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September 2009
ATI Radeon HD 5850 (2 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 30-September-2009  20:56:19 (GMT +10) - by Agg

AMD have unveiled their ATI Radeon HD 5850. As you might guess from the name, this is the little brother of the recently announced 5870. The Radeon HD 5850 GPU is based on the same ASIC as the ATI Radeon HD 5870. All AMD has done is to disable some streaming processor units and texture units. However, most uniquely, the Radeon HD 5850 retains the same 32 ROPs found in the ATI Radeon HD 5870. This means it should be a powerhouse in antialiasing and post processing performance for the price.

Coverage on HardOCP, HotHardware, LegitReviews, PC Perspective, Guru3D, Tech Report and Anandtech.

Discussion in the giant 5800 series thread in the Video Cards forum.



Interesting Forum Threads (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 30-September-2009  15:36:54 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's a quick snapshot of what's going on. You can also find new interesting things you might have missed via the Who's Online page, the New Posts page and the Live forum view. Also try the Today's Posts link (find it on the Quick Links menu).

i5 750 @ 4.656ghz into the 8second superpi club in Overclocking & Hardware.
AMD 12 core SERVER cpu ES samples in AMD Hardware.
ARM takes the fight to Intel in Portable & SFF.
calv's HTPC v4 build: Intel DG45FC, Aywun MI-100 in Portable & SFF.
New Atom roadmap in Portable & SFF.
MP3 makers forced to reduce volume in Audio Visual.
Tutorial: How to open an ASTONE ISO GEAR 288 Series Portable Drive in Storage & Backup.
ZFS, A home hardware exploration in Storage & Backup.
Pansonic GF1 micro4/3 is here! in Photography.
Leica X1 in Photography.
Big Day Out 2010 in Entertainment.
HTC Pro Three AKA Leo - Prepare To Drool in Mobile Phones.
Aussie nuclear researchers join forces in Science.
New Vegemite edition launched but it needs a name iSnack 2.0 wtf?! in Geek Food.
Hawkei - Ultimate Soccer Mum's Ride in Motoring.
Newest Nardo Highspeed Showdown in Motoring.
Send a 140Char note to yourself in 1/1/2000 in The Pub.
Fun with "Pimp My Gun" web application in The Pub.
Sending Package to Australian Troops in The Pub.
Miracle fixes, what's yours? in The Pub.



Kingston SSD vs WD VelociRaptor (11 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 30-September-2009  04:35:28 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Pondering your next storage move? Dirtyd compares the similarly-priced options of a small fast SSD or a large fast HDD. Kingston's 64GB SSDNow V+ and Western Digital's 300GB VelociRaptor go head to head:


Click for the article!



Wednesday Morning (16 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 30-September-2009  04:31:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

SETI is 50 years old. The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, or SETI, is 50 years old this month. We look at 10 memorable events in the search for life on other planets.

Jason sent word of an AntiVirus Comparison Report. AV-Comparatives is known for the thorough tests it does on security software. Following its May 2009 retrospective/proactive report, the company has released its August 2009 on-demand comparative. Sixteen products, last updated on August 10, were set on the same highest detection settings (except for Sophos and F-Secure) and put to the test.

Carl spotted this very childish video that I hated myself for giggling all the way through, about a Windows 7 launch party. Are there people who can relate to - let alone enjoy - this video? And has there even been a more vibrant and tangible demonstration of the difference between Apple and Microsoft? Anyway. Seriously, what were MS thinking? Is anyone actually having one of these parties?

SGI have another personal supercomputer, with 80 cores and 1TB of RAM. Octane III is office-ready with a pedestal, one-by-two-foot form factor, whisper-quiet operations, easy-to-use features, low maintenance requirements and support for standard office power outlets. More here.

It seems like Bletchley Park is safe for now, with another big heritage money award. Some of Britain's best brains spent the war cracking enemy codes at Bletchley Park, with many historians agreeing that their efforts shortened the war by two years. The codebreakers' success allowed the Allies to know in advance what German forces were planning.

NewScientist report that gamers are more aggressive to strangers than friends. Victorious gamers enjoy a surge of testosterone - but only if their vanquished foe is a stranger. When male gamers beat friends in a shoot-em-up video game, levels of the potent sex hormone plummeted. Seems kinda obvious.

There's more about the National Broadband Network and the difficulty involved. "You have to physically go to 10 million premises and bring a cable there, either (by) digging it or via (power) poles and then obviously it's not just having the cable, you have to have the installation in the house."

Microsoft have some multi-core OS improvements planned. Interestingly, it uses some open source BSD third-part libraries, which are "covered by various BSD-like open source licenses." This has led to speculation that the new OS may be free and open source, not terms you typically would associate with Microsoft.



Tuesday Afternoon (23 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 29-September-2009  13:58:33 (GMT +10) - by Agg

A few people sent word that the Pirate Party is opening an Australian branch and will contest the next federal election. The Pirate Party, which evolved from cultural and legal skirmishes with authorities in Sweden and Germany, last week updated the Australian website it registered last year and advertised for a president, treasurer, secretary and supporting positions.

They're rolling out the National Broadband Network in Tasmania and Sniper spotted this cool trench-digging machine being used. No picks and shovels here - this is the $1.2 million machine imported to dig the trenches for the Tasmania's National Broadband Network (NBN).

Google have added nearly 2000 back-issues of LIFE magazine to their online Google Books service. It's the perfect complement to Google Images' astonishing LIFE photo archive, and as useful a reference work on several eventful decades of American history as we’re going to get in one place.

Speaking of history, VooDoo spotted this video of two cars crashing into each other, with an age difference of 50 years, to demonstrate advances in vehicle safety. 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air Vs. 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. This test was for IIHS's 50th year anniversary in the safety research business!

Intel have a new heatsink for Core i9. The company’s 32nm six-core Gulftown monster that several refer to as "Core i9" has undergone a heatsink redesign, moving from the top-mounted placement of the fan on the fins to a vertical design which carries hot airflow out the back of the chassis.

Dave spotted this guide to NVIDIA SLI on all motherboards. Despite the small current list, this modification allow to run SLI on ANY chipset, and not just Intel or NVIDIA. Technically SLI can be enabled even on a Motherboard with an AMD Chipset. Of course, board must have two or more PCI-Express slots for graphic cards.



Photography Gallery (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 29-September-2009  03:36:16 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's some recent photos from our Photography Gallery forum:



















Tuesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 29-September-2009  02:35:37 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Video Cards:
Gigabyte GTX 260 Super Overclock on Motherboards.org.
Gigabyte GTX 260 Super Overclock on HWLogic.
HIS Radeon HD 5870 1GB on Tweaktown.
ATI EyeFinity on Guru3D.

Cooling:
Prolimatech Megahalem CPU Cooler on PCPerspective.
Kingston HyperX Fan on TestFreaks.
Evercool HPK-10025EA Low Profile CPU Cooler on RBMods.
Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme CPU Cooler on OCIA.

Audio / Visual:
XMI X-mini II Mini Speaker on DragonSteelMods.
Samsung SyncMaster XL2370 LED LCD Monitor on FutureLooks.

Portable:
Samsung X420 CULV Notebook Preview on HWZone.
MSI X340 Slim Core 2 Solo Notebook on LegitReviews.
Cocoon Innovations CLB551 Laptop Case on TestFreaks.

Misc:
Patriot Viper 2 Sector 5 DDR3 2GHz on Bjorn3D.
CoolerMaster Storm Sentinel Advance Gaming Mouse on OCClub.
OCZ Z Series 850W on JonnyGuru.
A-DATA S805 Sport Series Flash Drive on Metku.
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition CPU on InsideHW.



Monday Evening (10 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 28-September-2009  21:07:17 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Some more IDF snippets: Day 2 on HotHardware, and Clarkdale performance and Light Peak etc on HWZone, Clarkdale performance and Show Floor Tech on LegitReviews, Westmere and Clarkdale on PCPerspective.

Reax spotted an article on the Herald Sun about Left 4 Dead 2 being banned. Not much more info there, but interestingly, a little poll where readers can vote for whether or not R18+ games should be allowed. Unsurprisingly, it's currently 92.59% in favour of allowing them. But Victorian Attorney-General Rob Hulls says he believes Australia is now "out of step" with the world. "It seems inconsistent that in Australia adults are allowed to view adult-only films which have been classified R18+ by the Classification Board, but not computer games with equivalent high-level content," he said. Games.on.net have their response in comic form, thanks Bennett.

From Bradley: I want to recruit you to my lending team, Overclockers Australia, on Kiva, a non-profit website that allows you to lend as little as $25 to a specific low-income entrepreneur across the globe. You choose who to lend to - whether a baker in Afghanistan, a goat herder in Uganda, a farmer in Peru, a restaurateur in Cambodia, or a tailor in Iraq - and as they repay the loan, you get your money back. Sounds interesting, more info here.

BenchmarkReviews compared a few professional keyboards. But if you're a serious typist - a professional who thinks that a keyboard's primary duty is to enable fast and accurate typing, and not to glow prettily or adjust your speaker volume or display the number of missiles left in your launcher, then you might be interested in a professional mechanical keyboard. Benchmark Reviews looks at a wide selection of available high quality keyboards to see which might be the best for you.

Domain registrar Bottle Domains has been chastised by the Victorian Supreme Court for lax security of customer info. AuDA said Bottle's failure to notify it at the time of the earlier incidents breached its obligations and was grounds for termination of its registrar agreement, which would mean Bottle would no longer be able to sell domain names or continue trading as a domain name registrar.



Sunday Morning (10 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 27-September-2009  04:12:43 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The presence of water on the Moon has been confirmed. The moon remains drier than any desert on Earth, but the water is said to exist on the moon in very small quantities. One ton of the top layer of the lunar surface would hold about 32 ounces of water, researchers said.

If you downloaded Razer drivers recently, you might want to scan for viruses. More info on Bit-Tech here. Trend Micro's analysis of the website has shown that at least eight separate driver packages offered by Razer's support site came with the unwanted bonus, and the company claims that only "7 out of 41 [anti-virus] vendors offered generic detection" of this particular worm - meaning it's potentially difficult for an end-user to know that they've been infected. More info here, thanks Barista.

Dan has an interesting article about alternate history. This is how technology often develops. If someone sees a demand, they're usually not the only one to see it. The precise sequence in which people come up with inventions, though, can sometimes make a very big difference. Take trains, for instance.

Sniper spotted this Intel page about their Light Peak technology. Light Peak is the code-name for a new high-speed optical cable technology designed to connect your electronic devices to each other. Light Peak delivers high bandwidth starting at 10Gb/s with the potential ability to scale to 100Gb/s over the next decade. At 10Gb/s, you could transfer a full-length Blu-Ray movie in less than 30 seconds.

Also interesting is this flat speaker technology. TVs can be transformed into speakers with a new flat film that produces high-quality sound. The see-through technology, pioneered by Emo Labs, can be "stuck on" to a TV screen and play stereo sound.

Clinton noticed an Android developer who has incurred Google's wrath. Everyone’s favorite Android hacker appears to have angered someone at Google. We just received word that Cyanogen has received a cease and desist letter from Google. More info here.

Phoenix have a speedy bios in the works. Enter Phoenix's new Instant Boot BIOS. It cuts down the post time to roughly one second. Phoenix's Chief Scientist Steve Jones explained that the new BIOS uses UEFI technology (a new kind of BIOS platform) to power on several system devices simultaneously and to run only those processes which are absolutely necessary to hand control over to the OS.



Sunday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 27-September-2009  03:02:20 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Cooling:
Nexus TDD-9000 Liquid Laptop Cooler on RBMods.
CoolerMaster Hyper TX3 CPU cooler on OCClub.

Storage:
Intel 80 GB X25-M (50 nm) Solid State Drive on TechARP.
Intel X25-M 34nm 80GB SSD on TBreak.
Super Talent 128GB SATA II SSD on OC3D.
Corsair P64 SSD RAID Set P64-RAID-PK1 on BenchmarkReviews.

Cases:
Origen AE M10 HTPC case on TechPowerUp.
NZXT M59 gaming case on Bjorn3D.
Sunbeamtech Ultra-Tech Station Acrylic Case on Pro-Clockers.
Lian Li PC-B25F All Aluminum Mid-Tower on Tweaknews.

Input Etc:
OCZ Behemoth Double-Laser Gaming Mouse on MadShrimps.
Ulti-Mat Breathe F-X3 Mousepad on OCModShop.
Cooler Master Storm Sentinel Advance Mouse on OCOnline.
CM STORM Sentinel Advance Gaming Mouse on Futurelooks.
Microsoft Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000 on I4U.

Video Cards:
AMD Radeon HD 5870 Video Card Overclocking on LegitReviews.
Zalman CNPS9700 NT CPU Cooler on HWSecrets.
Radeon HD 5870 CrossfireX Performance on Guru3D.
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 260 Super Overclock on Tweaktown.
Sapphire Radeon HD 5870 on Motherboards.org.
AMD's ATI Radeon HD 5870 vs. HD 4890 GPU Comparison on Tweaktown.

