What do you call a router that is far more than just a router?

Subject: General Tech | August 21, 2006 - 11:44 AM |
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TweakTown reviews a wireless router from ASUS, that does a lot more than just connect your network.  For instance, it comes with a 160 Gb IDE harddrive inside, which can be setup up in a RAID if you so wish.  Read the full reivew to find out how much more it can do for you.

Source: TweakTown

More on the way

Subject: Editorial | August 21, 2006 - 12:59 AM |
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The past several weeks have been very hectic around the Shrout household.  Besides the normal work-related time constraints, such as Quad SLI technology review and the much anticipated Asus Crosshair motherboard review, some personal issues crept up that demanded my attention. 


My 10-and-a-half year old golden retriever, Casey, was suddenly ill and required emergency surgery in order to remove something from her intestines that would have been fatal within the next 48 hours (

Sneaking a look at the Zune interface

Subject: General Tech | August 18, 2006 - 04:19 PM |
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Microsoft's iPod killer, Zune, still has to make an appearance in the plastic, but some have seen at least the interface.  Head to Slashdot for a look at the Zune, and what to expect.

Source: Slashdot

Alienware's Aurora, the sky's the limit

Subject: Mobile | August 18, 2006 - 02:22 PM |
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With a 17" display, and over 8lbs, the Alienware Aurora m9700 isn't exactly as mobile as most laptops.   However as Legion PC Gamers proves, it's raison d'etre is pure gaming power.  It's default setup is one Go 7900GS, it is SLI capable, as well as having RAID as an option.  If you need a laptop that can play the latest games at max resolutions, and price is no problem, then take a look at this hot little number.

XT versus Pro, Which X1600 should get your money.

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 18, 2006 - 01:17 PM |
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Apart from the Pro running at 500MHz GPU/800MHz RAM, and the XT at 578MHz GPU/1.38GHz RAM, they are the same card.  The XT does tend to be more expensive, and faster, but HotHardware wants to know which is the better bang for your buck.  Handy hint, they are available in both PCIe and AGP.

Source: HotHardware

Free F.E.A.R. Free-for-all

Subject: General Tech | August 18, 2006 - 11:51 AM |
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Hexus has links to the newly announced F.E.A.R. multi-player addon.  Even better, it is a free download!

Source: Hexus

Can it clean the dust bunnies out of my case too?

Subject: General Tech | August 18, 2006 - 11:33 AM |
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The Ultimate Troubleshooter undergoes some scrutiny from The Moditory.  With some of the functionality of msconfig, and HijackThis, plus registry info and more, this program puts most of the maintenance you do to your system in one easy interface.  Of course, the programs you use now are probably FOSS, while TuT will cost you about $30, plus yearly subscription fees.

Source: The Moditory

abit launches AW9D Series - Intel 975X Chipset motherboards built for Core(TM) 2 Duo and beyond

Subject: Motherboards | August 18, 2006 - 11:18 AM |
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August 16 th , 2006 — Today Universal abit launched their much anticipated AW9D and AW9D-MAX motherboards based on the Intel 975X chipset. There has been much anticipation in the industry for this series and as far as looks go, these boards are built to please. The benchmarking has been exceptional in typical abit style and our tweakability and overclocking features have exceeded even our own expectations:

Source: ABIT

VIA Launches "Get the Girls into the Game" Contest with Free Trip to Sweden

Subject: General Tech | August 18, 2006 - 11:16 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 18th August 2006 - VIA Technologies, Inc.,
leading supplier of high definition PC silicon for the gaming market,
together with VIA Chrome Ambassadors the girlz 0f destruction, today
announced an exciting new contest: "Get the Girls into the Game," with
the winning girl spending a weekend at the Home of Chrome in Sweden
with a friend, learning how to play PC games like a professional while
visiting beautiful Stockholm. 

Ignore those pesky power outages, get a UPS

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 17, 2006 - 05:54 PM |
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Ultra Products 1200W UPS is pretty impressive as a backup.  It will give most systems about an hour of power, which should be long enough to save whatever it was you were working on when the power went down.  Add to that coverage up to $125,000 for equipment damaged by electrical surges that make it past the UPS, and you can see why Legit Reviews considers this a very good investment.

