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[H] Enthusiast Archives: September 2005Archive Listing

Wednesday September 28, 2005

[H]ardNews 8th Edition

NVIDIA GeForce Go 7800:

The big news in the mobile graphics arena is the widespread adoption of the NVIDIA GeForce Go 7800 GTX. OEMs like Voodoo Computers, Falcon Northwest ABS and others all offer notebooks with the option of the 7800 GTX Go GPU. The mobile part is clocked slightly slower than its desktop counterpart but sports all the same features.

NVIDIA Corporation today unveiled the new NVIDIA GeForce Go 7800 GTX graphics processing unit (GPU), the flagship of the NVIDIA notebook GPU line-up. This new GPU is immediately available in notebooks from Sager Computer, Inc., Falcon Northwest, Voodoo Computers, Inc., Eurocom Corporation, ABS Computer Technologies, Inc., Hypersonic PC Systems, Evesham Technology, and ProStart Computer, Inc.

[H]ardNews 7th Edition

MSI P4N Diamond:

The folks at nVNews have just posted a 10 page review of the MSI P4N Diamond LGA775 motherboard. The review is very positive, citing features and performance as high points.

The MSI P4N Diamond has a great list of features; NVIDIA's feature-rich nForce4 SLI Intel Edition chipset, two Serial ATA and Gigabit Ethernet controllers, onboard SoundBlaster Live! 24-bit audio, and a BIOS with many options including an exhaustive menu of overclocking options.

Powercolor ATI Radeon X800GT:

Elite Bastards say that the Powercolor ATI Radeon X800GT is a good alternative to the 6600GT in both price and performance. You can see our review here for more information on this card.

ATI have brought the Radeon X800GT to market to compete with NVIDIA's GeForce 6600GT, and from our results you can undoubtedly see that it has succeeded, offering a similar level of performance for a similar price.

Shuttle Launches NVIDIA SLI Ready XPC:

Shuttle Inc has today released final details of its much anticipated gaming barebone, the XPC SN26P. Previewed by a number of hardware review websites and magazines earlier in the year, the XPC SN26P has, even before today’s launch, earned itself numerous awards including “Most Innovative Product” awards from websites HardwareZone and VRZone.

[H]ardNews 6th Edition - [H]ardForum [H]appenings

[H]ardForum [H]appenings:

[H]umpday [H]ardForum [H]appenings is here! Popular thread of the day is this CrossFire or Misfire? poll. How about starting things off with a few cool case mods like this one with a custom “gear” look. Reminds me of a metal version of Project: Storm’d doesn’t it? Both mods kick serious ass. If you need ideas for your own mod, I suggest hitting up the case mod gallery. Before we move on to the Hot Deals, make sure you take a look at our For Sale & Trade forum and see what other [H]’ers are buying and selling. Some of the best deals out there come from your fellow readers. Deal of the Day are these NewEgg case & power supply deals. You can save $30 off an already low price…check it out. Runner up in the DotD department are these Logitech X-530 5.1 speakers for well under $40. If none of that blows your skirt up or your finances are down around your ankles, hit the Free Stuff forum. Free stuff is always good. As always, have fun in the forums, we’ll see you in there!

[H]ardNews 5th Edition

Apple Admits Nano Problem:

Apple is admitting that there is a problem with some iPod nanos and will replace any with a defective / cracked screen. Apple says that only one tenth of one percent of the nanos shipped so far have this problem. As for scratches, Apple says get a nano case.

If yours is one of the faulty batch, you can get it replaced. Apple have recalled a number of iPod Nanos after admitting there was a problem with a batch. The latest addition to the iPod family has been dubbed 'impossibly small' in its ad campaign, but many customers reckon it is just that, finding the pencil-thin model to be vulnerable to cracks.

The only problem I have with this is the “buy a case” for your nano to prevent it from scratching. Most of us who bought a nano DID order cases, armbands and lanyard headphones…all of which won’t be available until next month. Would've been nice to know that then. Nano owners are forced to wait on aftermarket accessories in the mean time.

Toshiba Delays U.S. HD-DVD Launch:

All of you that were planning on snagging a HD-DVD player for X-Mas this year will be disappointed to know that Toshiba has delayed the U.S. launch until early next year. The players will launch on schedule in Japan.

Toshiba had originally said it planned to launch HD DVD players in the fourth quarter of 2005 in both Japan and the United States, while Sony plans to put a Blu-ray disc drive in its new PlayStation game console to go on sale next year. Toshiba said it still plans to introduce HD DVD players in the Japanese market by the year-end.

