Daylight savings is now in effect for NSW and VIC, with SA switching over soon. So, instead of being about 1:30pm, it's now about 2:30pm. If you find the forums timestamping is wrong, go to UserCP and change your settings. Unfortunately it's not always obvious which combination of settings is correct, so try a few until it's right.
Looks like Decayed.cell has done another big round of updates in his New System Part Recommendations page in the Wiki, including some new higher-end price categories.
Yesterday marked the beginning of National Motorcycle Awareness Week in Australia. With petrol prices a concern, quite a lot of people are turning to two-wheeled transport simply for economic reasons. This week we encourage all drivers to Please Look Twice and be aware of motorcyclists at intersections and in nearby lanes when driving. Of course, if we rode around naked all the time we'd have no trouble being noticed. :) If you're a rider or considering becoming one, check out OCAU.mc, our motorcycle club forums.
Redhairkid went to the recent Richmond Airshow we mentioned on the newspage recently. He shot some footage which we've mirrored as a 64MB AVI here. Lots of photos here in Photography and another thread here in OCAU.mc.
AusGamers have the new Need For Speed: Carbon demo available. Includes a Circuit track and a Drift track, and after you win those you unlock a Canyon Duel. 682MB! Discussion of this game going back several months here.
Tassie people who are sick of being left behind the mainland can quit their whining now that serious broadband is being trialled in Hobart. Dubbed the Tasmanian Collaborative Optical Leading Testbed (TasCOLT), the trial is a partnership between government and industry that will see broadband at speeds of up to 100Mbps provided to 1,000 business and residential addresses in Hobart.
NASA have an interesting little article about a smart satellite making decisions in orbit. EO-1 can re-organize its own priorities to study volcanic eruptions, flash-floods, forest fires, disintegrating sea-ice - in short, anything unexpected.
PhysOrg meanwhile look into some of the difficulties of computing in space. Computers have become far more powerful and faster in recent decades, but these advances have been largely confined to Earth. That’s because all computers sent into space must be "hardened" or protected against cosmic radiation prevalent outside the Earth’s atmosphere, a process that slows their performance and increases their size and cost.
Bit-Tech also take a look at the state of DRM. CD burners, Napster, and DeCSS came and went, and now Metallica has a contract to be on Napster's service while DVD Jon is writing protection instead of breaking it. So sit back, and let's take a musical trip through media, content protection, and your rights as the sucker with the dough.
LaptopLifestyle are replacing the keyboard in an ASUS A8J series. I'll be guiding you through the steps and pointing you through the trouble spots that I experienced, so that you won't have to go through them.
Murray sent in this news about laser and microwave weapons in use at airports. Raytheon announced this week that it won a US$4.1 million contract, with an option of US$1.2 million more to test its Vigilant Eagle Airport Protection System. The system aims electromagnetic energy at shoulder-fired missiles to throw them off course. Raytheon describes it as an invisible "dome of protection around airfields."
Dan has a couple more letters. The first is about depth of field, and digital cameras that're strangely unable to deliver very much of it. The second is about a 22-battery UPS.
Melbourne Cup Challenge (137MB): Official licenses including access to the Emirates Melbourne Cup Race, Flemington Race Course, Classic Caulfield, The Caulfield Cup, Royal Ascot Race Course, leading jockey Frankie Dettori, and more. Multiplayer online play for all platforms, allowing competitive and friendly play over the Internet. More info here.
Terrorist Takedown: Covert Operations (379MB): The player assumes the role of an American soldier serving in special forces -- lieutenant Jake Morche. You are given an extremely difficult mission to handle -- eliminate a drug cartel baron. Along with your team, you enter the enemies' territory to bring back peace in the region.
Sid Meier's Railroads (278MB): The Golden Age of railroading is back with Sid Meier's Railroads! Combining the best of real-world and model railroads, Sid Meier's Railroads! puts you in charge of building your own railroad empire, running everything from steam-powered locomotives to more modern diesel and electric trains, managing cargo and your bottom line, all while engaging in corporate warfare against rival tycoons, slick entrepreneurs and robber barons.
Sonic Riders (436MB): Gliding on air boards – which are performance-oriented for each playable character – gamers will experience a heightened sense of Extreme sports-style racing tension as Sonic and his pals perform tricks and stunts over treacherous wide-open terrain.
Warsow Full Version v0.21 for Linux (80MB): Standalone game for Windows and Linux. 3D Engine based on Qfusion (a modification of Quake 2 GPL engine.) eSport oriented FPS Fast-paced gameplay focused on trix (trick jumps) and art of move. More info here.
Made Man (196MB): The game revolves around the rise of a determined and ambitious Mafioso and takes the player from the jungles of Vietnam to the mean streets of the Big Apple. The game uses a third-person perspective and, through its multi-layered gameplay offers a dramatic insight to the world of organised crime, and those that inhabit it.
Earache Extreme Metal Racing Demo #2 (39MB): EARACHE EXTREME METAL RACING will feature ten evil Earache racing teams burning a lot more than rubber through hell and other wastelands. Along with themed tracks from the combatants on the starting grid there'll also be a plethora of extreme Earache classics making up the soundtrack of the game from such luminaries as Napalm Death, At The Gates, Cathedral, The Haunted, Hate Eternal, Cult Of Luna, Beecher, Urkraft, Anata, Mistress, Severe Torture and many others.
Medieval 2: Total War (511MB): Medieval 2: Total War is the latest release from the highly acclaimed developer, The Creative Assembly, who SEGA made headline news by acquiring in 2005. The game boasts an impressive array of new graphical and gameplay enhancements, including the capability for a massive 10,000 dynamic characters to be taken into battle at any one time.
Bionicle Heroes (336MB): Bionicle Heroes brings to life the most powerful and exciting LEGO characters ever seen in one game, in an action-packed world of adventure and discovery. Take control of a young hero as he steps out of the real world and into the strange and dangerous universe of Bionicle.
Google Maps for Mobile has been released and I thought I would give you a quick glimpse at what it's like and how it looked on my PDA phone.
If you have a recent high-end phone or PDA device, then simply browse over to this page (on your PC) and follow the instructions. What it involves is pointing your phone/PDA at "http://www.google.com/gmm" using either GPRS (Charges apply!) or WiFi and then installing a small java applet.
Here's a few screenshots of the applet running on my phone.
This can be discussed here in the Portable and Small Form Factor forum.
