Optus Cable Pricing - Official
(link) Friday, 31-May-2002 12:11:58 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Optus's mailservers are busily sending out info about the new cable pricing plans to their customers. Mozz from TechWatch has posted the entire email he received on their front page. Darkness spotted that DansData has an analysis of the new pricing.. and finds it a little odd.
Just a followup to the top story from the last update, Anakha spotted this article which goes some way to explaining the rift between AMD and APD. I imagine we'll be hearing about this for some time. [Edit: weird date info in that article.]
This is fairly big news: APD International was one of AMD's largest distributors until last month when the vendor unexpectedly terminated the agreement and refused to inform the market on the reasons for the decision. APD are the official AMD distro in Australia (but there are other, smaller "parallel" distros). That article focuses on the warranty aspect of this issue, but I'm sure APD will continue to meet their statutory warranty requirements at the very least. I'm informed by a vendor that AMD CPU's are an extremely rare warranty return anyway - apart from cracked/chipped cores, which are almost always not warranty-able anyway, as is usually the case with products that have been physically damaged. The reason for the split between AMD and APD is not known, despite lots of speculation.. thanks Mr Grimm.
Wired have info on UnitedLinux, which is a standardized distribution of the Linux operating system, and is designed to woo more businesses to the open-source operating system, according to executives of the four partner companies. Also, they cover "lowercase music", which is almost not music at all.
Kaan passed on this message from a mailing list: I've got hold of a copy of the DirectX 9 SDK beta. It comes with the interesting warning: This beta version expires on Aug 20, 2002. You will need to reinstall Windows if you do not have a valid DX9 ID & password to download Beta 2.
Ever wondered what's inside those "magic 8 ball" things? Me neither. But Heist did, and now he knows.
From Judd: This German guy (link fixed!) has managed to overclock a dual P4 Xeon Prestonia Board from 2.2 Ghz to 2.8 Ghz, and it SMOKES an 8-way PIII Xeon and a dual Athlon MP !!
1000 gamers in a LAN for 5 days.. craziness, reported by LanAddict.
T[H]ug says: The Cureinfo project has been scrapped, but the makers of it have released a new program called Samurize. It is only
in its alpha stages atm though, but can be worth a look. I had no idea what he was talking about either, until I read the page.. Samurize is an system monitoring application for Win2k/WinXp, that can display information about your system right on your desktop, and uses almost no memory! Ah-ha.
From Iroquois: New P2P program, offering only OpenSource content. "it is a controlled content delivery network for open source and public domain content" - here.
MrW spotted some Intel specs for their Itanium 2 CPU.
AMDWorld have an article about RAMBUS.. and whether it lives up to claims.
Ages ago we linked some instructions on Yamaha's website to make a model YZF-R1 sportbike from paper. Smash3d sent word that Othy has made one and there's pics in that thread. Nice job, but you have way too much free time. :)
Another call to update your virus software, if you don't have any proceed to head-butt the desk because that's how I feel sifting through at least 15 virus infected news mails tonight. With that out of the way here's some news :)
A few people sent this one in. There is an operating system in development now that is the so called "snoop proof OS" ."Computer activists in Britain are close to completing an operating system that could undermine government efforts to the wiretap the Internet."
If you're an Optus dialuper you might want to visit the Optus page as rates are going up according to this email. "Dear Member, From 1 July 2002, we are making changes to some of our OptusNet Dial-up plans. New plans are being introduced, some plans are being discontinued and some pricing revised." Cheers mjcrow.
For the latest in whacky inventions, ZZZ issue #130 is out. Loathe those rainy days? Well soon you might be able to put the blame on .. the bugs? "Scientists believe certain bug species may have evolved the ability to manipulate the weather in order to secure their own survival"
Well if you're bored this week, go get the flu off someone.. It's great... not.
Intel has gone and dropped its price on CPU's. "The Santa Clara, Calif.-based chipmaker cut the price of the desktop version of the chip from 12 percent to 43 percent, according to a price list issued by the company. The 2.4GHz version of the chip dropped from $562 to $400, a 29 percent drop, while the 2.26GHz and 2.2GHz versions of the chip fell from $423 to $241, a 43 percent drop. Other Pentium 4s were cut from 12 percent to 32 percent." Thanks Purple^Llama
Apparently, start.com.au, the free web-based email service, is closing this Sunday, 2nd June. Users must log in and provide an email address to which emails are to be forwarded to over the next 3 months. Thanks -=ButFli=-
There is an interesting article up about movie piracy. "Pirates," according to Bobbie Johnson in these pages last week, "are costing Hollywood billions in lost profits." Just as George W says we're either with him or against him in the war against evil, so the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) goes on the attack against those who dare to, uh, think different."
Here's something that you really don't want to read when you get a DNS error. ** Warning, fair bit of 'offensive' language in this. You've been warned. Thanks Squeezer.
