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[H] Enthusiast Archives: April 2011Archive Listing


Friday April 29, 2011

GIGABYTE Touch BIOS

Gigabyte is showing off its new patent pending Touch BIOS that will be used on all new GIGABYTE Z68 motherboards. The BIOS is customizable (icons can be rearranged, removed, etc.) and, If you have a touch screen monitor, you can ditch the mouse and keyboard and simply touch the screen to make changes. cool

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Amazon Apologizes for Web Hosting Outage

Amazon has apologized for the recent outage that caused hosted websites to crash. The company is also offering credit to those affected by the outage.

"We want to apologize," the company said in the blog posting. "We know how critical our services are to our customers' businesses, and we will do everything we can to learn from this event and use it to drive improvement across our services."Amazon.com said it would give affected customers a 10-day credit for their usage in affected systems.

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Custom [H] Case of the Day

When building a new computer, most people are stuck with off-the-shelf retail cases. Sure there are a lot of cool cases out there but nothing beats building your own. Check this out:

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases & Modding

Enermax SpineRex Case @ Hardware Secrets

ETC.

IOGEAR USB HD Video Adapter @ EverythingUSB

Memory/ Storage

Patriot Viper Xtreme DDR3-1600 Tri-Channel 6Gb @ FunkyKit

Video

XFX Radeon HD 6950 XXX Edition @ Neoseeker

Portal 2: How Not To Be A Douche

At some point in your life, you have been stuck in a game with someone like this. This is only funny (hilarious actually) because we are not the poor guy in this video.

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PSN: Credit Card Details Up For Sale

This just keeps getting worse by the day. Nice to know that the whole time Sony has kept users in the dark, hackers have been trying to sell them back our credit card info for $100,000. frown

The New York Times reports that Sony has been offered the chance to to buy back the information for a sum in the region of $100k but has ignored requests. Sony, however, won't confirm the claims.

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Mushkin Interview And Tour 2011

The fellas at Overclockers Club took a tour of Mushkin's facilities recently and, not only did they take a bunch of pictures, they even managed to get a little interview action thrown in there as well.

There is a saying that big things come in small packages and this suits Mushkin to a tee. They may not have hundreds of employees or dozens of offices, but they sure do damn well with what they have. I spent two days in the offices watching, asking questions and learning how they do business. I was amazed at the overall moral of the company and how everyone smiles and just loves their job.

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U.S. Army Creates Its Own App Store

The Army has created its own app store. First app on the list "blow sh*t up." You don't want to know what the second one is. big grin

The Army Marketplace currently features a few dozen iPhone and Android apps that soldiers created during the Army's Apps for the Army contest -- a development competition that was meant to kick off its smartphone initiative. As it stands right now, the apps are available only through a secure military website, though the long-term plan is to develop a phone-based app that will give soldiers access to the store in the same way the iPhone App Store and Android Market apps work.

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DRIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Do any of you remember the first installment of Driver from 1999? I spent a lot of time behind the wheel.....er keyboard. Ripping around San Francisco in that late 60's muscle car was the bomb, and apparently Ubisoft Reflections has recognized that San Fran was our favorite place to get it on.....no, not like that. (Not that there is anything wrong with that.)

Driver: San Francisco wasn't just fun to play, it oozed technological merit. At its core, it's an open-world driving game in which you never leave the driver's seat, akin to Burnout: Paradise, but with a compelling twist -- er, shift.

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Town Pins Tourism Hopes On World's Largest Website

What? You mean the world's largest website can't be a real life tourist attraction? The sad thing is, the reason this is funny is because you could actually see it happening in some podunk town. big grin

After the bubble burst, we didn't have too many visitors coming through these parts," said Melinda Hamilton, mayor of the community that is now unmissable thanks to the billboards counting down the exits for 200 miles in all directions. "But once word got out that we had the biggest website among all seven continents, that changed in a hurry. People from every walk of life suddenly wanted to make the trip to see the trillions of digits of HTML code and countless Java applets in person.

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2,000 Cardboard Boxes + 200 Electric Motors = Rain?

You have to watch this video of 2,000 cardboard boxes and 200 electric motors making "rain" sounds.

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Intel Threading Challenge

I know there has to be an [H]'er up to this. Go forth a kick ass guys and you will get something Intel will never do for the American press, win a trip to the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco.

Intel® Threading Challenge 2011 is organized so any level of developer can have the opportunity to participate. Two levels of participation are available. The Apprentice level gives those just getting started in multithreading development a chance to try out and improve their threading skills. The Master level will be executed similarly to previous threading challenges, providing those with more experience a chance to test their skills and compete against other experienced developers.

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