HWZone have a bit of a benchmark-fest going, with their Q3 2006 CPU Performance Charts posted. To better understand how they rank today along with the Core 2 series, we rounded up almost all available dual-core processors comprising of no less than 16 processors from the mainstream to the enthusiast class to form this article.
HWSecrets advise how to set up a RAID system. RAID stands for Redundant Array of Independent Disks and with at least two hard disk drives you can setup them as a RAID array in order to increase the disk performance or to improve data reliability.
Hexus are not happy about Vista's EULA. Is Microsoft in danger of alienating the entire worldwide community of PC self-builders by new conditions it's imposing for the use of retail versions of Windows Vista? We think it is - unless it backtracks before launch time in the new year.
Here's an odd (and probably not safe for work) one: Hexus checked out which video cards are best for rendering naughty bits. Virtually Jenna is the official video game of Jenna Jameson and since it uses the popular ThriXXX graphics engine to render it we figured this would be the best combination to test out ATI and NVIDIA graphics cards to see who is best when it comes to adult gaming performance.
Speaking of which, there's a bit of an uproar about a recent trailer for DOA: Xtreme 2 on the Xbox360. See the trailer (again, not work safe) here. CAD's equally-disturbing take is here. :)
Murray spotted a bizarre little internet-connected rabbit thing. Talking, singing and waggling its ears, this rabbit interfaces with Internet content as a high-tech toy of the new millenium.
SilentPCReview have a silent PC mod that is fanless, recycled and.. made of wood. Well, the over-case is. The PC simply slides in through the open rear of the wood sleeve. A couple of wheels from an old scooter and a pair of casters make moving the heavy PC easier.
From Sil80: Incase you haven’t announced it yet - Savage is now completely free. A great combination of FPS, RTS, and RPG - this is a lot of fun. They have made it free because it looks like Savage 2 will be out in the near future.
Lots of people sent word that Hong Kong-based gaming retailer Lik-Sang are out of business - and they lay the blame squarely on the shoulder of Sony's lawsuits. Sony claimed that Lik-Sang infringed its trade marks, copyright and registered design rights by selling Sony PSP consoles from Asia to European customers, and have recently obtained a judgment in the High Court of London (England) rendering Lik-Sang's sales of PSP consoles unlawful. Bit-Tech have their thoughts posted.
HWSecrets looked inside some switching power supplies. Everything you need to learn about the power supply internals: how it works, what are its main components and how to identify them. Including block diagrams, schematics and lots of pictures from inside the power supply.
XbitLabs meanwhile checked out some LCD monitor features. Over the next two days we would like to introduce to you 17 monitor models with the 20" and 21" screen targeted for different application fields and hence belonging to different price segments. Today we will look at 9 solutions from Acer, BenQ and NEC.
Germany are apparently planning to tax internet use. According to Reuters, all 16 German states have voted in a new law that will require Internet users to pay a licence fee of €5.52(£3.70) a month for each computer and mobile phone that can connect to the internet. There's a thread discussing this here in Current Events.
Wired have an interesting read about the first days of the iPod, including Bill Gates's first reaction to it. Gates' fingers, racing at Nascar speed, played over the scroll wheel and pushed every button combination, while his eyes stared fixedly at the screen. I could almost hear the giant sucking sound.
Everyone's hanging out for NVIDIA's G80 chip which arrives early next month. There's a huge discussion thread here and lots of pics of a retail card here.
Meanwhile NGOHQ have some interesting survey results, showing that the Radeon 9x00 family is the most widely-used video card among their readers at the moment. My recent 7600 GS AGP review showed a relatively cheap way to boost the speed of a machine with an R9800 Pro in it.
Ma Baker sends word that there's a group buy for OCAU's famous I'm not a Terrorist, I'm a Photographer tshirts underway in the Photography forum. This may be the last one for a while, so get into it if you're keen for a shirt.
Here's some very cool pics of a shuttle launch, taken from the International Space Station. Hmm, doesn't look high enough to me? Cool pics anyway.
Hyperstyle noticed a government statement about 100MB/s broadband in Brisbane. "This is a leading Smart State project that has the potential to boost the Queensland economy by $5 billion and create more than 15,000 jobs," Mr Beattie said. More info here, thanks Havic.
From toosocks: Just tried installing Firefox 2.0 and find that it disables lots of plugins and extensions (AIRoboform) being an important example. I've had to revert to 1.5 to get back the important bits. Might be worth pointing out to all. TweakGuides meanwhile have a FireFox 2.0 tweak guide already and ReadWriteWeb have an interview with Chris Beard from Mozilla.
If you're after some old gaming magazines, Computer Gaming World are offering 100 back-issues for free, downloadable in PDF format.
Koopz sent in this defend the fortress style timewaster. Not a bad one.. I got to level 15 then the tanks hammered me. :(
URGENT CALL FOR BLOOD
(link) Wednesday, 25-October-2006 01:09:15 (GMT +10) - by Agg
The Australian Red Cross Blood Service said today it is in urgent need of donors to come forward with less than 36 hours supply remaining nationally.
"We have half a million donors who support the 6 million Australians who have been, or will be, hospitalised this year," the National Operations Manager of the Australian Red Cross Blood Service, Dr Pip Hetzel, said.
"This time last year we needed 20,000 donations each week to maintain an adequate blood supply. This year, we're needing 21,000 donations every week to meet hospital needs.
"That 5% may not sound like much but it is.
"There's no substitute for blood. If people with cancer, heart disease, kidney and bowel disease, premature babies and accident victims are going to live, they need blood to survive."
"Quite simply, Australia isn't meeting the needs of Australians at the moment," she said.
She said that people requiring chemotherapy are particularly at risk, unless donors come forward urgently, as 30% of all blood donations go to people with cancer.
"Blood donation is one of the simplest ways to give something back to the community," Dr Hetzel said.
Episode 21 of the OCAU Podcast is now available for download. In this episode (recorded about a week ago) Sciby, Darkness and I chat about a range of topics including Google and YouTube, BF2142, Second Life, PC magic (and dwarves), our first net connections, folding on physics processors and a few other things. We also prove we know nothing about babies or economics.
You can grab this week's episode via iTunes here (you might need to subscribe (free!) in iTunes before you can see the new episode), or download the files direct from our server:
Remember to check out our Sponsor Specials Forum if you're shopping around for a bargain. Right now there's a few deals on ADSL gear, CPUs, LCD monitors and a few general component sales. One thread even offers you the chance to win a 22" LCD monitor if you buy a Zensonic media player bundle. Always worth keeping an eye on things in there. :)
A few people pointed out that Firefox 2.0 seems to have been uploaded to the mozilla FTP site a day early, with the launch scheduled for later today USA time. Some comments here on ArsTechnia.
