant built several prototype transceivers at the isolated spaceport last summer, and is testing them with multiple drones, according to documents obtained under public records laws.

If you long for the days when the Amiga ruled the world of computer graphics, you can have a retro flashback thanks to the Amiga Graphics Archive. Launched in 1985 the Commodore Amiga boasted graphics capabilities that were unsurpassed for it's time. It featured an intricate collection of custom chips that enabled it to do things that, until then, had been impossible to achieve with other personal computers. This site is dedicated to graphics made with or for the Commodore Amiga home computer. Amiga discussion continues here in our Retro & Arcade Forum.

Stirring even more nostalgia is this project to restore the U.S.S. Enterprise, by the National Air and Space Museum in the USA. That's the model used for external shots in the original series of Star Trek, of course. After a year of extensive research, conservation work on the original studio model of the USS Enterprise is now underway in the Museum’s spacedock. Our goal is to stabilize the model and return it to its appearance from August of 1967, during the filming of the episode The Trouble with Tribbles, which marked the last known modification of the ship during the production of Star Trek.

A few people pointed out that there's a live feed from Himawari-8, a geostationary satellite lined up with Japan (and thus Australia). Amazing high-def, real-time photos of our part of the world, from space. Update: David sent word that there's a more Australia-centric viewer of the satellite data. Thanks!

Monday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 1-February-2016  13:11:10 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Input Etc:
CM Storm Xornet II Gaming Mouse on OCInside.
Microsoft Xbox One Elite Wireless Gaming Controller on Tweaktown.
Cooler Master Storm Xornet II Optical Mouse on APHNetworks.

Audio Visual:
G.SKILL RIPJAWS SV710 Virtual 7.1 Gaming Headset on LegitReviews.
Foscam FI9900P Outdoor 1080p HD Wireless IP Bullet Camera on Tweaktown.

WD My Passport Ultra 3TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive on NikKTech.
ioSafe 214 Fire and WaterProof NAS Video Review on MadShrimps.
Kingston DataTraveler 2000 Encrypted Flash Drive on LegitReviews.
Synology DiskStation DS1515+ Network Attached Storage on Modders-Inc.

Rise of the Tomb Raider PC performance analysis, good on NVIDIA & AMD on Tweaktown.
Rise of the Tomb Raider: Performance Analysis on TechPowerUp.

HIS Radeon R9 380X IceQ X2 Turbo 4GB video card on Tweaktown.
Seek Thermal Turns Your Android Phone/Tablet Into A Thermal Imaging Camera on Phoronix.

Misc Pics (33 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 29-January-2016  14:37:02 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Slightly delayed by storms this week..

Friday Midday (4 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 29-January-2016  12:18:19 (GMT +10) - by Agg

If you're in Melbourne, you might want to check out this NVIDIA event on the weekend. We are hosting our next NFan event at GUF WERRIBEE and are excited to invite you to check out the latest in NVIDIA GeForce technology, gaming and get a sneak peek into the future. We will have games, food, cookies, pizza and a huge range of prizes. You will also have the chance to enter in some game tournaments and talk with our partners about the latest products they have on offer. It's going to be awesome!

Gigabyte have a new Winter OC Challenge. GIGABYTE announces the GIGABYTE Z170-Winter OC Challenge, to be hosted this February by HWBOT. All overclockers are invited to win one of the 5 GIGABYTE motherboards up for grab, so warm up your test benches, Winter OC is coming!! You can join 4 different categories for a chance to win the big prize. The participant with the most points amongst all stages of a category wins! There's also a chance to win the lucky draw!

Meanwhile Cooler Master have a worldwide case modding contest. The Case Mod World Series is about fuelling the growing worldwide passion for modding. It's about igniting the modding spirit - the maker spirit - on the web and right in your community.

HotHardware compared four mechanical gaming keyboards. In a broad sense, there are two types of keyboards in this world—those that use mechanical key switches and those that don't. If that sounds like something a keyboard snob would say, so be it, this editor stands guilty as charged, and happily so. We can accept that not everyone will find just cause to spend a premium on a mechanical plank, but one thing we'll never concede is that even the best membrane keyboards are on equal footing as those with mechanical key switches.

Google's apps can now understand Australian, cobbers. Bonza! Google said they worked with a team of Australian linguists to help get the Australian pronunciation and intonation just right. Google's voice recognition has also added several Australian colloquialisms, including footy, servo, Brissy, and drop bear as well as business names Maccas and Woolies.

