ZXR sent in these very nice arcade tables. Each one is designed to discreetly bring the finest contemporary and retrospective personal entertainment to the heart of your living space.
AMD have announced AMD Live!, their equivalent of Intel's ViiV, designed for "home entertainment PC's". The difference between the two companies, however, lies in the attitudes towards digital content: Intel's Viiv program has tied itself to premium content, including first-run movies that are only available from online video rental agencies. AMD, on the other hand, has initially designed Live! with user-owned, DRM-free content in mind.
Siemens have a 100Gbit/s fibre-optic receiver, thanks Murray. In tests over a 480km loop of fiber, the chip converted optical signals to error-free electronic data at 107Gbit/s.
Virgin will debut a free mobile phone service in the USA soon, with funding provided by advertising. Billed as a way for users to "earn airtime in their spare time," the service requires users to watch short video ads or read text-based ads and then provide feedback to the advertiser by sending back a text message or answering questions about the ad.
ArsTechnica have some musings about Sony's use of Blu-Ray in the PS3. Since that announcement, it has been widely accepted that Blu-ray is a critical component of the PS3's total "value proposition," as it were, which is why few were surprised when another delay of the gaming console was blamed not on a gaming feature per se, but on Blu-ray alone.
ATI had a DirectX 10 briefing in London recently.. reports here and here on UKGamer.
DVHardware found a pretty serious hard drive eraser. It's designed to professionally purge a HDD and other magnetic storage media in about 60 seconds.
Nick sent in this list of Vista buzzwords. Windows Vista will introduce a whole new lexicon of PC terms. Here's a quick glossary.
From Marben: Found a really addictive and fast flash timewaster. The soundtrack just makes it better too.
Yes, well, seems the issue with the database server was slightly more serious than first thought. :) I ended up having to go to the datacentre (2 hours drive away) to troubleshoot the machine. The end result is that we seem to have had some memory go bad. It's difficult to pin down the exact cause of server issues like this, so fingers crossed, but this RAM definitely has some issues so won't have been helping. So we're down to only 6GB in BBQ now. :) Anyway, apologies for the downtime.
Opportunity of a Lifetime!
(link) Tuesday, 30-May-2006 04:48:23 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Here's an opportunity that doesn't happen every day. We've been informed of a strictly limited promotional item - the only one in existence - being offered for sale on eBay. It's a piece of memorabilia that you'll treasure and show off to your friends and family. Ladies and Gentlemen, I humbly present to you, an iRock USB keypad.. signed by Sciby. THE Sciby, of podcast fame. Sciby of drunken voicemail fame. Sciby of "OCAU's Sexiest Member" fame, as voted by our members for the last thousand years or so running. And now you can own something that's he's not only touched, but scribbled his name on. Twice.
Did you know that most of the interesting news you read on our news page is actually gathered by our readers? If you find something interesting in your wanderings, email a link and a few words about it to email@example.com and you might see your name in lights too. :)
SiSoftware in the UK have released the latest version of their popular benchmarking and system information program, SiSoft Sandra 2007. There's 4 new benchmarks, 4 updated benchmarks and a lot of added hardware support. I've updated our mirror page with full info and links:
Thetron has started a Frappr Map for OCAU members. Basically this lets you highlight your location on Google Maps and see other people's locations. There's discussion in this thread. If you're after more Google Maps stuff, check out the huge list of Australian locations in the Wiki.
Episode 8 of the OCAU Podcast is up! In this episode we mostly focus on the "game" Second Life, but of course chat about a few other topics. As requested I've included about 10 mins on OCAU's first month of existence, and we also have a very nice prize from Arena PC to give away! You'll have to listen to the podcast to figure out how to win though. :) Overall sound quality is a lot better this time too.
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Chris sent in this watercooling PSU. Not just a watercooled PSU (there's a couple of those already) but a watercooling system based around the system's PSU. Digital Cowboy Japan has come to the rescue with the Water Cowboy DC-WCP450, a 450 watt ATX power supply which has a built in radiator, pump and tank. The unit has a 12cm angular fan which cools both the power supply and the radiator.
ZDNet report on a benchmark tool built into Vista which seems to need a little work. The critique is that the current version of the Windows System Performance Rating feature could be "misleading", Brad Goldberg, general manager for Windows at Microsoft, said in an interview at the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) in Seattle.
APC meanwhile say 64-bit driver issues will be less of a problem with Vista than WinXP. Another Microsoft spokesman said the company was currently being let down by some hardware vendors in specific categories, such as printers, wireless networking, SATA and storage. They also have some info about Vista's SuperFetch technology and Samsung's hybrid flash/hard drives.
If you're a fan of Mythbusters, or at least a fan of Kari from Mythbusters, you'll be a fan of this FHM page (which probably isn't safe for work), thanks thetron. Video, too. Mmm, science.
Thetron also spotted this downloadable video of a "4 Corners" story about nuclear power in Australia. Speaking of which, browca04 sent in this article about possibly using Mount Gambier for a nuclear power station, and there's a lengthy forum thread discussing this issue here.
TheTechZone report on some new laptop battery technologies. Micro fuel cells can use such fuels as alcohol or methanol and offers ten times the power of conventional batteries using only 1/20th the weight. Perfectly suited for laptops or notebook computers.
Skit has an article about some annoying calls. They now prank your mobile with one ring then hang up. This has been happening for at least a few months before Christmas. Most people will call the number back to find out who they missed. These people are then greated with a recorded message saying they have won! and then requests them to dial a $2.50/min number for further details. What amazes me about that page is the comments from people who Google for missed call numbers! Never even thought about doing that.
ByteSizedReviews checked out a few CrossFire motherboards. Although ATi recently released its RD580 chipset (Radeon Xpress 3200), it plans on continuing its RD480 (Radeon Xpress 200) products as the "mainstream" crossfire solution.
XYZComputing have pics and info about eBook readers. A proper digital book should fit the form factor of a normal paperback, though will replace the pages with memory and the cover with a display. While this is a simple enough concept, actually making a feasible product has been extremely tough.
BTXFormFactor continue their Microprocessor History article with Part 2. If (like me) you don't remember Part 1, you can brush up here.
From Jared: I just noticed that you can download episodes of McLeod's Daughters. Not that i'm interested in that but when they start offering more shows it could be good. Nice one Channel Nine!
XbitLabs compared some professional graphics accelerators from ATI and NVIDIA. Today we are going to talk about those graphics cards that are intended not for gaming needs, but for serious work. We managed to get our hands on a few new solutions from Nvidia and ATI from the Quadro and FireGL series.
Bjorn3D had a chat with a few people from NVIDIA about the new nForce 5 chipsets. what is the planned lifespan of the nForce 500 series? As long as folks love it. We are still selling nf3.
