Running With Scissors is back, and I'm not talking about the movie about therapists

Subject: General Tech | October 20, 2006 - 12:18 PM |
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Postal III is coming, and censors and the easily offended had better hide.  If you haven't played Postal II you missed out, so scour the bargain bins and eBay for copies of them.  If ever there was a game that deserved an R rating, this is it.  Hexus has a bit of info on the game, including mention of motion captured stars that will appear in the game.

Source: Hexus

Cloak of microwave invisibility

Subject: General Tech | October 20, 2006 - 11:56 AM |
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Wired News has an article on the sort of-invisibility cloak that has just recently been created.  While being invisible to microwaves may not seem to impressive, I want to find out what would happen if you wrapped a fork in the cloak and then microwaved it.

Source: Wired News

Faster than a speeding HTPC, more powerful than a normal SFF

Subject: Systems | October 19, 2006 - 05:57 PM |
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It's the Shuttle SD37P2 SFF XPC, built for Core 2 Duo and Crossfire.  [H]ard|OCP was given one to try out and they found that while it's performance certainly stood out amongst other SFF systems, there were some irregularities with the power that caused some concerns.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Transparency anti-aliasing, now available on GeForce6's

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 19, 2006 - 03:44 PM |
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The new set of nVIDIA dirvers (91.47) allow Transparency AA on GeForce6's, which was exculsive to the GeForce7's previously.  Elite Bastards explains what exactly this type of AA does, and it's effects on gaming.

It's a PSU that sounds like it should be a really fast Unix based text editor

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 19, 2006 - 02:50 PM |
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Zippy is a new player in the PSU game, and their newest 850W PSU, the Emacs PSL-68509(G1) gets put to the test at Bjorn3D.  This 8lb beast never dips below a .96 power factor, and the fan stays below 50db.  It's only weakness might be it's single 12V rail, but at 66A ~ 90A it is still able to deal with SLI setups.

Source: Bjorn3D

8 top watercooling setups to tame the heat

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 19, 2006 - 12:20 PM |
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Virutal Hideout has posted an 8 way watercooling review.  Swiftech, Vantec, Asetek, Thermaltake, Zalman, Alphacool, and Koolance are all represented.  They rate everything from ease of installation to cooling performance, so this is the article to read if you are considering entering the world of watercooling but aren't sure which kit to choose.

The final version of IE 7 appears

Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2006 - 11:59 AM |
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CNET has a lot of links to reviews and downloads of the just released IE 7.  As long as you have Windows XP or Server 2003, you can update and try out the newest incarnation of this browser.  On the other hand, there has already been a vulnerability revealed, which can disclose personal information on websites with mhtml: URL handlers.

High speed gold

Subject: Memory | October 18, 2006 - 05:34 PM |
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2GB OZC PC2-8800(1100MHz) with gold XTC heatspreaders and 5-6-6-15 timings straight out of the box, now up for review at techPowerUp.  It even comes in a non-melted shut package, so you don't have to attack the RAM with a knife just to get at it.  The total speed may not go up too much further than the default, but the timings can be tightened significantly with some tweaking.

"Even though the OCZ

Source: techPowerUp!

AMD REPORTS THIRD QUARTER RESULTS

Subject: General Tech | October 18, 2006 - 05:11 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Oct.

Source: AMD

A tour of a Turion

Subject: Mobile | October 18, 2006 - 04:27 PM |
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The MSI Megabook S271 is based around a Turion X2, in the model AnandTech reviews, it is a TL-50 (1.60 GHz with dual 256K L2 cache).  Recently they compared this laptop to a Core 2 Duo based machine; this review is all MSI.  They cover everything from customization and betery life to MSI support.

Source: AnandTech

We've come a long way, baby

Subject: Storage | October 18, 2006 - 02:06 PM |
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The Tech Zone takes a look at the past 50 years of hard drives.  From the gigantic beasts of old, to flash drives and the biometric protection you see on newer systems, it's all there.