Our Forums passed 15,000 members today.. the member in question is called "Member15000", hmm, that's not suspicious at all. :)
Xbit have an article about using GeForce4 Ti4600 in 3DSMax, seeing if consumer-level high-powered video cards can be useful in that professional-level 3D graphics package. Digit-life see how the Quadro fares in comparison.
Congrats to Kaliban who won last week's Folding Giveaway prize from LowNoisePC. Also congrats to joe_sixpack, -Xenon- and Cyclonite_[Atomic] who scored consolation prizes from APC Magazine. Don't stop folding now though, this week there's prizes from GameDude, GadgetMan and Adilam.
Mike Magee over at TheInq has more info on Intel's attitude to journalists. If all they're doing is trying to encourage journalists to not be sensationalist/negative and to be objective and impartial then it seems fine to me. They also have info on AthlonMP's higher FSB's and P3 SMP faster than Xeons.
Silly Dancing Queen flash thingo from HT, passes a few minutes. :)
E3, the huge entertainment expo in the USA, is currently on.. Laurie sent in this link with pics.
Titan reckons this rally game is the original and the one we linked earlier is a ripoff.
A few people are complaining of sluggish performance in GTA3.. perhaps this tweak guide will help.
Gnuthad spotted this amazing 747 simulator being built over 10 years by an Australian. OneArmedMan spotted mirrors of that site here and here.
If you're quick, you can win a ratpad over on OCrCafe.. closes Sunday night their (USA) time. Another one we got the news of kinda late, win one of 50 Asus motherboards by answering a quiz, thanks Peacekeeper. A final contest: win a HDD Rack by signing up for forums and sending an email on RizeNet.
Our Folding Team is steaming ahead with sights set firmly on first place again, no doubt largely due to the current giveaway going on. Bollocks informs me that a few people are doing the required number of WU's per week, but have not registered themselves in the giveaway thread. Get yerselves registered so you have a shot at winning this week's prizes (from LowNoisePC, thanks guys!)
Nice night to stay indoors so i thought some news was in order :)
Just an update, the Telstra article linked a few posts down was actually an incorrectly linked older article. Here is the new one. Thanks for clearing that up Littlee.
There is a smallish LAN that is about to kick off called Insomnia. Check it out.
Speaking of games, The Matrix is about to be warped into a PC game! "Able to accommodate tens of thousands of players in a single shared environment, the game will be a re-creation of the virtual world of "The Matrix," employing cutting-edge 3-D graphics, networking and server technology. The game will combine the best elements of the action-adventure genre and character building/role playing games with the social interaction/community of an ongoing online game."Thanks iso .. whoa...
Chris sent in a copy of the mail he received from Telstra about outages and rebates. Here's a little bit of the email. " Telstra is pleased to inform you that we will be introducing the TelstraBigPond broadband ADSL Customer Service Level Guarantee to take effect from July 1, 2002. The guarantee means that once introduced, if the availability of your Telstra BigPond broadband ADSL network falls below 99 percent in any month, you will automatically receive a rebate on your monthly subscription fee in the following month's bill. Telstra will define network availability in the updated terms and conditions. The guarantee will operate in three tiers: - monthly ADSL network availability below 99 percent but equal to or greater than 97 percent entitles you to a 10 percent rebate on your monthly subscription fee ... below 97 percent but equal to or greater than 94 percent entitles you to a 20 percent rebate ... below 94 percent entitles you to a 50 percent rebate on your monthly subscription fee." More info can be found on the Telstra site I asume.
Well it was hard to figure out why Kazaa stayed afloat and napster went under, not any more. Kazaa has announced that it will fold under the pressure of lawsuits and so on. "Kazaa, the company behind a popular file-swapping Web site, said it will fold because it cannot afford to defend itself against copyright infringement charges brought by the major studios and labels." Thanks Mr. Chilled.
This little bugger actually made me stop doing news and start making my own slot car track. You can play VS the computer or VS another person via your keyboard. (Keys K and D). Thanks BBQ_69! If that wasn't enough, here's a bazillion reviews.
Telstra seem to like to put their foot in it lately, the latest blunder being user web sites deleted AGAIN. All though some have been restored some people haven't been so lucky.
Linux for playsation 2 is now selling in Australia. "LINUX (FOR PLAYSTATION®2) allows you to utilize the PlayStation®2 console as a fully-functional desktop computer."
There is a list of exclusive upcoming Xbox titles up. "Ed Fries, vice president of Xbox game content, provided an overview of these titles lined up exclusively for the Xbox." There's a few screenshots there aswell.
Thinking of switching over to linux? There is an article to aid your thinking process. It covers a few things like how to choose what distro is the right one for you. OR if you're in the market to buy a set of new speakers, there is a guide to help you through that one too. Sheesh, everything is done for you these days :)
Speaking of which, how would you like your own robot that opens your beer for you! "The robot operates by rolling along a bar, taking the bottle, steadying it, putting the opener under the cap and lifting it before backing away from the bottle." Cheers, erm.. Lord Funky Biscuit?
