Firefox's older brother gets an update

Subject: General Tech | August 14, 2006 - 11:51 AM |
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Remember Mozilla, the predecessor to Firefox?  The web browser suite is still alive, being maintained by fans of the extra functionality who call it Seamonkey.  NewsForge has tried out the newest version to see what has changed, and how well it can compete with Firefox.

Source: Newsforge

A funky room for a hard drive

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 11, 2006 - 05:51 PM |
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Think Computers reviews the Icy Dock MB122 Drive Enclosure.  With an LCD display and a black finish, this removable HDD enclosure won't spoil the looks of you case.  As well, taking full advantage of SATA's hot swap ability, this is almost as easy to use as a thumb drive, only with a lot more storage capacity.

Barebones dual-core laptop

Subject: Mobile | August 11, 2006 - 03:35 PM |
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HotHardware has found a way to get a dual-core whitebook.  It is from ASUS, based on Intel's 945 chipset, with a 15.4" screen and an integrated X1600 with 256Mb of memory.  Check out the full stats, and what HotHardware decided to put into it, after paying about $710 for the shell.

Source: HotHardware

Now that's some sweet screen real estate

Subject: Displays | August 11, 2006 - 03:26 PM |
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22 inches of HCDP compliant, 5ms widescreen goodness. BCC Hardware has their hands on a very attractive HD LCD from Samsung.

Source: BCCHardware

Missed out on QuakeCon this year?

Subject: General Tech | August 11, 2006 - 11:56 AM |
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Not to worry, gD Hardware was there, with cameras.  From a sneak peak at Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, to overclocking and more, it's all there for you to see.

Source: gD Hardware

Buy a graphical legend

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 11, 2006 - 11:41 AM |
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From the company that invented SLI and quad core graphics cards ... the never officially released Voodoo5 6000 can be yours!  Get a look at the stats on The Register, or just go straight to the bidding (currently $685 on eBay).

Source: The Register

Cooler Master launches a new case series - Mystique 631/632

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 11, 2006 - 11:22 AM |
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Mystique --
Fascination, Attitude, Mystery
are the perfect
words to describe the identity of Cooler
Master's new chassis series. The excitement and
sense of achievement PC Modders sought after can
all be found in this all-in-one package of
elegance and sophistication.

Quad SLI Article Power Consumption Update

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 10, 2006 - 10:13 PM |
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Thanks to Lee, our own cooling and power editor, for pointing out to me that I had left power consumption numbers out of my Quad SLI evaluation.  If you haven't read it yet, I of course highly recommend you do.  And if you already did, but are curious to see what the power consumption of a Quad SLI powered system running on a Core 2 Extreme X6800 totals to, head on over the last page of the review for the upda

Take a look at all Corepad has to offer

Subject: General Tech | August 10, 2006 - 05:09 PM |
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Virtual-Hideout reviews Corepad's entire lineup, including a choice of many mats, low friction mouse feet and even wax.  Get them all together, you may have no choice but to watch your gaming experience improve.

"Corepad has a really solid line up of products that are sure to meet everyone's needs, one way or

another. From the hardcore gamer, to the regular office user, they have something to offer everyone."

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OCZ gets cool

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 10, 2006 - 02:53 PM |
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OZC spends a little time away from pushing memory to it's limits to get into the cooling business.  Red & Blackness Mods reviews their new heatsink, the Tempest.  They have memory down pat, find out if they can do the same with their cooler.

Power for when you have to have 2 of everything

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 10, 2006 - 01:27 PM |
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The Guru of 3D looks at the 1000W Enermax Galaxy, the PSU for people with 2 cores, and 2 dual-GPU graphics cards.  If you can afford to build a system like that, you might even be able to afford the electrical bills that could come with it.

Source: Guru of 3D

DDR versus DDR2 on the same board

Subject: Motherboards | August 10, 2006 - 11:51 AM |
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AnandTech utilizes the abilty for the ASRock 775Dual-VSTA to run either DDR or DDR2 to provide a good look at the benefits of moving to the new RAM.  Find out if the tighter timings on the slower DDR can keep up with the faster and looser DDR2.  Also, since this board supports AGP and PCI-E graphics cards, there is no easier way to move to Core 2 Duo.

Source: AnandTech

While AMD goes shopping, Intel exposes it's drivers

Subject: General Tech | August 10, 2006 - 11:42 AM |
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Intel will be making upcoming video drivers open source.  While this move may not be as extreme as running out and purchasing nVIDIA, it makes Intel systems very attractive to those who run Linux and other open source OSs.

XM Radio on the go, no antenna needed

Subject: General Tech | August 9, 2006 - 04:55 PM |
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Digital Trends reviews the Pioneer Inno, a portable XM radio receiver/player, that can also interface with Napster.  It's about the size of a deck of cards, and masses 4.5 ounces, with a brushed aluminium finish.  If you are hooked on XM, you may not be able to live without this little device.

"XM Radio junkies have another enabler for their obsession with their favorite satellite programs,

with the new Pioneer Inno portable XM Radio player."

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Eicon Networks to Purchase Intel's Media and Signaling Business

Subject: General Tech | August 9, 2006 - 04:46 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 9, 2006
Eicon Networks Corporation ("Eicon") and Intel Corporation

today announced that they have signed an agreement for Intel to sell
the assets of its media and signaling business to Eicon.

GIGABYTE and ASUS Announced their Joint Venture in Motherboard and Graphics Card Business

Subject: Motherboards | August 9, 2006 - 03:51 PM |
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In accordance with the relevant regulations according to Company Law,
Securities Law and Business Merger & Acquisition Law, a resolution
of the board of directors was passed on the 8th of August, 2006 for
GIGABYTE Technology Co., LTD (Stock Code: 2376) to transfer the
relevant assets and businesses of its own branded motherboards and VGA
cards to a newly established subsidiary.

PC Club's new Tech Support

Subject: Systems | August 9, 2006 - 02:47 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has gone through 4 systems from PC Club, but ran into some serious difficulties with their tech support.  Giving them another chance, they try out a new system priced at just over $1200, and call up tech support to find out what, if anything, has changed.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Corsair & OCZ ram the competition aside

Subject: Memory | August 9, 2006 - 01:44 PM |
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Anandtech pits Corsair's DDR2 CM2X1024 6400C3 (3-4-3-9 @ 800) against OCZ's Ti Alpha PC2-8000 VX2 (4-4-4-15 @ 1000).  Both have headroom to overclock, and run at different stock voltages.  Find out what can be done with these DIMMs on an Intel Core 2 Duo X6800 system.

Source: AnandTech

Quad SLI for the DIY Guy

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 9, 2006 - 11:44 AM |
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It's offical as of today, nVIDIA fully supports Quad SLI for home builders, with the release of the new 91.45 WHQL Forceware driver.  Take a trip with [H]ard|OCP into the world of 'SLI8X' gamma corrected antialiasing at 2560x1600.  Be warned though, as with all bleeding edge drivers, results may vary from system to system.

You can also see Ryan's huge article on Quad SLI right here on PC Perspective.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Modern tech envious of past artist's creations

Subject: General Tech | August 9, 2006 - 11:31 AM |
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Quantum computing promises it will be the next big thing in the computer world.  There are still many obstacles between the concept of one, and actually creating a useful quantum logic gate or processor, but another step has been taken.  CNET reports on an green paint created in Sweden, circa 1870, that may be a huge step forward in figuring out quantum computing, and spintronics.