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April 2013
Monday Night (6 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 29-April-2013  21:48:37 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The Australian "LulzSec leader" recently arrested has been identified, but to add to the confusion, some are claiming he was set up by a rival hacker. The 24-year-old IT security worker was arrested and charged by the Australian Federal Police on Tuesday for gaining unauthorised access to and causing data impairment to a government agency website.

Speaking of hacking, Google Glass has been jailbroken already. Within hours of Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt's revelation that apps for Google Glass will require Google's approval, a renowned hacker/developer has shattered the notion of locked-down Glass. More specifically, Jay Freeman -- aka "Saurik" -- has jailbroken it.

LivingSocial has had a data breach, affecting more than 50 million customers. The hack includes customer names, emails, birthdates and encrypted passwords.

You know piracy is getting out of hand when the US Ambassador asks Australians to stop pirating "Game of Thrones". "Unfortunately, nearly as epic and devious as the drama is its unprecedented theft by online viewers around the world," he wrote on his official Facebook page. "As the ambassador here in Australia, it was especially troubling to find out that Australian fans were some of the worst offenders with among the highest piracy rates of "Game of Thrones" in the world."

AMD have revealed new embedded chips, which hint at an ARM-based offering in future. But this latest announcement of an updated G-Series processor reveals something totally unexpected. It's not just that the chip contains four Jaguar cores of PlayStation 4 fame, or that it also includes a Radeon 8000 GPU and I/O module on a single piece of silicon -- although that's all interesting enough. More on PC Perspective.

Gamasutra have an in-depth look at the PlayStation 4. Cerny approached Gamasutra in the hope of delivering a "no holds barred PlayStation 4 hardware expose," he said, during the interview that resulted in this story. "That certainly is what we're here to do," said Cerny, before speaking to Gamasutra for well over an hour.

Meanwhile DigitalTrends looked at electronics recycling plants. The goods don’t just pile up, either. They move. “Dismantling is a big shock to people in terms of how much we actually break it down first,” said Donna Vojensky of Com2 Recycling in greater Chicago. One second, there’s the laptop that was once someone’s most prized possession; the next, there’s nothing but glass fragments, a shattered plastic shell, and a handful of circuitry components. “These guys are fast,” says Donna. “They can dismantle a couple hundred TVs a shift.”

Metamorphosis sent in this article about ad-blocking and the games press, and why, if you do block ads, you're hopefully white-listing your favourite sites.

Sunday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 28-April-2013  10:12:25 (GMT +10) - by booj

Patriot Supersonic Rage XT 64GB Flash Drive on Funky Kit.
Transcend MSA720 128GB mSATA SSD on Legit Reviews.
Corsair Flash Survivor Stealth 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on TweakTown.
SanDisk Extreme Pro 128GB Compact Flash Memory Card on TweakTown.
Zotac Raidbox USB 3.0 Dual mSATA Enclosure on HardwareHeaven.
Crucial M500 480GB SSD on Legit Reviews.
Thecus N5550 NAS on Vortez.

Corsair 350D M-ATX on eTeknix.
Corsair 350D M-ATX on Guru3D.

Tech-Life BeatBlock Premium Bluetooth Wireless Speaker on NikKTech.
Hercules Wireless Audio Experience W.A.E. Portable Bluetooth Speaker on eTeknix.
Pivos XIOS DS Media Play Android Media Player on ThinkComputers.

Input etc:
Func MS-3 Gaming Mouse on Benchmark Reviews.
Shogun Bros Ballista MK-1 Pro Gaming Mouse on eTeknix.
Gigabyte Aivia Osmium (MX Brown) Gaming Keyboard on Hardware Secrets.

Evercool Venti HPQ-12025 Heatsink on Frostytech.
MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming (Z77) Motherboard on eTeknix.
HIS 7790 iCooler Turbo and CrossFire on PureOverclock.
Acer Aspire E1-531 Laptop on Madshrimps.

Misc Pics (34 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 26-April-2013  14:28:39 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to ML, Davo1111 and outy this week!

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

Thursday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 25-April-2013  20:23:40 (GMT +10) - by booj

Graphics Cards:
XFX R7790 Black Edition OC 2 GB on techPowerUp.
EVGA GeForce GTX TITAN 6GB SuperClocked SLI on TweakTown.

Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt SSD HD-PATU3 on HardwareHeaven.
Asustor AS-604T 4-Bay NAS on TweakTown.
Adata DashDrive Durable UD310 32GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive on eTeknix.
Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G3 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on APH Networks.

Antec Kuhler 1220 H20 Watercooling kit on Rbmods.
Swiftech H220 Liquid CPU Cooler on eTeknix.
Thermaltake NiC C5 Untouchable CPU Cooler on NikKTech.
Silverstone Heligon Series HE01 CPU Cooler on Pro-Clockers.
Noctua NH-U14S CPU Cooler on eTeknix.

Thermaltake A41 Chaser on eTeknix.
NZXT Phantom 630 on Modders-Inc.
InWin GT1 Mid-Tower on TweakTown.
Enermax Hoplite ST Gaming Tower on Pro-Clockers.
Thermaltake Chaser A41 Mid-Tower on Funky Kit.
Cooler Master CM Storm Scout 2 Advance on PureOverclock.

Power Supplies:
Enermax Platimax 1350w on Funky Kit.
Corsair CX Series Modular CX600M 600 W on techPowerUp.

Input etc:
Roccat LUA Tri-Button Gaming Mouse on NikKTech.
SteelSeries Apex [RAW] Gaming Keyboard on Hardware Secrets.
CM Storm Control-RX Mousepad on ThinkComputers.
Roccat Isku FX Gaming Keyboard on Neoseeker.

Asus Orion Pro Gaming Headset on Benchmark Reviews.
Datacolor Spyder4Elite monitor calibration tool on XSReviews.

ANZAC Day (24 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 25-April-2013  00:44:32 (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

AMD Radeon HD 7990 Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 24-April-2013  21:19:03 (GMT +10) - by booj

After being teased for a year, AMD's flagship dual GPU HD 7990 has finally been released. Here are some reviews.

Hardware Canucks
Hardware Heaven
Hot Hardware
Legit Reviews
PC Perspective
Toms Hardware

Wednesday Afternoon (5 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 24-April-2013  14:21:36 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Last night the population of Australia officially passed 23M. There's also an interesting slidey thing showing how the population is aging.