Friday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 29-January-2016  11:21:40 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Accusys ExaSAN A16T2-Share Thunderbolt 2 Storage SAN on Tweaktown.
PNY CS2211 SSD 240GB/480GB on TheSSDReview.
Lexar USB 3.0 Portable SSD (256GB) on TheSSDReview.
WD My Passport Ultra Metal Edition 1TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive on ThinkComputers.
Samsung 950 Pro M.2 NVMe 256GB on OCAholic.
Synology DS416 4-bay NAS on TechPowerUp.
Sonnet Echo 15+ Thunderbolt 2 Storage Docking Station on Tweaktown.
Asustor AS6202T SMB NAS on Tweaktown.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Asus ZenBook UX305CA on HotHardware.
honor 5X, honor 7 Enhanced & honor Band Z1 on TechARP.
Razer Nabu fitness monitor band on LanOC.

Power Supply:
SF Leadex Paltinum 750 W on HWInsights.
TYLT FLYP Duo Two-Way Micro-USB and Lighting Charging Cable on Tweaktown.

Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock Z170 Extreme4 Motherboard on TechARP.
ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Hero Alpha motherboard on Vortez.

Audio Visual:
PowerColor Devil HDX PCI Express Sound Card on LegitReview.
Artison Nano 1 sub-woofer on GamingNexus.
iFamCare Helmet 1080p Full HD Monitor on TechnologyX.
Tronsmart Vega S95 Telos Android 4K Media Player on MadShrimps.

Holy Stone F181 Universe Explorer Quadcopter Drone on ModSynergy.
Netgear Nighthawk X8 R8500 AC5300 WiFi Router on LegitReviews.
Patriot Viper 4 3400MHz 8GB memory on OCClub.
Thermaltake Suppressor F31 Midi Tower on NikKTech.
Rise of the Tomb Raider: PC graphics performance on Guru3D.
Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E. M Wireless Mobile Keyboard on ThinkComputers.

Wednesday Afternoon (3 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 27-January-2016  13:53:44 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Marvin Minsky, considered by many to be the father of artificial intelligence, has passed away, aged 88. Minsky viewed the brain as a machine whose functioning can be studied and replicated in a computer — which would teach us, in turn, to better understand the human brain and higher-level mental functions: How might we endow machines with common sense — the knowledge humans acquire every day through experience? How, for example, do we teach a sophisticated computer that to drag an object on a string, you need to pull, not push — a concept easily mastered by a two-year-old child?

Apple have reported the largest quarterly profit ever, some $18.4B. Apple's profits typically skyrocket during the fourth quarter, when new models of the iPhone often arrive and shiny new devices are purchased as holiday gifts. Last year Apple notched a record $18 billion in profit during this period, the largest ever recorded by a single public corporation. This year the company topped that, generating a profit of $18.4 billion on $75.9 billion in revenue during the last three months of 2015. The average sale price for its best selling devices, the iPhone, iPad, and Mac, was also a record high, boosting Apple's margins to 40.1 percent.

Phoronix have an 1080p NVIDIA Linux comparison. Earlier this week I carried out an OpenGL performance comparison of NVIDIA GPUs going back 10 years that included 27 different graphics cards from the GeForce 8 series through the latest-generation GeForce 900 Maxwell graphics cards. In this weekend article are some complementary tests from this comparison with the OpenGL benchmarks at 1920 x 1080.

DARPA have a new brain-computer interface project. This isn’t DARPA’s first foray into brain implants. Only just last year, a project designed to use electrodes within the brain to stimulate memory formation in those suffering from neurological damage was green-lit. This new program, Neural Engineering System Design (NESD), aims to turn a science fiction concept into reality.

TechGage wonder if virtual reality is viable on PC. VR is touted as the next big thing in PCs, and products like the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive show it’s more than a mere pipe dream. However, is VR viable enough to eventually become mainstream tech, particularly on PCs? Or does it have a better shot at thriving on another platform? Techgage offers an op-ed on the matter.

Meanwhile Tweaktown ask if you are ready for VR. Its only the first month into the year of 2016, and Virtual Reality is already taking the technology sector by storm. Manufacturers from all backgrounds are working on their own versions of a head mounted display with motion tracking capabilities. Sony, Oculus, HTC/Valve, and Samsung are the major players that have been working on the technology behind such devices. 2016 serves as the first year in which each company takes Virtual Reality to new heights. Read on to see if you are ready!

