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News Archives for November 2006

A Sampling of e-voting Glitches on Election Day 2006

Posted: November 7, 2006 @ time: 11:09PM
Author: Encrypted_God

A Sampling of e-voting Glitches on Election Day 2006 -

There were plenty of glitches in electronic voting machines during Tuesday's election. But how many were serious ones? It's too early to tell. Most of the reports so far describe inconveniences, long lines and other hassles rather than anything more serious. (And of course vote fraud has a long and sordid history of occurring without computers.) But what we do know is that the security and reliability of e-voting machines matters more than ever before. About 39 percent of voters were expected to cast their ballots on Tuesday using electronic voting machines. Another 49 percent of voters are expected to use optical-scan voting equipment, which uses computers to tabulate paper ballots in a manner similar to standardized tests.


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AOL Says Portals Are Passe

Posted: November 9, 2006 @ time: 12:25PM
Author: Encrypted_God

AOL Says Portals Are Passe -

SAN FRANCISCO--Now that AOL has moved to a free, ad-supported model, it wants to evolve its portal into something more useful to Web surfers, Jonathan Miller, chairman and chief executive of AOL, said Wednesday. That's why the company bought privately held Relegence, a provider of real-time information to the financial services industry, he said in a session at the Web 2.0 Summit here.

"Essentially, portals have been pretty staid," Miller said. "We thought we could look at (Relegence) as broadly as we could and turn that into a consumer application."


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Thermalright XP-90C CPU Cooler

Posted: November 9, 2006 @ time: 08:04PM
Author: Encrypted_God

Thermalright XP-90C CPU Cooler -

Earlier this year we compared some smaller CPU coolers, following on from our earlier larger coolers roundup. Thermalright's XP-90 fared very well among the smaller coolers, as did its larger brother the XP-120 in its own class. The XP-120 would be on everyone's shortlist for a high-end aircooler, assuming they could justify the cost, apart from one niggling fault: it's huge. We ended up choosing Cooler Master's Hyper 6 over the XP-120, largely because the XP-120's awkward layout makes it incompatible with many motherboard and cases. Thermalright were obviously aware of the issues because the XP-90, named for the 92mm fan it can be fitted with, was a pretty clear effort to scale down the XP-120 (which takes a 120mm fan) and make it more compatible. The problem of course, is that the XP-120, with its larger fin area and extra heatpipe, is better at cooling than the XP-90, if it fits your system. However the XP-90's base and heatpipes fit entirely within the mounting bracket on a S478 motherboard, which means it'll fit virtually every motherboard out there, including LGA775 and AMD64 boards.


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DFI Infinity 975X/G Motherboard Review

Posted: November 9, 2006 @ time: 08:14PM
Author: Encrypted_God

DFI Infinity 975X/G Motherboard Review -

DFI is well known for its LANParty series of overclocking enthusiast motherboards, but the firm also makes some slightly more modest boards in its Infinity line. These boards do not boast the same bright colour schemes nor the reams of extras of the LanParties, but offer superb performance and the same awesome level of tweaking we have come to expect from DFI.


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The Cam That Can-Logitech Live! Motion Webcam Review

Posted: November 9, 2006 @ time: 08:30PM
Author: Encrypted_God

The Live! Motion is a clever piece of kit. Not only does it look stylish, it also boasts a high resolution (for a webcam) 640x480 CCD sensor and pads out its impressive CV with a motorised pan and tilt function. Creative clearly have big plans for their WebCam lineup and with just about the only serious competition coming in the shape of Logitech's QuickCam Orbit they're not exactly fighting to be noticed, though on paper at least Logitech have the edge at present with their Logitech QuickCam Orbit MP boasting a genuine 1.3 Megapixel sensor (approx 1280x1024) as opposed to the Live! Motion's interpolated 1.3 Megapixel captures.


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Modding a 3DCool Hellstorm 2000 Full Tower Case

Posted: November 9, 2006 @ time: 08:44PM
Author: Encrypted_God

Modding a 3DCool Hellstorm 2000 Full Tower Case -

As we always stress here at GT, the most important part of a computer system is the case.  Without it, our parts would be all over the place and would be quite unorganized.  Now with that in mind, we've been hacking away at cases to make them perform as well as their visual aspects.  It makes no sense to make it look great, but suck hard in the cooling department right? You definitely need the right tools and that can cost upwards in the hundreds.  So in comes a few retailers who heard these pleas, one of them being 3DCool. Based in Rochester, NY (go upstate NY!), they have been using the slogan "Freezing Computers World Wide" since April of 1999.  They have lots of case accessories that cater to the overclocker and case modder.  One of these items, is their line of Hellstorm cases.  These pre-modified beauties have been engineered to be the best in cooling.  One feature that definitely shouldn't be missed, is the use of automotive paint to finish off their cases.  We're going to be taking a look at the Hellstorm 2000, a completely modded case based on the Inwin full tower.


