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[H] Enthusiast Archives: June 2009Archive Listing


Tuesday June 30, 2009

TPB’s Peter Sunde Discusses the Site’s Future

Since the hot topic of the day seems to be TPB being sold for just under $8 million, I think this interview with Peter Sunde will be of interest.

What’s Next managed to secure a recorded audio interview with The Pirate Bay’s Peter Sunde. In it Peter says why the site was sold, talks a little about the future for the site and touches on the huge disappointment being expressed by the site’s fans. It’s a very interesting interview, although in common with everything else going on today, it raises even more questions.

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Micron Introduces New 34nm High-Density NAND Flash Chips

Micron Technology, Inc. today announced mass production of new NAND flash memory products using its award-winning 34-nanometer (nm) process technology. As consumers demand increased capacity to store more music, videos, photos, and applications in ever smaller portable electronic devices, manufacturers need a storage solution that delivers on capacity, performance, and size. Micron’s new 16- and 32-gigabit (Gb) NAND chips pair large capacity with performance, providing a compelling solution for today’s demanding portable storage requirements that are tailored to end-customer product dimensions.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases & Modding

Antec ISK300-65 Mini-ITX HTPC Computer Case @ BmR

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Microsoft Wireless Desktop 3000 (German) @ Technic3D

Memory/ Storage

G.Skill Falcon 128GB SSD @ Bit-Tech

OCZ DDR3 PC3-12800 Reaper HPC @ Legion Hardware

Video

Sapphire Radeon HD 4730 512 MB @ techPowerUP!

Invisibility Cloaks May Shield Buildings From Earthquakes

Let me get this straight, someone has come up with a way to shield buildings from earthquakes? I’m not calling BS on this one just yet but I live in earthquake country, I’d have to see this to believe it.

Sound like fiction? It’s not! Stefan Enoch and his team at the Fresnel Institute in Marseilles, France have been studying other applications for the physics behind invisibility cloaks. The result of their research is an "earthquake cloak" that could render objects "invisible" to shocks, storm waves or tsunamis. And they aren’t even Level 8 mages!

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Mythbuster Tweets His Way Out of $11k Phone Bill

Remember the $11k phone bill that Mythbuster Adam Savage got from AT&T; for using the internet in Canada? It looks like the bill has been dropped. Pretty funny how fast you can get things done when this stuff happens to a celebrity with a huge following.

"Today the tweeps became twoops. Just got off the phone with AT&T; and they've taken care of everything to my great satisfaction.#twitterrules," Savage wrote. But though Savage's story may be an extreme, he's not the first – nor will he likely be the last – to suffer a cellular bill snafu.

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[H]ard|OCP [H]otDeals

In the [H]ot deal section today we have this RaidMax ARES ATX case for only $49.99. Make sure you use the exclusive [H] promo code to get the instant rebate and free shipping. You can also get $20 off and free shipping on this SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4850 1GB as well. Also, we still have that deal on RatPadz GS or RatPadz XT for $5 off with free shipping (in North America). Show your [H] pride and grab one today!

LEGO Arcade Video

Just because I am old and crusty, and I actually remember playing all these games when they came out, it doesn't change the fact that this is an awesome video.

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Asustek Lowers Prices to Clear Stock

According to DigiTimes, Asustek is lowering prices on its 7" and 8.9" Eee PCs to lower inventory. Maybe now might be a good time to pick up one up?

Prices for 7-inch models in the Taiwan market have been lowered from NT$6,999 to NT$4,999 (US$153) while prices for the 8.9-inch 900A in the China market have been cut to 1,499 yuan (US$219), according to sources in the retail channel.

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Gaming News

A Glimpse At the Now Dead Aliens RPG @ Kotaku

Monolith Hiring For New 'First-Person Action Game' @ Joystiq

Red Faction: Guerrilla Getting Three DLC Packs @ Shacknews

World Of Warcraft Faction Transfers In The Works @ VE3D

Tech Recovery To Start in Fourth Quarter

According to a new report from Forrester Research, the tech industry will recover in the fourth quarter. The bad news? The company’s last prediction on first quarter spending was way off, oops… I mean "results were worse than forecast." So there you have it, analysts say we are set for a recovery, unless we don’t have one. wink

The analyst firm reduced its forecast for 2009 information technology spending from a 3 percent decline to a 10.6 percent decline, but it's the hitting bottom, it said. Spending should return to growth in the fourth quarter in the United States, and in the first half of 2010 in Europe and Asia, Forrester said, basing its forecast on newly collected data.

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Firefox 3.5 Is Out

Alright all you alternative browser types out there, Firefox 3.5 is out now. The English (US) version weighs in at just under 8MB so head on over and grab it if you want it or try it if you haven’t. Thanks to rflcptr for the heads up!

Firefox 3.5 is based on the Gecko 1.9.1 rendering platform, which has been under development for the past year. Firefox 3.5 offers many changes over the previous version, supporting new web technologies, improving performance and ease of use.

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases & Modding

Cooler Master ATCS-840 Case @ Verdis Reviews

CPU

AMD Phenom II TWKR Black Edition Processor @ HotHardware

AMD Phenom II TWKR Black Edition Processor @ Legit Reviews

AMD Phenom II TWKR Black Edition Processor @ Overclockers Club

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MSI GX723 Gaming Laptop @ Driver Heaven