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April 2012
Photography Gallery (1 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 30-April-2012  19:42:39 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's a quick snapshot of what people are up to in our Photography Gallery forum.

Monday Afternoon (2 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 30-April-2012  17:42:18 (GMT +10) - by Agg

NVIDIA have announced the dual-GPU version of Kepler, in the GeForce GTX 690. Coverage on PC Perspective, Tech Report, HotHardware and Bjorn3D. Discussion continues in the giant 600-series discussion thread.

There's some chatter about Ivy Bridge running hotter than its predecessor - coverage on Tech Report and OC.com. How does TIM paste generally compare with fluxless solder for conducting heat? Heat conductivity can be measured in watts per meter Kelvin. To be technically exact, we would need to know exactly what Intel is using for TIM paste/solder. When I went to Intel and asked, their polite answer may not surprise you – “Secret sauce”! Given that, we can use some rough approximations.

The Federal Government is apparently going to find out why downloading software is expensive in Australia. He says it is unreasonable for companies to blame Australia's isolation for higher costs. "Certainly you can understand if companies have costs to bear in getting a product to Australia, you'd certainly appreciate that those costs will be passed through," he said. Seems odd. Discussion here.

Meanwhile in America, the House of Reps has passed CISPA, a controversial new cybersecurity bill, that some people think is way worse than SOPA. Microsoft seem to be distancing themselves from it. What makes CISPA so controversial is a section saying that, "notwithstanding any other provision of law," companies may share information with Homeland Security, the IRS, the NSA, or other agencies. By including the word "notwithstanding," CISPA's drafters intended to make their legislation trump all existing federal and state laws, including ones dealing with wiretaps, educational records, medical privacy, and more. Discussion here.

Microsoft have closed a hotmail security flaw, but not before it was widely exploited. Hotmail's password reset system uses a token system to ensure that only the account holder can reset their password — a link with the token is sent to an account linked to the Hotmail account — and clicking the link lets the account owner reset their password. However, the validation of these tokens isn't handled properly by Hotmail, allowing attackers to reset passwords of any account. Initially hackers were offering to crack accounts for $20 a throw.

Rezin sent word of Google Drive, a new file storage/sharing service. First, Google's service goes well beyond rivals because of integration with Google Docs, Google+, Gmail and other services Second, beyond a basic free level, ordinary consumers will pay to use Google Drive — not much, but enough to make them into customers, and not just users of an advertising-subsidised service. That's a pretty big philosophical shift for Google. TechReviewSource have hands-on info posted. Discussion here.

Sciby, no stranger to bizarre foods, sent in this DIY mini-hamburger kit from Japan. There's a whole culture of these meals apparently. It's like a model aeroplane you can eat. Bizarre!

Also Japanese is today's timewaster: Sniper, from BC.

Monday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 30-April-2012  17:02:01 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Portable & Prebuilt:
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7" 16GB on TBreak.
ASUS Transformer Pad 300 on HotHardware.

Input Etc:
Zowie's Gaming Mouse - The Zowie AM on Metku.
Zowie's Gaming Mousepads - G-TF Speed & SWIFT on Metku.

Motherboard & CPU:
AMD A8-3870K Black Edition APU on MadShrimps.
ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe Benchmark Performance on BenchmarkReviews.
Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge GPU Performance on TechPowerUp.
GIGABYTE Z77X-UD5H on Tweaktown.
ASUS Maximus V GENE Z77 on Guru3D.

GeIL EVO CORSA 16GB DDR3 2133MHz CL10 PC3-17000 on TechwareLabs.
Samsung Green DDR3L 1600 2x4GB on OCClub.

Video Cards:
VisionTek Radeon HD 7950 3GB on Tweaktown.
HIS HD7950 IceQ Turbo 3GB on BenchmarkReviews.
GIGABYTE HD7850 OC on Vortez.

The Walking Dead: Episode 1 on OCModShop.
Guild Wars 2 - Dynamic Events Beta Preview on PlayerAttack.
Tribes: Ascend GPU & CPU Performance Test on TechSpot.

OCZ ZT Series 650W on FunkyKit.
Intel SSD 910 Series 800GB PCIe SSD First Look on PCPerspective.
Samsung TA950 HDTV 3D Monitor on HWLook.

Interesting Forum Threads (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 29-April-2012  20:47:06 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's a snapshot of what's going on in some of the forums. You can also find new interesting things you might have missed via the Who's Online page, the New Posts page and the Live forum view. Also try the Today's Posts link (find it on the Quick Links menu) and the handy Who Quoted Me? feature.

GSKILL TridentX + Z77, What is the right memory for Z77? in Overclocking & Hardware.
MaxKeyboard Nighthawk X8/X9 Mechanical Keybaords in Overclocking & Hardware.
Super Pi 32M 4Ghz efficiency thread in Overclocking & Hardware.
Valve new employee handbook in PC Games.
Default Tera Online - A Hack and Slash MMO in MMORPGs.
Kit for designing logic circuits? in Electronics & Electrics.
PC cleaning: air compressors, vacuum blowers, etc. in Modding.
Google Drive in Networking, Telephone & Internet.
Monster Jeep Burns Gas as It Takes on Porsche, BMW SUVs in Motoring.
Lightroom 4 and VSCO = awesome (for me anyway) in Photography.
Canon 5D Mk III - Quick review in Photography.
A lesson in JPEG files in Photography.
International journal of gastronomy and food science in Geek Food.
The critic's choice: Top AU beers of 2011 in Geek Grog & Homebrew.
Bitter (Best, Extra Special, etc.) in Geek Grog & Homebrew.
Drinkers 'exploited' by low-carb beer myth in Geek Grog & Homebrew.
Micro helicopter in moving lift in Science.
Shootings continuing in Sydney (53+ now) in Current Events.
Chopper may have only weeks to live in Current Events.
Do you believe in democracy? in Politics & Policies.
The Avengers 2012 in Entertainment.
Your survival strategy in a Zombie Apocalypse? in The Pub.
Who remembers the old days of ocau in The Pub.

Sunday Evening Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 29-April-2012  20:24:15 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
AMD A8-3870K on Vortez.
MSI Z77A-GD65 on Tweaktown.
GIGABYTE Z77MX-D3H on Vortez.
ZOTAC A75-ITX WiFi A-E on TechPowerUp.
Gigabyte Z77MX-D3H on OC3D.
ECS Z77H2-AX on Guru3D.

Thermaltake Armor Revo on FunkyKit.
BitFenix Raider on PureOC.

Input Etc:
Cooler Master Sentinel Advance II and Speed-RX mouse and mousepad on PureOC.
Cooler Master Quick Fire Rapid keyboard on XSReviews.
Razer Naga Hex Expert Gaming Mouse on NikKTech.
Corsair Vengeance K90 Gaming Keyboard on HWSecrets.

Phanteks PH-TC14CS CPU Cooler on Pro-Clockers.
Gamer Storm Assassin CPU Cooler on HWSecrets.

Power Supply:
Sharkoon WPM 600W on HWHeaven.
Antec HCG-620M 620W on NikKTech.
Enermax Revolution87+ 1000W on Bjorn3D.

Misc Pics (28 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 27-April-2012  13:35:44 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Marty this week!

And if you're after more, check out this Wiki page which lists ALL "misc pics" news posts from the archive.

Forum Projects (1 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 27-April-2012  13:01:28 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's some reviews and projects from people in the forums:

DM took a quick look at the
SanDisk Extreme 240GB SSD

Sin0822 has a first look at
Gigabyte's G1.Sniper 3

bidge looked at the
Audiotechnica w3000ANV

andrew_bg is building
a pizza oven

ravescar did a
ghetto MX backlight mod

Joe 98 checked out
Combat Command Matrix Edition

Creekin reviewed the
Bitfenix Shinobi XL

youngpro has some benchmarks
of Lucid VirtuMVP, Ivy Bridge & LN2

while SniperOZ looked at
Universal MVP on G.1.Sniper 3

Friday Midday Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 27-April-2012  12:33:00 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Portable & Prebuilt:
Asus Essentio CM6870 on TechReviewSource.
Asus N56VM notebook on TechReviewSource.
ASUS Transformer Pad 300 on HotHardware.

Audio Visual:
Ozone Onda 3HX Headset on eTeknix.
VooMote Zapper Universal Remote on TestFreaks.
Sennheiser HD 429 Headphones on TBreak.

In Win Mana 136 Mid-Tower on eTeknix.
Zalman Z11 Plus Mid Tower on ThinkComputers.

Intel 910 400/800GB PCIe SSD Quick Preview on TheSSDReview.
Sandberg 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub on NikKTech.
Western Digital VelociRaptor 1TB on TechWareLabs.
Kingston USB-Flash Drive Roundup on RBMods.

Input Etc:
Rosewill RM-5000L Laser Gaming Mouse on HWLook.
Razer Mass Effect 3 Gaming Gear on HWHeaven.
CM QuickFire Pro Mechanical Keyboard on OCClub.
Corsair Vengeance K60 Gaming Keyboard on EverythingUSB.
TteSports Saphira Gaming Mouse on NikKTech.

Patriot Viper Xtreme 16GB DDR3-1600 memory on PureOC.
Mass Effect on the Wings of Love (360) (PC) (PS3) game on GamingNexus.
Zalman CNPS8900 Extreme CPU Cooler on HWSecrets.

Friday Morning (1 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 27-April-2012  03:06:09 (GMT +10) - by Agg

There's a nice column about Folding@Home and OCAU on DigitalLife. Our team gets quite a mention, along with oldschool OCAUer Sniper. But what if you have 5 million computers, theoretically 417 of Australia's fastest computer, working on the single task of analysing this data? You start getting results and achieving research never thought possible. Discussion here and more info on OCAU's Folding@Home efforts here in the Wiki.