The Independent have an article about some of the earliest computer games. Meanwhile this blog lists their 10 biggest computer flops of all time. Good to see Microsoft Bob yet again.
Tweaktown compared Radeon X1650 Pro video cards from GeCube, PowerColor, Sapphire and HIS. We will be looking at the cards alone with a pair in Crossfire mode to see what type of performance is on offer from one of ATI’s newest GPU’s.
HardCoreWare meanwhile compare PSUs. Today we're looking at eight power supplies from five different manufacturers. All of these units are compliant to at least the ATX12V 2.01 spec; some are 2.20.
Boy Scouts in Los Angeles can now earn a patch for respecting copyrights, thanks KP. Scouts will be instructed in the basics of copyright law and learn how to identify five types of copyrighted works and three ways copyrighted materials may be stolen. Ahh, but where's the "can source 0-day warez" patch?
ExtremeMHz checked out WinSAT. WinSAT stands for Windows System Assessment Tool. It is basically an application featured in the upcoming Ultimate version of Windows VISTA that conducts a number of tests, both during and after install, that will help determine your system's overall performance in order to provide you with some or all of its features.
Spanish site MadBoxPC have two articles (links are translated).. firstly some desk-modding and secondly, what not to do with LN2.
First, he experimented with lapping an E6700 heatspreader. Decided to lap my E6700 B1 IHS and it's the best lap job i've done so far compared to what I did on E6600s. E6600s didn't gain any clocks or temp reductions when lapped as the IHS was already flat. But E6700 cpu when i started to lap only the 4 corners went to copper for a while so the IHS was definitely concave!
Sabretooth spotted some info about Samsung's hybrid hard drive or HHD. Q: Will Windows XP users be able to enjoy the new drives or will it work only on Vista? A: HHDs are designed to work only with Vista. . Hmm, can't really see how/why that would be enforced.
Check out these cool flame fractals. Fractal Flames were created by Scott Draves in 1992 and are an "extension of the iterated function system class of fractals".
From DarthDVD_AU:some new information about the Optimus-113 (OLED) keyboard from thouse peski russians from artlebedev.com. more information on the Upravlator (its russian for controler) keyboard (which was thought to be a gaming keyboard). and the optimus is in production!!!!
Tech-Hounds have a GeForce 7900 GS roundup posted. We're taking a look at three flavors of GeForce 7900GS today: the ASUS EN7900GS, Gigabyte GeForce 7900GS TurboForce and Leadtek PX7900GS TDH Extreme.
From OneArmedMan: not even 24 hours after IE7 was released, and an exploit has been found.
Apple has apparently shipped some infected iPods, thanks Nick. More info here from Sparky2140.
You might have thought those AMD logos on the Ferrari F1 cars just meant sponsorship money had changed hands. HWSecrets reckon there's more to it than that. They are also providing the technology infrastructure for the car’s telemetry system, which collects data in real time and send to Ferrari team during the races, so they can check in real time if something is going wrong and also instruct the driver of corrections he should make in the way he is driving in order to achieve a higher performance during the race.
Trigger210 spotted news that the Halo movie has been canned. Both Universal and Fox Studios have pulled out of the Halo movie adaptation, citing rising movie costs and concern over the inexperience of first time director Neil Blomkamp.
Sniper sent in this page about hard drive recovery with videos and other suggestions of what to do when it all goes wrong (including, it seems, paying them to fix it. :) )
NGOHQ interviewed a marketing/PR person from PowerColor. PowerColor has already earned a good reputation and has become very well known as one of the most popular of ATI’s partners.
Wayne has put our previous 7600GS review onto Digg. So if you're a Digg member and liked that article, consider Digging it, thanks. :)
Mojoman notes that HP is now the #1 PC manufacturer, having reclaimed the title from Dell. Hewlett-Packard's market share increased 1.2 percentage points in the third quarter to 16.3 percent worldwide, Stamford, Connecticut-based Gartner Inc. said in an e-mailed statement yesterday. Dell slid to 16.1 percent on its slowest growth ever.
From Ambush: AVG has upgraded their AVG Antivirus Free Edition to 7.5 with improvements in heuristic virus detection, NTFS data stream scanning, smaller update files, an improved interface and Windows Vista support. AVG also offers AVG Anti Spyware Free.
Internet Explorer 7 is now available, thanks David. WindowsAtoZ have a quick look at some new features in it, and there's a thread here in our General Software forum.
The complete works of Charles Darwin are now viewable online for free. Most of the editions provided here appear online for the first time such as the first editions of Journal of Researches [or Voyage of the Beagle] (1839), The descent of Man (1871), The Zoology of the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle (1838-43) and the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th editions of the Origin of Species. Check 'em out here.
HotHardware has more info on AMD's 4x4 setup, which involves two dual-core CPUs. While Kentsfield in all likelihood will scale nicely in mutli-threaded applications and under heavy multi-tasking scenarios, the chip still shares a single front side bus, which unlike AMD's dedicated HT links for each dual core CPU, is a shared-bus architecture and potentially not as efficient. Time and benchmark data will tell the real story here of course.
Virtual-Hideout have a Mega Watercooling Roundup with 8 kits examined. Thanks to our great sponsors we were able to test the Swiftech, Vantec, Asetek, Thermaltake, Zalman, Alphacool, and Koolance kits. Each kit was installed as though it were the very first kit in order to preserve the actual experience anyone else might have. This meant unlearning some short cuts and going by any and all directions sent with each kit.
Inno3D GeForce 7600GS AGP Video Card
(link) Wednesday, 18-October-2006 18:08:09 (GMT +10) - by Agg
I've checked out this new video card from Inno3D, the GeForce 7600 GS AGP. That's right - AGP! Instead of a conventional review, I thought it would be interesting to see if this quite cheap mid-range card can be used to extend the life of a fairly grunty AGP-based machine. Can AUD $200 or so get you gaming in high resolution again, while you wait to move to PCI Express?
From White Rhino: Just thought I make a mention of the Iron Photographer compition again. September Voting is under way and entries are now open for the October competition.
PocketPCReviews have info on an "Australian upstart" making an all-in-one PC/TV system. The specs and pricing are quite decent, judging from this preliminary info sheet. OzIQ plan on having the 32" PC /TV on the shelves in a couple of weeks.
