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July 2009
Misc Pics (20 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 31-July-2009  06:18:43 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to scruff, Tony and others for these:

         

         



Friday Afternoon (9 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 31-July-2009  05:30:21 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Hrm, short notice, but today is Sys Admin Day! So, force a password change for everyone who didn't buy you a donut today.

A few people sent word of a shock announcement from Skype, saying a licensing issue may force it to close. "If Skype was to lose the right to use the Joltid software as the result of the litigation, and if alternative software was not available, Skype would be severely and adversely affected and the continued operation of Skype's business as currently conducted would likely not be possible," eBay wrote. Sounds like it will be resolved one way or another, though.

There's a quite funny web TV show called The Guild which is about a group of people who met via World of Warcraft. Not the least thing it has in its favour is Felicia Day who you might remember from Dr Horrible's Sing-Along Blog.

Security vendor McAfee dropped the ball recently, emailing out private info of 1400 people to all attendees of a conference. The event was well attended by about 800 guests. But in e-mail a week later thanking people for attending, McAfee added a spreadsheet containing names, numbers, e-mail addresses, employment details and even dietary requirements of 1408 people.

There's an iPhone SMS Virus doing the rounds. If your phone suddenly begins calling people on its own, sends text messages without you doing so and you see an odd SMS message then chances are you have been infected by the iPhone SMS hack. The only way to remove it would be to fully wipe your device and reload the firmware.

LegitReviews compared GTX 275 vs Radeon HD 4890. What happens when you take the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 275 with Forceware 190.38 drivers and the ATI Radeon HD 4890 with CATALYST 9.7 drivers and see how they do on odd ball game titles like Velvet Assassin and Wall-E? That is what we tackle this time around between these two popular gaming graphics cards.

Yahoo have handed the reigns of their search product to Microsoft. The latest shift in direction will put rival Microsoft Corp. in control of the search results and the ads that appear alongside search results on Yahoo's highly trafficked Web site, assuming the proposed partnership is approved by antitrust regulators in the United States and Europe.

HWZone have a monster 7-way netbook roundup. It's been a while since we've last covered a netbook in detail. So here we are back with a shootout that should knock your socks off. That's right, it's not just one netbook, but SEVEN of the newest 10-inch netbooks from Acer, ASUS, HP, Lenovo, MSI, Samsung and Toshiba in this roundup. Let's go already!



Friday Morning Reviews #2 (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 30-July-2009  15:02:44 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Power Supply:
OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W on VerdisReviews.
Corsair HX750W on HWSecrets.

Motherboard and CPU:
ASUS P7P55D Deluxe P55 Lynnfield Motherboard Preview on PCPerspective.
MSI 770 C45 AM3 board on XSReviews.
AMD Phenom II X2 550 and Athlon II X2 250 CPUs on iXBTLabs.
Intel Pentium E6300 LGA775 CPU on MadShrimps.
ASUS Maximus II GENE mATX LGA775 board on OC3D.
MSI 770-C45 AM3 board on TrustedReviews.
Asus P5Q Pro Turbo LGA775 board on HWLogic.

Storage:
Thermaltake BlacX ST0005U HDD enclosure on Motherboards.org.
In Win Ammo HDD enclosure on Bjorn3D.
Transcend Ultra 120GB SSD on PureOC.
Kingston Series V 128GB SSD Desktop Kit on Motherboards.org.
PhotoFasts G-Monster V5 256GB Solid State Disk on Tweaktown.

Networking:
D-Link DGL-4500 Xtreme N Gaming Router on ThinkComputers.
D-Link Xtreme N Gigabit Router on GamePyre.
Linksys Wireless N Card on GamePyre.

Misc:
Gigabyte GM-M8000 4000 DPI Gaming Mouse on Pro-Clockers.
Gigabyte GV-N250OC-1GI GeForce GTS 250 GPU on HotHardware.



Friday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 30-July-2009  14:23:20 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Cases:
Maxcube Amoris 6010 Gaming Case on Pro-Clockers.
Cooler Master Sileo 500 Mid Tower on Tweaktown.
Thermaltake Element G on Pro-Clockers.
Max Cube Amoris 6010 on Bjorn3D.
Cooler Master 922 HAF on OCrCafe.

Cooling:
GELID Solutions GC-2 Thermal Compound on TechPowerUp.
Choiix Air Through Stash Multi-function USB Cooling Pad on EverythingUSB.
Corsair Hydro Series H50 CPU Water Cooling Kit on LegitReviews.
Xigmatek Dark Knight-S1283V CPU cooler on OCClub.

Portable:
Novatech X80GTX Pro Laptop on DriverHeaven.
HP Compaq Mini 110c - 10.1in Netbook on TrustedReviews.
Novatech X1 Pro Laptop on DriverHeaven.

Audio / Visual:
Olympus PEN E-P1 Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera on HWZone.
Canon PowerShot SX1 IS digicam on DigitalTrends.
Speakal iPig iPod Dock on I4U.

Memory:
OCZ Reaper HPC 6 GB DDR3 1866 MHz CL 8 Kit on TechPowerUp.
OCZ Blade 1066 and Blade 1200 on InsideHW.
Corsair TR3X6G1600C7 6GB 1600MHz DDR3 Kit on RBMods.



Thursday Morning (7 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 29-July-2009  17:55:18 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Australia Post have advised they can no longer carry lithium-ion batteries by air. To help you understand the changes Australia Post has developed guidelines which set out the requirements that must be met when posting lithium batteries or items containing them, including watches, clocks, mobile phones and MP3 players. Discussion here.

Bill Gates is apparently not a fan of social networking sites. According to an AFP story, Gates told an Indian audience that Facebook was getting too hard to keep tabs on. The 'too many friends' dilemma has pushed Gates towards giving up on Facebook and maybe social networking altogether.

LegitReviews compared Windows XP and Windows 7 on a netbook. Many netbook manufacturers are starting to offer vouchers for free upgrades to Microsoft Windows 7 once it is released on October 22nd. Want to know how the Release Candidate performs in both benchmarks and battery life? Read on as we put Windows XP and Windows 7 head to head on the ASUS Eee PC 1005HA netbook!

Tweaktown have a video showing a tour of Runcore's factory where SSDs are made. During the five day trip, we arranged a factory tour of the Runcore facilities, which is conveniently located only about ten minutes down the road in the economic and development area of Hangzhou, officially known as 'HEDA' by the Chinese government.

IntelInside found more info on Microsoft's Apple-like retail stores. She said the stores will sell laptops in addition to Microsoft and third-party software, Zunes, and Xbox 360 games and consoles.

However Google's new Australian HQ is a bit of a stinker. The epicentre of the offensive odour appears to be the sewer mining facility connected to Google's new Sydney headquarters, which produces recycled water for toilet flushing and irrigation of the site.



Wednesday Evening Reviews #2 (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 29-July-2009  10:49:22 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Portable:
Palm Pre Cell Phone on HWSecrets.
TomTom Go 740 Live GPS on GPSTrends.
Nokia N86 - Late on the Eight on HWZone.
Toshiba TG01 Windows Mobile Smartphone on TrustedReviews.
BlackBerry Tour 9630 on DigitalTrends.
Asus Eee 1008HA Seashell netbook on DigitalTrends.
ASUS UX30 notebook on HWZone.
O2 XDA Guide Smartphone on TrustedReviews.
Motorola ROKR E8 Cell Phone on TechWareLabs.

Audio / Visual:
Samsung 2343BWX High Density LCD Monitor on ExtremeMHz.
Vivitek H9080FD LED DLP Projector on TrustedReviews.
Eagle Arion 2.1 Soundstage Speaker with Subwoofer on CCEReviews.
SteelSeries Siberia Full-Size Gaming Headset on Tweaktown.
ASUS My Cinema EHD3-100 TV Tuner on PureOC.
Eagle Arion ET-AR504LR-BK 2.1 Speakers on TechWareLabs.
Samsung Yepp YP-P3JCB 8GB Portable Media / MP3 Player on PCStats.
Philips 42PFL8404 42in LCD TV on TrustedReviews.
Eagle Arion ET-AR504LR-BK 2.1 Soundstage on OCClub.

Video Cards:
AMD ATI FirePro V8750 Workstation Graphics Card on HotHardware.
MSI Radeon 4890 Cyclone SOC 1GHz Edition on Guru3D.



Wednesday Evening Reviews (7 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 29-July-2009  08:50:25 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Urrghh.. I can't believe I have the flu AGAIN.

Storage:
OCZ Vertex 32GB Solid State Drive on ThinkComputers.
QNAP TS-219P NAS on NinjaLane.
Crucial M225 256GB Solid State Disk on Tweaktown.
WD VelociRaptor 300GB SATA HDD WD3000HLFS on BenchmarkReviews.
OCZ Throttle 32GB flash drive on LegionHW.
Patriot Torqx SSD on Modders-Inc.

Cases:
NZXT Beta Mid Tower PC Case on LegitReviews.
SilverStone Sugo SG06 on HWSecrets.
Thermaltake Element T on NeoSeeker.

Cooling:
Thermaltake SpinQ CPU Cooler on HWLogic.
CoolIT Domino ALC Water Cooling on PCPerspective.
CoolIT ALC Domino CPU cooler on NeoSeeker.
NZXT Sentry 2 Fan Controller on OCIA.
Xigmatek Thor's Hammer CPU cooler on OCClub.



Data Retriever Contest Reminder (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 29-July-2009  04:46:07 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Just a reminder about the ongoing contest that OCAU sponsor Data Retriever is running. They have a 1TB SATA HDD and 5x 8GB USB drives to give away randomly to OCAU members who contact them or recommend their services to someone in need of data recovery. The odds aren't bad - there are less than 40 people entered so far (that's better than 1 chance in 7 to win). There's also a snazzy mystery prize that will go to the OCAU member who sends the most referrals their way. Currently, manol is leading with 4 jobs having been sent. You still have until the end of September to get yourself entered to win. See the thread here for full details.


Tuesday Afternoon (10 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 28-July-2009  05:18:29 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Ma Baker sent word that voting has started for the OCAU Annual Bake Off July 2009. Aargh, I really shouldn't have looked at that thread before having lunch.

If you're bored in Sydney in early August, you can help set a tooth power-brushing record. To celebrate the launch of Dental Health Week, Oral-B, the most recommended toothbrush brand in the world, will be setting an Australian first with the Oral-B Powerbrushing Record for the most number of people brushing their teeth at once! .. Everyone who registers and participates will: * Receive an Oral-B Australian Powerbrushing goodie bag, including a rechargeable Oral-B Powerbrush worth more than $100. * Go into the draw to win $5,000 cash.

US telecomms giant AT&T has apparently blocked 4chan, or bits of it. It seems to have been lifted now, with more info here. In the end, this wasn't a sinister act of censorship, but rather a bit of a mistake and a poorly executed, disproportionate response on AT&T's part. Whoever pulled the trigger on blackholing the site probably didn’t anticipate [nor intend] the consequences of doing so.

Tabris noticed this interesting site full of free educational videos on zillions of topics including maths and physics. We have 800+ videos on YouTube covering everything from basic arithmetic and algebra to differential equations, physics, and finance which have been recorded by Salman Khan.

XbitLabs checked out video driver performance in Win7. The new driver tests we are going to carry out today will be rather unusual. We will test new ATI and Nvidia drivers in the new Windows 7 operating system that promises to have a great future ahead of it.

There's not much info on it, but apparently the new "G2" X25-M SSDs from Intel get confused by BIOS passwords. Intel advises everyone getting a G2 to not create/delete/alter BIOS passwords, at least not until the drive is flashed with an updated firmware that fixes the problem. A new firmware is in the works and is expected to become available soon.

Joanna noticed the Victorian Police continuing their internet presence, with a map of road fatalities in 2009. Sobering stuff.