Motherboard & CPU:
MSI 785GM-E65 Motherboard and AMD 785G Chipset on PCStats.
Gigabyte GA-P55-UD6 Motherboard: P55 vs X58 on BenchmarkReviews.
Intel Core 2 Duo Processors Revisited on iXBTLabs.
Another Look At Intel's Lynnfield Linux Performance on Phoronix.
Gigabyte GA-MA785G-UD3H AMD 785G AM3 board on PCStats.
Asus P7P55D Deluxe LGA1156 board on XSReviews.
AMD Athlon II X4 620 Processor on iXBTLabs.
Intel 32nm Clarkdale and Arrandale Processor Preview on HotHardware.
Asus P7P55D Deluxe LGA1156 board on XSReviews.

Prebuilt & Portable:
Alienware Aurora ALX Gaming System Preview on HotHardware.
ASUS UL30A 13.3-inch ultraportable notebook on TechReport.
Acer Ferrari One Netbook on HWZone.

Power Supply:
SilverStone Strider 1500W on HWZone.
Seasonic S12D-850 850W on PCStats.

Audio / Visual:
Epson EH-TW5500 LCD Projector on TrustedReviews.
Logitech G35 Gaming Headphones on OCIA.
ABS FX-7 USB Light Weight Dolby Virtual 7.1 Gaming Headset on ThinkComputers.
ASUS HDAV 1.3 Slim sound card on Bjorn3D.
SonicGear Xanadu X2 2.0 Audio System speakers on HWZone.
Philips 42PFL7404 42in LCD TV on TrustedReviews.
Olympus Stylus Tough-6000 Digital Camera on HWSecrets.
Canon IXUS 200 IS digicam on HWZone.
Panasonic DMP-B15 Portable Blu-ray Player on TrustedReviews.

Misc:
New Eye Clops 2.0 Night Vision Binoculars on I4U.
Corsair Dominator DDR3 1600MHz memory on Bjorn3D.



Misc Pics (26 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 25-September-2009  12:31:22 (GMT +10) - by Agg

And now back to your regularly-scheduled Friday misc pics. Thanks to Sciby for the banana one. :)

         

         

         



Friday Morning Reviews #2 (1 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 25-September-2009  02:49:42 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Storage:
OCZ Agility EX SSD 60GB (SLC) SSD on DriverHeaven.
OCZ Agility Series SATA II 2.5" 60GB SSD on TestFreaks.
In Win Ammo Secure Hard Drive Enclosure on Tweaknews.
Kingston SSDNow V+ 64GB SSD on PureOC.
Seagate Barracuda XT 6 Gbps SATA 3 on OCWorkbench.
Kingston Technology 64GB SSDNow V+ SATA Solid State Drive on FutureLooks.
Super Talent UltraDrive ME 32GB SSD RAID on NinjaLane.
Seagate Barracuda XT Preview - Worlds First SATA 6Gb/s 2TB Hard Drive on PCStats.
Silicon Power M10 External SSD on Guru3D.
Verbatim 8 GB Tuff-Clip Flash Drive on Pro-Clockers.

Cases:
LanCool Dragon Lord PC-K62 Advanced Mid Tower on Tweaktown.
Antec P183 on OCClub.
NZXT Zero 2 on Tweaknews.
AeroCool Vx-E desktop case on TestSeek.
Antec Two Hundred Mid-Tower on BenchmarkReviews.
NZXT Lexa S Mid-Tower on OCIA.

Memory:
Triple-Channel DDR3-1600 SDRAM Kits for LGA1366 on XbitLabs.
Kingston HyperX DDR3 2133MHz 4GB Kit on Bjorn3D.

Video Cards:
Sapphire ATI HD 5870 Video Review on YouTube.
MSI R4890 Cyclone OC on NeoSeeker.
ATI Radeon HD 5870 1GB GDDR5 on HWZone.
ATI Radeon HD 5870 on XbitLabs.
ATI Radeon HD 5870 1GB on TheTechLounge.
AMD HD5870 on Bjorn3D.
Sapphire Radeon HD 5870 1GB in CrossFire on Tweaktown.
ASUS EAH4890 TOP HTDI/1GD5/A Radeon HD 4890 Rev. B on PCStats.
MSI Radeon HD 4890 Cyclone OC 1GB on Tweaktown.



Friday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 25-September-2009  02:21:29 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Cooling:
ThermoLAB BARAM CPU Cooler on VerdisReviews.
Cool Age Frozen Orb X120 Transform CPU Cooler on Pro-Clockers.
Cooler Master Choiix Air Through Stash Laptop Cooler on Pro-Clockers.
SilverStone NT06-E CPU Cooler on HWSecrets.
Corsair H50 all-in-one Water Cooler on Tech Report.
Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme CPU Cooler on PCShopTalk.
Titan TTC-NK95TZ Entertainer CPU cooler on OCClub.
Prolimatech Megahalems Heatpipe CPU Cooler on BigBruin.
Evercool Transformer 4 CPU cooler on RBMods.
Cooler Master Hyper N620 CPU cooler on ThinkComputers.
Zalman CNPS10X Extreme CPU Cooler on Modders-Inc.

Input Etc:
CM Storm Sentinel Advance Gaming Mouse on Techgage.
Logitech Performance Mouse MX on DigitalTrends.
Cooler Master Sentinel Advance Gaming Mouse on OCrCafe.
OCZ Eclipse gaming mouse on HWSecrets.

Motherboard & CPU:
MSI P55-GD65 Xtreme Speed LGA1156 board on FutureLooks.
Gigabyte GA-P55-UD6 LGA1156 board on Bjorn3D.
MSI P55-GD80 LGA1156 board on OC3D.
Jetway HA08 Combo L Socket AM2+ board on Pro-Clockers.
Asus P7P55D Deluxe LGA1156 board on XSReviews.

Power Supply:
Cooler Master Silent Pro M1000 on JonnyGuru.
Tuniq Potency 650W on Hi-TechReviews.
AZZA Titan 850W on PureOC.
FSP Everest 80Plus 400W on DriverHeaven.
be quiet! 350w SFX Power PSU on OC3D.



Thursday Midday (49 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 24-September-2009  12:23:24 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Anandtech have more info on the Lucid Hydra multi-GPU technology. At least on paper, Lucid's technology has the potential to completely eliminate all of the multi-GPU silliness we've been dealing with for the past several years. Today, Lucid is announcing the final set of hardware that will be shipping within the next ~30 days.

JD spotted this Microsoft tablet prototype. Courier is a real device, and we've heard that it's in the "late prototype" stage of development. It's not a tablet, it's a booklet. The dual 7-inch (or so) screens are multitouch, and designed for writing, flicking and drawing with a stylus, in addition to fingers.

Check out this project to squeeze 8 consoles and a projector into an R2D2 body. To get rid of the mess of wires from his many videogame consoles, PopSci reader Brian De Vitis decided to repurpose his R2-D2-shaped cooler.

More IDF info: roadmap updates & 22nm & Atom App Store on HWZone, general coverage on XbitLabs, Larabee videos on PCPerspective and Day 1 on Techgage.

Meanwhile there's a video here of Intel's upcoming Larabee doing real-time ray tracing during Sean Maloney's keynote.

Today's timewaster is this physics game Tower Box. I got to about level 13 before giving up, some people in IRC last night got to over 15. The later levels have crosswinds. :)



Intel Core i7 Mobile (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 24-September-2009  12:22:54 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Intel has announced Core i7 Mobile CPUs. Through the Intel Core i7 mobile processor, Intel brings Nehalem?s transformative technology to notebooks. The Intel Core i7 Mobile Processor and Intel Core i7 Mobile Processor Extreme Edition unleash the power of a desktop in a laptop.

Coverage on LegitReviews, HotHardware and DriverHeaven.



ATI Radeon 5800 Series (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 23-September-2009  22:28:21 (GMT +10) - by Agg

As expected, AMD launched the ATI Radeon 5800 series of graphics cards today. Prepare to experience a riveting high-definition gaming experience with ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series graphics processors.(1) Expand your visual real estate across up to three displays and get lost in the action with revolutionary ATI Eyefinity Technology.(2) Using ATI Stream technology, accelerate even the most demanding applications and do more than ever with your PC.(3) The first to deliver full support for Microsoft DirectX 11, these GPUs enable rich, realistic visuals and explosive HD gaming performance so you can dominate the competition.

Coverage on Guru3D, TechReport, HotHardware, InsideHW, TechPowerUp, LegitReviews, TechPowerUp, LegionHW, Tweaktown, PCPerspective, DriverHeaven, OC3D and OCClub.

Discussion of the 5800 series here and EyeFinity here.



Photography Gallery (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 23-September-2009  13:37:11 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's some recent photos from our Photography Gallery forum:



















Wednesday Afternoon (6 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 23-September-2009  13:09:01 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Intel's Developer Forum is underway, with coverage on HotHardware, PCPerspective and LegitReviews. Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini was the main speaker for this mornings keynote and spoke about the state of Intel and the direction that the company was headed.

Lucid's Hydra is a load-balancing multi-GPU technology, with coverage on Tech Report and PC Perspective. Thanks to the Hydra 200, Lucid claims you'll be able to run virtually any combination of graphics processors with near-linear performance scaling. Game compatibility is supposed to be better than native CrossFire and SLI schemes, as well.

PCPerspective also have some AMD Eyefinity Demonstration videos on Batman, Left 4 Dead, Far Cry 2 etc. I know that a lot of you are very eager to get all the information you can about AMD's upcoming graphics card as well as the AMD Eyefinity multi-monitor gaming technology. Well as I was sitting here this evening, I decided to share some of the videos I had been creating for our upcoming review since they are no longer under NDA.

Virage87 spotted this guy building a Hummer from scraps. A madman Ford nut is hand-building an incredible Hummer H1 replica on the bones of a junker Ford F-150. The full scope of this fabrication fest can only be appreciated in the huge gallery below.

Engadget report on a dual HDMI mini-ITX board from VIA. VIA's looking to deliver dual-HDMI and more in its next integrated Mini-ITX solution, the VB8003, which also packs DVI and VGA ports, as well as an LVDS output, meaning it could control five displays at once (though with only four discrete signals).

It must be time for the regular future sex robots story again. "At first, sex with robots might be considered geeky, but once you have a story like 'I had sex with a robot and it was great!' appear in a magazine like Cosmo, I'd expect many people to jump on the bandwagon," artificial intelligence researcher David Levy, who completed his PhD on the subject of human-robot relationships, told LiveScience. Until it bluescreens and tears your willy off.

As if that's not worrying enough, robots can apparently learn to lie, too. Each can produce a blue light that others can detect with cameras and that can give away the position of the food because of the flashing robots congregating nearby. In short, the blue light carries information, and after a few generations, the robots quickly evolved the ability to conceal that information and deceive one another.

From Viljar: Google Voice is a service that gives you one number for all your phones, voicemail that is easy as email, and many enhanced calling features like call blocking and screening, voicemail transcripts, call conferencing, international calls, and more.



OCAU Pix - Free Image Hosting (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 23-September-2009  11:53:54 (GMT +10) - by Agg

If you want to post a picture in the forums, or anywhere else on the net, remember we have free image hosting for OCAU members now. It's also interesting to see what public images other people have uploaded. :)

Here's some big numbers from Pix, btw:

14,275 images hosted
812,990 image views
12,854,407,129 pixels hosted
855,285,739,928 pixels served
4.45 GB hosted
398.37 GB served



Wednesday Morning (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 23-September-2009  09:10:08 (GMT +10) - by matthudson

Holy smoke Batman! The end of the world is nigh. I do suggest if you live in any of the affected areas you consider wearing a mask and stay indoors as much as possible.

Dan has more letters. Secure HDD erasing, vacuuming your computer, battery cycling and mulitple UPSes

There's a new SATA connector coming to the market. The Serial ATA International Organization has announced the development of a new low-profile SATA connector dubbed mini-SATA.

Conficker is still out there and causing trouble. The brightest minds in technology and government are finding it "almost impossible" to defeat the Conficker worm, which has infected more than 5 million computers and, experts say, could be used to knock down the internet in entire countries. One of the places I work got conficker in their network, nasty little worm.

Bing has made inroads into Google's search share. Its latest figures show Microsoft's share of the search market has grown from 8.9% in July to 9.3% in August. The news saw Microsoft's shares rise while Google's dipped slightly.

Linus Torvalds has called Linux bloated and huge. "I mean, sometimes it's a bit sad that we are definitely not the streamlined, small, hyper-efficient kernel that I envisioned 15 years ago...The kernel is huge and bloated, and our icache footprint is scary. I mean, there is no question about that. And whenever we add a new feature, it only gets worse."

UK anti-piracy plans cost more than the losses by the music industry. If the BPI’s 'losses' figures are to be believed (and we have to go along with the ridiculous premise of 1 download = 1 lost sale in order to do so), saving GBP200m worth of business will end up costing ISPs almost double that amount.

Today's project is ferrofluid. Ferrofluids are made up of tiny magnetic fragments of iron suspended in oil (often kerosene) with a surfactant to prevent clumping (usually oleic acid). The fluid is relatively easy to make at home yet extremely expensive to buy on-line. How does $165 a liter sound? Pretty bad, right? Read on to learn how to make ferrofluids on the cheap.



Misc Pics (22 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 22-September-2009  13:59:52 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Pretty quiet out there today, so why not. Thanks Daryl!

