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May 2002
Optus Cable Pricing - Official (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 31-May-2002  22:11:58 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Optus's mailservers are busily sending out info about the new cable pricing plans to their customers. Mozz from TechWatch has posted the entire email he received on their front page. Darkness spotted that DansData has an analysis of the new pricing.. and finds it a little odd.

Friday Afternoon #2 (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 31-May-2002  15:31:50 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Just a followup to the top story from the last update, Anakha spotted this article which goes some way to explaining the rift between AMD and APD. I imagine we'll be hearing about this for some time. [Edit: weird date info in that article.]

Friday Afternoon (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 31-May-2002  12:57:58 (GMT +10) - by Agg

This is fairly big news: APD International was one of AMD's largest distributors until last month when the vendor unexpectedly terminated the agreement and refused to inform the market on the reasons for the decision. APD are the official AMD distro in Australia (but there are other, smaller "parallel" distros). That article focuses on the warranty aspect of this issue, but I'm sure APD will continue to meet their statutory warranty requirements at the very least. I'm informed by a vendor that AMD CPU's are an extremely rare warranty return anyway - apart from cracked/chipped cores, which are almost always not warranty-able anyway, as is usually the case with products that have been physically damaged. The reason for the split between AMD and APD is not known, despite lots of speculation.. thanks Mr Grimm.

Wired have info on UnitedLinux, which is a standardized distribution of the Linux operating system, and is designed to woo more businesses to the open-source operating system, according to executives of the four partner companies. Also, they cover "lowercase music", which is almost not music at all.

Dan's been working on a DIY UPS project..

There's a LAN on in the Central Coast (of NSW, I assume) soon.. rego here, info here.

Some more extreme cooling going on over at ExtremeCooling.org, surprisingly enough.

TonyR spotted info on some new Amigas: This is in effect a 600Mhz G3 Amiga accelerator with built in 10/100 ethernet, USB, PCI/AGP interface and memory slots for up to 2GB of SDRAM.

Gaz saves us all from mental enslavement with the Mind-Control Deflector Beanie. Whenever I put a beanie on, I think I'm in The Agg Witch Project, so no more beanies for me.

Apollo Bloody Monster II Ti4600 video card on EXHardware.
VIA P4PB P4X333-based P4 DDR motherboard on VR-Zone.
Powercolour Socket Coolers roundup on 8Balls.
Gainward Golden Sample Ultra/750 XP Ti4600 video card on DeviantPC.
Pentium 4 2.53GHz CPU on Xbit.
Titan TTC-CU5TB CPU cooler on CoolHardWarez.
MSI GF4 Ti4600 video card on PCStats.
ATI Remote Wonder remote control (video review) on 3DGameMan.

Friday Morning (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 31-May-2002  02:54:36 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Xbit looked in detail at the i845G and i845GL integrated graphics and compared it to previous onboard video for P4's.

Kaan passed on this message from a mailing list: I've got hold of a copy of the DirectX 9 SDK beta. It comes with the interesting warning: This beta version expires on Aug 20, 2002. You will need to reinstall Windows if you do not have a valid DX9 ID & password to download Beta 2.

Ever wondered what's inside those "magic 8 ball" things? Me neither. But Heist did, and now he knows.

From Judd: This German guy (link fixed!) has managed to overclock a dual P4 Xeon Prestonia Board from 2.2 Ghz to 2.8 Ghz, and it SMOKES an 8-way PIII Xeon and a dual Athlon MP !!

1000 gamers in a LAN for 5 days.. craziness, reported by LanAddict.

T[H]ug says: The Cureinfo project has been scrapped, but the makers of it have released a new program called Samurize. It is only
in its alpha stages atm though, but can be worth a look.
I had no idea what he was talking about either, until I read the page.. Samurize is an system monitoring application for Win2k/WinXp, that can display information about your system right on your desktop, and uses almost no memory! Ah-ha.

From Iroquois: New P2P program, offering only OpenSource content. "it is a controlled content delivery network for open source and public domain content" - here.

MrW spotted some Intel specs for their Itanium 2 CPU.

AMDWorld have an article about RAMBUS.. and whether it lives up to claims.

Apparently IT people are poorly skilled in Australia, thanks Cryogenic.

G3D have a thermal paste showdown..

Still getting zillions of virus emails. Sjc sent a link to a free virus scanner that he reckons is really good. So now you have no excuse, download it and clean yourself up, gawd!

Apparently xbox hacking is trickier than you might think. That article is mis-using the term "hacker", but hey, how surprising.

IANAG wonder if rounded cables could be bad for data integrity.. they test by doing some CD burning.

Rob sent in the world's smallest website.. at 1280x1024 it's probably the most annoying one, too.

Xbit looked at the HPT RocketRaid 133 ATA133 RAID Controller.. we checked this out a few months ago now in our Raid0 Shootout with ATA100 and ATA133. While we're on ATA133, Hardware-TestDK reviewed a Maxtor D740X-6L ATA133 HDD, which we covered in our more recent High-End HDD Shootout.

Ages ago we linked some instructions on Yamaha's website to make a model YZF-R1 sportbike from paper. Smash3d sent word that Othy has made one and there's pics in that thread. Nice job, but you have way too much free time. :)

Soltek SL-75DRV5 (KT333) Motherboard! (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 31-May-2002  01:09:33 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I've reviewed this KT333 motherboard from Soltek. It's pretty cheap, it's light on extra features and it's a funky purple colour. Will it be appearing in a PC near you soon..?

Click for the full review!

Thursday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 30-May-2002  23:57:49 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Lots more coming tonight, stay tuned. :)

Soyo P4S 645DX Dragon Ultra SiS654DX-based P4 DDR motherboard on TweakTown.
Global WIN YCC-61F1-B server case on SystemCooling.
Microsoft Wireless Desktop KB + Mouse on Mgon.
Abit NV7-133R nForce-based DDR SocketA motherboard on Hexus.
Intel i850 RAMBUS P4 chipset on Tweakers.
ATI All in Wonder Radeon 8500 128 MB video card on PCStats.
FrozenCPU Blizzard case on Virtual-Hideout.
Crucial PC2700 DDR RAM (video review) on 3DGameMan.
Unitech's Optimus Radeon 8500 128MB video card on HotHardware.
Xoxide Sound-Activated Cold Cathode case lighting on LANAddict.
Vantec Removable HDD Rack on PCStats.
Artec 32/12/48x CDRW on 3DVelocity.
Gainward GeForce4 MX-460 video card on OCNZ.
Intel Desktop Board D845GBV P4 DDR motherboard on HardwareZone.
Vantec Iceberg chipset cooler on SystemCooling.
Kingwin KT-436 case on OCrCafe.
Shuttle SS40G barebones AMD system on VIAHW.
ASUS P4B266 i845-D DDR P4 motherboard on OCdCafe.
ABIT KX7-333R KT333-based socketA DDR motherboard on Tweakers.

Wednesday Night.. just. (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 29-May-2002  23:56:54 (GMT +10) - by Darkness'

Another call to update your virus software, if you don't have any proceed to head-butt the desk because that's how I feel sifting through at least 15 virus infected news mails tonight. With that out of the way here's some news :)

Windows 2000 Service pack 3 has been released to a few selected beta testers according to this thread in our forums.

Telstra is at it again with the latest outburst by the telco giant saying some users are checking their usage meter to often and their servers can't handle the load. *Shakes head in disbelief*

A few people sent this one in. There is an operating system in development now that is the so called "snoop proof OS" ."Computer activists in Britain are close to completing an operating system that could undermine government efforts to the wiretap the Internet."

If you're an Optus dialuper you might want to visit the Optus page as rates are going up according to this email. "Dear Member, From 1 July 2002, we are making changes to some of our OptusNet Dial-up plans. New plans are being introduced, some plans are being discontinued and some pricing revised." Cheers mjcrow.

For the latest in whacky inventions, ZZZ issue #130 is out. Loathe those rainy days? Well soon you might be able to put the blame on .. the bugs? "Scientists believe certain bug species may have evolved the ability to manipulate the weather in order to secure their own survival"

Bluesmurf has gone and done it again with his fantastic Project Jelly Bean PC. That's awesome work mate, more pics and discussion in this thread. Ta keenie

Here's an essay on the fabric of the Internet. Ta Jani.

Here's why you don't try and prove if a grenade is indeed live. Ta Dewey. Wondering what is wrong with your cat? Well now you can read your cats manual! Now you can use the RTFM line when someone says "I wonder what's wrong with kitty.." :) Thanks Ubeek.

I couldn't help but smile at this, Tom one of our forum regulars and hospital pharmacist, in spite of my flu post last night sent a reminder that people should get their flu shots. Thanks mate :)

Guides :
How to install mandrake 8.2
Ultimate case modding guide

Reviews :
SOYO KT333 Dragon @ hardware testdk
Kingmax DDR 400 @ x-ocm
Asus CRW4012A CDRW Review @ DeviantPC
Aluminum Mobile Hard Drive Rack from insideproject
IDE CD-RW Drives Roundup at Digit-Life
Abit's Siluro GF4 Ti 4400 at 3dvelocity
Kingston 64mb SmartMedia Card Reviewed at mikhailtech
XFX's GeForce4 MX series from bjorn3d
MSI 645E Max2 Review @ CPU3D.com
Samsung YP-30SH YEPP Portable MP3 Player Review @ The Tech Zone
Western Digital 800JB (8MB cache) hard drive from storagereview
Global WIN YCC-61F1-B Server Case from systemcooling

Tuesday Night. (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 28-May-2002  23:53:58 (GMT +10) - by Darkness'

Well if you're bored this week, go get the flu off someone.. It's great... not.

Intel has gone and dropped its price on CPU's. "The Santa Clara, Calif.-based chipmaker cut the price of the desktop version of the chip from 12 percent to 43 percent, according to a price list issued by the company. The 2.4GHz version of the chip dropped from $562 to $400, a 29 percent drop, while the 2.26GHz and 2.2GHz versions of the chip fell from $423 to $241, a 43 percent drop. Other Pentium 4s were cut from 12 percent to 32 percent." Thanks Purple^Llama

Grimwolge had an interesting phone call to Telstra and their new voice response phone system.

OK, so this is really why people go to E3! 180 pictures of the E3 'booth babes'. Oh I think there was some gaming stuff there as well...

Apparently, start.com.au, the free web-based email service, is closing this Sunday, 2nd June. Users must log in and provide an email address to which emails are to be forwarded to over the next 3 months. Thanks -=ButFli=-

There is an interesting article up about movie piracy. "Pirates," according to Bobbie Johnson in these pages last week, "are costing Hollywood billions in lost profits." Just as George W says we're either with him or against him in the war against evil, so the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) goes on the attack against those who dare to, uh, think different."

Here's something that you really don't want to read when you get a DNS error. ** Warning, fair bit of 'offensive' language in this. You've been warned. Thanks Squeezer.

Guides :
Privacy Guide.
Window kit installment.
Tweaking the Bios with a KT333.
Make your own LED case lightup.
Change your Windows XP start button colour.

Competitions :
The fifth and final Big 2k Competition
VH & Directron's Weekly Case Giveaway
ASUS Slogan and Short Essay Contest
Our folding competition!!

Reviews :
Shuttle SS40G Barebone Review @ vr-zone.
AOpen AX4B-MAX Motherboard from tweakers asylum.
Lian Li PC82 Review @ BlargOC
Triplex XabrePRO at dansdata.
Stomp Inc. RecordNow MAX 4.0 @ winhq.
CompuCase 6919B case @ X-Treme PC TECH
Vantec EZ Swap Removable Hard Drive Racks in Video Review
VisionTek Xtasy GeForce4 Ti4400 Extreme Overclocking Experience @ X-bit labs
Prolink Geforce4 Lineup from MX440 to TI4600
The Matrox Parhelia
Epox EP-8K3A at processor emporium
Taisol CEP409151A Pentium 4 Heatsink @ frostytech
6-Port DIY Baybus Fan Controller Review
Shuttle SS50 Barebones System Reviewed at planetsavage
GeForce 4 MX460 Reference Review
RDRAM vs. DDR SDRAM at tweakers.
Vantec EZ-Swap Removable HD Rack at systemcooling
ECS i-Buddy 4 Pentium 4 1.6GHz at anandtech
Coolermaster CM410 Reviewed at hexus.
PoGo Products RipFlash MP3 Player review @ EXHardware
Soyo P4S 645DX Dragon Ultra Motherboard Review
Crucial PC2700 DDR @ viperlair.

Monday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 27-May-2002  23:29:26 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Our Forums passed 15,000 members today.. the member in question is called "Member15000", hmm, that's not suspicious at all. :)

Xbit have an article about using GeForce4 Ti4600 in 3DSMax, seeing if consumer-level high-powered video cards can be useful in that professional-level 3D graphics package. Digit-life see how the Quadro fares in comparison.

