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[H] Enthusiast Archives: August 2005Archive Listing

Wednesday August 31, 2005

[H]ardNews 10th Edition

Get Foxie:

If you are an Internet Explorer user that wants some of the cool features of Firefox, I suggest you get Foxie and enjoy tabbed browsing, smart search, desktop search, security firewall and pop-up blocking (to name a few). Foxie isn’t a stand alone web browser, it actually integrates into your IE. There is another, easier way to get all the benefits of Firefox…just get Firefox, all the cool kids are doing it.

Foxie empowers you to browse faster, more safely and more efficiently than with any other browser by blending tabbed browsing, ads & pop-up blocking, Malware cleansing and privacy & security protection with our smart search capabilities to enhance your browsing experience. Foxie is not a web browser and fits seamlessly into your IE browser.

[H]ardNews 9th Edition

ECS KN1 SLI Extreme:

PCPerspective has just reviewed the ECS KN1 SLI Extreme socket 939 motherboard today. You’ll definitely want to read the review if an nForce 4 SLi upgrade is in your future. Our thoughts on this board can be found here.

The KN1 SLI Extreme is a lot more impressive than the KN1 thanks to a better overclocking experience. The price, connectivity, and accessories are its strongest assets and should really give the competition something to worry about.

GeForce 7800GTX Round-Up:

There is a round-up of GeForce 7800GTX video cards over at T-Break that is worth checking out. The round-up features cards from MSI, Gigabyte and Leadtek.

There’s really no denying that the 7800GTX rules in terms of performance at the moment. Couple it with another one in SLI and you have a screaming fast solution that can take anything at the moment.

ECS Editor’s Day:

The crew at ViperLair have posted their coverage of the ECS Editor’s Day event. Check out our coverage here.

We began the meetings with an introductory speech by the CEO See See Lo. See See welcomed the group, and went over a bit about Elitegroup's current status, including the ECS USA and PCChips merger, as well as some of the things we could look forward to as a community.

IDF Fall Wrap:

For an informative wrap up of IDF Fall 2005 be sure to click on over to The Tech Report and see what Dr. Damage and the crew had to say about the event.

Not only did Intel announce a new, common processor microarchitecture that promises higher performance and lower power consumption than the current Pentium 4 and its derivatives, but the CPU maker also outlined a broad range of initiatives for reducing power consumption while boosting performance.

[H]ardNews 7th Edition

Xbox360 Insides:

It looks as though pictures of the Xbox360 internals have popped up in the internet. Xbox Scene has several high-res pictures with links to more pictures.

Team Smartxx managed to get their hands on several XeDKs. They opened the box and removed the heatsink to show you the full motherboard with over 40 High-Res pictures! The dev kit shown below is very recent, anonymous sources told us it was produced on August 18th 2005.

Cell Phones Safe:

A new study says that there is no connection between cell phones and brain tumors. Then again, in our 11th edition yesterday, that scientist said 50% of scientific studies are wrong…I’m so confused.

The study, conducted by the London-based Institute of Cancer Research, and published this week on the British Journal of Cancer's Web site, found no increased risks of a rare benign tumor in the nerve that links the ear to the brain.

[H]ardNews 6th Edition

ATi Interview:

There is an interview with ATi’s John Bruno posted over at Bit-Tech today worth checking out. While there is a bit of the ol’ standard “We can’t comment on unreleased products” the interview does contain a few nuggets of good info so hit the link and have a look. Here is a quote from the interview:

Of course, the biggest cool thing is CrossFire support, which means that 100% of games will derive a clear benefit from the addition of a second card. Can you imagine the disappointment a customer would feel if they spent an additional $600 on a second graphic card for their system and got ZERO frames per second increase, or even a decrease? Our solution delivers the complete package - and that gives us a unique advantage in the marketplace."

