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Saturday Morning (8 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 19-May-2007  02:48:21 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Looking for a LAN party? Check out the recently-updated LAN Index page in our Wiki.

Did you hear about Lara Croft's bust? Those of you thinking of firing up Tomb Raider this morning should be aware that Lara Croft is currently unavailable - a guest of Manchester's Boys in Blue after armed officers cornered the gun-toting minx in a suburban living room. Thanks paulh!

Bit-Tech have posted their thoughts about the Lost Planet: Extreme Condition demo we mentioned recently. We take a look at the DirectX 9 and DirectX 10 versions of the Lost Planet: Extreme Condition demo and compare the two. Will DX10 live up to the hype? HotHardware meanwhile have screenshots from the demo comparing DX9 and DX10.

MadShrimps have a guide to overclocking your GeForce 8800 video card. In this in-depth guide we show you how the extract the highest performance from your Geforce 8800 video card, push that GTS past GTX speeds and turn that GTX into an Ultra-beater by following the steps outlined.

You probably already know about it, but if not, check out XKCD, a great webcomic I was reminded of recently. Here's some favourites: caption cats, snopes, pokemon, cat proximity.

From Ryan, a message from Lebedev: I'd like to inform you that on May 20, 2007 at 3 p.m. Moscow time
we'll start accepting limited pre-orders for the Optimus Maximus Keyboard. Watch the countdown here. All the project news are published here.


If you're in QLD, look out for counterfeit cash, thanks Phi. Counterfeit $50 and $100 notes have been used at businesses where the offender is confident there won't be time to check the bill's authenticity, police believe. Detective Senior Sergeant Sean Dugger said the quality of the notes varied, but on first glance most could appear genuine.

Sapphire have a contest where you can win Vista, a CPU and cooler by answering a questionnaire. That's it! No purchase necessary. Prizes and rules of contest are subject to change at any time without notice. Seems to be open to international entries.

Dan has delved into the mysterious world of IEC sockets. Here in Australia, most UPSes come with IEC sockets on the back. I dare say a number of other countries have the same problem. How, someone asked me, do you plug normal things into those IEC sockets?

Craig notes that it's the end of the 32-bit road for Windows soon. After the software giant has gotten over its hangover from partying like it's 1999 with the release of Windows Server 2008, it will have one last 32-bit hurrah with a "release 2" update to Windows Server 2008, and that'll be it. Looks like APCMag.com is down at the moment.

EclipseOC checked out the EPP memory feature of some Nvidia chipsets. Nvidia intoduced EPP, which stands for Enhanced Performance Profiles, back with the introduction of the nForce 5xx chipsets in May of 2006. Since then, it seems like most performance oriented memory has been given EPP profiles to support this new memory standard of sorts.

From Georg: We're a Canberra based outfit that's just launched a Digital Atlas of Australia. The maps are all generated from the source data in real time (unlike say Google or Microsoft Live where the maps are pieced together from pre-rendered tiles). This means that we can create a map at any zoom level, adaptively turn labels and features on and off depending on image size and detail covered.

RyderMark is a new benchmark that may be competition for Futuremark - Tweaktown and Madshrimps have preview info.

DriverHeaven have a guide to building a PC. There's one here in our Wiki too, and check out the parts recommendation pages here and here as well.



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