VooDoo notes that Ozemail ADSL may be a reality soon.

OCAU's SETI@Home Team have made it into the TOP 100 All Teams for (position #99 at the moment) and have just got our 500th member, thanks RobsGT4and DRAXX.

With all this cold weather lately, PostModern is organising a Soup Cookoff over in our Geek Food forum.

A roundup of roundups.. OCPlus compared the Epox 8KA3 and Asus A7V333.. KT333-based SocketA DDR motherboards. Meanwhile, MBReview compared Crucial PC2700 and Corsair XMS3000 memory and Tweakers compared PC1066 RDRAM vs. DDR SDRAM. SocketA HSF's get compared over on Tweaknews.

Bit-Tech have a lighted fan strobe mod happening.

With Napster and Kazaa down the gurgler, it seems AudioGalaxy could be next, thanks alx.

A spelling-mistake squatter gets hit with a USD$1.9M fine, thanks thetron.

HotHardware have some E3 Coverage posted, and so do TheTechZone. Meanwhile, Guru3D visited the AMD Tech Tour.

Apparently WinXP SP1 has some anti-piracy features in it, thanks Shizz.

Schrambo sent in this random website page. Taking idle net-surfing to a new level. :) Also, there's a Doom III preview movie out.

I thought I'd seen every caffeine-rich product (and tried most!) .. but this caffeine soap that DJ-Studd spotted takes the, err, cake.

Gary noted that Genichi Kawakami, former President and founder of Yamaha Motor Co, died Saturday, aged 90. Thanks for a lot of fun.. RIP.

Intel Pentium 4 Northwood 533MHz FSB 2.53 Ghz CPU on HardwareTestDK.
Crucial PC2100 256MB DDR SDRAM on Gaming-Media.
Chilli Professional III 1/4" mATX case on MikhailTech.
ATi All-In-Wonder Radeon 8500 128MB video card on ExplosiveHardware.
Thermaltake GeForce4 "Highest Performance Cooler" on TweakTown.
Hercules Radeon FDX 8500LE video card on Tweakers.
Hercules Radeon FDX 8500LE video card on Techseekers.
WinTasks 4 tweaking software on TheDDRZone.

Congrats! (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 27-May-2002  22:14:19 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Congrats to Kaliban who won last week's Folding Giveaway prize from LowNoisePC. Also congrats to joe_sixpack, -Xenon- and Cyclonite_[Atomic] who scored consolation prizes from APC Magazine. Don't stop folding now though, this week there's prizes from GameDude, GadgetMan and Adilam.

Archive Updated.. (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 27-May-2002  00:55:21 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Been a little while since I updated our Content Archive. Check out these reviews and articles if you missed them:

HDD Autopsy, a look at the anatomy of an IBM 75GXP HDD.
AMD's Thoroughbred meets Vapochill, supercooled supercpu.
X-Micro Impact T4600 GF4 Ti4600-based video card with video-IN.
Single Disk and RAID 0 high-end HDD shootout.
6 coolers from Sibak, Fanner and BitsPower, new coolers from new companies.
Matrix 2 & 3 Filming on-set report.
Ur-Disk USB HDD, 128MB of portable storage.

Sunday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 26-May-2002  23:55:56 (GMT +10) - by Agg

There's a review in Danish of an apparently alpha-release video card from Triplex, using the SiS Xabre 400 chipset. I dunno if the fish speaks Danish but the pics/graphs tell the story anyway.

DansData has added a couple more waterblocks to their CPU Cooler roundup.

Extreme video card cooling on FrostyTech.

ExtremeCooling have a guide to making a FanBus for control of your many fans.

Tweakers have a Socket478 Cooler Roundup for P4 peeps.

Mike Magee over at TheInq has more info on Intel's attitude to journalists. If all they're doing is trying to encourage journalists to not be sensationalist/negative and to be objective and impartial then it seems fine to me. They also have info on AthlonMP's higher FSB's and P3 SMP faster than Xeons.

Silly Dancing Queen flash thingo from HT, passes a few minutes. :)

E3, the huge entertainment expo in the USA, is currently on.. Laurie sent in this link with pics.

Titan reckons this rally game is the original and the one we linked earlier is a ripoff.

A few people are complaining of sluggish performance in GTA3.. perhaps this tweak guide will help.

Gnuthad spotted this amazing 747 simulator being built over 10 years by an Australian. OneArmedMan spotted mirrors of that site here and here.

Malvinus sent in some classic net humour, the Bastard Operator From Hell.. kinda like Acts of Gord but tales from a Network Admin.

If you're quick, you can win a ratpad over on OCrCafe.. closes Sunday night their (USA) time. Another one we got the news of kinda late, win one of 50 Asus motherboards by answering a quiz, thanks Peacekeeper. A final contest: win a HDD Rack by signing up for forums and sending an email on RizeNet.

Soyo KT333 Dragon Ultra Black Edition socketA DDR motherboard on Active-Hardware.
Samsung SW-232B 32X CDRW on MBReview.
Abit KX7-333R KT333-based socketA DDR motherboard on VR-Zone.
ECS P4IBASD i845D-based P4 DDR motherboard on Accelenation.
Leadtek WinFast A250 Ultra TD GeForce 4 Ti-4600 video card on HardwarePub.
P4 Northwood 1.6GHz CPU review on AMDWorld.
EPoX 4G4A i845G-based P4 DDR motherboard on TweakTown.
Loverme Clearcase case on Virtual-Hideout.
V8 Challenge game on 3DAvenue.
Lian Li 6083A midtower case on TweakersAsylum.
Thermalright SLK-600 socket cooler on ClubOC.
Tyan Thunder K7X 760 MPX dual SocketA DDR motherboard on AMDMB.
Case-Mod HDD Cooler on BurnOutPC.
Volcano 7+ socket cooler on DevianPC, our review here.
Thermalright SLK-600 socket cooler on Phlux.
PowerCooler socket coolers on BlargOC.
MX-EVA3 CPU Evaporator Cooler on Icrontic, thanks rickboy.
Northward Graphics Vinyl Image Kit case decoration on MikhailTech.
Samsung Spinpoint 80GB HDD on GideonTech.

Folding, folding, folding.. (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 26-May-2002  20:51:34 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Our Folding Team is steaming ahead with sights set firmly on first place again, no doubt largely due to the current giveaway going on. Bollocks informs me that a few people are doing the required number of WU's per week, but have not registered themselves in the giveaway thread. Get yerselves registered so you have a shot at winning this week's prizes (from LowNoisePC, thanks guys!)

Saturday Morning. (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 25-May-2002  01:08:56 (GMT +10) - by Darkness'

Nice night to stay indoors so i thought some news was in order :)

Just an update, the Telstra article linked a few posts down was actually an incorrectly linked older article. Here is the new one. Thanks for clearing that up Littlee.

There is a smallish LAN that is about to kick off called Insomnia. Check it out.

Speaking of games, The Matrix is about to be warped into a PC game! "Able to accommodate tens of thousands of players in a single shared environment, the game will be a re-creation of the virtual world of "The Matrix," employing cutting-edge 3-D graphics, networking and server technology. The game will combine the best elements of the action-adventure genre and character building/role playing games with the social interaction/community of an ongoing online game."Thanks iso .. whoa...

Ben sent in a photo of that big storm last Thursday which was out at north Sydney, also the photochoped version.

Chris sent in a copy of the mail he received from Telstra about outages and rebates. Here's a little bit of the email. " Telstra is pleased to inform you that we will be introducing the TelstraBigPond broadband ADSL Customer Service Level Guarantee to take effect from July 1, 2002. The guarantee means that once introduced, if the availability of your Telstra BigPond broadband ADSL network falls below 99 percent in any month, you will automatically receive a rebate on your monthly subscription fee in the following month's bill. Telstra will define network availability in the updated terms and conditions. The guarantee will operate in three tiers: - monthly ADSL network availability below 99 percent but equal to or greater than 97 percent entitles you to a 10 percent rebate on your monthly subscription fee ... below 97 percent but equal to or greater than 94 percent entitles you to a 20 percent rebate ... below 94 percent entitles you to a 50 percent rebate on your monthly subscription fee." More info can be found on the Telstra site I asume.

Gareth sent word that there are new r7500 drivers out.

Well it was hard to figure out why Kazaa stayed afloat and napster went under, not any more. Kazaa has announced that it will fold under the pressure of lawsuits and so on. "Kazaa, the company behind a popular file-swapping Web site, said it will fold because it cannot afford to defend itself against copyright infringement charges brought by the major studios and labels." Thanks Mr. Chilled.

The US Army has developed its own FPS game... No this is not a joke. Thanks Rod M

This little bugger actually made me stop doing news and start making my own slot car track. You can play VS the computer or VS another person via your keyboard. (Keys K and D). Thanks BBQ_69! If that wasn't enough, here's a bazillion reviews.

Guides :
Beginners Guide to Overclocking nVidia Video Cards.

Reviews :
Abit's Siluro GF4 Ti 4200 on HotHardware.Com
Xabre reviewed @ tweakup.dk
SuperFlower 500watt Powersupply from burnoutpc.
WinTasks 4 Pro @ accelenation.
Gamesurround Fortissimo II Review @ OcPrices
Zalman CNPS 6500B-AlCu P4 Socket 478 Cooler Review @ 8BallsHW
CoolPC 120mm Video Card Cooler Review at thehardwire.
Soyo SY-P4S DRANGON Ultra Review at iamnotageek.
Grand Theft Auto III on PC at ratedpc.
Coolerguys modified Chenming case from bournoutpc.
GESTAPO GeForce3 Ti 200 and Millennium Silver GeForce4 Ti 4600
GeForce4 Ti 4400 DVI and Platinum GeForce4 Ti 4600 SE
Maxtor DiamondMax Plus D740X 60gb HDD Reviewed at mikhailtech.
New ABIT motherboard review at motherboards.org.
Thermalright SLK-600 from systemcooling.
RecordNow MAX by Stomp Inc @ hytekcomputer.
ECS DeskNote A929 (i-Buddie XP) @ HWZ.
Bloody Monster II @ [H]
Visiontek Xtasy GeForce4 MX440 reviewed at techspot.
Morrowind Review @ DeviantPC
Syncmaster 151MP 15inch TFT monitor @ Tweaknews.net
Thermaltake Hardcano 5 at viperlair.

Ur-Disk USB HDD! (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 24-May-2002  14:11:50 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Gibbon has checked out this tiny gadget for us. 128mb you can take pretty much anywhere and use on almost any PC with a USB port..

Click for the review!

Friday Morning. (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 24-May-2002  03:46:43 (GMT +10) - by Darkness'

Telstra seem to like to put their foot in it lately, the latest blunder being user web sites deleted AGAIN. All though some have been restored some people haven't been so lucky.

Linux for playsation 2 is now selling in Australia. "LINUX (FOR PLAYSTATION®2) allows you to utilize the PlayStation®2 console as a fully-functional desktop computer."

There is a list of exclusive upcoming Xbox titles up. "Ed Fries, vice president of Xbox game content, provided an overview of these titles lined up exclusively for the Xbox." There's a few screenshots there aswell.

Thinking of switching over to linux? There is an article to aid your thinking process. It covers a few things like how to choose what distro is the right one for you. OR if you're in the market to buy a set of new speakers, there is a guide to help you through that one too. Sheesh, everything is done for you these days :)

Speaking of which, how would you like your own robot that opens your beer for you! "The robot operates by rolling along a bar, taking the bottle, steadying it, putting the opener under the cap and lifting it before backing away from the bottle." Cheers, erm.. Lord Funky Biscuit?

Also the mario bros. movie linked in the post below isn't the full version. The full one can be found here. Quite a funny flick if you're a mario fan :)

There is a new LAN about to start up in Brisbane called Lan-o-lot. Check it out if you're up there.

CPU3d have some pictures of the upcoming p4 northwood 2.53ghz.

Competitions :
Viper Lair newsletter competition.
Our very own folding competition. Where all you have to do is fold for OCAU to be in the draw to win free hardware! Plus it's for a great cause. So if you haven't signed up already you might want to do so! Fold on guys!

Reviews :
Sis Xabre GPU Article at gamingin3d.
Compucase CI-6919 Super Midi Tower Case Review @ Tek Sector.
PC Athlon XP Unlocking Kit from hardwarepub.
DFI NB70-SC mobo reviewed at TR.
Windows gaming VS linux gaming at livepc.
Mini Intel 845D P4 Roundup on The DDR Zone.
Kingwin KT-436S Aluminum Mid Tower at club OC.
Vantec CCB-A1C All-In-One VGA & Chipset Cooling Kit.

