Tim wants the world to know that one of the Jackson 5 is maybe looking at buying land in WA. Okey dokey.
Alchemy has some advice for those of you who's relationship with your dolphin is ready to go to "the next level".. visit www.dolphinsex.org.. I seriously have no idea where people come up with this stuff..
PCHardware reviewed the DFI AK74-EC SocketA, KT133 motherboard..
Darmok points out a BBSpot article to help you understand those new types of RAM.. 8. OWWIRAM - (Only works with Intel RAM) - 7. NCWACSRAM - (Not compatible with any chip sets RAM.)
PCMech have a comprehensive CPU Roadmap covering all of Intel and AMD's offerings..
If you'd prefer to look backwards, G3D have a look at "every modern intel CPU ever" .. hmm.. that title sounds sensible until you think about it.. especially as they only go back to the Pentium 60. Interesting anyway.. oh, and they get extra cool points for having 2 popup ad windows, grrrreat.
alchemy points out that Winamp's Evil Version is now available.. v2.666. :)
TweakTown reviewed the Epox BX7+100.. BX mobo with all the modern trimmings..
Poit has a guide to replacing the PSU fan.. lost track of how many times I did this to those slimline Osborne P90's at work.. aaaargh.
AMD760 chipset is here!
(link) Monday, 30-October-2000 11:10:36 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Well, it's somewhere, officially, apparently. Here's the official AMD press-release about it. This is, of course, the much-anticipated motherboard chipset for AMD chips which supports, among other things, DDR memory, 266MHz-FSB (DDR) CPU's and (in the 760MP variant) SMP.. woo!
Tech-Report review it here. GD reviewed it here. Sharky reviewed it here. TecChannel reviewed it here. FlingingSquids reviewed it here.. Anand's review is here.. this last one was JUST put up as I was typing up this post..
iXBT (now called x-bit labs) have a press release about a new ASUS motherboard based on this chipset.
Issue with fast PC's, Win9x/ME and HDD's with big caches..
(link) Saturday, 28-October-2000 12:06:42 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Right, let's try this again. Kinda bollocksed up the last mention I did of this. Submariner sends word that there is a potential issue if you have all three of the following [a] CPU faster than 733MHz Win9X or WinME [c] a HDD with a large cache.
More info here on AnandTech's forums. Patch for Win98 here. Patch for WinME here. Registry edit from Microsoft here..
ApusHardware have a massive table of accuracy/damage stats for CounterStrike weapons..
I'm sure everyone else remembers that part of the Wombles theme song, "Making good use of the things that we find, things that the everyday folks leave behind.." ..? No? Fine.. anyway, this guy obviously does..
Overground, underground, wombling free..
Friday Night #2
(link) Friday, 27-October-2000 13:36:21 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Jim from RealTime let me know there's been a price drop on Corsair memory.. it's good stuff, read my review here.
TheTechZone reviewed the Abit KT7-RAID.. this seems to be one of the top SocketA KT133 motherboards at the moment, vying with Asus's A7V for the crown.
You thought AUD$800 for a PS2 was bad.. this guy is asking over $5000 USD.. thanks Simon.
Auenf pointed out this site which shows how someone pulled apart a Nomad Jukebox (mp3 player) and installed a 20GB HDD..
I think we may have already seen this.. anyway, Steve sent word of an issue with Win98/ME and HDD's with big caches.. like the popular IBM 75GXP. Everyone is pointing the finger at everyone else, but there's info in Anand's forums (lost the link and can't find it, dangit) and a patch here on Microsoft's site. You might want to read around a fair bit before using that patch, there's rumours of it causing BSOD's etc..
Clever stuff on HardOCP, doing the promise hack on an on-board controller without ever touching the board.. great lateral thinking here.
Strange story on Wired, about a plutino, or small planet, discovered between Neptune and Pluto. I don't think this is a "10th planet" as such, because the guy says there are dozens of them and this is just the biggest. Hmm, ok.. no mention of it on CNN either.
Well, after the massive news posts I made when Agg was away on holidays, I've had a break, and am ready to start with light duties. Not a huge amount of news tonight, though it's no five minute quicky either. :)
Col wrote to us to say that his site, PC Market, has officially opened. In case you're wondering, it's an Australian site, dealing mainly in PC Hardware issues. They have an archive section listing thousands of reviews around the web..