Over the weekend the Boston Marathon bombing suspects were apprehended, and it was amazing to see the event unfolding in real-time across the internet, including on OCAU. This let people keep up to date with events in an incredible crowd-sourced way. However this also let rumours spread like wildfire, which hampered the investigation and endangered innocent people. “Those officials said Saturday that the decision on Thursday to release photos of the two men in baseball caps was meant in part to limit the damage being done to people who were wrongly being targeted as suspects in the news media and on the Internet.” Reddit posted their thoughts on their role during the crisis.

The self-proclaimed leader of LulzSec has been arrested in NSW, although his authenticity is in dispute. The AFP says the 24-year-old man from the Gosford suburb of Point Clare, who claims to be in charge of Lulz Security, or LulzSec, was arrested yesterday. The man is a senior Australian IT professional who works for the local arm of an international IT company.

There are new PSU rules in Australia. Despite the fact that the incorrect start date indicates that the fact sheet isn’t that laden with fact, there are a few things we do know about these regulations that were confirmed to us this morning. The major thing is that from October first pretty much all power supplies sold in Australia will have to sport a minimum 80+ Silver efficiency rating, thus knocking a large number of budget units off the market altogether. Discussion here.

A new cyber security bill, CISPA, has passed the US House. This is the second time Cispa has been passed by the House. Senators threw out the first draft, saying it did not do enough to protect privacy. Cispa could fail again in the Senate after threats from President Obama to veto it over privacy concerns. More info here.

Icelanders are so concerned about accidentally sleeping with a relative that there's now an app to keep things safe. In an island nation of just 300,000 people, sleeping with distant relatives may be inevitable. Sleeping with close relatives, however, remains something most would prefer to avoid. Now there’s an app for that. Or to keep it really safe, just use vibrating internet pants instead.

Wednesday Morning (2 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 24-April-2013  09:49:35 (GMT +10) - by booj

Apple's Siri voice assistant software reportedly logs all the questions users ask. Exactly what the voice assistant does with the data isn't clear, but Apple confirmed that it keeps users' questions for up to two years. Siri, which needs to be connected to the Internet to function, sends all of its users' queries to Apple. Thanks IntelInside.

Gunna sent in this article that looks at the rise and fall of AMD. In part one of this two-part series, we look at the evolution of AMD from a second-source supplier for companies using Intel processors towards CEO Hector Ruiz's ideal of a "premium" chipmaker that could sell to the likes of Dell and Intel.

The SSD Review have a detailed article that looks at how you can optimize your SSD in a Windows 8 environment.

Check out this fluid simulation video. It is supposedly running on a single GTX580. Hopefully we'll see water like this in games soon.

What was she thinking? It's so easy to get away with charging thousands to the company credit card!! A PR executive working for the makers of Xbox game Call Of Duty siphoned off £18,963 to pay for her engagement party, hen party and designer shopping sprees. Kathryn Kirton, 35, was head of PR at Activision when she got carried away with the 'glamorous and luxurious' world of public relations, Blackfriars Crown Court heard.

The king of mobile, ARM just keeps on keeping on. ARM Holdings is the embedded device, smartphone, and tablet industries' undisputed king. Whether it's an Apple i-device, an Android gadget, or a Windows Phone, the processors that power each of these devices are typically chips based on architecture and/or instruction set licensed from ARM.

Verizon's 2013 Data Breach Investigation Report is out and claims intrusions originating from China are behind 96% of all cyber-espionage data breaches. China was involved in 96% of all espionage data-breach incidents, most often targeting manufacturing, professional and transportation industries. The assets China targeted within those industries included laptop/desktop, file server, mail server and directory server, in order to steal credentials, internal organization data, trade secrets and system info.

It's amazing that a simple tweet can cause so much damage.. like wiping $136 Billion off of the S&P 500. This follows a hack of the Associated Press twitter account. Stocks took a steep plunge following a false AP tweet that indicated that the White House had been the victim of an explosion and that President Obama had been injured. The AP confirmed its Twitter account was hacked and the spokesman said the tweet was "bogus." The Twitter account was suspended shortly after the fake tweet.

Tuesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 23-April-2013  06:16:23 (GMT +10) - by booj

Motherboards & CPUs:
Asus P8Z77-V (Z77) on eTeknix.
ASRock FM2A85X Extreme6 on Xbit Labs.
Gigabyte Z77N-WiFi Mini-ITX on PC Perspective.
Gigabyte F2A85XM-HD3 on Vortez.

Graphics Cards:
Sapphire Radeon HD 7790 2GB OC Edition on Legit Reviews.
Sapphire Radeon HD 7790 2GB OC on OCC.
PowerColor 7790 TurboDuo OC on Guru3D.
EVGA GeForce GTX TITAN 6GB SuperClocked on TweakTown.
GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost & SLI on Techspot.

Mach Xtreme MX-ES 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on TweakTown.
OWC Mercury Accelsior E2 PCIe SSD on The SSD Review.
Corsair Voyager Air 1TB Wireless Hard Drive on eTeknix.
Synology DS213+ 2-Bay NAS on Madshrimps.
OCZ Vertex 3.20 240GB SSD on Funky Kit.

Thermaltake NiC C5 Untouchable Cool CPU Cooler on TweakTown.
Corsair H80i Water Cooling System on ThinkComputers.
Noctua NH-U12S CPU Cooler on eTeknix.

Power Supplies:
In Win Commander III 600W on PureOverclock.
Corsair AX and AXi Series on Xbit Labs.
Cooler Master V Series 1000 W on techPowerUp.

Oblanc NC2-3 U.F.O Bluetooth Stereo Headphones on Nikktech.
Tt eSports Shock & Shock One PC Gaming Headsets on eTeknix.
AZiO Levetron GH808 USB Gaming Headset on Benchmark Reviews.
QPAD QH-90 Headset on Vortez.

Sony Xperia Z Smartphone on TweakTown.
G-Skill ARES DDR3-2133 CL9 8GB Memory Kit on Funky Kit.
Dell UltraSharp U3014 on TechReviewSource.

Monday Midday (11 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 22-April-2013  11:29:43 (GMT +10) - by booj

eTeknix take a look a six of the gaming platforms expected to launch this year. There are quite a few console hardware releases this year, some bigger than others, some likely doomed to fail or fall into obscurity, but no matter which way you look at it, 2013 is an easy year to find something to play on.

The world’s largest Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox has again been hit by a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. Bitcoin fluctuates wildly as it is, but it is particularly dependent on Mt. Gox as the exchange is the world’s largest. Many believe those behind the DDoS attacks are performing them to drop the digital currency’s valuation so they can buy low and sell high, before doing it all over again.

