VIA Arena has published an article on how to cool down your video card by inserting a blow hole.
Lurks pointed out that there has been a new prime number found, 7,816,230 digits long.
Macintosh creator - Jef Raskin has passed away at the the age of 61 from pancreatic cancer.
People who use Wine - which is an open source toolkit that allows users to run Windows Apps under Linux have now been blocked from accessing Windows updates.
Wired.com has more information about the T-Mobile breach involving Paris Hilton that happened a few weeks back.
Microsoft is not only planning to release 64-bit Windows Operating Systems, but also they plan to release 64-bit version to some of its desktop and server applications.
PC Perspective has published another Hardware Leaderboard this month, lining up three complete system recommendations for high, mid and budget levels.
Controlled-Insanity has a chat with a Female Case Modder - JessAlba452.
HWLogic has written an in-depth guide at how memory timings affect gaming performance and benchmarking results.
With all these ISPs lately releasing higher speed ADSL plans (12mbit), it seems Telstra has felt the pressure who have begun upgrading their ADSL equipment to deliver internet services at speeds up to 16 times faster than are currently available. Thanks Sniper!
Wooden HTPC Case
(link) Monday, 28-February-2005 01:43:19 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Here's a nice wooden home theatre PC project, just added to the PC Database:
From Virtual-Hideout: I’ve just posted my latest Interview. This time it’s with the founder/CEO of Directron.com. A powerhouse of an operation with 100,000 square foot facility and over 12,000 products, it’s a must read. Check it out, here.
Bit-Tech have a guide to Digital Photography posted up on their site. In Part 1 - we show you how to pick where to buy your camera from, and how to avoid the con-artists that will take your money and run.
Westnet and Internode have released new plans recently. Australian Broadband is sllloowly getting there, will be good when we get these iiSlams and Agile DSLAMs populating through our cities.
Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT) has developed a technology that uses the human body as a high-speed network and hopes to next year commercialize the technology in Human Area Networks (HANs) that provide a communications link between people and electronic devices, the company said Monday. Full story on PCWorld, thanks Murray!
Richard lets us know that Foxtel has released a Personal Video Recorder option for their Digital Service. Full story on Gadget Lounge.
Anandtech gets their hands on some nice hardware; four Opterons in a 3RU, groovy! Thanks Grahem.
Iroquois also lets us know that VIA has now shipped 100 million chipsets for the AMD platform.
Artic Squad has published a roundup of VGA coolers. Ranging from the new popular Zalman VF700 Al/Cu to the NV Silencer 5.
I've found my new monitor, well two of these wouldn't go astray on my desk! ExtremeTech has a look at the new Dell UltraSharp 2405FPW Widescreen LCD. Thanks for sending the link in Neil, who also appended this with the link - Now I just have to collect 35,772 bottles to return in SA and I can afford one!.
Looking for a nice and easy mod for your case? Well putting your case on wheels might be the way to go. They make case transportation a bit easier and they look nice too.
The latest on Hexus: We've been busy chilling an Athlon FX-55 to see how much it will overclock by, followed by a look at the Athlon FX's performance as the CPU frequency is scaled up and dHTT is run at 250Mhz.
HWZ are the latest site to examine the latest CPUs from Intel, the Pentium 4 660 and 3.73GHz EE.
Bern spotted an interesting article (with some interesting comments) about a Linux kernel patch that uses genetic algorithms to optimise certain kernel parameters.
Seagate and Hitachi both have 6GB 1-inch hard drives now. Apple use Hitachi's drives in the iPod Mini range, so now they have a 6GB version and dropped the prices too.
Dan has more letters posted. In this issue: E-Vectra PSUs, gold plated photons, long thin proto-board, key remapping, brass monkey photography, UV LEDs, silly graphs, and more fools and scams.
Hardware Zone has coverage on the 3GSM World Congress 2005. The 3GSM World Congress is the world’s leading mobile communications conference and exhibition. HardwareZone was invited to this year's event held at Cannes, France and we bring you some of the more delectable highlights and gadgets coming your way soon.