Also the mario bros. movie linked in the post below isn't the full version. The full one can be found here. Quite a funny flick if you're a mario fan :)
[H]ard|OCP have a sexy new site design and with it, a review of Gainward's sexy new GF4 Ti4200 video card. They also reviewed Abit's IT7-Max, a "legacy-free" P4 board that apparently performs pretty well.
Xbit have an article comparing the i850E RDRAM-based chipset for 533MHz-FSB P4's with its newer DDR SDRAM-based equivalents (i845E and i845G). They also check out 333MHz FSB SocketA to see if it'd be worth AMD's while to release 2x166MHz AthlonXP's.
A coupla video things: mario bros thanks OneArmedMan and Star Wars Nerds, thanks wiam. Apparently funny but might also be offensive, both seem too large for my pitiful modem so I can't check. Update: Apparently the Star Wars thing is very funny. It's also very large. :)
As you may be aware, Sydney is where they filmed The Matrix and are currently filming the 2nd and 3rd films in the series. Forum-goer and IRC regular KyocEr@~ happens to live on one of the streets in the CBD where they were filming recently. He's got some pics and info from the goings-on. Not a whole lot to see, but die-hard fans of the series will probably get a kick out of it..
Excellent, my smoothwall box *Cerberus* is finally working so here I am to bring you some news.
Well for all the people waiting to grab a copy of GTA3 make sure it's a legit copy as it comes packed with the latest SafeDisc 3 protection. Thanks Anthrox. Interesting read of the user comments under the article as well. On the subject of legit software, The leader of one of the oldest warez groups 'Drink or Die' has been given 46 months in federal prison.
Have a bad smell in your room? Perhaps something is dead in your PC. This is a classic example of why you should always keep the plates on the back of your computer case. Maybe I should take my own advice... Oh and here's what happens when you shoot your monitor. Thanks Kharn83.
MWP has performed some PHP trickery in the PC DataBase, so it's not so CPU-intensive anymore. A couple of times recently the PCDB has attracted so much attention that we've had to turn it off for the sake of the server, but that should be a thing of the past now. Thanks MWP!
Most users ever online was 427 on 20th May 2002 at 09:41 PM. - That's right, we beat the forum record again, by 5 people. I didn't cheat this time (by putting lots of threads on the news page).. but I guess a few people are checking out the folding giveaway thread.
Hellfire spotted that the open-source movement are starting to join the protest against the so-called "Hollings Bill".. because it seems this overzealous copyright-protection bill could make Linux illegal.
Heist reminded me of something I received the other day.. a notice from troubled ISP XiS that customers should be sure to check their email so they keep up to date with account changes, billing information etc. Of course, XiS sent this reminder via email..
Apparently the desktop Thoroughbred CPU from AMD is coming on June 10, according to ExtremeTech. Of course, OCAU readers already know about Thoroughbred from our article/review from a coupla weeks ago.
Spotted by Morgan on Slashdot, apparently Microsoft has suddenly changed the privacy preferences for all Hotmail users. They're now sharing your name and other personal information with third parties, even if you said you didn't want that when you signed up. Glad I have a real email account, so I don't get flooded with spam.. hangon, I do.. damnit. Morgan further notes that page has interesting replies about opera/mozilla and Kazashi says: Just to let you and Opera users out there know that they can gain access to the necessary Hotmail settings by momentarily identifying their browser as MSIE 5.0 or similar through their network settings. If there are actually any alternative browser users that use Hotmail....
Forum-goer Whitey Ford is organising a Sydney Cruise through the Royal National Park (south of Sydney) on the 2nd of June.. more info in that thread.
GrimRaeper spotted more info on defeating broken audio copyright controls that prevent (legal) CD's working in some players, by using a marker pen or sticky tape. More info here, thanks Lando. Note that under Oz's recent federal copyright laws this is probably illegal, which is annoying because otherwise you may not be able to play a CD that you legally own in your CD player.
Sounds like the Gainward Ti4200's might be something to look out for - Craig says: hi from nz. i recieved the 64mb version of gainwards ti4200 yesterday and it rocks in nz sells for 460nz dollars. its been running stable at 290 core and 590 memory for the last 24hrs with solid benchmarking, torture testing all night on an abit kt7a raid with an unlocked tbird running at 1466mhz 512mb crucial 2-2-2 sdram 3d mark se 2001 scores 8700. my point is that these speeds are only 10mhz shy of the ti4600 now for 460nz dollars that got to be the bargain of the century. From Simon: With the help of my Asus P4S533 and P4 1.6a @ 2.56 I got my Gainward Ti4200 128MB GS up to 340/575 (standard cooling) and a 3dmark2k1 score of 12590! Its currently the quickest in the database. Seems the Gainward cards are good overclockers, my friends one did 337/570. PCDB entry here, 3dmark2k1 compare here.
Well what a busy week it's been. Funerals, Police applications, my smoothwall box being a royal pain in the... here's the news!