DriverHeaven have a DirectX 10 overview article. Staff member Pete Grass was at the recent ATI press briefing in London regarding DX10. He has written an overview of the technology which is interesting reading.
Murray noticed that Western Digital have quietly upgraded some features of their 36GB and 74GB Raptor hard drives. Among the performance updates are increases in 'Buffer To Disk' sustained transfer rates of 84MB/sec up from the previous models' 72MB/sec as well as lower overall average seek times. The updated 36GB and 74GB Raptor models are also 3 dBA quieter in the idle state.
HardOCP have an article about pre-overclocked GeForce 7900's having reliability issues. What seems to be happening the most are problems associated with playing F.E.A.R., Oblivion, or using the 3DMark06 testing suite, but issues are certainly not limited to this. 7900 cards have been artifacting and/or locking up while playing games. This sometimes happens when the card is installed the first day, or it might happen a month later.
Sciby spotted an article about a game of Tringo within the MMORPG "Second Life". We've actually been looking at Second Life this week and will have a discussion about it on the next podcast. Games inside games; worlds inside worlds. We've finally entered the Matrix, it seems -- and it's a hell of a lot of fun. Some more Second Life info here.
The first new skyscraper on the site of the old World Trade Centre in New York has been opened. We've come a very long way," said Silverstein, who built the first 7 World Trade nearly 20 years ago and has struggled to rebuild destroyed office space at the 6.5-hectare site for more than four years.
DigitalGrabber explain the difference between WiFi and WiMax. WiMax can handle virtually all the same protocols Wifi can including VOIP. African countries are now going to start deploying WiMax networks instead of cell phone networks. Disaster zones can also utilize WiMax giving them the ability to distribute crisis information quickly and cheaply.
Shane sent in an article on the American "Car and Driver" website about Ford's Australian lineup. Somehow, Australia has become the place to find the quintessential American muscle sedan.
VIA Arena have an interesting article about the language of IT websites. The IT industry might be just a teenager but many of the old school IT journalists are not far off middle age. Has the language all grown up?
FiringSquad checked out how NVIDIA and ATI chipsets fare on the new AM2 platform for AMD CPUs. ATI’s decided to stick largely with their tried and tested Xpress 3200 platform first launched in March, while NVIDIA’s come up with a new nForce chipset that’s a little more revised in comparison to the competition.
PCWorld share what they think are the 25 Worst Tech Products of all time. Microsoft Bob better have made it to their list. We sought the worst of the worst--operating systems that operated badly, hardware that never should have left the factory, applications that spied on us and fed our data to shifty marketers, and products that left a legacy of poor performance and bad behavior.
Tweaktown report on performance with the new ATI Catalyst 6.5 drivers. Apart from the performance improvements you can see below, Adaptive Anti-Aliasing has been added to the Radeon 9550 and above models. Originally Adaptive AA, which is a feature which adjusts its detail level depending on the performance, was only seen in the X1000 series of cards.
OCW looked at the relationship between CPU multiplier and memory speed on AM2. There is something that we would like to share with you regarding the CPU multiplier and actual memory speed of your RAM modules.
LegitReviews coupled Corsair's PC2-6400C3 with AMD's AM2 processors. Today we take a look at 667MHz versus 800MHz modules, different memory timings, and a 2GB kit versus a 4GB kit of low latency memory. We managed to increase DOOM 3 performance by nearly 19 percent as a result.
Kentang noticed that a Windows Media Player 11 Beta has been released. The interface has been revised somewhat, but it pretty much otherwise looks the same.
From Grrr: Seeing as you guys like to post some 'old' goodies every now and then, I'm sure its time for a Dremples revival. As you may remember, Dremples replaces your desktop background with pretty textures that swirl and blur. It has some options to customise it, add your own textures etc. Get it from here.
Techgage see what life is like with 4GB of RAM. There may not be a need for that now, but it won't take very long until it's commonplace in enthusiast PC's. I take 4GB worth of top end DDR1 and DDR2 memory, and relate my overclocking and performance reports to you.
Dan takes the "cool toy" idea in an unusual direction with a mechanical centipede. Everybody wants an army of giant robot spiders, but it's just not practical for everybody to have one. It's a public order issue. I'm sure you understand.
A recent study reckons that video games don't lead to violence. At least one study argues that make-believe violence helps children 'conquer fears and develop a sense of identity', as gruesome fairytales once did. Games are good, games are bad, I wish they'd make up their minds. All this indecision makes me want to shoot someone, or run them over in my car.
Intel's Woodcrest CPU, which is a Xeon based on the Core microarchitecture, is examined in detail by TechReport and also 2CPU. Woodcrest, or the Xeon 5100 series processors, will have 4mb of dynamically shared L2 cache. Having this type of shared cache allows each core to use as much cache as it needs to handle the operations associated with its thread.
HWSecrets follow up on their switching power supplies article by looking inside an old Apple II PSU. Designed by Rod Holt, it doesn’t differ a lot from power supplies used on current-day PCs, as we’ve seen on our Anatomy of Switching Power Supplies tutorial. We disassembled it to show you how it worked.
We have seen this before, but in case you haven't seen it, it's pretty cool. A multi-input touchscreen is under development. This becomes extremely useful, because it will allow be able to accomidate multiple users simultaneously, which would be extremely useful for larger interaction scenarios such as interactive walls and tabletops. Cool video.
ArsTechnica have an article about eMusic. In the 18 months since the relaunch of eMusic, the company has clawed its way to the number two position among digital download services (this does not include streaming music). Pakman claims that eMusic has 12 percent of the market compared to Apple's 61 percent, and that his company has now sold more than 60 million songs.
From Primax: Just dropping in some new news, at least two new World of Warcraft servers for Oceanic players will be going live on a new site on May 30th, according to Blizzard here. These servers are rumored to be based in Australia, which will be the first time Australian MMO players will be able to get low ping goodness. :D
Pet Portraits Thread
(link) Wednesday, 24-May-2006 04:34:07 (GMT +10) - by Agg
We're close to a Total Cute Overload in the Photography Forum:
This week's OCAU Podcast episode is slightly delayed and doesn't contain any interviews. Instead, we've gone back to our earlier "geeks sitting around talking about stuff" mode. Sciby, Wolfy and I waffle on about a range of topics including CeBIT Sydney, Live Anywhere, Vista Requirements, Network Neutrality, Spore, Google Maps and various other things.
Sound quality isn't the best in this episode unfortunately, as despite our usual sound-levels testing I ended up really loud and everyone else really quiet. I've (mostly) fixed it in post-production (hence the delay), so it's not the best, but bearable.
