There's no real info in the email, so I don't know much about them. They may even just be prototype mock-ups. Still, we have seen this kind of projected keyboard before, if not so nicely presented. Cool gadgets, anyway.
Acid notes the Oz Xbox360 launch has been pushed back 3 weeks due to supply issues. The console will now be officially unleashed at 12:01am on March 23 2006.
PenStarSys have their thoughts posted about Conroe, Intel's upcoming CPU family. There is no doubt that these will be better performing than anything that Intel has out today, and it will certainly be a lot cooler and more efficient than the current Pentium 4’s.
TheTechZone have a quick article on making Windows shut-down quicker. Navigate to 'HKEY_CURRENT_USERControl PanelDesktop' and double click on the 'AutoEndTasks'. Change the value to 1 and click on OK.
PCMech highlight some cheap software to get you started with video editing. If you just bought a DV camcorder and want to show the world or your family what it's seeing, you need video editing software.
HWZone cover Intel's Centrino Duo "Napa" mobile technology. Despite having two execution cores on one die, Intel claims the battery life is on par, if not better than previous generations of Centrino platforms.
Designtechnica have a quick look at the PowerSquid surge protector. Six flexible arms connect to a base which has a single male plug that goes into the wall.
TheTechZone report on some unusual ways of making a living in MMORP games. In one survey, 20% of MMORPG players said they regarded the game world as their "real" place of residence; Earth is just where they eat and sleep.
Tech-Hounds had a bit of a play with SLi. I just picked up a 7800GT as part of my foray into PCIe-based gaming. It plays BF2 at 1600x1200 at maximum detail and 4x AA, butter-smooth. Leaves me wondering why you'd need a 7800GTX or even two of them in SLi..
Big news from the last few days is that ABIT is merging with USI. It's difficult to know exactly what this will bring, but ABIT has had some financial concerns recently while still making popular products, so hopefully this will stabilise things a bit. OCW have an interview with ABIT PR about their perspective on it. We have never heard of USI. Tell us a bit more about them.
Amazingly it's been 20 years since Challenger exploded with the loss of all seven crew. The seven astronauts of shuttle Challenger, including teacher Christa McAuliffe, perished in an orange-and-white fireball nine miles above Cape Canaveral. Debris rained into the Atlantic Ocean for more than an hour.
HWZone talked to Seagate about storage. We discussed the future of hard drives and talked about Seagate's plans to dominate more than 97% of the storage market space.
Bit-Tech checked out the results of AMD and Ferrari teaming up for F1. Ferrari launched its new Formula 1 car this week. Designed and tested with AMD processors, we were there to get the lowdown on the technology collaboration straight from the IT guys themselves.
Intel have demoed 45nm SRAM chips. Achieving this milestone means Intel is on track to manufacture chips with this technology in 2007 using 300mm wafers.
Driverheaven overclocked their Radeon X1800XL. The Radeon X1800 XL is an often underappreciated but still great card, with a great feature set, and even greater performance.
Tech-Report spotted some image-quality issues in 3DMark06 with the new Radeon X1900. Pixel shader programs are compiled in the graphics driver, of course, so ATI should be able to fix the problem with a driver update, and that's exactly what they expect to do.
EclipseOC have a long ramble about some things that have happened recently, covering the performance of a 3200+ Venice, some issues with DFI Nf4 motherbaords, some ramsinks, and a quick hint of what's coming.
GideonTech detail a plexy PC case project. In this article, we will cover: drive mounting, cutting fan holes, and finish work.
From IntelInside: Effective June 30, 2006, Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, and Windows Me will transition to a non-supported status. After this date, Microsoft will no longer provide any incident support options or security updates.
Sony are putting an end to Aibo, their robotic dog product. The search for a more appealing, walking and talking robot for the household will continue elsewhere, however, as domestic bots still have the potential to revolutionize humans' daily lives.
OCAU now has a specific motoring news page called OCAU: Drive, to complement our busy Motoring Forum. It's only just getting off the ground but should be interesting.. check it out, and check back, if you're after motoring news. Send any motoring news you have to email@example.com too. If you'd like to be involved with running OCAU: Drive, drop me an email..
