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May 2013
Misc Pics (20 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 31-May-2013  14:20:49 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Davo1111 and JC this week!

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

Nvidia GeForce GTX 770 Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 31-May-2013  12:11:13 (GMT +10) - by booj

Following the GTX 780 last week comes the GTX 770, essentially a refresh of last years GTX 680.

Anandtech: Reference
Benchmark Reviews: Reference
Bjorn3D: Reference
Guru3D: Reference, Gigabyte, Palit & KFA2
[H]ardOCP: MSI
Hardware Heaven: MSI, Palit & Zotac
Hot Hardware: Gigabyte & MSI
LAN OC: EVGA & Reference
Legit Reviews: Asus & MSI
Neoseeker: Reference
Overclockers Club: MSI
Pure Overclock: Gigabyte, MSI & Reference
techPowerUp: Asus, Reference, Gigabyte, Palit
Techspot: Gainward
Vortez: Reference

SLI Reviews:

Friday Morning (4 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 31-May-2013  01:41:11 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The MS Walk & Fun Run is on this weekend. Dallas from OCAU is taking part and you can donate to support him via the link above, or take part yourself. He sent in this video from his brother in law showing the effects that MS had on his life. A good mate of mine's mother suffers from MS also, it's a terrible disease and I'm sure every dollar helps. MS Australia aims to minimise the impact of multiple sclerosis on all individuals affected by the disease, as well as their families, carers and the community, by offering a wide range of services, equipment and support. MS Australia's goal is to assist everyone affected by MS to live life to their fullest potential and secure the care and support they need, until we ultimately find a cure.

A TV commercial for a video game has been banned in Australia - odd, because the game itself hasn't. The Board, ultimately, saw differently. The board considered the facts: The ad is, indeed, for a violent video game (rated R in Australia), the violence is presented in video game context, and the ad was shown during a television program aimed at mature audiences. AIE released a statement saying the company was "sympathetic to members of the community who had been affected by suicide", and assured the Board it had not meant to cause offense.

Here's a worklog for a high-flying Raspberry Pi. I was pleasantly surprised by how well the other balloonists collected almost all of the image packets. Remember that my payload had 2 radio transmitters, meaning that people had to choose which one to listen to (unless they happened to have 2 receivers). Also I was using a fairly high baud rate which limits the range, but even so there were listeners in Northern Ireland, Holland and France contributing!

NVIDIA have a press-release about their GPUs helping make a breakthrough in HIV research. UIUC researchers uncovered detail about the capsid structure by running the first all-atom simulation of HIV on the Blue Waters Supercomputer. Powered by 3,000 NVIDIA Tesla K20X GPU accelerators -- the highest performance, most efficient accelerators ever built -- the Cray XK7 supercomputer gave researchers the computational performance to run the largest simulation ever published, involving 64 million atoms.

The back-door internet filter debate continues, with another agency blocking websites - but they won't say who. DBCDE deputy secretary Abdul Rizvi said on Thursday that a total of three federal agencies were found to have used the powers to block website access, after a meeting was held on May 22 between 12 federal agencies to determine the scope of the issue. Attorney-General’s Department secretary Roger Wilkins later clarified that the third agency was a “national security matter" but refused to name it.

Thursday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 30-May-2013  15:20:57 (GMT +10) - by booj

Graphics Cards:
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 on Neoseeker.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 on Legit Reviews.
EVGA GeForce GTX 780 SC with ACX Cooling on Hot Hardware.
HIS 7850 iPower IceQ Turbo 4GB and CrossFire on PureOverclock.

Seagate Constellation ES 1TB Hard Drive on PCstats.
Vantec NexStar WiFi Hard Drive Dock on Legit Reviews.
KingFast E-Drive 2.5'' SATAIII SLC 120GB SSD on Madshrimps.
Seagate Desktop HDD.15 4TB hard drive on Tech report.

Lamptron CW611 Watercooling Fan Controller on eTeknix.
Cooler Master Notepal U2 Plus Cooling Pad on OCC.
XSPC RayStorm 750 RS240 Water Cooling Kit on Pro-Clockers.
SilverStone NT01-PRO CPU Cooler on Futurelooks.

Google Chromebook Pixel on Hot Hardware.
HP Envy 120 E-All-in-One on TechReviewSource.

Logitech G700s Rechargeable Gaming Mouse on TweakTown.
Enermax Triathlor FC 700W Power Supply Unit on NikKTech.
Gigabyte FLY Headphones on techPowerUp.
Gigabyte G1.Sniper M5 on eTeknix.

Wednesday Night (2 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 29-May-2013  21:02:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Chinese hackers have apparently stolen some ASIO blueprints. SECRET and highly sensitive blueprints outlining the layout of Australia's top spy agency's new headquarters have been stolen by Chinese hackers, the ABC says. The documents contained details of the ASIO building's floor plans, communication cabling layouts, server locations and security systems, potentially putting the entire organisation at risk, Monday night's Four Corners program alleges. Discussion here.

Australia meanwhile is apparently the happiest industrialised nation. The so-called "lucky country" beat Sweden and Canada to take the top spot in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development's (OECD) Better Life Index. Australia has remained largely immune from the global financial crisis, with its economy growing on average 3.5% over the last 20 years to 2012, according to the CIA Factbook.

Boingboing report on another draconian copyright attempt in the USA. But amidst all that crazy, there's a bit that stands out as particularly insane: a proposal to legalize the use of malware in order to punish people believed to be copying illegally. The report proposes that software would be loaded on computers that would somehow figure out if you were a pirate, and if you were, it would lock your computer up and take all your files hostage until you call the police and confess your crime.

Senator Conroy says there is no centralised Government internet filter at present. The news comes in the wake of the Australian Securities and Investment Commission accidentally ordering the block of 1,200 websites. ASIC had used section 313 of the Telecommunications Act to get ISPs to block certain websites, such as investor fraud websites. The move has been heavily criticised, with groups such as the Greens and Pirate Party Australia stating that it amounts to an internet filter without oversight or transparency.

Wednesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 29-May-2013  03:44:06 (GMT +10) - by booj

Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H on Xbit Labs.
Asus P8Z77-V LK on Xbit Labs.
ASRock Fatal1ty X79 Champion on HardwareHeaven.

Graphics Cards:
EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB SuperClocked Video Cards in SLI on TweakTown.
PowerColor HD Radeon 7850 SCS3 Passive on eTeknix.
PowerColor HD Radeon 7850 SCS3 Passive on techPowerUp.
Gigabyte Radeon HD 7790 2GB OC on Guru3D.
HIS HD 7850 IceQ X on Vortez.

WD Se 4TB Enterprise Hard Drive on Techgage.
OCZ Vertex 3.20 120GB SSD on Techgage.
240GB OCZ Vertex 3.20 SSD on Benchmark Reviews.
OCZ Vertex 3.20 240GB SATA III 2.5'' SSD on Madshrimps.
Western Digital Scorpio Blue (WD5000LPVT) 500GB HDD on TweakTown.
Solidata K8 1920E 2tb SSD on The SSD Review.

Thermaltake Chaser A31 Thunder on Ninjalane.
Fractal Design Node 605 HTPC Case on ThinkComputers.

