Size Matters - Quick explanation of compression

Subject: Storage | September 28, 2005 - 11:43 AM |
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The guys at HardwareHell talk about file compresssion, and what exactly happens when you use it.  If you're curious about what you use Huffman coding for, give it a read.

"Modern compression is the technology used today by computers in order to pass data from place to place using less data then it would take to simply transfer these data as they are. Compression is quite common these days and is used transparently in many computer systems.

Source: HardwareHell

Even Linux gets expoited nowadays

Subject: General Tech | September 27, 2005 - 06:50 PM |
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2 Media players running on *NIX have expolit flaws, story on CNET.

"A flaw has been discovered in RealNetworks' RealPlayer version 10.0.5.756 Gold and Helix Player 1.0.5.757 Gold running on Linux or Unix operating systems, according to a report released Tuesday by the French Security Incident Response Team, or FrSIRT."

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Check out the beep codes on this case mod

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 27, 2005 - 04:11 PM |
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Don't just build a replica of R2-D2, make him useful too!  Head on over to PimpRig to see all the pics.

"One of our forum regulars, TheGreatSatan, has completed his amazing R2-D2 project.

Source: PimpRig

Memory that RAM's the message home

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 27, 2005 - 03:19 PM |
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Not only is Corsair's Xpert TWINXP1024-3200XL DDR fast RAM, but it has programmable LED lights.   If you long for the days when red scrolling LED signs were everywhere, now you can get some for your PC, just like ModTheBox did.

"Included with the Xpert TWINXP1024-3200XL DDR Memory modules are two matching 10-digit alphanumeric displays. Each display consists of a small PCB with identical 34-pin connectors.

Source: MODTHEBOX

Corsair Partners With Asus For 1 GB Modules

Subject: Memory | September 27, 2005 - 12:43 PM |
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Fremont, CA / Taipei, Taiwan (September 26, 2005) — Corsair® Memory, Inc., a worldwide leader in high performance memory and cooling products for enthusiasts and overclockers, and ASUSTek®, the perennial leader of the motherboard industry, today announced a joint product launch targeting the AMD® enthusiasts.

Norton 2006 coming soon to a store near you

Subject: General Tech | September 27, 2005 - 11:53 AM |
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One of the oldest disk management and virus suites will be updating it's software within the next 2 weeks.   It's probably too soon for them to have incorporated the anti-worm and anti-fishing software they gained control of from 

WholeSecurity last week, but it's detection ablities will undoubtably be improved from 2005.

Symantec, in the next two weeks will start selling the 2006 editions of its consumer security software prod

500 Gb of ... storage

Subject: Storage | September 27, 2005 - 11:46 AM |
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16Mb cache and 500 Gb in size, the Hitachi Deskstar T7K500 Hard Drive reviewed by Xtreme Resources is one fast drive, that you'll take a while filling up.

"The capacity of hard disk drives grows daily, along with their speed. I still remember the first hard disk drives in the systems I first saw, drives that their capacity was merely 1/10th of the RS-MMC I hold right now, which is smaller than my fingertip.

Mobo's & Processors & Chipsets, Oh My!

Subject: Motherboards | September 26, 2005 - 06:43 PM |
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Surprise, its the nForce4 SLI Intel Edition from Biostar.  If you love nForce, but need to go with Intel, it's no longer a problem.  The board has all you'd expect from nForce 4, with the nice simplicity of setup that BioStar tends to prefer, according to Bjorn3D.  If it's not a motherboard you want, 4 new chips were announced today, one Intel and 3 AMD.

"For years, NVIDIA fans and general enthusiasts wondered if NVIDIA would ever release an Intel chipset.

Source: Bjorn3D

34 ATX 2.0 PSUs Compared

Subject: Systems | September 26, 2005 - 03:43 PM |
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With all the PSU's to choose from, you may want to bless HEXUS for putting together 34 ATX 2.0 PSU together for a huge comparison.  See which one is right for you.


It may have been Slashdotted, so give it some time to recover.


"The vast majority of the ATX 2.0 supplies tested, and ATX 2.0 is what you should be buying these days, will comfortably power a current high-end system without any issues whatsoever.
Source: Hexus

AGP Is Not Dead & More

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 26, 2005 - 11:53 AM |
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Just because you can't afford to switch to a BTX mobo with PCIe, and all the other changes required to get to the current generation of hardware, doesn't mean that you have to suffer through HalfLife2 at 9.5 FPS.   HIS has released an mid level AGP ATI X700 ATI card, and XYZ Computing has the review.


Oh and if you have upgraded to PCIe, I think ATI might have released something today.


"This review is going to take a look at the X700 IceQ video card from HIS.