Interested in where all the earth's satellites (man-made) are? NASA publish this page with a "really neato Satellite tracking Java applet thingo" (that's the technical term I believe).Thanks to Bubbelz, who sent us the link.
Chaintech are claiming to have released the world's first DDR266/SDRAM133 motherboard. PCInsight have the press release.
The Tech Zone have reviewed a 600MHz Celeron2 which runs at 1GHz. Read all about it here.
(link) Thursday, 26-October-2000 13:52:54 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Just finished updating the template for the body of the site (everything except the forums). You'll notice there's now a link to the news archive and our SETI@HOME and RC5 teams. Our latest sponsors, eBay Australia and Mastercard were added also..
Squozen sent in a link to this article.. iMac is arguably the most compelling home entertainment appliance in existence. Hmm, is that a crackpipe I smell?
ipKonfig are smashing stuff up, setting stuff on fire etc. Keeps them off the streets I guess..
AwareMag reviewed the Epox 8KTA+.. SocketA, KT133 mobo.
The ArsMasters checked out the Apple G4 Cube. I admit, if someone gave me one of these.. I wouldn't instantly sell it. I might even keep it. But there's no way I'm forking out my own money for one.. yeeghs!
Guru3D have a case-modding guide.. random quote: Water-cooling - Here you put a small refrigerator into your case. Uhhm.. okey dokey.
Steve said: So am I! But I ended up going to www.printers.com and it was no damn good at all... go and have a look for yourself... scary stuff, especially the MIDI music at the end of the damn thing... .. hehe.
Ozone sent in a link to a page pointing out some interesting points about the recent DeCSS court case.. and how executable source code is not covered as free speech. They argue, among other things, is a picture of source code free speech then, as it's not executable? Interesting read.
Guru3D have updated their GeForce utility: This piece of software installs itself in the Windows Taskbar as a couple Tray icons, and gives you 1-click access to enable or disable Direct3D and OpenGL antialias independently, and 2-click access to other GeForce's antialiasing settings, like Direct3D and OpenGL AA quality. Get it here.
PCMonkey have some cutting-edge journalism into a question at the heart of every gamer.. why are the boxes that PC games come in so big?
Dan Rutter of DansData fame, taking a brief break from his "rewriting the Encyclopaedia Britannica" project, wants to tell you more than you ever thought you'd want to know about a bunch of heatsink/fan units here.
More info on voltage hacks for A7V and KT7 on VR-Zone.. 2.4v for a socketA chip does NOT sound like a good idea.
Hexus reviewed the AOpen AX3S motherboard.. i815E, FCPGA.
(link) Tuesday, 24-October-2000 11:27:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Scott sent word of another distributed computing project - Golem@Home. This is an artififial life project, where your CPU time is used to generate robotic creatures.
Beddoestech reviewed the MSI K7T Pro 2 motherboard.. SocketA, KT133, talks to you.
Speedy3D have a huge slot1 cooler roundup.. of course the good thing about slot1 is that the coolers CAN be huge. :)
3DSpotlight reviewed the much-discussed Asus P3V4X motherboard. Much discussed? Well, our own P3V4X forum has nearly 18,000 messages and is still going strong..
I'm not even going to bother laying the smackdown on this fool - This is because Windows pushes the CPU maximum safe speed beyond its limits, and this causes CPU OVERHEATING and implicitly errors. For example, my Pentium 200 MHz measured at 204 MHz under Windows (using AMI Diagnostics). So I underclocked my CPU.. link stolen from HardOCP.
InsaneHardware have a picture of a strange new game controller, The Claw.. aussie made, too.
Redback points out that OatleyElectronics have 240V SQUARE FANS: Limited quantity. These Sunon Brand fans are brand new and operate from 240V AC @ 0.125A. They measure 120 x 120 x 38mm: (MF2) $12 each (small quantity available). Also on their fan page are 60mm 12V Panaflow fans for $3 each..
Asus launched their GeForce with the lot.. tv-tuner, twinview, the works.
Gosh, hardcoreware had the brilliant idea of pitting the ratpadz against the everglide. Now that's hardcore! Actually, this is apparently a rematch with the new and improved ratpad.
