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June 2002
Sunday Afternoon #2 (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 30-June-2002  16:44:25 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Apparently there's some OCAU people going 10pin bowling tonight in Brisbane.. details in that thread. B.I.G lan is holding its third lan in bendigo, victoria on the 13-14th of july, thanks Lachie. Meanwhile, Wollongong Lanning Federation is having a LAN on the 6th July, thanks nutty.

DeezNuts says: a patch has finally been released for GTA3 although it doesnt seem to address the performance issues a lot of people have been experiencing.

Digit-Life checked out a few combo drives.. being CDRW and DVD in one.

From Kasar: hitachi have created a new on-glass projection display it looks pretty cool.

Monster-Hardware show you how to make a 120mm blowhole.. we had a similar article a while ago.

dadude notes a new MP3 player which may give the iPod a run for its money.

VR-Zone have some info on unlocking thoroughbred CPU's.. not as difficult as it could be. Seems the recent results are better than our very early preview.. which is good.

AOpen Aeolus GeForce4 Ti 4200 video card on Guru3D.
MSI 845GMax-L P4 DDR mobo with Bluetooth on HardwareMania.
Thermaltake GeForce 4 Copper Cooler on ViperLair.
Arprotek mini system: 'e-cube' CF-S868 video review on 3DGameMan.
Coolermaster ATC-710 case on VR-Zone.
EPoX 4G4A+ P4 DDR motherboard on OCOnline.
Kingwin KT-436B-WM premodded case on OCClub.
Vantec Stealth Fans on Mihailtech.
Dynatron DY1206BH-625 heatsink/fan on TweakTown.

Sunday Afternoon (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 30-June-2002  15:38:26 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Jeez, about a billion virus spam mails flying around over the last coupla days.

ReaX spotted some funny ATI marketing people over on TheInq.

SubZeroTech went to PC Expo 2002 in New York.

Stanza found some really discounted joysticks at Toyworld, info in that thread.

SilentSniper sends word of new BETA radeon drivers.. beta, so don't blame us if Something Horrible happens.

Cadal sent in DirectX 8.1b, which is apparently NOT a beta.

Swap MP3's at work? Maybe not for long, thanks Griff.N.

From Chuckler: This is cool - it's a mirror made out of wood that's effectively grayscale. Imagine how cool _that_ would be on the side of a case eh? I though it was just a polished peice of wood, but it's a camera-and-servos thing.. amazing.

Snopes2.com, an excellent urban-myth debunking site that should be required reading for any internet-goer, reckon that the whole mobile phones making petrol pumps explode thing isn't true.

From Daniel: 19 modders who performed a bios update on their cable modems to uncap their speed have been arrested and had their homes raided by the FBI. They now face fines of US$200000 and 1-5 years jail time.

Great PC in a bottle project in the forums from Coney.

I think we saw this before but it's pretty cool, Yamaha's new burner that labels CD's for you, thanks Simon.

From d0t-bat: There is a program called Xteq X-Setup, which not only lets you configure pretty much everything on your win9x/ME/2000/XP machine, it also has a nifty little feature which allows you to enable network card balancing in windows XP Pro/Home (so say if you have 4NIC's and you enable this, then it would spread the load on each NIC instead of using just the one, that's 400MBPS!! Or 800MBPS FDX!!! Kinda neat huh? :-) ) Free for home use, too.

boky notes this site about the V.92 modem standard which promises quicker modem negotiation, Modem-on-Hold capability and faster upstream speeds.

Interesting map of spammers, thanks Mike.

ATI RADEON 8500 All-In-Wonder video card with the lot on SourceMag.
Antec True Power 430W PSU on BlargOC.
Soltek SL85 DR2+L P4 DDR motherboard on AMD3D.
Gigastorage Cursor mini-CD MP3 player on DansData.
Gainward TI 4200 video card on Hexus.
Asus CRW-4816A CDRW drive on Active-Hardware.
eDimensional E-D Glasses on AMDPower.

Friday Morning (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 28-June-2002  01:56:47 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Upgraded my GF's machine today.. amazing the difference a new HDD makes. 40GB 7200rpm for $150 or so, I can't believe how cheap they are these days. It replaces a 1.2GB Conner drive that I bought in ~1996 for $690..

Anthrox sends word that the trailer and other info for Star Trek X: Nemesis (the new Star Trek movie!) are available now.

AusTNN have some streaming radio stuff with a gaming bent, apparently their last Char show (follow the link under "Wednesday's Char online") had some info about Casemodding including their "Top 10 Case Mods" and "Why Casemodding is Bad". Seems to stream ok over a modem so if you've got Winamp mebbe give 'em a listen. Pretty juvenile in places, but funny too. :) Someone needs to educate them about watercooling, tho!

Imitation spotted this article about a proposed law to let copyright holders take the war to the pirates, using more aggressive tactics to snare them.

ComputerSource have a GF4 MX440 video card shootout.. Digit-Life have a GF4 Ti4200 shootout, too.

A two-year-old white paper authored by AMD and encryption firm Wave Systems may offer additional clues as to the design of PCs incorporating Palladium, Microsoft's new security initiative.. according to this article on ExtremeTech.

Brad sends this Way Of The Exploding Stick flash game and says I scored 1533.. good for you.

Apparently OCMelbourne have some facts to back up their earlier rumour about AMD shifting away from OEM packaging for their CPU's.

Iroquois says there's vulnerabilities in media player.. 3 flaws - one critical. Ver's 6.4, 7.1, and XP's Player (8) cumuative patch here.

A 200GB IDE HDD from Western Digital, cor! Thanks Lethy, and speaking of crazily large numbers, Icewind says Liteon to release 52x52x32x burner in september. Yes yes, but what about everyone picking a standard for DVD re-writing so I can buy one?

From Fabian: The site's in German so a little help from the fish would be useful. Basically its an AMD AthlonMP 2000+ playing chess against an Intel Xeon 2.4Ghz.

Martinus says Slackware 8.1 is out, based on kernel 2.4.18.

SLCentral went to PC Expo 2002 and have about 50 pics of cool stuff from there.

Guru3D reckon that Neverwinter Nights would be a great game if it wasn't for some massive bugs spoiling the fun.

TomsHardware checked out the Roq-it. An alternative to the iPod. It's got a 10GB laptop hard drive in it, and they show you how to upgrade it to a 20GB model.. thanks tifkat.

I keep forgetting to link to TravelMate which is really cool, enter 2 places anywhere in Oz and it'll tell you how to get from one to the other with full directions and time estimates etc.. very cool.

Here's a very useful guide for tweaking the services.msc section in WinXP, thanks Fabian.

tn1 says: Just letting you know we are having a State of CS Comp this weekend, the DGA site has all the info you need, its basically two huge CS Communities one in SA and NT Darwin, having a friendly war, this Sunday, Gamers_underground and Chariot, both are great communities and love there CS, we have a plug on CS Radio show, also we have live commentating thru shout and HLTV running.

CPUFX Z4 watercooling system on AMDMB.
AOpen CRW4048 CDRW on Active-Hardware.
Imperial Case (w/Temp. Sensor) (video review) on 3DGameMan.
MachSpeed 867AS 266A motherboard (video review) on LivePC.
Samsung SyncMaster 151S LCD screen on GamingIn3D.
AMD Thoroughbred XP2200+ socketA CPU on 3DVelocity.
Thermalright SLK-800 cooler on SystemCooling.
PixelView GF4 Ti4200 video card on OCNZ.
Seagate Technology Barracuda ES2
and Barracuda IV ATA
HDD's on GotApex.
Belkin Nostromo n50 SpeedPad game controller on Tweakers.
Vantec Copper X on ExplosiveLabs.
ABIT KX7-333R socketA DDR motherboard on HotHardware.

Thursday Evening (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 27-June-2002  18:30:33 (GMT +10) - by Agg

From resident graphics guru Darkness: For anyone who uses the old folding club badges in any way, there are new ones up on the folding page. Click on the specific club to view the new badge.

D-Silence have a guide to window-modding your case, while Active-Hardware put a front-panel LED in. In a similar vein, Dan's reviewed a bunch of blue glowy things of various shapes and sizes.

Now showing on cable TV: covert operations.. no, real covert operations. You'd think they'd encrypt that kinda stuff.. :) Thanks thetron.

Sniper spotted Optus talking about voice over DSL being available soon.

Buncha stuff from Iroquois: Concorde rival to be tested in Australian desert - talking 2,400KM/h! New Cray CPU planned for later this year - up to 50 tera-flops. Security Auditor software developed by IBM, running on Linux, for Wireless Network devices, intended to eliminate drive-by hacking. Mid-2004 for Longhorn (next Windows), but November 7 for MS's new Tablet PC O/S. Great page showing many keyboard shortcuts for WIN2K.

Techspot have a guide to Windows File Protection, as found in 2K and XP.

Rivatuner, a proggy for tweaking your video card, has been updated again.

I'll admit: I hate SMS. Maybe it's my clunky old phone, but it takes me forever to type messages to people and "conversations" over SMS usually end with me screaming at the stupid little buttons.. but if you're an SMS-sending hero, you could go for gold and prove yourself a champion, thanks Sniper.

Interesting Forum Threads:
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers in Media & Current Events.
Anandtech's view on Parhelia in OC & HW.

Thermaltake HardCano2 HDD cooler on ViperLair.
VisionTek Xtasy 48/12/48 CDRW drive on GotApex.
Visiontek Xtasy Ti4600 video card on DeviantPC.
Abit BD7II-RAID i845E P4 DDR motherboard on TweakTown.
Pre-etched window kit on GideonTech.

Wednesday Afternoon (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 26-June-2002  13:02:16 (GMT +10) - by Agg

If you have any idea why PHP session information could vanish between pages, join in this thread and help fix the PCDB. :)

Dirk spotted the ArsMasters's take on Palladium, the new security thingo from MS covered in the previous post.

From XG8: Alot of ppl with PLUSTEK scanners have found that there scanners are useless with winxp....... with the drivers supplied..... however..... The european plustek site realeased drivers which do work.... which im using now on my scanner. Looks like your full-stop key is sticking tho!

ComputerSource have a game controller roundup.

Cameron says that this will let you link your iPod to your windows PC. Hurrah! Check out our iPod review here.

LiquidNinjas (okey dokey) have a guide to a clip-on voltage mod for Abit socketA mobos.

There's a security prob with SSH, whoops.

OCMelbourne wonder if AMD are moving away from OEM packaging and focussing on retail boxes for their CPU's. Seems unlikely.

Interesting internet paranoia from DJ_L3ThAL.

Apparently clancentre in WA is closing down.. only a few LANs to go.

From svirax: just thought i'd send you this link - its a site set up by the Aust. Gov. and Telstra to get dial-up users connnected to the net and getting transfer speeds of up to and over 19.2 kbps. Some optimization tips etc.. 19.2, urrgh.

McGoff points out GeekGroup's pic of the day as particularly cool today. I thought static was bad. :)

AK_Sniper found some stuff about a.. err.. "Spider-Goat" that people have supposedly created.. riiiight. Info here and here. Pick up your grain of salt at the door, but that last one looks surprisingly authentic.. the mind boggles.