Sony has recalled another 60,000 batteries, this time from its VAIO laptops, thanks Jason. Last month Sony announced a global replacement program for its batteries used by other laptop makers but the company had insisted that batteries used in its own computers posed no risk.
HWSecrets have their thoughts on the Native CrossFire technology from ATI. Even though CrossFire is better than SLI in the way that you can hook two completely different video cards together (SLI requires that both cards to be exactly the same), it has two major drawbacks: you need a “master” (a.k.a. “CrossFire Edition”) video card to control CrossFire (“master” cards were hard to find when CrossFire was released) and the connection between the two cards are done thru a cable outside the PC. ATI is now fixing these two problems with a new CrossFire version, called “Native CrossFire”.
Tweaktown checked out some high-speed WiFi being demonstrated by Intel. At a range longer than 10 meters, Intel are recommending the upcoming 802.11n standard which has greater range than 802.11g by about 20 meters AND improves on throughput massively by offering up to 540Mbit/s compared to just 54Mbit/s offered by 802.11g.
Shaun spotted this cool new product from Sun: Project Blackbox. It's a portable, self-contained datacentre that, when fully loaded, would rank among the world's top 200 supercomputers.
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Lots more pics here. Interestingly, it seems to rely on watercooling (like an old-school "real" datacentre :) ) with water in and water out, and heat-exchangers inside the unit. They have some theoretical scenarios for the datacentre-in-a-box, too.
(link) Wednesday, 18-October-2006 04:15:07 (GMT +10) - by Agg
It's always cool when a PCDB entry walks us through a mod or an upgrade with pictures. In Illusionist2002's entry we can see as he strips the PC down, makes a top window with fan, and installs a dual-radiator watercooling setup:
ATI Radeon X1950 Pro
(link) Tuesday, 17-October-2006 18:20:44 (GMT +10) - by Agg
ATI have a new mid-range graphics card, the Radeon X1950 Pro. This is based on their 80nm "RV570" core and, interestingly, provides "native CrossFire", so you no longer need CrossFire Edition "master" cards or external dongles. Bringing ATI's high-end features into the mid-range gives gamers blistering performance and gorgeous image quality that's unmatched at this price. The Radeon X1950 Pro shows that ATI is taking gamers' feedback to heart with the introduction of new native CrossFire technology to make it easier than ever for gamers to get up and running with a CrossFire setup.
One interesting note from the press-release: For Folding enthusiasts, the GPU clients now available for Stanford University's Folding@home distributed computing project also support the Radeon X1950 Pro. For information on the project and how you can use your ATI GPU to contribute to disease research, please visit the Folding@home website at http://folding.stanford.edu. Or you can check out our Folding page here.
Battlefield 2142 has a patch out already, at 17MB. I can't see anything obvious in the textfile saying what the update fixes, though.
Tech-Report have their thoughts about folding on GPUs. There's still a lot of discussion going on about this here in our Team OCAU forum.
Wired have an interesting article about catching a MySpace predator with the help of a script. The automated script searched MySpace's 1 million-plus profiles for registered sex offenders -- and soon found one that was back on the prowl for seriously underage boys.
WTF? Apparently deep-fried coca-cola is the latest hit at US state fairs. The gooey Coke-battered nuggets topped with cola syrup won the "most creative" title at the Texas state fair in Dallas last month. I can feel my arteries hardening, just reading that article.
Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (a version of which powers OCAU's servers beer and BBQ) is moving away from ReiserFS, a file system who's creator is suspected of murdering his estranged wife. As it happens, we moved from ReiserFS to XFS with our latest round of server upgrades, largely due to issues with database performance and CPU load.
Quan-Time spotted this guy who takes his hover-backpack very seriously. Andreas is designing and building a turbine-powered personal flying suit. In principle this is going to be similar to the well-known "Bell Rocket Belt", the difference is the power plant and controlling of the unit.
Hexus have posted some musings about AMD's position and future. There is also a lot of confusion over when exactly AMD will be releasing its quad-core parts. Most sources are still saying the middle of 2007, but an AMD representative recently mentioned to me something about Q1, and there are even some rumours of a November 3rd launch. However, the latter could be confused with the launch of 4x4, which appears to be two dual-core Opterons on Socket F rebranded as Athlon 64 FX and placed on a dual-socket motherboard.
Dan has more letters. In the latest issue: Twisting cable, oil cooled computing, heat pipe fluid, the Virtual Drive of Annoyance, mobile gaming and RJ naming.
Xbit have part 3 of their Core 2 Duo memory roundup, with DDR2-800 kits from Corsair, Crucial, GeIL, G.Skill, Kingston and Mushkin.
Dopefish spotted a bizarre bit of info about what seems to be borderline in-game spyware in EA's Battlefield 2142. People are reporting a slip of paper in the retail box which advises "When you use the Software while connected to the Internet, the Advertising Technology may record your Internet Protocol address and other anonymous information ("Advertising Data"). The Advertising Data is temporarily used by IGA to enable the presentation and measurement of in-game advertising and other in-game objects which are uploaded temporarily to your personal computer or game console and changed during online game play."
Sciby has posted a review of this watercooling kit from Swiftech. Given that before the kit arrived, he was a complete watercooling newbie, he's written it from the perspective of a newcomer to watercooling. Fortunately no major disasters ensued. :)
Speaking of game reviews, Gameshadow want you to look at the videos, play some demos and cast your vote for your favourite game in each catergory here.
Anandtech have posted their Intel Core 2 Chipset Power Consumption Shootout. Full article here.
Firing squad have a look at current day PCI Express performance here. What we’ve set out to do with this article is to take an updated look at PCI Express performance with newer titles than what we initially used a few years ago, since PCI Express first debuted in 2004 we’ve seen more shader-intensive titles like F.E.A.R. be introduced, as well as more demanding benchmarks like 3DMark 06.
Interesting read here about online communication replacing the mailbox. Like the phone booth before it, the blue street-corner mailbox is rapidly becoming a casualty of the digital age. As more people send e-mails and pay bills online, the decline in first-class mail is forcing the U.S. Postal Service to remove tens of thousands of underused mailboxes from city streets.
DailyTech chat with the VooDooPC about their recent aquisition by HP.
And finally on the spam front, BT is implementing what it says is world’s first fully-automated ‘spam buster’ system designed to detect and block professional spammers and ‘botnet’-infected customers using the BT broadband network. Full read here, on IT Wire.
Graham sends in news that Daemon Tools version 4.06 is out, supporting Vista in both 32bit and 64bit versions.
