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Thursday Afternoon (7 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 27-January-2005  13:55:00 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Microsoft are taking aim at pirates, with access to patches and updates being restricted to people proving they have a real copy of Windows. More info here, thanks Scott and Aza2001.

Bit-Tech looked at three PSUs targeted at enthusiasts.

UtopiaTech compared NVIDIA drivers from DNA, TechConnect and NVIDIA themselves.

Ambush spotted a TheInq report about the LGA775 pin-bending problem being solved. Is this really a big issue? Anyone actually damaged a mobo yet? Chainbolt's thoughts about moving the pins from the CPU to the socket in his Extreme Edition review were interesting: The pins of a PGA CPU might bend or break - that would ruin in our case a 1000 US$ CPU. A LGA CPU has no pins; they are embedded in the socket itself. The CPU has "lands" instead that cannot be damaged like pins. Breaking or bending the board embedded pins is rendering a 200$ motherboard useless. Guess which situation is preferable?

If a TFT monitor is in your future, you might want to read the buyer's guide and 10-way roundup articles on SpodesAbode.

ExtremeTech cover alternative browsers to Internet Explorer.

A1-Electronics are the latest to look at Intel's Sonoma mobile platform, while BTX is examined on HWAnalysis.

LostCircuits report on SLI with GeForce 6600GT video cards.

Xbit looked at nine 2.5inch HDDs of 40GB capacity, and two laptops from Acer and ASUS.

Bit-Tech's mod of the month is PuzzleBox, apparently inspired by Hellraiser.

ArsTechnica have a mini-guide to Mac OSX, for new Mac Mini owners.

Ambush also sent in this three-wheeled electric bike on carbongeek. The Magnet is powered by a 550cc motorcycle engine combined with an electromagnetic motor in each wheel.

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