The Zonbu is breaking all the rules

Subject: Mobile | September 28, 2007 - 01:30 PM |
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For $99 you can get a Zonbu with a 2 year subscription to their online storage service, or $249 without.  As it only has 4GBs of flash memory onboard, the online storage can come in very handy, but that same fact keeps the power drain below 13W!  It comes pre-loaded with Gentoo Linux and FireFox, the Evolution mail client, OpenOffice.org, the Gimp and more.

Source: VIA Arena

Heatpipes Gone Wild!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 28, 2007 - 01:18 PM |
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Heatpipes have grown up and aren't afraid to show it off.  They are exposing themselves all over the place, it's shameless really.  You can see all the pics over at Benchmark Reviews, with several brands of exposed heatpipe cooler, including the brand new OZC Vendetta.  It probably has something to do with them hanging out with Thermoele

Can't get enough of the IDF?

Subject: General Tech | September 28, 2007 - 12:52 PM |
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If reading through Ryan's articles and listening to the podcast just didn't satisfy your need to know more about what happened at the Intel Developers Forum, there is a solution.  The Inquirer has gathered together many links to Intel's Blog and other Intel sites that have almost the entire content from the IDF.  Get your info first hand.

Source: The Inquirer

Hot swapping made easy

Subject: Storage | September 27, 2007 - 05:16 PM |
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SATA 2 makes your devices hot swappable, but seeing as how it is more likely that your SATA 2 drive is an internal HDD or optical storage drive, it isn't really very easy to open the case up to swap the drives around, even if your case offers tool-less mounting.  Vantec has been quick to take advantage of this, with their EZ Swap EX.  It is essentially a 5.25" adapter that fits into an empty bay in your case and a 3.5" cover into which your drive goes.  Easy as pie to hot swap your SATA drives now, although Driver Heave

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Stealthy HTPC system and cooler

Subject: Systems | September 27, 2007 - 02:44 PM |
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Check out the Antec Veris Fusion Black 430 Media Centre HTPC case and it's A/V cooler, which are up for review at OCC.  The case's design will look right at home in an entertainment center, and should have no problems fitting into a cabinet.  Antec has als

Three heads are better than one

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 27, 2007 - 01:29 PM |
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If the DualHead2Go Digital Edition just doesn't offer you enough screen real estate to satisfy there is still hope.  Check out the TripleHead2Go Digital Edition.  On one end of the connector is a VGA, DVI and USB, and on the other are 3 clearly labeled DVI connectors.  Plug everything in while the PC is turned off, boot up, install the Matrox software and prepare to be amazed by Bioshock in 3840*1024.  Check out [H]ard|OCP's gallery of screens from many games all at that sa

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Foxconn declares war with their new P35 motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | September 27, 2007 - 01:05 PM |
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AnandTech has published a full review of the Foxconn MARS P35 motherboard, touted as a high performance board with a value price.  The cooling system on the motherboard will keep the Northbridge happy for all but the most extreme overclocking, and should still give enough space around the socket to allow a large CPU heatsink.  The general overclocking settings in the BIOS gave them some problems, but once AnandTech got the hang of it, this turned into a board that is great for overclocking Quads. 

Source: AnandTech

Sneaky Windows Update update foiling repair installs

Subject: General Tech | September 27, 2007 - 12:53 PM |
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It turns out that the sneaky update to Windows Update that we heard a lot of news about  two weeks ago is starting to cause a little havok.

Source: Slashdot

XFX introduces nForce 630i and 610i Motherboards with integrated GeForce 7 series graphics

Subject: Motherboards | September 26, 2007 - 06:23 PM |
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Ontario, CA, Sept. 25, 2007 - XFX welcomes the most affordable and graphically intense triplets ever delivered. The XFX nForce 630i with GeForce 7150, nForce 630i with GeForce 7100, and nForce 610i with GeForce 7050 motherboards are genetically programmed to deliver a premium graphics experience on Windows Vista, including Flip 3D, translucent window panes and taskbar preview.

Designed for Intel-based PCs, these motherboards support a full range of Intel CPUs (from Core2 Quad to Celeron) and DDR2-800 memory.

Source: XFX

Do penguins like DDR3?

Subject: Memory | September 26, 2007 - 05:35 PM |
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Phoronix tried out an ASUS Blitz Extreme with a pair of OCZ's 1GB DDR3-1333
at various clock speeds
.  They installed Fedora 7 with the Linux 2.6.22.4 kernel, GCC 4.1, and X server 1.3 and used RAMspeed 2.5.0 to see how the performance scaled at different speeds.  The RAM still comes at a premium, but it does look like you can expect to see at least some benefit to using the new DDR standard.

