Flight spotted that Crucial, better known for their memory products, are now making Radeon-based video cards. Certainly seems that a lot of companies are jumping on the ATI chipset bandwagon, which can only be good for the currently nVIDIA-dominated market.
FrostyTech want to tell you about some basic heatsink theory.. starting with contact resistance.
Of course, much kudos must go to Bollocks, our resident Master of Folding, for organising the giveaway. He's made a thread about the conclusion of the competition here. You can't win stuff any more, but you can still help us regain the #1 position and more importantly help work towards a cure for various nasty diseases.. soooo.. get folding!
An interesting thread elsewhere from Evil Dude: Basically, some guy goes out to a bunch of places, like abandoned warehouses, weird tunnels, etc., and takes photos and videos of them. Doesn't sound too good here, I know, but the thread is good reading (all 35 pages of it at this time). The thread is here and it is quite intriguing, it's almost like playing Half-Life in the real world.
TheNakedReview (?) have an article about Vcore & Vmem modding an Iwill P4R533-N mobo.
Neeko says: There's a service called radiotext.ca where you can send various messages over the radio waves through the Radio Data System (RDS) implemented in some broadcasts on some Canadian radio stations. It's free and you can send almost any message (as long as it's appropriate) over the airwaves. No idea why you would want to, but now you can. :)
If tiny PC's is your thing, Mini-ITX.com is probably worth a look.. thanks stewpot.
From Trevor: hi, just thought i'd let you know the snowy ride is coming up again, this year promises to be even bigger, with a checkpoint on top of mt crackenback + bob sled rides! last year over 1500 riders raised over $130,000 for childrens cancer research, and had a excellent weekend. its on november 16th, but accomodation is always scarce, so it pays to book early!
Apparently an Intel fab was hit by lightning, with some loss of production the result.. $800M worth of chips lost? I don't think so.. thanks Mr Chilled.
CDFreaks have an article about blue lasers in CD technology.
A couple more nice new PCDB entries.. Jaz's IBM XT case fitted with more modern components (including a security keypad for power-on!) and sir_veja's briefcase PC which takes an easier route than some others we've seen, by using a removable motherboard tray from a minitower case which fits inside the briefcase. This is a good way to solve the problem of having to create mounting holes for the motherboard and installed cards.
Andrew says: Using a search engine to locate stories on newspapers' sites violates European Union law and a bizarre rumor about Microsoft making sweeping changing to its Product Activation technology in Windows XP Service Pack 1 is completely untrue. Bricktop spotted 2 more sites saying it's not true, here and here.
Digit-Life have an article about iSCSI, a new standard for connecting storage devices to an IP network.
From Ninsei: Microsoft has made Windows .NET Release Candidate 1 available through it's Corporate Preview Program. You can download it (for free?) or order the CDs to be posted to you for $10 AUD. There are RC1 versions of 32bit Windows .NET Standard, as well as both 32bit and 64bit versions of .NET Enterprise server. Links: Australia and USA.
An article about asynchronous chips from Drayzen, who wonders How will we overclock when we have no more clocks?
Goofydave says this site has the latest 2719 beta bios for Epox 8K3A(+) boards.. hmm, a beta bios from some obscure site, not sure if I'd be game to flash my board with that one.
Cypher sent in another "stuff going bang" video that I've mirrored on our server here. It's larger (13MB) and was apparently made by "Legs and MrPinky", but credits a nonexistent GeoCities page here. This one apparently features hardware meeting 240v mains power and going spark spark bang etc, but I've only downloaded the first few seconds of it through my crummy modem link.
Hammer noticed that one of Shuttle's latest barebones boxes has an interesting heatpipe cooler inside. Japanese text but good pics.
Xbit wonder how a motherboard manufacturer can claim to have DDR400 support on an i845E-based motherboard. Techno-sleuthing here.
Jaren notes that modchips for PS2's may not be illegal in Australia anymore: courtesy of slashdot.. the Australian ABC reports that the Australian Federal Court has found that installing mod chips is not illegal, because Sony failed to prove that a copyright protection measure was installed in the PlayStation in the first place. Here is the full judgement. Interesting, but I think the chances of Sony letting it end there are probably zero.
Well, It's technically Sunday now. The reason it was late is because you can only post a 10,000 character post at a time. I feel honored I hit that barrier. :)
There is an upcoming tech show in most capital cities in Australia. Create and communicate draws the likes of Creative, Intel, Macromedia And SONY. Looks like you can win stuff for just showing up too! Thanks Anthrox.
To lazy to use your mouse? Try these hands free ones! "The headband is a small and lightweight unit that tracks the position of the head and monitors eye blinks. Also "The armband resembles a watchband and can track the position of the arm and monitor the tension of the muscles under the band. "
Microsoft has gone back to the drawing board with Windows XP. "Microsoft is planning what could end up being quite a shock for the Windows XP warez world, and what currently looks to be one of the most amazing moves made by Microsoft since Windows Product Activation was introduced." Thanks Neill
JPEGs may become a thing of the past! "The ISO standards body will take the unprecedented step of withdrawing the JPEG image format as a formal standard if Forgent Networks, a small Texan company, continues to demand royalties on a seventeen-year old patent."