Input etc:
Steelseries Sensei [RAW] Frost Blue Gaming Mouse on Funky Kit.
TteSports Challenger Gaming Keyboard on eTeknix.
Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E. 7 Keyboard on PureOverclock.

DeepCool GAMMAXX S40 CPU Cooler on Pro-Clockers.
Jabra VOX In-Ear Headphones on ThinkComputers.
Sapphire Edge HD4 on Bjorn3D.
Kingston HyperX Predator 2400 MHz C11 2x 4 GB on techPowerUp.
HP EliteBook Revolve 810 on TechReviewSource.

Forum Projects (1 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 27-May-2013  21:27:01 (GMT +10) - by Agg

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

kilebantick has a
cool arctic camouflage PC

Epicfatigue is working
on an arcade machine mod

STUdog made a
clear door for a Cosmos II

Hive is going
dangerously ghetto

Sin0822 reviewed Kingston's
KHX26C11T2K2/8X on a Z77X-UD4H

Stanza put a microserver
into a 2RU case with drives

Monday Evening (8 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 27-May-2013  20:32:37 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Sciby keeps going on about these tested.com videos, and in particular the ones featuring Adam Savage. So, if you're a MythBusters fan, check 'em out!

Google are apparently planning to hook up Africa with wireless internet. The Internet search giant - which has for years espoused universal Web access - is employing a patchwork quilt of technologies and holding discussions with regulators from South Africa to Kenya, the WSJ cited people familiar with the strategy as saying. The article on WSJ says it will extend to developing markets in SE Asia too.

Meanwhile Eric Schmidt from Google has concerns about the permanence of mistakes made by internet-generation youth. He said: "There are situations in life that it's better that they don't exist. Especially if there is stuff you did when you were a teenager. Teenagers are now in an adult world online." Some days, you could hardly describe most of what happens online as "adult." Still, Schmidt says he believes the online world has gone too far in forcing teens to never forget.

An American user has discovered the limits of "unlimited". And a California man discovered that limit when he got a phone call from a Verizon representative wanting to know what, exactly, he was doing to create more than 50 terabytes of traffic on average per month—hitting a peak of 77TB in March alone.

A Sydney legal firm has demanded details of ISP customers who are allegedly infringing the copyright of its clients. Several of the ISPs concerned immediately responded to Marque denying access to the details of the users concerned. The firm has signalled that it is considering using the courts system to apply for what are known as ‘preliminary discovery’ orders to retrieve the information.

A new record has been set for an Apple 1 sale, at $671,000 USD. The record price was paid by an anonymous bidder. In an interview with the New York Times, Auction Team Breker of Cologne, which sold the Apple-1, said the buyer was a "wealthy entrepreneur from the Far East."

If you're worried that the new consoles will make your current one obselete, EA say they will support them until 2017. Speaking with Gamespot, EA CFO Blake Jorgensen confirmed that “EA will continue to publish games for current-generation consoles through at least 2017,” a decision that is sure to appease owners of current-generation hardware.

Monday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 27-May-2013  17:39:54 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Gigabyte C847N Motherboard on HWSecrets.
ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe Ivy Bridge mini ITX on ServeTheHome.

Video Cards:
PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 Myst Edition in Crossfire on OCClub.
HIS 7850 IceQ Turbo 2GB GDDR5 on MadShrimps.
Zotac GeForce GTX 780 on Bjorn3D.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 on PureOC.
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 WindForce 3x OC on Guru3D.

Metro: Last Light PC game on Tweaktown.
SuperSpeed RamDisk Plus 11 Software on Tweaktown.

Audio Visual:
Attitude One Tunguska Headset on RBMods.
Gigabyte Fly Headphones on eTeknix.

LaCie CloudBox 1TB Personal NAS on Tweaktown.
4TB Seagate Desktop HDD ST4000DM000 on BenchmarkReviews.
HGST Travelstar 7K1000 1TB 2.5" Hard Drive on Tweaktown.
iStarUSA BPU-340SATA Military Grade Drive Enclosure on NikKTech.

Phobya Nano-2G 12, G-Silent 12 Slim Edition and NB-eLoop Bionic 120mm Fan on eTeknix.
Noctua Fans on ThinkComputers.

Dyconn Condor DE743A-S Triple LCD Monitor Stand on PureOC.
Dell Latitude 10 Tablet on FunkyKit.
Netgear XWNB5201 500Mbps Powerline WiFi Access Point on eTeknix.
TteSports Knucker Plunger Gaming Keyboard on eTeknix.
Spire X2 6018 XMOD on eTeknix.

Sunday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 26-May-2013  15:24:15 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
AMD's A4-5000 'Kabini' APU on TechReport.
MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming Series (Intel Z77) Motherboard on Tweaktown.

ADATA DashDrive Elite UE700 USB 3.0 Flash Drive on Tweaktown.
4TB Seagate Desktop HDD ST4000DM000 hard drive on BenchmarkReviews.

Video Cards:
An Affordable Titan – NVIDIA’s GEFORCE GTX 780 on Futurelooks.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Overclocked on Tweaktown.
EVGA GTX 780 Superclocked w/ ACX Cooler 3GB on TechPowerUp.
EVGA GeForce GTX 780 SC ACX on Guru3D.

Deep Cool M6 2.1 Speaker System and Laptop Cooler on Pro-Clockers.
Crucial Ballistix Tactical LP and Crucial Ballistix Sport VLP on HardCoreWare.
Logitech k310 Washable Keyboard on NikKTech.
Fractal Design Node 605 Silent HTPC Case on LegitReviews.
Sitecom Wi-Fi Router X6 N900 (WLR-6100) on MadShrimps.

Misc Pics (22 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 24-May-2013  14:31:49 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again! The first one was made by metamorphosis, presumably at the end of a long day. :)

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

Friday Afternoon (5 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 24-May-2013  14:03:16 (GMT +10) - by Agg

AMD have new mobile platforms, with coverage on PC Perspective (and a reference notebook review), HotHardware and LegionHW. It was all the way back at CES that we first showed you Kabini, Temash, and Richland-based products in action in a number of prototype notebooks at tablets from Vizio, HP, Asus and others. And AMD actually talked about the foundation of two these products (Kabini and Temash)-its Jaguar CPU core microarchitecture-at Hot Chips in April of last year. If you're unfamiliar with Kabini and Temash, they are the codenames given to AMD's next-gen, low-power APUs targeted at notebooks and ultra-mobile form factors.

The NSW Police are concerned about 3D printed guns, but some journalists found it's not that simple to start cranking out weapons. But, and I cannot emphasize this enough, this gun is not as easy to make as it's been portrayed, nor as cheap, nor very legal, and the weapon itself is terrible—if you're not too terrified to pull the trigger. 3D-printable guns may be the future, but, after our own fruitless tribulations attempting to duplicate the feat, we're ready to say they are not the present.

On a more positive note, a baby's life has been saved via a 3d-printed device. Green and Hollister were able to make the custom-designed, custom-fabricated device using high-resolution imaging and computer-aided design. The device was created directly from a CT scan of Kaiba's trachea/bronchus, integrating an image-based computer model with laser-based 3D printing to produce the splint.