Thermaltake are running another mouse review giveaway thingy in the forums. We will chose ten people from this community to review our latest mouse - the Saphira - who fill out the following form.

LegitReviews checked out integrated graphics. We gathered up 11 AMD and Intel motherboards to check out integrated graphics performance from 2006 to 2012 to see how they perform on four game titles and Futuremark 3Dmark06. Read on to see how far we have come in recent years and we do have Ivy Bridge numbers!

Lapy pointed out this mysterious GeForce countdown from NVIDIA. At 7:30PM April 28th (PDT), NVIDIA will be making a special announcement at GeForce LAN / NVIDIA Gaming Festival (NGF) 2012 in Shanghai, China. Tune in to GeForce.co.uk for live stream coverage of the event.

Not content with running a GTX680 on an open-source driver, Phoronix also talked to Gabe Newell about Linux. A meeting topped off the day with Gabe Newell regarding Linux where he sounded more like a Linux saint than an ex-Microsoft employee. Valve does have some great plans for Linux beyond just shipping the client versions of Steam and their popular games on the Source Engine.

Lots of SSD reviews today: Corsair Accelerator Series 60GB, Intel 330 Series 120GB SATA3 and TCS Galatea Ultra-Rugged 240GB on TheSSDReview, with Crucial Adrenaline 50GB m4 on LegitReviews and Corsair Force Series 3 180GB on Tweaktown.

Rezin spotted this cool roboty short sci-fi film. Aww, I wanna know what happens next..

Geek Food (1 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 26-April-2012  21:59:31 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's some yummy threads from our Geek Recipes forum:

Easy Mini Nutella Crossants

Honey Smoked Ribs and Corn Bread
by sgtraven

The Perfect Hotdog

Niku-Maki & Surplus Fried Rice
by Taceo Corpus

Extra Meaty Scotch Eggs
by brad81

and Oosh is brewing
his first all-grain beer

Thursday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 26-April-2012  15:07:39 (GMT +10) - by Rezin

ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe LGA1155 at Benchmark Reviews.
MSI Z77A-GD65 at Guru3D.
MSI Z77A-GD65 at Hardware Secrets.
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 at Vortez.
ASUS Maximus V Gene at Motherboards.org.
Asus Sabertooth X79 at X-Bit labs.

Video Cards:
GTX680 Quad SLI vs HD7970 Quad CrossfireX at Vortez.
MSI Radeon HD 7970 Lightning 3 GB at techPowerUp.
PowerColor PCS+ Radeon HD 7970 3GB VORTEX II at TweakTown.
Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 2GB OC Edition at TweakTown.
AMD Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition and Radeon HD 7750 at X-Bit labs.

Intel Ivy Bridge i5-3570K & i7-3770K at Madshrimps.
Ivy Bridge Intel Core i7-3770K and Core i5-3570K at X-Bit labs.
Ivy Bridge Intel Core i7-3770 at Silent PC Review.
Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge LGA1155 at Futurelooks.

Cooler Master TPC-812 at Frostytech.
Cooler Master TPC-812 at Modders-Inc.

Mushkin Redline 16GB Quad-Channel 2133MHz at Overclock3D.
G.Skill TridentX PC3-19200 8GB at TweakTown.
AMD 16GB DDR3-1600 Performance Edition at Neoseeker Hardware.

Lian Li PC-V353A Aluminum Silent PC Case at NikKTech.
.. and the Cooler Master HAF XM reviews continue at Modders-Inc, Hardware Secrets, Legit Reviews, Techreaction.net, PureOverclock, and Neoseeker Hardware

Wednesday Afternoon (4 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 25-April-2012  13:09:42 (GMT +10) - by Rezin

NSW Police are being sued by a UK software company, who claims that they've been using pirated copies of their software for more than a decade. Micro Focus says after the Ombudsman's query they started investigating and were astounded to discover police had been duplicating their software, then sharing the stolen booty with other law enforcement agencies. Discussion here.

MEGATechNews went to the 2012 Fan Expo in Vancouver. Fan Expo Canada originally started out as a comic book expo back in 1995. Starting off in Toronto, the event has grown into one of North America's 3rd largest "COMICON-Like" events.

Google have updated the rules and reward amounts for their Vulnerability Reward Program. In just over a year, the program paid out around $460,000 to roughly 200 individuals. We’re confident beyond any doubt the program has made Google users safer.

A new space exploration company has announced plans to mine near-Earth asteroids. Planetary Resources, Inc. intends to sell these materials, generating a healthy profit for itself. But it also aims to advance humanity's exploration and exploitation of space, with resource extraction serving as an anchor industry that helps our species spread throughout the solar system. Discussion here.

Sniper noticed that Microsoft have been hard at work on SkyDrive, their personal cloud storage service. There are new storage options, apps that connect your devices to SkyDrive, and a more powerful device cloud that lets you "fetch" any file from a Windows PC.

ANZAC Day (32 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 25-April-2012  00:01:53 (GMT +10) - by Agg

They shall grow not old
As we who are left grow old
Age shall not weary them
Nor the years condemn
At the going down of the sun
And in the morning
We will remember them

Lest We Forget

Tuesday Evening Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 24-April-2012  22:04:20 (GMT +10) - by Cryogenic

ASUS Maximus V GENE at Vortez
ASRock Z77 Extreme6 at Funky Kit
Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H (Z77) at eTeknix
Asus Rampage IV Extreme at Ninjalane
MSI Z77A-GD65 at MEGATechNews

Kingston HyperX 3k 240GB SATA III SSD Upgrade Kit at NikKTech
Crucial M4 256GB Solid State Drive at ThinkComputers
Crucial Adrenaline Solid State Cache at PureOverclock

Cooling and Power:
Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.C at XtremeComputing
Phanteks PH-TC14CS CPU Cooler at Vortez
SilenX Effizio EFZ-80HA3 CPU Cooler at APH Networks
Enermax Revolution87+ 850W at techPowerUp!

Waterfield IPad2 Suede Jacket Sleeve Case at PCSTATS
Toshiba Excite 10 LE at TechReviewSource
Waveform PC at eTeknix
HTC One X at t-break

LIAN LI PC-90 "The Hammer" at Overclock3D
Xclio Touch 767 Review at XSReviews

... and if you're chasing a review on the CoolerMaster HAF XM, take a pick from Bjorn3D, ThinkComputers, Pro-Clockers, CowCotLand, techPowerUp!, Benchmark Reviews and Overclockers Club

Ivy Bridge (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 24-April-2012  12:52:49 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Intel have lifted the covers on their Ivy Bridge CPUs, although there's been plenty of previews and info available for a while now. Renza has done a great job of collecting reviews from around the net into this thread:

click for the thread!

Sin0822 meanwhile has a detailed overclocking guide:

click for the guide!

Tuesday Morning (13 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 24-April-2012  00:25:03 (GMT +10) - by Agg

BWMerlin noticed this possible plan to charge GST on overseas orders to Australia. ONLINE customers of overseas suppliers would have to pay the GST for the first time under preliminary options handed to the Government today. They would be taxed as if the goods had been bought from an Australian shop. The most favoured option was for the tax to be paid by off-shore suppliers of goods and services sold to Australian customers. Discussion here.

MSY have copped a hefty fine from the ACCC over warranty concerns. MSY Technology and its four state-based subsidiary companies have been slapped with fines totalling $203,500 by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), after the company was found guilty by the Federal Court of making false and misleading claims to customers regarding product warranties. Discussion here.

Aircraft nerds and Top Gun fans will be sad to hear that the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise is retiring after this final tour. USS Enterprise (CVN-65), formerly CVA(N)-65, is the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and the eighth United States naval vessel to bear the name. Like her predecessor of World War II fame, she is nicknamed the "Big E". At 1,123 ft (342 m), she is the longest naval vessel in the world. Wiki page here.

Wired have an interesting article about saving Prince of Persia's source code. A decade later, Mechner’s dad sent him a box of old stuff that was buried in one of his closets. There, stuck in between in piles of still-shrinkwrapped European editions of Prince of Persia and covered in dust, were floppy disks that read: “PRINCE OF PERSIA Source Code (Apple). ©1989 Jordan Mechner (ORIGINAL).”

XbitLabs have a roundup of Fractal Design cases. Products of the Swedish Fractal Design Company appear on our web-site for the first time. Let’s find out how good these system cases really are. We will check out four models: Core 3000, Arc, Define R3 and Define XL.

TechSpot meanwhile have an Intel Z77 Motherboard roundup. After surveying Panther Point's spec sheet, we're itching to get a little more hands-on. Fortunately, we have four new Z77 motherboards in the shop and begging for attention, including the Asrock Z77 Extreme6, ECS Z77H2-AX, Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H-WB and Intel DZ77GA-70K.

Matt pointed out this article about Australian inventors. We all know about the bionic ear, penicillin, the stump-jump plough, the Hills Hoist, Vegemite and so on. But did you know that Australians invented the notepad? And the feature film? And the electric drill? And pre-paid postage?

LegitReviews tried out a few powerline network adapters. Considering buying a Powerline adapter to connect that Xbox or PlayStation to your high speed internet without drilling holes and running cable in your wall? Maybe you are just tired of the lag your wireless connection gives you when you are trying to stream movies to your television. We take a look at some of the most popular brands of "Gigabit" Powerline Ethernet Adapters from Belkin, D-Link, Netgear, and TRENDnet. Read on to see which one comes out on top.