Nitrov8 sent in this video of an amusing take on the national anthem.
TheReg report on a flying car spotted near Perth in Google Earth. Fortunately, our forums have the explanation.
TechReport have checked out the Gigabyte i-RAM storage device. Just populate the card with memory, plug it into an available PCI slot, attach a Serial ATA cable to your motherboard, and you've got yourself a solid-state hard drive.
Google's top execs are still only being paid $1 a year.. but they have made some money on their stock holdings. As a result, his total wealth in shares is roughly $6.3 billion.
AMD have claimed their highest market share in years. AMD now accounts for 21.4 percent of all desktop, notebook and server processors using the x86 instruction set that were shipped during the fourth quarter, Mercury Research plans to announce next week. They also dropped CPU prices a few days ago. ProcessorBlog have their thoughts posted and also cover AMD's secret weapon from Innovative Silicon.
From Darkness: "Project Offset" (working title) is a game like no other first person shooter to date. We wanted to make an FPS set in a epic fantasy world. A game where you can choose one of many character classes. A game where clans can combat over mission based objectives and be ranked accordingly. A game where you can play alone, coop, team based objective or deathmatch. Here's the download page for the movies and here's info on the game. Readers MUST download the trailer video as it is simply astonishing.
Triple J have started playing their Hottest 100 songs of 2005. They're streaming it on the net too, links etc on that page. They'll also have streaming coverage of the Big Day Out which is on today.
Now, bring on the cricket!
Happy Australia Day!
(link) Wednesday, 25-January-2006 22:16:18 (GMT +10) - by Agg
In light of all the recent hubbub over whether or not the Australian flag should be shown at public functions and so on, I have this to say:
Australians all let us rejoice,
For we are young and free;
We've golden soil and wealth for toil;
Our home is girt by sea;
Our land abounds in nature's gifts
Of beauty rich and rare;
In history's page, let every stage
Advance Australia Fair.
In joyful strains then let us sing,
Advance Australia Fair.
Beneath our radiant Southern Cross
We'll toil with hearts and hands;
To make this Commonwealth of ours
Renowned of all the lands;
For those who've come across the seas
We've boundless plains to share;
With courage let us all combine
To Advance Australia Fair.
In joyful strains then let us sing,
Advance Australia Fair.
ATI Radeon X1900
(link) Tuesday, 24-January-2006 15:20:39 (GMT +10) - by Agg
To nobody's surprise, ATI announced their Radeon X1900 family of products today. With the most advanced and complete set of features, PCI Express(R) add-in-cards based on the Radeon X1900 GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) will, without question, be the cards of choice for gamers looking for the best performance and for multimedia enthusiasts looking for a high-performance, high-quality digital media experience.
From Smegger: I don't know if this has been pointed out or posted yet but on May 25th, 2006, and I quote, "You sass that hoopy Douglas Adams? Now there's a frood who knew where his towel was. You are invited to join your fellow hitchhikers in mourning the loss of the late great one. Join in on towel day to show your appreciation for the humor and insight that Douglas Adams brought to all our lives. Carry your towel with you throughout the day to show your participation and mourning."
ArsTechnica follow the money to see how Subway ads appeared in Counter-Strike without Valve's permission. How did it happen? Who was involved? And who's liable?
Hexus looked at DivX streaming on Xbox360. This is not a mod solution or an Xbox 360 hack. This works purely using the extensibility points of Media Center and freely available tools from MS. Handy for us in, when is it again, March?
LaptopGamers cover preventing laptop theft. Over 400,000 laptops disappear each year, leaving their owners wondering where they went, what is happening with their data and what to do next. They also have tips for 5 tips for buying a laptop.
BTXFormFactor have a fairly basic article about keeping Windows clean. Protecting Windows and keeping it clean from malware (malicious programs) is a full time job these days.
XYZComputing have an interview with Martin F. Kraft, author of a recent "The Debian System" book. The importance of Debian on the open source software community should not be underestimated- in addition to being one of the most secure and stable distributions available, it has also been the foundation for Knoppix, Ubuntu, and Xandros.