Drew Endy wants to build a programming language for the body. Endy is the co-director of the International Open Facility Advancing Biotechnology — BIOFAB, for short — where he’s part of a team that’s developing a language that will use genetic data to actually program biological cells. That may seem like the stuff of science fiction, but the project is already underway, and the team intends to open source the language, so that other scientists can use it and modify it and perfect it.

In the market for a cheap CPU? Hardcoreware took a look at the FX 4300 vs Core i3 3220 vs A10 5800K.

Some Wall Street suits are claiming that Apple may be on the search for a new CEO after a poor year financially. Their concern over what’s happening at Apple has heightened as there’s no sign that the bleeding will stop quickly. From a trading high of $702 a share reached in September 2012 , the stock has spiraled into a freefall, plummeting to $390 a share by Apr. 19, 2013 — a new 52-week low.

On the topic of Apple, how about this $15 million Iphone 5? (England-based company Stuart Hughes) embedded no fewer than 600 flawless white diamonds within the specially-adapted, solid gold housing, and the Apple logo to the rear of the handset boasts 53 diamonds to itself. The marquee feature is said to be the home button, comprised from a rare 26 carat black diamond which, just on its own, is worth an incredible – wait for it – $14.5 million.

e-tail giant Amazon is planning a foray into TV production. The online retailing giant will let visitors from the U.S, U.K. and Germany watch, rate and critique 14 pilot episodes the company has bankrolled. Viewer comments will help the company decide which shows —if any— get the green light.

Authorities have approved a battery fix for the beleaguered Boeing 787 Dreamliner, paving the way for the resumption of flights. The Federal Aviation Administration on Friday approved Boeing’s plans to fix the plane’s lithium-ion batteries after two erupted in smoke and fire on separate planes.

Saturday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 20-April-2013  04:26:59 (GMT +10) - by booj

Motherboards & CPUs:
MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming on Guru3D.
MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming on techPowerUp.

Graphics Cards:
XFX R7790 Black Edition on OCC.
MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti 2GB Boost Twin Frozr Gaming on TweakTown.
Gainward GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost GS Dual & GTX660 GS Dual on Legion Hardware.
XFX Radeon HD 7790 Black Edition OC 1GB on eTeknix.

Adata DashDrive Elite UE700 USB 3.0 Flash Drive on Pro-Clockers.
Crucial M500 SSD on The Tech Report.
Corsair Voyager Air on Guru3D.
SuperSSpeed S301 Hyper Gold SLC Enterprise SSD on TweakTown.

SilverStone AP123 120mm Case Fan on eTeknix.
Deep Cool Gammaxx S40 CPU Cooler on PureOverclock.
Antec Kuhler H2O 1220 Liquid CPU Cooler on eTeknix.
Gelid Solutions Black Edition CPU cooler on techPowerUp.
Scythe Ashura CPU Cooler on HardwareHeaven.

Lian Li PC-7HX on eTeknix.
Enermax Ostrog GT Mid Tower Case on ThinkComputers.
Thermaltake A31 on eTeknix.
Thermaltake Chaser A31 Mid-Tower on Funky Kit.

Input etc:
Roccat ISKU Keyboard and Kone XTD Mouse on PureOverclock.
CM Storm Quickfire TK Mechanical Keyboard on Benchmark Reviews.

Misc Pics (27 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 19-April-2013  13:03:38 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to mpot and Hoff this week! Also, let me know in the comments thread if there's any improvement this week in the usual horrifying slowdown we normally experience for a couple of hours after Misc Pics are posted.

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

Thursday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 18-April-2013  05:53:50 (GMT +10) - by booj

Graphics Cards:
MSI Radeon HD 7790 OC Edition 1GB on eTeknix.
Club3D Radeon HD 7870 Joker on Guru3D.
MSI GTX 650Ti Boost on Ninjalane.
MSI GTX 650 Ti Boost Twin Frozr OC on PureOverclock.
Asus Radeon HD 7790 DirectCU II OC 1GB on eTeknix.

Consumer (Samsung and OCZ) vs. Enterprise (SMART Optimus) SSD Performance Analysis on TweakTown.
Samsung PM841 512GB mSATA SSD on The SSD Review.

Corsair Obsidian 900D on HardwareHeaven.
Corsair Obsidian 900D on Legit Reviews.
Corsair Obsidian 900D on Guru3D.

RHA MA450i Earphones on ThinkComputers.
RHA SA950i On-ear Headphones on techPowerUp.
AIAIAI TMA-1 Studio Headphones With Mic on eTeknix.

Input etc:
Razer ONZA Xbox 360 & PC Tournament Edition Controller on eTeknix.
AZiO KB577U Levetron MECH5 Gaming Keyboard on Benchmark Reviews.

Blackberry Z10 Smartphone on Legit Reviews.
Acer Aspire V5-571P Laptop on XSReviews.

Team Group Xtreem Vulcan DDR3 1600MHz 8GB Memory Kit on eTeknix.
ASRock FM2A85X-ITX Motherboard on Vortez.
Enermax Triathlor FC 650-Watt 80 PLUS Bronze Power Supply on TweakTown.
Scythe ASHURA CPU Cooler on Madshrimps.
Zyxel PLA4201 Powerline Ethernet Adapter on Velocity Reviews.

Forum Projects (1 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 17-April-2013  20:22:38 (GMT +10) - by Agg

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

Gazob reviewed the
reprapdiscount 3D printer

aokman reviewed the
Varavon Slidecam S 900

TERRA Operative is
building a linear accelerator

onrelas is restoring
a 1950's timber boat

Duste is restoring
and converting a Merc 190E

while Ash Williams is
building his own Google Glass!

Wednesday Afternoon (2 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 17-April-2013  13:35:15 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Google Glass draws ever closer, with specifications and software appearing. Google has begun shipping the first of its Glass networked spectacles to developers, and released basic technical specifications for the head-mounted device and the Android app used to configure them.

Meanwhile this video sight from a few months ago might show how things work in the future with similar systems.

Parallella is a new cheap Linux supercomputer. What Adapteva has done is create a credit-card sized parallel-processing board. This comes with a dual-core ARM A9 processor and a 64-core Epiphany Multicore Accelerator chip, along with 1GB of RAM, a microSD card, two USB 2.0 ports, 10/100/1000 Ethernet, and an HDMI connection. Discussion here, thanks RnR.

I think we've seen this before, but there's some recent discussion of the Red Hill Guide, an Australian site about (among other things) the history of PC hardware.