Source: Phoronix

Is your notebook full rugged, or only semi?

Subject: Mobile | September 26, 2007 - 02:31 PM |
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The Panasonic Toughbook series is designed to take the abuse that most notebooks receive at some point in their lives, often just before they fail.  XYZ Computers reviews the W5 model, which has a Core Duo U2400, and 1.5GB of DDR-533 and weighs in at about 2.9lbs.   They have trimmed down on a few extras, like a wide screen backlit LCD, but the overall design feels nice and spacious and sturdy.  Too bad that XYZ didn't try testing it to destructino though.

The sound of Gigabyte

Subject: General Tech | September 26, 2007 - 01:35 PM |
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Gigabyte continues to diversify their product lines, this time with 2.0 and 2.1 speakers.  InsideHW tries these speakers out and finds that while it is a good first try, the established competition does a better job.  Still it is good to see the company is still willing to try new products, and if they choose to produce a second generation they may get all the kinks out.

Source: InsideHW

New case maker, new ideas

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 26, 2007 - 12:05 PM |
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Hiper tends to be known for PSUs, more so across the pond in Europe than in North America, but they still have a presence here.  They have just released an ATX case, called the Anubis, in which they have incorporated heatsink style thermal dissipation directly into the cases structure.  PC Apex found a lot to like about this case, which helped his air-cooled

Source: PCApex

Quick! Everyone panic and run around in circles!

Subject: General Tech | September 26, 2007 - 11:45 AM |
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You may have run into headlines or random forum posts this morning claiming that the "New Firefox gives all your browsing history to Google".  Many seem to quickly say that it steals all your website information and sells for fun and profit ... but don't even get into what is really happening. 

Source: The Inquirer

A second helping of caviar

Subject: Storage | September 25, 2007 - 05:28 PM |
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The new revision of Western Digital's Caviar 750GB HDD, the RE2 sports tweaked firmware and RAID optimizations.  As it is an enterprise class HDD they also did more reliability testing, and extended the warranty, which the home user can also benefit from.  The big news is the drop from on Write seek time; from 10.9ms to 9.6ms.  From their testing The Tech Report found that while it is faster than the first revis

Overclocked roundup

Subject: Processors | September 25, 2007 - 02:35 PM |
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Looking for an idea as to the relative differences between overclocked Quads and Duos?  The testing at Hardware Logic may not produce the exact same results as your experiences, but it can give you a hint as to how these processors separate once they have been pushed beyond spec.  You can even look at these scores as something to meet or to beat.

Playing on the big screen

Subject: Displays | September 25, 2007 - 01:26 PM |
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One of the biggest displays at the CEDIA expo would be the new 1080p digital projectors, and Digital Trends spent a good amount of time checking out the offerings.  The extremely bright Panasonic PT-AE2000 for the home can produce a full 1500 lumens, which allows viewing without needing a blacked out room, and will display a 10' image from 11' away.  For those with a bit more to spend, Sony introduced the $15,000 VPL-VW200 with Carl Ziess lenses and a BRAVIA signal processing engine which will allow up to a 35,000:1 contrast ratio.  There is also a ~$3000 Sanyo LP-Z2000 which may provide some competition to those thinking of buying large LCD or plasma TV.

"With all of the high-def projectors cropping up at this year's CEDIA expo, it's easy for even the most die-hard home theater buffs to get blinded by the light. And with prices starting to plunge below $4,000 USD, 1080p projectors are starting to catch the attention of more mainstream buyers as well. If your home cinema is a little short on screen acreage, an HD projector is an ideal way to make the jump to the big time, but you'll need to familiarize yourself with all the new options first. Here are four new HD projectors that should be on your big-screen radar."

Here are some more Display articles from around the web:

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That game, with that guy in armour came out early this morning

Subject: General Tech | September 25, 2007 - 12:19 PM |
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Love the series or hate it, you will be seeing a lot of press about the final installment of the game that made the Xbox what it is today.  Halo 3 is out, though you may have trouble finding it on the shelves, as Microsoft's hype machine worked perfectly again, and people lined up for hours to get the game at it's midnight release.  Ars Technica can give you a look at what this new sequel offers to dedicated Halo fans, without giving away the plot or any secrets while they ar

Source: Ars Technica

Send Excel 07 back for remedial math classes

Subject: General Tech | September 25, 2007 - 11:59 AM |
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It looks like the new Excel 2007 has some problems (apart from it's ribbon fetish).  It looks like the number 65,535 causes some interesting behaviour, and it's maths skills take a turn for the bizarre.  Excel has had a history of troubles around that spot, including it's belief that no spreadsheet should ever have more than 65,536 rows.  Read more examples of this issue by following the link on Slashdot.

Source: Slashdot