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 Tuesday, 2-April-2019  14:55:58 (GMT +10) - by Agg

It's still April Fools Day in some parts of the world, so be careful out there. :) There's a thread with some of this year's pranks here in The Pub.

One story I've been holding off on posting until I was sure it was serious is that HardOCP is to be mothballed and the associated HardForum spun off into a separate member-supported community. This is happening because Kyle Bennett, the founder and editor, is taking a position with Intel to spearhead their efforts to engage with the enthusiast community. HardOCP has been around since the early days, even longer than OCAU, so it's a real loss to not have them as an active site anymore. This is a surprising announcement but I'm sure Kyle has put a lot of thought into the decision, so I wish him all the best for the future. Discussion here.

Also moving to Intel is Tom Petersen, formerly of NVIDIA. He's joining the GPU team, as further evidence of Intel's commitment to their discrete GPU project. Tom is a true veteran in the industry and an all around good dude. Before landing at NVIDIA in 2005, he spent the bulk of his career as a CPU designer, having worked with IBM and Motorola on the PowerPC team. He also spent some time with Broadcom after it acquired SiByte, where he was the Engineering Director for the BCM1400, an embedded quad-core multiprocessor. Tom also was one of the engineers who had a hand in NVIDIA's G-Sync technology and has around 50 technical patents to his name. In other words, he's pretty much an industry heavyweight and a critical (former) member of NVIDIA's GeForce team.

Corsair have advised they are recalling some CPU coolers. As a precautionary measure, CORSAIR regrets to recall a select lot code of the Hydro Series H100i RGB PLATINUM SE (CW-9060041-WW) Liquid CPU cooler. ... This issue only affects lot code 1852 of the White Hydro Series H100i RGB PLATINUM SE liquid CPU cooler. All other lot codes of the H100i RGB PLATINUM SE and versions of the H100i RGB PLATINUM are unaffected.

Here's an interesting article about some digital archaeology. As we learned from the articles, CompuServe used DEC PDP-10 mainframe computers for their service. Hence the first thing I tried was booting up a PDP-10 emulator with the disk images attached. While trying them one by one, two things quickly became clear: These werenít ordinary PDP-10 disks and I needed to learn a lot to get anywhere with this. Iím a Unix guy who started out in the late 90s. This wasnít even close to anything I had worked on before.

If that kind of thing gets you going, then elvis has good news for you: the Computer Chronicles is on archive.org. Hosted by Stewart Cheifet, Computer Chronicles was the world's most popular television program on personal technology during the height of the personal computer revolution. It was broadcast for twenty years from 1983 - 2002. The program was seen on more than 300 television stations in the United States and in over 100 countries worldwide, with translations into French, Spanish, Chinese, and Arabic. The series had a weekly television broadcast audience of over two million viewers. Discussion here.

The US Government have announced plans to return to the Moon. NASA's chief says the agency is all set to meet a new challenge ó returning humans to land on the moon within the next five years. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine promised Tuesday (March 26) that the agency will work quickly to send a crew to the lunar vicinity in 2022 and land astronauts on the moon's south pole by 2024. From there, onward to Mars. Exciting times.

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