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Friday Afternoon (16 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 9-September-2005  13:58:45 (GMT +10) - by Agg

A few people sent word of this ATI R520 first look on HKEPC. Some more info on TechPowerUp. Hexus meanwhile explain the future naming scheme for ATI.

SilentPCReview have updated their hefty article on power supply fundamentals & recommendations. The latest changes include revisions in selected portions of the text, updated version info on PSU design guides, info on high 12V reliance, dual 12V lines, power distribution within PCs, more system power examples, and new recommended models.

Rainwulf spotted this funny way of getting back at telemarketers. The Telecrapper 2000 (TC2K) is a computerized system designed to both intercept incoming Telemarketing calls on the first ring, and then carry on a virtual conversation with the telemarketer. Scroll down for recordings of conversations.

PCMech have their thoughts on the recent Blizzard vs BnetD case. The main issue that Blizzard had with BNetD was that it bypassed the copyright protection feature that the Battle.net servers included.

Dave sent in this Australian Fuel Excise Reform Petition. We believe not only that the Fuel excise is far too high, but also that we should not be taxed twice on our fuel. Has anyone got any examples of an online petition actually achieving something, a response from the company involved, etc?

HWSpirit looked at Titan's Nano Blue thermal paste. I took one look at this stuff and set it aside when some arrived with Titan's entry in our Six Smaller P4 Coolers roundup. From the results of this review I think my hunch was correct, but I will say that they seem to be using WAY more than is needed, and are going to have a serious mess when they remove their CPU cooler later, not to mention probably impacting on performance.

LegionHW compared the NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GT vs. ATi Radeon X800GT in the mid-range graphics card arena.

News Corp will fork out $650M USD in cash to buy IGN. Hey Rupert, need a hardware website? :) Only kidding..

Google continues their brain absorbtion, with Vint Cerf, one of the founders of the internet, joining them recently.

Timbot spotted that Chaintech aren't making motherboards any more. I don't think we ever saw much of them in Australia anyway.

ARP have updated their BIOS Optimisation Guide, a huge article spanning several years of updates.

Hexus interviewed Ken Wang from S3 Graphics. We asked him about the company, their goals, what they've been up to and also subjected him to a set of HEXUS.quickfire questions, to find out about the man himself.

Phoronix report on the Mozilla Firefox v1.5 Public BETA released recently. This BETA is a prelude to the upcoming v1.5 release candidate, which is expected for availability on the 28th of October.

Anandtech have a mid-tower mega roundup. As computers occupy more places in our everyday lives, people are less interested in large, beige, boxy eyesores, and much more interested in finding a machine that fits in with its surroundings and incorporates the type of features that a true enthusiast values.

NASA's Shuttle schedule has been further set back by Hurricane Katrina. Meanwhile, the International Space Station has dumped some garbage and awaits some supplies en route now.

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