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Thursday Morning (23 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 26-October-2006  01:47:06 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Lots of people sent word that Hong Kong-based gaming retailer Lik-Sang are out of business - and they lay the blame squarely on the shoulder of Sony's lawsuits. Sony claimed that Lik-Sang infringed its trade marks, copyright and registered design rights by selling Sony PSP consoles from Asia to European customers, and have recently obtained a judgment in the High Court of London (England) rendering Lik-Sang's sales of PSP consoles unlawful. Bit-Tech have their thoughts posted.

HWSecrets looked inside some switching power supplies. Everything you need to learn about the power supply internals: how it works, what are its main components and how to identify them. Including block diagrams, schematics and lots of pictures from inside the power supply.

XbitLabs meanwhile checked out some LCD monitor features. Over the next two days we would like to introduce to you 17 monitor models with the 20" and 21" screen targeted for different application fields and hence belonging to different price segments. Today we will look at 9 solutions from Acer, BenQ and NEC.

Germany are apparently planning to tax internet use. According to Reuters, all 16 German states have voted in a new law that will require Internet users to pay a licence fee of 5.52(3.70) a month for each computer and mobile phone that can connect to the internet. There's a thread discussing this here in Current Events.

Wired have an interesting read about the first days of the iPod, including Bill Gates's first reaction to it. Gates' fingers, racing at Nascar speed, played over the scroll wheel and pushed every button combination, while his eyes stared fixedly at the screen. I could almost hear the giant sucking sound.

Everyone's hanging out for NVIDIA's G80 chip which arrives early next month. There's a huge discussion thread here and lots of pics of a retail card here.

Meanwhile NGOHQ have some interesting survey results, showing that the Radeon 9x00 family is the most widely-used video card among their readers at the moment. My recent 7600 GS AGP review showed a relatively cheap way to boost the speed of a machine with an R9800 Pro in it.

Ma Baker sends word that there's a group buy for OCAU's famous I'm not a Terrorist, I'm a Photographer tshirts underway in the Photography forum. This may be the last one for a while, so get into it if you're keen for a shirt.

Here's some very cool pics of a shuttle launch, taken from the International Space Station. Hmm, doesn't look high enough to me? Cool pics anyway.

Hyperstyle noticed a government statement about 100MB/s broadband in Brisbane. "This is a leading Smart State project that has the potential to boost the Queensland economy by $5 billion and create more than 15,000 jobs," Mr Beattie said. More info here, thanks Havic.

From toosocks: Just tried installing Firefox 2.0 and find that it disables lots of plugins and extensions (AIRoboform) being an important example. I've had to revert to 1.5 to get back the important bits. Might be worth pointing out to all. TweakGuides meanwhile have a FireFox 2.0 tweak guide already and ReadWriteWeb have an interview with Chris Beard from Mozilla.

If you're after some old gaming magazines, Computer Gaming World are offering 100 back-issues for free, downloadable in PDF format.

Koopz sent in this defend the fortress style timewaster. Not a bad one.. I got to level 15 then the tanks hammered me. :(

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