If interviews are your thing, TBreak have you covered, interviewing Igor from LimaSky, Mike from RIM, Caroline from SoundCloud and Matthew from Google. Not to be outdone, TechCrunch interviewed Linus Torvalds, thanks David.

Embercide spotted this funny video about new Dominoes scooters. To improve road safety Domino's Pizza the Netherlands introduces a human engine sound on their silent electrical scooters. JH meanwhile sent in this Push Button to Add Drama video, also quite clever.

Fake WD External Drive (12 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 23-April-2012  14:53:18 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Timbot sent in these pics of another fake external HDD. Very similar idea to the other one we saw back in February. Might even be from the same factory, despite being a different brand!

Fitocracy @ OCAU (1 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 23-April-2012  12:16:23 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's some info from Darkness:

We started an OCAU group on fitocracy, a fitness website that's pitched at nerds, gamers and geeks, by being organised into a 'game'. Using their in built database of activities, you select exercises each time you work out and you are awarded points - based on the type of exercise, repetitions, weight, or duration. These points go towards your overall 'level'. Each time you level up, quests are unlocked and are available for you to try and complete.

A basic quest is something like "Hello, Sports! Play 30 minutes of sports and rack up Fitocracy points in the process. 300 points". A more advanced one is "Advanced Widowmaker. Perform a widowmaker (20-rep squat) at 1.5x your bodyweight. Your legs will be screaming after this one. 800 points".

The site also has a strong social network aspect, allowing you to add friends and track their progress. Users can comment on others activities or 'give props' should they like something they see. An OCAU group has been created for members to join and spur each other on - we have 140 members so far. Group competitions can also be held for that ultimate bragging right. The site also awards users for reaching certain fitness milestones, like lifting a certain weight or jogging that extra distance.

Knowing not everyone works out near a computer, they also offer an iphone app and a mobile version which allows users to quickly and easily add workouts from the gym using their phone. And, it's all free.

So, if anyone is interested in getting fitter, bigger, smaller, stronger or faster, but lacks a bit of motivation or drive - come join us in the OCAU thread and sign up on fitocracy!

PS: We're currently running a chin up challenge, which starts today and goes for a week!

Sunday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 22-April-2012  01:16:26 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Power Supply:
Coolermaster Silent Pro M2 1000W on RBMods.
Akasa Venom Power 550W on TechPowerUp.

Input Etc:
Corsair Vengeance M90 Laser Gaming Mouse on BenchmarkReviews.
Leetgion Hellion Gaming Mouse on NikKTech.

Enermax Staray ECA3175-BL on HWSecrets.
NZXT Switch 810 on APHNetworks.

Audio Visual:
Samsung MV800 16MP Digital Camera on HWHeaven.
Thermaltake eSports Isurus In-ear Headset on NeoSeeker.
Audioengine A5+ Speakers and Wireless Audio Adapter on SilentPCReview.

Video Cards:
Galaxy GeForce GTX 680 2GB on PCPerspective.
HIS Radeon HD 7770 iCooler 1GB Ghz Edition on TestFreaks.
HIS Radeon HD 7850 2GB on TestFreaks.
ASUS GeForce GTX 680 Direct CU II 2 GB on TechPowerUp.
MSI Radeon HD 7870 2GB TwinFrozr Overclocked on Tweaktown.
ASUS GeForce GTX 680 DirectCU II TOP on Guru3D.

Deepcool Gamer Storm Dracula GPU cooler on PureOC.
Prolimatech Panther CPU Cooler on LegitReviews.
Titan Fenrir Siberia TTC-NC55TZ(RB) Heatsink on FrostyTech.
SilenX Effizio EFZ-120HA5 CPU Cooler on APHNetworks.
Reeven Six Eyes Fan Controller on Pro-Clockers.
Noctua NH-L12 CPU Cooler on HardCoreWare.
NZXT Havik 120 Heatsink on Frostytech.
Arctic Cooling Alpine 64 Plus Heatsink on Frostytech.
Thermalright Silver Arrow SB-E Super-Cooler on XbitLabs.

GeIL Black Dragon PC3-17000 2133MHz C10 16GB Memory Kit on MadShrimps.
Crucial Ballistix Elite 16GB RAM on TechReaction.
Apacer Performance RAM Roundup on TBreak.
Crucial Ballistix Elite 16GB Quad Channel 1866 MHz on HardCoreWare.

Motherboard & CPU:
GIGABYTE G1 Sniper 3 Preview on SinHardware.
Intel Z77 'Panther Point' Chipset Overview on TechSpot.
Sapphire Pure Black X79N on PureOC.
Gigabyte Z77M-D3H on eTeknix.
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H Intel Z77 on PCStats.
GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD7 AM3+ on FutureLooks.
Intel's DZ77GA-70K motherboard on TechReport.
ASRock X79 Extreme6/GB on XbitLabs.
Intel DZ77GA-70K Z77 on SilentPCReview.

SanDisk Extreme 120GB Solid State Drive on eTeknix.
IcyDock MB994SP-4SB-1 Four-bay 2.5-inch SATA Hard Drive Rack on PCStats.

Karotz Smart Rabbit RSS gadget on ThinkComputers.
Airlive N.Plug One Touch Wireless Repeater on NikKTech.
DiRT Showdown Preview (PC) on HWHeaven.

Diablo III Open Beta This Weekend (3 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 21-April-2012  00:52:49 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Fresh79 for this tip: We're pleased to announce the Diablo III open beta weekend, which offers open access to all players with a valid Battle.net account! Beginning this Friday everyone is invited to log in and help us put the game and servers through their paces in this three day stress test as we march toward the game's release on May 15. You can begin downloading the Diablo III client right now!

From Friday, April 20 at 12:01 p.m. PDT (noon), until Monday, April 23 at 10:00 a.m. PDT you'll be able to log in, team up with friends, and play each of the five heroic classes to level 13 as you fight to save the world from the impending demonic invasion.

Discussion here.

Misc Pics (40 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 20-April-2012  13:13:06 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to TonyR and Dylan this week!

And if you're after more, check out this Wiki page which lists ALL "misc pics" news posts from the archive.

Friday Midday (8 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 20-April-2012  12:37:08 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Lots of people sent word that AFACT's appeal against iiNet in the High Court has been dismissed. The High Court's five judges unanimously dismissed the appeal. In a summary the court observed that iiNet "had no direct technical power" to prevent its customers from illegally downloading pirated content using BitTorrent. But copyright law experts say the case is not the end of the story as more ISPs could be targeted in future and pressure will remain on internet providers to do something about piracy on their networks.

Cask sent in this video of a Gigabyte Z77 motherboard being made. A short video showing how a motherboard is made. In this case it's the latest generation of Z77 motherboards from Gigabyte.

Microsoft have revealed the Windows 8 flavours that will be available. When Microsoft's newest operating system goes on sale, consumers will be able to pick up two versions from the shelf — Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro — while corporations will additionally have access to a specially tailored Windows 8 Pro Enterprise edition.

They've also reported record high earnings. MICROSOFT on Thursday reported that its net income hit $5.11 billion on record-high revenue in the recently ended quarter. "We're driving toward exciting launches across the entire company, while delivering strong financial results,'' said chief executive Steve Ballmer.

On the other hand, AMD have reported a loss of $590 million. MD (NYSE: AMD) today announced revenue for the first quarter of 2012 of $1.59 billion, net loss of $590 million, or $0.80 per share, and operating loss of $580 million. ... "AMD delivered solid results in the first quarter as we remain focused on improving our execution, delivering innovative products, and building a company around a strategy to deliver strong cash flow and earnings growth," said Rory Read, AMD president and CEO.

CSIRO have an upgrade for their cluster on the way. The 2,144 CPU core, 174,720 GPU core thumper will, according to the science agency’s head of Computation and Simulation Sciences Dr John Taylor, deliver up to 120 Teraflops of processing power, making it not only the fastest cluster in Australia, but could see the machine join the world’s top-100 list of high performance computers.

Meanwhile a virtual supercomputer has been built using Amazon's cloud service. It ran for three hours on the night of March 30, at a cost of $4,828.85 per hour. Getting up to 51,132 cores required spinning up 6,742 Amazon EC2 instances running CentOS Linux. This virtual supercomputer spanned the globe, tapping data centers in four continents and every available Amazon region, from Tokyo, Singapore, and Sao Paolo, to Ireland, Virginia, Oregon, and California.

Sciby noticed this cool HUD goggle with GPS for snowboarders etc. The world's first GPS-equipped goggle changed the way riders see themselves on the mountain. Transcend GPS Goggles continue to bring cutting-edge information to your day on the mountain, with an upgraded Recon™ system that blends technology with performance optics and comfort features. We were wondering in IRC if it could automatically send your GPS coordinates to the ambulance service if it experiences more than 5G. :)

Brains spotted this expandable PCIe SSD from OWC. The OWC Mercury Accelsior makes use of two gumstick-style SSDs, similar to OWC's Mercury Aura Pro Express 6G SSD aimed at Apple MacBook Air users. While appearing similar, we were told they are not plug and play, either through an electrical pin or firmware difference. The big feature, outside of performance though is the fact this is the first bootable high-performance PCIe SSD solution for Apple computers. Hopefully bootable on PC also.

Two timewasters today: incredibox, a musical sandbox from Sciby, and Stunt Pilot 2 from biatch.