Thursday Evening (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 23-May-2002  19:55:28 (GMT +10) - by Agg

[H]ard|OCP have a sexy new site design and with it, a review of Gainward's sexy new GF4 Ti4200 video card. They also reviewed Abit's IT7-Max, a "legacy-free" P4 board that apparently performs pretty well.

Xbit have an article comparing the i850E RDRAM-based chipset for 533MHz-FSB P4's with its newer DDR SDRAM-based equivalents (i845E and i845G). They also check out 333MHz FSB SocketA to see if it'd be worth AMD's while to release 2x166MHz AthlonXP's.

Gamespy have a Doom III Preview posted.

Accelenation checked out the 30-bit colour aspect of Matrox's new Parhelia-512 graphics chip.

We've seen this before but it's pretty cool, Rage sent in this underground reservoir cooling system.. clever idea.

New solar power technology from Andrew.

Some more hardcore cooling going on over at Hexus.

A coupla video things: mario bros thanks OneArmedMan and Star Wars Nerds, thanks wiam. Apparently funny but might also be offensive, both seem too large for my pitiful modem so I can't check. Update: Apparently the Star Wars thing is very funny. It's also very large. :)

Beast sent a link to an Australian 6-stroke engine design.. interesting.

A new low-cost supercomputer has been unveiled, powered by Transmeta Crusoe CPU's and running Linux.. info here, thanks Jason.

nVHardPage is apparently a GeForce Tweaking tool that has been recently updated.

NextWish reminds us that fans are important.. mmm, looks expensive. This looks even more expensive- like $1.5M, yowch.. thanks Leo.

Is there no end to the fantastic bargains on eBay? Thanks Roger.

Win a Millennium Glaciator cooler by designing a logo on AOAForums.
Win an A7V333 and XP1900+ for sending an email on 4Peeps.
Win a GF4 video card for answering a question on 3DVelocity.
Apparently the MikhailTech contest from the other day is for USA+Canada only.. bummer.

IWILL P4R533-N i850E-based P4 RDRAM motherboard on VR-Zone.
Intel i845G DDR P4 chipset on BlueSmoke.
Altec Lansing ADA890 speakers on BlargOC.
Kingwin KF-101 case on RizeNet.
Azzo Cold Cathode case lighting on XtremePCTech.
Triplex GF4 Ti4600 video card on DansData.
MSI 850 Pro5 P4 RDRAM mobo on PCStats.
Lian Li PC-63A server case video review on 3DGameMan.
GlobalWin YCC-61F1-B aluminium case on BurnOutPC.
Belkin 8-port Network Switch on JSI.
Leadtek A250 Ultra GeForce4 Ti4600 video card on TweakTown.
Northwood P4 CPU on HytekComputer.
SkyHawk Alu Mini-Server case on SystemCooling.
LIAN-LI PC-86 black alu case on TweakNews.

Thursday Morning (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 23-May-2002  04:18:54 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Hmm, forgot to go to sleep again.

G3D have a budget dual display shootout.

PCStats have an article comparing FireWire and USB. (rofl, fixed link.. that'll teach me to do news at 4am.)

There's a new ZZZ Online out, full of the usual oddities.

Suma Platinum GF4 Ti4400 video card on Xbit.
4 more coolers in Dan's cooler comparo.
Radeon 8500 video chipset on RatedPC.
Vantec 6040H socket cooler on HardWarePub.
KingWin KF102 case on SubZeroTech.
Nostromo n50 Speed Pad gaming controller on 3DVelocity.
X-Micro Impact T4200 video card on TweakTown.
InterMagic VoiceCam II web/digicam and voice recorder on HexedReviews.
BlueTake USB Dongle on ByteSector.
Titan TTC-CF80A System Bracket Fan on MikhailTech.
Asus A7V333 KT333-based socketA DDR motherboard on OCNZ.
MSI K7D Master dual SocketA DDR motherboard on HotHardware.
Asus P4T533-C 850E-based P4 DDR motherboard on HardWareZone.
Samsung 191T TFT monitor on TweakNews.
Turtle Beach Audiotron Hi-Fi MP3 component on FutureLooks.
Akasa pax.mate sound-dampening material on EXHardWare.
Shuttle SS40G barebones AMD system on AMDWorld.

Matrix Filming! (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 23-May-2002  03:05:49 (GMT +10) - by Agg

As you may be aware, Sydney is where they filmed The Matrix and are currently filming the 2nd and 3rd films in the series. Forum-goer and IRC regular KyocEr@~ happens to live on one of the streets in the CBD where they were filming recently. He's got some pics and info from the goings-on. Not a whole lot to see, but die-hard fans of the series will probably get a kick out of it..

Click for the article!

6 Newish Coolers! (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 23-May-2002  01:13:00 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I've checked out some newish coolers from newish companies on the PC cooling scene. 2 each from Fanner, Sibak and Bitspower. I also fiddle with a calculator and attack a motherboard with a dremel.

Click for the article!

Wednesday Morning. (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 22-May-2002  03:17:49 (GMT +10) - by Darkness'

Excellent, my smoothwall box *Cerberus* is finally working so here I am to bring you some news.

Well for all the people waiting to grab a copy of GTA3 make sure it's a legit copy as it comes packed with the latest SafeDisc 3 protection. Thanks Anthrox. Interesting read of the user comments under the article as well. On the subject of legit software, The leader of one of the oldest warez groups 'Drink or Die' has been given 46 months in federal prison.

Microsoft are trying even harder to get a piece of the online gaming pie by preparing to launch a $1 billion dollar gaming network. Staying on the gaming topic, there is a guide to tweaking your Jedi Knight 2 for better gaming performance.

There is a Windows XP patch out to fix slow Hard Disk performance.

Futurelooks has an interview with William Phelps of NetEmp. On a completely unrelated note, there is a guide on how to make a fan shroud for your water cooling rig.

Just a quick congratulations to the 412Sqn who took out the trophy for the annual Australian Air Force Cadet drill competition. On'ya fellas.

Have a bad smell in your room? Perhaps something is dead in your PC. This is a classic example of why you should always keep the plates on the back of your computer case. Maybe I should take my own advice... Oh and here's what happens when you shoot your monitor. Thanks Kharn83.

Ever wondered what would happen if you ran 1 million amps through a quarter? I can sleep better knowing that ecto :)

Competitions :
Mikhailtech May 2002 Giveaway - Week 3 and who could forget our very own folding competition!

Reviews :
DFI NB76-EA/Intel i845G chipset review on viahardware.
Shuttle's SS50 P4 barebone system from hardware testdk.
EPoX 4G4A+ board based on Intel 845G chipset.
Colorcases X Wing Chrome/Silver Case in Video Review
Soyo Dragon KT333 Ultra Review and More from hardwarepub.
Intel's New DDR Chipsets - 845E & 845G from anandtech.
Xoxid Midnight Wind Modded Case Review @ gamingin3d.
OCSystem Enhanced Radeon 8500 64mb Review from mikhailtech.
Intel i845G; The 533MHz Value Chipset from tweaktown.
CPUCool a software, CPU Cooler from monster hardware.
TDK VeloCD 24/10/40F ReWriter Review @ designtechnica.
Intel and VIA chipsets for Pentium 4 on 533 MHz bus roundup
Chillblast web cam reviewed by chillblast.
Wacom Graphire2 Graphics Tablet Review by tweakers.com
CaseAce GearGrip - Pro from viperlair.
Skyhawk MSR4620EP(F) Aluminum Mini Server Case Review from amdmb.
Case painting techniques from pc-workshop.
Shattered Web Custom Appliques Reviewed @ VH.
PC2700 DDR333 Roundup by tweakers.
VyW Case Fans Mini Review by void your warranty.

Tuesday Afternoon (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 21-May-2002  14:03:52 (GMT +10) - by Agg

MWP has performed some PHP trickery in the PC DataBase, so it's not so CPU-intensive anymore. A couple of times recently the PCDB has attracted so much attention that we've had to turn it off for the sake of the server, but that should be a thing of the past now. Thanks MWP!

Most users ever online was 427 on 20th May 2002 at 09:41 PM. - That's right, we beat the forum record again, by 5 people. I didn't cheat this time (by putting lots of threads on the news page).. but I guess a few people are checking out the folding giveaway thread.

Hellfire spotted that the open-source movement are starting to join the protest against the so-called "Hollings Bill".. because it seems this overzealous copyright-protection bill could make Linux illegal.

Heist reminded me of something I received the other day.. a notice from troubled ISP XiS that customers should be sure to check their email so they keep up to date with account changes, billing information etc. Of course, XiS sent this reminder via email..

NEC has some Crusoe-based laptops, thanks Brian.. Low heat. No fans.

Dan has posted an article about lies, damned lies, and marketing. It contains the word "pinguid", and links to a site about Transformers.

Apparently the desktop Thoroughbred CPU from AMD is coming on June 10, according to ExtremeTech. Of course, OCAU readers already know about Thoroughbred from our article/review from a coupla weeks ago.

Spotted by Morgan on Slashdot, apparently Microsoft has suddenly changed the privacy preferences for all Hotmail users. They're now sharing your name and other personal information with third parties, even if you said you didn't want that when you signed up. Glad I have a real email account, so I don't get flooded with spam.. hangon, I do.. damnit. Morgan further notes that page has interesting replies about opera/mozilla and Kazashi says: Just to let you and Opera users out there know that they can gain access to the necessary Hotmail settings by momentarily identifying their browser as MSIE 5.0 or similar through their network settings. If there are actually any alternative browser users that use Hotmail....

Forum-goer Whitey Ford is organising a Sydney Cruise through the Royal National Park (south of Sydney) on the 2nd of June.. more info in that thread.

Hexus have been hacking the Koolance GPU cooler so it fits on GF4 Ti4400/Ti4600 cards.

PCStats say that KT333CE stumbles at 166MHz FSB, some benchmark analysis.

GrimRaeper spotted more info on defeating broken audio copyright controls that prevent (legal) CD's working in some players, by using a marker pen or sticky tape. More info here, thanks Lando. Note that under Oz's recent federal copyright laws this is probably illegal, which is annoying because otherwise you may not be able to play a CD that you legally own in your CD player.

Interesting article on Wired about how the X-Files is not so far-fetched.

LivePC have an article about building a cheap webcam or digicam.

Trout notes that after 7 years, 3DNews.net have shut down - it's time to move on.

Tee laughs at news that an Internet Explorer (IE) security patch released last Wednesday may expose a potential new vulnerability..

Mike Magee over @ TheInq has an axe to grind over Intel's apparent attitude towards journalists.

Sounds like the Gainward Ti4200's might be something to look out for - Craig says: hi from nz. i recieved the 64mb version of gainwards ti4200 yesterday and it rocks in nz sells for 460nz dollars. its been running stable at 290 core and 590 memory for the last 24hrs with solid benchmarking, torture testing all night on an abit kt7a raid with an unlocked tbird running at 1466mhz 512mb crucial 2-2-2 sdram 3d mark se 2001 scores 8700. my point is that these speeds are only 10mhz shy of the ti4600 now for 460nz dollars that got to be the bargain of the century. From Simon: With the help of my Asus P4S533 and P4 1.6a @ 2.56 I got my Gainward Ti4200 128MB GS up to 340/575 (standard cooling) and a 3dmark2k1 score of 12590! Its currently the quickest in the database. Seems the Gainward cards are good overclockers, my friends one did 337/570. PCDB entry here, 3dmark2k1 compare here.

Atlas Cases on DansData.
Gigabyte MAYA AP64D-H Radeon 8500 Deluxe video card on Tweakers.
MSI 745 Ultra socketA DDR motherboard on AMD3D.

Tuesday Morning. (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 21-May-2002  02:34:52 (GMT +10) - by Darkness'

Well what a busy week it's been. Funerals, Police applications, my smoothwall box being a royal pain in the... here's the news!

Probably the biggest IT news in the country at the moment would have to be Optus' decision to follow Telstra's lead and hard cap their broadband services. "550MB - $54.95, 3GB - $69.95, 5GB - $134.95, 10GB - $265.95". So sad to see everyone moving this way when other countries are talking about fiber to the home and we are in essence moving backwards...The one good thing about their new move is "Optus, however, will not cut off OptusNet cable customers or impose hefty fines if they exceed their download limit. Instead, it will reduce the customers' Internet connection speed."

Well, it seems that napster may not be dead after all. "German media conglomerate Bertelsmann AG will take over Napster's assets through a financial reorganization that reinstates key executives ... and provides $8 million for creditors but leaves nothing for investors." Thanks BIGsvenie

Sick of how long it takes to type an SMS? Well this may well be the solution.

Own an X-box and really hate playing Halo with a controller? Then have a look at this nifty little gadget.