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AMD have officially unveiled their much-awaited Socket AM2 platform, with two new CPUs and DDR2 support. As part of AMD’s ongoing commitment to deliver leading technology for desktop PCs, AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the immediate availability of the AMD Athlon 64 FX-62 dual-core processor, the world’s ultimate processor for PC enthusiasts, and the AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+dual-core processor compatible with AMD’s new socket AM2 platform. Socket AM2 from AMD is designed to enable next-generation platform innovations such as AMD Virtualization and high-performance, unbuffered DDR2 memory to the award-winning AMD64 architecture.
Google Maps with more Australian detail
(link) Sunday, 21-May-2006 18:03:30 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Thetron noticed that Google Maps has been updated with street level maps of major Australian and New Zealand cities. In fact, it's even got street names for the rural area where I live.
I also noticed that there's more detail in some of the satellite photos of Australia now too. For example Sydney's CBD used to be very blurry, but now you can clearly see landmarks like Centrepoint Tower and the MLC Centre, not to mention the Sydney Opera House. There seems to have been an additional level of zoom added to the interface, although I haven't found anywhere that can use it.
HWSecrets peek at the innards of switching power supplies. In this tutorial we will explain you how switching power supplies work and we will provide a journey into the PC power supply showing you its main components and what they do.
Loop Goose spotted a Radeon X1600 with HDMI. The card uses a small PCB and can fit in just about any case including a home entertainment PC. It sports a VGA connector, HDMI out and SPDIF in. I think I saw something similar at CeBIT Sydney, will have to check my notes.
I'm not sure if two heatsinks constitutes a roundup, but Motherboards.org have compared the Big Typhoon and Mini Typhoon CPU coolers from Thermaltake. What remains to be seen, however, is if this little brother is still big on performance, just like family tradition implies he is.
Stuart sent word of the world's first Open Movie. Not only would the movie be made using Open Source software, but the contents themselves were to be Open as well: all of the digital assets and production files are released under a Creative Commons license, allowing everyone to see how the movie was made, make changes to it and create a new, derived movie.
Futurelooks spotted a laser turntable. Time to dig out all those old LP's! According to ELP, this machine is so cool, it can even play "Warped and Damaged Records". They claim that "In some cases, the LT plays even broken records when all the pieces are placed on a tray without tape or glue".
From Flect: An Internet-based computer game that puts players in the army boots and black trench coats of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold as they kill Columbine High School classmates is attracting attention and sparking controversy. Seems a bit uncool.
SharkyExtreme have their monthly Value Gaming PC buyer's guide posted. Finding the best system components for a value gaming system is more difficult than simply picking the top hardware money can buy, and it entails some concession on the part of the buyer.
Dell's stock price has jumped on the news that they will use AMD processors in some high-end servers in future. Dell will also introduce new AMD Opteron processors in our multi-processor servers by the end of the year offering a great new technology to our customers at the high-end of our server line.
Dell systems have been exclusively Intel-based until now, although their recent aquisition of Alienware (who use both Intel and AMD CPUs) has partly paved the way. More info here and here, thanks to all who sent those in.
ATrueReview looked at some SLI/Crossfire Ready PSUs from Aerocool, Cooler Master and Thermaltake, while TrustedReviews have a 14-way PSU group test. For many, it’s the same state of confusion as the day you first walk into Starbucks to discover there are 192 different ways of ordering coffee.
Here's an interesting convective watercooled PC that uses no fans (almost) but more importantly no pump. The dip in the tube at the upper right turned out to be a problem. Everything worked fine until I stressed the CPU. The increased flow from the CPU side stalled the flow from the power supply and trapped the hot coolant in this loop.
Xbitlabs experimented with overclocking an Intel Core Duo CPU. Overclocking proved to have significantly raised the performance of this mobile dual-core processor so that we could place it on the same level with the fastest Intel Pentium Extreme Edition and AMD Athlon 64 FX processors.
HWZone have an AMD Turion 64 X2 Performance Preview. Get a socket change, a new dual-channel DDR2 memory controller, double the processing cores, improved power management and you have a recipe for the new Turion 64 X2 processor. Read on as we take MSI's S271 Turion 64 X2 Mobile Technology pre-evaluation notebook for a quick spin.
HWSecrets have an article about AMD's A64 architecture. An in-depth look on how CPUs based on AMD64 architecture work, like Athlon 64, Athlon 64 X2, Athlon 64 FX, Turion 64, Opteron and some Sempron models.
PenStarSys meanwhile have some thoughts on AMD's Energy Efficient CPUs. Energy Efficient processors are based on a 65 watt TDP (the max wattage these processors will ever suck up), which means that really only the X2 4800+ is going to get anywhere near that number, while the lower clocked versions will of course run cooler and more efficiently.
We've missed the first episode, but toe2toe sent this in recently: Anyone mildly interested in old cars and adventure will love a four part series that is showing on ABC. I thought I'd send this news in as my brother was one of the mechanics on the expedition - the guy with the big hair and beard. For more info, check the ABC website here. Sunday nights at 7:30pm apparently, and there was some info on JJJ today about it too, sounded interesting.
Murray found a disturbing article about an anti-virus firm throwing in the towel after a prolonged battle with a Russian spammer named PharmaMaster. In a statement Tuesday, Israel-based Blue Security said it can no longer "take the responsibility for an ever-escalating cyber war through our continued operations".
Nick sent in a slashdot story about why the recent DART spacecraft failed in its mission and crashed into the satellite it was supposed to rendezvous with. Investigators blamed the collision on faulty navigational data that caused the DART spacecraft to believe that it was backing away from its target when it was actually bearing down on it.
TheTechZone ponder how things will look, looking back from 2057. Like many industries, the music industry had to die before it could be re-born. Lets face it, any organization that sees its own customers as potential criminals is definitely on the way out.
Murray also spotted this hybrid drive from Samsung, which uses traditional hard drive technology and solid-state flash memory. This cuts down on the amount of disk activity -- typically the new drive spins only a few seconds every 10 or 20 minutes -- which means battery life is extended by between 8 per cent and 10 per cent, according to Samsung's measurements. Just a big buffer, I guess?
Chris spotted a Wired article on the alleged illegal US Government spying recently unveiled by an AT&T whistleblower. In 2003 AT&T built "secret rooms" hidden deep in the bowels of its central offices in various cities, housing computer gear for a government spy operation which taps into the company's popular WorldNet service and the entire internet.
Tech-Hounds continue their Looking Past the Present article, seeing what the GeForce 7900 series offers in terms of longevity. Even in old games, where the GeForce 7900GTX is faster in frame rates, it progressively lost more frame rate than the Radeon X1900XTX with higher resolution and AA / AF.
Bit-Tech have an interesting car wheel PC mod posted. So I was standing in my local tyre store and I got chatting to the guy I know who works there. He asked me what was keeping me busy these days and I explained to him the whole concept of case modding.