Friday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 20-April-2012  03:05:59 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Corsair Performance Pro 128 GB SSD on HWSecrets.
Areca ARC-1882i RAID Controller on Tweaktown.
Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB SSD on Vortez.
2x Kingston HyperX 240GB 3K SSDs in RAID 0 Configuration on Bjorn3D.
Corsair Accelerator SSD Cache (60GB) on HWHeaven.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Dell XPS 15z Notebook on PCPerspective.
MSI GT683DXR Gaming Laptop on HWHeaven.
Playstation Vita on OCModShop.
Dell Latitude XT3 on TechReviewSource.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Tablet on TechSpot.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Android Honeycomb Tablet on MegaTechNews.
Toshiba Qosmio X775-Q7170 notebook on TechReviewSource.

Video Cards:
MSI Radeon HD 7770 Power Edition 1GB Overclocked on Tweaktown.
HIS HD7770 iCooler 1GB on OCOnline.
Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 OC Edition 2GB on ThinkComputers.

Spire Epoxi Rev 2 Full Tower on Pro-Clockers.
NZXT Switch 810 on Pro-Clockers.
Fractal Design Define Mini Mini-Tower on Tweaktown.
XigmaTek GIGAS on Guru3D.

Wednesday Afternoon (6 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 18-April-2012  14:07:04 (GMT +10) - by Agg

After hearing about two separate incidents where OCAU motorcycle riders were knocked off their bikes by cars in the last few weeks, it's probably time to remind people to keep an eye out for motorcycles when driving. And riders - keep an eye out for cars! Try to be predictable, and expect others to be unpredictable. :)

Western Digital have released the 1TB VelociRaptor. This is a new biggest size for the 10k-rpm desktop HDD family. Coverage on Anandtech, HotHardware, LegitReviews, Tech Report and PC Perspective.

XtremeComputing visited the 2012 Gadget Show, as did XSReviews. Gadget Show Live 2012. With the slimming down and increasing enterprise focus of Channel Expo, it’s become one of if not the biggest tech trade show in the UK.

It seems the Galaxy S3 will be coming out next month - or at least, some new flavour of Galaxy. There seem to be quite a few now. Samsung could be just weeks away from unveiling its next flagship Android smartphone — the Galaxy S III — on May 3 after the company began sending invites with the tagline “come and meet the next Galaxy” for an event that will be held in London at the start of next month. Discussion here.

Meanwhile the mediation between Apple and ACCC over iPad has failed. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission took the world's biggest company to court on March 27 after it failed to respond to its concerns that the name of its new tablet – iPad Wifi + 4G – would mislead Australian consumers.

HardOCP checked out NVIDIA's adaptive vysnc technology. The goal of this technology is simply to make gaming framerates smoother and improve playability without showing onscreen "tearing." Importantly you will want to know that Adaptive VSync is not tethered solely to the GeForce GTX 680. In fact, Adaptive VSync is part of the Release 300 drivers and is compatible with GTX 680 and prior generation GeForce GPUs. Since it was introduced with the GTX 680 we will use a GTX 680 to test the technology.

Here's a glimpse into the future of gaming, with the CryENGINE 3 SDK trailer. Trailer for the free CryENGINE 3 SDK 3.4.0 DX11 update!

Rezin spotted this perfume for Apple fans. For three Australian designers, collectively knows as Greatest Hits, decided that the world needed a fragrance that smells like Apple products. So, as 9to5 Mac sniffs it, they went to a "scent solutions company" called Air Aroma and put their noses to the grindstone.

Wednesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 18-April-2012  01:59:07 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
Panasonic DMP-BDT220 Blu-ray player on TechReviewSource.
CM Storm Sirus 5.1 USB Gaming Headset on Tweaktown.
New 2012 AppleTV on MissingRemote.

Video Cards:
Palit JetStream GeForce GTX 680 4GB Video Cards in SLI on Tweaktown.
MSI GeForce GTX 680 TwinFrozr III OC on Guru3D.
PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 2GB on CircuitREMIX.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 "Kepler" On Linux on Phoronix.
HIS Radeon HD7870 on XSReviews.
Palit JetStream GeForce GTX 680 4GB on Tweaktown.

Motherboard & CPU:
ASUS P8Z77-V PRO Motherboard on HWSecrets.
Sapphire Pure Black X79N on NeoSeeker.

Input Etc:
CM Storm Trigger Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Corsair Vengeance K90 Mechanical Keyboard on BenchmarkReviews.
Epic Gear Meduza HDST Gaming Mouse & Hybrid Mousepad on eTeknix.

Reeven Kelveros CPU Cooler on Pro-Clockers.
Thermaltake Bigwater 760 Plus on OCClub.
Be Quiet! Dark Rock Pro C1 Dual Tower CPU Cooler on eTeknix.
Noctua NH-L12 Low-Profile CPU Cooler on NikKTech.
Phanteks PH-TC14PE CPU Cooler on Pro-Clockers.
Noctua NH-L12 Low Profile CPU Cooler on Funkykit.

Portable & Prebuilt:
ASUS ZENBOOK UX31E Ultrabook on LegitReviews.
QuietPC Nofan Icepipe A40-Z68 Silent PC on OC3D.
Toshiba Satellite L745-S4130 on TechReviewSource.

Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5, Premium Edition on TechWareLabs.
Another World 15th Anniversary Edition PC on eTeknix.
Vessel for Steam on MegaTechNews.

OCZ Fatal1ty 1000W PSU on PureOC.
Patriot Memory Pyro SE 240GB SATA III SSD on FutureLooks.

2012 Chimp Challenge (1 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 17-April-2012  13:41:05 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The annual Folding@Home Chimp Challenge draws closer. We haven't done too well the last couple of years, so the team is hoping to do better this time. There's still some wrinkles to be ironed out over the format, but you can see how things are progressing in this thread.

Interesting Forum Threads (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 16-April-2012  21:03:22 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's a snapshot of what's going on in some of the forums. You can also find new interesting things you might have missed via the Who's Online page, the New Posts page and the Live forum view. Also try the Today's Posts link (find it on the Quick Links menu) and the handy Who Quoted Me? feature.

SVP: Smooth Video Project.. 60/120hz video interpolation in Video Cards & Monitors.
GTX 680s real world in Video Cards & Monitors.
GPU-Z ASIC Quality Thread in Video Cards & Monitors.
ASUS RAMPAGE 4 FORMULA 3820@4939 1.416v in Intel x86 CPUs and Chipsets.
3810 MSI XPower 2 w 2x 7970 MSI cards LT Bench in Intel x86 CPUs and Chipsets.
My Ivy Bridge i5-3470T Demo in Intel x86 CPUs and Chipsets.
Atomic & Gigabyte Overclocking Event - Sydney in Overclocking & Hardware.
Battlestation II - USB Mod in Retro & Arcade.
RETRO c64- Amiga & Pc Demo scene party Sydney 9th, 10th & 11th June in Retro & Arcade.
Laptop "Good news" story in Portable & Small Form Factor.
Can you Laptop do this? in Portable & Small Form Factor.
Tethering. Who does it? in Networking, Telephony & Internet.
A visit from the Police! in Networking, Telephony & Internet.
Seagate breaks 1 terabit barrier, 60TB hard drives possible in Storage & Backup.
New telescope may link us to alien life in Science.
Why Polite Internet “Criticism” Makes Your Photography Suck in Photography & Video.
TMNT - Bay movie (Turtles are now aliens) in Entertainment.
Casual Karting in Sydney in Motoring.
The Monthly $10k challenge in Motoring.
A warning to those buying/selling cars, fill out all paperwork! in Motoring.
Greatest Men or Woman of Sport in Sport, Fitness & Health.
How much have you gained/lost investing in Career, Education & Finance.
Sweden becoming cashless economy in Career, Education & Finance.
How is Australia coping with the great Marmite shortage of 2012? on The Pub.
Help a fellow IT guy & catch a thief in The Pub.

Monday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 16-April-2012  20:23:40 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
HIS Multi-View & Sound Adapter on NikKTech.
Logitech Harmony 1100 Advanced Universal Remote on NikKTech.
Corsair Vengeance 1300 Analog Gaming Headset on LegitReviews.
HP 2311gt 3D Monitor on TBreak.
RaidSonic ICY BOX IB-MP3011Plus Network Media Player on NikKTech.
Head-Direct HE-400 Planar Magnetic Headphones on TechPowerUp.
Samsung WB150F camera on TechReviewSource.

Motherboard & CPU:
ASUS P8Z77-V DELUXE on HWSecrets.
ASUS P9X79 Deluxe on OCClub.
Intel Z77 Express Chipset on XbitLabs.
ASRock Z77 Extreme6 (Intel Z77 with Ivy Bridge) Motherboard on Tweaktown.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Zotac ZBOX Nano XS AD11 Plus on HotHardware.
Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook on HWHeaven.
Sony Xperia S Android Smartphone on HWHeaven.
MAINGEAR Shift System Review - Triple HD 7970s and Sandy Bridge-E on PCPerspective.
ZOTAC ZBOX Mano XS AD11 Plus on Vortez.

GeIL Black Dragon DDR3-2133 8GB Quad Channel Memory Kit on HWHeaven.
VisionTek Ultimate Performance PC3-17000 on NeoSeeker.

Video Cards:
MSI GeForce GTX 680 TwinFrozr 2GB Overclocked on Tweaktown.
Palit GeForce GTX 680 JetStream on Guru3D.

Lian Li PC-100 on RBMods.
Corsair Carbide Series 300R Mid-Tower on Tweaktown.
Corsair 300R on OCClub.

Cooler Master TPC 812 Performance Cooler on NinjaLane.
Phanteks PH-TC14CS CPU Cooler on Metku.
NZXT Havik 120 CPU Cooler on Pro-Clockers.
Swiftech H20-320 Edge HD Liquid Cooling Kit on Bjorn3D.
Xigmatek Prime vs. Three Thermalright Coolers on XbitLabs.
NZXT Havik 120 CPU cooler on PureOC.