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News-Windows Vista-Gold

Posted: November 9, 2006 @ time: 09:28PM
Author: Encrypted_God

News-Windows Vista-Gold -

Microsoft Corp. finished work Wednesday on its long-delayed Windows Vista operating system, and said the software would be broadly available Jan. 30.


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Corsair Dominator PC8888C4 Review - Under the hood

Posted: November 9, 2006 @ time: 09:32PM
Author: Encrypted_God

Corsair Dominator PC8888C4 Review - Under the hood -

Once every couple of years a product comes along which can be called revolutionary, and has the ability to upset the market. Corsair brought to the market an entirely new line of memory products, called the Dominator series, with exactly this purpose in mind: dominate the high end memory market. In this review we'll try to find out what sets apart this memory, and if it really can be called revolutionary.


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In-car Internet hits the road

Posted: November 9, 2006 @ time: 10:09PM
Author: sdy284

CNN - When Stephen Devine drove with his family from their home in Massachusetts to New York City, he spent two frustrating hours trying to find a place to park his 9-foot-high camper van, which won't fit in most garages. In the end, his 17-year-old daughter found a place to park online -- and she didn't even have to leave the van to do it. Devine's van is equipped with TracNet, a system that allows passengers to access the Internet on a vehicle's video screens. Launched in September by Middletown, Rhode Island-based KVH Industries Inc., TracNet brings the Internet to the installed screens in a car, truck, RV or boat. It also turns the entire vehicle into a wireless hot spot, so passengers can use their laptops to go online. Devine -- who also purchased KVH's satellite TV system, called TracVision, when he bought his camper a month ago -- said the value of in-vehicle Internet became obvious at that moment in New York.



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IEEE Plans Safer Laptop Batteries

Posted: November 9, 2006 @ time: 10:17PM
Author: sdy284

DailyTech - The IEEE will revise its laptop battery standard, coded IEEE 1625, which was approved back in 2004 as part of the "Livium" family of battery standards. The revised standard seeks to improve overall performance, make systems more reliable and address concerns over the recent laptop battery fiasco. IEEE 1625 adopts a systems approach by addressing the battery envelope from cells to the mobile computers they power, both alone and in concert. It encompasses such areas as battery pack electrical and mechanical construction, cell chemistries, packaging, pack and cell controls, and overall system considerations.

 


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OCC Review: X-micro VDO MP4 F610

Posted: November 10, 2006 @ time: 02:56AM
Author: sdy284

OverclockersClub - "X-Micro. A name that most people are not familiar with, one that I myself have not heard of in the past. Seemingly coming out of nowhere, X-micro is sneaking a new product into the market, the VDO MP4 F610. While this may not be the most appealing name, it’s bound to mean that this little device is packing, as anything with that kind of name is either going to be great, or overly complicated. X-micro, established in 1999, has been supplying easy to use hardware, which has been dubbed “plug & fly”. We will see whether this claim holds up with the VDO MP4 F610."

Click HERE to discuss this review in the OCC forums. - sdy284 *News Editor*


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News: PlayStation 3 sells out at launch

Posted: November 11, 2006 @ time: 12:04AM
Author: Silverfox

BBC News - "Electronics stores in Japan have sold out of PlayStation 3 consoles after thousands of gamers queued for hours in the cold to buy them. Large queues meant some shoppers were turned away even before stores opened at 0700 local time (2100 GMT). The console officially went on sale on 11 November but Sony only made 100,000 machines available on launch day. Instead of opening at midnight, stores organised lotteries to decide who in the queue would get a long-awaited PS3."


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News: Google aids doctors diagnoses

Posted: November 11, 2006 @ time: 12:07AM
Author: Silverfox

BBC News - "In each of the 26 cases studied, researchers based at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane selected three to five search terms from each case and did a Google search without knowing the correct diagnoses. They then recorded the three diagnoses that were ranked most prominently and selected the one which seemed most relevant to the signs. The doctors then compared the results with the correct diagnoses as published in the journal. Google searches found the correct diagnosis in just over half of the cases. "


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News: NVidia plays up to Apple

Posted: November 11, 2006 @ time: 12:18AM
Author: Silverfox

Vnunet - "Nvidia bought itself some leverage with Apple Computer on the cheap when it ponied up $357 million to buy tiny PortalPlayer (the semiconductor maker that designs chips for Apples video iPods) on Monday. Santa Clara, Calif.-based Nvidia said it will pay $13.50 a share for the specialty chip company, a 19% premium to PortalPlayers previous 20-day trading average. However, the $357 million price includes $196 million in cash reserves held by PortalPlayer which makes the real price tag $161 million, a mere pittance for Nvidia and helps the company combat a growing threat in cell phones due to Advanced Micro Devices recent purchase of rival ATI Technologies."