Kim Dotcom says he owns the patent on two step authentication and is saying Facebook and Google need to help his legal fight against the US Government or he'll act on his patent. It’s fairly apparent that none of these corporations are paying Dotcom for the use of his invention but as usual he’s approaching the matter in his own style, with a carrot in one hand and a stick in the other. “I never sued them. I believe in sharing knowledge & ideas for the good of society. But I might sue them now cause of what the U.S. did to me,” he declares.

Microsoft have some new Windows 8 ads which are fairly amusing and clever, but interestingly don't show W8 at all. Today, Microsoft uploaded a trio of new Windows 8 TV ads on its official Windows YouTube channel and, well ... there's just no other way to say it. These ads, all under the "Training Camp" title, are some of the oddest we have ever seen that have been made to promote any version of Windows.

OCZ have a new Vertex 450 SSD, with reviews on HotHardware, LegitReviews, HWHeaven, TechSpot, TheSSDReview and Tweaktown. After employing SandForce controllers on some of the earlier Vertex SSDs, OCZ snapped up Indilinx and is using what is now its own proprietary silicon in many of its drives. Thus, the brand new OCZ Vertex 450 SSD we'll be showing you here today with an Indilinx Barefoot 3 M10 series controller inside is very much a “vertical” effort, with the Indilinx and OCZ-owned PLX teams building both the silicon and firmware.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 24-May-2013  03:28:03 (GMT +10) - by booj

After much anticipation and discussion, Nvidia have finally released the GTX 780. There are plenty of reviews and no doubt more to come.


Benchmark Reviews
Guru3D + SLI
Hardware Heaven
Hardware Heaven (Video Review)
Hot Hardware
Overclockers Club
PC Perspective
techPowerUp + SLI
Tech Report
Toms Hardware

Discussion continues in the NVIDIA GeForce 700-Series Thread

Geek Food (9 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 23-May-2013  20:06:50 (GMT +10) - by Agg

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

Modernist Char Siew
by Amfibius

Rockling with Clam Sauce
by Amfibius

Dory with Lemon Caper Sauce
by Amfibius

Flat Bread Pizza

Cornflake Cookies

Marscapone Crepes

Smoked Salmon Crostini

Muggleton Salad

Smoked Salmon with Beetroot

Thursday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 23-May-2013  14:00:49 (GMT +10) - by booj

Graphics Cards:
Zotac GeForce GTX 680 AMP! Edition on Hardware Heaven.
Zotac GeForce GTX TITAN AMP! Edition on techPowerUp.
MSI Radeon HD 7790 1GB OC on TweakTown.
PowerColor PCS+ HD7870 Myst Edition on TechwareLabs.
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost OC WindForce 2X on Guru3D.

SanDisk Ultra Plus 256GB SSD on eTeknix.
Kingston DT Workspace 64GB 'Windows To Go' USB 3.0 Flash Drive on TweakTown.
PQI Air Drive External Wireless Storage Device on The SSD Review.
Lexar Professional 128GB Compact Flash Memory Card on TweakTown.
Shuttle OMNINAS KD20 on techPowerUp.

Thermaltake Non-Interference Cooler NiC F4 CPU Cooler on Pro-Clockers.
SilverStone AR01 CPU Cooler on Hardware Secrets.
Cooler Master NotePal U2 Plus Cooling Pad on Neoseeker.
SilverStone AR01 CPU Cooler on Pure Overclock.

Antec Mobile Products A.M.P. dBs Headphone on eTeknix.
Wavemaster Dakota Headphones on eTeknix.
Turtle Beach XP Seven Tournament Grade Gaming Headset (Video Review) on HardwareHeaven.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Blackberry Z10 Smartphone on Funky Kit.
Lenovo Y500 Gaming Notebook on PC Perspective.
HP Envy TouchSmart 4 Touchscreen Ultrabook on TweakTown.

ECS A970M-A Deluxe Motherboard on PureOverclock.
Star Wars: The Old Republic Gaming Mouse on Madshrimps.
Oregon Scientific ATC9K Action Camera on NikKTech.
Rosewill T600N Wireless Router on ThinkComputers.

Photography Gallery (1 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 22-May-2013  20:34:29 (GMT +10) - by Agg

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

Wednesday Evening (3 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 22-May-2013  19:56:09 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Ethernet turns 40 years old this week, with more info here and here. That was the genesis of Ethernet: connecting those "revolutionary" desktop PCs, providing access to the ARPANET, and allowing researchers to simply hit P to print. "We were not planning to do the web, or audio, or video," Metcalfe told us. Those came later. Much later.

More revolutionary is this story where the inventor of the GIF file format drops a bombshell: He is proud of the GIF, but remains annoyed that there is still any debate over the pronunciation of the format. “The Oxford English Dictionary accepts both pronunciations,” Mr. Wilhite said. “They are wrong. It is a soft ‘G,’ pronounced ‘jif.’ End of story.”

Motorcyclists should be aware of some recalled helmets. The ACCC recently tested six different brands and models of motorcycle helmet against the requirements of the Australian/New Zealand Standard. Two of the six helmets failed to meet minimum safety requirements and have been recalled. The helmets in question are a "Kylin XR 205" and a "KBC VR-1X". OCAU has a (fairly quiet) motorcycle subforum, too.

HotHardware made a mini Raspberry Pi desktop. Basically our goal was to turn what is currently one of the cheapest bare-bones computer boards into a fully enclosed mini desktop computer that could be taken anywhere without the need for cabling or setup.

Yahoo are going to buy Tumblr for $1.1B. Yahoo has now officially confirmed that it is buying blogging platform Tumblr for $1.1 billion mostly in cash, after reports on an impending deal first surfaced last week. Meanwhile Yahoo's property Flickr has announced free upgrades, but also some comments which have annoyed photographers.

New Consoles (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 22-May-2013  12:59:08 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Microsoft have unveiled their new Xbox, the Xbox One. The next-generation console was shown off alongside a new Kinect sensor and a redesigned gamepad. The US firm described the voice and gesture-controlled machine as an "all-in-one" system offering games, live TV, movies and music. More here, discussion here.

Sony have also announced the PlayStation 4, although the official release isn't until June. The end of the video promises more details about the new console on June 10 at 6 p.m. Pacific, the eve of this year's E3 gaming conference in Los Angeles. There's a big thread with lots of info here in the forums.

Tuesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 21-May-2013  13:27:10 (GMT +10) - by booj

Graphics Cards:
MSI Radeon HD 7790 TurboDuo OC on Guru3D.
HIS 7790 iCooler Turbo 1GB on Madshrimps.
PowerColor 7790 Turbo Duo on PureOverclock.

Seagate Laptop Thin 500GB Hybrid SSHD ST500LM000 on TweakTown.
Seagate 600 Pro SSD Review (400GB) on The SSD Review.
SilverStone DS322 Dual Bay USB 3.0 Enclosure on ThinkComputers.
Crucial M500 480GB SSD on eTeknix.

Streacom F7C EVO HTPC Chassis on eTeknix.
Cooltek Coolcube Maxi Black on techPowerUp.
Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 on Benchmark Reviews.
NZXT H630 Ultra Tower on eTeknix.

A1 Tunguska 2.0 and v7.1 Headsets on Vortez.
Mad Catz F.R.E.Q. 5 Gaming Headset on Madshrimps.