Open Beta for multiplayer strategy

Subject: General Tech | October 18, 2006 - 12:24 PM |
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Massive Assault Network 2 is an online strategy game, but not in the traditional MMO genre.  Instead it runs more like the online lobbies of Total War, Warhammer 40K or Starcraft.  If you are looking for some online mayhem, head to Gamehelper to see if MAN 2 is right for you.

Source: Gamehelper

Intel's new quad-core is a little pricey

Subject: General Tech | October 18, 2006 - 12:08 PM |
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... but if you work it out, it is only $250 per core.  Keep in mind that the $1000 figure is probably lower than what you will have to pay, unless your local retailer or online shop is in the habit of buying lots larger than 1000 units.  DigiTimes has more here.

Source: Digitimes

It's a NAS jukebox

Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2006 - 06:21 PM |
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The Rapsody N35 Home Media Center is a network media storage system allowing playback of audio or video, in a variety of formats.  The fact that it uses normal 3.5 IDE hard drives lets you keep a lot on this box, and you can set up RAIDs to help with the speed.  Find out the whole story at Hardware Zone.

Intel's Ultrawideband Wireless Personal Area Network

Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2006 - 04:01 PM |
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It's quite a mouthful, but Intel's WPAN is kind of like Bluetooth on steroids.  You get 480Mbps at a range of 10 meters or less, but no further, and Intel refers to it as wireless USB.  Tweaktown can give you more from the demo at IDF Taiwan.

Source: TweakTown

Intel Opens Up Key Server Acceleration Technology to Industry

Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2006 - 03:47 PM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, Taipei,
Oct. 17, 2006
— Intel Corporation announced today that it will
encourage networking companies to benefit from a key server data input
and output acceleration technology designed and added to its server
product lines earlier this year.

AMD'S ACQUISITION OF ATI RECEIVES ONTARIO SUPERIOR COURT APPROVAL

Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2006 - 03:46 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. and MARKHAM, ONTARIO - Oct. 17, 2006 -Advanced Micro
Devices, Inc. (NYSE: AMD) and ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX: ATY, NASDAQ:
ATYT) today announced that the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has
issued the final order approving the arrangement under which all of
ATI's outstanding common shares will be acquired by an indirect wholly
owned subsidiary of AMD. The proposed acquisition, announced on July 24,
2006, is expected to be completed during the week of October 23, subject
to satisfaction or waiver of customary closing conditions.

Source: AMD

BFG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF 1000 WATT AND 800 WATT POWER SUPPLIES

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 17, 2006 - 03:29 PM |
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Lake Forest, IL — (October 17, 2006) — BFG Technologies®, Inc.,
the leading North American and European NVIDIA supplier of advanced 3D
graphics cards, motherboards, power supplies and other PC enthusiast
products, announced today that the BFG 1000 Watt and BFG 800 Watt power
supplies backed by BFG's famous lifetime warranty will be immediately
available at leading retailers and e-tailers in North America.

The X1950 Pro, a more mature Crossfire

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 17, 2006 - 02:29 PM |
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ATIs newest card sits at a very nice price point, and is incredibly easy to set up in Crossfire.  [H]ard|OCP ran some benchmarks against nVIDIA's 7900 GS OC, which gives about the same frame rate, but they discovered some visual advantages the ATI card has over the competition.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

A mouse that goes a little overboard?

Subject: General Tech | October 16, 2006 - 06:00 PM |
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You can tell by the name, the Fanatec Heäd$h0t, that this mouse is a little unusual.  The fact that it comes in a clear plastic briefcase, just to hold the mousepad/USB hub, the power brick you need to run the thing, oh, and the mouse too.  ExtremeTech attempts to figure out what this 200dpi beast does, and if it will help you get more "Heäd$h0ts".

"What happens when someone throws in the kitchen sink?

Source: Extremetech