The BitBoys are back! What, you don't know who the BitBoys are!!! Then you are too young to remember the days when nVidia were a wannabe graphics card manufacturer and 3DFX ruled the screens. BitBoys have come up with the Acceleon line of tiny mobile graphics chips that are said to be targeted at mobile systems like PDAs and cellphones and can provide features seen in full size graphics cards. Things like z-buffering, stencil buffering, specular shading, MIP mapping, texture compression, fog effects, texture mapping, texture filtering, surface shading, sprite support, perspective correction and pixel colour processing. Read the article on The Register for some more info. Link from leperMessiah.
MADMAX sends word of a show called "The secret history of hacking" to be shown on SBS this coming Saturday 9th August at 7:30pm. "This documentary explores the birth of hacking in the 1960s to the present day through interviews with hackers and the FBI Special Agents assigned to deal with “cybercriminals”. Hacking began as a means of making free phone calls, but soon the outlaws of the computer age were able to break into computers at the highest levels of secrecy." Might be worth a view.
For another look into the world of hackers, download or read online, this book called UnderGround. I've only read the first few paragraphs but it is shaping up to be a good read. Thanks Christian.
ZZZ have a good article about a new advance in Thermal Paste technology, Carbon Black Thermal Paste. It sounds promising.
Xbit-Labs have a writeup on Portable Storage and which device should you use.
Chillblast have a How-To article for you, this time, how to change a graphics card. Pretty simple stuff.
More letters and answers from Dan, issue 56 this time.
Intel are running a case mod competition with some nice prizes to be won. The details are over on the Zgeek forums, so go get your camera cranked up and enter. Thanks Tony for the heads-up.
nVidia have some updated display drivers for Linux. Version 1.0-4496, released a few days ago can be found here. Thanks LINUX (p.s. they're not just for him).
Wizardx8 found a rather lengthy, but in-depth article about PHP5 which is soon to be released. Find it here.
While we're having a Linuxy kinda day, Iroquois has the results of a recent Linux survey he conducted in our Other Operating Systems forum. It's not a huge sample set of responses, but there's some interesting info there and some obvious trends. The results are in this PDF file (127KB).
|Mandrake Linux 9.1 Quick Look
Wednesday, 30-July-2003 01:45:40 (GMT +10) - by Agg
A long time ago, we had an article looking at Mandrake Linux 7 from the perspective of a gamer or hardware enthusiast. Now, Neill has detailed his experiences with the latest version of this popular and newbie-friendly Linux distribution.
Click for the article!
Soyo's Mini-Dragon 651 SFF PC at Hot Hardware
Mini PC XX at JSI Hardware
Iwill and Soltek Barebone Systems at Digit-Life
AMD Athlon XP 3200+ at PureOC, our review here
Chaintech 9CJS Canterwood i87PE at Envy News
ASUS P4P800 Deluxe (Intel 865PE) at HWZ
ASUS P4C800 875 Canterwood at Beyond3D
Gigabyte’s GA-8IPE 1000 Pro and FIC’s P4-865PE Max II boards at NeoSeeker
Tyan (Thunder K8S) and MSI (K8D Master) Dual Opteron Motherboards at AMDmb
Soltek SL-KT600-R (VIA KT600) at Tweak Town
Sapphire Atlantis RADEON 9800 PRO 256MB Ultimate Edition at Digit-Life
Compro VideoMate TV Gold Tuner Card at Bjorn3D
H.I.S. Excalibur Radeon 9800 PRO at Hardcoreware
FIC Radeon 9600 PRO 128MB Video Review at 3DGameman
Albatron GeForce FX5600EQ 256MB at ExHardware
Coolermaster Aero 7 HSF at Bit-Tech
Revoltec :) VGA Chipset Cooling Kit at AllTest (BabelFished)
GlobalWin SAF520 520W-P4 PSU at Hardware Fusion
Enermax 660Watt PSU at Legit Reviews
FrozenCPU Universal PSU Sleeving Kit at SubZeroTech
SkyHawk Eagle ALP-4338BL Performance Case at Intel Forums
Xoxide 12in Dual Blue CCFL Kit at MikhailTech
VL Systems L.I.S LCD at Gruntville
Altec Lansing 251 Speaker System at XtremeTek
iRock! 730i MP3 Player at Gaming3D
Logitech MX500 Mouse at Keptech
Interesting Forum Threads:
I admit defeat.. in Video Cards
Which Dual AthlonMP board? in SMP and Clustering
Kernel 2.6.0-pre1 impressions in Other Operating Systems
Do joysticks still require calibrating? in Overclocking and Hardware
IC7 Max 3: Reality or Marketing Gimmick? in Intel Hardware
DIY: Change your own R33 GTS-T brake pads (Front + Rear) [PICS] in Motoring
Sudhian want to take us through the life and death of graphic card manufacturer 3DFX, and also tell us about what was to be the next big release, the Voodoo5 6000. Part 1 of the article is here.
The Tech Zone have updated their Hardware Price Index to the 29th July.
Some information on X-Bit about Abit's HDD Security MAX3. "ABIT integrated a special chip that does not allow reading from HDD unless a special key is installed". Also on X-Bit, a Dual-Channel SerialATA RAID Controller roundup. Some good info for those looking into SATA RAID.
This would make one hell of a games machine, shame its going to be used as a mail server. Thanks Faktor, Inkeeper and Bubs.
CyberCPU have a beginners guide to OC called Basic Overclocking. Basic stuff :)
Alec sent in this link to a set-top digital TV receiver which is powered by Linux. It includes features such as "the ability to browse the Internet, send and receive E-mails, software upgrade over the internet and use USB devices such as webcams and memory devices".
Pimprig want to show you how to pretty up your windows using Lokie's Custom Window Etching Technique.
If you're a musician or an aspiring computer musician looking to get yourself signed, have a read of an article titled "How do I avoid being ripped off by dodgy record labels". From Rulke.
Tuesday, 29-July-2003 00:52:04 (GMT +10) - by Agg
I've updated the Articles and Reviews Archive again with some recent content. It's become huge resource, with literally hundreds of pages of info. Check these out if you missed them the first time around:
We also had some other interesting things happening recently:
You might also want to catch up in our news archive if you've been behind the times lately. The monthly archives are probably the easiest way to navigate it.
Albatron KM18G Pro nForce2 IGP motherboard on Overclocker Cafe.
Albatron PX865PE Pro i865PE P4 DDR motherboard on OcPrices.
Gigabyte GA-7VT600-L KT600 AMD DDR motherboard on MBReview.
DFI LANParty NFII Ultra nForce2 Ultra 400 motherboard on Bjorn3d.
DFI LANParty 875 Pro i875P P4 DDR motherboard on The Tech Report.
Intel 3.06GHz/1MB Xeon DP on GamePC.
Kingston HyperX DDR 434MHz 1GB kit on Legit Reviews.
OCZ PC3700EL vs Corsair TwinX PC3700 on Club Overclocker.
nVidia GeForce FX5200 vs ATI Radeon 9200 on OCAddiction.
Soltek SL-5600-XD GeForce FX5600 on Envy News.
Hercules Gamesurround Muse Lt on Bjorn3d.
Speeze Owlstream and Vulturespin Socket A HSFs on BigBruin.
Zalman ZM-WB2 CPU Waterblock on bit-tech.
TR2-M3 Socket A HSF on Modsynergy.
Cases/Case Mods/Power Supplies:
Sunbeam Acrylic Case Kit on bit-tech.
El Rounded Cables on DarkVision Hardware.
Vantec UV Cold Cathode Kit on DataFuse.
Vantec NXP-205 Multi-Fan Controller on OCAddiction.
Vantec NXP-205 Multi-Fan Controller on Furioustech.
Vantec NXP-301 Fan and Light Controller on OCAddiction.
Vantec NXP-301 Fan and Light Controller on R&B.
Macpower Peripherals Digidoc 5 on GideonTech.
Enermax EG651P-VE 550W PSU on ipKonfig.
Xoxide X-500 Aluminum Mid-Tower Case on Virtual-Hideout.
Eluminx Black Keyboard on Xtrememods.
X-Micro USB2 Thumbdrive on R&B.
Pen Drive USA Pen Drive 2.0 on MonkeyReview.
Iwill ZPC Mini PC barebone system on Club Overclocker.
Felis domesticus on Psychogoat.
I just noticed THW01F's recent entry in the PCDB. While the case itself is nothing spectacular, the UV/Colour work inside is ...well... colourful.
Click here for the PCDB entry
|Early Monday Morning
Monday, 28-July-2003 03:17:58 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Xbit reckon that Intel's Prescott CPU will put out over 100W of heat, thanks Gibbon.
On a similar note, Darkness spotted Colin Edwards putting in a very hot lap at the MotoGP round on the weekend. Toasty!
There's some new DetonatorXP drivers for NVIDIA cards, mirrored here and here.
IQ2HI sent in (and possibly set up) an OCAU page on this meeting organiser page. Sounds like an interesting idea, but this is the first I've heard of it and it's 8 days away. Not quite sure what the story is there.
Dark_Greg noticed something possibly related, being the new internet fad of flash mobbing.
Jim found this in-dash computer for cars.
Get you some educamation with these science links from Draffa: Quasar shows star birth at dawn of time. Number of visible stars put at 70 sextillion. Whale populations may have been 10 times larger than suspected before commercial fishing began. Some galaxies are mostly gas rather than stars, Australian researchers have discovered, turning conventional thinking on its head.
We may have already linked this, but surely video card coolers are getting beyond a joke now.. thanks Paul.
Here's an interesting Darwinian Poetry experiment from Chris.
From Darkness: LOADS of questions and answers here about the upcoming Half-Life 2. They delve into questions as serious as "Will you be designing realistic breast jiggling for female models?" Jokes aside, some good info.
NVIDIA have been hinting at something called Speed^n for a few days now. Nobody seems to know what it really is, but there's been some guessing going on, such as here. No, I have no idea what it is either.
Whatever it is, I bet it's not as cool as a giant wearable battlemech. This kind of thing always makes me think I should be doing more with my time.
Letters page number 55 from Dan. I think we've linked every one of them so far. The mind boggles.
Abit IC7-G i875P P4 DDR motherboard on PC Hardware.
FIC AU13 nForce2 Ultra 400 motherboard on Viper Lair.
VIA P4PB Ultra P4X400 P4 DDR motherboard on OCAddiction.
Asus A7N8X-X nForce2 400 motherboard on Overclockers NZ.
Soyo Dragon 2 Platinum Edition i875P P4 DDR motherboard on the Tech Report.
AOpen AX4SPE Max i865PE P4 DDR motherboard on HardwareZone.
Albatron GeForce FX5200 Ultra on Extreme Overclocking.
PNY GeForce FX5900 Ultra on BleedinEdge.
PNY GeForce FX5600 256MB on Designtechnica.
Sapphire Atlantis Radeon 9800 Pro and 9600 Pro Ultimate Editions on Extreme Overclocking.
Sapphire Atlantis Radeon 9800 Pro and 9600 Pro Ultimate Editions on HotHardware.
Sapphire Atlantis Radeon 9800 Pro and 9600 Pro Ultimate Editions on Beyond3D.
Connect3D Radeon 9800 Pro 256MB on Techseekers.
ATI All in Wonder 9800 Pro on bit-tech.
PowerColor Radeon 9800 Pro 256MB on SubZeroTech.
Hercules Gamesurround Muse 5.1 DVD &_Fortissimo III 7.1 on Bjorn3d.
Hercules Gamesurround Muse 5.1 DVD on Tweaknews.
Lian Li PC-6070 midtower case on Dan's Data.
V-Tech VT-XRAY midtower case on Furioustech.
Xoxide X-Elite case on Overclocker Cafe.
Xoxide X-Elite case on Hightekpc.
Antec Sonata case on Intelforums.
Antec Sonata case on The Tech Lounge.
Enermax X-Point CS-528 case on GruntvillE.
Xoxide Unincom Clear 4-LED Fan on XtReMoDs.
Jab-tech 80mm Galaxy orange and white quad LED fan on ExtensionTech.
Cooler Master Wave Master aluminum case video review on 3DGameMan.
DangerDen Maze4 P4 water blocks on ipKonfig.