Input etc:
Steelseries WoW MMO Gaming Mouse Legendary Edition on eTeknix.
A4Tech Bloody Gun3 UC3 Headshot V8 Gaming Mouse on The SSD Review.
Roccat Hiro Mousepad on OCC.
Mionix Naos 8200 Gaming mouse on Rbmods.

Noctua NF-S12A FLX, NF-S12A PWM, NF-S12A ULN Cooling Fans on APH Networks.
MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming Motherboard on PC Perspective.
Kingston MobileLite Wireless on Pro-Clockers.
G.Skill RipjawsX F3-2133C9D-16GXH Memory Kit on Bjorn3D.
Sandberg iConheli Bluetooth Helicopter on NikKTech.

Interesting Forum Threads (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 20-May-2013  14:25:29 (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.

Xyala @ OverClocking-TV - Epic Backpacking Trip in Australia in Overclocking & Hardware.
Productive uses of PC hardware? in Overclocking & Hardware.
Cutting fan holes cheaply in Modding.
Social media administration - Do you have admin rights? in Business & Enterprise Computing.
Storage / Backup - Server, Self Built or NAS in Business & Enterprise Computing.
So this happened - disgruntled employee - deleting a bunch of users in Business & Enterprise Computing.
Power consumption in the data centre in Business & Enterprise Computing.
Intel next-gen Haswell (LGA1150) CPU line-up leaked in Intel Hardware.
Google I/O 2013 in Google Android.
Old Core 2 Shuttle Kids Gamer in PC Build Logs.
Speed-up tip in Apple Desktop Hardware/Software.
Roundup of the 6 (7 actually) New Gaming Platforms Launching in 2013 in Game Consoles.
Motion Sickness in Game Consoles.
Extruder Screw Manufacturing in Hobby Engineering.
MS-DOS Time-Machine Gaming - Mau1wurf1977's YT Videos in Retro & Arcade.
We need to save the internet from TPP in Networking, Telephony & Internet.
"Active" Bi-Quad WiFi in Networking, Telephony & Internet.
Affordable cars with low lock-to-lock wheel turns? in Motoring.
We've Solved 90% of Supplement Confusion in Sport, Fitness & Health.
Politifact Australia opens for business in Politics & Policies.
Who here is a lotto player? in The Pub.

Monday Morning (1 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 20-May-2013  02:55:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The Australian Institute of Criminology have released their Australian Crime Facts & Figures report. The Australian Institute of Criminology’s annual compendium of crime statistics shows a continuing decrease in crime levels around Australia with some concerning trends in certain crime types. Facts & figures provides government and justice agencies, the media and the Australian public with accurate, easy to access crime statistics in a single, centralised location. Discussion here.

The latest large-scale data theft victim seems to be Yahoo Japan, thanks mpot. Yahoo Japan Corp. suspects that up to 22 million user IDs may have been stolen during an unauthorized attempt to access the administrative system of its Yahoo! Japan portal. More here. Yahoo is the top most search provider when it comes to Japan with over 50 per cent market share. Google holds 40 per cent market share in comparison.

An American university has made a Raspberry Pi Beowulf cluster. In spite of the obvious benefits, Kiepert’s approach is not ideal for every application. Perhaps the biggest downside is that an RPi is nowhere near as powerful as a desktop PC. Also, because of the limited processing capability, the RPiCluster will not reliably support multiple users simultaneously. However, Kiepert believes these drawbacks do not have a negative impact on his current research.

Popular Mechanics have weighed into the IP law debate. Ownership ought to mean something. When you buy a smartphone or an automobile, it should be yours, and companies shouldn't be able to leverage their intellectual property rights in software to keep you from unlocking, repairing, modifying, or reselling it as you see fit. Intellectual property is a good thing, all right. But it turns out that too much of it isn't wonderful at all.

An update to Google Maps will add Google Earth functionality in the browser, instead of needing the stand-alone app or a plugin. The Google Earth Plugin has been an amazing tool to help bring Google Earth into the browser, but with the upcoming release of Google Maps you’ll be able to view Google Earth in your web browser without needing a plugin at all!

Meanwhile on other worlds, there's a list of driving records by interplanetary rovers. The champion for driving on another surface still goes to the Soviet Lunokhod 2 rover, which travelled 37 kilometres across the moon in 1973.~

Sunday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 19-May-2013  15:27:52 (GMT +10) - by booj

Motherboards & CPUs:
Asus M5A97 R2.0 on Hardware Secrets.
Intel Core i7-3970X Sandy Bridge-E CPU on Hot Hardware.

Kingston HyperX Beast 16GB 2133MHz Memory Kit on Bigbruin.

Mushkin Chronos GO Deluxe 1.8? SATA 3 SSD on The SSD Review.
Kingston SSDNow E100 Enterprise SSD on TweakTown.
Patriot Supersonic Magnum Flash Drive on Benchmark Reviews.
OCZ Vertex 3.20 240GB SSD on OCIA.
WD My Passport Ultra 1TB Portable Storage Drive on Legit Reviews.
Corsair Voyager Air 500GB Wireless Storage Device on TweakTown.

Power Supplies:
Thermaltake EVO Blue 2.0 850-Watt 80 PLUS Gold on TweakTown.
be quiet! Dark Power Pro 10 1200-Watt 80 PLUS Gold on TweakTown.

Noctua NH-U14S CPU Cooler on Vortez.
NZXT FZ-200 Airflow Fan Series 200mm fan on Modders-Inc.

Input etc:
CM Storm Skorpion Mouse Bungee and Control-RX Gaming Surface on PureOverclock.
Logitech G700s Rechargable Gaming Mouse on HardwareHeaven.
Mad Catz R.A.T.M Wireless Mobile Gaming Mouse on NikKTech.
Corsair M95 Gaming Mouse (Video Review) on HardwareHeaven.

Asus Xonar DGX and Xonar DSX Audio Cards on Legit Reviews.
Asus ROG Orion Pro Gaming Headset on OCC.
Sunrise Charm3 & Dragon2 Ear buds on techPowerUp.

Lenovo IdeaPad Z400 Touch on TechReviewSource.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Smartphone on HardwareHeaven.

Misc Pics (22 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 17-May-2013  14:05:32 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Pretty much over the flu now. Remember OCAU has official Twitter, Facebook and Google+ pages now - please add us!

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

Friday Afternoon (5 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 17-May-2013  13:57:43 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I mentioned earlier that the mandatory ISP filter has been dropped, but mpot and others pointed out a sneaky backdoor filtering program which is underway. The Federal Government has confirmed its financial regulator has started requiring Australian Internet service providers to block websites suspected of providing fraudulent financial opportunities, in a move which appears to also open the door for other government agencies to unilaterally block sites they deem questionable in their own portfolios. More here and here.

Google has a new boss for AU and NZ. Carnegie, who is in her early 40s, has been Proctor & Gamble’s managing director for Australia and New Zealand for the past three years, having worked in Australia, Singapore and the US. Meanwhile Google's CEO has reported on some issues with his vocal cords. In a blog post, Page gave a full explanation as to his condition, which started about 14 years ago and has led to him losing his voice and even skipping last year’s annual meeting.