Input Etc:
RAZER Naga Hex Expert MOBA/Action RPG Gaming Mouse on MadShrimps.
Cooler Master Strom QuickFire Pro keyboard on PureOC.
CM Storm Xornet Gaming Mouse on TechReaction.
Star Wars: The Old Republic - Branded Razer Peripherals on Bjorn3D.
Corsair Vengeance K60 Mechanical Keyboard on BenchmarkReviews.
Wacom Inkling Digital Sketch Pen on EverythingUSB.
Enermax KW001 Briskie Keyboard mouse combo on Guru3D.
ROCCAT Isku Illuminated Gaming Keyboard on Tweaktown.

Power Supply:
Cooler Master Silent Pro Hybrid 1300W on Tweaktown.
Antec High Current Pro Platinum 1000W on TechPowerUp.
Kingwin Lazer Platinum 850W on HWSecrets.
OCZ Fatal1ty 1000W Modular on FunkyKit.

Memoright MS-701 mSATA SSD on TheSSDReview.
Buffalo USB3 Addon cards + Kingston HyperX USB3 64GB on RBMods.
Renice X3 50mm 240GB mSATA SSD on TheSSDReview.
Corsair Accelerator 60GB Caching SSD on VR-Zone.
SMART Storage Systems XceedIOPS 2 200GB eMLC 6Gbps Enterprise SSD on TheSSDReview.
Corsair 128 GB Performance Series Pro Solid State Drive on Pro-Clockers.

Legend of Grimrock (PC) on YouGamers.

Email Ethics (9 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 16-April-2012  11:39:52 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Robert from SAGE-AU got in touch: A piece of journalism was published in several Fairfax publications on Friday 13th April 2012 which insinuates that up to 40% of IT staff with responsibility for email systems (ie many of our members) are illegitimately "spying" on their boss's email and that of other staff within their organisations.

As a representative body for people who are the target of this suggestion (which we believe to be entirely unreasonable), SAGE-AU has published a formal response to the article linked above.

Discussion here.

Forum Projects (1 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 15-April-2012  21:07:08 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's some reviews and projects from people in the forums:

Saate has an impressively
detailed watercooling worklog

Sin0822 reviewed in detail

TURNnBURN overclocked
Ivy Bridge on GB Z77-UD3H

bundymania posted a huge
16-way 360 rad roundup

Sin0822 tested the X79-UD3
including OCing with LN2

windwithme reviewed the
AMD A6-3500 with GB A55M-S2H

windwithme also checked out
Core i7-3820 overclocking

while TURNnBURN turned to
GB Z68 UD3/UD4 & 2500K/2700K

and Scarecrow23
built a bling WC PC

Sunday Afternoon (13 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 15-April-2012  13:44:07 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Anandtech report on the new PCIe SSD from Intel. Similar to its move into the MLC SSD space, Intel is arriving late to the PCIe SSD game - but it hopes to gain marketshare on the back of good performance, competitive pricing and reliability. The first member of the new PCIe family is the Intel SSD 910, consistent with Intel's 3-digit model number scheme. Tech Report have their thoughts as well, as do HotHardware.

Epi spotted this video of someone painting with Vegemite and toothpaste. This video shows you can paint using almost anything.

Police have saved the novel of a blind lady who didn't realise her pen had run out 26 pages earlier. The 59-year-old mother feared that the manuscript was lost but the generosity of her local police force meant that it was gradually recovered using forensic technology. Miss Vickers said she was “gobsmacked” when Dorset police officers agreed to help by sacrificing their lunch hours over five months to study the indents made by her pen.

Nokia's CEO says multi-core CPUs in smartphones are a waste of battery. Some may argue that Windows Phone 7 runs very well on a single core processor like the Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255, one on which Android may struggle. But the more cynical will note that in its current iteration, Windows Phone 7 cannot even support multicore while Android - which is based on Linux - can.

A judge has ruled that programming code can't be stolen because it's not property. "Because Aleynikov did not 'assume physical control' over anything when he took the source code, and because he did not thereby 'deprive [Goldman] of its use,' Aleynikov did not violate the [National Stolen Property Act]," the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals wrote in its opinion.

XbitLabs looked at Fanless PSUs. I am sure that anyone would love to have a quiet power supply unit in their system. The products addressing these wishes are the fanless PSU models, which have no noise-making components by definition. Today we are going to talk about four products like that from Enhance, Kingwin, Seasonic and Silverstone.

Some ancient manuscripts will be online soon. The Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (BAV) said on Thursday they intended to digitize 1.5 million pages of ancient texts and make them freely available online.

If you cut your teeth on text-mode BBSs like me, you might enjoy this Google BBS. One brilliant developer has put together an emulator of one such terminal, which “logs into” a somewhat functional version of Google. This thing is complete with modem sounds that will bring you right back to 1989.

I hadn't heard about this until now, but apparently there's claims of an e-book price-fixing cartel. We just got our hands on the DOJ's antitrust complaint against Apple and seven major publishers, including HarperCollins, Penguin, Simon & Schuster, and Macmillan, and it's rather something: the government alleges that the publishing industry openly colluded to raise ebook prices and end Amazon's dominance, and that Apple was a willing participant in the scheme.

Linkin sent in some info about graphene coolers. A North Carolina State University researcher has developed an efficient and inexpensive way of cooling electronic devices that generate a lot of heat, such as lasers and power devices. The technique uses a heat-sink made of a copper-graphene composite, which is attached to the electronic device using an indium-graphene interface film. Apparently, copper-graphene composite cools down things 25% faster than pure copper.

Today's timewaster is Draw a Stickman.

Misc Pics (36 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 13-April-2012  13:15:46 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Steve0 and Timbot this week!

And if you're after more, check out this Wiki page which lists ALL "misc pics" news posts from the archive.

Friday Afternoon (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 13-April-2012  13:06:04 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Ooooh, Friday the 13th. Meh.

Slate have an article on how patent trolls hurt us all, even in the field of medicine. Over the past dozen or so years, hospitals across the country have gone digital, leading to better patient outcomes and making hangar-size file-storage facilities obsolete. But even as more hospitals opted into using computer records, the leading vendors of picture storage software—an important component of medical records—completely stopped introducing new products to the market.

On a hopefully-not-related note, Microsoft are buying $1B worth of AOL patents. The lofty price — $1.3 million a patent — reflects the crucial role that patents are increasingly playing in the business and legal strategies of the world’s major technology companies, including Microsoft, Apple, Google, Samsung and HTC.

Telstra are looking to upgrade their Next G network to cope with increased load. As a general rule, the network is performing very well. I mean, we've added about two and a half million customers in 18 months, and the statistics across the network we're still pretty happy with, but we still have a few cells we're having to catch up on, where a practical issue slows things down."

eTeknix checked out the free MMORPG version of Need For Speed. EA released in the free-to-play format for Windows PC’s. For those of you who have played older Need For Speed titles, this game will immediately seem very familiar, taking from the visual and play style of titles such as NFS: Underground, Most Wanted and Carbon, as opposed to the more recent simulation style games like NFS: Shift.

ThinkComputers walk you through Installing Win8 from a USB drive. If you have ever installed any Windows operating system from a CD or DVD you know it can be very time consuming. Why not speed up the process by installing the operating system using a USB flash drive. In this article we will show you how to take the Window 8 ISO and put it on a flash drive for fast and easy installation.

PCPerspective compared two tablets, namely the iPad 3 and ASUS Transformer Prime. We reviewed the Prime when it hit store shelves earlier this year and concluded that it was the best Android tablet money can buy. That makes a comparison with the new iPad obvious.

Lurks sent in this nerd feeding frenzy, which surely set some kind of record. We would like to thank everyone for their great interest in our Nvidia Graphics Card for PLEX Offer. The limited stock of 100 cards was sold out after the amazingly short time of 1 minute and 48 seconds!

Tweaktown toured an SSD factory. We were exclusively invited into the Kingston factory where few media have been and got shown the process of making an SSD from start to finish. Due to media restrictions, we were not allowed to produce a video of the tour, but we were allowed to take photos. Obviously Kingston is a market leader in memory and SSD products and there is plenty of sensitive machinery and such - and we needed to respect that and their rules."

They also revisited Lucid Virtu MVP multi-GPU technology. For a lot of us Lucid is a bit of a dirty word that reminds us of this almost useless kind of technology that let us combine NVIDIA and AMD video cards together for added performance. It never really kicked off for the most part and we haven't heard heaps about them for a little bit. Lucid Virtu MVP, though, is the latest technology from the company and it's something we're starting to see motherboard manufacturers promote. Today we're going to check out what it's about while also see what it does on the performance side of things."

This video is apparently the winning entry from a recent 64KB demo competition. Impressive stuff, regardless of the size.. that's what she said.

Speaking of videos, I don't normally like syrupy feelgood videos, but this one was pretty cool. Kid makes gaming arcade out of cardboard boxes.

Thursday Evening Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 12-April-2012  18:27:02 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Zalman CNPS 20LQ CPU cooler on OC3D.
ARCTIC Freezer Extreme Rev. 2 CPU cooler on Vortez.
Arctic Freezer i30 CPU Cooler on eTeknix.
Enermax ETD-T60-TB CPU Cooler on HWLook.

Portable & Prebuilt:
The new Apple iPad (2012) Full Review with Video on Tweaktown.
Asus ET2700INKS on TechReviewSource.

