From nza at Hardware Avenue, "Codemasters have finally shown some progress with the PC RaceDriver series in the form of a downloadable demo. This demo features the Australian specific V8 Supercar style of gameplay". Read more here.
Sabretooth spotted an article about tech trends for 2003. Gillette's just ordered half a billion RFID chips to put on its razors: one day soon, you'll be walking around with enough transponders in your clothing and stuff you bought to be tracked from Mars. Just thought you'd like to know.
VooDoo sent in this funny thread over on the StraightDope forums, about a killer blimp.
With all the talk of war and terrorism lately, even potatoes aren't immune. Also, people are apparently letting the US Govt know how they feel, by picking up the phone.. thanks Tori.
A few people noticed this odd marketing approach for a Visiontek video card. ATI’s SMOOTHVISION,™ anti-aliasing, kicks the CRAP out of visual distortion resulting in smoother looking images. HI-RES 32-bit, 3D gaming up to 2048x1536 means when ‘intense applications’ come out to play, XTASY 9100 says: “ BI-A-TCH! GO MAKE ME A SAMWICH!!” Bizarre.
An article at a german site claims to have deciphered the information sent to Microsoft when you connect to Windows Update. Apparently, information about all the software and hardware installed on your PC can be sent to Microsoft. Not just Microsoft software, any software.
I don't usually recommend opening up a perfectly good hard drive as personal experience has shown that they often tend to die shortly afterward. In this case, 000patto000 (yes, I spelt that right) has gone about it in the right way and put a window and an LED in his drive. The results look great.
There is an article over at Whirlpool telling us that ISP iGreen Communications has been placed under administration at the request of Optus. Could this be the beginning of the end for iGreen? Link from Peter.
The people at Digital-Daily have put the Athlon Barton and XP cores head to head. I was a little surprised at some of the results from this. The budget CPUs seem to be a bargain yet the high-end chips seem overpriced. Although thats looking at things from an overclockers perspective only.
Forum regular Falkor, has all the details for an OCAU Sydney BBQ & Cruise on the 23rd of March. Have a look in this thread for more info. This would be a good chance to get together with some of your like minded OCAU'ers for a meet 'n greet. The cruise sounds nice as well. :)
China and the U.S., Canada, the European Union, Japan and the Russian Federation are getting together to build a Fusion Reactor. The dream of cheap and virtually unlimited electricity has moved a step closer, a little step at least. Thanks Greg.
"Tennis balls. We import 14 million of them each year, but no one seems to know where they go". I know where a lot of mine have gone. I've lost count of how many I've sent down into the depths of the roadside drainage system. Tennis Victoria are going to try to answer the missing tennis ball mystery.
I think I missed this earlier, but AnandTech have posted their IDF Day 3 coverage, with some interesting up-and-coming goodies looked at.
From thetron, two LANs in Hervey Bay, QLD: There's a Overnighter Lan on Friday, starts @ 4pm, Venue is Pialba Neighbourhood Center. Netfest is on again, Very poor turn-out last event. Where: The Torquay Hotel, When: This Sunday from 8am-4pm.
Apparently there was a nanotechnology conference in the USA recently, and C|Net have some info from it.
The Australian Wireless Association are holding a field day. "There will be live demonstrations of a variety of equipment including VoIP hardware, locally setup WPOP's running the custom Debian based Wireless Distribution which has been designed for the network by the Routing Working Group. Other equipment on display will include a variety of antennae and other wireless hardware". Find out more here.
AcesHardware have mirrored a post from the Linux Kernel Mailing List in which Linus has a say about coding for the x86. Read the post here.
leperMessiah found an article on Business Week which said "Intel Corp., the dominant maker of processors for PCs, loosened its tight links with Microsoft and started making chips for Linux. This made it possible for corporations to get all the computing power they wanted at a fraction of the price". I just went back to finish reading it and the article seems to have been edited. I wonder why!
120mm Aluminium Fan Filter Review.
(link) Sunday, 23-February-2003 06:34:17 (GMT +10) - by Sciby
In my house dust gets everywhere - mostly up my nose - but most definitely into my PC. While I can't really filter my nostrils without some sort of kleenex-rubber band system, I can filter my PC intake fans. In the past, most fan filters have been pretty rubbish, but are these new aluminium mesh filters any good? Whitey Ford has reviewed a couple of them and gives us the lowdown...
