Windows 7 to undergo liposuction?

Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2007 - 11:57 AM |

Microsoft has been very quiet about Windows 7, but thanks to a speech to university students we know a little more about it's kernel.  Head over to The Inquirer for a link to video of the presentation and a unique windows logo.

Source: The Inquirer

Cooler, quieter, faster

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 18, 2007 - 05:31 PM |

Arctic Cooling has recently released the big brother to S2 the Accelero S1, and for $20-$30 you can set up either a perfectly quiet VGA cooling system, or strap up to 2 fans onto it to get some serious cooling.  Bjorn3D didn't try pushing the graphics card they had attached it to, as they were focusing strictly on the cooler, but when the temperatures are lowered, the clock speed gets a chance to go up.

Source: Bjorn3D

AMD Reports Third Quarter Results

Subject: General Tech | October 18, 2007 - 05:17 PM |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Oct.

Source: AMD

Kingston's secret plans revealed

Subject: Memory | October 18, 2007 - 02:20 PM |

OCMODSHOP sat down with a rep from Kingston at WGC2007 for a talk about their upcoming plans.  It seems that they have plans to reposition themselves in the memory marketplace to compete directly with the enthusiast brands like OCZ and Corsair.  They also got a sneak peek at some flash storage that you will be able to purchase soon.


AMD makes HDMI easy

Subject: Motherboards | October 18, 2007 - 01:03 PM |

The MSI K9AG Neo2 Digital takes advantage of AMD's 690G chipset and provides a proper HDMI jack that is fully HDCP compliant, right on the motherboard.  An HTPC system just doesn't get any easier than that.  As well, it is a full ATX board, so you won't have to squeeze your components onto a mATX board.  PC Stats has finished their review, which HTPC builders (

Source: PCStats

Western Digital's mysterious green machine

Subject: Storage | October 18, 2007 - 12:11 PM |

Western Digital's Caviar GreenPower is a large storage drive with a mission, offering high capacity (500GB, 750GB & 1TB) with a low energy requirement.  The mystery comes in when you try to determine the spindle speed and maximum sustained transfer rate which fall under WD's new IntelliPower, that will vary spindle speed based on storage capacity.  This backs up their claim to green power, as the drive is focused on efficiency, not speed re

A commanding view of spirited simians

Subject: General Tech | October 18, 2007 - 11:51 AM |

There are two brand new bits of news out today, one for Windows users and one for fans of Ubuntu.



Subject: Shows and Expos | October 18, 2007 - 11:12 AM |

Calabasas, CA - October 17, 2007 - Fatal1ty Brands and Universal ABIT announce abit's participation in the Entertainment for All Expo (E for All) scheduled for October 18-21, 2007, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The full range of Fatal1ty motherboards will be on display at the large Fatal1ty exhibition area, which will host Fatal1ty shootouts, product demonstration, Fatal1ty Jeopardy contests and prize give-a-ways. The E for All show fills a void left by the down sizing of E3, which was open only to the trade.

Source: ABIT

OCZ Technology Introduces Two New Titanium Edition Memory Kits

Subject: Memory | October 17, 2007 - 06:02 PM |

Sunnyvale, CA - October 17, 2007 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced two new PC2-6400 Titanium Edition dual channel kits. These modules feature enhanced timings with low latencies, and are the ultimate upgrade in performance or capacity for gamers and enthusiasts in need of a rock solid memory kit.

High tech cloth

Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2007 - 05:56 PM |

Razer has just released two new cloth mousepads, the Mantis Control for slower paced users and the Mantis Speed for those that like to keep their twitch reflexes sharp.  Tweaknews, not usually a fan of cloth mats, found both of these mousepads to be stel

Source: Tweaknews

Zune two

Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2007 - 03:05 PM |

The next generation of Zune's are upon us, although many didn't even notice the first.  Microsoft is hoping to change that by offering 3 models at different prices, as opposed to having a single model.  You can expect to see 4GB, 8GB and 80GB models, and you can fill them with DRM free music from their Marketplace.  The Tech Zone renders the verdict on the new Zune in their full review.

