What? The Xbox 360 came out?

Subject: Editorial | November 23, 2005 - 04:44 PM |
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Despite the fact that the Xb0x 360 was being released Tuesday morning, there was something slightly more exciting that I was looking forward to that day.


Play Chad Johnson of the Cincinnati Begals in Madden 2006.


I won a contest at the local Best Buy to play Chad Johnson during the Xbox 360 launch at the store. 


Of course I couldn't let an oppurtunity like this pass me by without having a little fun...


Lexar's new jumpdrive has a built-in shredder

Subject: Storage | November 23, 2005 - 01:58 PM |
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Losing a Jumpdrive can be really annoying, especially if it happens to have info on it that you'd rather not share. While the JumpDrive Secure II can't help with your memory, it can ensure that any files deleted off of that jumpdrive stay deleted.  EverythingUSB is the place to go to read more about it.

"In today's world of corporate espionage, identity theft and general paranoia, it's vital that any

portable documents are secured in case the flash drive they're stored on is lost or stolen.

The [H] sounds off about Puget Systems

Subject: Systems | November 23, 2005 - 11:55 AM |
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Continuing on in their series of pre-built PC's, and the stores that sell and support them, [H]ard|OCP has a look at Puget Systems Dual Core Custom system.  The box they put together certainly has power, but how well did Puget Systems tech support and buying process stack up?

"Can $2600 get you a dual core processor, 2GB of RAM, a top-end video card, and backing from a

quality company?

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Physics 101 for PCs, starts in February

Subject: General Tech | November 23, 2005 - 11:47 AM |
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The ASUS Ageia PhysX card should be available in February, according to this article by CoolTechZone.  Still no word on the bus it will use, or an actual date though.

"We are all aware of AGEIA and its desire to bring a PhysX processor for physics processing in

order to make games look and feel more realistic. We all want the characters to move and act

realistically, and that's exactly what AGEIA's PhysX will accomplish once it debuts.

Source: CoolTechZone

Same card, different cooling

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 22, 2005 - 07:01 PM |
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Beyond 3D has a good run down of what you can expect from Sapphire'sRadeon X800 GTO² and X800 GTO Ultimate Editions.  Both are certainly powerful cards, with the both the GTO2 and the and the Ultimate Edition's bandwidth weighing in at 31.4 GB/sec, the Ultimate stands out because of the ginormous heatsink that wraps around the entire card.

'Those of you who are familiar with previous designs from Sapphire's range of Ultimate Edition

boards will find no surprises here - just like these previous eff

Source: Beyond3D

Add 5GB to your pants!

Subject: Storage | November 22, 2005 - 04:07 PM |
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The Seagate 5GB pocket drive is disk shaped, being about 3 inches across, 1 inch thick, and weighs in at 62 grams.  It's USB cord retracts into the main body when not in use, so it is exceptionally portable.  Adrian's Rojak Pot has the whole story, and lots of pictures to give you an idea of the size.


"Are you looking for a compact USB storage solution with a large capacity of 5GB?
Source: Tech ARP

Sounds like Lego, cools like crazy

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 22, 2005 - 03:05 PM |
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OC Labs is not one of the main names in watercooling, though they have been in the business for almost 5 years now.  Insanetek has posted a review of their Monoblock 6, a powerful performer overall.

"Great watercooling is not always limited to Swiftech, Asetek, and Danger Den. OCLabs makes a

great appearance with their latest CPU waterblock.

Source: InsaneTek

Intel Brings Home Extreme Multicore Gaming For The Holidays

Subject: General Tech | November 22, 2005 - 01:05 PM |
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NEW YORK, Nov. 22, 2005 — The era of multi-core PC gaming is here and at the Intel-sponsored Cyberathlete Professional League (CPL) World Tour Grand Finals some of the best players, hardware and software come together.


'We have spent the last year empowering more than 10,000 software developers with thousands of multi-core development platforms,' said Bill Kirby, director of planning in Intel's Software and Solutions Group.

VIA's new chipset

Subject: Motherboards | November 22, 2005 - 12:00 PM |
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VIA's new K8T900 chipset is making the rounds today, so if you can pull yourself away from that shiny new Xbox, take a look at what they've included.  Legion Hardware is a great place to start, to get a good idea how inclusive VIA made this chipset.


Don't forget to come back and read Ryan's review as well.


"The K8T900 is one of the best chipsets VIA has produced in quite some time and as it stands,

could be one of the best AMD64 chipsets available.

We're doomed I tell you! Doomed!

Subject: General Tech | November 22, 2005 - 11:48 AM |
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Ok, I guess we've all heard it before, and we're still here, so the sky probably isn't falling.  A javascript exploit has been found on the web, which can allow code execution on your machine, when you use IE.  The Inquirer has a story up, as well as a link to a site which has posted the code used in the exploit, so you can see what is going on.