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

[H]ardForum [H]appenings:

Welcome to [H]umpday [H]ardForum [H]appenings! Are you in need of computer help / advice? Maybe you are a computer guru looking to help others. Either way, there are literally thousands of people in the forums like you that need help or are simply helping others with their problems. Maybe you need help trouble shooting your Dell? If you are looking to help someone, this guy is trying to figure out why he has had three drives fail in one day. You can also help out by weighing in with your opinion on 120mm fans. Easy enough, right? Know of a hot deal or a free offering? Post it here and share with your forum extended family. Speaking of good deals, the Deal of the Day is definitely this 160BGB HD for under $10. This one is too hot to last long. Runner up in the DotD department are these 40% off laptop deals. If you were laptop shopping, this is the time to shop. As always, have fun in the forums, we’ll see you in there.

[H]ardNews 4th Edition

Hard Drive Clock Mod:

[H] reader Steve “TheReaper” sent me a link to one of the most original hardware mods I have seen in a long time…a clock made from a hard drive. Lots of pictures and a few movies of the clock in action as well. Very, very cool stuff.

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Have an old hard drive that no longer works? As long as it still spins up chances are you could build a clock out of your old hard drive! You will need some electronic knowledge, some common electronic components and a bit of patience

[H]ardNews 3rd Edition - Mods & Ends


Thermalright V-1 Single Slot Cooler @ Legion Hardware - Jetart NP6600 Foldable Notebook Cooler @ Extreme Overclocking


Synology Disk Station DS-101g+ @ Hexus - Jabra BlueTooth Headset Shootout @ Hexus - Microsoft Wireless Optical Mouse 3000 @ CoolTechZone - Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop 4000 @ CoolTechZone - Apacer 15-n-1 Card Reader @ GideonTech - 17” BenQ 5ms LCD Monitor @ Bit-Tech - Neutac S21114 2.1 Speaker System @ PCReview - Saitek X52 HOTAS @ Techware Labs - Samsung WriteMaster SE-W164 16x16x External DVD Writer @ PCStats - Sandisk 1GB Memory Stick Pro Duo @ DriverHeaven

Cases & Modding:

Aerocool Masstige Computer Case @ A True Review

[H]ardNews 2nd Edition

10% Sign Linux Trademark Letter:

Last week we told you that Linus Torvalds sent his lawyers out asking companies to relinquish any legal claim to the Linux name. This week, Linus’ lawyers report that 10% of the 90 companies have agreed.

A lawyer acting on behalf of Linus Torvalds has hailed as "favourable" the fact one in nine Australian vendors targeted by a letter campaign asking them to relinquish any legal claim to the 'Linux' name have agreed to do so.

Apple Having Patent Troubles:

It seems like Apple just can’t catch a break in the patent arena. Last week they were beat to the punch by Microsoft, this week Creative was awarded a patent that covers song navigation technology and they seem poised to “vigorously defend their intellectual property”.

Raising another legal threat to the iPod music player, Creative Technology Ltd. said it has been awarded a U.S. patent for a song-navigation technology it claims is used on Apple Computer Inc.'s market-leading devices.

[H]ardNews 1st Edition - Press Releases

Fujitsu Siemens Unveils Dual Core Opteron PC:

AMD today announced that Fujitsu Siemens Computers, a leading European IT provider, is offering a new series of workstations based on the AMD Opteron™ processor. The CELSIUS V830 supports the Dual-Core AMD Opteron processor Models 275, 270 and 265, which offer the best overall performance and performance-per-watt available in the market. This 64-bit workstation is expected to bring leading-edge calculation and graphics performance to users operating in compute-intensive and memory-demanding environments, including engineering, digital content creation, visualization, virtual reality and scientific computing.

VIA Announces 2Q'05 - 1H'05 Results:

VIA Technologies, Inc. today announced financial results for second quarter 2005. Net sales for 2Q'05 were NT$3,659 million. Net loss was NT$536 million; based on weighted average shares outstanding of 1,279.067 million shares, earnings per share were reported as negative NT$0.42. For the first half of the year, net sales totaled NT$7,558 million. Net loss was NT$473 million; based on weighted average shares outstanding of 1,279.067 million shares, earnings per share for the first half of the year were reported at negative NT$0.37.