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News: ISPs should be responsible for hacker attacks

Posted: November 11, 2006 @ time: 12:22AM
Author: Silverfox

New Scientist - "Internet service providers (ISPs) should be made legally liable for the damage caused by denial of service (DoS) attacks carried out via their networks, a leading internet lawyer says. A DoS attack involves taking down a website or server by flooding it with meaningless traffic, usually sent from a network of tens of thousands of PCs infected with viruses and controlled remotely. These viral bots do nothing until a hacker sends a command that tells them to attack a target, but can also be used to relay millions of spam email messages. At a conference called Blocking Denial of Service Attacks on the Internet, to be held in London on 13 November, Lilian Edwards, an internet lawyer based at the University of Southampton, UK, will argue that legal measures must be taken if these attacks are to be stemmed. Edwards notes that ISPs currently have no legal obligation to check data relayed to and from internet users. She thinks, however, that governments could require them to do so."


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Review: Linux Desktops Put To The Test

Posted: November 11, 2006 @ time: 02:09AM
Author: sdy284

CRN - " System builders considering a Linux desktop are faced with a dizzying array of choices. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of Linux distributions to choose from. Narrowing the field of contenders basically comes down to what works best for both the system builder and its customers. Finding that fit often leads system builders to pursue a commercial distribution over an open-source one. Today's commercial desktop Linux distributions make a lot of sense for system builders, mostly because of three factors: recurring revenue, licensing and support. With that in mind, the CRN Test Center set out to compare commercial versions of Linux that are aimed at the channel, specifically the custom-system channel. "


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News: Intel eyes nanotubes for future chip designs

Posted: November 11, 2006 @ time: 02:09AM
Author: sdy284

c|net - "Intel is eyeing carbon nanotubes as a possible replacement for copper wires inside semiconductors, a switch that one day could eliminate some big problems for chipmakers. The chip giant has managed to create prototype interconnects--microscopic metallic wires inside of chips that link transistors--out of carbon nanotubes and measure how well the interconnects perform. In essence, the experiments are a way to test whether the theories about the properties of carbon nanotubes are accurate. Mike Mayberry, director of components research at Intel's labs in Oregon, will discuss the research at the International Symposium for the American Vacuum Society next week in San Francisco. Intel worked with California Institute of Technology, Columbia University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Portland State University on the project."


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News: Hotmail's replacement is going Dutch

Posted: November 11, 2006 @ time: 02:10AM
Author: sdy284

c|net - "Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende may get booted out of office in national elections this month, but he can lay claim to being the first person in the world to get an authorized fresh Windows Live Mail account, Microsoft said on Friday. Although the Redmond, Wash.-based company moved the Hotmail successor out of beta Thursday in The Netherlands, Microsoft won't have the final version in the United States and elsewhere until next year, later than it had planned. The Netherlands has almost 16.5 million residents, a third of whom have a Hotmail account, according to Richard Sim, product planner for Windows Live Mail. Windows Live Mail is replacing Hotmail. About 10,000 Netherlands residents signed up for accounts within hours of the launch, he said. "


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News: Microsoft To Post 6 Patches Next Week

Posted: November 11, 2006 @ time: 02:11AM
Author: sdy284

DailyTech - "Microsoft is expected to release six new security updates for Windows next week. According to the Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification, all six patches are critical. One of the critical security updates addresses the exploits currently found in Microsoft’s XML Core Services. There isn’t much detail on the other five security updates, though Microsoft has marked the five patches with its maximum severity rating. In addition to the security updates, Microsoft will be updating its Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool. Lastly Microsoft will release two non-security high priority updates on Microsoft Update and Windows Server Update Services. Expect the critical security updates to be available next Tuesday. The updates will be available on Microsoft Update, Windows Update, Windows Server Update and Software Update Services."


