A virus by any other name ...

Subject: General Tech | October 7, 2005 - 12:57 PM |
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El Reg reports on the attempt by the CME to provide all viruses with common names.  If you have ever suffered mental trauma trying to figure out just which virus it is that has infected you, because Norton, Symantec and all of the others give different names to the same virus, these guys may be able to help.

"A group dedicated to curing virus-naming confusion enjoyed its official launch on Wednesday.

Source: The Register

Shh, It's A Silent Cooling Shootout

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 7, 2005 - 12:16 PM |
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Red&Blackness Mods has a comparison between the Asetech VapoChill Micro & the Zalman CNPS9500.  Both are lightweight coolers, who try to provide good cooling, and be almost silent doing it.  See which one you think is right for you.

"This new Vapchill Micro has been very anticiped by many since this is a part of the Vapochill technology.

Music to your ears

Subject: General Tech | October 7, 2005 - 11:50 AM |
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Dan, from Dan's Data, has found a pair of high quality headphones from HeadRoom, and seems amazed at their quality, see what you think about his mental state after reading about them.

HeadRoom's Micro Amp and Micro DAC cost a mere $US600 between them. They provide supposedly superb headphone sound from various analogue and digital sources (including computers, via USB). They're the gateway drug for the heavier HeadRoom electronics. I was expecting them to sound very much the same as the cheaper headphone amps I've reviewed.

Source: Dan's Data

International Control Of Internet Discussed

Subject: General Tech | October 6, 2005 - 06:25 PM |
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ZDnet has an interview with Houlin Zhao, director of the ITU's Telecommunication Standardisation Bureau.  He discusses why he feels that an international body should be in charge of the internet, and what possible changes could come of diong so.

"The International Telecommunication Union is one of the most venerable of bureaucracies. Created in 1865 to facilitate telegraph transmissions, its mandate has expanded to include radio and telephone communications.

Source: ZDNet

New nVidia ForceWare Drivers

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 6, 2005 - 06:14 PM |
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With all the ATI news around, the new ForceWare drivers have fallen by the wayside.  Tweak Town fixes that problem, with a comparison of drivers, to show what performance changes you can expect from upgrading.

"A couple of days ago nVidia released their much talked about ForceWare Release 80 graphics card driver to the world.

Source: TweakTown

Sing a song of Antec

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 6, 2005 - 05:33 PM |
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Antec's Sonata 2 might not be a tool-less case, but it has been designed to reduce noise, and the black finish is a wonderful touch.   It migth not be big enough to fit some of the newer ginormous heatsinks and video cards, but it certainly has enough room for most systems to fit in it.  Think Computers has the full review.

'Antec, a name that pretty much anyone who is into computers knows. They make various products from top quality computer cases to lights and cables.

1 GB vs. 2 GB - The benchmark war

Subject: Memory | October 6, 2005 - 01:54 PM |
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Legion Hardware runs some tests using SiSoft, Doom3, F.E.A.R and BF2, to see what the benchmark differences are between using 1 GB or 2GB.

"Recently, Corsair released a PDF document showing quite a considerable gain in Battlefield 2 performance when moving from 1GB to 2GB's of system memory. While I do believe their findings and comments to be accurate there are a few points that need to be clarified. Firstly I feel the system Corsair put together for this presentation was somewhat unbalanced.

PS2 Modchips Legal in Australia

Subject: General Tech | October 6, 2005 - 01:19 PM |
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The Australian court has ruled that the PS2 modchip is legal in that country. Seems this is just another page in the continuing story of Sony going after the consumer to stop them from doing unintended things to their hardware (re: PSP hack firmware). However, this ruling is not the end of the road as the recent Australia vs.

AMD to Power NASCAR

Subject: General Tech | October 6, 2005 - 12:01 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, CA - Oct. 6, 2005 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced it will become the Official Technology Partner of the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR), the foremost sanctioning body of stock car racing in North America. Through this unique relationship, AMD plans to play a critical role in helping NASCAR improve competition on the race track and enhance the safety of its participants.


"Technology is as critical to NASCAR as fuel, tires and communications.

Source: AMD

Have more gaming consoles than TV's?

Subject: General Tech | October 6, 2005 - 11:59 AM |
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HardwareHell has a review of a device that those of you with multiple gaming consoles will love. It's the Hip Gear S-Video AV System Selector, which is essentially the same as a KVM switch for your PC.  Go and see how the review turned out.

"A couple of people out there may be asking: 'What's an AV system selector?