ATI Radeon 8500 128MB video card on ViperLair.
SiS Xabre 400 video card on TweakTown.
Umax AstraSlim Scanner on PCReview.
Vantec Tornado Fans (80mm and 92mm) video review on 3DGameMan.
Crucial 256MB CF Card on GamingMedia.
MSI KT3 Ultra-ARU KT333-based SocketA DDR motherboard on VR-Zone.
Belkin F6C800-UNV UPS on 3DVelocity.
OCZ PC2700 Rev3 DDR memory on ExplosiveLabs.
Trek 16MB Thumbdrive USB storage on HardwarePub.
AOpen External USB 2.0 40x12x48x CDRW on HardWareZone.
Winfast GF4ti4200 128meg DDR video card on OCPlus.
MSI GF4mx440 video card on OCPlus.
Gainward Ti4400 Golden Sample video card on Bjorn3D.
Abit Siluro GF4 Ti4200 video card on Tweakers.
Albatron GF4mx 440 video card on SubZeroTech.
Abit BD7II RAID i845E-based P4 DDR motherboard on Accelenation.
MSI 845E MAX2-BLR i845E-based P4 DDR motherboard on Hexus.
IBM Vancouver LP HDD on Xbit.
SiS Xabre400 video chip (in the form of ECS's AG400 card) on Xbit.
Lian-Li PC50 not-quite-midtower case on BurnOutPC.
Philips DVDRW228 IDE DVD+RW drive on CDRInfo.
ASUS CRW4816A IDE CD-RW drive on CDRInfo.

Wednesday Morning (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 26-June-2002  11:47:37 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Parhelia stuff: first impressions on Tech-Report, review on HotHardware, a massive flop? from Active-Hardware, Launch Review on NeoSeeker (oddly high benchmarks), review with surround gaming on FlingingSquids, review on AnandTech, german review on 3DCenter, commentary on TheInquirer, John Carmack's comments on Shacknews, german review on Chip.DE, review on TomsHardware.

Seagate have announced their Barracuda V HDD's.. sounds pretty tasty.

Speaking of tasty, Sabretooth spotted a Lamborghini you can make with your printer.

Microsoft has disclosed an ambitious new project to improve security by creating within its Windows software a virtual "vault" where customers would conduct electronic transactions and store sensitive information. The effort, called "Palladium," would require consumers to buy new computers and other devices equipped with ultra-secure computer chips from Intel and Advanced Micro Devices, which already are involved in the project, or other companies. Info here on Wired, here on NewScientist (thanks alx-e) who focus on a different aspect of the project: Future versions of the Windows operating system will be designed to run only digitally signed code, to stop hackers uploading malicious programs and to prevent computer viruses from spreading. PR Newswire comments on Palladium's ability to block spam and says that Microsoft have even revealed the source code to this new system to show they don't have any evil intent. Lindsay sent that last link in and notes I, for one, will use it when SP2 for it has been released. :) More info on MSNBC and InfoWorld.

Bernard says that nvclock is a more mature solution for nVidia video card overclocking under Linux than the, err, other nvclock we linked earlier.

That "unlimited ADSL" we spotted a few days ago has the usual stuff in the fine print, sadly.. This shall be carried out in circumstances where the Customers rate of data usage tends to be within the range (or exceeding) 8-10 times the rolling average monthly rate of all the Provider (not just the Provider) end users for the period of the preceding month blah blah.. bummer. Thanks Shane.

Raz0r notes: AUSTRALIA plans to endorse CD-copying kiosks in a controversial world-first plan that legalises music piracy. I'm sure we heard about this a few months ago but nothing happened.. will be interesting to see if it gets off the ground and how much work it gives the lawyers.

New VIA 4-in-1's (or maybe the same ones as a few days ago).. get 'em here, thanks Scott.

AnandTech have a GF4 Ti4200 roundup posted.. the bottom end of the high end of nVidia video cards, if that makes sense.

Cool Knight-Rider LED Mod on Bit-Tech, thanks SilentSniper.

More weird stuff in the latest issue of ZZZ Online.

Tuesday Afternoon (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 25-June-2002  15:30:46 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Today is supposed to be Matrox Parhelia day, when this new video card will no doubt be discussed at length on a large number of websites. The flood hasn't quite happened yet, but a couple of (presumably NDA-breaking) tidbits have surfaced: This Israeli site has benchmarks and anti-aliasing info, while this link used to go to a review on TomsHardware.DE .. but now just redirects to their graphics section, so I assume it was yanked. Some discussion and info in this thread in our OC & HW forum. The new card doesn't look too impressive on the speed front from these first looks and I doubt the triple-screen feature is going to make many people choose it over an nVidia solution, especially as it seems to be priced at not much under $1000AUD, well into Ti4600 territory. A shame, some competition at the top end of the market would have been nice.. I guess we'll see as more benchmarks/reviews come to light.

Paul spotted this tool for overclocking nvidia cards under linux.. of course if you're using windows, you should use coolbits.

Wired have some interesting stuff today.. info about Neverwinter Nights, a game which lets you create adventures and environments for other players to interact with. Kinda like being a Wizard in a MUD or a GM / DM in Dungeons & Dragons.. but in a modern, graphically-rich game. Plus, hearing-aids that emit static deliberately to help you hear better and AI assistants for altzheimers sufferers.

Some silly stuff for the non-bandwidth-impaired.. some soccer-related funny-pet videos (no they're not real, especially not the dog one :) ). Cat and Dog.. thanks Josh and Wolfy.

Interesting Forum Threads:
RAID0 Setup, OS Installation and Optimization Guide in OC & HW.
Overclocking shortens CPU lifespan? in OC & HW.
XP2200+ @ 2585MHz in AMD Hardware.
BX and Tualatin Compatability Guide in Intel Hardware.

Samsung 151P LCD monitor on TheTechZone.
Thermaltake Crystal Orb chipset cooler on 8Balls.
EPoX 8K3A+ KT333-based socketA DDR motherboard on BlueSmoke.
KT333-based socketA DDR motherboard on OCdCafe.
Samsung SyncMaster 151P LCD screen on ByteSector.
Swiftech Q-Power Watercooled Case on VR-Zone.
KingMax DDR400 SDRAM on X-OCM.

Folding Giveaway (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 25-June-2002  14:26:11 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Big congrats to "swipe", who takes home the first major prize in the Folding Giveaway. It was a Duron 800MHz folding box which people were folding for last week. Should bump his output up nicely. :) This week's prizes are from CoolPC, Below-0, Adilam, Inspect-A-Gadget and GameDude. Plenty of prizes still to be won, so get folding!

Monday Evening (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 24-June-2002  19:29:29 (GMT +10) - by Agg

TheHardWire want to tell us how cooling works..

Meanwhile, AMDWorld have an article about Intel vs AMD, both currently and in future.

Wanted to be a pirate of the high seas, but only ended up being the software kind? Maybe the School of Swashbuckling is for you, thanks jas per.

There's a LAN on in St Lucia, Brisbane, on the 6th of July. Info here, register here.. thanks Schoonzie.

If you're not Folding and don't want to, you might consider our Genome @ Home team instead.. before these weird frog guys pass them. Info on setting it up here. Wokket says: It doesn't need a regular net connection, can be easily hidden and we want to maintain our #16 position (not bad for only 100 members). Make sure you have permission for PC's you run any distributed computing projects on.

Blackout spotted a funny ArsForum thread about the linux community. Make fun of DLL Hell in windows, even though you know damn well you --force your RPMs all the time.

Hmm.. if Echelon is only used to spy on terrorists, why does it pick up stuff like this..? Thanks timbo.

Interesting Forum Threads:
Basic Troubleshooting in Troubleshooting Help.
Selecting a case and PSU (article ideas) in OC & HW.
PS2 vs Xbox in OC & HW.
Power Supply - how to read? in OC & HW.
List of abbreviations and terms in Newbie Lounge.
OCAU 3DMark and PCMark Teams and Guides in Software Stuff.
Linux, BSD and Windows Resources in Software Stuff.
Stereo Sub in Audio Visual.
Have a question? Follow these steps in Site Discussion.
New members restricted from using trading forums in Site Discussion.

Antec Performance Plus 1060 case on Virtual-Hideout.
Pyramid II Fan Silencer on IPKonfig.
Zalman Silent Northbridge Cooler on TheHardWire.
Samsung SyncMaster 240T 24-inch TFT Flatpanel monitor on PCStats.
Chaintech GF4 Ti4600 video card on Bench-House.
Visiontek Xtasy Ti4200 video card on Bjorn3D.
Soyo KT333 Ultra socketA DDR motherboard on HotHardware.
Logitech Z540 speakers on EliteHW.
FrozenCPU modded Lian-Li case on GotApex.

Monday Morning (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 24-June-2002  01:19:16 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Not a whole lot going on out there at the moment..

Wired have article about making art with a GPS.

Mitch found this web speed measuring site.. check how quick you can surf and it's also got a thingo to see how quickly people are able to load your website.

Xbit compare the "value performance" video cards.. GF4 Ti4200 vs Radeon 8500LE.

With the World Cup circus still playing on, I've heard a few conspiracy theories about why such-and-such team won or didn't win any particular match.. Klif-e spotted what has to be the most bizarre (but imagine if it were true!)

Sin22 spotted this Thoroughbred Unlocking Guide in the XtremeSystems forum. Another of their threads is linked from this thread in our AMD Hardware forum, discussing their Tbred 2200+ @ 2.36GHz!

Kingmax DDR400 on ClubOC.
Microstar StarSpeed 32x12x40x (MS-8832) CDRW on Bench-House.
ATI RADEON 8500 128Mb All-In-Wonder videocard with the lot on MBReview.
ATI RADEON 7500 All-In-Wonder videocard with slightly less on BurnOutPC.
Kingston PC2700 DDR333 ValueRAM on PCStats.
MSI 645E Max2 P4 DDR motherboard on TweakTown.
Thermalright SLK-800 CPU cooler on HardOCP, thanks Sin22.

Saturday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 22-June-2002  23:37:52 (GMT +10) - by Darkness'

Time for some news I think.

Leroyputz found a demo page for Bell Labs text to voice synthesizer. You can type in what you want to hear and see how it sounds from a computers point of view. Old I think, but still funky.

"An asteroid the size of a football field passed extremely close to Earth last week but it remained undetected until days later, according to astronomers. The space rock missed our planet last week by only 75,000 miles (120,000 km), about one-third the distance to the moon, making the near collision one of the closest ever recorded." Click here to read more. Pretty scary when you think about it. Cheers Sniper1G

Rye sent in a link to a Glowy Geforce 4 Mod. That actually looks pretty nifty!

An article describes how AMD played a role in the creation of Star Wars 2.

Could VHS be on the way out already? "It's joining Borders among the first national retailers to start phasing out the VHS format. The company said it's because people who buy movies are now more interested in DVDs." Thanks Jason.

Nice setup from teedius here and here in our Modding & Electronics forum.

Another article up about AMD vs Intel. "I was an AMD fan. I had nothing but respect for AMD, but lately I am starting to lose some of my respect for AMD. They make great processors and I currently have a 1700+ in my main rig. However I am beginning to warp over to the dark side. I am no longer an AMD fan, but I am also not an Intel fan."

In the US, Agents are pursuing terrorists online while closely monitoring talk in chat rooms and websites. " U.S. officials are searching the Internet for the reappearance of a Web site that they believe has been used by al-Qaeda to deliver messages, including possible instructions for its next attacks, to its operatives around the world."

Is world domination on your to-do list? Perhaps you should check out this 'evil' site. Example, Budget Lair with Mini-Dome... a 30 x 30 x 20m corrugated metal lair with incorporated mini-dome, suitable for small missile launches, medium-sized lasers, or other small-to-midsize superweapons. Includes convenient, obvious self-destruct mechanism. A/C and electricity extra. Thanks Bern.

Think it's possible for a 145mile an hour tennis serve to bury the ball? Think again. Thanks Mitch.

A few people sent in word that the new 4 in 1 drivers are out. On that note, the new Epox 8k3a/+ bios is available.

How does unlimited ADSL sound? Too good to be true? Will be interesting to see where this goes. Thanks Tarrasque.

