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.
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
(link) Tuesday, 29-July-2003 15:45:40 (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.
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.
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".
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:
Early Monday Morning
(link) Sunday, 27-July-2003 17:17:58 (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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
VisionPlus DVB-T Digital TV Tuner Card
(link) Sunday, 20-July-2003 16:59:37 (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.
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
(link) Saturday, 19-July-2003 13:57:30 (GMT +10) - by Agg
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.
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.
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.
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. :)
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.
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..
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.
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.
(link) Wednesday, 16-July-2003 11:20:37 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Antec LANBOY Mini-Tower Case
(link) Wednesday, 16-July-2003 05:52:03 (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..
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.
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).
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.
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).
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.
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.
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
(link) Thursday, 10-July-2003 05:39:19 (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!
Motherboards: Abit IC7-G i875P P4 DDR video review on 3dGameMan
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.
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 126.96.36.199 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.
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
(link) Wednesday, 9-July-2003 15:16:55 (GMT +10) - by Agg
ABIT IS7 with "Game Accelerator"
(link) Tuesday, 8-July-2003 16:40:52 (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.
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. :)
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. :)
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.
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.
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.
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
(link) Wednesday, 2-July-2003 16:08:38 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Even more reviews - and I would have posted this earlier if my ISP hadn't died, AGAIN!
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..
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. :)