AMD has licensed Z-Ram (zero capacitor) technology for use in its CPUs. It could also provide a means to help AMD put distance between itself and PC processor rival Intel Corp. which, so far, has said it does not see a need to go to SOI technology. ExtremeTech report on how this will affect Athlon caches.
From Arasta, regarding a recent story about a gamer's suicide: i read the story as AFP ran it originally and thought it was sad. now it turns out most of the story was fabricated by one of Agence-France-Presse's journos. it was quite a widely reported story so that to now hear it was 85% or better a fabricated story and not true is both an insult to the family of the deceased but also to gamers who have once again, been painted in a less than healthy light. sadly the part of the story that WAS true is that the bloke did suicide.
nVIDIA announced their GeForce 7300GS earlier this week. It's a value product but also their first 90nm chip. The latest addition to the Company’s award-winning GeForce 7 Series line up, the GeForce 7300 GS boasts the video and gaming features of today’s most advanced GPUs to deliver stunning, high-definition video—up to 1080i resolution—and ultra-realistic gaming effects at mainstream price points without compromising performance.
Dan has a bendy lens and other photography oddities in his latest article.
From Ambush: During the Nebula Awards - the Science Fiction Writers of America awards for excellence - Fictionwise is offering free ebook downloads of selected stories from the list of preliminary nominees.
There's some concern growing, following the US Govt's orders for search engines to turn over records about their use. Google tried to work with the government, according to press accounts, but ultimately refused to hand over the data, citing privacy and protection of trade secrets as its reasons.
OCW have info on a new ASRock mobo with the rear-panel eSATA2 connectors. It allows one to connect external SATA II HDD through external harddisk box. This dramatically improves the SATA II performance compared to conventional boxes which uses USB 2.0 or 1394 transfer.
Futuremark have released 3DMark06, the latest version of their long-running series of gaming-oriented 3D benchmarks. A more comprehensive and unrestricted benchmark than previous versions, 3DMark06 includes an array of 3D graphics, CPU and 3D feature tests for overall performance measurement of current and future PC gaming systems. With this broader design approach, 3DMark06 will be the benchmark of choice for all PCs with top-of-the-line graphics hardware and CPUs. Futuremark predicts that 3DMark06 will emerge as the most complete 3D graphics benchmark for Windows XP, paving the way for new benchmarks targeted at future OS environments such as Windows Vista.
On a personal note. those of you who read my thread in the pub will know that I have been wheelchair bound of late. As of today I can now walk again, all be it with the aid of crutches but walking I am.
nVIDIA's New Chipsets
(link) Wednesday, 18-January-2006 06:45:00 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Nathan sent in a 1MB PDF article he's written about the new nVIDIA chipsets. It's got some nVIDIA-provided benchmark numbers, specifications, details on the features and plenty of other info. Check it out:
Quite a few people sent word about 3DMark 06 being announced on Gamespot, but there's not much to see yet.
Apparently there's an LCD price drop on the way.. pretty much as expected, they've been falling for a while now.
OBM spotted this gallery of high-speed photos of things being hit with hammers and bullets etc.
The US Navy has launched their latest Nimitz-class carrier, the USS Ronald Reagan, and according to this thread it will arrive in Brisbane later this month. Speaking of military hardware, the F-22A Raptor has been cleared for combat duty, 20 years after inception, and there's a thread about it here.
From FreeyM: free full mmorpg golf game almost motion capture(or might be), 260mb client here's a link. perfect for a time waster or serious golfers alike.
New nForce4 Intel Chipsets
(link) Wednesday, 18-January-2006 00:47:26 (GMT +10) - by Agg
NVIDIA have unveiled their NVIDIA nForce4 SLI XE and NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra motherboard chipsets today. Together with the award-winning NVIDIA nForce4 SLI X16 MCP already available, NVIDIA is now providing its system builder and do-it-yourself (DIY) communities with two, new, lower cost, discrete motherboard solutions for Intel® PC platforms. All three are compatible with all currently available Intel dual-core CPUs, including the new Intel Pentium® Extreme Edition 955.
