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Thursday Afternoon (12 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 20-January-2011  14:07:53 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Winning today's award for "shortest notice ever", Antec and Altech are inviting "50 members of your overclocking community" to celebrate Antec's 25th birthday tonight at Star City in Sydney. Product demos, prizes, food, drink, "Antec Show Girls", etc. Starts at 6pm, so if you're working nearby and you're bored, why not.

ABC have put together one of the most dramatic views of the Brisbane flooding using a fancy scrolly-image thing. This set of photos of the Toll Brisbane facility paint a pretty grim picture too. That's a lot of parcels going nowhere. Axe sent word of an IT Flood Relief Programme to get businesses and schools back up to speed with donated hardware, with more info here and here.

IGN have another video showing gameplay in Portal 2. It looks cool and all, but hrm, I really worry that all the extra stuff they're adding in will ruin one of the main strengths of Portal, which was its simplicity. I don't really need another HL2 with a fancy gun.

GamePron report on hackers using a medical server to host a game. Unknown hackers broke into the servers for New Hampshire-based Seacoast Radiology, potentially accessing sensitive patient information for more than 230,000 people, the medical company now admits. The hackers’ rationale was simple – they wanted to play Call of Duty: Black Ops and couldn’t find a server.

LegionHW have a DDR3 memory roundup. Today on the menu we have six impressive looking dual-channel DDR3 memory kits that are designed for AMD and Intel platforms. These dual-channel kits are all price around $100 US for the 4GB version and for our article we will be taking two kits from each manufacturer to compare how they perform when populating all banks.

TechSpot have some Sandy Bridge Fun Facts from Intel. For the launch of their 2nd-gen Intel Core CPUs (a.k.a. Sandy Bridge), they have compiled another interesting list of fun facts. We have selected the ones we find more amusing and are republishing them with Intel's permission.

Tech Report have a look at chipset PCI Express performance. Finally, Intel has a mid-range chipset with proper PCIe 2.0 lanes. We test the P67's PCIe implementation to see how it stacks up against the competition.

From Rob: Just a FYI. The Pegasus Datacenter In Brisbane is moving this weekend. This means a pile of websites will be offline over the weekend, as a lot of shared and VPS hosting is done there (including dedicatedservers.net.au, which is probably one of the biggest in .au).

Here's 10 Apple Patents To Get Excited About, thanks IntelInside. Apple was granted 563 patents in 2010, some of which will show up in future products and might well change the consumer technology landscape just like the iPod, iPhone, App Store and now the iPad have. Apple patent expert Jack Purcher of Patently Apple has been monitoring the company’s patents since 2006.

Tweaktown checked out the HP Smart Home in Cupertino, California. What is the Smart Home? It's literally a house that sits in one of the parking lots and is used as a very effective way to showcase the latest and greatest products to come from HP. It was first setup and displayed several years ago at CES in Las Vegas as a means to show customers and media a true to life implementation of connected HP technologies inside the home."

On a related note, Sniper sent word that Arnie is no longer governor of California, and will be back (urgh) in movies soon. Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has confirmed he’s getting back into the movie business and has even gotten down to the task of picking his first role. “Currently I’m reading three scripts,” Schwarzenegger tells Kronen Zeitung, a newspaper in his native Austria.

Darkness sent in this video of the Mario Theme played with RC Car and Bottles. Not a lot more to say about that one. :)

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