Aussies Getting Smart Card ID:

Australia is trying to get everyone switched over to smart cards in the next few years. The move is supposed to help save money in administration fees and stop identity theft. Good idea? Bad idea? Who knows, let’s see how it turns out for Australia before we give it a try.

Sen. Eric Abetz, the special minister of state, told ZDNet Australia on Wednesday that he and the Joe Hockey, minister for human services, are working on a project in which cards incorporating smart chip technology and a photograph of the bearer would replace a raft of government services- and concession-cards, including Medicare cards.

[H]ardNews 4th Edition

GIGABYTE Launches i-RAM:

GIGABYTE has launched i-RAM, an affordable solid state device that holds up to 4GB of unbuffered RAM and acts just like a standard SATA drive. Sound good? Read the press release below for more information:

GIGABYTE has launched GIGABYTE i-RAM, the world’s fastest storage device available to digital graphics designers and PC enthusiasts. Housing up to 4 DDR RAM modules, GIGABYTE i-RAM has no sluggish mechanical or moving parts and employs a custom GIGABYTE controller that allows the operating system to see it as a regular Serial ATA drive. GIGABYTE first publicly displayed i-RAM at Computex 2005 in Taipei earlier this year where it was hailed by many as one of the most innovative new technologies at the show.

GIGABYTE designed i-RAM as a performance enhancing component for performance users who frequently use 3D rendering and video editing applications. These applications suffer from sluggish data access times associated with magnetic hard disk drives and, despite advances such as Virtual RAM disk technology, until now the PC industry has not found a viable solution that is free of critical side effects such as losing data when the system shuts down. Recognizing the potential behind solid state storage technology, GIGABYTE R&D; engineers designed i-RAM with two stand-by power sources that cater for the needs of professional power users and thrill seeking enthusiast alike.

[H]ardNews 3rd Edition - Mods & Ends


Corsair COOL Water Cooling Kit @ Guru3D - Scythe SCNJ-1000 Ninja Heatpipe CPU Cooler @ Pro-Clockers


XGBox Magnum 500W PSU @ Xtreme Resources - Seasonic S12-500 500WNetzteil PSU @ Technic3D - Logitech Cordless Mini Optical Mouse @ ThinkComputers - ytecc ME-808 Backup Enclosure @ Ninjalane - Bluetake BT009Si USB Adapter / BT400G5 Bluetooth Headset @ XYZ Computing - Mapower KC31N External USB-Case w/ LAN-Port @ TweakPC

Cases & Modding:

SFF vs. DIY vs. Silverstone SG01 @ hardCOREware

[H]ardNews 2nd Edition

Flash Memory That Prevents Piracy?

How about selling music on memory cards that prevent songs from being copied more than allowed? You know, if the music company says you only have the right to copy it five times, the TrustedFlash device would prevent you from copying it more than that.

The chip design company is introducing TrustedFlash, a memory chip with built-in security that prevents illegal copying. That could help calm the tension between the entertainment industry that wants strict controls on intellectual property and technology companies that want digital content to be freely transferable to cell phones, music players, computers and other gadgets.

I predict that the entertainment industry will love this, consumers will hate it.

[H]ardNews 1st Edition - Press Releases

VIA Introduces StrongBox:

VIA Technologies today made available VIA StrongBox, a secure virtual drive application that utilizes the VIA PadLock Security Engine in VIA C7 and VIA C7-M processors to enable real-time encryption of data on local storage devices using military-grade security algorithms. The security of VIA StrongBox will be put to the test with a US$5000 prize on offer during the annual OPEN HACK competition at this year's Hack in the Box security conference being held in Malaysia this week.

Intel And Cisco Collaborate:

Cisco Systems® and Intel Corporation today announced a collaborative effort to support EPCglobal Hong Kong’s EPCnetwork initiative to bring end-to-end supply chain visibility to the Pan Pearl River Delta (PPRD) region. Building on their technology leadership and expertise, Cisco and Intel are developing Electronic Product Code™/ Radio Frequency Identification (EPC/RFID) enabled solutions for EPCglobal Hong Kong’s EPCnetwork infrastructure, which will connect manufacturers and logistics companies in the PPRD with retailers worldwide.