The new Microsoft Windows Vista is coming soon and everyone is asking if their system will be able to run it - and how well will it run? Those questions are answered for VIA AMD platform chipset users in this article on Viaarena.
From the guys over at Hothardware.com: We spent a little time at this year’s DigitalLife show in the Big Apple, and have just posted up some tasty photos (especially the one of Carmen Electra…mmm) and commentary. We’ve got highlights from AMD, ATI, NVIDIA, HP/Voodoo, Ageia, and a handful of others. Check out the full write-up here.
ATI have a tool out that will help you assess the upgradeability of your computer to Windows Vista™ and can provide you with guidance for your computer’s unique configuration and the minimum, recommended, and optimal user experience.
ExtremeMHz have a guide posted up on making your Windows XP have the Vista 'Look n' Feel'.
From the Phoronix crew: It has been six months since ATI Technologies had introduced Radeon X1000 support in their Linux fglrx display drivers. But how has the support evolved with their monthly driver releases? At Phoronix we have retested the last six display drivers with a Radeon X1k product to answer this question. Full read here.
Jamie sent in this article about the corporate dominated gaming scene and lack of originality and how unique ideas may be popping up again in the near future... Full article here.
Hardwareoverclock Austria has posted their monthly forceware driver performance comparison. They have tested the last 91.xx and 92.xx forceware drivers, betas and official versions.
From Phalanx: Despite the axing by the Sci-Fi channel, it seems SG-1 isn't dead yet. Two DVD movies are to be made to finish out the series!
Sniper found this neat (hurr) standalone noise reducer application and noise reduction plug-in for Photoshop and compatible hosts. More info on Neat Image here.
Interesting Forum Threads
(link) Sunday, 15-October-2006 09:11:56 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Due to popular demand we've made a few new forums over the last month or so. A dedicated Electronics forum has been split off from the Modding forum. Similarly, Geek Grog has split off from Geek Food, giving the homebrewers and vodka wa.. err, enthusiasts, a place of their own. We have a forum for Musicians who are learning, playing and writing music and, most recently, a forum for Science news and discussion.
Motoring and Photography have both received facelifts recently, with extra forums including dedicated trading marketplaces for each.
(link) Saturday, 14-October-2006 12:13:26 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Optus D1, the first of their fourth generation satellites, has been successfully launched and placed into geostationary orbit. Optus D1, built by US manufacturer Orbital Sciences Corporation will be positioned at 160 degrees East and will provide direct TV broadcasts, Internet links, voice and data services for Australia and New Zealand. Its design life is 15 years.
Tech-Report are the latest to check out NVIDIA's Quad SLI technology. But does Quad SLI live up to its practically built-in hype? Can running four GPUs in tandem catapult you into a zone of pure extremeness, where new frames flow like water, object edges are feathery smooth, and textures are so perfectly mapped to surfaces that you're utterly convinced they're real?
A jury has awarded over eleven million USD in damages for internet-based defamation. Scheff says she wanted to make a point to those who unfairly criticize others on the Internet. "I'm sure (Bock) doesn't have $1 million, let alone $11 million, but the message is strong and clear," Scheff says. "People are using the Internet to destroy people they don't like, and you can't do that."
Speaking of blogs, Intel now have one. The blog offers an "inside look" at Intel’s IT operations and provides opportunities for you to exchange ideas directly with the IT experts who keep Intel’s business running and growing.
Here's a cool DIY laptop cooler - and I quite like the iPod stand, too. Pictures of the finished product. Could paint it... won't.
Here's a bit more about the Vista license terms people are concerned about. Under the new program, a copy of Vista that's judged to be in violation of its license, or is counterfeit, is disabled after a set period, leaving the user access only to the default Web browser, and then only for an hour at a time.
From Justin, info on the world's first true HDR display: "BrightSide claim they can achieve such startling results by simultaneously producing blacks 10x darker as well as whites 10x brighter than conventional displays. In fact, their unique back light technology is so bright that it is water-cooled, sporting not one but two 120x240mm radiators similar to a Black Ice Extreme II."
Transmeta are apparently suing Intel for patent infringement. Transmeta alleges that Intel infringed on one of its patents when it inserted a technology called "enhanced SpeedStep" into its models, said John Horsely, Transmeta's general counsel. Enhanced SpeedStep essentially slows down a chip when not in use to cut power consumption.
In a follow-up to an earlier story, ICANN say they won't delete spamhaus's domain, even if a court orders them to. In a statement, ICANN said that it is not party to the legal action, and cannot comply with any order requiring suspension because the organization does not have the ability or the authority to do so.
Bit-Tech report on the declining state of Counter-Strike, still a hugely popular game after so many years. Valve's answer has been to update CS:S and leave 1.6 alone, try to improve gameplay and the like. We take a look at how successful those changes in recent months have been on the next page.
From Matex: A small Aussie company has made some software called Orbysearch, and what it does, is it acts as a piece of software that brings google, amazon.com, ebay etc together into 1 interface, and searches them all. Handy if you want a book or something and cbf searching amazon and ebay. Looks free as well, can't see any spyware or banners in the program, so good for a goer! Has a few neat other features too.
Laptop gamers out there will be interested to hear that nVidia has officially announced their latest mobile GPU, the Geforce Go 7950GTX. A press release from nVidia here. There is some coverage also at Hot Hardware and Legit Reviews.
vkinetic sent in some experiences he's been having with XP's genuine detection facility. A system I built for one of my customers, with genuine XP Home installed, suddenly was showing the non-genuine Windows message, and the customer could not receive MS security (and custom) updates. We were able to re-authorise the copy (or at least we received the message from MS that the copy was already authorized), and from that point we could download and install the critical updates. But upon rebooting we again received the same messages and were unable to download the custom updates. Apparently MS are working on a fix. You can find more info here and here.
We get in a lot of news and reviews from PC Perspective. They have a write-up on their recent Server Upgrade. Information on OCAU's servers can be found in the OCAU Wiki. I didn't think our upgrade was that long ago. Where has all that time gone?
No doubt everyone has their take on the recent acquisition of YouTube by Google. DigitalTrends have posted their thoughts on Google, YouTube, and Apple. With everyone focused on the incredibly expensive acquisition of YouTube by Google, attention once again drifted away from the Apple connection to Google and what may be the big long term plan jointly being executed by both companies. So let’s take a moment to lay it out. It also appears that YouTube might be sued by a Finnish Broadcasting Corporation.
The Tech Lounge have an article discussing Computers and Cat Litter. Worth a read if you have an indoor cat and use kitty litter as those intake fans don't just suck in air! If that sort of article interests you, I'm sure you can expect more similar stuff in Dan's New Blog.
