Makin' your own mousepad

Subject: General Tech | January 11, 2006 - 06:13 PM |
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The MAKE: Blog points to a quick and dirt cheap way to make yourself a high performance gaming mousepad, using hard to find high-tech items ... namely wax paper and cellotape.  This is probably the easiest and cheapest way on the planet to try out a low-friction mouse pad for yourself.

"If you're anything like me, you just spent your last bit of cash on a wicked gaming mouse and

didn't leave any money for a mouse pad.

Source: MAKE: Blog

Cool camoflauged computer case

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 11, 2006 - 04:12 PM |
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Driver Heaven reviews a unique case offering from Newance, the Triplecone.  I can guarantee you haven't seen a case that looks anything like this, so take a peek.

'For most home users, when it comes on deciding which high end computer case to buy, the greatest

factor is most probably not the efficiency of the case but the innovation of its design. Today I

have a pretty strange looking case for review from Newance, a new found company which is a

subsidiary of the large German company Listan, the Triplecone.

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Intel Outlines Software Programs for Apple Developers to Boost Multicore, Threaded Application Desig

Subject: General Tech | January 11, 2006 - 04:07 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 11, 2006 — Intel Corporation today announced new software development tools and resources through its Intel® Software Network. These tools and resources will help Apple developers take advantage of Intel® Core™ Duo processor technologies to maximize application performance on the new Intel—based Mac platforms.


The special beta versions of the Intel® Fortran Compiler, Intel® C++ Compiler, Intel® Math Kernel Library and Intel® Integrated Performance Primitives are available now.

ATI's X1800 MasterCard

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 11, 2006 - 02:47 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has their hands on a matched set of x1800's, master and slave, and they see just how this new generation of videocard reposonds in a CrossFire setup.  If you have been holding off on the upgrade because of the poor availabilty of the Mastercards, this review will give you a good idea just what you are waiting for.

"The very nature of ATI's CrossFire platform is that you have a MasterCard that can be installed

with a slave card.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

The FX-60 rides again

Subject: Processors | January 11, 2006 - 01:15 PM |
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Even more reviews of AMD's FX-60 today, start off with PC Stats indepth look at the last of the Socket939's, and don't forget the other contributors.


"In house testing between an AMD Athlon64 FX-60 and Intel Pentium D 840 based system illustrate

the decreased power consumption of a FX-60, about 40W less power at idle and about 45W at full

load.

Source: PCStats

Athlon 64 FX-60 Prices Show Up

Subject: Processors | January 11, 2006 - 12:57 PM |
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Yesterday, at the end of my

PC Perspective 2005 Hardware Reader's Choice Awards

Subject: General Tech | January 11, 2006 - 11:50 AM |
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Now is your chance to vote on the best hardware of 2005!  There are 12 different categories to vote on, and everyone at PC Perspective is invited to participate.   Love a particular manufacturer?  If you don't vote, no one will know how you feel but you.


For a sneak peek at the coming year, Ryan has posted his CES 2006 experience, in pictures and HD video!


Get your hands out of your pants!!

Subject: General Tech | January 11, 2006 - 11:44 AM |
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Levi's has announced the unpcoming release of jeans with their own built in joystick ...

ToughPower, subtle styling

Subject: Systems | January 10, 2006 - 06:10 PM |
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The ThermalTake ToughPower is 550 watts of quiet power.  It has dual 6-pin VGA power connectors for SLI/Crossfire rigs, and four SATA connections all at a fairly low price.  Even better, the sleeved power connectors won't detract from a case set up for it's looks.  Read the full review at Overclocker's Cafe.

"Keeping it simple is always a good plan. Thermaltake has done this with the ToughPower 550w PSU.

Upgrading made easy by ASRock

Subject: Motherboards | January 10, 2006 - 04:11 PM |
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ASRock's 939NF4G-SATA2 motherboard does a lot of the work for you, if you are shopping for a value system.  On board 

nForce 410MCP audio, a built-in Geforce 6100 and ethernet as well means that just picking up a CPU and some memory is all you need to get an upgrade running.  You could also build a complete system from scratch just by adding a case with a PSU, a SATA harddrive, and a monitor to the list. 

Source: PCStats

State of the art cooling

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 10, 2006 - 01:10 PM |
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FrostyTech takes a look at the advances in cooling over 2005.  More than just a shootout of heatsinks, they examine what changes have been made to the way we cool our hotplates ... er ... processors.  Read the article to see if you missed any products, and get an idea of what to expect from 2006.

"This article is a follow-up to the 2004 issue which looked at all the latest heatsinks and

cooling systems from that period.

Source: Frosty Tech

A new species of bug to infest your box

Subject: General Tech | January 10, 2006 - 12:01 PM |
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Windows Meta File vulnerabilities are being focused on by many right now, even with the patch Microsoft released on the 5th.  The reason is mostly because of the nature of the flaw, and how easy it is to infect an unpatched machine.  You do not have to interact at all, no installation, not even a pop-up box; simply viewing a picture on a website

Today is brought to you by the letters FX and the number 60

Subject: Processors | January 10, 2006 - 11:50 AM |
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AMD's FX-60 is making headlines today, as the last socket 939 to be released before AMD switches to Socket-AM2.  Start off at AnandTech, and their comprehensive review, and keep on going ...

Source: AnandTech

This hard drive bares all

Subject: Storage | January 9, 2006 - 06:00 PM |
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Legit Reviews got a hold of Western Digital's Raptor X HDD, 150 gigs of storage on a 10,000 RPM SATA drive, with a very special feature.  The casing is see-through, and will fit great into a case with a lot of windows!  Not only can you see the inner workings of your hard drive, it provides great ESD protection too!

"While at CES 2006 we got a chance to see the the revolutionary WD Raptor X SATA hard drive, the

first ever drive with a view.

Professional Heatsink Abusers

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 9, 2006 - 02:40 PM |
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Heatsink manufacturers are proud of the way they accuratly test heatsinks to ensure that they are sufficient for the various types of processors out there.  In fact they are proud enough to show the various ways they test heatsinks and Thermal Interface Materials to FrostyTech.

"Have you ever wondered how a heatsink manufacturer tests its new heatsinks to ensure what you buy

will do the job?

Source: Frosty Tech

The Commies are coming back!

Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2006 - 12:07 PM |
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If you thought you had suffered enough with the Commodore64, think again.  Commodore is coming back, and Think Computer had a sit down with them to find out what their plans are in the latest attempt to take over the computing world.

'Some of you may not know the name Commodore, but for me it brings back many memories. I really

got my start in all this computer stuff with the Commodore Vic-20; I can say that it changed the

way I looked at computers and how I felt about them.

Televisa Chooses Intel® Viiv(TM) Technology to Deliver Premium Content to World's Largest Hispanic

Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2006 - 11:58 AM |
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CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, LAS VEGAS — Jan. 5, 2006 — Intel Corporation and Grupo Televisa, S.A. (NYSE: TV), the largest media company in the Spanish—speaking world, today announced a joint effort to provide consumers, for the first time, with a wide choice of on—demand, Internet—delivered Televisa content through Intel® Viiv™ technology—based PCs.

Intel, Google Announce Plans to Bring Video Search Technology to the Living Room on New Intel® Viiv

Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2006 - 11:57 AM |
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CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, LAS VEGAS — Jan. 5, 2006 — Intel Corporation and Google today announced plans to bring Google Video to the new Intel® Viiv™ technology platform.