HotHardware have some info about the use of technology during the Boston Marathon bombings. We've all probably seen that Fred Rogers quote about "watching for the helpers" during frightening events posted here and there several dozen times since the bombs went off. The people on the street showed that "helpers" come in all shapes, sizes, and stripes, but there were also others helping out by using technology.

The HTC First smartphone appeared yesterday, and is the show pony for Facebook Home. HotHardware checked it out. We're hard at work cranking out our full review of the HTC First, but while that's being worked on, we thought some of you would like to see the phone in action.

ComputingOnDemand have a guide to building a cheap NAS. Having a ton of extra hard drives lying around doing nothing seems like a huge waste to me. In my efforts to put some of this storage to good use, I have been toying with the idea of building a NAS using standard hardware and one of the open source NAS packages out there; namely OpenMediaVault. With performance, size, and budget in mind; I am going to guide you on how to build a NAS.

Wednesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 17-April-2013  00:54:25 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
Pivos XIOS DS Media Player on Bjorn3D.
AZiO Levetron GH808 USB Gaming Headset on Tweaktown.

SMART Storage Systems CloudSpeed 500 Enterprise SSD on Tweaktown.
QNAP TS879-Pro 8-Bay NAS on eTeknix.
Vantec NexStar WiFi Hard Drive Dock on ThinkComputers.
ICY DOCK MB662U3-2S Dual Bay USB 3.0 RAID Enclosure on Tweaktown.
Kingston Technology's 120GB V300 SSDNow Desktop and Notebook Upgrade Kits on Futurelooks.

Input Etc:
FUNC MS-3 Gaming Mouse on Modders-Inc.
ROCCAT Isku FX Multicolor Gaming Keyboard on LegitReviews.
SPEEDLINK ATHERA Multi-Profile Keyboard on MadShrimps.

Portable & Prebuilt:
HP ElitePad 900 on TechReviewSource.
Lenovo IdeaPad Z400 Touch on HotHardware.
Lenovo IdeaCentre B540 desktop on TechReviewSource.
Sony VAIO T14 Ultrabook on TheSSDReview.

Video Cards:
Gigabyte Radeon HD 7790 on PureOC.
PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 PCS+ on OCClub.

Crucial Ballistix 240-pin DIMM, DDR3 PC3-12800 memory module on RBMods.
Silverstone Strider Essential ST50F-ES 500W on TechPowerUp.
Fractal Design Adjust 108 Fan Controller on ThinkComputers.

Interesting Forum Threads (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 15-April-2013  16:59:39 (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.

Does anyone have NBN - what's it like? in Networking, Telephony & Internet.
Telstra's "No fault found" policy in Networking, Telephony & Internet.
Xyala @ OverClocking-TV - Epic Backpacking Trip in Australia in Overclocking & Hardware.
You complete me, no YOU complete ME! in PC Games.
The Official Game Backlog Progress Thread! in PC Games.
Is removing hardware "safely" important? in Newbie Lounge.
Remember Lotus Notes? It's Still a $1 Billion IBM Business in Business & Enterprise Computing.
DEFIANCE -Scifi MMO [Trion Worlds(RifT)] in MMOs.
Aqua Computer Aquaero 5 LT/PRO/XT USB Fan Controller in Extreme & Water Cooling.
The Soundtrack of DOOM recorded from a Roland SC-55 Sound Canvas in Retro & Arcade.
I'm done with SSD until they are more reliable in Storage & Backup.
RC Multicopter Discussion Thread in Other Toys/Hobbies.
I've never seen these bundy bottles before in Geek Grog.
Japan? Questions & reports here in Travel & Holidays.
Lamborghini Veneno named world's ugliest car in Motoring.
Protect my alternator! in Motoring.
What have you done to your car today in Motoring.
2013 Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix in Motorsport.
How much was your last electricity bill? in Lifestyle.
Six things I learned from running a small business in Career, Education & Finance.
The road to riches: your plan in Career, Education & Finance.
Infrastructure for Australia's future in Current Events & Serious Discussion.
How famous are you? in The Pub.

Monday Afternoon (4 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 15-April-2013  16:05:04 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Keep up to date with OCAU via Twitter, Facebook and Google+. Please add us!

This is worrying - a Perth man has been convicted for taking photos in public. A Perth man, who happens to be a photographer and photography teacher, has been charged and convicted of disorderly behaviour for taking photographs in a public place without the permission of the subject. Discussion here.

At the Intel Developer Forum, some new server processors were announced, with coverage on VR-Zone, Tech Report and HotHardware. As Diane Bryant (senior vice president and general manager of Intel's Datacenter and Connected Systems Group) revealed, the company will soon refresh its Xeon and Atom processor lines with new products manufactured using Intel's advanced 22nm process node, which offer improved performance per watt characteristics and expanded feature sets that target specific applications.

Also at IDF, some new USB specifications that take it to 10Gb/s. Recent SuperSpeed USB updates include a new specification development effort underway to double the data through-put performance of existing SuperSpeed USB to 10Gb/s and the now publicly available USB power delivery specification. The speed enhancement to SuperSpeed USB will use new cables that are fully backward compatible with existing USB connectors and cables. The new single-cable for data and power delivery up to 100W initiative is also gaining popularity among device makers.

HP have launched a new type of cartridge server, which looks pretty much like a higher-density Blade system. HP has launched a new class of 'cartridge' sized servers that fit into a chassis it has dubbed 'The Moonshot'. They use the same energy-efficient mobile processors you might use in your tablet or smartphone and fit into a form factor that dwarfs even the thinnest of blades.

A modder named Bacteria has crammed 15 consoles into one box. The one of a kind entertainment center is the culmination of three years and $700 invested in bringing this dream to life. All of the hardware inside is either from the original consoles (no emulation of clone systems here!) or custom built -- such as the 16-position switch. And, it should go without saying, that it took a whole lot to get these gaming machines to share a single power supply, video cable and control pad.

Here's a great mashup of The Princess Bride and Game of Thrones. But we would like to see even more of this, in particular imagining Varys as Vizzini, Hodor as Fezzik and Aria Stark as a pint-sized Inigo Montoya.

NASA have announced the 2013 International Space Apps Challenge. The International Space Apps Challenge is a technology development event during which citizens from around the world work together to solve challenges relevant to improving life on Earth and in space.

