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Misc Pics (13 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 14-December-2018  13:24:09 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to mpot, Axe and Zee this week. Remember our Crucial Christmas Treasure Hunt is on Monday night!

OCAU Crucial Christmas Treasure Hunt! (31 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 13-December-2018  16:17:15 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Crucial have been kind enough to provide us some goodies to give away! I've left it a bit close to Christmas so I might give away the rest in the new year, but for a quick bit of fun over the weekend I'm going to run a little treasure hunt on OCAU.

First prize pack:
- 1x Crucial P1 1TB nVME M.2 SSD (as reviewed on OCAU here, but a new one in box)
- and a dark grey Crucial polo shirt in M (the only colour/size available, sorry!)

Second prize pack:
- 1x Crucial BX500 480GB 2.5" SSD
- and a nice grey Crucial gym towel

How can you enter? At around 8PM Sydney time (AEDT) on Monday the 17th of Dec I will post a new thread in OCAU's forums. The first step will be to find that thread that I post, under my Agg account. That thread will contain 3 challenges, which will involve following instructions to find particular words or clues around OCAU. The first and second people to post the correct answers into the thread will be the winners. In the case of heavy server load or any other strange occurrences affecting the result, I will decide on the winners at the time and my decision will be final.

Note: any attempts at cheating such as posting placeholder messages and editing them later will risk you being disqualified. Remember the admins can view historical versions of edited posts.

Any questions? Ask in this thread. Otherwise, stay tuned around 8pm Monday night and good luck!

Thursday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 13-December-2018  15:43:40 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
GIGABYTE Z390 Aorus Pro (Intel Z390) Motherboard on Tweaktown.
Biostar X470 GT8 on Vortez.
ASRock Z390 Taichi Ultimate on Guru3D.

Audio Visual:
1MORE Triple Driver BT In-Ear Headphones on NikKTech.
Arctic Z2-3D Dual Monitor Arm on ThinkComputers.
Edifier W860NB Active Noise Cancelling Headphones on TechARP.

Cooler Master MasterFan MF120R ARGB Fans on ThinkComputers.
Arctic BioniX P120 and P140 fans on OCInside.

Input Etc:
GIGABYTE AORUS M5 mouse on Vortez.
Nixeus REVEL Fit mouse on TechPowerUp.

Video Cards:
ASUS GeForce RTX 2070 STRIX OC 8 GB on TechPowerUp.
R9 290X vs. the GTX 780 Ti on BabelTechReviews.

Accell Thunderbolt 3 Dock on Tweaktown.
OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock 14-Port on Tweaktown.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Shuttle XPC Slim Barebone XH310 mini-PC on MadShrimps.
ASUS ROG Phone on HotHardware.

August Smart Lock Pro for home automation on BigBruin.
Fallout 76 Review: Atomic Waste game on Tweaktown.
Synology MR2200ac Mesh Router on Modders-Inc.

While I'm here, today's timewaster is the extremely addictive Cookie Clicker, which I was reminded of by this thread about time-sucking games. Don't say I didn't warn you!

Forum Projects (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 12-December-2018  12:06:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's some projects from the forums. Another good way to see what's going on at any moment in the forums is to hit the New Posts link. Enjoy!

Kh0de made a "Gavin Belson
Signature Edition" mini-PC

Recharge is removing some
rust with electrolysis

ShadowBurger is rebuilding
a turbo diesel engine

Phido converted a mountain
bike into an Ebike

Sgt Bilko built a
Socket A nostalgia PC

while radeon_freak built a
custom hard-tubing PC

Tuesday Afternoon (1 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 11-December-2018  14:17:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The encryption-busting legislation has been passed into law without any amendments, thanks to a last-minute deal. The bill appeared to be defeated on Thursday, the last day parliament will sit this year, until Labor leader Bill Shorten offered an olive branch to his rivals that night, agreeing to allow ALP senators to pass the bill without any of its own proposed amendments in order to empower law enforcement agencies before Christmas. The international technology community is vocally opposed to the legislation. "The new Australian law is deeply flawed, overly broad, and lacking in adequate independent oversight over the new authorities," the coalition said in a statement.

