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Monday Midday (2 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 13-February-2012  13:00:15 (GMT +10) - by Agg

A few people sent word that one of Folding@Home's great champions has passed away - Gordon Smitheman. I am sad to announce the passing of one of our teammates, Gordon Smitheman, who some of you may know as the Team Captain of MaximumPC during the early years of the Chimp Challenge. Stanford are organsing a server named in memory of Gordon and his wife - details of how to donate are in the thread.

Sciby spotted this cool sci-fi video on YouTube. RL7 is an eight-foot tall combat robot that goes on the run after malfunctioning with vivid memories of once being human. As its creators and the military close in, RL7 battles its way to uncovering the shocking truth behind its mysterious visions and past. It's a one-off, but it sounds like with enough interest/support they might do a full film of it.

PC Authority checked out some sub-zero overclocking with the usual suspects. :) It is being run by TeamAU, a loose collective of the best overclockers in this part of the world. Four of them have made the journey for the event, SniperOz from Melbourne, YoungPro from Adelaide, Dinos22 from Sydney and Deanzo from Christchurch in New Zealand. For them this isn’t just a chance to impart a bit of knowledge on some budding overclockers, it is a chance to compare notes and catch up on each other’s gear and tweaks.

Sydney had a day of superheroes on the weekend. Heroes don’t exist — or do they? Cronulla was yesterday invaded by heroes big and small in an effort to regain a world record — and make some money for Sydney Children’s hospital along the way.

JD noticed some Google Fibre being rolled out in Kansas City. “At first, we’ll focus on building this solid fiber backbone,” Lo wrote. “Then, as soon as we have an infrastructure that is up and running, we’ll be able to connect Google Fiber into homes across Kansas City!” Physical work to erect a network had been snagged over issues about where Google would attach its fiber optic cables on the poles owned by the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities.

Jastormont sent word of free Windows Phone 7 dev Workshops in Australia and New Zealand this month. Microsoft and Nokia will be running free development workshops for the former’s Windows Phone OS, starting from next weekend. If you’re digging WP7 and call Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Auckland your usual habitat, then you might want to check them out. Yes, it’s about as short notice as you can get, with the first event scheduled for February 16-17, but MS and Nokia plan to hand out one or more Nokia Lumia handsets, which sweetens the deal significantly.

Speaking of extremely short notice, Adelaide's game developers are gathering at (Facebook link) the Goodwood Pub tonight at 7:30pm. Adelaide's Really Good Gathering of Gamedevelopers (that's ARGGGH for short) is returning to the Goodwood Pub in February 2012. It's an informal gathering of professional game developers, indies, students, anybody who wants to write games, and - really - anybody who enjoys playing games. The South Australian games industry's copped a lot of flak over the years, but we think we're still pretty awesome.

TechSpot consider the HDD market now that it's been three months since the floods hit Thailand, severely affecting production. The hard disk drive supply chain was hit hard late last year when a series of floods struck Thailand. The Asian country accounts for about a quarter of the world's hard drive production. All this resulted in hard drive prices shooting through the roof around the end of October as production became more expensive and limited. With the help of price tracking site Camelegg we've checked on a number of mobile and desktop HDDs to get a better overview of how the situation has developed in the last three months.

Issue 18 of The Overclocker is now available for viewing.

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