Look Ma! They like me!

Subject: General Tech | October 27, 2006 - 02:46 PM |
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Asustek just broke their record for profit, according to this story on DigiTimes.  The vast majority of the sales were motherboards, as you might suspect, but they have plans to expand their laptop line as well, to make sure they can stay on top.

Source: Digitimes

ABIT version 2: Universal abit

Subject: Motherboards | October 27, 2006 - 01:53 PM |
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[H] has always been a fan of ABIT, and now that ABIT has returned as Universal abit, they put the new Core 2 Duo AB9  Pro motherboard.  Find out if it can live up to their old standards.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Steam is building up a head

Subject: General Tech | October 27, 2006 - 12:46 PM |
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Regardless of the initial reaction to Steam, the online game distribution/download service from Valve, it is definitely growing.  Newest is Take-Two interactive, and there have been many game publishers that have joined recently.  Ars Technica takes a look at Steam's success.

Source: Ars Technica

A handy list of ways to pass the day at work

Subject: General Tech | October 27, 2006 - 12:33 PM |
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The Tech Zone has kindly gathered every web video site into a list, to make it easier to spend the entire day watching streaming video.  Everything from viewer created shows to independent films to old TV shows.  It's all out there for you to see.

10 years of lifetime warranties

Subject: Memory | October 26, 2006 - 04:46 PM |
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Tech Spot reviews Crucial's 10th anniversary DDR2 PC2-5300.  While Crucial cannot often claim performance crowns, their stability and warranty are legendary.  With DDR2, they have added flexibility to that reputation, and these DIMMs do not disappoint.

Source: Tech Spot

A very unique case and cooling setup

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 26, 2006 - 03:02 PM |
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It is silent, has a case made of wood, wheels on the bottom, and even gel packs to help dissipate heat from the HDDs.  Bill Todd's little project has been posted on SPCR, and is well worth a read.

22 inches, 5 ms response, for less than $500

Subject: Displays | October 26, 2006 - 02:44 PM |
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MODTHEBOX reviews an economical display from Samsung, the SyncMaster 225BW TFT-LCD.  With a maximum
resolution of 1680 x 1050 and pixel pitch of 0.282 mm plus a contrast
ratio of 700:1 this mid range monitor offers a good deal.  Drop by for more info.

"I had good results with the 225BW using every day applications for web development, web surfing, e-mail and word processing.

Source: MODTHEBOX

NVIDIA G80 Information Hitting the Web

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 26, 2006 - 01:52 PM |
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With the imminent arrival of NVIDIA's new G80 graphics cards, it is no secret that information has been leaking left and right about it.  For the most part, I can't verify or deny anything that you read because of NDA's, but check back here about a weeks time to find all the official answers.  I still can point to various rumors though!  :)


This first story from the Inquirer seems to think that NVIDIA is going to modeling a Playboy Playmate model to show off their new hardware.  Wou

Source: The Inquirer

Gyroscopic mouse

Subject: General Tech | October 26, 2006 - 12:36 PM |
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Well, the motion of your head as you duck and try to peek around corners still doesn't work as a game input, but the e-Dimensional G-Pad Pro being reviewed at Tech ARP may be the next best thing.  For 3rd person shooters and racing/flying games, when you tilt the gamepad, it is translated into movement in the game.  Available for PC and Playstation 2, it ought to be fun try try out a few times.

Source: Tech ARP

That's not a bug, and thanks for the cake

Subject: General Tech | October 26, 2006 - 11:54 AM |
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Mozilla has informed CNET that the 2 issues identified are non-issues.  One has already been patched, and the second didn't include enough code for any exploit to be found.

and according to Slashdot, the IE7 team sent Firefox a cake.

VIA and Everex Launch World's Most Energy Efficient Notebook

Subject: Mobile | October 26, 2006 - 11:32 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 26 October 2006 — VIA Technologies, Inc., a leading
innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform
solutions, and Everex Systems, Inc., a world leader in the design and
production of personal computers, today unveiled the StepNote NC1500
notebook: the first Everex notebook to make use of the advanced VIA
C7®-M processor.