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News: Hybrid Vehicles 6% of U.S. Car Market by 2013

Posted: November 11, 2006 @ time: 02:12AM
Author: sdy284

DailyTech - "Hybrid vehicles have been a niche market at best since their first introductions in the late 1990s. First developed by Toyota and Honda, the early systems were examined in detail by their competitors and the conclusion was that the added complexity and weight would make the vehicles too expensive for all but wealthy consumers with an interest in preserving the environment. "Early hybrid vehicles sacrificed space, comfort, and performance for low emissions and high fuel economy," says ABI Research senior analyst David Alexander. "Now a much wider variety of hybrid vehicles is available." A new ABI Research study, "Consumer Hybrid Vehicles," finds that the market now offers the benefits of a number of different hybrid applications, some of which are still designed for reduced fuel consumption and emissions while others offer enhanced performance or exclusive features such as AC power outlets. This adaptation to a wider market should see consumer hybrids' market share in the United States rise from just 1.25% in 2005 to at least 6% in 2013."


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News: AMD Talks About Chip Shortages

Posted: November 11, 2006 @ time: 02:12AM
Author: sdy284

DailyTech - "All may not be so rosy over at Sunnyvale. AMD is reportedly experiencing a supply shortage of its processors. While some may point their fingers at Dell gobbling up supplies, AMD's Global Consumer Channel VP Stephen DiFranco said, in similar reports at Ars Technica and Tech Report, that "Dell is really not a factor," and "hasn't really had much of an impact yet." DiFranco reasons that notebooks appeared on Dell's Web site only recently, and desktops no more than two months earlier, thus having minimal impact on demand so far. When Dell announced it had finally made the leap of faith to use AMD processors, the Texas PC maker cited that adequate levels of supply as one of the reasons behind the decision to look beyond Intel. The main reason, according to DiFranco, is that consumer demand is outrunning supply."


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News: Get Ready for Black Friday

Posted: November 12, 2006 @ time: 03:20AM
Author: sdy284

DailyTech - "Black Friday is just around the corner! If you're not entirely familiar with the yearly tradition, Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving that draws mobs of people to wait in long lines to get good deals on just about everything -- it is also the busiest shopping day of the year. Many credit Black Friday as being the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season. Most big retailers have some sort of sale on some of their items during the day. Several of the retailers wait until a few days before BF to get around to releasing their ads to the public. Much to the discontent of those same retailers, there are multiple web sites already listing the deals that can be expected on Black Friday.If you see a site that doesn't have some retailers listed it is probably because that site received some sort of legal letter from the retailer. Most of the better known BF deal sites have had a complaint or two from a major store."

This article also has a list of various sites that have black Friday ads - sdy284 *News Editor*


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News: PlayStation 3 Arrives in Japan

Posted: November 12, 2006 @ time: 03:21AM
Author: sdy284

DailyTech - "The PlayStation 3 will easily be one of this year's most sought after items. With American gamers putting their lives on hold for almost two weeks to wait in line until the November 17 launch, anticipation is at an all-time high. For Japanese gamers, however, the wait is over. Sony's new console launched in Japan today, and was met with extensive lineups worthy of a human/ant farm colony simulation. Hundreds, if not thousands, of gamers queued outside Yodabashi and Bic Camera stores (big box retailers equivalent to our Best Buy or Frys) the night before the release hoping to purchase a console. Japanese retailers typically do not offer midnight releases, those in line for the console would have to wait until the morning."


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News: Sony's PS3 Makes HDD Upgrades Easy

Posted: November 12, 2006 @ time: 03:21AM
Author: sdy284

DailyTech - "When Microsoft announced its Xbox Live Video service that would allow gamers to download high-definition movies and television shows, it started getting some serious flak for the smallish 20GB HDD included with the Xbox 360 Platinum. Sure, the drive had been criticized in the past as it only had about 13GB of useable space from the start; but adding downloadable movies to the mix along with the already abundant game demos and trailers just makes matters worse. Microsoft didn't make matters any better when pressed on the issue of a larger hard drive being added to the Xbox 360's arsenal in the future. Microsoft's Aaron Greenberg suggested that gamers buy an additional 20GB Xbox 360 hard drive and a 64MB memory card to alleviate storage concerns.Sony is making things a bit easier for gamers with its PlayStation 3. Sony encourages its customers to upgrade their hard drives and even gives them instructions on how to do so in the PS3 user manual. The HDD used in the PS3 is a standard 2.5" SATA unit, so just about any drive should work should you crave more storage space."