A US woman has sued Hewlett-Packard, claiming the ink cartridges for their printers are secretly programmed to expire on a certain date, in some cases rendering them useless before they are even installed. Full article here, thanks Narcoleptic!
Hexus answer lots of questions regarding Serial ATA in their latest article. I love my new 320GB Raid0 array. :)
The 6600Ultra has been released by Albatron, aimed at the budget minded consumer who also desires performance features. Check out Techwarelabs' review of the card here.
“Ban these evil games”, “Videogame violence corrupting our nation’s youth”, “video games stole my husband”. It seems everyday that the media are making more and more claims about the evils of videogames. But are these claims based on fact, or is it merely that there is a juicy new scapegoat out there that the woes of the world can be pinned on? Check out The Tech Zone's editorial on this matter here.
It looks like March will be the month when Socket A will finally blow its brains out. Thanks Olle!
TomsHardware have an interesting article titled DRAM's Future Past, about how difficult it is to develop new products while the industry is in such a patent-litigation frenzy.
Xbit report that AMD have quietly started shipping entry-level 90nm S754 Sempr0n processors. According to various online stores, AMD Sempron processor 3000+ operates at 1.80GHz and has 128KB L2 cache, the Sempron 2800+ functions at 1.60GHz and is equipped with 256KB L2 cache, the Sempron model 2600+ runs at 1.60GHz and builds-in 128KB of L2 cache.
Sony and PizzaHut have partnered to provide in-game pizza ordering for Everquest II players. This makes a lot of sense from a marketing perspective, but I'm more concerned about what it means for us as a species. :) There's more info about this kind of thing here on CNN, and Ctrl-Alt-Del have a comic strip about it.
Secunia report on a security issue with PuTTY, a popular freeware terminal program.
EliteBastards have an article about NVIDIA's TurboCache, as seen on their GeForce 6200 video cards.
A global warming study has apparently found an unequivocal link between manmade greenhouse gases and oceanic heating. The study destroys a central argument of global warming sceptics within the Bush administration - that climate change could be a natural phenomenon.
Lastly, a sad message from HeadlessT: It is with great sadness that I announce the tragic loss of forum member [T]iggerB. Brendan was in a fatal motocycle accident on the night of 20 February. He was a loving husband and father of one, and one of those people who would have done anything for his friends and family. Brendan will be greatly missed by all his workmates, friends and, most of all his family. From HeadlessT and all of Brendan's friends. :( RIP.
THE SHA-1 algorithm, a method of encryption that has been in common use for the last nine years, has been broken, it's claimed. More info on Slashdot.
From Yahoo: A new study has found that daily consumption of coffee could cut the risk of liver cancer. A separate study has also found that decaffeinated coffee can reduce the risk of contracting colorectal cancer.
Telstra will pay back $6.5 million to wholesale customers affected by its broadband pricing in an agreement with the ACCC. Full story on Whirlpool.
Anandtech has posted a guide to taking better night photography.
An apparent chemical leak at Melbourne Airport has caused 45 people to be hospitalized today. More details on Age.
I spotted this amusing article on wired.com about flirting with workmates via e-mail and IM services.
Australians are one of the top offenders for downloading pirated TV episodes, episodes that have been aired overseas and not in Australia yet. Discussion in our forums here.
Something I have always been facinated with is autistic people. This article talks about Daniel Tammet, but unlike other savants, who can perform similar feats, Tammet can describe how he does it. He speaks seven languages and is even devising his own language. Now scientists are asking whether his exceptional abilities are the key to unlock the secrets of autism.
Paris Hilton's phone has been hacked, leaking hundreds of her address book contacts onto the Internet. Discussion in our forums here.
While we're here, check out this very purple PC, made for a fan of "The Phantom".
First to 100 Million Points!
(link) Monday, 21-February-2005 03:22:45 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Congratulations to the OCAU Folding@Home Team who have become the first team in the world to reach the 100 million point milestone. When you consider that the most valuable work units score 600 points, and it takes most PC's a couple of days to crunch through them, it gives some perspective to how much CPU time has been put towards this project by our team members. We have maintained our position as the #1 team in the world, not only scoring points in the competition but also helping find cures for diseases such as cancer and alzheimers.