Oracle and Intel to Collaborate on Enterprise Computing

Subject: General Tech | October 26, 2006 - 11:19 AM |
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ORACLE OPENWORLD, SAN FRANCISCO,
Oct. 25, 2006 - Oracle and Intel Corporation today announced a joint
effort
to help accelerate deployment of solutions based on Oracle and
Intel technology. This effort builds on a longstanding enterprise
computing relationship and is expected to deliver a new level of
performance and reliability to customers using Oracle solutions running
on industry-leading Intel® Core® microarchitecture-based Linux servers.

What's cool about Vista & Office 2007; a newegg webcast

Subject: General Tech | October 25, 2006 - 06:47 PM |
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Find out what the next generation Microsoft Windows and Office 2007 can do for you. Learn about
the newest features and understand how you can safely and easily complete everyday tasks; enjoy
the latest in entertainment using the seamless media integration of Media Center, Media Player 11,
and Windows DVD Maker with your photos, video, television and music; check out the latest
Internet Explorer 7; and much more.

Source: newegg

and that's what G80's are made of

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 25, 2006 - 06:33 PM |
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The Inquirer has pretty much summed up all we know about the new generation of nVIDIA cards.  From what we don't know, like the number of pipelines, to what we do know, like the new SLI and the fact that reviews will be appearing quite soon, so check it out.

Source: The Inquirer

nForce 590 up for examination

Subject: Motherboards | October 25, 2006 - 03:48 PM |
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Three different AMD nForce 590 motherboards are getting the complete work over at HotHardware.  If you are not thinking about jumping to Intel's Core 2 Duo, these are the top contenders for AMD based platforms.  Find out which boards top out their list.

Source: HotHardware

Gigabyte's second Aurora

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 25, 2006 - 03:06 PM |
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It's a big sturdy aluminum case, with built in features to make it easier to setup watercooling.  The Guru of 3D is quiet impressed by the Aurora 570, since they like the extra space.  It makes it easier to install the parts, and you can fit more parts in, though the USB ports could use a better location.

Source: Guru of 3D

Bully: all talk, or a tough guy?

Subject: General Tech | October 25, 2006 - 12:44 PM |
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Not since a certain movie involving high flying reptiles, has anything generated such a buzz as Rockstar Games Bully.  It's worst enemy has ended up being it's biggest advertiser, and given people something to talk about while guessing at what the game will be like.  Ars Technica heads to the playground to find out what it's like to be a Bully.

Source: Ars Technica

Minor oops on the AMDing the ATI website

Subject: General Tech | October 25, 2006 - 12:08 PM |
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The Inquirer caught an odd error on the newly greened ATI website ... 3 of 4 special computer deals have Core 2 Duo inside them.  While you are checking that out take a look at the newly redesigned ATI website, they've done a good job at not moving the Driver section and other often visited areas.

Source: The Inquirer

AMD COMPLETES ATI ACQUISITION AND CREATES PROCESSING POWERHOUSE

Subject: General Tech | October 25, 2006 - 11:57 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - Oct. 25, 2006 - AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced the
completion of its approximately $5.4 billion acquisition of ATI
Technologies Inc
. Combining the complementary strengths of the two
technology leaders, the new AMD opens for business as a processing
powerhouse committed to driving innovation, choice and growth in the
technology industry.

Source: AMD

ATX12V 2.01, Eight ways to ultimate power

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 24, 2006 - 05:57 PM |
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Various PSUs from NZXT, Thermaltake, Antec, Cooler Master and Silverstone are undergoing testing at R&B Mods.  All have dual 12V rails, although only 4 have the 8-pin EPS12V adapter some dual core systems want. 

If pure overkill is your preference, Lee's review of the Enermax Galaxy 1kW PSU may be what you want.