Another Xbox 360 Review

Subject: General Tech | December 23, 2005 - 04:03 PM |
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Been salivating over trying to find an Xbox 360?  Then this probably won't help any...

Well, one launch down and two more to go. All in all, the Xbox 360 is an impressive piece of hardware. Microsoft has really succeeded in pushing forward the technology in game consoles. With High Definition, wireless remotes, and state of the art technology, the Xbox 360 is a definite winner. However, we suggest waiting it out until the PS3 and Revolution are released, and then choosing the best console.

Source: t-break

Valve Announces 64-bit Source Engine

Subject: Processors | December 23, 2005 - 04:02 PM |
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Another big win for 64-bit processors in general, Valve just announced support for 64-bit processors and OSs in their latest Source engine update. 

Bellevue, WA. — December 22, 2005 — Valve, a leading entertainment and technology studio, unveiled a 64-bit version of its Source game engine technology today.

Source: General

Penny Arcade Child's Play Charity Still Churning

Subject: General Tech | December 23, 2005 - 04:00 PM |
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If you haven't heard of the Penny Arcade Child's Play Charity before you really owe it to yourself to head on over and read about how you can contribute to one of many children's hospitals across the county this holiday season.  They have just recently passed the $420,000 mark in donations and are looking to break half a million this year!







Source: General

Gingerbread Computer!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 23, 2005 - 03:56 PM |
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I saw this one over at HardOCP this morning and thought I would share it with you all as well.  How would like to build your very own gingerbread computer!






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Source: General

ATI Radeon X1800 XL Overclocking

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 23, 2005 - 03:54 PM |
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Legit Reviews has an article online today that looks at overclocking an ATI X1800 XL well past its 500/500 stock speed.

First and most obvious you're going to need an X1800XL. We are using the reference board sent to us by ATI. All of the R520 GPU's come from ATI and that's the only thing that we can promise. It's up to the board partners on what type of memory will be used and how closely they will follow the reference design set by ATI. This is very important to keep in mind as this will affect your results.

The Year's Top 10 Sexiest Geeks

Subject: General Tech | December 22, 2005 - 04:00 PM |
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You think you're sexy? Go and check out this year's Top 10 Sexiest Geeks of 2005 and see if you're on that list! I haven't heard of most of the people listed there, but I'll take their word that they're qualified to be nominated.


The story is work safe, though some of the wording is suggestive.... how naughty! :)


Geeks are sexy. Big, powerful, lubricious, restless brains are just about as hot as it gets -- the brain *is* the biggest sex organ in the body, after all.

Source: boingboing

Holiday Buyers Guide

Subject: Systems | December 22, 2005 - 02:42 PM |
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The gang at HotHardware has posted a Holiday Buying Guide for your viewing pleasure.  Of course, you can view our Hardware Leaderboard as well. 

Before we begin, it makes sense to outline our approach and illustrate what we're trying to accomplish.

Source: HotHardware

RAR Leaves Symantec Vulnerable

Subject: General Tech | December 22, 2005 - 02:00 PM |
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According to Alex Wheeler, Symantec products are vulnerable to heap overflow exploitation caused by RAR compressed files. According to Wheeler, the scanning of compressed RAR files leaves Symantec software (not just their anti-virus software) leaves the software open for possible exploitation by hackers.

Drivers in Red and Blue

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 22, 2005 - 12:30 PM |
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New driver releases from NVIDIA and ATI today. Get your NVIDIA 81.98 Forceware and the ATI 5.13 Catalyst drivers. After you've installed them, visit our Video Card forum to discuss the latest drivers with fellow readers.


Source: NVIDIA

Motherboards Under the Tree

Subject: Motherboards | December 22, 2005 - 10:30 AM |
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Hoping for a motherboard in your stocking or under the tree this Holiday? Bit-tech takes a look at the well-endowed Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe. In typical Asus fashion, the A8N32-SLI Deluxe comes with a whole whack of accessories including a turbine style fan.