Here's some info on a nice Dual Opteron system. Jeebus that looks sweet.

Well I'll be, not only do they make you feel sick if you eat a whole bag but gummie bears can now fool fingerprint recognition devices. Thanks Ubeek. On a security note, Kazza is also now worm infected.

Got any children's cartoon books around? Someone found out the toll free number in their one actually turned out to be a sex chat when they called it! Thanks Dewey

LiquidCC have a competition to name their new GPU/Chipset waterblocks - first prize in each category is the block they name.

Reviews :
ATA133 7200rpm review at ocplus.
C-6 Black Hawk Pre-Modified Case reviewed at lan addict.
WinTasks 4 Professional @ tweaktown.
FI NB76 i845G Motherboard reviewed by tweaktown.
Case Fans for Case Modders at VyW
Abit BG7 mobo w/Intel 845G chipset from tech-report.
HP Photosmart 100 Printer Review at Digit-Life.
UMA Platinum GeForce3 Ti500 SE and Ti200 SE Review @ X-bit labs.
Cooler Master ATC-410 Server Case from system cooling.
ABIT SILURO GeForce4 Ti4600 Graphics Card from gotapex.
P4 Cooler Overview at system cooling.
DFI NB76-EA (chipset i845G) reviewed by noticias3d.
Geforce 4 Review from hexus.
Zalman CNPS6000-Cu heatsink review @ M:6

Fold for OCAU and Win! (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 20-May-2002  17:25:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The Folding Giveaway is officially happening from today onwards. You've got to be in it to win it, so click below for details!

If you don't know how to get started in folding, go here for details!

Monday Afternoon (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 20-May-2002  13:06:31 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Argh, it's cold today. Good overclocking weather, I guess..

Yesterday, Bizuna became lucky number #3500 in the PC Database.

PCStats wonder if RDRAM vs DDR SDRAM really makes much difference.

DesignTechnica have a "where it's at" article about wireless comms.

A roundup of roundups: Tweakers have a DDR Memory comparo posted, while TweakTown checked out 4 speaker systems from Altec Lansing. AMDMB compared the GeForce4 Ti4200 and Ti4400 variants, while Phlux reviewed 3 different socker coolers from Dynatron.

RobsGT4 says that OCAU's SETI@Home Team is now the top Australian team! Cool. :)

VIA P4X333 P4 DDR chipset on AnandTech.
Vantec Stealth 80mm Fan on EXHW.
Samsung SC-152L 52X CD-ROM drive on NeoSeeker.
TDK CyClone 40x12x48x CDRW drive on HardWareZone.
Soyo P4I Fire Dragon P4 DDR motherboard on OCOnline.
ATi DV Wonder FireWire card on Accelenation.
GlobalWin FOP-12 cooler on PC-Extreme.
Super Flower Melody SF-201 alu case on Hardware-Test.
Rheobus 2.0 on XtremePCTech.
AOpen AK77-333 KT333-based SocketA DDR motherboard on OCrCafe.
BTC BCE3212IM 32x10x40x CDRW on AllTechBox.
Samsung PC800 RDRAM RIMM RAMBUS memory on PCStats.
Dynatron DC1206BM-V copper 1RU P4 cooler on FrostyTech.
Swiftech QPower watercooling kit on MadShrimps.
Microsoft Xbox game console on DeviantPC.
Syncmaster 152T 15inch TFT screen on PCStats.
Asus S1 notebook on Digit-Life.
Samsung Syncmaster 760V 17inch TVT screen on TweakNews.
Packard Bell Fast Media Remote control on M6.
Hercules XPS 510 speakers on MGON.
Copper Mesh Rounded IDE Cables on OCrCafe.
The Claw gaming controller on BurnOutPC.
Cooler Master Aerodynamic IDE/Floppy Cables on TekSektor.
Epox 8K3A+ KT333-based SocketA DDR motherboard on OCPrices.
KingWin KT-436 aluminum case on OCrsClub.
Shuttle AK35GT2/R KT333-based SocketA DDR motherboard on CLubOC.

Sunday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 19-May-2002  21:49:39 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Woah.. it was Thursday.. there was a bright flash.. and now it's Sunday night! Actually, the bright flash was my motherboard expiring, not me being taken by aliens. But something did convince me to ride my motorcycle for 2 hours to Goulburn at 6am in the FREEZING COLD yesterday, so alien control could be the answer. X-Files aside, here's some news catchup..

VIA's P4X333 chipset for 533MHz-FSB P4 systems gets the going-over on HardOCP.

Digit-Life have checked out the new Intel CPU's, including Willamette-based Celerons. Anyone see the oxymoron in a 1.8GHz "value" processor? They also have some stuff about new Epson printers.

Xbit wonder if PCMark2002 is a good HDD Benchmark.

Wiam posted something in the forums, saying he thinks speedfan is dodgy. Not tried it, m'self.. blown plenty of fan headers doing other silly things, tho.

Andrew spotted that Boeing have been trialling a new cooling technology and reckon it warrants further attention.

AnandTech reviewed the 1.7GHz P4-based Celeron too.

Dan has reviewed some Lian-Li Drive Mounts, which attach to the bottom of your existing drive cage, even in non-LL cases, and let you install more drives.. neato.

Anthony sends word of some new Kyro drivers from Hercules.

Nigel spotted an Intel page saying they don't make AGP ports anymore.. I imagine their chipsets will actually continue to support AGP for quite some time.

Not all haX0rs are m4d and l33t, apparently.. some are just dorks.

PCHardware have an interesting article about making a dual athlon 2RU rackmount system. Lots of grunt a little amount of space.

ExtremeCooling have been soldering L1 bridges on their AthlonXP's.

SubZeroTech have a DDR333 roundup, high-speed SDRAM.

Josh says that MS have lost their lawsuit against Lindows, and the word "Windows" has been determined to be too "generic" for them to enforce against use of it.

Let the wailing, gnashing of teeth and wringing of hands begin: sounds like O@H will have a hard data cap soon, thanks Mibberz.

Sciby keeps telling me how cool this page is.. just looks like a bunch of giant drive-thru menus to me. :)

Shuttle AK35GT2/R KT333-based SocketA DDR motherboard on HotHardware.
Vantec EZ-Swap hard disk caddy and cooler on TechAngel.
Chaintech A-G321 128MB GF3 Ti200 video card on Xbit.
Epox 4SDA SiS645-based P4 DDR motherboard on PlanetSavage.

Sunday Morn- Yes, we're busy (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 19-May-2002  10:53:10 (GMT +10) - by YYK

Hey, we have a life outside here (ok maybe we don't, we just like to think so!!)

Here's some news so those amongst you don't slip into a coma from withdrawls. In the mean time, why don't you go outside for a while :)

I saw Star Wars last night and there seems to be a few little bits and pieces in the movie for the truely geeky. No real spoliers to speak of there.

Also in Sydney, SW posters are being stolen. Fans use more distructive versions of the "Force". Vandalism is the path to the dark side.

Are you at High school, wondering what to do with your life, what to study ect. Here's an article that predicts the best paying jobs of the next few years

Cool NASA videos where they pop a water balloon in space

Seems Microsoft are being M$ again, with their antics with Hotmail and subscriptions. What I like is that Mozilla and Opera browser users cannot disable the choices.

I'm sure you know that there are a few teasers/trailers out, such as Matrix: Reloaded, Austin Powers: Goldmember, the new 007 flick Die Another Day.

Finally, here is the pic of the new Daredevil costume for the Daredevil movie, based on the Daredevil comic book, starring Ben Affleck

Thursday Afternoon (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 16-May-2002  15:00:27 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Story of the day: A few people report that Apple have release their XServe.. shame that "XServer" is a term already in use, but anyway. We saw a while ago that the biggest problem with Apple servers is fitting their weird shapes into racks - these new ones are a standard 1RU "pizzabox". With dual 1GHz PowerPC G4s, up to 2GB DDR SDRAM, two 64-bit 66MHz PCI slots (plus a third combination PCI/AGP slot), dual Gigabit Ethernet, FireWire, USB and four Ultra ATA/100.. and Scott notes It even has a blue LED bar graph on the front of it for it's Ethernet ports activity! Interesting swipe at you-know-who on the product page, too: Xserve lets you eliminate the most galling expense in your department’s budget: the per-user “tax” you’ve been obliged to pay for using server software. Since Xserve comes with an unlimited-client license of the UNIX-based, industrial-strength Mac OS X Server, you can serve thousands of additional users - without spending thousands of additional dollars in licensing fees.

Napster is dead.. info here and here on Wired.

tfcgod has info on the Butterfly Grid. A distributed supercomputer games network now in development could for the first time enable more than a million people to play graphics-rich games together via the internet. More info here.

HardwarePub compared the AMD XP 2000+ vs Intel Pentium 4 Northwood, high-end CPU's from the industry's 2 giants.

Some security stuff from Ubeek: Apparently the Xbox Emulator is actually a trojan, virus hoaxes are just as bad as the real thing and an analysis of online banking hacking.

TonyR spotted some info on new PowerPC CPU's from IBM: The PowerPC 405LP shuts off portions of the chip that are not in use, reducing both active and standby power in chips by up to 10 times compared with current designs.

Schrambo notes rumours of Xbox 2 are already floating around, in the dissapointing wake of the current Xbox.

Accelenation have a little something for the n00bs.. a beginner's guide to PC's.

Whirlpool are reporting that XiS are abandoning ADSL, thanks Darwin Computer Doctor. My personal experience with their dialup service/support has been woeful and earlier this week I switched to another ISP.

HardwareAvenue have a PC Audio Guide with an Australian bent.

GideonTech have a guide to replacing LED's in a few places around your PC.

Feral spotted this AGP Information page that suggests some AGP video cards are not what they seem. It is an interesting read and will cause much wringing of hands, apparently.

TechNation have a 5-card GF4 Ti4600 roundup posted. We've looked at a couple of GF4 Ti4600's here recently, from Asus here and X-Micro here. If you'd rather read your video card reviews in German, the Asus is here, für Ihr deutsches Lesevergnügen.. another review in English on PureOC too.

Shane says there's a virus on MSN Messenger: there was that virus that was being spread around msn where at the beginning of the conversation u say something to them. then they would say something and the virus would make the user say this in msn without the user typing it in: "i took a new picture yesterday" "do u want to see it" and then if u say yes it sends the file to u but u dont get the virus unless u accept the so called pic.

Tech-Report checked out VIA's P4X266, a DDR P4 chipset.

Xbit have an article about how defragmentation utilities cam be used as HDD benchmarks.. interesting.

We may be behind the 8-ball on this one, but Baz says that there's a Matrix 2/3 Trailer out on the 15th.. USA time that's only today.. and there's some stuff on thematrix.com. Kyocera was providing a commentary in IRC last night, Castlereagh St in Sydney's CBD was closed for the evening/night for filming one of the Matrix films, within view of his apartment.

Thetron found this article saying that Mums use the net more than teens..

Kiss your productivity goodbye.. if you enjoy our occasional "flash timewaster" links, you'll love (or hate) this page which has 100 of the best, thanks (I think) Ben.

AMDMB want to tell you all about water-cooling pumps.

TweakTown have a guide to installing an Audigy soundcard without using the original driver disk (thus avoiding the bloatware on it.)

LivePC have an article about tidying up your case for better airflow.

More of the usual crazy stuff in the latest issue of ZZZ Online.

Samsumg SyncMaster 955DF monitor on IANAG.
FIC AN11 Stealth KT266A motherboard on HardwarePub.
Abit's nForce motherboard on TechSpot.
Noisecontrol Silverado socket cooler on EXHardware.
CopperKing II heatsink on IPKonfig.
Thermaltake Dragon478 P4 cooler on TechAngel.
Gigabyte GA-7VTXH KT266A mobo on ViperLair.
AOpen AX4B Max P4 DDR motherboard on VR-Zone.
Samsung 24x10x40x CDRW on IANAG.
MSI's GF4 MX420 video card on Xbit.
ECS K7S6A SiS745-based DDR socketA motherboard on TheTechZone.
Creative 3DBlaster Ti4400 on TechSpot.
Auriga VF-2133AL Super Miditower case on DigitalDomain.
Abit KX7-333R KT333-based socketA DDR motherboard on Tweakers.
A4 Tech KBS-835RP and RFW-33 wireless mice and keyboard on DansData.
Abit AT7 "legacy-free" DDR socketA motherboard on AMD3D.
Gigabyte GV-AR64S Radeon 7500 SDR video card on Xbit.
Chieftec Scorpio TX-10BLD entry-level server chassis on HardwarePub.
IBM Ultrastar 36Z15 15k-rpm SCSI HDD on Xbit.
Soyo KT333 Dragon Ultra motherboard on NeoSeeker.
Epox 8K3A+ (KT333-CE) motherboard on 3DVelocity.
Mouse Bungee on TekSektor.. our review here.