To find out more, check out the Folding Page and our Team OCAU forum. To join our team, see the instructions here. Or you can join the 100 Million Point celebrations here.
Intel 600 Series P4 CPUs and 3.73GHz Extreme Edition
(link) Sunday, 20-February-2005 18:06:23 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Intel have released the 600 series P4 CPUs. This is a significant update to the Prescott core - not only does it attempt to address the power and heat issues while raising performance, but it also adds 64-bit support. With 2MB L2 cache and Enhanced Intel Speedstep Technology, the first handful of offerings are the P4 660 (3.6GHz), P4 650 (3.4GHz), P4 640 (3.2GHz) and P4 630 (3GHz). There's also a 3.73GHz Extreme Edition version, with a 1066MHz FSB.
Interestingly, there's been reports of these CPUs actually in the market already, so it's definitely not just a "paper launch". These new processors are being discussed in this thread in our Intel Hardware forum.
Altech Computers are sponsoring a gaming event on the 26th of February in Sydney. This event called the ABIT Fatal1ty GamingEvent will be showcasing new technologies with vendors such as ABIT and Corsair using it to launch new and upcoming technologies. More info here.
ASUS announced their P5 motherboard series provides complete driver support for 64-bit computing. All of the ASUS P5 Series is Intel EM64T ready, meaning the 600 series CPU of the P5 motherboard is able to run new 64-bit code and access larger amounts of memory. More info here.
ATI recently announced the introduction of RADEON® XPRESS 200M - the industry's first integrated PCI Express DirectX 9 chipset for AMD (NYSE: AMD) processor-based notebook PCs. More info here.
Corsair announced DDR2 SO-DIMMS for Mobile Intel 915 Express systems. All three parts are included in Corsair’s Value Select family of desktop and laptop memory, and are guaranteed compatible with 915 Express based laptop computers. More info here.
Gigabyte released the new Neon Cooler 775 and Neon Cooler 8 Series of CPU fansinks that target discerning PC gamers who are looking for exciting visual effects combined with maximum thermal dissipation and quiet operation under extreme conditions. At first glance they look pretty conventional, but fan speed control is nice. More info in the 332KB DOC file here.
Microsoft announced a recall on over 14 million Xbox power cords. In all regions except Continental Europe, Xbox consoles manufactured before Oct. 23, 2003, require a replacement power cord. It's apparently a preventative measure. Fewer than one in 10,000 consoles have experienced these component failures, and, in almost all instances, any damage caused by these failures was contained within the console itself or limited to the tip of the power cord at the back of the console. More info here.
Raritan expanded their KVM-over-IP product line, by adding the industry’s first IP-based KVM (keyboard, video, mouse) switch that supports five concurrent users and up to 32 servers. More info here.
TwinMOS announced the mass production of high capacity Ultra-X SD card. The 66X Ultra high speed with 2GB high capacity SD card offers excellent stability with data protection. More info in the 184KB DOC file here.
X-Micro announced a new MP3 player that features a color video display: the X-Micro Video MP3 player. The pocket-sized Video MP3 plays videos or displays photos on a crystal clear color OLED display. This device also plays MP3 files, displays lyrics, receives and records FM radio, offers digital voice recording, and serves as a USB flash drive. Pretty cool, check out the product pic here and the 30KB DOC file here for more info.
Neevo sent in news that Motocycle Helmets are getting the HUD treatment, the technology used by fighter jets so you don't have to take your eyes off the road to see the speed you are doing.
Another event has been organised, this time by cooperx who manages The Icebar on Caxton Street for our Brisbane members. He is offering to throw in a free drink for every OCAUer who turns up, along with that he is running some killer drink deals and possibly some free food!
Tech Powerup has just posted some information on ATI's upcoming Overdrive 4.
Microsoft tutors us on what we call leet speak. Mistakes are often uncorrected. Common typing misspellings (or typos) such as "teh" instead of "the" are left uncorrected and may be adopted to replace the correct spelling. Bloody hilarious!
fester2001 linked us this article, which states Intel researchers have developed a method of generating a continuous laser with a silicon device, one of the first steps toward introducing optical interconnects in future processors, servers, and PCs.
