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 Wednesday, 9-December-2009  11:44:37 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Paul spotted this interesting mashup of emergency and disaster events overlaid on Google Maps. Might be quite handy during bushfire season.

Fuzzy Kaos sent in this very cool OS Xbox Pro project, with a timelapse video here. Built so that Will can run Final Cut Pro for his job as a video editor, the machine is based on an EFI-X hackintosh dongle, and inside it sports an 2.93GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550s paired with an NVIDIA GeForce 9800GT card, 8GB of RAM, an 16GB SSD, and four traditional hard drives: one each to boot Windows 7 and OS X, and two 500GB 7,200rpm drives in a RAID0 array for video editing.

It looks like TweakGuides have released their Windows 7 Tweaking Companion, thanks Marek. At over 400 pages in length, this book is designed for novice and advanced users alike. It is written in plain English to help you genuinely understand all key aspects of Windows 7 and your PC. Every major topic is covered in detail: from the correct installation of critical drivers and software, through to simple explanations and recommendations for every significant Windows setting and feature, all performance and convenience tweaks and customizations, as well as thorough troubleshooting advice.

iXBT continue their multi-part article on CPU features vs performance. We proceed with our series of articles devoted to analyzing performance of modern CPUs in real applications and finding out the effect of processor features. This article dwells on the number of cores of Intel Core i7. That is we actually redo the first part of this series, but with a different processor this time.

Tech chatshow Byteside have been pondering "the best of the decade": A stellar collection of Australia's leading tech and gaming journalists discuss the highs and lows of the noughties. Topics covered include: the most influential, the very best, the very worst, the biggest surprises, the biggest disappointments, and a taste of what may come in the years ahead. Plus, the journalists give a unique perspective on how they covered this changing decade in the media. Games show here, Tech show here.

Team Australia recently won the F1 OC 3DMark06 IGP Challenge in Taipei. "This round of F1OC was the most enjoyable for us so far," said James Travaskis (aka YoungPro) from Team Australia. "GIGABYTE has really listened to the overclocking community and the GA-MA785GPMT-UD2H motherboard is a perfect example in terms of its ease of overclocking and extensive overclocking specific features, giving us the edge required to win this month’s competition."

IntelInside noticed this article from IBM about UNIX turning 40. Ken Thompson developed a game on the GE-645 mainframe called Space Travel. Unfortunately, the game was just running too slow on the GE box, so Thompson rewrote (in assembly) the game for DEC's PDP-7, with the help of Dennis Ritchie. The porting experience led Ken to develop a new OS for the PDP-7.

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