         

         

         



Interesting Forum Threads (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 22-September-2009  11:35:41 (GMT +10) - by Agg

A quick snapshot of what's going on in the forums:

Real overclocking vs Poser Overclocking in Overclocking & Hardware.
i5 Build - bit by bit in Overclocking & Hardware.
Case Swap - Coolermaster elite to Lancool PC-K56 in Overclocking & Hardware.
Corsair Explores Lynnfield and P55 Express in Overclocking & Hardware.
Gulftown at 6.3GHz in Intel Hardware.
Memtest86+ v3.00b released in Memory.
ATI Catalyst 9.9 Software Suite Available Now in Video Cards & Monitors.
ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series | Coming 23/09 in Video Cards & Monitors.
My ghetto hard drive cooler in Modding.
Braid - challenges what gaming is all about in Games.
Ditching SMS and saving big bucks in Mobile Phones.
Tamiya Classic R/C Cars in Other Toys.
Anyone installing Residental Solar Power and/or Solar Hot Water? in Lifestyle.
Precision Urban Hopper robot leaps tall fences in Science.
Ford unveils 2 litre turbo Falcon motor in Motoring.
My hour with an AMG SL63, and a racetrack. :) in Motoring.
Battleground God in Current Events.
Anyone else not want to own a home? in Career, Education & Finance.
Dropping out of Uni (and the consequences) in Career, Education & Finance.
Is the classic nerd dead? in The Pub.



Tuesday Morning (1 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 22-September-2009  04:00:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Seagate have announced the first SATA 6Gb/s 2TB HDD. Press-release here, coverage on Anandtech, BenchmarkReviews and BigBruin. The Barracuda XT product, a four-platter drive featuring an areal density of 368 Gigabits per square inch, delivers the highest performance – burst speeds of up to 6 Gigabits per second – for all PC applications, maintains backward compatibility with the SATA 3Gb/second and SATA 1.5Gb/second interfaces, and uses the same cables and connectors as previous SATA generations to ease integration.

Telstra apparently have plans for their own set-top box. The device is part of a bid to shift Telstra's entertainment, news and sport content offered under the BigPond brand from people's computers to their televisions.

You can have James May's Lego House, if you can take it away. May says Legoland reneged on a deal to take it to their theme park in Windsor, Berkshire, after deciding it would be too expensive to move. Meanwhile, miffed Legoland managers criticised May for building the house without their help.

Here's a quite neat zoomable galaxy viewer. Through three giant images, the GIGAGALAXY ZOOM project reveals the full sky as it appears with the unaided eye from one of the darkest deserts on Earth, then zooms in on a rich region of the Milky Way using a hobby telescope, and finally uses the power of a professional telescope to reveal the details of an iconic nebula.

OCClub have some performance testing in Darkest of Days. What you can see based on the results in these graphs is that when the Physx effects are set to the lowest level, the performance from ATI's cards is almost identical to the competing Nvidia cards. However, the GTX 285 finally pulls away from the HD4890 at the top end. The point of showing these numbers is to show that yes, the game is playable with non Physx-enabled cards.

Gamasutra have an article about the mechanics of World of Warcraft. As an organization, World of Warcraft utilizes 20,000 computer systems, 1.3 petabytes of storage, and more than 4600 people. "Operating an online game is about more than just game development."

BenchmarkReviews interviewed Seagate about SSD and Enterprise Storage. In this article Benchmark Reviews Executive Editor Olin Coles submitted several industry-specific questions directly to storage expert David Szabados, the Senior PR Manager responsible for enterprise storage, security, and future emerging storage technologies at Seagate Technology.



Tuesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 22-September-2009  03:34:58 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Cases:
SilverStone SG05 on Motherboards.org.
Lian Li PC-A06F on TechWareLabs.
Azza Spartan 101 on PureOC.
AeroCool PGS Vx-e Mid Tower on ThinkComputers.
Corsair Obsidian 800D Full ATX on PCPerspective.

Video Cards:
Calibre X260 Nvidia GeForce GTX260 896MB on DragonSteelMods.
HIS Radeon HD 4890 iCooler x4 1GB on Tweaktown.
XFX Radeon HD 4850 1GB on LegitReviews.
BFG GTX 295 H2OC on HotHardware.

Audio / Visual:
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 digicam on HWZone.
LG DVX440 DVD Player on TrustedReviews.
Razer Megalodon 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset on Tweaktown.
Samsung SyncMaster 2233RZ 120Hz Gaming LCD Monitor on Tweaknews.
Myine Ira Wi-Fi Internet Radio on FutureLooks.
Hauppauge WinTV-MiniStick HD TV-tuner on Testseek.

Misc:
Astak EZ Reader Pocket Pro on I4U.
HP USB 2.0 Docking Station on OCIA.
Targus Netbook Accessory Kit on CCEReviews.
Red Faction Guerilla PC game on GamingHeaven.



Game Demos (1 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 22-September-2009  00:41:27 (GMT +10) - by Agg

It's been a while since I've done a demo roundup, so here's some recent ones:

AI War: Fleet Command v1.301: AI War is a 2D space RTS game, built using a 3D engine. You will often want to use this to zoom out and get a birds-eye view of the battlefield. Especially because the smaller ships move fast. This isn't your grandfather's molasses-filled space sim. Get it from Internode or FileFront.

Majesty 2 - The Fantasy Kingdom Sim: Here's a playable demo of Majesty 2 - The Fantasy Kingdom Sim, the real-time strategy sequel by 1C:Ino-Co. Get it from Internode or Fileplanet. Discussion here.

Need for Speed: Shift: delivers the true driver’s experience with a stunning cockpit view, deep career mode and amazing car roster. You will be thrust into the loud, intense, and athletic experience of racing a car from the driver's perspective through the combination of perception based G-forces, the hyper reality of the cockpit view, and the all-new brutally disorienting crash dynamic. Prove your skill on two tracks - London River and the world famous Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps using one of 4 unlocked cars. Collect enough stars while you race to unlock the ultimate in performance, the Pagani Zonda F. Grab it from Internode, Bigpond, AusGamers or EA. Discussion here.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2010: The demo will allow you to play with the club teams of Liverpool and Barcelona. The national teams of Germany, Spain, France and Italy are also available. The matches -- limited to 5 minutes -- will run in Exhibition Mode. Get it from Internode or AusGamers.

Twin Sector: Using the advantages of the powerful HAVOC-Engine, innumerable puzzles, challenges and enemies await the players in a hostile and threatening futuristic environment. Featuring more than 15 missions alongside a thrilling story line unfolding over the course of action, Twin Sector appeals to all core gamers worldwide. Get it from Internode or AusGamers. Discussion here.

World Racing Series: World Racing Series' aim is to create a PC multiplayer car racing simulator. Currently the software simulates two cars and two racing tracks. More will be added in the future. Get it from AusGamers.

For more gaming stuff, check out our Games Forum, and find more demos on Internode and AusGamers.



Forum Projects (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 21-September-2009  14:55:45 (GMT +10) - by Agg

More people busy with interesting things:


Aratama_Bashi reviewed the
Edifier S330 speakers

thorpee has a neat
monitor laptop stand

b@llz0r is volt-modding
a GTX295B single PCB


Yamunsa is lapping
his CPU

Thar has a detailed
PC build log

windwithme has an
overclocking tutorial



Monday Midday (16 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 21-September-2009  12:07:05 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Nick sends word of US$30 Win 7 for students. "Students in Australia can participate in this offer on October 22nd. In most markets, the offer ends on January 3rd, however in Australia the offer has been extended until March 31st."

COBOL is celebrating its 50th birthday. Excuse me while I go scream in horror at the memory of the small amount of COBOL programming I've done. Not many people know that COBOL, for a long time the most widely-used programming language, was largely created by Rear Admiral Grace Hopper, a female US Navy officer.

Microsoft have issued a fix for the SMB flaw reported recently. The one-click fix, which was added to a Microsoft security advisory, has been designed to provide users' machines with temporary respite from any remote code execution attacks targeting the known vulnerability, by disabling SMBv2 and then stopping and starting the Server service. Hrm, not really a full fix yet then.

TBreak have an article on breaking 20k in 3DMark Vantage. After hours of tuning to see what the optimum voltage setting would be with best clock speed so I don't throttle the GPU and bring down the scores, I managed to stick with 1.5v on the GPU running at 1050MHz and 1200MHz on memory.

To combat the problem of silent electric cars running people over because they can't be heard, Nissan is adding noise. The company consulted Japanese composers of film scores. What Tabata and his six-member team came up with is a high- pitched sound reminiscent of the flying cars in "Blade Runner," the 1982 film directed by Ridley Scott portraying his dystopian vision of 2019.



Monday Morning Reviews (4 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 21-September-2009  02:14:07 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Software:
Majesty 2: the Kingdom Fantasy Sim PC game on GamingHeaven.
Microsoft Office Web Apps Preview on TechReviewSource.

Prebuilt & Portable:
ASRock NetTop Ion 330 PC on Virtual-Hideout.
HP Pavilion dm3, Envy 13 & 15 Hands-on on TrustedReviews.
Cocoon Innovations Travel Case Netbook Case on TestFreaks.
Asus 13.3" UL30A CULV Notebook on HotHardware.
Acer Aspire Timeline 4810T laptop on InsideHW.

Input Etc:
Mionix Saiph 3200 Gaming Mouse on DragonSteelMods.
Jetart MP2000 mouse mat on XSReviews.

Motherboards:
ASUS AT3N7A-I Mini-ITX board with upgraded fan on LegitReviews.
ASUS P7P55D and Gigabyte GA-P55-UD4P LGA1156 boards on TechReport.
Intel DP55KG LGA1156 board on Motherboards.org.
ASUS ROG Maximis III Formula on OCClub.
Gigabyte P55-UD6 / P55-UD6 and MSI P55-GD80 LGA1156 boards on MadShrimps.



Sunday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 20-September-2009  16:58:45 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Storage:
Thecus N4100 PRO NAS device on TBreak.
Western Digital 2TB Caviar Green and Black Hard Drives on LegitReviews.
LG GSA-E50L 8x Slim Super Multi DVD+/-RW DL USB 2.0 External Drive on TestFreaks.
Vantec Nexstar Universal Adapter on Pro-Clockers.
Super Talent Pico C 32GB Flash Drive on RBMods.

Cases:
Lancool Dragonlord PC-K62 on TechPowerUp.
Lian Li PC-P50R on HWZone.

Cooling:
Nexus FLC-3000 CPU Cooler on PureOC.
Evercool Transformer 4 CPU Cooler on HWZone.
Thermaltake PW880i Liquid-Cooling System on XbitLabs.
Evercool Transformer 4 HPJ-12025 Intel i7 Ready CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.

Power Supply:
Corsair HX850 on Bjorn3D.
BFG EX Series 1000W Modular on ThinkComputers.



Saturday Arrrrrvo (8 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 19-September-2009  12:34:55 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Arrr, it seems scant few moons since the last Talk like a Pirate Day but nay, it be upon us once again, snuck up from beyond the horizon like the Dread Pirate Roberts 'imself!

Thar be a new telescope, not all shiny brass like my old faithful, but of the radio kind, to be built in Western Australia. "The [ASKAP] in about six hours of operation will generate more data than has ever been collected by radio astronomy. Just in the first day it will have done as well as everyone else has done to date," Professor Quinn told iTnews. An EXABYTE of data per day?! Just thinkin' about it makes me stump ache.

When ye be out doin' your piratey thing of an evenin', resist the urge to check the book of faces at ye intended victim's house. Or you'll end up in leg irons, like this scurvy dog! Simple: the burglar left a trail, by way of checking his Facebook account before leaving the house with two diamond rings and forgetting to log out.

Google have plundered CMU's treasure trove and made off, not with dubloons, but with ReCAPTCHA. Google has acquired a Carnegie Mellon University spin-off that seeks to cut down on spam and fraud at Web sites while digitizing books.

From a distant land report Akihabaranews, of a tiny VESA-mountable PC that clips onto the back of yer monitor like a barnacle, thus saving your valuable desk space for maps and charts and countin' yer pieces of eight and wotnot. It's sold with an Atom N230 CPU, the NVIDIA ION (MCP7A) Chipset, 2GB of RAM, 250GB of HDD and Windows Vista.

That mangy dog Callan spotted a cardboard PC, which may well be all eco-friendly like, but hardly suited to the rigors of the poop deck! Not to mention a determined parrot could nibble it down to kitty litter in no time. More info hyaaarr.

If ye long for new seas to sail, DigitalTrends have 10 geek travel destinations to consider. Wine lovers have Napa Valley. Fashionistas have Paris. And Elvis diehards have Graceland. Devotees visit them to sample the finest, see the latest in the industry, and soak in the history of the greats. But where should geeks book their tickets to when it's time to get out of the cube and pursue their own niche interests abroad?

That's it from me, me old chumbuckets. Ye can chat with other peg-legged parrot-encrusted folk in this thread. Yarr!



DFI Hybrid (24 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 19-September-2009  11:24:11 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's an interesting video from TweakTown, showing a prototype system from DFI. On a single motherboard they have a P45-based PC, as well as an ION system. Either can be turned on or off independently, they share various devices and are connected by an internal GigE link. The theory is that you use the low-power ION system for your normal work and fire up the P45 for gaming etc.


Click here for HD version.