Well, this is certainly one way to promote your new company. "Stripped down to his birthday suit and a strategically placed cellphone, Branson declared he had "nothing to hide" as he introduced Virgin Mobile U.S.A... Dangling from a crane above Times Square on Wednesday, Branson whipped off his clothes and flung them at a leering crowd of New York tourists and reporters." Thanks Callan
You can win some AMD stuff here. "An Athlon XP, MSI KT3 Ultra-ARU, and a Swiftech MCX462 HSF. It's one winner takes all, and all that's required is registering in the forums and meeting the minimum post requirement."
On the topic of winning stuff, you can win a pair of Sennheiser HD 575 headphones. Not sure about the details, But my sennheiser HD 270's rock! Thanks Jason!
For new PC's in old things, check out this site. It has PC's inside Amiga 1000's, Atari 2600's and even a NES! Cheers Col.
Apparently, Laser communications are crucial for space exploration. "Space missions currently being planned will collect several billion bits (gigabits) of data per second. Since the data can only be transmitted back to Earth for a short time every day or two, the satellites will need to transmit about 100 gigabits per second."
Chainbolt has reviewed this P4 motherboard from Abit. His review focusses on the overclocking aspects of the board. Being from Abit it's no surprise that it fares well.. especially when he puts it into his Vapochill system. :)
[H]ard|OCP have examined the BlueCooling BTMS watercooling system in some depth. Worth checking out, as they compare it to so many competing products it becomes more of a waterblock roundup than a single-product review. Just as well, given what they think of the product in question. :)
TheInq have some Intel CPU roadmaps posted, here and here. Apparently Intel's 3GHz chip is coming soon(er), thanks Mr Chilled. More info here, thanks Rage.
A roundup of roundups: PCStats have an Business Oriented Integrated Motherboard roundup.. lots of motherboards you probably don't want, unless you're like me and can't remember the last time you played a 3D game on your PC. There's probably a card you do want to own buried in Digit-Life's GF4 Titanium roundup, tho. Or perhaps DDR SDRAM (OCNZ) or New Radeons (Guru3D) are more your style.
Digit-Life also have an article on reverberation, for the audiophiles.
Info about Longhorn, the next Windows version, here.. thanks Karl.. and here's me still using Win2K.
Still time to win y'self a flight sim game over on 3DAvenue. Or, win yourself a new Holden by getting a few SMS's, thanks mjcrow.
Kasar spotted info on WinPE, which is a minimal Win32 subsystem with limited services, based on the Windows XP Professional kernel running in protected mode. It contains the minimal functionality you need to run Windows Setup, pull an operating system from a network share, automate basic processes, and perform hardware validation.
Lombers has whipped up some KR7A, KX7 & AT7 modified BIOSes, which enable some hidden BIOS options and have a newer RAID BIOS inside, etc. Check out the details in that thread in our AMD Hardware forum.
One of the biggest local concerns regarding the WorldCom bankruptcy is that they own large Australian ISP OzEmail.. there are some concerns about their future.
VIAHW have a preview of SiS648, that company's new P4 DDR chipset.
NeoSeeker have their preview of the New Radeon chipsets from ATI. 3DVelocity have part 2 of their writeup about them. HotHardware have even more coverage about their performance.
BetaOne have some rumours about WindowsXP Activation and copyright control changes, thanks OZEight. If you're using XP but not happy, perhaps this tweaking guide will help.
X-Bit have an article all about Anti-Aliasing, for better image quality.
d0nk3yk0ng sent in this (hosted on OCAU) 1.9MB video of a internal modem in a microwave that he was emailed. No idea who the original creator was or why you would do this, but at least now we know for sure that it's a really bad idea. :)
Folding Giveaway Grand Prize!
(link) Tuesday, 23-July-2002 00:33:45 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Last week's winner was --==L=a=N=c=E==-- and the consolation prize went to slick.
This week is the last week of the Folding Giveaway. The grand prize, provided kindly by ComputerAlliance, is up for grabs! It's a complete Duron 950MHz PC, perfect for folding and probably pretty good for anything else you wanted to do, too. All you have to do to win it is get folding and produce 5 points by the end of the week. Simple!
OZEight sent this in: WorldCom files largest bankruptcy ever. With $107 billion in assets, WorldCom's bankruptcy is the largest in United States history, dwarfing that of Enron Corp. The Houston-based energy trader listed $63.4 billion in assets when it filed Chapter 11 late last year.
Why is this interesting? Well, apart from the massive financial ripples it will send through the global economy, WorldCom own the single biggest chunk of the Internet. WorldCom, which operates the world's largest Internet network, employs 60,000 people in 65 countries. However, The bankruptcy would have no immediate effect on its customers, according to statements from both the company and Michael Powell, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.