With the Melbourne tunnel dramas recently, it seems this idea in Sydney could help. Developed and implemented back in 2011, Laservision's Softstop system projects a familiar bright red stop sign, seemingly in mid-air, at the tunnel's entrance if a vehicle too large to enter is detected. In fact, the stop sign does not float in mid-air, but rather is projected onto a water screen that, should a vehicle not heed its command, would cause no damage from being driven through.

IntelInside sent in this article about vital buildings being at risk from hackers. You're in intensive care at a hospital when the lights go out and the heating turns up. Meanwhile, doctors trying to get you to an operating theatre have been trapped in elevators for almost an hour as hackers take control. Experts are warning that this fictitious scenario is all too plausible after two researchers discovered in Australia 653 computer-based building management systems attached to the public internet.

Today's timewaster is GeoGuessr, from BugsBunny.

Thursday Midday Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 16-May-2013  11:55:49 (GMT +10) - by booj

KingFast F3 Plus Series KF2510SCF Enterprise SSD on TweakTown.
Kingston SSDNow V300 240GB SATA III SSD on PCstats.
Kingston DataTraveler HyperX Predator 512GB USB 3 Flash Drive on HardwareHeaven.
Crucial M500 480 GB SSD on techPowerUp.
Icy Dock FlexCage MB975SP-B Tray-Less 5 x 3.5" HDD Dock on TweakTown.

Azza Silentium 920 on ThinkComputers.
Cooler Master N200 on Ninjalane.
Cooler Master N200 on Hardware Secrets.

Phanteks PH-TC12DX CPU Cooler on techPowerUp.
Noctua NH-U12S and NH-U14S CPU coolers on Guru3D.
NZXT Kraken X60 Liquid-Cooling System on Xbit Labs.

Steelseries Siberia V2 Frost Blue Edition on Funky Kit.
Audiofly AF78 Dual Driver Headphones on TweakTown.

Input etc:
Mad Catz M.O.U.S.9 Wireless Mouse on NikKTech.
CM Storm Recon Gaming Mouse on PureOverclock.

ASRock Z77 Extreme11 Mainboard on Xbit Labs.
Asus VivoBook X202E-BH91T-CB on TechReviewSource.
Asoka PlugLink PL9760-Q2 500Mbps Dual Ethernet Powerline Adapter on NikKTech.
Enermax MaxRevo 1500W PSU on PureOverclock.
XFX R7790 Black Edition 1GB Graphics Card on Bjorn3D.
Luxa2 P1 7000mAh Portable Battery and Charger on Pro-Clockers.

Wednesday Night (7 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 15-May-2013  23:53:07 (GMT +10) - by Agg

So, this Commander Chris Hadfield guy, not content with being a test pilot, fighter pilot, space shuttle pilot, the commander of the International Space Station and having a freakin' airport named after him, turns out to be a pretty good musician as well. Seriously, we have to do something. This guy is making the rest of us look like a bunch of jerks.

Meanwhile the mandatory ISP filter for Australia has been confirmed as officially dumped, saving a projected $4.5M. According to Budget 2013 papers, the government will achieve savings of $4.5m over three years by not proceeding with mandatory filtering legislation, a move announced in November.

Also mentioned in the budget are changes to NBN investment, with Turnbull saying it's been gutted and Conroy saying it's fine. Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has accused his Opposition counterpart of intentionally spreading “hysterical claims” in comments made this week with respect to budget treatment of National Broadband Network funding, in the latest spat between the two over the high-profile infrastructure project.

Microsoft are re-thinking Windows 8, thanks IntelInside. The tune up won't be released to consumers and businesses until later this year. The changes, part of a software package given the codename "Blue", are a tacit acknowledgement of the shortcomings in Windows 8. Microsoft isn't saying much about what the new Windows 8 will have, nor will it say whether it will charge for the upgrade. What the company will say is that it's responding to customer feedback in developing the update.

Tekin spotted this cool timewaster, a satellite view timelapse tool. Google doing time lapse photos from 1984 -> 2013. Interesting to look a urban sprawl growth over 20 years as well as some really interesting examples of glacier retreat.

Also, a google image search for atari breakout is pretty cool.

Tuesday Midday Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 14-May-2013  11:39:41 (GMT +10) - by booj

Graphics Cards:
ECS GeForce GT 640 on OCC.
Sapphire Radeon HD 7790 2GB OC Edition on TweakTown.
PowerColor Radeon HD 7790 TurboDuo 1GB on Madshrimps.
Sapphire 7790 Dual-X on PureOverclock.
MSI GTX 650 Ti Boost TwinFrozr Gaming 2 GB on techPowerUp.

Toshiba 256GB THNSNH256GCST SSD on Vortez
Adata DashDrive Elite UE700 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on ThinkComputers.
Western Digital My Passport Enterprise 500GB USB3.0 External Hard Drive on eTeknix.
Western Digital My Book Live 1TB Personal Cloud Storage on TweakTown.
SilverStone DS322 Dual-Bay RAID Enclosure on TweakTown.
Toshiba MK3001GRRB 300GB SAS 6Gb/s HDD on NikKTech.

Power Supplies:
NZXT HALE90 V2 1000-Watt 80 PLUS Gold on TweakTown.
SilverStone Strider Gold ST65F-G 650W on APH Networks.
Corsair CX600M on HardwareHeaven.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 on HotHardware.
Shuttle Slim-PC DS61 on techPowerUp.
Gigabyte U2442F 14-inch Ultrabook on Techspot.

Input etc:
Roccat Hiro Gaming Mouse Pad on Neoseeker.
Mionix Ensis 320 Luna Mousepad on Rbmods.
Tt eSports Black Element Combat White MMO Gaming Mouse on eTeknix.
Tt eSPORTS THERON Battle Ready Gaming Mouse on NikKTech.
Thermaltake Knucker Plunger Gaming Keyboard on Benchmark Reviews.

Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H Motherboard on Hardcoreware.
Cooler Master NotePal A200 Dual Fan Laptop Cooling Pad on Madshrimps.

Plextor Elite Reviewer Contest (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 13-May-2013  13:27:22 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Plextor and OCAU have another contest! This time Plextor are looking for five people to receive a Plextor M5 Pro Xtreme 256GB SSD and, within two weeks of receiving it, write a short review of it on OCAU.

For details, see the contest thread.

Monday Morning (11 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 13-May-2013  02:39:57 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The ISS has apparently changed from Windows to Linux, thanks mpot. The United Space Alliance, which manages the computers aboard the International Space Station in association with NASA, has announced that the Windows XP computers aboard the ISS have been switched to Linux. “We migrated key functions from Windows to Linux because we needed an operating system that was stable and reliable.”

Meanwhile lots of people are keen to go to Mars, for good. Just two weeks into the nineteen week application period, more than seventy-eight thousand people have applied to the Mars One astronaut selection program in the hope of becoming a Mars settler in 2023. Mars One has received applications from over 120 countries. Most applications come from USA (17324), followed by China (10241), United Kingdom (3581), Russia, Mexico, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Argentina and India. If you're keen, you can apply here.