Quelques jeunes hommes français ont pris un moment pour passer en revue ATI Rage Fury Maxx. C'est une honte que je ne puis pas parler français dans la vraie vie, est-ce qu' autrement je marquerais avec les poussins de façon considérable, oui?
Pick the right spot in the ocean sometime next February and you could get 130 tonnes of Mir falling on your head..
Andrew sent a link to further Sydney Olympic Auction info - later this month their high-tech goodies including laptops etc will be up for grabs.. I'd rather have an olympic laptop than one of those prawn-bicycle things anyday.
The P4 we saw on Akiba the other day WAS an engineering sample, as a few people pointed out, but there's still a few for sale in Japan. Neil points out that they're selling for about $2300AUD, which Akiba says is "rather high" given the chances of finding a motherboard for them. The 1Ghz P3 was interesting because it was the first sighting of a cC0 1GHz unit in the wild. Okey dokey. Wilson sent in this list of cC0 S-Codes..
Think your new mobile phone isn't quite cutesy enough? IBM do too.. so they're working on jewellery that doubles as a mobile, a PDA, or maybe an MP3 player.
Microsoft show once again they have no idea about Linux and aren't afraid to inflict that upon the public. Bah, we know you're running scared, now!
Little LCD status panels are all the rage with case-modders at the moment, Keith pointed out this page with lots of interesting info including a cheap place to buy them..
ChicksHardware have a list of special deals.. spot the modded case for Australian readers from one of our hosted sites.
Dear God, let mslinux.org be a joke. :) Oldie but a goodie, very nicely done.
Akiba has pics of the 1GHz P3, this is revision B or something.. is this the smaller die size already? Newer stepping? I don't know. Socking great heatsink on it, tho, and a very funky looking attachment lever thingy. Looks much easier to use than the current heatsink clips..
Gazzza put up some pics of his fairly standard HQ08 fulltower here in the forums. Useful if you're thinking of buying one, shows the internals pretty clearly. Interesting cable-tidying technique. :)
MBM5 is out now! I've not looked at it yet, but I preferred the old 4.18-ish interface over the v5 beta. Then again, I never was too comfortable with change.. that's why I'm typing this on my good 'ole 386sx20.
Dan's reviewed another black'n'silver motherboard from AOpen, the AX34 Pro 2.. seems a good one. Apollo Pro 133A, Socket370.
Ooer, Akiba also have pics of 1.4GHz P4's on sale in Japan.. or maybe it's just an engineering sample. Maybe these are the same pics I've linked to 3 times now. Damn, gotta put "learn to read Japanese" on the to-do list for today.
DigitalDeities have info on the promise hack and Win2K. This is of course the simple technique to turn a cheapy UDMA-66 controller into an expensive IDE RAID controller. If you're looking for nice pics of an easy way to do the hack, check out our article from months ago by Poly.
I got back yesterday from a few days on the South Coast of NSW with my parents who moved down there a few years ago. Photography is another of my hobbies - I'm not very good at it, but occasionally surprise myself. Here's a few pics I took on the trip which I thought turned out pretty well.. Small pics are 640x480, large ones 1024x768. If you can wait for the big ones they're worth it. :)
Kangaroo Valley road. The 1MB original of this is my current desktop. small or large
My GF's dogs encounter the sea for the first time. small or large
The bike in some of the pics is a Honda CBR1000, '93 model. All pics taken with a Nikon CP990 digicam.
Big AllAdvantage Cheque!
(link) Friday, 20-October-2000 22:02:02 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Yup, I'm back from my few days off.. might post up some nice pics I took soon. Anyway, one of the interesting things awaiting my return was this somewhat surprising cheque from AllAdvantage:
This is the first month ever that OCAU has paid for itself. Woo! :)
Now, before you go getting TOO excited, this is by far the biggest cheque I've received and I suspect this is the largest cheque I will EVER receive from them. Since August (when this cheque was earned) they have gone to this new sweepstakes thing and also had a go at me because one of my signups was apparently doing false surfing.. anyway, the short story is that this month's earnings so far are about $30 AUD.. yay. I'm going to give them another couple of months to see if they sort themselves out and if not I'll probably stop running the viewbar..