Video Cards:
HIS HD7750 iCooler 1GB on OCOnline.
Zotac GeForce GTX 560 Ti on OCIA.
XFX's Radeon HD 6870 & Zotac's GeForce GTX 560 on CircuitRemix.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 2-Way SLI Surround Gaming Benchmarks on LegitReviews.
Sapphire 7970 OC on PureOC.
HIS Radeon 7870 ICEQ Turbo on Guru3D.

Motherboard & CPU:
Asrock Z77 Extreme6 Socket 1155 Motherboard on Pro-Clockers.
Intel DZ77GA-70K Motherboard on HWSecrets.
ASUS P8-Z77V Pro Sandy Bridge on OC3D.
MSI Z77A-GD65 on PureOC.
Intel Z77 Series Chipset Launch Roundup on HWHeaven.
ASUS Rampage IV Formula Motherboard on Bjorn3D.
ECS Z77H2-AX Motherboard on HWSecrets.
Asus Sabertooth P67 Motherboard on NinjaLane.

Crucial Adrenaline Solid State Cache on TechWareLabs.
Kingston DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 64GB on LegionHW.
Crucial Adrenaline Solid State Cache on HWHeaven.
Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB SATA III SSD on TheSSDReview.
Micron RealSSD C400 128GB mSATA SSD on TheSSDReview.

Corsair Obsidian 550D Quiet Mid-Tower on SilentPCReview.
NZXT Switch 810 Full Tower on ThinkComputers.
Bitfenix RAIDER Midi Tower on NikKTech.
Cougar Evolution Full Tower on NikKTech.
Cougar Evolution Full Tower on TestFreaks.
Enermax Fulmo Mid-Tower on TechReaction.

Audio Visual:
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V on TechReviewSource.
Aperion Audio Zona Wireless Speaker System on MissingRemote.

Exceleram Rippler ERB300A 4 GB PC3-12800 CAS 6 1.65 V DDR3 on TechPowerUp.
Kingston HyperX Genesis 1600 MHz 16 GB Quad Channel on HardCoreWare.
AMD Performance Edition 8GB Memory on OCClub.
Kingston 2400MHz 8GB Quad Channel Memory Kit on Bjorn3D.
GSkill RipjawsX 32GB 2133MHz DDR3 on Guru3D.
Corsair Vengeance 16GB Quad Channel 1600 MHz Memory on HardCoreWare.

Power Supply:
Kingwin Lazer Platinum Series 1000W on PCPerspective.
Super Flower Golden King 500W on TechPowerUp.
OCZ Fatal1ty Series 1000W on Tweaktown.
FSP Aurum Pro Gold 1200W on Tweaktown.

EPSON Stylus SX535WD All-In-One Wi-Fi Printer on NikKTech.
Monmount LCD-1930 Triple LCD Monitor Stand on LegitReviews.
Corsair Vengeance M60 Gaming Mouse on ThinkComputers.

Thursday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 12-April-2012  02:55:52 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The scary thing is, there's still a huge pile of review emails in the newsbox..

Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock Z77 Extreme 6 on PureOC.
ASUS P8-Z77V Pro Sandy Bridge on OC3D.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Toshiba Satellite P755D-S5172 on TechReviewSource.
Thermaltake Massive23 GT laptop cooler on XtremeComputing.
ZOTAC ZBOX Nano XS AD11 Plus Mini PC on HWHeaven.
Toshiba Satellite C655-S5542 laptop on TechReviewSource.
HP Folio 13 Ultrabook on TechSpot.
Lenovo ThinkCentre M91p Ultra-small Desktop PC on SilentPCReview.

NZXT HAVIK 120 CPU Heatsink on APHNetworks.
Cooler Master TPC 812 Vertical Vapor Chamber CPU Cooler on Pro-Clockers.
Scythe Kaze Master II Fan Controller on MadShrimps.
Akasa Venom Voodoo Heatpipe Direct Touch Cooler on LegitReviews.

Input Etc:
ROCCAT Kone Plus Max Customization Laser Gaming Mouse on Tweaktown.
Roccat Kone[+] Gaming Mouse on TechReaction.
Corsair Vengeance K90 & M90 MMO/RTS Keyboard and Mouse on LegitReviews.
Corsair Vengeance M90 Gaming Mouse on TechwareLabs.
Roccat Isku Gaming Keyboard on TechReaction.
Corsair Vengeance M60 Mouse on HWSecrets.
Corsair Vengeance K90 Keyboard on Bjorn3D.
Corsair Vengeance M60 Laser Gaming Mouse on BenchmarkReviews.
Epic Gear Meduza mouse on PureOC.

Video Cards:
USB 3.0 to HDMI & VGA External Video Card on ComputingOnDemand.
HIS Radeon HD 7850 (2GB GDDR5) on FunkyKit.
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 OC edition on Guru3D.
GeForce GTX 560 & Radeon HD 6870 on CircuitRemix.
PowerColor HD7870 PCS+ on OC3D.
ASUS HD 7850 Direct CUII on TBreak.

Wednesday Evening Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 11-April-2012  20:42:09 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
Corsair Vengeance 1100 on TechReaction.
Razer Chimaera Gaming Headset on ThinkComputers.
Startech.com Triple Display Splitter on TechWareLabs.
ASUS ROG Vulcan ANC Headset on Pro-Clockers.
Auna PS-7801 Wireless Speaker System on XSReviews.

Video Cards:
AMD Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition and HD 7850 on XbitLabs.
HIS Radeon HD 7870 IceQ Turbo 2GB on BenchmarkReviews.
Sapphire Radeon HD 7750 Ultimate 1GB on eTeknix.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 2-Way SLI on LegitReviews.
EVGA GeForce GTX 680 on HWSecrets.
XFX R7870 & R7850 Black Edition DD on NeoSeeker.

Mushkin Chronos deluxe 240 GB and Chronos 240 GB SSDs on XbitLabs.
OCZ Vertex 4 SATA 3 SSD on TheSSDReview.
Hitachi GST Deskstar 7K4000 4TB HDD on NikKTech.

Be Quiet! Silent Wings 2 (Dark Wings DW1) Series Fan on eTeknix.
Prolimatech Lynx CPU Cooler on VR-Zone.
Noctua NH-L12 CPU cooler on RBMods.

Motherboard & CPU:
Asus X79 Sabertooth on Bjorn3D.
AMD FX-6200 CPU Review: A Small Bulldozer Refresh on PCPerspective.

Silverstone Fortress FT02 Revisited on SilentPCReview.
SilverStone Fortress FT03 on Vortez.
Corsair Carbide 300R and Obsidian 550D on HotHardware.
Thermaltake Commander MS-I on OCClub.
Enermax Fulmo Mid-Tower on TechReaction.

Input Etc:
Corsair's Vengeance K60 and K90 mechanical keyboards on TechReport.
Corsair Vengeance M60 Performance FPS Laser Gaming Mouse on Tweaktown.
CM Storm Trigger Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on HWHeaven.

Wednesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 11-April-2012  02:43:52 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Comay Venus Pro 3 SATA 3 240GB SSD on TheSSDReview.
Icy Dock 2.5"/3.5" Drive Accessories on SilentPCReview.
Corsair Force Series GT 180GB Solid State Drive on Tweaktown.
OWC Mercury Enterprise Pro 6G 6Gbps SSD on TheSSDReview.

VisionTek Ultimate Red 8GB DDR3-2133 on PureOC.
Corsair Vengeance 16GB Quad Channel 1600 MHz on HardCoreWare.
G.Skill ARES 8GB Memory Kit on TBreak.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Logic Supply LGX AG150 Fanless Mini PC on SilentPCReview.
Nokia Lumia 900 Smartphone on HotHardware.
LG Optimus 3D Android Smartphone on MegaTechNews.
Nokia Lumia 900 phone on TechSpot.

Motherboard & CPU:
Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H on PureOC.
Asus Maximus V Gene (Z77) Motherboard Sandy Bridge on eTeknix.
ECS Z77H2-AX Golden motherboard preview on Guru3D.
MSI Z77-GD65 on Bjorn3D.
Intel Z77 Chipset motherboard on OCClub.
Biostar TZ77XE4 Intel LGA1155 Preview on TechPowerUp.
ECS Golden Board Z77H2-AX LGA 1155 Preview on TechPowerUp.
GIGABYTE Z77X-UD5H on SinHardware.
MSI Z77A-GD65 LGA1155 Motherboard on BenchmarkReviews.
Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H Intel Z77 Motherboard on ThinkComputers.
ECS, Gigabyte & Intel Z77 Motherboard Preview on NeoSeeker.
Intel 7 Series Chipset and DZ77GA-70K on Bjorn3D.
GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H WiFi & GA-Z77X-UD3H on LegitReviews.
ASRock Z77-Professional Motherboard on FunkyKit.
ASUS Sabertooth P67 Socket 1155 ATX Motherboard on BigBruin.

Tuesday Afternoon (4 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 10-April-2012  14:18:20 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Hope you had a great Easter! I got back late last night, so lots to do today. Time for a little news catchup.

Jack Tramiel, founder of the Commodore computer firm, died aged 83 on the weekend, thanks Julian. Tramiel's Commodore International in 1982 released the Commodore 64, a home computer that became one of the most popular models of all time, selling close to 17 million units between 1982 and 1994. Tramiel was born in Lodz, Poland, in 1928 to a Jewish family. He survived the Auschwitz concentration camp, after which he emigrated to the U.S. in 1947. More here.

Facebook have bought Instagram, a popular photo sharing service. It’s important to be clear that Instagram is not going away. We’ll be working with Facebook to evolve Instagram and build the network. We’ll continue to add new features to the product and find new ways to create a better mobile photos experience. What's particularly interesting is the behind-the-scenes financial games that went on.