Techgage have an interview with Solid State Networks. Who? Solid State’s primary goal is to provide a "lightweight, portable, high performance core technology based on the BitTorrent protocol for use in the next generation content delivery systems."
Sam found more info on the Warner Brothers and Bittorrent partnership. Taking the attitude that if you cannot beat them, join them, Warner becomes the first tinseltown studio to turn to the previously feared peer-to-peer technology to help distribute its products.
Thetron spotted these photos of Google Australia's offices in Sydney. Current search terms scroll down the wall in Google Australia's reception, as they famously do in the search giant's global head office.
SharkyExtreme interviewed Terry Makedon from ATI. In the latest in a series of interviews with industry sources, we've got ATI's Terry Makedon answering questions regarding Catalyst drivers, CrossFire, PPU calculations, Windows Vista support, and much more.
From Decker, an interesting read about load-balancing in Apache. Wonder how long it'll be until we need to play around with this stuff.
PCMech have a mild rant about the many confusing naming schemes used by various manufacturers at the moment. With graphics cards, there seem to be no rules on how many prefixes can be made up. For ATI, the generally accepted performance order (from best to worst) is: XTX, XT PE, XT, XL, GTO, GT, Pro, Vanilla, SE. For nVidia, it's Ultra, GTX, GT, Vanilla, SE/XT, then LE. Are mainstream consumers expected to remember all that?
Another interview, this time Lite-On's Jelmer Veldman on Hexus. Find out just how big Lite-On is in the optical disc hardware market, and find out about their take-on of BenQ's optical manufacturing.
Whoops. TheInq report that Ferrari F1, sponsored by AMD, were caught using an Intel-powered laptop at a recent race.. thanks Nick.
From BuzzPuppy, about MS Office soon recognising "bogan": I saw this and it was too good to pass up. Yeah, I know we can add it to our custom dictionaries and the like but to have our terms recognized it absolute GOLD! All they need to do is add words such as "ful-sik" and we’re set to show off our multi-culturalism ;)
DriverHeaven have yet another interview, with Daniel Taranovsky from ATI. I currently work in the discrete desktop business unit, and my responsibilities centre around ATI’s high-end products (X1900 family and CrossFire).
Genesis spotted some Australian-themed AMD products.. well, CPUs codenamed "Brisbane", anyway. The earliest partner roadmap from May claimed we would see 65nm Brisbane Athlon 64 processors in Q1'07
You may have already seen this via this Pub thread, but it's a funny story for those who missed it.
Turns out the BBC grabbed the wrong person from the lobby of their studio and hurriedly prepared him for interview. Instead of being Guy Kewney, an IT journalist, it was Guy Goma, from the Congo. You'd be hard pressed to find two less-similar looking people.
The best part is that the "wrong Guy" put on a brave face (after an initial look of sheer terror) and carried out the interview as best he could. We've mirrored the file here.
The full explanation from the "right Guy" is here and a more detailed story here, thanks Shaun. Note that the "wrong Guy" isn't a cabbie as many places initially reported, but an IT graduate who was at the BBC for a job interview.
Motoring on OCAU
(link) Tuesday, 16-May-2006 07:02:04 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Zillions of people sent in news that converting CD's to mp3 would become legal under proposed copyright laws for Australia. More info here. The changes are part of a major overhaul of copyright laws to be announced today by Attorney-General Philip Ruddock in response to millions of Australians who effectively break the law every time they reproduce copyright material for personal use.
Lots of people also sent in this Ctrl+Alt+Del Comic.. some strong language, but funny stuff.
Here's an interesting one about using computers to read non-verbal human communication. Using nothing but these simple, nonlinguistic clues--and analyzing conversations that lasted between five minutes and just over an hour, depending on the experiment--the researchers were able to calculate the likelihood of a given outcome with an average accuracy rate of almost 90%.
One`` found a blog about why Sony's new controller doesn't vibrate, while Nintendo's does. So if Sony were to incorporate vibration into a new controller before the old lawsuit was over, the judge would almost certainly call a halt to all sales of the PS3 until the issue was resolved.
This is a little old but I missed it earlier.. turns out playing World of Warcraft really can be dangerous. If your neighbour is a gun-toting loony, that is.
Interesting stuff on NordicHW: A few overclockers have come across Merom-based processors and they've been ravaging the OC scene completely obliterating a lot of the previous world records with many of the most popular benchmarking programs. Merom kills 3DMark 2001 - Far beyond 60,000 points! Merom on a crusade! The SuperPi killer - Merom.
Sudhian checked out life at the low end of graphics card performance. Despite what review sites cover, there is a market for low end graphics cards which typically don't receive as much fanfare as the latest and greatest products.
Phoronix have a tour of Bon Echo Alpha 2, a development pre-release of Mozilla Firefox 2.0. Rather than simply providing screenshots or the release notes for this feature-filled release, we have independently examined most of the changes, and today at Phoronix we have some details to share in regards to these newly implement features.
A few people have complained about this and here's a blog ranting about the BF2 Euro Force order system. Strong language as you might expect! Because after I used your system I can only assume that you don’t actually want to generate any online revenues as you have the most cumbersome, restrictive, tedious and problematic online order systems that I have ever used.
Trekkies can prick up their Vulcan pointy ears at the news of a new Star Trek game called ST: Legacy. Imagine Star Fleet battles, one on one, many on many, single player, internet, and lan play, from all five Star Trek Generations in one game.
LegionHW looked at overclocked gaming performance from an Intel Pentium D 805 and a P4 630. This article will compare both processors at their standard frequencies and of course their maximum stable overclocked frequency using air-cooling. Keeping in mind the P4 630 does cost roughly $30 US more, is it worth purchasing when the Pentium D 805 is now readily available?
HWSecrets have a guide to making an infrared transmitter for your PC. I remember trying to make one of these work years ago, no joy.. maybe I should read this article. Any user who knows how to use a solder iron can assemble it.
Beyond3D have an interview about Enemy Territory: Quake Wars. "Huge bright outdoors" and "32 player matches" are likely not the first thoughts that come to mind when one talks about the DOOM 3 engine but Splash Damage and id Software are planning to change this perception with Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars.
XYZComputing checked out a few Bluetooth headsets. XYZ Computing's Joe Selim takes a look at the BT800 and JX10 from Jabra and the Voyager 510s and Discovery 640 from Plantronics.
Mad Mike found a new place to live for budding evil masterminds. Note also that "all underground buildings need to be remodeled to new use", so you'll need to dig deep for a new monorail and set a bit aside for a lick of paint. Or you could always buy New Zealand on ebay.
Tweaktown posted their thoughts on nVIDIA's Quad SLI. When it comes to buying these cards for your own Quad SLI system, you really would be stupid to purchase them if you’re using anything less than a 30" LCD monitor.