Today's timewaster is Hedgehog Launch 2, which is a bit confusing at first but makes more sense when you've completed a few goes. :)



Tuesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 27-July-2009  14:18:39 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard and CPU:
Asus Rampage 2 Extreme LGA1366 board on RBMods.
Asus Crosshair III Formula vs DFI DK 790FXB M3H5 AM3 boards on OC3D.
ASRock X58 Extreme LGA1366 board on Motherboards.org.
Intel Core i7 920 LGA1366 CPU on RBMods.
ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO 785G AM3 board on LegitReviews.
Foxconn BloodRage GTI LGA1366 board on InsideHW.
MSI X58M LGA1366 board on Bjorn3D.

Power Supply:
Cooler Master UCP 900W on DriverHeaven.
Silverstone OP1000-P 1000W on JonnyGuru.

Audio Visual:
Eagle Tech Arion 2.1 Speakers on Bjorn3D.
Razer Megalodon Gaming Headset on EverythingUSB.
BD Live Blu-ray Player on TrustedReviews.

Storage:
Kingston SSDNow V-Series 64GB on CPU3D.
Intel's second-generation X25-M solid-state drive on TechReport.
Runcore Pro IV 1.8" SSD on Tweaktown.
Vantec NexStar Dual Bay Hard Drive Dock on ThinkComputers.
Corsair Performance Series Solid State RAID Report on Tweaktown.

Misc:
Ra Clicky – Custom Tactical Flashlight on TechWareLabs.
Thermaltake Soprano Aluminum Keyboard on TechWareLabs.
Corsair Dominator GT TW3X1600C6GT Memory on OCClub.



Monday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 27-July-2009  13:50:05 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Portable:
Asus W90Vp Laptop on DriverHeaven.
ZoneOut: The Palm Pre-view on HWZone.

Software:
Resident Evil 5 PC Video Card Performance on NeoSeeker.
Intel Celeron Dual-Core Linux Performance on Phoronix.
Street Fighter IV (PC) on YouGamers.

Video Cards:
Sapphire HD 4890 Vapor-X 2GB on OCClub.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 295: Operation "Renaissance" on XbitLabs.
MSI N275GTX Twin Frozr OC on BenchmarkReviews.

Cooling:
Evercool 80mm Rifling Fan on OCOnline.
GELID GC-1 Thermal Compound on OCModShop.
Choiix Mini Air-Through Notebook Cooling Pad with USB Hub on ReviewStash.
GELID Wing 12 120mm UV Fan on OCModShop.

Cases:
Cooler Master HAF922 on InsideHW.
NZXT Panzerbox Classic Series Aluminum on FutureLooks.
SilverStone Sugo SG05 on Phoronix.



Sunday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 26-July-2009  07:25:30 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Memory:
G.Skill Trident PC3-16000 6GB DDR3 on Tweaktown.
GeIL Evo One 12GB DDR3-1600 Hexa on TechwareLabs.
Patriot Viper II PC3-16000 6GB DDR3 on Tweaktown.

Cases:
Lancool PC-K58 Midi Tower on CPU3D.
NZXT Beta Classic Series on BigBruin.
Thermaltake Element T on HWSecrets.

Power Supply:
PC Power & Cooling Silencer 910 on HWSecrets.
Thermaltake Toughpower XT Series 850W on PCPerspective.

Audio Visual:
Razer Megalodon USB Headset on TechPowerUp.
Roccat Vire - Mobile Gaming Headset on Metku.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 on DigitalTrends.
Klipsch HD Theater 500 on DigitalTrends.
Toshiba Regza 37RV635DB 37in LCD TV on TrustedReviews.
Yuin G2A Clip-on Headphones on ReviewStash.
Creative Auvana Air Earphones on TrustedReviews.

Storage:
Western Digital 2TB GreenPower HD on TBreak.
OCZ Colossus SSD Preview on HotHardware.
Intel X25-M 160GB 34nm MLC G2 SSD Benchmarking on LegitReviews.
Samsung SE-S084 External DVD Writer on HWSecrets.



Sunday Afternoon (5 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 26-July-2009  06:47:01 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Most ISPs involved in the internet filtering trial have given the technical green light to the plan, report ARN. Of the nine participating ISPs, iPrimus, Netforce, Webshield, Nelson Bay Online and OMNIconnect told ARN they had seen no slowdowns in Internet speeds or problems with the filtering solutions in place.

Microsoft are apparently planning to open some retail shops, with Gizmodo having a sneak peek at what's in store. As a part of our process in briefing creative agencies, we shared some early prototypes and concepts of our retail store plans. No final decisions have been made. As we previously announced, we are on track to open retail stores this Fall.

Fans of Hey Hey It's Saturday will be pleased (if not amazed) to learn there are two live reunion specials planned for later this year. If they rate well, Nine and Somers look certain to negotiate a new series of Hey Hey. Somers was over the moon yesterday. "It is exciting. There's been a lot of talk about the show coming back and it has finally happened," he said.

I had noticed this myself, but it's funny to see others commenting on the strange progression of Evony ads online over the last few months. More info here. To be clear, these are real ads that were served on the internet. This is not a parody.

Wayne sent in this story on DamnInteresting about the first visit to Challenger Deep, the deepest point of the oceans. Moreover, no other vehicle in existence was capable of reaching such depths, which meant that if her float tank became compromised there was no chance of rescue. Nevertheless, the stalwart scientists opted to press on.

Apparently Ubuntu have plans to make Linux application installation idiot-proof. I may know that Amarok, Banshee, Rhythmbox, and Songbird are all noteworthy Linux music players, but come on! Does anyone beside another Linux expert know that? Letting users choose a program by say clicking on "music player" and then picking one makes all the sense in the world.

Meanwhile Techgage checked out SUSE Studio. Linux is well known for being very customizable, but with SUSE Studio, things are taken to an entirely new level. Imagine taking a base template, building on top of it with your personal software choices, then configuring countless other aspects (even a SQL database), and then building it as a bootable ISO or VM. That's exactly what makes SUSE Studio so great.

From edj: the Victoria Police twitter account will be publishing live updates on drunk drivers caught in Victoria - as they occur. More info here. Last night was another disappointing success - more idiots lost their licences for drink-driving & speeding.



Misc Pics (16 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 24-July-2009  03:57:16 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again! Thanks to HyRax1 for the first one:

         

         



Friday Afternoon (8 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 24-July-2009  03:21:26 (GMT +10) - by Agg

A zillion people sent word that Microsoft have released Win7 to manufacturing. With the completion of this development phase, industry partners are readying products in time for the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 worldwide general launches. Windows 7 will be generally available to customers around the world on October 22, and Windows Server 2008 R2 will be generally available on or before that date.

Intel's "generation 2" X25-M solid state drives are in the wild too, with reviews on HotHardware and PC Perspective. Today we've got a look at Intel's second generation of SSD products, the recently announced 34nm version of the Intel X25-M SSD. At 160GB and a significantly lower price point, Intel is also claiming performance has been taken up a notch or two as well. Meanwhile HWZone compared five SSDs.

It seems they're making a sequel to Tron, the classic "cyberspace" movie from 1982. Tron: Legacy is a 3D high-tech adventure set in a digital world that's unlike anything ever captured on the big screen.

There's an article on PCPro about dodgy PC repair shops in the UK. We also installed Digiwatcher. This devious little tool auto-runs on start-up and quietly tells any connected webcam to secretly film whoever is at the machine. The process is invisible and the video file is hidden on the hard drive and password protected.

From Darmok: Just found this nifty Computer Hardware chart, listing pretty much every socket/interface for the last 20 years! Small version here, Large version here. Careful.. this is a 4000x6000 image... 24meg! Lots of interesting plugs to look at, to satisfy your inner nerd! :)

On Good Game tonight: Exclusive to the show for gamers by gamers, Good Game, Valve Softwares founder and CEO Gabe Newell has revealed an idea for a community-based funding model for games, made possible by the digital distribution platform Steam. Late night before Rage on ABC1 or: Any episode or segment can be downloaded/streamed from www.abc.net.au/goodgame - where we'll also be hosting an extended, 24-minute version of the Gabe Newell interview.

Tweaktown have an article on building a mATX gaming rig. I've been wanting to build a "tiny god" box for years, but it's easier than ever nowadays with quad-core CPUs and enormous hard drives. You can take it one step further like Statts is doing, and build a mini-ITX powerhouse.

Despite the recession, Apple's profits jumped, thanks IntelInside (oddly appropriate username!). Apple said it sold more than 5.2 million iPhones in the quarter, more than seven times what it sold in the 2008 quarter, thanks to a newly-released version of the device. Apple's Mac computers also bolstered results. Apple sold four per cent more Mac computers than a year ago.

Here's a simple little timewaster, a golf putting game.



Friday Afternoon Reviews (1 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 24-July-2009  02:57:16 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Video Cards:
GIGABYTE Silent Cell HD 4850 1GB on Futurelooks.
Gigabyte Silent Cell Radeon HD 4850 on CPU3D.
MSI N260GTX-T2D896 OC V3 on OCClub.

Motherboards:
Gigabyte P55-UD5 & Core i5 Platform Preview on NeoSeeker.
Gigabyte GA-P55-UD6 Core i5 board on Bjorn3D.
Gigabyte GA-P55-UD5 Core i5 board on LegitReviews.
Zotac ION N330 WiFi ITX 'A' on OC3D.
Biostar TA790GX A3+ AM3 board on TrustedReviews.

Portable and Prebuilt:
ASUS Eee PC 1004DN netbook on InsideHW.
Palm Pre PDA on HWZone.
Holux GPSmile 62 Car Navigator on HWZone.
HTC Snap Windows Mobile Smartphone on TrustedReviews.
Beast Computers Breed EVO gaming PC on XSReviews.
Asus EEE PC 1000HE netbook on Tweaknews.
ASRock Nettop ION 330-BD on HWZone.

Input Etc:
Razer Arctosa Gaming Keyboard on TheTechLounge.
Startech.com KVM Console to USB 2.0 Crash Cart Adapter on BigBruin.



Friday Morning Reviews (1 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 23-July-2009  14:05:18 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Cases:
GMC R-4 Bulldozer on XbitLabs.
In Win X-Fighter Mid-Tower on Techgage.
SilverStone Sugo SG04 mATX SFF Case on HardCoreWare.
Cooler Master HAF 922 Mid Tower on Modders-Inc.
SilverStone SG04B-H on DriverHeaven.
NZXT Panzerbox on HWSecrets.
Lancool PC-K58 Dragon Lord preview on PureOC.

Storage:
Corsair Flash Voyager Port Backup Device on MegaTechnews.
Patriot Xporter Magnum USB 128GB Pen Drive video review on Tweaktown.
Patriot Convoy XL HDD Enclosure on HWSecrets.
OCZ Agility MLC SSD OCZSSD2-1AGT120G on BenchmarkReviews.

Cooling:
Akasa Nero CPU Cooler on HWSecrets.
GELID Solutions GC-2 Premium Thermal Compound on Tweaktown.
Zalman CNPS 10X Extreme Ultra Quiet CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.
Nexus TDD-9000 Liquid Laptop Cooler on RBMods.
Thermaltake ISGC-V320 VGA cooler on LegionHW.
Corsair H50 CPU cooler on Guru3D.



Thursday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 23-July-2009  13:35:21 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
ASUS My Cinema EHD3-100 Dual Hybrid TV Card on LegitReviews.
Sony VAIO VGN-FW48E/H - 16.4in Laptop on TrustedReviews.
Sony Bravia KDL-52EX1 52in LCD TV on TrustedReviews.
ASUS Xonar HDAV1.3 Slim Sound Card on BenchmarkReviews.
IOGear Wireless USB 720p Video / Stereo Audio Kit on EverythingUSB.
Sony DSC-HX1 Digital Camera on TBreak.
Kogan DAB+ Digital Radio: WiFi, iPod Dock and USB Slot on Draco II's blog.
Eagle Arion ET-AR504LR-BK 2.1 Soundstage Speakers on Tweaktown.

Software:
Street Fighter IV PC game on GamingHeaven.
Safari 4 web browser on HotHardware.
Age Of Pirates 2: City Of Abandoned Ships PC game on GamingHeaven.

Power Supply:
Antec TruePower New 750 W (TP-750) on HWSecrets.
Xigmatek NRP-PC502 500W on OCClub.
Seasonic M12D-750 750W on PCStats.