OCZ Gladiator 3 HSF on Ohls-Place.
Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 200GB SATA HDD on Modtown.
Plextor 52x32x52 "Premium" CDRW on Gaming in 3D.
X-Micro Bluetooth modem and dongles on OcPrices.
Macally 6in1 media reader on R&B.
Samsung Yepp 55-V MP3 player on Explosive Labs.
Digitalway MPIO FL100 MP3/FM/voice recorder on mikhailtech.
Sony CLIÉ_PEG-UX50 PDA on Adrian's Rojak Pot.
Destrukt Pad (DKT) mouse surface on pchardware.
Logitech Cordless Trackman Wheel on Ohls-Place.
Breeze Maxx personal cooling on bit-tech.
Finally, not a review but an interesting link. Specs on the Asus website of a new dual Xeon motherboard running the i875P Canterwood chipset. Looks very nice. Thanks Stmok.
Saturday, 26-July-2003 18:50:54 (GMT +10) - by Agg
There's a program on SBS tonight at 7:30 that sounds interesting. Titled She Dreamed Tomorrow, this program chronicles the fascinating life and work of Ada Byron Lovelace (daughter of the English poet Lord Byron) and Charles Babbage, who in the 1840s designed the first computer prototypes.
TheModFathers have a roundup and explanation of UV dyes and tubing for brightly-coloured watercooling.
Apparently that hunting nude girls with paintballs thing was a hoax. Damnit, now I have to cancel my airline tickets.
MonsterHardware removed the heatspreader from a P4 CPU to see if that lets them overclock any better.
Need to get from Cuba to the USA? You could drive your truck there.. across 145 miles of seawater. Bizarre, thanks Tekin.
IPKonfig have an article about MRAM, which they say is not just newer and faster memory, it's a whole new ball game.
There's a security problem with earlier versions of DirectX, thanks OneArmedMan, so you might want to think about upgrading to the recently-released DirectX 9.0b.
RipNet have an article about Linux and Windows, and why they think Windows is safe for the forseeable future.
Xbit rounded up ten DVD burners from various manufacturers. They also have an article on Cyborgs among People.. one too many viewings of Terminator 3, perhaps.
Some Nigerian scammers went to jail.. aww. Funny, you'd think THE SON OF THE LATE GENERAL OOGLY-BOOGLY could get himself out of jail pretty easily, use some of that $21M you're always emailing everyone about.
Interesting Forum Threads:
Visual tricks (images) in The Pub.
Why am I dizzy? in Sport, Fitness and Health.
Is this an NF2 feature? (keyboard startup) in AMD Hardware.
Handy Tools and Links in Troubleshooting Help.
First CPU that you overclocked? in Overclocking and Hardware.
|ABIT's MAX3 and Tyan's Opteron board
Saturday, 26-July-2003 14:53:21 (GMT +10) - by Agg
ABIT have been hinting about their MAX3 motherboard for a while, and here it is:
Click to enlarge
The full name is IC7-MAX3 and as you can see it has forced cooling over the voltage regulators. There's some other interesting features on this motherboard including something they call SecureIDE: ABIT’s SecureIDE will keep government supercomputers busy for weeks and will keep the RIAA away from your Kazaa files. More info in this PR document.
Tyan have some big news today too, with their single Opteron board, Tomcat K8S S2850, which is the world first available Opteron board in ATX form factor.
Click to enlarge (a lot)
More info in this PR document.
First up today...
If you are chasing a job in the IT field, there are 100 IT positions up for grabs. "IAG who owns NRMA/CGU, are asking for Australia's BEST IT pros!!. Everything from desktop support to server support!! Melbourne/Sydney and the rest of the major cities". The jobs will be advertised in all major newspapers THIS Saturday & on Jobnet & Seek. Thanks Raz.
For those already with IT positions, elvis reminds us that tomorrow (25th) is SysAdmin Day. (ab)use it for all it's worth!
This is one heavy duty looking GPU cooler, the Zalman ZM80C-HP Heat-pipe. Full specs here.
Several people have sent word that Microsoft's DirectX 9.0b is available from the Windows Update site. I'm yet to give it a go but no problems have been reported so far. Thanks guys.
From Peter, "Just let you/community know, that nVidia released a new Quadro (Based on Gforce 5900) Quadro 3000 and 3000G". nVidia page here for more info, so if you have a few grand spare, go grab one.
PCStats have an article that everyone should read at least once and some people need to read many times, Beginners Guide: Installing Windows XP.
Its ZZZ time again, and that does not mean go to sleep!
Bjorn3D had a chat with nVidia last night, if you missed it you can find the chatlog here. They discussed things like the HL2 FSAA issue, the UT2k3 AF issue, and asked the big question "Why do NVIDIA optimise for benchmarks".
On DarkVision you can find some info and linked pictures of ATI's "To Be Released" Radeon9200SE. They look at the Sapphire Radeon 9200SE Atlantis. Thanks LSDsmurf.
The RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) have handed out over 900 subpoenas in their move to identify and shut down individual song swappers. Are you on the list? Thanks Willy.
News-Hound eDust has returned from holidays and has a couple of interesting pieces. "Iomega have released their DCT drive (Digital Capture Technology), a small disk that holds 1.5 GB. Also, Palm have officially announced the Tungsten T2. I'm a big fan of the Tungsten T".
A very schmick looking mod called Integration Alumicoat. More aluminium than you could poke a mouse at!
Moggie found this very disturbed web server. Not disturbing, just disturbed. It's been around a while but is still funny.
There are a couple of LANS coming up for the Queenslanders, Sunny Coast Lan on the 3rd and then the 17th of August. Thanks Ghost.
SiliconAngel found a cool Flash site called HomeStarRunner, but it got "DELETED"!!! /StrongBad Voice.
Asus P4P8X i865P P4 DDR motherboard on Techjuice (eww).
Intel D865PERL motherboard i865PE P4 DDR motherboard on Spode's Abode.
ABIT IC7-G i875P P4 DDR motherboard on HardwareZone.
Gigabyte P4 Titan 8PENXP i865PE motherboard on PCStats.
Albatron PX865PE Pro II i865PE P4 DDR motherboard on OCAddiction.
MSI K7N2 Delta-IL SR nForce2 Ultra 400 motherboard on HotHardware.
DFI LanParty KT400A motherboard on Viper Lair.
Soltek SL-86SPE-L i865PE P4 DDR motherboard on TweakTown.
Leadtek K7NCR18G Pro 2 nForce2 IGP motherboard on Overclockers NZ.
AMD Athlon XP3200+ CPU on Digital-Daily. Our review here.
GeIL Ultra PC3500 Golden Dragon Memory on PCStats.
Samsung Spinpoint SP1604N HDD on MonkeyReview.
ASUS V9950 GeForce FX5900 on X-bit labs.
Gigabyte Radeon 9800 Pro 256MB on HardAvenue.
Albatron GeForce FX5200 &_FX5600 Turbo on guru3D.
Crucial Radeon 9800 Pro on PCStats.
Cases/Case Mods/Power Supplies:
Xoxide's X-Hurricane Case on Hightekpc.
Cooler Master Musketeer on Envy News.
Cooler Master Musketeer on Bjorn3d.
TT Silent PurePower 480W PSU on ASE Labs.
RaidMax Scorpio-668 case on Envy News.
UV Green Sensitive IDE Round Cables on Computer Sphere.
Sunbeam Rheobus Kit #2 on bit-tech.
Vantec Nexus Fan and Light Controller video review on 3dGameMan.
Thermalright SLK900-U HSF on HexaPlague-Hardware.
Coolermaster Aero 7 Lite HSF on DataFuse.
Ahanix Iceberg II water cooling on GruntvillE.
Cooler Master CoolDrive 3 HDD cooler on Voided Warranty.
Sony VAIO TR1A notebook on Designtechnica.
Ricoh PCI-PCMCIA adaptor on OC Melbourne.
Logitech Cordless MX Duo on SubZeroTech.
ECS EZ-Buddie P4 SFF barebones system on pinoypc.
Logitech MX700 Cordless Optical Mouse on Modsynergy.
Thursday, 24-July-2003 02:52:00 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Our server has been taking a bit of a beating lately. We're victims of our own success to some extent - in the evenings with over 500 people browsing the forums and 400 browsing the main site, our poor dual P3-1GHz server is struggling to cope. Hopefully some good news on that front soon, stay tuned.
Digital-Daily have a roundup of high-end socketA coolers for your speedy AthlonXP's.
Xbit took a look at an Opteron / nForce3 system, comparing it to AthlonXP and Pentium 4 systems.
ModSynergy have a guide to lapping a heatsink for better contact. My article about lapping CPU cores from 1999 (oldschool!) is here. Eeew, old OCAU layout.
Toaster spotted a new way of cracking passwords that only takes a few seconds. He also sent word that Doom III won't be here as soon as we'd hoped.
3DGameMan reckon you can run two monitors off an AIW R9700 card, if you try hard enough.
Kerridwyn notes that Senator Alston will save us all from spam by making it illegal. Tell that to the people in the USA and China, they're the ones who send me most of the spam I get nowadays.
I think we've seen this article before, it seems familiar.. anyway, it's all about Australia's broadband disaster, thanks phool.
ArsTechnica have a guide to cleaning up digital video, for something a little different.
Andypoo spotted this bizarre article about new hard-drive technology. As opposed to longitudinal recording, where the bits are impressed in a parallel format along the surface of a disc, perpendicular recording stands the bits on end, enabling more data storage per square inch. Hmm, that sounds like an April Fools joke gone wrong, or perhaps it's just not explained very well.
Dastardly Dan has even more flashy things to play with and write about.
Tomorrow, Friday the 25th of July, is apparently SysAdmin Day! I didn't think it'd been a year since the last SysAdmin day? Time flies. Be nice to your SysAdmin every day, he knows where your files live.
More LANs! CLGA in North Sydney next weekend, MR LAN in SE Melbourne this weekend, Dreaming Reality LAN also in Melbourne this weekend and Black Ferret LAN this weekend in Western Sydney.
Gigabyte GA-8IPE1000 i865PE Motherboard at Hardwarezone
Epox 4PCA3+ i875P Motherboard at PCStats
Albatron KM18G Pro v2 Motherboard at Club OC
OCZ EL DDR PC3700 Gold at OC Prices
OCZ 2x256MB PC3200 Dual Channel Platinum Memory at KepTech
Samsung SM-348 Combo Drive 48x24x48x16 at Enscape
Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 200GB SATA HDD at HardAvenue
ATI Radeon 9800 PRO 256Mb at Beyond3D
VisionPlus DVB-T Digital TV Tuner Card at OCAU :)
MSI GeForce FX 5900 (FX5900-VTD128) at Bjorn3D
Albatron GeForce FX5900PV Videocard at PCStats
ATI All-in-Wonder Radeon 9800pro at Tweak News
Gigabyte Radeon 9600PRO 128MB at NeoSeeker
PNY GeForce FX 5900 Ultra Video Card at Extreme OC
Athenatech Pearl White A100 Mini-ATX Case at Xtremods
Raidmax Scorpio-668 Silver Case at OCIA
Boogie Bug UV case fan at DVHardware
Cooler Master Neon LED fan at Bit-Tech
SVC Ultra Violet Reactive UV Led Fan at Furioustech
Sunbeam CCFL Kit at OC Online
NEXUS NXP-205 Rheobus at A1-Electronics
Nexus NXP-301 Rheobus at Extension Tech
CherryCorp Cybo@rd Plus Wireless Keyboard and Optical Mouse at OCAU :)
Everglide Ricochet 2.52 Mouse Pad at Voided Warranty
Arctic Silver Céramique at Viper Lair
Thermalright SLK-800U Heatsink at BigBruin
Thermalright SLK-800U Heatsink at R&B Mods
Zalman ZM50HP VGA cooler at Enscape
AOpen's HP-590 "Vibration Bass" headphones at Techware LAbs
Audiotrak Prodigy 7.1 Sound Card at Digit-Life
Harmony USB Remote Control at Future Looks
Vaja I-Volution i-Vod3G Case for Apple iPod at ModTown
First up tonight we have some Opteron overclocking, with a crazy liquid nitrogen lover taking aim at a poor, unsuspecting 1.8GHz Opteron 244. Not a huge overclock though, especially for that kind of extreme cooling. I wonder if that's going to be typical.
