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[H] Enthusiast Archives: June 2012Archive Listing


Friday June 29, 2012

[H]ardware Round-Up

Cooling: Thermaltake Frio Extreme @ Hardware Secrets

Xigmatek Dark Knight Night Hawk @ Cowcotland

Memory/ Storage: QNAP TS-412 NAS @ Hardware.Info

Motherboards: ASUS P8Z77-V Pro @ techREACTION

Video: KFA2 GTX 680 EX OC 2GB @ eTeknix

Open WiFi Connection Leads To SWAT Raid

What is the best way to get your house raided by a SWAT team? An unsecured WiFi connection. Excuse me while I lock down my router. wink

For those of you that do not know, they breached the wrong person's house. This house had a wifi internet connection that was not secure. A neighbor was using it... it was just a foolish, arrogant teenager that made the 'specific threats'.

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Tested: Google Search Gets B+, Siri Gets a D

Q.) Siri, can you tell me how to get better test results?

A.) Yes, use Google Search.

So when he wanted to know how Siri stacked up against a Google search, he (or his staff) asked an iPhone 1,600 questions, 800 on the busy streets of Minneapolis, 800 in a quiet room. Currently Siri gets 60% of its answers from Google, 20% from Yelp, 14% from WolframAlpha, 4% from Yahoo and 2% from Wikipedia.

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[H] Case Mod of the Day

If you are into Mass Effect 3, you are really going to enjoy the [H] Case Mod of the Day. Props to MybadOmen for the time and effort he put into this one:

SilverStone Temjin TJ04-E Evolution

The gang at Phoronix seem rather impressed with the SilverStone Temjin TJ04-E Evolution mid-tower case. Hit the link for a complete rundown. Here's a quote from the review:

Over the years SilverStone has been one of my favorite computer case manufacturers with constantly putting out stunning, near-perfect designs, great features, and just wonderful products whether you're a gamer/enthusiast or just pride yourself on having a beautiful enclosure. The latest SilverStone case I have had a chance to test out is the Temjin TJ04-E Evolution. Is it another winner? Oh yes.

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High Tech Urinal Cakes To Curb Drunk Driving

This is definitely the "tech gone wrong" story of the day.

Michigan officials are deploying 400 talking urinal cakes to 200 restaurants and watering holes across the Great Lake State as part of a stepped up anti-drunk driving campaign for the Fourth of July, the Detroit News reported.

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Asus Maximus V Gene

Overclockers Club has just published a review of the Asus Maximus V Gene motherboard. You can see our evaluation here for comparison purposes.

I found that the Maximus V Gene was able to deliver memory speeds in excess of 2500MHz with the modules I have available. By using one of the 13 preset profiles, you can get a good feel for what your modules are capable of and then tweak a little further for better efficiency. Several boards I have tested have not been as flexible, with speeds up to even 2133MHz being unattainable, so the Maximus V Gene has some serious memory overclocking chops.

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Seagate And DensBits Announce Strategic Agreement For SSDs

Seagate Technology, the worldwide leader in hard disk drives and storage solutions, and DensBits Technologies Ltd ("DensBits") the inventor of the world's first Memory ModemTM have announced today a strategic agreement for the development of low-cost, high-performance Solid State Drives ("SSD") for the consumer and enterprise markets. In conjunction with the agreement, Seagate has made an undisclosed equity investment in DensBits.

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Nonprofits Utilizing Microsoft Local Impact Map

The benefits of storytelling and the need for nonprofits to communicate their impact to various audiences has been a focus of late among nonprofit organizations and corporate social responsibility groups. It has been a hot topic at recent social innovation industry events such as Nonprofit Technology Network, the Cause Marketing Forum and the Social Innovation Summit. To meet that need, Microsoft is making the Microsoft Local Impact Map available to nonprofits to help them share their stories in a compelling way on their websites.

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Start Folding With The [H] Today!

This is your end of the week reminder that joining the best folding team on the planet (Team #33) is now easier than ever. We don't give you money to join and we can't promise you prizes or other incentives, we do this simply because it is our passion and that is why we've had the best folding community around...for years. So, if you want to make a difference with a group of people that honestly care about what they are doing, join team Team #33 today.

Folding is a wonderful way to help your fellow man using your spare CPU cycles and now, thanks to the new FAH GPU Tracker v2, it is easier than ever to get started. Remember to put the number 33 in the "team" field and you’ll be folding with the [H]orde in no time! Thanks to all our team members for the wonderful job they are doing.

Thursday June 28, 2012

AMD Catalyst 12.6 and the AMD Catalyst 12.7 Beta

The folks at AMD just sent word that the new Catalyst 12.6 (WHQL) and the AMD Catalyst 12.7 Beta drivers are now available as is the new 12.7 CAP. Hit the link for the complete list features, fixes and performance enhancements.

  • AMD Radeon HD 7900, AMD Radeon HD 7800 Tri-CrossFire configurations + Eyefinity no longer results in a BSOD when launching a DirectX application

  • AMD Radeon HD 7900, AMD Radeon HD 7800 Eyefinity/Multiple Display configurations no longer results in a BSOD when using desktop applications

  • AMD Catalyst 12.6 includes some additional fixes(not found in the AMD Catalyst 12.6 Beta) for the AMD Radeon™ HD 7900, AMD Radeon HD 7800, and AMD Radeon HD 7700 graphics cards for issues related to the GPU hanging when the system goes to sleep. Please ensure that your System BIOS is up to date. Some occurrences of this issue may be related to outdated System BIOS.

  • Resolves CrossFire scaling issues seen in AMD Catalyst 12.4 with Elder Scrolls: Skyrim CrossFire • AMD Catalyst Control Center – Overdrive page is no longer intermittently missing

  • AMD Catalyst Control Center – GPU Activity gauge is no longer missing

  • AMD Radeon HD 7900 CrossFire Configuration – no longer results in system hang after cinematic in Call Of Duty: Black Ops

  • Heroes and Generals: Blocky corruption in scenes with smoke effects when run in DirectX 11 mode are no longer experienced.

  • Dirt Showdown: Improves scaling for CrossFire configurations using the AMD Radeon HD 6000 Series

  • HDMI audio is no longer disabled if the connected HDTV is powered Off/On.

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Rice Researchers Invent Paintable Battery

Researchers at Rice University have developed paint on batteries. Yes, I said "paint on." Don't believe me? Watch the video below:

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