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Retro Misc Pics (11 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 31-May-2024  13:52:25 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I got my first-ever Uber today. How exciting. I also very cleverly forgot to upload the Misc Pics before going to work, so here's Retro Misc Pics from July 2011:

1st July 2011:

8th July 2011:

15th July 2011:

22nd July 2011:

Tuesday Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 28-May-2024  16:44:44 (GMT +10) - by MUTMAN

Audio Visual:
Divoom Times Gate Pixel Art Informative Display @ NikKTech
Dell UltraSharp 34 Curved U3425WE Monitor @ HotHardware
Test Fosi Audio MC101 @ cowcotland

Keyboard, Mouse, Etc:
Razer Viper V3 Pro Wireless @ TweakTown
CHERRY KW 7100 Mini BT Multi-Device Compact Keyboard @ Madshrimps
ENDORFY Omnis Pudding Blue Gaming Keyboard @ Madshrimps

Cases and Cooling:
Montech HyperFlow ARGB 240 AIO @ TechPowerUp
DEEPCOOL CH160 @ aphNetworks
DeepCool LD360 All-In-One Liquid Cooler @ aphNetworks
Granzon GAI0.1 CPU Water Block @ TechPowerUp

Lian Li O11 Dynamic EVO XL @ TechPowerUp
Corsair 2500X Mid-Tower Dual Chamber @ FunkyKit
Chieftec Apex Q @ TechPowerUp

Lexar SL500 2TB Portable SSD @ Neoseeker
Crucial Pro Overclocking White DDR5-6000 2x16GB DDR5 @ aphNetworks
Hellblade II: DLSS vs. FSR vs. XeSS Comparison @ cowcotland
Dell XPS 16 (9640) Laptop @ TweakTown
QIDI Q1 Pro 3D Printer @ NikKTech
TP-Link BE9300 Archer BE550 Wi-Fi 7 Router @ TweakTown

Misc Pics (24 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 24-May-2024  14:27:38 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again!

Thursday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 23-May-2024  22:51:17 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Lexar NM790 with Heatsink M.2 SSD Review – A “Cheap” 4TB Capacity SSD on ThePCEnthusiast.
Maximize Storage Efficiency with Dell PowerStore 3200Q on StorageReview.
HP FX700 SSD on StorageReview.
PNY XLR8 CS3150-XHS 1TB SSD on Tweaktown.
SK hynix Tube T31 1TB Portable SSD Review - The King of USB Type-A on Tweaktown.
TerraMaster D8 Hybrid USB DAS on TechPowerUp.
PNY RP60 1TB Portable SSD on FunkyKit.
Crucial T705 vs T700 Gen5 SSD on ThePCEnthusiast.
Sabrent Rocket 4 1TB SSD on Tweaktown.

Audio Visual:
PMG Audio Apx In-Ear Monitors Review - $6500 Flagship! on TechPowerUp.
Wanbo DaVinci 1 Pro Smart Projector on NikKTech.
Gigabyte AORUS FO27Q3 360 Hz QD-OLED Gaming Monitor on ThinkComputers.

FSP CUT593A Computer Case on APHNetworks.
DeepCool MORPHEUS Modular ATX+ PC Chassis on FunkyKit.

Portable & Prebuilt:
ASRock 4x4BOX 8840U Mini PC on Tweaktown.
Yeyian Phoenix Gaming PC on ThinkComputers.
ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 (2024) Gaming Laptop Review: Pretty And Powerful on HotHardware.
Beelink SEi12 Mini PC on Tweaktown.

Input Etc:
Quick Look: Huion Kamvas Pro 24 (4K) Graphics Tablet on TechPowerUp.
CHERRY XTRFY M68 Pro mouse on TechPowerUp.
Lofree Edge Ultra-Low Profile Wireless Mechanical Keyboard on TechPowerUp.

HYTE THICC FP12 Cooling Fans (3 pack) on FunkyKit.
DeepCool Mystique 360 AIO cooler on Guru3D.
Team Group MP44S 1TB M.2 PCIe 4.0 2230 SSD on MadShrimps.
Corsair iCUE Link RX120, RX120 RGB, RX140 RGB Cooling Fans on APHNetworks.
Noctua NH-D9L & NH-D12L chromax.black CPU Coolers on NikKTech.
Silverstone Shark Force 120 mm Fan on TechPowerUp.
Enermax Liqmaxflo 360 AIO cooler on Guru3D.
ID-Cooling SPACE LCD SL360 Liquid CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.