"I want to assure the public that we do not believe this bankruptcy filing will lead to an immediate disruption of service to consumers or threaten the operation of WorldCom's Internet backbone facilities," Powell said.
A couple of new, detailed PCDB entries about some watercooled systems, from morphling1 and peterwayne1. Interesting radiator placement on that last one, using the Enermax PSU's bottom intake fan for airflow. Oraldlight's is pretty cool too - note the clear plastic "drip tray" under the CPU waterjacket.
BoBoTheMonkey sent in this huge page on NVIDIA.pl which has links to lots of useful programs.. looks like a bookmark for sure.
From Reuel: The Debian Project is pleased to announce the release of Debian GNU/Linux version 3.0. Debian GNU/Linux is a free operating system, which now supports a total of eleven processor architectures, includes KDE and GNOME desktop environments, features cryptographic software, is compatible with the FHS v2.2 and supports software developed for the LSB. Download here. Debian powers Thor, the server that is sending you this page.
Also from Reuel: Members of the Ogg Vorbis projecthave unveiled release 1.0 of their software, an open-source alternative to the MP3 format. The official release of the audio encoding and streaming technology has been widely anticipated by enthusiasts of open-source software. Ogg Vorbis is completely royalty-free, meaning companies can incorporate the technology into their software without cost.
Goofydave noticed that pimprig.com has an article on how to make a coffee machine/pc from scratch.
Another interesting PC here, the V8 Big Block.. in German but pics down the bottom.
From leperMessiah: China to build own version of Windows 98. Here and original story here. The plan is to break the "monopoly of foreign office software," which we believe may be code for 'Microsoft,' and to this end the Beijing IT Industry Promotion Center announced two initiatives, "Yangfan" and "Qihang," intended to produce a Win98 level OS within a year. Also, Forbes magazine did an article on Linux that is good, here. Seems anything non-MS is trendy these days.
5V line a little wimpy? ExtremeCooling have a guide that might help.. One of the best ways to get around this was to attach a direct 5v line into the motherboards voltage regulator, which is what i will show you how to do.
From Isengard, an articleabout some american company owning the rights to JPEG compression.. and wanting money for everything that uses the format.
Another briefcase PC appears in the PCDB, from Tasmaniac. Asteroid has converted a clunky old PC into a cool DVD player and Tarrasque has a new clear PC. We've had a few new trends in modding over the last 6 months or so.. model-car PC's, suitcase PC's, clear PC's, hi-fi PC's.. kinda wonder what the next big thing will be. Maybe just plain beige boxes.. naah, too weird. :)
Price-comparison site RazorPrices is a year old now and to celebrate they have a new engine powering the site. TechWatch offer a similar price-comparison service, for parts inside and outside your PC.
Wired have a story about DJ's using iPod's, Apple's portable MP3 player (we reviewed one here), instead of the more traditional turntables. They also have an interesting article about crop circles. Another interesting crop circles site is here, they have pics of a lot of crop circles spotted this year.
From Reuel: PCmech.com have an overview on overclocking and a summarized history of the modern processor, starting from the first PC processor all the way up to today's Athlon XP and Pentium IV here.
If you're after German-language hardware info, PC-Max.de say they are back online after a month of downtime and a new design.
Azooma noticed there's another issue of ZZZ Online up. Smoke-ring guns!! Huge issue this time, some interesting stuff there.
Win Stuff by Folding!
(link) Friday, 19-July-2002 14:59:08 (GMT +10) - by Agg
The winner of last week's Folding Giveaway was Monkeymagic. Emit picked up the consolation prize, so congrats to them both. This week the prize is a Skyhawk Aluminium Midi Tower Case MSR4610 with a 400Watt Skyhawk Power Supply worth over $430 from CoolPC. Also included with the case is a Thermaltake 8cm Smart Case Fan donated by GameDude . There is also a bonus consolation prize of a Cherry keyboard donated by Adilam. How can you win that stuff? By Folding, of course! If you can download and run a program, you too could win goodies (and maybe help find a cure for cancer etc.)
Apparently, Quantum entanglement is stronger than suspected! If you don't know what that means, "The finding means the quantum linking of particles is far more robust than scientists thought and could help them develop new ways of making quantum computers." *collective oooohhhh*
On that note, there is an article on Asynchronous chips in regards to making circuitry faster. Thanks Osiris.
Soon, Barracuda ATA V 7200-rpm drives will be among us. With larger platters and an all new interface. "Seagate is demonstrating its first Serial ATA hard drive at PC Expo/TechXNY with the help of a prototype Intel motherboard, and promises to be among the first hard drive makers to deliver the new technology, in products this fall." Thanks Ben.
