High Tech Hurricane Preparedness

Subject: General Tech | September 30, 2005 - 03:27 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 - 03:16 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 - 03:09 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 - 11:09 AM |
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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 - 10:03 AM |
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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 - 08:56 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 - 08:47 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 - 08:38 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 - 08:37 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 - 03:51 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 - 03:46 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 - 12:31 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 - 12:10 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

nVidia still on top of graphics ... for this week

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 29, 2005 - 11:54 AM |
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The G70 chipset, like that used in the XFX 7800GT SLI that Gamepyre reviews, is one of the top cards available today, or perhaps until next week, when ATI releases their newest offering.  If you want to see the most effects in your games, get one or two of these for your system today.

"The 7800GT is a worthy successor to the 6800GT and sell at about the same price point.

Source: Gamepyre

120mm based heatsinks cool quietly

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 29, 2005 - 11:44 AM |
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Hi-Techreviews takes a look at the Thermalright SI-120.  This is the follow up to the XP-120, and fits on almost any AMD chip, and with a LGA 775 RM you can put it into an Intel system, assuming your motherboard can fit it in.


"When the XP-120 heatsink was released it became an immediate success with people singing its praises in forums here in the states and abroad. Yet as good as it was there was one thing that made it far from perfect and that was its failure to fit on a large number of motherboards.

RAM that won't cause a bottleneck

Subject: Memory | September 29, 2005 - 09:07 AM |
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1Gb 800Mhz DDR2 module, running at CL 4-3-3-8 is what you would get, if you picked up some OCZ PC2-6400 Platinum EB RAM.  As HotHardware discovers, 800Mhz is what it is supposed to run at, not it's maximum speed.

'Each OCZ PC2-6400 EB Dual Channel Kit is hand tested as a matched pair across a wide variety of motherboards.

Source: HotHardware

Can't blame this mouse for your targeting

Subject: General Tech | September 29, 2005 - 08:48 AM |
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The Razor Copperhead is a black mouse with blue LED's, and quite the stats for a lowly mouse.  It's paired with the anodized aluminium eXactMat in this review at PureOverclock.

"The Copperhead boasts some of the best specs of any mouse available. These include the 2000 DPI laser engine, 1000 Hz interpolling and a 16bit data path. This should provide absolute accuracy.

Plentiful power, petit package

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 28, 2005 - 03:01 PM |
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Want to overclock your SFF PC, or just put 2 gigs of high speed Corsair memory in it to improve performance?  Shuttle and SilverStone thinks you should be able to, and so do the guys at hardCOREware!

There's no question who rules the prebuilt SFF system market. Shuttle was the first true innovator, and haven't rested since taking over.

Source: hardCOREware

VIA Unveils New Approach to Mobile Computing Security with VIA StrongBox

Subject: Mobile | September 28, 2005 - 02:09 PM |
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VIA StrongBox software application enables VIA PadLock hardware security for bulletproof protection against identity theft and physical loss of data; $5000 challenge issued at the 'Hack in the Box' security conference

Taipei, Taiwan, 27 September 2005 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today made available VIA StrongBox, a secure virtual drive application that utilizes the VIA PadLock Sec

4 NForce4 SLI Mobo's for your consideration

Subject: Motherboards | September 28, 2005 - 01:57 PM |
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This board has everything, good looks, gobs of functionality and speed, in fact the only limitation that nV News could find was FSB overclocking.  Not because of a specific problem with the board, but because the PCI Express bus, SATA, and the link between north & south bridges all use the same clock generator.   You can't (yet) lock those frequencies in the BIOS, so you get problems with SATA and PCI Express devices if you push it too far.

"The MSI P4N Diamond has a great list

Source: NVnews