RIP neon_87 (6 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 19-September-2009  02:15:31 (GMT +10) - by Agg

It saddens me to report that OCAU member neon_87, Simon King, passed away in a car accident yesterday morning. I didn't know him personally but he was an active member, helped organise our Events Noticeboard and was well known on the LAN party scene. Only 22 years old, he'll be missed by many. There's a condolences thread here.


Forum Projects (4 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 18-September-2009  16:05:23 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Regular contributor windwithme is back with another three reviews:


Foxconn's Inferno Katana
P55 LGA1156 Motherboard

Biostar's TPOWER I55 OC
and Intel's Core i5 750

MSI's X-Slim X400
CULV CPU notebook



Misc Pics (18 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 18-September-2009  04:02:59 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Early this week! Thanks to Phil, Joanna and Tim for most of these:

         

         

         



Friday Morning (5 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 18-September-2009  03:00:27 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Mpot sends word of a Tasmania photography competition. The prize pool is valued at nearly AUD$9000, and includes several Canon 1000D DSLR cameras, a return journey on board Spirit of Tasmania for two adults, and a seven-night Tasmanian accommodation package. Tassie photos taken in the last 5 years are eligible.

From Rod: Just saw this: Bing Visual Search (may need to change your country to United States). It’s very nifty for when you know what something/someone looks like but not what it's called. For instance I could remember what Forrest Whittaker looked like but didn't know his name - selecting Popular Celebrities and then narrowing it down to male actors I scrolled through the list and found him.

OCZ have announced availability of their PCIe SSD Z-Drives. Z-Drive SSDs are shipping in two main flavors: the e84, which uses single-level-cell (SLC) flash memory, and the p84, which employs cheaper and more commonplace multi-level-cell (MLC) flash. Both models can be had with either 256GB or 512GB capacities, and you can get the p84 with a cool 1TB, too.

Cracked had a recent photoshop competition about video games being realistic. Some funny stuff there.

Timbot sent in this article looking inside a Zune HD. So many parts inside have similarities to the iPod Touch. The battery and headphone jacks share connection types like the Nano and Touch. Not that I need/want one, but are these things available in Australia yet?

Similarly, Chinese giant Lenovo have launched what they're hoping is an iPhone killer, thanks Joanna. The OPhone will run on an operating system developed by China Mobile and will work on the carrier's homegrown TD-SCDMA third-generation wireless technology platform.

Sniper noticed a new 650W PSU from Corsair, perhaps replacing the venerable and very popular 620W model. "The HX650W offers the same unmatched quality standards and 7 Year warranty, but at a power level more suitable for mid/high-spec PC builds, such as those based on Intel's Core i5 and Core i7 'Lynnfield' processors."

Tech Report have an updated system guide. Over the past few days, we've been scrambling to update our usual builds with the latest and greatest hardware, including (but not limited to) the new Core i5 and i7-800-series processors and matching P55 motherboards. AMD's new cheap quad-cores may reshuffle things again.

InsideHW have compared ATI and NVIDIA video cards when transcoding in MediaShow Espresso. Now, there is one application that can use both GPUs and do exactly the same job: CyberLink MediaShow Espresso. CyberLink promises ten times faster transcoding by using GPU processing power along with ability to transcode few files at once.



Friday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 18-September-2009  00:14:06 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Portable & Prebuilt:
Dell Studio XPS 16 notebook on HotHardware.
MSI Wind Top AE2010 AIO Desktop on BenchmarkReviews.
Lenovo ThinkPad T400s Multi-Touch Notebook on HotHardware.
Nokia 6710 Navigator mobile phone on HWZone.
Samsung R620 - 16.4in Blu-ray Laptop on TrustedReviews.
CyberPower Gamer Xtreme 3000 System prebuilt PC on LegitReviews.

Memory & Storage:
Kingston HyperX DDR3 4GB 2133MHz memory on LegitReviews.
Patriot Memory Corza 2-Drive NAS Enclosure on BigBruin.
TEAM Group Supreme U100 64GB Pen Drive video review on Tweaktown.

Audio Visual:
Microsoft LifeCam VX-5500 Webcam on BenchmarkReviews.
ASUS Xonar D2X sound card on PureOC.
Sennheiser HD 800 Headphones on HWZone.
Samsung LE32B550 32in LCD TV on TrustedReviews.
RaidSonic Icy Box IB-MP305A-B Network Multimedia HD Player video review on TrustedReviews.
Logitech Harmony 900 remote on DigitalTrends.
JVC Everio GZ-HM400 camcorder on DigitalTrends.
Apple iPod nano 5th Gen 8GB on TrustedReviews.
Panasonic Viera TX-L19X10 19in LCD TV on TrustedReviews.
Zune HD media player on TechReviewSource.
Kodak ZX1 Pocket HD Video Camera on RamblingThoughts.
Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-TX1 digicam on DigitalTrends.
Novero TheFirstOne Bluetooth Headset on I4U.
LG HXF1 Portable Theatre on TBreak.
Microsoft Zune HD media player on DigitalTrends.
Microsoft Zune HD on DigitalTrends.
Samsung LN46B640 46? 1080p LCD HDTV on CCEReviews.
Rosewill RCM-8163 Webcam on MegaTechNews.
Samsung P2370HD 23-inch Multi-function LCD Monitor on ThinkComputers.
AV123 ELT 525M 2.0 speaker kit on Guru3D.
Auzentech X-Fi Bravura 7.1 sound card on Guru3D.
Plantronics Discovery 975 Bluetooth Headset on I4U.



Thursday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 17-September-2009  23:35:49 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Video Cards:
VisionTek HD 3650 AGP on Bjorn3D.
MSI N285GTX Superpipe OC GeForce GTX 285 on PCPerspective.
Sapphire Radeon HD 4770 Arctic Cooling on Tweaktown.

Motherboard & CPU:
Gigabyte AMD Motherboard Roundup on OCClub.
Gigabyte P55-UD5 LGA1156 board on Motherboards.org.
ASUS M4A78-HTPC/RC mATX AM3 board on Bjorn3D.
ASUS P7P55DX Deluxe LGA1156 board on Motherboards.org.
Intel Core i7 and Core i5 "Lynnfield" CPUs on HardCoreWare.
Intel's P55 Express Lynnfield Chipset Overview on Tweaktown.
Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield Processor for LGA1156 on PCPerspective.
ECS P55H-A LGA1156 board on Guru3D.
Biostar TA785GE 128 M mATX AM2+ board on HWSecrets.
Intel i5-750 Socket 1156 Lynnfield CPU on Tweaknews.
ASRock P55 Deluxe Lynnfield LGA1156 board on Tweaktown.
MSI i5 P55-GD65 LGA1156 board on Motherboards.org.
Gigabyte MA770T UD3P AM3 board on OC3D.
Intel DP55KG P55 LGA1156 board on BenchmarkReviews.

Case & Cooling:
Thermaltake Element T Mid Tower on Pro-Clockers.
Akasa Everest Cooling station notebook stand/cooler on DriverHeaven.

Input Etc:
SISO Tablo Tablet Solution notebook->tablet kit on HWZone.
Coolermaster CM Storm Sentinel Advance Gaming Mouse on Pro-Clockers.
CHOIIX accu-mouse on Modders-Inc.



AMD Athlon II X4 620 & 630 - Budget Quad-Core (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 17-September-2009  16:12:03 (GMT +10) - by Agg

AMD have released their mainsteam quad-core CPU family, the Athlon II X4. At first the announcement of Athlon II X4s doesn't seem too interesting. Especially since they have been rumored for some time and it wasn't much of a stretch to imagine that AMD would get around to releasing quad-core Athlon II processors eventually. Not to mention the Athlon IIs are in many ways just Phenom IIs with the L3 cache removed, so there isn't a ton of brand new tech under the hood to ogle at. However, things get a lot more interesting when you hear the list price...

Coverage on HotHardware, Anandtech, Tweaktown, PC Perspective, Guru3D, TechWareLabs, XbitLabs, OCClub, TechSpot and LegitReviews.

Discussion here.



Left 4 Dead 2 - Banned in Australia (22 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 17-September-2009  15:45:24 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Left 4 Dead is a hugely popular zombie shooter game. There's bad news for fans of it in Australia, because the highly-anticipated sequel has been refused classification, which means it can't be sold here. "The game contains violence that is high in impact and is therefore unsuitable for persons under 18 years to play," the report said. So why can't I, a 34yo adult, play it if I choose? There is no adult rating for video games in Australia. Any game that fails to meet the criteria for MA15+ is refused classification. Urgh.

Discussion here.



Thursday Midday Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 17-September-2009  12:01:04 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Video Cards:
ASUS MARS/2DI/4GD3 Dual GeForce GTX 285 4096MB on TechPowerUp.
Gigabyte HD 4850 Silent Cell 1GB on TestSeek.
Power Efficient Gaming with GeForce 9800 GT Eco Cards on HWZone.
Gigabyte 4890 OC on Bjorn3D.

Storage:
Icy Dock Hard Drive Accessories on Techgage.
Antec MX-1 Actively Cooled Hard Drive Enclosure on PCShopTalk.
In Win Ammo 2.5-inch RFID External Hard Drive Enclosure on ThinkComputers.
SanDisk Extreme III 30MB/sec 8GB SDHC Card on I4U.
OCZ Vertex TURBO 120GB Solid State Drive on OC3D.

Software:
StarCraft 2 Hands-On on OCModShop.
Batman: Arkham Asylum on OCModShop.
Resident Evil 5 on OCModShop.
F.E.A.R. 2 Reborn DLC on GamingHeaven.
Lost Planet 2 preview on OCModShop.
Assassin's Creed II preview on GamingHeaven.
Need For Speed: Shift for PC on IGN, thanks Duffy.
Resident Evil 5 on DriverHeaven.
Champions Online MMORPG on GamingNexus.

Power Supply:
XFX 850W Black Edition on JonnyGuru.
Spire Blackmoon XP 600W on Pro-Clockers.
Xclio Great Power 1000W on Hi-TechReviews.
XFX 850W Black Edition on HWSecrets.
XFX XPS-850W on OCClub.
Thermaltake Evo Blue 750W on DriverHeaven.
Topower Tiger 1200W on RBMods.
Rosewill Xtreme 850W on PureOC.
Cooler Master Silent Pro M 850W on HWSecrets.
Antec True Power New 750W on PCShopTalk.



Forum Projects (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 16-September-2009  21:28:07 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Some interesting things from the forums:


BloodDonor has a
Carbon Beast PC mod

broox has been modding
an Antec AMG1000

slipperyskip has finished
his Project Mission case


Pipster has an
ITX home server/media box

MadlaX has a very
detailed WC worklog

Team.AU checks out
GSkill Ripjaw DDR3 with LN2


as well as GSkill's
Perfect Storm 6GB DDR3 kit

NavMan looked at the
AC Accelero L2 Pro cooler

and Captain Kermit
added RCA jacks to an amp



Wednesday Evening Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 16-September-2009  20:39:30 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Cooling:
Arctic Cooling Alpine 64 Pro CPU Cooler on DragonSteelMods.
Swiftech Apogee GTZ Core i7 Waterblock on LegitReviews.
Corsair Ice T30 Dominator Memory Cooler on NinjaLane.
Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme i7 Ready CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.
Zalman CNPS9900 LED Intel I7 CPU Cooler on Tweaknews.
Coolmaster Hyper N620 CPU cooler on NeoSeeker.
Arctic Cooling PRO/TC 80, 92, 120 mm Fans on Bjorn3D.
Thermaltake ISGC-300 CPU Cooler on HWSecrets.
Arctic Cooling ARCTIC MX-3 Thermal Compound on DragonSteelMods.
GELID Solutions GC-2 and GC-Extreme Thermal Compound on FutureLooks.
Zalman VF2000 LED Hybrid Cooler on XbitLabs.

Input Etc:
CM Storm Sentinel Advance gaming mouse on InsideHW.
CM Storm Sentinel Advance gaming mouse on BigBruin.
CM Storm Sentinel Advance gaming mouse on PureOC.
CM Storm Sentinel Advance gaming mouse on OCIA.
CM Storm Sentinel Advance gaming mouse on Guru3D.
CM Storm Sentinel Advance gaming mouse on BenchmarkReviews.
CM Storm Sentinel Advance gaming mouse on ThinkComputers.
Mionix Alioth 320 Mousepad on TestFreaks.
Peregrine USB PC Game Controller Glove on OCModShop.
Razer Orochi and Kabuto mouse and mat on TechPowerUp.
EFO Wireless Handheld Keyboard & Mouse on ExtremeMHz.
Roccat Valo keyboard on XSReviews.
SteelSeries QcK Limited Edition Starcraft II Mouse Pads on PCShopTalk.

Cases:
In-Win Matrix Gaming Case on Virtual-Hideout.
GMC R-4 Bulldozer case on OCClub.
NZXT-Beta Computer Case on TechWareLabs.
nMediaPC HTPC 8000 Wood ATX Case on PCPerspective.
Cooler Master Storm Scout on TechWareLabs.
SilverStone SUGO SG05 Mini-ITX Case on Metku.
Luxa2 LM100-Mini Home Theater PC Chassis with 200W PSU on Tweaktown.

