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[H] Enthusiast Archives: January 2006Archive Listing

Tuesday January 31, 2006

[H]ardNews 11th Edition

Foxconn WinFast 6150K8MA-8EKRS:

PCStats says the Foxconn WinFast 6150K8MA-8EKRS is a decent motherboard for anyone looking to build a small form factor system or the likes.

While the integrated nVidia GeForce 6150 videocard is weak with respect to 3D games, it should be enough for casual gamers and does outperform ATi's Radeon Xpress 200 integrated videocard on the whole. If you need something a bit more powerful, the motherboard does have that open PCI Express x16 slot for a reason.

PowerColor Radeon X800GTO16:

Not everyone is building an all powerful PC, some of you just need a decent budget video card that gets the job done for a decent price. For those people, the PowerColor Radeon X800GTO16 would no doubt be a good investment.

If you're looking for a cheap upgrade and don't have intention on using either CrossFire or SLI, the X800GTO16 is not a bad investment for anyone in the market not looking for bragging rights.

Sony Taking On Xbox Live?

Sony is planning on taking on Xbox Live? If this is true, can Sony even build this “Xbox Live killer” in such a short amount of time?

Cast aside any doubts and start gazing skyward, because that's where Sony is aiming with plans that go far beyond simple leader boards and matchmaking -- or even the PS3, for that matter.

[H]ardNews 10th Edition

AOL Patches Serious Winamp Bug:

AOL is warning its members to upgrade their Winamp software to protect against a serious bug that could allow hackers to run malicious code on their PCs. Now, I know 90% of you do not use AOL, but we all know people that do so spread the word to those that might need it.

Users of AOL's Winamp 5.12 media player are being told to upgrade their software following the release of malicious code that could be used to take over a Winamp user's system. A new version of the Winamp player was released Monday afternoon, one day after hackers posted exploit code on the website that could be used to run unauthorized software on computers running Winamp 5.12 with Windows XP.

[H]ardNews 9th Edition - Tech Edition

StarForce Copy Protection Woes:

It would seem that StarForce copy protection is creating quite a stir online. A few people are trying to get a boycott started against the popular anti-piracy software which lead to claims of legal threats from the makers of StarForce.

StarForce is piracy prevention software that many publishers have bundled with their games, and even some demos, in recent years in order to make the games less susceptible to being cracked or otherwise modified. However, many gamers have experienced problems with StarForce, finding themselves unable to run the game in question or in some cases even causing harm to their computer.

Google Buying Napster?

Is Google interested in Napster? Google is like the new Publisher’s Clearing House or something…Google is just showing up at random places with big fat checks. Google denied the rumors.

Internet giant Google is in talks with Napster over an "extensive alliance" that could include an "outright acquisition," according to a Tuesday report in the New York Post, citing anonymous sources.

PayPal To Collect Fees On Deposits:

It looks like PayPal will be collecting fees on deposits to reimburse PayPal for a portion of its expenses.

The fund currently pays a 7-day average yield of 4.38 percent, the highest rate of any money-market fund in the United States, according Peter Crane, managing editor of IBC's Money Fund Report. Starting March 1, PayPal will cut that yield by one-quarter of a percentage point to help pay expenses for managing the money.

[H]ardNews 8th Edition

SeaMonkey 1.0 Released:

Mozilla’s open source internet suite, SeaMonkey 1.0 has been released. Some very cool features for all of you looking for an all in one web browser / web page composer / e-mail client.

SeaMonkey comes with the look and feel familiar to users of its predecessors, the Mozilla Application Suite and Netscape Communicator packages, but adds many new features as well as back-end changes that improve security, stability and performance. Some highlights are: drag&drop; reordering of tabs, phishing e-mail detection, support for a single shared inbox when using multiple accounts, and support for Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG).

[H]ardNews 7th Edition

ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe:

If an upgrade to a socket 939 motherboard is in your near future, I highly suggest you give our ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe evaluation a once over before you plop down your hard earned money on a new motherboard.

The A8N32-SLI Deluxe is ASUS’ latest update to their popular A8N series of motherboards. The A8N32-SLI Deluxe supports all current socket 939 processors including the Athlon 64, Athlon FX, Athlon X2, and Sempron processors.

ATi All-In-Wonder X1900:

The Tech Report says that the ATi All-In-Wonder X1900 is an uber-powerful all around solution that might just be overkill for HTPC users. Is there such a thing? Head on over and check out the “attack of the killer octopus”.