Click HERE to discuss this in the OCC forums. - sdy284 *News Editor*


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News: Websites face four-second cut-off

Posted: November 12, 2006 @ time: 11:16PM
Author: Silverfox

BBC News - "hoppers are likely to abandon a website if it takes longer than four seconds to load, a survey suggests. The research by Akamai revealed users' dwindling patience with websites that take time to show up. It found 75% of the 1,058 people asked would not return to websites that took longer than four seconds to load. The time it took a site to appear on screen came second to high prices and shipping costs in the list of shoppers' pet-hates, the research revealed."


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News: With IE 7, green means go for legit sites

Posted: November 12, 2006 @ time: 11:22PM
Author: Silverfox

C|Net - "Starting early next year, the address bar in Internet Explorer 7 will turn green when surfing to a legitimate Web site--but only in some cases, not all. The colored address bar is designed to be a sign that a specific site can be trusted, giving people the green light to carry out transactions there. It is a weapon in the fight against phishing scams, which use fraudulent Web sites. But the new system adopted for IE 7 has been causing friction, too. Initially, only corporations will be able to get the online trust indicator--a rule that shuts out smaller businesses. While the CA Browser Forum is still working on final guidelines that would include all legitimate Web sites, those could take a while to complete."


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News: Google downplays video copyright lawsuit

Posted: November 12, 2006 @ time: 11:26PM
Author: Silverfox

vnunet.com - "Google is facing a legal challenge over its Google Video service after a copyright owner claimed that the search giant is liable for an illegal video upload, the company disclosed in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission last week.Downplaying the threat, a Google spokesman told vnunet.com: "This is a small lawsuit over a single video that appeared briefly. "We have procedures in place that allow copyright owners to tell us if their content is placed on Google Video without authorisation. When we receive appropriate notice, we quickly remove the content from Google Video." The legal challenge illustrates the problems the firm is facing with Google Video as well as last month's acquisition of YouTube. "


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Article: Google: The Anti-Microsoft

Posted: November 12, 2006 @ time: 11:29PM
Author: Silverfox

ZDNet - "Life was simple when Microsoft ruled (monopolized) the tech roost: Just hate Microsoft! Many, of course, persist in hating Microsoft. More, however, many more, LOVE Google! Why Google love, but Microsoft hate? Is Google really on a selfless, world-serving mission to organize its information and make it universally accessible to all its inhabitants with no ulterior motives, OR: Is Google not a ruthless, profit driven corporation, as is Microsoft? Would Google not do anything to “steal” talent from a competitor, as would Microsoft? Is it because Google hired a high-powered, expensive advertising and PR firm to give rise to a warm and fuzzy Google “brand”? NO, as Google proudly touts itself: Google's utility and ease of use have made it one of the world's best known brands almost entirely through word of mouth from satisfied users. Google has built the most loyal audience on the web. And that growth has come not through TV ad campaigns, but through word of mouth from one satisfied user to another.


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Review: Gears Of War - Xbox 360

Posted: November 13, 2006 @ time: 04:29AM
Author: sdy284

[H] - "For some reason people like to associate the terms “great game” with “perfect” and then feel compelled to grade the game accordingly with a perfect 10 score. A great game does not have to be perfect and Gears of War is just that, a good example of a great game. Epic set out to raise the bar and I believe they did just that. Most of the things that make Gears of War a great game are total “why didn’t I think of that” kind of forehead smackers."


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Guide: Multi-Monitor Tips & Tricks

Posted: November 13, 2006 @ time: 04:31AM
Author: sdy284

Adrian's Rojak Pot - "LCD monitors are getting really cheap these days. That, and the fact that many graphics cards these days come with at least two DVI ports, makes it possible to easily set up a multi-monitor system... financially at least. I created my own multi-monitor system not long ago, and I discovered that multi-monitors are not really plug-and-play. Several issues arose while I was setting the two monitors up. So, this guide will cover those issues as well as general tips and tricks on setting up your own multi-monitor setup. I'm no multi-monitor guru, but I hope the tips & tricks covered here will be of some help to you. Before we go into the actual tips and tricks, let's take a look at a few Q&As for those who are still skeptical about using more than one monitor."


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Review: Puget Systems Quiet Gaming Custom Build

Posted: November 13, 2006 @ time: 04:31AM
Author: sdy284

[H] - "This system is advertised as a “quiet” gaming machine. If the cooling solution could keep up with the rigors of intense gameplay, we’d feel a lot better about giving a whole-hearted thumbs up. As it stands, Puget has some work to do in order to solve the heat dissipation problems. The “solution” they provided us with negated the advertised characteristic of the machine as a “quiet” one. The system did not work as intended straight of the box."


