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 Monday, 18-January-2021  23:08:42 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Wikipedia recently turned 20. Wait a second, that means it's younger than OCAU! The project started with the English-language Wikipedia on January 15, 2001. On March 16, 2001 it was joined by a German Wikipedia, and shortly afterwards by many other languages. Large efforts are underway to highlight the international nature of the project. On 20 September 2004 Wikipedia reached a total of 1,000,000 articles in over 100 languages. On 1 March 2006, the English Wikipedia hit 1,000,000 articles. On 9 September 2007, the English Wikipedia hit 2,000,000 articles. On 17 August 2009, the English Wikipedia hit 3,000,000 articles. On 13 July 2012, the English Wikipedia hit 4,000,000 articles. On 1 November 2015, the English Wikipedia hit 5,000,000 articles. On 23 January 2020, the English Wikipedia hit 6,000,000 articles. We've got 13.7M posts.. so we'll call it a draw. More info here.

The IEEE Medal of Honour for 2021 goes to Jacob Ziv for his work on compression. Ziv and Abraham Lempel developed two lossless data compression algorithms: Lempel-Ziv 77 in 1977 and LZ78 the following year. The two procedures enable perfect data reconstruction from compressed data and are more efficient than previous algorithms. They allowed for the development of GIFs, PNG, and ZIP files.

CES 2021 was also on recently, virtually this time because of COVID-19, and HotHardware posted their best picks. This year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was a different sort of animal than all previous ones, as the Coronavirus pandemic took away the feasibility of big crowds congregating in Las Vegas. In light of the situation, CES went completely virtual this year. What did not change, however, was the excitement and barrage of product releases and announcements that have become a staple of the annual tech event. This year did not disappoint in that regard. And as in previous years, there were some standouts among the bunch.

A slightly confusing recent announcement is the RTX 3060 (non-Ti) from NVIDIA. Lower performance than 3060 Ti, with a lower price tag, but more memory. Odd. Once it’s launched next month, the GeForce RTX 3060 will mark the next step in the progression of NVIDIA’s Ampere-based desktop cards. Though the company already launched the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti last month – using a cut-down GA104 GPU – the RTX 3060 is the real McCoy in terms of being a 60-tier card. It’ll be the cheapest that NVIDIA has ever launched an RTX series card, and it will be the card that they hope will entice owners of GTX 1060 series cards, one of NVIDIA’s most successful card series of all times, to finally upgrade to an RTX card. Makes sense I guess, keep the price low, but include new RTX features, and the extra RAM is the icing on the cake to tempt 1060 6GB owners over. DIscussion continues in this thread.

If (like me) you've already made the jump to a 3060Ti, this overclocking guide from OCClub may be of interest. In this guide, I will be covering NVIDIA Boost technology, overclocking the RTX 3060 Ti in a manual configuration, and using the NVIDIA Auto OC Scanner for a hands-off approach.

Tweakhound meanwhile have a Windows 10 Tweaking guide. Updated as of Windows 10 20H2. Lasted edited as of 30 December, 2020

With all the Bitcoin hype lately, spare a thought for all those forward-thinking nerds who got in early, and then forgot how to unlock their fortunes. The password will let him unlock a small hard drive, known as an IronKey, which contains the private keys to a digital wallet that holds 7,002 Bitcoin. While the price of Bitcoin dropped sharply on Monday, it is still up more than 50 percent from just a month ago, when it passed its previous all-time high of around $20,000. The problem is that Mr. Thomas years ago lost the paper where he wrote down the password for his IronKey, which gives users 10 guesses before it seizes up and encrypts its contents forever. He has since tried eight of his most commonly used password formulations — to no avail.

On a more positive note, here's a pretty cool video about an invisible PC. It's time to watercool my invisible PC!

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