Kamehameha sent in another Google-like site, this one called Gizoogle. Check out the one for OCAU: Australia's busiest PC Hardware communizzles serv'n local n internizzle enthusiasts since 1999 ridin' in mah double R. Brilliant! :D
The Tech Zone covers an important topic to do with Wi-Fi Hotspots; Security.
Nuxie1 noticed a new magazine/book from O'Reilly, aimed at the DIY enthusiast.
Dan has a bone to pick with lithium ion batteries, while SpodesAbode looked at a magical sticker that claims to make batteries last longer. We were a little skeptical how what appears to be a sticker could claim these results.
Mudgie spotted the power pizza, a stealth laptop case. Because carrying a pizza under one arm to the train in your suit and tie won't look strange at all. :)
Bit-News are the latest to look at Catalyst 5.2 performance on ATI video cards.
Yvonne sent in an article from the EFF about End User License Agreements, those large chunks of text pretty much everyone ignores nowadays. You'll eat my firstborn child if I install this program? Go ahead!
Hexus covered the recent Adult Entertainment Expo. Sadly, the article is mostly technology oriented. :) One company, Lurid Entertainment, now shoots all its production in the 1080-interlace mode, and releases in both 780-progressive and standard versions.
MartyBugs set out to reduce the bling levels of a few electronics items. I remember my surprise when I discovered the YCC-63F1 Server Case had its no-nonsense industrial feel spoiled by an insanely bright blue power LED.
Apparently Internet Explorer 7 is on the way. Betas of IE7 will be available this (American) summer. This new release will build on the work we did in Windows XP SP2 and (among other things) go further to defend users from phishing as well as deceptive or malicious software.
RabidHardware (who seem to have a kangaroo mascot) made a Cyrix CPU hotplate and cooked some breakfast on it.
The Cassini-Huygens mission continues to impress, returning for another look at Saturn's moon Titan. Last month, the European-built Huygens probe floated down through Titan's screaming winds and dim light into a place where, scientists suggest, liquid methane falls as rain, courses in cataracts through canyons of water-ice walls, and flows into wide seas.
Something interesting from Paul: Attention OCAU fans of the Dr Karl Thursday science program on triple J - moi included. Details of how to subscribe to a podcast of the program are here. I installed the iPodder s/w to automatically get the podcast even though I haven't got an iPod yet :) so I can atleast listen to the mp3 file on my PC. Works ok.
Just as we're getting used to Intel's "Sonoma" Centrino mobile platform, HWZone.il have info on "Napa", the third generation centrino family.
Thanks to everyone who sent word that iiNet are buying Ozemail from its parent company MCI. This $110M purchase will make them the third largest ISP in Australia, after Telstra and Optus. Meanwhile Telstra says to expect dramatic slow-downs if you leech more than 10GB in a month on BigPond.
Sniper sent in news about a 7.2GHz overclock out of a 3.8GHz Pentium 4. We have a discussion on this amazing overclock in our forums, here.
There's a very interesting article over on Red Nova about a random number generator, powered by a similar sized microprocessor as a normal calculator that supposedly has the ability to see into the future.
From HindustanTimes.com: Europe's most powerful rocket, the Ariane 5, has been launched with a Spanish satellite and a German spacecraft, bolstering the European Union's bid to become a world leader in satellite launching. More info on their site.
8ms LCDs are starting to pop up everywhere from everyone now, and PC Authority takes a look at some.
Digital-Deity.net managed to get their hands on some screenshots from the upcoming Unreal Engine 3.0. Thanks psynapse!
TweakTown has a look at the new 5.2 Catalysts from ATI. We have a discussion in our Videocard forum here about the new drivers.
Firefox is making Microsoft feel the heat, which has pushed them into holding a secret webcast where potential fixes were discussed to regain market share lost to other browsers.
GTR, which should be hitting our shores within the next few months has an updated demo released. If you are into racing sims, then you have probably already heard of this, but if you haven't, I HIGHLY suggest you give the demo a spin, you won't be disappointed. :)
OCAU: #1 in 2004!
