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Wednesday Morning (4 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 22-September-2021  00:48:41 (GMT +10) - by Agg

British computing pioneer Clive Sinclair passed away recently, aged 81. I'm pretty sure the Sinclair Spectrum was the first computer I ever used, at a cousin's place when we went back to the UK for a funeral. This was before I was typing BASIC programs into a friend's VIC-20 and before we had an Amiga 1000 at home. Sinclair was a true pioneer - even if not all of his ideas worked out. Discussion here.

Not sure if this is news, but Google Lens has appeared on the search bar on my phone. It's kind've insane, searching for things with your camera or even looking back through your old photos. For example, I now know the cactus I've had for about 20 years is in fact from Argentina originally.

TechSpot have a guide to different display technologies. When choosing a new computer monitor, the type of panel used by the display is a key piece of information that reveals a lot about how the monitor will behave and perform. By far the most common types of display panels are TN, IPS and VA.

Apple recently launched a pile of new toys. Apple introduced two new iPads, four new iPhones and an updated Apple Watch during its Sept. 14 product event, while also leaving a few rumored products waiting in the wings.

There's a new fastest supercomputer in town - in fact it's in Western Australia, and the fastest in the Southern Hemisphere. Stage 1 of Pawsey’s new $48 million HPE Cray EX supercomputer, known as Setonix – the scientific name for Western Australia’s cheerful marsupial, the quokka – now stands in the white space at the Pawsey Centre next to its supercomputer cousins, Magnus and Galaxy. When fully operational, Setonix will be 30 times more powerful than the existing two systems combined, packing the punch of about 150,000 laptops working in parallel.

If you're running an AMD machine, you should probably update it to avoid a password-stealing exploit. AMD's security advisory, however, notes this applies to a much wider range of systems, including all the way back to Ryzen 1000 series on up to the latest Ryzen 5000 series processors, as well as multiple families of APUs. Mobile chips and Threadripper platforms are all affected as well. Microsoft's latest Patch Tuesday update that went out earlier this week contains the updated PSP driver that mitigates this threat. Otherwise, you can visit AMD's support site to download the latest chipset driver for your platform.

Here's a cool 360 degree video of the International Space Station. ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet takes you on a tour of the International Space Station like no other. Filmed with a 360 camera, the Space Station 360 series lets you explore for yourself alongside Thomas’s explanation – this is the Node 2 module.



Tuesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 21-September-2021  23:01:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Cooling:
Fractal Lumen S36 RGB Liquid CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.
Thermaltake Toughliquid Ultra 240 AIO CPU Cooler on FunkyKit.
Zalman CNPS10X Performa Black on TechPowerUp.
DeepCool AK620 CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.
Thermaltake Toughliquid 360 ARGB Sync on OCInside.

Audio Visual:
Razer Barracuda X and Immerse Hive headset and software on NeoSeeker.
HarmonicDyne P.D.1 In-Ear Monitors on TechPowerUp.
Reolink Argus 3 Pro 4PM Wire-Free Security Camera on Tweaktown.
Cambridge Audio Melomania 1+ True Wireless In-Ear Headphones on TechPowerUp.
Razer Raptor 27 Monitor Review: Do Not Buy This on TechSpot.
AOC GH200 Gaming Headset on FunkyKit.

Memory:
Kingston FURY Renegade RGB 32GB DDR4 3600 CL16 Dual-Channel Kit on NikKTech.
Kingston FURY Renegade RGB 16GB DDR4-4600 Memory Kit on FunkyKit.

Storage:
Intel Optane SSD DC P5800X 800GB SSD on PCTestBench.
Silicon Power XPOWER XD80 PCIe Gen 3x4 1TB SSD on MadShrimps.
Corsair MP600 Pro XT PCIe 4.0 M.2 NVMe at 7200 MB/sec on Guru3D.
Crucial P5 Plus 1TB Solid State Drive on APHNetworks.
Quick Look: ADATA EC700G RGB SATA/PCIe SSD Enclosure on TechPowerUp.
OWC Envoy Pro SX 480GB Portable SSD on Tweaktown.
Kingston DataTraveler Max 1TB USB-C Review - World's Fastest Pen Drive on Tweaktown.
Teamgroup MP34Q 2TB NVMe SSD on Guru3D.
Hynix Gold P31 2 TB Review - Finally in 2 TB on TechPowerUp.
ASUSTOR Drivestor 4 (AS1104T) NAS on Tweaktown.

Input Etc:
Corsair K70 RGB TKL Champion Series Mechanical Keyboard on APHNetworks.
Drop ALT Mechanical Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Razer Orochi V2 mouse on TechPowerUp.
Shurikey Gear Hanzo Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Drop CTRL Mechanical Keyboard on TechPowerUp.

Software:
Deathloop Benchmark Test & Performance Analysis on TechPowerUp.
Workstation GPU Viewport Performance: CATIA, SolidWorks, Siemens NX & More on TechGage.
The Medium: DLSS vs FSR Comparison Review on TechPowerUp.

Cases:
Lian Li Q58 on TechPowerUp.
Cooler Master MasterBox NR200P MAX on TechPowerUp.
Montech X3 Mesh on ThinkComputers.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Razer Blade 15 Advanced (2021) Gaming Laptop on Tweaktown.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 smartphone on HotHardware.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 Review: The Folding Flagship Refined on HotHardware.

Misc:
Cooler Master ARGB GPU Support Bracket on FunkyKit.
FSP Dagger PRO 850W SFX Power Supply Unit on NikKTech.
NZXT N7 Z590 Motherboard on NikKTech.



Misc Pics (24 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 17-September-2021  14:28:56 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Axe this week! Also, we're halfway through STEPtember, where I am walking 10,000 steps every day in support of people living with Cerebral Palsy. It's been quite a challenge, with lots of long evening walks to squeeze the steps in after work. But I'm getting it done, and if you'd like to support the charity, you can sponsor me here. Thanks!










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