However, mpot spotted some security issues in Facebook's iOS and Android apps, as well as a Dropbox one. The flaw allows anyone with physical access to your phone to copy your login credentials — because, get this, both companies store your login information in unencrypted text files.

Encyclopaedia Britannica is experiencing a boost in sales of the dead tree edition since announcing it will be the last one printed. Spokesman Tom Panelas said the company expected orders to increase after the announcement, but didn't anticipate that the typical 60 orders a week would balloon to over 1,000. "The size and duration of the spike has been a little bit stronger than we expected," he said. "The first couple of days, our phone lines were overloaded. The people who take the orders were here one night past 10 o'clock... the senior executive in that area was answering phones."

HotHardware rounded up some Z77 motherboards. We have been playing with a few Z77 Express-based motherboards for the past couple of weeks, evaluated their performance, and have gathered up our data for you here. On tap in this round-up we have motherboards from MSI, Gigabyte, Asus and Intel, namely the MSI Z77A-GD65, Gigabyte Z77Z-UD5H, Asus P8Z77-V Deluxe, and Intel DZ77GA-70K. Tech Report checked them out as well.

Alch sent in this funny video of Microsoft's take on Google's Project Glass.

Misc Pics (27 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 6-April-2012  14:06:31 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Expect things to be fairly quiet on the newspage for the next few days over the Easter break. Have a great holiday and if you're travelling, stay safe!

And if you're after more, check out this Wiki page which lists ALL "misc pics" news posts from the archive. If you're a motorsport fan, remember the first MotoGP round of the year is this weekend!

Forum Projects (1 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 5-April-2012  14:22:58 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's some reviews and projects from people in the forums:

xrobau shared his thoughts
on the Samsung Galaxy S2 4G

Sin0822 checked out the

bundymania compared ten
full-cover GTX 5x0 waterblocks

XxJuxX is building an
amazing X-Tower custom PC

booj reviewed the
Asus HD 7970 DirectCU II TOP

Cask tried out the
Rihac Continuous Ink Supply

windwithme reviewed the
SAS-equipped ECS X79R-AX

booj looked at the
MSI Big Bang Xpower II

and also the
ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe

Thursday Afternoon (7 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 5-April-2012  13:49:38 (GMT +10) - by Agg

An Australian court has found that Google are responsible for hosting misleading ads. The appeal court ruled that Google had engaged in misleading or deceptive conduct with four ads that appeared on its Google Australia website. The advertisers used the names of competitors as keywords to trigger their own ads appearing.

ArsTechnica have taken a look at the CSIRO WiFi back-story, and they don't seem to agree with how things have panned out. In a sense, it's surprising such a debate could happen at all. Why is the history of such an invention in dispute? The premier world engineering institution, the IEEE, created a working group for the evolving 802.11 wireless standard in 1990, a full three years before CSIRO filed for its key wireless patent.

Minecraft AU are having a build contest. I have in my hot little hands 3 closed-beta invites to TERA for some live play over the easter weekend. .. . You have until 8pm Friday night (AEST) to build something cool – either in creative or survival. It has to be STARTED no earlier than now. We WILL be checking logblock – eg, don’t recycle. Start in a new region.

I think we've seen this before, but remember it's important to defraggle your motherdisk regularly. There are several of different species of software to make this happen, but the most excellent way to do it is a hardware defragmentation. You'll only need some basic data-mechanical-skills to be able to accomplish this operation. (Newbies - don't do this. No, really.)

There's a bunch of zombie Macs out there. Variations of the Flashback trojan have reportedly infected more than half a million Macs around the globe, according to Russian antivirus company Dr. Web. The company made an announcement on Wednesday—first in Russian and later in English—about the growing Mac botnet, first claiming 550,000 infected Macs. Later in the day, however, Dr. Web malware analyst Sorokin Ivan posted to Twitter that the count had gone up to 600,000, with 274 bots even checking in from Cupertino, CA, where Apple's headquarters are located.

Hitachi have announced a 4TB Enterprise HDD, the Ultrastar 7K4000. The most obvious change is the 1TB capacity bump over the Ultrastar 7K3000, but this is no insignificant matter. The 33% capacity boost in the same 3.5" form factor gives enterprise users the opportunity to lower their cost/GB as the new Ultrastar 7K4000 hard drives can offer more capacity in the same footprint and weight profile, without increasing costs associated with power, data center cooling and the like.

XbitLabs have a GeIL memory roundup. Today we are going to compare the features and performance of five enthusiast memory kits from GeIL: GeIL Black Dragon PC3-12800 CL9, GeIL Enhance Corsa PC3-12800 CL9, GeIL EVO Corsa PC3-14900 CL10, GeIL EVO Corsa PC3-14900 CL9 and GeIL EVO TWO PC3-14900 CL9.

Google's Project Glass (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 5-April-2012  13:05:39 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Google have unveiled Project Glass, their smart glasses technology. A group of us from Google[x] started Project Glass to build this kind of technology, one that helps you explore and share your world, putting you back in the moment. We’re sharing this information now because we want to start a conversation and learn from your valuable input.

It's early days yet, but there's a video with some ideas here. We believe technology should work for you — to be there when you need it and get out of your way when you don't.

Discussion here.

GIGABYTE Australia - New OCAU Major Sponsor! (35 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 5-April-2012  02:25:26 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I'm happy to announce that GIGABYTE Australia are OCAU's newest Major Sponsor. They've been involved with the site for a while but this marks a more formal and hopefully longer-term commitment. GIGABYTE Australia are of course the local arm of the hardware giant based in Taiwan and founded in 1986. Their motherboards and video cards have been a staple of the enthusiast scene for years but more recently they've expanded into peripherals and notebooks. In fact, I'm told they're the #1 selling brand in Australia for motherboards and video cards. Anyway, it's great to have them aboard.

They join our existing Major Sponsors Computer Alliance, Scorpion Technology and MSI Australia.

Thanks of course also to our other sponsors, and remember, keep an eye on the Sponsor Specials forum!

Thursday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 5-April-2012  01:48:12 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock Fatal1ty x79 Professional Intel 2011 Motherboard on TechwareLabs.
Asus Z9PE-D8 WS Dual Socket Workstation Motherboard on eTeknix.
AMD A10 Trinity APU first impression on TBreak.
ASUS Rampage IV Formula and Gene on PureOC.
Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H Motherboard on HWSecrets.

Aerocool Strike X GT Black Gaming Tower on Pro-Clockers.
In Win MANA 136 Midi Tower on NikKTech.
SilverStone GD06 Home Theater PC Case on ComputingOnDemand.
Cougar Solution Chassis on OCClub.
SilverStone Precision PS07 Micro-ATX Case on OCIA.

Input Etc:
Corsair Vengeance K60 Gaming Keyboard on HWSecrets.
Cooler Master QuickFire Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Pro-Clockers.

Power Supply:
OCZ FATAL1TY Series 1000W on TechPowerUp.
SilverStone Strider Gold Evolution 1000W on PC Perspective.

Audio Visual:
LG 55LM6700 55-inch LED-backlit HDTV on TechReviewSource.
Olasonic TW-S7 USB Speakers on EverythingUSB.
ZOTAC ZBOX Blu-Ray AD05 Plus Mini PC on HWHeaven.

Micron RealSSD P400e 6Gbps 200GB Enterprise SSD on TheSSDReview.
OCZ Synapse Cache 64GB Solid State Drive on CircuitRemix.

NZXT HAVIK-120 CPU cooler on OC3D.

Video Cards:
HIS Radeon HD 7870 IceQ Turbo on LegionHW.
ZOTAC GTX 680s Extreme Overclock in SLI on Bjorn3D.
Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 Overclocked Edition on NeoSeeker.
MSI Radeon HD 7970 Lightning 3GB Video Cards in CrossFire Overclocked on Tweaktown.
MSI HD 7870 Twin Frozr III 2 GB on TechPowerUp.

OCZ Vertex 4 Indilinx SSDs (3 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 5-April-2012  00:41:40 (GMT +10) - by Agg

OCZ have announced their Vertex 4 SSDs. With this range they have returned to using Indilinx controllers - not too surprising given they now own the company.

Coverage on Guru3D, Tweaktown (and here), Tech Report, HWHeaven, PC Perspective and LegitReviews.

Wednesday Morning (7 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 4-April-2012  01:28:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

South Australia seems to be adopting a confusing position regarding 18+ gaming, combining R18+ with MA15+. South Australia is moving ahead with plans to introduce a law that would ban anyone under the age of 18 from purchasing an MA15+-rated game. A spokesperson for South Australian Attorney-General John Rau told GameSpot AU that this move is "a more practical measure" than Rau's previously announced intention of removing the MA15+ category altogether. More here.

A recent Dick Smith sale has left customers angry. “There were hundreds of people just barging in the store, grabbing games, consoles, accessories, just to make it to the register and be told that nothing is on sale,” Mr Servat said.

British soldiers could soon have uniforms with smarter fabrics. "One of the problems with conventional cables is that breakages can be catastrophic. What we do here is build in redundancy, so that if the fabric gets cut, damaged or torn, we still have a way of re-routing the data."

OC3D played with a dual Xeon system. Why would you need to go to the trouble and expense of two CPUs if one provides all you'd ever need? That doesn't mean it's stopped us from finding out what kind of results you could expect to find from the current range of LGA2011 Xeon's when paired up with the excellent ASUS Z9 PE-D8 WS board.

Meanwhile TechReport took a closer look at some GeForce GTX 680 features. Read on for more detail than you probably deserve to have inflicted on you concerning the GeForce GTX 680's new dynamic clocking scheme, antialiasing capabilities, adaptive vsync, and more.

