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 Thursday, 25-August-2005  04:40:21 (GMT +10) - by Mred32

Google Talk! Tried it yet? I installed it last night and gave it a small workout. It seems to do the job rather well. Text, Voice (VoIP) or Email (Gmail) ... take your pick. You don't need a dedicated headset to use Google Talk, just a computer microphone and speakers will do the job for VoIP. The text side of GTalk will interface with other IM programs such as Miranda, Trillian Pro, iChat, GAIM and Psi. It's based on the Jabber/XMPP protocol with plans to support SIP in a future release so I'm guessing that any compatible client will be able to interact with Google Talk. Although there is no support for Mac or Linux at this stage, GTalk is a beta, with more features planned for the future. You can have multiple calls underway at once, but only one can be active at a time. The other calls will be on hold. For now, you need to have a Gmail account to signup for it but these days most people do. Its only a small (900K) download and it sits in the task bar as with any other IM program. Very simple to setup and install and best of all, its free. Go to www.google.com/talk and give it a try. I did. There is a forum thread going if you have something to say about it. Thanks to the many people who sent this to the news box. By the looks of things, there are going to be a lot of GTalk users. Search for Mred32 and add me to your list. If you annoy me too much I'll simply block you :)

In other news this morning ...
CoolTechZone have an interview with OCZ Technology, the well known memory manufacturer. They discuss things like their recently launched Gamer GX series and the future of the memory industry.

The TechZone have 10 Reasons why you should adopt Linux. I could probably provide you with about ten more yet, I still haven't taken the plunge.

How to quickly improve your computer's performance. Thatís the title of an article posted at Bona Fide Reviews. In my case, "buy a new one" would do the job well.

PC Perspective have posted some of the slides from yesterdays IDF presentation where Intel debuted their new micro-architecture to the world. They cover the information presented in the slides as well as some additional data floating around.

If you haven't yet heard about CE-ATA then this article might be worth a read. CE-ATA is a new Hard Drive standard for targeted towards consumer electronics products. It might be coming to a beige box near you.

Another article about publishers rights and the rights of individuals. "With the pending arrival of Intel's East Fork and Microsoft's Vista, the end user will be further deprived of his fair use rights to line the pockets of the publishers." Full article here.

Setting up a dual display system is not always as simple as it could be. Bigbruin give you a rundown on how to go about it. I don't think I could go back to a single screen system. Multi-screen goodness for me.

TweakTown get all wet over the latest water cooling goodies from the likes of Corsair, Thermaltake and Gigabyte. They put them all inside the ring to find out which offers the best overall features and cooling performance. If you're in the market for a new CPU cooling solution which offers better performance than air coolers to aid in higher overclocking and quieter operation at the same time, read this and find out which one is the better deal.

This week seems to be a big week for Power Supplies. Lots of new models reviewed and released. Pureoverclock have a round-up of four PSUs including an Enermax Noisetaker 600, PC Power & Cooling Turbo-Cool 510 SLI, Seasonic S12 600 and the Silverstone Zeus ST65ZF 650. Give it a read.

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