PeterCR spotted this BASIC programming in Minecraft. Many people who play Minecraft limit themselves to using its building blocks more or less for their intended purpose, whether it's by building simple houses or creating sprawling, unforgettable underwater wonderlands. Yet YouTuber SethBling has repeatedly found them well-suited to higher callings. For his latest project, he used command blocks to cobble together a functional interpreter for the BASIC programming language that works within the confines of vanilla Minecraft's existing ruleset.

Wednesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 27-January-2016  11:05:23 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Raidmax Monster II Mid-Tower on NeoSeeker.
EpicGear Cyclops-X on OCAholic.
SilentiumPC Gladius Q50 on TechPowerUp.
Corsair Carbide Series 600Q Quiet Full-Tower Enclosure on PCPerspective.
Cooltek Skall on OCAholic.

Mini-ITX Liquid cooing with the Corsair Hydro H5 SF on Guru3D.
Cooler Master's MasterAir Maker 8 CPU cooler on Tech Report.
SilverStone TD02-Slim Liquid CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.

Power Supply:
FSP Hydro-G 750W on NikKTech.

Netgear ReadyNAS RN212 Network Attached Storage on HotHardware.
Vantec NexStar MX Dual 2.5-inch Hard Drive Enclosure on ThinkComputers.
MyDigitalSSD BP5e Bullet Proof 5 Eco 240GB SSD on eTeknix.

Input Etc:
Corsair Strafe RGB Cherry MX Silent on LanOC.
Logitech MX Anywhere 2 Wireless Mouse on TechARP.
Division Zero X40 Pro Gaming Mechanical Keyboard & M50 Pro Gaming Mouse on TechSpot.
Roccat Kova 2016 Gaming Mouse on BenchmarkReviews.
Patriot Viper V560 Laser Mouse on APHNetworks.
Cooler Master Quick Fire XTi keyboard on Vortez.
Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E. M Wireless Keyboard on MadShrimps.
COUGAR 450k Hybrid Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on NikKTech.

Sunday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 24-January-2016  01:08:07 (GMT +10) - by booj

Motherboards & CPUs:
Supermicro C7Z170-OCE on ocaholic.
Gigabyte Z170N-Gaming 5 Mini-ITX on ThinkComputers.
ASUS X99-M WS on PC Perspective.

Graphics Cards:
Sapphire R9 390 Nitro 8 GB on Techpowerup.
XFX Radeon R9 390 Black Edition OC 8GB on Legit Reviews.
Sapphire Nitro Radeon R9 Fury on Hardware Asylum.

Crucial BX200 480 GB SSD on OCinside.
QNAP TS-451+ NAS on Legion Hardware.
Samsung SM863 & PM863 960GB Enterprise SATA III SSD on TweakTown.
Synology DiskStation DS216play on eTeknix.
Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD V.5 ST8000NM0055 8TB Hard Drive on APH Networks.
SanDisk Ultra +Cloud 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on TweakTown.

Cryorig R1 Ultimate CPU Cooler on Legit Reviews.
SilverStone Tundra TD02-E AIO Liquid CPU Cooler on NikKTech.
Scythe Ninja 4 SCNJ-4000 CPU Cooler on PC Perspective.

Input etc:
Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum mouse on PC Perspective.
Valve Steam Controller on Tech Report.
Cooler Master Quick Fire XTi Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Techgage.
Tt eSports Poseidon Z RGB Gaming Keyboard on OCinside.

SteelSeries Flux In-Ear Pro Earphones on TweakTown.
Zagg Flex Arc Wireless Headset on TechnologyX.

Portable & Prebuilt:
HP ENVY 15t (15t-ae100) Laptop on Techarp.
Intel Compute Stick (2016) on Hot Hardware.
ASUS ZenWatch 2 on Hot Hardware.
HP Pavilion Gaming Notebook 15-ak020NB on Madshrimps.

TridentZ, Ballistix Sport LT, Vengeance LPX DDR4 on Vortez.
ASUS MG279Q Gaming FreeSync Monitor on Guru3D.
D-Link DIR-890 AC3200 Ultra Triple-Band Wi-Fi Router on eTeknix.
In Win D-Frame Mini on Techgage.