(link) Tuesday, 17-January-2006 13:55:12 (GMT +10) - by Agg
NASA are scheduled to launch their New Horizons mission tonight our time. NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will be the first spacecraft to visit Pluto and its moon Charon. No spacecraft has ever visited the planet, and not even the Hubble Space Telescope can spot details on its rocky, icy surface. Even travelling at record speed, it won't reach its destination until 2015. Links to NASA TV and other details are on the website.
Jamie sent in this page listing five download disasters from SiteAdvisor, which serves as a warning about free programs full of extra ad/spyware. I actually had to de-spyware my own PC after a mate installed some dodgy software on it recently, and I spent much of last Sunday disinfecting one of my neighbour's PC's. Ad-Aware and SpyBot are two programs I recommend you use in parallel, but I also found HijackThis and the sister program "StartupList" good for killing off the really stubborn stuff.
Speaking of useful software, I generally recommend AVG Antivirus as a good free solution.. PyroCPU report that they now have a version for Linux available.
Bit-Tech have some info on upcoming expansion packs for Battlefield 2. As is suggested by its name, Armoured Fury will focus on large, mechanised battles which hark back to the El Alamein-style maps in Battlefield 1942. Cool, we were just remarking in IRC last night that what BF2 really lacks is the huge desert tank-battle maps from BF1942 and Desert Combat. Shame it costs extra, tho.
I think I've mentioned this before, but it's pretty cool.. Pandora.com is like your own personal DJ - good for finding new music etc, thanks rulke.
HWZone have their Top 100 Products of 2005 listed.. and surprisingly, this article isn't just a big PriceGrabber linkfest.
Seagate has some large notebook HDD's on the way, using perpendicular recording. What's not so standard however is that the Momentus series will be introduced with a flagship unit sporting a capacity of 160GB -- the largest capacity for notebook computers ever.
VIAArena report on some bug-inspired robots. The biologically inspired robotics lab at Case looks at how animals function in real life and tries to emulate their behavior and physical systems in robots.
LegitReviews chatted to a co-founder of Corsair Memory. Let's talk about the future of computer memory in 2006. It looks like we are going to see DDR3 and FB-DIMM's enter into the market space this year. Which should enthusiasts be more interested in?
Think algae is pretty boring? HAVIC noticed some green slime that we might be seeing a lot more of in future. Bolted onto the exhaust stacks of a brick-and-glass 20-megawatt power plant behind MIT's campus are rows of fat, clear tubes, each with green algae soup simmering inside.
KatatonicKwan sent in this link about HDCP: In short, even if you have bought one of the rare HDCP monitors on the market (the probability is low except if it includes an HD Ready sticker) it wouldn´t be capable of displaying protected HD videos because your current graphic card isn´t compatible.
MAXKNOTT spotted this cool video of a very easy to park car.. click the "download server" button to get the file.
It was kinda weird to discover FeedAgg.com during my wanderings. Not sure what I expected to be there. :) Speaking of which, must be lunchtime..
Digit-Life have a 2005 summary of storage technology. 2005 went out with all the five major manufacturers of 3.5" ATA-drives having finally switched from 80-GB platters to those of a higher capacity.
GamePC (who seem to have become a PC vendor, hmm) have an article about WD's new Raptor in RAID 0. Reports around the web have already shown that this new Raptor is a speed demon - however, we wanted to take it one step further.
The Stardust space capsule was successfully retrieved with its payload of comet dust. The canister entered Earth's atmosphere at a speed of 46.000 kilometers an hour, the fastest speed any human-made object has achieved entering the atmosphere.
Mozilla have released Thunderbird 1.5, the latest version of their free email client. The improved Thunderbird offers such new features as a built-in "phishing" detector and support for listening to podcasts. The program has also improved its spam and filtering control. mjcrow suggests installing into a new directory, or at least backing up first, to avoid unnecessary panic. :)
Graham sent in some new tech concepts for 2006, according to PopularMechanics. This spring, Lexus models in Japan will be available with a camera mounted on the steering column that uses facial-recognition software to determine whether you're watching the road.