Senua's Saga: Hellblade II Performance Benchmark on TechPowerUp.
Ghost of Tsushima: DLSS vs. FSR vs. XeSS Comparison on TechPowerUp.
Ghost of Tsushima Performance Benchmark Review - 35 GPUs Tested on TechPowerUp.

Crucial Pro Overclocking Edition DDR5-6000 32GB Memory Kit on ThinkComputers.
PNY XLR8 Gaming EPIC-X RGB DDR5-6400 CL32 32 GB on TechPowerUp.

EcoFlow Wave 2 mobile aircon/heater on FunkyHome.

Misc Pics (11 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 17-May-2024  13:17:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

My shoulder seems much improved. Thanks to mpot and Tim this week!

Forum Projects (2 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 15-May-2024  21:07:31 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Time to catch up on some more cool projects and reviews from the forums. Another good way to see what's going on is to hit the New Posts link.

RnR posted info on a new
CAMM2 memory standard

Phido is converting a Tronxy
3D printer to a Mega Vxbot

QuinRiva has a hardline
Lian Li V3000 Plus build

mR_CaESaR has cleaned up
an Atomiswave arcade machine

Radiant posted their impressions
of a Minisforum BD770i mobo

aeries has a very tidy water
cooled mini-PC with gold bits

Kelvin reviewed an
ITX gaming PC

as well as a Mini Nuke
compact NUC PC

while Deftone2k has
refitted their shed

Wednesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 15-May-2024  21:00:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Corsair MP700 PRO SE - PCIe 5.0 NVMe SSD - 14GB/s on Guru3D.
Lexar Professional SL600 Portable Solid State Drive on ThinkComputers.
Patriot Viper VP4000 Mini 2TB M.2 2230 Gaming SSD on FunkyKit.
Patriot Viper VP4300 Lite 1TB M.2 PCIe Gen4 x4 Gaming SSD on MadShrimps.
Corsair MP700 PRO SE Gen5 SSD Review (4TB) on StorageReview.

Power Supply:
FSP Hydro Ti PRO 850W ATX 3.0 Power Supply Unit on NikKTech.
Enermax REVOLUTION D.F. X 1200 W on TechPowerUp.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Google Pixel 8a Review: Possibly The Best Midrange Phone Yet on HotHardware.
Razer Blade 18 Gaming Laptop Review: Thin, Stylish And Potent on HotHardware.
Alienware M16R2 Gaming Laptop on Tweaktown.

Corsair iCUE H150i Elite LCD XT AIO CPU Cooler on FunkyKit.
ASRock B650 Steel Legend WiFi Motherboard on OCInside.
Homeworld 3 Performance Benchmark Review - 35 GPUs Tested on TechPowerUp.
Logitech G ASTRO A50X Wireless Gaming Headset + Base Station on Tweaktown.
Shelly BLU Door/Window and Shelly H&T Gen3 smart home sensors on FunkyHome.

Interesting Forum Threads (2 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 14-May-2024  21:56:55 (GMT +10) - by Agg

It's been a while, but here's a few random forum threads that have caught my eye lately. You can keep on top of things in the forums via the recent activity feed or the new posts page. To see activity in threads you subscribe to, check out your latest alerts. It's also worth checking your watched threads list from time to time in case you missed an alert.

Photo/Video hoarders - how do you sort/categorise? in Storage & Backup.
AOOSTAR 2bay mini-PC NAS in Storage & Backup.
napp-it cs web-gui for (m)any ZFS server in Storage & Backup.
OpenSolaris/Solaris 11 Express/ESXi : BYO Home NAS for Media and backup images etc in Storage & Backup.
REVIEW Techfast ITX Gaming (March 2024) in Portable & Small Form Factor.
Framework Modular Laptop in Portable & Small Form Factor.
Smallest Windows Device in Portable & Small Form Factor.
Alienware Graphics Amplifier (AGA) adventures in Portable & Small Form Factor.
I'm at my witts here! in Troubleshooting Help.
Power usage meters for appliances in Electronics & Electrics.
Public DNS audit tool feedback in Business & Enterprise Computing.
Generative AI Assistants (ChatGPT, Grok, Copilot, Gemini etc.) in General Software.
AI / neural networks / language models in General Software.
Pie Reviews in Geek Food.
Epic's Pho king Sunday Lunch Reward Journal in Geek Food.
Bypassing the evil empire of Colesworth. Purchasing direct from farmers. in Geek Food.
2024 F1 Silly, Pre-season and Season Discussion in Motorsport.
Anime Modelling in Other Hobbies.
Slot Car thread. If and or when in doubt, Flat out. in Other Hobbies.
Bambu Lab A1/P1S/P1P/ X1C 3D Printer Thread in Hobby Engineering.
The VR game / Software thread (What are you playing) in VR - Virtual Reality.

