A universal heatsink

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 21, 2006 - 05:28 PM |
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The NorthQ 3310BL UFO may not keep your cpu as cold as outer space, but according to the review at DriverHeaven, it is universal.  It won't win awards for silence or efficiency, but there are certainly some redeeming qualities to this heatsink.


Make sure you read Lee's review of the Cooler Master Praetorian 730 Mid Tower before you go buying any cases, too!


"The 3310BL UFO cooler has a great advantage over many other coolers.
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Floppies are dead, long live the USB thumb drive

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 20, 2006 - 03:40 PM |
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PC Stats feels it is official, there is no use for 1.44 floppies anymore.  Now that you can boot from a USB thumb drive, flashing from DOS is no longer a painful evening of trying to find the one working floppy in a huge stack of corrupted ones.  With the larger capacity, it is easy to carry your needed software anywhere, or to set your self up a bootable Linux distro that runs on almost anything.  Read more, and see if USB drives can do more tricks than you think.

"The USB memory key appear

Source: PCStats
Manufacturer: Cooler Master
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Introduction

The Cooler Master Praetorian 730 enclosure is an all aluminum mid-tower case that features excellent case cooling, a removable motherboard tray, blue LED fans, and plenty of style.

The new improved modder's Dremel

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 17, 2006 - 02:18 PM |
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MAKE: Blog has spotted a new tool from Dremel, the Stylus.  It is much smaller, and comes with a handle at a 90° angle, making detailed fine work much easier.  Modders, you may have found a new best friend.

"The Dremel Stylus is a unique tool for people who are passionate about hands-on projects.

Source: MAKE: Blog

Bacteria belches to power batteries?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 16, 2006 - 12:11 PM |
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Meet Shewanella oneidensis at CNET, a metal munching bacteria that literally poops power.  With more study, and perhaps a bit of tweaking, this micro organism could be put into fuel cells to increase their life.   They could keep the liquid in the cells from becoming contaminated by excess waste and turn in into free electrons.

"Researchers at Rice University and the University of Southern California have embarked on a

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Coolink combines air cooling and silence

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 15, 2006 - 01:53 PM |
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MODTHEBOX has discovered some of the quietest fans on the planet, the Coolink SWiF, accompanied by the Silent Saviour for cooling hard drives.   There are many fans in the series, from 80mm to 120mm, with varying speeds, and the loudest one they have is only 26dB.

"The appearance of the Coolink SWiF fans are slightly different from what you would expect from

standard case fans that are currently on the market.

Source: MODTHEBOX

Poking at the IE7 beta

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 15, 2006 - 12:05 PM |
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There are those who worry about installing alpha or beta software on their machines, and then there are complete masochists who love to try it, and see what happens.  Today, The Inquirer reports on 3 betas from Microsoft after thoroughly testing them, so you can guess which camp they fall into.


"So it fell to me to try a bunch of new betas available from Microsoft.
Source: The Inquirer

Lian Li's Lucky 7

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 14, 2006 - 01:04 PM |
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BleedinEdge reviews the Lian Li PC-7 Plus, which carries on the tradition of quality cases that you expect from them.  With two 120mm fans a window, and enough space to be able to fit top-end video cards, you will be well satisfied with this case if you bought it.

"Lian Li has certainly come up with another excellent product in the Lian-Li PC-7A Plus. It is a

solid, well built case with good looks and convenient features that make this case a winner.

Source: BleedinEdge

A gaming keyboard that works easily

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 13, 2006 - 03:41 PM |
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3DXtreme has a review of the Ideazon MERC Gaming Keyboard, and they are giving it away!  It looks exactly like a normal keyboard, with extra gaming keys added to the left hand side, instead of replacing your normal keys.  It may not come in reverse for the lefties, but it does have a PANIC button.

"The MERC integrates the large gaming keys onto a standard keyboard. Incorporating the features

the Zboard is known for with a standard keyboard so that no keyset swapping is required.

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Introduction and Specifications

Silverstone has a very nice looking SFF case that might fit in more with your HTPC needs than you might think. This stylish case is not only nice to look at, but is functional as well.