Interesting Forum Threads (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 22-July-2009  10:59:09 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Firstly, the OCAU Annual Bake Off has started. Discussion here and entries here!

Other interesting threads:
Is this normal? Arcing inside new PSU! in Newbie Lounge.
AMD Phenom II X2 550 vs Intel Core i7 920: David vs Goliath in Overclocking & Hardware.
[Team.AU] Guess what game im playing? in Overclocking & Hardware.
Nostalgia: what you started out with and what you have now in Overclocking & Hardware.
Intel's Q3 09/Q1 2010 LGA 1156 CPU Line-Up Revealed? in Intel Hardware.
Intel Core i5 Dual Core "Clarkdale" reaches 4GHz at 0.8V? in Intel Hardware.
USB 3.0 on ASUS X58P6 in Intel Hardware.
Phenom X2 550BE Unlocking/Overclocking Consolidated in AMD Hardware.
Mechwarrior [announced 2009] Trailers in First Post in Games.
Popcorn Hour C-200 in Audio Visual.
Project CHERNOBYL BOX7 in Modding.
Intel Delivers First 34 nm NAND Flash SSDs, Lowers Prices in Storage & Backup.
Canon develops a new Canon Hybrid IS in Photography.
New NASA Images Indicate Object Hits Jupiter in Science.
Xbox Live Update Details Announced | Coming August 11th! in Microsoft Consoles.
Japanese Fighting Bug in Pets & Animals.
Master stock at home in Geek Food.
Ferguson: Australia emerging as an energy superpower in Current Events.
Apollo 11, 40 years on in Current Events.
Name the meeting rooms in my new building! in The Pub.
Calling out .... DELL users putting apple stickers over the logo! in The Pub.



Press Releases (1 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 22-July-2009  09:47:54 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Australia's Attorney-General has a discussion paper about legally protecting your own network from attack. Currently, interception legislation only allows national security and law enforcement agencies to protect their networks from malicious software. These provisions are due to expire in December 2009. "The Australian Government is committed to achieving a more secure and trusted electronic operating environment," Mr McClelland said. "Importantly, we need to ensure that legitimate network protection activities do not inadvertently constitute an offence under Commonwealth legislation." There's a PDF with more info here.

Kingston have announced the first 256GB USB thumb drive. "Having the ability to carry over 51,000 images* or a paper tower 1346 metres** tall in such a small format, demonstrates how far flash technology has developed," said said Vaughan Nankivell, Regional Manager- Australia and New Zealand for Kingston Technology. "Users can also safeguard their data by initializing the Password Traveler software which will allow business users and consumers to password protect their data in a privacy zone without the need of administrator rights." Just don't lose it. Also, the press release I have here lists the RRP as AUD $1299.00 for the 256GB one. Ouch!

Meanwhile Intel have finally confirmed details about their next-generation SSDs. The move to 34nm will help lower prices of the SSDs up to 60 percent for PC and laptop makers and consumers who buy them due to the reduced die size and advanced engineering design.

MSI have a competition (website has sound), where you can win a laptop and a holiday to the Great Barrier Reef by making a youtube video. It's open to Australians. Each winner will obtain a free trip and ONE free X Slim notebook. There will be a total of 15 winners.

Microsoft have contributed some Linux drivers to the community. The code, which includes three Linux device drivers, has been submitted to the Linux kernel community for inclusion in the Linux tree. The drivers will be available to the Linux community and customers alike, and will enhance the performance of the Linux operating system when virtualized on Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V or Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V.



Wednesday Afternoon (3 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 22-July-2009  07:15:49 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Rubberband sent word of a Speed Gaming for Charity effort currently underway (104 hours and counting). These guys are doing a live streaming Final Fantasy marathon for ACT (Autism Care and Treatment), they’re currently playing FFVII.

There's an article here which pretty much sums up my own feelings about the Apollo 11 anniversary (although, I'd perhaps not be quite as strongly stated). In short, it's awesome that we've been to the moon, but it sucks that we haven't been back since 1972.

Queensland Police are declaring war on WiFi freeloaders. Detective Superintendent Brian Hay said criminals were piggy-backing on the WiFi connections of ordinary computer users and using them to anonymously commit crimes such as fraud and identity theft.

If you're wondering why you haven't heard much about the internet filtering project lately, it's because it's way behind schedule. The admission of delays makes it unlikely that the Government will be able to consider the final results of the trials and make a decision of whether or not to push through ISP-level filtering by the end of the year.

Brains spotted this info about cooling a supercomputer. The article is about a year old but still interesting. The chilled water required to provide cooling for bluefire had to be obtained (tapped) from the existing, dual 450-ton water chillers. In addition, to mitigate the impact of a power outage where NCAR's water chillers would fail over to the twin backup system, two 1,500-gallon chilled water storage tanks were installed in the NCAR machine room.

Here's some highspeed footage of a Canon 5D shutter in motion. It makes it clear why "mirror lockup" is an important feature! Discussion here.

XbitLabs compared professional graphics cards. Professional graphics cards for performance workstations occupy a completely different market niche than the gaming solutions, even though they are manufactured by the same developers. Today we are going to check out the performance of these graphics cards from AMD and Nvidia in popular CAD/CAM systems for professionals. Especially since both manufacturers now have new card series on contemporary 55 nm chips: Quadro FX and FirePro.

BFM wants to show us Siftables. Siftables are cookie-sized computers with motion sensing, neighbor detection, graphical display, and wireless communication. They act in concert to form a single interface: users physically manipulate them - piling, grouping, sorting - to interact with digital information and media. Siftables provides a new platform on which to implement tangible, visual and mobile applications. There's an older thread here about them, hopefully people will find them more interesting nowadays. :)



Forum Projects (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 21-July-2009  11:18:20 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Some interesting things from the forums:


Alba combined 4870X2
and 2x 4890's in CrossfireX

aokman reviewed
Logtech's G35 headphones

dinos22 played with
Corsair's Dominator 2000GT


as did Team.AU
on EVGA's Classified

windwithme looked at
DFI's LANParty JR X58 mATX

Razor540 is watercooling
with a giant radiator



Tuesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 21-July-2009  10:47:48 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Memory:
Patriot Gamer Series PC3-12800 6GB DDR3 Kit on Tweaktown.
Kingston KTA-MB1066K2 - 4G Apple Memory on Motherboards.org.

Motherboard and CPU:
AMD Phenom 2 905e CPU on RBMods.
Asus P7P55D Evo LGA-1156 Motherboard Preview on eTeknix.
Gigabyte GA-P55-UD5 Lynnfield Motherboard Video Preview on PCPerspective.
Asus Rampage Gene II MicroATX LGA1366 board on MadShrimps.
Gigabyte GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 board on BenchmarkReviews.
Point of View Ion 330 motherboard on Guru3D.

Audio / Visual:
JVC LT-42WX70 42in LCD TV on TrustedReviews.
LG 42-inch LH50YD LCD TV on HWZone.
LG HB954PB 5.1 Blu-ray Home Cinema System on TrustedReviews.
Altec Lansing VS2421 speakers on Phoronix.
iPopperz Fashion Earbud Headphones on Tweaknews.
Fujifilm FinePix Z30 Digital Camera on HWSecrets.
Able Planet True Fidelity PS500MM headphones on DigitalTrends.
HP Photosmart Premium C309a multifunction printer on DigitalTrends.
Samsung HMX-R10 Full-HD Digital Camcorder on ThinkComputers.

Misc:
M-Rock Yellowstone 511 and Ozark 505 Camera Bags on Futurelooks.
ZOWIE IO1.1 Professional Gaming Bundle mouse and pad on Tweaktown.
Phantom Lapboard HTPC keyboard and mouse on DriverHeaven.
Thermaltake ISCG-300 CPU Cooler on Pro-Clockers.
OCZ Agility 120GB SSD on LegionHW.



Tuesday Afternoon Reviews (1 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 21-July-2009  04:27:19 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Storage:
Thecus N4100PRO NAS Server on XbitLabs.
Thecus N7700 Network Attached Storage Server on HotHardware.
Patriot Torqx 128GB SSD on HWLogic.
Seagate BlackArmor PS 110 external HDD on HWLogic.
Sunbeam SATA-IDE-USB Adapter on BenchmarkReviews.
64GB Super Talent Luxio Flash Drive on TechWareLabs.
Super Talent MasterDrive SX SAM28GM25S 128GB SSD on CCEReviews.
SanDisk Ultra Backup 32GB USB on TBreak.

Cases:
NZXT Beta on OCModShop.
Antec ISK300-65 Mini-ITX Casing on HWZone.

Portable:
Dell Studio 1555 - 15.6in Laptop on TrustedReviews.
Gateway UC7807u 13.3" Notebook on Techgage.
ASUS Eee PC 1005HA Seashell Netbook on LegitReviews.
Gigabyte M1022M/G Netbook on I4U.

Cooling:
Corsair Hydro Series H50 CPU Water-Cooling Kit on MadShrimps.
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler on OCCafe.
Lamptron FC-2 Rheobus Fan Controller on Tech-Reviews.
Artic Cooling Accelero Xtreme 4870 X2 GPU cooler on Guru3D.
ASUS Triton 88 LGA1366 Quiet CPU Cooler on VerdisReviews.
MNPCTech Aluminium Radiator Grill on OC3D.
ZEROtherm Core 92 CPU cooler on OCClub.

Power Supply:
Seventeam ST-620PAF on HWSecrets.
Enermax Eco 80+ 350W on DriverHeaven.

Video Cards:
Gigabyte 9800GT 1GB Silent Cell on HWLogic.
Gigabyte 9800 GT Silent Cell on Bjorn3D.
MSI N275GTX Twin Frozer OC on OCClub.



Geek Recipes (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 20-July-2009  07:45:56 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I know it's a little evil to do this so close to dinner time, but here's some more yummy stuff from our Geek Food forum:


Toad in the Hole
by spankyofoz

Chocolate Fondant
by doug81

Fettucini al Salsiccia
by wvxman


Gingerbread Men
by Gurner

Unbaked Cheesecake
by wvxman

Bison Burgers
by username_taken


Liquid Infused Pork Belly
by salmon

Polpette al Sugo
by Shaetano

Salt & Pepper Squid
by PooJou



Monday Afternoon (7 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 20-July-2009  05:31:22 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The New York Times have an article on a recent ironic event where some of George Orwell's books were mysteriously deleted from people's Kindle ebook readers. However it turns out to be due to illegal publication rather than a big brother conspiracy. When Amazon discovered these unauthorized sales, it did the right thing: it reversed them. The police would do the same thing if they discovered a stolen car in your driveway: just take it away. You never owned it.

Rumours continue about Intel's next-generation SSDs. According to the generally reliable Golum, Intel's so-called Postville SSD family is well on its way to reality, and with them should come much needed price drops. The new series should top out at 320GB, with an 80GB and 160GB version falling underneath.

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has sent back photos of the Apollo landing sites, in a nice tie-in with the continuing celebration of the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11. There's a discussion thread here about all the various new info and restored media etc.

XbitLabs check out modern video cards in the game "Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood". Our today’s article will talk about the performance of contemporary graphics cards in a sequel to a famous Western shooter - Call of Juarez.

Guru3D have a similar article, using Anno 1404: Dawn of Discovery. The 3D engine is smooth, beautifully detailed. We'll take 15 graphics cards to the test with this title and will show you what you can expect per graphics card and monitor resolution.

InsideHW meanwhile rounded up 23 hard drives. In very near future we can predict transitional period where SSD will be used as system drive while HDD will be used as data storage. Since SSD prices are not showing significant drop tendency, we will be using HDDs for some time in the future. So, we decided to make, maybe for the last time, big hard drive roundup.

Gazzamcgazza sent in an article about the Airbus A330's recent issues. However, Tardivat and Hounsfield agree that the ultimate problem may lie somewhere else entirely - with the 100-odd miles of insulated wire connecting everything from computers to seat-back televisions. Ed Block, an American air investigator, has long been trying to draw attention to the dangers of some wire types.