The value proposition for the All-In-Wonder X1900 is quite good, all things considered. The card's performance in 3D graphics matches up well against NVIDIA's GeForce 7800 GTX, and the GTX is currently selling at online retailers for about $489. At $499 list, the AIW X1900 looks like a steal by comparison.

VisionTek Radeon X1900XTX:

HDHardware has the VisionTek Radeon X1900XTX in house for a few rounds of benchmarks. The review is quick to point out that the card is currently the fastest thing you can buy but it is not without its drawbacks, mainly price and driver complaints. You can see our X1900 series evaluation here for comparison purposes.

We find it hard to swallow that the requirement for installing .net software just to run their drivers is a good thing. A driver that requires users to install additional software, adds to the overall driver package size (60MB at this point), is a step in the wrong direction.

[H]ardNews 6th Edition

Internet Explorer 7 Beta Goes Public:

Internet Explorer 7 Beta is now available for download. You can read all the info here and then head straight over to MS and grab IE7 Beta. A direct link can be found here.

The program, still a work in progress, became available for download at 9 a.m. PT from the Internet Explorer section of Microsoft's corporate Web site. The company, which began limited testing in July, had promised to deliver a public beta by the end of March. "The big update is that it's public," said Margaret Cobb, group product manager for Internet Explorer at Microsoft. "All previous releases were limited."

[H]ardNews 5th Edition - [H]ardForum [H]appenings

[H]ardForum [H]appenings:

Welcome to another “self help edition” of [H]ardForum [H]appenings! As many of you know, we are all about self help in our forums, those of you needing help needn’t look any further. Are you upgrading your video card any time soon? See our video card forum here. Got a new card but you have a few questions about it? Try out our handy video card FAQ. Need motherboard help? How about a list of motherboard manufacturer links? Maybe it is just memory you have a question about. I suggest our handy memory FAQ. Need help water cooling your PC? You guessed it, we have a water cooling self help thread too. Maybe you don’t have a hardware question but a software question. Problems with Spyware? We have an official anti-spyware info thread that should help. Are you a budding webmaster in need of hosting? Then you should look here. If you need help buying or selling something, our For Sale & Trade forum is where you need to be. If you are just looking for a good deal then I suggest our [H]otDEALS forum. So you see, the forums really do have help for just about every topic you can think of…all you have to do is get in there and find the help you need or offer advice to those searching. As always, have fun and we’ll see you in the forums!

[H]ardNews 4th Edition

Hackers Lurk in AMD's Web Site:

According to this PCWorld report, AMD has confirmed that its support forums have been compromised and that the site is being used in an attempt to infect visitors with malicious software. AMD says the problem is being worked on and corrected.

Users of Advanced Micro Devices' microprocessors may want to think twice before looking for technical support on the company's Web site. Customer support discussion forums on the site have been compromised and are being used in an attempt to infect visitors with malicious software, an AMD spokesperson confirmed Monday.

Patent Spat Forces MS Office Upgrade:

It looks as though Microsoft has to upgrade MS Office customers with a patch as a result of a patent infringement lawsuit. While upgrading for smaller companies is a snap, imagine being a huge company that has to invest tons of man hours and resources to patch office.

It was recently decided in a court of law that certain portions of code found in Microsoft Office Professional Edition 2003, Microsoft Office Access 2003, Microsoft Office XP Professional and Microsoft Access 2002 infringe a third-party patent, Microsoft said in an e-mail to customers. As a result, Microsoft must make available a revised version of these products with the allegedly infringing code replaced.

Rhode Island Data Theft:

If you have registered a vehicle online or bought a permit online in Rhode Island, keep an eye on your bank account because over 4,000 credit card numbers were stolen from the company that runs the state website. Oops. Thanks to Brandon Rice for the link.

Thousands of credit card numbers were stolen from a state government Web site that allows residents to register their cars and buy state permits, authorities said Friday.

