Intel Ignites Quad-Core Era

Subject: General Tech | November 14, 2006 - 10:53 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 14, 2006 — Intel Corporation today kicked off the computer industry's multi-core PC era by delivering four computing 'brains' inside a single microprocessor with the introduction of the Quad-Core Intel® Xeon® 5300 and Intel Core™ 2 Extreme quad-core processor families. These products deliver immense speed and responsiveness for general purpose servers and workstations and for digital media creation, high-end gaming and other market segments that crave absolute performance.

Add style and functionality to the front of your case

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 14, 2006 - 09:30 AM |
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Pro-clockers reviews the Scythe Kama-Meter MFD Panel.  Allowing you to control up to 4 fans and your sound level as well as monitoring your temperatures, it also comes with a number of faceplates to help match it to any style case.

But your honour, they needed killing

Subject: General Tech | November 14, 2006 - 09:12 AM |
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If the link to a news story at The Inquirer is correct you can thank just 10 people for all the \/|@GR/\ emails that greet you every morning.  All of the cries that spam will kill email and trusted email signatures and the various other ways people have tried to design to combat the problem seem out of proportion.  All we need to do is find these 10 people and their zombie hordes.

Source: The Inquirer

AMD INTRODUCES WORLD'S FIRST DEDICATED ENTERPRISE STREAM PROCESSOR

Subject: General Tech | November 14, 2006 - 08:42 AM |
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TAMPA, Fla. - NOVEMBER 14, 2006 - At the Supercomputing 2006
show today, AMD (NYSE: AMD) introduced the world's first dedicated
stream processor
designed to meet the specific hardware demands of
high-performance computing (HPC) applications.

Source: AMD

AMD SIGNS ON AS CORNERSTONE SPONSOR OF OPENFPGA

Subject: General Tech | November 14, 2006 - 08:41 AM |
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AMPA, Fla. - NOVEMBER 14, 2006 - To expand industry adoption of the AMD Torrenza initiative and an open-standards approach to innovation, AMD (NYSE:AMD) announced today at Supercomputing 2006 it will be the inaugural sponsor for OpenFPGA. OpenFPGA is a non-profit consortium focused on accelerating the adoption and incorporation of reconfigurable computing solutions in high-performance and enterprise computing.

Source: AMD

Quick temporary fix for a broken IDE pin

Subject: Storage | November 13, 2006 - 02:35 PM |
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MAKE:Blog linked to a quick fix that ought to get a HDD with a broken pin running long enough to get the data off of it.  Read down into the comments section for additional tips and tricks, and some stories about playing with older HDDs.

"Here's a low-tech way of fixing a broken pin on a hard drive using some tin foil and a sewing pin."

Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:

Source: MAKE: Blog

Having troubles powering a G80?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 13, 2006 - 02:27 PM |
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850W of power, 6 smeggin' 12V rails and a 135mm exhaust fan, the Coolermaster Real Power Pro 850W means business.  HEXUS does a full review of this powersupply, which might be very important if you are trying to set up a quad-GPU system.

Source: Hexus

The next generation of Lenovo Thinkpad

Subject: Mobile | November 13, 2006 - 01:53 PM |
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The new Thinkpad is no slouch with a 1920x1200 LCD panel and an ATI FireGL V5200, powered by a Core 2 Duo and up to 4 gigs of RAM.  Add to that the reliability of the Thinkpad series and the limited amount of extra software installed, HotHardware may have found the best Lenovo laptop yet.

'In 2005 IBM sold the Thinkpad line to Chinese computer maker, Lenovo making it the 3rd largest computer vendor in the

world.

Source: HotHardware

Pushing ATI card a little harder

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 13, 2006 - 01:43 PM |
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Get a little more with the ThermalTake TMG AT2, reviewed by techPowerUp!.  While the performance gains may not be huge, dropping the fan noise from 65 to 51 dbA may be music to your ears.

Source: techPowerUp!

Ignorance is not bliss when it comes to processes

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 13, 2006 - 01:25 PM |
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Don't just rely on spyware checks, to really figure out why your computer is acting like it's on Valium you need to be able to recognize some of the common processes, both good and bad.  Futurelooks steps up to the challenge, drop by to get a quick lesson.

Source: futurelooks

ECS Elitegroup Unleashes PN2 SLI2+ Extreme Motherboard for PC Gamers and Overclocking Enthusiasts

Subject: General Tech | November 13, 2006 - 12:51 PM |
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Fremont, CA (November 13, 2006) — Elitegroup Computer Systems, Inc. (ECS®), the world's leading motherboard, notebook and desktop PC manufacturer, today announced the new PN2 SLI2+ Extreme motherboard based on the latest NVIDIA® nForce® 680i SLI™ media and communication processor (MCP).

Source: Elitegroup

New Technology is all the Rage

Subject: Editorial | November 12, 2006 - 07:27 PM |
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Sorry for the long gap between writings -- I won't bother giving any excuses and just get right to the meat.  In the world of PC hardware, a lot has happened since IDF in September, including the introdution of quad core processors, a new unified architecture DX10 GPU from NVIDIA and an impressive notebook from Alienware using both SLI and RAID


At IDF we were introdu

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Subject: General Tech | November 10, 2006 - 01:32 PM |
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Google Earth is a fun program to work with, but have

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2 takes on the CrossFire Xpress 3200

Subject: Motherboards | November 10, 2006 - 12:42 PM |
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On one side, the ASUS M2R32-MVP and on the other, the ECS KA3 MVP.  Both use the same chipset, and the basic performance is essentially the same.  HotHardware takes on the challenge of determining which board's feature set will decide victory.

'Looking at the two boards for overall value, the first place to start is price. Using various price search engines, we

found the ASUS M2R32-MVP being offered for anywhere from $144 - 159.

Source: HotHardware

Quad core and Crossfire from ABS

Subject: Systems | November 10, 2006 - 12:35 PM |
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ABS, one of [H]ard|OCP's favorite vendors has designed a very powerful gaming system.  The performance is something to behold, both gaming and encoding, but as it was a pre-release system, there were a few troubles.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Looking at the next generation of consoles

Subject: General Tech | November 10, 2006 - 12:26 PM |
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Slashdot links to a prognostic article which talks about the next generation of consoles.  Not an easy thing to predict when not all of the current generation have been released yet.

Source: Slashdot

What if Microsoft absorbed Firefox?

Subject: General Tech | November 10, 2006 - 12:03 PM |
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The Inquirer links to a bizarre parody site featuring MSFireFox Professional Edition.  It's designed very well and even includes a commercial, so head over to put a little smile on your face.

"A CHEEKY web designer has unleashed a site showing what life might be like if Microsoft took over Firefox.

The mystery developer bought the web address www.msfirefox.com/ and seems to have let his or her imagination run riot

with a pseudo-Vole web page.

Source: The Inquirer

Intel Expands Investment in Vietnam

Subject: General Tech | November 10, 2006 - 11:50 AM |
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HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam, Nov.
10, 2006 — Intel Corporation announced today that it will increase the
size of the assembly and test facility it is building in Vietnam
from
150,000 square feet to 500,000 square feet and raise its investment
from the USD$300 million announced in February to USD$1 billion.

Buying gifts for things that don't even exist yet

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 9, 2006 - 12:22 PM |
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Taking a page directly from Apple, Microsoft's Zune player will have a huge assortment of accessories you can buy for it.  You can even see a list of them over at CoolTechZone.  The only problem I can see is that you can't buy a Zune yet, so why shop for accessories?

Source: CoolTechZone