"UK group of hackers has published a zero-day exploit which puts means IE users only have to visit

a site to be attacked.

Source: The Inquirer

Getting a powerful deal from X-Finity

Subject: Systems | November 21, 2005 - 07:00 PM |
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X-Finity's 2nd Generation PSU looks to build on what was important to them in the first place.  The ablility to provide good clean power to your PC, at a reasonable price.  Read on at The Moditory to see how they did.

""Power supplies are just one more component to some people there's no difference in quality,

power is power right? Not at all. A quality power supply can make or break a system. All your

components draw power and if your PSU provides dirty power, it could take out the rest of your

rig.

Source: The Moditory

You, ATI, and your TV, together again

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 21, 2005 - 03:59 PM |
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ATI's All-In-Wonder series gets an update, and is added to the X1800 series.  It will output to just about any type of TV setup you can imagine. Bjorn3D has one, and they can tell you all about it here.

"With the All-In-Wonder X1800XL ATI has created a card that sits just as confortable in a MediaPC

as a gaming-PC.

Source: Bjorn3D

Intel Computer Clubhouse Opens At Boys & Girls Club Valley Of The Moon

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 21, 2005 - 01:38 PM |
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SONOMA, Calif. Nov. 19, 2005 — The Intel Computer Clubhouse, a unique after-school learning center for children ages 10 to 18, opened today at the Boys & Girls Club Valley of the Moon in Sonoma, Calif. This program is sponsored by Intel Corporation with additional funding from the Vadasz Family Foundation.


'The Intel Computer Clubhouse gives children access to the latest technology, connecting them with the world and stimulating their minds and imagination,' said Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini.

Micron And Intel Create New Company To Manufacture NAND Flash Memory

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 21, 2005 - 01:37 PM |
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BOISE, Idaho, and SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 21, 2005 — Micron Technology, Inc., and Intel Corporation today announced they have agreed to form a new company to manufacture NAND flash memory for use in consumer electronics, removable storage and handheld communications devices. The new company will exclusively manufacture product for Micron and Intel.

Brian Harrison To Lead Intel Flash Memory Group

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 21, 2005 - 01:36 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 18, 2005 — Intel Corporation today announced that Brian Harrison has been named vice president and general manager of the company's newly formed Flash Memory Group. Harrison will oversee all flash memory businesses for Intel, including its interest in the recently created NAND flash memory manufacturing company, IM Flash Memory Technologies, LLC, as well as Intel's long-standing NOR flash memory businesses.

Getting it all out of your notebook

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 21, 2005 - 01:14 PM |
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If you buy a newer notebook, it is worth considering all the options that are on it, and making sure you get to use them.  Not just the 3 various LAN ports and so on, but hyperthreading and dual channel memory might be available on the motherboard,but as in this article from 3D Velocity, without 2 DIMMs, you are letting it go to waste.

"As I pondered my final decision, one of the factors I took into consideration was memory, and it

dawned on me that several of the notebooks I'd looked at were guilty of havi

Source: 3DVelocity

Built-in cooling, taken up a notch

Subject: Motherboards | November 21, 2005 - 12:13 PM |
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The Tech Report has a look at one of the latest AMD motherboards from ASUS, the A8N32-SLI.  One of the neatest features is the integrated heatpipe, to keep your northbridge happy. 


Then, check out John's review of the EPoX 8NPA SLI, see which fits you better.


"Asus' A8N32-SLI Deluxe is the first nForce4 SLI X16-based Athlon 64 motherboard to hit the

market, and it's more than just a simple refresh of Asus' nForce4 SLI design.

The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of

Subject: General Tech | November 21, 2005 - 11:57 AM |
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Well you may not have anyone who loves you enough to buy a present from Tech Zone's list, it is definitely worth drooling over for a bit.  Seriously, $250,000 is cheap for 10 ft * 30ft of screen, isn't it?

"What do you give the techie who has everything? That's the ultimate question. If you have an

impossible person to buy for, then this is the list for you.

Corsair Expands Flash Voyager Line Up, Begins Shipment of New 4GB Ultra-Durable USB2.0 Drive

Subject: General Tech | November 21, 2005 - 11:39 AM |
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Fremont, CA (November 21, 2005) — Adding to its award-winning Flash Voyager USB2.0 drives, Corsair Memory today announced immediate availability of a new capacity — 4GB.

250Gb of high speed storage

Subject: Storage | November 18, 2005 - 06:33 PM |
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The WD Caviar SE16 SATA drive that COD tests could solve a lot of your storage needs.  Just set up an older PC with a SATA controller and 4 of these puppies and you should be able to back up almost everything you've ever typed or clicked.

"Those of us who are always looking for the bigger, better and faster storage solutions have the

end in sight. Lately, more and more SATA enhanced 3.0Gb/s drives are hitting the market.