Source: HardwareHell

ASRock Motherboard with a split personality

Subject: Motherboards | October 6, 2005 - 11:44 AM |
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T-break has a review of the ASRock 939Dual SATA2 up, the board with a dual personality. It will take dual core CPU's, it has Dual Channel Memory, both IDE (3) and SATA (2), an odd slot labeled "future CPU slot" and the ability to accept either an AGP 8x card, or a PCIe 16x, although not both at the same time.  All that and a price that is under $100.

"The ASRock 939Dual-SATA2 has a decent set of features supporting the 939 pin based Athlon64/Dual Core CPUs with dual channel memory controller as well a

Source: t-break

A first look at GIMP 2.4 @ Newsforge

Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2005 - 06:41 PM |
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If you love modifying photos, can't afford Photoshop, and don't think MS Paint is up to the task, try The GIMP.  If you have used it before, you'll be glad to hear version 2.4 is out.  Newsforge has a breakdown of what's new and improved.

A major update to the GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP), widely regarded as the leading free software raster image editing program, is scheduled for this month.

Source: Newsforge

4 Gigs of Lightning Fast Storage

Subject: Storage | October 5, 2005 - 06:26 PM |
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The Gigabyte i-RAM, as reviewed by Hardware Zone, is a card that holds up to 4 gigs of RAM, and has a battery onboard, so data stored on the RAM will stay, even if it is moved from one computer to another, for about 16 hours.  It utilizes SATA to transfer data, and it does it at an almost unbeleivable speed.  See how it compares to one of the fastest SATA drives around.

"The new Gigabyte i-RAM is a device that uses DDR memory for storage while emulating itself as a SATA

Operating Systems Not Related To The Female Lead Of Zorro

Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2005 - 06:12 PM |
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YellowTAB's ZETA OS (version 1.0) could be viewed as a revival of BeOS, available at the same price you can buy a retail copy of a Linux distro.  It is a fully functional OS, and includes many small games as well as the Gobe Productive suite, ZETA's own inbuilt office suite.  Head over to XYZ Computing to see what else it can do.

"When looking for an alternative to Windows most people think of either Apple's OS X or Linux.

State Of The Art Graphics On Store Shelves

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 5, 2005 - 04:11 PM |
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Desperate for a new video card, and unwilling to wait any longer?  TweakTown reviews 2 of ATI's Radeon X800GT, the current champion of comparatively low priced video cards.  Find out which one you actually want, PowerColor or HIS.

"In August we saw the introduction of ATI's Radeon X800GT which finally gave some competition to nVidia against their mighty mid-range GeForce 6600GT.

Source: TweakTown

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Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2005 - 03:01 PM |
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Free stuff!!!  PCPerspective has a list of Trade Publications, available free of charge to you if you qualify, and you help out PCPer at the same time.  There are hundreds of titles to try, from InfoWorld to Laser Focus World to Bio-IT World.  You can also choose by geographic availabilty, so you don't have to fill out the subscription form only to be told that magzine is not available in your country.



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Reviews For Your Aural Pleasure

Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2005 - 01:49 PM |
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Feeling overwhelmed with the choices for purchasing and downloading music from the interent?  DesignTechnica reviews several of the more popular services that are available, to help you decide.  Then scroll down for reviews of what you might want to listen to your new music on.

"However, all of that means the consumer is presented with a dazzling multiplicity of choices. Where do you go to find the music you want? Which is the best service?

VIA Is Giving Away Laptops!!

Subject: Mobile | October 5, 2005 - 01:34 PM |
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How about some free stuff for your Wednesday afternoon?


Entry:


Play through the 3 levels of the VIA Super Shooter VIA Soccer Camp Game to enter the lucky draw.

NVIDIA Rel80 Drivers Boosts Performance and Flexibility

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 5, 2005 - 01:33 PM |
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You can get more information, as well as the driver by visiting NZone.com.


SANTA CLARA, CA

—October 5, 2005—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), a worldwide leader in graphics and digital media processors, today upgraded the performance of millions of customers with the immediate available of the NVIDIA ForceWare graphics driver Release 81.84.

Zalman adds to their Reserator 1

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 5, 2005 - 01:28 PM |
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X-bit Labs got their hands on the Zalman Reserator 1 Plus.  Find out exactly what the plus will give you, and the stylish new way they have finished their waterblocks.

"We would like to introduce to you a water cooling system from Zalman — The new modification of their exclusive Reserator solution: Reserator 1 Plus.

Source: X-Bit Labs