I think we've seen this before, but here's a PC to give you nightmares from sutto. When finished this case will be a tribute to Clive Barker's HellRaiser.
(link) Monday, 16-January-2006 02:34:18 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Righto, email seems to be working again, but some will have been dropped over the weekend. If you sent an important mail to an @overclockers.com.au address (such as my email, or our news email) between Friday evening and now, please re-send it!
Let's get some news sorted out.. if you've seen anything interesting out there, drop a note to firstname.lastname@example.org with the URL and some info.
HAVIC sent in a lengthy read about hyperspace being a possibility. Forget spending six months or more holed up in a rocket on the way to Mars, a round trip on the hyperdrive could take as little as 5 hours.
UKGamer have an interview with ATI about some software topics. I think application specific optimizations are a good thing as long as they do not affect the experience in any way, or reduce the image quality.
PCMech have a guide to making video tutorials. Ever wanted to show someone how to do something on the computer, but can't find an easy way to say it? *Record what you want to show instead!
Sciby spotted an article on DansData detailing at some length his new PC. Remember: Friends don't let friends buy Dell desktops. Laptops yes, monitors yes (or, as I'll explain shortly, possibly "Yes! Yes! Oh, God, YES!"), desktops no.
I found this cool zoomable picture of the Orion Nebula in my wanderings, thanks to the Hubble Space Telescope. Meanwhile a new galaxy has been spotted nearby. This galaxy is so big, we couldn't see it before.
From Sutto: Came across this and thought some people may be interested ;) The site trys to see what the lowest spec pc they can get XP running on, They end up getting it down to 20mb ram and 20mhz CPU clock (Albeit Very Slow)
ArsTechnica have posted their thoughts on the new Intel-based Apple Macs.
From Alex: I was checking to see the status of that awsome optimus keyboard and from what I can tell on there website it should be available sometime in febuary. Thought it might be interesting news.
From BurningFeetMan: We all played with lego. We all loved lego. Now we can all play with and love lego again. Awesome little proggy!!!
RBMods have a Star Wars case mod, which is basically just a case with some logos on it, as far as I can see, buried in all the ads on those pages. Bah, that's not a Star Wars case mod.. now THIS is a Star Wars case mod. :)
CES 2006 Wrapup
(link) Wednesday, 11-January-2006 09:13:48 (GMT +10) - by Agg
AMD Athlon 64 FX-60 reviews: Nordic Hardware stuck one in an Asus A8N32-Sli and pit it against 4 different cpu's. Legit Reviews ran it on an Asus A8N32-Sli Deluxe and pit it against an Intel Pentium 955. Sharky Extreme put it in a DFI NF4 Ultra-D and pit it against an Intel Pentium 955. Tech Ware Labs stuck theirs in a DFI Lanparty NF4 SLI-DR and overclocked it to 3.1 GHz on stock cooling!. PC Stats put theirs into an Asus A8N-SLI Premium and pitted it against a 4800+ and a Pentium D 840. Trusted Reviews did a rundown of the new Alienware Aurora 7500 FX-60 based gaming machine.
(link) Wednesday, 11-January-2006 01:01:31 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Apple have unveiled their Intel-based iMac and MacBook Pro. This is about 6 months earlier than everyone was expecting. Both machines are based on Intel's "latest and greatest" dual-core chips, branded the Intel Core Duo, Jobs said. He said each core in the new chips is faster than the G4 or G5 PowerPC chips they replace.
There's some comments on MacWorld, and we have a thread here. In a different thread we have pics of the high-end cooling used by their quad and dual PowerMacs (not these new Intel-based systems).
In fact, I think it's time we tidied up the issue of Apple threads being scattered across our forums, and gave them a home. So now we have an Apple Hardware & Software Forum for those so inclined.