Probably the biggest IT news in the country at the moment would have to be Optus' decision to follow Telstra's lead and hard cap their broadband services. "550MB - $54.95, 3GB - $69.95, 5GB - $134.95, 10GB - $265.95". So sad to see everyone moving this way when other countries are talking about fiber to the home and we are in essence moving backwards...The one good thing about their new move is "Optus, however, will not cut off OptusNet cable customers or impose hefty fines if they exceed their download limit. Instead, it will reduce the customers' Internet connection speed."
Well, it seems that napster may not be dead after all. "German media conglomerate Bertelsmann AG will take over Napster's assets through a financial reorganization that reinstates key executives ... and provides $8 million for creditors but leaves nothing for investors." Thanks BIGsvenie
Sick of how long it takes to type an SMS? Well this may well be the solution.
Woah.. it was Thursday.. there was a bright flash.. and now it's Sunday night! Actually, the bright flash was my motherboard expiring, not me being taken by aliens. But something did convince me to ride my motorcycle for 2 hours to Goulburn at 6am in the FREEZING COLD yesterday, so alien control could be the answer. X-Files aside, here's some news catchup..
VIA's P4X333 chipset for 533MHz-FSB P4 systems gets the going-over on HardOCP.
Digit-Life have checked out the new Intel CPU's, including Willamette-based Celerons. Anyone see the oxymoron in a 1.8GHz "value" processor? They also have some stuff about new Epson printers.
Story of the day: A few people report that Apple have release their XServe.. shame that "XServer" is a term already in use, but anyway. We saw a while ago that the biggest problem with Apple servers is fitting their weird shapes into racks - these new ones are a standard 1RU "pizzabox". With dual 1GHz PowerPC G4s, up to 2GB DDR SDRAM, two 64-bit 66MHz PCI slots (plus a third combination PCI/AGP slot), dual Gigabit Ethernet, FireWire, USB and four Ultra ATA/100.. and Scott notes It even has a blue LED bar graph on the front of it for it's Ethernet ports activity! Interesting swipe at you-know-who on the product page, too: Xserve lets you eliminate the most galling expense in your department’s budget: the per-user “tax” you’ve been obliged to pay for using server software. Since Xserve comes with an unlimited-client license of the UNIX-based, industrial-strength Mac OS X Server, you can serve thousands of additional users - without spending thousands of additional dollars in licensing fees.
tfcgod has info on the Butterfly Grid. A distributed supercomputer games network now in development could for the first time enable more than a million people to play graphics-rich games together via the internet. More info here.
TonyR spotted some info on new PowerPC CPU's from IBM: The PowerPC 405LP shuts off portions of the chip that are not in use, reducing both active and standby power in chips by up to 10 times compared with current designs.
Schrambo notes rumours of Xbox 2 are already floating around, in the dissapointing wake of the current Xbox.
Accelenation have a little something for the n00bs.. a beginner's guide to PC's.
Whirlpool are reporting that XiS are abandoning ADSL, thanks Darwin Computer Doctor. My personal experience with their dialup service/support has been woeful and earlier this week I switched to another ISP.
Feral spotted this AGP Information page that suggests some AGP video cards are not what they seem. It is an interesting read and will cause much wringing of hands, apparently.
TechNation have a 5-card GF4 Ti4600 roundup posted. We've looked at a couple of GF4 Ti4600's here recently, from Asus here and X-Micro here. If you'd rather read your video card reviews in German, the Asus is here, für Ihr deutsches Lesevergnügen.. another review in English on PureOC too.
Shane says there's a virus on MSN Messenger: there was that virus that was being spread around msn where at the beginning of the conversation u say something to them. then they would say something and the virus would make the user say this in msn without the user typing it in: "i took a new picture yesterday" "do u want to see it" and then if u say yes it sends the file to u but u dont get the virus unless u accept the so called pic.
We may be behind the 8-ball on this one, but Baz says that there's a Matrix 2/3 Trailer out on the 15th.. USA time that's only today.. and there's some stuff on thematrix.com. Kyocera was providing a commentary in IRC last night, Castlereagh St in Sydney's CBD was closed for the evening/night for filming one of the Matrix films, within view of his apartment.
Just when you start to think your job is pretty cool.. NEW YORK (AFP) - Penthouse magazine publisher Bob Guccione testified that after six days of careful examination, he decided to publish images of a topless blonde on the beach as those of tennis star Anna Kournikova.
Chainbolt has checked out 3 high-end IDE HDD's in this detailed article. He compares the performance of offerings from IBM, Maxtor and Western Digital both by themselves and in RAID 0, as well as temperature and other factors.
Still getting loads of virus emails and so is Vindaloo.. if you haven't updated your antivirus software in a while, do it now! If you're not running antivirus software at all, just lean forward and smack your face into your monitor a few times for me. Ta.
Oh yeah, the "win a fridge full of beer" thing is apparently open to Victorian residents only. Bummer.. sorry about that. Unless you live in Victoria of course, in which case.. well, we're sorry about that, too.
