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Monday Evening (4 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 1-February-2016  20:47:45 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Gigabyte, Team.AU and HWBOT have a new overclocking competition in the forums. For those of you who don't know HWBOT is; hwbot.org is the foremost overclocking website, where individuals and teams compete in overclocking benchmarks against each other from all around the world, pushing hardware to it's silicone limits. Currently our Australia OC HWBot team is ranked 20th in the world out of 3328 and is punching well above it's weight. The team is free to join and new members are welcome.

Apple have issued a global recall for power adapters, due to an electrical shock risk. Apple is recalling some power adapters sold with Mac computers, iPhones, iPads and iPods since 2003. The affected adapters were made between 2003 and 2015, and use a two-prong plug into the power socket, used across Europe, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, New Zealand and South Korea. They were also included in Apple’s World Travel Adapter kit sold in the UK and US.

Tired of updating the Java plugin? I'm not, coz I removed it ages ago. But it seems Oracle are going to kill it off for good soon. Despite these improvements, Oracle is still deprecating the Java plugin when it releases Java 9, and removing it entirely at some point after that date. Both Edge and Chrome have already nuked browser support for Java from orbit; Firefox announced plans to do so late last year. Historically, Oracle has been slow to respond to vulnerabilities in Java, and its sandboxing was never as foolproof as the company advertised.

Google apparently have big plans, for solar-powered drones providing fast internet access. In a secretive project codenamed SkyBender, the technology giant built several prototype transceivers at the isolated spaceport last summer, and is testing them with multiple drones, according to documents obtained under public records laws.

If you long for the days when the Amiga ruled the world of computer graphics, you can have a retro flashback thanks to the Amiga Graphics Archive. Launched in 1985 the Commodore Amiga boasted graphics capabilities that were unsurpassed for it's time. It featured an intricate collection of custom chips that enabled it to do things that, until then, had been impossible to achieve with other personal computers. This site is dedicated to graphics made with or for the Commodore Amiga home computer. Amiga discussion continues here in our Retro & Arcade Forum.

Stirring even more nostalgia is this project to restore the U.S.S. Enterprise, by the National Air and Space Museum in the USA. That's the model used for external shots in the original series of Star Trek, of course. After a year of extensive research, conservation work on the original studio model of the USS Enterprise is now underway in the Museum’s spacedock. Our goal is to stabilize the model and return it to its appearance from August of 1967, during the filming of the episode The Trouble with Tribbles, which marked the last known modification of the ship during the production of Star Trek.

A few people pointed out that there's a live feed from Himawari-8, a geostationary satellite lined up with Japan (and thus Australia). Amazing high-def, real-time photos of our part of the world, from space. Update: David sent word that there's a more Australia-centric viewer of the satellite data. Thanks!



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