(link) Monday, 14-February-2005 05:38:38 (GMT +10) - by Agg
I'm very pleased to announce that OCAU won some Hitwise awards for the 2004 calendar year. During 2004 we were the #1 ranked News and Media - IT Media website in Australia, according to Hitwise's analysis of Australian web user traffic.
Not only that, but we ranked #2 in their Computers and Internet - Hardware category, after Apple.com.au. We'll let Apple take the crown there, given the interest in their iPod product. :)
Thanks must of course go to Plus Corporation who came to our rescue early in the year with new server goodies which have coped admirably with our continued growth. AusGamers and Comindico provided the rack space and bandwidth we need - approximately 1 terabyte every month. I can't imagine how we'd get by without them. Thanks also to our other Major Sponsors, being Altech Computers, Computer Alliance and PC Range. They have all been supporting the site continuously for several years now and it's very much appreciated. Thanks also to the many other companies that have been involved with advertising, giveaways and other sponsorship of the site.
OCAU is largely run by volunteers, as you probably know. Be they forum admins, news posters, article/review writers, IRC ops, people who help with server maintenance or just by sending in regular news, the site would collapse under its own weight without their help. They can all be proud of their contribution - it's very much appreciated, not only by me, but by all of OCAU's members and readers, even if they don't always show it. :)
Our biggest thanks however go to you, each member of the huge army of regular readers, forum-goers and general friends of OCAU. Simply by calling OCAU one of your regular haunts on the net, you have helped turn us from "one guy's thoughts about PC stuff" into what we can confidently call the biggest PC enthusiast website in Australia and one of the best communities on the net. I'm constantly amazed by what OCAU has become and it's largely thanks to the continued support and growth of the community. Go team! :)
Here's a couple of pictures from people, with a cat theme. On the left is Gibbon's cat "Dhugal", who has featured in several reviews on OCAU. Here he's intent on making a system build difficult. On the right is a photo(chop) from Bren, seemingly a couple of pets in The Matrix. :)
For more cats, see the current OCAU Cats thread in The Pub.
Sunday Night Reviews & Threads
(link) Sunday, 13-February-2005 11:13:40 (GMT +10) - by Agg
TheWedgie sent in some info about the merger of Australia's ABA and ACA, the Broadcasting and Communications authorities. More info here.
Apparently the hot, wet weather we're experiencing in NSW and QLD lately is making redbacks come indoors. A female redback's bite usually results in sweating and pain, which slowly builds to the point of being unbearable. All the more reason to let Daddy-long-legs stay - they can capture and eat redbacks and are not harmful to humans.
NYT has an article about powersaving PC's. Not that this concerns us, because all our PC's are folding while we sleep anyway. EETimes report on efforts to reduce or rapidly dissipate the amazing amounts of power and heat involved with modern processors. Sudhian meanwhile have a report on the effect of dust in your PC and heat.
Wired have an interesting story about simulating patients for medical diagnosis and trialling potential cures.
HWZ compared seven Radeon X800 Pro AGP video cards, from ABIT, Connect3D, GeCube, Gigabyte, HIS, PowerColor and Sapphire. Meanwhile, HardOCP looked at BFG video cards, including GeForce 6600 GT OC AGP, 6600 GT OC PCI-Express and SLI.
TheTechZone want to tell you all about blue-ray technology. Not big enough? Try the one terabyte data disks being promoted by the Holographic Versatile Disc (HVD) Alliance, thanks Josh.
Apparently being smart isn't always a good thing in pressure situations. There's a few interesting articles on that site, actually.
Bigiain pointed out this iPod Shuffle RAID array, using 4 of the little USB gadgets. So we fire up Disk Utility, and put them into a RAID set, Striping them for a grand total of 3.9Gb of storage.
It had to happen eventually - Pfizer, who make Viagra, are going legal in response to the endless tide of Viagra spam. Microsoft are involved too, so it's a software and hardware approach.
Futurelooks bemoan the fate of single geeks on Valentine's Day. Doesn't seem to be loading properly for me. Anyway, Mark meanwhile suggests this charity drive which lets you celebrate Valentine's with a loved one, and give food/infrastructure support to victims of the tsunami. So, spread the love with a goat for tsunami relief this Valentine's Day! Seems a bit odd, but he says it's real.
