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Misc Pics (18 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 17-January-2020  14:28:50 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Zee for a few this week!

Forum Projects (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 17-January-2020  00:10:14 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Time to catch up on some more cool projects and reviews from the forums. Another good way to see what's going on in there is to hit the New Posts link. Enjoy!

DSTM (Dougie) has a slick
2-in-1 watercooled PC setup

Duality92 has a bling Aorus
Threadripper build

windwithme reviewed the
Gigabyte AERO 15 OLED

juzz86 meanwhile built an
external radiator system

WuZMoT has a Virtua Cop
Clone Arcade Cabinet

and mAJORD put together a
Slot A Athlon retro PC

Thursday Morning (10 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 16-January-2020  00:04:21 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I haven't posted much news from CES because there didn't really seem to be anything amazing to report on. There's a few roundup articles, including HotHardware's 12 Best of CES, Tweaktown's Best of CES Awards and The Verge's 8 Big Takeaways from CES.

PCGamer reckon the SSD was the best thing to happen to PCs in the last decade, and it's hard to disagree. SSDs have gotten faster and better, but their changing price is ultimately what made them one of the biggest developments of the decade. An SSD drastically improves every aspect of computing. Boot times, system responsiveness, file transfers, and game loads are all much better with an SSD compared to a hard drive, and they're now the default. Even the next-gen consoles are going to launch with SSDs.

The EU is working towards a legal requirement of a common charger for all mobile phones, thanmks Dion. I have to say, being able to charge my Thinkpad from any manner of USB-C PD charger, including a little one in my car, is very cool. The Commission's approach of “encouraging” industry to develop common chargers fell short of the co-legislators’ objectives. The voluntary agreements between different industry players have not yielded the desired results. A common charger should fit all mobile phones, tablets, e-book readers and other portable devices, MEPs will insist.

Australia is pirating media less, apparently. Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, welcomed the significant decrease in the consumption of pirated content and said it was in part due to the rising popularity of subscription entertainment services – such as Netflix, Spotify, Stan and Disney+ – and the rollout of ubiquitous high-speed broadband via the National Broadband Network.

Thanks to The Sizzle, here's a guide to making your own air quality monitor with a Raspberry Pi. We picked the SDS011 sensor for our project (see ‘Picking a sensor’ below for details on why). This sends output via a binary data format on a serial port. You can read this serial connection directly if you’re using a controller with a UART, but the sensors also usually come with a USB-to-serial connector, allowing you to plug it into any modern computer and read the data.

Microsoft Edge will turn into a Chrome-powered version soon.. does anyone use Edge? A few people have recommended Vivaldi as a good alternate browser. Also, this reminds me that my Windows 7 Pro PC displayed a big message about being EOL now. I really must try the W10 upgrade again sometime..

Music from metamorphosis (1 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 14-January-2020  23:37:20 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Matt, a long-standing member of the forums under the handle "metamorphosis", is organising some bushfire assistance in an interesting way:

I'm putting all album sales in January toward the preservation and restoration of wildlife in Aus following and during the fires this summer.

Specifically I'm sending money to these two charities - the first supplies food and medical support to injured animals who've survived the fires, and the second is intended to restore habitat once the fires stop:

Also I'm going to be matching all albums sales with my own donations, dollar-for-dollar with a max of $200. over 500 million animals have died in the fires this year, mostly native species.

Here's the albums:
xolve.bandcamp.com (game soundtracks and electronica)
onefatalpunch.bandcamp.com/album/songs-to-go-to-sleep-to (progressive industrial metal)
thelorax.bandcamp.com (progressive acoustic)

If you could feature it on the news, help get the word out, that'd be great.
At the end of the month, a screenshot of the donated money will be posted on the forums.

Meanwhile, our bushfire discussion thread continues here.

Tuesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 14-January-2020  23:25:41 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
QPAD QH-92 Pro Gaming Premium Headset on Vortez.
Antlion Audio Mod Mic USB on LanOC.

Deepcool Castle 240EX AIO cooler on OCInside.
CORSAIR iCUE H100i RGB PRO XT AIO cooler on Vortez.
EK-Momentum MSI Z390 MEG Ace Monoblock on TechPowerUp.

Kingston KC600 1TB SATAIII SSD Upgrade Kit on FunkyKit.
Crucial X8 1TB USB 3.2 External SSD on FunkyKit.
BIOSTAR M700 512 GB PCIe NVMe SSD on TechPowerUp.
T-FORCE DELTA MAX Review – a completely RGB maxed-out SSD on BabelTechReviews.
ASUSTOR Lockerstor 8 Eight-Bay NAS on Tweaktown.
Silicon Power Mobile C10 Type C USB 3.1 Gen1 Flash Drive on MadShrimps.
ADATA SE800 1TB Portable SSD on Guru3D.
Plextor M9P+ 1TB NVMe PCIe Gen3 x4 HHHL AIC RGB SSD on Tweaktown.

Input Etc:
HyperX PulseFire Dart Wireless Gaming Mouse on NikKTech.
Glorious PC Gaming Race Model O Gaming Mouse on Tweaktown.
Endgame Gear XM1 White mouse on TechPowerUp.
Real Leather Mousepad Comparison on NikKTech.
Corsair K95 RGB Platinum XT mechanical keyboard on LanOC.

Homematic Shutter Actuator on FunkyHome.
SANSI 70W LED Grow Light Video Review on APHNetworks.
OnePlus 7t smartphone on LanOC.
Palit GeForce RTX 2070 Super JetStream video card on NikKTech.

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