HoJu spotted some info on sugar-powered rockets.. info here, here and here.
PCMech explain how disk encryption works. If you want your private information to remain private, you must take steps to keep it so.
Darkness sent in this Hellgate: London trailer. Scary stuff.. impressive CGI. 28MB zip.
TheInq found the top phrases to NOT search for, unless you like spam and spyware. More than 64 per cent of sites that are linked to this phrase will cause you some trouble, either with spyware or adware.
BroNet announced that BFG's add-in card based on the AGEIA PhysX PPU is now available in Australia, distributed by BroNet. The BFG Physics Card is designed to make your gaming experience as authentic as possible by utilizing the laws of physics and putting them into place with the latest generation’s games to give the most ground breaking gaming experience yet. More info here, and see our earlier newspost for more info about this card.
DFI recently did well in an overclocking contest sponsored by ATI. The Champion player won with the newly released DFI LANParty UT CFX3200-DR motherboard, a true 2 x16 PCI-e solution for the ATI CrossFire Xpress3200 platform. More info here.
Gallery Serpentine have released a short video highlighting some new items in their 2006 clothing range. The video is 4MB and hosted on our server here. Possibly not work safe, I guess.
Plextor have some shock-proof portable drives. PX-SP Series come with a specially designed silicon jacket bumper that helps prevent the unit from crashing if it is accidentally dropped.
XFX have announced a partnership with Fatal1ty, becoming the latest in a line of manufacturers to have Johnathan Wendel's branding on their products. Under the agreement, Fatal1ty will collaborate with XFX on the design and technical specifications of a series of graphics cards with a special focus on the needs of competitive PC video gamers. Future products will be designed for maximum performance and stability.
Extremetech checked out the 750GB 7200.10 HDD from Seagate in only the 2nd review I've seen of this product. We obtained a pair of the 750GB drives from Seagate and dropped them into the latest iteration of our storage test bed. Let's take a look at how the new drives fared.
Anandtech have a pre-AM2 Mid-Range Buyer's Guide. However, the truth of the matter is that socket AM2 doesn't appear to be ready to add much in the way of performance. Basically, it will change memory types, there will be a couple new high-end processors, and later on we should also see some budget Sempron processors for the platform.
TechReport have a system guide also. Prices have dropped pretty steeply since last year, and we managed to lower the cost of our four recommended systems while fitting them with faster hardware, more memory, and extra storage capacity.
PCWorld have a bit more about the new Google services announced at their recent press day. Google will extend its vertical search, social bookmarking, and desktop searching capabilities with new and improved products it announced yesterday.
HWSecrets have a guide to benchmarking with Quake 4. One of the best ways to benchmark the performance of your PC is running a heavy 3D game, since it will pull the maximum performance your video card, CPU, memories and hard disk drive can deliver. Quake 4 fits nicely in this role for PCs found on the market today.
TechArray compared a couple of joysticks from Logitech and Saitek. Today we take a look at the Extreme 3D Pro and Freedom
2.4 from Logitech along with the Cyborg Evo from Saitek.
Guru3D have some E3 2006 coverage posted. The E3 is the Electronic Entertainment Exhibit, it's the biggest gaming related exhibit in the world. The entire global press strikes down in LA for a couple of days to see feel and sniff on the latest games and gossip from Fragginwood. There's some booth babes on Futurelooks, too.
CNet report that the PS3 will hit Oz on Nov 17, thanks Timbot. The system will come in two bundles -- a PS3 with a 20GB hard drive (confirmed RRP of AU$829) and one with a 60GB HDD (confirmed RRP of AU$999). As a comparison, the Xbox 360's core bundle retails for AU$499, while its upgrade bundle which includes a 20GB hard drive retails for AU$649.
Aftahours noticed what appears to be an attempt to cash in on the recently-released Tasmanian miners, by buying domain names of their actual names. While it was possible the registrations were legitimate, the body believed it was likely to have been an attempt at opportunism, Mr Disspain said.
Totally offtopic, but here's a fascinating read with incredible photos, detailing a trip around Africa by motorcycle.
Didn't take long for the illegal Apple clones to appear. Apparently they've caught on, selling such items as the "PowerPC G6 Macintosh", an "Apple G6 Macintosh-Clone Computer" with a 3.8GHz Pentium 4. Along with the fancy OSx86 compatible hardware, it comes pre-loaded with something the seller likes to call "Mac OSX-86 Apple MacOS X Tiger 10.4.3".
HWZone have a sneak-peek at some new HP notebooks. These new notebooks will all feature the latest Intel Core Duo processor, giving them a lot more computing performance with the same power efficiency of yesterday's Pentium M processors. Besides that, all of the five new models will be Microsoft Vista-capable and will also feature HP's Professional Innovations, which is a set of hardware and software solutions designed to enhance security, improve ease of use and better reliability.
AT&T are selling TV shows for laptops at their wireless hotspots. When hotspots at McDonald's Corp. stores are added later this month, the service will be available in 7,000 locations, AT&T spokesman Fletcher Cook said today.
A new supercomputer centre is to be commissioned soon, focussing on nanotechnology research. The CCNI system will be made up of massively parallel Blue Gene supercomputers, POWER-based Linux clusters, and AMD Opteron processor-based clusters, providing more than 70 teraflops of computing muscle. This will put CCNI among the top 10 supercomputing centers of any kind, and make it the most powerful university-based center in the world.
A Californian man who took control of 400,000 zombie PC's and rented them to hackers and spammers has been sentenced to five years in prison recently. Prosecutors called the case the first to target profits derived from use of "botnets," large numbers of computers that hackers commandeer through software and then turn into a "zombie" network that can be controlled by outsiders. The computers' owners are unaware that parasitic programs have been installed on their machines that allow outsiders to operate them.
HWSecrets checked out the Athlon 64 X2 4600+ (2.4 GHz) and Athlon 64 FX-60 (2.6 GHz) processors. Dual-core technology is finally a reality and the tendency is that all mainstream CPUs to become dual-core in a near future. But will average users really benefit from it? In this review we’ve got two CPUs running at the same clock rate, Athlon 64 3800+ and Athlon 64 X2 4600+ (both running at 2.4 GHz), and could see if there is a real performance gain for regular users.
Bit-Tech have a X1900 GT face-off between Connect3D and Sapphire. The GeForce 7900 GT is a very good overclocker, while the Radeon X1900GT looks to be a bit of a mixed bag at the moment. If you're looking to overclock, we feel that the GeForce 7900 GT is the better deal if you find one at a good price.
TomsHardware got their Pentium D 805 to 4.1GHz, thanks Darren. We were quite amazed as the first performance figures emerged from our test labs: stable operation was possible at 4.1 GHz, and without even the need for substantial boosts to cooling!
