New Linux Foundation Launches - Merger of Open Source Development Labs and Free Standards Group

Subject: General Tech | January 22, 2007 - 12:56 PM |
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SAN FRANCISCO, January 22, 2007 — The two leading consortia dedicated to the advancement of Linux® — the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) and the Free Standards Group (FSG) — today announced that they have signed an agreement to merge and form The Linux Foundation. The new organization accelerates the growth of Linux by providing a comprehensive set of services to compete effectively with closed platforms.

How a heatsink gets tested

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 22, 2007 - 12:49 PM |
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SPCR has redone their heatsink test bench, and have published an article describing the new system, and the exact process used to test the heatsinks.  If you have ever been curious how some hardware review sites go about determining the performance of heatsinks, this article will fill you in. 

Price drops from AMD

Subject: General Tech | January 22, 2007 - 12:14 PM |
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Digitimes has a full list of the processors from AMD, and the expected price changes.  The top of the line FX series are unchanged, but dual core processors have dropped in price.  Semprons have dropped below $50, for those looking for inexpensive PCs.

Source: Digitimes

You can never get bored hanging out on our boards

Subject: General Tech | January 19, 2007 - 05:06 PM |
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Ever thought about trying open office, for yourself or maybe for a small company?  Read on to get an idea of experiences forum members have had.  Need some advice on setting up an FTP server?  No problems!  You can even stream for yourself, from your PC to an XBox360.  64 bit OSs are getting more mature, but what is the best Anti

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Overclocking the QuadFX

Subject: Processors | January 19, 2007 - 03:09 PM |
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Legit Reviews invested the significant amount of money it takes to build a QuadFX system, and overclocked it as far as they could.  At 3.1GHz the system leveled out, so that is the speed the used in comparative benchmarks with the QX6700.  Even though the performance did increase, can it possibly reduce the performance gap, especially when you consider the $200 difference in CPU price as well as the motherboard.

Get in touch with your inner child

Subject: General Tech | January 19, 2007 - 12:12 PM |
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OCMODSHOP picked up the new Wii title, "Wario Ware: Smooth Moves", without any expectations of enjoying it.   As it turns out, this huge assortment of mini-games provided them with a lot of fun.  Read the review, and you might just agree with them, this could actually be a lot of fun.

"I have to admit that I was skeptical of Wario Ware: Smooth Moves. The demo looked stupid, the box looked stupid, and the art

looked stupid too.

Source: OCMODSHOP

CES 2007 - Part 8

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 19, 2007 - 11:57 AM |
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HotHardware has even more pictures from CES 2007, 8 pages of them.  Everyone gets some coverage, from new Creative Zens, to AMD's Better by Design to OCZ's display in the Bellagio hotel.   Read on for even more reasons to be jealous of those who made it to the show.

Source: HotHardware

Something rotten in the wind

Subject: General Tech | January 19, 2007 - 11:47 AM |
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Don't open any emails titled "230 dead as storm batters Europe.", or you will find yourself the recipient of a Trojan-bearing attachment.  CNET reports on a virus that has just appeared, trying to take advantage of people's curiosity.  Since the storms only hit Europe on Friday, this is a very quickly appearing virus.

OCZ Technology Announces new Premium Flex Memory Series, PC2-6400 Flex XLC

Subject: Memory | January 18, 2007 - 06:43 PM |
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Sunnyvale, CA-January 18, 2007- With the goal of providing their latest
proprietary technology to every enthusiast, OCZ Technology Group, a
worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability
memory, today launched the OCZ PC2-6400 FlexXLC 2x1GB Kit, the mainstream
edition of the recently released DDR2-1150 memory part
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HTPC with Vista and HDMI HDCP

Subject: Systems | January 18, 2007 - 05:22 PM |
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Gigabyte shows off their sense of style with the outside design of the H971 HTPC system.  On the inside, it is powered by a E6400 Core 2 Duo and 1GB DDR2-533 on a Gigabyte 8IBGNBX-RH (Intel G965).   The graphics are powered by a silent Gigabyte GeForce 7600GS, with an HDMI port, and is HDCP compliant.  Drop by TweakTown for a full review of this powerful, pre-built HTPC.