Melbourne will soon have its own top level domain, thanks Tony. The global governing body for domain names, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has approved the .melbourne top-level domain after a year-long evaluation, says technology provider ARI Registry Services.

The US copyright law situation has generally been all bad news, but there seems to be some sense in the most recent bill. For example, Lofgren's bill would likely make it legal for consumers to rip DVDs for personal use in much the same way they've long ripped CDs. It would remove legal impediments to making versions of copyrighted works that are accessible to blind users. And it would ensure that car owners have the freedom to service their vehicles without running afoul of copyright law. More info here.

Adobe are officially moving to the cloud, with major products being only available on a leased basis. Gone are the days of walking into a brick and mortar store and purchasing a copy of Photoshop that you can call your own. While you will still be able to buy licensed copies of Adobe Photoshop Elements, any pro-grade version software like Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, etc will only be cloud based.

Coming soon to a festival near you: a robotic beer drone. After the drone reaches the approximate location of the person that requested the beer in addition to the appropriate altitude to safely drop the brew, the drone releases the can. Assuming the parachute opens correctly, the can safely glides to the ground into the hands of the thirsty festival attendee. I've almost got my kids trained to make my morning coffee.. bringing me a beer should be simpler.

Live Spacewalk (9 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 11-May-2013  21:17:19 (GMT +10) - by Agg

NASA are streaming live coverage of a spacewalk from the International Space Station. I'm assuming this is to take a look at and possibly repair the coolant leak they mentioned in an earlier press-release. The stream is happening right now with the walk starting soon.

Saturday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 11-May-2013  12:22:05 (GMT +10) - by booj

Graphics Cards:
Asus GTX 670 DirectCU Mini 2GB on eTeknix.
Asus GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU Mini on Guru3D.
MSI Radeon HD 7790 OC Edition on Hot Hardware.

Crucial M4 256GB SATA III SSD on PCstats.
120GB OCZ Vertex 3.20 SSD on Benchmark Reviews.
64 GB Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G3 64GB Flash Drive on TechARP.
Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G3 32GB Flash Drive on Legit Reviews.
LSI MegaRAID 9271-8i PCIe Raid Controller on Funky Kit.
Patriot Supersonic Magnum 256GB USB 3 Flash Drive on The SSD Review.

Thermaltake Chaser A41 Mid-Tower on TweakTown.
InWin G7 Mid Tower on eTeknix.
Thermaltake Urban S21 on OCC.

EK Waterblock LT 360 Kit on Madshrimps.
Primochill 240mm CTR Reservoir on PureOverclock.
Thermaltake Water 3.0 Pro CPU Cooler on eTeknix.
Thermaltake GOrb II Portable Laptop Cooler on TweakTown.
XSPC RayStorm 750 RS240 Watercooling Kit on ThinkComputers.
Noctua NH-U12S And NH-U14S CPU Coolers on PureOverclock.
Noctua NH-U14S CPU Cooler on TweakTown.

Ultimate Ears Personal Reference Monitors on techPowerUp.
Eagle Tech ET-ARHP300FS-BK Urban Zen Headphones on NikKTech.
Ineo Alien Vibes W601 Speaker System on ThinkComputers.

Portable & Mobile:
Blackberry Q10 on HardwareHeaven.
Sony VAIO Fit 14 on TechReviewSource.
Samsung 5-Series NP540U3C-A01 13.3-inch Ultrabook on PCstats.
HTC One Smartphone on Hot Hardware.

Logitech G19s Gaming Keyboard on TweakTown.
ECS Z77H2-A2X Black Edition Motherboard on PCstats.

Misc Pics (34 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 10-May-2013  14:33:13 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Urgh, I haven't had the flu in a while but I've got it properly now. Thanks to jimbogimp 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.

Thursday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 9-May-2013  01:43:09 (GMT +10) - by booj

Graphics Cards:
Asus GTX 650 Ti Boost DCII on Bjorn3D.
Zotac GTX Titan AMP! Edition (Video Review) on HardwareHeaven.

PQI i-mini USB 3.0 32GB on techPowerUp.
Seagate 600 SSD ST240HM000 240GB SSD on TweakTown.
Seagate 600 SSD ST480HM000 480GB SSD on TweakTown.
Seagate 600 SSD 240GB RAID on TweakTown.
Seagate 600 480GB SSD on The SSD Report.
Samsung 840 SSD 250 GB on techPowerUp.
Synology DiskStation DS213j on HardwareHeaven.
Silicon Power Armor A80 1TB USB 3.0 Portable on Bjorn3D.
Toshiba DT01ACA300 3TB HDD on Madshrimps.

Corsair Obsidian 350D Micro-ATX on TweakTown.
Corsair Obsidian 350D Micro-ATX on Vortez.
Enermax Ostrog GT on OCC.
Silverstone Redline Series RL04 Mid-Tower on eTeknix.
In Win D-Frame on Hardware Secrets.

Power Supplies:
Cooler Master V Series V1000 1000W on Pro-Clockers.
Be Quiet! Dark Power Pro 10 850W BN603 on Legit Reviews.

Phanteks PH-TC14PE CPU Cooler on techPowerUp.
Fractal Design Adjust 108 Fan Controller on Benchmark Reviews.
be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 2 CPU Cooler on Hardcoreware.
Cooler Master Eisberg 240L Prestige Liquid Cooler on Guru3D.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Zotac ZBOX ID89 Plus Mini-PC on HardwareHeaven.
Acer Aspire S7-391 Touchscreen Ultrabook on TweakTown.
Toshiba Kirabook on TechReviewSource.

FLASS (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 8-May-2013  02:16:47 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Ash_Williams is continuing to work on his "Fake Google Glass" or FLASS project. You can see the latest updates in the worklog thread:

click for the thread!

If you're really keen, jump into his G+ Hangout at about 7PM AEST today for more info.

Wednesday Morning (9 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 8-May-2013  02:06:07 (GMT +10) - by Agg

EA have been awarded the exclusive rights to make Star Wars games, which has the gaming community divided. EA will be developing new Star Wars games for "a core gaming audience, spanning all interactive platforms and the most popular game genres." Disney will have rights to develop new Star Wars games for "mobile, social, tablet and online game categories." DICE (Battlefield) and Visceral (Dead Space) will be joining Bioware (Star Wars: The Old Republic) to develop new Star Wars games under the agreement. Discussion here.

Meanwhile QUT have posted the results of a study into video games and wellbeing. Of interest in terms of relationships that were not found in the data is that amount of play (measured by average hours/week and most hours/week) showed no significant relationship to player wellbeing. Rather the results suggest the primacy of the psychological experience of gameplay- given that the experience of relatedness and competence in gameplay had a greater impact on player wellbeing scores than the type of game being played, the mode, or the amount. Here's the original survey thread.

A teenager has been arrested on terrorism charges for uploading a rap video. The Methuen, Mass., high school student was arrested last week after posting online videos that show him rapping an original song that police say contained “disturbing verbiage” and reportedly mentioned the White House and the Boston Marathon bombing. He is charged with communicating terrorist threats, a state felony, and faces a potential 20 years in prison. Bail is set at $1 million.