Not to be forgotten is EPoX and their latest Intel 945P offering.

Source: bit-tech

ATI Posts Increased Revenue

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 22, 2005 - 09:00 AM |
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ATI has posted some positive financial news today with Q1 revenues climbing 26% from Q4 2005.

Seagate Buys Maxtor

Subject: Storage | December 21, 2005 - 03:00 PM |
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Looks like Seagate is buying Maxtor for $1.9 billion. This will increase Seagate's position as the world's largest hard drive manufacturer, followed by Western Digital.

Source: The Inquirer

ThermalTake's Unconventional Radiator-Waterblock

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 21, 2005 - 01:30 PM |
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Pro-Clockers takes a look at the Thermatake Big Typhoon heatpipe cooler. This heatsink is an absolute monstrosity when it comes to size, but how does it perform? nvNews tackles another Thermaltake product, the Volcano 4005. This cooler is an odd waterblock with an integrated radiator and weighs almost 1kg with a fan.

Source: NVnews

Response Time Compensation LCD Displays

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 21, 2005 - 11:00 AM |
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XBitLabs takes a look at 7 LCD displays that feature Response Time Compensation. Response Time Compensation is a technique that reduces a pixel's transition timw by applying a higher voltage. It's a very interesting article that is a must for anyone who is thinking of buying an LCD display in the next year.


What is UDI and why should you care?

Source: X-Bit Labs

Bill Buxton - Usability Icon Joins Microsoft

Subject: General Tech | December 21, 2005 - 09:00 AM |
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Not many people may know Bill Buxton, but everyone knows Microsoft. So why would these two names matter to you? It's because Bill Buxton is one of the great researchers and champions in the field of HCI or Human Computer Interaction, and he has been hired by Microsoft.

Source: Microsoft

Show me the Gadgets

Subject: General Tech | December 20, 2005 - 06:00 PM |
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I love my gadgets, but sometimes I can't help but feel some of them are more gimmicky than functional.

Foxconn GeForce 6150 & DFI's Latest NF4 SLI

Subject: Motherboards | December 20, 2005 - 03:00 PM |
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Seems like a lot more GeForce 6100 reviews are hitting the web. Today TweakTown has a review of the Foxconn 6150K8MA-8EKRS  (try saying that three times quickly!) which uses NVIDIA GeForce 6150 chipset and comes in a mATX form-factor. If you're looking for a budget HTPC, this Foxconn may be what you're looking for!


If that Foxconn is a bit "ghetto" for you, then maybe the DFI NF4 SLI-DR Expert board reviewed at TBreak is more your style.

Source: TweakTown

CrossFire in Overdrive

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 20, 2005 - 12:00 PM |
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ATI has unleashed a new Catalyst driver in time for the holidays. The new v5.13 beta posted at Guru3d is showing some remarkable improvements in the video/image quality department according to FiringSquad. This new driver should give NVIDIA some renewed competition in the HTPC market.


Guru3d has also reviewed the Radeon X1800 XT Crossfire card in a massive 19 page piece.

Source: Guru of 3D

ATI X1800 XT and X1800 XL Review @ PCPer

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 20, 2005 - 09:40 AM |
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Today we're taking a look at the ATI X1800XT and XL CrossFire cards. Performance and features look promising, but is availability and pricing haunting ATI yet again?

AnandTech Revisits Yonah

Subject: Processors | December 20, 2005 - 08:05 AM |
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Back in November, Anand previewed the upcoming Yonah processor. Today he's revisiting the same CPU but with updated software and hardware. It's really interesting to see how the mobile dual-core compares to AMD's X2.

"... we've updated the benchmark suite considerably, including modern day games and a few professional-level applications hopefully to get a better perspective on Yonah's performance.  We've also included an Athlon 64 X2 running at 2.0GHz, but with each core having a full 1MB L2 cache, making the Yonah vs.

Source: AnandTech