Tuesday Evening (1 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 14-May-2024  19:37:56 (GMT +10) - by Agg

You should update Chrome if you use it. Fortunately it's not the drama it used to be as Chrome is quite good at keeping all your open tabs across various windows. Left unpatched, a remote attacker without physical access to a system would be able to compromise the render process "to potentially perform a sandbox escape via a crafted HTML page," hence the High security rating. Put another way, a user running a vulnerable (unpatched) Chrome build could suffer a range of undesirable consequences simply by visiting a malicious website, with a browser crash being the best case scenario.

Corsair are looking to acquire Fanatec. Over the years, Fanatec has established itself as one of the most popular brands for racing sim hardware. It offers a premium lineup of racing wheels, pedals, shifters, and more, which virtual racing enthusiasts can hook up to their console or PC when playing games like Gran Turismo 7 and Assetto Corsa.

Steam have released their monthly hardware survey for April 2024. The Steam Hardware Survey & Software Survey results for April 2024 paint a pretty disappointing picture for cards like Radeon RX 7700 XT and Radeon RX 7800 XT. They show that when it comes to RDNA 3, anything outside of the flagship 7900 XTX has failed to find a PC gaming audience.

Meanwhile a recent Steam Deck OS update allows overclocking. Overclocking controls have been added to the Steam Deck LCD version, allowing those owners to squeeze out some more performance from their hardware. Accessible in the Steam Deck BIOS, this overclocking support should prove modest for most, as cooling considerations are still paramount for this tightly-packed unit. This overclocking feature was already in the the newer OLED model, which has some internal differences versus the LCD Steam Deck.

Tweaktown report on the low rate of Windows 11 adoption. According to new data from Statcounter, a renowned web analytics service that has tracking code on more than 1.5 million websites, market share figures between Windows 11 users and Windows 10 users is trending - at least in the short term - toward more Windows 10 adoption, as global desktop share between February 2024 and April 2024 dropped from 28.16% to 25.65%. On the other hand, Windows 10's market share grew from 67.26% to 70.03%.

Never mind your fancy GPUs - turns out you can do AI image generation on a Commodore 64. Kinda. AI image generators are very popular these days, and the results are used in all sorts of creative projects. This made me wonder what it would have been like if image generators had existed during the early personal computer revolution in the 1980s. What would they have been like, and what would the images have been used for?

Someone who really needs to go back and watch Black Mirror again has decided that fitting firearms to robot dogs is a good idea. What's next, sharks with frickin' lasers on their heads? The evaluation of armed robotic dogs reflects a growing interest in small robotic unmanned ground vehicles for military use. While unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have been remotely delivering lethal force under human command for at least two decades, the rise of inexpensive robotic quadrupeds—some available for as little as $1,600—has led to a new round of experimentation with strapping weapons to their backs.

If you long for a simpler time, perhaps a re-born Nokia 3210 might be for you. Let’s throw back to Y2K, when conversations mattered more than likes and shares. A legendary phone returns with a long-lasting battery and a redesign for modern times. And of course, it’s got Snake. This is newstalgia at its best – the return of the Nokia 3210.

Sunday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 12-May-2024  23:54:23 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Samsung 990 PRO vs 990 EVO, What’s The Difference And Which One To Pick on ThePCEnthusiast.
ANACOMDA I4X Fiery Serpent 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD on NikKTech.
PNY XLR8 CS3150 M.2 NVMe PCIe Gen 5×4 1TB SSD (with RGB Heatsink) on FunkyKit.
Corsair MP700 Pro SE 4TB SSD Review - As Fast as They Come on Tweaktown.
Corsair MP700 Pro SE 4 TB on TechPowerUp.
Corsair MP600 Mini 2024 Edition 1TB SSD Review - Fastest Tiny Drive on the Planet on Tweaktown.

Input Etc:
Razer Firefly V2 Pro Mouse Mat Review: Slick, Rigid, With RGB on HotHardware.
ThundeRobot ML903 NearLink mouse on TechPowerUp.

Artillery Genius Pro 3D Printer on NikKTech.
Bykski CPU-XPR-C-I CPU Water Block Review - Amazing Value! on TechPowerUp.
Corsair 6500X Mid-Tower Dual Chamber Chassis on Tweaktown.
ZMF Caldera Closed Planar Magnetic Headphones on TechPowerUp.
Crucial Pro Overclocking DDR5-6000 2x16GB DDR5 RAM on APHNetworks.
MINISFORUM Venus NAB9 Core i9-12900HK Mini PC on Guru3D.