ASIGN_Baz's Iron Man on the ABC (9 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 23-January-2016  00:52:18 (GMT +10) - by Agg

A few people pointed out that ASIGN_Baz has been interviewed by the ABC regarding his amazing Iron Man project. Click below for his on-going worklog:

Click for the worklog!

Misc Pics (32 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 22-January-2016  14:29:22 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again!

Interesting Forum Threads (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 20-January-2016  16:02:51 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Haven't done this in a while - here's a glimpse of what's going on in some of the forums. Remember that OCAU has official Twitter, Facebook and Google+ pages - if you can follow or like us on those, it helps us keep you up to date.

Asus Strix Tactics Pro Keyboard (Cherry MX Brown) review in Overclocking & Hardware.
Ever run computer hardware through your dishwasher? in Overclocking & Hardware.
AMD accuses Intel and SYSmark of shenanigans in AMD Hardware.
Lawsuit claims AMD lied about the number of cores in its chips in AMD Hardware.
New CPU's to require Windows 10 in Intel Hardware.
Non-K Skylake overclocking now possible! in Intel Hardware.
COMPLETE Windows Update List + Descriptions & WIN10 Telemetry & Preparation in Windows O/S's.
Scary Thought: Long-Term File Storage Question in Storage & Backup.
Slow, silent disappearance of Auzentech in PC Audio.
Sennheiser's $55,000 Orpheus Headphones in PC Audio.
Looking Forward: Your Games for 2016 in PC Games.
Tasty Toobs no longer produced! in Geek Food.
Port Barrel in Geek Grog & Homebrew.
The Abstrakt Experiment in Geek Grog & Homebrew.
~50mm Lens Comparison in Photography & Video.
Darktable 2.0 released (Free Adobe Lightroom alternative) in Photography & Video.
Reuters bans RAW photos in Photography & Video.
Astro Apps in Photography & Video.
Short Story Visual/ Animation I did in Photography & Video.
Investment Mistakes & Lessons Learnt in Career, Education & Finance.
:( Video of my car rolling down a hill *crash* in Motoring.
AusRoads report into Motorcycle Accidents in Motorcycles.
Australia not ready for zombie apocalypse: Study shows in The Pub.

Wednesday Afternoon (3 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 20-January-2016  15:06:44 (GMT +10) - by Agg

There's a new Linux security issue - except it's been around quite a while and affects lots of devices including Android ones. For almost three years, millions of servers and smaller devices running Linux have been vulnerable to attacks that allow an unprivileged app or user to gain nearly unfettered root access. Major Linux distributors are expected to fix the privilege escalation bug this week, but the difficulty of releasing updates for Android handsets and embedded devices means many people may remain susceptible for months or years.

Meanwhile, Royal Melbourne Hospital are battling a virus - but not Golden Staph, it's a Windows XP issue. "Please note that there will be delays in the processing of Microbiology and Anatomical Pathology specimens," said the email sent this afternoon by Associate Professor Denise Heinjus, Executive Director Nursing Services and Allied Health. The email said the hospital's food service was working with nurses to ensure that the right meals continue to be delivered to the right patients.

A list of Australian agencies seeking warrantless access to metadata has been released, thanks IC. The names of 57 agencies that are seeking to gain access to telecommunications metadata stored on Australian residents without a warrant have been released under a Freedom of Information (FOI) request. The names of four agencies have been redacted, with the Attorney-General's Department (AGD) previously saying that disclosing the names of these agencies would be contrary to the public interest.

Tweaktown have an interview with Hicookie, an overclocking champion. At CES 2016, I had the opportunity to interview and overclock with the legend and GIGABYTE in-house overclocker himself, Hicookie. Before you ask, no, Hicookie is not his real name, but even in real life, he uses the name Hicookie with friends, family, and co-workers. The humble 38-year old professional overclocker has been overclocking for over a decade, and I took some time to interview the living legend.

Also from CES last week, some case mods highlighted by ThinkComputers. CES is a place where many companies show off their latest products. What better way to show off these products than inside of a badass case mod! This year we saw some pretty awesome builds, case mods, and a few scratch builds at the show.

Space nerds will enjoy these images, thanks BlueRaven. A new exhibition - Otherworlds - focuses on the creative work of US-based artist Michael Benson. He mixes art with science - to make crisp, colourful and seamless digital images from data sent back to Earth by Nasa and ESA spacecraft.