But anyway, it was fun while it lasted. If you want to give it a go, click here for details. Yes, if you sign up under me you are helping pay the OCAU server bills. If you already have someone else in mind for signing up under I really don't mind. Remember you need to get a few signups under yourself before you start making decent money.
Thanks to everyone who has signed up so far, and is surfing madly away.. I hope you got surprisingly large cheques this month too. :)
BTW, I'm not interested in any other schemes.. so don't bother emailing me about them, I'll just delete your message. :)
Garrie sent info on some great looking radiators.. seeing if I can get one of these happening for the Big Kahuna project.
Speaking of which, remember the cool-computers radiator I reviewed a few days ago? James reckons they're made by Perma-Cool, and Robyn pointed out a review of it on overclockers.com.. sold by someone else, but seems to be the same unit. That review also mentions the perma-cool unit, but says it's different. The plot thickens.
HardwareCentral have a review of Micron's Samurai DDR chipset.. thanks Clonex.
PCScoop.com reviewed the Abit SA6R.. i815E, Socket370.
TheTechZone reviewed the DFI CA64-EC motherboard.. Apollo Pro 133A, Socket370. 686B southbridge, so on-board ATA-100.
More in a bit. :)
Thursday evening - BIG news night......
(link) Thursday, 19-October-2000 13:05:34 (GMT +10) - by Manaz
Firstly, no less than five people emailed me to tell me what "Rojak" is - thanks guys. I think this link, on the site itself, and pointed out by Tim, explains it best. Thanks guys! :)
The Financial Times website is running an article about Intel and RAMBUS, in which Intel Chief Executive Craig Barrett admits that "In retrospect, it was a mistake to be dependent on a third party for a technology that gates your performance." (ie RAMBUS).
XOverclocker have managed to get a 600MHz Duron to 1160MHz - the link is on their page (they use frames, so I can't link directly to the article without "breaking" their site).
Apparently (a la Microsoft, with Hotmail), Adobe Systems let their domain, adobe.com, lapse, and a Chinese resident has snapped it up, as a joke against ICANN. More details are available here, on the Fairfax IT website. Thanks to Andrew for pointing this one out.
Daily humour time. Clonex sent us this and this. Knowledge of Australian politics will help here....
"Little bitty ones. Even smaller oblong ones. 74 minute ones. 80 minute ones. 99 minute ones that hardly anybody can use."Confused? Scared? Don't worry, it's just Dan (from Dans Data) talking about some unusual CD-R discs that he's had a look at....
The guys down at HEXUS.net have done a review of the Kanie Hedgehog 238M heatsink, tested it with 2 different fans, and compared it to a few other heatsinks as well, to see which ones comes out on top....
It's funny. Laugh. Blame Nick if you don't find it amusing (I do, and I'm sure I won't be alone).
The organisers of "Geek Night Out" are looking for sponsors. Basically, "Geek Night Out" is a get-together of some of the Australian Computing Community getting together to meet, make friends, learn some new things, and generally have a good time. If you, or someone you know, might be interested in sponsoring the event, please click here.
Project 1GHz have had a look at the FrontX Multimedia Ports, read what they think here.
Tech Extreme have reviewed a "Firewall Switch", which is basically just a switch for disconnecting your PC from your cable modem/xDSL connection when it's not in use - providing a physical barrier to you being hacked.
OCWorkbench have a Duron overclocking database. If you're curious to know how well they overclock, or if you've overclocked a Duron, head over there and have a look, and maybe let them know how you went....
Lots of reviews tonight.... But first to the news.
Dan (you know who you are) wrote in to say that there's an article been written about modifying the voltage regulation on the KT7, in a similar way to what can be done on the A7V, allowing higher core voltage to be given to a stubborn procesor. Where you ask? The link he mentioned is this one, at VR-Zone Hardware.
TechZone reviwed the DFI AK74SC, a KT133, SocketA board. Sadly, no multiplier adjustment..
Current top story on CableUser.com.au has some links to a new service from Optus@Home that lets you compare your bandwidth utilization to the average user. There's a thread discussing it here in our forums.
The krazy krauts have gone lapping-mad, lapping an entire motherboard flat. really flat.
I was just thinking to myself that what the hardware scene really needs is.. another overclocking site. :) And whaddya know, overclockersonline started up today. The difference with these guys is that they actually wrote a few reviews and articles etc before launching. Nice one!
