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 Thursday, 5-July-2007  09:54:16 (GMT +10) - by Cryogenic

Dan has received, and subsequently answered more letters. In the latest edition: Tiny terminals, near-ultrasonic hi-fi, more flammable water, and skydiving ants. Honestly, what more could you ask for?

Some news sent in by Craig. First up, FLASH memory maker SanDisk has settled its patent litigation against Ritek and signed a royalty-bearing cross-license agreement with the Taiwanese manufacturer. Second, Ideal for travel, this new drive in a compact design, with its own integrated USB 2.0 cable. It drives power from your laptop or desktop's USB port, so there's no need for an additional adapter. And last but not least, he wants us to know about a entry in Dell's blog indicating that the XPS 700 Motherboard Exchange Program is Global. Thanks mate.

Of interest to Creative Audigy owners, NGOHQ has noticed that Creative are selling their Alchemy Audigy Edition for US$9.99. Alchemy is a wrapper that converts DirectSound3D streams into OpenAL under Windows Vista. This project is available freely for Sound Blaster X-Fi owners. For unknown reasons Creative Labs has decided to sell this wrapper to Audigy owners. After some investigation, we have discovered that you do not actually need to buy ALchemy Audigy Edition to restore functions under Windows Vista and the Audigy/Live! Series.. Clink on the linky to find out how!

HardwareLogic have a Hoopty Rig Project where they build up PCs and donate them to a worthy recipient nominated by their members. The most important thing to us here at HardwareLogic is helping others in our community. Whether it's product reviews, troubleshooting advice on the forums, our F@ H Team, or raising money for a community member whose family lost their home to a tornado, HL has, and always will do everything it can for our members, and the enthusiast community as a whole. Read about their latest effort here.

Hardspell have posted up a performance comparison between 16 CPUs. Update: sadly it seems to be a ripoff of Tech Report's hard work. Incidentally, LegionHardware have also just updated their comparison of some of Intel's current desktop series processors. More comparison's can be found at hwbot who have a heap of hardware statistics for both processors and graphics cards.

A couple more non-processor related comparisons worth checking out. Hardwareoverclock Austria have done a comparison between the Forceware 162.15 Beta driver and previous versions. Meanwhile, OzHardware have done a comparison between Seagate's and Western Digital's 400GB SATA-II offerings.

DiGiTaL_MoNkEY send in some interesting reading and photos of the working of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). The north campus of The University of Illinois in Urbana is home to one of the most powerful and long-running supercomputer facilities in the world. The recent Top 500 list has all five of their primary workhorses listed. Three of them were even in the top 100 with Abe debuting at #8. To walk by the facility you would have no idea what's going on inside. I guess if you want to know you'll have to read the article ;)

OCModShop have posted an article about Italy's first ever women-only beach opened by Lara Croft. Lara Croft (Karima Adebibe) takes a break from promoting the new Tomb Raider: Anniversary game to relax in the sunshine and open Italy's very first women-only beach located in Riccione, an exclusive resort near Rimini on the east coast. They also want to make it clear that there are sunbathing photos.

LegitReviews have posted up their writeup of their Factory Tour of Kingston Technology Taiwan. It's not everyday that one gets to go to Taiwan to see how a memory is made, but recently Legit Reviews was able to take a peak inside the Kingston facility in Hsin-Chu, Taiwan to see how a DDR2 memory is made from the ground up as well as Flash memory. If you want to know what all it takes to make memory modules and bring them to the retail channel then this article is for you!

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