UB3R sent in a, well weird robot comic type thing.. Ah, just check it out. Also, Michael found this really addictive online Soccer goal kicking game... which delayed the news for about 25 minutes.. :)

Reviews :
Soltek SL-85DR2 i845E Motherboard @ tweakers
Samsung SW232B & SW240B CD-RW Drives at accelenation
Samsung 191T & 760V TFT LCD Monitors @ iamnotageek
Socket 478 NCT heatsink with YSTECH TMD fan "PD1270153B" review @ pc-extreme
Abit KX7-333R Motherboard (Socket 462) in Video Review
Cornea Systems MP704 17inch TFT LCD Display @ pcstats
FIC AT31 (ATi IGP 320 / A3) Motherboard Review @ tweakersasylum
Soltek SL-85DR2 Motherboard Review at tweakers
Windowed Kingwin Case Review by OCer Cafe'
Pyramid II Fan Silencer Reviewed by ipkonfig
Cybercooler 3-in-1 Cooler Review @ lanaddict
6-in-1 Pioneer DVR-104 Drive Review at Digit-Life
ASUS 40x12x48x CDRW @ The DDR ZONE
VisionTek Ti4600 vs. Gigabyte Radeon 8500 at tweaktown
eVGA Geforce4 ti4200 Review @ subzerotech

Newsmonkeys.. (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 22-June-2002  00:35:53 (GMT +10) - by Agg

No more applications please! I'll get back to the 30 people who have emailed about it, tonight (saturday night). Early start tomorrow, sleep now.

Friday Evening (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 21-June-2002  18:48:32 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Digit-Life noticed that there are 2 different versions of a new IBM hard drive and compare them.

Budding Hendrixes (Hendrices?) or Satrianis might want to check out this Teach Me Guitar software reviewed on FutureLooks.

Wokket (long time no news!) sends word of an virus for MS-SQL servers.. nasty.

ViperLair have an article about keyboard technology and how they don't make 'em like they used to.

Murray spotted some 99min, 900MB CDROMs on the way.. and Jason found some blue-laser high-capacity CD's too.

There's a LAN in Dubbo, NSW coming soon, thanks Supreme_101.

Graphophobic noticed the new list of the 500 fastest computers in the world has just been released. The fastest machine in Australia (and the Southern Hemisphere I believe) is a AlphaServer SC ES45/1 GHz, owned by the Australian Partnership for Advanced Computing (APAC) and housed at The Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra! It is ranked 42 / 500. There are 2 other Australian based machines on the list.

Interesting Forum Threads:
Building a beefy dual-CPU server in SMP & Clustering.
Swords in Other Toys.
The new WTC in The Pub.
PSU for car computer in Modding & Electronics.
UT with 5 screens! in Modding & Electronics.
KX7-333R Performance in AMD Hardware.
ABIT says there will be NO!! 850E/TH7 III in AMD Hardware.
Pentium 4 goodness! in Intel Hardware.
Disturbing trend re NVIDIA Ti4xxx in Nvidia Hardware.
TIM joint C/W testing in Extreme Cooling.

AOpen AX4B Max P4 DDR motherboard on NeoSeeker.
Philips MMS306 5.1 Channel Flat Panel speakers on HardCoreWare.
Shuttle XPC SS40G barebones mini PC on TweakersAsylum.
Abit KX7333-R KT333-based SocketA DDR motherboard on 3DVelocity.
Gigabyte Radeon 8500 Deluxe video card on RadiativeNZ.
Gainward's GeForce 4 PowerPack! Ultra 750 / XP ViVo Golden Sample video card on HotHardware.
Sony CPDG520 monitor on TweakTown.
Cooler Master PTK-001 thermal compound on MikhailTech.
Chaintech GeForce4 MX440 Special Edition video card on HardWareZone.
Mitsubishi WS-55819 55inch HDTV on DesignTechnica.
Samsung 152T TFT LCD screen on NeoSeeker.
Visiontek Xtasy GeForce4 Ti 4200 128MB video card on EXHardware.

Friday Morning #2 (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 21-June-2002  02:37:07 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Coupla funny overclocking comics.. this from SpankyOfOz and this from Cape_Horn.

Nice LCD Plexi case project over on ViperLair.

Interesting japanese cars site sent in by Torana (of course).. seem to have borrowed some design elements from other manufacturers.. and the engrish on that site is pretty funny in places, too.

OCPlus compare the LG 32x and Lite-On 32x burners.

Murray spotted a new type of HDD from Seagate.. doesn't seem all that revolutionary.

Coolest story for today has to be thinking robot in escape bid from Patdman.. that's so cool. :)

Oliver sends word that AudioGalaxy is going the way of Napster.. not allowing copyright songs to be downloaded without permission from the copyright owner. Fair enuff.

Xoxide Z40-Insight case on GeekShelter.
Asus A7V266-EX DDR socketA mobo on PlanetSavage.
Zalman CNPS6000cu cooler on OCrCafe.
DIY Domed CaseBadges on Monster-Hardware.
Creative Inspire 5300 5.1 speakers on TechSpot.
VisionTek Xtasy GeForce 4 Ti 4200 128MB video card on GotApex.
Just Cooler SP-300 silent PSU on Tweakers.
Asus P4T533-C i850-based P4 RAMBUS motherboard on Active-Hardware.

Friday Morning (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 21-June-2002  01:32:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Ubeek has a zillion security-related news items: The 'barcoding' of people has quietly begun rolling out in the US, via Applied Digital Solutions' VeriChip. FBI demand for new surveillance functions forces telecos to upgrade equipment, forego new customer services. Don't pass on virus alerts, says an expert, as it may be a hoax and the creator may be exploiting your goodwill. Software piracy grew last year, breaking six years of progress by software companies to stamp out illegal use, a trade group reports. All of the Korean-language versions of Microsoft Corp.'s Visual Studio .Net developer tool shipped with a help file that is infected with the Nimda virus, company officials said Friday. Police uncovered the first DVD pirating laboratory on the West Coast where more than 1,200 illegal movies were found. The Fraunhofer Research Institute in Germany, set out to see whether it could fool various biometric systems. It was easy.. Antivirus companies are warning users to install patches and signature files to protect against a worm variant that has surfaced in the United States and Europe. Dynamic modification of rules is simple for people but complex for machines; indeed, it is so complex that the cost of sending spam would skyrocket, eliminating the problem.

SystemCooling have an article titled Air Cooling: Rocket Science or Common Sense?..

Simon spotted Old OCAU pages buried in the Web.Archive.

TheDDRZone wonder how VIA's Eden and RealMagic's X-Card go together for a entertainment PC. We reviewed the 800MHz Eden here a few days ago.

Munkiboy sent in this 3D stickman anim and a flash street fighter game.

Jas per found a cool circuit schematics page for handhelds. need to know the schematics of your gameboy? Casio Organiser? did you know there is a tilt sensor on some palm pilots? A HEAP of stuff there.

Marzi found some guy who can't sign up for MS Passport because his last name is "offensive".. info here.. and Californians are being given anti-nuke pills.

Scott notes that modern PC's can do amazing 3D things.. like rendering movies in realtime.

Zalman CNPS5100 cooler on BlargOC.
Dr Thermal Extreme cooler on Virtual-Hideout.
Samsung PC-800 RDRAM on AMD3D.
Plextor PLEXCOMBO 20/10/40-12A CDRW-DVD drive (video review) on 3DGameMan.
X-micro Impact T4200 128MB video card on OCPrices.
CopperTop Maze 3 Waterblock at LiquidNinjas.

Win a PC by Folding! (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 21-June-2002  01:32:29 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Still a few days left to win the first Folding PC in our Folding Giveaway. All you've gotta do is join the team and crank out a few units. Help cure diseases, help us stay the #1 team and maybe score a free PC.. sweet. :)

Thursday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 20-June-2002  23:46:57 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Want to be an OCAU newsmonkey? Drop me a note if you're keen to get your name up in lights.

Consider yourself a PHP hero? Got some spare time? The PCDB is sick and needs.. well, probably parts of it completely rewritten, or at least another set of eyes looking at the code. More info in this thread.

Apparently mobile phones are evil again, or maybe they're not, or something, according to that article. Maybe we should all be using tooth phones instead.

TheReg have 10 ways to kill your laptop.. and an older article with 102 ways to kill your PC. Gives you something to do on the weekend, anyway. :)

TheInq have word of RAMBUS getting the book thrown at them for their silliness with patents and JEDEC etc.

Tech-Dreams reviewed the CPU Radiator Zen cooler.. oh dear, I can almost hear the screams from here. Upon placing this HSF on my Athlon xp1800+, I apparently wasn’t careful enough and I crushed the core of my processor (always a downer). Never fear, I have my trusty old Athlon 700MHz lying in my box o’ computer stuff. .. Then I moved on to put the Zen onto it and I heard a faint grinding noise. Our own similarly disastrous experience here.

Fairly addictive Pearl Harbour game from nutty.

Sabz0r spotted this old computers site.. including some silly stuff.

From Darkmok: This site has some neato videos all about Cray's SV2 supercomputer.. very interesting, if you can understand the geekspeek.. What you're seeing here, is what will be on your desktop CPU in 5-10 years time. About the 10 minute mark, it has some neato footage of the cooling system on the CPU they use.. A vapour spray directly onto the CPU. About the 14 minute mark, there's an *ultimate* case.. Taller than a man, and shiny red!

TweakersAsylum updated their DetonatorXP Performance Database.. see which versions are best.

Linchpin notes you can chat with an agent called Cybelle on that site.. kinda Eliza-ish, if that kind of thing entertains you. Site looks interesting, too.

EliteHW have a guide to Linux in a virtual PC.. experiment without having to wipe your PC.

Not enough links for you? Maybe the HWFAQ's 2000 or so will keep you busy.

Sibak heatsink on Tech-Fusion.
DiscOnKey USB storage on ViperLair.
DFI NB 73 EA i845D-based P4 DDR motherboard on Hardware-Test.
Asus P4T533 i850E RIMM4200 RDRAM based P4 motherboard on HotHardware.
Abit IT7 Max "legacy-free" P4 DDR motherboard on Active-Hardware.
Lian-Li PC-6083A aluminium case on BlargOC.

Thursday Morning (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 20-June-2002  01:20:42 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Sciby spotted that TheReg have a BOFH Guide to Overclocking.. funny stuff.

Sniper sent word of another wireless broadband rumour.. hopefully something comes of this one. More info and discussion on whirlpool.. also, another scary Telstra bill on Whirlpool too, thanks Seamus.

VIAHW have a RAID0 Article using Seagate Barracuda IV drives. Chainbolt compared a few different RAID setups in his ATA100 and ATA133 shootout as well as the High-End HDD Shootout.

More about Matrox's Parhelia (soon I may even be able to spell it without having to check it) .. X-Bit say it's due for June 30 shipping, thanks Sniper. HardOCP have some insight into Matrox's review policy for their new cards. Matrox also talked to NeoSeeker about their cards.

Wired reckon that the Nigera Scams are getting a little more creative (and still reeling them in).. and that nvidia may end up bigger than intel.

TheTechZone wonder if you really need a GF4 Ti4600. If you've decided you do need one, check out our reviews of the X-Micro and Asus offerings.

Another issue of ZZZ Online.. really big helicopter, among other stuff.

RD2 PC Geiger on PCReview.
XFX GeForce4 Ti4400 video card on 3DVelocity.
Axiom Audio Epic 50 Series Home Theater speakers on DesignTechnica.
Cobalt 3 Pyramid II Fan Silencer on SubZeroTech.
MSI G4Ti4200-VD64 video card on PCStats.
Directron Blue Dragon fulltower case on GideonTech.
VIA C3 1GHz socket370 processor on TweakTown.
Lian Li PC-6089A aluminium case on MikhailTech.