Thursday Morning (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 16-May-2002  01:09:47 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Got a virus email today, titled "hello, forum-robot, darling" .. sheesh :)

More on Matrox's new "Parhelia" video card on SimHQ, Icrontic, AnandTech, Akiba PC Watch (Japanese, with card pics), vnOCZone (Vietnamese), Hartware.DE (machine-translated German), VR-Zone, TomsHardware and SLCentral.

Someone's finally gone and done it.. a fishtank in a fulltower PC, thanks Nxorable.

HardOCP compare the VisionTek and ABIT GF4 Ti4400 video cards. Meanwhile, MadShrimps have compared the MSI Ti4600 and Gainward Ti4400.

Ben wonders if we knew that Leadtek now make motherboards as well as video cards. Nope, I didn't - VR-Zone reviewed their K7N420DA nForce 420D-based socketA DDR motherboard today, tho.

VIAHW have a 10-board KT333 roundup, while OCNZ compared the Abit BD7 and Epox 4SDA+ P4 DDR motherboards.

Just when you start to think your job is pretty cool.. NEW YORK (AFP) - Penthouse magazine publisher Bob Guccione testified that after six days of careful examination, he decided to publish images of a topless blonde on the beach as those of tennis star Anna Kournikova.

Happy birthday JAB!

Joytech Apollo Bloody Monster II (GF4 Ti4600) video card on Digit-Life.
Kingwin KT-436 ally case on HWPub.
Crucial PC2700 DDR333 SDRAM on MikhailTech.
IBM Ultrastar 73LZX (Discovery 2) HDD on Xbit.

HDD Shootout! (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 15-May-2002  19:24:49 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Chainbolt has checked out 3 high-end IDE HDD's in this detailed article. He compares the performance of offerings from IBM, Maxtor and Western Digital both by themselves and in RAID 0, as well as temperature and other factors.

Click for the full article!

Tuesday Nightish (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 15-May-2002  00:09:33 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Still getting loads of virus emails and so is Vindaloo.. if you haven't updated your antivirus software in a while, do it now! If you're not running antivirus software at all, just lean forward and smack your face into your monitor a few times for me. Ta.

Oh yeah, the "win a fridge full of beer" thing is apparently open to Victorian residents only. Bummer.. sorry about that. Unless you live in Victoria of course, in which case.. well, we're sorry about that, too.

The big news for today: Someone has emailed around a press-release, apparently about an upcoming Matrox card. Tweakers wonder if it's a hoax, ParadoX spotted a thread over in the MatroxUsers forum, Digit-Life have the first full review, HWZ have an article about the technology, HardOCP have their coverage too, but their server seems to be down for me at the moment.. HotHardware have a preview and so do Tech-Report. What's so cool about this new card? Well, 3 monitors at once is fairly neat for a start..

This is kinda old news but it's good to see what's happened lately with it. Sealand is a sort've privately-owned pseudo-country, a tiny dot in the ocean that HavenCo are using to build what they're hoping is the world's most secure datacentre. More info here and here - and all that info's from Andrew.

Gnuthad brings up some interesting points about microsoft licensing in a forum thread.

Wired say that PC noise is annoying.

Voodoo spotted the ultimate Geekmobile.

There's a few broken pictures, but you can see another foam PC project in the PCDB.. more info here.

Tweakers have a ATA100 vs ATA133 comparison.. you should probably also check out our RAID-0 Shootout with ATA100 and ATA133 if you're interested.

Tuesday Morning. (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 14-May-2002  03:14:19 (GMT +10) - by Darkness'

It appears that playstation 3 has become official. "Sony, Toshiba and IBM plan to spend US$400 million to develop the micro processing unit (MPU), for the next console in the PlayStation series. This new MPU is expected to be over 200 times faster than the PS2's current unit".

Activision and id Software have come together for Doom III. "id Software and Activision, Inc. announced today that Activision will be the worldwide licensed distributor for DOOM III , the latest installment in one of the most successful franchises in PC gaming history." Thanks Schrambo.

For all you Matrix movie fans, here's some more info on the upcoming sequel.

There is a Seti@home guide up so check it out if you're interested in seti.

This is just scary. NASA still use 1981 intel technology in their shuttles... and want more! Oh and never as a 'scott' what's under his kilt while on TV.

Could this take spam to the next level?"Researchers in Scotland are developing a new kind of Web monitoring software that they claim can collect enormous amounts of data on Web surfers while remaining nearly undetectable." Ta Mr Chilled. Possibly more info can also be found here. Thanks alx.

Well for all you Window XP users, a Pre-SP1 hotfix list is out. Weighing in at a nice 171 fixes.

How would you like to win a whole fridge full of beer?! mmmm beeer. Thanks trev'

Edit : Sorry for the bad seti comment, T'was not mean to be in bad taste but don't forget our folding competition where you can win free hardware just by folding for OCAU!

On a more personal note, a close friend of mine sadly lost her father who has just passed away. Our thoughts and condolences go out to you Em and your family.

Round-Up's :
80mm fan comparison
CPU/Memory Watch
Weekly CPU & Video Card Price Guide
120gb IDE Hard Disk Drive comparison

Reviews :
Asus V8460 and V8440 at computerbase.
ECS P4IBASD Motherboard reviewed at planetsavage.
Thermaltake Hardcano 2 from extremeoverclocking.
P4-M 1.7GHz Notebook reviewed at anandtech.
Crucial DDR333 reviewed at amdzone.
Abit KX7-333r reviewed by legionhardware.
DFI NS70-EL (SiS 645DX) Reviewed over at mbreview.
Nexland Pro400 Internet Security Appliance from 3dvelocity.
Hercules 3D Prophet FDX 8500LE @ hardwarezone.
Compex DSR2216 16-Port Switch Reviewed at hothwardware.
Cooler Master ATC-410 SX-1 Aluminum Server Case from teksector.
MSI K7D Master-L 760 MPX from hdware-test.
DFI AD73-RAID Motherboard Review @ The Tech Zone
P4 e-Cube system from viahardware.
Gainward GeForce4 Ti 4200
AOpen AK77-333 KT333 Motherboard Reviewed - Overclockers Online
Hercules Game Theater XP from hwzone.

Win Stuff by Folding! (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 13-May-2002  15:52:27 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Bollocks, our resident Master of Folding, has organised a heap of prizes for people who fold for our Folding@Home Team over the next few weeks. Now you've got no excuse for idle CPU cycles. :)

Win Stuff by Folding for OCAU!

Monday Afternoon (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 13-May-2002  14:41:14 (GMT +10) - by Agg

leperMessiah notes this TheInq page suggesting Sun will be using AMD's Opteron or SledgeHammer CPU's when they are available.

Thinking of going multi-monitor? This guide has a lot of tips and info.

From JimthePug: Hardly news but I filled out the EMI music survey you linked to a few weeks back, and today my shiny Gorillaz CD appeared in the mail. I was beginning to think it was a scam because it took so long for the cd to appear. I got a Cd for a few moments of my time. And I thank overclockers.com.au for linking it! No worries, I got my "Best Ever Air Guitar" CD too. :) A few other people in the forums got theirs also.. gotta love free stuff.

LeonD spotted this human ID-chipping story on LATimes. I view this stuff like browser cookies and many other technologies - there's nothing inherently evil about it, it's all in what you do with it.

A little more info about Microsoft being done for software piracy, thanks Ryan. Do as I Say, not Do as I DO.

If you think online petitions are likely to achieve anything and you want cheaper ADSL in Australia, try this one, thanks EB.

Nice tidy watercooled setup here from CP_Geek.

From Jeremy: I found these internet geography tools I though were kind of cool, thought you might be interested in a look here and here.

NeoSeeker have an article about their server upgrades.. probably not going to be long before we need to seriously think about splitting our site across 2 servers.

Funny alcohol warnings flash thing from Keith. We've seen this before and I've even seen the warning labels printed out and stuck to pool tables at a pub in Newtown (inner west Sydney) a few weeks ago. :)

FrostyTech have some hefty videocard cooling happening.

PCStats have an article about 3GIO aka PCI Express, a new I/O bus technology.

ExtremeOC are modding a fulltower case from Lian-Li.

Just want to let everyone know that TEAM GREEN OCAU have hit a quater of a million work units in 330 years of CPU time..... that'd be the SETI@Home Team, thanks RobsGT4.

ExtremeCooling have a brushless fan autopsy article.. we did the same thing to an IBM 75GXP hard drive late last month.

Anthony says some AMD Price Drops are on the way.

Nisch noticed this radio hat.. I think they are still making more modern versions of that. :)

OCNZ tried cooling their reservoir water with a peltier device.

Win a GF4 MX460 (Oz entries only!) on GeForceZone.
Win a Hydraulic colour case on OCrsClub.

Logitech z560 speakers on OCMelbourne.
GLOBALWIN TAK-68 vs COOLINK H2TWIN socket coolers on TweakNews.
Hercules XPS 510 Active 5.1 speakers on Digit-Life.
PCLincs 12" Green Cold Cathode on BlargOC.
Dangerden Maze 2 waterblock on BlargOC.
The Italian Job game on 3DAvenue.. great film, game not so good.
Glowire Lazer LED on GideonTech.
Unitech Optimus 7500 Ultra Radeon-based video card on RageUnderground.
Coolermaster HHC-L61 Alps socket cooler on Cipher.
GlobalWin TAK68 and CAK-II 16 coolers on HardwarePub.
Sound Damping Set for Chieftech cases (german review) on PC-Max.
Gainward GF4 Ti4200 video card on GamePC, thanks Simon.
Xoxide Z-60 ClearStorm ULTRA premodded case on Heatseekerz.

Sunday Morning (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 12-May-2002  04:12:32 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I should be in bed. Have some reviews.. don't forget to ring your mum. :)

PNY Verto Geforce4 Ti4600 video card on Bjorn3D.
Shuttle SS50 barebones system video review on 3DGameMan.
OCZ Slick Pad mousing surface on MikhailTech.
RecordNow Max burning software on Monster-Hardware.
Tony Hawk Pro Skater 3 game on 3DAvenue.
Lian-Li PC60USB case on TheAge.
Dr Thermal TI-S86(L) and TI-V86(40N) socket coolers on CaseJunkiez.
Asus V8460 Ultra GeForce4 Ti4600 video card on HotHardware, our review here.
Asus A7M266-D dual SocketA DDR motherboard on SourceMag.
Zalman Cu5005+ socket cooler on BlargOC.
SkyHawk MSR-4620 mini server case on Tweakers.
Lite-on 24/10/40 CDRW on ClubOC.
Cliff's Original Fanbus on CoolHardWarez.
PQI USB Compact Flash Card Reader/Writer on TheHardWire.
Ahanix Platinum XP Case on OCrsClub.
Stealth Card Cooler on ClubOC.
RICOH MP5125 DVD+R/+RW drive on CDRInfo.
LiteOn LTR-40125S (P-CAV) 40/12/48 CDRW on CDRInfo.
Alpha PAL8045 socket cooler on EXHardware.
Dr Thermal Extreme socket cooler on TheTechZone.
VIA P4PA P4X266-based P4 DDR motherboard on Hexus.
Lian-Li Window case-side on ViperLair, our review here
3D Blaster GeForce4 Ti 4400 video card on Guru3D.

PCDB entry from M.V.Stevens.. (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 12-May-2002  01:57:12 (GMT +10) - by Agg

This is another that almost defies description. A borg-like cube that splits open to reveal an LCD screen..?

Click for the full entry!

Saturday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 12-May-2002  01:06:19 (GMT +10) - by Agg

LiamC spotted a 4GHz AMD CPU being used in a Compaq laptop.. dang, I thought we had the scoop with our Thoroughbred article.

Interesting thing on Wired about embedding images in music.

LostCircuits have their 533MHz-FSB P4 info up.

VIAHW have 5 things they'd say to Intel and AMD.

NASA have some stuff so light it almost isn't stuff at all.

After a game review? 8Dimensional have about 3000.. which should keep you busy.

Bored? Hack your dog.. well, your Aibo, thanks Ubeek.

Also from Ubeek: apparently IT crooks get off lightly in the UK, while normal crime seems to be on the rise in a big way in London, too, thanks The_Shizz.

On that same site, apparently Microsoft was convicted of software piracy but nobody heard much about it, thanks Fysh.

Straying even further off-topic, US Changes Attitude to Motorcycle Safety is an encouraging article over on CycleTorque, thanks Madeyes from the newsgroup aus.motorcycles.

B5Lurker notes that OCAU does have a stomp-monster folding project in the planning stages, with info in that thread.