The big news for today: Someone has emailed around a press-release, apparently about an upcoming Matrox card. Tweakers wonder if it's a hoax, ParadoX spotted a thread over in the MatroxUsers forum, Digit-Life have the first full review, HWZ have an article about the technology, HardOCP have their coverage too, but their server seems to be down for me at the moment.. HotHardware have a preview and so do Tech-Report. What's so cool about this new card? Well, 3 monitors at once is fairly neat for a start..
This is kinda old news but it's good to see what's happened lately with it. Sealand is a sort've privately-owned pseudo-country, a tiny dot in the ocean that HavenCo are using to build what they're hoping is the world's most secure datacentre. More info here and here - and all that info's from Andrew.
It appears that playstation 3 has become official. "Sony, Toshiba and IBM plan to spend US$400 million to develop the micro processing unit (MPU), for the next console in the PlayStation series. This new MPU is expected to be over 200 times faster than the PS2's current unit".
Activision and id Software have come together for Doom III. "id Software and Activision, Inc. announced today that Activision will be the worldwide licensed distributor for DOOM III , the latest installment in one of the most successful franchises in PC gaming history." Thanks Schrambo.
Could this take spam to the next level?"Researchers in Scotland are developing a new kind of Web monitoring software that they claim can collect enormous amounts of data on Web surfers while remaining nearly undetectable." Ta Mr Chilled. Possibly more info can also be found here. Thanks alx.
leperMessiah notes this TheInq page suggesting Sun will be using AMD's Opteron or SledgeHammer CPU's when they are available.
Thinking of going multi-monitor? This guide has a lot of tips and info.
From JimthePug: Hardly news but I filled out the EMI music survey you linked to a few weeks back, and today my shiny Gorillaz CD appeared in the mail. I was beginning to think it was a scam because it took so long for the cd to appear. I got a Cd for a few moments of my time. And I thank overclockers.com.au for linking it! No worries, I got my "Best Ever Air Guitar" CD too. :) A few other people in the forums got theirs also.. gotta love free stuff.
LeonD spotted this human ID-chipping story on LATimes. I view this stuff like browser cookies and many other technologies - there's nothing inherently evil about it, it's all in what you do with it.
A little more info about Microsoft being done for software piracy, thanks Ryan. Do as I Say, not Do as I DO.
If you think online petitions are likely to achieve anything and you want cheaper ADSL in Australia, try this one, thanks EB.
From Jeremy: I found these internet geography tools I though were kind of cool, thought you might be interested in a look here and here.
NeoSeeker have an article about their server upgrades.. probably not going to be long before we need to seriously think about splitting our site across 2 servers.
Funny alcohol warnings flash thing from Keith. We've seen this before and I've even seen the warning labels printed out and stuck to pool tables at a pub in Newtown (inner west Sydney) a few weeks ago. :)
Time for an inbox killer. Microsoft has devised yet another way to secure its grip on the world via an annual subscription license... Except this even includes Mac's...
If you don't know what a stomp monster is then you might want to have a look at ocUK's seti stomp monster. Scroll down to the image... That's nuts guys! Good work! Perhaps we should get one going for our folding team! This works off a better system too, instead of donating hardware you buy shares of the super computer and that's how it is paid for. Thanks for the few people who sent that in.
If you haven't been following whirlpool recently about the XiS incidents then you might want to check out what started it and finally how it's going. A brief run down : "Datafast has told troubled broadband broker XiS to find another wholesaler after XiS allegedly failed to pay its bills."
Soandso from our forums has spotted these guides to connect an IR diode to a sound card Mic so you can remotely control things. It can be found here and here.
Also this is fairly old but I just set the record for reaction times off the lights with a 0.526. Create - a - ride. Please don't send in your results :) If you're a star wars fan then take nokia's test to match which Episode 2 character you would be. I'm a regular Mace Windu hehe. Thanks KyocEr
Show-off time. I took last Thursday off and went to Eastern Creek Raceway for a track day. Fun was had and Tim Munro was there taking photos as usual. Here's a few he snapped of me in my Team OCAU leathers. :) Pics are fairly large, especially the top-left one. Click to enlarge..
Any fellow motorcycle instructors reading: Yes, I know my posture sucks. I'm working on it. :)
Just a quick note to let you know I'm not writing for PCPP anymore. It's my decision - at the end of the 3-month trial it's clear that I simply don't have the time to divide my attention between PCPP and OCAU. With 2 more major sponsors coming onboard in the last 3 months and OCAU continuing to grow, I need to focus my attentions here. Still, it was cool seeing my name in print and I've had good feedback about my contributions to issues 73 and 74 (with 75 out in a few weeks). No hard feelings, best of luck to them with it. :)
I found this page which collates a lot of info about IBM HDD's.. firmware, reviews, info about reliability problems and they link to our 75GXP Autopsy too.
The 533MHz P4 buzz still rages, but at the moment chipset support for these CPU's is minimal, limited to the i850E. However, some i845 variants with support are on the way - LiamC has some info on i845G and Jarne says this Finnish site has pics and benchmarks of an i845E board - The manufacturer or model name is held secret due to NDA but you can see that the motherboard carries the diagnostic display which epox uses.