AMD Delivers Stronger Solutions For OEMs:

Enabling stronger commercial solutions for OEMs to meet the evolving needs of business, government, and education, AMD (NYSE: AMD) is delivering a new choice in the implementation of commercial desktop and notebook PC platforms. Today, AMD introduced the AMD Commercial Stable Image Platform (AMD CSIP) program, a commercial PC solution that offers OEMs a 15-month disk image stability period for improved system manageability. AMD is working with industry-leading chipset and motherboard manufacturers to enable desktop and mobile PC solutions designed to lower IT costs and increase end-user productivity. The AMD CSIP program enables stable image PC platform solutions, while reducing the amount of platform configurations an IT organization must support.

Tuesday September 27, 2005

[H]ardNews 12th Edition

id Software Lawsuit:

Wow, here is one straight out of left field, according to a WSJ article, Adrian Carmack has filed a lawsuit against id Software, making claims that he was fired after not accepting a $20 million buy out offer. ShackNews has all the information.

According to Carmack, he was fired by the other owners after he wouldn't take a $20 million buyout offer, and contends id turned down an acquisition offer from Activision just to get his shares for a lower price.

[H]ardNews 11th Edition

DFI Infinity NF4 SLI:

Neoseeker says that overclockers should sit up and take notice of the DFI Infinity NF4 SLI if they are looking for a board that all about performance. Hell, you don’t have to be an overclocker to want that. Anyone seeking a socket 939 nForce4 SLI board should at least check this one out.

As with all DFI boards, the Infinity is designed around its high overclockability. The extremely robust BIOS has every setting easily laid out which makes it easy for beginers to try their hand at it. In fact, if you own this board, you owe it to yourself to at least dabble with some of the settings.

Ask Jeeves Boots Butler:

Ask Jeeves is giving the bald butler mascot the boot. Taking any bets on the replacement? Hey, what about Clippy?

Jeeves, the slightly chubby and balding English butler, isn't the kind of image that e-commerce conglomerate InterActiveCorp wants representing the Ask Jeeves search engine, according to IAC Chairman Barry Diller. His New York-based company bought Ask Jeeves for $2.3 billion in July.

[H]ardNews 10th Edition

BitTorrent Gets $8.75 Million:

USA Today says that BitTorrent has secured $8.75 million dollars from a venture capital firm. Wow. Finally some good news for the BitTorrent folks.

BitTorrent, developer of one of the most popular software programs for acquiring free video and other large files on the Internet, has raised $8.75 million from a venture-capital firm. BitTorrent says it will use the funds from DCM-Doll Capital Management to improve its infrastructure and make it more appealing to Hollywood.

BlackBerry Gets Intel Inside:

A lot of stuff is happening in the handheld market today. Earlier we had Palm going with Microsoft, now we have Intel powering the BlackBerry.

The widely expected move is expected to improve the BlackBerry's ability to handle multimedia and Internet applications. The gadget is best known for its thumb keyboard and wireless messaging and some models also have phone and handheld computer capabilities.

[H]ardNews 9th Edition - Tech Edition

Google Removes Size Comparison:

I think the moral of the story is this: bigger is better but no one likes a braggart. Maybe, “you can’t prove yours is bigger than mine”. Bah…who knows, what ever happened to the old slogans like “we know we are better than you, why bother trying?”

Google Inc. will stop boasting on its home page about the number of Web pages it has stored in its index, even as the online search engine leader continues a crusade to prove it scans substantially more material than its rivals.

RealPlayer Exploit Found:

Linux users who use RealPlayer should know there is a highly critical unpatched vulnerability in version Not sure how many Linux users actually use RealPlayer but there you have it, you have been warned.

The vulnerability, which remains unpatched, has been confirmed in RealPlayer version (gold) and affects only the Linux/Unix platforms. Security alerts aggregator Secunia Inc. rates the bug as "highly critical" and warned that a malicious hacker could run a successful exploit to take complete control of a vulnerable machine.

Sun Rehires Exec From Red Hat:

So this lady defects from Sun to Red Hat. Then, a year later, she comes back to Sun. Think about this, wouldn’t that be the best way to find out what your competition is doing? Allow one of your highly sought after employees be lured to another company (knowingly) and then hire her back after a year of getting the dirt on the competition? Damn, I should run a Fortune 500 company…or a conspiracy website.

Tegan-Padir is now leading development of Sun's Java server software, the computing giant confirmed Tuesday. She previously had been vice president of engineering for Sun's application server software. She left in 2004 to lead Red Hat's desktop software initiative. Now back at Sun, Tegan-Padir is working in the same domain as before, with the title vice president of engineering for the Enterprise Java Platforms Group, Sun said.