The Tech Zone have published an article celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Hard Drive. Speaking of storage, Wayne Kruse sent word that Hans Reiser (the programmer behind the Linux file systems ReiserFS and Reiser4) has been arrested in suspicion of murder. Also, here's an interesting thread on eCoustics on whether HD-DVD and Blu-Ray are both doomed.
VR-Zone have an article discussing how the 2007 Dual Core Battle is looking between Intel and AMD. Intel plans to counter 65nm AMD "Antares" dual core processor with their 45nm "Wolfdale" dual core processor based on Penryn core architecture. If all the latest releases of CPUS and sockets is confusing you, check out the Desktop CPU Comparison Guide which has just been updated by TechARP for a quick refresher.
ArsTechnia have an interesting article about Disney-ABC and piracy. "So we understand piracy now as a business model," said Sweeney in a recent analyst call. "It exists to serve a need in the marketplace specifically for consumers who want TV content on demand and it competes for consumers the same way we do, through high-quality, price and availability and we don't like the model. But we realize it's effective enough to make piracy a key competitor going forward. And we've created a strategy to address this threat with attractive, easy to use ways to for viewers to get the content they want from us legally; in other words, keeping honest people honest."
ExtremeTech take a look at AMD's quad-core Barcelona architecture. It's probably fair to suggest that Barcelona is to the current Opterons as Intel's Core 2 is to the Pentium M - designed from the ground up, on a base of the old with a lot of new stuff rolled in.
IBM meanwhile have ramped up their Power6 chip to 5GHz. By doubling the frequency of its current Power5 design, IBM is swimming against the current of recent chip designs that sacrifice frequency for power efficiency. Instead, IBM cut its power draw by making the chip more efficient, with improvements like computing floating point decimals in hardware instead of software, he said.
Spamhaus warn there may be more junkmail on the way now that their domain is due to be suspended. According to Spamhaus, more than 650 million Internet users - including those at the White House, the U.S. Army and the European Parliament - benefit from Spamhaus' "blacklist" of spammers that helps identify which messages to block, send to a "junk" folder or accept. Losing the domain name would make it more difficult for service providers and others to obtain the lists.
Jimms sent word of a broken up internet warning. The internet was increasingly being shaped by companies and organisations at the "edges" and not by government, public sector bodies and regulators, he said.
XbitLabs took another look at NVIDIA's Quad SLI. We’re going to give quad SLI a second try today to see if it has matured enough to be truly useful.
PCI Express 2.0 is nearly here, report News.com. The central feature of the base version of PCI Express 2.0 is a speed boost. It doubles each serial line's data transfer rate from 2.5 gigabits per second to 5Gpbs. But future enhancements also are in the works. One will support high-end graphics cards that slurp 225 or 300 watts of power, said The 451 Group analyst Greg Quick in a report Friday.
Dan has more letters. In this edition: Anti-rust gizmos, vintage digicams, electric candles, dodgy headset mics, new drivers for an old card, bike light fiddling, pee-wee planes, and a strange lady.
From n20: found this site while viewing vids on youtube. its about an event thats going to take place on October 15 - 16 to remind the 189 leaders in the world that pledged to end world poverty by 2015. it is also an attempt to set a Guinness World Records as well.
Wired have an article about generating power from kites. Research by Sequoia Automation, the small company near Turin heading the project, estimates that KiteGen could churn out one gigawatt of power at a cost of just 1.5 euros per megawatt hour. That's nearly 30 times less than the average cost in Europe of 43 euros per megawatt hour.
NYTimes have their thoughts on Spore. If anyone can pull it off, it’s Will Wright. This is the guy who made the urban planning simulation SimCity into one of the all-time top-selling games in history. There is probably no one alive who has a comparable track record of combining arcane scientific theories and compulsively addictive entertainment. But even Wright hasn’t tried to simulate an entire universe before.
TechPowerUp went to IDF Prague and have some info on terascale computing. A Terascale computer is a machine that can perform one trillion operations per second, more than 50 times of what today's high-end CPUs can achieve. But Terascale is about much more than just building a CPU that can go that fast.
AGEIA have released a new physics benchmark called RealityMark. It allows you to benchmark the performance of your system including a PhysX card if you have one.
RealityMark is based on a version of CellFactor: Combat Training from Artificial Studios and Immersion Games. It utilizes a pre-scripted gameplay sequence much like a time demo to compare in-game performance of hardware and software PhysX. The scripted sequence is played once with the PhysX processor enabled and a second time with it disabled to determine the relative performance of each.
If you DON'T have a PhysX card installed, the benchmark runs software-accelerated physics only, and informs you of your performance relative to a standard PhysX-equipped PC.
You can get a sneak peek on YouTube here and here. There's a thread for comparing results here in the Games forum.
Futurelooks have posted up some gaming statistics. It's worth having a look to see if you fall under any of them. I do, but I'm not telling you which one it is. While you're over there, also check out Futurelooks' Top Five Complaints about Computer Hardware.
Those case modders who are handy with a hammer and chisel might want to check out this article on building a Wooden PC for some inspiration. Futurama fans might prefer something along the lines of this which I didn't find disturbing at all.
Scott from TechReport has posted up his thoughts on ATI and Stream Computing. ATI is using the phrase "stream computing" to refer to the class of applications more commonly referred to under the GPGPU label, an acronym which refers to general-purpose processing on a graphics processing unit. Some pretty impressive applications and results reported in that article.
HEXUS have posted their thoughts on how AMD are helping Intel get back its market share. Intel seem to be doing pretty well themselves with their Core 2 Duo chips. Both are represented pretty well in TechReport's October 2006 system guide.
Does anyone know what Mt. Rainier is? TheTechZone wonder if it is necessary given that that Vista will support it. Those (like me) who would benefit from know what it is, can go here first. Still with Vista, TR-News have investigated the affect of the new Aero interface on power consumption.
Decayed.Cell sent a link which seems to indicate that SATA may replace ATAPI as mainstream for DVD burners in 2007. Those more interested in what ports the hackers are connecting to rather than their DVD burner should head over to BigBruin to check out their write up on securing your networked computer/s.
A few guides to help you get through life. DvHardware have a guide to buying cheap laptops, PC Modding Malaysia perform a Biostar TForce P965 Deluxe VDIMM Pencil Mod and TweakGuides have posted their BF2142 tweak guide.