Misc:
Active Media Products Executive I 2-in-1 Carbon Fiber Pen on Tweaktown.
Tv & PC Tricklesavers on RBMods.
PC Trickle Saver Energy Conservation video review on Motherboards.org.
Roccat Apuri cable organiser on XSReviews.



Sponsor Specials (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 16-September-2009  20:16:05 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Our Sponsor Specials Forum has been quite busy lately. In there our many sponsors have special offers and deals on modding gear, hard drives, fitness supplements, CPUs, motherboards, games, data recovery, network gear, web hosting and a range of other goodies. Worth a look!


Wednesday Afternoon (2 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 16-September-2009  17:31:48 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Google Maps now has live traffic data for Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, thanks scruff. Traffic information can then be viewed as 'live' snapshots or as historical data subsets collected over a period of 12-18 months, which gives aggregated traffic averages from any given time of day. "12 - 18 months is an ideal historic view of traffic conditions", said Game.

Gigabyte have an ITX case / monitor stand. Useful for DIY all-in-one type PC but surely a Shuttle style mini-box would take up less desk space. Space is at a premium in most offices, and that's where compact all-in-one PCs and nettops come into play. Gigabyte's new case will basically allow you to build your own nettop-all-in-one hybrid of sorts.

People in the Sydney CBD may be cut off by a cable cut for up to a week. Contractors working for Energy Australia cut through a bundle of 10,000 Telstra copper wires and some multiple-fibre optical cables near the corner of York and Erskine streets about 9.30pm (AEST) yesterday.

There's a new stable Chrome release, 3.0. This new release of Google Chrome is faster than ever, as we continue to provide a modern browser that starts up quickly from your desktop, and is fast to load web pages and web applications.

NBN Co has offered a rough sketch of the National Broadband Network architecture. "Where we see the network boundary at the moment - we see ourselves as providing a Layer 2 bit stream type service," Quigley said. "The service will have the functionality to cover voice, video and high speed Internet - only with the service provider, rather than NBN Co, providing these services."

Rupert Murdoch reckons people will be charged for mobile access to news soon. "Starting in a month or two, people who are getting The Wall Street Journal on their Blackberry are going to be paying two dollars a week," Murdoch said. "Same with the iPhone." Uhm, let's see how that works out for them.

Virtual Reality is being used to ease pain. Normally he'd be in great pain as his burned legs are made to bend and straighten during therapy but in his virtual world, Mr Robinson is too busy throwing snowballs at penguins and snowmen to notice much pain.

A few people sent in this funny video of video gamers being taken for a ride in Ken Block's real rally car. Ken Block and members of the public ride out Ken's latest high speed antics at the launch of Codemasters' Dirt 2 game. Some of them don't seem to be really enjoying it. :)



Tuesday Night (4 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 15-September-2009  20:14:22 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The story of the day would have to be Telstra being split by the Government. Communications Minister Stephen Conroy said the Telstra break-up reforms would address the telco's high level of integration with the aim of promoting greater competition and consumer benefits. Discussion here.

Meanwhile the ABS have released their Australian Internet Activity report for June 2009. The general trend towards higher download speeds continued, with 57% of subscribers now using a download speed of 1.5Mbps or greater, compared with 51% in December 2008. Gizmodo have posted their thoughts on the report.

Google have a new(?) news-scouring program called Google Fast Flip which looks interesting. Not much to say about it, just have a play and you'll figure it out.

Iroquois spotted a sneak preview of Intel's upcoming IDF. Intel will use its upcoming Intel Developer Forum to highlight several key developments in its product roadmap -- starting with smaller, more efficient chip designs and specialized applications for its Nehalem line.

Benheck's latest project is a laptop based on an Atari 800. I don't even remember the Atari 800 to be honest, and I'm old. Someone requested I build them an Atari 800 laptop, and I decided to go full out and not only beat my own C64, but make it perhaps my coolest project ever.



Tuesday Afternoon (5 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 15-September-2009  15:05:32 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Australia's three largest telcos have agreed to stop confusing customers with misleading ads. In what Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chairman Graeme Samuel has described as "a major breakthough", Telstra, Optus and Vodafone Hutchison have agreed to court-enforceable undertakings that they will make their advertising clearer to consumers.

LegionHW checked out performance clock-for-clock between Core i5, Core i7, Core 2 Quad and Phenom II X4. For something a little different today we are taking four quad-core series and comparing how they performance when operating at the same frequency. ... Not only will we be comparing them at 2.80GHz but also at 3.60GHz to give overclockers an idea of what they can expect.

Sam noticed this space photos on a budget project. Two MIT students have successfully photographed the earth from space on a strikingly low budget of $148. Perhaps more significantly, they managed to accomplish this feat using components available off-the-shelf to the average layperson, opening the doors for a new generation of amateur space enthusiasts. As pointed out in the comments, similar things have been done previously, but it's still a cool project.

HWZone have some info on AMD's upcoming mobile platforms. AMD's successful Puma notebooks are next in line for a refresh with the Tigris platform coming soon after Windows 7 debuts. Expect a mobile AMD 785G chipset, new 45nm Turion II processors and better power management. Also, the ultrathin Yukon platform gets an upgrade to Congo.

MadShrimps attack a Core i5 850 with LN2 and Phase-Change cooling. Intel's latest CPU is put to the test against their own Core 2/Quad and Core i7 series, as well as AMD's Phenom II. We wrap up the testing with an overclocking session using phase-change and LN2 Cooling. Does the Core i5 and S1156 i7 impress?



Radeon Shootout (5 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 14-September-2009  16:26:54 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Regular contributor dirtyd has sent in a three-way AMD ATI Radeon comparison. He checks out the performance of the Radeon 4670, 4770 and 4890 at stock speed and overclocked:


Click for the article!



Photography Gallery (2 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 14-September-2009  13:28:01 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's some recent photos from our Photography Gallery forum:













Edit: and now with fixed URLs, whoops.



Monday Morning (14 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 14-September-2009  02:56:06 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Would you believe I have a cut on my lip.. from a bread roll? Seriously.

Speaking of agonising, Timbot sent in this Don't Copy That 2 video. It's a couple of months old but I don't remember newsing it before. Anyway, it's terrible and has Klingons.

PCPerspective checked out some new portable platforms from AMD. Yesterday AMD introduced two new mobile platforms that they are hoping will help expand their presence in the mobile sector. These releases address the mainstream market as well as the ultra-thin (though not quite net book).

DriverHeaven compared Win 7 Gaming Performance with XP and Vista. Many people (and websites) still hail Windows XP as the OS of choice so today we will ascertain if you should be making the leap to Windows 7 when it is released next month.

The Hubble Space Telescope has been refurbished by a recent Shuttle mission and has sent back some fantastic new pictures. "This marks a new beginning for Hubble," said Ed Weiler, associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "The telescope was given an extreme makeover and now is significantly more powerful than ever, well-equipped to last into the next decade."

TechSpot compared a range of mainstream quad-core CPUs. With more powerful quad-core processors becoming mainstream, and with so many options currently available, we wanted to know which CPU provides users with the most value at under $300 (USD). That said, we won't just be evaluating the value of the individual processors, but also their accompanying platforms.

TechGage meanwhile are overclocking Intel's Core i5-750 & i7-870 CPUs. We found out earlier this week that Intel's Lynnfield-based processors are fast, but who said that cranking the clocks to make them even faster was a bad idea? In this article, we take both the Core i5-750 and i7-870 for an overclocking joyride, and the stable overclocks we were able to achieve is nothing short of impressive.

The IEEE have ratified 802.11n, the next generation wireless LAN standard. This new amendment to the IEEE 802.11 base standard is designed to help the data communications industry address the escalating demands placed on enterprise, home and public WLANs with the rise of higher-bandwidth file transfers and next-generation multimedia applications.

Sniper spotted this story about a plug-in OS X bootloader apparently not being what it seems. Quite simply, one need only connect the EFI-X module onto a motherboard's USB header, boot the system, set the module as the default booting device, and go. Have a retail Mac OS X Leopard disc handy? Insert, and boot. Install, reboot and you're running OS X on a PC (using compatible hardware of course) almost perfectly--and this is where the problems really began.

If you're feeling charitable there's a few things going on, with es02 doing the relay for life in medieval armour, Andrew357 doing the MS Sydney to the Gong ride with a shaved head (maybe) and Darkness sent word of a walk from Bombaderry to Bondi raising money for child abuse victims.



Sunday Morning Reviews #2 (1 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 13-September-2009  11:10:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Memory:
Kingston HyperX KHX1600C8D3K2/4GX 2x2GB on OCClub.
Corsair Dominator 2x2 GB DDR3 1600 Cas 8 on OCClub.

Motherboard & CPU:
Gigabyte i5 P55-UD5 LGA1156 board video review on YouTube.
ASUS P6T SE X58 i7 LGA1366 board on TechReviews.
Asus P7P55D Deluxe LGA1156 board on TrustedReviews.
Intel I7-870 Socket 1156 Lynnfield Processor on Tweaknews.
ASUS P7P55D Deluxe LGA1156 board on Guru3D.
Intel Core i5 and i7 "Lynnfield" CPUs and P55 Platform on FutureLooks.
ASRock P55 Lynnfield Motherboard Video Preview on Tweaktown.
ECS P55H-A Black Series LGA1156 board on HWSecrets.
BIOSTAR TA785GE AM3 board on InsideHW.
EVGA P55 LE LGA1156 board on HWSecrets.
ASUS P7P55D Premium and Maximus III Formula Video Preview on PCPerspective.
Intel DP55KG LGA1156 board on HWSecrets.
ASUS P7P55D PRO LGA1156 board on HWSecrets.

Audio Visual:
Eagle Arion ET-AR302-BK 2.0 Soundstage Speakers on VerdisReviews.
Kerchoonz K-Box speaker adapter thingo on DigitalTrends.
ASUS O!Play HDP-R1 1080p HD Media Player video review on Tweaktown.
Turtle Beach EarForce p21 Gaming Headset on OCModShop.
Creative Inspire S2 2.1 Speakers on HWZone.
Teufel System 5 THX Select 2 Home Cinema Speakers on TrustedReviews.
Eagle Arion ET-AR504LR-BK 2.1 Soundstage Speakers W/ Subwoofer on Tweaknews.
Samsung SyncMaster 2233SW 22-inch Widescreen LCD Monitor on ThinkComputers.

Cooling:
Gelid Silent Spirit CPU Cooler on Modders-Inc.
Zalman CNPS10X Quiet & Extreme CPU Coolers on OCIA.
Arctic Cooling Alpine 11 Pro CPU Cooler on HWSecrets.

Input Etc:
SteelSeries Xai Laser Gaming Mouse on OCModShop.
Speedlink Base Line USB Keyboard on VerdisReviews.



Sunday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 13-September-2009  01:13:55 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Power Supply:
XFX Black Edition 850W on DriverHeaven.
Silverstone Strider 600W on Hi-TechReviews.
Thermaltake Toughpower XT 850W on Bjorn3D.
OCZ Z-Series Z1000M 1000W on OC3D.
BFG EX-1000 on PureOC.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Sony VAIO AW Series (VGN-AW180Y/Q) laptop on DigitalTrends.
ViewSonic VPC100 prebuilt PC on DigitalTrends.
Acer Aspire 5536-744G50Mn - 15.6in Laptop on TrustedReviews.

Software:
Champions Online MMORPG on YouGamers.
Section 8 PC game on GamingHeaven.
Darkest of Days PC game on Bjorn3D.

Cases:
Luxa 2 LM300 Touch Pro HTPC case on RBMods.
Sunbeam Ultra-Tech Station Acrylic Cases on OCrCafe.
Arctic Cooling Silentium T5 on XSReviews.
NORCO RPC-4020 4U Rackmount Server Case on BenchMarkReviews.
Ikonik Ra X10 SIM on Bjorn3D.
NZXT Panzerbox Classic Series on BigBruin.

Storage:
LG GP08NU20 Portable Super Multi Drive on HWZone.
Corsair X256 CMFSSD-256D1 MLC SSD on BenchmarkReviews.
Crucial M225 128GB SSD on PureOC.
Vantec NexStar Vault on TechPowerUp.
VIA ARTiGO A2000 Barebone Storage Server on LegitReviews.
Crucial 128GB SSD on TechWareLabs.
Super Talent 128 GB UltraDrive GX Solid State Drive on TechARP.

Video Cards:
Galaxy GeForce GTX 295 Single PCB Overclocked on Tweaktown.
GIGABYTE GV-R489OC-1GD Radeon HD 4890 on FutureLooks.



Misc Pics (21 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 11-September-2009  14:49:47 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Another bumper crop this week:

         

         

         



Friday Afternoon (9 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 11-September-2009  14:24:57 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Phalanx sent in some surprising news about a topic that has always angered me: UK PM Gordon Brown has apologised for the treatment of Alan Turing. One of the greatest minds in history, who quite literally helped save the world during WWII and created the modern concept of computer science, he was arrested and sentenced to chemical castration, driving him to commit suicide two years later. His crime? Being gay. On Thursday, September 10, 2009, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown issued a lengthy apology to Alan Turing for the way he was treated in the post war era, following the creation of an online petition that received thousands of signatures.

SMH have more info about the PM's website being attacked. Fudzilla report that the hackers were drongos. The hackers kept trying to flood the pm.gov.au site with traffic - known as a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack - but they had limited success.

