Happy 30th birthday IBM PC 5150!

Subject: General Tech | August 12, 2011 - 05:18 PM |
Tagged: killer frogs, friday, folding frogs

Computer maintenance can be a long and tedious process, trying to find rogue processes, old and useless registry entries or cleaning out temp files takes time to do manually or with the tools provided within Windows.  That is part of the reason that programs that automate cleaning are so popular, though some are almost ransome-ware so be careful which ones you choose.  The same goes when you are trying out new anti-virus programs as well.  For extra bonus points you can bring network and hardware maintenance into the mix as well, from replacing elderly protocols to replacing elderly hardware, there are lots of problems to fill your spare time.  Even keeping track of your vendors can absorb hours. Check out the Microsoft Forum for more issues ... as well as solutions, of course.

If you'd rather have a bit of fun instead of working, the Gaming Forum's Fragging Frogs are available on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday to help you out with that.  The Lightning Round is available for those who prefer their smackdowns to be delivered with words than with bullets.  If you are more altruistic, donate your CPU cycles to a BOINC project or to Folding@Home, or even join in the 24 hour a day swap meet that is the Trading Post.

You have probably noticed a lot of content on the front page covering Quakecon and the interview that Ryan did with John Carmack, so you are right in assuming that the PC Perspective Podcast spends a goodly amount of time on the same topic ... and others.

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One Billion work units down and the FLOPs are still rising

Subject: Editorial | July 15, 2011 - 06:18 PM |
Tagged: killer frogs, friday, folding@home, folding frogs, boinc, 1 billion

When visiting our Forums you will be greeted with an ever changing mix of the old and new.  Some members will be tracking down manuals from old kit that they inherited from friends, such as an Epox EP-8KDA3J, while others might have the manual but are having a tough time finding drivers for their DFI LanParty NForce2 Ultra B board.   Those threads are nestled between another member's indepth look at the brand new Intel Core i7-2600K with GIGABYTE Z68X-UD7, with plenty of pictures and tips on getting the best overclock.

Our podcast, PC Perspective Podcast #162 this week, has inspired one member to stop lurking and ask about a case for a NAS they want to build, while other long term members discuss the merits of SLIOne member is being very mean to their speakers at Audio Corner while in the  Storage Forum you can read about the ressurection of Intel SSDs that suddenly become 8MB in size

Also this week there has been a lot of talk about Bitcoins, both in terms of the best GPUs to use for mining as well as a rough guide on how much your electricity bill will go up thanks to your new habit, but there are other things you can do with your spare cycles.  The PC Perspective Folding Frogs are going strong and helping with protein folding, but it is the PC Perspective Killer Frogs BOINC team which has something to cheer about right now.  Our combined BOINC project processed workunit total has gone over 1 billion!  Congrats to everyone, old members and new, that have contributed to help us pass this milestone.

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