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Review: VGA Cooler Roundup on ATI X1900 Series

Posted: November 13, 2006 @ time: 04:32AM
Author: sdy284

MadShrimps - "We test 4 after market VGA coolers from Thermalright, Zalman, Sytrin and Arctic Cooling on a hot running Powercolor ATI X1900 GT. Which one keeps the card the coolest and how quiet can it be done? Find out in this group test."


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Review: Cooler Master iTower 930 ATX Case

Posted: November 13, 2006 @ time: 04:32AM
Author: sdy284

Bigbruin - "The Cooler Master iTower 930 ATX Case is a definite winner. It provides attractive styling, good system cooling, extremely quiet operation, mostly tool-less installation features, and high quality construction. These are all things you expect from a Cooler Master case, and they are what makes them one of the premier brands in the business. They then take things to a new level by adding the four extremely useful hot swap SATA drive bays. Cooler Master didn't cut any corners with the integration of the drive bays, as they are easy to use, do not impact drive performance, keep drives cool, and just look really sharp in the process."


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Review: Revoltec Gamepad Precision Pro

Posted: November 13, 2006 @ time: 04:33AM
Author: sdy284

Bjorn3D - "Most modern mice work fine directly on a desk but in my view there is no substitue for a good mouse mat when it comes to precision and comfort. I like those huge cloth mouse mats but when Revoltec offered me to review their Gamepad Precision Pro I couldn't say no."


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Review: Antec Nine Hundred Ultimate Gamer's Case

Posted: November 13, 2006 @ time: 04:33AM
Author: sdy284

Tweaknews.net - "So, does the Nine Hundred live up to all the hype? Is it, as Antec touts, the “Ultimate Gamer Case?” If cooling and configuration options are the benchmarks we're looking at, it just may be. With four case fans included (three 120's and a massive 200mm top fan) and a distinctive look incorporating a chevron side window and mesh front, the Nine Hundred brings a lot to the table in both performance and aesthetics."


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Review: Final Fantasy 12

Posted: November 13, 2006 @ time: 04:34AM
Author: sdy284

OCModShop - "Final Fantasy fans, we wait no longer. The years of anticipation are now behind us as we hold in our hands the next wonderful, remarkable, exciting (etc, etc) installation in the Final Fantasy series. Does Final Fantasy XII quench our rabid RPG thirst? I admit, I view the Final Fantasy series through rose-colored glasses. So what if Tidus is a whiny punk? Who cares if listening to Cloud for an hour makes one want to take Zoloft? It's a frickin' FINAL FANTASY GAME! Get over it whatever Final Fantasy issues you're dealing with and just plug in the game. Final Fantasy XII is worth it."


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Review: Vizo's Propellar Dual Fan Cooler

Posted: November 13, 2006 @ time: 04:34AM
Author: sdy284

OCModShop - "The Propeller Dual-Fan card is such a simple idea, I can't believe this is the first time I have seen something like this (ie. not a black dinky thing). The idea is that you simply insert the fan into an empty PCI slot in your computer/motherboard, placing it where you believe you need extra cooling. The dual fans then blow air directly onto the area directly beside the card in the hopes that added overclocking and heat reduction will occur. The fan gets it's power from a standard 12v plug (4 pin) that daisy chains any one of the other powered items in your case."


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Review: Albatron KI51PV-754 Motherboard

Posted: November 13, 2006 @ time: 04:35AM
Author: sdy284

Overclockers Online - "If good things come in small packages, this board has it all. For anyone looking to build a powerful car-computer this is a great alternative to the usual VIA solutions. The overall system performance is respectable given the system configuration. The dual Ethernet solution could easily turn this into a mini-server or custom router. The GeForce 6150 makes for a very powerful backbone allowing great video playback and dual display output with TV-out. "


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Review: Crucial Ballistix Tracer 2GB DDR2 PC2-6400

Posted: November 13, 2006 @ time: 04:36AM
Author: sdy284

Virtual-Hideout - "This Crucial Ballistix Tracer is without a doubt the best looking memory I've ever seen. It's also some of the best performing memory I've ever used. During testing and overclocking, I had not a single issue with this memory. It runs great at stock and overclocked speeds. And it does all this while looking fantastic."


