FreeGeek.com, recycling and reusing old PCs

Subject: General Tech | February 14, 2006 - 12:30 PM |
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If you have a bunch of old PC components around, and you have come to the realization that you really aren't going to be rebuilding that K6-2 system, or find a use for that old Matrox PCI video card, get in touch with FreeGeek, and they will rebuild or properly recycle it.  Read more info about them at Designtechnica.

"Free Geek, a nonprofit company in Portland, Oregon takes unwanted computers and gizmos, rebuilds

them and gives them away or breaks them down for proper recyclying."


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Need Dual Cores to Power MS WordPad?

Subject: Editorial | February 13, 2006 - 09:39 PM |
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Well I did!  I recently was forced to manually edit some large Apache log files, one at nearly 2 GB and one around 750 MB in size.  I had to do a global find/replace on a date string, so after downloading the zipped files and opening them both up on my new Athlon X2 4800+ system, this is what I was greeted with:




Yep, that's two WordPad applications s

80 Gbs in a 3 by 5 inch enclosure

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 13, 2006 - 05:47 PM |
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Hardware Zone has posted a review of one of the most mobile external HDD enclosures to date from ExBoot.  It's under 100 grams, less than 6 inches long, and holds 80 Gb.  Since it uses USB2, it's no slacker when it comes to transfer speeds, and with the bundled software, one touch backups become quite possible. 

"The Exboot EXB-0121 is one of the smallest portable HDD enclosures around, making it a perfect

portable solution with data recovery for frequent travelers."


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Good value from an Opteron, the 165

Subject: Processors | February 13, 2006 - 04:12 PM |
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X-bit Labs has found what might be the best value CPU to setup a dual core s939 system.  The Opteron 165 has come from being better for server systems to a good choice for home gaming, especially if you are looking for a great overclock.  The large L2 cache helps in most applications, though it will really shine when the game is able to take advantage of the dual core.

"AMD has been offering Opteron processors for Socket 939 systems for quite a while now.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Widescreen not supported ... I don't think so.

Subject: Displays | February 13, 2006 - 01:57 PM |
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Just becuse a game refuses to accept a proper widescreen resolution, doesn't mean you can't play them that way.  Widescreen Gamer has put together a guide on getting games to play in wide screen, whether they like it or not.  No word on a fix for the HDCP support, a problem highlighted by the first link below (thanks PaternityTest!).

"Now that quality has gone up, and prices have gone down, more and more gamers are buying their

first LCD displays these days.

X1900 - running Crossfire with a x1900XTX

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 13, 2006 - 01:13 PM |
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TweakTown has found a Master x1900, and they immediately slapped it into a system with a X1900XTX, and set them up in Crossfire.   This resulted in fairly impressive benchamrks, and also gives you a rare look into setting up a Crossfire system.

"With the launch of the Radeon X1900XT and X1900XTX last month, CrossFire cards of this new Radeon

series have already popped up at a few places but aren't in full swing as most people would like.

Source: TweakTown

Corsair Launches 667MHz DDR2 SO-DIMM Memory for the New Intel Centrino Mobile Platform

Subject: Memory | February 13, 2006 - 12:50 PM |
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Fremont, CA (February 13, 2006) — Corsair® Memory, Inc., a worldwide leader in high performance memory and watercooling products for enthusiasts and overclockers, today launched ValueSelect™ 667MHz DDR2 SO-DIMM memory to support the latest Intel® mobile technology.

I am so jealous, Transformers never did that when I was a kid!

Subject: General Tech | February 13, 2006 - 12:00 PM |
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Kids these days get the best toys.  Take this working transformer that goes from functional model car to walking robot and back that MAKE: Blog has linked to.  Probably not too long before that is the basis for the next perfect holiday gift for your kids.

"This little robot car from Nakamura-san at Himeji Soft Works in Japan drives around then it

transforms into a real robot and walks around."


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Source: MAKE: Blog

Has Arctic Silver met it's match?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 10, 2006 - 06:32 PM |
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According to PC Apex, Arctic Silver 3 may have been displaced as the king of thermal compounds by CoolerMaster's NanoFusion.  While 1 or 2 degrees may not seem like an amazing improvement, it might let you push your CPU just that little but harder.

"We have a new, quick review up on an outstanding thermal transfer paste from Cooler Master named

NanoFusion.

Source: PCApex

A mobo review of a different colour

Subject: Motherboards | February 10, 2006 - 05:45 PM |
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Silent PC Review has posted a review of the ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe that strays a little from the norm, but is perfect for this unique heatpipe using mobo.  By focussing on heat and power, the review covers more than just performance, but helps to explain the 8 phase power the motherboard uses, and reveals a quirk about how it deals with SLI.