Wednesday Morning (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 19-June-2002  01:31:13 (GMT +10) - by Agg

PCDB is down at the moment due to some database weirdness. MWP's looking at it, hope to have it fixed soonish.

CaseJunkiez have a guide to tidying up your cables.. so your PC doesn't look like it's been disembowelled by a passing Samurai.

Apparently Alexander Graham Bell didn't invent the telephone after all, thanks Gaz.

DeeMan found this System Builders Guide from AMD. Dated May 2002, it has info on installing Athlon and Duron CPU's and what is required of the system in terms of cooling, EMI etc.. very interesting.

Remember that big hubbub about people putting down Jedi Knight as their religion in the census? Turns out they didn't even show up in the results.

TheInq wonder if GeForce has on-chip cache, thanks Cerberos.

OCNZ updated their DDR Comparison article.

Tech-Report have a huge PC Audio Guide posted. Andy's audiophile sense will guide you through the PC sound minefield. He covers everything from the basics of PC sound to performance and 3D positional audio.

One way to fund the cause.. sell potato chips with political leaders on them. Weird.. thanks Gary.

HotHardware have pics of the Matrox Parhelia card.

BBQ_69 spotted this decidedly ghetto phone mod.

Interesting idea over in the Whirlpool forums.. varying your broadband speed based upon your usage. Rather than a hard data cap or receiving a huge bill, just get lower speed if you've been leeching.. thanks Sniper1G.

CD sent in this chinese review of a hardware DivX decoder card.

Win y'self one of 2 video cards over on TechSeekers.. or some other stuff on ViperLair. Or indeed, win an entire PC in our Folding Giveaway.

Australian scientists are doing well at the moment.. hot on the heels of the transporter-technology breakthrough from earlier in the week, they can now rebuild immune systems.. thanks Tori Lee.

Audiotrak Maya 7.1 & 7.1 Gold sound card on HardWareMasters.
Trendware TW100-BRF104 Broadband Router/Firewall on TheTechZone.
X-Micro GF4 Ti4400 and Ti4600 video cards on GotApex.. our review of their Ti4600 here.
Sound Blaster Extigy USB sound card on Hexus.
Aopen Geforce 4 Ti4200 video card on MadShrimps.

Tuesday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 18-June-2002  23:49:43 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Neverborn spotted this email security check thingo.. looks interesting.

Alchemist found news about DiVX's on Xbox.

Tweaktown went to the KingMax and KingPAK factories in Taiwan.

Gary_J gives the term cruising for chicks a whole new meaning..

From Curto: There's a new release of Gentoo Linux out - v1.3b, this now supports GCC 3.1 and it's athlon/athlon-xp optimisations. url for download is here. Josh notes that there are PC's shipping with Lindows installed now, in the USA.

Digit-Life updated their professional 3D adapters comparison to include the use of a SoftQuadro hack, which lets normal GF3 and GF4 cards be recognised as Quadro cards.

Motorcyclists in Sydney should come along on Saturday and be seen and counted at the Motorcycle Council's launch of a Motorcycle Safety Strategy.. info in that thread.

Torana found some australian internet statistics.. a little dated.

Global WIN TAK68 cpu cooler on OCdCafe.
QDI 32MB USB Disc on Hardware-TestDK.
Linksys KVM 2-Port switch on DSLWebserver.
Gainward Geforce 4 Ti PowerPack! Ultra/750XP "Golden Sample" video card on ViperLair.
ASUS P4B533-E i845E-based P4 DDR motherboard on Tweakers.
Vantec Iceberg chipset cooler (video review) on 3DGameMan.
Coolermaster IHC-H71 Copper Pentium 4 HSF on FrostyTech.
Hama Vibra-Headset on TobiTech.
Intel Celeron 1.7GHz and 1.8GHz socket478 CPU's on Xbit.

Consumer Electronics Show! (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 18-June-2002  16:57:01 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Darkness went to the CES here in Sydney last week. He's sent along some pics and info about things that caught his eye there. A fridge with a digicam built-in, a robotic dog and of course, some booth babes..

Click for the article!

Also, this article is interesting because it is the first one to use the new content management system that Darkness and Panadol have been beavering away at for a few months now. If you have any comments about that new layout, please leave them in this thread. Thanks!

Folding competition continues.. (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 18-June-2002  13:23:11 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Czechmate is certainly getting a lot of air time on the news page lately.. he's now won last week's prizes in the Folding Giveaway. This week, the prize is an entire Folding PC, powered by an 800MHz Duron, with parts donated by GameDude, Inspect-A-Gadget and CoolPC. How do you win it? Simply by dowloading a program which uses your idle CPU cycles to help hunt for cures for diseases. More info on our Folding@Home page.

Note that we are currently the #1 team in the world, but HardOCP have responded to the challenge and are dicing with us for the lead. If you want to help David fend off Goliath, get Folding!

Monday Afternoon (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 17-June-2002  15:55:00 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Czechmate has put up pics and info on his impressive system here in Extreme Cooling and here in Intel Hardware. 1722MHz P3-S (Tualatin).. and you thought the P3 was dead.

Microsoft have a new Media Player technology on the way, called "Corona". Imitation spotted MS's Corona Site and a Demo. Some more info on LanAddict.

From Axxe Man: Wonder what John Carmack (of id) does in his spare time? Gibs in space?

EliteHW have an LED mod for the Logitech Wireless Optical mouse.

DeviantPC have watercooled a GF4 Ti4600.. very nicely, too.

From BoofyC, an article about two guys who stole the Episode 2 Reels from a theatre, and tried to sell them for $3000 on Ebay. Crazy.

Gbh spotted this Gizmo site with quite a few cool toys checked out. Expensive ones, too. :)

From Thor: IBM Corp. has developed a prototype terabit memory that stores a trillion bits of data, or twenty times more than a current disk drive, in a square inch. Using nanotechnology, no less. Cool!

Digit-Life have a SUMA GF4 Ti4200 roundup posted.. Hexus have an MSI GF4 Ti4200 reviewed, too.

tension spotted this time-wasting soccer kick-up game. BTW, go England! :)

Digit-Life have their May 2002 Hardware Digest posted.

Spectral sends word that Australian scientists are making progress towards transporting object.. I can't wait until there's a Star Trek transporter in every house and every pub.. use them like a telephone and beam yourself around everywhere. Not in my lifetime tho, I suspect. :)

Interesting Forum Threads:
What to look out for when buying a 2nd-hand car in Motoring.
Widescreen Telly Shopping in Audio Visual.
World Cup 2002 - Who will win? in Media & Current Events.
Installation, FAQ and Guides in Extreme Cooling.
My Copper Cone Block results in Extreme Cooling.
Show me your Guitars! in Other Toys.
Krispy Kreme coming to Australia! in Geek Food.
Cooking Terms, Tips and Measurements in Geek Food.

Lian-Li EX-10 I/O Adapter port relocator on TekSektor.
eVGA Geforce4 ti4600 video card on SubZeroTech.
Intel® Pentium 4B 2.26GHz "Northwood" CPU on.. AMDWorld.. hmm.
Lian Li PC-61 case on LittleWhiteDog.
Samsung Tantus LTM1775W 17inch widescreen LCD TFT TV on TweakNews.
Cooler Master ATC-201SX (new version) on SystemCooling.
Globalwin CAK 16 cooler on BurnOutPC.
IWILL P4R533-N i850E-based P4 motherboard with RAMBUS on Tweakers.
PleXWriter 40x12x40A CDRW on ExtremePCTech.

Monday Morning (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 17-June-2002  03:59:47 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Remember guys, send your news to news@overclockers.com.au, not direct to myself or the other newsmonkeys.. thanks.

Czechmate has been an active member of our Extreme Cooling and Intel Hardware forums, but is off to work overseas so sadly we'll be seeing less of him in future. Unsurprisingly, his PCDB entry is an impressive water and peltier cooled machine. Good luck overseas! I notice Stoodoo has updated his somewhat less elegant entry, too. :)

There's a ten-pin bowling meet in Brisbane on the 30th June.. info here in the forums.

OCPrices updated their DDR Shootout with some better Corsair memory.

Sovereign spotted this page with MP3 files of various fans and coolers in action so you can compare the sound.

TheInq have an article about a driver bug skewing 3DMark results for high-end nVidia cards, thanks Mr Chilled. I wonder if that's related to the new build of 3DMark in the previous news update.

TheRegUS have an article saying that the JPG virus is not a threat.. but now the idea is out there we'll probably see some nasty ones soon, thanks Ken.

FireDaemon is a cool utility that allows you to install and run virtually any application as a Windows NT/2K/XP service. And, they support our Folding Team, so they must be cool. :)

gork spotted this slashdot article suggesting that the virus companies are manufacturing the virii, or at least the drama surrounding them, to boost product sales.

SilentSniper scoped out a new Sandra version.. SP1 of this popular benchmark.

VIA Eden 800MHz Review! (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 17-June-2002  03:46:03 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Baker has reviewed this all-in-one combination from VIA. It's not aiming to be the quickest thing on the block, but it's absolutely tiny..

Click for the full review!

Sunday Morning (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 16-June-2002  11:48:19 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Looks like the AMD Tech Tour has wandered near the grasp of some webmasters.. reports from PC-Stats and ExplosiveHardware.

There's a new build (330) of 3DMark2001SE out.. AusGamers have info and a mirror here, thanks Hadamona. VR-Zone note that it is able to support AGP 8X and cards with pixel shader but no vertex shader like the SiS Xabre 400 and have tested it with that card here.

Tweakers have a P4 Heatsink roundup posted, with 10 socket478 units compared.

AMDMB have a Thoroughbred Overclocking article posted.. check out our Thoroughbred + Vapochill article from a month or so ago.

Crucial PC2700 256MB DDR memory on WinHQ.
DTI 2015XLS "3D LCD" monitor on BlueSmoke.
Chili Case MicroATX Pro on DesignTechnica.
Leadtek WinFast TV2000 XP TV card on Bjorn3D.
Asus P4T533-C i850E-based P4 RAMBUS motherboard on AMD3D.
AOpen AX4G Pro i845G-based P4 DDR motherboard on Active-Hardware.
ATI Radeon 8500 All-In-Wonder video card (video review) on 3DGameMan.
ATI Radeon 8500LE video card on FragWare.
Chieftec Matrix MA-01SLD fulltower case on MikhailTech.
Xoxide Z40-Insight case on GeekShelter.
TDK S80 2.1 speakers on BlargOC.
Z-Cyber Speedway 133 + RAID IDE+RAID controller on Tobitech.

Saturday Evening (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 15-June-2002  21:41:44 (GMT +10) - by Agg

ATI's weak point has historically been the drivers for their video cards. Recently, they announced their driver suite would be renamed "Catalyst".. hopefully indicating a re-focus by them on driver quality. They have become a single downloadable package, similar to nVIDIA's approach with their DetonatorXP drivers. Tech-Report take the latest few ATI driver versions for a spin to see if anything's changed. Tekbug have more info about them too. Ewat spotted the Radeon8500 WinXP version.. seems they're not quite as universal as DetonatorXP's.

nVidia meanwhile have announced a 3D-graphics language called Cg, which is aimed at making 3D graphics easier for people to create. Hexus have an interview with nVidia about it, while GameSpot have more info too.

Melbourne case-modders might want to get along to a gathering on 23rd June in Bentleigh. Apart from the usual modding action, there'll be a reporter from The Age interviewing people and photographing cases for an article. More details in that thread, take your powertools if you've got them or just the bits of your case you want modded if you don't have tools.