AMD have announced their Athlon 64 FX-60 CPU. This is their new flagship processor, the first FX model with dual cores, operating at 2.6GHz with 2x1MB L2 cache. Providing exceptional PC performance on games, digital media and intense applications, the new AMD Athlon 64 FX-60 dual-core processor will allow enthusiasts to experience the next generation of multi-core supported games and applications using AMD’s most powerful PC processor ever released.
Your pets are microchipped, so why can't you be, some people think. With a wave of his hand, Amal Graafstra, a 29-year-old entrepreneur based in Vancouver, Canada, opens his front door. With another, he logs onto his computer.
LegionHW ponder the continuing Blu-Ray vs HD-DVD war. They are both aiming to deliver feasible HDTV recording options, larger memory capacities with increased performance, as well as a more secure media format.
HAVIC spotted this editorial on ArsTechnica about Intel's major weak spot. One of the worst pieces of news to come out of Intel's October roadmap reorganization was the fact that the introduction of the company's long-planned Common System Interconnect technology would be postponed. CSI is the "HyperTransport killer" that's supposed to let Xeon and Itanium processors share the same system hardware.
Tech-Hounds are on a quest for lag-free gaming. In this article, we look at what we can do to eliminate memory-related stuttering and what's the best solution to have a lag free gaming rig.
Will sent a reminder that there's a lot of fake eBay emails going around. The old "someone used your account to make fake bids, so you need to confirm your details", as well as a few from people pretending to ask you questions about items you've probably never even heard of. Check emailed URLs very carefully, some of them look like ebay URLs but aren't. Personally I ignore these emails completely, even though I do do a little eBaying occasionally.
NASA has made a deal with the Russian Federal Space Agency for flights to and from the ISS. While NASA has only contracted for six months of services at this point, Mathews said Russia has agreed to honor the $21.8 million per seat price through 2011.
Maxtor has a few new external hard drive products, including a one terabyte model. However, the fate of the OneTouch line remains in doubt, given that rival Seagate agreed to buy Maxtor for about $1.9 billion in December
HWZone.il have articles about the new Centrino and some interviews with Intel, here, here and here.
Western Digital have unveiled the second new member of their 10,000-rpm Raptor hard drive family: the WD Raptor X. Aimed squarely at the enthusiast, this model boasts a clear window in the top of the drive.
Of course, enthusiasts have been performing this mod on their own drives for a while now, but it's a fairly neat gimmick. There's more photos here and the "new Raptors" thread continues here in the forums. LegitReviews have some more info and mention a windowless version is available for slightly less.
Here's an interesting tidbit from Gary_J - this $1 coin on ebay is worth a mint (ho ho) because it was mis-printed on one side with the 10c die. There's only a few thousand in circulation.. maybe you've got one in your pocket? :)
From Voltus: ASUS puts the graphics chips on the reverse side of the card, and x1800xt needs a redesigned pcb to stabilise the clock speeds.
Acid sends word that Apple have removed the eMac from their Australian lineup. I didn't even know they were still making them.
Brett spotted this odd one: COUPLES are turning to the laboratory to create "biojewellery" - bone rings grown from their DNA as a token of their love. He also sent in a story about a new Nissan concept car, that seems to be a gamer's dream.
Hexus have a sneak peek of a new phase-change cooler from OCZ. The Cryo-Z features a copper base to its compressor head and an 'industrial grade compressor' according to OCZ. Xcalibur meanwhile spotted a watercooling system using a water chiller instead of a radiator here. Warning, page has annoyingly loud music on it.
Boyd noticed that the world's longest concert has played another note. An abandoned church in eastern Germany is the venue for the 639-year-long performance of a piece of music by American experimental composer John Cage.
HWZ have a preview of an interesting dual swappable GPU video card from MSI. It seems that MSI has found a way to put two MXM modules together in an SLI configuration without the need for any complicated hardware modifications on the MXM modules. More pics and info here on HotHardware.
From TiMOiD: Microsoft are releasing a new version of msn messenger called Windows Live Messenger (I was invited to participate in the beta) Apparently it's a component of www.live.com which im guessing is microsofts attempt at emulating google. There's a bit more info in this thread and this thread in our forums.