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News: Tech politics: Friends up on Capitol Hill

Posted: November 13, 2006 @ time: 04:38AM
Author: sdy284

CNN - "Amid all the post-election noise, Democrats haven't been subtle about their top priorities once they take control of Congress: boost minimum wage, reform Medicare, rescind the 2001 tax cuts, and clean up "the swamp" of Washington lobbying.With such a teeming legislative plate, the tech industry might be feeling like table scraps right about now. It shouldn't. The 110th Congress could be the most technology-friendly in history. Here's why: Yes, Nancy Pelosi, the presumptive new Speaker of the House, hails from one of the most liberal parts of the country, San Francisco. But she also represents a city that's near the heart of America's tech sector. A year ago this month, after extensive meetings with VCs and entrepreneurs, Pelosi unveiled an "innovation agenda" that called, among other things, for broadband access for all Americans, whether it comes via Wi-Fi, Wi-Max or a fixed line by 2010."


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News: Google CEO Sees Free Mobile Phones Funded By Ads

Posted: November 13, 2006 @ time: 04:40AM
Author: sdy284

InformationWeek - "Web search leader Google Inc.'s chief executive, Eric Schmidt, sees a future where mobile phones are free to consumers who accept watching targeted forms of advertising. Schmidt said Saturday that as mobile phones become more like handheld computers and consumers spend as much as eight to 10 hours a day talking, texting and using the Web on these devices, advertising becomes a viable form of subsidy. "Your mobile phone should be free," Schmidt told Reuters. "It just makes sense that subsidies should increase" as advertising rises on mobile phones. He was interviewed following a speech on the theme of business innovation organized by Italian student groups and the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. Schmidt also said his company was working on how to allow users to maintain basic control of their personal data."


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News: 49 Million U.S. Adults Notified Of Data Breaches

Posted: November 13, 2006 @ time: 04:40AM
Author: sdy284

TechWeb - " An estimated 49 million U.S. adults have been told over the last three years that their personal information has been lost, stolen, or improperly disclosed, a research firm said Friday. Most of the notifications came from government agencies and financial institutions, according to a national survey conducted by Harris Interactive in October. While many of the respondents didn't believe there was any harmful result of the data breaches, a small but significant number thought they may have seen some damage. More than one in five adults surveyed said some organization had notified them that their personal information was improperly disclosed. Among those adults, 48% were notified by a government agency, 29% by a financial company, and 12% by a commercial company. Other organizations that had made notifications included educational institutions (6%) and health-care facilities (5%). "


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News: Game on: PS3, Wii finally hitting stores

Posted: November 13, 2006 @ time: 04:42AM
Author: sdy284

c|net - "For longer than many would care to remember, the video game industry has been all but consumed with speculation about which of the three new consoles--Microsoft's Xbox 360, Sony's PlayStation 3 or Nintendo's Wii--would become top dog. The Xbox 360 has had the run of the field, since it hit stores a year ago. But now the game is finally on. The PS3 made its debut in Japan on Saturday and it will hit North American stores Friday at 12:01 a.m. EST. Sony executives have boasted that some gamers have already started lining up to buy the new console. Two days later, at 12:01 a.m. EST Sunday, the Wii goes on sale. So which console will come out on top? Many believe the real winners in the console wars will be consumers, as they will have more top-shelf choices than ever before. But some industry experts think Sony, despite a high price, will once again be the leader among the 150 million or so consoles analysts at DFC Intelligence predict will be sold in the next six to eight years. "


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News: Cray to introduce new Opteron supercomputer

Posted: November 13, 2006 @ time: 04:42AM
Author: sdy284

c|net - "Cray on Monday is expected to announce two supercomputing developments, the new AMD Opteron-based XT4 shipping this year and the multi-threaded XMT due next year. The two machines are two components of Cray's longer-term "Ranier" plan to converge its four disparate product lines into a single family. Indeed, the Opteron-based XT4 merges two existing lines, and the XMT itself is a variant of the XT4. The company plans to announce the systems at the SC06 supercomputing show in Tampa, Fla. The convergence plan is part of Cray's effort to create a design whose varied hardware will adapt to different types of computing chores. The company's plan is already well under way, but full convergence won't happen unless Cray wins funding in the U.S. government's Defense Advanced Research and Development Agency (DARPA) supercomputing challenge. The new Opteron system combines technology from the company's XT3 design, initially developed for Sandia National Laboratories' Red Storm supercomputer, and the XD1 systems from Cray's acquisition of OctigaBay, said Jan Silverman, senior vice president of corporate strategy. "

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News: Over 88,000 PS3s Sold in Japan in Two Days

