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Wednesday Morning #2 (7 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 27-April-2005  02:36:13 (GMT +10) - by Agg

PiedPiper sent in this article about IBM's X3 architecture for high-end Xeon systems. The X3 represents a significant improvement over the prior generation chipset, supporting dual 667MHz front-side buses, snoop filtering, on-chip directory based coherency, virtual caching, PCI-X 2.0 and DDR2 memory.

The Federal Government says its $100M scheme to help get broadband into rural areas is a success. I'm inclined to agree, given I live in a rural area and my ADSL was activated today, after 18 months of being on dialup. Woo!

Meanwhile, Hong Kong now has 1Gbps internet available, thanks PodgeSSS. I'll cope with my 1.5Mbit.. for now.

If you use Trend Micro antivirus software and your PC is suddenly slow, you might want to update again, thanks torana.

Lazerin notes that Airbus's new A380 airliner is scheduled for its maiden flight today.

From Jedi Outcast: I posted this in the forums, but the ‘Free Upgrade’ for Microsoft Windows XP 64-bit edition is now out. It can be found at this link. The upgrade only applies if you purchased a computer with XP-32 pre-installed on it, so this probably won’t be of any use to most OCAU’ers =/

Got a pile of LP's lying around and want to convert them to CD? If you don't know what an LP is, skip ahead. :) HardwareSecrets have a tutorial explaining how to update and preserve your old music collection. I imagine this kind of thing is probably prohibited by copyright laws in this country, though.

Wired report on the Droidyard 500, a race of R2D2-like robots.

TechPowerUp have a memory database, listing which chips are in which sticks.

PCPerspective consider if AMD have DDR2 in sight, along with a new socket.

SilentPCReview looked at two in-bay gadgets, the Cooler Master Cooldrive 6 and Matrix Orbital MX411. Whatever the cause, we have seen numerous combinations of fan controllers, hard drive coolers, and information display screens addressing this new concern.

Interesting Forum Threads:
What screen resolution do you use? in Video Cards.
Need some myths about plasma tv's dispelled! in Audio Visual.
New Inventors: GTi Stealth Injection System in Motoring.
Tetsuya's rated 4th best restaurant in the world in Geek Food.
Help me, I am fat! in Sport, Fitness & Health.
Try my webcam tank with paintballcannon etc over the web in The Pub.
OCAU Sydney Cruise #5 Wrapup Thread in The Pub.

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