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Wednesday Afternoon (5 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 11-October-2006  15:33:11 (GMT +10) - by Agg

PCI Express 2.0 is nearly here, report News.com. The central feature of the base version of PCI Express 2.0 is a speed boost. It doubles each serial line's data transfer rate from 2.5 gigabits per second to 5Gpbs. But future enhancements also are in the works. One will support high-end graphics cards that slurp 225 or 300 watts of power, said The 451 Group analyst Greg Quick in a report Friday.

Dan has more letters. In this edition: Anti-rust gizmos, vintage digicams, electric candles, dodgy headset mics, new drivers for an old card, bike light fiddling, pee-wee planes, and a strange lady.

From n20: found this site while viewing vids on youtube. its about an event thats going to take place on October 15 - 16 to remind the 189 leaders in the world that pledged to end world poverty by 2015. it is also an attempt to set a Guinness World Records as well.

Wired have an article about generating power from kites. Research by Sequoia Automation, the small company near Turin heading the project, estimates that KiteGen could churn out one gigawatt of power at a cost of just 1.5 euros per megawatt hour. That's nearly 30 times less than the average cost in Europe of 43 euros per megawatt hour.

NYTimes have their thoughts on Spore. If anyone can pull it off, itís Will Wright. This is the guy who made the urban planning simulation SimCity into one of the all-time top-selling games in history. There is probably no one alive who has a comparable track record of combining arcane scientific theories and compulsively addictive entertainment. But even Wright hasnít tried to simulate an entire universe before.

LegitReviews are lapping and removing the integrated heat spreader from LGA775 CPUs. Good to see the lapping technique from my ancient article is still valid. :)

TechPowerUp went to IDF Prague and have some info on terascale computing. A Terascale computer is a machine that can perform one trillion operations per second, more than 50 times of what today's high-end CPUs can achieve. But Terascale is about much more than just building a CPU that can go that fast.

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