I hope you haven't been trying to send emails via yahoo mail with the word mocha in the body..."That's what users of the company's free e-mail service may be wondering if they try to send a message using the word "mocha" and discover that while in transit, "mocha" mysteriously changes to "espresso." Thanks Reuel.
From ATI themselves: There's a press release here and there's more info on their developer site.. but ATI's servers are getting hammered at the moment, so those links will come and go.
From first reports this chipset seems very quick - 50% faster than GeForce4 Ti4600 in some benchmarks. Some competition at the high end of the market will be good and just what we've been waiting for.. but of course, nVIDIA's NV30 is looming. There's a discussion here in our Forum.
Case-Modding in the spotlight
(link) Thursday, 18-July-2002 09:44:38 (GMT +10) - by Agg
B5Lurker sent in a URL to the online version of the recent case-modding story in the Melbourne Age's Green Guide. Quite a few people from the hardware scene and our own forums rate a mention, including hosted site CaseJunkiez. Check out the article here!
SlCentral send word: Microsoft has identified a problem with running DirectX 8.1 on AMD processor-based systems. Some DirectX 8.1 programs may simply stop working on AMD PCs, and Microsoft has come up with a patch to fix the problem. SLCentral.com has posted the fixed .dll file as well as the entire hotfix. You can read more and download the fix here. You can also read more from Microsoft about this issue here.
From Gaz: I bet 100s have already told you, but there is an article in the Melbourne Green guide about case modding. The
GTR PC gets a big mention....unfortunately you guys do not. That's despite gatherings for the article being organised via our forums and promoted several times on the news page. Lovely. (Update: Ok, they mentioned us but no URL. Less grumpy now. Not a bad article actually. URL would have been nice tho. :) )
Barto thought we might like a little MacWorld roundup:
Steve Jobs (CEO of Apple) was kicking MS in the balls this keynote. He said things like "We came up with iTools, MS copied us and called it .net. But we know what .net means, so we're renaming iTools .mac". Also stuff about how Apple is gonna shoot up in market share, and how everyone will adopt MPEG4 "except for MS of course".
"Move2Mac" was announced which makes transferring all of your old PC files to your shiny new Mac easy (and over USB).
iPod now works with MusicMatch (so windows users can officially use iPods now), has a 20GB hard disk, a trackpad/scrollwheel, calender and clock. OCAU's iPod review is here.
Mac OS X Jaguar was announced, and the box and the CD have Jaguar-spots on them :-/
Jaguar has OpenGL acceleration of the GUI, an AIM client, syncs a contacts list and calender (iCal) to your .mac internet/mobile phone/PDA/other macs. It has ZeroConf (which Apple is calling Rendevous), which makes your computer automagically aware of all services on a LAN. ZeroConf was demoed swapping MP3s (RIAA must be having fits), having all the printers on a network automatically show up, and building up a list of all "iChat", an AIM client", users on a LAN so you can chat to them.
The iMac is now up to 1GHz G4, has a GeForce 4 MX and the top-model has a 17" 1440x900 flat-panel display. That model is $4395 australian and has an 80GB hard drive.
iTunes 3 has custom "automatic" playlists, like 1GB of random MP3s which "I have given a rating of over 5 stars" or 500MB of MP3s in this genre which "I have played the least" etc etc.
So there you go. :)
3-Phase Power: Pavarotti, Choir Boys and Balloons
(link) Wednesday, 17-July-2002 15:01:07 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Sean has sent along an explanation of what the mystical phrase "Three-Phase Power" really means. Many motherboard manufacturers list this as a selling point of their recent products and the general concensus is that it makes for a more stable motherboard - but I'll admit I wasn't really sure how it worked. Sean uses an interesting analogy to explain this feature.
Telstra is going to start calling for applications for its $25 million broadband fund this week. "The fund was announced earlier this year as a way of stimulating broadband take-up in Australia. Telstra wants to have a million broadband customers by 2005."
America is trying to make one in every 24 people a spy. "The Bush Administration aims to recruit millions of United States citizens as domestic informants in a program likely to alarm civil liberties groups.". That's a lot of secret handshakes! Cheers Kris.
For another time wasting flash game, check out this weird bee on an arrow ... or something. "I have no idea what is going on it it, but it is quite amusing." Thanks Oliver.
In a fairly large story, Intel is set to cut 4000 jobs as its revenue drops. "The job cuts came as CEO Craig Barrett reported that Intel's revenues were down seven per cent on the previous quarter. Revenues were $6.3 billion for its second quarter."
Dan has been playing with security fingerprint scanners and has bypassed one without the use of jelly.
For another dose of crazy things, ZZZ issue 137 is out. This time we have A text-reading pen, Smoke ring guns and other toys, DIY vortex gun, and a mach 25 artillery shell, Emotional cars and a wingless F-15 landing.
If you've run out of stuff to mod, try your PSU with a clear or colored cover.
