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[H] Enthusiast Archives: August 2011Archive Listing

Wednesday August 31, 2011

Corsair Carbide 400R Case

If you are looking for a full featured case that is easy on the wallet, the crew at Neoseeker says the Corsair Carbide 400R case is just what you are looking for.

Even with an MSRP of $99, the 400R offers a wide array of support by including eight expansion bays, internal USB 3.0 ports, water cooling support, an innovative cable routing system, tool-free installation and more. From this list we can see that the 400R is a well equipped case that draws inspiration from both the Obsidian and Graphite series, thus allowing Corsair to release a case that offers all the support of a high-end chassis, but at a much lower premium.


[H]ot Deals

If you are looking for a bargain on computer hardware, we have some pretty damn good deals for you in today's [H]ot Deals forum thread and they all come with free shipping! The coupon codes for the items listed below won't last forever and are limited to stock on hand so you'd better get in on these deals while the getting is good.

Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 320GB 2.5" Ultra-portable Hard Drive = $39.99 with free shipping

Intel Core i5-2300 2.8GHz (3.1GHz Turbo Boost) 6MB L3 Cache $169.99 with free shipping

Corsair Force Series 3 90GB SATA III SSD = $134.99 with free shipping

ASUS P8P67 EVO (REV 3.0) = $189.99 with free shipping

Hotfile Ordered To Share User Data With The MPAA

The courts have ordered Hotfile to share its user data with the MPAA. Wait, isn't file sharing what got them in trouble in the first place? big grin

In their ongoing battle with the MPAA, the Florida-based file-hosting service Hotfile has suffered a major loss. A federal court has ordered Hotfile to disclose user data, the identities and revenues of their top affiliates, and financial information on the company itself. District Court Judge Adalberto Jordan argued that the MPAA needs this info to prove that Hotfile is promoting and profiting from copyright infringement.


Anonymous Claims DNS Attacks Against Symantec, Apple, Microsoft

Anonymous, doing what they do best...making people hate them.

In the record of its DNS attack against Symantec, Anonymous Sri Lanka boasts that it breached the "world's second-largest software (antivirus) leader/giant" and says that it captured almost the entire DNS pool, including the company's corporate customers, production servers, and testbeds. The group touted the same DNS Cache Snoop Poisoning attacks against Facebook, Skype, Apple, Cisco, Microsoft, and Novell.


CEOs Making More Than Their Companies Pay In Taxes

Here's a list of 25 companies that have CEOs making more than they pay in income tax.

Although Verizon paid less in income taxes than its average customer paid in phone bills, the company broke no laws. America's corporations spend hundreds of millions of dollars a year on lobbying, and they get a good return on their investments. They get tax loopholes and plenty of them. Last year, Verizon shelled out $16.8 million to lobby federal lawmakers and another $18.7 million on contributions into the campaign accounts of their favorite federal politicians.


Facebook To Launch Music Service

CNBC just tweeted "Facebook To Launch Music Service Sept. 22." I'm not sure how they know that but CNBC is a credible source, it's not like the news was leaked by the National Enquirer or something. wink

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Apple Loses Another Unreleased iPhone

So a guy walks into a bar with an unreleased iPhone....stop me if you've heard this one before. roll eyes (sarcastic)

In a bizarre repeat of a high-profile incident last year, an Apple employee once again appears to have lost an unreleased iPhone in a bar, CNET has learned. The errant iPhone, which went missing in San Francisco's Mission district in late July, sparked a scramble by Apple security to recover the device over the next few days, according to a source familiar with the investigation.


CM Storm Sirus Headphones Review

Our friends at PC Perspective have the CM Storm Sirus headphones strapped to the test bench today for a little review action. Here's a quote from the review:

Cooler Master is a household name in the PC case world, and an established player in the cooling industry. Not content with those two areas, Cooler Master has expanded into power supplies, keyboards, mousepads, and a plethora of other accessories where they apparently make a tidy bundle. Coolermaster is now moving into a new area; gaming audio. Under the "CM Storm" brand, Coolermaster is releasing its own set of cans.


Gaming [H]eadlines

Dead Island Release Trailer @ Blue's News

Star Wars Galaxies' End Game Detailed @ Shacknews

Take A Tour of Call of Duty XP @ Joystiq

Tour of Valve Software @ Kotaku

Sapphire Radeon 6950 2GB Toxic

There is a review of the Sapphire Radeon 6950 2GB Toxic posted at PureOC today that is definitely worth checking out. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.

The Sapphire Radeon 6950 Toxic comes with a factory overclock out of the box, not to mention an excellent value-added bonus of including a great game for free. As we've come to expect from Sapphire, we're hoping this card also comes with low temperatures and noise levels, a potent combination. Let's dive in and take a closer look at the Sapphire 6950 Toxic and found out if can do just that.


Windows 8 Will Support ISO and VHD Files

According to the Windows 8 developer blog, Microsoft's next OS will let you open ISO and VHD files without having to use third party software.

In continuing with the improvements in core Windows functionality and also oft-requested features, we are adding native Explorer support for ISO and VHD files in Windows 8. While terabytes of storage are available to all of us, managing disk (or disc) image formats remains important for a number of mission-critical operations in many organizations and among power users. We know even more support for VHD is a big request, so stay tuned.