Intel may be taking a very long road for the production of 64-bit PC chips as reported on c|net @ News.com. Intel President Paul Otellini, said in an interview that Intel may not be compelled to produce a 64-bit desktop chip until 2008 or even 2009. This had something to do with lack of applications, existing circumstances in the memory market, and the inherent challenges in getting the industry and consumers to migrate to new chip. Great Read.
The Inquirer reports that the R350 will be named Radeon 9800 PRO with a non-pro version be released as well. The inquirer also reports that the fastest version Radeon 9800 PRO should be 40 percent faster than a Radeon 9700 PRO. Cards should hit the retail in April leaving Nvidia very little time to have the fastest product. Apparently the 9900 label will be reserved for 256Mb.
Also reported on the Inquirer is that Intel will be keeping Centrino branding to itself in its new mobile chips . Basically what this means is that unless a notebook uses the full Intel chipset and Pentium M processor combination, it can't be called Centrino.
Lots of mail over the last few days telling us that Samurize 0.8 is out. This is not a final version and there are still a few bugs to be sorted out, but it does mean that the final should be available soon. If, like me, you have been waiting months for this, then now is the time to head on over and have a play with the preview. For those who don't know, grum00 has this to say about Samurize. "It's a proggie you use to show info on the desktop. You configure it to show what you want. Can display a whole vareiety of things like drive usage, uploads, downloads, winamp song playing, cpu usage, mem usage etc etc. You can also use scripts to get info from some websites and display it. Therefore, you can get things like the current weather, sports scores etc. all on your desktop."
Australia is the eighth largest internet user in the world with 10.5 million people online, according to news.com.au. I wonder if that refers to the physical size of the users or the number of them! Thanks Liew.
You can find some fantastic laser cut window mods over on Crazy PC. The detail in these things is excellent.
PCStats had a problem with one of their in-house machines lately. After taking the machine apart they discovered that they had been hit by the blown capacitor bug. They aren't the only ones though, as many people with boards from a variety of manufacturers have had the same problem over the last year or so. Cheap and nasty components.
There's a good article over at Sudhian about just why it is that so much of our time and PC resources are spent playing games. "...the alien might wonder in his massively-parallel enhanced-latency brain, "these people have enough intelligence to do something a bit more intellectually challenging with these primitive machines? No wonder their screen savers are all searching for intelligent life..."
More weird and wonderful things to do with a small form factor PC. Some of these are great.
Think we've got too many forums? Find it all too confusing? Gibbon has a cool idea for trimming down the number of forums you see when you enter the forums - good if you only hang out in a few, as I imagine most people do!
eDust reckons Intel want to get rid of BIOSes and replace them with EFI.. Extensible Firmware Interface. I remember a while ago people complaining that they could never have a truly open-source PC, because the BIOS is closed-source. Maybe this is the solution?
Also from eDust: An article here about the first Windows/Intel mobile phone. It uses Windows Smartphone 2002, running on an Intel PXA262 CPU. I can just imagine installing service packs on these. He also says PCI Express will replace AGP buses.
Dan's departed from tradition and played with some shiny things. Equally surprising, he's also replied to some letters.
This German page has some benchmarks of Intel's upcoming P4 motherboard chipset Springdale with DDR400. You can work out what they mean from the graphs and it's pretty impressive.. they may be Intel-provided and pre-production though, so here's your grain of salt.
NVHardPage has been updated, for tweaking your NVIDIA video card and drivers.
From Iroquois: Barton v Hyper-Threading at linuxhardware. Print a document from your mobile! Mandrake 9.1 RC1 and Red Hat 8.1 Beta 3 available. Fad has some comments on 9.1 RC1: included in this release, and will be in 9.1, support for radeon laptop video cards, like the 7500 ive got, it works great.
News Comments System
(link) Thursday, 20-February-2003 09:03:17 (GMT +10) - by Agg
We now have a news comments system on OCAU. This lets people give feedback and opinions instantly about the various news postings on the front page of the site. You'll see that the title bar for this news post has a note indicating the number of comments about it. Clicking that will take you to a forum thread where you can make a comment about this news post if you feel like it. Each news post automatically has a comments thread created for it.
Please note that you must be a forum member to make comments on news, and those comments are not viewable from the main page of the site - only from within the forum system.
Andypoo found this in his wanderings. Drugs are bad, or so I'm told, but the "Kansas Department of Revenue" still want dealers to purchase tax stamps for their drugs. I can see it now, the mad rush of drug lords beating down the tax office doors, cash in hand.