Source: TweakTown

Sittin' on the dock by the bay

Subject: Mobile | January 18, 2007 - 02:39 PM |
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The Vantec Piano 101 laptop dock is up for review at OCMODSHOP.  It contains a fan for additional cooling, 2.1 stereo speakers and USB 2.0 ports, among other handy add-ons.  Since it only weighs 3lbs, it can actually be part of your kit on the road, although it may be a bit large to stick in your laptop bag.

"Let's take a look a Vantec's new laptop station: the Piano 101. Piano? I am a veteran pianist, but what do speakers, fans, and

ports have to do with a classical instrument? Perhaps the great sound?

Source: OCMODSHOP

Polywell gets another look

Subject: Systems | January 18, 2007 - 02:11 PM |
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The first Polywell system that [H] reviewed was a powerful SFF system, which has gone out of date for 2007.  Now they return, and order a Core 2 Duo E6400/7900 GT system with 2 GB of Kingston 667MHz DDR2.  As is [H]'s habit, Polywell gets a complete review, not just their system, but the ordering process straight through to the tech support.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Intel Science Talent Search Semifinalists Announced

Subject: General Tech | January 18, 2007 - 01:21 PM |
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Santa Clara, Calif., Jan. 17, 2007 — Three hundred high school seniors today were named as semifinalists of the Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS) 2007. The STS, America's oldest and most prestigious science competition, is often called the "Junior Nobel Prize." Each of the 300 Intel STS semifinalists receives $1,000 with an additional $1,000 going to their respective schools, resulting in $600,000 in total awards.

AMD Delivers the ultimate mobile graphics performance with the ATI Mobility Radeon X1900

Subject: Mobile | January 18, 2007 - 12:56 PM |
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AMD is ushering in a new era of high performance mobile gaming with the ATI Mobility Radeon X1900 available today inside the Alienware Area-51 m5790 Special Edition notebook. The Mobility Radeon X1900 features an ultra-threaded 3D architecture that radically improves high definition video playback, video game performance, and display enhancements for all of today's mobile entertainment; allowing professionals, enthusiasts and gamers alike to achieve a superior visual experience.

Source: AMD

CES 2007 - Part 7 (Party Crasher Edition)

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 18, 2007 - 12:25 PM |
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Thanks to the Tech Zone, you can get some tips on how to make it into CES parties.  You can also see the huge gallery of photos they took at the parties.  Head on over and see what you missed.

802.11N, who needs steenking N?

Subject: General Tech | January 18, 2007 - 12:19 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP links to a story on some amazingly fast wireless.  6 gigbits a second isn't quite the wired record of 14 terabits, but it certainly beats current standards.

"CSIRO researchers have announced that they have achieved a six gigabits per second over a point to point wireless connection.

That is fast enough to download almost 10 DVDs a minute. Wow."

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Dual transformers

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 17, 2007 - 06:03 PM |
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You've got dual GPUs, and dual cores, so why not dual transformers?  The Tagan EasyCon XL 700W that SPCR reviews has just that, to go with the quad 12V rails.  Each can handle up to 20A (56A total) and 672W are devoted to those 12V lines.  There were a few issues discovered along the lines, so keep reading before you run out and buy one.

7950GT versus the X1900XT

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 17, 2007 - 03:45 PM |
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Sitting around the $300 mark are 2 cards, one from nVidia and one from ATI and  [H]ard|OCP has put them in a head to head contest.   The 7950GT is based on the 90nm G71 core with 24 pixel shaders, 8 vertex shaders, and 16 ROPs with a clock speed of 550 MHz, and a 512 MB of 1.4 GHz DDR.  The ATI offering has a faster core and double the pixel shaders, but only half the memory.  Find out if there is a clear winner.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Burning Crusade launch party, from the other side

Subject: General Tech | January 17, 2007 - 01:22 PM |
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If you dream of living the good life working at a game store, you should read this cautionary tale from OCMODSHOP.  One of their members was working on the night WoW: Burning Crusade was released.  See what the night was like, from the other side of the counter.

Source: OCMODSHOP

Corsair Augments Flash Readout USB Product Family with 4GB and 8GB Capacities

Subject: Storage | January 17, 2007 - 12:48 PM |
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Fremont, CA (January 17, 2007) — Corsair®,