Watercooled retail ATI X800

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 3, 2005 - 02:11 PM |
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A water cooled graphics card right out of the box.  The PowerColor X800 GT EVO that Bjorn3D reviews has a Thermaltake TideWater All in one VGA Liquid Cooling Module built right onto it.  The X800 sits in a PCIx slot, like you would expect, and the pump/radiator takes up 2 PCI slots.  Install those, and you are done!

"Today we are looking at something special from PowerColor. Something overclockers will drool at. What if I told you we have a card equipped with its own liquid cooling system?

Source: Bjorn3D

A backup solution for now, and probably the next few years

Subject: Storage | October 3, 2005 - 02:00 PM |
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Techware Labs reviews the Anthology Solutions' Yellow Machine P400T Terabyte Storage Appliance.  Not only is it big and yellow, it supports RAID 0,1,1+0 & 5.  It has a built in 8 port LAN switch and NAT router, SPI firewall, auto backup, and many more features.  The 8Mb cache is pretty impressive too!

"This review will be taking a look at Anthology Solutions' Yellow Machine P400T Terabyte Storage Appliance. That's right, a terabyte storage appliance.

Is that 2 gigs of RAM in your pocket, or ...

Subject: Memory | October 3, 2005 - 01:44 PM |
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It's a common refrain today ... "You need 2Gb of RAM to play games properly" ...

Source: MVKTECH.NET

The Future Of Computing Is Infectious

Subject: General Tech | October 3, 2005 - 01:31 PM |
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How would you feel about a computer whose main processor was mostly E. Coli?  Previously, problems arose in the amount of energy it took to turn a protein from on to off, but nanotechweb reports on 2 researchers from Cambridge University have found a way to make it work.  Feels like you could infect your PC on purpose as a type of upgrade, 50 years from now.

"Theoretical physicists in the UK have shown that it should be possible to use clusters of proteins to perform complex logic operations.

Source: nanotechweb

Esthetic Cooling & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 3, 2005 - 01:17 PM |
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Don't blame me for the odd start of PimpRig's review, but if you don't recognize what it is in the first paragraph, you should buy the book.  As for the review of the AquaBay M1, which I promise they do get to, not only does it give you some great info about the current state of your watercooling, it is gorgeous.

"The AquaBay M1 is actually

Source: PimpRig

VIA and Mini-box Announce First Sub-$300 Car PC Kit

Subject: Systems | October 1, 2005 - 01:18 PM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 30 September 2005 - VIA Technologies, Inc., a leading innovator of PC platform solutions, and Mini-box.com, a subsidiary of Ituner Networks Corp., today announced the VoomPC™ family of compact, high performance yet affordable x86 car PC kits aimed at driving telematics mainstream.

Make your own amateur SETI station

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 30, 2005 - 06:33 PM |
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The SETI League has posted instructions on how to do it!  The diagram has links to pages containing specifics.

This site shows how you can set up your own SETI receiving station using nothing more than an old C-band satellite TV dish, general coverage receiver and your PC. With it, you can also do radio astronomy as well. Can't beat that!

Source: MAKE: Blog

High Tech Hurricane Preparedness

Subject: General Tech | September 30, 2005 - 06:27 PM |
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CNet has an article about high tech survival solutions, like portable water purifcation or warmth.  That may help to protect yourself from physical harm; and they also have 2 articles to help protect you from electronic harm (eHarm?)

"Natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina can turn a high-tech culture into a decidedly low-tech one--where food, water and shelter are what matter most.

Ageia PhysX Engine for Linux

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 30, 2005 - 06:16 PM |
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Maybe you won't be able to get the latest and greatest game titles the same day as your friends running Windows, but as Phoronix found out, when they do release them for Linux, Ageia PhsyX will work.

"For nearly a year Ageia has been making headlines with its innovative physics technology that they hope will revolutionize game-play not only for PC games but also console platforms such as Sony's PlayStation 3 and Microsoft's Xbox 360.

Source: Phoronix

Make a LAN party laptop to brag about

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 30, 2005 - 06:09 PM |
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The Tech Zone has posted a guide on assembling a laptop that will game as well as full tower PC's.  If you follow their advice, the only technical difficulty you might have at a LAN party would be your battery dying.

"Gone are the days when you would have been laughed at if you walked into an all-night LAN party carrying your trusty laptop and expecting to hang with the giant computer towers standing at everyone's feet.