Retro Racing May 2024 (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 10-May-2024  21:19:00 (GMT +10) - by MUTMAN

This month's Retro Racing game is Over REV from 1997. Developed by Jaleco for Sega's Model 2 arcade board, Over REV features four nicely rendered tracks across the Greater Tokyo Area. Although it has some serious issues with driving and collision physics, if you stick with the game long enough to overcome its intricacies, it can be pretty rewarding. Like Jaleco's other Model 2 racer, Super GT 24h, you'll want to use an automatic transmission.

click for the thread!

Retro Misc Pics (7 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 10-May-2024  11:49:14 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I have Done Something Bad to my shoulder at hockey last night, so here's some one-handed Retro Misc Pics from June 2011, while I go get X-Rays etc..

3 Jun 2011:

10 Jun 2011:

17 Jun 2011:

24 Jun 2011:

Campaign to Stop Publishers Destroying Video Games (15 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 8-May-2024  21:59:31 (GMT +10) - by Agg

This from DrFrag:

There's currently a campaign to stop publishers destroying games, like when servers get retired and games people have paid for become unplayable.

The official site is here: stopkillinggames.com.
There's also a short summary video here.

One of the early attack vectors is for Australians, which includes a government petition here.

The petition closes on 20th May.

There's a longer explanatory video in the comments for this news thread.

Wednesday Review (1 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 8-May-2024  15:33:38 (GMT +10) - by MUTMAN

We're still a month away from Computex but the reviewers are ramping up !!

Audio Visual:
Eizo FlexScan EV3240X Monitor @ OCinside
AQIRYS ALYA 2.0 Wireless Gaming Headset @ Madshrimps
Meze Audio LIRIC 2nd Generation Closed-Back Headphones @ TechPowerUp
AOC U27G3X 27-inch Gaming Monitor @ TweakTown
OBSBOT Tail Air AI Powered 4K PTZ Streaming Camera @ NikKTech

CHERRY XTRFY M64 Pro @ TweakTown
Finalmouse UltralightX @ TechPowerUp

Cases and Cooling:
Corsair iCUE Link RX120 RGB 120 mm Fan @ TechPowerUp
DeepCool Mystique 360 Liquid CPU Cooler @ ThinkComputers
EK Water Blocks Nucleus AIO CR360 Lux D-RGB @ NikKTech
Fractal Design North XL Full-Tower Chassis @ TweakTown
DeepCool Mystique 360 All-In-One Liquid Cooler @ aphNetworks
Thermaltake The Tower 300 Chassis @ FunkyKit
Montech Sky Two GX @ TechPowerUp

Lexar SL500 1TB Portable SSD @ OCinside
Crucial X9 2TB Portable SSD @ FunkyKit
Western Digital WD Gold 24TB HDD @ TweakTown
TerraMaster F2-212 NAS @ Neoseeker
Samsung T5 EVO 8TB SSD @ HotHardware

V-Color 32GB DDR5-5600 SODIMM Memory Kit @ FunkyKit
Silicon Power XPOWER Zenith RGB 2x32GB DDR5 6000MHz @ Madshrimps

FSP Hydro PTM X Pro 1000 W Platinum ATX 3.0 PSU @ guru3D
Cooler Master V SFX Gold ATX 3.0 850W Power Supply @ aphNetworks

Video Card:
SAPPHIRE Pulse AMD Radeon RX 7600 XT 16GB OC @ NikKTech
PowerColor RX 6500 XT Fighter 8GB @ LanOC

Portable & Prebuilt:
Dell XPS 14 @ HotHardware
Lenovo Legion Pro 7 Gaming Laptop @ HotHardware
ASRock NUC BOX-155H @ TechPowerUp
MSI Vector GP68HX Gaming Laptop @ TweakTown

Corsair Platform:6 Elevate Modular Desk @ TweakTown
True Lies (1997) 4K Blu-ray @ TweakTown
Cougar Hotrod Royal Gaming Chair @ TechPowerUp
OdinLake Standing Desk S450 @ ThinkComputers

NETGEAR BE18400 Tri-Band PoE 10G Insight Managed WiFi 7 @ guru3D

Misc Pics (8 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 3-May-2024  13:41:01 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again!

CPU Vending Machine (12 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 1-May-2024  16:09:07 (GMT +10) - by Agg

You might remember my article from last year about Japanese Gachapon vending machines, the cute little server rack kits, and me losing my mind. A few people including metamorphosis sent word that there is one that dispenses used CPUs. I know, because Sciby and I saw it last year! He got a few CPUs out of it, and here's some some photos from inside the shop that I forgot to post earlier:


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