PCReview.uk checked out the Asus A7Pro .. this is the MicroATX version of the A7V.
KLHardware checked out the Blue Orb chipset cooler.
Little more preview info on the Super Orb over on AwareMag.
Pisstake of those "Ultimate PC" Guide's you see everywhere. ApusHardware have the Ultimate Welfare PC.. total cost $45 USD.
Redback points out that we get a mention way down the bottom of the new issue of the WindowsHelp newsletter.
TrainWrecker have a bag review posted. Yup, they reviewed a black bag. Seems to be good for swinging butt-ugly dogs around with.
Late Saturday Evening (so late in fact it's Sunday Morning)...
(link) Saturday, 14-October-2000 13:29:54 (GMT +10) - by Manaz
Megabaz wrote to tell us that Case-Mods Australia is now looking for dealers/distributors for their products. Further information is available on their website.
DmBand wrote in to tell us that he's found that as well as some quite "sexy" water blocks, Kendon are selling some interesting waterblock retaining mechanisms. You need to scroll down quite a bit to find them, but they are there.
Following this morning's news of a 1300MHz Athlon processor, Hypothermia have acheived the same thing, using a 1GHz factory unlocked Athlon, a KT7 motherboard, and, well, some pretty decent cooling. Check it all out here.
Follow last night's news about Canopus and their GeForce2 Ultra video card, tlai909 posted this comment and information in the forums. Included is some information as to why Canopus left the market (except for in Japan it appears), and a few good pictures of their GeForce2 Ultra card....
OCWorkbench are running a VP6 give-away. You need to visit their site, register an account on their forums, and make a meaningful contribution, then answer some questions. Full information can be found on their Competition Page.
I dunno, you think you're hardcore and then Bunny comes along and blows you out of the water with his 1300MHz (300MHz DDR FSB) Thunderbird.. check out the monster caps added to the board, jeez. Scroll down a bit and note as he says "If the temperature of CPU was kept -150 degrees or less, PC was able to be operated with 1500MHz!"
This guy in the HardOCP forums has done pretty well too, adding a VW Air Filter to his case to keep dust out. Okey dokey.
Not a whole lot else happening as far as I can tell. If you've found something, send it in!
New news email
(link) Friday, 13-October-2000 13:00:41 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Those of you guys who dig up news and email it to me, thanks and keep doing it (please! :) ), but send it to email@example.com instead.. that will be the news email account from now on, so that the other news posters can have easier access to it when I'm busy or whatever.. thanks!
BTW, Manaz will be doing news for most of next week as I will be away. So if you send it to me, it might not get posted immediately - send it to firstname.lastname@example.org instead! Thanks Manaz!
Friday (the 13th) evening.....
(link) Friday, 13-October-2000 12:48:50 (GMT +10) - by Manaz
Big night for news tonight.
Apparently Free.Net have shut down 2 days early - they were due to cease operations on the 15th of this month, but are apparently down already. Thanks for KngtRider for for this info.
Trevor has pointed out that Abit are releasing a Slot-1 motherboard based on the Intel i815E chipset. It is called the SH6 (there's a link on the Abit page). EDIT Jarl pointed out that the Slot-1 i815E board as actually the SH6, not the SA6R as I originally posted. Thanks. :)
Fancy a Twiddler? Would you like to know what a Twiddler is before you answer that? Check out this site for more information on wearable computers (or at least components). Thanks to Mr Bill for this link, and also for the next two...
Impress PC Watch (a Japanese site) have a picture of a Canopus GeForce2 Ultra video card. Considering the reputation Canopus had when they made Voodoo and Voodoo2 video cards (I had a Pure3D, a Voodoo card with 6MB of RAM - the most any other card had was 4MB), it would be VERY interesting to see what sort of nVidia-based card they could produce. Check the end of the card - as Mr Bill pointed out, it looks like a Molex power connector. They also have a story (in Japanese, but the pictures are rather universally readable) about Maxtor's recently released 80GB Firewire hard drives. Looking at that pic of the Canopus video card closely, it looks like the Copyright notice says 1999. Interesting for a supposed GeForce2 Ultra. Cheers sabretooth for your help there....