Thursday Morning Take 2
(link) Wednesday, 19-February-2003 16:52:42 (GMT +10) - by Mred32
BiT-Tech have posted their report on day one of the Intel Developer Forum 2003. They question Intel CEO Craig Barrett on case modding.
A pen which remembers everything you write. The future of transistors. Quantum computing. DNA computing, and a credit card which also stores 5gb of data. These are some of the things you can read about on ZZZ #161.
ocelotx tells us that OCAddiction have taken a look at the fastest video card money can buy. The article has been /.ed so the site might be a bit up 'n down.
This from Jason. The recording industry in Australia are now targeting students and university computer systems in their crackdown on mp3 file swapping. "In the Federal Court in Sydney today, record companies will try to seize evidence of song swapping by students using the computer networks of the universities of Sydney, Melbourne and Tasmania". More info here.
Soltek have jumped onto the small form factor wagon with the release of their Soltek Qbic EQ2000 PC. Big things come in small packages.
SiliconAngel notes that Microsoft's new Bluetooth Wireless Desktop is starting to hit the shelves. And yes...shame about the price. Also, if you happen to have an unwanted Asus Cubx motherboard hanging around, drop a line here.
Thomas from accelenation has updated his video card history sheet with all the big hits and misses from 2002. Have a read and a look at the last 7 years of PC Graphics.
For the Sydney folk, the Hexidecimal LAN is happening on the 22nd of this month.
And from Sparksy, a funny/silly flash thing called Icon War. I giggled.
Digit-Life have taken an in-depth look at the somewhat controversial NVIDIA GeForce FX 5800 Ultra 128MB video card, their latest and greatest, which some feel isn't anywhere near as great as it should have been. Can't give you my opinion because we didn't get a review unit!
Meanwhile, their sister site X-bit Labs has looked into the effect of core temperature on P4 chips. P4's are meant to slow down when they heat up too much, but do they, and when?
le_foxx sent in an article about vendors turning GSM phones into walkie-talkies. The three, traditionally rivals in the GSM network space, are jointly defining technology specifications to enable "push to talk" on GSM networks with GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) data extensions.
Beyond3d have put some video cards through a 3DMark03 Performance Test. The cards used are all of ATI’s Radeon 9000 Series, a GeForce 4 Ti4200 and 4600 and Matrox’s Parhelia. Also, over on the [H], you can read ATI's official statement with regard to the release and use of 3DMark03. They like it.
Maximum Overdrive" is the title of this article on Wired. Its an interview with an overclocker and makes a good read if you're new to overclocking and want to know more. It's an electrical smell, a plastic smell, only there's something else," says John Sylvia, his mouth lost in a bushy beard and his arms tattooed to the knuckles. "There's a fear factor that goes along with the smell. You know something went bad" How many of us have experienced that smell?
From mickeylieu. "Visa and Mastercard have said the hacker could look at as many as 2.2 million accounts after breaching the security system of a company that processes credit card transactions on behalf of merchants". Time to double check your credit card statement. Read more here.
eDust found this. A coin operated mobile phone charger. I need one of these just for my wife!
Have a read of this Weblog. Larry Page, Google Co-Founder, President of Google Products, Computer Science Ph.D. and student "On Leave". There are all sorts of interesting and humorous bits 'n pieces.
On a more serious note, we have a thread in our forums in which you can read a letter from a lady who suffers from a debilitating illness called "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalopathy (CFS/ME)" and "Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS)". I think most of you just went "what?" as I did when I first read that. The lady in question, Kelly, is asking for help to promote awareness of this illness. Please help me in my quest to raise awareness and understanding (and hopefully in the end, a CURE). I’m not asking for handouts, however the charitable institution, CFS/ME Victoria would quite welcome any tax-deductible donations. What I am asking is if anyone is willing to support the cause and hold fundraisers or promote the awareness of the illness in anyway?" A worthy cause to help raise your karma levels.
OCAU is #1... and #8 :)
(link) Tuesday, 18-February-2003 03:51:21 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Each quarter, Hitwise ranks the Top10 websites according to user visits, across each of the 150+ categories and certifies the achievement of each site that has qualified with a Hitwise Top10 Award logo.
Hitwise is pleased to announce that www.overclockers.com.au recently ranked No. 1 in the Computers and Internet - Hardware category.
Hitwise is pleased to announce that pcdb.overclockers.com.au recently ranked No. 8 in the Computers and Internet - Hardware category.