Driver has pics of his cool window mod, in the front of his PC, in the forums. He's got a PCDB entry for it too, now.

Timewasting Games:
Roadies (like lemmings apparently), thanks HT.
Spaced Penguin (seen it before, VERY addictive), thanks Soc.

Hercules Radeon 8500LE video card on Hardware-Test.
Prometeia CPU cooling system on Hardware-Test.
Palit Daytona GF4 Ti4600 video card on Digit-Life.
HIS Excalibur Radeon 7500LE video card on TechnoYard.
Nintendo GameCube (PAL) on Hexus.
Super Flower PSU on DansData (seems to be down atm.)
Samsung SW232 32-10-40 CDRW drive on PCStats.
VIA EDEN platform (tiny mobo, fanless CPU) on Accelenation.
ECS i-Buddie 4 desknote (spanish review?) on Noticias3D.

A special announcement (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 10-May-2002  17:44:30 (GMT +10) - by Manaz

#Overclockers regular Roscoe last night asked his girlfriend of 5 years (Tish) if she'd marry him.

She said yes! :)

Great news guys - congratulations to you both. Tish, you've made him very happy. :)

Friday Morning. Inbox Killer. (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 10-May-2002  02:43:13 (GMT +10) - by Darkness'

Time for an inbox killer. Microsoft has devised yet another way to secure its grip on the world via an annual subscription license... Except this even includes Mac's...

If you don't know what a stomp monster is then you might want to have a look at ocUK's seti stomp monster. Scroll down to the image... That's nuts guys! Good work! Perhaps we should get one going for our folding team! This works off a better system too, instead of donating hardware you buy shares of the super computer and that's how it is paid for. Thanks for the few people who sent that in.

Well this is certainly original, the Cybernet Elite-II Zero-Footprint PC. Here's a hint, It's a PC inside a keyboard...Thanks Callan.

If you're in the market for new PC hardware you could always check out tomshardware's pinpost program. Same theory as napster just with PC hardware. I wonder how that works..

There is another competition up at Club Overclocker. "they have provided a set of the new Xbags Computer Case and Monitor transport system"

If you haven't been following whirlpool recently about the XiS incidents then you might want to check out what started it and finally how it's going. A brief run down : "Datafast has told troubled broadband broker XiS to find another wholesaler after XiS allegedly failed to pay its bills."

Soandso from our forums has spotted these guides to connect an IR diode to a sound card Mic so you can remotely control things. It can be found here and here.

Apparently, Mac users want 'more button for their buck'.

Well, here's a nice GF4 at a scorching -196 degrees... guess how it's cooled. Thanks InFerNo. It's a bird, It's a plane, It's...the Indian Superman?? Thanks Ben.

Also this is fairly old but I just set the record for reaction times off the lights with a 0.526. Create - a - ride. Please don't send in your results :) If you're a star wars fan then take nokia's test to match which Episode 2 character you would be. I'm a regular Mace Windu hehe. Thanks KyocEr

Bit of an inbox killer tonight so here's a stack of reviews :
High Speed PC AGP Airlift at OCRIP.
Antec Performance Series PLUS860 Case Reviewed at mikhailtech.
Professionally Modified Case by Northward Graphics.
BTC 5110S Wireless (IR) Keyboard @ OC-Melbourne.
Dungeon Siege @ 3DAvenue.
Dungeon Siege @ guru3d.
Antiy Ghostbusters Review @ DeviantPC.
Stomp Backup My PC at viperlair.
SkyHawk ATX-4396 CaseReviewed at tweakers.
MSI KT3 Ultra ARUmotherboard from tweaktown.
Cheap server case @ dans data.
Abit AT7 reviewed at pchardware.
ZALMAN CNPS-6500A ALCU Cooler in Video Review.
Nostromo SpeedPad N50 Gaming Device at burnout pc.
Belkin 4 Port Router from jsihardware.
Pentium 4 533 MHz FSB 2.53 GHz at hardcoreware.
Gainward GeForce 4 PowerPack GS Ultra at pcstats.
SonicBlue RioVolt SP100 from bytesector.
Intel Pentium 4 2.53GHz over at hardwarezone.
MSI 845 Pro2 @ planetsavage.
ATi AIW radeon 8500 128MB from the vr-zone.
Shuttle SS50 Mini Barebones System from AwareMag.

Wheee! (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 9-May-2002  18:07:38 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Show-off time. I took last Thursday off and went to Eastern Creek Raceway for a track day. Fun was had and Tim Munro was there taking photos as usual. Here's a few he snapped of me in my Team OCAU leathers. :) Pics are fairly large, especially the top-left one. Click to enlarge..



Any fellow motorcycle instructors reading: Yes, I know my posture sucks. I'm working on it. :)

PC PowerPlay (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 9-May-2002  17:48:42 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Just a quick note to let you know I'm not writing for PCPP anymore. It's my decision - at the end of the 3-month trial it's clear that I simply don't have the time to divide my attention between PCPP and OCAU. With 2 more major sponsors coming onboard in the last 3 months and OCAU continuing to grow, I need to focus my attentions here. Still, it was cool seeing my name in print and I've had good feedback about my contributions to issues 73 and 74 (with 75 out in a few weeks). No hard feelings, best of luck to them with it. :)

X-Micro Impact T4600 (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 9-May-2002  02:33:20 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I've reviewed this GeForce4 Ti4600-based video card from X-Micro. It's certainly a lot cheaper than the Asus card I reviewed a few weeks ago, but does it stack up? There's a few little differences..

Click for the full review!

Update: Thanks to hints from readers, I managed to get the Video-IN capability working. There's a sample video and some other info in the review now.. making this a VERY attractive card.

Wednesday Morning #2 (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 8-May-2002  10:38:24 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I found this page which collates a lot of info about IBM HDD's.. firmware, reviews, info about reliability problems and they link to our 75GXP Autopsy too.

The 533MHz P4 buzz still rages, but at the moment chipset support for these CPU's is minimal, limited to the i850E. However, some i845 variants with support are on the way - LiamC has some info on i845G and Jarne says this Finnish site has pics and benchmarks of an i845E board - The manufacturer or model name is held secret due to NDA but you can see that the motherboard carries the diagnostic display which epox uses.

From Joey: Just wanted to let you know I joined your SETI@Home team in 2nd place and am heading for the top very soon , looks like your number 1 member has been inactive for a long time , so it wont be long long before you have an active Number 1 member :) Thanks Joey!

RecordNow Max 4.0 is apparently some new whizzo CD and DVD burning software.. simultaneous reviews on MrPCPro and IANAG.

Win one of 10 Ratpadz on OCrCafe.

ThinkTechie have a guide to replacing LED's: They say Marijuana is known as a gateway drug. It is a gateway drug because once you do it you are more willing to take more hardcore drugs. The LED replacement Mod is known at ThinkTechie as the gateway mod! Because once you do it you're gonna be hooked on modding! ..and then where would you be? :)

Speaking of which, BurnOutPC have a guide to quietening your PSU.. let's hope they don't live up to their name.

From Gasman: I'm not sure how long this has been going on but PCAuthority mag publish the Hitwise stats, and right at the top of the list on page 20 of the June edition is OCAU. Cool. :)

AMD3D have a mini interview with MSI.

Tee spotted just the thing for when you've been a naughty, naughty little SysAdmin.

A heap of people sent word that RedHat 7.3 is now out. Mirror here, thanks Jadlak.

SilentSniper says this Jedi Knight II patch fixes a bunch of things and also adds EAX 3.0 and OpenAL support :) I suspect it's the same one from PersianImmortal, but he has more official-looking links here and here and says The list of changes/additions is long.

It's been a while, but ZZZ Online have a new issue out, full of the usual whacky stuff like an inflatable building and a secure hair storage facility.

Kinda old but still reeling them in, the TV-Card overclocking guide, thanks Shannell.

TweakTown have a nVidia Graphics Tweaking guide.. for basic overclocking of your nVidia card, check our Overclocking with CoolBits guide.

Dan put up more letters, some even with helpful answers. The SiS 6326 had lousy 3D performance by the standards of 1999. By current standards, the thing is quite remarkably steenky.

SilentSniper spotted some Beta VIA AGP and INF drivers - Supposdly they add support for a new chip coming out in the near future. Beats me. Beta drivers, so don't blame us if Something Horrible happens.

There's a LAN on in Castle Hill, Sydneyish, on the 25th/26th - info here. Let's hope they're better at running lans than they are at designing websites.. (rubs eyes).

Flash timewaster for today: Mini Putt, thanks elvis.

..and we are FINALLY up to date with the news box.. yay!

Arkua 1649 1RU socket cooler on BlueSmoke.
Kingwin Mobile HDD Rack on OCrsClub.
ASUS V8440/DVI GF4 Ti4400-based video card on GotApex.
Chieftec Dragon DA01-BLD fulltower case on Virtual-Hideout.
Visiontek Xtasy GeForce4 Ti4400 videocard on EXHardware.
AOpen AK77-333 KT333-based socketA DDR motherboard on HardOCP.
Sapphire Radeon 8500LE 64MB video card on HardAvenue.
Abit AT7 i845E-based P4 DDR motherboard on Hexus.
Soyo KT333 Dragon Ultra socketA DDR motherboard on Tweaktown.
ECS K7S6A SiS745-based SocketA DDR motherboard on PlanetSavage.
Thermaltake Hardcano 2 & 5 HDD coolers on OCOnline.
Labtec PulseTM-420 speakers on TweakNews.
eVGA GeForce4 Ti4600 video card on HotHardware.
Thermaltake Active Memory Cooler on TechAngel.
Xoxide Sound Reactive Cold Cathode on TechAngel.
Zero Footprint PC (inside a keyboard) on VIAHW.
Crucial PC2700 DDR SDRAM on PCStats.
Thermalright AX478 socket cooler on VyW.
Custom Chenming 601 midtower case on ClubOC.
Bawls Caffeine Drink on InsideProject.

Wednesday Morning. (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 8-May-2002  03:30:35 (GMT +10) - by Darkness'

Time to get my news fix... Well it seems that Telstra aren't too happy with Whirlpool for posting 'leaked' information regarding their new price hikes. I say stick it to 'em Whirlpool but hey, that's just me :) Thanks for that Tristan.

Compaq Australia may have a lawsuit on their hands for displaying laptops on sale for just 1 cent!

There is a preview up of Microsoft's upcoming OS, Longhorn. There is a movie in .MWV and a powerpoint presentation to download and check out. Thanks Keith.

ReplayTV has been ordered to spy on it's users! "A federal magistrate has told the makers of the ReplayTV 4000 digital video recorder to monitor its customers' viewing habits and transmit the information to movie studios and networks that are suing the company." Thanks thor.

Well it seems like a weekly thing these days, there is a new version of winamp out. Version 2.8e. Thanks Adam. Also, Anthrox sent word that the Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy has been released on DVD.

Stargate SG-1 has been turned into an animated series! All while this is happening the almighty X-box has been hacked. Thanks ecto

Menthu sent word in regarding the Detonator drivers (2.20's) have been out for a while. Also Mathew has sent in a link to fix that Netscape flaw YYK posted earlier.

Well it has to be one of the most anticipated movies coming up, The Matrix is really reloading. That is a great insight into the 2 more parts to the original which made a squillion dollars on its opening weekend. From what I've read it looks to be another great flick.

One of OC-melbourne's clever forum go'ers has created a script which will check your Optus Netstats and relay them to other machines on your network. Very nice. Also if your an avid case modder then you might want to check out this article on adding a Bubble-Plexi light to your case.

If your thinking of upgrading to Windows XP, take a look at this guide which covers this particular installations problems, pro's and con's.

Neowin has his week in review article up. Just an interesting bit drawn from that is the virus writer who made the Melissa virus is getting 20 months in jail, and $5000 fine. Good!

Bollocks our resident Folding@home master has informed us that OCAU has taken back the 'Blue Line' which means we are on the road to taking back the #1 spot in the world for F@H production. We just need a little more help to do it. So if you haven't already, sign up now and fold for both OCAU and the human race.

Instead of a funny game or flash movie today we have 'Dog porn' ad angers pet lovers. Is that really the kind of advertising we need?

Reviews :
Sky Hawk MSR-4610Aluminum Mini Server Case at OC club.
ABIT Siluro GF4 MX440 review from tweakers AU.
ClearPC Acrylic Case Reviewed at mikhailtech.
Xoxide Enlight Breeze Pre-Modded Case Review @ Hardware Extreme
Shuttle FSYS-SV24 Reviewed over at pcrivals.
Directron Kingwin KF23 Aluminum IDE Mobile Rack Reviewed at teksector.
iRiver-2 (iMP-250) MP3 CD Player writeup from hardwarezone.
AMD Tech Tour 2002 in Hartford, CT. at lan addict.
Logitech MouseMan Dual Optical Review @ VH.
Tweakmonster Rev. 4 'Standard' RAMsinks & Thermaltake Crystal Orb Reviews.
ABIT Siluro GF4 MX440 Reviewed at tweakers AU again.
Innovative 7000 Series Radial Arm from PC stats.
Hercules 3DProphet FDX 8500 LE at Bjorn3D.
ZALMAN CNPS-5100 CU Cooler in Video.
MAGNUM 390 Water cooler.

