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 Thursday, 20-December-2018  13:51:20 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Now that the kids have finished school for the year and the holiday period looms ever closer, things will probably quieten down on the newspage for a couple of weeks. This has been an interesting year on OCAU, our first full year on XenForo after many years on vBulletin, and people seem to have adapted to it well. In fact there's been a slight but steady increase in the number of posts per day since the beginning of the year so that's a good sign. Next year OCAU will turn 20 which is amazing to think about. I haven't got anything big planned but I'm sure we'll run some contests and maybe some events towards the middle of the year. Anyway, have a happy and safe Xmas and New Year and here's to many more.

Google took a look back at the year, with their list of Top Searches for Australia. The last 12 months have included a royal wedding, the dramatic rescue of 12 boys in a Thai cave and the rolling of one Australian prime minister in favour of another. But were these events the most searched this year?

TonyR meanwhile sent in the Australian Twitter Stats for 2018. The most liked Tweet of the year in Australia was this thank you message from former Prime Minister @TurnbullMalcolm.

Intel recently had an Architecture Day. To quote HotHardware's report, This mansion setting was a perfect backdrop for Intel to underscore its new direction for the analysts and journalists in attendance. Intel has been under intense pressure due to delays of volume ramp of its 10nm process fabricated CPU products, but the company apparently has more than a few tricks up its sleeve to stay ahead of the competition in both the consumer and server markets. Mover coverage on HardOCP, Tech Report, HotHardware (3D stacked chips) and LegitReviews.

TechSpot looked into how much memory gamers really need. Today we're looking into how much RAM you need to play the latest and greatest gaming titles released this year. About this time each year we set on a memory capacity quest and last year's expedition lead us to conclude that for gamers 4GB is out, 8GB was the bare minimum, 16GB is the sweet spot and 32GB is overkill. With that, for the 2018 version we're dropping the 4GB configuration and focusing on 8, 16 and 32GB capacities.

We haven't heard much about the Supermicro spy chips story for a while, but an independent audit has apparently found no evidence of dodgy hardware. "As we have stated repeatedly since these allegations were reported, no government agency has ever informed us that it has found malicious hardware on our products," Supermicro's executives said. "No customer has ever informed us that it found malicious hardware on our products; and we have never seen any evidence of malicious hardware on our products. Today’s announcement should lay to rest the unwarranted accusations made about Supermicro’s motherboards."

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