NeoSeeker have a High-End DDR SDRAM roundup posted.

Racerz spotted this new virus that, strangely enough, can infect .JPG image files.

Apparently GeekShelter have a guide to overclocking GeForce cards posted, but their domain doesn't resolve for me. Anyway, if you need that info you can get it in our own Overclocking using CoolBits article.

Seems the USA are not immune to similar broadband problems we have here.. new plans to stop leeching are on the way, thanks Tony.

TechnoYard have a competition where you can win stuff.. quite a lot of stuff on offer in fact, and they say: Due to excessive shipping cost, we have to limit this contest to users in Australia, and the US. Gotta be happy about that!

Gigabyte 8SIML SIS650-based motherboard on OCMelbourne.
SiS Xabre400 video chipset on Digit-Life.
NEC MultiSync LCD1550V-BK LCD monitor on EXHardware.

Saturday Afternoon (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 15-June-2002  17:40:42 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Tarrasque spotted this 13mb movie (5 mins) which is apparently of some superhuman person playing tetris, apparently quite impressive (glares at modem).

Dan's done 3 case reviews simultaneously.. now he's just showing off. Cooler Master ATC-600, Chieftec Scorpio TX-10WD, Lian Li PC-602.

Hardcore trekkies with too much money might want to check out this auction, thanks Anthony.

Chris found this amusing page comparing 2 IBM hdd's, one being the from the dissapointing 75GXP range. We have a HDD Autopsy using one of those drives which died a mysterious yet familiar death. Personally, the 2 75GXP drives I have here have worked flawlessly for years.. due to paranoia from the stories about the failure rate I bought 2 60GXP's to replace them. One of those has now started clicking ominously, but the 75GXP's keep soldiering on in the testbeds. My latest HDD purchase was a Western Digital, tho.. I was undecided, but after reading Chainbolt's HDD Shootout I bought a JB-series 120GB drive. Mmmm, big and speedy.

HWZ have their Day 4 and Final Day coverage from Computex posted.

1CoolPC Temperature Monitor on GeekShelter.
HHC-001 Copper Heatpipe on FrostyTech.
Corsair XMS3000 DDR memory on Active-Hardware.
Albatron P4X845EPro i845E-based P4 DDR motherboard on PCStats.
KingMax DDR333 memory on PlanetSavage, our review here.
KingMax DDR333 memory also on PCStats.
Californeon Light Strip case lighting on GideonTech.
Gainward GeForce4 Ti4600 PowerPack Ultra/750XP Golden Sample video card with stupidly-long name on 3DVelocity.
MSI K7D Master dual socketA motherboard on ViperLair.

Friday Morning Mega Post. (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 14-June-2002  02:10:17 (GMT +10) - by Darkness'

Sorry for the lack of my news lately, busy playing with my new Geforce Ti 4200 :) A big birthday shout out to 'Sticks' who turned a ripe 29. Enjoy mate!

The DDRzone have a nice piece up with pictures of AMD's Mobile Thoroughbred CPU using a VIA reference board. " This reference board was also supporting DDR SO-DIMM's. This time we had the presence of mind to take a closer shot of the CPU."

A few people have sent this in. NVIDIA has today announced an initiative with participation from Microsoft to create a cross-platform, hardware-independent, high-level Pixel and Vertex Shader programming language dubbed "Cg". Articles can be found here and here and now here!

Ubeek sent in a whole bunch of security related stuff. A Philadelphia man who hacked into a western New York library Web site was sentenced to one to three years in prison Friday. THE US Secret Service will launch task forces in eight cities to prevent and prosecute cyber crime, identity and data theft and hacking of corporate databases.

Government technology officials, tired of security holes in Microsoft's products, are discussing whether to use their collective purchasing power to force changes in the way the software giant does business. Users of AIM+ are unwittingly sharing information about themselves every time they connect to AOL.

Counter-strike 1.5 has been released. "You can get the full 121meg Mod version file, the 7meg Mod upgrade, the full 116meg Retail file, or the 19meg Retail upgrade patch. Check back here in the next few days for the unofficial "missing retail map pack" People actually still play that game?

This had been floating around the forums and chat for the last few days. Bumble Bee the transformer in a real life render.(Divx) and the MPEG here as well. The author is quite talented.

Free BSD 4.6 is out. Download it here and the Image files here.

The weird and wonderful ZZZ issue 132 is out. Expect to see some "Space tourism, Caffinated soap, Rocket men and Bomb handling mishaps"

An interesting thread in the forums at the moment about the music industry and their new Piracy Proof format. Speaking of piracy, A few sites have been hit about the apparently leaked build of Unreal Tournament 2003. Here is an example.

Cal sent in a link 'Gaming back in the day' which explores and reviews a bunch of old games.

PsychoSmiley sent word that there are new Kyro II drivers from PowerVR.

There is a tutorial up on how to build a strange copper tubing type computer case."My goal for this project was to build an all-in-one desktop computer with an integrated flatpanel monitor. Something along the lines of the new iMac, with the monitor attached to an adjustable arm. As you will see, the finished product is nothing of the sort. It just goes to show that I'm not right in the head."

TastyLan have a nuke style power switch guide for your PC modding pleasure. There also is an article up on memory types and so forth. "... a memory guide which answers most of the questions our readers were having. It covers most aspects including different memory types, bus widths, speed grades, bandwidth and everyone's favorite memory timings."

There is a freakin huge LAN just starting called Dream Hack. Something in the likes of 3000 people. Yipes. Thanks TrippleX. Also Microsniper has updated his PCDB entry. Spiffy!

There are still a few hundred virus infected emails coming through and some are named something similar to 'W32.Elkern removal tools'. PLEASE get some virus software or update your definitions.

Win Stuff :
VH & Directron's Weekly Case Giveaway
LAN Addict Giveaway
Win an Athlon XP2100+
Color Hydraulic Mid Tower Case Giveaway

Funnies :
Overclocking your pants. Cheers Sciby. Rockslide sent in some nice politically incorrect flash games. The Hunter and the Pedestrian Killer. Also the funky politically correct skateboarding game.

Reviews :
Belkin Nostromo n30 GameMouse
Imation RipGO! USB Mini-CD Burner & MP3 Player
Abit KX7-333R Motherboard Reviewed at tweaktown
Mouse Bungee Crystal Pro Reviewed at mikhailteck
Alpha PAL-8045T Heatsink @ Viper's Lair
Coolermaster ATC-210 Reviewed at neoseeker
Fortis A102 'Pro' CPU Cooler Reviewed by OC'd cafe
MSI KT3 Ultra-ARU Review from hardwaremania
MSI G4Ti4200-TD64 review @ AMD3D.com
Pentium 4 1.6A GHz Review from pcstats
ASUS A7V333 Review @ hexus
CPUFX Nitro System in Video Review
WinFast A250LE 64 MB and Gainward PowerPack GeForce4 Ti 4200 128 MB at Digit-Life
Intel's 2.53GHz P4 vs AMD's Athlon XP 2100+ from 3dvelocity
Wintasks 4.0 software review by overclockers club
ATi's Catalyst Software Previewed at Hothardware
Cooler Master Everest IHC-H71 Review at iamnotageek
Hauppauge WinTV Go! reviewed @ phlux.co.uk
Asus A7V333 Review by harfwaremania
WinTasks 4 Professional Review from thinktechie

Thursday Morning (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 13-June-2002  03:10:58 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Lots of people sent word that DetonatorXP 29.42 WHQL drivers are out now, for nVIDIA-based video cards.

Speaking of which, Inpact-Hardware have a GeForce4 Ti roundup.. in french. Perhaps stick this fish in your ear. For something a little closer to home, Tweakers compared 4 GF4 Ti4400 and Ti4600 cards. Guru3D compared the Visiontek Ti4600 and Ti4400 cards.

Dan reviewed a fancy CD Library doo-hickey.

Virtual-Hideout have info on small form-factor goodies from Computex, while TheDDRZone discovered naked Hammer action in their Computex pics archive.

Jas Per wonders if VIA will become the next AMD.. while TheInq say VIA considered buying AMD not too long ago, thanks Tony.

Ali_G thinks you should wash your keyboard.. you could probably top a large pizza with the shaken-out goodies from my Keyboard 'o Krustiness.

Jas Per also spotted this HTML Mangler.. not entirely sure what the point of it is.

3DGameMan have another of their video reviews, this time it's a CPUFX Nitro System (Water cooled Case Rig). Do people watch these? Being on dialup I don't and I wonder how many others do, in this land of 3GB caps.

From A.G.System: ok heres a note on the valhalla lan here in adelaide after just hosting another sucessfull 420+ person lan. have just announce that they will be going for 65-+ people at there july event.

From AzonIc: The direct marketing firm suing a Perth man for speaking out against spam has lost its internet access. Aww.

Morgan spotted this link which lets you opt out of browser-tracking cookies from DoubleClick.

You hopefully saw our Matrix Set Report, but Jas Per spotted Slashdot saying the producers want to shut down Sydney completely for filming a special sequence. They can do bullet-time, but can't render up a "helicopter flying through city" scene? Bizarre.

Even more from Jas Per, who seems to be our roving reporter of the week.. Ananova have info on a laser-powered aircraft.. They are now looking at ways of using the laser to power its direction by, for instance, blasting off parts of the wings. If it's all the same to you, I'll walk.

Jazz 9940 5.1 speakers on Hardware-TestDK.
VIA VPSD P4PB-UR P4X333-based P4 DDR motherboard on Accelenation.
Terrapin Mine little linux-based filesharing wotsit on DesignTechnica.
Coolermaster HHC-L61 copper heatpipe HSF on FrostyTech.

Wednesday Morning (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 12-June-2002  03:15:16 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Even more AMD AthlonXP 2200+ reviews: AcesHardware and Digit-Life. GotApex have a 2200+ based system reviewed and Arasta spotted some musings about Tbred's bridges, interesting stuff. While on the AMD side of things, Tom notes TheReg saying Hammer may be delayed until 2003.

Arasta also spotted no less than three of IBM's latest achievements (no, not fixing the Deathstar range): nanotech punchcards, fast embedded DRAM and lower power consumption for chips.

Dan's checked out a SuperFlower Case that comes pre-modded with windows, cold cathode and fan controller.. and he's answered some questions from readers.

TheDDRZone went for a wander around the HQ's of chip packager KingPAK and their larger corporate sibling KingMax, manufacturers of memory and other components.

More info on nForce slow PCI writes on Tech-Report.

Fire and Dice is a case-mod project on Virtual-Hideout.

Interesting article about attempts to ban violent video games, thanks again Arasta.

Another soundcard and speaker tweaking guide on TechSpot.

Digit-Life have posted their monthly 3d digest for May 2002.

Win a Modded Case on LittleWhiteDog.

OCAU peeps going to the upcoming Overkill LAN and who want to hang out together (protect each other's stuff, compare OCAU tshirts etc :) ) .. check out this thread for details.

Abit AT7 KT333-based "legacy-free" socketA DDR motherboard on TheTechZone.
Tweakmonster BGA RAMsinks on EXHardware.
ABIT NV7-133R nForce-based socketA DDR motherboard on EXHardware.
Volcano 7+ socket cooler (new version apparently) on OCPlus.
CoolerMaster ATC-710 case on PureOC.

Another cool PC.. (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 11-June-2002  19:02:53 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I need to visit the PCDB more often - here's another cool PC that hasn't received the attention it deserves:

Click for the PCDB entry!

Tuesday Evening (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 11-June-2002  18:40:48 (GMT +10) - by Agg

From the PCDB: nice watercooled rig from WiZE_GUY, while UaZa's setup looks seriously cold.. be nice if there was a bit of info explaining the pics, but looks like a fridge compressor cooling a peltier.