I never thought I would live to hear that Processors are getting too fast!"... Pentium 4 may not see the light of day because Windows doesn't like it. Reports claimed that the speed of the chip causes Windows 2000 'to crash and burn.'" There might be a simple solution to that.. :) Thanks Mr Chilled
In a bizarre story, Williams revealed that they lost a new nose cone design when it was destroyed by the police. "Airport security found a neat aluminum box so they called in the bomb squad, strapped dynamite around it and blew the box to smithereens." Hah!, thanks Heist
Interesting PC in a fishtank project.. in french, and using an annoying flash interface to show it off. But anyway.. I suspect it's a similar to Volenti's "submerged" PC, which caused quite a stir a couple of months ago.
If you're still in a modding mood, you could make an in-bay temperature display thanks to EliteHW.
Apparently some email security filters are changing the content of emails or websites and making up new words, thanks alx.
On the other side of the fence MacWorld is on in New York at the moment, and MacSpotlight have coverage if you swing that way. If you haven't decided yet, perhaps this Mac clone case for PC's could be a happy medium, thanks alowishes.
Speaking of all things Apple, Scott noticed that Quicktime 6 is now out, a 25MB download.
OneArmedMan spotted a MadOnion thread where someone claims that high core voltage can slowly kill P4's. I think he's probably overreacting, there's quite a few long-term high-voltage P4's in our forums.
Today is nForce 2 day, it seems.. or at any rate we'll be hearing a lot about it this week. You might remember back in December we brought you an early review of the first non-reference nForce motherboard, the MSI K7N420 Pro. nForce is a motherboard chipset made by nVidia, who we more readily associate with video chipsets - of course, it (usually) has onboard video. It was fairly impressive but for a variety of reasons didn't take off - largely because it didn't really fit anywhere into the market. Too expensive for the integrated-motherboard crowd, not fast enough video for the high-performance crowd. Anyway, nForce2 is here now, sporting AGP 8X, Twin Bank DDR400 support and Serial ATA, with hints of onboard GF4 MX video and FireWire for good measure. nVidia have an official nForce2 page as of a few hours ago, but there are articles springing up all over the net: TheInqirer, VIA Hardware, HardwareAccelerated, DigitalDomain (press release), HardOCP, Bjorn3D, EE Times, AnandTech, TheInq again, TomsHardware, AMDMB, 3DVelocity, Tech-Report, ExtremeTech, DeviantPC, FiringSquad and 3DGPU. Golly.
Nigel noticed this thread on whirlpool about a Broadband Advisory Group which is calling for public comment on issues relating to broadband in Australia. If you've got something to say, read the guidelines and make a submission. I have been looking at a few ADSL options today, there seem to be a few reasonable plans out there at last.
SilentSniper spotted a curious video card, apparently Dual Radeon.. for sale on eBay, that bastian of internet credibility.
HardOCP have reviewed the Asus Ti4600 Ultra Deluxe, which is the video-in/out-equipped and mega-bundle version of the V8460 Ultra I reviewed a little while ago. Major speed, major features and no doubt major wallet-deflating powers.
They took a beating lately, but online gaming fans MOS.net.au are back up and running again. You can also get a bunch of gaming news from our gracious hosts, AusGamers.
Woah, huge day. Been running around doing all kinds of stuff.. a relief to slump back into the comfy chair again.
Sabretooth sends warning of killer fish with lungs roaming around.. reminds me of the "land sharks" in a few custom Duke3D levels.
Calindor spotted this article from game publisher Vivendi, saying that broadband in Oz is dissapointing (no kidding) .. Interactive entertainment is key content that can contribute to the roll-out of broadband, but serious players are going to chew through the download caps.
From Grimwolge: Just a quick message to let everyone know that the OCAU Genome@Home Team has hit 500,000 workunits!
Guru3D have a mirror of the DetonatorXP 30.30 drivers which have just been "leaked", as have so many versions before them.. drivers for your nvidia-based video card, of course. They're Betas, so Bad Things may happen if you use them. TweakersAsylum have a mirror too, apparently. If you want to overclock your nvidia-based card using the Detonators, read our CoolBits guide. TweakersAsylum compared the performance of the new drivers to earlier ones.
VooDoo sends word of Create and Communicate, Australia's Premiere Digital Content Creation and Communication Road Show in Brisbane soon.
From Bort: Autobarn's latest catalogue has 8" neons for $9.95, in blue or red. I got one myself, but found that the only downside was all the electronics are inside the car cigarette lighter plug - meaning some surgery is required to get them out of that or mounting a cigarette lighter socket in your PC. Or maybe even in your car :)
PC hardware giant Asus have a new subsidiary: With the new ASROCK brand name, Hua Ching’s motherboard products are set to target the low-price segment and are regarded by Asustek as the latest tool to expand its market share. Interesting info about the state of the motherboard and video card markets there, too.
SilentSnipeR spotted an article about a Linux user going back to Windows.. with some thoughts about what, in the author's opinion, Linux needs to make it to mainstream desktops.