Valve Prefers Visual C++ 2005 Express Edition:

Today at Microsoft® Tech•Ed Australia, Microsoft Corp. announced that Valve Corp.®, creator of award-winning game franchises “Half-Life®” and “Counter-StrikeTM,” has named the upcoming Microsoft Visual C++® 2005 Express Edition as the preferred development environment for hobbyist Windows® developers creating modifications for SourceTM, the engine on which “Half-Life 2” is built. In addition, during Tech•Ed Australia, attendees will get to hear how Team Dystopia created its modification for “Half-Life 2” with Visual C++.

Tuesday August 30, 2005

[H]ardNews 11th Edition

Gigabyte GA-8I945P Dual Graphic:

Need a LGA775 motherboard? HardwareZone says that the Gigabyte GA-8I945P Dual Graphic is a “very attractive” board. Around here we like the ugly motherboards, they put out.

The Gigabyte GA-8I945P Dual Graphic was simply put, a very attractive board. It had the just right amount of features to cater to most consumer needs with its Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 1394b, 8-channel HD audio and its well-rounded storage capabilities.

Zotob Linked To Fraud Ring:

The scumbag, errr…I mean, gentleman behind the Zotob worm is linked to a credit card fraud ring. Whoddathunkit? I mean a virus guy involved in credit card fraud. Weird huh?

Atilla Ekici, a 21-year-old Turk who used the nickname "Coder," may be affiliated with people thought to be part of a credit card fraud ring in Turkey, an FBI representative said Tuesday.

Most Scientific Papers Are Wrong:

There is a scientific study that says 50% of scientific studies are wrong. Which means, there is a 50/50 chance that what this guy just wrote is pure crap.

Most published scientific research papers are wrong, according to a new analysis. Assuming that the new paper is itself correct, problems with experimental and statistical methods mean that there is less than a 50% chance that the results of any randomly chosen scientific paper are true.

[H]ardNews 10th Edition

NVClock 0.8 Is Out:

The long awaited NVClock for Linux / FreeBSD has been released. The program weighs in at a mere 385k so grab it if you need it, try it if you haven’t. Here is a list of changes in the latest version:

New functionality includes:

GeforceFX/6/7 support (experimental overclocking: Coolbits + low-level)

Pipeline modding for NV4x cards

Smartdimmer support for 6200Go based laptops

Hardware monitoring for LM99/MAX6659/F75375S/W83L785R chipsets

Support for internal NV43/NV44/NV47 temperature sensor

Ability to enable disabled temperature sensors used on NV43/NV44/NV47 boards

Fanspeed adjustment for FX5900/6600GT/6800GT boards and F75375S/W83L785R sensors OpenGL options using NV-CONTROL extension

Rewritten GTK2 interface

Bios parsing (GeforceFX/6/7) X86-64 support

Windows support for debugging purposes

[H]ardNews 9th Edition

Geek Horoscopes:

This month’s installment of Geek Horoscopes are available at BBSpot. These wouldn’t be funny if they didn’t hit so close to home.


Aug 23 - Sep 22

You will realize how low you've let your social life slip when the biggest decision you have to make on Friday night is whether to download ISOs or compile your kernel.

Nintendo Patents Sanity?

Nintendo has officially went crazy and patented “in game” sanity levels. What the? Does this mean no more in-game insanity for other games? Funny stuff. Funny weird, not funny ha-ha.

A video game and game system incorporating a game character's sanity level that is affected by occurrences in the game such as encountering a game creature or gruesome situation. A character's sanity level is modified by an amount determined based on a character reaction to the occurrence such as taking a rest or slowing game progress and/or an amount of character preparation.

Worm Stealing Corporate Info:

There is a sneaky worm out there that steals corporate info and sends it back to the attacker. The worm is not self-propagating and is actually designed to cause as little interest as possible in order to carry out its mission.

F-Secure of Finland cautioned that the Myfip worm has been "designed to infect computers and steal data. Stealth variants ... such as Mytob and Rbot are also a cause of growing concern for corporations."