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 Tuesday, 31-December-2002  12:07:29 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Hey, it's nearly 2003. Where's my flying car then?

Here's an interesting (and long) article about life as a sysadmin on SMH.com, thanks Sniper.

Moose22 spotted this funny spelling Athlon letter to PCUser. Surely he's not serious.. but the "Reader Solution" replies are kinda funny too.

From ApeOfJungle: I found a virus-scanner that appears to do the lot for free, if you're a home user. It's called "Avast" and can be found here. You download a key which makes it valid for 1 year. AVG AntiVirus is another popular free-for-home-use option, available here.. you will be able to use it without any limitations for life of the product. So, fix your PC and stop sending us virus emails. :)

If you've seen the second Lord of the Rings film, you've probably been amazed at the lifelike rendered character Gollum. There's some hi-res pics here, thanks Gaz.

SilentPCReview checked out the AOpen AX4GE Max motherboard. It's a little different, with an on-board fan controller they called SilentTEK. The system allows the user to establish a feedback loop between CPU temperature, as reported by the CPU core thermal diode, and the voltage that controls the speed of the cooling fan(s). The incorporation of CPU thermal diode reporting of temperature gives the system a high degree of consistency and accuracy. AOpen have faded from the spotlight a little lately, but good to see they're still experimenting with new stuff. Their valve-amp onboard-sound motherboards were a pretty impressive experiment, too.

From Draxx: I just installed XP Tablet PC on a Virtual PC on my machine and I noticed
this in the system properties. I thought I better take a snapshot and post it in. Dont we all wish they were that fast :)

Funny So I Married a Geek article on Monster-Hardware, thanks Josh.

Chaintech's website has been displaying this message courtesy of a Brasilian hacker for a few days now. Maybe their webmaster is on holidays, thanks PeepingTom.

Phalanx noticed this town being sold on Ebay, complete with post office, cemetery, a mile and a half of riverbank and more than a dozen cabins and houses. 1.8M USD seems pretty cheap for all that.

Timewasters: Overkill, an ASCII deathmatch game from Cypher and NASCAR Racing in Shockwave from Asuka.

Reviews:
Cutting Edge PSU Mod Kit on OCWareHouse.
DFI NT72-SA i850E RDRAM P4 motherboard on PCStats.
Arkua 838T-7G low-profile P4 HSF on FrostyTech.
Seagate ST380023AS SATA HDD on Hexus.
Plextor 48X USB2.0 CDRW drive on HotHardware.
BeanTech BT84 Acrylic Case on Virtual-Hideout.
Leadtek K7NCR18D Pro nForce2-based socketA DDR motherboard on Riva3D.
Tocools Regal HSF on WorldOC.
Albatron Ti4680P-Turbo GF4 Ti4200-8X video card on PCStats.
Lost In Space LCD Panel on RipNet.
Crystal Clear 4-LED Blue Fan on EnvyNews.
Inno3D Tornado GF4 Ti4200-8X video card on BoogleTech.
Western Digital WD400JB 8mb-cache 40GB HDD on XtremeMods.



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