TheCrucible have posted what they have called the Ultimate Thermal Paste Round up. Thanks Sillen.
Nikon have released a new Digital SLR camera, the D2H. 4 Megapixel, 8 frames per second, and such new-fanglry as direct wireless transmission of images (using the FTP protocol) from the camera by WiFi (802.11b). Very nice. DPReview have a preview here. Thanks Gary_J.
The FBI has apparently issued a warning about the number of people being scammed by emails luring them to fake websites to collect personal information. We've already seen this with the Commonwealth Bank Netbank scam and now apparently a similar scam targeting Westpac customers. "The scam involves e-mail that links users to sites that are designed to look like legitimate sites and deceive consumers into revealing credit card or bank account numbers or other sensitive data". Be careful. Thanks boky.
Cybercriminals beware, the Internet Industry Association has released a draft cybercrime code of conduct, designed to map the relationship between ISPs and law enforcement agencies.
In the ongoing saga of SCO vs World, the company that bought the licensing rights to the Unix code in 1995 and claims Unix copyright is considering asking business users for a fee for every copy of Linux they run. "The licensing fee would be targeted at all Linux distributions based on the 2.4 kernel; that is where SCO alleges most of the unauthorized Unix code resides. Sources said the price of such a fee or license is expected to be several hundred dollars each". More information here.
Beyond3D have a pretty impressive competition running at the moment, for any graphics coders out there. They're after a working DirectX 9 Shader. "As stated, the Shader code must be of DirectX9 PS/VS2.0 level and can be written in either DX assembly or via HLSL". Some nice prizes, including a Shuttle PC and ATI Radeon 9800 Pro graphics cards, and it looks like it's open to international entrants. Full details here.
[H]ardOCP have posted some new articles. UT2003 texture filtering, an ATI Radeon Mobility 9600 (p)review, and a review of a BFG Technologies GeForce FX5900 Ultra. Hmmm, BFG Technologies - reminds me of the BF3D2000, from so many years ago. It's amazing how those heatsinks don't look so far fetched now.
Finally, there's lots of LAN action coming up this weekend. Ryan sent in news of another NudgeeLAN. For all details please visit the site here. Gareth let us know about RFLAN. Looks like it's pretty full now, but if you're interested, go here and follow the instructions on the news page to get your seat!. Last but not least, MWP sent news of another Wonderlan in SA this weekend. "It's a 2 day event which will have a 600 seat capacity. If it fills, it'll be the largest LAN held in SA to date". Details here.
Another fake bank site scam is getting around. Several people have received an email claiming to be from Westpac asking them to log into their account with their internet banking details. I suggest you ignore the email completely. The engrish used is a dead giveaway for a start so I don't think this one will fool very many people. The server that the scam is hosted on is another giveaway. If you have received one of these, you might like to report the incident to the Real Westpac Site.
Are you looking for ways to put some of your old dead hardware to use? Try this motherboard picture frame idea on The Tech Lounge. I happen to have a dead 8RDA+ sitting here somewhere so I might give it a go.
I've always wanted one of these. PCReview take a look at the Hi-Ti 630PS Photo Printer. I should get a better camera first though.
PinoyPC have a GeForceFX 5200 Roundup featuring cards from Inno3D, Palit Daytona and Gainward.
AMDmb discuss the ins and outs of the Detonator 44.03 drivers concentrating on the topic of performance vs. quality with Unreal Tournament 2003 and how they are affecting other games.
SLCentral have reviewed the Handspring Treo 300 Smartphone. I'd rather be a smart phone user than a smart phone.
Corsair have done the BIG memory test to fend off some of the questions they get asked time and time again. They used a P4C800 Deluxe Canterwood motherboard with P4 2.4GHz processor, ATI 9800 128MB graphics card, and 1GB of Corsair TWINX memory in both single and dual channel modes with memory clock speed rating from DDR400 to DDR533 at different timings. Read it all here.
Monkey Review have reviewed the latest James Bond DVD flick, 007- Die Another Day. If you're a 007 fan, check it out.
From Knight: "Central Queensland Gamers League (CQGL) are having another LAN on August the 2nd and 3rd in Rockhampton, QLD. For more information regarding the event, the website can be found here".
Another LAN, on this weekend 10AM Sat 26 July - 5 PM Sun 27 July, is the Dreaming Reality LAN. It's being held at The Odeon, Latrobe University Bundoora, Melways. For registration, go here.
Ben found some nifty gadgets. How about a wrist watch usb drive!
ComputerSphere have an article all about Changing Your PC's Power and Reset Buttons.
Stmok noticed these Mini-ITX Pentium-4M systems. Nice for those who want a small system.
"Intel to launch notebook Celeron processors with Banias core in early 2004", full article here. Thanks Migishu.
And finally, "Australian Scientists build self-sufficient space computer". Article here. Thanks Oldrusty.
|CherryCorp Cybo@rd Plus Wireless Keyboard and Optical Mouse
Tuesday, 22-July-2003 03:34:27 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Plastic has taken a look at this wireless keyboard and mouse combination from Cherry Corp. This is a fairly light-hearted review but I found it quite entertaining. :)
Click for the review!
|Tuesday Morning Reviews
Tuesday, 22-July-2003 03:25:08 (GMT +10) - by Agg
MSI 865PE Neo2-FIS2R on MBReview.
Intel Desktop Board D865GBF on HardWareZone.
Logitech MX310 optical mouse on FastLaneHW.
Logitech MX310 optical mouse on ByteSector, thanks Mitchee.
Tt Xaser III V2000A on Ohls-Place.
iCute 0314TL-BS tower on ClubOC.
Xoxide X-Turbine on OCrCafe.
CoolerMaster Centurion on GruntVille.
Albatron GeForce FX5200 on AthlonXP.
Sapphire Atlantis Radeon 9600 256MB on Digit-Life.
Quicktech Pro PC testing toolkit thing on RBMods.
Shure E2C Canal headphones on DesignTechnica.
Trust 715 LCD Powerc@m Zoom digicam on Enscape.
InCoder Slim Metal Combo Drive on TechWareLabs.
EliteCool Lapping Kit on OCHardware.
Zalman HDD Cooler on Bit-Tech.
Corsair TWINX 1024-3700 DDR memory on 3DXtreme.
VIA EPIA M10000 mini-mobo and CPU on Xbit.
Monday, 21-July-2003 16:32:44 (GMT +10) - by Agg
BlueSmurf's The Imperator project page has been updated. There's a new sponsor, some new in-progress construction pictures and some pictures of another spaceship project called Rhadamanthus by Straylight. Totally different construction method but again very impressive.
If you use 3DS Max 5.1 on Win2K, installing SP4 may be a bad idea, thanks Nicholas.
ABIT now have a windows-based BIOS flash system supporting many of their motherboards - it's called FlashMenu, thanks Jaymon.
If you receive a domain renewal in the post, make sure it's actually from the people you registered your domain with. Seems that once again a company is sending confusing letters to people, which may end up with them unknowingly transferring their domain across to another registrar. Thanks eixt.
There's some dodgy plugins on websites out there, like this site which will email people from your address book when you play a video. Crazy. Any website that asks me to download any special program or plugin just gets a closed browser.
Rainwulf slapped some hefty aircooling onto his Radeon 9700 Pro.
From leperMessiah: Open Office 1.1 is now out including several new features such as exporting documents directly as .pdf files and better MS office filters.
Rick spotted this super-slim watercooling technology for notebooks, from NEC.
Weirdness of the day award goes to this story about "guardian angels" showing up on film in 3 different cameras. More info here.
Baba noticed that there's a FSAA bug in Half-Life 2 which apparently can't be fixed on nVidia cards.
Tech-Report have an editorial about review websites and vendors.
From Ross: The UGBox OCAU Image Store has served over 750,000 images since its inception earlier this year thanks to the interest of the Overclockers AU community. Due to a number of factors, the server is being moved to a new datacenter, and as such will have a downtime of approximately two hours tonight (Monday, 21st July). Unfortunately, the change involves a new IP address - so the service may be inaccessible for up to two days for some ISP's. We apologise for any inconvenience caused, and hope you're ready for another million hits :) Thanks guys!
Interesting Forum Threads:
It's here... it's here... in Video Cards.
New Billion 711CE Modem Firmware in Networking and Internet.
Phwoar, 295FSB on 2.4C and it runs Windows in Intel Hardware.
New PCI POST/Debug Card in Overclocking and Hardware.
Guitar players: what are some REALLY easy songs to play? in Other Toys.
My test of the new RX-8 around Calder Park in Motoring.
|VisionPlus DVB-T Digital TV Tuner Card
Monday, 21-July-2003 02:59:37 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Digital TV is here! Well, in a limited form in some cities, anyway. Jeremy Quirke has examined a card from VisionPlus that lets you receive Digital TV on your PC, with the higher image quality and extra features of this new technology.
Click for the review!
Shuttle SN45G XPC with nForce2 at Club OC
Dell Axim X5 Pocket PC at Monster Hardware
DFI Lanparty PRO875 Canterwood at Hexus
Asus P4C800 DLX i875P Motherboard at PCStats
Gigabyte GA-7VT600-L VIA KT600 at Tech Seekers
Corsair 1GB TwinX-4000 Memory at IPKonfig
Crucial GIZMO 128Meg USB Flash Drive at Tweak News
13 x 17" LCD Monitors reviewed at at Xbit Labs
SkyHawk PSR-5602+W & PSR-4698D7+W Cases at Nordic Hardware
ThermalTake XView Drive Bay Display at Ripnet
Kingwin KT-424 Aluminium Case at Overclocker Cafe
Scythe Kamakaze HSF at TweakTown
4 way HSF Shootout at XtremeMods
Ideazon zBoard at Gaming3D
Altec Lansing XA3051 5.1 Speaker System Video Review at 3DGame Man
A bit of broadband news to start with, with Optus and Telstra close to finalising a deal for DSL, apparently including some performance guarantees. "Optus is understood to have insisted on a series of network performance hurdles, which, if not met, would result in financial compensation to the company". Interesting. More information here. Thanks Ashpool.
Telstra have also announced their "New Look Bigpond" broadband, but have decided not to reduce prices or increase download quotas. Read more on Whirlpool. More information here and here. There's also a forum thread on Whirlpool where you can have your say. Thanks to bigbud120.
CDRInfo have had a look at some DVD burners, media and players to try to get a handle on format compatibility. DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD+/-R? What does it all mean? Read more here.
_FuSiOnItE_ sent in a couple of links to some very interesting information regarding RAM timing. Is lower timing not always faster? I did some very quick and non-scientific testing earlier today, and it seems that 7,3,2,2 is indeed slightly quicker than 6,3,2,2 on my system. More information here.
A very bizarre and slightly worrying episode of Weebl & Bob here. Thanks SiliconAngel. I think!
Mystery processes, refresh rates, projectors, DIY LEDs and stick on mobile phone antennas. These topics (and more) are tackled by Dan, as he answers his 54th installment of Dan's letters.
Virtual-Hideout have built a custom case around a VIA Mini-ITX EPIA motherboard. Rather schmick if you like that kind of thing, though for some reason I can't stop thinking about Sandman Panelvans when I read through that article.
Want to unlock your Athlon but don't want to modify your CPU? You may be interested in this adapter that can take the hard work out of unlocking. Comes with a heatsink from Cooljag (due to the different clearance required). Thanks Stmok.
From tonight's "whoa" file, the actor who played Mini-Me in the Austin Powers movies is set to wed his 6'2" yoga-instructor girlfriend. Nothing to do with IT (I don't think!), but I couldn't resist. Hrrmm, I think I'll leave it at that.
To round things out tonight, if you have some spare download quota and feel like watching another HalfLife 2 movie, Cypher sent in this link to a new one, called "Kleiner's Lab".
|Late Saturday Night Reviews
Saturday, 19-July-2003 23:57:30 (GMT +10) - by Agg
SVC 80MM UV LED Fan on MikhailTech.
Spire W(h)isperRock IV CPU cooler on FuriousTech.
AquaTech Blue Ice CPU watercooler on OCAddiction.