Today's timewaster is the beta of Hackcess, a "web based network security MMO" which seems to have a pretty strong following on OCAU already, with a thread here.



Photography Gallery (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 19-July-2009  16:49:48 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's some recent photos from our Photography Gallery forum:



















Monday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 19-July-2009  14:37:09 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Cooling:
GELID Solutions GC-Extreme Thermal Compound on TechPowerUp.
GlacialTech Igloo 5610 Plus Silent CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.
NZXT Sentry LX SEN-001LX Digital Fan Controller on BenchmarkReviews.
Thermaltake BigTyp 14Pro CPU Cooler on HWSecrets.

Power Supply:
Scythe Kamariki 4 550W on HWSecrets.
Cooler Master UCP 900W on PureOC.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Sony VAIO W-Series Netbook on TrustedReviews.
TomTom XL 340 S GPS on DigitalTrends.
Wired2Fire Hellspawn ALC Gaming System on DriverHeaven.

Motherboard & CPU:
Intel Core i7 975 EE LGA1366 CPU on TBreak.
Zotac ION A-Series ITX Atom board on Tech-Reviews.
GIGABYTE GA-P55-UD6 Motherboard Preview for Core i5 on Tweaktown.
MSI X58M LGA1366 board on Motherboards.org.
Intel Core i7 975 EE LGA1366 CPU on Tbreak.
AMD Phenom II X3 705e AM3 CPU on RBMods.

Audio / Visual:
Creative Zen MX 8GB portable media player on TrustedReviews.
Jabra SP700 Bluetooth Speaker Phone Car Stereo Kit on LegitReviews.
Samsung DVD-H1080 DVD Player on TrustedReviews.

Memory:
Nanya Elixir DDR3 1600 on Bjorn3D.
G.SKILL Trident 2x1GB DDR3-1600MHz on OCClub.

Cases:
Lian Li ARMORSUIT PC-P50 on OCOnline.
Zalman Z-MACHINE GT10008 on ComputingOnDemand.
Silverstone Raven RV01-BW on Motherboards.org.

Misc:
Aztech HW550-3G 4-Port Wireless-N 3G Router on HWZone.



Sunday Evening Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 19-July-2009  09:28:16 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Software:
Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview on TechReviewSource.
Call of Juarez Bound in Blood PC game on GamePyre.

Input Etc:
Razer Mamba Wireless Gaming Mouse on Tech-Reviews.
ENERMAX AURORA MICRO KEYBOARD on Pro-Clockers.
Boogie Bug AimB.Pad XL Gaming Surface video review on eTeknix.
NaturalPoint TrackIR 5 on TrustedReviews.
Mionix Saiph 1800 gaming mouse on SweMod.

Storage:
Highpoint RocketRAID 2310 PCI-E X4 SATA RAID Controller on Tweaktown.
Eye-Fi Pro 4GB SDHC Wireless SD Memory Card on TechFragments.

Video Cards:
HIS HD 4770 on TrustedReviews.
ASUS EN9400GT-1GB Geforce 9400GT Half-Height on PCStats.
MSI N275GTX Twin Frozr OC on NeoSeeker.
Artic Cooling Accelero XTREME 4870X2 on Bjorn3D.
AMD RADEON HD4890 CrossFire on AMD 790FX Platform on LostCircuits.



Saturday Night (6 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 18-July-2009  09:45:19 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Work has officially begun on the National Broadband Network in Tasmania. That means Tasmanians will be first to try out the 100 megabit-per-second network, while the construction will also serve as a learning process for the wider roll-out in mainland Australia.

A few people sent word that the Government is also going to tackle illegal file sharing. In a report unveiled at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney last night, Senator Stephen Conroy, Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, said the Government, among other promises, will "facilitate development of an appropriate solution to the issue of unauthorised file sharing".

ThePirateBay will apparently become a paid site. For years The Pirate Bay's users have been able to share files without censorship or charges, but this is all about to change. Rosso said that under the new management, the 3.7 million Pirate Bay users (or whatever userbase remains) will have to pay a monthly fee to access the site. Hrm, good luck with that.

TechWareLabs can apparently tell you how to mod your 1.5TB Seagate to Velociraptor speeds. Actually it's the old "only use the first part of the drive" trick, but it's worth re-considering nowadays. As I mentioned the drive is now a 300GB drive for all purposes. Look at it this way, the 300GB Western Digital Velociraptor is approximately ~$229 while the price of the Seagate 1.5TB drive is approximately ~$119 at the time of this writing. Now what you end up with is a drive that is higher in performance in all regards except seek times at a lower cost per GB. And when you get bored, unlock the 1.2TB again.

Another person has been stung by excess charges, with two movie downloads costing them $602. Jack downloaded the movies over 3's mobile internet using a $29 monthly plan. He had 3.5GB of included downloads, with an excess fee of 10c per MB. However, with a single high-definition movie reaching over 4GB, Jack should have used his wired home broadband - which has a much larger download limit.

If you think that's bad, Phalanx sent word of a glitch where some people's Visa cards were charged $23,148,855,308,184,500. He noticed that his debt exceeded the world GDP while making a routine balance inquiry on his online Bank of America account.



Misc Pics (28 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 17-July-2009  05:31:12 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Mitsimonsta, JC and others for these!

         

         



Avatar Mosaic (83 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 17-July-2009  03:43:45 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Yoink has made a special 10th Birthday version of the OCAU Avatar Mosaic. This time it's got a cool viewer which makes navigation a bit easier. I haven't found my avatar yet, can you find yours? Or mine? :) Hrm, back to scouring the green section..


There's a discussion thread here and you can see the previous avatar mosaic from 2004 here.



10 Years! (89 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 16-July-2009  17:36:34 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Well, here we are. Today, amazingly enough, is OCAU's 10th Birthday. That's right, it was 10 years ago that I was jumping through hoops to register overclockers.com.au. There's been a huge amount of water under the bridge since then, and to be honest so much of it has become a blur by now I don't really know where to begin. But to find myself running a website with 100,000 members, serving around half a million pages a day, is just mind-boggling.

There's not too much to announce right now in terms of celebrations, because the recent server move (and the hopefully soon re-move) has tied me up quite a bit, not to mention my life being derailed by two weeks of flu and small children etc. But over the next little while I hope to get some more OCAU merchandise organised, as well as some BBQ's and giveaways, similar to the 5th birthday celebrations.

I must give a quick thanks to OCAU's sponsors, particularly Scorpion Technology and of course Computer Alliance, who have been supporting the site for almost its entire life! Thanks of course also to the admins, newsmonkeys and the rest of the members who make the site such a cool place to hang out. :)

Who knows what the future will bring - there's certainly been a lot of changes in the industry and the online world in general over the last few years. But I hope to be writing a similar message in 5 years time, 10 years time, and further on down the line. OCAU will probably be something you stick in your ear that shows you funny pictures by then, who knows. :) Thanks for being part of it!



Friday Morning Reviews #2 (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 16-July-2009  17:27:31 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboards:
DFI LANPARTY DK X58-T3eH6 LGA1366 board on XbitLabs.
ASUS P7P55D EVO Core i5 Motherboard Preview on LegitReviews.
Gigabyte GA-P55-UD4P LGA1156 sneak preview on TechReport.
Gigabyte Lynnfield P55 Motherboard Sneak Peeks on HotHardware.
ASRock P45X3 Deluxe LGA775 board on CPU3D.
ECS P45T-A Black Series LGA775 board on PCShopTalk.
Intel BOXD945GCLF2D Atom 330 Motherboard on BenchmarkReviews.
Asus Maximus II Gene LGA775 board on TrustedReviews.
DFI LanParty Jr. 790GX-M3H5 AM3 board on LegitReviews.

Audio Visual:
Eagletech Arion ET-AR504LR-BK 2.1 Speakers with Subwoofer on Pro-Clockers.
Aiaiai Pipe Earphones on DigitalTrends.
Panasonic DMR-EZ48V DVD / VHS Recorder on TrustedReviews.
LG 32LH5000 32in LCD TV on TrustedReviews.
TRENDnet 7'' Wireless Internet Camera and Photo Monitor on PCShopTalk.
MSI SyrenSpeaker Mini on VerdisReviews.
Canon PowerShot SD970 IS digicam on DigitalTrends.
Eagle Arion Soundstage Speakers with Subwoofer on ThinkComputers.
EVGA Interview Dual Monitor System on HotHardware.
Jays v-Jays Headphones on DigitalTrends.
iRiver LPlayer MP3 Player on TheTechLounge.

Video Cards:
ATI Radeon HD 4730 CrossFire on InsideHW.
Asus ENGTX275 896MB on OC3D.
Gigabyte GV-N26OC896H-GA Geforce GTX260 Core 216 on PCStats.
Sparkle 9500GT on OCOnline.

Memory:
The Great DDR3 1600MHz Memory Showdown on HWZone.
A-DATA XPG + Series DDR3-1600+ on LegionHW.

Portable and Prebuilt:
Acer M900 phone on HWZone.
Sony VAIO VGN-NS30E/S - 15.4in Laptop on TrustedReviews.
Asus EeeBox B204 System on Tech-Reviews.
Asus Eee PC T91 Swivel-Screen Tablet Netbook on HotHardware.
Acer Tempo F900 Smartphone on TrustedReviews.
ASUS EeePC 1101HA on TBreak.
Sony Ericsson W995a phone on DigitalTrends.
HTC Hero phone preview on HWZone.
Asus Eee PC 1101HA Seashell - 11.6in Netbook on TrustedReviews.
Apple iPhone 3GS on TrustedReviews.
ASUS EeeTop PC ET1602 on InsideHW.



Friday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 16-July-2009  14:48:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Cases:
NZXT Zero 2 Full Tower on PCPerspective.
Silverstone Sugo Series SG04 on Hi-TechReviews.
Lian Li PC-B70 Full Tower on Tweaktown.
NZXT Beta on PureOC.
IKONIK Taran A20 and Zaria A20 SIM on XbitLabs.
CoolerMaster HAF 922 on TechWareLabs.

Cooling:
Akasa 120mm Apache Fan on Tech-Reviews.
NZXT Cryo S Laptop Cooler on OCIA.
NZXT Cryo S Aluminum Notebook Cooler on CCEReviews.
COOLERMASTER NOTEPAL X2 NOTEBOOK COOLER on Pro-Clockers.
alman CNPS10X Extreme Cooler on XbitLabs.
NZXT Sentry 2 fan controller on OCClub.
Evercool Transformer 4 CPU cooler on PureOC.

Input Etc:
Genius NetScroll G500 Laser Mouse on VerdisReviews.
Razer Goliathus Gaming Mouse Pad on TechWareLabs.
Logitech G19 Gaming Keyboard on Techgage.
XTracPads Logic Mousepad Surface video review on eTeknix.
NZXT Avatar 2600dpi Gaming Mouse on OCModShop.
GIGABYTE GK-K6800 Professional Multimedia Keyboard on FutureLooks.

Storage:
Super Talent SATA II Mini 2 PCIe MLC 64GB SSD on LegitReviews.
Pogoplug NAS Device on HotHardware.
A-DATA S805 Flash Drive on TechPowerUp.
QNAP TS-809 Pro Network Attached Storage Device on ThinkComputers.
Seagate Barracuda LP 2TB HDD on HWLogic.
Corsair Flash Voyager GT USB Thumb Drive on TheTechLounge.
Corsair P128 SSD on Guru3D.
Seagate Barracuda LP 2TB HDD on Bjorn3D.
OCZ Summit 120GB SSD on TechSpot.

Power Supply:
Xigmatek NRP-PC502 500W on JonnyGuru.
Cooler Master UCP 700W on HWSecrets.
Coolermaster Silent Pro M500 on XSReviews.
BFG MX-680 on HWSecrets.
IKONIK Power Supply Units Roundup on XbitLabs.



Press Releases (1 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 15-July-2009  13:31:30 (GMT +10) - by Agg

OCZ have a new Vertex Turbo SSD. OCZ Vertex Turbo Series provides a cutting-edge design for enthusiasts looking to transform their desktops or laptops. Enabled by a proprietary firmware and 64MB of 180MHz DRAM cache, the Vertex Turbo Edition ramps up performance levels to new heights, while providing the snappy computing, longer battery life, and shorter boot-ups users have enjoyed from the original.

