Been a while since you commanded a lance of mechs

Subject: General Tech | March 24, 2006 - 12:00 PM |
Tagged:

Ars Technica and MicroSoft have some good news.  MechCommander 2 has gone Shared Source!  You can get it from MicroSoft by following the link, although some assembly is required.  This should also make modding a possibility for this title.

"According to Vole's site, MechCommander 2 has been released under its Shared Source licence.


The release contains all of the source code and source assets required to build MechCommander 2.

Source: The Inquirer

Something to do while you are waiting for Vista

Subject: General Tech | March 24, 2006 - 11:49 AM |
Tagged:

Tech Connect Magazine has come up with something interesting for Operating System junkies to play with while they wait for the ever delayed release of MicroSoft Vista.  With their guide in hand, try converting Windows Server 2003 into a home OS.  They talk about the good and improved parts, and those services best skipped for non-server machines.

"It might need a little outside help, but Windows 2003 can actually become a valid choice for

home users, if one takes care to set aside the

ATI chipsets look good in purple

Subject: Motherboards | March 23, 2006 - 06:33 PM |
Tagged:

Motherboards.org reivews the ATI based ECS KA1-MVP Extreme motherboard.  Native support for Crossfire and a very colourful scheme are just 2 of the more noticable features, and there are many more waiting to be discovered, if you only click the link.

"A solid board backed by a good price, sprinkled with much needed features in the way of exotic

options, and you've got yourselves a winner here from ECS.

Can't this RAM go any faster?

Subject: Memory | March 23, 2006 - 04:53 PM |
Tagged:

At a loss when it comes to figuring out the best settings to overclcok your RAM at?  Maybe you just don't have time to benchmark every possible timing and speed combination?  Worry no more, EclipseOC has published a memory overclocking guide that should get you going fast, and in not too much time.

"So, it's time to tweak your memory to get maximum performance out of it eh? After playing around

with a LOT of memory, I've sorta settled on what I think is a good way to overclock memory.

Source: EclipseOC

21.3" LCD with a split personality

Subject: Displays | March 23, 2006 - 02:34 PM |
Tagged:

With a quick response rate, multiple inputs and the ability to split the screen, the Samsung SyncMaster 214T is an interesting monitor.  With it's odd size it may seem an unlikely choice, but read the full Bona Fide Review before you decide.

"The Samsung SyncMaster 214T is Samsung's latest 21.3" LCD display and is currently listed at an

online price of around $670USD. The 214T features a gamer-friendly1600x1200 resolution, 178

degree viewing angle, and a quick 8ms Gray-to-Gray response time.

The last of the Pentium EE's

Subject: Processors | March 23, 2006 - 01:25 PM |
Tagged:

The newest P4 based on the old architecture, the 965, has been sped up to 3.73Ghz, in an attempt to unseat the FX-60.  Hexus has them competing head to head today, so drop by and find out the winner.


"Intel has now hit back with a Pentium Extreme Edition that's clocks in at 3.73GHz, up from the

'955's 3.46GHz. Is it enough to dislodge the FX-60's as the fastest x86 CPU around?

Source: Hexus

*NIX SendMail vulnerability

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 23, 2006 - 12:05 PM |
Tagged:

UNIX and LINUX are getting in on the newly discovered vulnerability theme for this week as well.  According to this story on CNET, the Sendmail flaw could allow a remote attacker to gain control of your machine.  The Windows version is not at risk and upgrading to version 8.13.6 of *NIX sendmail will secure you, as it contains a patch for this vulnerability.

"An attack could interfere with or intercept mail delivery, permit the intruder to tamper with

other p

Walton Chaintech Corporation Officially Announce the Memory Module Products

Subject: Memory | March 23, 2006 - 11:31 AM |
Tagged:

Taipei, Taiwan, March 23rd, 2006 - Chaintech Computer CO., LTD allied with Walton Advanced Technology, the leading memory package and test factory, one of the Passive System Alliance, and renamed as Walton Chaintech Corporation. After brewing for months, the alliance eventually releases the first product —APOGEE® memory module series.


This series of product has integrated the primary R&D strength of Walton Chaintech and the superior package and test capability of Walton Advanced Technology; possess a respectable aftereffect which cannot be underprized.

Source: CHAINTECH

Intel Declares Regular Cash Dividend

Subject: General Tech | March 22, 2006 - 07:00 PM |
Tagged:

SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 22, 2006 — Intel Corporation's board of directors has declared a $0.10 per share quarterly dividend on the company's common stock. The dividend is payable on June 1, 2006 to stockholders of record on May 7, 2006.

More info at Intel.

Third Party VGA cooler shootout

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 22, 2006 - 06:21 PM |
Tagged:

Looking to overclock that shiny new video card, but feeling the heat, or just trying to quiet it?  Legion Hardware has a 6-way shootout between Thermalright, Zalman and Arctic Cooling.  Drop by and find out which one can do you right!


Also, Ryan has a look at 2 upcoming cards from nVIDIA, the 7600GS and the 7300LE.


"When it comes to high-end air-cooled VGA coolers the six tested here today are amongst the best.

