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Wednesday Midday (12 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 27-October-2004  12:56:42 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Sniper sent in this IBM Deathstar autopsy. The interesting thing is that all the magnetic material has been wiped off some of the platters, revealing the clear glass platter itself beneath. We had a Deathstar autopsy of our own a couple of years ago, where Manaz revealed a big scratch on one of the platters. Tom followed up with an examination of an old Seagate monster HDD.

A German website has some HDTV MPEG2 videos of sequences from 3DMark05 available to download. For everyone, who cannot yet afford a SLI solution with two Geforce 6800 Ultra GPUs for watching Futuremarks new 3DMark05 in high resolution with acceptable framerates, there are now these three HDTV MPEG2 Videos availible for download. Grab them here - a few hundred MB, of course, and Bittorrent seems to be the go for now.

Cassini is well on the way to its closest encounter yet with Saturn's giant moon Titan. Titan, which is bigger than the planet Mercury, has an atmosphere 1 1/2 times as dense as Earth's and contains organic meaning carbon-based compounds.

Another 3 spammers face court today. Wonder if they'll try to bribe the judge with a cheap Rolex.

Digitimes report on five versions of the ICH7 south-bridge in the upcoming Smithfield platform from Intel.

TrustedReviews have a watercooling roundup, covering kits from Asetek, Koolance and a company called Eastar that I haven't heard of before.

Tech-Report covered an updated A64 Power and Thermal datasheet, showing that the new 90nm chips run cooler than the 130nm units. More info here, thanks Sniper.

LegionHardware cover Socket939 Chipsets from VIA and NVIDIA.

SilentPCReview have an Interview with Ken Huang from Shuttle, about their mini-PC marketing.

There's an interesting read on Yahoo about DDoS extortion. Instead of using a few machines, the extortion gangs control hundreds of thousands, often the personal computers of people with high-speed DSL lines or cable modems.

I was dismayed to hear that Keith "Mortin" Whitsitt, founder of the Icrontic and ApusHardware enthusiast sites, had died recently. I didn't know him beyond a few emails over the years, but it's a real shame to see a young member of the international enthusiast community taken from us.

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