Mike from theInq says: We discovered that Intel would put its Northwood core into its Celerons today and we've a column on how Intel uses its marchitecture to fox users out of buying chips from the opposition.
Palladium, MS's proposed security standard / operating system continues to generate a lot of discussion. Entropy spotted this article on Salon.Com and there's a huge post here in the DeviantArt forums which collects a few articles and other info together, thanks Redefine.
Accelenation have an article titled Ghosts in the Machine which seems to be about refresh rates and frame rates.
Alex sent in an article about a internet ID system being proposed in competition with Microsoft's Passport system.
Lawyers patrolling online forums? Surely not.. :) But this seems to be taking things a bit far, thanks Manaz.
Phillip has had some trouble with Gigabyte's GA-7VRXP (KT333) motherboard and a GF4 video card.. he's sniffed around and it seems he's not alone, with similar experiences reported here, here, here and here. Dissapointing, because I've had no problem with Gigabyte's AMD761+686B (GA-7DXR) and KT266A (GA-7VTXE), both of which I've used extensively as testbeds for reviews (including GF4 reviews) over the last few months. There's mixed opinions here in our AMD Hardware forum, including some strong and vocal support for the board - but also info apparently from Gigabyte saying that 1/5 and 1/6 PCI divisors are not supported on that board.
This PC Sucks!
(link) Saturday, 13-July-2002 06:59:23 (GMT +10) - by Agg
We've seen quite a few briefcase and hi-fi PC's now.. could this be the next craze? The mysterious green object in the picture below is, of course, a vacuum-cleaner which has been converted into a PC case:
The Sydney man who was behind the hacking of over 400,000 optus dial-up account's, has been charged.Thanks Griff.N
Some information about a new Microsoft OS that is in development. Thanks again Griff.N.
Nvidia have released a free program called Earthviewer3D which supposedly allows users to click down and view parts of the earth's surface in 3D! Haven't tried it myself, but it looks quite cool. Cheers Peter!
If you're out for a dose of crazy stuff, check out ZZZ issue 136. This time with An array of uses for a new speaker technology, including but not limited to: inflatable beer can speakers, translucent speakers, and the somewhat terrifying Michael Jackson silhouette speakers. Eye-tracking mice for hands free computing, Phase change clothing to keep you cool without having to lug around ice cubes in your pockets and a triple dose of airplane near-accidents.
There is a guide up on putting linux on your Shuttle system. "But how does the SS40G really work out with Linux? Since I had wanted to use this as a Linux box myself, I decided that I would share my findings with everyone as I went through the steps of installing Linux and using it."
Apparently there is a free beta of Norton Antivirus 2003. It can be downloaded here. Follow the readme file that is included in the exe. Thanks DJ-Studd.
There is apparently another way to unlock your T'Bred. "This method is just like pin modding the Northwood to get higher VCore voltage where you can either use a thin wire or conductive grease the connect the pins together."
The news box was a little thin tonight, So send in some more news :)
Congrats to znipa-x who won Week 7 of the Folding Giveaway. The Consolation Prize winner is Strange1. This week's prizes are from CoolPC and Adilam, so get folding! Only a few weeks left to score yourself free stuff. In case you're wondering what the point of Folding@Home really is, our resident Master of Folding, "Bollocks", has written an article here with some info. We have recently dropped back into 2nd place, so every spare MHz counts!
LanAddict have an article about the new America's Army game.. answers some of the questions we had about it and, despite some problems, sounds pretty cool.
Speaking of games, 3DAvenue post their Top 10 Most Wanted.. games they're hangin' out to see.
Draffa says in this thread that there's to be an "Antenna Workshop" in Brisbane in Sept, which provides an opportunity for meshers to come together to learn about, design and build antennas such as cantennas, simple omnis and modded galaxy dishes.
CDRInfo have an article about Mt Rainier, a new CDRW standard attempting to make "drag and drop burning" less dependent on proprietary applications.
HotHardware have pics of AthlonXP SFF or Small Form-Factor CPU's.. on their main page.
Resident Master Chef PostModern sends word of some goings-on in our Geek Food forum: The June Cook-off (Soups) winner was Iroquois with his Chicken and Sweet Corn soup, Runner up was HoldenAngel with her Asian Flavoured Pumpkin Soup. Links to all the June cook-off entries are in this thread. The July Cook-off is Potatoes!
Nice new logo on this page thanks to Darkness.. change is good.
PlanetSavage have an article about practical RAID.. we have a look at some options here and here.. and a completely impractical option here. :)
Typical.. the day I put up my A7V333 Review.. ZeUSS says: when i last looked, there was no mention in the downloads section, but on the main page at ASUS they mention the ASUS A7V333 v1008 bios update is available.
Asus A7V333 Review!