Patriot meanwhile have doubled their SSD cache and added a 10-year warranty. The Torqx M28 SSD has been specifically designed with cutting-edge technology by increasing the DRAM cache from 64MB to 128MB of cache in conjunction with its current NAND flash technology. The ultimate result is an SSD that allows faster transfer rates between the controller and the host device. Compared to today's hard drives, the Torqx SSD provides for better stability, faster access times, and lower power consumption.

ReloadedLAN have announced their 2010 event (PDF). Reloaded will be held from January 16th to January 17th, in 2010 at the St Clair Recreation Centre in Woodville, with a special launch event to be held at Valhalla LAN Parties July 18th event. Major partners include, Valhalla LAN Parties, AVCON and the South Australian Government.

Seagate have a new enterprise-class hard drive, the Cheetah 15K.7. 600GB, 15k-rpm, 6GB/s SAS in a 3.5" package. Together, these features enable system builders to deliver lower-cost, multi-drive servers and storage systems, making the Cheetah 15K.7 ideal for use in environments ranging from small and medium-sized businesses to the largest enterprises. Product page here.

Super Talent have a 128GB USB Flash Drive with hardware encryption. Is this the first 128GB drive? The new 128GB Luxio drive is smaller in size than most competing 64GB USB drives, measuring approximately 77 x 21 x 10 mm (3.0 x 0.81 x 0.37 inches). The pocket-sized drive stores up to 40,000 six megapixel photos or up to 32,000 MP3 songs. The 128GB Luxio is offered in three colors: black, silver and wood grain, and is packaged in an elegant gift box. Each drive comes with a custom black leather carrying case. Windows 7 compatible Luxio drives are now available in capacities from 16GB to 128GB. Product page here.

Swiftech have announced a Master Distributor for the Australia and New Zealand markets. "We are very excited to be distributing Swiftech products in our region" said Louis Mittoni CEO of Mittoni Pty Ltd, "resellers looking for simpler sourcing as well as increasing demand from many retailers for Swiftech product ensures that the brand will build significantly upon its previous success, and we're very proud to become a part of this development".



Wednesday Night (10 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 15-July-2009  12:56:31 (GMT +10) - by Agg

SMH have an article about ZGeek's defamation lawsuit. There's an update on ZGeek's site too, altho it's not entirely clear where things stand re future action about the same complaint. But now, some even worse news. ZGeek is abandoning Australia. ZGeek as a company has been shut down and any future of the site conducting business in Australia is just not going to happen until the laws change as they offer no protection for internet content hosts based in Australia.

ACMA has re-launched its Cybersmart web site. The front page of the Cybersmart.gov.au web site now directs users to several sub-sites based on the user - with one site specific to "kids", another specific to "young kids", another for parents, another for teenage users, and a "schools gateway" for teachers.

Qantas recently refused to show an ad by GetUp parodying internet censorship, because they don't allow political advertising onboard. I know a lot of people are annoyed about this, but I don't really see a conspiracy. It's close enough to a political ad that they didn't want it. Fair enough. Anyway, there's a website associated with the ad which is pretty funny - check it out here.

Driverheaven have a roundup of X58 boards posted, for your Core i7 / LGA1366 processors. First up on the review bench is the top model in the Asus P6T desktop family, the P6T Deluxe V2, it competes against two high performance boards from Foxconn, the FlamingBlade and BloodRage GTI. Read on to find out which best meets your requirements in regards to performance and functionality.

Bjorn3D have a guide to making an NTFS USB Boot Disk. I've started doing installs from a USB stick lately, it's so convenient! Suddenly this morning I found myself thinking wouldn't it be nice to be able to boot to a USB disk with the NTFS file system and run diagnostics, memory tests, and maybe install Vista or XP from a USB disk.

IGN ponder the Top 10 Best Game Engines of the current generation. Over the following pages we'll take you through the very best engines in next-gen gaming. These are the big guns, proudly championed by their creators and delivering to you the finest gaming experiences on the planet. These are what turn good creative ideas into great gameplay.

PCPerspective reckon there's some issues delaying the availability of SATA 6G. Gigabyte is also apparently taking the same actions: they are pulling the Marvell 88SE9123 SATA 6G chips from all of their P55 motherboards. In fact, many Gigabyte offerings were to have TWO Marvell chips on them supporting 4 channels of SATA 6G - obviously now that is out the window. Initially when contacting the motherboard vendor, they seemed optimistic that it would be able to fix the problem before the P55 launch window. That apparently has changed in the last 48 hours and Gigabyte made the decision to pull the feature.



Forum Projects (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 14-July-2009  10:49:38 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Some interesting things from the forums:


aeolas re-worked his
water-cooled PC

Blinky checked out the
Fit-PC 2 mini-PC

the Fan-Man has a mod
based on Airbus's A330


STIK79 is making a
DIY entertainment unit

denass has a DIY
res with flow indicator

Team.AU tried LN2
on integrated graphics


ravencs's project is
a slimline HTPC

hoopstar has an awesome
G25 LED wheel mod

and windwithme previewed
MSI's LGA1156 board



Tuesday Night Reviews #2 (1 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 14-July-2009  10:19:48 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Memory:
Corsair Dominator GT DDR3-2000 8-8-8-24 6GB Triple Channel Kit on ThinkComputers.
GEIL Ultra Series PC3-14400 6GB Memory Kit on Tweaktown.

Audio Visual:
Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player on Futurelooks.
Samsung HMX-H106 HD SSD Camcorder on DigitalTrends.
ROCCAT VIRE Ultra-Lightweight Headset on PCShopTalk.
Samsung SPF-85V Digital Photo Frame on FutureLooks.
ASUS My Cinema EHD3-100 HDTV/FM Tuner on BenchmarkReviews.
Samsung SyncMaster P2370 on TheTechZone.
Nikon Coolpix L100 Mega Zoom Camera on HotHardware.
Sony Bravia KDL-32W5500 32in LCD TV on TrustedReviews.

Storage:
ADATA NH92 USB Drive on TBreak.
OCZ Agility Series 120GB SSD on CPU3D.
Patriot Memory TorqX 128GB SATA Solid State Drive on FutureLooks.
Sandberg HDD Docking Station on Techniz.
PNY Attache USB Thumb Drive on TheTechLounge.

Input Etc:
Razer Goliathus Gaming Mouse Pad on TechWareLabs.
EnerMax Aurora Micro Aluminum Keyboard on TechWareLabs.

Portable & Prebuilt:
The Shuttle X50 AIO - Dual-Core Atom Goodness netbook on HWZone.
Lenovo S10-2 Netbook on I4U.
Roccat Tusko Flatscreen Bag for transporting monitors on Metku.



Tuesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 14-July-2009  10:02:14 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Cooling:
Zalman ZM-NC1500 Ultra-Quiet Notebook Cooler on OCModShop.
VIZO Ninja HS Notebook Cooler on PureOC.
Enermax Twister Case Fans on OCModShop.

Motherboard and CPU:
Asus P7P55D EVO P55 LGA1156 board on OC3D.
ASUS P7P55D EVO LGA1156 board first look on TrustedReviews.
Intel DG41MJ: Affordable 775 Mini-ITX on SilentPCReview.
DFI LanParty JR 790GX-M3H5 mATX on SilentPCReview.
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition AM3 Processor video review on eTeknix.
ASUS P7P55D EVO P55 LGA1156 board preview on PCPerspective.
ASRock NetTop ION 330 AMCP7A-ION HTPC ION board on BenchmarkReviews.

Power Supply:
CoolerMaster 600, OCZ 600 and Zalman 660W on MadShrimps.
Xigmatek NRP-PC402 400W on OCClub.
Nexus Value 430 Silent on PCShopTalk.

Video Cards:
Inno3D GeForce GTX 295 Platinum on Guru3D.
Sapphire HD4890 Toxic on RBMods.
ASUS Radeon HD EAH4890 HTDI/1GD5 on LegitReviews.
MSI NGTX260 Lightning Black Edition on InsideHW.

Cases:
Ikonik Zaria A10 Series Mid Tower on ThinkComputers.
ANTEC Fusion Remote Black HTPC Enclosure on PCShopTalk.
Raidmax Monster Mid-Tower on Modders-Inc.
Thermaltake Element T on TechPowerUp.
Cooler Master Gladiator 600 on NinjaLane.



Tuesday Evening (4 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 14-July-2009  07:39:20 (GMT +10) - by Agg

We knew he'd been nominated, but it turns out Senator Stephen Conroy has actually won the Internet Villain Award as handed out by the UK Internet Industry. Nice work, Senator! Stephen Conroy and the Australian Government - "For continuing to promote network-level blocking despite significant national and international opposition"

Jason pointed out that NASA are re-enacting Apollo 11 on a new website, We Choose The Moon. I seem to be having some Flash issues here, but hopefully I'll be able to check it out soon.

iXBT have posted part one of their guide to choosing a processor. In this article we are going to answer one simple and at the same time very difficult question: how to choose a CPU? We decided to collect the mandatory basic information you must know to make an educated choice, and teach you how to choose.

AMD have released three new six-core Opteron HE processors. The 55W ACP Six-Core AMD Opteron HE processors are currently shipping for 2-, 4- and 8-P systems and available today in new systems from HP, addressing the needs of dynamic, performance hungry and power constrained data centers. Systems from additional OEMs are expected to come to market throughout Q309.

LegionHW have an AM3 memory performance guide. It is fair to say that just about anything goes, as we found timings and even frequency had little impact on performance, at least within reason. Naturally no one is going to use DDR3 memory clocked at 800MHz, and even 1066MHz memory is really out of the question as it's almost impossible to buy.

Stephen Fry, one of my favourite celebrities, has admitted he's a pirate. But it came good in the end. In a speech about copyright and the future of music introduced by Stuff’s editor-in-chief Tom Dunmore, Fry poured scorn on the music industry for attacking the public in file-sharing cases. "Making an example of ordinary people is the stupidest thing the record industry can do," he said.



Monday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 13-July-2009  13:29:50 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Cooling:
Prolimatech Megahalems CPU cooler on Bjorn3D.
OCZ XTC Cooler Rev 2 VGA cooler on OCIA.
GELID Slim Silence AM2 Low-Profile CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.
Noctua NF-S12B FLX Case Fan on LegitReviews.
Zalman CNPS10X Extreme Universal Heatsink on PCPerspective.
GELID Systems Silent Spirit CPU Heatsink on OCModShop.
GELID Xtreme & GC2 Thermal Paste on Bjorn3D.
EVERCOOL HPK-10025EA CPU Cooler on PCShopTalk.
XILENCE Black Hawk COPPER CPU Cooler on XbitLabs.
"Alpine Wind": Alpenfoehn Brocken CPU Cooler on XbitLabs.

Storage:
GSkill Falcon 128GB SATA II SSD on OC3D.
Kingston 128GB SSDNow V Series Solid State Drive on TechWareLabs.
Patriot Memory 64GB Torqx SSD on CCEReviews.
Eagle Tech Consus M-Series ET-CSMSU2-BK Hard Drive Enclosure on VerdisReviews.

Portable:
HP dv2 12.1" Ultra-Portable Notebook on Techgage.
Toshiba Portege A600-14C - 12.1in Laptop on TrustedReviews.
ASUS Eee PC 1005HA Seashell Netbook Preview on LegitReviews.
Sony VAIO P Series netbook on TBreak.

Input Etc:
Razer Salmosa 3G Gaming Mouse on OCModShop.
GIGABYTE GM-M7800S Swarovski Crystal Mouse on Tweaktown.
Wacom Intuos 4 Tablet on HWZone.



Monday Evening (1 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 13-July-2009  09:26:53 (GMT +10) - by Agg

From Jeremy: Big news in the Good Game camp this week, as last month revealed the show for gamers by gamers to be the #1 downloaded show in the ABC! Good Game narrowly topped favourites Media Watch and Triple J TV. ... You can catch Good Game on Monday nights @ 8:30pm on ABC2, as well as late Friday nights on ABC1 just before rage. Download any ep at www.abc.net.au/goodgame.

