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 Wednesday, 3-October-2001  11:55:36 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Gateway have been copping a lot of flak lately about their closing down sale. I ordered some speakers ($99 for a 4.1 system, bargain!) but when the stories of cancelled orders and nonexistent stock started floating around I wasn't too fussed. I've got some speakers already and it was kind of an impulse buy anyway. No charge to my credit card, so no loss. Then, nearly a month later, they rang to say my speakers would be delivered the next tuesday. Alrighty then, I'm sure I'll find a use for them. On the Monday they left voicemail asking me to ring them back. I did, but nobody there knew why I would have been asked to ring them.. speakers didn't show up.. and a week later I've still heard nothing. But now I see my credit card has been billed. :) I'll ring them today and no doubt commence The Great Runaround. IRC regular Sticks has detailed his experiences here and I note fellow Oz hardware site Case Modders Oz have had similar bad luck. Not a good way to treat your customers.. but I guess customer service is less of a concern when you're exiting the market, hmm? Anyway, this further reinforces one of the fundamental rules of the Internet: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

AMDMB have a guide to making a quiet PC. Hopefully we're seeing the end of the "speed at any volume" era of PC cooling..

Apparently rounded IDE cables are evil. Well, potentially evil anyway. Take a walk on the Dark Side with pre-made evil here or roll-your-own evil here.

One of the black arts of the hardware scene is BIOS flashing. Xbit Labs have a guide to a flashing your AMI BIOS which might help stop you turning your motherboard into a novelty ashtray.

Wireless free "community" internet services are an interesting new phenomenon cropping up here and there. Mikeamp notes a new one on the way in Perth here and an established one in Melbourne here.

Dan's checked out the PC-76, a server case from Lian-Li. Full of the usual nice Lian-Li trimmings and wotnot, but big. The PC-70 looks like a PC-60 on steroids. The PC-76, in turn, looks like a PC-60 that was bitten by a radioactive hippopotamus. I think that hippo had a bit of a go at the pricetag, too.

Xoverclocker have gotten their P4 1.5GHz to 2.14GHz.. shame it's in an i845 motherboard. :)

IWill KK266plus-R socketA (KT133A) motherboard on OCOnline.
Athlon 1.33GHz socketA CPU on Radeonic.
BIOS Saviour on AllTechBox.

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