Speaking of which, what happened to all the Intel/NVIDIA rumours? DigiTimes reckon something is in the works but not a full buyout. Still just rumours tho.
Sniper spotted a Wired article on the game Bully from Rockstar Games, creators of the Grand Theft Auto series. There was an uproar about this game portraying violent retribution for schoolyard bullying, but the article says the actual game is surprisingly different to expected. The game, critics somberly predicted, would inspire vicious acts of copycat bullying nationwide. Except -- whoops -- here's the thing: It turns out the game doesn't glorify bullying at all.
From Anthony: Hi there, just thought I'd let you know for all your WA community, that TheWest.com.au has just been re-launched and is set to go up against news.com.au, TheAge.com.au etc as WA's local online news resource. Think it might be worth a mention, because the old site was not that flash, but the new improved site is very impressive.
TheTechZone have an interview with Tim from Pandora, about their interesting online music service. The other half of Tim’s workdays is spent traveling across the U.S. talking to people about Pandora and the future of digital music. He mainly frequents colleges and universities setting up lectures and question and answer sessions with students and townspeople in what he calls town hall meetings.
Anandtech have a high-end buyer's guide. To recap, our definition of the high-end is that the systems focus on achieving optimal performance with price being less of a concern. This does not mean that price is not a concern, however, as there is still a huge difference between a $2000 computer and a $5000 computer - and we'll look at both today.
Battlefield 2142 (1.5GB): The latest installment of this hugely popular series. Huge BF2142 thread here in our Games forum. Before you commit to the big download, you might want to check out people's comments on it.. feedback has been, shall we say, "mixed". :)
Star Wars Empire At War: Forces of Corruption (634MB): Exciting new land-tactical options like customizable, upgradeable bases and guerilla warfare allow for innovative battlefield tactics. Take command of and confront new fighting units for all factions (Rebel B-wings, Imperial TIE interceptors, Super Star Destroyers and more).
Dominions 3: The Awakening (99MB): Dominions 3: The Awakening, is the follow up to the acclaimed fantasy strategy game, Dominions 2: The Ascension Wars. While that game set the bar for rich, engrossing turn-based fantasy strategy gaming, Dominions 3: The Awakening seeks to raise it once more.
Age of Empires 3: The Warchiefs (541MB): The expansion pack will build off of the exciting real-time-strategy gameplay of "Age of Empires III," providing players with the ability to lead one of three proud Native American civilizations, including the Iroquois Confederation, to expand their empire and fight for control of the Americas.
Flight Simulator X (Demo #2) (837MB): The Flight Simulator X trial version includes two airports, three missions, and three different aircraft. All of the missions take place at St. Maarten in the Caribbean.
Football Manager 2007 (273MB): PC Strawberry - This file includes playable leagues from Brazil, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Scotland, Spain & Sweden, and Danish, English, Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, Norwegian, Portuguese & Swedish languages, with all relevant kits, player photo´s and graphics.
Championship Manager 2007 (133MB): Championship Manager 2007 has a completely new look with new skins, menu shortcuts and a dynamic side bar, all ensuring that every gaming taste is catered for. The introduction of an International Management option enables players to manage their country and be a part of the biggest football tournament in the world.
DEFCON (61MB): The World's first Genocide 'em up. It's Global Thermonuclear War, and nobody wins. But maybe - just maybe - you can lose the least.
Matt sent word that another episode of MariposaHD.tv has been released. This one seems to be even less technology-related than previous ones.. but if you want to show off your HDTV setup I guess this is one way. :)
Dan checked out some vintage IBM keyboards. There's a very butch "industrial" one, a lazily designed but highly usable space-saver, and a split 'board that has to be seen to be believed.
From Bary: In case you weren't aware the Impossible Music Festival is on right now and will go through until midnight on Sunday. The set list is here.
Phoronix have compared the open and closed drivers from ATI's R300. Five months ago to the day, we had compared the open-source and fglrx display drivers here at Phoronix for the ATI R200 generation components. However, how do the drivers compare for the newer R300 generation components?
LegionHW compared the Radeon X1650 Pro and GeForce 7600 GS chipsets in the mid-range arena. Although some of the real-world gaming performance was much the same, there were a few titles that seemed to slightly favor a particular card.
Sniper sent word that MS are considering Vista coupons for the holiday season. As part of the deal, designed to drive PC sales though the holiday season, Microsoft will include coupons in each Windows XP SKU that will entitle users to a free or discounted Vista upgrade when the next-generation operating system ships in the first quarter of 2007, industry sources said.
From Greg: Yawn. So Dlink plans to release a phone that will do either GSM or VOIP at the press of Vclick. Yawn.. Nokia E70 already does that without the need to press a button - you can set default to dial on VOIP if in range of an AP, or else use GSM.
HotHardware spotted Intel investing in PowerVR video cores. PowerVR video cores support a wide range of compressed video formats including MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264, WMV, and VC-1 for single and multiple streams from SD to HDTV formats.
Virtual-Hideout have a rant about what Vista won't fix. Say you are searching for some music (opera for example), but you also have a program called "Opera" that you happen to use as your internet browser. Vista will just assume that you want to run Opera.exe when you hit enter, and not do a search for it.. $#%^@
Bern spotted a phone that does GSM and WiFi. With a press of the V-CLICK button, the phone activates or deactivates the Wi-Fi connection that allows users to access websites or an Internet phone service.
Here's an interesting visual representation of the internet, thanks Wayne. The graph reflects 926,201 IP addresses and 2,000,796 IP links (immediately adjacent addresses in a traceroute-like path) of topology data gathered from 22 monitors probing approximately 865,000 destinations spread across 77,678 (50% of the total) globally routable network prefixes.
DigitalTrends went along to the WIRED NextFest 2006 recently. It’s a showcase of emerging technology that could one day change the world we live in.
PCMechanic reckon that RTFM is important, and proves it by finding some little-known but handy features in Notepad. But you would have known them, had you bothered to read Notepad's help.
Andypoo sent word that Skype 1.3 for Linux has gone gold! And if it doesn't work, we know who to blame.. :)
Here's an odd little timewaster.. Line Rider from hiroroolz.
Microsoft will apparently cripple pirated Vista installs, thanks Nick. According to a White Paper issued by the company yesterday, Microsoft will severely limit what the operating system does when the product hasn't been properly activated, using a product key, after 30 days.
From Brad: While France is powering ahead with electric car production like this great looking and very fast Venturi Fetish, Australia has difficulty in getting even one electric car on the road.