(link) Monday, 8-July-2002 06:26:54 (GMT +10) - by Agg
I'm not exactly first out of the gate with this one, but I've been playing with an A7V333 for a while now and wrote up my results. This KT333 board is for SocketA with DDR memory, of course.. and also packs a heap of other goodies onto the PCB:
Approximately Midnight, Sunday evening
(link) Sunday, 7-July-2002 14:44:23 (GMT +10) - by Manaz
Well, it has been a long time, but I think I've still got what it takes to make a news post here. Let's see, shall we?...
Ever since the PCDB came back online fully, there's been a spate of new systems listed (and some old listings updated). Very nice watercooled setup from morphling1... CubeH20 and KungFuCamel's entries are not too shabby either...
Rumour has it (it's the Enquirer, OK?) that Gainward plan on releasing a "Golden Sample" GeForce4 Ti4200 video card, clocked at 270MHz/570MHz (core/RAM). That's getting RIGHT up there into Ti4400 territory. Thanks to goofydave for that link.
Speaking of rumours, Daniel let us know that DigiTimes are reporting that nForce 2 will be debuting on July 16th.
First there was Terminator, where Arnie was the bad guy. Then there was Terminator 2, when Arnie was the good guy. Now there's Terminator 3 - I don't know if Arnie's good or bad in this one, but you can view the trailer here on the Apple website. Thanks to Kaser for spotting that one.
Tired of lugging your 17" or 19" monitor around when you go to a LAN? What about your mid or full tower system? Bjorn3D reckon they've got the answer.
Have you ever wondered how some of the fancier etched case windows were made? Ever wished you could have one? Systemcooling.com thought that you might like some instructions on doing it yourself...
You may or may not know what a trebuchet is - it was designed in medieval times for hurling large objects (like rocks/boulders/burning things) at people you really didn't like (who were holed up in a castle you wanted to get into for instance). I bet the original designers never imagined in their wildest dreams that their contraption would be one day be built as a functioning lego model though. Thanks to Icarus for that link - it may not necessarily be technical, or related to computer hardware, but it is cool...
Added your PC to the PCDB since it came up and had trouble getting it to accept more than 1 picture? That bug is fixed now, thanks MWP! Some cool stuff added in the last few days, like martinus4, an attempt to build a very quiet router PC.
Silent Remorse has another news-blast for us: Nasty Klez variant expected to emerge on July 6, an NSA Security-enhanced Linux version, more talk on Palladium (MS's security thingo) and a startup company plans MP3 module for GameBoy. Here's 10 signs that you play games too much and a Samsung RDRAM roadmap. The IT industry could beat viruses by adopting methods used by the medical profession and a major Chinese satellite was hacked.
SR and Munkiboy spotted Microsoft may be selling PC's into the value end of the market, using VIA's C3 processor.
alx-e sends word that Eric Corley, who operates the 2600 magazine and Web site, chose not to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court a ruling that ordered him to remove links to decryption software written by someone else. Corley's attorneys had unsuccessfully argued that publishing the program was free speech.
Interesting covert communications tool using stenanography (burying encrypted information in normal-looking images) to be released by "hactivists", thanks Alex.
Redback says: Im probably not the first person to tell you this, but the idea behind the new army game, is that the us army is hoping people will see what the army do and want to join up, or something.. hmm, I don't think playing an FPS game is going to make ME want to experience it for real.
We've seen this before, but it'll pass a few minutes.. a flash spank the monkey timewaster, thanks Tony. It's easy to cheat. :)
Interesting thread here about multiple users on Bigpond Cable and possible connection problems, thanks Mitch.
People using motherboard monitor under Win2K and XP might be interested to know there's a transparency patch for the dashboard now, thanks Ali_G.
Ben spotted inflatable speakers.. Wonder if they'd work as floaties in the pool. Could play music at the same time. ;)
Nobes noticed that VIA's P4X400 DDR chipset for P4 has been announced (and we haven't been seeing P4X333 boards for very long). I wonder if this means anything for KT400, the socketA equivalent. According to this site, some motherboards supporting Serial ATA (one of which is a KT400 board) will be available in June and August, thanks feral.
From Icewind: Its been a while coming, but new Hercules Fortissimo II Drivers have arrived, fixing among other things a few bugs and performance issues.
LiamC has gazed into his crystal ball - the first link on his site is to an article listing quite a few up-and-coming technologies, what they mean and when they may be likely to appear. If you'd prefer to look backwards, Sin22 spotted an AMD historical roadmap.
Apparently America's Army is a new game that's impressing quite a few people.. AusGamers Files are hosting a trailer and the first demo of it, thanks Anthony. Or.. hmm, maybe it's the full game? Some people are saying that the game is totally free and made by the real, actual, U.S. Army and they use it to train their soldiers. I've no idea and at 208MB or so I'm not likely to find out any time soon. :) It's also here and here, thanks Silent Remorse.
After a couple of weeks of being read-only, the PC Database is back and fully-functional again! Many thanks to MWP who spent a fair bit of time tracking down and fixing the pesky bugs that were making it corrupt the database. Also thanks to several forum-goers who helped out with bug-hunting and other suggestions. We've restored the database as of the 16th of June, so if you've been waiting to update or add your entry, now's your chance!