Intel is currently winning the processor wars

Subject: Processors | August 17, 2006 - 03:19 PM |
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The Guru of 3D takes a long hard look at three Core 2 Duo processors, the E6600, E6700 and X6800.  Benchmarking is only part of the review, they also look at how Intel managed to make such a huge jump from the Pentium 4 architecture they have been using.

Source: Guru of 3D

24" widescreen LCD that knows a few tricks

Subject: Displays | August 17, 2006 - 01:34 PM |
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BFR reviews the Samsung SyncMaster 244T 24" WUXGA LCD.  In addition to the DVI and analog inputs you would expect, it also accepts component, CVSB, and S-Video.  Even more uncommon, this display can do Picture In Picture, and Picture Beside Picture. 

Three Thermaltakes to tame temperatures

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 17, 2006 - 11:41 AM |
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AnandTech compares three cases from Thermaltake, the Eclipse DV, the Eureka and the Aguila.  Ease of installation, airflow effectiveness and the noise level all get compared to help you decide between the coolest and loudest, or quiet, without quite so much airflow.

Source: AnandTech

Intro to virtualization, add Linux to a Windows machine

Subject: General Tech | August 17, 2006 - 11:28 AM |
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XYZ computers has started practicing safer browsing, without having to fully install Linux on their Windows box, or play with dual booting. Thanks to virtualization, they can have the security that comes from browsing on a much less commonly attacked OS.  Check out Player, the free version of VMWare's Workstation.

What once was old becomes new again

Subject: General Tech | August 16, 2006 - 06:31 PM |
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If you have heard music, live or recorded, through an old tube amp, then motherboards.org review of the Cooler Master Musketeer III Tube Amp will interest you.  If you haven't heard music through a tube amp, you're missing out.  By placing the vacuum tube in the front panel, the heat produced shouldn't be too much of a problem, as it was on a particular motherboard released not too long ago (the AOpen AX4GE Tube-G).

Biometrics on a thumbdrive, or is that finger drive

Subject: Storage | August 16, 2006 - 03:27 PM |
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Big Bruin found a secure thumbdrive from Transcend, the JetFlash 210.  It comes in 1 and 2 Gb sizes, and you can set it up so that accessing certain secure partitions require your fingerprint.  Check out how well it managed that, and take a peek at the other features on it.

Source: Big Bruin

No, it's not an iMac

Subject: Systems | August 16, 2006 - 02:19 PM |
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ENlight has gone and made a SFF PC case, that is essentially shoved into the back of a 19" touchscreen LCD.  They even managed to do it without making it look too ugly.  HEXUS has a full write up of this mATX setup, and found it very flexible.

Source: Hexus

Good Zombie bashing fun

Subject: General Tech | August 16, 2006 - 12:44 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP really likes Dead Rising for the XBOX 360.  The open playing style allows you to go almost anywhere, assuming the zombies don't eat you.  Everything can be used as a weapon, from bowling balls to heated cooking oil, and there are other ways to amuse yourself, like playing dressup with a live zombie.  There is a lot more to the game, go check out the review.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

In the case of Slashdot versus Bigfoot, gD Hardware presiding

Subject: General Tech | August 16, 2006 - 12:25 PM |
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The announced Killer NIC coming from Bigfoot, guaranteed to reduce lag for online gaming seems to have a bit of FUD surrounding it.  gD Hardware has compiled an article featuring the main questions Slashdot members, and Bigfoot's responses.  Head over to get a clearer idea of what this NIC is going to do.

Source: gD Hardware

OCZ Technology Group Remains Performance Leader with Worlds First 1100MHz DDR2

Subject: Memory | August 16, 2006 - 11:12 AM |
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OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high
performance and high reliability memory, today announced the first ever
production DDR2-1100 modules
, developed for the latest processors from AMD
and Intel. The new OCZ PC2-8800 Gold Edition will offer computer
enthusiasts and gamers unparalleled performance and the piece of mind they
are guaranteed to produce the world's fastest memory speeds within their
personal desktop or gaming system.