Enermax UC-A3FATR2B fan controller on EnvyNews.
SVC UV Reactive Fans on GruntVille.
Pioneer DVR-A06 dual DVD recorder on CDRInfo.
X-Micro APEX Flash Stick 128MB USB storage on Tweakers.
Macally Slim USB FDD on RBMods.
Hercules 3D Prophet 9800 Pro Radeon on SharkyExtreme.
Sapphire Atlantis 9800 Pro Radeon on HardAvenue.
PalitDaytona GeForce FX 5200 Ultra on Bjorn3D.
Gigabyte GV-R98P128D Radeon 9800 Pro on HotHardware.
Gigabyte GV-R96P128D Radeon 9600 Pro on OCNZ.
Mitron Multifunction Panel on Bit-Tech.
Compro VideoMate TV Gold+ TV Tuner card on OCNZ.
Vastech 2 Port KVM keyboard, video, mouse switch on ExtensionTech.
Spire Cold Cathode case lighting on CyberCPU.
Seasonic Super Silencer 400W PSU on SilentPCReview.
KingMax SuperRAM 512MB DDR400 memory on LegionHardware.
Logitech MX-700 RF Cordless Mouse on Bit-Tech.
Samsung SyncMaster 153B 15" Black LCD screen on TweakNews.
Kingwin KT-424 aluminium case on OCrCafe.
Top story of the day (based upon the sheer number of people who submitted it) seems to be this newly-discovered way to help prevent cancer. More info here and here. Many of our readers seem strangely happy about this news story. :)
A few people pointed out this article about carbon thermal paste. The invented material is superior to all other thermal pastes, including those involving exotic materials such as carbon nanotubes and diamond.
Speaking of which, 9 thermal pastes were compared on MadShrimps. They also have an article about DDR2 memory.
Windows. Critical security flaw. A new one or the last one again? I've lost track. More info here, thanks fxr91. Does seem to be a new one, affecting NT, 2K and XP.
Cisco have a pretty serious security advisory posted also, thanks Chaker. More info here, thanks Crusterminator.
This ASCII Matrix animation was sent in by a lot of people. Takes a little while to load. Looks like it's a frame-by frame conversion to ASCII characters using a program, not hand-converted.. but neato anyway.
Cypher says that the G-Man movie is an impressive demo of the Half-Life 2 game engine. There's another new one called Docks too. 72MB and 50MB respectively.
Stmok spotted this 1200MHz FSB overclock on ASUS's Russian site.
Digital-Daily has a technology roundup for June.
From Mitch01: I have organised a joint Dyno Day (with RedlineGTi members). It is in NSW, for Sydney people, but some interstate people have already put their names down. Pricing is $66 for 3 dyno runs, and a BBQ lunch, with the chance to win a trophy in a number of catagories. Also there are novelty prizes being awarded on the day. The day is taking place on Sunday the 17th of August, at Insight Motorsports Pty Ltd at Arndell Park. Relevant information can be found in this thread or on this page.
NordicHardware have a guide to window etching.
Dan's checked out another odd Japanese CPU cooler. This one is from the same people who made the CPU Radiator Zen. Run screaming! No, wait, it's actually not bad at all.
Digit-Life compared a pile of Intel 865 motherboards for your P4 or Celly.
AMD and Fujitsu are getting together to make memory under the Spansion name.
Looks like Netscape's end is drawing near, with AOL moving resources elsewhere, thanks reax.
OCPrices pitted Intel's P4 3.2GHz against AMD's AthlonXP 3200+ in a benchmarking frenzy.
GFrame have an article about the game development process.
RojakPot have a guide to making a battery extender for USB devices.
There's apparently a big HP warehouse sale on in Sydney from 3pm onwards today! Thanks to everyone who sent that in.
*Takes off his party hat*
Vantec ION VAN-400B PSU @ Furioustech
DFI LANParty NF2 Ultra at phls-palce
Lian Li Aquarium Side Panel from pimprig
Enermax CS-3071 @ datafuse
EL Case Badge from pc-arena
Lian Li PC37 from pc-arena
Enermax X-Point CS-528 Computer Case Review @ tweaknews
Xoxide Clear UV Acrylic Case from nexus hardware
Cooler Master Aero 7+ at bjorn3d
Zalman ZM80C-HP> over at bit-tech
Thermaltake Hardcano 5 @ ohls-place
Vantec Nexus NXP-205 from subzerotech
GigaByte GA-7NNXP nForce 2 Ultra400 from hardcoreware
Tyan's Tachyon G9600 Pro at techreport
Seagate Cheetah 15K.3 HDD @ digit-life
DFI LANParty NF2 Ultra by bit-tech
Corsair TWINX512-3700 at techseekers
GigaCube RADEON 9800 Pro Game Buster 128MB @ hardwarezone
Sennheiser HD580s doofing at designtechnica
Almost exactly 4 years ago today, I spent my lunch-hour wandering around the city trying to register a business name and an internet domain. As I recall it was an incredibly frustrating experience, with the offices I needed to get to having moved twice and ultimately leading me around in a big circle back almost to where I started from. However, I managed to register the domain and within a few days the website was online. That site became, over the last 4 years, the website you are reading now. I remember almost deciding that it wasn't to be, that there were too many obstacles being thrown between me and registering the domain on that day. If you had told me then, as I grumpily power-walked around the city, that in almost no time at all the website would host a major online community and in only a year or so I would be working full-time managing the site, I would have laughed (probably a bit breathlessly.) And maybe given you some loose change and tried to make you go away. But yet, here we are.
Yes, today is OCAU's fourth birthday. On July 17th 1999, overclockers.com.au was registered for the first time. Since then we've moved from my personal webspace at an ISP to a dedicated server and then to a more powerful dedicated server which even now is feeling the strain. We've gone from me whooping in disbelief at serving 2000 pages in a day, to me wondering what's wrong when we only serve 150,000.
This birthday will pass without too much fanfare, having snuck up on me a bit. We've already started bouncing ideas around for the next one, which as the 5th birthday will be a bit more prestigious. If you've got any ideas, feel free add them as a comment to this post. I do have a "History of OCAU" article on the way, which many of you have requested, going over some of the milestones and ups and downs of the past 4 years. I'm waiting until the end of this month when we have a proper month's worth of web statistics for comparison to complete that article.
Finally, a quick word of thanks to the various people who have made it possible over the years. Computer Alliance have been a Major Sponsor of OCAU for more than half its life, for which we're deeply grateful. Plus Corporation and Altech Computers have both been Major Sponsors for over a year now and their support has been vital to us. Many thanks also to the other current and historical sponsors and advertisers who have been a part of the site over the years. Big thanks of course to AusGamers and Comindico who provide the internet infrastructure that keeps OCAU alive.
Huge thanks to the Admins who keep things flowing smoothly, the newsmonkeys (past and present) who have kept us all entertained and the many people who have submitted articles or reviews sharing their experiences. There's no way that I alone could have even approached the level of organisation and contribution they provide.
Most importantly, because without whom there would be no point the site existing, my sincere thanks go to the many regulars and occasional visitors that grace OCAU with their presence. By that, I mean you! Nobody comes to OCAU and stays simply because I run it, or because we have a good server, or because our design is nice - they come here because of the size, and more importantly the quality, of the community. I have watched in quiet amazement as OCAU has become what it is today and it's thanks to all of you that we have our own little place on the net. Here's to many more years together. :)
Thursday, 17-July-2003 15:16:49 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Shuttle AB60RS Springdale on Hexus.
MSI 865PE Neo2-FIS2R on Digit-Life.
SiS648FX Reference Board on AseLabs.
DFI LANParty Pro 875 on TweakTown.
DFI LANParty Pro 875 on PureOC.
Soltek SL-KT400A-L on OCNZ.
Thermalright SLK-700 CPU cooler at Monster-Hardware.
Aqualia Watercooling Kit on TechnoYard.
DangerDen Maze 4 watercooler on HexaPlague.
ATI Radeon 9800 Pro on GruntVille.
Gigabyte Radeon 9800 Pro on Guru3D.
Xabre AG200 on RipNet.
Bytecc Clear Blue Acrylic Case on TheTechLounge.
V-Tech XRAY MidTower Case (video review) on 3DGameMan.
Nexus iStyle Quiet PC Case on TheModFathers.
Chenbro Gaming Bomb (Xpider) on Xbit.
Enermax CS-5281X-Br on TheTechZone.
CrazyPC Lian Li Stealth Case on NexusHardware.
M-Audio Revolution 7.1 sound card on Xbit.
Acoustic Research 900MHz Wireless Headphones on ViperLair.
JBL Invader Self-Powered Multimedia Speakers on ComputerCritics.
IMP-400 MP3 CD player on KepTech.
Creative i-Trigue 3300 2.1 speakers on NordicHardware.
Kingston DataTraveller 128MB USB storage on EnvyNews.
DACAL DC300 CD Library on 3DVelocity.
Corsair TwinX512-3200LL dual-channel DDR kit on 8Balls.
GeIL Golden Dragon PC3200 DDR on OCAddiction.
Powerex MH-C401FS 100 Minute batter charger on Ohls-Place.
Boogie Bug Tuluz Mini Disco pointless glowing thing on DVHardware.
Crownhill Serial Graphics LCD on Enscape.
Trust Wireless Security Products on JSIHW.
Modders Mesh on OCModShop.
Soltek Qbic EQ3701M mini-PC on HardWareZone.
RatpadGS mousing surface on Bit-Tech.
Enermax UC-A07FATR2 Multifunction Panel on MikhailTech.
Pacific Digital Memory Frame USB digital photo frame on PCReview.
Vantec Nexus NXP-301 fan and light controller on OCIA.
Vantec Nexus NXP-201 fan controller on ExtensionTech.
Some interesting stats from Bollocks, Captain of our Folding team. This is how many days it took for our team to pass each million-point milestone to our current score:
1st million - 319 days
2nd million - 133 days
3rd million - 58 days
4th million - 34 days
5th million - 24 days
6th million - 20 days
7th million - 18 days
8th million - 15 days
9th million - 14 days
That's some amazing growth in output! We're currently in 2nd place overall and hot on the heels of the 1st-place team. To join the fight and use your idle CPU cycles to help find cures for diseases such as cancer, see here. For more info on the team, check out our Folding@Home Team Page. If you have any questions, ask in our Team OCAU Forum.
|Press Releases, etc
Wednesday, 16-July-2003 23:15:32 (GMT +10) - by Agg
A few press-releases from the last coupla days or so. Let me sneak in a quick rant: companies that want to send us press-releases, please host them on your own server. If you just email us Word documents or PDFs, are we supposed to maintain an archive of them on our server? Is every tech-news website supposed to do that? Surely it makes more sense for the companies to manage their own press-releases. Anyhoo..
While I'm at it, Paul sent along this AMD document which covers their perspective on RMA's. It has a few tips for what NOT to do when installing a CPU to avoid crunching, frying, chipping or otherwise voiding your warranty.
- HighPoint have info about their e.SATA external SATA enclosure here.
- Corsair now have XMS4000 (DDR500) memory, in a TWINX 1024MB kit (2x 512). Info on their site here, PDF spec sheet here.
- ABIT have info on their new fancy-cooled GeForce FX video cards, namely the FX 5900 (with OTES) and FX 5600 (with Advanced ABIT Engineered Cooling).
- ABIT also have a teaser about an upcoming P4 motherboard called MAX3, following on their earlier MAX range.
Wednesday, 16-July-2003 21:20:37 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Techspot have a roundup of DVD burners posted.
A few people sent in this truly bizarre story about paintball with naked women as a new "hunting" sport in the USA.
Spamz0r says this page has a preview of Unreal Tournament 2004, with some nice screenshots.
Ross sent in this Chip-Architect site, which has a lot of technical articles about CPU architecture.
Is Dan. Is letters. Again. He's also reviewd a cooler called a Kamakaze.
D_Web noticed these ocean-going ducks - or rather, rubber duckies, that have been floating around out there for more than 10 years.
The city of Munich in Germany has moved 14,000 desktops away from Windows to Linux, thanks mpot.
Patent Law insanity has arrived down under, with e-commerce possibly in jeopardy in NZ and soon Australia, thanks mpot. Info here, here and here.