Tech-Report reviewed the Corsair XMS Xpert memory recently, as did HardOCP. I was actually at Altech's Sydney office yesterday and had a look at some of this stuff. The glowing display that sits on the top of the memory banks isn't just for bling value - you can actually report some useful info there.
Marcus spotted this lego game, for single or multiple players.
Bern sent word that Slackware v10.1 has been released. There's a thread about it here in our forums and AusGamers have the 4 ISOs available for download here.
ArsTechnica have an article discussing the Cell processor in some detail. So far they've published part 1 and part 2.
A few people let us know that Samsung's TCCD memory chips have been discontinued. However, LegitReviews say it's not as grim as all that. Why should you care? Because Samsung's TCCD chips are some of the most overclocking-friendly DDR1 chips out there.
In case you missed the SATA boat, BigBruin have an article about SATA vs ATA hard drives.
LostCircuits have an article about future patent wars. Rambus against the DRAM manufacturers is just the tiniest tip of an iceberg of gargantuan proportions.
BF1942 team players should check out this cool Advanced Tactical Centre tool, which lets you map out tactics for your next game.
Anandtech wonder if the Pentium M, originally designed for mobile computers, is a viable alternative for desktop use. SilentPCReview seem to think so, having looked at a couple of Pentium M motherboards for desktops.
Anandtech also cover the quest for more processing power, wondering if single-core CPUs are doomed.
Back to the Pentium M, GamePC compared it with AMD's Winchester A64 in a battle at 90nm, with power consumption and performance considered.
This possibly may come to you as old news, but iinet have released iibroadband2, promising speeds up to 8000k for those that have access to an iislam. Full details on their site.
Reuters reports the world's largest chip maker, said on Tuesday it would add 64-bit computing capabilities to its flagship Pentium 4 computer chips this month, allowing more powerful processing of large chunks of data... More info here, thanks Paul.
Paul links us to an article on believe it or not, Microsoft's site which compares NTFS to its little brother, FAT32. Try and guess the winner. ;)
If you are in Newcastle, and are finding your roof being crashed into by chickens, then you might want to check out this article on ABC's site. Thanks von Stalhein!
The Tech Zone have posted a Beginner's Guide to Networking, and I'm even considering printing it out and giving it to some of my clients to save me the breath on how to renew an IP address over and over again.
Intel have finished the first production run of dual core CPUs. Intel plans on releasing its first two dual-core processors and dual-core-enabled chipsets in the second quarter of this year. Discussion in our forums here.
Apparently a big space rock will be visible with the naked eye as it flies past Earth in 2029, but not from Australia. Maybe we should start an online petition to get it to extend its tour to include us.
Bit-Tech cover memory bandwidth - what it is, and which modules give you more of it.
TheTechZone have an article on replacing your TV with the internet, in the form of short films. Many of them are better than the professionally produced, high-budget TV shows that stream so liberally to your TV box.
If you're taking a holiday with loved ones in Indonesia, make sure you don't kiss them!
XYZ have an editorial entitled SL Why?, pondering the usefulness of SLI technology.
A newly-proposed NASA budget would see the Hubble Space Telescope die in orbit. We have decided that the risks associated with the Hubble servicing at this time don't merit going forward.
Imation have an interesting little gadget to help you organise your CD's (and DVD's, Xbox games, etc). It's a desktop disk carousel which, with the included software, can finally get those piles of CD's under control:
MadShrimps took an A64 FX-55 and made it seriously cool with some liquid nitrogen. About a year ago I discovered DSI fluids and a product called Opticool. It's a di-electric oil that is pourable to about -90°C.
Here's an old school PCDB entry, sporting twin Socket8 CPUs. Not Pentium Pros, though, they're P2 Overdrive chips, Intel's attempt to stop people who invested in Socket8 from rioting at only getting one generation of CPUs for their boards. :) Interesting pics, anyway.
AnandTech cover audio solutions, including onboard, consumer and pro solutions.