Phone scammers have been making a fortune from Australian victims. Australians were conned out of more than $800,000 in November alone as a "tsunami" of scam phone calls threatened people with arrest if they did not hand over their personal details. New figures from the Australian Taxation Office reveal more than 37,000 scam attempts were reported just last month.

The game Half-Life recently turned 20 years old. It’s only the now-simple visuals that tell you Half-Life is 20 years old. Its storytelling is so clever, subtle and perfectly pitched, it can still engross you. Half-Life taught a whole generation of big-budget game developers how to tell stories in an interactive space without continually wresting control from the player. Followed by a variety of sequels and add-ons, expanding the story and exploring new perspectives, it was also a lesson in universe building. No wonder that more than a decade since the last instalment, Half-Life 2: Episode Two, fans are still yearning for another sequel. Discussion here.

Meanwhile Doom turned 25 yesterday, and co-creator John Romero has announced some new content, named Sigil. Sigil contains nine single-player and nine deathmatch levels, and will be released for free in mid-February 2019. As a megawad, you'll need the original Doom (not the remake) to play it. Discussion in recent posts to this thread.

Still on the retro kick, it was 50 years ago this month that Douglas Engelbart gave the mother of all demos. On December 9, 1968 at a computer conference in San Francisco, Engelbart showed off the first inklings of numerous technologies that we all now take for granted: video conferencing, a modern desktop-style user interface, word processing, hypertext, the mouse, collaborative editing, among many others. Even before his famous demonstration, Engelbart outlined his vision of the future more than a half-century ago in his historic 1962 paper, "Augmenting Human Intellect: A Conceptual Framework."

NVIDIA unveiled the Titan RTX recently, which brings a new meaning to the phrase "4k video card". We don't have a hard release date on the Titan RTX as yet, but its live on NVIDIA'a Australian website (where you can also be notified about it) and it has been pegged for release in the U.S. and Europe by the end of the year. Hopefully we won't be far behind. What we do know is that the Titan RTX will set you back a cool $3,999.

The ACCC are taking a dim view of Facebook and Google's media dominance in Australia, with recommendations to control and limit their presence here. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has indicated the need for potential new regulations to stop major tech companies from abusing their power to the detriment of Australia’s media and digital advertising industries. In a preliminary report released today, it put forth 11 recommendations to improve oversight of the tech giants and prevent them from engaging in potentially discriminatory conduct.

Andrew sent in this story of someone DDoSing a forum and going to prison for it. OKLAHOMA CITY – DAVID CHESLEY GOODYEAR, 44, of El Segundo, California, has been sentenced to 26 months in prison for directing distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) cyber attacks against two websites owned by Oklahoma telescope retailer Astronomics in August 2016, announced Robert J. Troester of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Tuesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 11-December-2018  13:25:28 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
MSI MEG Z390 ACE Motherboard on HardOCP.
Intel Core i5-9600K Processor Overclocking Review on HardOCP.

Crucial P1 500GB Solid State Drive on APHNetworks, OCAU review of the 1TB model here.
Crucial P1 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD on NikKTech.
QNAP TS-963X NAS on Tweaktown.

Input Etc:
1stPlayer Bullet Hunter MK6 Gaming Keyboard on Tweaktown.
FNATIC Clutch2 Gaming Mouse on ThinkComputers.

Darksiders III game on OCClub.
Just Cause 4 PC Graphics Benchmark on TechSpot.
AMD Radeon RX 590 Linux Benchmarks, 18-Way NVIDIA/AMD Gaming Comparison on Phoronix.
Battlefield V Ultra DXR Patch and Driver Performance Analysis on BabelTechReviews.
Battlefield V Tides of War GeForce RTX DirectX Raytracing on TechPowerUp.

Power Supply:
APC UPS 600VA BE600M1 Battery Backup & Surge Protector on LegitReviews.
Corsair SF600 (2018) 600W SFX PSU on HardOCP.

Dell Latitude 7390 Ultrabook on FunkyKit.
SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless headphones on Tweaktown.
Antec Torque open-air case on TechPowerUp.
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 GAMING X TRIO video card on HardOCP.

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