From Joey: Just wanted to let you know I joined your SETI@Home team in 2nd place and am heading for the top very soon , looks like your number 1 member has been inactive for a long time , so it wont be long long before you have an active Number 1 member :) Thanks Joey!
RecordNow Max 4.0 is apparently some new whizzo CD and DVD burning software.. simultaneous reviews on MrPCPro and IANAG.
ThinkTechie have a guide to replacing LED's: They say Marijuana is known as a gateway drug. It is a gateway drug because once you do it you are more willing to take more hardcore drugs. The LED replacement Mod is known at ThinkTechie as the gateway mod! Because once you do it you're gonna be hooked on modding! ..and then where would you be? :)
Speaking of which, BurnOutPC have a guide to quietening your PSU.. let's hope they don't live up to their name.
From Gasman: I'm not sure how long this has been going on but PCAuthority mag publish the Hitwise stats, and right at the top of the list on page 20 of the June edition is OCAU. Cool. :)
Tee spotted just the thing for when you've been a naughty, naughty little SysAdmin.
A heap of people sent word that RedHat 7.3 is now out. Mirror here, thanks Jadlak.
SilentSniper says this Jedi Knight II patchfixes a bunch of things and also adds EAX 3.0 and OpenAL support :) I suspect it's the same one from PersianImmortal, but he has more official-looking links here and here and says The list of changes/additions is long.
It's been a while, but ZZZ Online have a new issue out, full of the usual whacky stuff like an inflatable building and a secure hair storage facility.
Dan put up more letters, some even with helpful answers. The SiS 6326 had lousy 3D performance by the standards of 1999. By current standards, the thing is quite remarkably steenky.
SilentSniper spotted some Beta VIA AGP and INF drivers - Supposdly they add support for a new chip coming out in the near future. Beats me. Beta drivers, so don't blame us if Something Horrible happens.
There's a LAN on in Castle Hill, Sydneyish, on the 25th/26th - info here. Let's hope they're better at running lans than they are at designing websites.. (rubs eyes).
Flash timewaster for today: Mini Putt, thanks elvis.
..and we are FINALLY up to date with the news box.. yay!
Time to get my news fix... Well it seems that Telstra aren't too happy with Whirlpool for posting 'leaked' information regarding their new price hikes. I say stick it to 'em Whirlpool but hey, that's just me :) Thanks for that Tristan.
ReplayTV has been ordered to spy on it's users!"A federal magistrate has told the makers of the ReplayTV 4000 digital video recorder to monitor its customers' viewing habits and transmit the information to movie studios and networks that are suing the company." Thanks thor.
Well it has to be one of the most anticipated movies coming up, The Matrix is really reloading. That is a great insight into the 2 more parts to the original which made a squillion dollars on its opening weekend. From what I've read it looks to be another great flick.
If your thinking of upgrading to Windows XP, take a look at this guide which covers this particular installations problems, pro's and con's.
Neowin has his week in review article up. Just an interesting bit drawn from that is the virus writer who made the Melissa virus is getting 20 months in jail, and $5000 fine. Good!
Bollocks our resident Folding@home master has informed us that OCAU has taken back the 'Blue Line' which means we are on the road to taking back the #1 spot in the world for F@H production. We just need a little more help to do it. So if you haven't already, sign up now and fold for both OCAU and the human race.
If you lived in the USA, you could apply for this job, you will be paid to go to concerts, play games with cool people, get tons of swag and impress all your friends. You will also get the unique opportunity to add Nintendo as a former employer on your resume, although it is strongly recommended you do not mention what you actually did for them, thanks Schrambo.
F1DarkFlash spotted some info on Matrox's G1000, the world's FIRST DirectX 9 compliant Graphics Immersion Unit! Utilizing the eight-pipe matrox Deferred Rendering Engine, it achieves over twice the performance of any other graphics solution in it's class.
Looks like our trusty server Thor lives to fight another day. In case you're wondering, here's what a Slashdotting looks like from the perspective of the ethernet card connecting us to the rest of the world:
Spiked at a bit over 1MB/sec outbound for a while there..
Early Tuesday Morning
(link) Monday, 6-May-2002 19:19:45 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Dan, the lucky sod, has managed to review the TMD fan that we had the scoop on a couple of months ago (but haven't seen in the flesh yet). Oh well, at least we're beating him in the Tweakers Top50 now. :)
But anyway, the real news for today is Intel's Northwood B P4. This new CPU runs on a 533MHz FSB.. which is of course a quad-pumped (so like DDR, but 4 signals per clock.. QDR if you like) 133MHz. It's available in 2.4GHz and 2.53GHz varieties. Reviews and info on: AnandTech, HardOCP, Tech-Report, TweakTown, HotHardware, VR-Zone and TheTechZone.