Meanwhile there was a super-bright supernova recently. How bright? Astronomers have glimpsed the most powerful supernova ever seen, a star in a galaxy billions of light-years away that exploded with such force it briefly shone nearly 600 billion times brighter than our Sun and 20 times brighter than all the stars in the Milky Way combined. The explosion released 10 times more energy than the Sun will radiate in 10 billion years. Quite bright, then.

Almost as big is this 13TB SSD from Fixstars, thanks aftahours. These drives aren’t intended for consumers. Fixstars has previously stated that it optimizes its drives for sequential read/write workloads, including object storage, streaming content distribution, CG/VFX production, and video processing. The price tag on the drive further drives (badump-ching) that point home — at $19,000 for the 13TB version, this drive isn’t coming cheap. The total cost works out to about $1.46 per GB — far higher than the current cost of a conventional drive.

The US Government has embraced self-driving cars. The White House unveiled a plan on Thursday to spend nearly $4 billion over 10 years to accelerate the development of self-driving cars. "Automated vehicles open up possibilities for saving lives, saving time and saving fuel," said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx at a press conference at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Wednesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 20-January-2016  14:39:54 (GMT +10) - by Agg

be quiet! Silent Base 600 on BenchmarkReviews.
Phobya WaCoolT Black Owl on NikKTech.
Lian Li PC-O8 on OCAholic.
AZZA Nova 8000 on OCClub.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Dell Inspiron 15 7559 laptop on HotHardware.
Intel Compute Stick STK1AW32SC on LegitReviews.
Gigabyte P34W v5 laptop on TechSpot.

Lexar JumpDrive M20c USB Type-C Flash Drive on Tweaktown, our review here.
Seagate ARCHIVE 8TB HDD on Guru3D.

Audio Visual:
Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum Wireless Headset on eTeknix.
Plantronics RIG 500 Modular Headset on Tweaktown.

Input Etc:
G.Skill Ripjaws MX780 Gaming Mouse on HWAsylum.
Cougar 450M Optical Gaming Mouse on eTeknix.
Razer Diamondback Gaming Mouse on eTeknix.

Cooler Master V750 750W PSU on ThinkComputers.
Arctic Freezer i32 CPU Cooler on OCInside.
BIOSTAR A68N-5200 Motherboard on MadShrimps.

Tuesday Afternoon (6 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 19-January-2016  16:41:02 (GMT +10) - by Agg

If you have an EK Water Block, you might want to be aware of this recall, thanks Tony_L. EK Water Blocks is regrettably informing the public and its customers that EK-XLC Predator 240 and 360, our pre-filled and pre-assembled all-in-one (AIO) CPU liquid cooling units have to be completely recalled from the market due to potential risk of leakage of liquid from the unit.

Kogan have been busted by the ACCC for some dubious discounting. The retailed was hit with a $32,400 fine after a Father’s Day sale on its eBay store last year where Kogan advertised a 20% off sale on three different computer monitors. But, just before the start of the promotion, Kogan had increased the price of all of the monitors, meaning the 20% off discount was on an inflated price.

Wikipedia recently turned 15 years old. The scariest thing about that statistic is that OCAU will turn 17 this year! After getting the data for each year, we wondered what the most-edited articles on the English-language Wikipedia for all 15 of its years. It turns out that it’s a controversial president who served for eight years, followed by wrestlers.

The planets are about to align, literally. From Wednesday 20 January, star gazers will have a 5.30am-5.40am AEDT (Australian Eastern Daylight Time) window to get the best view of the alignment. Venus and Jupiter will be easiest to see and Mars, while a little harder, will have a distinctive red glow to look out for. “The big challenge will be Mercury,” said Alan. Because Mercury is so close to the horizon, there is only a small time period when it has appeared before the sun comes up. Tall buildings and trees could also block your view of the final planet.

Mpot sent in this gallery of a Cisco NetApp Datacentre Tour. This is the data center used by Cisco TAC for troubleshooting problems. Each row has equipment for all of the TAC sections. They hire interns in High School who come in to work moving and hooking up the equipment so TAC can test your issues.

If that doesn't work, maybe you need a witch to fix your PC. Or not. Then I performed a banishing ceremony. I used a black bowl with a magnet and water to draw [the virus] out. Then I saged the whole computer to chase the negativity back into the bowl, and then I flushed that down the toilet. After this I did a purification ceremony. Then I made a protection spell out of chloride, amethyst, and jet. I left these on the computer at the base where she works.