TechPowerUp follow up on their previous "missing pipelines" article by explaining MSI will replace or refund the cards in question. According to MSI, 350 defective cards were sold. Those cards do have NVIDIA's NV45 chip, MSI says the real cause of the "still unknown chip problem" remains to be found.
HotHardware have a roundup of dual layer DVD burners.
Digit-Life have a hefty article titled "How to Choose a Motherboard and Not Be Sorry Afterwards".
From Skit: The Voting thread for the January instalment of OCAU's Iron Photographer is up, here. Head over and make your vote for your favourite shot. Also, the Feb comp is under way, details can be found here.
Warhamster sent in today's timewaster, that lets you pretend you're outside in the Australian summer, swatting flies.
Lastly, here's two pictures that a few people have sent in recently. They concern a little furry critter's unfortunate demise inside a laser printer. Gotta feel sorry for the little feller, but the pics are unfortunately kinda amusing too. I won't put thumbnails up because I know some people get upset by this kind of thing. So, if you're going to be upset, don't click here or here. :)
Tweakhound has a new article up Windows XP Backup Strategies For Home Users, it doesn't cover anything geeks don't already know, just the basics really. Topics covered are: Partitioning, XP's built-in backup methods, using Acronis Disk Director and Norton Ghost. It also points to other backup solutions.
FearTec spotted this French review (translated) of Intel's 64-bit enabled P4. With final, this Pentium 4 6xx leaves us a very unpleasant impression: That to be only cows with milk, directed by the very powerful marketing of INTEL. No doubt that INTEL is able to do better than this processor. No doubt either that this one was voluntarily attached to appease such or such marketing strategy in the more or less long term (you said Smithfield?). Useless to speak either about P4 EE 3.73 GHz, which is a true stove setting: Often slower than the 3.46 GHz and costing the eyes of the head, it does not have any interest strictly.
Atomic have an article about the games classification scheme in Australia, including the lack of an R rating, which makes several games illegal to sell here.
ArsTechnica have an article about AMD's Hammer, the 64-bit Architecture Behind the Opteron and Athlon 64.
A Westmead man has been charged with selling stolen goods on Ebay recently. McKay said a number of the illegally sold items had been recovered and is currently being returned to their rightful owners. With the help of a technology known as micro-dot, the police found it easier to track down the original owners of the properties.
Dan has more letters than you can shake a large cat at. More on the Cold Heat, WiFi through trees, DVD to RF, BitHead power, flashy electrocution risks, the AAAs that possibly ate a camera, Troy H's magic ray gun, and gibberish.
Choice Magazine compared a few operating systems in a recent article, thanks Bern. He notes this odd comment: We'd also like to see inbuilt antivirus software in all operating systems as the tested operating systems don't currently include a virus checker.
More Press Releases
(link) Wednesday, 2-February-2005 15:17:50 (GMT +10) - by Agg
ASUS announced the world's first MicroATX server motherboard based on Intel's E7221 chipset. The P5CR-VM supports two Ethernet LAN controllers and load balance functions, enabling 1,000Mbps high-speed networking and efficient bandwidth management. It delivers excellent data protection with Serial ATA RAID, which included RAID levels 0 and 1 functions as well as fault tolerance. Four Serial ATA ports are also available for data storage scalability for future upgrade. More info and a board pic here.
Corsair Memory announced their "COOL" watercooling kit. To develop this kit Corsair performed exhaustive testing on virtually every water cooling component available, then selected the combination of components that together delivered the top results. The complete kit includes a 120mm fan, radiator, CPU cold block with factory-clamped tubing, bay reservoir, 12-volt DC pump, and all necessary mounting hardware. Each component is the best in its class. More info in the Corsair press-release here. Altech sent another press-release with more info and a product pic here.
Asetek let us know their VapoChill LightSpeed CPU cooler was used to tweak a 3.80GHz Intel CPU to 5279.4MHz. More info in their forum thread here.
Senator Ellison announced the launch of a new website to help protect children from online sexual predators. Welcoming a landmark on-line alliance between law enforcement agencies from Australia, the UK, USA and Canada, Senator Ellison said the new Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT) website aims to be a "one stop shop" for all information about child protection on-line. The website is here and there's more info in the press release (52KB DOC) here.