ThinkComputers have a blast from the past, in the form of a Commodore Navigator Combo. Are you keeping up with the Commodore? :)
Microsoft have released their official patch for the WMF exploit receiving a lot of press lately. Patch installed ok here on XP Pro with no ill effects.
HWSecrets have a focus on the Pentium M today, with a list of models and a look inside the architecture. Since all new CPUs from Intel will use Pentium M’s architecture, studying this architecture is very important to understand the architecture of forthcoming CPUs like Yonah, Conroe and Woodcrest.
TweakGuides have updated their Tweaking Companion to version 3.0. It is now possibly the most comprehensive free Windows XP/System guide available.
Frostytech have an article about how manufacturers test heatsinks and thermal compounds. It's rare for any heatsink manufacturer to show off the test platform used for validating prototype heatsinks, but at a recent trade show in Taipei, FrostyTech was shown one such platform for Intel Pentium 4 LGA775 heatsinks.
From Darmok: After 6 years, there's finally a new programable lego set out. Good story about it here. Official Press Release here. Some new features include bluetooth, an ultrasonic sensor, a sound sensor, and more powerful motors. Not out until August... can't wait!
Quad SLI from NVIDIA and Dell
(link) Sunday, 8-January-2006 00:26:10 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Something from CES that has caught everyone's eye is Dell's XPS 600 Renegade pre-built gaming PC. A Dell PC that comes with an overclocked CPU is surprising enough, but this one sports quad SLI, with two dual-GPU 1GB 7800 SLI video cards, a nice flamey paintjob and lots of other goodies. Imagine that coupled with their new 30" LCD, also released at CES.
Western Digital Raptor WD1500
(link) Wednesday, 4-January-2006 02:36:34 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Kasi spotted this review over on StorageReview. It's the first review I've seen of the new 150GB member of WD's 10,000-rpm Raptor family of hard drives. With the WD1500, the manufacturer finally moves the Raptor series to a native SATA implementation complete with NCQ. Like the server-oriented Caviar RE2, the Raptor features a standard first-generation 150 MB/sec interface rather than the 300 MB/sec conduit found on many newer units. WD feels that electronics capable of negotiating at 300 MB/sec are sufficiently proven for its standard consumer-oriented drives but not quite mature enough to mate with enterprise-class products.
Our thread on the new Raptor is here, with comments on this review near the end.
Watercooled XBOX 360
(link) Wednesday, 4-January-2006 01:54:32 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Quite a few people sent in this watercooled XBOX 360 article on HardOCP. Little did we know that not only will this water cooling project be more fun than the original, but it may even be practical. Imagine that. With reports of heat related issues and a heat sink that can get almost too hot to touch after marathon gaming sessions, the Xbox 360 water cooling project now had a sense of purpose.
A security warning from Reemul: In it, Microsoft has recommended turning off the Windows Picture Viewer by un-registering the shimgvw.dll file temporally until a fix is released. Basically there is a vulnerability in Windows Meta Files .WMF files (16 bit image file) that can allow exploit code execution. That’s a problem because Windows Picture & Fax viewer will automatically open graphics file (and hence execute the infected code), without the user having to click on the file (either from email or website). Infected files don’t necessarily have to have the .WMF extension, but can be renamed to other graphic file types & Windows will still auto-open them. One site said there were 73 variants detected already. Update your Antispyware & Antivirus programs folks!
ArsTechnica take a look back at 2005, the year in gaming. Sit down, pour yourself a cup of Hot Coffee, and read about the good, the bad, and the ugly of 2005, along with the game of the year.
LegionHW looked at overclocking the Celeron D 336 CPU. Particularly when overclocked the Celeron was very difficult to distinguish from the Pentium 4 without starting up a very processor intense program.
Punk spotted some new Shuttle boxes over on Sudhian. As shown below, the design for the P2 reaches back to the G5 chassis for inspiration, resulting in a clean faceplate with similarly stealthed drives.
Hexus checked out the Intel "Paxville" Xeon DP 2.8GHz CPU. Less than 4GiB/sec to share between the better-performing four cores is pretty measly, with each Opteron core enjoying roughly twice that with interleaved accesses to a shared MC on 2-way dual-core Opteron.