GamingIn3D have 11 (yes, eleven) CoolPC Pluses to give away. You can enter the competition to win one here.
Tom's Hardware have posted the second article in their coverage of the 2000 Microprocessor Forum.
GA-Hardware have posted an interview with Jason Della Rocca, who is currently the Program Director of the International Game Developers Association, but who has previously, amongst other places, worked for Matrox.
i815 WCPREDIT data file
(link) Friday, 13-October-2000 12:28:58 (GMT +10) - by Agg
i815 owners rejoice, JustRight has slogged through putting together a .PCR data file for the i815 chipset. This allows you to use WCPREDIT to tweak the chipset registers, fine turning AGP settings, DRAM timing etc. You can grab the file from our Asus CUSL2 forum here.
Further Friday 13th News......
(link) Friday, 13-October-2000 02:01:24 (GMT +10) - by Manaz
It's also a full moon tonight apparently...
Keep your kiddies inside, and your computers under guard...
And if anyone comes across any "Easter Eggs" in games, etc, let us know. :)
The Morning of Friday 13th (oooOOOaaahhh!)
(link) Thursday, 12-October-2000 22:26:09 (GMT +10) - by Agg
I didn't realise today was going to be Friday 13th. That'll teach me to not watch the news. Now, where's my chainsaw..
I'm starting to wonder what year it is, too, what with people holding conferences titled Physics and Biology of Making Mars Habitable. How cool is that? But what are they thinking about sending there first? Roaches. I'm not kidding.
Sud sent in an interesting circuit design he's using in his case. Basically, it supplies power to your fans depending on the temperature being read by a thermistor. So, your system will automatically speed up and slow down your case fans as the internal temperature rises and falls. Cool!
Big day for the distributed computing teams yesterday. Squozen joined the Seti@Home team, his tally of 1250 units pushing me down to 4th place in the team. The RC5 Challenge team has a new member too (not sure who, sorry!) which made us leap from about 2500th place on the ladder to nearer 2100.. great stuff!
A couple of nice server tower cases get the going over at TrainWrecker.com. Still no idea what the relevance of that domain name is.
Andrew from Aussiegamer obviously has way too much spare time on his hands, he's written my little grandpa, a kinda web-tamagotchi thing involving bedpans. Someone send him a game to review or something. :)
Couple of cool things in the forums, this thread has info on those cool LCD displays we've been seeing on a few modded cases lately and this one shows why boredom, hardware freaks and matches are a dangerous mix.. for old crappy hardware.
InsaneHardware have some more Orb Action, pics etc of some new models..
CounterStrike is going to be a proper retail product soon (not just a mod patch thingy) .. FragoholicsAnonymous have a pic of the box.
Star Wars - The ASCII Strikes Back.
(link) Tuesday, 10-October-2000 09:16:02 (GMT +10) - by JimX
For those of you who like their ASCII art and Star Wars, telnet to blekko.net and then type "starwars" at the prompt. Unfortunately it only goes up to around the bit where Obi Wan shuts down the generator but it's still pretty funky.
If you're looking for some LAN action on the NSW/VIC border, AWOL is based in Albury and organised by some IRC regulars.
Kurt said: After reading a discussion in the software forum that mentioned the restore files I pissed about with a WinME bootdisk and added the option to the boot menu to remove the C:\_restore directory. Not exactly rocket science but it's handy. .. you can grab the file from here.
If you go LANing (LANning? LAN'ing?) regularly, you need a computer harness! Well, no you don't, but you might find it comes in handy. Avault review one (the only one?) here. Thanks to B5lurker for the link.
Tweaktown review the Abit KT7 RAID mobo. Here's the blurb: Cameron "SOV" Johnson, head of the TweakTown AMD Division has completed a 5 page review on the ABIT KT7 RAID Motherboard! In the first Abit review at TweakTown, they test the motherboard against a MSI K7T Pro and FIC AZ11... So, does this board deserve to carry the Abit name?
Se7en from ipKonfig has finished his review of Windows Millennium Edition. It seems to be the current gamer's OS of choice. Read his review here.
The Voodoo5 apparently now has some wicked drivers according to PCinsight.
Would you like a vibrating mouse? Surely it stuff up your accuracy? Or would it? Read the review at The Techzone to find out. (I wonder if it comes with attachments?)