From Will: Following on from the news post the other day about Beached Whale being picked up by the ABC, they've just released Episode 2 - "The Snail". Linky here.

A few people sent this in: A South African IT company has proved it is faster to transmit data via a carrier pigeon than to send it using the country's leading internet service provider. As the old saying goes, never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes. I could certainly drive a 16GB USB stick from here to Sydney quicker than I could upload it.

An Apple update from IntelInside: Apple co-founder Steve Jobs received a standing ovation in San Francisco on Wednesday. Wearing his trademark long-sleeved black shirt, jeans and sneakers he announced "About five months ago I had a liver transplant, so I now have the liver of a mid-20s person who died in a car crash and was generous enough to donate their organs". He positively stated ""I'm vertical," he said. "I'm back at Apple, loving every day of it." He unveiled an updated Ipod Nano that "includes a video camera, an FM radio, a pedometer and a microphone and speaker." And said "Apple would be introducing 30,000 ringtones for sale through the iPhone store." Just hours before the event, Apple cut the prices of its iPod Touch, Nano, Shuffle and Classic models.

BFM spotted cooling using frickin' lasers. The concept of laser cooling is three decades old, but German researchers have finally leaped beyond previous failures to show that bombarding high-pressure gas with a laser can produce dramatic cooling.

HotHardware have a rant about browsers, while TechSpot say how to enhance your Gmail with Labs. I moved OCAU's email over to Google Apps as part of the hosting change and have been very happy so far.



AMD EyeFinity (16 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 11-September-2009  13:35:57 (GMT +10) - by Agg

AMD unveiled EyeFinity, a feature of their next-generation DX11 Radeon cards that allow a single GPU to drive up to 6 monitors - as a single huge display. In a system with 4 GPUs, you can create a mega display using 24 monitors. Life-size gaming! Here's a demo video from AMD:


Coverage on Tech Report, HotHardware, PC Perspective, Legit Reviews and Anandtech. Discussion here.



Steam Accounts Security Issue (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 10-September-2009  20:59:55 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Steam users might want to check this thread which has details of a possible security issue with Steam accounts. I just checked my account and I was vulnerable to the same issue. I log on to Steam at least every few days and have an up-to-date version of Steam. I had no idea that Steam made basic account security opt-in, rather than just put it into one of their regular software updates.


Interesting Forum Threads (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 10-September-2009  14:21:40 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's a quick snapshot of what's going on in the forums. You can also find new interesting things you might have missed via the Who's Online page, the New Posts page and the Live forum view. Also something a lot of people don't know about is the Today's Posts link (find it on the Quick Links menu).

When parenting becomes too hard - enter Linux! in Other Operating Systems.
G41M-ES2L First impressions in Intel Hardware.
i5 750 @ 4ghz STOCK AIR benchmarks in Intel Hardware.
AMD 12 core SERVER cpu ES samples in AMD Hardware.
Apple 'Rock and Roll' Event in Apple Hardware & Software.
EVGA Goes Intel P55 Motherboard Crazy in Overclocking & Hardware.
18GB RAM testing in Memory.
G.Skill Turbulance Memory Fan Cooler in Memory.
My triplehead2go setup. Cheap and so so sweet in Video Cards & Monitors.
Most secure web-based email in Networking & Internet.
Monopoly City Street Launches 9/9/09 in Games.
Measuring Input Latency In Console Games in Games Consoles.
Watercooled - Silverstone SG05 Black Cube Mini ITX in Extreme Cooling.
New Silicon Chip circuit: ultra high quality 24/96 DAC in Electronics.
New High Resolution Doppler Radar Online in Sydney in Science.
Upcoming movies I want to see in Entertainment.
The Rise of Atheism in Entertainment.
Rock throwers halt WRC Rally of Australia in Motoring.
New HSV E-Series 2 Range Launched in Motoring.
'Oldest hoon' cops ban for 231km/h drive in Motoring.
New McLaren revealed! MP4-12C in Motoring.
Atom/VIA Router in What/Where.



Thursday Morning (5 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 10-September-2009  04:13:49 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The charges against a QLD man for posting a baby-swinging video have been dropped, in a triumph of common sense. "This prosecution was discontinued ... after the matter was reviewed by the CDPP in accordance with the prosecution policy of the Commonwealth taking into account all the circumstances involved including the classification given to the material by the Classification Board," she said.

Kevin Rudd's website has apparently been attacked and taken down (although not "hacked" as described in the article). The hacker calls for Senator Conroy to resign and also posted a link which is purported to be a list of websites on the banned content list.

A couple of people sent in a security advisory about Vista and Windows 7 related to blue screens and SMB, but apparently there's no issue, or at least, it hasn't been confirmed yet. Microsoft is investigating new public reports of a possible vulnerability in Microsoft Server Message Block (SMB) implementation. We are not aware of attacks that try to use the reported vulnerabilities or of customer impact at this time.

Here's a cool project to make a Big Daddy suit (from Bioshock). This build and the execution of wearing it was more of a group effort than anything I have ever tackled before. While I did the construction of the prop myself, I did have a number of people assisting me in handling the costume during the convention itself. Emily, Mandy and I won "Best Journeyman" as well as "Best Professional Design" at Dragon*Con for this suit as well as for their costumes.

Fancy a career as a blog spammer? An Australian digital agency is advertising for someone to take on a "supplied persona" and surreptitiously promote clients on blogs and chatrooms. I look forward to deleting your forum posts. :)

ArsTechnica claim to have some training materials from Microsoft that directly tackle Linux. While there are correct assertions in the slides, the majority of the statements are inaccurate, or are only accurate in the specific way they are worded.

PureOC have an overclocking value comparison. After carefully considering some of the comments, we decided to expand our examination and follow up with another Intel vs AMD article, one that instead focused on CPU performance and overclocking. Today we bring you that article, once again tackling another topic that sets off the passion: does AMD or Intel provide better overclocking value?"

MaximumPC have a guide to making a MAME arcade cabinet with your old PC bits. When you think about an arcade machine, what comes to mind? For most people, it’s the cabinet. From the classic standup cabinets like Centipede, with its loud sideart, to the behemoth six-player, two-screen X-Men machines, to the sit-down cocktail Galaga cabinets, every games was its own distinct experience. They were more than just video games, they were furniture.



Thursday Morning Reviews #2 (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 10-September-2009  03:32:19 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Cooling:
Feser Triebwerk 120mm Fans on Bjorn3D.
Corsair Cooling Hydro Series H50 Self-Contained Liquid CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.
Cooler Master Hyper N620 CPU cooler on OCClub.

Video Cards:
ASUS Radeon HD 4890 Formula on Tweaktown.
Mushkin GeForce GTX 295 Single PCB 1792 MB on TechPowerUp.

Input Etc:
Gigabyte GM-M7800S Swarovski Crystal Mouse on TestSeek.
OCZ Behemoth Gaming Mouse on VerdisReviews.
Cooler Master Sentinel Advance Gaming Mouse on OCIA.
Alienware TactX Keyboard & Mouse on DriverHeaven.
Choiix Accu-Mouse (C-PM01-W2) Uni-Retractable Optical Mouse on MegaTechNews.
SteelSeries 9HD Gaming Pad on PCShopTalk.
Ozone Ground Level S mousepad on TestSeek.

Storage:
Western Digital 7200RPM Caviar Black and RE4 Series 2TB Hard Drive on PCPerspective.
Plextor PX-B320SA 8X Blu-ray Disc Combo on CCEReviews.

Cases:
Silverstone Grandia Series GD03 HTPC Case on Metku.
ThermalTake Element G & T cases on Bjorn3D.
Thermaltake DH-202 HTPC Case on TechWareLabs.
Lian-Li PC-Q07 mITX on APHNetworks.
Cooler Master Storm Scout on InsideHW.
Chieftec BL-01B Bravo L-Type Case with VESA Monitor Mount on BigBruin.
ABS Canyon 595 on Bjorn3D.



Thursday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 10-September-2009  02:28:48 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Foxconn A7DA 3.0 AM3 board on XbitLabs.
MSI P55-GD65 Lynnfield Motherboard Video Preview on PC Perspective.
ASUS MAXIMUS III Formula LGA1156 board on Motherboards.org.
ECS P55H-A Black Series LGA1156 board on PureOC.
Asus P7P55D EVO P55 LGA1156 board on OC3D.
MSI P55-CD53 LGA1156 board on Motherboards.org.
Gigabyte P55-UD6 and P55M-UD4 LGA1156 boards on LegitReviews.
Intel P55 Chipset Preview On Linux on Phoronix.
Intel Core i5 750, Core i7 870 Linux Benchmarks on Phoronix.
Intel Core i7 870 & Core i5 750 LGA1156 CPUs on TrustedReviews.
First look at the ASUS Sabertooth 55i motherboard (video) on Tweaktown.
Intel Core i5 750 Intel Core i5-750 and Core i7-870 Processors on LegitReviews.
Intel Core i7-870 Processor on BenchMarkReviews.
Intel Core i7 870/Core i5 750/P55 Express Chipset Video Review on Motherboards.org.
ASRock M3A785GXH/128M AM3 board on Tweaktown/

Memory:
OCZ 6GB DDR3 PC3-12800 Platinum Low-Voltage Triple Channel on Tech-Reviews.
A-DATA XPG X Series DDR3-1600X 6GB on LegionHW.

Audio / Visual:
Steel Series Siberia Special Red Edition Full-size Gaming Headset on Tweaktown.
Panasonic VIERA 50-inch V-series Plasma TV on HWZone.
QNAP NMP-1000 Network Multimedia Player on HWZone.
LG 42SL8000 42in LCD TV on TrustedReviews.
Logitech Harmony 700 Universal Remote on I4U.
Toshiba Regza 19AV615DB 19in LCD TV on TrustedReviews.
Steelseries Siberia Headset on XSReviews.
Western Digital TV HD Media Player on TechWareLabs.



Forum Projects (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 9-September-2009  20:46:36 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Some more interesting things from the forums:


windwithme checked out the
Gigabyte P55-UD6 with i7-870

AMD2400 looked at the
Gigabyte X58-UD3R

kayl has a supercooled
Gigabyte X58 UD5 and I7-960


zeropluszero has a
detailed WC worklog

Team.AU tries some
LN2 on his RAM

hellaflush shows how to
swap GPU paste with AS 5



Wednesday Afternoon (10 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 9-September-2009  14:59:45 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Today is 9/9/9, thanks JC. You win nothing. ;) Besides, it's much more important to note that yesterday was Star Trek's birthday!

It's not the first time that this has happened, but it's worth a reminder: Facebook scammers are out to get your cash. Natasha Cann endured the Father's Day from hell on Sunday when hackers broke into her Facebook account and proceeded to scam her closest friends out of significant amounts of money.

Speaking of scams, beware fake renewal notices about domain names, trademarks, etc. I actually got a couple of these about 3 months ago and the main tipoff was that my wife also got some for her business at the same time. Turns out it wasn't really a renewal at all, just a "transfer to us" type scam, relying on office workers being too busy to notice and just paying every bill that arrives on their desk.

The iPhone now has a C64 emulator. Well, except it has been pulled from the iTunes store for now. Apple had worked with the developer to remove the BASIC interpreter from the initial version of C64 as it violated the SDK clause specifically prohibiting interpreted or executable code. So when Apple discovered that it was possible to enable it using the hack like we did, they had no choice but to remove it from the iPhone App Store.

Paul spotted a demo of touchless browsing. This time 'round the company's teamed up with Opera and presents us with a much more polished affair, not to mention a couple technical details. According to CEO Stian Aldrin, the device is based on ultrasound, tracks the hand itself (no reflector or sensor necessary), has a range of one foot, and has been designed to be either embedded in any electronic device (including a cellphone) or to connect to devices via USB.

PopularMechanics have a list of 10 awesome DIY projects, including a giant car-crushing hand. It is powered by a 90-hp Perkins 1104C-44T four-cylinder diesel engine and is controlled through a glove worn by the operator. At demonstrations, that operator is usually a random member of the audience.

PeXa noticed a story on Slashdot about the Church of Scientology proposing net censorship in Australia. Recommendation 2: Restriction on Anonymity on acts of Religious Vilification: 2.1 Websites created with primary purpose of inciting religious vilification shall be removed or their access to the Australian public restricted. 2.2 Creators of websites whose primary purpose is the incitement of religious vilification shall be prevented from concealing their identity.

Tomorrow USA time (I assume) the biggest game of monopoly launches, using Google Maps, thanks Mark. Own any street in the world. Build humble houses, crazy castles and stupendous skyscrapers to collect rent. Use MONOPOLY Chance Cards to sabotage your mates by building Hazards on their streets.

Canada is knee-deep in copyright reform at the moment, thanks OhSmeg. There are only six days left in the consultation and the thousands that have spoken out for fair copyright - the students, teachers, Internet users, software programmers, privacy advocates, librarians, and a growing number of creators - now find themselves under attack from two sides.

He also sent in some computing conspiracies over on PCPro. The US government knows that little green men exist - and it also knows that we'll never find them by listening for radio signals. So to keep us off the scent, it promotes futile SETI research. ... The fact that SETI research now receives no public money seems to derail the idea that the US government are using it to distract us from the real way to reach aliens.

