Taking EZ DUB for a test spin

Subject: Storage | April 6, 2006 - 04:06 PM |
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Techware Labs tries out the newest drive from Lite-On, the EZ-DUB.  Essentially it is postioned to be the easiest way to copy a CD or DVD, simply put a disk in the external drive, press a button ... wait ... remove disk and replace with blank disk ... wait again, and you are done.

Intels newest chip architecture

Subject: Processors | April 6, 2006 - 02:39 PM |
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Ars Technica has updated their paedia to include the new Core microarchitecture from Intel.  Make sure you get a fresh cup of coffee, the article is as long and indepth as you would expect, maybe even more so.

Source: Ars Technica

Sneak peek at the ASUS N4L-VM DH

Subject: Motherboards | April 6, 2006 - 01:39 PM |
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Taipei, Taiwan; March 24,
2006
— ASUSTeK Computer Inc.
(ASUS), the worldwide leader of motherboards, today introduced the
micro-ATX-formed, Dolby and Viiv-certified motherboard — the N4L-VM DH, that allows enjoyment to a
growing universe of digital content in the comfort of living room.

Securing Wireless, Easy and Very Important

Subject: General Tech | April 6, 2006 - 12:03 PM |
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Adrian's Rojak Pot points out the importance and simplicity of securing your wireless network.  You may have setup the network to share a net connection, but isn't it better to know who you are sharing with?

"Many of us are hooked onto WiFi these days. But just how secure are our wireless networks?

Join jwsk as he discusses why we should beef up the security of our wireless networks and how we

can do it quickly and easily!"

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

Source: Tech ARP

Was the PSU supposed to do that?

Subject: Systems | April 5, 2006 - 06:33 PM |
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The Guru of 3D seems to have perfected the PSU torture test on an unsuspecting Silverstone Strider 600W PSU.  When they found that they could overload the PSU to the point where it screamed and "tried forcing an unexpected reboot", they tore the poor thing apart to figure out exactly what happened.  Not only do you get a review, but an explanation of how to share the load between rails on a PSU.

Source: Guru of 3D

Crossfire under the spotlight

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 5, 2006 - 04:37 PM |
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Motherboards.org put Crossfire to the test.  They set up X1900's, 1800's and 1600's and tested them against an XFX 7900GTX and a Gigabyte 7900GT.  See how they stack up in this performance race.

Get wireless audio without selling blood

Subject: General Tech | April 5, 2006 - 03:27 PM |
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TECHGAGE reviews an interesting product from Logitech, called the Wireless Music System.  For around $130, you get a broadcaster and reciever, that integrate with any PC and stereo system, allowing you to broadcast music from a PC or MP3 player right to your stereo.

Source: TECHGAGE

Heat pipes and water cooling, together at last

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 5, 2006 - 12:09 PM |
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Thermaltake has introduced the Volcano Heat Exchanger, and A True Review will explain exactly what it does.  It looks much like an oversized, fanless heatsink with connectors to use with tubing for water.  Read on to see just how it performs, and how to install it.

Get your shiny new ESP machine

Subject: General Tech | April 5, 2006 - 11:53 AM |
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CNet has posted a story on an MIT project that has designed a device to read minds.  While it may not give away exactly what someone is thinking, it will tell their mood with surprising accuracy.  Read about it so that you can recognize if someone is using it the next time you sit down to play poker.

Apple to Let Windows XP Applications Run on Mac OS

Subject: General Tech | April 5, 2006 - 10:08 AM |
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In what can be their biggest strategic maneuver since switching to Intel CPUs, Apple Computer has just announced it will allow users of their Macintosh computers using Intel chips run Windows XP software.

The software is called "Bootcamp" and is availble for download now as a trial. Bootcamp will also be available in Mac OS 10.5 "Leopard" (I'm waiting for "Puma" myself...).

Those of us who have been keeping an eye on Mactels this announcement is not a big surprise as videos of Windows XP running on these computers have been available for some time already.