OCZ announced PC2-5400 DDR2 Enhanced Bandwidth Platinum memory. As a member of the Enhanced Bandwidth Series, PC2-5400 Platinum maintains lower latencies than conventional DDR2-667, while providing intelligent bandwidth management to allow maximum system performance without compromising stability. Ideal for the most demanding computing environments, this memory can achieve blazing speeds of up to 667MHz at CL 4-2-2-8. More info in the press release here.
ASUS Australia officially opened their Australian headquarters and notebook service centre. "We have set a goal of all repairs being completed in 3 working days or less, allowing us time to test the machines comprehensively and avoid any further inconvenience to our customers. Where we are unable to meet this, we will make loan machines available to minimise the inconvenience" More info here.
Western Digital are now shipping "Cool" drives up to 320GB in size. Lowering the drives' power consumption means the operating temperature of the new WD Caviar drives is much cooler which provides for enhanced drive reliability. Cool drives are increasingly important for today's multi-drive and small-form-factor systems. More info here.
Shuttle claim to have the world's first BTX SFF barebones. Designed to meet exacting thermal and noise standards, this exceptional computer delivers whisper quiet cooling through optimized in-line airflow thanks to*Intel's new BTX format. More info here.
VIA Technologies announced their EPIA SP13000 platform powers a new "Tranquil PC", a quiet media center computer. The addition of the latest Tranquil HDD cooler caddy on anti-vibration pads - which also reduces shock damage - means that there is much less vibration and noise, and provides the added benefit of the hard drives running much cooler, extending their life considerably. More info here.
Sauber Petronas, the Formula One racing team, announced their new supercomputer. Altogether, the new Sauber supercomputer comprises 530 AMD Opteron processors in a cluster architecture with dual nodes installed in High-Density Cooling Enclosures provided by American Power Conversion (APC). As a world debut, the system is the first ever to use APC’s "InfraStruXure" High-Density Cooling Enclosures. The supercomputer comprises a total of ten racks, each having a width of one metre, a depth of 1.20 metres and a height of 2.30 metres, resulting in a total width of ten metres and an impressive weight of 18 tons. More info and pictures here, thanks HR350.
If your operating system is misbehaving, consider these optimisation guides for Win2k, Win98 and WinXP.
If you're waiting for Battlefield 2, like most people, then this interview should whet your appetite. There's a gameplay movie on AusGamers too.
Xbit are saying that AMD's Socket939 should have a long life. Let's hope it lasts as long as SocketA/462 did!
HP claim their researches have proven a technology that could replace transistors as the fundamental building block of computers. "This could someday replace transistors in computers, just as transistors replaced vacuum tubes and vacuum tubes replaced electromagnetic relays before them."
Reminder: Win a PSU or Arctic Cooling Products!
(link) Tuesday, 1-February-2005 02:54:37 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Our current contest is kindly sponsored by HD Audio Visual. One lucky winner will score a Coolmax CR-550B 550W Silent PSU! First runner up gets an Arctic Cooling VGA Silencer, while the second runner-up gets two Arctic Cooling Arctic Fan 3 kits. To enter, post in this thread with your answer to this question: Why would you buy a Coolmax PSU? The "best" answer will win - yes, we're keeping the criteria vague. :) This contest will run until next Monday - good luck!
Interesting Forum Threads
(link) Tuesday, 1-February-2005 01:15:50 (GMT +10) - by Agg
VIA PT Series Chipsets for P4
(link) Tuesday, 1-February-2005 00:03:24 (GMT +10) - by Agg
VIA announced the PT Series of chipsets for P4 motherboards. The new chipsets, which include the VIA PT880 Pro and PT894 chipsets, targeted at the performance mainstream market, and the PT894 Pro, a solution optimized for the workstation and power user segments, all support the latest Intel Pentium 4 and Celeron processors up to 1066MHz FSB. They are VIA's take on PCI-Express for P4, with the really interesting thing being the 880Pro's genuine AGP8X support AND PCI-E at the same time.