OCZ's experimental cooler

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 17, 2007 - 02:52 PM |

The OCZ HydroJet CPU cooler is a cylindrical cooler with a radial fan, aluminium fins and heatpipes as well as a completely enclosed watercooling system, and a copper base doped with carbon nanotubes.  You can get a sneak peek at Hardware Secrets, but we still don't know how well it will cool.

An interesting sales model

Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2007 - 11:57 AM |

So, it would appear that UT3 has adopted a rather odd approach to attract Linux gamers.  Their theory seems to be selling them a disk that only work under Windows and a promise that they will get right on the Linux client thing.  While they do say that the Linux port will use the same disk, I am not sure how many people are going to run out and buy a disk they can't use.  The fact that the editor uses wxWidgets does offer some hope to those waiting for the Linux binary to be complete, but still doesn't take the sting out of the snub. 

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, Baked Beans, Egg, Spam, Spam and Spam

Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2007 - 11:40 AM |

There is trouble afoot for emailing in general, according to the newest results 95% of all email is spam.  If you feel like you get a lot of spam hitting your inbox, consider just how bad it could be.  The filters that we and our ISPs use to prevent some of the spam from getting through are obviously improving along with the volume of spam, but one wonders what will happen when 99.99999 of all emails are spam.  Follow the links at Slashdot for all the gory details.

Source: Slashdot

Gigabyte leaps into the UMPC biz

Subject: Mobile | October 16, 2007 - 05:40 PM |

Gigabyte has certainly been diversifying their product lines recently.  The newest is the U60 UMPC, a 1GHz VIA C7-M, 704 MB of DDR2 667MHz PC2-5300 and runs WinXP SP2.  TweakTown immediately ran 3DMark2001 SE and managed a score of 901 ... this little 740g UMPC ran all the tests, try that on another manufacturers UMPC!  The final verdict was "The GIGABYTE U60 is the equivalent of your desktop PC five years ago."

Source: TweakTown

Corsair Announces TX Series of Power Supplies for PC Enthusiasts & Extreme Gamers

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 16, 2007 - 05:20 PM |

Fremont, CA, October 16, 2007 - Corsair, a worldwide leader in design and manufacture of high-performance memory and peripheral components, today announced the latest addition to their Corsair power supply lineup: the Corsair TX Series. Inspired by Corsair's award-winning HX Series, Corsair has engineered the TX Series to be a family of high-wattage, high-performance power supplies that meets and exceeds the most demanding specifications of enthusiasts and performance seekers.

HTPC on the cheap

Subject: Systems | October 16, 2007 - 02:29 PM |

The good news is that you can build yourself a perfectly capable HTPC for the cost of parts, or cheaper if you have some lying around.  The bad news is you will have to learn some Linux.

Source: Extremetech

SkullTrail will have an extremely limited run

Subject: Systems | October 16, 2007 - 01:14 PM |

TechARP has gathered together everything they could find out about SkullTrail in this list.  The major problem seems to be that Intel is only planning on running 2000 of them off the production line.

Since you probably won't be able to get your hands on one, check out the newly updated PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard, and get some ideas on building your own dream machine.

Source: Tech ARP

A little too much Ripple

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 16, 2007 - 12:21 PM |

Corsair's new 750W PSU bears the model number TX750W, and is built by Channel Well Technology who are quite well known OEM PSU manufacturers.  [H]ard|OCP threw it into their torture chamber with some very high expectations, considering how well Corsair's PSU have done in the past.  It turns out that while the performance was stellar in s

Source: [H]ard|OCP

The GIMP gets Photoshopped

Subject: General Tech | October 16, 2007 - 12:05 PM |

If you don't have an extra $10 billion lying around, it is almost impossible to keep up with the newest versions of Photoshop.  There are 2 alternatives, find an employer you can convince to pay for it, or start learning how to use the GIMP.  OS Weekly has found a way to make that transition easier on the Photoshop addict, GIMPShop has had it's interface tweaked to look a bit more like what you are used to.

Source: OS Weekly