ATI has some new Catalyst 3.6 drivers up, thanks BF.
There's an amusing review of Star Wars Galaxies in someone's blog, thanks James.
Interesting Forum Threads:
How did the old "Turbo" buttons work? in Overclocking and Hardware.
Most powerful car on OCAU? in Motoring.
Free competitive web games in Games.
Unwanted background picture in Newbie Lounge.
Window in case = illegal?? in Modding & Electronics.
|Antec LANBOY Mini-Tower Case
Wednesday, 16-July-2003 15:52:03 (GMT +10) - by Agg
I've taken a look at one of Antec's latest offerings, aimed squarely at the LAN-party fans among us. They've tried to make a case which is easy to carry around, but has the space, features and looks to be worthy of a high-end gaming PC. Have they succeeded? Read on..
Click for the review!
AOpen AX4C Max i875P P4 DDR motherboard on A1 Electronics.
Abit IS7 i865PE P4 DDR motherboard on The Tech Report.
KingMAX PC3200 256MB modules on Techseekers.
Gainward FX Powerpack Ultra/1200 Golden Sample GeForce FX5900 on Digit-Life.
AOpen Aeolus FX5600 128MB and Soltek GeForce FX5600 128MB on Digit-Life.
Leadtek A350TDH MyViVO Edition 128MB GeForce FX5900 on Overclockers New Zealand.
Albatron Gigi Geforce FX5600EQ on MonkeyReview (wonder if we're related!).
Albatron Gigi GeForce FX5600P Turbo on OcPrices.com.
Promise SX4000 ATA RAID Card on Planet Savage ... hmmm, those results look a bit strange to me.
Plextor Premium 52X CD-RW on HotHardware.
Thermaltake Volcano 11+ HSF on Digit-Life.
Vantec Nexus NXP-205-BK Fan Controller on Modtown.
CoolerMaster Aluminium Bezel on BiT-news.
Enermax CS-10181 Black Case on OCAddiction.
Asetek WaterChill GPU & Chipset Cooling Kits on VR-Zone.
Antec Sonata LifeStyle Series Case on Viper Lair.
Spire SP420B8 CopperStream HSF on DV Hardware.
Silenx 400W PSU on blue couch.
Dell Axim X5 PDA on Digit-Life.
Koss KSC-35 headphones on Designtechnica.
Jazz J9938 5.1 Home Theater Speaker System Video Review on 3DGameMan.
LiteOn LVD 2001 Standalone DVD player on SLCentral.
A few articles and news pieces for you on this cold Tuesday afternoon...well, It's cold where I am.
SubZeroTech have a mini VGA Guide posted, with the aim of providing a summary of performance and value for a few of the best selling video cards available today.
Corsair Memory has released its TwinX4000 Memory Modules, which come in at DDR500. You can find the spec sheets for the TwinX4000 and CMX512-4000 modules at IPKonfig.com.
XbitLabs have posted their Memory Market Overview for July 03.
If you are looking for ideas for a new and different case mod, this work of art might provide some inspiration. Very nice...Or you could go for something more like this RageCage! 2U server mod on TechJuice.
Now this is interesting. Melting Metals with a microwave oven. All kinds of uses come to mind. "That smells good, what are you cooking in the microwave Johnny!" Thanks Ross. We won't ask what he was looking for when he found that.
OHLS have a Thermal Paste Shootout starring Nanotherm Silver XTC Vs Arctic Silver 3.
Medion MD6100 2.6GHz P4-M Notebook at Hard Avenue
HP iPaq H1910 PocketPC at The Tech Zone
Chaintech 9CJS Zenith at IPKonfig
Leadtek K7NCR18D Pro II Deluxe Limited at Hexus
Abit IS7-G at MBReview
OCZ EL DDR PC-3700 Gold Dual Channel Memory at Hexus
OCZ 512mb PC3500 Dual Channel Optimized DDR Kit (2 x 256) at Tech Dreams
GigaCube Radeon 9700Pro, 9800Pro 128mb and 256mb at OCTools
Xitel HiFi-Link at Envy News
Extramod Fan Grills at DVhardware
Cooler Master Alloy Drive Bezel at Monster Hardware
Thermaltake Xaser III Case at Liquid Ninja's
Everglide Giganta Optical Mouse Pad at Xtreme Mods
Cooler Master Aluminium Keyboard Q at Envy News
Arctic Silver Céramique Thermal Paste at ExtensionTech
Coolermaster AERO 7+ HSF at GruntvillE
M4 Ultimate Plus water cooling kit at BiT-Tech
Ahanix Iceberg II CPU Water Cooling Kit at Hard Core Ware
Corsair Hydrocool 200 Water Cooling Kit at Bjorn3D
Samsung SyncMaster 172W LCD Monitor at SLCentral
DACAL DC 300 CD Library at 3DVelocity
iRock Bling! CD/MP3 Player at SubZeroTech
Neuston Maestro DVX-1201 DVD/CD/MP3 Player at Nordic Hardware
Keyspan Presentation Remote at Geek Shelter
From Tee: There's been a bit of a stir here in the office about the Benny Benassi "Satisfaction" clip. I managed to track down the producers of the clip and they do some fantastic work. There's heaps of short clips on their site, mostly ads, but all are very funny. Mmmm.. bikinis and power tools. That clip is probably not safe for work.
From fxr91: ELECTRONICS manufacturer Toshiba and chip maker Elpida Memory said they will make memory chips that are about eight times quicker than today's fastest chips for gadgets in future network-linked homes. It seems that RAMBUS are back with some new faster memory also.
NetworksToday have an article about NAT and PAT: what they are and why you'd use them. You may even be using one of them now!
OCAddiction have a fairly ranty interview with the guy behind OmegaDrivers, which are alternate drivers for NVIDIA- and ATI-based video cards. Apparently NVIDIA aren't too happy about this at the moment.
Theres an interesting article here called You Don't Know Jack About Disks, about hard drive technology and how much it's changed over the last few years.
I'm not a huge fan of PC's that glow, but if you are, you should check out THW01F's PCDB entry.. which even has UV-sensitive paint on some motherboard components. A more pedestrian approach is this Tasmanian-themed case from mrfishy.
Ross notes this review of some OCZ memory which (among other interesting things) proves, as many have suspected, that OCZ memory chips are made by someone else and re-branded. No big surprise and no big deal really, provided the performance is there.
America has a new aircraft carrier, which isn't that interesting I guess, but I found the construction pictures amazing. One shot shows them lowering the "island" onto the deck - pretty much an entire 6-story building hanging in the air there. Engineering on a scale that's hard to fathom.
On a smaller scale, Rainwulf fan-modded his ADSL modem to stop it overheating and crashing.
TheModFathers wonder if heatspreaders for memory are worth bothering with. I still think Dan said it best (scroll down).
A brief Monday morning catch-up...
Dan has more letters answered here, number 53.
ZZZ time again. Issue 172 is out!
The ModFathers do a rather unusual mod, a modded PSU. A beetle PSU in fact!
Phusion found a couple of interesting pieces on New Scientist, a programing competition where the entrants attempt to take control of 2500 processors. Also, from Monash University comes an algorithm that can tell people apart by their laughter.
From Martinus, "Check out the free music from the OpenMusic project, part of the LinuxTag conference that is currently on."
The spammers are getting dirty, and clever. This one employs a trojan to keep the source of the spam moving from one infected machine to another at regular intervals. Damn!
An interesting article discussing the various ways P2P users can remain anonymous while still sharing files. Full article here.
If you enjoyed that Honda Advert with all those bits 'n pieces in motion, then check out this parody of it, by going here, waiting for the flash to load, entering the site and clicking the top-right television. It's almost as good! Thanks Gibbon.
Reviews, reviews and more reviews.
Soltek SL-86SPE-L i865PE P4 DDR motherboard on Envy News
Abit NF7-S v2.0 nForce2 Ultra 400 motherboard on Liquid Ninjas
Corsair TwinX Dual Channel PC3200 XMS Kit on OCIA
OCZ Platinum PC3200 EL DDR on Overclocker Café
ASUS V9950 GeForce FX5900 on Hexus.net
Gigabyte Maya II Radeon 9800 Pro on TweakTown
Albatron Gigi FX 5200U GeForce FX5200 Ultra on PC Tech Zone
Exotic Wood Crafts Madrone Burl Case on Virtual-Hideout
Vantec ION 400W PSU on The Tech Lounge
Zalman ZM400A-APF PSU on DataFuse.net
Seasonic Super Tornado PSU on Ohls-Place
Acrylic Blue UV Reactive Case on Voided Warranty
Chenming AL-301KEGN Aluminum Case on OcPrices
A+GPB 500W Dual Fan PSU on Modsynergy
Eumax Multifunction Transfer Panel on Ninjalane
XMicro USB Bluetooth dongles on R&B
irock! 730i Digital Audio Player Video Review on 3DGameMan
irock! 730i Digital Audio Player on PC Tech Zone
irock! 730i Digital Audio Player on Computer Critics
Iceberg 1 Water Cooling Kit on The Tech Lounge
Samsung 172B 17" LCD monitor on ExtensionTech
H3003 Super Mini Optical Mouse on Mikhailtech
Finally, Dan has a play with some Glowsticks, which are, ummm, glowy stick-like things.
PC4000 or DDR500 RAM is hitting the streets in Japan from various manufacturers, thanks Colbey.
Dan has a few words to say about projectors and their usefulness as PC displays.
HardAvenue have an interview here with someone by the name of Steve Wilkins, who works for Western Digital. They cover WD's current and future intentions along with general topics such as the SATA standard. We reviewed WD's Raptor 10k-rpm SATA HDD here (single drive) and here (up to 4 of them in RAID0).
TheTechZone checked out a bunch of things that glow for your PC.
Hexus have an editorial about high-end motherboard chipsets for workstations.
RnR spotted another distributed computing project - this one uses idle cpu cycles for climate prediction. An important science to be sure, but my idle cycles will go to curing diseases for now.
ModAsylum had a go at cutting and painting etc on an old AT fulltower.
From Cypher: I've decided to put my tetrinet server up again! Tetrinet is an online multiplayer tetris game, you can get it here. The server address is Cypher.dyndns.org and there's some info on this page.
TweakTown have taken a look at VIA's new P4 chipset, PT800.
From Jason: Seemed to be a few people who didnt want to pay $90 to try planetside for 1 month, but now theres a trial download available from fileplanet that comes with a 7 day trial.
BigBruin interviewed someone from Crucial, who make memory.
Sony have recalled thousands of their VAIO laptops this week. Unfortunately, it seems the one I'm typing this newspost on is covered under this recall! Bah. I'll see if I get mail about it from them.
Chris sent in this x86 vs PPC article, discussing the merits of both CPU architectures.
Apparently a particular (false) URL can crash Internet Explorer, thanks Surakshan. Oh, and there's another critical Windows vulnerability, thanks torana.
The guys at BONG and our very own DDsD and Whitey Ford are at it again: After an 18 month holiday from the LAN scene, ready to show Sydney how to lan once again, we are holding a 100 person lan event in Sydneys West. Full details on the BONG site and the official OCAU BONG thread here.
Interesting Forum Threads:
Pentium4 3GHz and 3.2GHz ES chips in Intel Hardware.
Costs of running a PC 24/365 in Overclocking and Hardware.
New NF7 BIOS (all revisions) in AMD Hardware.
Amazing matrix-inspired case mod in Modding and Electronics.
Operation Integration Alumicoat in Modding and Electronics.
Case neatness: post your case interior in Modding and Electronics.
|Slabz's Tubular Case
Sunday, 13-July-2003 01:17:26 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Luke pointed out this unusual round case from Slabz. It's a big PVC pipe with a steel frame inside, more pics and info in the PCDB entry:
Click for the PCDB entry!
A roundup of roundups: AMDMB compared nine KT400A motherboards for socketA CPUs. HotHardware have a 5-way Springdale shootout of P4 motherboards. OCNZ checked out two Canterwood motherboards for P4's, from Gigabyte and ABIT. German site PC-Max have fifteen CPU watercoolers (machine-translated) in a comparison. HardCoreWare rounded up four hard drives, 3 PATA and 1 SATA. Another German site, ComputerBase, have fourteen DDR400 (machine translated) memory sticks. Virtual-Underground have two power-supplies from Raidmax.
|Saturday Morning Reviews
Saturday, 12-July-2003 02:11:42 (GMT +10) - by Agg
ABIT IC7 i875P on Xbit.