Thanks Firemoth. :) Things will be a little slow for a while, as a billion slashdot readers check out the Thoroughbred + Vapochill article. After a little panicked tweaking the server seems to be coping pretty much fine now.. touch wood.
Update: I turned the PCDB off as it's a bit of a CPU hog - we need all the cycles we can get at the moment.
The PCDB had a record month of its own, serving 319,562 pages. Some highlights featured on the news page:
Straylight's massive perspex watercooled box. NHD's amplifier PC. heaDrOOMx's.. uhhm.. indescribable PC. :) BlueSmurf's GTRPC, sadly featured because it was stolen. :( BlackIce's briefcase PC. Volenti's amazing waterfall-onto-components machine.
So, thanks to all of you for coming back and checking the site out - glad you enjoy it! Many thanks to the various readers and admins who have submitted articles or reviews for posting on OCAU during the month, too. Of course, thanks to AusGamers for hosting us and last but certainly not least, thanks to our major sponsors ComputerAlliance and Altech Computers for keeping the wheels oiled around here.
I should also note that we now have a third Major Sponsor! This month Plus Corporation are also helping out. They used to be known as Peripherals Plus and are a retailer based in Sydney. Great to have you on board. :)
Mal has gotten his hands on 3 AthlonXP CPU's based on AMD's new "Thoroughbred" core. This is the .13 micron process, of course. He compares them to the older Palomino core in both speed and temperature.. and throws one into his Vapochill supercooling case.
Yup, bit of a social weekend for all I think.. Well what I can remember of it... So I'll make up for it with a nice large post :)
This is just a rumour, so take it with a grain of salt.. but they couldn't could they?! ... would they? Are Telstra going to really raise prices AGAIN?"All plans will be affected, with prices rising by at least $10 per month. The 3GB residential plan is likely to be hardest hit, with the possibility of a rise in the order of $25 per month." Hmm that would take my monthly bill to a nice and affordable $123
Intel are set to announce a new set of P4's and chipset's! 'The chipmaker will announce three new Pentium 4 chips for desktop PCs, along with a new version of its 850 chipset. The new chipset offers a faster 533MHz bus and supports a speedier version of Rambus memory, 1066MHz RDRAM, sources said."
Who ever thought your wonderful little windows key was useless. With "WinKey" you can assign specific tasks to normal windows shortcuts. Cheers klif-e
Be, the failed maker of a computer operating system once considered a rival to Microsoft's Windows, said on Monday it would dissolve itself on March 15 and de-list from the Nasdaq stock market."
Dan has another I/O colum posted. This one including "invisible drives, overheated processors, mysterious crashes, miserable disk performance, data loss, Internet account cancellation, and Satan." Sounds like an interesting read hehe.
There is another write-up on the ever present war between AMD and Intel which discusses a few of the pro's and con's about each CPU.
3D Velocity has kicked off another big giveaway. The winner will pick up a Logitech Z-560 speaker system, second place is a Logitech Z-540 system and the third place is an exclusive NVIDIA micro-scooter. As usual I'm not sure about the international scene but you gotta be in it to win it right? On that note there is another competition here to win some RatPadz.
If you didn't see it on the news the other night, the dawn of the 'ratbot' is upon us. No not the aim bot for quake 2, these are roboticly guided living rats. Freaky... I wonder if they can carry a beer...Thanks Vespamad
Mat let us know that the FREE Office Suite has been released. "OpenOffice, the open source (free) office suite for Windows, Linux and Solaris platforms." Also that link is to Game Arena's mirror for all those poor telstra people like me.
If there aren't enough movies coming out to meet your need's you can always check out the upcoming Scooby Doo movie! Cheers Aek.
Justin who was the maker of that briefcase PC we linked a while back has gone and created another one! Not a bad little unit!
Want a free Mag Light? Fill out a McAfee survey and it's yours while supplies last! Thanks Freaek
Ok here's another couple of time wasting games for you all. This one is an advanced version of that worm game except in this one you control a helicopter. Oh and if you listen to the sounds I swear thats the sounds from the old Missile Command game from the Atari's! Or if that's a little to hard try the sheep game!
Somehow I feel hung over when i didn't even drink last night... much :P
Check out the cool Hulk movie teaser. I didn't think, Eric Bana could do it, but he looks the part. I like how there's a nice green glow in every shot.
Sticking with movie news, here's the teaser poster for the new James Bond movie - Die Another Day. Can't decide whether I like it or not. But then again, its just a teaser.
Pirates in Iran had a bad day as they tried to "arrr me mateys" a ship that turned out to be a US Navy ship. They just didn't expect the big .50 machine gun.
Fisher Price broght out the ultimate thing for the 133t preschooler. A palm for kids. Well no phone numbers and dates, just fun for little kids.
Since its Sunday, and that means plenty of time for reading, here's the list of the 10 worst transformers of all time and the 25 Best beers in the world. A nice geeky combination methinks.
If you're on of the 7% in the browser world who use Netscape, you should know that there's a flaw in it. But no solution as yet.