This means we've been in the #1 position for 12 months running now. Congrats and thanks, guys!
DataFuse.net are already having a cry about the state of the computer/technology scene in 2003. Read about it here.
Use your excess ear wax as an innovative way to reduce friction between mouse and pad!!! Well, not quite, but over on Mikhailtech, they review some Mouse Wax.
Is your start menu a bit slow on your W2K or Win Xp OS? Have a read on VoidedWarranty. A registry tweak to speed it up.
VR-Zone managed to catch up with Matt Dunford, Intel Client Performance Manager, and get him to share with us some of his views on the much debated 3DMark2003. Read it here.
These bits from Iroquois. Boeing plan to offer net access in their aircraft for the ultimate in wireless networking. Also, Symantec claim they knew about the Slammer Worm before anyone else, but failed to let the world know. Well done guys!
(link) Monday, 17-February-2003 10:36:09 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Unfortunately Realtime Systems, long-time supporter of OCAU, have decided to shift their focus away from Corsair memory and other PC goodies. I'm sure the whole community thanks you for your dedication over the years, Jim.. good luck with your future endeavours!
Rage found an interesting looking case with the PSU on the bottom. Here is another view of it at the Akiba site.
If you haven't heard of The Penny Black project before, it's Microsoft's attempt at cutting the amount of spam by making the sender pay for the email they send. It has some merit and although any real implementation is still some way off, it is the kind of scheme that governments around the world are looking into to help stem the spam flood. Link supplied by leperMessiah.
A couple of pieces from nEoLIthIc. Star Wars fans are trying to get the original trilogy released on DVD. Also, some dates and details about the release of GTA Vice City for PC.
Madshrimps have finished a flashy and effective mod of a Lian-Li case. They call it Project LiquidLi.
Rodney took some photos of the Sydney Anti-War protest. They can be found here, and Michael found this picture of ATI's R350.
Viper Lair have a good read, all about the state of review sites on the net. "Basically, smaller websites, in order to gather more review samples, are often subject to manufacturer arm twisting to print up a "nice" review, mentioning (or fabricating) the strengths, and ignoring the weaknesses. Trust me, you can spot these reviews a mile away. The problem is, people are reading them, clicking on sponsor links, driving traffic up. The sponsors, as ecstatic as they could be, fire more stuff off to the tech site. Wash, rinse, repeat".
Johnnie5 found a useful program. Its called WebReaper. "WebReaper is web crawler or spider, which can work its way through a website, downloading pages, pictures and objects that it finds so that they can be viewed locally, without needing to be connected to the internet".
Steve sent this link in. A serious but simple security flaw in WindowsXP that allows people with physical access to the PC, to bypass the password protection.
If everyone lived a lifestyle like mine, we would need 5.1 planet Earths to live on. That's the report from a quiz that Lil found. Have a go and see how wasteful you are.
s3tTz noticed that the internet is soon to have an appointed Patron Saint. A CyberSaint!
CyberCPU have done a comparison of hard drive performance using a serial ATA adapter that you might want to check out. The results are not surprising but they did reveal some interesting points.
Nigel from Customtech Computers says he has found a bug in 3DMark03 that will open the gates for the cheats. Try it for yourself. It works.
The people at Modfathers have a series of "mods for beginners". This time they make a few simple changes to a USB and Hard Drive caddy to make it into a cool looking feature.
Sudhian have a great new article where they tell us how to mod our wives and girlfriends for better compatibility. Its dated February 14th, 2003. :)
leperMessiah sent this one in. The makers of the Opera web browser have hit back at Microsoft after having been hit themselves. "Users accessing the MSN site will see the page transformed into the language of the famous Swedish Chef from the Muppet Show: Bork, Bork, Bork!" hehe. leperMessiah also notes that in the UK, more than 390,000 people claim to follow the Way of the Jedi. Read it here. What next, The way of the Teletubbie?.
From New Scientist, "THE broadband Internet revolution may be coming to Australian homes much sooner than expected thanks, ironically, to third-generation mobile phone technology". Read more here.
"How To Host A LAN Party", thats the theme of a new article over at LAN Addict. I would suggest lots of pizza and softdrink, a few beers, driver disks, an empty hard drive, oh...and a few computers wouldn't go astray.
There is an upcoming motherboard from Abit, the ABIT BH7 board made for overclockers. You can read more about it at VR-Zone.