Tuesday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 7-May-2002  23:10:45 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Slashdot have info on setting up a Linux Minicluster using PC/104-compliant (embedded) systems.

More 533MHz P4 stuff: Digit-Life, Tweak3D, SimHQ, TomsHardware, HardwareAnalysis, FiringSquad, GamersDepot, Hexus and SharkyExtreme.

If you lived in the USA, you could apply for this job, you will be paid to go to concerts, play games with cool people, get tons of swag and impress all your friends. You will also get the unique opportunity to add Nintendo as a former employer on your resume, although it is strongly recommended you do not mention what you actually did for them, thanks Schrambo.

F1DarkFlash spotted some info on Matrox's G1000, the world's FIRST DirectX 9 compliant Graphics Immersion Unit! Utilizing the eight-pipe matrox Deferred Rendering Engine, it achieves over twice the performance of any other graphics solution in it's class.

Matt noticed that Microsoft have updated their statement about PC's being required to use Windows. So a legal requirement has been downgraded to a mere benefit.

Grant says Robocode is An OS independent game that teaches you Java on Linux/Mac/Windows while you build Java-Battle-Bots that fight each other to the death in an arena.

Mr Chilled spotted some new SBLive 5.1 drivers on Creative's site. Also, an interesting beer website - I'll have a Boag's Premium, thanks.

Othy has reviewed some Belkin gamepads in the Forums, thanks Kryz.

From Immy: Nvidia recently released some new nforce drivers: v1.05. But, Asus has newer Beta drivers. (And yes, it does work on MSI :-)

Spikey Goodness (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 7-May-2002  12:18:10 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Looks like our trusty server Thor lives to fight another day. In case you're wondering, here's what a Slashdotting looks like from the perspective of the ethernet card connecting us to the rest of the world:

Click to enlarge..

Spiked at a bit over 1MB/sec outbound for a while there..

Early Tuesday Morning (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 7-May-2002  05:19:45 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Dan, the lucky sod, has managed to review the TMD fan that we had the scoop on a couple of months ago (but haven't seen in the flesh yet). Oh well, at least we're beating him in the Tweakers Top50 now. :)

But anyway, the real news for today is Intel's Northwood B P4. This new CPU runs on a 533MHz FSB.. which is of course a quad-pumped (so like DDR, but 4 signals per clock.. QDR if you like) 133MHz. It's available in 2.4GHz and 2.53GHz varieties. Reviews and info on: AnandTech, HardOCP, Tech-Report, TweakTown, HotHardware, VR-Zone and TheTechZone.

Tech-Junkie wonder if a GF4 can be hacked into a Quadro4 or not.

PCRivals compare the Radeon 8500 and GeForce3 Ti500 video chipsets.

Tweakers have been Overclocking XP1600+'s.

AMDWorld compared the SiS 645DX & i845D P4 DDR chipsets.

AMDMB have a watercooling equipment and performance guide.

Slashdotted again! (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 7-May-2002  04:02:55 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks Firemoth. :) Things will be a little slow for a while, as a billion slashdot readers check out the Thoroughbred + Vapochill article. After a little panicked tweaking the server seems to be coping pretty much fine now.. touch wood.

Update: I turned the PCDB off as it's a bit of a CPU hog - we need all the cycles we can get at the moment.

Traffic Stats.. (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 7-May-2002  02:44:55 (GMT +10) - by Agg

April was another record month for OCAU. I had the goal of 5.5M pages in mind but we sent no less than 5,870,781 pages out! This is very healthy growth, up from 5.05M in March and 4.6M in February.

It was quite a big month for new content - we had the following reviews and articles posted:

IBM 75GXP Anatomy article.
A4Tech Wireless Optical 3DMouse review.
Asus V8460 Ultra GF4 Ti4600-based video card review.
Soltel SL-85DRS2 SiS645-based P4 DDR motherboard review.
Quake3 Slayer Demo for standard benchmarking.
nVidia overclocking with CoolBits how-to guide.
Sony CRX1600LEK i.Link/FireWire CDRW drive review.
Wacom Graphire 2 graphics tablet review.
Everglide Gaming Mat review.
Andrea NC-1212 Gamer Pro headset review.

The PCDB had a record month of its own, serving 319,562 pages. Some highlights featured on the news page:

Straylight's massive perspex watercooled box.
NHD's amplifier PC.
heaDrOOMx's.. uhhm.. indescribable PC. :)
BlueSmurf's GTRPC, sadly featured because it was stolen. :(
BlackIce's briefcase PC.
Volenti's amazing waterfall-onto-components machine.

So, thanks to all of you for coming back and checking the site out - glad you enjoy it! Many thanks to the various readers and admins who have submitted articles or reviews for posting on OCAU during the month, too. Of course, thanks to AusGamers for hosting us and last but certainly not least, thanks to our major sponsors ComputerAlliance and Altech Computers for keeping the wheels oiled around here.

I should also note that we now have a third Major Sponsor! This month Plus Corporation are also helping out. They used to be known as Peripherals Plus and are a retailer based in Sydney. Great to have you on board. :)

Thoroughbred + Vapochill! (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 6-May-2002  17:18:03 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Mal has gotten his hands on 3 AthlonXP CPU's based on AMD's new "Thoroughbred" core. This is the .13 micron process, of course. He compares them to the older Palomino core in both speed and temperature.. and throws one into his Vapochill supercooling case.

Click for the full article!

Vote for OCAU! (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 6-May-2002  10:31:47 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Hey, go Vote for OCAU in the Tweakers Top50 thing.. :)

Monday Morning. (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 6-May-2002  02:27:16 (GMT +10) - by Darkness'

Yup, bit of a social weekend for all I think.. Well what I can remember of it... So I'll make up for it with a nice large post :)

This is just a rumour, so take it with a grain of salt.. but they couldn't could they?! ... would they? Are Telstra going to really raise prices AGAIN? "All plans will be affected, with prices rising by at least $10 per month. The 3GB residential plan is likely to be hardest hit, with the possibility of a rise in the order of $25 per month." Hmm that would take my monthly bill to a nice and affordable $123

Intel are set to announce a new set of P4's and chipset's! 'The chipmaker will announce three new Pentium 4 chips for desktop PCs, along with a new version of its 850 chipset. The new chipset offers a faster 533MHz bus and supports a speedier version of Rambus memory, 1066MHz RDRAM, sources said."

Who ever thought your wonderful little windows key was useless. With "WinKey" you can assign specific tasks to normal windows shortcuts. Cheers klif-e

Be, the failed maker of a computer operating system once considered a rival to Microsoft's Windows, said on Monday it would dissolve itself on March 15 and de-list from the Nasdaq stock market."

Dan has another I/O colum posted. This one including "invisible drives, overheated processors, mysterious crashes, miserable disk performance, data loss, Internet account cancellation, and Satan." Sounds like an interesting read hehe.

There is another write-up on the ever present war between AMD and Intel which discusses a few of the pro's and con's about each CPU.

How about a personal computer that is "a billion times faster than a PIII". It could well be possible with the use of Atomic PC's.

PersianImmortal sends word that the latest 29.11 Beta Dets are available. A few reports suggest they offer a slight improvement over the 28.90s.

3D Velocity has kicked off another big giveaway. The winner will pick up a Logitech Z-560 speaker system, second place is a Logitech Z-540 system and the third place is an exclusive NVIDIA micro-scooter. As usual I'm not sure about the international scene but you gotta be in it to win it right? On that note there is another competition here to win some RatPadz.

If you didn't see it on the news the other night, the dawn of the 'ratbot' is upon us. No not the aim bot for quake 2, these are roboticly guided living rats. Freaky... I wonder if they can carry a beer...Thanks Vespamad

Mat let us know that the FREE Office Suite has been released. "OpenOffice, the open source (free) office suite for Windows, Linux and Solaris platforms." Also that link is to Game Arena's mirror for all those poor telstra people like me.

So how many of you out there have purchased a Sony playtation 2? Well guess what, Playstation 3 is in the plans. Thanks Alx.

If there aren't enough movies coming out to meet your need's you can always check out the upcoming Scooby Doo movie! Cheers Aek.

Justin who was the maker of that briefcase PC we linked a while back has gone and created another one! Not a bad little unit!

Want a free Mag Light? Fill out a McAfee survey and it's yours while supplies last! Thanks Freaek

Ok here's another couple of time wasting games for you all. This one is an advanced version of that worm game except in this one you control a helicopter. Oh and if you listen to the sounds I swear thats the sounds from the old Missile Command game from the Atari's! Or if that's a little to hard try the sheep game!

Reviews :
Build Your Own RF-Remote System
PCMark2002 at monster hardware.
3DLabs' P10 Visual Processing Unit @ anandtech.
Thermal Paste Showdown from i am not a geek..
DDR ram review at the naked review?

Sunday Afternoon (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 5-May-2002  13:16:44 (GMT +10) - by Agg

We've been a bit slack lately - there is a HUGE amount of stuff waiting in the news box.. let's get some reviews out of the way first:

Soltek SL-75DRV5 KT333-based SocketA DDR motherboard on HardOCP.
Unex NexGamer USB-to-Ethernet kit on Guru3D.
Bitspower Np60cd socker cooler on BurnOutPC.
Coolermaster ATC-600 aluminium desktop case on ModTheBox, thanks smoken.
Samsung 24X10X40 CDRW on GideonTech.
Vantec CCK-6040H socket cooler video review on 3DGameMan.
Zalman CNPS6000-CU socket cooler on PC-Arena.
Compaq Fingerprint Scanner on TheHardWire.
Thermaltake Volcano 7+ socket cooler on G3D, our review here.
Plextor PlexWriter 40/12/40A CDRW on MikhailTech.
Lian Li PC-6083 case on OCrCafe.
CoolComputers Tri-Arc watercooling kit on DWPG.
Matrox G550 video card on DesignTechnica.
Chaintech GF4 Ti4600 video card on HotHardware.
Turtle Beach Audiotron MP3 hifi component on Buddhacon.
EPoX EP-8KTA3+ KT333-based SocketA DDR motherboard on OCOnline.
Logitech Z-560 4.1 speakers on 3DVelocity.
Asus GF2 Pro historical video card on TheHardWire.
Chaintech GF4 Ti4600 video card on OCNZ.
Gigabyte MAYA AP64D-H Radeon 8500 video card on HWZ.
Crucial 256MB PC2700 DDR RAM on EXHW.
Vantec Stealth Fans on OCdCafe.
HIS Excalibur Radeon 7500LE video card on Tweakers.
EPoX EP-8KTA3+ KT333-based SocketA DDR motherboard on DeviantPC.
VIA C3 933MHz socket370 CPU on Hexus.
Palit Daytona / Visual Magic GeForce4 MX440 video card on PlanetSavage.
MSI 845 Ultra-ARU i845-based P4 DDR motherboard on ViperLair.
Asus P4S533 SiS 645DX-based P4 DDR motherboard on AMD3D.
Antec SX1030B case on HardwareExtreme.
EPoX EP-8KTA3+ KT333-based SocketA DDR motherboard video review on 3DGameMan.
Antec Performance Plus1080 case on TweakTown.
OCZ PC2400 DDR RAM (negative review) on WinHQ.
3D Gaming Glasses on GameFeeder, thanks Josh.
DFI NB70-SC i845-based P4 DDR motherboard on TheTechZone.
KingWin LCD Hard Drive Rack on OCrCafe.
Vantec EZ-Swap removable HDD racks on ClubOC.
CaseAce GearGrip CRT monitor carrying thingo on BurnOutPC.
Arctic Silver/Alumina thermal pastes on PC-Extreme.
Nintendo GameCube gaming console on DeviantPC.
GeForce4 MX460 video chipset on GeForceZone.
Samsung SyncMaster 151B TFT screen on TweakNews.
Xoxide Tachometer case-ricing doohickey on LanAddict.
EVGA GF4 Ti4600 video card on RageUnderground.
MSI GF4Ti4400-VTD video card on TweakTown.

No news is.. also hungover. (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 5-May-2002  11:26:54 (GMT +10) - by Agg

No news yesterday! Hmm, I guess we were all out being social.. I'll see what I can rustle up for you. :)

Sunday Morn - Hung Over? (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 5-May-2002  10:56:48 (GMT +10) - by YYK

Somehow I feel hung over when i didn't even drink last night... much :P

Check out the cool Hulk movie teaser. I didn't think, Eric Bana could do it, but he looks the part. I like how there's a nice green glow in every shot.