Meanwhile here's a bit of interesting data-mining, of the photos taken of Earth from the ISS. Since the first mission to the International Space Station over 12 years ago there have been over a million photographs taken by astronauts looking out from four hundred kilometers above Earth. Nearly all of them have been archived on NASA’s servers. I’ve crawled that archive, pulling down the location for each of the 1,129,177 photographs taken from the ISS. The photos themselves are viewable here.

Sunday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 14-April-2013  23:39:47 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H-WB Intel Z77 Motherboard on PCStats.
Overclocking With Gigabyte Z77X Motherboards on HotHardware.
Asus F2A85-V PRO Mainboard on XbitLabs.

Prebuilt & Portable:
Gateway DX4870-UB17 desktop PC on TechReviewSource.
HTC One Android Smartphone on HWHeaven.

Kingston HyperX Beast 2400 MHz CL 11 2x 4 GB on TechPowerUp.
32 GB (4 x 8 GB) DDR3 SDRAM Memory Kits from G.Skill on XbitLabs.

Audio Visual:
Samsung Galaxy Camera on MegaTechNews.
ViewSonic TD2340 23in Touchscreen Display video review on HWHeaven.
Plantronics Voyager Legend UC Bluetooth Headset on NikKTech.

Infortrend EonNAS Pro 510 NAS on LegionHW.
Seagate Backup Plus 1 TB Portable Hard Disk Drive on TechARP.

Antichamber indie puzzle game on TechReport.
Microsoft Windows 8 and Metro UI on Tweaktown.
Free Anti-Virus Comparison on OCClub.

Netgear WNDR3700v4 N600 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router on LegitReviews.
Corsair Carbide 200R and Thermaltake Chaser A41 on XbitLabs.
Aerocool Shark 120mm Evil Black Edition Orange LED Fan on eTeknix.
QPAD Gaming Products Video Roundup on HWHeaven.

Misc Pics (21 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 12-April-2013  13:31:47 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to JackoSchitt, outonanisland and Davo1111 this week!

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

Friday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 12-April-2013  02:36:54 (GMT +10) - by booj

Graphics Cards:
Gigabyte Radeon HD 7790 1GB & NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST 2GB on Techgage.
Asus Radeon HD 7790 DirectCU II OC on TweakTown.
Palit GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB OC on TweakTown.

Samsung SM843 Enterprise SSD Review (240GB) on The SSD Review.
Adata XPG SX900 128GB on TweakTown.
Thermaltake BlacX Duet 5G USB 3.0 Docking Station on TweakTown.

SilverStone NT06-PRO CPU Cooler on Hardware Secrets.
Cooler Master Seidon 240M Liquid CPU Cooler on eTeknix.

Cougar Spike on Hardware Secrets.
Fractal Design Define R2 XL on eTeknix.
Cooler Master CM Storm Scout 2 on Guru3D.

Creative Sound Blaster ZxR PCIe Sound Card on Custom PC Review.
HMDX Jam Portable Bluetooth Speaker on Funky Kit.
BenQ GW2750HM Monitor on XSReviews.

Input etc:
In Win Rocker Mat Aluminum Mousepad on ThinkComputers.
Roccat Isku FX Gaming Keyboard on HardwareHeaven.
Steelseries Sensei Limited Edition Mouse on eTeknix.

Samsung 700T ATIV Smart PC Pro Windows 8 Tablet on MEGATechNews.
Sony VAIO Tap 20 Hybrid Tablet PC on Legit Reviews.

TRENDnet AC1750 Dual Band Wireless Router on Madshrimps.
Kingston HyperX 10th Anniversary 2400MHz 16GB on Bjorn3D.
ASRock Fatal1ty X79 Champion (X79) Motherboard on eTeknix.

Friday Morning (3 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 12-April-2013  01:01:19 (GMT +10) - by Agg

French electronic music superstars Daft Punk are launching their new album in Australia. In Wee Waa, to be specific. Which is a small town between Narrabri and Walgett. Righto then. Tickets are limited to 4000, but that’s not the only hurdle you’ll have to cross to get to the show: Wee Waa is about eight hours drive from Sydney and doesn’t have a commercial airport. You can apparently fly to Narrabri which isn't too far away, though. Anyway, discussion here.

One event not going ahead is the Australian Motor Show this year. Organisers have cancelled the Melbourne motor show, which was scheduled to be held in June, after lacklustre support from car manufacturers and dwindling attendance figures in recent years. The Australian International Motor Show is jointly hosted by Melbourne and Sydney, and alternates between the two cities under a year-by-year agreement that started in 2009.

I mentioned Bitcoin's growing popularity a few days ago, but now I'm mentioning it again for the wrong reasons. On Wednesday afternoon, the Bitcoin bubble appears to have burst. As of this writing, its current value is around $160—down from a high of $260. (It fell as low as $130 today.) There is no obvious explanation for why the digital currency has fallen so far and so fast, although the market correcting after such a huge rise might be a good explanation. Discussion continues here.

Meanwhile an Australian taxi-booking startup has raised $1.5M in investment funding. Ingogo is one of the independent taxi app developers that have taken fire from the taxi industry. After the NSW Taxi Council and Crime Stoppers launched an ad campaign against those apps, Ingogo said it would consider legal action. In a release today, Ingogo said it’s targeting a corporate taxi payment system under trial with several Sydney businesses “as a replacement” for the taxi industry’s Cabcharge.

If you prefer trains or buses (and you're in Sydney), you can now use a real-time trains app. State Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian unveiled six updated apps on Thursday that will have the real-time capability, which makes use of markers on stations that will receive information from trains, and then pass it on to the apps. The release of up-to-the-minute information about where trains are on the network follows the release late last year of real-time bus information.

IntelInside spotted a worrying story about aircraft hacking. To make things even more interesting - or easier - Teso showcased an Andorid application that uses SIMON's powers to remotely control airplanes on the move. The application, fittingly named PlaneSploit, sports a clean and simple interface, but is packed full with features.

IDG are blaming Windows 8 for a slump in PC sales. “Although IDC had not expected Windows 8 to be a significant driver to help stem the tide of PC volume decline, it now appears that without a course correction from Microsoft, the PC market is headed toward an even worse contraction for 2013 than previously thought,” Jay Chou, senior research analyst on IDC’s quarterly PC tracking service, said in the release.

NASA have announced plans to capture an asteroid. The mission to find, capture and redirect an asteroid robotically, and then visit it with astronauts to study it and return samples takes advantage of expertise across all of NASA in an integrated approach to exploration. Along with the scientific research and technology demonstrations happening around the clock on the International Space Station that are teaching us how humans can live and work in space, this mission will give us valuable experience we need in deep space operations to send humans to more distant destinations in the solar system, including Mars. Discussion here.

