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 Monday, 4-May-2009  13:21:31 (GMT +10) - by DiGiTaL MoNkEY

IEEE Spectrum list 25 microchips that took the world by storm. In microchip design, as in life, small things sometimes add up to big things. Dream up a clever microcircuit, get it sculpted in a sliver of silicon, and your little creation may unleash a technological revolution. It happened with the Intel 8088 microprocessor. And the Mostek MK4096 4-kilobit DRAM. And the Texas Instruments TMS32010 digital signal processor.

MaximumPC has published a blue screen of death survival guide. Though Blue Screens are difficult to decipher, all the information you need to figure out what caused it is right there in front of you in blue and white—and that's where we come in. We're going to show you how to dissect the blue screen error details, so you can fix the problem that's causing them.

Bit-tech take a look at the Zotac Nvidia Ion Mini-ITX motherboard. We've got one of the first ever mini-ITX Nvidia Ion motherboards direct from Zotac's Macau office. To our surprise, it's far more than just a dual core Atom N330 with Nvidia 9400M mGPU. Discussion on the forum.

Arctic Cooling has announced the introduction of the Accelero L2 Pro for mainstream GPU's. The flexible mounting is designed for fitting a wide range of nVIDIA and ATI cards – from GeForce FX5700 to the 9800 series; and Radeon X1300 to HD4850 series. The Accelero L2 Pro is surely a perfect cooling solution for these graphics cards at a very competitive price.

Nvidia has released version 185.81 beta of their Forceware drivers for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7. This beta adds support for the new GeForce GTX 275 GPU. Adds support for Ambient Occlusion, support for CUDA 2.2 for improved performance in GPU Computing applications. Expands GPU hardware acceleration for the NVIDIA Video Encoding library to GPUs with less than 32 cores. Direct links and discussion can be found here.

MadShrimps round-up 23 Heatsinks for Intel/AMD processors. After 200 Hours of testing we are proud to present our first CPU Cooler Roundup of 2009, featuring a 23 different products compared to the best out there; make use of our dynamic chart generator to compare up to 72 Intel/AMD heatsinks.

Lifehacker compiled a list of the five best free data recovery tools. While the best defence against data loss is redundant and real-time backup, we understand that sometimes data loss sneaks right up on you. Whether your vacation pictures didn't make it safely from your camera to your computer or a bumbling roommate deleted the paper you've been working all week on, having emergency data recovery tools handy is crucial to getting your data back before it's gone forever.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Call of Pripyat has been announced for release in autumn 2009. S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat will become a third stand-alone game in the highly-acclaimed Survival FPS S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series. The events of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat unfold shortly after the end of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl. Having discovered about the open path to the Zone center, the government decides to hold a large-scale military "Fairway" operation aimed to take the CNPP under control.

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