Speaking of which, Ben sent in this enviro-supercar from VW, the EcoRacer. At the Tokyo Motor Show, Volkswagen is presenting its EcoRacera mid-engine diesel sports car with fuel consumption as low as 3.4 liters/100km (69 mpg US) and a maximum speed of 230 km/h (143 mph).
LoopGoose meanwhile spotted another engine, based on Hydration of Magnesium. Magnesium is reacted with water to generate hydrogen gas and magnesium oxide. The new engine utilizes the hydrogen gas. The magnesium oxide as a by-product of the hydration reaction is resolved into magnesium by using solar light pumped laser.
Hexus have a 3-way shootout of Radeon X1650 Pro video cards. GeCube, HIS and Sapphire fired boards our way, and it's those we present in this piece.
From ntwc, word that Speedfan 4.30 is out. SpeedFan is a freeware program that monitors voltages, fan speeds and temperatures in computers with hardware monitor chips.
Wow, busy night on the news page tonight. Here's more for you.
Chris Thomson has posted an article on Silent PC Review on a Superquiet Superclocked DIY Core 2 Duo System. He comments that the system is barely audible. In fact by comparison, his laptop is outrageously loud. I'm sure things will be quieter still if we could somehow incorporate this new Magnetic Fridge technology Blake told us about.
UKGamer have had a look at Samsung's Blu-Ray disc player with some interesting comments. Sadly it does seem that content will be the problem for early adopters. Most journalists I spoke to were unimpressed with the picture quality and it was clear on most of the titles we saw there was a lot of noise in the picture, visible even from a distance.
This year's Intel Developer Forum (IDF 2006) has just wrapped up and TechReport have posted their coverage. There is some more coverage on PC Perspective. On the other side of the fence, Penstarsys have an article on what AMD's recent acquisition of ATI will mean for computing. Contains a nice discussion on GP-GPUs and why it might give AMD an edge over Intel.
Technibble have posted an article on Knowing your Power Supply. In this article we discuss the one component your whole computer depends on: the Power Supply Unit. Any computer, no matter how perfectly planned, prepared or assembled, will fail to boot, sputter, smoke and eventually die if connected to an inadequate, weak or just plain faulty power supply.
Some TopGear stuff sent in from koopz. A large, but chuckle-worthy download of a TopGear Battlefield 2 parody. Whilst waiting for the download to complete, check out these TopGear time wasters.
Nick has sent word that a new data transmission record has been set at a whopping 14 Tbps. He also sent a link to an article about why Firefox is to be renamed in Debian Linux. Speaking of Linux, Slackware 11.0 is now out in case you didn't know.
Holdennutta informs us that Apple has released an update to iTunes 7.0.1. Visit Apple's website here to grab it. Then head into the forums to share your experiences in this thread.
Creative Labs asked bit-tech to build them something to showcase their new X-Fi. A nice walkthrough the modding process with some very impressive results. You've already seen the music amp mod that we created for the X-Fi. Check out how Chris 'eddie_dane' Newman and Dave 'macroman' Williams put together an Orac-style gaming system.
We'll wrap it up with a couple of guides. ExtremeMHz have a Extreme Guide to Lightscribe Labeling while TheTechZone have posted an LCD Monitor Guide focusing on contrast and brightness.
Congrats to Troy Bayliss!
(link) Tuesday, 3-October-2006 10:03:34 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Hailing from Taree NSW, Troy won the world championship in 2001 and spent the last 3 years in MotoGP, before returning to WSB with a bang in 2006, winning 8 of the first 12 races and sealing the championship before the last round of the season.
Good luck to fellow Australian Kevin Curtain, who is taking his own battle down to the line, leading the World Supersport Championship into the final round at Magny-Cours.
Folding on ATI GPUs - also, fold to win!
(link) Tuesday, 3-October-2006 00:47:53 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Using the computational power of your GPU for Folding@Home is finally possible - if you own a video card with one of ATI's X1900 GPUs. The R580 (in the X1900XT, etc.) performs particularly well for molecular dynamics, due to its 48 pixel shaders. Currently, other cards (such as those from nVidia and other ATI cards) do not perform well enough for our calculations as they have fewer pixel shaders. Also, nVidia cards in general have some technical limitations beyond the number of pixel shaders which makes them perform poorly in our calculations.
The GPU client beta is available for download from here. There's a FAQ here and a thread in our Team OCAU forum here. Remember, OCAU is Team 24!
In fact, now's a perfect time to rekindle your interest in Folding@Home - because you can win one of 5 PC's simply by producing 2000 points for Team OCAU.
An Australian programmer has found an important missing word from Neil Armstrong's famous (but some say incorrect) first words on the moon. Without the missing "a," Armstrong essentially said, "One small step for mankind, one giant leap for mankind."
Here's a useful guide to the UNIX command line environment. Learn how to leverage the many shortcuts that the UNIX(R) shell provides. With a little practice, you'll work smarter, not harder.
Lenovo and IBM are the latest to recall laptop batteries manufactured by Sony due to fire concerns. Both Apple and Dell announced in late August that the companies would join Hewlett-Packard and Lenovo at a summit meeting in San Jose, California to discuss manufacturing standards for lithium-ion based batteries made for portable as well as handheld electronics.
OCClub have a guide to turning your DFI nForce4 Ultrra-D into the SLI version. So all that is stopping you from activating SLI on your supposedly non-SLI board is one tiny electrical connection.
Wired have an interesting article about the world of maps in the modern era. At least 60 million people regularly consult online maps, and last year 1.2 million cars were sold with built-in navigation systems, a number that has quadrupled over the past three years.
TechARP have a mobile CPU comparison guide posted. Currently covering over 390 mobile CPUs, this comprehensive comparison will allow you to easily compare up to 14 different specifications for each and every CPU!
Over 340 years of scientific papers from the Royal Society are freely available online until December. The archive provides a record of some key scientific discoveries in the last 340 years, including Halley's description of his comet' in 1705, details of the double helix of DNA by James Watson and Francis Crick in 1954 and Edmond Stone's breakthrough in 1763 that willow bark cured fevers, leading to the discovery of salicylic acid and later the development of aspirin.
ArTy sent word of HP buying VoodooPC, in a similar manner to Dell's purchase of Alienware a while ago. VoodooPC's owner has a blog with info here. More info here.
From Angus: Cool photography thread about a timelapse movie made with a Canon 20D Digital SLR. Very nicely done and good quality. The Airport landing sequence at LAX is awesome! I've mirrored the file here (84MB) to avoid hammering their webhost too hard. :)