AMDWorld have an article about BIOS settings for Video and how they affect performance.

Some more AMD 2200+ reviews: LostCircuits, AthlonXP.com and VIA HW.

NeoSeeker have a building a PC guide for newbies.

DSL/CableWebserver took the cover off a Cobalt Qube, a specialised hosting machine, and showed us what's inside.

Shrambo spotted this Sound Card tweak guide over on Tweak3D.

Narcolepsy sent word of this interesting thread over on TheDDRZone about pixel shader emulation on the KyroII and other cards.

[H]ard|OCP spoke to an AMD VP at Computex, some interesting info there about Hammer and Thoroughbred etc.

RadiativeNZ have a Sound Card roundup, specifically the XWave 6000, Hercules Muse XL and Hercules Fortissimo II.

Lian Li PC-39A aluminium case on Tweakers.
Black Full Tower Hydraulic Case on InsideProject.
Samsung SP4002H HDD on MBReview.
Soyo Radeon 8500LE-D video card on VIAHW.

McDuct! (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 11-June-2002  14:43:29 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I haven't spent too much time in the PC DataBase lately, but people are still adding their PC's at an amazing rate.. just wandering around in there, I spotted this:

Click for the PCDB entry!

Now that's modding on the cheap. :)

AMD Announces 2200+ (Thoroughbred Core) (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 11-June-2002  01:21:24 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Yes indeedy. Remember you saw Thoroughbred first right here on OCAU, but today it's official. As the NDA lifts, the reviews and articles explode onto the net: HardOCP, HotHardware, Hexus, Active-Hardware, AMDMB, Tech-Report, AnandTech, LostCircuits and TomsHardware.

Oh, and Draffa says there's only one day left for voting in the Webby Awards (info in that thread). I think most people are voting for OCAU (the main page) in the "Communities" section.

Folding Victory! (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 11-June-2002  00:46:32 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Just a quick note to say that Team OCAU is now the:

#1 Folding@Home Team
In The World!

Yes, our epic battle that's been raging for months has finally seen us slip back into the lead. However, I'm sure our worthy opponents (primarily the [H]ard|Folders) will be rallying their troops for another assault, so this is no time to be resting on our laurels. Besides, friendly rivalry aside, it's for a good cause - hopefully finding cures for diseases that could easily affect you or your family.

Congrats and thanks to Bollocks, our resident Master of Folding and the closest thing we've had to a Field Marshall during this recent surge to the front. Indeed, congrats and thanks to all members of our team - your contributions, no matter how large or small, are appreciated by us and I'm sure they're appreciated by Stanford and the people who actually use the data we're all churning out.

BTW, the winner of last week's Folding Giveaway is Fusion75, who takes home a swag of goodies. This week's prizes are from GameDude, Below-0 and CoolPC.. so get on the winning team and get Folding!

Tuesday night. (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 10-June-2002  23:58:22 (GMT +10) - by Darkness'

Monday night.

SMH has posted the top 50 games of all time. I quite like the winner. Ta morgan.

StatosFear sent in this comprehesive site on HDD jumper settings and other information.

There is a 7 way roundup of 3d accelerators up. It contains the following cards : "NVIDIA Quadro2 MXR - NVIDIA Quadro2 PRO - NVIDIA Quadro DCC - NVIDIA Quadro4 900XGL - NVIDIA Quadro4 750XGL - ATI FireGL2 - ATI FireGL 8800 - 3DLabs Wildcat II 5000"

On that note, there is an article pitting 4 Fanner heatsinks against 2 classics ones. Also, "Oh and I've also included an MP3 file of the fan noise... and no, it's not me humming into a microphone ;-)"

There is an article about the recent movement in the Linux community towards a unified Linux distribution. "Unfortunately, that's one of the biggest problems with the movement today: too many people know the name, but do not know what it is. Especially around the corporate crowd, where the pointy-haired boss throws out buzzwords like chicken feed and yet has no idea what they mean, Linux has an aura of mystery."

G-Phresh sent in this funky looking metal case. It's been posted before but it's still cool, in a weird kind of way and Ben sent in a cool Transformers site. So many memories...

More to come so stay tuned!

Giveaways :
Tweakers Shuttle AK35GTR Motherboard based on the KT266A chipset.
Mikhailtech June 2002 Giveaway - Week 2

Reviews :
Watercooling and peltiers to overclock an AMD CPU
Nexland ISB800 Router Review at computerchaos
Intel 845BG at hardware testdk
GSM 20D 5.1 Home Theater speakerset @ burnoutpc
Panaflow Fan Review
Mercury ATX case reviewed at pc-extreme
BGA RAMsinks review @ EXHardware
Enermax CS-5190AL-061 Case at systemcooling
Antec TruePower 330watt PSU Review at mikhailtech
SOYO KT333 Dragon Ultra Motherboard Review @ technoyard
ExcelStor Io.40GB HDD @ HWZ
Enermax CS-5190AL-061 Aluminium case at systemcooling
HighPoint RocketRaid 404 Review @ The Tech Zone
Uplink Review @ DeviantPC
Nanotherm Ice & Blue @ HWZ
Samsung SyncMaster 1200NF
Epox 8K3A+ KT333 Motherboard Review @ Viper's Lair

Monday Morning (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 10-June-2002  02:40:27 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Remember: don't go to work today. :) [Edit: that is, unless you live in WA. Good on ya for keeping the economy going while the rest of us slack off.]

Vantec EZ Swap mobile HDD rack on SubZeroTech.
Antec 80 & 90mm case fans on NeoSeeker.
Epox 8K3A+ KT333-based SocketA DDR motherboard on AMDMB.
Directron Black Pearl aluminium case on ViperLair.
CDI Fully modded Antec Case on ascully.
Nostromo N50 game controller on EliteHW.
AthlonXP unlocking kit on HardCoreCooling, thanks Zzapped.
Thermaltake GF4 Copper Cooler on Tweakers.
Abit KX7-333R KT333-based SocketA DDR motherboard on AMD3D.
Vantec Tornado Fans on ClubOverclocker.
MSI Geforce 4 Ti4600-VTD video card on NeoSeeker.
FIC VC15 i845D-based P4 DDR motherboard on NeoSeeker.
Hercules Prophetview 720 LCD monitor on Digit-Life.
ATi Radeon 8500 LE video card on HWExtreme.
Adda 80mm fan on Monster-Hardware.
KINGWIN Multifunction Transfer Panel and KF-201-DF Mobile IDE Rack w/ LCD on TweakNews.
In-Win L545 microATX case on M6.
InfiniPro watercooling kit on IPKonfig.
DFI NB70-SC i845-based P4 motherboard on OCMelbourne.
AMD AthlonXP 1600+ SocketA CPU on PlanetSavage.

Sunday Arvo (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 9-June-2002  15:37:11 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Yum Cha for brunch, drop in to the track to watch a bit of bike racing, V8's on TV.. not a bad day so far and there's another "Sunday" tomorrow. :)

Tech-Report have some info on slow PCI writes on nForce-based boards.

ComputerNerd has an online thermal calculator for working out the power output of your CPU.. coulda been handy during my ramblings in the recent 6 new coolers roundup.

Hogwash spotted more info about the hacking the xbox project, while Anthrox noted info on playing DivX's on them.

ArsTechnica have some recommended systems.. 3 levels of expense/power.

Greg0r spotted this page about a recent SETI@Home server shuffle.. see what collates the data that our SETI@Home team are working on.

Anthrox spotted info about a game engine that allows Quake on a GameBoy.

There are some early benchmarks of AMD Hammer prototype CPU's on TechChannel.de, thanks to a few people.

They'll tax anything these days.. even cow flatulence, thanks Jaw174.. who also spotted some famous geek cartoons.

Decker spotted this page to South Park yourself.. I know that resident graphics guru Darkness has done a collage of OCAU Admins with this page and photoshop.. maybe we can link that on here when it's finished.

VIA C3 1GHz Socket370 CPU on Accelenation.
Jeantech JN424 miditower case on BlargOC.
MSI 845E Max2 i845e-based P4 DDR motherboard on AMD3D.
Visiontek Xtasy GeForce4 Ti4600 video card (video review) on 3DGameMan.

Can't Post or Reply in the Forums? (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 9-June-2002  15:19:47 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Probably because your email address is wrong in UserCP. See this thread for info. I've been getting a heap of bounced emails lately (especially from ex-Dingoblue users) so I've moved a lot of people into the "waiting for email confirmation" group. Again, see here for how to re-enable your ability to post and reply in the forums.

Folders, take note! (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 9-June-2002  00:52:37 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I may have an explanation for the recent drop in production. To quote myself from this forum thread:

I just checked both my dual-cpu linux boxes and between the 4 CPU's (so 4 directories) there were 7 units waiting, marked DONE. They all went to server 112 when I ran "-send all" so it was obviously due to server 112 being a bit flaky over the last coupla days. So there may be a few waiting in your queues - they should be sent the next time you finish a WU, but perhaps in the interests of getting in front ASAP, you might want to check your queues or at the very least stop and restart the FAH process so it tries to send any waiting units..

Saturday Morning. (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 8-June-2002  02:57:51 (GMT +10) - by Darkness'

What else do you do when you have to be up for work in 4 hours... post news!

First off, some coverage of the Computex show in Tawain. HWZ have a day two article up here. TweakTown have an article about the Abit Editor's Night. Finally the ddrzone have gone crazy with 95 new pictures to look at from day 4 alone! They can be found here, here and here. Some interesting stuff in all those links.

Germany's Government has gone Open Source. "THE German Government said it had agreed with computer maker IBM to increase the use of open-source software on its computers, a move aimed at reducing dependence on US software giant Microsoft."

Dan has reviewed some Lian Li removable drive bays.

The open source browser suite Mozilla 1.0 has been released. It can be downloaded here. Ta Ben. [EDIT] TheTron sent in links to the ausgamers servers. Windows and Linux.

Also the LAN Overkill, Session #6 in Melbourne has opened registrations. It's a 250 player, 2 day LAN event.

Hackers have responded in large numbers to an appeal from the director of a culture center and literary museum on the west coast of Norway. The password to one of their library archive systems is missing. On that note, A Hacker was charging $5 a pop to change grades on school computers.

A warning has been issued to update your BlackICE firewall if you run one. In a default installation, The BlackICE Agent might not reactivate when the host returns from standby.

And a brief look into the SETI@HOME server room.

Interesting forum threads :
Serial ATA thread
Use an AGP card in a PCI slot. I could actually use one of those right now.

Guides and silly stuff :
Part 2 of the Windows 2000/XP Registry Article Series @ DeviantPC

The hackers diet. "How to Lose Weight and Hair through Stress and Poor Nutrition" Thanks Jas per. Dead Mans Switch. I'm not going to describe that one so check it out yourself :) Thanks TB.

Reviews :
Shuttle AK35GT2R KT333 Motherboard Review at mikhailtech
Leadtek Winfast A250 Ultra TD Ti4600 @ active-hardware
Thermalright AX-7 HSF Review @ Tek Sector
KINGWIN Multifunction Transfer Panel and KF-201-DF Mobile IDE Rack w/ LCD @ TweakNews.net
Zalman ZM17CU GFX Card cooler @ pc-arena
ZX Mods Cold Cathode at subzerotech
Abit Siluro GeForce4 Ti 4600Review at HotHardware
Designtechnica Reviews the Apple iMac
Belkin wireless networking components at littlewhitedog
TRENDnet TEW-202CF WiFi CompactFlash Card at slcentral
Altec Lansing XA3021 Video Game Speaker Set @ hardcoreware
Titanium 5000 "The Evil Case" at iamnotageek
Thermaltake Volcano 7+ Reviewed at OC'd Cafe
Asus V8460 Ultra Geforce 4 TI @ hexus
Belkin USB Dual Media Reader/Writer @ hexus again

Friday Morning. (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 7-June-2002  02:03:28 (GMT +10) - by Darkness'

Been a while but better late than never!