Mad Mike sent in this video about the debilitating condition of First-Person Shooter Disease. Funny stuff. Duke Nukem's disease is a scary one, Gene brings you the story of the life of a First Person Shooter.

Another recent video is this Office 2010: The Movie trailer, which seems to be from Microsoft, or could be a parody, but given the weird barfing ads they've been putting out lately, who knows. Anyway, it's pretty funny, even if it continues their trend of telling you nothing whatsoever about the product.

InsideHW have a nine-way CPU cooler roundup posted. Since we are testing products from mid and high class segment, our choice of Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 as testing CPU is logical, while ASUS Rampage Formula is used as base for our testing rig. Room temperature was set at 23 degrees Celsius. If you wonder why we didn't test same coolers with AMD CPUs the answer is simple: when it comes to CPU coolers, it doesn't matter what CPU is underneath it if the cooler is good.

Hexus have an interview with Corsair about some recent quality issues. What we've seen is a higher-than-expected field failure rate with our Elpida Hyper-based Dominator GT modules. This is something the enthusiast community started to see a while ago, but we weren't sure at first if it wasn't just related to the fact that most of them were pushing them as hard as possible, upping voltages and clock dividers, pouring liquid nitrogen or liquid helium on them and so on.

Today's timewaster is this free browser version of Street Fighter II CE. Continuing the recent spate of free releases of 1990s classics, Capcom and GameTap have now released a browser-based version of Street Fighter II CE.



Sunday Afternoon (11 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 12-July-2009  07:44:59 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Urgghh.. over a week of this killer flu now. My face aches.

HyRax1 spotted a Free "Ubuntu Linux Secrets" eBook available for download. As it says - this book is now out of date (circa Ubuntu 8.10) and is thus now available for free download. At nearly 840 pages and 14.4MB, why not? Could be handy.

TrustedReviews have a roundup of affordable bass-friendly headphones. How low can you go? Stu takes a look at three pairs of portable headphones that aren?t afraid of bass.

XbitLabs check out mainstream GPU performance in MMORPGs. Again, the point of such games is not in eye-popping visuals but rather in the opportunity to interact with other players. Therefore a MMORPG gamer may appreciate an inexpensive card with passive cooling, especially as many such gamers play at nights and want to have a quiet computer nearby.

Gizmodo played around with Windows 7 Touch Pack. I scored one of the only copies of Windows 7 Touch Pack out in the wild, and it really blew my mind, bringing the full power of Microsoft Surface to touch-enabled Win 7 PCs.

Check out this impressive GPU milking machine, one hell of a folding box. I am still working on issues getting all 6 GPUs to post. If I can getting it fully functional I will load it with 6 GTX 295s and pop the 100Kppd ceiling with one rig.

HWZone have a Lynnfield Core i5 preview. You probably have seen a handful of Intel P55 motherboards during our Computex 2009 coverage, but today we've one up-close from ASUS - complete with a Core i5 Lynnfield processor as well. Join us as we delve in detail with the ASUS P7P55D Evo motherboard and what to expect in September 2009.

OCModShop interviewed Pete Hines of Bethesda Softworks about the merger of iD Software with ZeniMax media. What effect will this have on future ID releases such as Rage and Quake 5? Will we see future Doom games? Will Id move away from PC games towards consoles? Will there be any changes to Quake Con?

ZDNet have an article about the companies behind the race to the moon as we approach the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11. The manufacturing of the Saturn V was the most ambitious and complicated multi-contractor construction and assembly project ever created or executed by the US aerospace industry. Endeavour is hopefully going to launch in 15 hours but it's been delayed three times already and the weather isn't looking great.



Sunday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 12-July-2009  06:36:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Storage:
Seagate BlackArmor WS 110 External Storage and Backup System on TBreak.
Kingston SSDNow V Series 128GB SSD on LegitReviews.
Promise SmartStor NS4600 on XbitLabs.
OCZ Vertex SSD on PureOC.
Philips Streamium NP2500 on DigitalTrends.

Memory:
OCZ Blade PC3-16000 CAS 7 6GB Memory Kit on Tweaktown.
OCZ Platinum vs. Crucial Ballistix DDR3-1600 on Virtual-Hideout.

Prebuilt and Portable:
CrunchPad - A Linux-Based Tablet Device on TechFragments.
Acer Aspire One D250 Netbook on I4U.
MSI X-Slim X320 notebook on InsideHW.
Acer Aspire One D250 Netbook on TBreak.
Compaq Presario CQ60 on TechReviewSource.
TomTom One 140 S GPS on DigitalTrends.
Lenovo IdeaPad S10-2 Netbook on HotHardware.
Apple MacBook 13in White on TrustedReviews.
Tongfong S30A notebook on VIAArena.
ASRock NetTop ION 330 on Phoronix.
Amazon Kindle DX eBook reader on HWSecrets.

Software:
GTA: Chinatown Wars for DS on GamingNexus.
Alan Wake PC game preview on GamingHeaven.



Saturday Afternoon Reviews #2 (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 11-July-2009  07:36:05 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Video Card:
Sapphire Toxic Radeon HD 4870 1GB GDDR5 on Motherboards.org.
Sapphire Vapor-X Radeon HD 4890 on TechWareLabs.
ASUS ENGTX275 on OCClub.
Gigabyte GV-R435OC-512I Radeon HD 4350 Half-Height on PCStats.
ATI Radeon HD 4770 on ITReviewed.
Galaxy GeForce GTX 260+ OC Tri-Fan on Tweaktown.
ASUS GeForce GTS 250 Dark Knight on PureOC.
MSI N260GTX OC V3 T2D896 on NeoSeeker.
Sapphire HD4770 with 40 nm Technology on Metku.

Cases:
Thermaltake Element-S Chassis on CPU3D.
SilverStone Sugo SG05 on HWSecrets.
Antec ISK 300-65 Mini-ITX on SilentPCReview.
Moneual MonCaso 301 Desktop HTPC Case on SilentPCReview.
Silverstone Fortress FT01: Positive Pressure Case on SilentPCReview.
Cooler Master Gladiator 600 on GamePyre.

Power Supply:
Gigabyte ODIN GT 550W on RBMods.
FSP300-60GHS 300W SSF PSU on HWSecrets.
PC Power & Cooling Silencer 910W on OC3D.
Ultra Power Supply Tester on ComputingOnDemand.
Enermax ECO 80+ 620W on HWSecrets.
Huntkey V-Power 550W on HWSecrets.



Saturday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 11-July-2009  07:22:30 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard and CPU:
ASUS Crosshair III Formula AM3 board on TBreak.
EVGA X58 SLI LE LGA1366 board on NinjaLane.
Gigabyte MA790FXT-UD5P AM3 board on NeoSeeker.
ASRock P45X3 Deluxe Intel P45 LGA775 board on ThinkComputers.
Asus M4N82 Deluxe AM3 board on TrustedReviews.
AMD Phenom II X4 955 AM3 CPU on Motherboards.org.
Jetway MA3-79GDG Combo AM3 board on eTeknix.
MSI G41TM-E43 LGA775 board on Motherboards.org.

Audio Visual:
Klipsch Image S4 Headphones on DigitalTrends.
AIAIAI Y-com Headphones on DigitalTrends.
Samsung LN52A850S1F A850 52-inch LCD HDTV on PCStats.
Panasonic Viera TX-P46S10 46in Plasma TV on TrustedReviews.
Ultimate Ears MetroFi 220 Noise Isolation Earphones on MegaTechNews.
AKAI AISS010 All-In-One Entertainment System on Tweaktown.
Altec Lansing VS2421 Computer Speaker System on BigBruin.
BenQ Joybee GP1 Mini Projector on TechSpot.
Avantalk BTSP-200 Bluetooth Stereo Speakerphone on LegitReviews.
Avantalk BTSP-200 Bluetooth Stereo Speakerphone on TBreak.
Samsung's 52" LN52A850S1F A850 LCD HDTV on PCStats.
Sony DVP-FX930 Portable DVD Player on TrustedReviews.
ASUS My Cinema EHD3-100 Dual Hybrid TV Card on ThinkComputers.
Samsung OMNIA HD on InsideHW.

Phones:
HTC Snap on HWZone.
Acer DX900 Windows Mobile Smartphone on TrustedReviews.
Sony Ericsson Cyber-shot C903 on TrustedReviews.
T-Mobile myTouch 3G on DigitalTrends.
Apple iPhone 3GS on HWZone.



Misc Pics (28 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 10-July-2009  03:22:43 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to brodsta, Timbot and others for these!

         

         



Interesting Forum Threads (2 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 10-July-2009  02:55:15 (GMT +10) - by Agg

A quick shapshot of what's going on in the forums:

Core i9: First CPU said to be 6-core Gulftown in Intel Hardware.
Intel's 32nm Clarkdale CPUs moved up to Q4, a full year ahead of AMD? in Intel Hardware.
AMD Readying 3.4Ghz Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition in AMD Hardware.
Nvidia Partners Get Ready 40nm G210 & GT 220 Cards in Video Cards.
Neotokyo: hl2 mod in Games.
Command & Conquer 4 Announced in Games.
Mechwarrior 5 in Games.
Sony VAIO 800GB USB 2.0 Thumbstick WTF! in Storage & Backup.
DIY Res with built in drain and flow indicator in Extreme Cooling.
The Nagios thread in Business & Enterprise Computing.
Battlefield 1943 in Game Consoles.
My Xbox360 just chewed my copy of Streetfighter 4! in Microsoft Consoles.
Greg Kroah-Hartman on contributions to the Linux Plumbing pipeline in Other Operating Systems.
Google OS? in Other Operating Systems.
Can someone explain this to me about Linux culture? in Other Operating Systems.
Dick Smith phasing out components? in Electronics.
Aperture and ISO (I'm confused how it related to photos) in Photography.
New Jag XJ unveiled in Motoring.
I NEED YOU, well Wyong Automotive Racing Precinct (WARP) project does! in Motoring.
Unidentified Orbs released over Mexico - Interesting Footage in Current Events.
Web filter to censor video games in Current Events.
California is bankrupt? in Career, Education and Finance.
Blue-eyed cod fillets glow in the dark? in Geek Food.
Masticating Juicer in Geek Food.



Friday Midday (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 10-July-2009  02:19:44 (GMT +10) - by Agg

You might remember the OCAU Avatar Mosaic from a few years ago. Well, yoink is doing another one to celebrate OCAU's 10th anniversary - and he's capturing the forum avatars tomorrow at noon. So if you want to change your avatar to something special for the occasion, do it now. :)

After two cancelled launches, Endeavour should launch on the weekend, weather permitting. Liftoff is scheduled for Saturday at 7:39 p.m. Due to expected showers, thunderstorms and anvil clouds in the area, the launch weather forecast continues to be 40 percent "go."

EFA have more info on ZGeek's lawsuit. The website operator may well have a defence under Australian law, but there is still significant uncertainty as to what is required of a forum moderator in Australia. We lack solid immunities and appropriate notice & takedown procedures, which means that operators of public fora can never be certain as to their potential liability - something that significantly harms freedom of expression in Australia.

A Spanish judge has ruled that downloading copyright files is legal, as long as it's not for profit. n a recent Spanish court case, an eD2K P2P website that specialises in recent release movies was brought to court by the country's leading entertainment copyright coalition, hoping to target 200 individual downloaders for their so-called 'crimes' of downloading.

Tech Report look back at storage performance. Over the years, our storage test rig has run through 70 desktop and notebook hard drives, SSDs, and exotic RAM disks. We've compiled all our test data for a massive retrospective that explores storage capacity and performance scaling over nearly the last half-decade.

Meanwhile HotHardware have an SSD RAID grudge match. We've certainly heard of Fusion-io's bleeding edge PCI Express-based SSD solution but to date haven't yet gotten the chance to check it out on the test bench here at HotHardware. In addition, though we've put Intel's wonderfully fast X25-M SSD through its paces in stand-alone testing, imagine what it would be like with up to four drives in RAID 0. You see where we're going here, a battle royal of what is arguably some of the fastest SSD storage technology money can buy right now.