LiamC has posted a piece about Barton and how it fits into AMD's roadmap. He makes a few good point in this article.
"Draw images and show ya mates" is what Haroc had to say about this site. A virtual whiteboard.
Agg mentioned that Kazaa 2.1 is out now. BasS-InJecTeD has let us know that KazaaLite 2.0.2 is out now, just the same as Kazaa except minus all of Kazaa's adware and spyware.
NVIDIA has released their latest drivers, version 42.68 for all 3DMark03 testing and benchmarking. This is an optimized driver release for 3DMark03, although I couldn't find any mention of them on the nVidia website. Some people are claiming a score increase of as much as 200 points. You can download the driver from HardwareExtreme.com.
Nigel tells us that Blu-ray is on the way. If you haven't been following the development of this new technology, here is a glimpse. "The Blu-ray Disc enables the recording, rewriting and play back of up to 27 gigabytes (GB) of data on a single sided single layer 12cm CD/DVD size disc using a 405nm blue-violet laser". More info can be found here.
Now I know what I want as my next hobby! Remote controlled battleships. We have all seen those little boats getting around the local park pond, but this adds a new dimension to the fun. "These vessels engage each other in combat on ponds across Australia, endeavoring to punch holes in each others hull with their cannon until one of the vessels sinks or flees. Yes, the cannon really do fire, the vessels really do take damage and sink". Have a look here and see for yourself. Thanks K@OS.
Flash time waster for today is GridLock. I got stuck in this one for a while, but only made it to level 16 before I bailed.
Ma Baker says you should shave your thingy. Or at least, help Thingy shave himself. Go on, it's for charity. :)
Kazaa 2.1 is now out, thanks Comit. This download includes additional applications that are bundled within the software's installer file, some of which may be provided by parties other than the developer of this download. These applications may deliver advertisements, collect information, overlay content or graphics on the Web site you are viewing, or modify your system settings.
Totally off-topic, but what the hell, it's Friday.
Click pics to enlarge!
From Sam: These shots were taken a few weeks ago in Australind WA (A couple of hours drive form Perth) I took them with a Samsung Digimax 350SE. It was on a timer to take a photo every 1~ second or so. I was actually pretty lucky to get these shots because a few minutes after these were taken, the storm stopped. Out of the 200-300ish shots i took, these are the best 4.
There's something of a furor surrounding 3DMark03, the latest version of this popular 3D benchmarking tool released a few days ago. In case you missed it, we have a mirror of the (184MB!) install file here. A lot of people are questioning the rendering methods used in the benchmark and the huge disparity between results shown by, well, anything vs the Radeon 9700. Most of the reviews have a strong questioning of the relevance of this benchmark, particularly for comparing how different video chipsets handle the kind of work they'll need to do in actual games. NVIDIA have even gone so far as to say they don't consider it a valid benchmark, which is a big change from their previous support of 3DMark2001. 3DMark03 combines custom artwork with a custom rendering engine that creates a set of demo scenes that, while pretty, have very little to do with actual games. It is much better termed a demo than a benchmark.
What's my take on it all? Will we use 3DMark03 in our reviews? Of course. We'll also use 3DMark2001SE-330, Quake3 timedemos, benchmarks in current games and whatever else looks like an interesting way to test cards. If one benchmark seems to look way off the curve in terms of results, then we'll note that in the review. I think using any one benchmark in isolation is a pretty bad idea regardless. Also, 3DMark03 is still a serious workout for any system, so where we're not directly comparing video cards (say, a motherboard comparison using the same video card) it'll be a definite addition to our benchmark suite.
OCAddiction have got a Pentium P4 and an AthlonXP, both clocked identically at 2.4Ghz, and pitted them against one another. "Performance ratings be damned, we want to see which one is faster when they are clocked the same. With both set at 18x133 (2.4Ghz) we turned them loose in today’s most popular CPU benchmarks to see which would come out on top".
The Modfathers show you how to add a second PSU to your system.
Worlok found this guide to watercooling your ... umm ... mouse and keyboard!
More letters answered by Dan. While you're there you can check out his review of Creative's MuVo MP3 Player.
Those clever (but sometimes unlucky) people at NASA have released a picture of the universe when it was a baby. They have precisely dated the universe at 13.7 billion years old. There is also some info on CNN.
It looks like the designers and engineers at AMD actually have a sense of humor if this site is to be believed. A microscopic swipe at Intel. Thanks Xin.