Albatron PX865PE Pro II Springdale on TechReport.
Albatron PX865PE Pro II Springdale on ExtremeOC, thanks Remorse.
EPoX 4PCA3+ i875 on PureOC.
Asus P4C800-E on BleedinEdge.com
Chaintech Zenith 9CJS i875P on HardWareZone.
MSI K7N2 Delta-ILSR nForce2 Ultra 400 on ViperLair.
Gainward GeForce FX 5900 128MB on Guru3D.
MSI FX5900-VTD128 GeForce FX card on Digit-Life.
Gainward FX PowerPack Ultra/760XP GeForce FX 5600 Ultra card on TechSeekers.
Vantec NXP205 fan controller on DataFuse.
Vantec NXP-301 fan and light controller on Virtual-Hideout.
Eksitdata USB Fan on RBMods.
Enermax CS-B031-TBB titanium case on Bjorn3D, thanks Keith.
CoolerMaster ATC-201B-BXT black case on DansData.
CoolerMaster TAC-T01 case on FuriousTech.
Enermax CS-528 X-Point on LittleWhiteDog.
GMC X-21 Trinity on MikhailTech.
Western Digital Raptor SATA HDD on 3DVelocity.
Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 200GB HDD on Bjorn3D.
Maxtor Atlas 15K SCSI HDD on Tech-Report.
Crucial 6-in-1 USB Card Reader on EnvyNews.
Corsair TWINX Platinum Series PC-3200 512MB DDR on ModSynergy.
OCZ PC3200 EL DDR dual-channel DDR kit on Hexus.
Crucial 512MB PC2700 C2.5 DDR on Ohls-Place.
Corsair TwinX PC3200 dual-channel DDR kit on TweakNews.
Enermax EG851AX-VH(W) 660W (!) on EnvyNews.
Enermax EG465P-VE(FC) 460W on Bjorn3D.
Enermax EG365P-VE(FCA) 350W on OCAddiction.
Pyramat PM300 gaming bed speakers thing on SubZeroTech.
Samsung VoiceYepp voice recorder on EnvyNews.
Palm Zire 71 on PDAToday.
BlueTake BT200 Bluetooth Printer Adapter on ModTown.
MNPCTech Modders Mesh on GruntVille.
Everglide Giganta Unreal Tournament mousepad on HexaPlague.
Here's a Friday-afternoon funny for you. A few people sent it in with various URL's, mostly home directories, so I've mirrored it on OCAU to avoid annoying anyone. I don't know the original source, but it's a very clever and funny video of people playing ping-pong, matrix style, in real life.
It's a .wmv file, about 3.5MB. Click here to view it.
|More Thursday News and Reviews
Thursday, 10-July-2003 15:39:19 (GMT +10) - by Gibbon
A little more news, then some reviews!
Feel like your net connection is a bit tired and sluggish? Would 8609Mbps be better? GeeJay sent in this interesting story on "Fast TCP". I want. Now.
For those water coolers amongst us, OCAddiction have had a look at the CritiCool PowerPlant, a nifty little PCI-card-relay used to turn pumps on and off with your system.
X-bit labs have published a comparo of four chipsets for 200MHz FSB AthlonXP CPUs - NVIDIA nForce2 Ultra 400, NVIDIA nForce2 400, SiS748 and VIA KT600. Interesting read.
Stmok sent in a link to news of Microsoft developing it's own virus scanner. I'm surprised it's taken this long, personally.
A couple of interesting eBay auctions ... some Charlie's Angels signed stools (they're seats thankfully, I checked). Proceeds from that one go to Children's Cancer Institute Australia, definitely a highly worthy cause. On a slightly less serious note, if you'd prefer to own a bit of The King (literally) and have a lot of spare cash laying about, look here .... or, you could give me the money and I could send you something very similar. Thanks k00k.
On with the reviews!
Abit IC7-G i875P P4 DDR video review on 3dGameMan
Kingston PC3500 HyperX DDR on pcstats
Albatron GeForce FX5600P Turbo on Technoyard
Gigabyte ATI Radeon 9800 Pro on Envy News
MSI NBox N5900 ULTRA on HardwareZone
Optorite DVD+/-RW drive on cdrinfo
UV Reactive Acrylic Case on GruntvillE
Some quiet feet called ummm, QuietFeet on Big Bruin
Thermaltake K7 Volcano 11+ Xaser Edition HSF on ohls-place.com
Lamps Electronics Spiral CCFL Fan Grill on GideonTech
Enermax Whisper EG465P-VE FC Power Supply on Envy News
X-Dreamer Mid Tower Case on Virtual-Hideout
Shuttle SB61G2 i856G P4 DDR based XPC on nordichardware
Sony SDM-HS73 17" LCD monitor on Designtechnica
Palm Zire 71 PDA on Techbits
IceMat Mouse Surface on Viper Lair
Altec Lansing XA3051 Surround Speaker System on Tweaknews
Apple 17" PowerBook G4 on The Tech Zone
OHLS have a buyers guide to ATI and Leadtek multimedia cards.
Digital-Daily have a roundup of cheap coolers for socket A CPUs.
A couple of news bits on ZDNet UK, it seems DVD X Copy is going to be released despite an immanent court ruling which may go against it. Also, this item describes a fake PayPal site which wants to know your password and pin number. Thanks Gavin.
PCStats have posted a handy beginners guide, this time all about Internet Connection Sharing. Also, one on Home Networking and File Sharing.
A new article at Monster Hardware, Basic Networking Tips featuring Belkin networking products.
Ross found a great site and thought he would share it with us. Electronics Cooling have an online magazine and there are many articles that will be of interest to the overclocking community. I just spent an hour there and bookmarked it for more.
After clicking on a pop-up advertising a program called "Memory Meter", forum regular Anarki decided to have a read of the EULA and was disturbed to read the following: By using the Software, you may be exposed to contaminated files, computer viruses, eavesdropping, harassment, electronic trespassing, hacking and other harmful acts or consequences that might lead to unauthorised invasion of privacy, loss of data and other damages". You can read the full EULA here. Personally, i'd be giving it a big miss.
From fxr91, Shaft and Splade. If you are into online games, and happen to live in Thailand, you may cry now. "Authorities in Thailand are set to impose a strict curfew on online gaming which will see access to online game servers blocked between 10pm and 6am every day, with Internet cafés also facing curbs to their business hours along the same lines". Read the full article here.
There has been a lot of talk lately that Microsoft's Xbox has a major security hole that will compromise its integrity. Certain people threatened to go public with the details of this unless MS agreed to release a Linux boot loader for Xbox. Well, MS declined and so the details are here for all to see. We have a forum thread about it here. Thanks Zach.
Linux hits the movies, thats the title of an article which talks about the computers used to render films such as Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas and others from Pixar and Dreamworks. Thanks Michael
Ahead Nero, or Nero Burning Rom is due for an upgrade with version 6 ready for release on the 18th of July. CDFreaks received a copy of the new Nero Burning ROM 188.8.131.52 software and they can show you what you can expect from this new version. Find it here.
This from Radix. A new website has popped up recently that's run by a local Perth guy I know. It's called GotMyVote, has real potential and it's recently gone live as of July 1st. What the site does is allow you to vote for your favourite things, services, products and just about anything else you can think of. It's an Australian grown site - is free to use and anyone can join and put in their vote, or see the top 5 votes that people have listed for a particular service, etc. Check it out.
Brett sent in a link to the Australian High Tech Crime Centre. Interesting!
Here is another article on Lifters , those amazing yet simple anti-gravity devices that people have been playing with for the last 80 or so years. I'm yet to see an anti-grav car. Perhaps they're waiting for someone to invent very long extension cords.
|VIA announces PT800
Thursday, 10-July-2003 01:16:55 (GMT +10) - by Agg
VIA have announced their PT800 chipset for Pentium 4 motherboards running at 800MHz (200x4) FSB. (P)reviews on HardOCP, LegionHardware, HardTecs4U, Techbits and UKGamer.
Palm Tungsten C with WiFi at TechBits
Shuttle XPC SN45G Mini Barebones System at The Tech Report
Toshiba Satellite 5200-A751 (Pentium 4-M) Notebook at Hardware Zone
Asus SK8N nForce3 at AMDZone (Thanks The1)
Biostar M7NCG PRO at Bjorn3D
Albatron PX865PE Pro II at The Tech Report
Albatron PX865PE Pro II at extreme OC
Epox 8RDA3+ (nForce2 Ultra) at PCHardware
MSI i865PE Neo2-FIS2R at Hardware Zone
MSI i865PE Neo2-FIS2R at Hexus
AOpen AK79G with Tube Audio, nForce2 at Sudhian
Gainward Geforce4 Powerpack Ultra/750-8X XP Golden Sample at 8Balls Hardware
Tyan Tachyon G9700Pro 128MB R9700 Pro at OCNZ
ATi Radeon 9800 Pro at Sub Zero Tech
Xaser III Super Tower at 3DVelocity
Enermax CS-B031-TBB Titanium Case at Bjorn3D
ADPmods' 5 1/4" PWM Rheobus at Extension Tech
AMS G-Mono Mid Tower Case (White) w/ Window at The Tech Lounge
ASUS DRW-0402P DVD-R/RW Drive at Digit-Life
Global WIN 520 PSU at A1-Electronics
Artic Silver Ceramique Thermal Goop at R&B Mods
Thermaltake Volcano 11+ Heatsink at OCC
HeatlaneZen NCU-1000 Fanless CPU Radiator at Monkey Review
Infinity Alpha series home audio speakers at DesignTechnica
Scythe Co Keyboard and Mousepad at SLCentral
Griffin Powermate Black Limited Edition at ExtremeMhz
PodPod-iPod Easel at GeekShelter
iRiver SlimX2 iMP-400 MP3/CD Player at Digital Salinity
Canon PowerShot A60 Digital Camera at Future Looks
Stereo-Link Model 1200 USB DAC at ExHardware
|ABIT IS7 with "Game Accelerator"
Wednesday, 9-July-2003 02:40:52 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Chainbolt has taken a look at ABIT's IS7-G motherboard, using Intel's i865PE "Springdale" chipset. Springdale is intended to be a cheaper, lower-performance sibling to the i875P "Canterwood" chipset. However, ABIT have a trick up their sleeve called "Game Accelerator" which promises to bring this board closer to Canterwood performance. Chainbolt looks at the IS7-G in some detail, examining this special feature and pushing the board's overclocking limits.
Click for the full review!
BlueSmurf's The Imperator page has been updated with more construction progress, including hot blowtorch action. More info in this thread.
It's been a bit quiet in the PC Database lately, but I did notice a nice minimalist approach from Shado5, while omega's is much less subtle.
Lepus pointed out Ray Shaw's site, which makes some strong claims about resellers sabotaging products in his June 2003 Report. Seems the company concerned is “discretely” spraying a corrosive substance (like Mag Alloy Wheel Cleaner) into an unused PCI or memory slot on the motherboard when it comes in for repairs or upgrades and the spray takes about 4 weeks to eat into the solder and the board becomes unreliable. Strong claims indeed!
HotHardware have a sneak peek at ATI's P4 motherboard chipset, the Radeon 9100 IGP. They took a pre-production motherboard based on the chipset for a spin.
If you scroll down a little on RojakPot, they are claiming that AMD will name the so-called Thorton chips (Barton with only 256KB of L2 cache) Athlon FX. Seems an odd name as it's more of a Duron type product, and they haven't confirmed with AMD yet, so I'd just treat it as a rumour for now.
We had glow-in-the-dark camels the other day, now Daniel has spotted fish that glow. I remember when I worked in Bangkok for a few weeks (doing network upgrades, honest) it was pretty common to see elephants walking down the main roads with their handlers. They used to stick a strip of reflective tape to their backsides to stop cars from running into the back of them at night. :)
Dan has yet more letters with answers.
The warnings we received about hackers disrupting websites on the weekend were perhaps a little overstated, as it turned out the hackers were disrupted themselves.