Apparently a combination of turbulence and terrain led to Steve Fossett's death, thanks Wayne. His single-engine, two-seater plane crashed near Mammoth Lakes, California, "following an inadvertent encounter with downdrafts that exceeded the climb capability of the airplane", the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said.



Thursday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 9-July-2009  13:42:57 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Cases:
NZXT Panzerbox Classic Series Mid-Tower on Techgage.
Xigmatek Midgard on TechPowerUp.
Chieftec Aegis CX-05B-B 11-Bay Steel ATX Mid Tower on ThinkComputers.

Storage:
WWF Panda 16GB USB Drive on Bjorn3D.
Western Digital RE4-GP 2TB Enterprise Hard Disk in RAID 0 on Tweaktown.
QNAP TS-809 Pro Turbo 8 Bay NAS on Tweaknews.
Patriot Torqx 128 GB SSD on Guru3D.
Seagate BlackArmor WS 110 External Storage and Backup System on TBreak.

Input Etc:
Razer Salmosa Gaming Mouse on TechWareLabs.
Razer Mamba Wireless Gaming Mouse HWSecrets.

Cooling:
Kingwin XT-1264 CPU cooler on PureOC.
LUXA2 M1-Pro Laptop Cooler on ThinkComputers.
Thermaltake V1 AX CPU Cooler on BigBruin.
Thermaltake DuOrb Extreme on LegionHW.
GELID Solutions Low Speed Optimized Silent Fans on OCClub.
UV Reactive GELID Wing Fans on BurnOutPC.
Prolimatech Megahalems CPU Cooler on PCShopTalk.
Enermax Aeolus CP001 Notebook Cooler on OCModShop.

Misc:
TRENDnet TPE-S44, TPE-112GS and TPE-111GI Power over Ethernet on Tweaktown.
Learning to love the Kindle DX ebook reader on DigitalTrends.
Vantec ezSHARE Adapter on TechPowerUp.



Forum Projects (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 8-July-2009  11:48:05 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Some interesting things from the forums:


Team.AU has an AMD TWKR
at 6.68GHz!

BBQ_69 built a NAS
into a briefcase

Yamunsa turned a boring
server into a cool PC


the Fan-Man added more bass
to Logitech's X530 speakers

mnpctech have an
"urban sniper" project

192.168.0.1 has modded his
motherboard power connector


slipperyskip has another
wooden PC in mind

jeimuzu spraypainted a
boring beige box

oldnewby continues his
amazing Cygnus X1



Wednesday Night (11 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 8-July-2009  11:11:33 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Australian site ZGeek.com is apparently being sued for defamation over some comments made by their forum members, thanks Enthalpy. I have enough now to get things started. I'll find out how serious this is tomorrow and we'll play it by ear and I'll update you when I can. Until then it's business as usual!! A massive thanks to all those who have donated (and those who have wished us well!). You guys have seriously blown me away with your generosity.

Tech Report consider rational backup strategies. Like many of us, my history of backup management is shameful, littered with poorly labeled DVD-Rs, manual file copies, and a minimum of forethought. Yet with relative ease, I was recently able to build a much more rational backup scheme that is, by and large, automated in software.

Adam sent word that Google are taking on Windows with Chrome OS. "Google Chrome OS is being created for people who spend most of their time on the web, and is being designed to power computers ranging from small netbooks to full-size desktop systems," Google says.

From Rob: Interesting story about how a now former employee stole a copy of Goldman's advanced stock buying software (stuff that buys in a zillionth of a second then sells when everyone else starts buying).

DriverHeaven took an AMD TWKR BE to 6GHz+. We are one of the few sites to get a sample of this processor which isn't being sold in the market. We overclocked it on Vapo and managed to get over 6GHZ out of it - which makes it the fastest AMD CPU we have ever tested.

Futurelooks have more info on the Opera Unite sharing service we mentioned recently. These are all viable options, but none of them offer the same unique features as the latest release of Opera. That’s because we’re looking a new service called Opera Unite. With Opera Unite technology, they are "radically extending what you are able to do online."

PCPerspective have info on the CausticGL Ray Tracing API. In today's article we are going to take a look in more detail at the software side of Caustic Graphics CausticRT platform - CausticGL. Though I am a far cry from a rendering engine developer I think the technical brief that Caustic provided for us should allow me to share some interesting thoughts and comparisons to other graphics APIs.

Timbot sent in this USB chainsaw. Measuring no larger than the size of a regular computer keyboard, every effort has been made to ensure that proper grip - and safety - is not compromised. So who's going to be the first to mod it with a Wiimote and make it a controller for DOOM? :)



Wednesday Evening Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 8-July-2009  10:22:31 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Memory:
Patriot G-Series PC3-10666 on LegionHW.
A-DATA X Series Ver 2 PC3-12800 6GB DDR3 Kit on Tweaktown.

Video Cards:
MSI N285GTX Superpipe 2G PCIe on OC3D.
Sapphire HD 4770 512MB on XSReviews.
Sapphire Radeon HD 4670 512MB GDDR4 on LegitReviews.
Gigabyte Geforce GTX 275 (896Mb DDR3) on CPU3D.
Powercolor Radeon HD 4890 PCS+ on Guru3D.

Power Supply:
Enermax Liberty Eco 400W on OCModShop.
Tagan Piperock II 680W on DriverHeaven.

Storage:
Eagle Tech Consus 2.5" M-Series SSD on PureOC.
Super Talent UltraDrive 128GB SSD on Motherboards.org.
Patriot TorqX 64GB SSD on RBMods.
A few weeks with LaCie's iamaKey thumb drive on TechReport.
EnhanceBox E4 External Storage Solution on TechWareLabs.
Wintec Filemate SolidGo 48GB ExpressCard 34 Ultra SSD on Pro-Clockers.
Kingston DataTraveler DT200/64GB on Bjorn3D.
2x OCZ Vertex 30 GB Solid State Drives in RAID 0 on OCIA.



Tuesday Afternoon (1 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 7-July-2009  02:38:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Ma Baker sent word that there's only 2 days left to vote in this month's Iron Chef. Choose the entry that you think best articulates the theme for Iron Chef June 2009: Mushrooms. Whose cuisine will reign supreme? Let the voting begin! Holy cow, there's some yummy-looking stuff in that thread.

HotHardware checked out high-performance ITX solutions from Zotac, SilverStone and Intel. If you find the idea of a tiny small form factor machine appealing but can't stand the limited performance and lack of customizability of current "nettops", then listen up.

HardOCP took a look at SSD RAID scaling under Windows 7. For today's article we are going to show you guys what a lot of you can expect when you jump on the Windows 7 bandwagon and slap together some RAID-0 SSD awesomeness with a sprinkle of the Intel ICH10R Southbridge aka x58 chipset. Just for good measure we are going to toss in some charts when running a dedicated RAID card to see what, if any, boost can be expected from such a setup.

Meanwhile TechReport looked at SSD performance in Vista. Our last SSD round-up caused quite a stir for using an older test system with Windows XP. We've now explored SSD performance on more current hardware with Vista x64 SP2, and you might be surprised by the results.

HWZone investigated graphics driver upgrades. ATI and NVIDIA release new drivers nearly every month with a promise of better performance and greater efficiency. We take cards from both makers and run them with drivers released in the past year to see how they handle performance, power and temperature concerns. Are the driver updates worth your time? iXBTLabs have a similar article.

Tweakguides cover Firefox 3.5. I have revised the Firefox Tweak Guide for all the changes in Firefox 3.5. The guide not only contains descriptions of the new features, as well as all existing features, it has every major tips and tweak required to customize Firefox 3.5 to suit your needs and get the most out of this browser.

HardCoreWare show you how to use a PS3 controller with your PC. This new guide explains how to get full control of the Playstation 3 controller in all versions of Windows - including 32-bit and 64-bit, XP, Vista, and Windows 7. The illustrated guide will take you through all the steps, and in the end you will get a fully functional PS3 controller in any version of Windows you want - including Bluetooth connectivity, SixAxis control, and DualShock support.

LegitReviews have been overclocking their MSI Wind U100 Netbook. MSI recently released a BIOS update that includes overclocking features in the BIOS for the Wind U100 netbook series. Once this feature is enabled in the BIOS you can select a CPU overclock of either 8%, 15% or 24%, for a maximum overclock of 2GHz. Read on to see how far we can overclock our U100 and to see what overclocking does for performance.



Tuesday Lunchtime Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 7-July-2009  02:08:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Video Cards:
Sapphire Radeon HD 4890 ATOMIC video card on Tweaktown.
HIS HD 4870 IceQ 4+ Turbo 1GB DDR5 on ViperLair.

Cooling:
Gelid Solutions GC-2 Thermal Compound video review on eTeknix.
EVERCOOL Transformer 4 CPU Cooler on PCShopTalk.
OCZ Gladiator Max CPU Cooler on VerdisReviews.

Storage:
SanDisk Ultra Backup 32GB USB Flash Drive on EverythingUSB.
QNAP TS-809 Pro 8-Bay SATA NAS on BenchmarkReviews.
Corsair P256 2.5-inch Solid State Disk on Tweaktown.
Super Talent Luxio 64GB USB Flash Drive on CCEReviews.
Kingston's SSDNow 80GB upgrade kit on TechReport.

Portable:
Acer Aspire Timeline 4810T Notebook on I4U.
Apple MacBook Pro 13in - 2009 Edition on TrustedReviews.

Motherboard & CPU:
ASUS Crosshair III Formula AM3 board on OCClub.
MSI 790FX-GD70 Socket AM3 board on LegitReviews.
ASUS M4A79 Deluxe AM3 board on TechWareLabs.
AMD Athlon II X2 250 CPU on ITReviewed.
Gigabyte MA770T-UD3P AMD 770 AM3 board on PCPerspective.
MSI 790FX-GD70 AM3 790FX board on FutureLooks.
MSI G41TM-E43 LGA775 board on HWZone.

Audio Visual:
Canon EOS 500D DSLR on ITReviewed.
Auzentech X-Fi Forte Low Profile 7.1 PCI-E Sound Card on OC3D.
Hercules XPS 2.1 50 2.1 Speakers on ThinkComputers.
Pure Digital Flip UltraHD Camcorder on TheTechZone.
Sony DAV-DZ280 DVD Home Cinema System on TrustedReviews.
Razer Carcharias Headset on RBMods.
Mitsubishi HC7000 LCD Projector on TrustedReviews.
Radiopaq Custom Tuned Earphones on TrustedReviews.
Fujifilm FinePix A150 Digital Camera on HWSecrets.

Input Etc:
X-Trac Logic Mousepads on Bjorn3D.
Logitech Harmony 1100 remote on DriverHeaven.
Wacom Intuos4 Tablet on TBreak.

Case and PSU:
In Win X-Fighter Mid-Tower on Hi-TechReviews.
NZXT Beta case on NeoSeeker.
Lian Li PC-A05N case on Phoronix.
Lian Li PC-8 case on OCAholic.
Thermaltake Litepower 450W on Ninjalane.
Scimitar Computers Vertex Pyramid Case on TechPowerUp.



Phenom Shootout (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 6-July-2009  12:11:55 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Dirtyd has compared six AMD CPUs, including the new Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition and Athlon II X2 250:


Click for the review!



Photography Gallery (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 6-July-2009  01:49:45 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's some recent photos from our Photography Gallery forum:



















Monday Morning Reviews #2 (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 6-July-2009  01:05:58 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Input Etc:
Nyko Metal Drum Pedal game controller on OCModShop.
Gigabyte Elegant Vogue Wireless Mouse on HWZone.
Roccat Taito Gaming Mouse Pad on OC3D.

Motherboard & CPU:
GIGABYTE full range latest P55 mobos video intro on Tweaktown.
Gigabyte MA790GP-UD4H (AMD 790GX) AM3 board on HWZone.
The VB80002 digital media server device board on VIAArena.
Intel DX58SO LGA1366 board on XbitLabs.
Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition AM3 CPU on ITReviewed.
EVGA X58 3X SLI Classified LGA1366 board on GamePyre.
ASUS P6T SE LGA1366 board on PCShopTalk.