Bigiain spotted this interesting article about fly-by-wire technology working its way onto motorcycles. Now the computer knows where the bike is, how far over it is leaned and what its state of acceleration or braking is. But even this is not enough, for every corner has camber that varies, surface grip that varies and possibly change-of-elevation, too, as in Laguna Seca's famed Corkscrew.
ArsTechnia report on a partnership between Warner Brothers and BitTorrent to provide downloadable movies on the internet. "We've always known peer-to-peer technology represents a huge opportunity for us," said Kevin Tsujihara, the head of Warner's entertainment operations. Though some might be inclined to doubt the sincerity of this statement, the collaboration with BitTorrent is not Warner's first P2P venture.
1up.com have an article on The Best Worst Ads for video games, thanks Aaron. Between their horrified expressions and his rictus grin there's clearly a story here that's waiting to be told, if only we were brave enough to hear it.
A timewaster from Pugsley_21: Not just one game this, but a whole herd of incredibly simple games. The twist is you have just four seconds to complete each one. Intense! It is pretty cool, but I was distracted by the Yahoo ad for "Mormon Sexy Girls". WTF?
More PhysX Coverage
(link) Wednesday, 10-May-2006 10:13:52 (GMT +10) - by Agg
A few more sites have released their AGEIA PhysX coverage, using the BFG retail card.
Bit-Tech say It's all very positive for the future but it is hard to recommend that anyone rush out to buy a PhysX card today.
HotHardware reckon every aspect of this product seems a bit premature as there are no real titles which can utilize the hardware today beyond a few subtle changes here and there in a handful of games.
PCPerspective are more positive, saying AGEIA seems to have set higher goals and intends to reach them in 2006. If they achieve that goal, then a BFG AGEIA PhysX card might find a comfortable place in your system.
Tweaktown note The other thing is the PhysX in GRAW feels as it’s been kind of taped on and not written from the ground up. When we get a chance to look at the card again we will try Cell Factor which is designed around the AGEIA technology to see just how it performs.
HardOCP sum up nicely: PhysX will live to be judged again another day as we hopefully see games that truly take advantage of the promises that Ageia makes about their hardware. Until then, save your PhysX pennies because the cards are not going to be getting any more expensive, unless of course they go the way of the Dodo.
Intel has officially dropped the Pentium name for its upcoming CPUs, with Merom and Conroe both being called "Core 2 Duo". The Core 2 architecture is a blend of earlier Intel architecture ideas, with some new features added in. It derives most of its microarchitecture from the Pentium M processors used in mobile PCs.
Timbot noticed this Gadgets Now and Then article which is interesting. Did you know that you have to carry around 54 RAZRs to carry the same weight as the BOSCH phone? Reminds me of our Time Warp Computer Pricing article from a while ago.
There's some new footage from that amazing Spore game.. discussion continues in this thread from a couple of months ago.
The Huygens probe has sent back some movies from Saturn's moon Titan. These movies were built thanks to the data collected by DISR on 14 January 2005, during the 147-minutes plunge through Titan's thick orange-brown atmosphere to a soft sandy riverbed.
You may have noticed the logo in the last few days, but I'd like to officially welcome EYO Technologies as an OCAU Major Sponsor. They have committed to a long-term involvement with the site and we're very happy to have them.
For those who aren't aware, EYO are a Sydney-based retailer and distributor with an online and store-front presence in Padstow. They've been around for a long time - in fact, when I was first setting up OCAU I bought a few things from them. We also did some reviews for them very early on, so it's nice to have them back onboard now.
They join our other Major Sponsors: Computer Alliance - A retailer based in Brisbane and online. Altech Computers - A distributor with offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. Plus Corporation - A retailer based in Sydney and online. BroNet - A distributor with offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
There's a list of all current OCAU sponsors here. Thanks to them all for helping make OCAU the success it is today!
Monday morning means a new podcast episode, of course. This time we chat with OCAU member Chainbolt about a range of topics (even some PC stuff, briefly :) ). We also have a funny drunken voicemail from Sciby, (Grrr - Sciby) as well as the usual chit-chat about various things including 750GB HDD's and a "Hot Chick" CPU usage meter, etc.
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Apparently mods for games such as Battlefield 2 are being abused by terrorists to provide virtual training, thanks Daztay. SAIC executive Eric Michael said researchers suspected Islamic militants were using video games to train recruits and condition youth to attack US-led coalition forces in Iraq.
TBreak have an AM2 performance preview, covering the new socket from AMD. We managed to acquire a sample of the Athlon64 3500+ AM2 CPU and decided to quickly test a few of our standard applications. However, keep in mind that the numbers we’re posting are from a beta CPU using a beta motherboard with a beta BIOS.
Sniper spotted this HDD speed utility. Dunno if it's any good, try it and let me know.
Ben sent in this interview with the British hacker who is in the news lately for breaking into the US Army, Air Force, Navy, DOD and NASA computers.. to find out info about UFOs.
This story is a little old, but it's something I have ranted about occasionally. Activision have apparently been banned from using misleading scenes to sell games, thanks Matt. The adjudication, published today, is likely to send shockwaves through the industry as it focuses on the question of whether pre-rendered footage is an acceptable representation of a computer game.
Timbot spotted another display glasses technology. There's been a few of these over the years and none of them seem to have really taken off.. I wonder if this one will.
LegionHW wonder if it's worthwhile upgrading a budget AGP card. Those with Radeon X700 Pro graphics cards or the equivalent are limited to reasonably poor 3D performance in today’s newer gaming titles, so how well did the X1600 Pro improve this situation?
Xbitlabs compared Merom and Yonah in an overclocking duel. He managed to get hold of a Merom engineering sample: model T7400 (2.16GHz) with 4MB of shared L2 cache and 667MHz bus support.
Techgage have their thoughts about the AGEIA PhysX retail product. Ageia started out as a killer concept but now that concept is reality. Today we take a look at that reality and touch on what offers and what it will offer in the future.
Wes noticed ROCKbox, an open-source replacement firmware for various mp3 players. A Feature comparison can be found here.
PCMech checked out All Seeing Eye, an anti-spyware utility.. unfortunately, they didn't think much of it. As the security conscious internet user I am, I have a typical arsenal including Spybot, AdAware, Windows Defender, HijackThis, and ZoneAlarm.
AuphanOnline cover SED TVs, that they call "the plasma killer". First there was rear projection LCD, then DLP, then came Plasma. What's the next big TV technology just on the horizon?
Eroda sent in a link to Warhammer Online and there's a thread here in our Games forum. Unfortunately he provided no info about why this is interesting and I'm too sleepy to check it out in detail. :)
Cragv found this list of handy tools to have on a USB drive. These FREE programs do not require any installation and can be run directly from a USB drive. Keep some useful apps handy while on-the-go!