Geek Food (4 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 10-April-2013  01:07:53 (GMT +10) - by Agg

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

Indian Tandoori Feast
by ilsan

Texas Smoked Beef
by cuahtemoc

Japanese Cold Noodles
by sbm888

Injection Brined Chicken
by Amfibius

Buttermilk Chicken
by sgtraven

Vietnamese Salad & Steak
by platinum

Fried Icecream
by Johnnilicte

Calamari w/ Smoked Tomato Sc
by Amfibius

Twice-Cooked Spare Ribs
by BlueRaven

Wednesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 10-April-2013  00:52:30 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Cougar Challenger Midi Tower on NikKTech.
In Win G7 on HWSecrets.
Cooler Master Storm Stryker on Modders-Inc.

Kingston DataTraveler Locker+ G2 32GB USB Flash Drive on APHNetworks.
Crucial M500 SSD Review (960GB) on TheSSDReview.
Crucial M500 480GB SSD on TechnologyX.
Crucial M500 Solid State Drive (960GB) on HWHeaven.
Crucial M500 960GB SSD on Tweaktown.
480GB Crucial M500 Solid State Drive on BenchmarkReviews.

Cooler Master Seidon 240M liquid cooler on Guru3D.
Noctua NF-S12A FLX, ULN and PWM Case Fans on eTeknix.
Evercool Venti (HPQ 12025) CPU Cooler on eTeknix.
PrimoChill Compression Tube Reservoir on ThinkComputers.

AZiO Levetron Mech5 Mechanical Keyboard on eTeknix.
Corsair AX1200i PSU on PureOC.
LG 23ET83V-W monitor on TechReviewSource.
AMD FX-4130 Black Edition Processor on eTeknix.
BlackBerry Z10 Smartphone on HotHardware.
Gigabyte GV-R779OC-1GD video card on NeoSeeker.

Tuesday Afternoon (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 9-April-2013  16:51:26 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The Federal Opposition have revealed their NBN policy. Australia's Liberal Opposition announced its policy for building a national broadband network today, junking the ALP's fibre-to-the-home plan in the hope of connecting Australians at a lower cost. Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull fronted a news studio owned by Fox Sports today to confirm that a Coalition Government, if elected, would build a cut down version of the Government’s national broadband network for $29 billion with a completion date of 2019, compared to Labor’s $44 billion and 2021 end date. Discussion continues in this enormous thread.

Intel have announced their next-generation Thunderbolt. But let's talk about the real news: the next-gen Thunderbolt tech (code-named Falcon Ridge) enables 4K video file transfer and display simultaneously in addition to running at 20 Gbps. It will be backward-compatible with previous-gen Thunderbolt cables and connectors, and production is set to ramp up in 2014. An on-stage demo with fresh-off-the-press silicon showed the new Thunderbolt running 1,200 MBps, which is certainly a step up from what's currently on the market.

There's an interesting video here about a tactile-feedback controller. At GDC 2013, a company called Tactical Haptics showed off a tactile-feedback system, called Reactive Grip, for motion-controlled input devices. The prototype I got to use consisted of a hacked up Razer Hydra built into a 3D printed housing with four sliders that move up and down in your hand as you grip the unit. For certain situations, like swinging a sword or flail, the system creates an impressively convincing sensation that could bring us one step closer to immersive virtual reality. More here.

SiSoftware (makers of the Sandra benchmark) have an article about using GPUs for financial analysis. Financial analysis algorithms are complex, floating-point (of different precision) workloads that represent "real-life" examples of workstation use that stress FPUs and FP accelerators. They use a variety of non-basic mathematical functions (e.g. exp, log, sqrt, etc.) while processing a good amount of data that stress memory and cache sub-systems. Some of these functions (e.g. exp, log, transcendentals) are GPU-accelerated as they are used extensively in graphics (shaders) while CPUs do not accelerate them as they are relatively "rare". However, as historically GPUs "cut corners" and did not implement them in full accuracy (as this was not required for graphics) higher precision may needed or slower, non-accelerated versions may need to be used.

Forbes report on the richest tech billionaires in 2013. Bill Gates is still on top! Bill Gates, the world's most generous person, has already given more than $28 billion, but said in his fifth annual letter for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that the total amount invested is less important than precise measures of impact, like child mortality rates. Gates' net worth increased $6 billion to $67 billion in the past year - with no help from the company he cofounded, Microsoft, in which he still has a 5% stock.

Meanwhile PC World look back at beloved PC game studios which have fallen by the wayside. With the shuttering of LucasArts this week, we're taking a look back at some of our favorite PC game developers and publishers that are no longer around. Some of these companies introduced us to PC gaming, while others helped to define a genre that's still popular today.

Tuesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 9-April-2013  01:52:56 (GMT +10) - by Agg

SilverStone Nitrogon NT06-PRO C-Style CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.
NZXT Kraken X60 280mm AIO CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.

HighPoint RocketStor 5322 Dual eSATA 6Gbps Dock on TheSSDReview.
SuperTalent USB 3.0 Express RC4 64GB Flash Drive on TheSSDReview.
Western Digital Black 4TB hard drive on Tech Report.
INEO I-NA321U PLUS Docking Station on BenchmarkReviews.
HGST Travelstar 7K1000 2.5-inch Mobile Hard Drive on MadShrimps.
OCZ Vertex 3.20 20nm 240GB SSD on LegitReviews.
Intel 335 Series 180GB SSD on Tweaktown.

HP Envy X2 11-G010NR laptop on TechReviewSource.
Fractal Design Define R4 case on ThinkComputers.
ASUS AiCloud router software bundle on Bjorn3D.
Func MS-3 Gaming Mouse on RBMods.

Photography Gallery (1 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 8-April-2013  00:40:43 (GMT +10) - by Agg

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

Sunday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 7-April-2013  23:21:55 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Sciby noticed this cool stabilised camera video. This short was shot with the The "MoVI" - a digital 3-axis gyro-stabilized handheld camera gimbal. The completely silent device weighs under 3.5 pounds bare and can be operated solo, or with the help of a second "gimbal" operator with a joystick to pull off some incredible moves.

Facebook have revealed their Facebook Home app, which seems to take over your phone and make the whole thing social. Once installed on the handset, it replaces the lock screen and home screen with Cover feed that streams status updates and photos from friends. Along with Cover feed users will also get notifications about Facebook updates from friends with their profile picture and also about other events, calls and apps.