I had to do a double-take to figure out the amusing point of this pic.
Virtual Hideout show you how to modify your BIOS logo. Tested on a KT7, but apparently workable on most if not all Award bios mobos. Thanks to Alchemy for the link.
Thanks to Clonex for these links - Intel slashes its unreleased hardware (P4) prices, The ZX81 is back from the dead (ha!), and a weird one for you mobile phone users. The last one almost looks like it belongs on The Onion.
Apu's Qu.. I mean Hardware have a look at the Compaq iPAQ H3630 PDA. It seems to be the bad boy of the PDA world! (personally, I wouldn't know one way or the other)
Adrian's Rojak Pot has just posted revision 5.3 of their BIOS Optimization Guide. Things that are added include explanations of these functions - - DRAM Read Latch Delay - DRAM Interleave Time - Byte Merge - PCI Pipeline / PCI Pipelining
I think some of this site's forum readers might like to subscribe to this religion. Other readers would want them to burn in hell. Hmm. Apparently you can't go to hell until the 10th of October. Woohoo!
CASE BADGE COMP WINNERS!
(link) Sunday, 8-October-2000 10:33:28 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Oh dear, another optical mouse reviewer makes the same mistake.. this time it's JSIHardware in their Logitech Cordless Wheel review: As far as I know while back Microsoft released the first optical mouse.. bzzzzt! Wrong. If only they'd read JimX's intellimouse explorer review.. they'd know better. :)
AMDWorld.co.uk have a user-submitted review of the Abit KT7.
The rampaging Russians at iXBT have their montly hardware roundup posted, usually an interesting (and long) read.
Yet another top Microsoft official is changing their position in Microsoft. Paul Allen resigns his directorship. Leads me to think about corporations law, namely the duties and liabilities of a director.
A microchip is being developed that would enable people to share their feelings. That is in the nervous system sense of the word. It apparently can also tell you if the other person is faking an orgasm. It just proves that scientists are going nuts.
Do you want an anal-retentive table? Perhaps I should elaborate and tell you it is a table for very lazy people. What ever happened to the big discoveries scientists used to make?
Sciby pointed out an interesting site that asks everyone to prepare for the second coming. I read a book 5 years ago during high school called "Honk if You're Jesus", that had the same idea. This time they're hurrying things along by cloning Him..
The evil thoughts of all members of the IT community. Thanks to JC!
(link) Saturday, 7-October-2000 13:13:49 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Not a whole lot happened today.. I went to MPU, saw some peeps, took some photos.. :)
Cool pics here of WolfMan's water-cooling rig. He says: My first water cooling effort. Duel celeron 466's on a bp6. currently at 622Mhz and dieing for more. Surprisingly I managed to palm my cooler off as a school project (HSC in NSW), allowing me 200 hours of school time to get it completed, as well as funding and professional advice and tutorial. ahh.. It's the way overclocking should be :) Hehe! Nice setup, too. Love that dual-cpu water-block. :)
Found an interesting personal page here.. just a guy showing off his setup and a mate's, general overclocking info, some nice pics.
EuroGamer reviewed the Asus A7V, SocketA, KT133 mobo..
Anand reviewed a similar board from Chaintech, the CT-7AIV2.. this is MicroATX tho.
Hmm, ipKonfig have got me all worried with their talk about invisible Ions coming out of my computer to kill me.. here's what you can do about it. Every electronic device puts off bad Ion's, and can be very dangerous to your health. EMF, Electric Magnetic Fields, are around you right now as your reading this article. No! Bad Ions! Baaaad!
Insanehardware have a 3dmark splash screen with their logo on it. Should have some of those for this site soon based on the logo winners..
PCMech have a thing on windows virii. Anyone else heard the Conspiracy Theory that the virus companies write and release viruses to keep themselves in business? Just a theory. :)
Remember that Folding@Home thing? Like seti@home, but for analyzing the way proteins self-assemble. Well, OCAU now has a team, thanks to Alex. And.. our team has a web page.. cool. The good thing about folding@home is that not many people are in it yet, so it's easy to get a team near the top of the ladder!