The only way to fly

Subject: General Tech | March 22, 2006 - 02:02 PM |
Tagged:

If you are into flight or space sims, then there is a good chance you have an aging joystick somewhere on your desk.  Saitek has designed a new controller, the X52 Flight Control System and OCC has a full review.  Drop by and see if it is worth learning a whole set of new button positions.

"The ability to rotate using the twist grip made for some outright unfair moments where I could

temper the throttle and shamelessly mow down soldier after soldier while maintaining a consistent

alt

Give your head a shake

Subject: General Tech | March 22, 2006 - 01:56 PM |
Tagged:

X-bit Labs reviews a pair of headphones that carry on the tradition of the Rumbleseat and force feedback controllers.  The XFX XGear multimedia gaming headset vibrates when appropriate, giving you the feel of ... well let X-bit Labs explain it.

"We decided to try out XFX XGear multimedia gaming headset that has a very special vibration

feature implemented.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Let's get physical

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 22, 2006 - 12:19 PM |
Tagged:

First we had no physics cards, and now we have a battle royal between nVIDIA and Ageia to get their physics acceleration to the market first.   The Inquirer feels that there is already a clear winner, and are quite happy to tell you who.


Ryan has also gathered a bit of information on Ageia's plans, and can even tell you how to get your hands on the cards first!


"So, the SLI physics engine can make water fall, ripples move, and rocks from the exploding cliff

wall bo

Source: The Inquirer

Proof of concept flaw in IE 6

Subject: General Tech | March 22, 2006 - 12:06 PM |
Tagged:

It hasn't been a great week for Microsoft, with announced delays on Vista's release, and a bug that can cause IE 6 to crash.  CNET reports on another flaw reported this week.  While Microsoft has not released the details, the vulnerabililty is in the way HTA files are handled, and could result in the running of code without your say so.  Practice safe computing.

The flaw was reported to the company earlier this month by Jeffrey van der Stad, a 25-year-old

Dutch programmer.

The reasons to spend more on an HTPC case

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 21, 2006 - 06:46 PM |
Tagged:

PCApex demonstrates the benefits of choosing a purpose built HTPC enclosure instead of just using a small case.  The investment will cost you more up front, but read the article and see if they can convince you the Cooler Master Media 260 is worth it.


If you like the idea, but not the case, read Bob's review of the SilverStone SG-01 Evolution.


"The idea behind a home theater PC is to make it as inconspicuous as possible while able t
Source: PCApex

A universal heatsink

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 21, 2006 - 05:28 PM |
Tagged:

The NorthQ 3310BL UFO may not keep your cpu as cold as outer space, but according to the review at DriverHeaven, it is universal.  It won't win awards for silence or efficiency, but there are certainly some redeeming qualities to this heatsink.


Make sure you read Lee's review of the Cooler Master Praetorian 730 Mid Tower before you go buying any cases, too!


"The 3310BL UFO cooler has a great advantage over many other coolers.
Source:

Not just mobile, it's ultra mobile

Subject: Mobile | March 21, 2006 - 04:39 PM |
Tagged:

The new portable computer will be tiny, at least if Intel and Microsoft are right about the Ultra Moblile PC (UMPC).  While it may bear a resemblance to a supersized PSP, it knows a few more tricks, and XYZ Computing can tell you about them.

"Simply put, the ultramobile PC (UMPC) is a tablet computer which will run a modified version of

Windows XP Tablet edition and is powered by an Intel processor.

Dual Core, SLI, and what to expect while gaming

Subject: Processors | March 21, 2006 - 03:43 PM |
Tagged:

Neoseeker has found a great excuse to spend a lot of quality gaming time.  They are testing the efffects of dual core on SLI and non-SLI systems, to discover the real effects of dual core on a system who's CPU is the bottleneck, and in systems where it is not really keeping anything back.  Of course, once games become multi-threaded, they will have to play them all over again.

"Remember that with a single card, plunking down a second core into the system did absolutely

nothing.

Source: Neoseeker

ABIT rises from the ashes

Subject: Motherboards | March 21, 2006 - 03:25 PM |
Tagged:

USI President C. Y. WEI stated that with the new partnership, the ABIT brand would receive USI's full resource backing and support. In addition, USI will not only assist ABIT with world-class manufacturing, but will also help accelerate ABIT's product diversification, improving ABIT's competitiveness in the marketplace. At the same time, channel and end-customers can also benefit greatly with ABIT being able to leverage USI's global service network, greatly improving overall customer satisfaction.

Source: ABIT

Intel Honors 26 Companies With Preferred Quality Supplier Award

Subject: General Tech | March 21, 2006 - 01:06 PM |
Tagged:

SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 21, 2006 — Intel Corporation today announced the 26 companies that will receive Intel's Preferred Quality Supplier (PQS) award for outstanding commitment to quality and performance excellence. These suppliers provided products and services deemed essential to Intel's business success in 2005. They excelled at meeting and exceeding high expectations and tough performance goals to distinguish themselves from the thousands of suppliers that work with Intel.