Want to know 'Why your firewall sucks?' With this site and it's creator they have a program that shows you how and why your firewall is failing. "This program very clearly penetrates every firewall on the market, including Zone Alarm." Thanks Lindsay

OC'ers Cafe has put together the final installment of their Building an overclocked PC, cheap series. Handy guide to have a look at if you're thinking of building a new PC.

There is a new flaw in Microsoft's IE."A security flaw in Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser could allow a hacker to take control of a remote computer if its user clicks a link to an outdated Internet protocol, a computer security firm says."

Apparently Telstra have a free alternative to their 12455 directory assistance number. It being 1223. Thanks RedBack.

There is an article up about mod'ing your cdrom to add a metallic look to it. The end result actually looks quite good. Also a guide on sound dampening your PC.

'MIT grad student hacks into Xbox' probably isn't a headline MS want to hear about. "A graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology said he has found a way to circumvent the security system for Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox video game console, opening the way for hackers to use it to run competing software, according to documents released over the weekend." Cheers SoVeReIgN

A guide to mod'ing your PSU in order to drop temps. "My original PSU Mod, it gave me a 5c (average) drop in both CPU and case temps, while this may not be much, for some 5c can be the difference between stability and random reboots." On that note there is also an article up on running your PSU without a fan!

Here's a funky lit up case mod. That would be well worthy of our PCDB don't you think?

Wilch and a few of his mates have an ongoing site on their modifications to their $450 Lian Li cases. Look'n good fellas!

More coverage of Day 4 at computex 2002.

If you're anything like Homer Simpson in your food tastes, you're in luck!"Homer Simpson's favourite snack company, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, has chosen Australia as the place to open its first franchise chain outside North America. Sydney-based Borderless Australia Pty Ltd will help set up 30 stores in Australia and New Zealand during the next five years. Not only will locals be able to sample Krispy Kreme's 22 doughnut varieties - made famous in Australia thanks to TV cartoon show The Simpsons - but they will be able to order them drive-through style!" Mmmmmm... Thanks a-m!

Silly stuff :
Bored? How bout you try some Cheese Racing! Thanks Ben. I think you have to much time on your hands :) Or you could watch some weird guy dance for a camera at around 4mb a pop.. Thanks Mace. On that note, Here is an interactive flash music clip. Thanks banyo boys.

Reviews :
PleXCombo PX-320A hardware reviews at cdrinfo
Antec LED lit totaly transparent case fans review at Mikhailtech
Danger Den's newest Maze3 Waterblock.
Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project @ Viperlair
FastTrak TX2000 Ultra RAID ATA133 Controller in Video Review
VIA KT333 Mainboard Comparison: ABIT AT7 MAX vs. ASUS A7V333
SOYO P4S-645DX Dragon Ultra Motherboard Review at tweakers
Leadtek WinFast TV 2000 XP @ eliteHW
Creative Labs Desktop Theater 5.1 @ mrpcpro

Thursday Afternoon (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 6-June-2002  16:54:58 (GMT +10) - by Agg

From Peter: Can we let people know that if they're using FAH3 beta 1 or 2 that they need to get the new beta 3 from here as the older two have now expired (and may result in work units not being sent back or folding not running).

Anandtech have their Day 2 and Day 3 Computex coverage posted.. HardOCP have Part 2 and Part 3 of their coverage posted, too. Tech-Report have SiS Xabre info, as well as Darth VIA and NVIDIA's DDR400 nForce.

If Extreme Cooling is your thing, be sure to check the Consolidated Sticky Thread which links to a heap of info in that Forum.. thanks to Bravo for putting it all together.

GTA3 is all the rage at the moment.. Bjorn 3D and 3D Avenue both review the PC version of this car-borne carnage game.

JimX wonders if UV light affects CD burning in a forum thread.

3DRetreat have E3 coverage posted, including the ubiquitous Booth Babes.

The ArsMasters have put together a SCSI Primer.. mmm, expensive.

Digital Silence have a guide to the optimal refresh rate for your monitor.

Peter notes the Govt getting a slap on the wrist for spamming.

AOpen AK77-333 KT333-based SocketA DDR motherboard on Processor-Emporium.
ATI Radeon 8500 64MB video card on Active-Hardware.
Cooler Master ATS-201 case on BlargOC.
NoiseControl Stealth Tower case on OCPrices.
Gainward GeForce 4 Ti4200 video card on OCNZ.
ATI Radeon 8500 64MB video card on ViperLair.
Lian-Li PC-65 aluminium case on SystemCooling.
AMD Athlon MP 2000+ socketA cpu on Tech-Report.
VisionTek Xtasy GeForce 4 Ti 4600 video card on EliteGuild.
Leadtek Winfast A250TD GF4 Ti4400 video card on TheTechZone.
Leadtek WinFast TV 2000 XP tv/radio card on EliteHW.
Western Digital 80GB Special Edition HDD on EXHardWare.
V-Tec V-Drive USB Flash Drive on 3DVelocity.
MegaMite Chipset Cooler on HWPub.
Lian Li PC-70USB server case on Inside-Hardware.

AMD CPU's in Aust.. (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 6-June-2002  16:11:08 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Received this from a few sources, originally it's from AMD Aust. Kinda clarifies concerns people may have had about warranties on AMD CPU's in the wake of the AMD / APD rift we mentioned last week.

AMD has ceased our business relationship with APD International Pty Ltd and they are no longer an AMD distributor.

As of the 1 June 2002 we have appointed Digiland as an official AMD distributor to join our existing official AMD distributors Avnet Ltd and Legend Performance Technology.

If you purchase from a reseller, to ensure best warrenty support, it's always best to ask them if they purchase their AMD processors from official AMD distributors.

Wednesday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 5-June-2002  22:28:33 (GMT +10) - by Agg

From Paul: Not sure if you know, but the new shipments of Lian Li PC-71s' have a modified PSU bracket. The problem up until now was that a PSU with 2 fans (the good ones) would have to sit upside down. A hole has now been cut to allow the 2nd fan on the PSU to draw air from the CPU area.

Australian cable internet users might draw some grim consolation from the fact that data caps are appearing in the USA, too.

jas per reckons that Bill Gates uses a Mac.. and says that these links are proof: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. If you care about it more than me, wade through them yourself. :)

Speaking of Apple things, MadMike spotted that the Quicktime 6 public preview is available for download.

GotApex have their scrapbook from E3, the entertainment expo recently on in the USA.

Feral spotted 4-way AMD SMP: In demo only, AMD is showing off a quad-CPU system running AMD Opteron processors (Hammer core). This is exactly the kind of thing I'm salivating over from AMD. Mmmm, me too.

ZZZ Online have their latest issue out.

Sky Hawk Eagle MSR4610 aluminium case on CaseJunkiez.
Tactical Ops: Assault on Terror game on 3DAvenue.
Plextor 40/12/40A CDRW drive on MBReview.
Leadtek K7N420-DA nForce-based motherboard on TweakTown.
ABIT AT7 "legacy-free" KT333 motherboard on Hardware-TestDK.
Vantec Iceberq VGA & Chipset Cooling Kits on TekSektor.
QuietPC Silent Drive Enclosure on TheHardWire.
GeForce4 Ti4200 Reference Card on AMDWorld.
Belkin MiniScroller Optical mouse on Bjorn3D.
IWill P4R-533N i850E-based P4 DDR motherboard on VIAHW.

Computex Coverage (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 5-June-2002  21:27:27 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The technology-fest in Taiwan continues, and these sites have coverage posted:

Tweaktown have an interview with KingMax as well as Day 2 and Day 3 coverage.

TheDDRZone have lots of pics from Day 2 and Day 3.

Tech-Report have info on AMD's future and Hammer processors, AOpen's valve-audio motherboard and VIA multimedia.

HardWareZone have Day 1 coverage.

Ex-DingoBlue user? Got a forum account? (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 5-June-2002  20:49:12 (GMT +10) - by Agg

We're getting a flood of bounce messages like this:

The email address xxxxxxxxx@dingoblue.net.au is no longer available. dingo blue ceased to provide dial-up internet services 5pm EST on 30 May 2002. Please endeavour to contact the recipient of this email by some other method of communication.

If you used a dingoblue email for your forum account, go into UserCP, enter your current email address and respond to the email it will send you. Thanks guys!

Webby Awards! (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 5-June-2002  20:39:37 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The Webby Awards, and particularly their People's Voice awards, are on again. Draffa thinks OCAU has a shot at one in the Communities category, and has made a thread here encouraging people to register and vote for us. All you need is a valid email to vote, apparently. So, if you think we're deserving of such an honour, go and vote! If you're in a voting mood, vote for us in the Tweakers Top 50 sites, too. :)

Tuesday Morning #3 (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 4-June-2002  11:51:39 (GMT +10) - by Agg

PCStats have a DDR Memory roundup.

HotHardware check out the state of mobile gaming with a P4 / GF4 laptop.

Apparently kangaroos may help stop global warming, thanks Birdman.

Freaky eyes for sci-fi fans, thanks Laurie.

Grimwolge spotted an interview with PHP's creator.. PHP is a server-side scripting language that powers all the cool sites, including OCAU. :)

PCParadox have part 2 of their ultimate case-mod guide posted.

Removable Frame Mobile HDD Rack on TekSektor.
Asus P4B533-E i845E-based P4 DDR motherboard on CPU3D.
SkyHawk MSR-4610 case on ExplosiveHW.
Albatron GF4 MX440 video card on PCStats.
Xoxide C6 BlackHawk pre-modded case on InsideProject.
Abit Siluro GF4 Ti4400 video card (video review) on 3DGameMan.
Samsung CDRW 32x10x40x CDRW drive on ByteSector.
PC Geiger RD2 Pro PCI bandwidth monitor on HardCoreWare.
Samsung PC2700 DDR SDRAM on 3DVelocity.

Tuesday Morning...again?! (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 4-June-2002  02:06:16 (GMT +10) - by Darkness'

Compared to the post below this is going to look like a birthday invitation... Oh well might as well clear out the inbox right? :)

This is quite a cool site by the name of 'OldVersion'. Basically you can download older versions of popular software and even put in requests for some to be located. Great for those programs that were small and worked great before they became bloated with spyware and what not. Cheers Andrew.

Jaw174 sent in a link to Google's first computer. "The development of the Google algorithms was carried on on a variety of Computers, mainly provided by the NSF-DARPA-NASA-funded Digital Library project at Stanford... Crawling the web to obtain its link structure required an enormous amount of storage in comparison with typical student projects at that time. We show here the original storage assembly, containing 10 4 Gigabyte disk drives, giving 40 Gbytes total."

More coverage of the Computex 2002 show is going on brought to you by the ddrzone. That's a whole bunch of impressive piccies to ogle at :) Cheers klif-e and Voods

DSLwebserver have an article up about upgrading their webservers.

Should be enough to keep all the news junkies happy for a while.. Well until tomorrow :)

Reviews :
Cooler Master ATC-710 SX2 Server Case@ Tek Sector
Samsung SyncMaster 753 DF Review at iamnotageek
48x Burning: Lite On LTR-48125S from gotapex
Benq 24x10x40 CDRW Drive @ tweakers
Opera 6.03 Review from futurelooks.
SiS Xabre 400 Reference Card Review @ hexus
AMD XP2000 & XP2100 from OCplus
10-Way P4 Cooler Roundup @ tweakers
MSI KT3 Ultra-ARU @ Viperlair
Hercules All-in-Wonder 8500DV at guru3d.
Gainward GeForce 4 Ti4600 Reviewed at pureoc
Gigabyte GA-7VRXP KT333 Motherboard @ EXHardware
Zalman CNPS cooling kit Review @ BlargOC
Cooler Master ATC-210 VX2@ Cool Hardwarez
Logitech Wingman Cordless Reviewed by bit-tech.

