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Wednesday Night Reviews (31 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 13-August-2003  22:29:42 (GMT +10) - by Gibbon

Before we push on into the reviews tonight, a bit of information about the W32.Blaster worm that's all over the news at the moment.

The worm exploits a vulnerability in the RPC protocol of Microsoft Windows 2000, XP, NT 4.0 and Server 2003 based PCs, allowing an attacker to gain access. More information from Symantec. A patch from the Microsoft website should be installed to remove the vulnerability. If you already have the worm, there's a McAfee tool or a Symantec tool to remove it.

There's more information (including the links above and a lot more) in one of our forum threads.

If you're running an affected version of Windows and haven't already done so, you should install that patch ASAP. Good reason to keep your windows installs patched up (the patch was on the Windows Update site way back on the 17th of July) and use a firewall!

OK, reviews time ... hopefully there are at least a few people out there with PCs that aren't rebooting every 60 seconds so they can read some!

Motherboards:
EPox 8RDA3+ nForce2 Ultra 400 AMD motherboard on [H]ardOCP.
Aopen AK77-8XN KT400 AMD motherboard on AthlonXP.com.
VIA KT600 motherboard roundup (5 motherboards) on Legion Hardware.
Leadtek K7NCR18D Pro II Deluxe Limited AMD motherboard on Overclockers NZ.
Soltek NV400-L64 nForce2 400 AMD motherboard on AnandTech.

Memory:
OCZ 3700 GOLD DDR on AnandTech.

Video Cards:
Tyan Tachyon G9600 Pro ATI Radeon 9600 Pro on [H]ardOCP.
MSI nVidia Geforce FX5600 on CyberCPU.
nVidia Quadro FX3000 in 3ds max 5 on X-bit labs.
Triplex REDai ATI Radeon 9600 Pro on Beyond3D.

Cases/Case Mods/Power Supplies:
Chenming 301KE midtower case on BigBruin.
Chenming 301KE midtower case on Virtual-Underground.
Vantec Nexus NXP205-BK fan controller on Viper Lair.
3R System R201 microATX case on Dan's Data.
Vantec Ion power supply on The Tech Zone.
GMC X-21 Trinity case on TweakTown.

Storage:
TDK 48x24x48x CD-RW/DVD Combo on HardwareZone.
Maxtor Atlas 15K vs. Seagate Cheetah 15K.3 on HardwareZone.

Other Stuff:
OxHipSpot digital camera on Modsynergy.
Compex SKW811 Wireless Network in a Box on HardwareMasters.
Grado SR125 headphones on Designtechnica.
Logitech MX wireless keyboard and mouse on A1 Electronics.
HTC Tanager Smartphone on Adrian's Rojak Pot.



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