ECS nForce4 comes with everything, barring a sink

Subject: Motherboards | September 30, 2005 - 02:09 PM |
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It's nice to have choices, and the nForce chipset certainly offers that.  The newest one to be reviewed at PCStats is the ECS KN1-SLI Extreme, with all the functionality you'd expect, and switchless SLI.  Check it out.

"The ECS KN1-SLI Extreme looks like a pretty sweet motherboard for anyone on a budget who wants good performance, and the all important option of running dual PCI Express x16 SLI-compatible videocards.

Source: PCStats

Inquirer to Online Media: You are all Patsies!

Subject: Editorial | September 30, 2005 - 01:03 PM |
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Wow, this is quite the morning story.  I was sent a link today from

Source: The Inquirer

Red vs. Blue ... in downtown!

Subject: Shows and Expos | September 30, 2005 - 11:56 AM |
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Red vs. Blue CTF ... no not in Halo but in the real-world! Some crazy people in Toronto are organizing a massive CTF game in the heart of the city tonight. They've divided city blocks into team bases and you can take streetcars and underground paths to the flags. I want to be on the team with the guy who made the Sentry Gun.

DARPA, DARPA, DARPA

Subject: General Tech | September 30, 2005 - 11:47 AM |
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No one got the prize ($1 million) last year. The best effort was Carnegie Mellon University's robot Hummer, Sandstorm.  It made it 7.3 miles out of the full 144-mile.  This time, at least in the semi-finals, we actually have teams finishing the course.  The finals are scheduled for Oct.

Cisco And Intel Collaborate In Building The Next-Generation Supply Chain

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 30, 2005 - 11:38 AM |
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HONG KONG, Sept. 27, 2005 — Cisco Systems® and Intel Corporation today announced a collaborative effort to support EPCglobal Hong Kong's EPCnetwork initiative to bring end-to-end supply chain visibility to the Pan Pearl River Delta (PPRD) region.

Intel, Research In Motion Collaborate on Next-Generation BlackBerry Devices

Subject: Mobile | September 30, 2005 - 11:37 AM |
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San Francisco, CA — CTIA Wireless I.T. & Entertainment 2005 — Intel Corporation and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced an extensive technology collaboration in which RIM will use Intel communications technology in future BlackBerry® devices. RIM is adopting the Intel XScale® architecture and will utilize the Intel PXA9xx cellular processor, codenamed "Hermon", for its next-generation BlackBerry® devices that will run on high-speed EDGE (Enhanced Data Rates for Global Evolution) networks.

Custom Electronic Design & Installation Assc. Expo

Subject: Shows and Expos | September 29, 2005 - 06:51 PM |
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Designtechnica took a look around CEIDA2005, and tells you you all about the highlights, like LG's 55-inch 1080p high-definition LCD tunerless monitor.


"C.E.D.I.A. opened a few weeks in Indianapolis, IN, and fostered several themes. The most important themes were: iPod connectivity, HDMI connectivity, and displays (TVs) with resolutions of 1080p. If there ever could be two technologies that are at the opposite ends of the spectrum, it's the iPod and 1080p displays.

Techspot provides a 2nd opinion on high end PCs

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 29, 2005 - 06:46 PM |
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Techspot has their own High End PC component guide up, in case you wanted a second opinion after looking at Ryan's Hardware Leaderboard.  Or I suppose you could pick up one of the new offerings from Dell, and have it all together when you pick it up.

"Back like a bad RMA request, TechSpot's High-end PC builders' guide takes another stab at fabricating the finest custom PC possible.

Source: Tech Spot

Put those 10+ Gigabit networks to work!

Subject: Shows and Expos | September 29, 2005 - 03:31 PM |
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Check out the IGrid2005 blog at http://www.calit2.net/igrid2005/ , and see the future of distributed computing! 

 

iGrid 2005, the 4th community-driven biennial International Grid event, is a coordinated effort to accelerate the use of multi-10Gb international and national networks, to advance scientific research, and to educate decision makers, academicians and industry researchers on the benefits of these hybrid networks.

Source: boingboing

Multiplayer FEAR demo now available

Subject: General Tech | September 29, 2005 - 03:10 PM |
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HardwareHell, and GamersHell are hosting the downloadable multiplayer demo of F.E.A.R.  I believe that it is properly referred to as a "Video System and Network Traffic Stress Test", if anyone asks why there's the sound so many explosions coming from the IT department.


Update: While you're at it, check out the F.E.A.R. mechanima done by RoosterTeeth (the Red vs. Blue people) called "P.A.N.I.C.S".

Source: HardwareHell