Posted: November 13, 2006 @ time: 04:46AM
Author: sdy284

DailyTech - "Nikkei Keizai Shimbun reported in late October that Sony had to revise its launch numbers from 100,000 to 80,000 units for Japan. Problems with blue laser diodes was the most frequently cited reason for the production cut, but it looks as though Sony has been able to deliver above and beyond the 80,000 figure. Sony managed to sell roughly 88,400 PS3s in the first two days of availability in Japan. According to Enterbrain, most stores in Japan have been completely depleted of inventory and are awaiting the second wave of the consoles. Of the 88,400 units sold, around 62% were the more advanced 60GB version which also includes a multi-card reader and WiFi. US retailers are expected to receive an 80%/20% split of 60GB/20GB models. "

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News: Gateway Hops on Opteron Bandwagon

Posted: November 13, 2006 @ time: 04:46AM
Author: sdy284

DailyTech - "Gateway has hopped on the AMD Opteron server bandwagon, joining Dell. The AMD Opteron powered servers include Gateway E-9422R, E-9522R and E-9722R series in 1U, 2U and 3U sizes respectively. The 1U-sized Gateway E-9422R is available with up to two AMD Opteron 2000 series dual-core processors. Twelve NUMA-friendly memory slots are available on the E-9422R as well. Backing up the two AMD Opteron processors is the NVIDIA MCP55 Pro chipset. The MCP55 Pro provides one low profile PCIe and one full height PCIe or PCI-X slot. Four Gigabit Ethernet controllers are onboard too. In Addition to the MCP55 Pro chipset the E-9422R has two options for integrated drive controllers. The default option is the Gateway LSI1068E 8-port SAS HBA that supports RAID 1. An optional RAID controller supports RAID levels 1, 5, 6 and 10. Both drive controllers are Mezzanine boards. Due to the 1U size, the E-9422R is only available with four hot-swap SAS or SATA 3.0 Gbps drives. "


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News: The Sony PlayStation 3 Dissected

Posted: November 13, 2006 @ time: 04:47AM
Author: sdy284

DailyTech - "What do you do if you have one of the first few thousand PlayStation 3s in the US? Take it apart. A little more than a year ago I was one of the lucky few outside of Microsoft to see the inner workings of an Xbox 360. This weekend I had the chance to once again delve into the inner workings of a truly next-generation console. Like the Xbox 360, the PlayStation 3 console comes in two flavors identified mainly by the hard drive capacity: the low end model contains a 20GB hard drive and the high end model contains a 60GB hard drive. Additionally, the 60GB version also contains an 802.11b/g adaptor for wireless internet connectivity, a flash memory reader and chrome finishes. Today we will mostly focus on the 60GB version. There are other contractors working on supplying the PlayStation 3 components, but virtually the entire console is assembled by Asustek -- the same guys who make several of the Apple MacBooks."

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Review: Megalaser Scorpion 120mW Green Laser

Posted: November 13, 2006 @ time: 11:10AM
Author: Kamikaze_Badger

Techware Labs - ""At some point in time everyone has likely seen a laser pointer. Lasers are used for a multitude of purposes that range from medical to military. Most people are most familiar with red lasers. Red lasers can be found in your CD players, toys, and of course in the key chains and pointers sold both online and in many stores world wide. Techwarelabs is not reviewing a red laser. We have in our labs the green variety of laser pointer. Green laser pointers are many times brighter than red lasers and have the additional feature of beams that are visible in low light environments. ""


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Review: Abit FATAL1TY AN9 32X Motherboard

Posted: November 13, 2006 @ time: 11:14AM
Author: Kamikaze_Badger

[H]ard|OCP - ""This is the first motherboard we have seen from Abit in quite a while that lived up to our overall standards. It seems to us that the Fatal1ty AN9 32X will live up to many overclockers and gamers stringent needs. The Abit Fatal1ty AN9 32X is a great product from Abit that deserves some recognition. Hopefully this is just a sign of what is to come from Abit in the near future.""


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Review: Stock Intel RCBFH Heatsink

Posted: November 13, 2006 @ time: 11:15AM
Author: Kamikaze_Badger

Frosty Tech - ""In this review, Frostytech is going to evaluate the stock heatsink model that accompanies most Intel Pentium D processors. It closely resembles just about every other Intel RCBFH heatsink, except that single fins are used in place of bifurcated ones. Intel's own Radial Curved non-Bifurcated Fin Heatsink (RCBFH) reference solution is a fairly well designed cooler; it uses a 4-pin PWM 84mm diameter Nidec F09A-12B4S1 fan that scales in speed to meet thermal demands, it conforms to ATX motherboard keep-out and high recommendations, it relies on an efficient and light weight mix of copper over the integrated heatspreader and high aspect ratio extruded radially curved aluminum fins, and it installs or removes from a motherboard in a snap without the use of tools.""


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