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|Thecus N5550 NAS
Tuesday, 10-December-2013 07:39:49 (GMT +10) - by Agg
OG has taken a look at the N5550 NAS from Thecus. It's a 5-bay network storage device with some aspirations to being a media server and more:
click for the review!
|Scorptec Christmas PC Giveaway!
Monday, 9-December-2013 14:30:08 (GMT +10) - by Agg
OCAU Major Sponsors Scorptec have a new contest for OCAU where you can win a PC worth up to $2500! See the contest thread for more details:
click to go to to the thread!
|Tuesday Morning Reviews
Monday, 9-December-2013 14:18:21 (GMT +10) - by Agg
CMstorm Devastator Gaming Gear Combo mouse and keyboard on RBMods.
Genius GX Gila Professional Gaming Mouse on FunkyKit.
Func KB-460 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on OCClub.
Func KB-460 Gaming Keyboard on Phoronix.
Feenix Nascita Gaming Mouse and Dimora Gaming Mouse Pad on PureOC.
SanDisk Extreme II 240GB RAID 0 SSD on Tweaktown.
EasyAcc Wi-Stor Wizard 4 in 1 Portable Device on NikKTech.
ASUS ROG RAIDR Express 240GB PCIe SSD on Tweaktown.
Samsung 840 EVO mSATA SSD on HWHeaven.
Netgear ReadyNAS 516 6-Bay NAS on Tweaktown.
Motherboard & CPU:
Heavyweight rematch: Gigabyte X79-UP4 vs. MSI X79A-GD45 Plus on TechReport.
Intel Xeon E3-1230Lv3 1.8GHz Quad Core “Haswell” 25W CPU on eTeknix.
ASUS A88X-PRO on Vortez.
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 Ti GHz Edition on OCaholic.
Sapphire R9 280X Toxic on LanOC.
MSI GTX 780 Lightning 3GB on eTeknix.
MSI Radeon R9 270X 2GB HAWK Overclocked on Tweaktown.
VisionTek Radeon R9 280X 3GB on Tweaktown.
NZXT H630 Silent Full Tower on ThinkComputers.
BitFenix Colossus Mini-ITX on Tweaktown.
EVGA Hadron Air Mini-ITX on Tweaktown.
BitFenix Phenom Mini-IT on SilentPCReview.
Chenbro SR30169 Mini-ITX Server Chassis on SilentPCReview.
Fractal Design Define XL R2 on NikKTech.
Fractal Node 304 White on MadShrimps.
SilverStone Fortress FT04 on Phoronix.
Turtle Beach Ear Force PX4 Wireless Gaming Headset Video Review on HWHeaven.
Mad Catz Tritton Kunai Headset for iOS on PureOC.
Sennheiser U320 Gaming Headset on GamingNexus.
Portable & Prebuilt:
Motorola Droid Ultra smartphone on HotHardware.
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 14 Convertible Ultrabook on PCPerspective.
Silverstone One ARM ARM11SC Single Monitor Arm on eTeknix.
Cooler Master G550M 550W PSU on TechPowerUp.
Thermaltake Massive SP Notebook Cooler on Tweaktown.
If you've seen some instructions for unlocking backwards compatability for your Xbox One - don't do it! There’s just one hitch: Actually following the directions will totally destroy your new toy. You know. The one that retails anywhere from $500 to $900. More info here.
Intel have a 15-core server CPU on the way. Intel confirmed Thursday that it will release a 15-core server chip code-named Ivytown, which will be based on the Ivy Bridge architecture. Intel until now had topped off at 12 cores with the Xeon E5 v2 chips that shipped in the third quarter of this year.
TheAge have a fairly dramatic-sounding article about Telstra vacuuming up data. Australia's leading telecommunications company, Telstra, has installed highly advanced surveillance systems to "vacuum" the telephone calls, texts, social media messages and internet metadata of millions of Australians so that information can be filtered and given to intelligence and law enforcement agencies.
A couple of people sent in this demo video of the Snowdrop Engine used in Tom Clancy's The Division - claimed to be the most detailed video game ever. There's a little more info here. The Division is an online experience, where players team up to survive in a ravaged America, both in the game and through the companion app. The game is slated for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
Bit of a quiet morning, so here's some photos from Timbot, showing how not to open one of those annoying sealed boxes!
Thanks to mpot, Sciby and Hoff this week!
And if you're after more, check out this Wiki page which lists ALL "misc pics" news posts from the archive.