RealWorldTech has info confirming Tukwila Intel's next Itanium to be Quad-Core. Montecito featured 27MB of cache, for two processors, while Tukwila is reported to have 6MB of L3 cache per core, or 24MB for each MPU.
eXemplar spotted an instant ice-cream vending machine! The company invented a computer-controlled vending machine that makes ice cream on demand from room temperature ingredients, flash freezing it in 10 seconds. Wonder if I can get one installed in my office..
HotHardware compared three CrossFire Xpress 1600 motherboards, the DFI RDX200 CF-DR, the Asus A8R-MVP, and the ECS KA1 MVP Extreme. Although these three motherboards feature the same chipset, they are quite different in a number of other ways.
TheTechZone have a video iPod guide. This guide is going to take over all the options you’ve got and how to convert absolutely anything and everything - DVDs, TiVo video, messy AVIs, muxed MPEGs and more to iPod compatible video.
They also cover setting up a dual-screen system. Well, after reading this article, you'll have all the knowledge you'll need to double your viewing pleasure. Now only will we show you the step by step, but we'll also show you the equipment to buy and the software to use. I said I'd never go back to one monitor.. but then I bought a 24" widescreen LCD. :)
Kim spotted these hybrid disks, with DVD on one side and High Definition on the other. It is easier to create a hybrid HD/DVD disc than Blu-Ray/DVD because of the differences in the formats. The backers of HD-DVD, including Intel, Microsoft and Warner, are hoping that this will prod consumers in their direction, thus avoiding another format war.
I have a couple of ancient webcams, but I was thinking of getting a newer one and putting my new fishtank on the web. :) Maybe I should read this digital webcam buyer's guide on DigitalGrabber. But before you buy a webcam, it pays to understand a little about how the technology of broadcasting images over the Internet works.
aftahours noticed this automatic graffiti machine.. interesting. Like a giant plotter. 7MB video tho, so dialuppers probably shouldn't bother.
From Martin: For those that haven't come up for air since Oblivion was launched: A beta patch here. If you are not experiencing any problems while running Oblivion, it is not recommended that you install this Beta Patch. If you do choose to install it, we strongly recommend you backup your save games and understand it may be necessary to re-install the game when the final patch is released.
Tweaktown have some first looks from Taiwan at things from the new "Universal ABIT" company created by USI's purchase of ABIT. Big things are about to happen at ABIT with not just motherboards but many other product segments. While ABIT have no plans to get back into manufacturing graphics cards, there will be plenty of other types of products to keep the crew at ABIT busy.
From Daztay: RE. to a link that Eazyduzit send in. I went and had a read... Linux is evil basically. After reading through most of the comments.. most thought it was a joke. Who knows..fun read. But it turns out her host runs linux not windows!!!!! An hour later I went back to the site ..page gone!!! Goto home page and there is a note "We are currently in the process of switching our hosting to Windows." That has topped if off ..HA HA :)
HWSecrets compare Intel's ViiV and AMD Live!, both standards for digital entertainment PC's. In this article you will learn the main specs for each platform and will see what you will be able to do with them.
From Scott: There is a metor shower happening this month with the best viewing tomorrow morning. More info here and here. In theory, in ideal conditions, under dark skies, up to 60 meteors per hour is possible (on the morning of Saturday May 6).
We've mentioned Seagate's 750GB hard drive a couple of times, but I think BigBruin have the first review of one, thanks Neil. The final formatted capacity of the 7200.10 was 698 GB. 52 GB was lost, which matches the typical percentage one can expect to lose when setting up a hard drive, but that number just seems higher given the massive size of the drive. I still use systems that don't even have 52 GB of space total!
HardOCP have an article about DirectX 10 & the Future of Gaming, thanks Gubblett. Since DirectX 10 is completely written from the ground up as a new API, a lot of the old overhead can be reduced.
PureOC have a 2x1GB DDR Memory Roundup, with kits from Corsair, Muskin and OCZ. Games such as Battlefield 2, F.E.A.R, Quake 4, and more recently Oblivion are setting an obvious trend that will only continue.
Lemming reminded me about the I am a Japanese School Teacher site, which I'm happy to see is still being updated! Hilarious stuff, but there's some strong language and it carries a severe time-suckage warning. :)
Xbit checked out a few high-capacity 2.5" hard drives. Today we would like to continue testing high-capacity 2.5-inch hard disk drives and within our today’s roundup we will introduce to you four new models from Samsung and Western Digital with 100GB+ storage capacities. We will not only compare them against one another but will also add up the results from our previous test session when we looked at the latest solutions from Seagate, Toshiba and Fujitsu.
GideonTech have their thoughts on the HD DVD vs Blu-Ray battle. If you've been watching this fight from the sidelines, confused by the differences between the competing standards, keep reading, and we'll explain some of the technical details behind the marketing hype.
Hexus cover the PhysX PPU. I chose to use GR:AW (pre-release code) for our first look at what a PhysX board will get you performance wise in a current game, using that to explain how the hardware is likely to shape up in the first generation of supporting titles that will mostly use effect-based physics to tack on extra visual effects.
Jaytech spotted this interesting video of sand reacting to sound. You probably want to turn your speakers down!
HWSecrets have a USB flash drive roundup. This time we brought five new models from Geil (David 100), Kingmax (Super Stick), Kingston (DataTraveller Elite and DataTraveller U3 Smart) and OCZ (Rally) and added them to our previous roundup, so we are comparing nine different USB flash drives.
aCe spotted this 7600GT shootout on VR-Zone. Today, we will be taking a look at seven different 7600GT graphics cards from six different manufacturers. The 7600GT will be the next card majority of the consumers will be looking to buy because it has a very affordable price tag. In effect, the 7600GT fills in the shoes of "6600GT" of the last Gen.
New Zealand have unbundled their local loop and forced Telecom NZ to separately account for various parts of its operation, thanks Sniper. This is something that has been suggested many times for Telstra in Australia. The Government says it has become increasingly concerned about the significant gap in broadband Internet performance between New Zealand and leading OECD countries.
Dan has more letters. Implausible antigravity, two kinds of pseudoscientific water, magical compression, a retail inquiry, another wine gizmo, car talismans, and someone very cross with me.
PC Perspective have some PhysX videos in Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfare and Cell Factor. We have a total of 4 videos from GRAW in order to demonstrate the differences in game play with and without a PhysX card installed. The Cell Factor video is also very impressive based on the compete interactivity the user has with the environment.
ArsTechnica ponder class-action lawsuits. Class-action lawsuits are common, especially when it comes to tech products. iPods, CDs, DVD rentals... you name the product and chances are someone has filed a class-action suit.