With the new Game of Thrones season having started, and apparently being widely pirated in Australia, it seems fair enough for Australian group Axis of Awesome to have a Rage of Thrones video, thanks sjobeck. Everyone is excited except... the people who read the books. They know what's coming. The Axis of Awesome made a hilarious music video called 'Rage of Thrones' about those people and how they feel about us bandwagoners.

OCAU member SuperRoach has reviewed the Kick light. Very small and controllable over Wifi, the Kick is a unique approach to lighting an area to improve taking photos and videos.

Quantum supercomputers are making great strides. Two years after Lockheed Martin acquired the first commercially viable quantum computer from D-Wave Systems, the American aerospace and technology giant is once again throwing its weight behind a technology many thought was still the stuff of science fiction. Lockheed Martin has just upgraded its D-Wave One quantum computer to the D-Wave Two, a machine the company’s founder Geordie Rose said is 500,000 times faster than its predecessor, which was already faster than a conventional computer.

iiNet had a very popular April Fools this year. Turns out that after the April Fool’s Day dust settled, people checking their accounts have found that the ISP was, in-fact, telling the truth. Not about the system fault, mind, but about the fact that it made everything its users browsed or downloaded that day count as “Freezone” content, which doesn’t affect your monthly usage cap.

Daylight Savings (6 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 7-April-2013  00:04:07 (GMT +10) - by Agg

In a few hours daylight savings ends in those states that observe it. Daylight Saving Time begins at 2am on the first Sunday in October, when clocks are put forward one hour. It ends at 2am (which is 3am Daylight Saving Time) on the first Sunday in April, when clocks are put back one hour.

If things go weird with your forum timestamps, try fiddling with the Date & Time Options until it looks right. :)

Saturday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 6-April-2013  15:00:54 (GMT +10) - by booj

Graphics Cards:
Asus GTX 670 DirectCU Mini 2 GB on techPowerUp.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost Video Cards in SLI on TweakTown.
Sapphire HD7850 OC on Funky Kit.

Synology DiskStation DS213+ NAS Server on NikKTech.
Adata 500GB USB 3.0 DashDrive Elite on OCIA.
Plextor M5 Pro 128GB with Xtreme Firmware SSD on TweakTown.

NZXT Kraken X40 140mm AIO CPU Cooler on TweakTown.
Thermalright AXP-100 CPU Cooler on Hardware Secrets.
Corsair H110 Liquid CPU Cooler on HardwareHeaven.
Corsair Hydro Series H110 Liquid Cooler on techPowerUp.

Thermaltake Urban S21 on Vortez.
Cougar Challenger on Guru3D.

3 Tablets Under $300 on ThinkComputers.
CyberPowerPC Fangbook X7-200 Gaming Notebook on Hothardware.
Toshiba Qosmio X875-Q7390 on TechReviewSource.

Cooler Master Storm Sirus 5.1 Gaming Headset on TechnologyX.
Ozone Rage ST Gaming Headset on techPowerUp.
Finis SwiMP3 X18 2GB on XSReviews.
Diamond Multimedia VideoStream (WPCTVPRO) on Bjorn3D.

Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe Mini-ITX Motherboard on PC Perspective.
Corsair Vengeance M95 Performance MMO & RTS Laser Gaming Mouse on TweakTown.

Misc Pics (28 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 5-April-2013  14:50:48 (GMT +10) - by Sciby

Friday again!

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

Friday Morning (6 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 5-April-2013  00:54:05 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The big news of the day would have to be that Disney are shutting down LucasArts. Ironically, many of the games for which LucasArts is best remembered for are not Star Wars games. Its genre-defining '90s adventure games created by Ron Gilbert and DoubleFine's Tim Schafer like The Secret of Monkey Island, Day of the Tentacle, and Grim Fandango are all still celebrated by fans to this day. That said, there were good Star Wars games over the years, including the X-Wing series, Jedi Knight/Dark Forces series, Knights of the Old Republic, Rogue Squadron, Battlefront, and others. The future of these franchises is obviously now probably dim. More here and here, discussion in this thread.

The mobile phone is 40 years old. On April 3rd, 1973, Motorola engineer Marty Cooper placed the first public call from a cellphone. In midtown Manhattan, Cooper called Joel Engel — head of rival research department Bell Labs — saying "Joel, this is Marty. I'm calling you from a cell phone, a real handheld portable cell phone." The call was placed on a Motorola DynaTAC 8000x, which weighed 2.5 pounds, a far cry from today's 4-ounce handsets.

The world's biggest tunnel boring machine is being assembled in Seattle. Known affectionately as Bertha, this tunnel boring machine has the widest diameter of any boring machine ever built; 57.5 feet. It's being used to dig a highway tunnel under downtown Seattle and it just arrived there today after being shipped from Japan. And you thought your job was boring!

Meanwhile in SimCity, EA are offering free DLC, which are ads. Sometimes these in-game advertising campaigns can get pretty creative: At one point, Everquest II players were able to order Pizza Hut pizza and have it delivered to their door, all without ever leaving the game. But it’s rare for an in-game advertisement to actually have a direct impact on gameplay in a game. “Happiness” is one of the many factors that players have to manage as mayors of their virtual metropolis in SimCity. Now, use of the Nissan Leaf product results directly in a smoother gameplay experience. Use Nissan, win at SimCity.

Three more sites are weighing into the "micro stutter" graphics issue: Guru3D, OCClub and Vortez. Measuring FPS is done by counting the number of frames rendered within a second. Obviously, we are not quick enough to do this ourselves so we commonly will use some form of benchmarking tool, FRAPS for example. This tool will then be used over a length of time for example 60 seconds. Each second's total frame count is then averaged over the 60 second period to give us our average FPS measurement. What the frames per second method of measurement will not show us though is what is commonly referred to as 'micro stutter'.

We haven't heard much about bitcoins for a while but a recent spike in value has got everyone talking again - and here's an interesting article to get you up to speed. For anybody who’s ever suffered the incompetence of a bank, or bristled at the fees involved in just spending money, either domestically or abroad – that is to say, for all of us – the promise of bitcoin is the holy grail of payments. Especially since, to all intents and purposes, bitcoins are invisible to law enforcement and the taxman.

AirQ sent in these views of the Space Shuttle flight decks. That is a lot of knobs.