Sticking with movie news, here's the teaser poster for the new James Bond movie - Die Another Day. Can't decide whether I like it or not. But then again, its just a teaser.

Pirates in Iran had a bad day as they tried to "
arrr me mateys" a ship that turned out to be a US Navy ship. They just didn't expect the big .50 machine gun.

Fisher Price broght out the ultimate thing for the 133t preschooler. A palm for kids. Well no phone numbers and dates, just fun for little kids.

Since its Sunday, and that means plenty of time for reading, here's the list of the 10 worst transformers of all time and the 25 Best beers in the world. A nice geeky combination methinks.

If you're on of the 7% in the browser world who use Netscape, you should know that there's a flaw in it. But no solution as yet.

Do you get harrassed by those pesky snipers? Just don't know where they're hiding? Well here's the device for you! It can locate a sniper's firing postion after the first shot. But isn't that too late?

Finally, an online poker game, to get you away from Collapse! Looks pretty cool, and it's on the Maxim magazine's website!

OCAU Boxen DB users, take note! (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 3-May-2002  13:18:14 (GMT +10) - by Agg

According to this thread, the OCAU Boxen DB (not hosted/maintained by OCAU) may have been downloaded and the passwords revealed to some nefarious person. If you used the same password in the Boxen DB as you've used elsewhere, you might want to change those other passwords to avoid a possible security problem.

Friday Morning #2 (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 3-May-2002  11:06:09 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Sciby spotted some overclocking comics here and here. Not sure what the RSPCA would say about that last one.

HardOCP discovered that you don't need a PSU providing 45A on the 5V line for the new AMD CPU's.. phew!

Alright, virus maker goes to jail, thanks MojoMan. Still, it seems like he would have gotten less severe punishment for beating up an old lady. 20 months is a long time.. I hope the makers of the Klez virus doing the rounds at the moment are quivering in their boots. Go do something productive with your 5k1LLz.

TheReg have more info about Microsoft trying to force you to use windows, even if you don't want to.. make it fairly tricky to buy PCs without Windows on them because they 'fuel piracy,' and we're tottering on the brink of the age of compulsory Windows.

Stapla has info on some recent "generic" domain auctions conducted in Australia: computers.com.au sold today for $50,030.00 and computing.com.au today sold for $2500 to an anonymous bidder.

PCRivals have an article about quantum computing.

Ben notes that Linux for PS2 will be released in Oz at the end of May, but it'll cost $499.95.

In the future, components going bang might be a deliberate thing.

Apparently the Opteron name that AMD chose for their server-class Sledgehammer chips has some detractors, but judging by these comments allegedly made by AMD people and reproduced in a DesignTechnica forum thread, they don't care much. :)

Adam notes you can get the first season of Transformers on DVD now.

A heap of people sent this one in, there's some information about OCZ, an American PC parts vendor, in a Madonion.com forum thread which alleges they are not all they claim to be. Update: seems to have been deleted.

KaZaa users have less than a month to decide if they want their PC to be hijacked, thanks Klif-e.

There's a LAN on in Rockhampton, Central QLD this weekend, thanks Cheebs. Panadol says there's one in Toowoomba on May 11th.

TweakTown have a 3-way i845 shootout, being DDR P4 motherboards of course.

Hexus have been going crazy over the last few days, posting (deep breath) reviews of the Coolermaster ATCS 200 Version 2 case, DFI NB70-SC i845D-based P4 DDR motherboard, Intel Pentium 4 1.8GHz Northwood CPU, Abit's IT7, i845E-based "legacy-free" P4 motherboard and an article about the AMD 760MPX Chipset.

Tweakers have a Top 50 websites thing.. I imagine we should be able to blitz our way to the top quickly enough, click here (then on the button that appears) to vote for OCAU, thanks Mr Grimm.

Oh alright, one final Collapse score, from Peter: Understand you don't need any more updates on scores but my wife has been hooked on this game (hey, she's pregnant & has nothing better to do) checked the game's website & the highest score was 9.3 mill at level 27. Kinda makes those other scores pale into insignificance...

Friday Morning. (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 3-May-2002  03:17:15 (GMT +10) - by Darkness'

Yipes! Lot's of mail in the box tonight! So here's to ya'!

Mad shrimps have a guide up on how to make your own LCD. Much like our very own guide by Wolfy which can be found right here.

D-LINK have just Introduced a wide range of powerful antennas for the 802.11b wireless network system.

Confused about all the new RAM that's out and about? Browse this 1 page guide for all the RAM information you could want to know. Also if your interested in knowing how to properly clean off the top of your heat sink you might want to check out this guide to CPU & Chipset Lapping.

Own an "old" BX board? Interested in running a tualatin on it? Have a gander at this article here then.

Planet Savage have a 4 way shootout of the Abit KR7A-RAID, Shuttle AK35GTR, Chaintech 7VJDA and the Epox 8KHA+.

TechNation are having a GF4 giveaway. All you have to do is answer a simple question and email the answer off. As usual I don't know about international entries but give it a whirl anyway.

It seems that computer related typo's are all the rage at the moment. So not to be left out, SMH have an article we linked earlier up about 800 GHz eMac's. Thanks Pete. Also it seems that the Alexa internet ranking system I linked earlier may be a little sus'. Thanks mpot.

Do you often see little green men or have conversations without moving your lips? According to this article, "A survey of 1,574 adults found that 60 percent agreed or strongly agreed that some people possess psychic powers or extrasensory perception...Although 57 percent of those surveyed disagreed that UFOs came to Earth bearing aliens, about 30 percent believe that some reported objects in the sky are really space vehicles from other civilizations." Only in America...Cheers Brad.

I'm sure a few of you out there have a case badge or two, Well now you can make your own! On that note, Don't like your house wallpaper or curtain color? Then simply load a different one!

In a very cool article FiringSquad have a look at what NVIDIA and Quantum3D are doing with America's Armed Forces. Also Blue smoke have an article about how to create a very small and cutting edge PC.

Quilb sends word that the CCGL LAN registrations are open. So if you would like to attend head over there and register!

If you're looking for a bit of comic style entertainment check out real life comics. Thanks scott. Or for something a bit more sophisticated, the iToilet.

Heres a stack of reviews :
MXI G4MX440-T at viahardware.
EL Light Kit @ Tek Sector.
NEC 21.3" LCD Screen at slcentral.
Thermaltake Crystal Orbat casejunkiez.com.
Promise UltraTRAK100 TX4 Review @ X-bit labs.
Akasa pax.mate from club OC'ers.
Xoxide Z-40 Storm over @ OCIA.
Dynatron Model P Skived Copper Heatsink from froty tech.
Tony Hawk Pro Skater 3 @ Bjorn3D.
Dr.Thermal TI-V77L, TI-V86N and TI-V8240L coolers at OCbrasil.
Thermaltake Hardcano 2 from extremeOCing.
Syncmaster 191T 19 inch TFT LCD from pcstats.
Bjorn3D goes wireless

Thursday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 2-May-2002  22:54:11 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Azkatro and Gary_J prove that they are cyborgs from the future by getting 1,743,258 and 1,448,127 respectively in Collapse. They are hereby declared joint champions of the universe and we no longer need your highscore submissions.. thanks. :)

Apparently MSI, more famous for their motherboards, are going to be making LCD screens and optical drives soon, thanks Sniper.

Throw the first punch and win $1M seems to be an odd message to be sending to schoolkids. Just be thankful nobody pulled out a kitten.

TweakTown have a guide to heatsink theory, for those wondering.

Looking for Ratpadz? They're now available in Oz.

EVGA GeForce4 Ti4600 video card on HardOCP.
Toshibas 20Gb PCMCIA HDD on DesignTechnica.
Apacer Handy Drive 32MB USB storage on OCPlus.
Counter Strike: Condition Zero game on Shacknews, thanks Sin22.
Chieftec Black Dragon case on DeviantPC.
MSI 845G Max-L 533MHz P4 DDR motherboard on HardwareZone.
Coolermaster ATC-110-SX1 case on Hexus.
AMD AthlonXP 1900+ socketA CPU on EXHardware.
Hercules Fortissimo II sound card on Bjorn3D.

Wed Arvo - 2nd attempt (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 1-May-2002  17:24:37 (GMT +10) - by YYK

arrghh! I hate it when i'm type up the news and lose it all due to IE stupidity...

some major industry news today:

The Federal Government has decided to split the accounting practices of Telstra's Wholesale and Retail arms. I'm happy if this works and increases competition. Here's hoping.

Hynix's board gives Micron, the "thanks, but no thanks" and rejects their aquisition bid thus preventing Micron becoming the biggest and baddest in the town of DRAM

The government tries to curb those sneaky porn diallers (you know exactly what i'm talking about, don't try to deny it!) with ideas such as PINs and Waivers. Good intentioned, but doomed to failure me thinks.

Time to either diasable the mini-browser or upgrade Winamp, as there are reports of a vulnerabilty involving code of the malicious type.

In terrible timing, it seems, due to a DNS glitch, that Telstra ADSL users are unable to access symantec's website to download the latest virus definitions.

Ever wanted to "push tin"? Well you can now watch replays and current "tin"actions of LaX. Very cool!!! But surprising as I always thought showing this, including past information, would be a security risk.

Finally congrats to stuwynn who got 816,095 in Collapse! pffoar!

Wednesday Morning. (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 1-May-2002  02:52:19 (GMT +10) - by Darkness'

Sheesh what a day, who knew getting 'farked' could be so bad! hehe. This post should be rather large so I hope you guys can keep up!

The new USB Easy Disk has been released. It's a small USB portable HDD. "EasyDisk current available capacities currently are 16MB, 32MB, 64MB, 128MB and 256MB. In the near future 512MB and 1GB EasyDisk will be available."

Brandon sent a link to a Thoroughbred 1800+ @ 2Ghz."By setting a VCore voltage of 1.95V on the IWill XP333-R, Thoroughbred 1800+ (1.533Ghz) is able to overclock to 1.9Ghz air cooled while a VCore voltage of 2.15V on the EPoX 8K3A+, a max clock speed of 2Ghz is achievable."

Say hello to Mac's new affordable computer for educational purposes. "...complete with a 17-inch flat CRT display, a PowerPC G4 processor and a space-saving, all-in-one design that fits on school desks."

How does the headline "Overclocker Creates Rift in Space-Time Continuum" sound to you? thanks smick707

Running Windows? Feeling vulnerable? Check out this first guide in a series to securing your Windows PC.

It seems that relationships between Microsoft and NVIDIA aren't the best at the moment. All this over that damn Xbox.

Looking for a new beasty PC? Hardwarepub have posted their own ultimate beast. Not a bad PC 'cept for the Intel part :)

There is an interview up with C. Adrian Silasi of Sandra fame. They talk about a range of things including the porting of Sandra to linux.

Hellfire sent in a link to a page which ranks internet sites in regards to traffic. Currently we are sitting at 153,884th. Not bad considering how many sites there are on the web. But I like the sound of our #1 ranking from HitWise myself :)

A stack of people sent this one in, It seems there was a slight typo on SMH's behalf about 700Ghz G4 processors. Now THAT'S fast.

There is a government inquiry into wireless networking technology going on at the moment. "The Committee has been asked by the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, to inquire and report on the current and potential use of wireless technologies to provide broadband communication services in Australia, including regional Australia". There you go Wolfy :)

Some folding at home news, Stanford have released a special debugging client (console version) for people that are having trouble connecting to the Stanford servers. See our folding page for more details and remember to join the fold if you haven't already! All the info is on our F@H page.

Funnies for today : The Empire's very own software company, Thanks SpeedRace. Also it seems the score YYK posted on the line game 'Collapse' from raGneG is feeble in regards to the 228,177 Toa racked up. You have to much on ya hands mate :)

There some nifty reviews in here tonight.
Reviews :
X-Wing 101 Mid-Tower Case at ipkonfig
Global Win CAK-II 38 from viperlair
Global Win CAK-II 38 Cooler in Video Review #156
STOMP INC'S recordnow max 4.0 burning rom suite @ tweaknews
Tocools Crown Retail Heatsink at frostytech
Shuttle SS50 Pentium 4 Cube System from pcstats
VideoLogic ZXR-500 5.1 Speaker System over at 3d velocity
Samsung SW-232B IDE CD-RW from cdrinfo
Nexland ISB Soho Home Router at monster hardware
Thrustmaster FireStorm Dual Power USB PC gamepad from the boys at hardavenue
Counterstrike: Condition Zero at hacknews
Chieftec Black Dragon Case @ DeviantPC


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