Good Value DDR2 RAM

Subject: Memory | September 26, 2005 - 11:42 AM |
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The Transcend DDR2-533 TS64MLQ64V5J DIMMs that Phoronix reviews do not claim to be the fastest or most overclockable RAM out there.  They are however, much less expensive than many of the extreme gaming RAM out there.  If you're setting up a system for someoe who doesn't game much, give the review a read.


"Transcend designs their system memory modules to be simple and aren't engrossed by heatspreaders or any unconventional features but simply remains on target for the normal PC hobbyist, ho

Source: Phoronix

Watercooling Means They Can't Sneak Up On You

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 26, 2005 - 11:33 AM |
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ThermalTake's Bigwater SE is a 120mm Fan & Radiator, a copper waterblock, a 12V pump and a 5.25" drive bay tank.  It might not be quite as easy to install as it's predecessor, but it is cheaper, and as Tweaknews discovers it cools pretty well.

"Some time ago, Thermaltake entered this market with a complete system they called Bigwater. Recently, Thermaltake introduced their next generation successor to the Bigwater liquid cooling system.

Source: Tweaknews

Asetek VapoChill Micro Showdown

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 23, 2005 - 07:31 PM |
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Whether you want ultra quiet, ultra powerful, or a compromise between those 2 extremes, one of the 3 fans reviewed by Overclockers Online will probably be exactly what you are looking for.

"As we can see in the testing numbers there is not a huge difference between the three models and because of this there is no single winner.

Duck Hunt Meets Doom

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 23, 2005 - 03:00 PM |
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It's friday, sit back, relax and shoot some ducks with the BFG9000.  Even better, if you figure out how, you can convince the dog that laughing at you isn't exactly the best idea.

"Some cool folks have combined the classic NES game Duck Hunt with Doom. Duck Doom Deluxe is an updated version of the 2004 Duck Doom. I've been playing this game quite often recently and it is highly addictive. The objective is simple.

Source: boingboing

They Say It's Your Birthday

Subject: General Tech | September 23, 2005 - 01:43 PM |
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It's been 30 years today since Bill Gates and Paul Allen formed a little company in Albuquerque, called Micro-Soft!

"Software King of the World, Microsoft, is celebrating its 30th birthday today.

Source: The Inquirer

ECS' s939 Budget SLI Board

Subject: Motherboards | September 23, 2005 - 12:38 PM |
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Just because the ECS' Nforce 4 board, the KN1 SLI is touted as a discount board, doesn't mean they skimped on the layout of the board, or the package it comes with.  Read the full review at InsaneTek.

"The KN1 SLI Extreme is the latest AMD flagship motherboard from ECS. The motherboard performs well and has great overclocking potential.

Source: InsaneTek

2 Gigs Or Not 2 Gigs, That's The RAM Question

Subject: Memory | September 23, 2005 - 11:59 AM |
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If you play Battlefield2 or Half-Life2 regularly, the chances are good you have at least 1 Gb of DDR in your system, and are still annoyed by the occasional lag.  Well, to save you from spending your own money to test the effects of another gig of RAM, Club OC did some tests on a 2GB Gold Edition kit from OCZ, see what effect it had, and the overclock they managed.

"For the past year I've always recommended 1gb of good DDR or DDR2. No more, no less.

Source: Club OC

Quick, Easy & Cheap Upgrades

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 22, 2005 - 07:25 PM |
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Futurelooks has posted a very simple and easy to understand guide on inexpensive upgrades that can keep your computer running.  If you are wondering where to start when upgrading an older PC, give it a read!

"The cruel reality of the personal tech revolution is that to keep up with the virtual Joneses, you have to upgrade your hardware and software about every two years. Nowadays, no one wants to spend several grand on a new system.

Source: futurelooks

Always Practice Safe SMS

Subject: General Tech | September 22, 2005 - 05:56 PM |
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The recent reports of bluetooth enabled cars being infected with viruses may have turned out to be mostly false, but it has been discovered that your SmartPhone could infect your PC.  CNET has the full story.

"A Trojan virus that attempts to spread from smart phones to users' PCs was discovered Wednesday, marking one of the first cases of virus "cross-sharing" between the two devices, according to security firm F-Secure."

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Aerocool Does Impressions Of Other Cases & More

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 22, 2005 - 03:39 PM |
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3DXtreme reviews 2 of Aerocools latest cases, the Masstige which resembles a slightly scaled down CM Stacker, and the AeroEngine II, that bears a striking resemblance to a light weight ThermalTake Armor.  Check out the review to see how they compare to the originals. 

"Today 3DXtreme is proud to present our latest review of the AeroCool Masstige and AeroEngine II Cases. We've been privileged to review some of AeroCool's newest hardware and they've never failed to impress us.

Source: 3DXtreme