Sony have killed off the annoying 1366x768 resolution in their laptops. "We're really focusing on the power of Sony," VAIO product manager Travis Furst told The Verge. That means collaboration among the company's many parts, that "One Sony" every employee seems to want to talk about. The Fit's most important spec its display, with a nod to Sony's TV division: they come with 1600 x 900 or 1920 x 1080 touchscreens and nothing else. "We're not going to offer 1366 x 768," reps said. "We've killed that."

A few people sent in this how fast is the NBN site. Demonstrate the striking difference between the Labor and Coalition NBN proposals by sharing this website with your friends and family. NBN discussion continues here.

Geeky TV show The IT Crowd will apparently be back for one more episode. Series creator and writer of the Channel 4 sitcom set in a company’s IT department, Graham Linehan just announced during an IT Crowd Q&A at German conference re:publica that the long-teased special, which he has previously stated will serve as the finale to the series, will be filmed in three weeks’ time.

Today's timewaster is Push Me from TheWedgie.

Tuesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 7-May-2013  10:48:26 (GMT +10) - by booj

Graphics Cards:
AMD Radeon HD 7790 vs. Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost on Xbit Labs.
XFX Radeon HD 7790 Black Edition 1GB on Madshrimps.

Adata SX300 mSATA 256GB SSD on HardwareHeaven.
QNAP TS-669L 6-Bay NAS on TweakTown.
VisionTek Data Fusion PCI-Express 240GB on PureOverclock.
Seagate Constellation ES.3 4TB on OCC.

Noctua NH-U12S CPU Cooler on TweakTown.
Evercool Silent Shark CPU Cooler on Xbit Labs.
NZXT Kraken X40 Compact Liquid Cooling System on Xbit Labs.

Fractal Design Node 304 Mini-ITX on Futurelooks.
Aerocool Xpredator on Rbmods.

Power Supplies:
Enermax NAXN ADV 650 W on techPowerUp.
Corsair CX600M on Vortez.

Input etc:
Roccat Kone XTD Gaming Mouse on ThinkComputers.
Corsair M95 MMO Gaming Mouse on eTeknix.
Logitech G500s Laser Gaming Mouse on Techgage.
Func MS-3 Gaming Mouse and Surface 1030 XL Mouse mat on Metku.

Acer Aspire S7-191 Touchscreen Ultrabook on TweakTown.
Asus VivoTab Smart ME400 10.1 inch Windows 8 Tablet on Legit Reviews.
Acer Aspire A5600U-UB13 All in One on TechReviewSource.

Asus Z77-A Motherboard on eTeknix.
Kingston HyperX 10 Year Anniversary 16GB 2400MHz DDR3 Memory Video Review on HardwareHeaven.
AlienVibes W601 Speaker System on Benchmark Reviews.
AVerMedia Live Gamer Portable Capture Card on eTeknix.

Forum Projects (1 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 6-May-2013  21:09:37 (GMT +10) - by Agg

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

TeamAU shows us
Gigabyte's OC Lab

Statts has a nicely
finished in-dash Nexus 7

NeuDub has a
detailed WC PC build log

Roj X Mugwump is building
a PacMan guitar

mrbean_phillip has a
heavily modded Prodigy

crocodaVe built a
mini perspex HTPC

Xanex and aXLe are
restoring a BBC Micro

while aXLe is building
an Apple 1 replica

and Bundymania rounded
up some huge radiators

Monday Morning (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 6-May-2013  02:37:01 (GMT +10) - by Agg

From SiliconAngel: Only just noticed there will be a debate between Turnbull and Conroy on Monday morning 9:45am AEST here. There's a question about the 25mb/s guarantee which is promising, but I don't think it was worded well enough - there's too much scope for Turnbull to avoid specifics.

Speaking of the NBN, over the weekend another 1.3 million homes were included in an updated 3-year rollout plan. Under the plan an additional 406,100 premises will be included in the NBN rollout in NSW, 302,800 in Victoria, 255,700 in Queensland, 181,500 in Western Australia, 117,700 in South Australia, and 45,000 in the ACT. More info here.

A tech journalist named Paul Miller took a year off the Internet and reports back from the real world - it's over-rated, apparently. I've managed to stay disconnected, just like I planned. I'm internet free. And now I'm supposed to tell you how it solved all my problems. I'm supposed to be enlightened. I'm supposed to be more "real," now. More perfect. But instead it's 8PM and I just woke up.

Bit-Tech have a great watercooled Raspberry Pi project. I will be building a scratch case for the RPi and also watercooling it. The block will span across the three main hot spots of the board. I also know there is no need to watercool it, but I like to do something alittle different and hopefully have a Pi to put in it!

Meanwhile there's a new tiny Linux PC called the BeagleBone. Today we have a new entrant that may provide the best bang for the buck for many types of users. It's called the BeagleBone Black and it's the latest in the line of "Beagle" devices that first appeared in 2008, courtesy of Texas Instruments. On sale now for $45, BeagleBone Black sports a 1GHz Sitara AM335x ARM Cortex-A8 processor from Texas Instruments, up from the 720MHz processor used in the previous $90 BeagleBone released in 2011.

Warner Brothers have been sued by the creators of Nyan Cat and Keyboard Cat. Warner Brothers is facing a federal lawsuit for using two feline-themed Internet memes in a video game without their creators' permission. The authors of "Keyboard Cat" and "Nyan Cat" have sued the media giant arguing that the game Scribblenauts, published by WB Games, infringes their copyrights and trademarks. The game's developer, 5th Cell, is also named in the lawsuit.

Staples, a US retailer, are selling 3D printers, in a sign of things to come. Interested in a fancy new 3D printer but don’t know where to start? Just hit the easy button – as in, Staples. That’s because the company today became the first major US retailer to start selling a 3D printer. You can now order The Cube by 3D Systems on Staples.com for around $1,300 or if you’d rather see it in person first, head to your local Staples retail store starting next month.

Saturday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 4-May-2013  10:32:54 (GMT +10) - by booj

Gigabyte G1.Sniper 3 on Techgage.
ASRock Z77 Extreme11 on techPowerUp.
MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming on PureOverclock.

Graphics Cards:
MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST OC on Guru3D.
ZOTAC GTX Titan AMP! Edition on Bjorn3D.
XFX R7790 Black Edition 1GB on Neoseeker.
PowerColor Radeon HD 7790 TurboDuo OC 1GB on eTeknix.

Corsair Neutron Series 256GB SSD Refresh on [H]ardOCP.
Asustor AS-606T NAS on Legion Hardware.

Fractal Design ARC Midi R2 Mid-Tower on TweakTown.
Corsair Obsidian 350D on Hardware Secrets.
Antec GX700 Mid Tower on eTeknix.

Input etc:
Xebec Tech Easy Eye Large Letter Keyboard on eTeknix.
Tt eSPORTS MEKA G1 Illuminated Gaming Keyboard on ThinkComputers.
Tesoro Gungnir H5 Optical Gaming Mouse on NikKTech.
Razer Nostromo Gaming Keypad (Video Review) on HardwareHeaven.

Portables & Systems:
Dell XPS 18 System on TechReviewSource.
Gigabyte P2742G Gaming Laptop on Modders-Inc.
Asus MeMO Pad Smart 10 and VivoTab Smart on Hot Hardware.