The difference a BIOS can make

Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2006 - 04:17 PM |
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Overclockers Online reviewed the ECS K1A MVP before it was available, and were not impressed with the overclocking potential.  Now that the board has been through a few BIOS revisions, they revisit the board to see what effect a more mature BIOS will have.

VIA Launches First Single-Chip Embedded Chipset, the VIA CX700, at ESC 2006

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 4, 2006 - 04:01 PM |
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Fremont, California, 4th April 2006 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the VIA CX700 digital media IGP chipset for the VIA C7® and Eden® processor platforms, the most advanced x86 embedded chipset that integrates all the cutting-edge features of a modern chipset's North and South bridges, including rich video graphics, HD audio, and DDR2 and SATA II support, into a single, compact and highly power-efficient package.

37" of Widescreen HD

Subject: Displays | April 4, 2006 - 03:59 PM |
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Sceptre has struck again, with one of the biggest HD LCD's you can get on the market.   Read the full review at HotHardware to get an idea how much screen real estate is available on this beast.

Source: HotHardware

Intel, Red Hat Launch Global Solution Acceleration Program

Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2006 - 02:49 PM |
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LINUXWORLD, Boston, April 4, 2006 —
Intel Corporation and Red Hat (NASDAQ: RHAT), the world's leading
provider of open source to the enterprise, today announced the creation
of a global program to help customers plan for, accelerate and optimize
their deployments of Linux solutions. The program will be the first of
its kind for Linux solutions development, initially focused on
developing and disseminating tools for virtualization of enterprise
computing.

Intel First With 65nm NOR Flash Memory Chips

Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2006 - 02:47 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 4, 2006 —
Intel Corporation is the first to sample NOR multi-level cell flash
memory chips at 1-gigabit density using its advanced 65-nanometer (nm)
process technology. Intel's NOR Flash memory chips are used in devices
such as cell phones to manage critical phone operations, handle
Personal Information Management data and to store photos, music and
videos.

A multipurpose HTPC with style

Subject: Systems | April 4, 2006 - 12:39 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP's newest system review examines a fully built HTPC, the Polywell Mini-Box2 939NP.  Not only does the case masquerade as a stereo component, this little guy will play 3D games with AA enabled.  Check it out.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Microsoft and AMD, conspiring together?

Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2006 - 12:04 PM |
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Steve Balmer and Mark Hurd met with AMD after the results of an AMD survey revealed a growing concern with power hungry servers and PCs.  Head to The Inquirer to find out more about the survey and the event.

Source: The Inquirer

WD Ships Highest Capacity, Highest Reliability Enterprise-class SATA Hard Drive

Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2006 - 11:45 AM |
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LAKE FOREST, Calif. Apr. 4, 2006 Addressing a growing enterprise market for high capacity, highly reliable storage, Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) today announced it is now shipping its WD RE2 (RAID Edition) 500 GB SATA hard drives. With 3.0 Gb/s data transfer rate, WD RE2 hard drives feature Native Command Queuing (NCQ) and 16 MB cache for improved performance in multi-user, random I/O environments.

Mobile monsters from Alienware

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 3, 2006 - 06:15 PM |
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Stop by Hot Hardware for a review of the Alienware Area-51 m5500, a perfect blend of portability and power.  A 2.0 GHz Pentium M, with choice of the built IGP or a 6600 Go (either 128 or 256M), 533Mhz DDR2, and a 15" display, weighing just over 6 pounds.  Read the full review to get a feel for the newest mobile Area-51.

"As one of the pioneers of the gaming notebook, it comes as no surprise to see Alienware coming

to the table with yet another innovation.

Source: HotHardware

Cooler Master Centurion 534 Review and Giveaway!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 3, 2006 - 05:52 PM |
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That's right, Bob Dyl has reviewed the Coolermaster Centurion 534, and now that he is done with it, it is being taken away from him, and given to a lucky PC Perspective member.


If you could do with a free, stylish case, all you need to do is head to this thread and follow the instructions!