Funny stuff about porn-vs-programming on BBSpot, thanks Kerridwyn.
HardOCP compared the lower-end video cards from NVIDIA and ATI, namely the GeForce FX 5200 and Radeon 9200.
Xbit have an article about the 64bit evolution of CPU technology.
te_kin found an interesting article which challenges the "loner nerd" stereotype of a computer gamer.
Interesting Forum Threads:
What will you do when Palladium comes about? Windows Operating Systems.
P4C800 with P4 3GHz 800MHz Insight in Intel Hardware.
What's your favourite OCAU forum? in Team OCAU.
P4 3.2C @ 5125MHz in Intel Hardware.
1067MHz overclock aircooled in AMD Hardware.
Pictures taken with mobile phones in Other Toys: Mobile Phones.
Running 5:4 CPU:RAM over 1:1 on Cwood/Sdale in Intel Hardware.
Sports Info Threads: details inside in Sport, Fitness & Health.
Melbourne casemodders - got something newsworthy? in Modding & Electronics.
Dual ADSL in Networking and Internet.
Just a few quick news bits...
Brett noticed this article which says the US Military will be switching all of their networks over to IPv6 as from late this year.
Nordic Hardware have an introduction to watercooling article up. Not a bad read for those new to the watercooling scene.
Once you have your inline watercooling system installed, you then sit back and wonder how you are going to fill it and bleed all the air out of it. The design of some systems makes this a awkward task at the best of times, but PimpRig have an idea that could simplify things.
And if you feel that plain watercooling is not hard-core enough for you, OCAddiction take you into the world of Peltier Cooling.
For the Amiga followers, here are some pictures from OS4 on Tour 2003 in Gothenburg. Thanks boky.
With all the recent fuss about hardware being optimised for specific bench marking programs, Nexus wonder if we should start calling these tools Bench Marketing Tools.
|Tuesday Midday Reviews
Tuesday, 8-July-2003 12:45:41 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Soyo P4I875P Dragon 2 Platinum Edition on MBReview.
DFI LANParty PRO875 Canterwood on TweakNews.
Gigabyte 7NNXP nForce2 400 Ultra on Digital-Daily.
Asus A7N8X Deluxe 2.0 nForce2 on Hexus.
Shuttle MN31N micro-ATX nForce2 IGP on HardWareZone.
Albatron GeForceFX 5200 Ultra on PCStats.
Leadtek A310 MyVIVO FX5600 on AseLabs.
Gateway M500 multimedia laptop on DesignTechnica.
Apple G4 Powerbook on Hexus.
DVBaseTi Laptop Stand on EnvyNews.
Thermalright SLK-800U socketA CPU cooler on BlueCouch.
Scythe Co NCU-1000 Intel CPU cooler on SLCentral.
Vantec Nexus fan controller (video review) on 3DGameMan.
Vantec UV Fan on FuriousTech.
Thermalright SLK-900U CPU cooler on EnvyNews.
Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 200GB HDD on ModTown.
Kingston 128MB USB drive on MikhailTech.
Crucial Gizmo! 128MB USB drive on ViperLair.
Keyboard and Mouse:
Steelpad 4S mousepad on EnvyNews.
Scythe Ergo Diver keyboard and mousepad on OCPrices.
FlexiGlow Laser Beam LED kits on DansData.
Sunbeam Laser LEDs on Bjorn3D.
Hexagonal Dual Blue and UV CCFL kits on ExtensionTech.
Antec Illuminate External USB Light Tube on AScully.
HighSpeedPC AthlonXP Unlocking Kit on ModSynergy.
Yeong-Yang YY-0221 Server Cube on Virtual-Hideout.
For nearly a year now we've had a custom OCAU "theme", or colour/graphics scheme, available for the forums. The default is still the plain old boring Vbulletin colours and I note a lot of people are still using that. Maybe you aren't aware of the OCAU theme?
To enter the forums with the OCAU theme, click here.
To go back to the default theme, click here.
If you want to change the theme you normally see the forums in, go to your UserCP, select Edit Options, open the "Style Sheet" drop-down box and select "sabretooth - OCAU".
Thanks again to sabretooth for creating this theme!
Not a lot happening in the News room tonight. Perhaps the 4th of July might have slowed things down a bit. Anyway, I have a few news pieces and some reviews to tide you over until people wake up again...
Over at R&B Mods you can win yourself a LANPARTY PRO875 motherboard. Just tell them why you should win.
If you are a Linux user, or even if you aren't, and you haven't heard of Gentoo Games then you might want to check them out. "The initial efforts of Gentoo Games will be focused around the Gentoo GameCD technology, which allows anyone with a modern PC to put a CD in their computer, turn it on, and have the GameCD boot directly into the game. The game runs from the GameCD, and the GameCD handles the auto-detection and configuration of all hardware". Thanks AzzKikr.
If you thought you can't afford a really cool case, Gerard found this one that might fit your budget. I quite like the idea. Disposable cases!
And from news monkey Gibbon, comes this link to a very simple guide to making Boot CDs. It don't come much simpler than that!
ECS P4S8AG Pentium 4 motherboard at RipNet-UK
Kingwin KF-72 SATA Hard Drive Rack at OCC
CoolerMaster CoolDrive 3 at OCIA
nVidia GeForce FX5600 at Digital-Daily
Albatron FX5200 Ultra 128MB at OCPrices
VH Acrylic Fan Grills at VH
Zalman Zm80ahp VGA cooler at R&B Mods
EluminX Slim-Series Illuminated Keyboard at Extremods
|Very Early Sunday Morning Reviews
Sunday, 6-July-2003 00:22:43 (GMT +10) - by Gibbon
A quick reviews post this morning.
AOpen AX4SG Max i865G Springdale P4 DDR motherboard review on DarkVision Hardware
ABIT IC7-G i875P Canterwood P4 DDR motherboard review on HEXUS.net
Connect3D ATI Radeon 9600 Pro on The Modfathers
Albatron GeForceFX 5200 Ultra on PCstats
Gigabyte GV-R96P128D Radeon 9600 Pro on PCstats
ATI Radeon 9600 Pro on Overclockers Club Canada
Sunbeam Tech Lazer LED on M:6 Hardware
Xoxide Bubble CCFL Lights on GruntvillE
Vantec Ion 400 Watt PSU on ExtensionTech
X-Pider Aluminum Case on OCAddiction
Enermax CS-528 & CS-718 Series Aluminum Cases on Tweaktown
Xoxide 80mm UV LED Fans on Mikhailtech
Enermax CS-10182 Server Tower on Virtual-Hideout
Enermax "Hulk" PSU video review on 3dGameMan
Waterfield Designs Gear Bags and Notebook Sleeves on PCstats
AirFlo Executive Chair on The Tech Lounge
Steelpad 4S Mousepad on Xtreme Tek
A couple of giveaways to finish off! Viper Lair are giving away an Abit NF7-M motherboard in a "post to our forums and we'll give you stuff" drive, open to anyone with a mailbox, including international entries. 3DVelocity are giving away some AcoustiPack sound dampening case lining ... no mention of geographical limitations.
Saturday, 5-July-2003 03:24:27 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Lots of people let us know that BlueSmurf's Imperial Star Destroyer project has been covered on TheRegister. We host BlueSmurf's site and, yes, we did notice the huge traffic spike over the last couple of days. :) Hi to any Reg-heads dropping by our newspage!
John Glenn and Neil Armstrong joined in celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers' first flight recently. It was 66 years from the sands of Kitty Hawk to the dust of the moon. Pretty amazing to hear it stated like that.
thetron spotted this handy download time estimator.
Digicam28 sent in this interesting page about counterfeit electronic components.
Digital-Daily compared an SiS748 motherbaord from ASRock with an nForce2 rev C1 motherboard from Soltek. For DDR memory and 200MHz-FSB socketA CPUs, of course.
A Brisbane xbox-modchip company is daring Microsoft to sue them, it seems.. more info here, thanks Ross.
SubZeroTech reviewed a glowy keyboard from Bytec. Perhaps the most exciting new thing to hit the computer world, other than the new Pentium chipset, are these new “electroluminescent” keyboards. Hmm, nowhere near the top of my "exciting new things" list, I'm afraid.
HardwareAccelerated have an interview with a company that makes a set-top box that can play PC games.
A few people sent in this car stereo wars article on CNN. And people say PC enthusiasts are crazy!
NordicHardware have an article about the fundamentals of air cooling, in case concepts like "heat goes from hot things to cold things" have so far escaped your grasp. Ok, it goes into a bit more detail than that.
If you're after something a little more extreme, LiquidNinjas have an article about peltiers and liquid cooling and stuff. Ahh, reminds me of the very early days of OCAU, back in 1999. For more of this kind of stuff, check out our Extreme Cooling forum.
Dan's gone and built himself a subwoofer. Even in a sealed box, though, if you feed this driver with a reasonably hefty amp, it'll still be more than capable of loosening the ceiling paint in anybody's lounge room. I speak from experience.
TweakTown compared no less than eight nForce2 motherboards, for DDR memory and socketA CPUs. Meanwhile, xbitlabs rounded up six CDRW+DVD combo drives and G3D compared power supplies.
Xbit also have an article about how SARS has affected the IT industry.
Guru3D went to CeBIT America 2003 and found, among other things, a USB watch.
From Peter: For those who are interested, the 2003 E-tax software is now available from the friendly Tax Office here. Supposedly it's easier to use than the printed tax pack and the ATO is offering refunds within 14 days... (got mine last year in around 7 days). Why not make your computer earn you a well-deserved tax refund...
HardwareAnalysis have an article about the RIAA chasing file-sharers.
Madshrimps have another part of their microprocessor technology article posted, this time dealing with cooling. In fact the term "super-computer" more accurately derives from "super-cooled" computer. Errr, I dunno about that..
Ulric sent in this astronomy picture. They say it looks like a superhero or something, but that's not what I first saw in that picture. As Ulric says, it's more like the Hand of God, and He's not saying hi. :)
|Saturday Morning Reviews
Saturday, 5-July-2003 02:29:38 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Motherboards for Intel:
Asus P4SDX SiS655 on PimpRig.
EpoX 4PDA2+ i865PE Springdale on Hexus.
Albatron PX865PE-ProII i865P Springdale on Guru3D.
Motherboards for AMD:
Soltek NV400-64 nForce2 400 (single channel) on AMDMB.
Abit NF7-M nForce2 IGP-based AMD on ClubOC.
DFI LANParty KT400A on RBMods.
Asus A7V8X-X KT400 on MBReview.
Leadtek K7NCR18D Pro II nForce2 Ultra 400 on Bjorn3D.
Gigabyte Radeon 9600 Pro on HardAvenue.
NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900 Ultra 256MB on OCTools.
Matrox Millennium P750 non-gaming card on DesignTechnica.
Albatron GeForceFX 5600P Turbo on PCStats.
SteelPad 4S mousepad on ViperLair.
Logitech MX700 Cordless Optical Mouse on Virtual-Hideout.
CoolerMaster Musketeer fan controller and gauges on BurnOutPC.
Xoxide 80mm UV LED Fans on MikhailTech.
Spire BFA07B2 copper CPU cooler on FrostyTech.
Vantec Tornado 92x38mm fan on EnvyNews.
CoolerMaster CoolDrive 3 HDD cooler on RojakPot.
OCZ 512MB PC3200 Platinum dual-channel DDR kit (video review) on 3DGameMan.
Kingston HyperX PC3200 on FuriousTech.
Crucial PC3200 on Bjorn3D.
Crucial PC3200 on MonkeyReview.
Lian Li PC05 on OCOnline.
Maxtop CSX-147KBF-WIN on ModSynergy.
SkyHawk Aluminium Case with QWindow on TechJuice.
Mitsumi CR-485FTE 54/32/54 CDRW drive on OCPortugal.
Western Digital 250GB Special Edition USB/FireWire drive on Xbit.
WinDVD Recorder software on TheTechZone.
Sunbeam Tech 4" Cold Cathode lighting kit on VoidedWarranty.
Maplins Square Window Kit on SpodesAbode.
AV Plus Budget MP3 player on enScape.