EPoX 8K3A+ BIOS Comparison (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 4-June-2002  01:53:38 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Creative has shared his experiences with 4 different BIOS versions on this popular KT333-based SocketA DDR motherboard from EPoX. See which he reckons is best for overclocking..

Click for the article!

Tuesday Morning (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 4-June-2002  01:26:08 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Congrats to wa.recoil from clanwa, who won last week's Folding Giveaway. Our team is storming towards first place at the moment, we should be in front by the end of the week at this rate. Way to go, guys! Keep at it, because this week sees prizes from Below-0, GameDude, Adilam and Inspect-A-Gadget.

We broke the forum record again: Most users ever online was 486 on 3rd June 2002 at 10:28 PM. .. appropriate number for a PC hardware site, I guess. Last record was 422, quite a hefty jump.. even if I did cheat by putting "Interesting Forum Threads" on the front page. :)

ScarletHippo suggests writing a letter may be a way to express your dissatisfaction with Optus's latest pricing, if that's how you feel. Meanwhile, Chris spotted this page with arguments about the new pricing. I notice Dan has updated his analysis of their pricing, too.

Computex is on in Taiwan at the moment. AnandTech have their coverage of Day 1 posted, as do TweakTown.

From Shane: I would just like to inform u that the new celeron socket 478 is now on for sale in australia. They only have the 1.7ghz model out on the market as far as i can see and they come with 128k cache and retail for about $209-$210 for the retail box model. That would be your 1.7GHz "value" processor. Just the thing for minesweeper and wordprocessing.

This was mentioned in one of the "interesting threads" in the last update, but Zed says CDR-Info have details on turning a 32x or 40x LiteON burner into a 48x with a bios flash.

If today was April 1st, I'd dismiss this as a joke.. but it seems genuine. AOpen have made a motherboard with onboard sound.. big deal, you say.. well, this has an onboard vacuum-tube amplifier for passionate audiophiles and extreme gamers who are interested in building their own ultimate entertaining PCs. Wow.. thanks SushiMOO.

Iroboi spotted this article about VDSL.. Speeds of anything from 19 to 55 megabits are possible - that's nearly 40 to 100 times faster than normal broadband. Cool, imagine how quickly you could hit your 3GB cap with that!

From Chris: this article has info about upcoming Microsoft OSes, codenamed Longhorn and Blackcomb, along with new graphics technology.

I was talking to Tifkat about this at the Sydney Cruise on Sunday.. info on the Compaq and HP merger from Adam: They have now released their product roadmap. I noted that many Compaq brands are staying (as I thought). The Proliant and iPaq are to stay... as the Compaq name for Business PC's also stays (HP Vectra to be phased out). Seems that the HP name will remain for the entire (new) company.

Magnets and static electricity are bad for computers, right? Dan takes a few minutes (and rather less than his usual bazillion words) to perhaps change your mind.

BOB_LORDOFEVIL says that there were some virii running around at the Shafted LAN on the weekend and there were a few OCAU peeps there. Probably a good idea to scan your PC for viruses and trojans after any LAN, really. Pengo sends a warning that the popular search engine Google is currently infected with the VMX HTML virus. I can't confirm this information, but I belive its legit as my works security/firewall team were the ones who put in a temp block to the url. I've been to Google a few times today, as I do almost every day, with no problems.. but better to be safe than sorry, update & scan, you know it makes sense. Meanwhile, Willmeister spotted another new virus making the rounds.. yay. This one is the first known polymorphic metamorphic virus to infect under both Windows and Linux. Those clever virus writers, I'd like to punch them all in the face for being so creative with their time.

OCrCafe have a guide to easy/cheap case-modding.

From Eugenius: A must for the future techno-junkies, a flexible display. Will takes wearable computing to a new level? Imagine sticking this in the corner of the the old VB commodore windscreen for high-tech telemetery... :)

AMDWorld compared the ASUS P4T533-C (i850E) & MSI 845E Max-LR (i845E) P4 motherboards.

Silly stuff: Random They Fight Crime! blurb-generator (refresh it), thanks OneArmedMan. amibiosornot.com is a funny ripoff of a few other sites, thanks Arkenstone.. BigMouse is a BigBrother ripoff, thanks Pasan. Funny road-safety animation from StraM.

Apple iPod MP3 Player on ExtremeCooling.. our review here.
Thermaltake Volcano 7+ socket cooler on ByteSector.. our review here.
VIA C3 1GHz CPU on Hexus.
Antec Performance Plus 660B case on Virtual-Hideout.
MSI 845E Max2-BLR i845E-based P4 DDR motherboard on HardWareZone.
Leadtek WinFast K7N420DA nForce-based socketA DDR motherboard on Bjorn3D.
Thermal Max CT-288 thermal sensor on HardExtreme.

Monday Evening (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 3-June-2002  18:36:02 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Not running anti-virus software? There's free software here (AVG), here (Anti-Vir) and here (F-Prot). There's a few people out there who are sending me so many viruses on a daily basis I'll probably be complaining to your ISP soon. Download some free software and clean yourself up.

Interesting Forum Threads:
Sydney Cruise Pics (56k friendly!) in The Pub.
Opinion vs Fact in The Pub.
Which graphics card for DVD playback? in Audio Visual.
How does the PSU affect the computer? in Newbie Lounge.
LiteON 32x now a 48x yay in Overclocking and Hardware.
DreamWeaver Alternatives? in Software Stuff.
Samba Question (Recompiling Kernel??) in Software Stuff.
A tale of changing case fans (Mp3's of before and after included) in Modding & Electronics.
Read your AMD thermal diode in Extreme Cooling.
Project-Lathe, drillpress in Extreme Cooling.
What's the best dual motherboard? in SMP and Clustering.
Advice on hosting a LAN? in Networking & Internet.
What is a straight 6 engine? in Motoring.
400 or 533 in overclockers eyes in Intel Hardware.
wireless network outdoor antenna range in Networking & Internet.

Sunday night. (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 2-June-2002  23:17:30 (GMT +10) - by Darkness'

Just a smallish post for tonight as the inbox is a little dry.

Apparently everyone's handwriting is unique and could be used in court. Of course this is done via recognition software. Cheers alx-e

An Australian spammer is now suing an anti-spam website. *shakes head* Thanks moldy.

This guy took overclocking to a new level and well, burnt and broke all his hardware. Don't try this at home...

The upcoming AMD CPU Opteron could be off to a slow start. Cheers Judd.

If you use oz.org's IRC servers as we do for #overclockers, here's an update on what's going on in regards to the DoS attacks. Cheers hadamona.

Guru3d now has a new section dedicated to reviews and information about 3d stereo goggles.

Gemini sent word of OzEmail's new broadband pricing schemes. Also, There is some information about the new HP 29.17 Detonator Drivers that are out and about.

Nigel sent in a link to this new high-tech search engine called Kartoo. I just had a go of it then by running a search on overclockers Australia and well... er go see for yourself. :)

How would you like your own light saber? Thanks munkiboy. On that note, James sent in this joke from slashdot about write only memory.

Grimwolge sent in this very cool bugs bunny and elma fudd matrix cartoon. Nifty! :)

Also the tweakers top 50 sites has been reset again. Here is the list and here is the link to vote for OCAU.

Giveaway/Contets :
SystemCooling's Grand Giveaway
Contest for Blue Cathode & Blue LED fan @ Geekshelter.com

Guides :
Copper Tube Case Mod, Part I

Reviews :
PC2700 DDR RAM @ Cas 2 shoot-out @ OcPrices.com
Logitech Z-560 Review from subzerotech
The Cold Shop AMD Tech Tour: Spring 2002
Stomp Inc.'s ClutterBuster Desktop Organizer @ Tek Sector
Shuttle AK35GTR reviewed on The DDR Zone
Videologic Vivid!XS 64 MB Kyro II from tobitech
Thermalright AX-7 reviewed @ phlux.co.uk
Cooler Master Rounded Cables Reviewed at mikhailtech
IceBerQ Copper Cooler review at burnoutpc
TweakNews SOCKET A heatsink fan roundup
Antec Blue and TriLight 80mm LED Clear Fans Review @ mihailtech
Cooler Master ATC-710-GX2 Case Review at systemcooling
SkyHawk MSR-4610 Aluminum MidTower Case at explosivehardware
Updated DDR Memory Roundup from tweakers
MSI SiS645DX 645E MAX-LRU Reviewed at hexus

Privacy Alert! (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 2-June-2002  18:56:33 (GMT +10) - by Agg

From Electronic Frontiers Australia: Proposed changes to the Telecommunications Interception Act (C'th) would give government agencies (not only police forces) powers to intercept and read email, voice mail and SMS messages, without an interception warrant (as is presently required). Furthermore, agencies that are not allowed to obtain and use interception warrants (like the Taxation Office, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, the Immigration Department, etc.) would gain the power to intercept and read private communications. Communications made using new technologies would have less privacy protection than a telephone call. For more information about the Bill, see the Background section below.

More info here.

Saturday Night (no, really!) (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 2-June-2002  00:16:22 (GMT +10) - by Agg

This news update is 17 minutes late because IE was being really annoying. :)

Must be breeding season in the hardware website scene at the moment.. 3 new sites have cropped up: Hardware Downunder, Overclocker Warehouse and EliteGuild. They've all got stuff going on for their respective launches, so check 'em out.

Asus V8460 Ultra Ti4600 video card on Active-Hardware, our review here.
Crucial PC2700 DDR SDRAM on InsideProject.
Belkin USB Smartbeam infrared adapter on Hexus.
Noisecontrol Silverado heatsink on FrostyTech.
Super Flower 201S case on HardwarePub.
Shuttle SS50 barebones P4 system on HotHardware.
Matrix Orbital LCD on VyW.
LaCie 40Gb Pocket Drive on DesignTechnica.
Epox 8K3A+ KT333CE motherboard on PCStats.
Winfast GF4 ti4200 64meg video card on OCPlus.
ThermalTake Geforce4 Ti Copper Cooler on OCrsClub.
Intel D850EMV2 P4 RAMBUS mobo on Tweakers.
Bitspower NP60CD & NP81DS20 Coolers on EXHardware, our review here.
TaiSol CGK760092 socket cooler on MikhailTech.
PNY Verto GF4 video cards on TekBug.
USB External Enclosure hdd caddy on ExtremOC.
Plextor 24/10/40U USB 2.0 CDRW on FutureLooks.
AK35GT2R KT333 motherboard on AMDMB.
EMPower Modulator err, thingummy-wotsit on DansData.

In Sydney? Bored on Sunday? Got a car (or motorbike)? (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 1-June-2002  23:34:00 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Forum-goer Whitey Ford has organised a "Cruise" through the Royal National Park. Get y'self down to Loftus Oval for 11am to meet up. Where's Loftus Oval? Heading South down the Princes Hwy, it's on the left JUST before the first entry to the Royal National Park. There's a gravel carpark where no doubt lots of geeks will be standing around. Arrive with a full tank of fuel because there's no petrol stations in the park and it's a fair way to the other end and back. There's often a man selling hotdogs and icecream from a van at the other end, though.

Remember, the RNP road is a twisty road and in places very bumpy. No hero antics required please, take it easy and enjoy the scenery - don't become part of it.


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