Danger Den puts some watercooling goodness to the test. "Not a low price but a high quality , that is the sum of all in this test of MAZE3, BlackiceExtreme, Z-Block, GF4 block and more, don't miss this one i had so much fun to do this test".
And a cute little flash game called ... well I think its called Get Chicken. Thanks Gregg.
8BallsHardware have a DIY guide to Rounded IDE Cables. A cheap way to neaten up that tangle in your case. If I can do it, anyone can.
Andrew Balsa has some info and screenshots showing what the Linux desktop will look like on Athlon/64. "That´s my on-going review of the Mandrake Linux 9.1 pre-release series,with a ton of screenshots".
Starfury has written a mini review of the latest Battlefield 1942 add-on, "Road To Rome". Read it here.
You can find an review (in English) of the new "Unreal II:The Awakening" over at teccentral.de.
HEXUS have posted a mammoth 20 page review of ATI's All In Wonder range of graphics cards and discuss the technology behind them. They put the ATI Radeon 9000 Pro All In Wonder to the test.
Waratt has some good and not so good news for us. "WD company unleashes its new hard disk drive called WD Raptor. More importantly, the novelty with 10 000rpm motor is not intended for customers, but for enterprises at this point, hence, none of your 10 000rpm dreams will come alive today". More info on the drives from WD here.
If your the sort who loves to mod your case...fans, neons, perspex, and all the flash bits, you probably should not read this thread from Jesse. It seems some people just don't get it. :)
We have mentioned this before but destructy sent the link in again. The BMW company have a series of clever video ads that you can now order on DVD. Have a look at their site.
HWZ have a posted a preview of new Nokia N-Gage mobile game deck. Nokia did a showcase of this unit in Sydney and HWZ were there to see it.
Rowan found an article on PCWorld showing a credit card sized HDD that can hold up to 5GB. Just don't sit down with it in your wallet!
An interesting item sent in by TheHippo. Universities are having trouble attracting IT students. "Student demand to take up IT degrees this year has dropped as much as 30 per cent at some universities". Full article on news.com.au.
More GeForceFX Ultra confusion.. there's a review on c|net I think we missed, but this site says the GeForceFX Ultra probably won't even make it to retail shelves in any volume. Digit-Life have some info on Chaintech's non-Ultra (I assume) card. HardwareAccelerated have a look back at the GFFX so far.
(link) Monday, 10-February-2003 08:57:11 (GMT +10) - by Agg
A couple of funny things. Lil sent in the one on the left, titled "Australian Palmpilot". Boney sent in the one on the right, mirrored from here - CNN making an interesting comment about the Space Shuttle's abilities..
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AMD's Barton Core Athlon XP 3000+ CPU Released
(link) Monday, 10-February-2003 08:38:26 (GMT +10) - by Mred32
The waiting is almost over. AMD's new CPU, the Barton core, has been released with a PR rating of 3000+, and a true speed of 2,167MHz. After several delays and refinements, then more delays, those of you with a few spare dollars will be able to rush out and buy one in the near future. Was it worth the wait? Can the Barton hold its own next to the P4 3.06 GHz? The first batch of reviews are finally in and from what I have read, there have been mixed reactions. Here they are.
I you feel that your Radeon 9700 is still to Slow, how about four of them on the one card. I wonder what these retail for?
At MHW there is an article all about STDS (Sudden Tbred Death Syndrome). It is a technical piece that tries to explain just why CPUs sometimes die when overclocking and overvolting. Does that really need much explaining?
ModSynergy have reviewed the Mouse Bungee. We have our own review of it here. All sorts of images pop into my mind every time I read "Mouse Bungee". Weird!
Have you worked out where you will put your new fridge magnet? Correct placement is vital. And don't forget to keep all the other useful information from your anti-terrorism kit close to hand. Thanks for the link Tron.
The Linux on iPod page link was sent to me from Migishu. All the info you want is here.
Thats about all for the moment, here are some reviews.
Just a short news update for you, as it is so hot in here that I'm starting to melt.
Voided Warranty have a small article about a registry hack for changing the owner of your computer. Article here. (Yes, I know.)
TweakTown have a Tweaking Win XP article. From basic tweaks to some not so basic. Worth a read.
There has been a rush of these articles lately. This time ClubOC have an XP2400+ Overclocking article for you. These things do seem to be the next "Great Overclocker".