Noctua NF-A14 FLX and ULN 140mm Case Fans on Ninjalane.
Asus Cube Google TV Media Streamer on Benchmark Reviews.

Misc Pics (17 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 3-May-2013  14:01:19 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Davo1111, mpot and timbot this week. Remember OCAU has official Twitter, Facebook and Google+ pages now - please add us!

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

Friday Afternoon (1 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 3-May-2013  13:54:31 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Intel have announced new integrated GPUs, with coverage on DailyTech and HotHardware. There also seem to be new audio features, with coverage on HWHeaven and Tweaktown.

A gaming league employee got a bit carried away with Bitcoining recently. A good Bitcoin mining rig is hard to find. They’re expensive, they take up space, they wrack up huge energy bills. Not at all practical for your average ESEA gaming network employee. Nefarious code that turns 14,000 of your users into an unwitting personal bitcoin botnet? Totally doable.

HotHardware have a high-end case roundup. In Win, Lian Li, and SilverStone all make some beautiful cases. And when we asked them to send us one of their top of the line products, they all responded in kind: In Win with the unique H-Frame, Lian Li with the tall, all-black PC-X2000FN, and Silverstone with the Fortress FT0.

FOTW noticed that SEGA and Gearbox are being sued for falsely advertising a game, with more info here. The suit first and foremost nails Sega and Gearbox for false advertisement, pushing trailers, screenshots and promotional material since E3, 2011 that was not representative of the game that consumers would eventually buy. Worse yet, for Sega and Gearbox, the suit defends those who pre-ordered the game based on the promo material, with Edelson claiming that consumers had no way of knowing that the awesome game that was being marketed, was not the game that consumers were buying.

Geek Food (1 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 2-May-2013  20:15:42 (GMT +10) - by Agg

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

Cornflake Cookies

Atomic Buffalo Turds
by sgtraven

Japanese Oyakodon
by sbm888

Bacon Candy
by sgtraven

Easter Creme Egg

Anzac Biscuits
by ausghostdog

7 Layer Nacho Dip

Iced Coffee Wars Pt 2
by sbm888

and StreekG reviewed
some "Gamer Grub"

Thursday Evening Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 2-May-2013  20:13:02 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Infortrend EonNAS Pro 510 NAS on Tweaktown.
ADATA DashDrive Air AE400 Wireless Storage on BenchmarkReviews.

Audio Visual:
ASUS ROG ORION PRO Gaming Headset on Guru3D.
Alienvibes W601 2.2 Channel PC Speaker System on BigBruin.

Cooler Master NotePal A200 Laptop Cooling Pad on NinjaLane.
Noctua NH-U12S & NH-U14S CPU Coolers on NikKTech.
Cougar Dual-X 120mm Blue LED Case Fan on TechnologyX.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Samsung Galaxy Note II Phablet on Tweaktown.
Giada Q11 Android OS Mini PC on TechPowerUp.

Corsair AX860i 860W PSU on ThinkComputers.
EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost SuperClocked 2GB Video Card on Tweaktown.

Wednesday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 1-May-2013  20:56:52 (GMT +10) - by Agg

This week is Privacy Awareness Week in many countries, including Australia. Privacy Awareness Week 2013 will be held from 28 April to 4 May 2013. The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) will celebrate this week with a series of events and the release of new privacy guidance and products. Our focus for PAW 2013 is privacy law reform. It’s going to be a big year for privacy in Australia as businesses and government agencies prepare for changes to privacy laws due to come into force in March 2014.

Meanwhile the World Wide Web is now twenty years old, thanks IntelInside. More info here, and the world's first webpage can be viewed here. Wow, that puts into perspective the fact that OCAU will be 14 years old next month.

Metamorphosis spotted this clever project to simulate piracy's effect on a game developer. What happens when pirates play a game development simulator and then go bankrupt because of piracy?

Speaking of which, NSW's Police Force has copped a hefty legal bill related to the earlier claims of software piracy, thanks Jackoschitt. The company alleged police and other agencies were using 16,500 copies of its software on various computers when police were only ever entitled to 6500 licences. The group initially alleged $10 million in damages but later increased this to $12 million after reviewing the results of a court-ordered, $120,000 KPMG audit of the NSW Police Force's computer systems.

Sniper noticed this article suggesting that Google Glass will help older people, especially if they suffer from dementia or memory loss. Older age brings other challenges, such as muddled thoughts, and for some, a slow slide into dementia because of Alzheimer's, or because of the effects of powerful medications. With special Google Glass-based applications, however, we could soften the problems that Generation A is facing. I'd love to have something that reminds me of people's names and how I know them - I'm absolutely hopeless at that kind of thing. :)

AMD has two new FX CPUs. AMD FX 4350 and 6350 processor parts launch today in the component channel. AMD is rolling out two new members of the legendary FX CPU family, and as always, they bring the unlocked performance you’ve come to know and love from AMD.

From Symon, an article about listening to Alexander Graham Bell. Inside the lab, Bell and his associates bent over their pioneering audio apparatus, testing the potential of a variety of materials, including metal, wax, glass, paper, plaster, foil and cardboard, for recording sound, and then listening to what they had embedded on discs or cylinders. However, the precise methods they employed in early efforts to play back their recordings are lost to history.

Today's timewaster is Save The Dummy, a fun physics puzzler, from asher.

Wednesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 1-May-2013  09:49:21 (GMT +10) - by booj

Six Mini-ITX Mainboards with Intel Z77 Chipset on Xbit Labs.
Biostar NM70I-847 (with Celeron 847) on Madshrimps.
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD4H on Pro-Clockers.

Graphics Cards:
Zotac GTX Titan AMP! Edition versus Radeon 7990 on HardwareHeaven.
Inno3D iChill GTX 650 Ti Boost 2 GB on techPowerUp.
AMD Radeon HD 7990 6GB and HD 7970 GHz in CrossFireX on TweakTown.

SanDisk Extreme Pro SDHC and microSDHC Memory Card on TweakTown.
Seagate Barracuda 4TB Hard Drive on HardwareHeaven.
Seagate 500GB Laptop Thin Solid State Hybrid Drive on Bigbruin.

Thermaltake Urban S71 on Vortez.
Lian Li PC-V650B on techPowerUp.
Lian Li PC-V750WX on Benchmark Reviews.
Antec GX700 on Rbmods.

Power Supplies:
Three Seasonic 80+ Gold PSUs on Xbit Labs.
Enermax Platimax 600w 80+ Platinum on Funky Kit.

be quiet! Shadow Rock TopFlow SR1 CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.
XSPC Razor GTX680 SLI Waterblock on Vortez.
SilverStone Argon Series AR01 CPU Cooler on eTeknix.

Input etc:
Func MS-3 Gaming Mouse and Surface 1030 XL on Madshrimps.
Tt eSports Saphira Gaming Mouse on eTeknix.
Steelseries World of Warcraft Wireless MMO Gaming Mouse on eTeknix.

Ineo Alienvibes W401 Speaker System on Benchmark Reviews.
Razer Kraken Pro Headset on Modders-Inc.

Avatar Mercury Ultrabook AVIU-145A2 on OCC.
Asus VivoBook X202E Laptop on Hardware Secrets.
Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx Windows 8 Tablet on ThinkComputers.


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