Shuttle XPC SN41G2 mini-PC on OCNZ.
Laserbay glowy drivebay thing on ExtremeMHz.
Pyramat PM300 folding gaming seat thing on GruntVille.
IOSS RD3XP-Gladiator Super Shielded Rounded Cable on TheModFathers.
Samsung 171P LCD monitor on ExtensionTech.
FSP Group Aurora 350W PSU on Ohls-Place.
Intel P4 3.0C CPU on TweakNews.
Something for the extreme coolers out there, Extreme Overclocking take a Pentium 2.4C a prometeia and some dry ice! Sounds fun.
Hexus have some pictures of Intel's new Tejas socket layout, 775 push-pin style contacts as part of their upcoming Grantsdale chipset.
Great, just what we need. A competition for crackers from around the world who will try to crack 6000 websites in 6 hours on Sunday. More here. Perhaps we should run a competition to see how many cliffs we can jump off before getting killed. It would require about the same level of intelligence. The script kiddies are coming! Thanks RNR.
If you're after some raw numbers for Opteron benchmarks, here is some data for you to ponder. Thanks GBLS.
There is a Pentium 4 800MHz FSB CPU Round-up at OCAddiction.
A big piracy bust in Spain, materials seized include 950 CD burners. They can send a couple my way if they like. From Dkermode.
A few pieces from news hound Iroquois, ExtremeTech have a motherboard audio shootout. nForce 3 chipset is now in volume production. A solution to stop planes flying into restricted airspace on New Scientist, and if you're sick of those telemarketing calls, don't get mad, Get Even!
Ben Wu noticed this nice storage array, hmm 240Tb, thats a lot of room for pr0n. Its in PDF format so you'll need the Adobe Reader.
Games Fusion have a heap of info about Half-Life 2 and Counter Strike: Condition Zero including videos and pictures as well as links to other sites with more info.
Nullsoft have finally decided that Winamp3 is not all it was cracked up to be. They are officially going back to Winamp 2. Thanks maddhatter.
YYK found this article about a security bug in the popular freeware firewall ZoneAlarm.
From Schrambo, a new security certification that is aimed at anyone who uses a computer in the workplace.
GideonTech have a new guide up on how to make use of old 7-Segment displays, they even have some custom software you can use to operate your mod using your parallel port. Article here.
This story brought all sorts of silly images into my head, Glow-in-the-dark camels for desert. Thanks for the laugh Kerridwyn.
Steven found this funny piece, "Go to Google and then type "weapons of mass destruction". Don't press Search!! click the "I'm feeling lucky" button then read the error message very carefully". hehe.
Somebloke sent in the timewaster link for today. A Terminator3 photo renderer thingy...Upload a photo and play with it a bit.
Have you received an email, supposedly from the police, about people scamming free calls on your phone? It's a hoax (again).
VIA Arena have an allegedly funny documentary about the V-RAID feature of their VT8237 South Bridge. It has been filmed with a tongue in cheek David Attenborough style documentary. Anyone who has anything to do with PCs should find it amusing (we hope).
Parents giving you a hard time about your attitude? Kids driving you insane? Maybe this is what you need. Pretty scary stuff if you ask me.
Decker pointed out that the Australian High Tech Crime Centre website has been launched. Don't let the typo in the title put you off, hmm.
The ability to surf the net while flying in a plane is coming soon, apparently.
Kerridwyn spotted a lot of Matrix fans in Tokyo.
There's an interview with Bill Gates here.. talking about spam, among other things.
Remember, trucks and churches are a bad combination.
From Migishu: New version of Miranda IM is out. It's currently at version 0.3, and has many bug fixes from the previous versions. For all you unenlightened people, Miranda IM is basically an Instant Messanger clone like Trillian, but is open source, so you can improve the client if you feel it needs something you don't have. There's also millions of plugins listed at their website, and you can convert your ICQ (or other) databases over.
Dan has more letters with answers.
TweakHound have a super XP Tweaking Guide updated.
Graeme sent in this page, which brings you up to speed on the whole SCO vs IBM fight over Linux.
DVHardware have an article about the Performance Boosting Engine feature of a new BIOS for AOpen's AX4SG Max.
Australia will have a new fastest supercomputer soon, thanks Boky.
MBreview have an article about how motherboards are designed.
OCPrices compared two power supplies, from Zalman and Ahanix.
NordicHardware compared two GeForce FX 5900 video cards, one Ultra with 256MB and one non-Ultra with 128MB. Meanwhile, Computerbase compared a GeForce FX 5900 Ultra and Radeon 9800 Pro in various non-standard benchmarks (to minimise driver issues). It's in German, but has graphs.
|Early Thursday Morning
Thursday, 3-July-2003 02:08:38 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Even more reviews - and I would have posted this earlier if my ISP hadn't died, AGAIN!
Intel D865GBF Desktop i865G Springdale P4 DDR on Beyond3D.
Abit IC7-Max 2 i875P P4 DDR on A1-Electronics.
Abit IC7-G i875P P4 DDR on Tech-Report.
Abit IS7 Max II Advance Springdale P4 DDR on ViperLair.
Abit NF7-S v2.0 nForce2 socketA DDR on AthlonXP.
Sapphire Atlantis Radeon 9500 Pro on PlanetSavage.
ATI Radeon 9700 Pro All-In-Wonder on HWExtreme.
FIC A98P Radeon 9800 Pro on EnvyNews.
VisionTek Xtasy 9800 Pro Radeon on HotHardware.
OCZ Premier PC3200 DDR on Riva3D.
Crucial 2x 256MB Dual-channel DDR on AseLabs.
Asetek Waterchill VGA and Chipset watercooling adapters on OCPrices.
EKL Radial 80 P4 cooler on Ohls-Place.
DangerDen Maze 4 waterblock on PureOC.
Thermaltake Volcano 11+ Xaser Edition CPU cooler on ModSynergy.
Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 120GB HDD on HWZ.
Xoxide X-Sonic midtower on Virtual-Hideout.
AthenaTech A747SC midtower on Bjorn3D.
Chenming 301KE aluminium case on PimpRig.
Antec LANboy on ClubOC.
IBM ThinkPad T40 Centrino laptop on HWZ.
DKT Everglide mousepad on Overclock-UK.
Samsung VoiceYepp voice recorder on EnvyNews.
TDK LPCW-50 CD/DVD label printer on 3DVelocity.
Eluminex Sapphire Illuminated Keyboard on BigBruin.
Sony VAIO PCV-RS220 desktop system on DesignTechnica.
Microsoft SideWinder GamePad USB game controller on ModTown.
Compex SKW811 WiFi Internet Kit on EnvyNews.
PUPPY suite biometric scanner for Macs on EnvyNews.
Leadtek WinFast TV2000XP TV Tuner card on SLCentral.
QuietPC Cobalt3 PyramidV fan silencer on PC-Arena.
DFI Lan Party NFII Ultra nForce2 Ultra 400 on Legion Hardware
DFI Lan Party NFII Ultra nForce2 Ultra 400 on Ninjalane
DFI Lan Party KT400a board on HardCoreWare
DFI Lan Party Pro 875 Canterwood i875P-based P4 DDR on OCAddiction
ECS Photon PF1 Springdale i865PE-based P4 DDR on HardwareZone
Abit IS7 Springdale i865PE-based P4 DDR on Intelforums.net
Shuttle AB60/RS Springdale i865PE-based P4 DDR on Extreme Overclocking
Gainward Ultra/1200 Plus GeForce FX5900 on Overclockers New Zealand
Albatron GeForce FX5600EQ on Hardware Avenue
FIC A92 RADEON 9200 on X-bit labs
Stuff that isn't strictly a motherboard or a video card:
Shuttle SN45G nForce2 Ultra 400 XPC on HEXUS.net
Plextor's PlexWriter Premium CD-RW on The Tech Report
D-Link DVC-1000 i2eye Broadband VideoPhone on Virtual Hideout
Enermax Xpoint CS-528 Case on OCModShop
Everglide Optical Mouse Surfaces on TechFreaks
Black Icemat Mouse Pad on ExtensionTech
GEIL Golden Dragon PC3500 DUAL DDR RAM on SubZeroTech
Finally, some very impressive wooden cases on VoidedWarranty. You'd really have to hope your cat didn't see one of those as a shiny new scratching post!
Tuesday, 1-July-2003 16:57:54 (GMT +10) - by Agg
There's been something brewing among some of the international hardware websites for the last day or so and now it seems to have exploded. TomsHardware visited and sponsored the MillionMan LAN recently. AMDMB.com were vocal in their disappointment over what they termed a "media blackout" by TomsHardware of the event. Sudhian managed to also cover the event despite the blackout and LANAddict have some coverage too. TomsHardware have now indicated they will be suing AMDMB.com for the comments made in their article. HardOCP now have joined the debate, with much info and opinion on their newspage, to the point of financially supporting AMDMB's defense of their case. TomsHardware have a further response posted. Stay tuned, I guess..
This article has some info about products on the way from AMD.
YYK spotted an old but new technique for identifying spam that promises more success than other methods. He also found an underwater postoffice.
Been staying up and playing games all night? Want to get PAID to do that? Shame you have to live in California.. hmm, it's almost worth moving there.. thanks Souj.
A few people sent word of xbox hackers blackmailing microsoft.. I can't really see Redmond bowing to that one.
TechJuice have an article on increasing airflow through your PSU.
From von Stalhein: I was browsing here and noticed that the advice on the bottom of the page could be taken by the more cynical amongst us completely the wrong way: "* The specifiction and pictures are subject to change without notice." :-) Heh, well spotted. Maybe they're being more honest than other manufacturers. :)
CyberCPU looked at the Detonator FX 44.03 drivers for NVIDIA cards.
lordconan noticed this Tron 2.0 game. If you're into lightcycle games, Armagetron is another good one.
Hardware-Test have a guide to making an 8-port fanbus which is controlled via software and your parallel port.. neato, but seems complex for electronics n00bs like me.
SharkyExtreme have a system buyer's guide for a high-end gaming PC, with a budget of $2500 USD.
Rachmaninov spotted this amusing story about the Slashdot effect knocking an entire country off the net.
Interesting Forum Threads:
Can't get into Internet Options in IE6? in Windows Operating Systems.
Farewell AMD, I'm off to the dark side (broken mobo images) in AMD Hardware.
Hoopstar's New Ride - the stereo install (pics) in Motoring.
My OCAU Samurized Desktop in Graphics and Programming.
Cooking roaches with RF in a PSU in Modding & Electronics.
EPoX EP-4PCA3+ (Intel 875P) at HWZ
ABIT NF7-S Ver. 2.0 at Nexus
MSI K7N2 Delta-ILSR (nForce2 Ultra 400) at Hardware Zone
Asus P4G8X Motherboard at ActiveHardware
ABIT IS7-G Motherboard at Club OC
DFI LanParty NF2 Ultra at The Mod Fathers
Asus P4P800 Deluxe (i865PE at Digital-Daily
DFI PS83-BL Motherboard at Bleedin Edge
TDK 440N Indi DVD writer at DesignTechnica
WD Raptor 36.7GB 10K SATA at Hard Avenue, our reviews here and here
ATi TV Wonder VE RC edition at Extreme Cooling
ATI All-in-Wonder 9000 Pro at Viper Lair (Thanks Iroquois)
Antec Lanboy at enScape
Coolermaster ATCS 630 at Hexus
Elstrip from Sunbeam at R&B Mods
Samsung HT-DB300 Home Theatre System at The Tech Zone
JMC Phoenix 60 Heat Sink at OHLS Place
Arctic Silver Ceramique Thermal Paste at Mod Synergy
Corsair Hydrocool 200 Water Cooling Kit at Nordic Hardware
Innovatek Water-Cooling Kit at Virtual Hideout
Cooler Master Cool Drive 3 at MikhailTech
CoolerMaster CoolDrive3 at 8Balls Hardware
Belkin Wireless Keyboard Mouse Combo at SubZeroTech
PCToys Mouse Maxx 100si Precision Mouse Surface at PimpRig
Matrix Orbital MX-2 LCD Display at Gruntville
Vantec Nexus NXP-205 Fan Speed Controller at Club OC
Mega X-Key 32MB Memory Card for Xbox at modTown
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