Phoronix have a GPU showdown in the newly-released Linux port of "X2 - The Threat". Today at Phoronix, we are performing a GPU showdown with a handful of popular graphics cards to see what reigns supreme as well as looking at what will be required to appropriately run the game with Linux.
This info from ddstohr: I am not sure if this has already been reported but recently I downloaded the March/April 2006 Xbox Backwards Compatibility update to my PC for my new Xbox 360 from Xbox.com.au. I downloaded the file 'default.xex' to my PC (around 3.7 MB), WinRared it to a separate file and then burnt it to a blank DVD.
After putting it into my Xbox 360, doing the update and re-starting the Xbox 360, I put in the old Xbox game 'Terminator: Dawn of Fate' and saw that it worked no probs. This game was on the list of official older Xbox titles that would work on the 360 after the update.
I then put in an old Official Australian Xbox Magazine demo disc with Star Wars Lego and the disc was recognised so I happily played Star Wars Lego on my Xbox 360!! Excellent graphics, reflections, etc!!! Sure it is only a demo but this game is not listed as being ready for the Xbox 360 yet!!
I then tried some more demos - Destroy All Humans - it worked!!! King Kong for Xbox - no worries again but crap graphics!! Need for Speed: Most Wanted - no worries but again crappy graphics compared to the Xbox 360. Of course some old Xbox demos did not work at all - Serious Sam II and Moto GP URT 3.
But now I will try out all my old Xbox demo discs to see what does work and what doesn't - it will be interesting if some newer Xbox games or demos not yet released for the Xbox 360 will work on my 360 over the coming months!!
Recently Agg put my design thread up in the interesting forum threads section of a news post. A number of members have since asked me what program I used to do the renders I had up in that thread. I used a piece of software called "Sketchup" by @last software. I found this program a few years back and ended up paying for a copy of it, but now thanks to the awesome people at Google you guys can download it for free. It's an awesome piece of design software and will allow you to create and share designs with other people. It now has built into it the ability to upload and download models from Google's newly created 3D Warehouse. It also plugs in to Google Earth.
AMD is recalling 3000 Opteron CPUs, that may not work properly under "extreme conditions", thanks Peter and BT. More info here. It only affects certain single-core x52 and x54 Opterons when 3 conditions are met. These three simultaneous conditions are: the running of floating point intensive code sequences; elevated CPU temperatures; and elevated ambient temperatures.
Bit-Tech were lucky enough to play with a Quad SLI setup. Are four GPUs better than two? The results are somewhat surprising, as we discover that NVIDIA's flagship graphics system isn't really ready for the big time yet.
Meanwhile, TechPowerUp compared Quad-SLI and CrossFire. We had the chance to put two identical retail 7900 GX2 QuadSLI and X1900 XTX CrossFire systems right next to each other and evaluate them. One of the surprises was that often one 7900GX2 alone performed better than the Quad SLI pair at low resolutions.
Driverheaven checked out the current not-quite-top-end video cards, being the X1800GTO and 7600GT. We’re taking a look at both today to ascertain which gives you the best value and performance.
From Eazyduzit: I don't know if this has already been submitted but if it hasn't it's good for a laugh... or a cry. I don't know if it's satire, but I had a bit of a chuckle... others might too. Some of the follow on posts are gold.
NGOHQ have a rant about Creative's X-Fi. I've been using onboard sound for years and haven't heard much about this issue before. According to users in their forums, most of the effected consumers are STILL having issues with the X-Fi series.
From Nick: I Don’t know if many of your readers still play counterstrike but I just thought I would send through information that the competition has already started for this year.* Website is www.eswc.com.au and this year they are playing Quake 4 and Counter-strike 1.6 with a qualifier in Brisbane, Perth and Melbourne this weekend I think.
From PW, about this PDF, which is a list of EVERY speed camera location in Victoria - just released by the Victorian Police Force, as the government has changed the policy about releasing the list. It's totally legal now.
Virtual-Hideout paid the Koolance factory a visit. Pretty much everyone has heard of Koolance and probably seen one of their dreamy machines cooling one serious gaming pc.
Usbmausii noticed that TDK are working on a 200GB Blu-Ray Disk. Though TDK couldn't compress four data layers per side, they did manage to make an extra layer on each side. The new 200GB from TDK has six layers for storage, an extra layer for each side.
TheTechLounge have a laser mouse roundup. Earlier in the year I was lucky enough to have gotten to play with 5 different laser mice from the likes of Microsoft, Razer and Logitech.
If you don't like Acrobat Reader, PCMech reckon Foxit Reader might be worth a look.
Phoronix tried NVIDIA's GeForce 6100 integrated graphics with new Linux drivers. Today we have taken the GeForce 6100 for another spin under Linux with the latest proprietary drivers to see how the integrated graphics are able to fair within a slew of gaming benchmarks.
Could water and nanowires be combined to form massive hard drives? NewScientist think so, thanks David. Jonathan Spanier, a team member from Drexel University, estimates that the wires could theoretically be used to make computer memory drives with a density of 10,000 terabits (1016 bits) of data per cubic centimetre. By contrast, current flash memory drives store about five gigabits (5 x 109) of data per cubic centimetre.
MadShrimps have a CPU cooler roundup. Eight new heatsinks are compared to 21 other air cooling solutions from different manufactures. We have some promising entries from Spire, Aerocool, Scythe, Thermaltake and Tuniq for you today.
From MoJoMaN: Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter (Ghost Recon 3) has gone gold and the demo is available from GameArena and Fileshack.Quick as a flash comes a Tweak Guide for it.
Teddy spotted these hypnosis tests.. something a little different to do in your lunch-hour I guess.
TrustedReviews have an editorial about living in the past. So while all of you will be saving up for PlayStation 3s and Xbox 360s, I’ll be buying a PlayStation 2 and raiding eBay for second hand games.
Xbit played with a quad SLI system. Check out how a GeForce 7900 quad SLI performs against rivals in over 10 games.
Snippets from Wayne: Microsoft's Stock Plunges $32 Billion Dollars. New use for the Google Maps API, used to plot homicides in the New York area. Half Life 2: Episode 1 Preloading Next Week.
Phoronix checked out SMP in Quake 4. The major feature to come down the pipeline in Quake 4 v1.2.1 is Hyper-Threading Technology and dual-core support for the Linux binaries.
Gideontech have an article about Opterons and coprocessors.. interesting. The only current co-processor on the market which slots directly into a Socket 940 Opteron motherboard and uses the HyperTransport Bus is the DRC Coprocessor Module.
Episode 4 of OCAU's Podcast is now available. This episode features an interview with case-modding maestro Defyant, as well as the usual technology chitchat between myself and Sciby.
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