Today's timewaster is Elements, from Damien. It's an online card game in the same vein as Magic the Gathering.



Intel Core i7 870, 860 and Core i5 750 Review Roundup (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 8-September-2009  21:01:59 (GMT +10) - by DiGiTaL MoNkEY

Today Intel has officially unveiled their new Core i7 870, 860 and Core i5 750 processors, designed to work on the LGA1156 platform. The Core i5 750 will be the first mainstream Intel processor built using the Nehalem architecture and priced under $300AUD.

Coverage on Guru3D, Benchmark Reviews, Hexus, Bjorn3D, TweakTown, Bit-tech, Legion Hardware, NeoSeeker, PC Perspective, HardOCP, Tom's Hardware, AnandTech, Overclockers Club, Hardware Secrets, HardwareCanucks, Techspot, FiringSquad, Hot Hardware, HardwareZone, TechReport and ExtremeTech.

Forum discussions can be found here and here.


Click to join the Intel hardware discussion!



Tuesday Morning (23 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 8-September-2009  03:15:49 (GMT +10) - by Agg

If you find yourself stuck in a life-threatening situation, and you find your phone has a strong signal, the trick is to ring for help, not update your facebook status. The South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS) says it is worrying that two girls lost last night in a stormwater drain raised the alert on a social networking site rather than ringing 000.

You'll be greatly saddened to hear that Geocities is closing. If you do not download your files and images before October 26, 2009, you will no longer be able to access that data. After October 26, your GeoCities files will be deleted from our servers, and will not be recoverable. It's as if a million animated gifs cried out at once.. and then were silent.

LegitReviews have a guide to building a mini-ITX system using nVIDIA's ION. Building a mini-ITX computer system is a popular topic these days and for good reason. The form factor is very small, a wide selection of platforms is available and the component pricing is fairly decent. This build guide will quickly go through the steps of building a mini-ITX build from out of the box to completion. Lots of this kind of stuff in our Portable & SFF Forum at the moment.

One of the oldest computers in the UK (and presumably the world) is to be restored to working order. The computer, which was designed in 1949, first ran in 1951 and was designed to perform mathematical calculations; it lasted until 1973. When first built the 2.4m x 5m computer was state-of-the-art, although it was superseded by transistor-based systems.

That "I'm beached as, bro!" thing that was doing the rounds months ago seems to have spawned a TV show on the ABC. I'm not sure if this is a good or bad thing. I guess you can find out on ABC2 on Thursday, or ABC1 in late October, according to the website.

Koopz reminded me of this video which my Dad had actually told me to go looking for. Kseniya Simonova is a Ukrainian artist who just won Ukraine's version of "America's Got Talent." She uses a giant light box, dramatic music, imagination and "sand painting" skills to interpret Germany's invasion and occupation of Ukraine during WWII. This was amazing, sobering, and deeply saddening all in the same moment.



Photography Gallery (2 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 7-September-2009  20:44:42 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's some recent photos from our Photography Gallery forum:















Contests (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 7-September-2009  15:30:02 (GMT +10) - by Agg

There's a few contesty things going on:

Melbourne company 360desktop have a contest to design desktop wallpaper. The team will pick a 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners from the top five downloaded OCAU wallpapers. The 1st prize winner will receive a $100AUD cash prize and a yearly Pro User account at 360desktop. 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive a yearly Pro-User account at the site.

Warcom are running an OCAU Thread of the Month competition. You can win Warcom vouchers by recommending a thread, or starting a thread, or just being useful/entertaining in a thread.

Also, there's DataRetriever's ongoing promo to win goodies by referring people to them. While the original promo will be continuing indefinitely, I've put together an assortment of prizes which you can win just for referring people to us - you get an entry simply for every customer who contacts us for a quote, some advice, or more info.



Monday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 7-September-2009  15:00:40 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
MSI 785GM-E65 AM3 board on Bjorn3D.
ASUS P7P55D-Deluxe Intel P55 Express i5 board on PCStats.
Foxconn Blood RAGE X58 LGA1366 board on PCShopTalk.
Asus P7P55D Deluxe i5 board on XSReviews.
ASUS P5P55D Pro i5 board on Techgage.
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition CPU on FutureLooks.

Input Etc:
Ozone Smog gaming mouse on XSReviews.
Mionix Saiph 3200 Mouse & Alioth Mat on PureOC.
Logitech Flight System G940 on I4U.
Mionix Saiph 1800 Mouse on RBMods.

Cases:
Thermaltake Element S VK60001W2Z on Tech-Reviews.
HEC 98 Series full tower on PureOC.
Raven RV02 on DriverHeaven.
Cooler Master Gladiator 600 on OCClub.

Misc:
R2-D2 USB-Hub on RBMods.
LevelOne WBR-6001 N_Max Wireless Router on CCEReviews.
Vantec ezSHARE PRO Adapter USB hub on PCShopTalk.
ASUS GeForce GTX 285 Matrix on BenchmarkReviews.
Canon PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II photo printer on HWZone.
Seasonic S12D 750W PSU on Hi-TechReviews.
Arctic Cooling Accelero L2 Pro VGA Cooler on DragonSteelMods.
ASUS O!Play HDP-R1 media player on InsideHW.
Cooler Master SNA95 Slim Notebook Adapter on MegaTechReviews.
Asus G51VX laptop on DigitalTrends.



Forum Projects (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 7-September-2009  04:34:34 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Some interesting things from the forums:


simblebit reviewed the
Astone MediaGear AP-100

ravencs checked out the
Logitech DiNovo Mini KB

rleishman is building a
4TB RAID5 Eco-NAS for $1k


kombiman is making a
backyard pizza oven

EpicPcCases has a
DICE case project

eva2000 checked out
12GB OC with Corsair + OCZ



Monday Morning (2 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 7-September-2009  04:13:55 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Andrew357 sends a reminder that he is raising money for Multiple Sclerosis by riding in the MS Sydney to the Gong bike ride again this year. This year, if I reach $3000 I will once again advertise OCAU on my legs and arms again, and if we reach $5000 I will shave and razor my head.

The GTA:SA Hot Coffee saga is finally over, it seems. ONE of the most bizarre chapters in video game history has finally ended with a $23 million settlement. The Grand Theft Auto "Hot Coffee" case came to a close this week as games company Take-Two Interactive struck a $US20 million out-of-court deal.

A Chinese company has DDoS'd their opposition, resulting in widespread outages and several arrests. While the national scale of the effects was unusual, such attacks are common among some small Internet businesses competing to draw customers in China, security researchers say.

NASA has released lots of high resolution Mars photos. Thousands of newly released images from more than 1,500 telescopic observations by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter show a wide range of gullies, dunes, craters, geological layering and other features on the Red Planet.

The sales ban on MS Word has been overturned, somewhat unsurprisingly. However, Microsoft has successfully requested a stay against the ban, and has asked for its appeal to be heard as soon as possible because the ruling stood to inflict "irreparable harm" on the company's business by keeping "the centrepiece of its product line out of the market for months".

Bjorn3D have an article on SSD Optimisation & Longevity. With the inherent expense of SSD's recent concerns about longevity and optimization have surfaced. With 1 Million hours MTBF the drives have a pretty good lifespan but if you are interested in longevity and optimizing the drive for maximum performance here's a few tips and tricks you may want to experiment with.

Duffy pointed out an article on the high failure rate of Xbox 360's. In the first two years of ownership, SquareTrade found that 2.7 percent of Wii owners reported a system failure, compared with 23.7 percent of Xbox 360 owners and 10 percent of PS3 owners. Slightly more than half of all Xbox 360 failures were "red ring of death" related, while the remaining 11.7% were "other" failures.



Sunday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 6-September-2009  15:13:51 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio / Visual:
Panasonic SC-SP100 iPod Speakers on HWZone.
Vuzix iWear AV920 Video Eyewear on FutureLooks.
Razer Megalodon 7.1 Surround Sound Headset on DriverHeaven.
Philips BDP3000 Blu-ray Player on TrustedReviews.
Asus Xonar HDAV 1.3 Slim PCI Soundcard on OC3D.
Samsung HMX-R10 HD Camcorder on FutureLooks.
iMainGo 2 Portable Speaker on TestFreaks.
Auzen X-Fi Forte 7.1 Sound Card on XbitLabs.

Software:
Presto Instant-On Operating System on HotHardware.
Extra Video Converter Pro on iGadgetLife.

Power Supply:
PC TrickleSaver on HWSecrets.
OCZ StealthXStream 500W on HWSecrets.
CoolerMaster UCP 900W on Hi-TechReviews.
Thermaltake EVO_Blue PSUs on LegionHW.
Silverstone Element ST85EF 850W on JonnyGuru.
Seasonic S12D 750W on HWSecrets.

Cooling:
NZXT Sentry 2 Touch-Screen Fan Controller on TechGage.
Zalman CNPS10X Extreme CPU cooler on OCOnline.
Evercool Buffalo HPFI7-10025 Intel i7 CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.
Rosewill FORT120 CPU cooler on PureOC.
Titan Fenrir TTC-NK85TZ CPU Cooler on Modders-Inc.
DeepCool Killer Whale Premium Heatsink on FrostyTech.
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.
Tacens Trio notebook cooler on TestSeek.
Cooler Master Hyper N520 CPU Cooler on VerdisReviews.
Scythe Kabuto CPU Cooler on HWSecrets.
Arctic Cooling Alpine 11 Pro CPU Cooler on DragonSteelMods.
Scythe Zipang 2 CPU cooler on XbitLabs.
Cooler Master Hyper N620 CPU Cooler on FutureLooks.



Saturday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 5-September-2009  23:38:42 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Video Cards:
ASUS MARS (Dual GTX 285 4096MB) on Guru3D.
ASUS GeForce GTX 285 Matrix ROG on Tweaktown.
ASUS MATRIX GTX285 on OCClub.
MSI N285GTX SuperPipe 2G on InsideHW.
Sapphire Radeon HD 4890 2GB Vapor-X on LegitReviews.
XFX HD4770 on Tweaknews.
PowerColor HD 4770 PCS on NeoSeeker.

Portable:
MacBook Air with nVidia 9400M and 128GB SSD on TrustedReviews.
Asus Eee PC Seashell 1005HA netbook on SilentPCReview.
Acer Aspire One 11.6" netbook on TechSpot.
Lenovo IdeaPad U350 on TechReviewSource.
MSI Wind U123-003US netbook on DigitalTrends.
Lenovo IdeaPad S10-2 Netbook on Tweaktown.
Toshiba Satellite L300-29T - 15.4in Laptop on TrustedReviews.

Storage:
OCZ Agility Series SATA II 2.5" 120GB SSD on Pro-Clockers.
Patriot Convoy and Convoy XL HW RAID 2.5" Enclosure Video Review on Tweaktown.
QNAP TS-219P Dual-Bay Home and SOHO NAS on Tweaktown.
PhotoFast G-Monster eSATA V2 Portable SSD on a Stick on Tweaktown.
In Win AMMO 2.5 Inch External SATA HDD Enclosure on TechReviewSource.
ioSafe Solo 500GB Rugged USB External Hard Drive on BigBruin.
Patriot Corza NAS on Guru3D.
Kingston SSDNow V Series 64GB on TrustedReviews.
Verbatim 2.5" Portable Hard Drive USB 2.0 Executive 500GB on RBMods.



Misc Pics (23 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 4-September-2009  14:56:44 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again! Thanks to BFM, John and others for these:

         

         



Friday Afternoon (13 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 4-September-2009  13:54:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

They've brought out the big guns to tackle the Los Angeles fires - a 747-based fire extinguisher. Supertanker, a 747-100 modified by Evergreen Aviation of Oregon, can deliver more than 20,000 gallons of fire retardant with considerable accuracy using its unique pressurized delivery system. Although Supertanker can't snake through canyons like smaller aircraft, nothing can touch its payload or its ability to perform multiple controlled drops during a single flight.

Excited about Windows 7? Maybe you should hold a launch party at your house. Apply online to host a Windows 7 Launch Party. Choose a day from October 22-29 and if you're selected, you'll not only receive a special Signature Edition of Windows 7 Ultimate but your very own Windows 7 Party Pack. Which hopefully includes lots of beer.

James May of Top Gear fame is building a Lego house. This two-story Lego palace, which resides in the middle of a vineyard, sports a working bathroom, and is covered inside and out with bricks pieced together by 272 Legos. Over three million bricks were used to build the Lego pad, so doing some quick math here - that's over 816 million Lego pieces!

IEEE Spectrum has an article on agumented reality via contact lenses. Even a lens with a single pixel could aid people with impaired hearing or be incorporated as an indicator into computer games. With more colors and resolution, the repertoire could be expanded to include displaying text, translating speech into captions in real time, or offering visual cues from a navigation system.

Microsoft are discontinuing Encarta. On October 31, 2009, MSN Encarta Web sites worldwide will be discontinued, with the exception of Encarta Japan, which will be discontinued on December 31, 2009. Why? People today seek and consume information in considerably different ways than in years past. Yup.. we pretty much just use Wikipedia now. TestFreaks show how to keep it all at your fingertips now too.

