What happened after Microsoft took a little blue pill

Subject: General Tech | August 8, 2006 - 11:44 AM |
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Slashdot has put together several links covering the results of Microsofts invitation for "black hat hackers" to take a poke at Vista's security.  It could spell a more open mindset at Microsoft, at least during betas, on the benefits of listening to that particular crowd.

Source: Slashdot

Intel Core 2 Duo Processors Go On Sale!

Subject: Processors | August 7, 2006 - 10:43 PM |
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The full line-up of Intel Core 2 Duo processors is starting to show up across the country!  Newegg has them all available as of tonight:


Asus to Acquire Gigabyte??

Subject: Motherboards | August 7, 2006 - 09:44 PM |
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The title pretty much says it all, though we can file this under "rumor-mill" for the time being...

Asustek Computer is interested in acquiring another motherboard specialist Gigabyte Technology, which shows better strength in distribution, according to sources in the Taiwan motherboard industry.

Source: Digitimes

Biostar TForce 550 Motherboard Review

Subject: Motherboards | August 7, 2006 - 09:43 PM |
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The gang over at HardOCP has reviewed the Biostar motherboard based on the nForce 550 chipset; and they say it makes a decent budget motherboard. 

As Jake mentioned above that the power components would get hotter when water cooling, this is exactly what I saw. The VRMs on the board were at 250F without any airflow at stock settings with the FX-62.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Apple WWDC Keynote Released

Subject: Shows and Expos | August 7, 2006 - 09:39 PM |
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Looking for some information from this year's WWDC show in San Francisco?  Hop on over to Apple.com for a replay of the keynote from Steve Jobs. 

Watch Apple CEO Steve Jobs kick off the company's annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with a keynote preview of Mac OS X 'Leopard' from San Francisco's Moscone West. See the video-on-demand event right here exclusively in QuickTime and MPEG-4.

Antec's new HTPC chassis

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 4, 2006 - 04:13 PM |
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Antec does not disappoint with their new HTPC chasiss, the Fusion.  Get the full story at Futurelooks.

"Antec's new baby: The FUSION! It's finally here and we've got one of the first reviews of this highly

anticipated case. Will we be disappointed or totally impressed after waiting over seven months for it

to arrive? Let's find out!"

Here are some more Systems articles from around the web:

Source: futurelooks

The flower evolves

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 4, 2006 - 02:04 PM |
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FrostyTech reviews the Zalman CNPS7000B-Cu, a cooler very reminiscent of the old flower coolers, with an added 90mm fan in the center.  Also like the old series, performance and noise are balanced, not sacrificing extra performance on one side for a penalty in the other.

Source: Frosty Tech

EPoX's affordable take on NForce500

Subject: Motherboards | August 4, 2006 - 01:05 PM |
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EPoX's new MF570SLI is based on the new nForce500 series, specifically the 570SLI.  With dual gigabit NICs, onboard Realtek sound, and lots of space around the CPU socket help make this board even more attractive.  [H]ard|OCP has all the info about it.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Prey makes it to the Xbox360

Subject: General Tech | August 4, 2006 - 11:36 AM |
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Prey has made it to a console that wasn't even a twinkle in Microsoft's eye, when the original programming was done.  Drop by [H]ard|OCP to see how well it made the transition from PC to console.

"Over a decade in development, Prey's innovative portal technology and unique game play finally land

on the Xbox 360. Today, we step through the portal and see where Prey will take us."

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

Tech Talk

Source: [H]ard|OCP

They're still not rocket shoes, and there's no phone!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 4, 2006 - 11:27 AM |
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CoolTechZone looks at the recent Nike and Apple project, shoes that collect biometric data which is stored in your iPod.  Not only can your shoes now tell exactly how lazy you are, they will build a database so you can track it over time.  They will also play music that matches the beat of your feet.

Source: CoolTechZone

PSUs for picky people

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 3, 2006 - 05:56 PM |
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Legit Reviews has put together a very exclusive list of PSUs, in fact only 2 qualify for their exacting specifications.  Drop by to find out why they chose the criteria they did, and what you can expect from setting your sights as high as theirs.

Core Duo or Core 2 Duo, it may be hard to tell

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 3, 2006 - 02:55 PM |
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AnandTech has noticed that Centrino branded laptops do not have any difference in brand name or serial # to let you tell if you are buying a Core or Core 2.  The good news is that they will be compatible (much like Jon discovered about Dell's XPS).  AnandTech took advantage of that compatibilty to go benchmark crazy, go check it out.

Source: AnandTech

Congratulations. Be efficient, be happy.

Subject: Processors | August 3, 2006 - 01:35 PM |
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Raw power is one thing, but achieving it while being efficient is another.  In order to reduce the heat output and power requirements, AMD released the energy efficient Athlon 64 X2 series.  HotHardware reviews two of them, the A64 X2 4600+ and the X2 3800+.  Find out if efficiency has hurt performance at all.

Source: HotHardware

Video cards you can afford to buy 2 of

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 3, 2006 - 12:18 PM |
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The mid range cards from ATI and nVIDIA run in price between about $120 to $250, which makes it much more affordable to set up an SLI or Crossfire machine.  [H]ard|OCP looks at such a card from nVIDIA, the MSI NX7600 GT, pitting it against a Radeon x1800.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Giving VoIP a hard time in the name of security

Subject: General Tech | August 3, 2006 - 11:59 AM |
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CNET reports on the goings on at the Black Hat conference.  Yesterday tools to test the security of VoIP were discussed, and handed out.  Read about the kinds of vulnerabilities VoIP has, before you go out and switch.

Super Talent Launches Trio of New USB Drives

Subject: Storage | August 2, 2006 - 09:17 PM |
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San Jose, California — August 2, 2006 -- Super Talent
Technology
, a leading manufacturer of memory modules and flash products, today
announced three new styles of USB flash drives.

Source: Email

OCZ Technology Releases the SOE Urban Elite Series for High Performance DDR2

Subject: Memory | August 2, 2006 - 06:18 PM |
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OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high
performance and high reliability memory, today announced the PC2-6400 SOE
Urban Elite, a premium DDR2-800 part with ultra-low timings of 4-4-3.

Perhaps they heard about someone wielding a cluebat

Subject: General Tech | August 2, 2006 - 05:21 PM |
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EMI, Vivendi and BMG have recently started experimenting with the new fangled internets in a way to make money by selling customers what they want.  Drop by eCoustics to see what they are trying, and some good places to go to buy albums and songs.

Source: eCoustics

Core 2 Hits and the Deck is Done!

Subject: Editorial | August 2, 2006 - 03:23 PM |
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I have gotten several complaints about a lack of updates on my blog, so here it is: FINALLY!


First, a lot of work has been going on at PC Perspective, if you haven't noticed already.  Probalby most interesting of which has been the change in Intel's processor lineup with the introduction of Core 2 Duo.  I reviewed the desktop aspects of the new core while Jon has been using a Merom processor to test out its effects on current Core Duo systems such as the Asus Z96J an

Hard drive with serious theft deterrent built in

Subject: General Tech | August 2, 2006 - 02:43 PM |
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In the old days, if we dropped a hard drive we didn't worry about us killing it ... we worried about it killing us ... kids these days and their 2.5" harddrives.

"What is 340MB, weighs 85lbs and cost almost $18,000 when it was new? Here's a few pictures from [H]

reader extraordinaire, JLangejans, to help you figure it out."

Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:

Source: [H]ard|OCP