Tweaktown have info on a new LSI product range. Today LSI is introducing the next evolution of products - Nytro WarpDrive, Nytro XD and Nytro MegaRAID which will all be discussed in today article.

Scootre noticed that LG have begun mass production of a flexible e-paper display. Ladies and gentlemen, our dreams of flexible digital newspapers are nearly within reach: LG just announced that it has begun mass production of a 6-inch, 1024 x 768 e-paper screen that can bend by up to 40 degrees.

BenchmarkReviews have an Intel X79 Motherboard Overclocking Guide. I have detailed our recommendations to maximize the overclocking potential / scaling on ASUS' X79 series of motherboards. This guide has been developed after extensive internal testing across multiple boards, multiple UEFI builds and a high sampling rate of C0 CPUs and limited sampling of C1 stepping CPUs. While this guide is not definitive and will not contain every possible overclocking combination or guarantee results, the information detailed has been consistently duplicated and yielded repeatable results in our testing.

Wednesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 4-April-2012  00:23:29 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Video Cards:
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 Surround Gaming Tested on LegitReviews.
ZOTAC GTX680 2GB 'Kepler' on Vortez.
Palit JetStream GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Cards in SLI on Tweaktown.
XFX Radeon HD 7870 Black Edition 2GB on Tweaktown.

Motherboard & CPU:
Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 on HardCoreWare.
Gigabyte Z77X-D3H motherboard preview on Guru3D.
ASUS P8H67-I Deluxe mini-ITX Motherboard on TechReaction.

Plextor M3 Pro 256 GB SSD on TBreak.
ADATA XPG SX900 256GB SATA 3 SSD on TheSSDReview.
Western Digital My Book Live Duo (4TB) on TechReviewSource.
OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid 1TB on Bjorn3D.
Samsung 830 Series 128GB Solid State Drive on ThinkComputers.
Runcore ProV Max 240GB 6Gbps SSD on TheSSDReview.
BIWIN S836 Elite SATA 3 120GB SSD on TheSSDReview.

Audio Visual:
Samsung NX100 Digital Camera on TechWareLabs.
Cyborg F.R.E.Q. 5 Gaming Headset on HWHeaven.
ASUS Xonar Essence One DAC & Headphone Amplifier on TechPowerUp.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Lenovo IdeaCentre Q180 desktop on TechReviewSource.
HTC One X smartphone on TechSpot.
Foxconn Nano PC nT-i1500 Barebone on MadShrimps.
Huawei Honor U8860 Mobile Phone on TBreak.

Arctic Freezer i30 CPU Cooler on Bjorn3D.
SilenX EFZ-120HA5 CPU Cooler on HWSecrets.

Input Etc:
Corsair Vengeance K60 Performance FPS Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Tweaktown.
Corsair Vengeance M90 and K90 mice on OCClub.

Power Supply:
Cooler Master Silent Pro Hybrid 1050W on NinjaLane.
NZXT HALE82 750W on APHNetworks.
Aerocool Strike-X 800W on Pro-Clockers.

Antec P280 ATX Mid Tower on BenchmarkReviews.
NZXT Phantom 410 white System Enclosure on Metku.
Cougar Evolution on OCClub.

Steelseries Desmo White Optiks glasses on XSReviews.
Icy Box IB-PL500D Powerline Network Adapter Kit on RBMods.
Kingston HyperX Genesis 16GB 2133MHz Quad Channel memory kit on NikKTech.

Monday Afternoon (7 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 2-April-2012  15:18:09 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Daylight Savings ended on the weekend, in NSW, ACT, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania. If you find your forum timestamps are out of whack, fiddle with the settings in UserCP until it looks right. :)

It was also World Backup Day recently. More info here. Don't be an April Fool. Backup your files. Check your restores. Remember to ensure your files are backed up on March 31st. Backup your memories and financial information and check your old backup restores.

An Australian teen has been arrested on suspicion of hacking international sites. The purpose of the alleged hacking was unclear. "This case underlines the importance of international cooperation in cyber crimes," the centre said, adding data would be sent to Dutch police for criminal procedures.

Here's a cool video of a floppy disk ejection in space. A Macintosh Portable ejects a floppy disk on the space shuttle.

The CSIRO have been awarded $220M in their latest wireless patents case. The national science agency has been suing companies which have been using the technology, invented by a team of CSIRO scientists in the 1990s, without a licence. In 2009, it recouped $205 million after settling cases against 14 companies. Discussion here.

Facebook meanwhile have some broad trademarks, report ArsTechnica. Facebook is trying to expand its trademark rights over the word "book" by adding the claim to a newly revised version of its "Statement of Rights and Responsibilities," the agreement all users implicitly consent to by using or accessing Facebook.

On July 9, PCs infected with certain malware will be unable to access the web. That is the warning to Australian internet users from the Australian Communications and Media Authority, which today issued a statement appealing to internet users to check if they were infected. You can check if you're infected by visiting this page.

In Misc Pics a couple of weeks ago we saw Batman being pulled over by the Police in his black Lambo. Turns out he's not just some bored millionaire, but a guy on a mission to help kids. The Caped Crusader is a businessman from Baltimore County who visits sick children in hospitals, handing out Batman paraphernalia to up-and-coming superheros who first need to beat cancer and other wretched diseases.

France's three strikes law has cut piracy, but isn't boosting sales. For more than a decade the entertainment industry has claimed that digital piracy is the main cause for the gradual decline in revenues. So if piracy is down massively in France, one would expect that the revenues are soaring, right? But they’re not. If we look at the French music industry we see that overall revenues were down by 3.9 percent in 2011.

SMH report that Foxconn may be unfairly targeted over their workforce conditions. Yet Foxconn has better working conditions than comparable workplaces in China. It's common for thousands of people to apply for a handful of jobs at its factories. Apple conducts more inspections and more audits of its supplier than any other electronics company.

TonyR sent in this impressive Scale of the Universe 2 slidey timewastey thing. There's been a few of this kind of thing but this seems more detailed and futher-ranging.

Monday Morning Reviews (2 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 2-April-2012  01:40:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Noctua NF-F12 PWM Focused Flow Cooling Fan on Tweaktown.
Titan Fenrir Siberia Edition CPU Cooler on HWSecrets.

Audio Visual:
Roccat Kave Headset on HWSecrets.
Enermax DreamBass Genie on PureOC.
Clar1tyOne EB110 Earphones on TechPowerUp.

Video Cards:
ASUS Radeon HD 7870 DirectCU II 2 GB on TechPowerUp.
MSI R7970 Lightning Radeon HD 7970 3GB on LegitReviews.
Gigabyte HD 7770 OC with CrossFire on Bjorn3D.
Zotac GTX680 SLI on OC3D.
MSI Radeon HD 7970 Lightning on Guru3D.
Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 OC 3GB on eTeknix.
AMD HD7870 2GB GDDR5 on Vortez.
MSI Radeon HD 7970 Lightning 3GB on Tweaktown.

Corsair Dominator GT 32GB on RWLabs.
G.Skill Ripjaws X F3 2133C9Q-32GXH on OCClub.
VisionTek Ultimate 16GB DDR3-1866 on PureOC.

Input Etc:
Logitech G930 Wireless Gaming Headset on TBreak.
Genius DeathTaker MMO/RTS Gaming Mouse on Pro-Clockers.
Rosewill RK-9000RE keyboard on Vortez.
SteelSeries Diablo III Mouse on NikKTech.
Logitech K800 Wireless Illuminated Keyboard on ThinkComputers.

Samsung 830 Series SATA 3 512GB SSD on TheSSDReview.
Super Talent RAIDDrive upStream 220GB PCIe SSD on TheSSDReview.
Patriot Pyro SE 240GB SSD on TechReaction.

NEXUS Prominent R Midi Tower on NikKTech.
BitFenix Raider Mid-Tower on TheSSDReview.
BitFenix Shinobi XL on Vortez.
Spire Sonex 6010 on XSReviews.

Portable & Prebuilt:
The New iPad (2012) on PCPerspective.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus Smartphone on HWHeaven.
Samsung Chronos notebook on HWLook.
iBUYPOWER Erebus GT Gaming System on HotHardware.

Nextivity Cel-Fi RS2 3G Coverage Booster on eTeknix.
Asus RT-N56U Router on TBreak.

NZXT Premium Cables Starter Kit on NinjaLane.
MSI X79A-GD65 X79 Motherboard on eTeknix.

April Fools (7 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 1-April-2012  21:58:41 (GMT +10) - by Agg

April 1st is in full swing around the world now, which always makes for interesting news posting. But here's some of the more obvious ones:

The Gold Phone is back by Telstra.
AMD to start producing Intel CPUs on Tweaktown.
Google Sells Android to Microsoft & Nokia on MobileIndustryReview.
Journey to the Centre of the Earth with Virgin Volcanic.
Introducing reddit Timeline on reddit.
8 Bit Maps (and for NES) from Google, thanks Gunna.
Google Fiber Bar from Google.
Gmail Tap from Google.
Actually, mpot spotted this list of Google gags for this year.

Found more? Let us know in this thread.

News Changes (101 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 1-April-2012  00:00:16 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Please see the OCAU News Page for some important info about our news postings.

Update: April Fools! :) For those who haven't worked it out, there were two different news pages and the site would pick one at random each time. Page A said "no more misc pics due to legal issues" and Page B said "no more tech news, only misc pics from now on". Both of course are untrue! Misc Pics will continue, and so will tech news. In fact last time I looked the news page was still the single busiest page of the whole website, even on days other than Friday. :)

You can see previous OCAU april fools here.


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