Friday, 6-December-2013 02:16:50 (GMT +10) - by Agg
A couple of days ago, the last five analogue TV stations in Sydney shut down for good. On 3 December 2013, Sydney and surrounding areas highlighted in purple will switch off their analog TV signals and switch to digital-only TV. Here's a YouTube video showing the last few seconds of broadcasting. Only Channel 7 made an effort, it seems!
There's been another big password theft - but this time it was client-side. The massive data breach was a result of keylogging software maliciously installed on an untold number of computers around the world, researchers at cybersecurity firm Trustwave said. The virus was capturing log-in credentials for key websites over the past month and sending those usernames and passwords to a server controlled by the hackers.
Tech Report investigated claims that retail R9 290X cards seem to be slower than press samples. Is this really a thing? Are the Radeon R9 290X cards shipping to consumers really slower than the review units sent to the press? Well, let's see what we can find. They now have an answer from AMD. Based on feedback from the enthusiast community, we’ve implemented an all new PowerTune mechanism in the AMD Radeon R9 290 series that exploits the full capability of the individual GPUs rather than clamping performance to a least-common-denominator type of capability level.
Bathurst fans will want to see this comparison video between Gran Turismo 6 and the real world. Australian racing fans had been clamouring for years for Bathurst to appear on a racing game of note. Now two have come along at once. Forza Motorsport 5 has been in the wild for a couple of weeks now, but Gran Turismo’s version is just about to hit stores. This comparison video between Bathurstreal life and its virtual equivalent is ridiculous.
Here's a video from the Internet Governance Forum back in October, where John Selby talks about throwing out preconceptions about Cybersecurity.
|Friday Morning Reviews
Thursday, 5-December-2013 20:14:12 (GMT +10) - by booj
Motherboards & CPUs:
Asus A88X-PRO on Hardware Secrets.
MSI Z87 Motherboard Roundup on Hot Hardware.
Gigabyte G1.Sniper 5 Motherboard on Techgage.
HIS R7 250 iCooler Boost Clock 1GB on Madshrimps.
VisionTek Radeon R7 260X 2GB on TweakTown.
GeForce GTX 760 SLI vs GTX 780 Ti on ocaholic.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti vs AMD Radeon R9 290X at 4K Ultra HD on Legit Reviews.
Toshiba PX02SS 12Gbps SAS Enterprise SSD Review (400GB) on The SSD Review.
WD Black˛ Dual Drive on Legion Hardware.
Western Digital My Cloud 2TB on eTeknix.
Adata DashDrive HV620 External HDD on Benchmark Reviews.
Func KB-460 Gaming Keyboard on techPowerUp.
Func KB-460 Gaming Keyboard on Guru3D.
Ducky 2108S Zero Cherry MX Brown Mechanical Keyboard on eTeknix.
Thermaltake Massive 14 Notebook Cooler on Hardware Asylum.
Noctua NH-U12S CPU Cooler on OCC.
Titan Master USB Fan on OCC.
Corsair Vengeance 1400 Gaming Headset on Legit Reviews.
Cooler Master Storm Ceres 300 Headset on PureOverclock.
SteelSeries H Wireless Headset on LanOC.
Sonos PLAY:1 Wireless Speakers on MegaTechNews.
Audioengine 2+ (A2+) Powered Desktop Speakers on Custom PC Review.
IN WIN 904 Mid Tower Case on Vortez.
Crucial Ballistix Sport VLP 2x 8 GB 1600 MHz C9 Memory on techPowerUp.
Thursday, 5-December-2013 00:55:16 (GMT +10) - by Agg
A few people pointed out that OCAU member Supersize is doing it tough, with his wife having a rare type of cancer. The strange thing is that there is an extended delay for surgery which, although not without its own issues, can save people's lives in cases like this. This is partly due to a recent change to interstate patient transfers and a limit on number of operations. NSW Health Minister, Mrs Jillian Skinner said on 15th October 2013 that "Until recently patients were also being accepted from interstate and overseas, but that practice has now stopped." There are a limited number of doctors in Australia that can perform this surgery. Hospitals with experienced doctors, like the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, have waiting lists compounded by a limit to the number of surgeries they are able to perform, they perform only 12 a year.
So, there's an online petition to change the system and hopefully save more lives. More info on Facebook, this website and of course this OCAU thread.
|Interesting Forum Threads
Wednesday, 4-December-2013 09:55:36 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Here's a snapshot of what's going on in some of the forums. You can also find new interesting things you might have missed via the Who's Online page, the New Posts page and the Live forum view. Also try the Today's Posts link (find it on the Quick Links menu) and the handy Who Quoted Me? feature.