"Arguably the most full-featured single CPU desktop motherboard ever produced, this high

performance A64-939 board is also cooled with heatpipes and features a complex chi

Reinventing the mouse

Subject: General Tech | February 10, 2006 - 04:03 PM |
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The Evoluent VerticalMouse 2 reviewed at Extremetech is exactly what it sounds like.  A mouse that sits on it's side, so that while you use it, your hand is in the "handshake" position.  Find out how well it worked, and if it will help with that Carpal Tunnel Syndrome you managed to get after the 7 day LAN party.

"Unfortunately, Evoluent's VerticalMouse 2, which we review today, doesn't win any crazy and kooky

awards.

Source: Extremetech

A breath of fresh air for PDA's

Subject: Mobile | February 10, 2006 - 02:24 PM |
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CoolTechZone examines the 02 XDA Atom, a small PDA that succeeds the Mini.  It runs Windows Mobile 5, has WiFi, as well as all of the camera phone features you would expect.  Read the full review before you make up your mind about this little guy.

"The O2 XDA Mini is easily one of the best PDAs around. It's sleek, it's light and it offers all

the functionality you would really need on the go. However, it lacked a couple of features.

Source: CoolTechZone

So ya wanna be famous?

Subject: General Tech | February 10, 2006 - 11:50 AM |
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See your name in lights with The Movies, the newest sim game.  Pamper your starlets, keep your leading men interested, and remember, the only bad publicity is no publicity.  Check out the full review at GamePyre.

"Overall, the movies game was one of the first games to have me looking at the time in shock —

it's been a while.

Source: Gamepyre

Where's the heat?

Subject: General Tech | February 10, 2006 - 11:39 AM |
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The ThermoHawk 200 Infrared Thermometer is a $60 dollar tool that you may never get bored of playing with.  Sure, it is handy for figuring out which capacitor or chip is running really hot and needs a heatsink, or where the hot air gathers in your case.  But think, now you will never need to sip a beer to figure out if it is cold, or if the water in the lake is warm enough for a swim, or just how hot your coffee is.  Check it out at Think Computers.

'Today I have for review somethi

Power in a puny package

Subject: Motherboards | February 9, 2006 - 06:42 PM |
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Built for Pentium "M"s, the AOpen i915GMm-HFS microATX that Hardware Zone reviews is a great starting place for an HTPC.  With built in audio, a 16x PCIe slot, DDR2 support and SATA with RAID capabilites, you can even get some good gaming out of it.

"Not just another desktop Pentium M motherboard, the AOpen i915GMm-HFS is a cleverly designed motherboard specifically targeted at those who are looking to get on the media center PC craze.

A monitor you can be proud to display

Subject: Displays | February 9, 2006 - 05:28 PM |
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Dell is offering a 24" display for under $1000 and Designtechnica has the review.  It can accept just about any signal output on the planet, and it is not quite large enough to require dual DVI in order to display properly.  Check this monster out!

"If you have been waiting for a large LCD at a great price, the Dell 2405FPW is the display for

you. Unless you are dead set on an HDMI with a 24-in. display, there is no reason to pass up on

the Dell 2405FPW.

Heatsinks that offer a choice

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 9, 2006 - 01:50 PM |
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GruntvillE has posted a review of 2 of Noctua's new heatsinks, the NH-U9 and NH-U12.  Both are very large, so not all cases will accomodate them, but if you can squeeze them in, the cooling power is impressive.  Neither model comes with fans, as they aren't needed in a normal setup, due to the size of the heatsink, and the number of heatpipes.  However, both models can fit 2 fans for overclocking, the U9 using 92mm and the U12 allowing the use of 120mm fans.

"Noctua, a recent upstart in Au

Source: GruntvillE

Straight from Corsair's Labs to you, the Great Heatspreader Debate

Subject: Memory | February 9, 2006 - 01:13 PM |
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There's been a lot of discussion recently about various heat spreader types and which type provides the best performance. Or, perhaps, if the best performance results from using no heat spreader at all. We were curious ourselves as to the answers to these questions, so we set out to test the various heat spreader types in a controlled environment.

Raptor X : The sequels keep getting better

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 9, 2006 - 11:56 AM |
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This Raptor X preview is brought to you by a parnership of the folks of Western Digital and AnandTech, and is approved for all audiences.   While sequels in the movie industry are often worse than the original, in the world of tech, we usually function in the opposite manner.  The Raptor X is no exception, bundling the tried technology that made the past 2 generations shine together with newer PATA technology into one speedy 150Gb drive.

"The latest version of the Raptor was launched as the WD1500

Source: AnandTech

Practice your web-based self defense

Subject: General Tech | February 9, 2006 - 11:36 AM |
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Tech Connect Magazine has posted an article called "Under Attack", a primer on defending against the various wild nasties currently roaming the virtual world.  If you aren't up to speed on what kind of threats are out there, this is a read that could save you a lot of time and money.


"Viruses, Trojan horses, spyware and Hanson lyrics - the internet is a veritable jungle that only

a few can come out of unscathed.