It's nearly trial time for the guy from QLD who uploaded a baby-swinging video. Despite having no involvement in the creation of the three-minute clip, he was committed to a trial by jury in the District Court on July 8. He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years' imprisonment for each of the two charges.

Jetstar are re-thinking their IT policies, including adding a BYO laptop requirement for employees, thanks Koopz. "In two years' time a laptop should be a condition of employment, and this includes bringing your own laptop," he said. "It's an HR issue, not an IT issue. "I don't want to care any more about the standard operating environment, or manage it, or care about the brand."

Robbers cleaned out an Apple store in 31 seconds flat, thanks Paul. Then, with precision timing, the five men enter the store and clean house like there's no tomorrow. Each one moved in a different direction, lifting Macbook Pros which can run upwards of $3,000. In all, they took 23 Macbook Pros, 14 iPhones and nine iPod Touches. Discussion here.



Thursday Afternoon (6 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 3-September-2009  14:23:33 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Drayzen and Scoobth sent word that Opera 10 has been released. Coverage on NeoWin and OS News. The main major improvement seems to be a speed increase.

Rage noticed that the Internet Archive now contains films that are in the Public Domain, usually due to their age. This is paradise for fans of classic sci-fi/horror. Cat-Women of the Moon! Invasion of the Bee Girls! Grave of the Vampire!

I linked this in "Interesting Forum Threads" earlier but it's worth a closer look. A cheap online storage company called BackBlaze have developed their own cheap rack storage system. After looking at several overpriced commercial solutions, we decided to build our own custom Backblaze Storage Pods: 67 terabyte 4U servers for $7,867. It's an interesting read, with discussion here.

Timbot sent in this article showing how CPUs are made, with lots of CGI pictures showing each stage. This fraction of a ready wafer is being put to a first functionality test. In this stage test patterns are fed into every single chip and the response from the chip monitored and compared to "the right answer".

Telstra had a major international outage this morning. The outage - which occurred between 7.50am and 8.50am - affected all Telstra home and business ADSL broadband, cable and mobile internet customers nationwide, the company said. It is unclear if Telstra wholesale customers were also affected by the outage. Telstra said it had fixed the problem but was unaware of its cause.

HardOCP have an article on Wolfenstein Gameplay Performance and IQ. This incarnation of Wolfenstein is powered by id Tech 4, which used to be known as the Doom 3 engine, and has also powered such games as Quake 4, Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, and Prey. This generation of id Tech was first seen powering Doom 3, which was released on August 3rd of 2004. So, while the engine has certainly been updated and modified for Wolfenstein, the underlying technology is five years old.



Thursday Morning Reviews (1 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 3-September-2009  04:34:06 (GMT +10) - by aftahours

Misc:
Sumo Lounge Omni Bean Bag Chair on OCIA.net
Lowepro Flipside 200 Camera Backpack on ThinkComputers.org
Cello C1973F IPOD 19in LCD/DVD/iPod TV on Trusted Reviews
Acer Tempo X960 Smartphone on Trusted Reviews
Mionix Alioth 400 Mousepad on DragonSteelMods
Wintec Filemate Card-It-All on Pro-Clockers
FSP Everest 80Plus 800W PSU on DriverHeaven.net
AMD Phenom II TWKR Black Edition on InsideHW
Gigabyte GA-MA785G-UD3H Motherboard on Bjorn3D

Cooling:
Prolimatech Mega Shadow on Legion Hardware
Scythe Mugen 2 CPU Cooler on Legit Reviews
Cooler Master NotePal A1 on Modders-Inc
Evercool HPK-10025EA LGA1366 CPU Cooler on Verdis Reviews
NZXT Cryo S Notebook Cooler on Phoronix
Zalman VF2000 LED Hybrid VGA/CPU Cooler on Testseek.com
CoolAge Orb X120 Transform X120TF CPU Heatsink Cooler on Tech-Reviews.co.uk
SilverStone Fortress FT01 All Aluminum Case on Metku.net



Interesting Forum Threads (3 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 2-September-2009  20:07:38 (GMT +10) - by Agg

A quick snapshot of what people are up to in the forums:

EVGA X58 Classified 4-Way SLI + EVGA GTX285 Classified Announced in OC & HW.
Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme Ready for Revenge in OC & HW.
2.5" Externals - Why do they have a power port & USB port in Newbie Lounge.
AMD Preparing ''Thuban'' Desktop Six-Core Processor in AMD Hardware.
Foxconn Renaissance and SAS in Intel Hardware.
EVGA Classified back from the dead FF! in Intel Hardware.
Apple holding a 'rock and roll' themed event, Sept 9..New iPods? in Apple HW & SW.
67 Terabytes, US$7867: Budget cloud storage in Storage & Backup.
Battlefield 2 Discussion. Patch 1.5 and beyond! in Games.
I've NEVER finished a single player game in Games.
Just how tiny is Earth? in Science.
Awesome picture of the universe in Science.
CHDK for 400D ISO 3200, spot metering & more in Photography.
Halo ODST preview @ Cockatoo Island in Photography.
Making a skateboard in Other Toys.
World faces hi-tech crunch as China eyes ban on rare metal exports in Current Events.
Smokers, drinkers to pay more under healthy Australians plan in Current Events.
Bill would give President emergency control of Internet in Current Events.
Dude fined $250 for using iPhone as navi aid in Motoring.
First Australian-built hybrid car launched in Motoring.
Things you didn't know/realise until recently (omg bananas!) in The Pub.



Wednesday Afternoon (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 2-September-2009  17:22:41 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Stephen Conroy has been urged to end the net censorship farce by the Opposition. The Federal Government's internet censorship trials have been repeatedly delayed over the past nine months, leading to claims from the Opposition that the Government is deliberately withholding the results to avoid embarrassment. Meanwhile you can Fax your MP easily, thanks VILJAR.

Perth may be enjoying some of the best wireless broadband in the country soon, say Seven Network. Seven said its wholly owned subsidiary Vividwireless planned to establish a fourth generation (4G) wireless broadband network in Perth by March next year.

A New Zealand woman has been compensated after being fired for sending ALL CAPS emails. A tribunal heard that she spread disharmony among her co-workers by sending missives with entire sentences in block capitals. She also behaved "provocatively" by highlighting key phrases in bold or red, her employer ProCare Health claimed. More info here.

From csimpson: Die-hard race fans might be interested to know that V8 Supercars are going to appear in the Forza Motorsport 3 racing game for Xbox 360. There's no info on whether any Australian tracks will be available, though. Images from the event here, new in-game screenshots here. IGN Oz also has coverage.

Tweaktown have video coverage of MSI's Master Overclocking Arena in Beijing. There were about 100 people in the group consisting of MSI staff, overclockers and media from all over the world. As far as the competition went, there were a total of 20 global overclocking teams (two competitors per team) from about 15 different countries.

WD has some new 2TB drives. High-performance hard drives by an industry leader in performance, WD Caviar Black and WD RE4 2 TB drives combine 7200 RPM spin speed, 64 MB cache, dual stage actuator technology, SATA 3 gigabits per second (Gb/s) interface, and an integrated dual processor to deliver ultimate performance in a maximum-capacity drive.



Wednesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 2-September-2009  16:23:06 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Cases:
Coolermaster Gladiator 600 Mid Tower on Pro-Clockers.
Silverstone SUGO SG05 on Bjorn3D.
Cooler Master Gladiator 600 Mid Tower on ThinkComputers.
Antec Nine Hundred Two Gaming Case on Tech-Reviews.
Lian-Li LanCool PC-K62 and PC-K56 on TechSpot.
Cooler Master Elite 310 on OCClub.

Portable:
PROLiNK Glee TA-009 Netbook on VR-Zone.
BenQ Joybook Lite U121 Eco Netbook on HWZone.
HP Pavilion dv6-1210sa - 15.6in Laptop on TrustedReviews.

Video Cards:
VisionTek HD 4890 OC on Bjorn3D.
nVidia GTX 260 SLI on OCIA.

Storage:
Four-way SSD Roundup on HotHardware.
Kingston SSDNow V+ 128GB SSD on Bjorn3D.
Synology Disk Station DS509+ Network Attached Storage Device on XbitLabs.
Plextor PX-880SA DVD burner on DigitalTrends.
Intel X25-M Reloaded: Generation 2 Preview on HWZone.
PhotoFast G-Monster V4S 32GB Indilinx SLC Solid State Disk on Tweaktown.
OCZ Vertex Turbo 120GB SSD on PureOC.
Thecus M3800 NAS Stream Box on LegitReviews.

Audio / Visual:
Warpia Wireless USB Display Adapter SWP100 on BenchMarkReviews.
New C-PVA Solutions: Samsung SyncMaster F2080 and F2380 monitors on XbitLabs.
SoundMagic PL30 In-ears on TechPowerUp.
Toshiba Regza 32AV615D 32in LCD TV on TrustedReviews.
SanDisk Sansa Clip+ mp3 player on DigitalTrends.

Input Etc:
Logitech G9x Laser Gaming Mouse on I4U.
Mionix Saiph 1800 Gaming Mouse on TestFreaks.
Hillcrest Labs Loop Pointer on DigitalTrends.



Forum Projects (1 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 1-September-2009  21:25:42 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Some interesting things from the forums:


eva2000 has a Xeon W3540
on Asus P6T6 WS Revolution

Team.AU has 4 iRAMs
and SSD / RAMDRIVE fun

zer0sum upgraded the storage
in his MacBook Pro 15"


KRiSX has a neat little
WC LAN machine

Team.AU played with extreme
password cracking, with a GPU

eva2000 checked out
the Amaze HD4890 card



Tuesday Night (2 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 1-September-2009  20:59:44 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Canon have announced their EOS 7D digital SLR camera. It fits between the 50D and the 5Dmk2, offering 18Mpixels, 1.6x crop, full HD 1080p movie mode and a built-in Speedlite transmitter. There's a hands-on preview here on DPReview, and a discussion thread here.

Rezin spotted a guide to having bots fighting on your TF2 main menu. However, my research eventually blossomed into an amazing discovery that led to having bots battling it out whilst I scrolled through the server list. Trust me, this WILL impress you.

Elliot pointed out a new SSD article on Anandtech. It's a daunting, no, deflating task to write what I view as the third part in this trilogy of articles. JMicron is all but gone from the market for now, Indilinx came and improved (a lot) and TRIM is nearly upon us. Plus, we all know how trilogies turn out. Here's hoping that this one doesn't have Ewoks in it.

Telstra have given the media a peek into their Global Operations Centre in Melbourne, thanks Sam and mshagg. To get some idea of the magnitude of the scale of monitoring required in this massive facility: the Telstra network handles almost 5 billion PSTN calls per year, 9 billion SMS messages, 10 million Telstra mobile services and over one million wireless broadband customers. The center monitors the whole core NextIP network (the IP-based backbone of all of Telstra's networks), GSM, Next G, PSTN, ADSL and cable networks.

SMH have an article about the founder of Facebook and some of the bizarre goings-on behind the scenes. In 2004, aboard the yacht of a Sun Microsystems executive, the Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and friends apparently dined on a koala.

Disney has apparently bought Marvel Entertainment for $US 4B, thanks YH. More than 5,000 iconic comic book characters will soon be in the hands of Disney, raising serious questions about the future of Marvel video game titles from Activision, Sega, and the upcoming MMO from Gazillion Entertainment.

Guru3D have their Blizzcon coverage posted, while GoN have interviews about WoW: Cataclysm and StarCraft II.

There's a new major firmware update for the PS3 available, version 3.0. Official details from Sony here, and discussion here. First, you’ll notice some cosmetic changes to the design of the XMB (Xross Media Bar). We’ve enhanced the look and feel of the XMB so that it’s easier and even more intuitive to use. We’ve also added network improvements and personalization options to help enhance your PS3 experience.



Tuesday Evening Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 1-September-2009  20:32:39 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard and CPU:
Intel Core i7 870 CPU on InsideHW.
DFI LANPARTY Blood Iron G41-T33 LGA755 Micro-ATX on PCShopTalk.
ECS A785GM-M 785G AM3 Micro ATX on PCPerspective.
GIGABYTE GA-GC330UD Mini-ITX - Dual Core Atom on Tweaktown.
AMD Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition: Overclocking Revisited on IXBTLabs.
AMD Athlon II X2 250 3.0 GHz Socket AM3 CPU on PCStats.
Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD3R LGA1366 board on XbitLabs.
X58 Motherboard Roundup for LGA1366 CPUs on OCClub.

Power Supply:
Antec CP-850 on SilentPCReview.
TrickleStar PC TrickleSaver Energy Saving Device on OCIA.

Cooling:
Thermaltake Massive23 ST Notebook Cooler on iGadgetLife.
Xclio One Notebook Cooler on OCClub.
Zalman VF2000 LED Hybrid VGA/CPU Cooler on TestSeek.
Zalman CNPS10X Extreme CPU cooler on HWLogic.
Thermaltake ISGC-200 CPU Cooler on HWSecrets.
DeepCool Killer Whale Heatsink on FrostyTech.
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus & Hyper N620 and Cogage TRUE Spirit CPU coolers on XbitLabs.
Enermax Apollish case fan on PureOC.
NZXT Cryo S Aluminum Notebook Cooler on TechWareLabs.
Kingwin XT-1264 Heat-Pipe Direct Touch CPU Cooler on Tweaktown.



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