Forum Projects (1 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 4-April-2013  19:02:58 (GMT +10) - by Agg

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

Pwnography6 reviewed
JunPus Diamond Thermal Grease

Caffeine_Dealer shows how
to make a PC button box

Mau1wurf1977 has a 3-hour
Roland MT-32 video tutorial

Samuka reviewed the
Synology DS413 with DSM 4.2

elvis detailed an
800TB GlusterFS project

windwithme has an
AMD A10-5800K on GB F2A85X-UP4

Thursday Evening Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 4-April-2013  19:02:32 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
Canon PowerShot A2600 digicam on TechReviewSource.
Compro TN50W IP camera on Vortez.

be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 2 CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.
Cooler Master Seidon 120 XL Watercooler on NinjaLane.
Noctua 140mm/150mm Case Fans on OCClub.

Bioshock Infinite PC game on Vortez.
BioShock Infinite Review – Leaving the World Awestruck on Techgage.

Video Cards:
ASUS Radeon HD 7870 DirectCU II on CustomPCReview.
PowerColor PCS 7870 Myst Edition on PureOC.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost SLI on TechPowerUp.

Intel 525 Series mSATA SSD Review: Five Capacities Tested
Seagate 500GB SSHD Thin Hybrid Drive on LegitReviews.
QNAP TS-269 PRO NAS on ComputingOnDemand.
Seagate Wireless Plus Storage for Android, iPhone and iPad on MegaTechNews.
eagate's Laptop Thin SSHD 500GB hybrid drive on TechReport.
EonNAS 850X NAS Network Storage Server on BenchmarkReviews.

Input Etc:
Func MS-3 Mouse on HWSecrets.
Tesoro SHRIKE HL2 Laser Gaming Mouse on NikKTech.
Cooler Master CM Storm Quick Fire Rapid Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on MadShrimps.
SteelSeries APEX Gaming Keyboard on Tweaktown.
Leetgion El'Druin "Optimized for Diablo" Gaming Mouse on Tweaktown.
Func MS-3 Mouse & 1030XL Mouse Mat on TechPowerUp.

Mr Legohead (4 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 3-April-2013  12:54:53 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Check out this brilliant "Mr Legohead" Mini-ITX PC mod from holto243:

click for the worklog thread!

Wednesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 3-April-2013  03:09:26 (GMT +10) - by booj

Graphics Cards:
Gigabyte GeForce GTX Titan on iXBT Labs.
PowerColor PCS+ AX7850 2GB on Bjorn3D.
EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost SC edition on Guru3D.

QNAP TS-569 Pro NAS on techPowerUp.
KingSpec E3000S Challenger SSD on The SSD Review.
Adata DashDrive HV610 1TB USB 3.0 Hard Drive on ThinkComputers.

DeepCool Frostwin CPU Heatsink on Frostytech.
Evercool Venti HPQ-12025 CPU Cooler on Funky Kit.
Thermalright True Spirit 120M CPU Cooler on Madshrimps.
Gelid The Black Edition CPU Cooler on Hardware Secrets.

NZXT Phantom 630 Enclosure and HALE90 V2 1000W PSU on Futurelooks.
Fractal Design Define R4 Arctic on Benchmark Reviews.

Input etc:
Func Surface 1030 XL mousepad on Rbmods.
SteelSeries Guild Wars 2 Gaming Mouse on Madshrimps.
Logitech G600 MMO Gaming Mouse on NikKTech.
Cooler Master Storm Recon Optical Mouse on APH Networks.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Gigabyte S1082 Windows 8 Slate Tablet on Modders-Inc.
Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 Windows 8 Slate on HotHardware.
Acer Aspire V5-571PG-9814 Laptop on TechReviewSource.

Tt eSPORTS Chao Dracco Headphones on Bjorn3D.
SteelSeries Siberia V2 Cross-Platform Headset on Hardware Secrets.

Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD4H Intel Z77 Motherboard on PCStats.
Pivos XIOS DS Media Box on Funky Kit.

Cooler Master and OCAU Contest! (1 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 2-April-2013  02:10:09 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Cooler Master are giving away five prizes to lucky OCAU readers. Check out the thread for details:

click for details!

Tuesday Morning (4 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 2-April-2013  01:40:08 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Hope you had a great Easter break!

There's a new website to teach kids when and how to dial 000. “Children make up a significant number of callers to Triple Zero and the website provides a fun way for them to learn about a serious issue. The website will help children provide better information to dispatchers and ensure a fast response to emergencies,” said Mr Dreyfus.

Speaking of emergencies, it was World Backup Day recently. The day before April Fools, in fact, and not just by coincidence. Don't be an April Fool. Backup your files. Check your restores. Remember to ensure all your important files are backed up on March 31st.

TheWedgie spotted this server with over 6000 days of uptime. Right before they shut it down. :) Interesting that it's running NetWare 3.1x, because the highest-uptime server I've worked with in production was a 3.11 box that ran for several years (but not that many!) before an external tape drive died and forced a reboot.

A few people sent in this Shatner vs Gorn trailer for Star Trek: The Video Game.

Synology have a product seminar thingy coming up soon in Sydney and Melbourne, so if you're interested, check it out. I'm mostly mentioning this because it seems to be free to attend and there's some nifty door prizes. :)

April Fools 2013 (9 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 1-April-2013  20:29:41 (GMT +10) - by Agg

As April 1st rolls around the world, there's a few pranks appearing:

- Google offer Google Nose, Gmail Blue and pirate maps
- YouTube has enough videos now and will take 10 years to pick the best one
- Australian Geographic report that drop bears prefer tourists
- Dick Johnson Racing switch to another manufacturer
- Imgur offer upload via snail mail
- Thinkgeek have a few things as usual
- fmylife have a massive book on the way
- on Facebook, Telstra have app slippers and Lian Li have a backpack PC case

You can see our previous ones in the Wiki. For more, or to share more you've found, head over to this forum thread.

OCAU Mobile App (94 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 1-April-2013  00:15:36 (GMT +10) - by Sciby

I'm very pleased to announce our official OCAU Mobile App! This gives you full forum functionality on your iPhone or iPad. Here's some screenshots of it in action:

Here's the details:
- The app has a one-off fee of $29.95 AUD inc GST, which gives you full access to the forums with your normal login account.
- For Sale threads posted via the app will incur a $1.10 AUD fee inc GST. This is in line with a new policy which we will be extending to transactions via normal web browsers soon.
- The app is only available for Apple iOS at the moment, as based on our analytics almost nobody on OCAU is using Android yet.

Feel free to ask any questions in the comment thread for this news post. Let's get mobile!

Agg update: APRIL FOOLS! Obviously. :) Thanks to Sciby for posting it this year while I was away.


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