More scoop info about the I7 dots, this time from Slain: I just pulled one apart and they have film that changes from red to yellow if you put it on your tv. I also worked out that they work if you put them in the sun for about ten seconds. .. the plot thickens! :)
Alexander has solved something I was wondering about: another quick message, i just got one of these dumbass i7 dots (u know the ones on channel 7 adopt-a-gay dot promotion) well the truth is that they have no *special* film in it or anything they're just a cardboard shit thing with a hole in it! that sticks on ur tv screen!!!!! .. bah! :)
Don't forget, the voting for the TShirt Design Comp and the Case Badge Design Comp close at Midnight TONIGHT! So if you haven't voted yet, go vote! If you voted in the Case Badge one, please check if your vote is there and re-vote if it's missing.. as UBB had a bit of a Failure To Cope.
Sean said I bought some pc100 kingmax ram a little while ago... Yesterday I bought some hyundai pc133 ram. Got the hyundai stuff because intel has tested it with their chipsets and its all good, and I want to upgrade to an asus culs2 board... kingmax has some apparently dodgy ram going around. Well go figure, I looked at the chips on the kingmax stick when I got home, and it had an almost identical set of serial #'s on the chips as the hyundai pc133 ram. Infact the only difference was the final letter in the serial number, pc100 kingmax final letter was an a, pc133 hyundai was a b.. So I'm assuming kingmax do, or did use hyundai as their chip supplier?
If thats the case, then any kingmax ram with hyundai chips should be some pretty good quality.
Hmm.. from what KingMax have told me, they use Micron wafers but make the chips themselves (hence their TinyBGA chips) .. what Sean has observed may only apply to their older PC100 stuff. Still, might be worth trying to crank it up if you have some of their older stuff.. as if you haven't already! :)
FrostyTech have an article on dust in your PC and what to do about it. I dunno how many times I've had people bringing their home PC's into work to be "fixed".. quick strip & clean of the CPU heatsink/fan and the lockups and reboots are magically fixed..
I guess the big news for today is that Quantum and Maxtor are merging their HDD manufacturing businesses into a single company called Maxtor Corporation. Quantum Corp will continue making tape drives etc. Anyone else remember when Conner was inhaled by Quantum? :) UPDATE: Ahh, well done to everyone who spotted my (ahem) deliberate mistake. It was, of course, Seagate who inhaled Conner.
Tweaktown reviewed the 2CoolPC Turbo. Just like the old 2CoolPC, but with a bigass 60CFM fan..
In case you didn't notice, some of the votes from the case badge vote are missing..
Ok, the official word from UBB Support is that the missing votes are irrevocably lost due to some kind of file locking issue with UBB which caused the file to be corrupted. Grrreat.
So, apologies.. if you voted, and it's gone, please re-vote in order to be counted.. please don't vote again if your vote is still listed.
In the future, I guess a proper voting script should be used, as UBB I guess is not designed for that kind of load on a single thread.. hmm.
Best Hardware Site?
(link) Wednesday, 4-October-2000 01:07:03 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Hmm, I don't normally do these things as they seem to be blatant bannerwhoring.. but anyway. Go here and vote for OCAU! Only if you think we're the best site of course.. hmm, could be setting myself up for a fall here. :)
UPDATE: You guys rock! We're now up to 6th on the list.. beating TomsHardware among others!
Tweaktown have a new UBB based forums section (the Overclockers Australia Forums are based on UBB as well). In order to celebrate, they're giving away a GeForce2 MX video card. Instructions for entering can be found when you follow that link.
BeddoesTech have a look at the leaked nVidia Detonator3 (6.31) drivers, and tell you if they're worth the download, especially if you don't have a brand spanking new nVidia GeForce2 GTS/Ultra or 1GHz processor.
Creative have released "exclusive EAX game enhancements for Activision's Soldier of Fortune". You can get them here.
Review news (I always do reviews last). [H]ardOCP have a review of the Abit BX133-RAID. Is this the BX chipset's final performance before the curtain comes crashing down?
LittleWhiteDog checked out an interesting proggy, called Don't Panic!.. useful for when the boss walks past, it lets you hide all running applications, or make them look like other things. Instantly hide or close any or all applications with a mouse click, mouse movement or keystroke. Immediately clear cache, cookies, browser history, recently viewed documents and other personal history lists, leaving no telltale footprints behind!