Weq sent this link in. For those of you on Data limited broadband plans like me, 3Gb, 6Gb or 12Gb per month is sometimes difficult to maintain but we manage. These people in the UK are getting very upset because their ISP has introduced a cap of ... 1Gb per Day!!!
The next Lanstock Lan is open for rego's. Fun, prizes and giveaways is the order of the day. Go register now. Thanks XiTatiON.
BiT-news have posted part #2 of their Prometeia review. This is the bare caseless unit that has drained more than a couple of wallets. "The cooling performance of the Prometeia is truly phenomenal, it is definitely the best everyday cooling solution available".
Here is an interesting article sent in by leroyputz. "It is a $4.5 million project to provide free, recycled computers to every residence in inner-Melbourne's Atherton Gardens estate". Full article here.
IBM plan to build another mammoth server utilizing 64 of their new Power5 processors. The new machine will be called Armada.
I guess it was bound to happen eventually, Linux on iPod. An Australian programmer has managed to get a cut down version of Linux to load and run on his iPod. It is still in the early stages but does look promising. Link by Soandso.
A short flash animation for the Linux lovers and loathers alike. It made me laugh.
SnowSurfer thinks he has found a better anti-spyware tool than Ad-aware. Its called Spybot and its free. I am yet to give it a try, but I will.
Todays flash time-waster is Reflections. How many levels can you get through?
Late Saturday Night
(link) Saturday, 8-February-2003 13:50:31 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Sudhian have an editorial where they claim if you're not running a dual system, you're not really a hardware enthusiast. After reading this many of you will go on continuing to call yourself a hardware enthusiast, but you are not. Well gee, I spose I'd better shut the website down then. Oh, but wait, I own four dual systems.. I just don't see the benefits outweighing the cost for a desktop machine - and that's after having a dual box as my main desktop machine for over a year. Frankly, I think enthusiast SMP died with the P3. We still see the occasional hardcore guy forking out the cash for dual Xeons or a dual socketA motherboard, but nothing like the armies of BP6 / VP6 / 694D owners from a couple of years ago. Anyway, end rant - I've just been thinking about this stuff lately for an article I'm writing for APC mag.
A few people pointed out this cloaking technology clothing. Sadly, for the moment it needs a special viewfinder to work, so it's not going to fool passers-by.
Jamie notes that HardOCP are saying the GeForceFX is canned rumours are probably true. I wouldn't do anything drastic until we hear something official from NVIDIA, but it's not like you can rush out and buy them just yet anyway. GeForceZone have a Q&A session with Gainward about their card.
spg spotted a demo of Black Hawk Down available on AusGamers. A helicopter crashing simulator perhaps? While we're talking of wholesome quality entertainment, I notice they have a Bikini Karate Babes demo too. Phil points out the BF1942 Linux Server available for download as well.
Chris says floppies are on the way out, finally.. but he couldn't resist pointing out that Apple shipped floppy-free computers in 1998.
The weekend is almost upon us again, so here is some news to help get you there...
You can find and article all about upgrading systems based on socket 423/478 platforms over at Sudhian.
A lot of people have sent in this piece of news. "GeForce FX canned? Nvidia refuses to comment". Truth or rumour? I don't know.
The people at BiT-Tech have had a play with a Prometeia. Part #1 of the review has been posted.
A1 Electronics have posted a quick preview of DDR-II memory. I expect that it will still be some time before we see any on the local shop shelves but I am looking forward to seeing it in action.
If you are thinking about getting your MCSE Certification, Viper Lair have an article titled What Does A MCSE Certification Get You?. This might be worth a read before you put your money on the table.
There is a short interview with John Carmack over on Beyond3D.
Hard disk drives that can hold terabytes of data might not be very far away if this technology has any say in it. Although as Comit puts it, "Personally I hope we're rid of mechanical storage before we get that far though".
This from Andrew, "There is an article up on the IEEE website regarding leaking capacitors found on many motherboards. Part of the apparent cause is an error in the formula (stolen Intellectual Property) for the electrolyte used". Read the full article here.
Our own networking guru, NBK, has built himself a solar powered wireless bridge project, connecting a Cisco wireless bridge to relay a signal. It looks like a lot of thought went into putting this together. Well done.
3DMark 2003 is due for release some time in the next month or two. BlargOC have several screenshots for you to preview.
K@OS tells us that version 6 of Ad-Aware has been released. If you don't use Ad-Aware or you don't know what it is, then you really should head on over and check it out. Its the best anti-spyware tool around and its free.