T-Break checked out a few 2GB memory kits from Corsair, OCZ and TwinMOS. Corsair seems to offer the tightest timings out of the box with an SPD value of 2.0-3-2-6 while both the OCZ and TwinMOS stand at 2.5-3-3-8. The speed at which these modules are tested by their respective manufacturers is 438MHz for Corsair, 500MHz for OCZ and 400MHz for TwinMOS.
French site Overclex have an interesting watercooled case (translated link). Firstly, which types with the eye, it is the green serpentine which traverses the front face. It acts of Glycol + of antifreeze. Nice pics tho.
Techspot have a guide to tweaking WinXP's memory subsystem. For the most part this guide will be targeting the Hard Drive, CPU, and RAM, optimally configuring these along the way, and clearing up many of the placebos surrounding memory management in XP.
ATI had a presentation in Israel recently, and HWZone covered it, including an interview. In the article you can find information about ATi's plans in the graphic cards, chipsets and home entertainment markets, and its relations with Microsoft in the development of the XBOX 360.
Tech-Hounds continue their deeper with the GeForce 7 series article. This is a short article looking at transparency antialiasing on the GeForce 7 series cards using 2xQ.
ARP have a short interview with Seagate about their acquisition of Maxtor. It's possible some of the branded solutions/retail products may maintain some Maxtor branding, but it's too early to tell. They're very strong in this space. We will retain the Seagate brand for all other products.
Tech Report have their 2005 Awards posted. Today we'll be handing out our Best Hardware of 2005 awards to the most compelling enthusiast-oriented products of the year.
Check Your Smoke Alarms!
(link) Tuesday, 3-January-2006 03:43:33 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Fwoar sent in this NSW Fire Brigades page about smoke alarms, but it's useful info for all Australians. Bushfires are a concern at this time of year, but remember house fires can happen at any time. So, it's worth remembering to check your smoke alarm batteries. Research indicates that failure to properly install and replace smoke alarm batteries is a frequent cause of smoke alarm failure.
In NSW, from May 1st 2006, all residential accomodation will be required to have at least one working smoke alarm. Failure to do so risks a fine of up to $550, not to mention the more serious dangers of fire itself.
Even if you're not in NSW, get a smoke alarm, and make sure the batteries are good. It's not worth the risk!
From Bollocks, our Folding@Home Team Captain: Congratulations to the [H]ardOCP Folding@Home team on regaining the top spot once again. It's been an awesome run to get there over the past few weeks. They have wiped off our lead of 2.84 million points in 29 days, ending our reign at the top which lasted for 231 days. I'm sure they will give us something to chase over the next month or two.
A big well done to all our members new and old that have worked flat out to help hold the charging [H]orde at bay as long as possible. We will gather our forces once more in the New Year and make a bid to regain the Relic Trophy. It will be a mighty battle and whoever wins will hold sway for the majority of 2006.
We need your help to regain the top spot and the Duck once again, why not join the team and help with a great cause as well. Check out the OCAU Folding page for more information and drop into the DC forum to say hello and have a chat.
Whirlpool are running their annual broadband survey, where you can let the world know what you think of the state of internet access in Australia.
Apparently internet addiction is a serious problem in China. According to the director of China's first officially licensed clinic for Internet addiction, people treated there have a hard time distinguishing between real and virtual worlds.
Galileo is a European system which aims to replace GPS. Because it has a more penetrating signal that can work indoors (which GPS rarely does), offers better coverage of northern Europe and assesses its own accuracy, supporters believe it will usher in a new range of safety-critical services, such as aircraft and emergency vehicle guidance systems.
TheTechLounge checked out a few compact flash cards. I have rounded up 8 CF cards from various vendors with various speed-ratings, as well as 4 different card readers, and I’m ready to put them through their paces.
From Scott: According to experts, in January 2038 many computers and electronic systems will come across a new date-related problem. This will create havoc among many systems around the globe. I'll be 63, which is an even scarier thought.
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