[H]ardNews 3rd Edition - Mods & Ends


Global Win Model GP94NPHH Super Conductor @ hi-techreviews - Noctua NH-U9 Heatpipe Heatsink @ Pro-Clockers


Zalman ZM460-APS 460W PSU @ Overclockers Online - Logitech MX518/MX1000 @ Phoronix - 160GB Seagate Momentus 2.5" Hard Drive @ BigBruin - Oakley THUMP2 1GB MP3 Sunglasses @ Bona Fide Reviews - Corsair Voyager 4GB USB Flash Drive @ ThinkComputers - Xtreme Sound 7.1 Sound Card @ PCPerspective - Logitech MX610 Cordless Laser Mouse review @ CyberwizardPit - Jackson Armor Card @ ThinkComputers

Cases & Modding:

Cooler Master CM Media 250 HTPC Case @ BigBruin

[H]ardNews 2nd Edition

Corsair TWINX2048-3500LLPRO DDR:

Extreme Overclocking got to spend a little “alone time” with couple sticks of Corsair’s TWINX2048-3500LLPRO DDR. Overall the review was extremely positive, here is a quote:

Even though the memory is rated for DDR437, we managed to achieve much higher speeds while maintaining very good timings and for the most part no increase in voltage. Once again, Corsair has come through with flying colors providing an excellent product for the PC performance enthusiast.

People Spending Equal Time On TV, Web:

Researchers have learned that most people spend the same amount of time on the web as the do watching TV. Gee, ya think?

"Even the most intensive users of newspapers and magazines spend less time reading these publications than they do online or watching TV," JupiterResearch analyst Barry Parr said in a statement. "TV and newspaper companies risk losing an entire generation of users unless they immediately start promoting their online products,"

Elpida Pleads Guilty To DRAM Price Fixing:

Elpida has plead guilty to DRAM price fixing and agreed to pay a $84 million dollar fine.

Tokyo-based Elpida admitted to violations of U.S. antitrust laws in connection with its DRAM sales from April 1999 through June 2002. Included are sales made by NEC Corp. and Hitachi Ltd. prior to the commencement of Elpida's sales operation.

[H]ardNews 1st Edition - Press Releases

The Planet Announces Record Sales Results:

The Planet today announced that 2005 financial results were the best in the company’s history and the outlook for 2006 is bright. Revenues grew by 60 percent in 2005, brought on by a record sales year and a commitment to continuous customer service initiatives. “The Planet had a great 2005. We made some very strong advances in our technology and our customer service, which resulted in less churn and more expansion among our current client base, as well as growth within new customers,” said Peter Pathos, president and CEO of The Planet.

NVIDIA Announces Quadro FX 4500 SDI:

NVIDIA Corporation today announced the availability of NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500 SDI, the latest in a line of fully integrated graphics-to-video solutions offering uncompressed SDI output from programmable graphics. NVIDIA Quadro SDI standardized solutions enable customers like NBC Universal to create real time, 3D broadcast graphics which enhance its live to air programming with dynamic content and visuals for CNBC, its worldwide financial news channel.

OCZ Announces PC2-6400 EL Platinum XTC Edition:

OCZ Technology Group today announced the highly-anticipated Platinum XTC memory series. The first inclusion to the new series will be the PC2-6400 EL Platinum Edition XTC, engineered to implement the recently introduced and highly commended OCZ XTC heatspreader design. The Platinum XTC DDR2 series features the innovative XTC (Xtreme Thermal Convection) Heatspreaders. The unique design used in the XTC heatspreaders optimizes the thermal management of memory modules by promoting greater airflow by means of micro-convection throughout what is usually the dead air space inside conventional heatspreader designs. In this manner, build-up of heat is avoided and thermal dissipation of the memory components is offloaded more efficiently through the honeycomb design. At the same time, mechanical stability is maintained.

Monday January 30, 2006

[H]ardNews 11th Edition

Sapphire Radeon X800GTO2 Limited Edition:

Hot Hardware has the Limited Edition Sapphire Radeon X800GTO2 in house for a little review action today. From the looks of their patented heat-o-meter I’d say they liked the X800GTO2 LE. I hear a “Is that a heat-o-meter in your pocket” joke in there somewhere.

Every once in a while a product comes along that really garners the attention of the enthusiast crowd. There can be a number of factors for this, including overclocking performance, easy modding potential or just an overall great value for the money.

Politicians Rewriting Wikipedia:

How do you stop politicians from editing Wikipedia entries of opponents while fluffing up their own? Ban the whole IP range of Congress. Heh, now that is funny!

The Meehan alterations on represent just two of more than 1,000 changes made by congressional staffers at the U.S. House of Representatives in the past six month. Wikipedia is a global reference that relies on its Internet users to add credible information to entries on millions of topics.