Power Supply:
OCZ Fatal1ty 550W Modular on CPU3D.
BFG Tech EX Series 1000W on OCIA.
PC Power & Cooling Silencer 910W on JonnyGuru.

Case:
Thermaltake Element G on HWSecrets.
Antec Mini P180 and NSK6580B on XbitLabs.
GMC G-50 midtower on DriverHeaven.
Cooler Master Storm Scout Gaming Case on Tech-Reviews.
In Win X-Fighter on Bjorn3D.

Misc:
Sanyo eneloop Solar Light on HWZone.
Fisker Karma hybrid car on DigitalTrends.
Carbonite v3.7.4 online backup service on ITReviewed.
Corsair Dominator GT PC3-16000 6GB Memory Kit on Tweaktown.
Samsung YP-U5 (2GB) mp3 player on TrustedReviews.



Monday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 5-July-2009  16:38:42 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Video Cards:
Sapphire Toxic HD 4890 Vapor-X on Guru3D.
Sparkle GeForce GTX 275 on LegitReviews.
Asus ENGTX275 on NeoSeeker.
EVGA GeForce GTX 275 1792MB on XbitLabs.
ASUS EAH 4770 Formula Series on OCClub.
Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 Vapor-X 2GB on Motherboards.org.

Storage:
Kingston SSDNow M-Series SSD Upgrade Kit on Tweaktown.
OCZ Throttle eSATA Flash Drive 32GB on TrustedReviews.

Software:
Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood PC game on GamingHeaven.
eMedia Guitar Method v4 on ITReviewed.
Mozilla Firefox 3.5 on ITReviewed.
Bioshock 2: Multiplayer Musings on IGN.
Plextor PX-B310U External Blu-ray Combo Drive on CCEReviews.
ArmA II PC game on GamingHeaven.
Ghostbusters: The Video Game on YouGamers.

Portable:
Nokia N97 - A Means to an N phone on HWZone.
Nokia N97 on TrustedReviews.
Roccat Tusko Laptop Bag on RBMods.
NZXT Cryo S laptop cooler on Bjorn3D.
ASUS N90Sv-A2 Multimedia Notebook on Tweaktown.



Sunday Afternoon (4 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 5-July-2009  06:14:31 (GMT +10) - by Agg

There's been three new dinosaurs discovered in Australia recently. The skeletons of Matilda & Banjo were found together at bottom of an ancient billabong. For some reason that reads in Steve Irwin's voice for me.

The future head of MI6 is in hot water thanks to his wife's facebook postings. In what the Mail on Sunday called an "extraordinary lapse", the new spy chief's wife, Lady Shelley Sawers, posted family pictures and exposed details of where the couple live and take their holidays and who their friends and relatives are.

NASA's Lunar Reconaissance Orbiter has sent back photos of the moon. The spacecraft's two cameras, collectively known as the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera, or LROC, were activated June 30. The cameras are working well and have returned images of a region in the lunar highlands south of Mare Nubium (Sea of Clouds).

Dell have been ordered by Taiwan's consumer regulators to honour an online pricing mistake, thanks mysrh. News of the supposed bargain spread quickly over the internet when it was posted June 25 at 11pm. Within the eight hours before it was removed, more than 26,000 customers placed orders for nearly 140,000 monitors, according to Taiwan's Consumer Protection Commission. Ouch. But why are similar screwups never enforced here?

Danny sends word that Windows 7 will be sent to manufacturers on 13th July, according to the latest rumours, but it won't be on shelves until late October. After a year of furious beta testing and continuous leaks every other week, Microsoft is finally ready to give Windows 7 the green light to hit the market. Currently the Windows 7 team is working on polishing off the RTM build so that no show-stopper bugs are present in Windows 7. The date, July 13, also coincides with the kickoff of the Worldwide Partner Conference that is taking place in New Orleans.

An Easter Egg has been found in Donkey Kong, 26 years after release. That is a set of conditions so specific I can't imagine anyone discovering the egg without prying apart the code, much less knowing how to repeat it. Hodges shows how he found it in the code, using an emulator.

The ever-popular mandatory internet filter may be extended to online games. That means browser-based or downloaded games, or online roleplaying games such as the popular World of Warcraft, will be blocked in Australia if it contains content deemed inappropriate for anyone under the age of 15. Can't really see how that's going to work, apart from a wholesale ban of the game, which is mental.

Queensland's Health Commission has nearly completed virtualising their IT infrastructure. When information systems manager Steven Moskwa joined the commission in 2007 the impending desktop and server refresh became the main impetus for an integrated virtual server and desktop environment which would also enable better remote access. Hrm, that name seems familiar. ;)



Saturday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 4-July-2009  13:38:24 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio / Visual:
JVC Everio X GZ-X900 camcorder on DigitalTrends.
Nanovision MIMO UM-710 USB Monitor on OCModShop.
Crystal Audio SSB-1 Surround Soundbar on TrustedReviews.
Teufel Concept E 400 and Decoder Station 5 on TrustedReviews.
Radius Atomic Bass Earphones for iPhone on ThinkComputers.
Maximo iM-590 iMetal Earphones on TechPowerUp.
Radius Atomic Bass Earphones for iPhone on MegaTechNews.

Cooling:
Evercool Buffalo CPU cooler on PureOC.
Nexus TDD-9000 Liquid Cooling Pad Laptop Cooler on Tech-Reviews.
CoolIT Domino A.L.C Watercooling Kit on Tech-Reviews.
Coolit Domino A.L.C. DM-1000 CPU Cooler on OC3D.
Domino Advance Liquid Cooling System on Hi-TechReviews.
Zalman CNPS10X Extreme CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.
Koolance CPU-LN2 Liquid Nitrogen Evaporator on LegitReviews.

Portable:
Acer DX900 Dual SIM Windows Smartphone on VerdisReviews.
LG GC900 Viewty Smart on TrustedReviews.
ASUS N90Sv-A2 Multimedia Notebook on Tweaktown.



Misc Pics (14 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 3-July-2009  05:39:53 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again!

         

         

         



Friday Afternoon (5 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 3-July-2009  04:36:07 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The RIAA has chalked up another victory, this time against usenet.com. According to court documents (PDF warning), the Usenet service is guilty of direct infringement, inducement of infringement, contributory infringement, and vicarious infringement. The ruling also said that Usenet.com cannot claim protection under the 1984 Sony Betamax decision which states that companies selling devices cannot be held liable for infringement despite the actions of the buyer.

OCInside.de have an english-language Phenom II unlocking guide. It is already well-known that one can unlock the fourth core of a triple core AMD Phenom II CPU. But during a test of the current ASRock A790GXH/128M motherboard at ocinside.de it was possible to unlock much more than this and that is no April joke. The AMD Phenom II 710 X3 CPU became an Engineering Sample with four CPU cores, unlocked Vcore selection and unlocked multiplier !

The London Stock Exchange is moving from Windows to Linux for its trading platform. I'm sure the LSE management couldn't tell Linux from Windows without a techie at hand. They can tell, however, when their business comes to a complete stop in front of the entire world.

Spammers have been ordered to pay $3.7M USD in fines. The commission settled with three defendants in the case -- Spear Systems and two individuals, one in the U.S. and one in Australia -- in May 2008.

From Amfibius: Just to let you know that the voting for Iron Chef June 2009 is open. The theme ingredient was mushrooms.



Friday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 2-July-2009  18:26:30 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Cases:
Antec ISK300-65 Mini-ITX HTPC Case on BenchmarkReviews.
Cooler Master Sileo 500 Mid Tower with 500W PSU on ThinkComputers.
Cooler Master HAF922 on DriverHeaven.
Thermaltake DH101 HTPC Case on OCOnline.
Maxcube Amoris 6010 on OCClub.
NZXT Khaos Aluminum Full Tower on TechWareLabs.
Antec Veris Multimedia Station Premier HTPC case on OC3D.
Thermaltake Element G on HWSecrets.

Motherboards:
ECS Black Series X58B-A LGA1366 board on FutureLooks.
EVGA X58 3X SLI Classified LGA1366 board on HotHardware.
Biostar TA790GX XE AM3 board on TrustedReviews.
GIGABYTE MA790FXT-UD5P AM3 board on Tweaktown.

Input Etc:
Razer Salmosa Gaming Mouse on Phoronix.
Rosewill RM-8500 Mouse on Bjorn3D.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Acer Aspire Timeline 5810T-354G32Mn - 15.6in Laptop on TrustedReviews.
Macbook Pro Kingston SSDNow 80 GB SSD + RAM Upgrade on Motherboards.org.
Dell Adamo 1.2GHz laptop on TBreak.
Lenovo ThinkPad T500 laptop on DriverHeaven.
PC World Advent AIO-101 prebuilt PC on ITReviewed.



Thursday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 2-July-2009  04:32:22 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Storage:
Vizo Saturno 2.5" External HDD Enclosure on Tech-Reviews.
Gelid Solutions GC-Extreme Thermal Compound Video Review on eTeknix.
Arctic Cooling Freezer XTREME Rev.2 CPU Cooler on Tech-Reviews.
Promise Technology SmartStor NS4600 on LegionHW.
Eagle Tech ET-CSMDSU2-BK 3.5" Dual HDD Enclosure on ComputingOnDemand.
Kingwin XT-1264 HTC Cooler on OCIA.

Video Cards:
9500GT & 9600GT on a Diet low-profile cards on VR-Zone.
Sapphire HD 4730 512 MB on TechPowerUp.
Galaxy GeForce GTX 285 OC with AC Edition on HWZone.
ASUS Radeon HD 4890 Voltage Tweak on Tweaktown.
Galaxy GeForce GTX 260+ OC on TechARP.
Gainward GTX 295 Graphics Card with 1792MB Memory Preview on Tech-Reviews.

Power Supply:
Rocketfish 550W on HWSecrets.
Seventeam ST-750P-AF on HWSecrets.
Thermaltake Litepower 450W on PureOC.
OCZ FATAL1TY 550W on Tech-Reviews.
Corsair CX400W on HWSecrets.
Antec CP-850W on XSReviews.



Thursday Morning (4 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 1-July-2009  18:22:56 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Top story of the moment would have to be that ThePirateBay has been sold to a software company. The company says that after it has completed the acquisition it will launch new business models so that copyright owners get paid, which is clearly a huge diversion from TPB’s previous modus operandi.

Sony have apparently applied for a patent for PS2 compatability on PS3's, entirely emulated. So maybe people (like me) with 40GB PS3s and other models lacking native PS2 compatability will be able to get our oldschool gaming fix. Interpretation is like having someone constantly translating English to Japanese for you, non stop, twenty four hours a day wherever you go. Decoding and recompiling is like someone translating a sets of words and putting them in a dictionary you can reference.

Check out this carnivorous clock that eats bugs. The ensuing chemical reaction, or "digestion," is transformed into power that keeps the rollers rollin' and the LCD clock ablaze. The pair offers an alternative design fueled by mice, another contraption whose robotic arm plucks insect-fuel from spider webs with the help of a video camera, and a lamp powered by insects lured to their deaths with ultraviolet LEDs. Man, this is so wrong it has to be right.

China is apparently banning gold farming in online gaming. The trading of virtual currency for real cash employs hundreds of thousands of people worldwide and generates between $200 million and $1 billion annually, according to a 2008 survey conducted by Richard Heeks at the University of Manchester. He estimates that between 80% and 85% of gold farmers are based in China. Discussion here.

Lemming spotted a clever bit of CGI, this transforming laptop video on YouTube.

If you're addicted to energy drinks like me, you might want to get your hands on NASA's sports drink, now available to the public. Scientists at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., put 15 years of research into the drink's development. NASA astronauts have been drinking the formula on missions for nearly 20 years.

IGN toured Blizzard's studio recently. Last week IGN AU was lucky enough to head over to Blizzard's HQ in California to play the latest multiplayer build of StarCraft II.



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