Anyone else feeling a bit nostalgic about overclocking? in Overclocking & Hardware.
OMFG Water Cooling gone WRONG! in Extreme and Water Cooling.
Classic G15 Keyboard Revival in Modding.
DIY Solar panel setup on a budget in Hobby Engineering.
Electrolysis - Splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen in Hobby Engineering.
Best basic 3d printer (for kids) in Hobby Engineering.
Business PC naming schemes in Business & Enterprise Computing.
Creating a modern Mac environment in Business & Enterprise Computing.
Site to stop NBN turning into insulation batts debacle in Networking, Telephony & Internet.
OS X Mavericks for Free in Apple Desktop Hardware / Software.
Intel Xeon Phi co-processor (GPGPU) in Intel x86 CPUs and chipsets.
AMD 2014 Lines in AMD x86 CPUs and chipsets.
Should AMD build a NUC alternative? in AMD x86 CPUs and chipsets.
Have I committed some photographer faux pas? in Photography.
Aussie spider warning - I love my job in Photography Gallery.
Calgary Stampede Snacks in Geek Food.
Recipes to cook on a date! in Geek Food.
World's strongest beer contains 67.5% alcohol in Geek Grog & Homebrew.
Port Barrel in Geek Grog & Homebrew.
RF Safe-Stop shuts down car engines with radio pulse in Motoring.
Tesla's Worst Nightmare Sparked as Car Catches Fire in Motoring.
Hypothetical: Indonesia attempts to invade Australia in Current Events.
Wednesday, 4-December-2013 08:55:41 (GMT +10) - by Agg
With Amazon's drone-delivery announcement (the marketing move of the year, it seems), it's no surprise that UPS and others might have similar ideas. FedEx founder Fred Smith has spoken repeatedly about his desire to move to a fleet of unmanned aircraft, something he believes could generate major cost savings. The impediment so far has been regulators. "We have all this stuff working in the lab right now, we don’t need to reinvent the wheel," remarks Guinn.
Asher meanwhile spotted this drone-seeking drone. Serial hacker Samy Kamkar has released all the hardware and software specifications that hobbyists need to build an aerial drone that seeks out other drones in the air, hacks them, and turns them into conscripted army of unmanned vehicles under the attacker's control.
A leaked roadmap seems to suggest AMD might exit the CPU business to focus on APUs. We'd feared something like this would happen for some time now, but leaked AMD product roadmaps confirmed it that AMD FX "Vishera" is the last line of CPUs from AMD. The company will only focus on APUs from here onward, and at the very most, one could expect CPU core counts to go up from their current quad-core stale-meat since A-series "Llano," which will continue into the 2014 A-Series "Kaveri," too. Well, a grain of salt required until anything official is announced.
A new ad for the Hobbit film includes blueprints to 3D print your own props. While the ads offer standard fare like links to buy tickets and check out movie trailers, there's one particularly clever component to the campaign — viewers will be able to download 3D-printing blueprints for the Key of Erebor, a prop that should feature prominently in the second part of the Hobbit film trilogy.
John Selby contributed towards this SMH article about giving away too much on social media. An estimated 12 million Australians regularly use social media to update friends, family and followers. What many don’t realise is that tweets, posts and images are read, analysed and stored by the brands they are talking about. Social media has become big business for advertisers, helping them find ‘‘brand advocates’’ and measure opinions.
Phoronix have a 27-way NVIDIA/AMD GPU Linux roundup. Twenty-seven different AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards were tested over the past week using the latest binary Linux drivers: AMD Catalyst 13.11 Beta v9.4 and NVIDIA 331.20. All testing happened from an Intel Core i7 4770K "Haswell" system running at 4.40GHz and with Ubuntu 13.10 x86_64 using the mainline Linux 3.12 kernel.
More space stuff from BlueRaven: Gamma Ray burst event believed to be "birth of a black hole" captured by Los Alamos National Laboratories robotic & computer-guided RAPTOR (RAPid Telescopes for Optical Response) system. More from Los Alamos National Laboratory here.
IntelInside sent in this story about Windows 8's lack of adoption. In the past month, Windows 8's market-share growth of 0.05 per cent was actually significantly lower than that of Windows 7 (0.22 per cent). In other words, Windows 8 is actually falling farther behind its own four-year-old predecessor even today.
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