F1DarkFlash found a handy utility called GSpot. It will scan your video files and tell you which version of which codec they are encoded with. It seems to do the job well for me and its also "free for personal use".
(link) Wednesday, 5-February-2003 12:00:52 (GMT +10) - by Agg
We're pretty close to breaking the online-users record tonight, which is strange - Wednesday isn't normally a record-breaking night in the forums!
Anyway, jump in and be a part of history (maybe :) ).
Wednesday Afternoon Take Two
(link) Wednesday, 5-February-2003 03:55:48 (GMT +10) - by Mred32
News just to hand: Forum member Creative, has just broken 20,000 in 3DMark. You can read all about his excitement in this Forum Thread. A number of people sent that in...thanks guys and well done Creative.
InformationWeek have an article which quotes Microsoft as saying "it may have to cut its software prices because of increased popularity of open-source offerings". That can only be good news. Read more here.
The SQL Slammer Worm which nearly slowed the Internet to a halt two weeks ago, "spread around the world in only ten minutes". Read the details on Reuters.
From Robert, who had a little too much CNN with his cornflakes this morning: "Hello.Anti terrorist squad.? I'd like to report some suspicious looking characters who hang out on the Overclockers Australia website. Many are young blokes with short haircuts who have openly admitted tampering with the insides of their computers to enable them to run at illegal speeds. They have links to similar radical groups all over the world. By visiting GoogleBrowser and entering the url www.overclockers.com.au you can get an idea of the extent of this evil network. Computer freaks. Bomb makers for sure. They are threatening our way of life. Get them!" That is actually a pretty cool page, but I had to download 5.3MB of Java plugin before I could view it.
NextWish shows why you should probably log off and spend some time with your girlfriend (or boyfriend) occasionally.. although in this case I think he should trade her in and get a new one.
DSLWebserver.com have a webcam set up, so you can view a live-ish pic of the server that's sending you the picture of the server that's sending you the.. or, to see the server that's sending you THIS page, click here.
With NASA in the news at the moment, Matex sent in NASA television. "NASA Television (NTV) is provides real-time coverage of Agency activities and missions as well as resource video to the news media, and educational programming to teachers, students and the general public."
A LAN coming up in sydney you might want to pop into. "The DGC LAN is on again on Saturday 15th of February from 9am to 9pm in Chatswood, Sydney. Details and registration are right here". Thanks Alex.
Have you got PocketPC with an XScale processor? Want to overclock it? Read this then! "... Anton Tomov’s Pocket Hack Master 1.88 a very complete Under/Overclocking utility for the PocketPC."
Tech-Report have an editorial about the longevity of motherboards, saying that lately we need to upgrade them more often than in the past.
Simon noticed that Messenger Spam (as in the Windows service, not the IM program) may be coming to a PC near you soon.
This Black Pearl motherboard from Asus has some interesting features, including a motherboard heatsink that rotates 360o while maintaining a quiet computing environment and allows users to enjoy audio functions without the need to enter Windows.. thanks Daniel.
TheINQ have launch dates for AMD's new chips, including a further delay for Athlon64.
Digital-Daily have an editorial on the state of the CPU War at the end of 2002.
VR-Zone managed to squeeze DDR522 out of the EPoX 4PEA+ mobo.
Digit-Life have a big roundup of Ti4200-8X video cards.
Justakid spotted this interesting gadget, the Palm Butler. The Palmbutler will allow you to play back all your MP3 files on your Radio as a station and view your movies over the antenna cable on any TV in your house. The Palmbutler 'merges' your graphics card signal and sound into the CAI signal and will broadcast the signal towards your TV or Radio. Wireless remote, too.
From PostModern, in our Geek Food forum: The Brew Ha-Ha judging is drawing near. Entrants are requested to make final checks on their beers, investigate postage methods and post information in the thread. Anyone still interested in entering may do so. Any Ale Style beer with yeast pitched post 23/11/2002 and received by the judges by 28/2/2003 is eligible to enter and have a chance of winning the coveted OCAU Brew Ha-Ha (inaugural) pint glass. 9 beers, 5 brewers. Who will win?
Space Shuttle Columbia Lost
(link) Saturday, 1-February-2003 22:27:57 (GMT +10) - by YYK
Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-107) broke apart at an altitude of 61km and velocity of 19,000 km/h, in a fireball as it returned to Earth early today (0100 AEDT Sunday), killing all seven crew members and scattering debris over a wide area.