GE have sold their appliance business to a Chinese competitor. Haier is best known as a manufacturer of household goods including washing machines, refrigerators and microwaves. In recent years, it has sought to expand into new international markets, including the U.S. The sale, which is the third largest acquisition of a U.S. company by Chinese investors, has been approved by the boards of both firms, GE (GE) said. Haier said GE's appliance division will remain headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky.

Netflix are apparently planning to clamp down on geo-blocking, but SMH say the plan is doomed to fail. The only way to effectively combat geo-dodging is for content owners to stop treating Australians as second-class citizens there to be fleeced. To Netflix's credit it's doing a lot to break down these barriers, but it knows that it will never keep us out of the US library as long as the grass is greener on the other side of the fence.

I think we've linked these before, but if not, here's the mother of all classic timewasters, these in-browser classic MSDOS games from archive.org.

Tuesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 19-January-2016  15:00:57 (GMT +10) - by Agg

be quiet! Dark Rock TF CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.
Noctua NH-D9L Dual-Tower CPU Cooler on eTeknix.
Thermaltake Frio Silent 14 CPU Cooler on OCInside.
Cooler Master MasterAir Maker 8 CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.

Input Etc:
Rantopad MXX Rantiopad MXX keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Razer Orichi Mobile Bluetooth and Wired Hybrid Gaming Mouse on eTeknix.
G.Skill Ripjaws MX780 RGB Laser Mouse on APHNetworks.
Tt eSPORTS Theron Plus Smart Gaming Mouse on NikKTech.

Portable & Prebuilt:
ASUS ROG G752 notebook on Vortez.
Elephone Explorer 4K on OCAholic.

Be Quiet! Silent Base 800 Mid-Tower on PCPerspective.
Corsair Carbide 400Q Mid-Tower on eTeknix.
Corsair Carbide 400Q Silent Mid-Tower on LegitReviews.

Vertagear Racing Series S-Line SL4000 Gaming Chair on Tweaktown.
Synology Router RT1900ac High-Speed Wireless Router on eTeknix.
OVEVO Fantasy Pro Z1 LED Lamp with Bluetooth Speaker on MadShrimps.
SteelSeries Siberia 200 Gaming Headset on Tweaktown.
News:Fallout 4 amazes and annoys game on TechReport.
Intel 750 PCIe SSD (1.2TB) on TechnologyX.

Sunday Morning Reviews (2 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 17-January-2016  07:55:11 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Vantec Nexstar MX 2.5-inch Dual-Bay External RAID Enclosure on TweakTown
Icy Dock IcyRAID MB662U3 Two-Bay External Storage Enclosure on TweakTown

MSI ThunderStorm Mousepad on LanOC
Mionix Castor Optical Gaming Mouse on TechnologyX
Ozone Strike Pro Keyboard on Ocaholic
G.SKILL RIPJAWS KM780 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Madshrimps

Shuttle H170 Skylake XPC SH170R6 Barebone Desktop on Guru3D
Acer Predator 15 Gaming Notebook on ocaholic

Silicon Power Slim S55 240GB Solid State Drive on eTeknix
MDD BP5e 480GB SATA III SSD on TweakTown
ADATA Premier SP550 240GB Solid State Drive on eTeknix
Synology DiskStation DS416 4-bay High-Performance NAS on eTeknix
Western Digital Red WD60EFRX 6TB Hard Drive on APH Networks

Silverstone Tundra TD02-Slim AIO Cooler on eTeknix
Arctic Liquid Freezer 120 AIO Liquid CPU Cooler on NikKTech

Acer Predator X34 on OCC
Acer Predator X34 Curved 34-in IPS 3440x1440 G-Sync Monitor on PC Perspective

Vertagear S-Line SL4000 Gaming Chair on Ocaholic
Netgear Nighthawk X8 R8500 AC5300 WiFi Router on Hot Hardware
MSI Z170I Gaming Pro AC Motherboard on LanOC
Dungeon of the Endless - Xbox on Gaming Nexus
Asus ZenFone Zoom Offers 3X Optical Zoom & OIS Mobile Phone on TechARP
Bit Fenix Nova Chassis on TechnologyX
Kingston HyperX Cloud MAV Edition Gaming Headset on TweakTown

Misc Pics (26 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 15-January-2016  14:40:56 (GMT +10) - by Agg

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