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Sunday Afternoon (9 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 6-April-2008  16:16:22 (GMT +10) - by Agg

So, last night we actually had the real daylight savings change which confused a few people last weekend. As usual you may have to fiddle with your UserCP settings to get the correct time displayed. For me in NSW I'm using GMT+10 and "Automatically detect DST settings".

It seems that certain laser pointers will be banned, presumably the fairly popular green ones, after some have been pointed at aircraft on approach to Sydney Airport. He said a five-point plan had been agreed to restrict the sale and importation of some laser pointers through uniform national laws, provide training for pilots on risk avoidance and develop an education campaign. Discussion here.

YYK spotted this fairly neat Google Maps powered train station crime guide on SMH. The full story is here. The five locations with the highest number of bashings were Sydney's City Circle stops, Blacktown, Campbelltown, Parramatta and Penrith stations.

Phoronix have released a Linux benchmarking suite, while TechARP checked out a x264 HD Benchmark. The new x264 HD Benchmark ups the ante by using a new 720p24 high-definition video clip. Therefore, it will be a great test of the processor's ability to encode HD quality video streams.

Callan spotted some extensible third-party firmware for Canon cameras - sadly, it doesn't seem to cover the EOS DSLR series. Still, interesting stuff. CHDK does not replace the existing firmware on your Canon, so the process is completely reversible. The existing firmware stays intact, while the CHDK software is loaded on demand from an SD card.

XbitLabs have a high-end video shootout. Will ATI 3-way CrossFireX platform be able to compete successfully against Nvidia GeForce 9800 GX2? We are going to answer this question in our todayís review!

MadShrimps do a little Xeon X3320 overclocking. The Xeon X3320 is the server version of the desktop Q9300 Quad Core processor, the new 45nm process makes this a cool running CPU. In this quick overclocking test we see if the X3320 which comes with stock 2.5Ghz clocks is any good at overclocking.

Tech Report wonder about the performance of Vista SP1. How does Service Pack 1 affect Windows Vista's day-to-day performance in common desktop applications and games? We've run a host of benchmarks in order to find out. Read on to see what we discovered.

ZDNet reckon Firefox 3.0 Beta 5 is the fastest browser yet, thanks AirQ. Over the past few weeks Iíve carried out a number of browser benchmark tests using the SunSpider JavaScript benchmark and Iíve now added Firefox 3.0 Beta 5 to the lineup.

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