More LANs! Lanolot are having one this weekend in Ormiston QLD, thanks ToOkEy. If you're in Sweden there's apparently a huge one on right now, thanks ORG2000. This friday night in Sydney there's a short one organised by OCAU forum people, info here in the forums.
This can't be good for Worldcom as Australian companies utilising them are being advised to run for the hills. As fast as they can with their lawyer in tow.
If you ever find yourself in a maximum security prison and you need to escape to prove your innocence, here's my advice: use two plastic spoons. That's what these two inmates did to escape a 19 million maximum-security detention facility.
You know you're asking for trouble when you shout the Irish soccer team drinks. Michael Flatley (yes, that Flately) got 20,000 pounds worth of trouble. And some funny quotes from the World Cup 2002
It will be legal to practice witchcraft and what not in the state of Victoria, with the decriminalisation of a 1966 law that bans sorcery and the occult. That labor party woman who used voodoo to remove Jeff Kennett from power, should be very happy. And who says that your local members do nothing for you?
Nothing like doing news 5 hours away from home. :)
Apparently there is a $200,000 reward for porting Linux to xbox! An anonymous donor... has announced to award at total of US$ 200,000 for the completion of various tasks on the Xbox Linux Project until December 31st 2002. The basic goal of the project is to find a simple and completely legal way to run Linux on the Microsoft Xbox.
Australian fans of the game Dark Age of Camelot should be happy to know there's a site for Australian players run by our own Manaz.
ZZZ Online have another issue posted with the usual crazy stuff.. actually, I think they've outdone themselves this time: SO.... imagine that you're a kid with a typical imagination, and by holding up a toilet seat... that this is a portal to another world. everything you see through the toilet seat is actually in another world, it's like a periscope opening to fridgemagnet-land... in the real world that tree you're staring @ is just a normal tree, but hold up the magic toilet seat portal and it is revealed to you what that tree looks like in fridgemagnet-land, it's actually a fridgemagnet tree, but this can only be seen through the magic toilet seat portal.... riiiiight.
Monster-Hardware have some pretty basic case-modding going on.. slapping a window and cold-cathode into their PC. Somewhat more fancy is this LED CPU Meter that works via your parallel port, thanks Dan. If LCD is more your thing, check out Wolfy's guide to hooking one up.
Kinda funny mini-conversation in the news box, Martin from ModFactor saying: ..Visiontek has made a big mistake in some of there GeForce 4 4600 video cards. .. I myself also have a DVi-D not DVi-I connection on my Visiontek GF4 4600 and as everyone knows DVI-I was advertised to be on the GF4 4600 and review sites had DVI-I not DVI-D so it has come to our conclusion that Visiontek made a mistake on some video cards or they ran out of DVi-I for a while and just decided to put DVI-D on the cards. To which Kyle from [H]ard|OCP replied: Yes, it is a mistake on Visiontek's part and they are aware of it. They have made efforts to bring back the cards that went out with the wrong jack. If you CALL their tech support line and explain the issue they will trade you out a card with the right connector on it. It really should be that simple. So there you go. If you have this problem, talk to your vendor or maybe email email@example.com for info on the swap if it bothers you.
Apparently Thermaltake, known for their cooling products, have a sister company called Bluetake. Unsurprisingly, they specialise in Bluetooth (wireless networking) products.. Hexus have a review of one of their kits. Meanwhile, AMDWorld reviewed an MSI adapter.
XtremeSystems have a guide to voltage modding the KX7-333R / KR7A / KG7 range of Abit socketA motherboards.
From MWP: New ver of Opera for windows is up on their site (cant get the exact location as i cant get on the ftp, too busy). Version 6.04. IMO its MUCH faster than previous versions. No more need to run IE :)
Paul spotted more info on the tooth phones.. also, they reckon there's been one billion PC's sold so far, and reminisce about the early days of PC's.
From THX1138: Australia is now in 8th place in front of France in the total country standings for seti@home.. nice one, guys.
Morgan sent in this article suggesting that the latest Media Player security patch may also install digial rights management software. leperMessiah spotted more info (and some ranting) on TheReg.
Apparently there'll be no DDR-II standard.. well, nothing called that, thanks VooDoo.
A few days ago I whinged about the lack of a single DVD writeable standard.. Ben notes that may be less of a problem with new multi-standard drives.
If you're a poet and you do know it, you can win a video card by making a haiku on Bjorn3D.
Sabretooth says: there's going to be a smallish LAN (~40 people) held in St Lucia, Brisbane on the Saturday 6th of July going from 10AM-2AM the next morning. Full details are here. Registration is here. It's only $10 and is right next to Coles, Subway, with a fair bit of parking behind the building. Richard says: the ACT Gaming Network is having their 220 person monthly lan on the 6th July.