Do you get harrassed by those pesky snipers? Just don't know where they're hiding? Well here's the device for you! It can locate a sniper's firing postion after the first shot. But isn't that too late?
Finally, an online poker game, to get you away from Collapse! Looks pretty cool, and it's on the Maxim magazine's website!
OCAU Boxen DB users, take note!
(link) Friday, 3-May-2002 03:18:14 (GMT +10) - by Agg
According to this thread, the OCAU Boxen DB (not hosted/maintained by OCAU) may have been downloaded and the passwords revealed to some nefarious person. If you used the same password in the Boxen DB as you've used elsewhere, you might want to change those other passwords to avoid a possible security problem.
Alright, virus maker goes to jail, thanks MojoMan. Still, it seems like he would have gotten less severe punishment for beating up an old lady. 20 months is a long time.. I hope the makers of the Klez virus doing the rounds at the moment are quivering in their boots. Go do something productive with your 5k1LLz.
TheReg have more info about Microsoft trying to force you to use windows, even if you don't want to.. make it fairly tricky to buy PCs without Windows on them because they 'fuel piracy,' and we're tottering on the brink of the age of compulsory Windows.
Stapla has info on some recent "generic" domain auctions conducted in Australia: computers.com.au sold today for $50,030.00 and computing.com.au today sold for $2500 to an anonymous bidder.
Apparently the Opteron name that AMD chose for their server-class Sledgehammer chips has some detractors, but judging by these comments allegedly made by AMD people and reproduced in a DesignTechnica forum thread, they don't care much. :)
A heap of people sent this one in, there's some information about OCZ, an American PC parts vendor, in a Madonion.com forum thread which alleges they are not all they claim to be. Update: seems to have been deleted.
KaZaa users have less than a month to decide if they want their PC to be hijacked, thanks Klif-e.
Tweakers have a Top 50 websites thing.. I imagine we should be able to blitz our way to the top quickly enough, click here (then on the button that appears) to vote for OCAU, thanks Mr Grimm.
Oh alright, one final Collapse score, from Peter: Understand you don't need any more updates on scores but my wife has been hooked on this game (hey, she's pregnant & has nothing better to do) checked the game's website & the highest score was 9.3 mill at level 27. Kinda makes those other scores pale into insignificance...
Confused about all the new RAM that's out and about? Browse this 1 page guide for all the RAM information you could want to know. Also if your interested in knowing how to properly clean off the top of your heat sink you might want to check out this guide to CPU & Chipset Lapping.
Planet Savage have a 4 way shootout of the Abit KR7A-RAID, Shuttle AK35GTR, Chaintech 7VJDA and the Epox 8KHA+.
TechNation are having a GF4 giveaway. All you have to do is answer a simple question and email the answer off. As usual I don't know about international entries but give it a whirl anyway.
It seems that computer related typo's are all the rage at the moment. So not to be left out, SMH have an article we linked earlier up about 800 GHz eMac's. Thanks Pete. Also it seems that the Alexa internet ranking system I linked earlier may be a little sus'. Thanks mpot.
Do you often see little green men or have conversations without moving your lips? According to this article,"A survey of 1,574 adults found that 60 percent agreed or strongly agreed that some people possess psychic powers or extrasensory perception...Although 57 percent of those surveyed disagreed that UFOs came to Earth bearing aliens, about 30 percent believe that some reported objects in the sky are really space vehicles from other civilizations." Only in America...Cheers Brad.
I'm sure a few of you out there have a case badge or two, Well now you can make your own! On that note, Don't like your house wallpaper or curtain color? Then simply load a different one!
Azkatro and Gary_J prove that they are cyborgs from the future by getting 1,743,258 and 1,448,127 respectively in Collapse. They are hereby declared joint champions of the universe and we no longer need your highscore submissions.. thanks. :)
Wed Arvo - 2nd attempt
(link) Wednesday, 1-May-2002 07:24:37 (GMT +10) - by YYK
arrghh! I hate it when i'm type up the news and lose it all due to IE stupidity...
some major industry news today:
The Federal Government has decided to split the accounting practices of Telstra's Wholesale and Retail arms. I'm happy if this works and increases competition. Here's hoping.
Hynix's board gives Micron, the "thanks, but no thanks" and rejects their aquisition bid thus preventing Micron becoming the biggest and baddest in the town of DRAM
The government tries to curb those sneaky porn diallers (you know exactly what i'm talking about, don't try to deny it!) with ideas such as PINs and Waivers. Good intentioned, but doomed to failure me thinks.
Time to either diasable the mini-browser or upgrade Winamp, as there are reports of a vulnerabilty involving code of the malicious type.
In terrible timing, it seems, due to a DNS glitch, that Telstra ADSL users are unable to access symantec's website to download the latest virus definitions.
Ever wanted to "push tin"? Well you can now watch replays and current "tin"actions of LaX. Very cool!!! But surprising as I always thought showing this, including past information, would be a security risk.
Finally congrats to stuwynn who got 816,095 in Collapse! pffoar!
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