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Wednesday, Late Morning Edition (delivered early afternoon) (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 9-May-2001  12:20:30 (GMT +10) - by Manaz

Greetings all. I've been away for a few weeks, on a driving holiday around the eastern half of Australia, so I haven't had the opportunity to do the news for a while. I offered to do it this morning, but alchemy had beaten me to the punch - or so it seemed. He then realised he had 25 minutes to get to Uni, so I've been brought on as a replacement. Enough of the mindless banter, and on with the news (the first 3 items of which alchemy actually wrote, so they may contain weird references to activities such as study)....

Apparently there is new Palm Pilot out, called the M505, and PCScoop have compared it to the Handspring Visor Prism, which I also didn't know existed. I'm still using the tried-and-failed scribble-it-in-the-back-of-a-lecture-pad method. It always fails, but at least it has character. Or thats what I keep telling myself.

Dennis_B reckons that this is funny. So I went and looked at it, and yeah, isn't bad. That euro dance guy is pretty amusing, I must say.

STORMBRINGER (his caps, not mine) has pointed out this platform independant "PCI bus performance monitoring kit". Looks kind of like an iPanel, except more industrious. Pretty cool being able to see how congested the PCI bus and that are as well.. temp monitoring, however, is sorely missed. Stiil, it looks elite. Distributors anyone?

Klif wrote in to let us know that Via have released a stunning Quake3Arena map, designed to *really* test even high-end systems, such as those running the faster Athlon processors and GeForce3-based video cards. There's also a timedemo included with the map, which you can download from VIAHardware.

ExtremeCooling.org have posted an interactive PC troubleshooting guide - you can find it here. They have also recently updated their site's layout and overall look & feel, so if you haven't visited for a while, some things have changed....

Electic Tech have reported that Intel have produced the world's first public demonstration of 64-bit Itanium processors, running in a Unisys e-@ction Enterprise ES7000 Server, running a beta copy of the 64-bit version of Microsoft's Windows 2000 Server Operating System. There's a fair bit more infomation in Electic Tech's report - which you can read here. Electic Tech are also reporting a virus which infects Solaris machines, and then uses them to attack Microsoft IIS servers. While I'm relatively sure that this doesn't affect a lot of readers here, it does bring into doubt the comments that many Unix people make about Unix (and it's variants) being practically immune from virus attack....

Reviews:

AcidHardware have reviewed the Yuan MP-300 Flash Memory MP3 player.
PCStats have reviewed the Addtronic W8500 Workstation Case, a rather large case which conforms with the WTX standard (which is downward compatible with ATX).
OcPrices.com have posted a review of the KT133A based Iwill KK266-R motherboard.
Radeonic have posted a review of Crucial PC-133 SDRAM, should be an interesting read along with the Corsair review at ClubOC from yesterday....
TweakMax have reviewed a PCI Safety Card - briefly reading the first page of the review, it looks like it could be *very* useful....
Adrian's Rojak Pot have reviewed the Casio Cassiopeia E-125 Pocket PC.
ComputerChaos have reviewed the GlobalWin WBK68 heatsink/fan combo.



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